INSPIRING PEOPLE TO LEAD UNCOMMON LIVES
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“To endure is greater than to dare. To tire out hostile fortune; to be daunted by no difficulty; to keep heart when all have lost it – who can say this is not greatness.” - William Makepeace Thackeray
How do you keep going in the face of overwhelming odds?
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” - Amelia Earhart
Have you committed to the decision to act?
Everyone is Important
During Mark's first month of college, the professor gave his students a pop quiz. He was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until he read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. He had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would he know her name? He handed in his paper, leaving the last question blank.
Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward the quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They each deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say 'hello'". Mark never forgot that lesson. He also learned her name was Dorothy.
“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” - Farrah Gray
Whose dreams are you building?
“Loneliness is the central and inevitable experience of every person.” - Thomas Wolfe
Can you sit with your loneliness and like the company you keep?
“Habit is stronger than reason.” - George Santayana
Are your habits leading you toward your goals?
“If you’re not responsible for a problem, you don’t have the power to fix it. You cannot own the moment if you do not take ownership.” - Erwin Raphael McManus
Are you owning the ability to fix the problem?
1. Have A Hobby: Acquire pursuits which absorb your interest; sports and "nature" are bst.
2. Develop A Philosophy: Adapt yourself to social and spiritual surroundings.
3. Share Your Thoughts: Cultivate companionship in thought and in feeling. Confide, confess and consult.
4. Face Your Fears: Analyze them; daylight dismisses ghosts.
5. Balance Fantasy With Fact: Dream but also do; wish but build; imagine but face reality.
6. Beware of Alluring Escapes: Alcohol and drugs will prove faithless friends.
7. Exercise: Walk, swim, golf - muscles need activity.
8. Love, But Love Wisely: Sex is a flame which uncontrolled may scorch; properly guided, it will light the torch of eternity.
9. Don't Become Engulfed In A Whirlpool Of Worries: Get help early.
10. Trust In Time: Be patient and hopeful, time is a great therapist.
By Dr. Joseph Fetterman
“Your decisions reveal your priorities.” - Jeff Van Gundy
What do your decisions say about your priorities?
“I stood in the middle of my pain. I stepped into my pain. I walked through my pain. One thing I was certain of was that on the other side of my pain, there awaited my freedom.” - Erwin Raphael McManus
Are you seeking your freedom by avoiding your pain?
In building a firm foundation for success, here are a few stones to remember, according to Rollo C. Hester
1. The wisdom of preparation,
2. The value of confidence.
3. The worth of honesty.
4. The privilege of work.
5. The discipline of struggle.
6. The magnetism of character.
7. The radiance of health.
8. The forcefulness of simplicity.
9. The winsomeness of courtesy.
10. The attractiveness of modesty.
11. The inspiration of cleanliness.
12. The satisfaction of serving.
13. The power of suggestion.
14. The buoyancy of enthusiasm.
15. The advantage of initiative.
16. The virtue of patience.
17. The rewards of cooperation.
18. The fruitfulness of perseverance.
19. The sportsmanship of losing.
20. The joy of winning.
“The warrior knows they have not learned everything but that they know everything they need to learn.” - Erwin Raphael McManus
Do you know what you still need to learn?
Fifteen Traits of Unabashedly Successful Women
Here are fifteen things successful women have in common:
Number 1: They play to their strengths. Successful women often chose their career paths by thinking first about what they’re good at and second about what they love to do.
Number 2: They have ambition. Successful women do not dream about being the best in their section or department. Most want to change the world.
Number 3: They stay positive. Successful women know how to deal with disappointment in a way that keeps them from getting down and staying down.
Number 4: They’re organized. They decide what they want to do and then they just do it – simple and organized.
Number 5: They’re constantly learning. They are continually improving themselves and use mentors and coaches to accelerate their improvement.
Number 6: They have a strong support system. Most women have a partner or family member who is supportive of what they do.
Number 7: They know failure and success go together. Everyone has their failures on the way to the top. That’s just how it is.
Number 8: They remain grateful. They give credit to those who’ve helped them along the way. They are grateful for what they have.
Number 9: They work hard and persistently. Nobody got to where they are now without working hard and staying persistent during tough times.
Number 10: They don’t sweat the small stuff. Successful people are good at separating the valuable from the worthless.
Number 11: They choose their battles wisely. Successful women don’t make a big deal about every little thing. But if there’s a real problem, you can be sure it will be swiftly solved.
Number 12: They do what they believe in. The belief in the purpose of their work is the fuel behind years of hard work and dedication.
Number 13: They have confidence. Successful women believe in themselves.
Number 14: They have a vision for the future. Successful women see a new and better world in the future and work toward achieving those changes. They are in it for the long haul.
Number 15: They feel successful but never done. There’s always more, always better, always further to reach.
From the article: 15 Traits of Unabashedly Successful Women by Edie Berg – August 15, 2016 – SUCCESS Magazine
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when circumstances permit. When you’re committed to something, you except no excuses, only results.” - Art Turock
What commitments will you except no excuses?
“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” - Tony Robbins
What are you willing to be flexible on in order to reach your goals?
I have reinvented myself numerous times over my professional career.