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Knowing What You Really Want

Thursday November 20, 2014 #680

“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.”

~Denis Waitley


Often the biggest challenge to achievement is knowing what you really want.  The people around you and popular culture will aggressively attempt to define this for you – how you should look, the possessions you should buy, the career you should have, and more.  Step one in the journey to becoming the best “you”, is taking the time to reflect on who and what inspires you and how best to bring your talents to the world.  Only you can make this decision.  Once you are able to determine your desired destination, persistently move toward it by taking actions daily – even small ones – that move you forward.  Whether you are 20 or 60, it is never too late to rethink your destination and get on the path that allows you to fully bloom.


November 23, 2014 Posted by | achievement, persistence, Take Action | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Effective Leaders

Thursday November 6, 2014 #676

“Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.”

~Thomas H. Huxley


I often encounter clever people who are able to devise amazing ways to resolve seemingly insurmountable challenges, and yet who lack the confidence and tenacity to put their ideas into place and push them to success.  Similarly, there are those who are unable to find these clever solutions on their own, but when they understand the purpose and vision of those who can they are unstoppable.  The effective leader therefore, is the one who puts together teams of complementary talents: clever problem solvers and patient and tenacious doers.

November 23, 2014 Posted by | leadership, patience, persistence | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Taking the Next Step

Tuesday August 5, 2014 #650

 “All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man has taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


So many times we begin our journey to achieving our goals, but stop when things get a little challenging.  Taking the first step toward your goal is fantastic.  Most never even begin. However, the only way to achieve anything worth having is to have the persistence to continue taking the next step and the next, despite challenges, lack of resources, and distractions.  Take that next step!

August 8, 2014 Posted by | achievement, persistence, Take Action | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Making Dreams Come True

Tuesday June 3, 2014 #632

“Vision without execution is hallucination!” ~Thomas Jefferson


Success requires a clear and inspiring vision of what success will look and feel like when it is achieved, to both inspire us and to ensure our actions are moving us where we want to go.  Success also requires the ability to develop and execute the action plan that will move us forward, overcome obstacles, and deliver the desired results.  This takes focus, courage, and persistence.  Dream, oh yes, dream!  But be sure to then focus on execution, or your dreams will be but hallucinations.

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Brilliant Ideas

Tuesday February 18, 2014 #603


“The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.”  

~George Eliot



There are tens of thousands of brilliant ideas out there which, if launched, would make huge positive impact on individuals, families, organizations, and communities.  And yet only a handful of these will actually be moved forward today.  Why?  Too many believe that only ‘experts’ or those ‘in power’ have the ability to make a real difference.  Don’t believe this! 

Right now, you probably have incredible value to add, whether in a small or large way.  Don’t worry that you are not an expert, or lack power or other resources.  Rely on the power you do possess – the power of your idea, and your ability to drive your idea with persistence.  The world needs your ideas.  Please help us move forward.

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Tuesday February 11, 2014 #601


I believe that you tend to create your own blessings. You have to prepare yourself so that when opportunity comes, you’re ready.


~Oprah Winfrey



“Luck” and “good fortune” are myths.  While seemingly lucky things do occur, the vast majority of fortune, success, and victories come to those who relentlessly prepare themselves mentally and physically for eventual opportunities they can then take advantage of.  Don’t leave the potential of your life to “luck”.  Create your own blessings by your own focus, effort, and persistence.

February 18, 2014 Posted by | persistence, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fighting Through Discouragement

Tuesday February 4, 2014 #599


What we do not see, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement.


~ Napoleon Hill



It is all too common for those with supposedly strong convictions to cave in when confronted with obstacles – human, financial, or otherwise.  But often, we see strength and perseverance in the face of these challenges as people fight on and ultimately prevail.  What is the difference?  Those who push through their fears and challenges utilize an internal, silent, powerful force – courage. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the ability to push on despite it.

February 18, 2014 Posted by | courage, persistence | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When to Let Go

Thursday December 5, 2013 #582

“Some people believe that holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go — and then do it.”

~Ann Landers


It takes great courage and persistence to continue fighting on past obstacles to achieve worthy goals and truly make a difference for yourself and others.  However, not all goals are worth this effort.  It is important to reflect for a moment and ensure you are working toward truly worthy purposes – those that are aligned with your most deeply held beliefs and values.  As you reflect, you will likely find one or more things that you are spending time and energy on that are actually not worth fighting for.  This could be a relationship, a job, a project, etc.  It may take even more courage to decide to stop and let this one go. 

Have the courage to fight on for the worthy causes, and let go of those that no longer serve you.

December 9, 2013 Posted by | achievement, Belief, courage, Goal Setting, persistence | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pushing Your Limits

Thursday August 22, 2013 #552 

“Don’t be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against not with, the wind.”

 ~Hamilton Mabie

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 I find I am often at my best when I am working under pressure to achieve a worthy goal.  Virtually all worthy goals are difficult to achieve and have challenges to overcome, people to influence, and new skills or knowledge to learn or adapt to.  Too often, people give up when things are difficult.  This is a huge mistake. It is in these challenging moments that we stretch, grow, and develop to meet and beat the obstacles.  Pick exciting, challenging goals that test you and push your limits.  You will be better for it!

August 31, 2013 Posted by | achievement, Goal Setting, persistence | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The magic of talent + perseverance

Thursday April 18, 2013 #516


“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”


~Thomas Foxwell Buxton


We often believe the myth that we must have extraordinary talent in order to achieve extraordinary results.  This could not be further from the truth.  The vast majority of amazing achievements have been accomplished by ordinary men and women, just like you, who determined that nothing would stop them from making a significant difference.


Perseverance truly is the secret to success.  More than wealth, more than circumstances, more than talent.  Perseverance, the courage to take one more step.  And then one more, and yet another.  This is the secret.  Take that next step. You have it within you!

April 20, 2013 Posted by | achievement, courage, persistence, Success, Talent | , , , , , , | Leave a comment