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Whoah, a new month already? Unbelievable! Wonderful!
What will you focus on this month? How will you make September count?
After the joy of focusing on gratitude, I am definitely eager to continue on an uplifting path.
So this month I will focus on:
There are so many quotes out there which are vastly inspiring and encouraging, offering food for thought and even light for the path ahead, sayings which make me feel, "Yeah! I can do this! I can be a better person, have a brighter future!"
It is a journey I'm looking forward to, this new month.
Right! Let's get inspired this month!
Lou Holtz said, "You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be."
Isn't that a true and amazingly encouraging statement? It speaks of all the potential we carry within ourselves. Like the orchards hidden within an apple, our victories lie hidden within our hearts and minds.
It's all up to you: Choose to be a winner. Or choose to be a loser.
Perhaps most importantly: Decide WHAT defines a winner in your world. And then go ahead and live it. Make it happen!
Dale Carnegie said, "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
This is one of the great truths I am learning. If you're stressing about anything, just DO something. However small, it doesn't matter. What matters is that the action will place you in a more positive vibration.
Likewise if you feel scared, insecure, overwhelmed, or depressed - translating these emotions into ACTION of any kind brings a lifting of the spirit and new hope. It moves you upwards.
Jim Rohn said, 'You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.'
No matter how my life has been up to today, I can change my direction simply by doing something different. TODAY!
The results of my previous decisions and actions may not change, but by taking a different direction today, I am determining my future results. And ultimately this will create a new destination.
To other folk it might look like I am still headed towards the same horizon but inside I will know: Things are different. I am creating a brilliant, brand new future.
You will notice that I gather a lot of inspiration from Jim Rohn.
'It doesn't matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes. What matters most is getting off! You cannot make progress without making decisions.' This is another of Mr Rohn's gems.
And I agree. Often making a decision - ANY decision! - and acting on it, is far more important than pondering and procrastinating and perfectionizing about a dilemma in your life.
The secret to this life is to keep moving. Even if we move through mistakes. Not moving leads to stagnation, and stagnation leads to death.
For today's inspiration I share with you what Cheryl Saban said:
"Personal power stems from the knowledge that youíre worthwhile, effective, and vital; and that you can change your life. This mind-set is what drives you to achieve; to grow; to advocate, and, ultimately, to give back to a society that desperately needs your input."
Just reading this makes me feel stronger, more able, and more focused. Yes, I CAN change my life. I CAN make a success of it. And I CAN lead such an abundant life that I freely give to all.
And so can YOU!
"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." So wrote Leo Tolstoy.
Much more powerful than to say "time will heal" because time does not always heal. With time - and most importantly PATIENCE - a lot can be achieved.
In my opinion, consistent action forms the third strand of this powerful braid. If you can consistently and patiently keep chipping away at your goal, or at following up a work matter, or at disciplining a child, you WILL get there.
We so easily give up too soon. Fighting alongside the two warriors of time and patience will conquer any foe.
Sheri McConnell said, "Your boundaries help others grow. They have to test your boundaries to grow. Did you get that? People donít test your boundaries to hurt you or to take advantage of you. They test them because they are still growing. And they never stop growing."
For someone who has always struggled with boundaries (setting them as well as running into them) this is such a comforting quote. My main pain with boundaries comes from the fear of rejection. In both directions: Making others feel rejected. Feeling rejected myself.
But I'm learning: Boundaries are both natural and needed!
Marianne Williamson said, "Your playing small does not serve the world. Thereís nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wonít feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine."
As a naturally short person, I tend to shrink myself down when standing next to someone even shorter than I. I feel uncomfortable towering over others.
In the same way I suspect I tend to play small when it comes to shining. Oh, how I want to shine! But I want to do it in the background, please.
By its very definition shining doesn't work like that!
Lance Armstrong learned from his mother: "Make every negative into a positive". And he elaborates: "Nothing goes to waste, you put it all to use, the old wounds and long-ago slights become the stuff of competitive energy."
I love that, the idea that not even a negative emotion or hurt goes to waste. Whatever happens to you, it can be GOOD if you choose to use it as such, even if only to provide fuel for moving upwards.
We all get wounded. What an amazingly empowering idea to use those wounds, worries and slights as energy, propelling us forward!
"Whether you stay six weeks, six months or six years, always leave it better than you found it." ~ Jim Rohn
"Always leave it better" is one of my personal life rules. Whether it means picking up papers in public toilets, or simply carrying someone's dishes to the sink, there is always some way I can leave a place better than I found it.
I'm long past getting upset when someone tosses a wrapper in the street. I have the power to pick it up myself, and so make a difference to this world, leaving it better than I found it.
"Part of creating a bigger life is elimination. You have to start saying no to things which don't move you forward."
Christine Kane's wisdom, this, probably slightly paraphrased.
I absolutely agree that elimination is an important part of moving towards success and a bigger life. That is what focus is all about, innit?
By focusing on your goal, you have to eliminate some of the clutter in your field of attention. It might not come easy, eliminating old patterns like vegging out in front of the TV, but for anyone committed to living their dream, it is the natural choice!
Christine Kane said, "Every time someone 'pushes up against you' or your beliefs, itís a gift. Even cynicism, criticism, and angry siblings can be a gift because they all get you clearer in making a conscious choice of how you want to live.† People donít have to agree with you in order for you to feel okay about your heart, mind and soul."
And it's true. The people who challenge me the most to keep growing, are the folk who keep pushing me.
These days I take note of these people and gratefully accept their gift.
Dan Goodwin recently said, "Itís immensely helpful then to re-evaluate what we have, what we need, and what we want. A great way of doing this is to simply consider this question: What if we started all over again?"
If you lost your entire house and had to start with a clean slate, what would you pick? What home? What clothes? What books? What computer programmes?
It makes one think, doesn't it? Not only about what is currently in our lives and actually unwanted or superfluous, but also what we really want from this life.
How about you?
"Be the kind of person you would like to be with." - Joseph F. Newton
An essential law I've learned is that to attract others, you have to BE attractive. And the easiest way to do that is to be the kind of person you'd most like to be with.
Do you crave tenderness? BE tender.
Do you long for encouragement? BE encouraging.
Do you want to be understood? BE understanding.
Do you need a leader showing you the way? BE that leader.
Do you require fairness in differences of opinion? You know what to do!
Be your own dream partner FIRST.
"Life does not accommodate you, it shatters you. It is meant to, and it couldn't do it better. Every seed destroys its container or else there would be no fruition." - Florida Scott-Maxwell
I ran into this quote today, and WOW, it amazed me!
As a Christian I'm familiar with the concept that the wheat kernel must die before it can sprout new life. But these words brought new insight. They explain why life's so hellishly difficult at times. So we may germinate and grow.
Life is SUPPOSED to be unfair and shattering.
Somehow, just knowing this makes everything all right.
"The sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky." - Hafiz
A well-known and powerful quote.
It's with this openness that I want to live, this freely-giving love. No expectation of reciprocation. No keeping score. No sense of lack or deprivation that says 'What about me? I want to receive, too!'
Merely a love so abundant that giving it is an act of overflowing, spilling over onto others, shining light, spreading grace.
That's how I want my life to be. Like the sun.
"For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: 'If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?' And whenever the answer has been 'No' for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something." - Steve Jobs
Wow, now that's food for thought!
There are some things I'd keep just the way they are, like rising early. But some things I'd want to change. And the best way to do that, is to start right now.
"If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive."† - Betty Eadie
I absolutely agree with this quote.
We have a duty towards ourselves to speak light, to create beauty and strength.
The wonder: We are absolutely able to replace negative with positive.We hardly realize what we can do.
"If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth." - Anthony de Mello
By creating peace in ourselves, we create peace in the world.
If you don't believe me, observe the next time you enter the office irritated, how quickly your attitude spreads to your colleagues.
What would happen if the buck stopped with YOU? If someone's irritation in traffic stopped with you and you refused to spread it? Wouldn't that make a huge difference? You bet it would!
"The peaceful warrior's way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability--to the world, to life, and to the Presence you felt. All along I've shown you by example that a warrior's life is not about imagined perfection or victory; it is about love. Love is a warrior's sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death."† - Dan Millman
I like that. Absolute vulnerability. The strength and inner faith to open yourself up to the world, without worrying about getting hurt. And if you do get hurt, knowing you're strong enough to handle it.
That's how I want to live!
"Satisfy others and you may or may not be happy. Be happy and you may or may not satisfy others. The wise choose happiness and let others do what they may." - Mastin Kipp
As a historic people pleaser, this quote means a lot to me. I am working on it, on becoming more solid within my core, so that my affirmation comes less from other people and more from me.
You'll never be able to satisfy others all the time. So you might just as well choose what's best for you, what makes YOU happy. And so lead a fuller life!
"I realized that in the end every summit boils down to what you're willing to risk to pursue your passion and make your dreams come true." ~ Stacy Allison
I recently read that EVERYTHING comes with a price: suffering. You just have to choose which suffering you want: the suffering of putting time and energy into your goals in order to reach excellence ... or the suffering of knowing you are less than you can be, falling into mediocrity and failure.
Guess which suffering is worst?
Remembering that an unrealized life is the greater suffering, it becomes easier to work towards fulfilment!
"Only when we accept full responsibility for our lives will we have the confidence and courage to risk." ~ Stacy Allison
YOU are responsible for your life. For all your needs.
It's not your boss' job to value your work as much as it's YOUR responsibility. It's not your partner's job to make you a better person: it's YOURS.
If there's something in your life needing change, YOU are the best person to initiate it.
Does this mean lots of hard work? Yes!
Does it means deep satisfaction of living a complete life, being independent and happy? Absolutely!
What do you choose?
"A crisis is a gift, an opportunity, and perhaps a manifestation that life loves us, by beckoning us to go beyond the dance we presently perform."† - Leslie Lebeau
Wow, isn't that an amazing way to look at all the challenges life throws at us?
Any crisis has the potential to make us stronger, better people. It all depends on how we choose to deal with it.
When I see folk who shine through adversity, it inspires me! When I see folk becoming embittered, it saddens me. By that I KNOW that we're meant to shine, to become MORE.
"Take a goal you want to accomplish by the end of this year, and ask yourself, "What one baby step could I take every day to complete this goal?" And then (and this is the big challenge) get out your calendar and schedule it in there daily for the rest of 2010." - Christine Kane
There are less than a 100 days left of 2010. What do you want to have accomplished by December 31st?
It's as simple as breaking your goal into small steps, and CONSISTENTLY doing something every day. Do this, and success seems remarkably easy to achieve.
"Here's the time to act: when the idea is hot and the emotion is strong." - Jim Rohn
Using enthusiasm to get you started on your road towards a goal is a great strategy. Sure, your energy might diminish later, but right now, you're pumped to go, you want to change the world!
So use that energy and drive, and go for it! Use it to give yourself as much momentum as possible before its gift fades away.
It's that simple - and you can change your whole world.
What small thing can you start RIGHT NOW?
"Something will master and something will serve. Either you run the day or the day runs you; either you run the business or the business runs you." - Jim Rohn
I don't even think this is about being a control freak. This is simply about taking responsibility for what you want.
How do you run the day instead of the day running you?
You might not be able to follow your entire plan for the day, but you WILL handle the day with greater intent. And that means at the end of the day you've achieved more than simply surviving.
ďOne person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with only interests.Ē - John Stuart Mill
What is it that you're not merely interested in, but you BELIEVE in? What is it that drives you, that lifts you, that fills you with passion?
That's the thing that sets you apart from all the folk who merely have a passing interest in it.
Just by your attitude you can be equal to a whole army of people who only live half-heartedly.
Just imagine: ONE person's motivation, ONE person's strength, ONE person's direction ...
... and that person is YOU!
This has been one INSPIRING month!
We ALL want to grow, we ALL want to shine ... and we ALL carry insecurities within ourselves. We ALL face challenges.
How fantastic that change is possible for ALL of us. The moment you WANT to become more, you have the power to BE more.
This month I've learned that achievement is very much possible. All it requires is to think big, start small, move fast - and then to CONSISTENTLY keep going in small, steady steps.
If you can dream it, you can do it. Nothing stands in your way.
How that thrills me!
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