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Motivation to Start Your Day!


Thursday April 2, 2015 #713

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal which is worthwhile.”

~Vince Lombardi

Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi, 1961 NFL Championship

Yes, for some, leadership comes more naturally than others due to innate intelligence, charisma, and confidence.  However, sustainable success as a leader requires not only some level of these talents, but also the exceptional drive, motivation and perseverance required to push through inevitable challenges.  Even someone with limited charisma and confidence, and average intelligence, can rise to effective leadership success if they are willing and able to fight through obstacles and failures with determination and grit.  And highly intelligent and charismatic individuals often fail to lead due to laziness and hubris.  Regardless of your level of talent, if given the opportunity to lead, focus on your character and drive and you can be the leader you are capable of and that your people need.


April 4, 2015 Posted by | achievement, character, confidence, Goals, leadership, motivation, Perseverance, Success, Talent | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Doing it!

Thursday July 31, 2014 #649

“Decision and determination are the engineer and fireman of our train to opportunity and success.” ~Burt Lawlor


If you find you are drifting or even failing, it is likely that you are unable or unwilling to choose what to do next or lack the courage to do what you know you must do.  There are a million things you could do, but the only thing that matters will be what you decide you will do and the determination and persistence you will bring to the doing.

August 3, 2014 Posted by | courage | , , , , , , | 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

Visible Leadership

Thursday March 19, 2009 #105

“If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination.  The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, Here comes number seventy-one!” 

~Richard M. Devos

From JAMmer JT:  The current economic situation reminds me of something I learned early in my career-true leaders are most visible during the most difficult times. What have we shown our teams today about surviving this economic challenge? There is no better time to drive performance and results than when things get tough. The true leader understands how to use that circumstance to build effectiveness, dedication and desire for success!

Thank you, JT.  It’s easy to be a “good” leader when the economic winds are at your back.  It is when times are difficult that great leaders show themselves.  Never has there been a time where a leader’s persistent drive and vision of a better tomorrow couldn’t be embraced by their team to achieve what was thought to be impossible.  The current economic situation will turn.  And when it does, those companies and teams led by such leaders will enjoy the greatest success.  In the meantime, these same folks will achieve relatively strong results while others fail.

April 5, 2009 Posted by | leadership, Success | , , , | Leave a comment