Week of December 10, 2017
Q: “Forget yesterday - it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow - you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift - today.” – Steve Maraboli
A: Make the most of your today and embrace each moment that occurs.
Q: “You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying. To the best you can do every day.” – Jason Mraz
A: Keep trying.
Q: “You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible.” – Deepak Chopra
A: Find your impossible.
Week of December 3, 2017
Q: “The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some greater good." - Brian Tracy
A: Tap into your potential and see what you achieve.
Q: “It’s impossible,” said pride. “It’s risky,” said experience. “It’s pointless,” said reason. “Give it a try,” whispered the heart. "Fear regret rather than failure." - Maria Stenvinkel
A: If your heart is speaking to you, listen to it.
Q: “This life is yours: Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to make your life happy. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you.” - Susan Polis Schutz
A: Use your power to achieve what you want to achieve.
Week of November 26, 2017
Q: “The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.” – Leo Buscaglia
A: Be You.
Q: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston S. Churchill
A: Notice your attitude choice and the outcome of that choice.
Q: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” – Abraham Lincoln
A: Choose if and how you want to succeed.
Week of November 19, 2017
Q: “If you hang out with chickens, you're going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you're going to fly.” – Steve Maraboli
A: Notice who you spend your time with and then decide with whom you wish to spend your time.
Q: “If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” – Neil Gaiman
A: Do something different and see what you gain from it.
Q: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
A: Determine what makes you come alive.
Week of November 12, 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 November 5, 2017
Q: "You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water." – Rabindranath Tagore
A: Stop saying, "No thanks, I'm just looking." Make a decision, take action.
Q: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – André Gide
A: Get out of the “beach chair” and venture into the “water”.
Q: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint
A: Make a goal, make a plan of action, and follow through.
Week of October 29, 2017
Q: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” – Confucius
A: Listen to your heart.
Q: “Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!” – Steve Maraboli
A: Live TODAY.
Q: “People don't realize how a man's whole life can be changed by one book.” – Malcolm X
A: Find a new read.
Week of October 22, 2017
Q: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
A: Dream and then live it.
Q: “Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
A: Ask questions and live your life.
Q: “If a problem is fixable, if a situation is such that you can do something about it, then there is no need to worry. If it's not fixable, then there is no help in worrying. There is no benefit in worrying whatsoever.” – Dalai Lama XIV
A: Let your worries go.
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.
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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