George Rathman Coaching
On a weekly basis, I will share three Quotes & Actions that you may find motivating and inspiring for your development and/or life transition. To ACT, drop me an email and let's connect.
Week of December 9, 2018
Q: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Pablo Picasso
A: Assess what gift you have held onto because of fear and where you need to explore and see how it may benefit others.
Q: “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda
A: Determine where to place your energy.
Q: “At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” – Steve Maraboli
A: Pay attention to how you spend each moment.
Week of December 2, 2018
Q: “Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don't accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness.” – Robin S. Sharma
A: Expand and tap into opportunities and possibilities.
Q: “What you stay focused on will grow.” – Roy T. Bennett
A: Minimize distractions that limit your ability to focus.
Q: “You are stronger than you know.” – Lori Osterman
A: Tap into your inner strength.
Week of November 25, 2018
Q: “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.” – Steve Maraboli
A: Use your time wisely to make your change occur.
Q: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
A: Keep moving one step at a time.
Q: “Why are trying so hard to fit in, when you're born to stand out.”- Oliver James
A: Be You.
Week of November 18, 2018
Q: “Life is a journey, not a destination; there are no mistakes, just chances we've taken.” – India.Arie
A: See life as a journey of opportunities and possibilities.
Q: “Today is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
A: Live in the moment.
Q: “Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.” – Norman Vincent Peale
A: Believe in your solution to what you want to be.
Week of November 11, 2018
Q: “To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.” – Anatole France
A: Visualize and then determine what actions to take.
Q: “Feel the fear and do it anyway!” – Susan Jeffers
A: Let fear go; open a door or a window and send it on its way.
Q: “One day you will wake up & there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho
A: Per the quote, “Do it now.”
Week of November 4, 2018
Q: “When you play it too safe, you're taking the biggest risk of your life.” – Barbara Sher
A: Ask yourself….where do I want to play where I haven’t because fear may be in my way.
Q: “We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go.” – Jim Rohn
A: Discover something new about yourself and see what you learn.
Q: “You must learn to take a step back and visualize the whole piece. If you focus only on the thread given to you, you lose sight of what it can become. ” – Collen Houck
A: Create your vision.
Week of October 28, 2018
Q: “If you write it down, you can make it happen.” – Staness Jonekos
A: Write it, see it, do it.
Q: “Do not accept whatever comes. Do not accept whatever goes. You have infinite power. Exercise your choice.” – Amit Ray
A: Your choice; live at the consequence or make a choice of where you want to go.
Q: “Life is a barter of choice and consequences.” Samantha Sotto
A: Repeat: Your choice; live at the consequence or make a choice of where you want to go.
Week of October 21, 2018
Q: “Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity and fear of others. Never decide to do nothing just because you can only do little. Do what you can. You would be surprised at what "little" acts have done for our world.” – Steve Maraboli
A: Keep in mind, one step at a time is progress, regardless of the size of the step.
Q: “If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing.” – Brad Szollose
A: Where do you need to act the opposite of how you are currently acting? Where do you need to change?
Q: “To wander is to be alive.” – Roman Payne
A: Meander and see where it takes you.
Week of October 14, 2018
Q: "But as they say about sharks, it's not the ones you see that you have to worry about, it's the ones you don't see." – David Blaine
A: Look beyond the obvious and see what opportunities you see.
Q: "Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about." – Sheryl Sandberg
A: Take a moment to reflect on how you are spending your time. Are you working on things you are passionate about? Are you surrounding yourself with people you care about? Are you inspiring the people around you?
Q: "If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?" – Shantideva
A: When worry and anxiety creep in, acknowledge it and then dismiss it as it serves no purpose to progress.
Week of October 7, 2018
Q: "The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." – Ted Hesburgh
A: Create your personal and career vision of where you want to lead yourself and others.
Q: "Keep learning from everyone - spouses, colleagues, your kids, and even your dogs - everyone around you. Challenge yourself to always keep getting better." – Bill Walker
A: See every moment as an opportunity to learn something.
Q: "Refuse to accept the many reasons why it can't be done and ask if there are any reasons that it can be done." – Hanoch McCarty
A: Assess, are the obstacles to your success real or imaginary?
Week of September 30, 2018
Q: "Consider for yourself why you do what you do. It will make it that much easier to explain to and inspire someone else." – Marion Morrissey
A: Write down your why’s and examine if they motivate you and therefore motivate others.
Q: "The headlights on my car shine 350 feet, but even with that much light, I can travel all the way across the country. I need to see only enough light to get moving. So, when in doubt, do the next right thing. It's usually something quite small." – Regina Brett
A: Keep in mind bite size pieces add up; one second at a time leads to one minute at a time leads to one hour at a time, etc.
Q: "Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing." – Muhammad Ali
A: See possibilities and opportunities everywhere.
Week of September 23, 2018
Q: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A: Explore and find some new paths for yourself.
Q: “It's kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney Company
A: Go have some impossible fun.
Q: “Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
A: Make use of your time.
Week of September 16, 2018
Q: “Life is a balanced system of learning and evolution. Whether pleasure or pain; every situation in your life serves a purpose. It is up to us to recognize what that purpose could be.” – Steve Maraboli
A: See opportunities and possibilities with each situation.
Q: “And life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.” – Grandma Moses
A: Your choice. Make your life.
Q: “There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.” – Sivananda Saraswati
A: See failure as an opportunity to learn, and keep in mind, the lesson may reveal itself later than you desire.
Week of September 9, 2018
Q: "The only thing worse than starting something and failing is not starting something." – Seth Godin
A: Just try new things. Step out of your comfort zone and soar.
Q: "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." – Dale Carnegie
A: Take a risk, become uncomfortable and see what you learn and reflect upon the fear that you assumed.
Q: "Nodding your head does not row the boat." – Irish Proverb
A: If you want to go somewhere in life, you must act. Put action behind your thoughts.
Week of September 2, 2018
Q: “If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." – Vincent Van Gogh
A: If you identify “I cannot do this”, go do it and silence the inner voice.
Q: “The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.” – Richard Bach
A: Remove fear. Embrace possibilities.
Q: “Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” – Henry James
A: Keep your eye on the “ball”.
August 26, 2018
Q: “Difficulties increase the nearer we get to the goal.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A: When you have 10% to go, remain persistent to the end to reach your goal.
Q: “Adversity, if for no other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. People see clearer at such times. Storms purify the atmosphere.” – Henry Ward Beecher
A: Leverage challenges and tough situations to learn and clarify.
Q: “Each of our acts makes a statement as to our purpose.” – Leo Buscaglia
A: Look at your actions. Do they align to your purpose? Are you reacting or choosing to act and be productive?
August 19, 2018
One Quote and 3 Actions:
There are no secrets to success, but here are a few keys to being more successful:
Take personal responsibility.
Things change, so be flexible.
Work smart and work hard.
Serve others well.
Be nice to others.
Have goals; want something big.
Become excellent at what you do.
When in doubt, take action.
Earn, save and give all you can.
Trust your gut.
Keep it simple!!!
- It's Called Work for a Reason
A: Based on above, what 3 actions can you take to work for YOUR reason?
August 12, 2018
Q: “Judging is preventing us from understanding a new truth. Free yourself from the rules of old judgments and create the space for new understanding.” – Steve Maraboli
A: Reduce judgement and open new doors.
Q: “From now on I’ll connect the dots my own way.” – Bill Watterson
A: Explore your uniqueness and how it can lead you on a journey.
Q: “Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.” – Joyce Meyer
A: See the beauty in all things and then determine how to maximize the opportunity.
August 5, 2018
Q: “Make today worth remembering.” – Zig Ziglar
A: Do something today that makes a difference and moves you forward to an opportunity.
Q: "Don't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you - go to them." – Winnie the Pooh
A: Explore and see what new trail you may find.
Q: “Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your own life and be taught by it." – Polly B. Berends
A: Reflect - what have you learned from yourself today?
July 29, 2018
A little push to move out of your comfort zone.
A: Explore and become uncomfortable and see where it leads you.
Q: Your Comfort Zone
I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn't fail.
The same four walls and busy work were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I'd never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.
I said it didn't matter that I wasn't doing much.
I said I didn't care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with things inside my zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.
I couldn't let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.
If you're in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true.
Reach for your future with a smile;
Success is there for you!
July 22, 2018
Q: "Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." – Joshua Marine
A: Utilize challenges as a way to learn and benefit yourself and others.
Q: "Let no one or anything stand between you and the difficult task, let nothing deny you this rich chance to gain strength by adversity, confidence by mastery, and success by deserving it." – Harlow Curtice
A: Change "difficulty" perspective to opportunity.
Q: "Not to ask is to deny yourself an opportunity - if you don't ask, you don't get." – Scott John
July 15, 2018
Q: "Don't worry about the grass on the other side of the fence. Put your energy and attention into your grass and you will get more of what you want." – Scott John
A: Assess – where am I growing my grass? Act – focus on your grass.
Q: “Stop thinking about life and choose to live it” – Paulo Coelho
A: Make a choice to choose to live your life v. being at the consequence of situations.
Q: “Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” – Steve Maraboli
A: Open your mind and be curious with situations to see opportunity and possibility.
July 8, 2018
Q: "Everything in YOUR world is created by what YOU think." – Oprah Winfrey
A: Dream it (visualize it), believe it (confidence in yourself), accomplish it (take action in the present moment).
Q: “The person who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali
A: With purpose, imagine and fly.
Q: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi
A: Be a change agent for yourself and others.
July 1, 2018
Q: “The clearer you are when visualizing your dreams, the brighter the spotlight will be to lead you on the right path.” – Gail Lynne Goodwin
A: Take quiet time and visualize the act you need to take to start to get to where you want to go.
Q: "Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, studying, learning, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." – Pelé
A: Embrace the “ands” of the journey – joy and challenges, smiles and tears, calmness and sweat.
Q: "Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." – Samuel Ullman
A: Stay young in both mid and spirit.
June 24, 2018
Q: “And what greater might do we possess as human beings than our capacity to question and to learn?” – Ann Druyan
A: Be truly curious and see what you may learn.
Q: “Change is not always growth, but growth is often rooted in change.” – R.A. Salvatore
A: Become uncomfortable and grow.
Q: “What is a personal calling? It is God's blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend. However, we don't all have the courage to confront our own dream.” – Paulo Coelho
A: Think about….are you living all of your personal callings v. just living at the consequence of situations?
June 17, 2018
Q: “At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A: Commit to v. comply to what you want.
Q: “I always secretly looked forward to nothing going as planned. That way, I wasn't limited by my imagination. That way, anything can, and always did, happen.” – CrimethInc.
A: Explore where your plans may limit your creativity and living in the moment.
Q: “How would your life be different if…You stopped focusing on what you didn’t want and started focusing on what you do want? – Steve Maraboli
A: Take action on something you want in your life.
June 10, 2018
Q: "Don't just sit up and take notice. Get up and take action." – Al Batt
A: Make the plan come alive and take action to achieve.
Q: "Only by contending with challenges that seem to be beyond your strength can you grow more surely toward the stars." – Brian Tracy
A: You grow when you struggle - learn and overcome.
Q: “What day is it?” “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh.
A: Make the most of your every today.
June 3, 2018
Q: "Your life is an occasion - rise to it." – Mr. Magorium
A: Where are you going through the motions of life? Where is it time to rise up?
Q: “Having a vision for what you want is not enough. Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison
A: Create your vision, keep it in front of you and take one step towards it.
Q: "Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don't let these feelings stop them." - T. Harv Eker
A: Acknowledge and embrace your fear, doubt and worries…and then move on to productivity.
May 27, 2018
Q: "Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." – Ray Bradbury
A: Take a jump in a part of your life and see what you learn from it.
Q: "It’s impossible to live with fear, anxiety, and negativity when you’re constantly enumerating all that you are grateful for." – Valorie Kondos Field
A: When anxiety, etc. creeps in, think and be grateful for something; gratefulness for breathing, others, nature and your five senses can go a long way.
Q: "What a beautiful, sunny morning. It makes you happy to be alive, doesn't it? We can't let the sun outshine us! We have to beam, too!" – Takayuki Ikkaku
A: Be a beacon of light.
May 20, 2018
Q:"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow." – Audrey Hepburn
A: Plant YOUR garden.
Q: "Don't let anyone define you. Define yourself." – Billie Jean King
A: Decide your definition for you.
Q: "Those who are not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." – Muhammad Ali
A: Take a risk and see what you accomplish for yourself and others.
May 13, 2018
Q: "The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings." – Kakuzo Okakaura
A: Embrace the detours of the moment.
Q: "Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do." – Sheryl Sandberg
A: Holding yourself back in an area? Take the leap and move forward.
Q: "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door." – Milton Berle
A: Build many doors.