“Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort.” - Peter McWilliams
What are you doing to expand your comfort zones?
“The mind is like a stomach. It is not how much you put into it that counts, but how much it digests.” - A.J. Nock
What types of information is your brain digesting?
“There is no security in life, only opportunity.” - Douglas MacArthur
Are you afraid to grasp an opportunity because of fear of the unknown?
“A wise man can play the part of a clown…but a clown can’t play the part of a wise man.” - John Lucas
Do you play the clown or the wise man?
“How many tomorrows would have been lost if nobody had stepped forward to do something about it yesterday?” - Bish
Who are you thankful for what you can look forward to?
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” - Frederick Douglass
What example are you setting for the younger people around you?
Last Thursday, our daughter, Mikela, graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the world's greatest Air Force, and shook the hand of her Commander in Chief after receiving her diploma.
I wrote her the following reflection as part of her commencement ceremonies and wanted to share it with all those graduating from college this spring:
You did it! Mom and I couldn’t be prouder of you and everything you accomplished to obtain your college degree.
We think back on the past five years and are filled with pride for your time at the Prep School, your two Basic Trainings, your surgically repaired knee, and the struggles to succeed with all those math, science and engineering classes.
With your learning challenges, the deck was stacked against you. Realistically, there was no way you should be graduating from the Air Force Academy. But somehow, you figured it out. And that resiliency and effort are what you should be most proud of. You overcame tremendous adversity, conquered overwhelming obstacles, and learned to master your mind, body, and soul. You took the best the Academy had to give and dominated it, but more importantly, you learned to dominate yourself. And this understanding of self will now allow you the privilege of leading others.
However, there is more learning ahead. You must learn to always be serious but never take yourself too seriously. You must learn to be humble and give credit to others. You must learn to be hopeful even when the future looks hopeless. You must learn the simplicity of true greatness, the open-mindedness of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength. You must always look to the future but never forget where you came from. You must honor your God and pray for guidance.
If you do all these things, you will have not lived in vain. We are excited about what the future holds for you. Congratulations and Good Luck!
Mom and Dad
“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald
What ideas are you holding in your mind?
The Unnaturalness of Anger
When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own – not of the same blood and birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so, none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are unnatural.
“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than in the one where they sprang up.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Are you secure enough to have another give you ideas regarding your purpose?
“A basic law: the more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for.” - Norman Vincent Peale
How thankful are you for everything you have?
Lord Nelson, England's famous naval hero, suffered from seasickness throughout his entire life. Needless to say, the man who destroyed Napoleon's fleet did not let it interfere with his career. He not only learned to live with this personal weakness, he conquered it.
Most of us have our own little "seasicknesses" too. For some it may be physical, for others psychological. Usually, it's a private war, carried on quietly within ourselves. No one will pin a medal on us for winning it, but nothing can dim the satisfaction of knowing we did not surrender.
From: Leadership...with a human touch - November 18, 1997
“He who considers too much will perform little.” - Schiller
When was the last time you simply acted because you knew it was the right thing to do?
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