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Discipline vs. Regret

Tuesday April 11, 2017 #878

“Everyone must choose one of TWO PAINS: The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.”

~Jim Rohn


Most if not all meaningful goals are challenging to achieve.  There are skills to learn or master, obstacles to overcome, and constantly changing environmental factors to deal with.  When we fail to achieve these goals, we usually have ourselves largely to blame either through lack of true desire or lack of discipline to deal with and overcome the challenges.  Don’t live a life of regret for what could have been.  Push yourself to have the discipline necessary to achieve the goals you truly desire to achieve.  The pleasure of achievement will make today’s pain worthwhile.


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The Color of Your Soul

Thursday April 6, 2017 #877

“Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.  Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible.”

~Marcus Aurelius


We are all ridiculously busy these days.  But, in those moments between your busy activities, what do you think about?  How do you spend that precious time with yourself or your loved ones?  Too often, that time is spent in negative thoughts, with negative people, or in activities that are negative or unhealthy. This can be unintentional, just a reality of the inputs around us.  Or sadly, we can often choose these experiences ourselves.  To avoid this, we must be intentional and be ready to reach for a positive experience with a person or with ourselves.

How are you spending your few opportunities to refresh and rejuvenate yourself positively?  With intention I hope.  If not, make it your priority to find ways to fill today’s opportunities wisely and positively.  You’ll be glad you did.

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Do It Now

Tuesday April 4, 2017 #876

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today, the true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

~Nolan Bushnell

Do it now

There is something that you know you need to do.  A project to start, or a project to finish; a change to make in your career, relationship, or way of living; a stand you need to make.  Why aren’t you doing it?  The likely culprits include self-doubt, societal pressure, fear of failure (or of success!), nay-sayers, and more.  What to do?  Act anyway.  Despite the fears, despite the obstacles, despite the expected recriminations or potential failures.  Do it today.  Do it now.  ACT.  Be a doer, not a dreamer.

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Thursday March 30, 2017 #875

“You don’t win an Olympic gold medal with a few weeks of intensive training.  There’s no such thing as an overnight opera sensation. Great law firms or design companies don’t spring up overnight… Every great company, every great brand, and every great career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little.”

~Seth Godin


Patience.  One of the most important capabilities needed for success.is the patience to allow our talents and opportunities to come together to create potential.  Patience to create and develop relationships. Patience to learn tools and capabilities and time to put them into practice.  Patience with ourselves as we make mistakes and learn from them.  Patience with others as they play their roles in our lives to help and sometimes hinder our progress.  The road may seem long and that is because it is.  Have the patience to travel that road and enjoy the moments along the way.  Bit by bit, step by step, little by little.

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Giving Generousl

Tuesday March 28 2017 #874

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”

~John Wooden


Too often people only do things for others when they feel they are getting something material out of their effort.  If not, this selfishness can cause people to refrain from taking the effort to help others.  But the best experience we can have is giving of ourselves with no thought of getting anything in return.  We all have so much we can offer of ourselves:  our time, our talents, our money, and our access to resources.  Keep your senses open to opportunities to give generously.  Selfless giving is the most beneficial thing you can do for others and for yourself.  Have a perfect day today!

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