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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 November 17, 2019
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 November 10, 2019
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 determine how you are using your why's to help 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 November 3, 2019
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: Choose how to make the best use of your time.
Week of October 27, 2019
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 October 20, 2019
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 October 13, 2019
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 October 6, 2019
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 September 29, 2019
Q: “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” – Thomas A. Edison
A: 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 September 22, 2019
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 September 15, 2019
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 September 8, 2019
Q: "Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less." – Norman Mailer
A: Awareness. Awareness. Awareness.
Q: "I don't like to gamble, but if there's one thing I'm willing to bet on, it's myself." – Beyonce
A: Roll the dice on you.
Q: "We always get to the best perspectives through diversity. So the more different people across the company I can talk to, the better I can do my job." – Michele Buck
A: Venture outside your bubble.
Week of September 1, 2019
Q: "Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy." – Norman Vincent Peale
A: Live self-confidence.
Q: "Awareness is a key ingredient in success. If you have it, teach it. If you lack it, seek it." – Michael B. Kitson
A: Choose mindfulness. Choose awareness. You choose how to be. No one chooses for you.
Q: "Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around." – Leo Buscaglia
A: Practice empathy by listening to someone using the 5 A's: attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection, and allowing, and then see what you learn.
Week of August 25, 2019
Q: "Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time' is to say 'I don't want to.'" – Lao Tzu
A: If you want to do something, make the time to do it.
Q: "If you can change your mindset toward the positive, you can unlock untapped reservoirs of potential within yourself." – Colin O'Brady
A: Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities.
Q: "The two important things I learned were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of an endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision." – Robyn Davidson
A: Do not be timid about your actions. You fail more often by being too timid than by being too bold.
Week of August 18, 2019
Q: “To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.” – Richard Bach
A: Visualize what you want in your life.
Q: "Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." – St. Francis of Assisi
A: One step at a time leads to another step and then another step.
Q: "Direction determines destination." – Andy Stanley
A: Ask yourself each day, are all the activities that I'm currently engaged in taking me to where I want to go?
Week of August 11, 2019
Q: "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face." – Eleanor Roosevelt
A: Is there a fear that is getting in your way? Acknowledge, encounter and let it go.
Q: "To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the 'what is next', of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here." - Mark Twain
A: Live in the present with an eye on the future.
Q: "If we did all the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." – Thomas Edison
A: Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. Discover your possibilities.
Week of August 4, 2019
Q: "I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen." – Ernest Hemingway
A: Listen with your heart and write down what it is telling you about your life.
Q: "Let your light shine. Be a source of strength and courage. Share your wisdom. Radiate love." – Wilferd Peterson
A: To make a change, tap into your strength, courage, wisdom and love.
Q: "Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them." – Alfred North Whitehead
A: Take action on an idea.
Week of July 28, 2019
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 July 21, 2019
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 July 14, 2019
Q: "We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities." - Norman Vincent Peale
A: KISS - Keep It Simple Silly.
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 July 7, 2019
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 June 30, 2019
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 June 23, 2019
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 June 16, 2019
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 June 9, 2019
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 June 2, 2019
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 May 26, 2019
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.
Week of May 19, 2019
Q: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
A: Change how you see and see how you change.
Q: "Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness." - Marshall McLuhan
A: Open your mind and learn what's really there. It may be far different than what you are still assuming.
Q: "I'm afraid that if you look at a thing long enough, it loses all of its meaning." - Andy Warhol
A: Pay attention and trust your instincts and minimize over-analyzing an issue.
Week of May 12, 2019
Q: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A: Blaze your new trail and seek new discoveries.
Q: “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” – Oscar Wilde
A: Be a do-er. If you’re not making mistakes, then you are not doing anything. A do-er makes mistakes.
Q: "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." – Frank Zappa
A: Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and seek a new possibility.
Week of May 5, 2019
Q: "What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better." - Wendell Phillips
A: Learn from every situation and create more success for yourself and others.
Q: "The miracle is this - the more we share, the more we have." - Leonard Nimoy
A: Share an idea, thought, possibility or opportunity with another or group of people.
Q: “Believe in your potential and then go out and explore it; don't limit it." - John Eliot
A: Believe, Learn , Grow, Accomplish.
Week of April 28, 2019
Q: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." – John Quincy Adams
A: Inspire yourself and inspire others.
Q: "Leadership is an opportunity to serve and help others. It is not a trumpet call to self-importance." – J. Donald Walters
A: Develop yourself and others to succeed.
Q: "Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience." – Victoria Holt
A: Learn from all things.
Week of April 21, 2019
Q: The Joy of Life
I’d rather risk gamely and lose for my trying
Than grind around tamely a cog in the mill.
I’d rather fail greatly with courage undying
Than plod on sedately with never a thrill!
The game’s in the playing and, losing or winning,
The fun’s in the essaying your bravest and best,
In taking your chances while fate’s wheel is spinning
And backing your fancies with nerve and with zest!
Let stodgy folk censure and timid folk quaver,
But life sans adventure is weary to bear,
The dangers we’re sharing give living its savour
I’d rather die daring than never to dare! – Berton Braley
A: Play the game of life and see the possibility in every interaction as an opportunity to learn.
Week of April 14, 2019
Q: "Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important." – Stephen R. Covey
A: Set your priorities based on importance.
Q: "Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." – William Faulkner
A: Take a moment and reflect - the ups, the downs, and everything in between. What can you control and improve upon? Focus on the controllables when setting your goals.
Q: "To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all." – Oscar Wilde
A: If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best.
Week of April 7, 2019
Q: “One person’s ceiling is another person’s floor. It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not.” – Denis Waitley
A: Look in the mirror and you'll find your biggest obstacle. Stop standing in your own way.
Q: “Challenges aren't sent to destroy you, they are sent to strengthen you." – Dan Cohen
A: Embrace the challenges.
Q: “Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
A: Keep putting one foot in front of the other and move forward.