Tuesday, September 25, 2012

2012-39 - Do not blame others…

A student went to his teacher. “I shall not continue with my studies” he said. “I live in a small house with my brothers and parents, and never have the ideal conditions for concentrating on that which is important.”

The teacher pointed to the sun and asked his student to place his hand over his face, in order to hide it. The student obeyed.

“Your hand is small, yet it can completely cover the power, light and majesty of the great sun. In the same way, the small problems manage to give you the excuse you need in order to hinder your progress along your life.”

“Just as your hand has the power to hide the sun, mediocrity has the power to hide your inner light. Do not blame others for your own incompetence.”

~ Author Unknown
“There is an infinite difference between a little wrong and just right, between fairly good and the best, between mediocrity and superiority.”

~ Orison Swett Marden 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

2012-38 - Stretching Yourself…

I hadn't run more than three miles in twenty years. In fact I walk more often than I run. But last week I decided to join my friends Dan and Chris for a 5 mile run through the battlefields of Gettysburg while spending time at an FCA lacrosse camp with my daughter.

Dan, who runs marathons, and Chris, a former college athlete, ran the first two days without me. But on the third day I was inspired to join them.

It seemed like a good idea in theory but after the first mile I wasn't feeling very positive about my decision. At the three mile mark I wanted to stop running but knew it wasn't an option. I had to give everything I had.

As we ran the last two miles, mostly uphill, I felt like I was going to pass out but with Dan and Chris' amazing encouragement I kept going and made it to the finish line. 

I felt an incredible sense of accomplishment all day but that's not the point of this message.

What happened two days later is the reason why I'm writing this. I ran three miles by myself and it was a piece of cake.

What I thought was once hard was now easy because I had stretched myself.

We don't like to stretch ourselves because it's painful and uncomfortable but it is through discomfort and stretching that we become stronger and grow.

When we stretch ourselves we look back and realize that it is our challenges, not our comforts, that make us stronger, wiser and better.

So what area of your life do you need to stretch?

Not everyone should go run five miles. But you can stretch yourself by taking on a new project at work. You can stretch your mind by reading more books. You can stretch your heart by giving more to a charity. You can stretch your relationships at home. You can stretch yourself mentally, physically and spiritually by challenging yourself to do the hard things that make life ultimately easier.

How will you stretch yourself?

~ Jon Gordon

“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”

~ Bruce Lee 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

2012-36 - Self-respect leads to self-discipline…

A mother once brought her son to Mahatma Gandhi and said, ”Sir, please tell my son to stop eating sugar”.

Gandhi looked at the boy for a long time and then, turning towards mother, said, “Bring your son back to me in two weeks”. 

The mother did not understand the rationale of the delay in instruction, but she did as she was asked. Two weeks later she and her son returned. 

Gandhi looked deeply into boy‘s eyes and said, “Stop eating sugar”.

The mother was grateful, but puzzled. She asked, “Why didn‘t you tell my son to stop eating sugar two weeks ago when we were here?”

Gandhi replied, “Two weeks ago, I was eating sugar.”

~ Author Unknown
“Self-respect is the fruit of discipline; the sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”

~ Abraham J. Heschel