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Inspirational Blog & Quotes

Believe in yourself

They conquer who believe they can.
--John Dryden

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
--Vince Lombardi

Confidence is a critical ingredient in being successful, happy, and relaxed. It is easily gained by surrounding yourself with confident people, and at no cost to them. It is also easily lost by surrounding yourself with those who lack confidence, at great cost to yourself. Be aware of who you interact with, socialize with, and surround yourself with. Be aware of what you read, watch, and listen to. If you put good messages into your mind in this way, you will have right thoughts and then the right results. Believe in yourself and the world has no choice but to follow.

Be Excellent

Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
--Colin Powell

Being excellent is liberating and empowering. We are all designed and destined for excellence through all aspects of our lives. Being excellent builds on itself. Starting in the morning, be excellent at preparing for your day. Be excellent at your commute. Be excellent at how you buy your morning coffee. Be in the habit of being consciously aware of how you are performing each task. If you are in the habit of going through the motions in how you conduct the smaller mundane things, it has a way of creeping into the bigger aspects of your life. Relish every moment, and be excellent at every task.

Be Courageous

Life is a battle in which we fall from wounds we receive in running away
--William L. Sullivan

Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can't practice any of the other virtues consistently
--Maya Angelou

Picture a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming car. What will kill the deer is not the car, but the fear that keeps him trapped, paralyzed to act, afraid to move. We too can be like that in our daily lives, in business and in personal relationships. Fears will come, that is natural. Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to act in the face of it. If you want success in any area of your life, you must practice acting in the face of your fears.

Be Positive

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit
--Helen Keller

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
--Mark Twain

Surround yourself with positive influences, and avoid the negative. Your mind is to precious to allow other's negativity to invade it. Seek out opportunities to find positive people, and people who support your ambitions. Drop out of the "ain't it awful club", as Jack Canfield calls it. Spend some time each day reading or listening to inspirational material, this will help counteract the negativity you inevitably run into daily. Also look for opportunities to socialize and work with positive people. Success and failure are both contagious, make sure you catch the right one by surrounding yourself with the right people.

Persistence

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results
Albert Einstein

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer
Albert Einstein

Persistence is a key tool, perhaps the most significant tool, in achieving success and reaching your goals. But as with any tool, it must be used or applied properly for you to experience the benefits of having it in your bag. Persisting in the "how" of getting there can leave you trapped in the same spot, repeating the same actions over and over, while wondering why you are not making progress and meeting Einstein's definition of insanity. On the other hand, persistence in getting to the goal or destination while being open to trying new possibilities, listening to others, and allowing the universe to partner with you in that journey is exceedingly powerful in helping you achieve all you want. Persistence is a powerful tool, use it well.

Keep Dreaming

"No" is a word on your path to "yes." Don't give up too soon. Not even if well-meaning parents, relatives, friends, and colleagues tell you to get "a real job." Your dreams are your real job.
-- Joyce Spizer

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture...Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.
-- Norman Vincent Peale

"Your dreams are your real job", that sends a chill up my spine. How often are dreams and dreaming treated as a negative, and yet that is our real purpose. We are here in this world for a reason, and it is not to get safely through to death. Dreams are a pointer to your purpose, and your purpose is your real job. Well meaning people may try to talk you down from your dreams, but don't let them. They are like a parent watching their child climb a tree, learn to ride a bike, or drive a car. Or like a friend watching you fall in love. They may see risks and fear for you, but if they could see your dreams they would never question you. Only you can see your dreams fully, and so when well meaning people try to help talk you down from your dreams, thank them for their concern but don't ever turn back.

Enjoy What You Already Have

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you
now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

-- Epicurus

If we want to achieve our goals, while at the same time being happy and successful we need to have what Jack Canfield calls high intention with low attachment. Set the goals, set the target, and then let go of your attachment to it. Staying too attached to the outcome, or "spoiling what you have by desiring what you have not" is a lot like an impatient child's constant refrain of "are we there yet" on a long trip. It can spoil the trip, and after all it really is about the trip and not the destination.

Explore

I teach something called The Law of Probabilities, which says the more things you try, the more likely one of them will work. The more books you read, the more likely one of them will have an answer to a question that could solve the major problems of your life.. make you wealthier, solve a health problem, whatever it might be.
-- Jack Canfield

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
-- Mark Twain

We can be conditioned from the time we are children to see every choice and every question as having a right and wrong answer. For most things however, and especially for the most important things, this is not true. Combine this with most people's tendency to put more effort into avoiding the negative than seek the positive, and you have a recipe for stifled creativity and opportunity. Life does not have a right answer, only a an answer of what is right for you right now. This is just a habit though, and one that can be broken. Start making a new habit of experimenting and trying new things. For one day, make a commitment to only eat foods you have never tried before. The more you get in the habit of experimenting, the less you will be handcuffed by a right-wrong mindset.

Our Connected universe

Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
-- Chief Seattle

In ordinary life, we are not aware of the unity of all things, but divide the world into separate objects and events. This division is useful and necessary to cope with our everyday environment, but it is not a fundamental feature of reality. It is an abstraction devised by our discriminating and categorizing intellect. To believe that our abstract concepts of separate 'things' and 'events' are realities of nature is an illusion.
-- Fritjof Capra

As science and spirituality both move forward, it is becoming obvious they are leading to the same place and the same understanding of the universe, the nature of reality, or truth itself. That reality or truth is that everything and everyone is part of the same whole. The separation we see between ourselves and the world are constructs of our own conscious mind, and not absolutely true. This has profound implications for us. It means that when we wish someone well, we are also wishing ourselves well. The inverse is true as well, in wishing someone ill, we are also wishing ill upon ourselves. In fact the simple act of planting a flower changes not just the the seed, the soil, and the garden. Planting a flower changes us as well.

Forever Young

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
-- C.S. Lewis

I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
-- Jesus

Children are full of dreams and curiosity. They are always learning, discovering new things, and expanding their view of the world. The amazing thing is that acting like a child by dreaming and learning can actually keep you young. Aging is inevitable, but getting old is a choice. My uncle John knew this intuitively. He learned to surf when he was in his seventies, and never passed a chance to ride a roller coaster through his eighties. He was in fact "younger" than most people in their thirties. Science is just now catching up to what Jesus, CS Lewis, and my uncle John already knew. Brain scans and health studies have shown that continued learning, goal setting, and a sense of purpose can act as a firewall against many age related illnesses. So the saying "you are never too old", should really be "you don't have to be old".

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