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.
Week of March 31, 2019
Q: "By always taking out and never putting in, the bottom is soon reached." - Spanish Proverb
A: No deposit, no return - you can only draw out of your bank of life that which you have deposited into it. Make your deposits.
Q: To find wisdom, "learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb." – Pythagoras
A: Still your mind and learn from yourself.
Q: "The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." - George Bernard Shaw
A: If the time is not ripe, you have to ripen the time.
Week of March 24, 2019
Q: “A man learns to skate by staggering about making a fool of himself; indeed, he progresses in all things by making a fool of himself.” – George Bernard Shaw
A: Give yourself permission to be a beginner, a learner. You can only grow by learning new things.
Q: "You miss 100% of the shots you never take." – Wayne Gretzky
A: Explore a new opportunity this week and take 1 action step toward it.
Q: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy
A: When you learn something new, share it with another person.
Week of March 17, 2019
Q: “If you think taking care of yourself is selfish, change your mind. If you don't, you're simply ducking your responsibilities to others.” - Ann Richards
A: Take the time to be in good physical and mental condition to best support, protect, and be with yourself and others. Self-care leads to better care for others.
Q: "Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived." - Helen Keller
A: Enjoy the world by experiencing it with all your senses - see, hear, touch, smell and taste.
Q: "Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don't have time for all that." - George Carlin
A: Keep sight of your dreams and keep them alive in light of your day to day activities.
Week of March 10, 2019
Q: “Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.” – Octavia E. Butler
A: Write a new story about yourself.
Q: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs
A: Assess what you are doing and ask yourself if it is what I love to do.
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.
Week of March 3, 2019
Q: “There's a saying among prospectors: 'Go out looking for one thing, and that's all you'll ever find.'” - Robert Flaherty
A: Look for solutions, look for opportunities, look for success.
Q: “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” – Marcus Aurelius
A: Choose how you wish to think.
Q: “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” – Albert Einstein
A: Determine what is holding you back and then ask yourself “is it really holding me back or am I holding myself back?”
Week of February 24, 2019
Q: “Take your idea and try it. If it fails, admit it, and try another. But above all, try something.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
A: If you have been thinking about it, go try it and see what results.
Q: "The highest reward for your toil is not what you get for it, but what you become by it.” - John Ruskin
A: Assess yourself; are you becoming who you want given what you are doing.
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.
Week of February 17, 2019
Q: “If I’ve learned anything through all of this, it’s that each and every day is a canvas, waiting to be painted – an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning.”- Craig Sager
A: Ask yourself, “What am I painting on my daily canvas?”
Q: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things 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
A: Act now; don’t wait for the “better” time in the future.
Q: "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been!’”- John Whittier
A: Turn a “might have been” into an “it is”.
Week of February 10, 2019
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: "As long as a person stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
A: Ask yourself “Where am I getting in my own way?” and then, decide what to do about it.
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 February 3, 2019
Q: “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do, and mostly live.” – Dalai Lama
A: Live today.
Q: “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss
A: Identify your mountain and go for a climb.
Q: Remember, “your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart, give yourself to it.” – Buddha
A: Discover a new part of your world.
Week of January 27, 2019
Q: "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." – Winston Churchill
A: See opportunity EVERYWHERE.
Q: "Don't fall before you're pushed." – English Proverb
A: Look around, where can you push yourself to become a bit uncomfortable?
Q: "You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results." – Mahatma Gandhi
A: If stuck and inactive, where can you nudge yourself to take action?
Week of January 20, 2019
Q: “For every nine people who denounce innovation, only one will encourage it. For every nine people who do things the way they have always been done, only one will wonder if there is a better way. For every nine people who stand in line in front of a locked building, only one will go around and check the back door. Our progress as a species rests squarely on the shoulders of that tenth person. The nine are satisfied with things they are told are valuable. Person ten determines for himself or herself what has value.” – Za Rinpoche and Ashley Nebelsieck
A: Step out of line - be that tenth person.
Q: "Every path has its puddle." – English Proverb
A: Puddles happen - now get up, clean yourself off, and move forward.
Q: "The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are." – J.P. Morgan
A: Step out of your comfort zone.
Week of January 13, 2019
Q: "Change is inevitable in life. You can either resist it and potentially get run over by it, or you can choose to cooperate with it, adapt to it, and learn how to benefit from it. When you embrace change you will begin to see it as an opportunity for growth." – Jack Canfield
A: See change, be curious with change and see where change can help you grow.
Q: "Be willing to transition at every stage of your life. If your heart is open and you have an open mind, the blessing will flow." – T. D. Jakes
A: Stay open to all possibilities and see how they can lead to transformation.
Q: "If you really want to do it, do it. Don't make excuses." – Bruce Nauman
A: Go do it.
Week of January 6, 2019
Q: “Don’t go through life. Grow through life.’ – Eric Butterworth
A: Look for opportunities to grow in a different way than ever before.
Q: “Keep the corners of your mouth turned up. Speak in a low, persuasive tone. Listen; be teachable. Laugh at good stories and learn to tell them... For as long as you are green, you can grow.” - Mother Teresa
A: Seek learning opportunities and question yourself, how can I learn from this? What can I learn? What will I apply in the future?
Q: "Never underestimate the power of your dreams." – Wilma Rudolph
A: Believe in the beauty of your dreams and have the courage to follow through.
Week of December 30, 2018
Q: “That's what you want to do? Then nothing beats a trial but a failure. Give it everything you've got. I've told you many times, 'Cant do is like Dont Care.' Neither of them have a home.” – Maya Angelou
A: Take a trial run.
Q: “And to all this she must yet add something more substantial, in the improvement of her mind by extensive reading.” – Jane Austin
A: Expand your mind and read something different.
Q: “The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talk you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow.” – Roy T. Bennett
A: Limit your mind-wall.
Week of December 23, 2018
Q: “Start changing yourself if you want to change the life around you.” – Mahatma Gandhi
A: Your change starts with you.
Q: "A life without cause is a life without effect." – Barbarella
A: Find your cause both personally and professionally.
Q: “If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.”? Anthony Robbins
A: Do something different and see what you get.
Week of December 16, 2018
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 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.
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