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A Little Bit More

Thursday August 17, 2017 #909

“Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd: a little bit more.  They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.”

~A. Lou Vickery


Almost all significant achievements occur at the edges. Sprints are won by hundredths of seconds.  Elections are won by a few hundred votes in a few key districts. Love springs out of chance encounters.

For us, this means we must always and intentionally seek to do just a little be more than required or expected.  Provide a bit more service, arrive a few minutes early, listen a little more fully, be a bit more present, eat a little bit more healthy, exercise a bit longer/harder, add a bit more value.  It hardly requires any more effort than you are already giving.  But that little bit more can, and will, make all the difference.

What will your “little bit more” be today?


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Choose the Positive

Tuesday August 15, 2017 #908

Choose the positive.  You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude.  Choose the positive, the constructive.  Optimism is a faith that leads to success.

~Bruce Lee


In every moment, in every situation, we choose the lenses we wear to filter what is happening by either a positive or negative lens.  We make the choice.  Even a challenging situation’s power can be reduced to a learning experience, thus describing it as something that pushed us to take action to a better future – a positive outcome.  This doesn’t mean to be blind to negative realities, they certainly exist.  The point of the quote is to push ourselves to not surrender to negativity, but rather to take even negatives and bend them to our will through our faith in our ability to change our circumstances through our actions.  And, real power comes when we choose to surround ourselves with other optimists, magnifying our own positivity.  The same holds true for being negative and surrounding ourselves with other pessimists.  Choose wisely!

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Become a Possibilitarian

Thursday August 10, 2017 #907

“Become a possibilitarian.  No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them for they’re always there.”

~Norman Vincent Peale


The most difficult time to see the existence of positive possibilities is when mired in challenging circumstances.  But it is in these dark moments when we need the power we possess to see beyond the current situation to a brighter future.  Some seem naturally able to do this (think of Helen Keller and …), while most struggle.  The key is to build faith in your human ability to take action to improve your situation, and build your character strength to draw upon this ability when you need it.  You cannot eliminate challenges and heartache.  They will certainly come, sometimes often, sometimes rarely, but they will come.  Steel yourself for these moments by reading about the people who do this every day by seeing the possibilities and taking action, and visualize yourself taking similar actions to pull yourself through your next challenging or painful situation.

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Only You Can Make You Better

Tuesday August 8, 2017 #906

“Don’t look around.  No one is going to make you better but you.”

~Sonya Tayeh


From long time Jammer, MD, an insightful observation and sharing of today’s quote:

I heard a quote that struck me today.  It was said by Sonya Tayeh.  She is a dance teacher and choreographer.  She was teaching a new routine to a group of dancers.  As some started to look around to see how the others were doing she said, “Don’t look around.  No one is going to make you better but you.” It reminds me of, not only my students, but many of us who are uncertain about a task and look around to see how others process or complete it.  Kind of like looking to others for affirmation, instead of looking inside ourselves and trusting what we are capable of.

Insightful indeed.  We all do this; seeking affirmation or judgment from others.  It is certainly important to observe and learn from people, literature, and others’ experiences, and use this to critically think about and determine our goals and actions.  However, in the end, only you can take those actions.  So continue to learn from outside of yourself, as this will provide context and help you determine who you want to be and what you want to achieve.  But don’t depend on others to judge or affirm you. You have the ability, the power, and the responsibility to do this for yourself.  Only you can make you better.

Thank you MD for today’s JAM!

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