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 February 21, 2021
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 February 14, 2021
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 February 7, 2021
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 January 31, 2021
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 January 24, 2021
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 January 17, 2021
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 January 10, 2021
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 January 3, 2021
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 December 27, 2020
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 December 20, 2020
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 December 13, 2020
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 December 6, 2020
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 November 29, 2020
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 November 22, 2020
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 November 15, 2020
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 November 8, 2020
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 November 1, 2020
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 October 25, 2020
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 October 18, 2020
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 October 11, 2020
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 October 4, 2020
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 September 27, 2020
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."
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."
A: Keep going, keep going, keep going.
Q: "When you postpone today's projects, you use up tomorrow."
A: When feeling the urge to procrastinate, push onward to completion.
Week of September 20, 2020
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 September 13, 2020
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 September 6, 2020
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.
Week of August 30, 2020
Q: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
A: Change how you see and see how you change.
Q: "Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness."
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."
A: Pay attention and trust your instincts and minimize over-analyzing an issue.
Week of August 23, 2020
Q: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
A: Blaze your new trail and seek new discoveries.
Q: “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”
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."
A: Push yourself outside of your comfort zone and seek a new possibility.
Week of August 16, 2020
Q: "What is defeat? Nothing but education; nothing but the first step to something better."
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."
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."
A: Believe, Learn , Grow, Accomplish.
Week of August 9, 2020
Q: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
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."
A: Develop yourself and others to succeed.
Q: "Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."
A: Learn from all things possible.
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”.