Week of October 15, 2017
Q: "You are limited only by the thoughts that you choose. If you hunt for flowers, you will find flowers; and if you hunt for weeds, you will find weeds." - Henry Beecher
A: Expand your thoughts and find more opportunity.
Q: “Life leaps like a geyser for those who drill through the rock of inertia.” - Alexis Carrel
A: Put your fears aside - just take that first step and all your dreams can come true.
Q: “Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A: Make the best you.
Week of October 8, 2017
Q: The Elephant Rope
As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at any time, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. "Well," the trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller, we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?
A: Choose to change a limiting belief or assumption about yourself or others and take action to explore and do something different and learn from the opportunity.
Week of October 1, 2017
Q: "View life as a continuous learning experience." – Denis Waitley
A: Prism vision vs. tunnel vision…you choose.
Q: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A: Be bold.
Q: “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” – Maya Angelou
A: Ask and you may receive.
Week of September 24, 2017
Q: "The successful man lengthens his stride when he discovers that the signpost has deceived him; the failure looks for a place to sit down." – J.R. Rogers
A: See “failure” as a learning opportunity to change the course or direction.
Q: "Never give up when you encounter obstacles in your way. Continue going until you reach your career objectives." – Henrikh Mkhitaryan
A: See “obstacles” as detours on the journey; move around them and continue until you reach a destination.
Q: "You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you." – Barbara Sher
A: Keep in mind, every moment provides a new beginning; seize the opportunity to see things through a beginner’s lens.
Week of September 17, 2017
Q: “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
A: Live life with ambition.
Q: “The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.” – C. Joy Bell
A: Grow, change, learn and throw yourself out there and you will live.
Q: “It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain
A: Fight through for something you want different in your life.
Week of September 10, 2017
Q: “Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning....anyone can start over and make a new ending.” – Chico Xavier
A: Create a new ending with each new opportunity.
Q: “And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln
A: Make the most of each present moment.
Q: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – Dalai Lama XIV
A: Determine how you wish to make a difference.
Week of September 3, 2017
Q: "Decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage - pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically - to say ‘no’ to other things. The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities." - Stephen Covey
A: First, identify your true priorities personally and professionally. Secondly, say “No” when applicable. A No with a why is better than a Yes that causes stress because it is not aligned with your priorities.
Q: "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” - Confucius
A: KISS – keep it simple silly. Begin one step at a time.
Q: "The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination." - Helen Keller
A: Take action to make your future. See above, one step at a time and where appropriate, say No.
Week of August 27, 2017
Q: “Don't be afraid of your fears. They're not there to scare you. They're there to let you know that something is worth it.” – C. Joy Bell C.
A: Open your mind about a fear and utilize it to positively motivate you to do something different to move past the fear.
Q: “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
A: Keep moving forward with simple, concrete action plans.
Q: “A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.” – William G.T. Shedd
A: Go "sailing" and explore.
Week of August 20, 2017
Q: "The most important three words you can say to yourself: 'Yes I can!’” – Denis Waitley
A: Have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through – conceive, believe, achieve.
Q: "You have to dream before your dreams can come true." – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
A: Write down a dream or an idea you have had for quite a while.
Q: "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." – Henry David Thoreau
A: Now, write down a high-level action plan to support the dream or idea.
Week of August 13, 2017
Q: “You see things; you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw
A: Create your “why not.”
Q: “Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now.” – Christopher Paolini
A: Live your now.
Q: “You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!” – Dr. Suess
A: Climb your mountain.
Week of August 6, 2017
Q: "Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare." – Dale Carnegie
A: During the next week, look at your career/leadership/management style, where can you take a chance to do something a bit different? You have thought about for a while and have yet to implement it. Dare and implement it and then seek feedback.
Q: "The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice." – George Eliot
A: Every decision you make results in you growing into more or retreating into less - choose growth.
Q: "I think the one lesson I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention." – Diane Sawyer
A: Be present physically and mentally.
Week of July 30, 2017
Q: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A: Find a new path 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 July 23, 2017
Q: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
A: Utilize your creativity and imagination and decide where you can act upon it.
Q: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
A: Get uncomfortable.
Q: You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. – Maya Angelou
A: Let one creative act lead to another, and another, and another.
Week of July 16, 2017
Q: “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
A: Take an action at any pace and move forward.
Q: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A: Recognize fear and make a choice to overcome it to achieve what you want to achieve.
Q: “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey
A: Embrace uncomfortableness as a means to learn.
Week of July 9, 2017
Q: "Make sure you, not your daily routine, determines your destiny." - Glenn BoWoody
A: Look at your day. Where are you making a difference for yourself?
Q: “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
A: Make your happy moments.
Q: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A: Look within yourself and find a new opportunity.
Week of July 2, 2017
Q: “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw
A: Invent yourself in a different way.
Q: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho
A: Share what you truly want with others.
Q: “I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” – Lewis Carroll
A: Live in the present.
Week of June 25, 2015
Q: “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” – Thomas A. Edison
A: Tell yourself…there are no mistakes, just learning experiences.
Q: “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein
A: Use your imagination and think outside the box.
Q: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
A: Live the story inside of you.
Week of June 18, 2017
Q: “We all have to go through the awkward stage of any newly acquired behavior. You will continue to experience new situations and develop new skills. You will feel awkward for a while, until you get the hang of it. So what! Do it anyway!” - Jack Canfield & Mark Hanson
A: Permit yourself to be a beginner, a learner as you can only grow by learning new things.
Q: "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." - Buckminster Fuller
A: Give yourself the opportunity to develop your potential.
Q: “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” – Bill Keane
A: Take a new action today; don’t wait for tomorrow.
Week of June 11, 2017
Q: "No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us waiting to be born." - Dale E. Turner
A: Dreams are renewable - start again today.
Q: “Your past cannot be changed. Your future is yet in your power.” - Hugh White
A: Act now on something to determine who you want to become.
Q: "All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be." - Pink Floyd
A: Expand your horizons and get out and experience life to the fullest.
Week of June 4, 2017
Q: "Explore, experiment, evolve." - Lailah Gifty Akita
A: Choose one part of your life and explore, experiment, evolve and then record your findings.
Q: "Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success." - Bo Bennett
A: Ask yourself, how can I embrace frustration and turn into a positive learning experience to move forward?
Q: "To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles." - T.F. Hodge
A: Seek the possible solutions v. only solving the problem.
Week of May 28, 2017
Q: "Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind." - Theodore Roosevelt
A: Set a goal and list the actions to accomplish it. Now, go do it.
Q: “Before you say you can’t do something, try it.” - Sakichi Toyoda
A: Try it, you might like it.
Q: "The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings." - Okakura Kakuzo
A: Go with the flow of change and see where it leads you.
Week of May 21, 2017
Q: "We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities." - Norman Vincent Peale
A: Simplify the complications and you'll have the first essential of success. Ask yourself, what do I simply want?
Q: "Things are only impossible until they're not." - Jean-Luc Picard
A: Keep a prism view.
Q: "Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention." - Steve Maraboli
A: Use an action plan: action, when you will do it, once accomplished, identify potential reward for yourself.
Week of May 14, 2017
Q: “It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.” - Jean Nidetch
A: Choose your destiny.
Q: "If you never alter your opinion you are like standing water which results in a stagnant mind." - William Blake
A: Challenge yourself to see things differently than just how you see them.
Q: “To think about your life is to create it. You have to take ownership of where you are right now and know where you want to go before you can get there. Keep collecting evidence for your success. You can believe it, and you can be it.” - Ali Vincent
A: Take a step at a time to achieve your overall goal.
Week of May 7, 2017
Q: "While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior." - Henry C. Link
A: Take the risk and try something.
Q: "Things don't go wrong and break your heart so you can become bitter and give up. They happen to break you down and build you up so you can be all that you were intended to be." - Charlie Jones
A: Realize your greatest glory; learn from your failures and get up again every time you fall.
Q: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." – Mahatma Ghandi
A: Make a change for you and in turn make a difference for others.
Week of April 30, 2017
Q: “If you want to earn more, learn more." - Tom Hopkins
A: Implement one new learning a day.
Q: "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” - T.S. Eliot
A: The only limitations are in your own mind. Look within yourself and make the unbelievable believable and the impossible possible.
Q: "Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge every capacity to be at your best." - David O. McKay
A: Identify what you want to accomplish and then go be your best and make your dreams come true.
Week of April 23, 2017
Q: "If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single day pass without sharing something with others." – Buddha
A: See your knowledge as a gift and share it with another.
Q: "It does not matter how slow you go, as long as you do not stop." - Confucius
A: Keep going, keep going, keep going.
Q: "When you postpone today's projects, you use up tomorrow." – Freshting
A: When feeling the urge to procrastinate, push onward to completion.
Week of April 16, 2017
Q: “If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always, everywhere - your ideal of what you want to attain - your ideal of success." - Orison Marden
A: Think big and then develop a plan to implement the idea.
Q: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Sir Winston Churchill
A: See opportunities for increasing yours and others potential on this journey called life.
Q: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
A: Create the world you choose.
Week of April 9, 2017
Q: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” - George Bernard Shaw
A: Try a new approach and learn from the experience.
Q: “The minute you are satisfied with where you are, you’re not there anymore.” - Tony Gwynn
A: If you are satisfied in an area, ask yourself why and decide where to push yourself to a new level of “satisfaction”.
Q: “People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I've got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There's no future in it.” - Sparky Anderson
A: Challenge yourself to live and enjoy the present moment experience.
Week of April 2, 2017
Q: "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." - Carl Jung
A: Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Q: "Improvement begins with I." - Arnold Glasow
A: Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
Q: "Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the real limits of the world." - Arthur Schopenhauer
A: Move out of your comfort zone and expand your vision – explore new things, meet new (and different) people, accept new challenges.
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.
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