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 September 26, 2021
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 September 19, 2021
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 may have to ripen the time.
Week of September 12, 2021
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 September 5, 2021
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 August 29, 2021
Q: “Every story I create, creates me. I write to create myself.”
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.”
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."
A: Give yourself the opportunity to develop your potential.
Week of August 22, 2021
Q: “There's a saying among prospectors: 'Go out looking for one thing, and that's all you'll ever find.'”
A: Look for solutions, look for opportunities, look for success.
Q: “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”
A: Choose how you wish to think.
Q: “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.”
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 August 15, 2021
Q: “Take your idea and try it. If it fails, admit it, and try another. But above all, try something.”
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.”
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.”
A: Make the most of your today.
Week of August 8, 2021
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.”
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."
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!’”
A: Turn a “might have been” into an “it is”.
Week of August 1, 2021
Q: "Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be."
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."
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."
A: On your life journey, remember to be kind to yourself with your internal words.
Week of July 25, 2021
Q: "Never be afraid to try something new - winners are beginners who won't quit."
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."
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."
A: Build your uncomfortability muscle.
Week of July 18, 2021
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: "As long as a person stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way."
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.”
A: Choose if and how you want to succeed.
Week of July 11, 2021
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.”
A: Step out of line - be that tenth person.
Q: "Every path has its puddle."
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."
A: Step out of your comfort zone.
Week of July 4, 2021
Q: "Life is a challenge, meet it! Life is a dream, realize it! Life is a game, play it! Life is love, enjoy it!”
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."
A: Embrace (and not judge) the present moment for what it is.
Q: "Patience and fortitude conquer all things."
A: Keep moving when it is tough and keep going when it is long.
Week of June 27, 2021
Q: "Difficulties mastered are opportunities won."
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."
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."
A: The present is the opportunity.
Week of June 20, 2021
Q: "Just because something is tradition doesn't make it right today."
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."
A: Live in the present and act accordingly to serve the greater good.
Q: "The beginning is the most important part of the work."
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 June 13, 2021
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."
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."
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."
A: Go do it.
Week of June 6, 2021
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 May 30, 2021
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 May 23, 2021
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 May 16, 2021
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 May 9, 2021
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 May 2, 2021
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 April 25, 2021
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 April 18, 2021
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 April 11, 2021
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 April 4, 2021
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 March 28, 2021
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 March 21, 2021
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 March 14, 2021
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 March 7, 2021
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 February 28, 2021
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 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.