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 July 31, 2022
Q: “Don’t go through life. Grow through life.”
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.”
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."
A: Believe in the beauty of your dreams and have the courage to follow through.
Week of July 24, 2022
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.”
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.”
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.”
A: Limit your mind-wall.
Week of July 17, 2022
Q: “Start changing yourself if you want to change the life around you.”
A: Your change starts with you.
Q: "A life without cause is a life without effect."
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.”
A: Do something different and see what you get.
Week of July 10, 2022
Q: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.”
A: Dream and then live it.
Q: “Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive.”
A: Ask questions, explore and live your life; continue to be curious with 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.”
A: Let your worries go.
Week of July 3, 2022
Q: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
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.”
A: Determine where to place your energy.
Q: “At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.”
A: Pay attention to how you spend each moment.
Week of June 26, 2022
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.”
A: Expand and tap into opportunities and possibilities.
Q: “What you stay focused on will grow.”
A: Minimize distractions that limit your ability to focus.
Q: “You are stronger than you know.”
A: Tap into your inner strength.
Week of June 19, 2022
Q: "Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine."
A: Believe. Feed your brain positivity.
Q: "Many a man gets to the top of the ladder, and then finds out it has been leaning against the wrong wall."
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."
A: "Why not?" is a slogan for an extraordinary life.
Week of June 12, 2022
Q: "It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures."
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."
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."
A: Strive for progress, not perfection. Keep in mind, the good enough rule.
Week of June 5, 2022
Q: "Be anxious for nothing; be grateful for everything."
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."
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."
A: Success won't just come to you - go meet it at least halfway.
Week of May 29, 2022
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.”
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.”
A: Keep moving one step at a time.
Q: “Why are trying so hard to fit in, when you're born to stand out.”
A: Be You.
Week of May 22, 2022
Q: "One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching."
A: Create a list of things you want to do - places to go, people to see, things to do.
Q: “Life is a journey, not a destination; there are no mistakes, just chances we've taken.”
A: See life as a journey of opportunities and possibilities.
Q: “Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.”
A: Believe in your solution to what you want to be.
Week of May 15, 2022
Q: “To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.”
A: Visualize and then determine what actions to take.
Q: “Feel the fear and do it anyway!”
A: Let fear go; open a door or a window and send it on its way.
Q: “One day you will wake up & there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.”
A: Per the quote, “Do it now.”
Week of May 8, 2022
Q: “When you play it too safe, you're taking the biggest risk of your life.”
A: Ask yourself….where do I want to play where I haven’t because fear may be in my way.
Q: “We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go.”
A: Discover something new about yourself and see what you learn.
Q: “You must learn to take a step back and visualize the whole piece. If you focus only on the thread given to you, you lose sight of what it can become. ”
A: Create your vision.
Week of May 1, 2022
Q: “If you write it down, you can make it happen.”
A: Write it, see it, do it.
Q: “Do not accept whatever comes. Do not accept whatever goes. You have infinite power. Exercise your choice.”
A: Your choice; live at the consequence or make a choice of where you want to go.
Q: “Life is a barter of choice and consequences.”
A: Repeat: Your choice; live at the consequence or make a choice of where you want to go.
Week of April 24, 2022
Q: “Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity and fear of others. Never decide to do nothing just because you can only do little. Do what you can. You would be surprised at what "little" acts have done for our world.”
A: Keep in mind, one step at a time is progress, regardless of the size of the step.
Q: “If you really want the key to success, start by doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing.”
A: Where do you need to act the opposite of how you are currently acting? Where do you need to change?
Q: “To wander is to be alive.”
A: Meander and see where it takes you.
Week of April 17, 2022
Q: "But as they say about sharks, it's not the ones you see that you have to worry about, it's the ones you don't see."
A: Look beyond the obvious and see what opportunities you see.
Q: "Motivation comes from working on things we care about. It also comes from working with people we care about."
A: Take a moment to reflect on how you are spending your time. Are you working on things you are passionate about? Are you surrounding yourself with people you care about? Are you inspiring the people around you?
Q: "If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?"
A: When worry and anxiety creep in, acknowledge it and then dismiss it as it serves no purpose to progress.
Week of April 10, 2022
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."
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."
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."
A: Assess, are the obstacles to your success real or imaginary?
Week of April 3, 2022
Q: "Consider for yourself why you do what you do. It will make it that much easier to explain to and inspire someone else."
A: Write down your why’s and examine if they motivate you and therefore 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."
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."
A: See possibilities and opportunities everywhere.
Week of March 27, 2022
Q: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
A: Explore and find your path.
Q: “It's kind of fun to do the impossible.”
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.”
A: Make use of your time.
Week of March 20, 2022
Q: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
A: Utilize your creativity and imagination and decide where you can act upon it.
Q: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
A: Get uncomfortable.
Q: You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
A: Let one creative act lead to another, and another, and another.
Week of March 13, 2022
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.”
A: Take an action at any pace and move forward.
Q: “Always do what you are afraid to do.”
A: Recognize fear and make a choice to overcome it to achieve what you want to achieve.
Q: “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
A: Embrace uncomfortableness as a means to learn.
Week of March 6, 2022
Q: "Make sure you, not your daily routine, determines your destiny."
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.”
A: Make your happy moments.
Q: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
A: Look within yourself and find a new opportunity.
Week of February 27, 2022
Q: “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
A: Invent yourself in a different way.
Q: “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
A: Share with others what you truly want.
Q: “I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
A: Live in the present.
Week of February 20, 2022
Q: “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.”
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.”
A: Use your imagination and think outside the box.
Q: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
A: Live the story inside of you.
Week of February 13, 2022
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!”
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."
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.”
A: Take a new action today; don’t wait for tomorrow.
Week of February 6, 2022
Q: "No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us waiting to be born."
A: Dreams are renewable - start again today.
Q: “Your past cannot be changed. Your future is yet in your power.”
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."
A: Expand your horizons and get out and experience life to the fullest.
Week of January 30, 2022
Q: "Every moment of one's existence one is growing into more or retreating into less." 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."
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."
A: Venture outside your bubble.
Week of January 23, 2022
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."
A: Live self-confidence.
Q: "Awareness is a key ingredient in success. If you have it, teach it. If you lack it, seek it."
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."
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 January 16, 2022
Q: "Time is a created thing. To say 'I don't have time' is to say 'I don't want to.'"
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."
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."
A: Do not be timid about your actions. You fail more often by being too timid than by being too bold.
Week of January 9, 2022
Q: “To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.”
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."
A: One step at a time leads to another step and then another step.
Q: "Direction determines destination."
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 January 2, 2022
Q: "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."
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."
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."
A: Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. Discover your possibilities.
Week of December 26, 2021
Q: "I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."
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."
A: To make a change, tap into your strength, courage, wisdom and love.
Q: "Ideas won't keep, something must be done about them."
A: Take action on an idea.
Week of December 19, 2021
Q: "Explore, experiment, evolve."
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."
A: Ask yourself, how can I embrace frustration and turn it into a positive learning experience to move forward?
Q: "To conquer frustration, one must remain intensely focused on the outcome, not the obstacles."
A: Seek the possible solutions v. only solving the problem.
Week of December 12, 2021
Q: "We struggle with the complexities and avoid the simplicities."
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."
A: Keep a prism view.
Q: "Take action! An inch of movement will bring you closer to your goals than a mile of intention."
A: Use an action plan: action, when you will do it, once accomplished, identify potential reward for yourself.
Week of December 5, 2021
Q: “If you want to earn more, learn more."
A: Implement one new learning a day.
Q: "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”
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."
A: Identify what you want to accomplish and then go be your best and make your dreams come true.
Week of November 28, 2021
Q: “It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.”
A: Choose your destiny.
Q: "If you never alter your opinion, you are like standing water which results in a stagnant mind."
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.”
A: Take a step at a time to achieve your overall goal.
Week of November 21, 2021
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."
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.”
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.”
A: Create the world you choose.
Week of November 14, 2021
Q: “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”
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.”
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.”
A: Challenge yourself to live and enjoy the present moment experience.
Week of November 7, 2021
Q: "Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
A: Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Q: "Improvement begins with I."
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."
A: Move out of your comfort zone and expand your vision – explore new things, meet new (and different) people, accept new challenges.