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Inspired by Change

Tuesday August 4, 2015 #746

“You can look for external sources of motivation and that can catalyze a change, but it won’t sustain one. It has to be from an internal desire.”

~Jillian Michaels


This week my family and I have made our move to Hawaii.  This has been a major change for me professionally and for me and my family personally.  We have loved Hong Kong so I found myself on a journey to become motivated about the move.  It was only when I stopped looking externally for motivation and spent time reflecting on the professional opportunity and the personal advantages that I finally got excited!  Luckily I have been in the “excited” phase for quite a while now so the move has been energizing and I am thrilled to launch this next chapter.  (You’re probably wondering how moving to Hawaii was ever not an exciting proposition – that story for another day!)

What changes are you facing?  Are you wasting your time looking outside for sources of motivation?  Try looking inside and find how you can make the decision to embrace the change and get inspired about it.


August 15, 2015 Posted by | change, inspiration, motivation | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Today is the Day to Live

Tuesday April 14, 2015 #716

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” 

~Dalai Lama


How often do you find yourself spending time either focused on the glories or painful memories of the past or fears or dreams of the future?  While there can be great value in positive memories or past learning, as well as in imagining the future we desire, for most people time spent in the past and future occupy far more of our attention than they deserve.  In this day, in this moment, lie your power to use the lessons of the past to take the actions necessary to achieve your future ambitions.  Focus most of your energy on taking action now, and fully experiencing the potential of today, and you will find you can truly live.

May 9, 2015 Posted by | Belief, Dreams, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Time to Soar!

Tuesday December 2, 2014 #683

“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” 

~Helen Keller


You know the feeling.  You’re ready for something bigger, better, challenging, exciting, new…  And yet you feel stuck, unable to move beyond your current situation and find room for what you really desire.  In almost all circumstances, you CAN choose to get unstuck and make the change needed.  The choice may be difficult but you can and must take action to change your situation.  Don’t keep trudging along.  Soar!

December 6, 2014 Posted by | change, choices | , , , , | Leave a comment

Commitment to Excellence

Tuesday November 18, 2014 #679

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s the determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”

~Mario Andretti


Success begins with the desire to achieve a worthy goal or outcome, and I don’t know of a worthy goal that lacks significant obstacles requiring determination and persistence to overcome them.  So if you find yourself languishing in mediocrity, check first if you have the desire to achieve something great in the work or the environment you are in.  Without that desire, you’ll lack the motivation necessary to push through the inevitable challenges and achieve your worthy goal.

November 23, 2014 Posted by | achievement, excellence, Goal Setting, motivation | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Never to Old to Learn

Thursday September 11, 2014 #661

“The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.”

~Henry S Haskins


Age is truly irrelevant to the desire and ability to learn new skills, techniques, and concepts.  I have known 25 year olds who are convinced they are unable to learn a new language or that it is too late to learn a new trade.  And I have known many, many people in their 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s who actively pursue their education, start new careers, or learn new skills.  You can choose to be “young” or “old” no matter what your chronological age.  Never stop learning!

September 14, 2014 Posted by | learning | , , , | 2 Comments

Passion vs. Desire

Tuesday August 26, 2014 #656

“The heart of human excellence often starts to beat when you discover a pursuit that absorbs you, frees you, challenges you, or gives you a sense of meaning, joy, or passion.”

~Terry Orlick


JAMmer JK asks, “About your post below….(JAM #651 Finding Your Purpose) the overall point is spot on.  Just wondering, how do you define ‘passion’ and what makes it different from ‘desire’.”

Good question on passion vs. desire.  First, I think both are linked to the first element:  purpose.  Passion is related to but greater than simple excitement because it is attached to a real and meaningful purpose.  As the passion builds a real desire grows within us and gives us the courage and strength to take the actions necessary to keep our passion alive and achieve our purpose.  I hope you have identified your purpose!

August 31, 2014 Posted by | courage, Passion, Take Action | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding Your Purpose

Thursday August 7, 2014 #651

“There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” ~Napoleon Hill


Without purpose, there is no passion.  Without passion, there is no desire.  Without desire, there is no action.  Without action, nothing can happen.  Find your purpose and start your journey to success.

August 9, 2014 Posted by | Passion, Success, Take Action | , , , , , | 4 Comments

The Direction of Your Dreams

Thursday May 29, 2014 #631

“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.” ~James Allen


The speed and the quality of your journey to achievement and success are largely determined by how you spend your time and resources.  It is easy to drift into long periods of doing what gives us comfort and pleasure, which could include excessive TV/internet viewing, overindulgence in comfort foods or alcohol, gambling, gossiping and other negative but fun social behaviors, etc.  These are known as controlling desires, because they pull us into their web of comfort but add no value to our quest for achievement.

But it is up to us to decide to limit or even eliminate these controlling desires by focusing on those actions that pull you toward the positive achievements you aspire to.  When our thoughts are dominated by our dreams, it is easier – but still difficult – to ignore the natural pull toward those activities that waste our time and resources.

Start each day with powerful thoughts of what you want to achieve and both what you must do, and what you must avoid today to move you in the direction of your dreams.

May 31, 2014 Posted by | achievement, intention, Pleasure, Take Action | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Will, Desire, and Commitment

Tuesday October 8, 2013 #565


“It’s not about having the skill to do something. It’s about having the will, desire & commitment to be your best.”


~Robert Hernandez

be your best


Chances are you are not satisfied with your progress in achieving your personal and/or your professional goals. There are things you want to achieve.  Perhaps you’ve set reasonable targets for yourself, and maybe even made some effort using the skills you have.  But you’re not where you think you should be and you wonder why.  Assuming you have the requisite skills, the challenge is likely your own level of desire and commitment.  Are your goals really yours, in alignment with your clearly understood core values?  Or are they what you think your goals should be, and really based on others’ expectations of you and their definitions of success?


Take time today to reflect on what is truly important to you and rethink your goals.  If they are in alignment with your core values, you will find the will, desire, and commitment to be your best and achieve your goals.

October 12, 2013 Posted by | achievement, Goal Setting, Success, Talent | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Choose to see paradise

Thursday July 25, 2013 #544

“Having listened and looked at a lot of things, it pretty much boils down to this: if I walk around damning the world it looks like hell. When I bless this place it looks like paradise. It’s personal.”  

~Jerry Downs


We create the world we see by our choices in how we define it.  We can choose to see things through a lens of scarcity, negativity, and ugliness… or, we can choose to see things through a lens of abundance, positivity, and beauty.  Why not make the choice to see the beauty in all things? You can do this, and it will take desire, determination and practice.  Make intentionally choosing your lens a regular habit and see the difference it makes in your life and in the lives you touch. 

Please visit Jerry Downs’ inspiring photography website:  Jerry Downs Photography

July 28, 2013 Posted by | intention | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment