Saturday Thoughts

June 26, 2010

Just a few things I found…

“What we do not claim remains invisible.” Marianne Williamson

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong, because someday in life you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy

and

“Don’t let disappointment become the central theme of your life.” Joel Osteen

Excuses, excuses…

June 25, 2010

I’ve been working on personal development over the last year, and I have begun to notice how many excuses I use.  “I’m too busy….”  “I’m too tired…”  “I don’t know…”  Somehow there is always a good reason NOT to take an action (especially an uncomfortable action) that is necessary.  My comfort zone has lost some of its appeal, as I want to grow and improve, but doing the hard work necessary?  Well, that’s another story.  You may be in a similar situation.  It’s so tempting to look for that easy way or to settle for the old familar pattern.  Considering the things that need to be done to effectuate real change and improvement can be very daunting, if not down-right frightening.  We are such creatures of habit, and don’t want to break out of that safe space, even if we know there is something better out there.  Doing something new or differently means risking failure, or embarrassment.  Is that really a bad thing?  John Maxwell says, “Every successful person is someone who failed, yet never regarded himself as a failure.”  Identifying the dream, the reason for being, that is important to each of us, helps to determine the actions needed to achieve it.  It’s important to remember that we don’t have to do everything at once-persevere and take one step at a time.  Remember the old joke?  “How do you eat an elephant?”  “One bite at a time!”  That big dream is attainable, as long as we take each step, one by one, no excuses allowed.  It all boils down to making a choice: take the action and make progress, or make the excuse and stagnate.  Henry Ford said, “There is no man living who isn’t capable of doing more than he thinks he can do.”  All we have to do is choose to do it.

“Let others lead small lives, but not you.
Let others argue over small things, but not you.
Let others cry over small hurts, but not you.
Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.”
— Jim Rohn

And another:

Dream it, deepen your Desire, and set a clear Direction. – – Philip Humbert

And yet another…

*Raise the Bar of Your Commitment so High
that Excuses can’t Jump Up and Pull You Down* –John DiLemme

Commitment to a dream, a big dream, will give us the motivation to find the means to accomplish it. We have all the tools we need to get going; we just need to take that first step. Take action today! Find like-minded people to share the journey. Start now. There is no more time to waste. Isn’t that big life you envision worth the effort?

Value Your Time

June 13, 2010

Do you value your time? How much time is spent dealing with trivial matters or is just plain wasted? John Maxwell says, “Instead of thinking about what you do and what you buy in terms of money, think about them in terms of time. Think about it. What is worth spending your life on?” I am learning that a lot of the things I allow to distract me are truly not worth the time I spend. It is becoming increasingly important to me to spend my time wisely. I have discovered that I need help with this, and have turned to using a planner. Although I am far from expert, and still working on self-discipline, it makes a big difference to set aside a time to do the things that are important to me, including dream and make plans for the achievement of my grand purpose in life. I am also finding that using a planner helps me to focus forward, get past the past (so to speak!). “What happened in your past is not nearly as important as what is in your future….If you stay focused on the past, you’re liable to miss numerous excellent opportunities ahead.” Joel Osteen Take control of your time, and use it to think about what you truly want to achieve in your life, to dream that big dream. Create a good atmosphere for that dream by self-development, surrounding yourself with encouraging, uplifting books, music,movies. Get inspiration by studying the lives of people who have achieved their dreams. John DiLemme asks, “Why live a mediocre existence when you have the entire world at your fingertips?” Take some time to think about it…

“Today continue to expand your sense of the possible….” Sarah Ban Breathnach

“It is just as easy to believe for the positive as it is the negative.” Joel Osteen

“You start now to adopt the thinking, learn the skills and develop the habits of the person you wish to be.” John Maxwell

Hello world!

June 9, 2010

“Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”  John Updike

Do you remember when you were a child?  Hours spent day-dreaming, planning big adventures.  As we get older, we tend to forget those earlier dreams.  Maybe we let ourselves get discouraged.  All too frequently, we let other people’s negative words and attitudes discourage and distract us from pursuing our dreams.  It’s time to take back our dream power! 

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”  Mark Twain

It is crucial to get back into the habit of dreaming.  Set aside some time for yourself.   Get inspiration – whether you read, listen to music, watch movies (or all of the above!), focus on materials that are uplifting, that expand your heart.  Think about where you are, and where you would like to be.  Whether it’s where you live, the work you do, or a creative urge, ponder it.  Play with it.  Think “What if…..” and let your imagination go!   Focus on the possibilities, and connect with yourself. 

“If your thinking is limited, then your life is going to be limited.”  Joel Osteen

Make the time to start to dream.  Who knows where it might take you?  No excuses allowed!  If you are too busy, think about what tasks you can delegate.  Don’t think about the past; it’s gone-focus forward!  Dream for your future!