INSPIRING PEOPLE TO LEAD UNCOMMON LIVES
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“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” - Christopher Columbus
What is stopping you from crossing the ocean to your success?
“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” - Jim Rohn
What is stopping you from changing your direction?
In Christopher Farley's book, Habits, he talks about how our failure to discover or rid ourselves of a single bad habit can cost us a successful future. Some excerpts from the book include:
Our success lies hidden in our daily habits: For example, Do we jump out of bed or roll out of bed? Do we bring positive or negative energy to our activities? Are we usually early or late for appointments?
Our daily habits are one of the most powerful weapons we have against complacency and failure: For example: If we make learning a daily habit, we consciously make success our destiny. If we make hard work a daily habit, we consciously make a lifetime of success our destiny.
Success is a process, but so is failure. Neither success nor failure shows up randomly in our lives: For example: We are continually making decisions and forming habits that lead to success or failure. Daily habits are preparing us for the future.
Our failure is found in the results of our habits: For example, Things we are doing today will decide how we're doing tomorrow. Paying attention to the results of our habits allows us to see the future. Changing our habits changes us, which changes our future.
“We are products of our past but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” - LaFleur
How has your past shaped the person you are today?
“The measure of a person’s success is not in the outcome but in the intention.” - Erwin Raphael McManus
How are your intentions leading you to success?
Take time for prayer – it will give you strength.
Take time to work – it is the way to success.
Take time to play – it refreshes the spirit.
Take time to be friendly – it is the source of happiness.
Take time to be alone – to find peace of mind.
Take time to read – it is the foundation of knowledge.
Take time to laugh – it lightens the heaviest burden.
Take time to dream – for all great things begin with a dream.
Take time to love – it is the essence of life.
Take time to plan – it is the secret of having time for the first nine things.
“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.” - Marcus Aurelius
How are your thoughts leading you toward or away from your goals?
“There are three classes of men: lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.” - Plato
What love drives you toward your goals?
The Triple Filter Test
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"
"Hold on a minute", Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
"That's right", Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," the man said, "Actually I just heard about it and ..."
"All right", said Socrates. "So, you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"
"No, on the contrary."
"So", Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though, because there's one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to me?"
"No, not really."
"Well", concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” - Plato
What do you have to say?
“Everyone is born with a certain potential. You may never achieve your full potential, but how close you come depends on how much you want to pay the price.” - Red Auerbach
What price are you willing to pay to achieve your potential?
“Alleged ‘impossibilities’ are opportunities for our capacities to be stretched.” - Charles R. Swindoll
What impossibilities have stretched your capabilities?
1. Health Enough to make work a pleasure.
2. Wealth enough to support your needs.
3. Strength enough to battle with difficulties and overcome them.
4. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them.
5. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished.
6. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor.
7. Love enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others.
8. Faith enough to make real the things of God.
9. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
“Never wish life were easier, wish that you were better.” - Jim Rohm
What are you doing to make your life better?
“In the end, everything you do should ultimately be measured by how much good is done for others.” - Erwin Raphael McManus
How do you measure success in your life?
I have reinvented myself numerous times over my professional career.