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 August 2, 2020
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!
A: Play the game of life and see the possibility in every interaction as an opportunity to learn.
Week of July 26, 2020
Q: "Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important."
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."
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."
A: If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best.
Week of July 19, 2020
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.”
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."
A: Embrace the challenges.
Q: “Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate.”
A: Keep putting one foot in front of the other and move forward.
Week of July 12, 2020
Q: "By always taking out and never putting in, the bottom is soon reached."
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."
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.”
A: If the time is not ripe, you have to ripen the time.
Week of July 5, 2020
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.”
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."
A: Explore a new opportunity this week and take 1 action step toward it.
Q: “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
A: When you learn something new, share it with another person.
Week of June 28, 2020
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.”
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."
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."
A: Keep sight of your dreams and keep them alive in light of your day to day activities.
Week of June 21, 2020
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 June 14, 2020
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 June 7, 2020
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 May 31, 2020
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 leaning.”- 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 May 24, 2020
Q: "Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be." – Khalil Gibran
A: As you think about your own path to daring leadership, remember Joseph Campbell's wisdom: "The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek."
Q: "If we are facing the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking." – Buddhist Proverb
A: Own the fear, find the cave, and write a new ending for yourself and for the people you're meant to serve and support.
Q: "Talk to yourself like you would talk to someone you love." – Brené Brown
A: On your life journey, remember to be kind to yourself with your internal words.
Week of May 17, 2020
Q: "Never be afraid to try something new - winners are beginners who won't quit." – George Freshting
A: See life as an experiment and where you can try out a new way of doing something.
Q: “Keep in mind that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered." – Robert Fulghum
A: Water the “grass” around you and see what grows.
Q: "The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers." - M. Scott Peck
A: Build your uncomfortability muscle.
Week of May 10, 2020
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 May 3, 2020
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 April 26, 2020
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 April 19, 2020
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 April 12, 2020
Q: "Life is a challenge, meet it! Life is a dream, realize it! Life is a game, play it! Life is love, enjoy it!” – Sai Baba
A: Meet Life, Realize Life, Play Life, Enjoy Life.
Q: "If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly in those moments." – Anne Lindbergh
A: Embrace (and not judge) the present moment for what it is.
Q: "Patience and fortitude conquer all things." – Ralph Waldo Emerson
A: Keep moving when it is tough and keep going when it is long.
Week of April 5, 2020
Q: "Difficulties mastered are opportunities won." – Winston Churchill
A: View life through a prism and see the opportunities in all aspects of life.
Q: "The one thing you can't take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what happens to me. The last of one's freedoms is to choose one's attitude in any given circumstance." – Viktor Frankl
A: Your choice to choose how you want to be.
Q: "Don't wait for the storms of your life to pass. Learn to dance in the rain." – Steve Rizzo
A: The present is the opportunity.
Week of March 29, 2020
Q: "Just because something is tradition doesn't make it right today." – Anthony D'Angelo
A: As we progress through situations, see the opportunities to see, think and act differently from the past.
Q: "Don't talk to me about aesthetics or tradition. Talk to me about what's good right now." – George Steinbrenner
A: Live in the present and act accordingly to serve the greater good.
Q: "The beginning is the most important part of the work." – Plato
A: Explore the options - just because a solution works, doesn't mean that it's the only solution or even the best solution.
Week of March 22, 2020
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 March 15, 2020
Q: “Don’t go through life. Grow through life.’ – Eric Butterworth
A: Look for opportunities to grow in a different way than ever before. Opportunities abound everywhere if you look.
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 March 8, 2020
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 and see what you learn and then see how to apply the learning.
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 monkey mind-wall.
Week of March 1, 2020
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 February 23, 2020
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, learn 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 go of your worries.
Week of February 16, 2020
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 February 9, 2020
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 February 2, 2020
Q: "Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine." – Roy T. Bennett
A: Replace doubt with believe.
Q: "Many a man gets to the top of the ladder, and then finds out it has been leaning against the wrong wall." – Anonymous
A: Look up every now and then to be sure you're headed where you think you're headed.
Q: "Take a chance! All life is a chance. The person who goes farthest is the person who is willing to do and dare." – Dale Carnegie
A: "Why not?" is a slogan for an extraordinary life.
Week of January 26, 2020
Q: "It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures." – Oprah Winfrey
A: Seek new adventures which can lead to learning and new opportunities.
Q: "Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness." – James Thurber
A: Be present in the now and be with the experience of the now whatever it may be.
Q: "Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy." – Sheryl Sandberg
A: Strive for progress, not perfection. Keep in mind, the good enough rule.
Week of January 19, 2020
Q: "Be anxious for nothing; be grateful for everything." – Valorie Kondos Field
A: Be still and be grateful for all you can see, touch, hear, smell and taste.
Q: "The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it." – William James
A: Think about the legacy you want to leave and let it guide you.
Q: "The difference between getting somewhere and nowhere is the courage to make an early start. The one who sits still and does just what they are told will never be told to do big things." – Charles Schwab
A: Success won't just come to you - go meet it at least halfway.
Week of January 12, 2020
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 January 5, 2020
Q: "We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives not looking for flaws, but for potential." – Ellen Goodman
A: Adjust your perspective and see potential and then put a plan in place to maximize the potential you see.
Q: "What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?" – Vincent Van Gogh
A: Be courageous and attempt something new.
Q: "If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and every day you have the opportunity to write a new page." – Mark Houlahan
A: Ask yourself, what new pages do I want to write and once identified, start working on one of the new pages.