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Motivation to Start Your Day!


Thursday August 28, 2014 #657

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

~Zig Zigler


You know and enjoy those times of inspiration and motivation when you listen to a gifted speaker, read a great book or article, experience a special moment, etc.  But that feeling often doesn’t last.  The key to maximizing our potential is to be in a highly motivated state as often as possible.  This is achieved through repeated activities that motivate us, and more importantly, to open ourselves to the potential for any moment to be inspiring.  Don’t wait for the big moments, and make no excuses.  Motivation lies within our recognition in the inspiring power of intentional daily activities.


August 31, 2014 Posted by | inspiration, intention, motivation | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Choosing What Goes Into Your Mind

Tuesday August 20, 2013 #551

“You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.”

 ~Zig Ziglar

feed your mind

I’m thinking a lot about our ability to train our minds to help us stay focused on continuous improvement in our ability to be the best person we can be in any given moment.  I know I am at my best for both my own good and those around me when I am positive, focused, and energized by hope and possibilities.  I am in this state because of what I am taking in:  positive reading and media, associating with high-energy, positive and inspiring individuals, helping others grow and develop, and giving my time and talent to those who need it.

I am not always successful, but when I find myself in a down state, I know how to return to being the best me:  take one action after another in the areas listed above until the weight of the positive inputs allows me to not only offset the negative feelings but to solve or navigate the challenges that caused the negative state initially.  This is my choice and I make it.  You have the power to do the same.  Choose to exercise your power.

August 31, 2013 Posted by | change, inspiration, problem solving, Success | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Serving with Love

Thursday February 5, 2009 #93

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.” 

~Oprah Winfrey

Zig Zigler also reminds us that it will do us no good to climb the ladder of success, only to find the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall!  The messages from Oprah and Zig are the same:  Ensure what you are striving for is connected to what you love.  Take time to discover what you truly love so that your goals and subsequent actions tie to your passions.  Without love and passion, our victories are empty no matter how impressive the effort.  When our actions are in alignment with what we love, and combined with service, the universe tends to help us along our path.

February 7, 2009 Posted by | Goal Setting, intention, Success | , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s time to invest in quality

Thursday October 23, 2008 #75

“Pressure is a word that is misused in our vocabulary. When you start thinking of pressure, it’s because you’ve started to think of failure.”

 ~Tommy Lasorda

You may be feeling a lot of pressure due to the current economic situation. It may be affecting your job, your company’s performance, probably your stock portfolio if you invest in the market, and certainly your 401k.  During times such as these it is critical to keep a level head and not allow pressure to intrude and push you toward emotional decisions.  Keep your head, seek advice from level-headed sources and make prudent, measured decisions.  Don’t think of failure – think of those actions that can lead to reasonable growth and a return to prosperity.  This is not a time to panic and run. It is a time to invest in quality people, quality relationships, quality companies, quality products and services.  The good days are just ahead…

And when things seem bleak, remember this quote from Zig Zigler:

“Every day above ground is a good day!”

January 25, 2009 Posted by | intention, Take Action | , , , , | Leave a comment