Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014-53 - Shape the Future...

Every disappointment you've ever had is now behind you. The road ahead is yours to define, yours to shape, yours to make into whatever you want it to be.

Stretching out from this moment is an infinite array of possibilities. If you're not satisfied with the way things have been going up to this point, there are plenty of other options available to you. If you're disappointed with your progress, that's very useful because it signals the need for a change.

Right now, as this moment happens, a new you is coming to life. This new you is positive by choice, disciplined, passionate, focused, and capable of achieving anything which can be imagined. The old you has vanished into memory along with the rest of the past. The new you can take you anywhere you want to go.

Right now, the future is yours to shape. Do it with care. Do it with joy. Do it with passion. And it will be great.

~ Author Unknown

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

~ Malcolm X

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014-52 - Giving...

Jesus said that it is more blessed to give than to receive. It is a simple truth, even self-evident, yet magnificently profound and powerful. For life consists of giving. We are, each of us, unique, with our own contributions to make. At the same time, we are part of a greater whole. Giving is what keeps us connected. The more we give of ourselves, the more we strengthen our own unique aliveness. The gifts we give become part of the world around us, where they grow in value with each life they touch.

Anything that we truly and sincerely give, we will never lose.

True giving means giving of one's self. The physical object, if there is one, is merely a token. The essence of the gift is in the giving, in the expression of sincere love and caring. When you give a part of yourself, it is not gone, it is bigger and better than ever.

Giving is the most self-serving thing you can do... and therein, lies the beauty of life.

~ Ralph Marston

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

~ Jesus Christ

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2014-51 - Being of Service...

Can you be of service? Of course you can.

Being of service is at the heart of what life is all about. Much of life’s richest essence revolves around being of service to others, to yourself, and to the world around you.

The opportunity to be of service is an opportunity that brings out your most valuable and meaningful skills. It gives you the chance to get better and better at authentically being you.

Being of service feels profoundly right. That’s because it is.

Your actions can make life more valuable, meaningful and joyful for everyone with whom you come in contact. And that most certainly includes you.

Use your moments, your resources, your skills and your passions to genuinely be of service. Be of service, and you’ll be living life at its highest and most fulfilling level.

~ Ralph Marston

For many, Christmas is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first.

~ Queen Elizabeth II

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014-50 - I Will Act Now...

I will act now. I will act now. I will act now.

Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now.

I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have.

Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now.

Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever.

This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.

~ Og Mandino

Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.

~ Napoleon Bonaparte

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2014-49 - The Secret...

"How do you become more productive?"

Richard Branson leaned back and thought for a second. The tropical sounds of his private oasis, Necker Island, murmured in the background. Twenty people sat around him at rapt attention, wondering what a billionaire's answer would be to one of the big questions-perhaps the biggest question-of business.

The group had been assembled by marketing impresario Joe Polish to brainstorm growth options for Richard's philanthropic Virgin Unite. It was one of his many new ambitious projects. Virgin Group already had more than 300 companies, more than 50,000 employees, and $25 billion per year in revenue. In other words, Branson had personally built an empire larger than the GDP of some developing countries.

Then he broke the silence: "Work out."

He was serious and elaborated: working out gave him at least four additional hours of productive time every day.

The cool breeze punctuated his answer like an exclamation point.

~ Author Unknown

My workout is my meditation.

~ Kyle MacLachlan

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014-48 - Make the Effort...

Don't just hope to get it done. Take the time and make the effort to make it happen.

The things you get done are the things you make a specific time for in your schedule. If it's important enough to be an intention, then it's important enough to get it scheduled.

Don't relegate your valuable intentions to an open-ended to-do list. Put them on your calendar.

There's only so much time in each day, so scheduling your intentions will force you to prioritize them. That will help you make sure the most important things actually get done.

Thoughts and intentions are important because they can define your direction. For your direction to actually matter, though, you must get yourself in motion.

Go beyond wishing, hoping, planning and talking. Take the time, take the action, and get it done.

~ Author Unknown

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.

~ Mahatma Gandhi