Quotes

“The most important thing I learned from big companies is that creativity gets stifled when everyone’s got to follow the rules.” —David Kelley

“Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated.” —Alexander Osburn

“Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.” —Rollo May

“Artistic creativity is a whirlpool of imagination that swirls in the depths of the mind.” —Robert Toth

“Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.” —Samuel Johnson

“A person’s maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.” —Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Creativity is our true nature; blocks are an unnatural thwarting of a process at once as normal and as miraculous as the blossoming of a flower at the end of a slender green stem.” —Julia Cameron

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” ~Jim Ryun

“It’s not what you do once in a while; it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.” —Jenny Craig

“No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” —Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.” —Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.” —Jim Rohn

A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities… William Arthur Ward

“You don’t have to change that much for it to make a great deal of difference. A few simple disciplines can have a major impact on how your life works out in the next 90 days, let alone in the next 12 months or the next three years.” —Jim Rohn

“All improvement in your life begins with an improvement in your mental pictures.” —Brian Tracy

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” —Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” —James Allen

“Both poverty and riches are the offspring of thought.” —Napoleon Hill

“Use your body right: warm it up before you put it under strain. Use your mind right: psyche it up before you put it under strain.” —Tom Hopkins

“The brain is like a muscle. When we think well, we feel good.” —Carl Sagan

“The biggest lesson I have ever learned is the stupendous importance of what we think. If I knew what you think, I would know what you are, for your thoughts make you what you are; by changing our thoughts, we can change our lives.” —Dale Carnegie

“People who make decisions go to the top. Those who fail to make decisions go nowhere.” —Bob Proctor

“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose—somehow we win out.” —Ronald Reagan

“Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by traffic from both sides.” —Margaret Thatcher

“Each indecision brings its own delays and days are lost lamenting over lost days…. What you can do or think you can do, begin it. For boldness has magic, power, and genius in it.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The future is not some place we are going to but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but made” …John Schaar

“Ineffective people live day after day with unused potential. They experience synergy only in small, peripheral ways in their lives. But creative experiences can be produced regularly, consistently, almost daily in people’s lives. It requires enormous personal security and openness and a spirit of adventure.” —Stephen R. Covey

“It is wonderful to be in on the creation of something, see it used, and then walk away and smile at it.” —Lady Bird Johnson

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.” —Mary Lou Cook

“If we fail to nourish our souls, they wither, and without soul, life ceases to have meaning. The creative process shrivels in the absence of continual dialogue with the soul. And creativity is what makes life worth living.” —Marion Woodman

“Pain nourishes courage. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” —Mary Tyler Moore

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.” —Sir Winston Churchill

“If there is one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire better than another, it is a brave man, it is the man who dares to look the devil in the face and tell him he is a devil.” —James A. Garfield

“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” —Eddie Rickenbacker

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence.

Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear.

Perhaps the action you take will be successful; Perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow.

But any action is better than no action at all…  Norman Vincent Peale

You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you`ll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless… Caroline Myss

“Our success is directly related to our clarity and honesty about who we are, who we’re not, where we want to go, and how we’re going to get there.” —Howard Behar

“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstances.” —Thomas Jefferson

“When you know clearly what you want, you’ll wake up every morning excited about life.” —Mark Victor Hansen

“No man can always be right. So the struggle is to do one’s best, to keep the brain and conscience clear, never to be swayed by unworthy motives or inconsequential reasons, but to strive to unearth the basic factors involved, then do one’s duty.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Commitment with accountability closes the gap between intention and results.” —Sandra Gallagher

“If you don’t make a total commitment to whatever you’re doing, then start to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking.” —Lou Holtz

“There are only two options regarding commitment: You’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.” —Pat Riley

“Commitment doesn’t guarantee success, but lack of commitment guarantees you’ll fall far short of your potential.” —Denis Waitley

“Begin with praise and honest appreciation. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders…. Make the fault easy to correct. Make the other person happy about doing what you suggest.” —Dale Carnegie

“To get your ideas across, use small words, big ideas and short sentences.” —John Henry Patterson

“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” —Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I don`t measure a man`s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom… General George S. Patton

“It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of super-sophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.” —Erma Bombeck

“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” Erma Bombeck

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.” Oprah Winfrey

“Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.” Richard E. Byrd

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within.” Anonymous

Remember, success is not measured by heights attained but by obstacles overcome. We`re going to pass through many obstacles in our lives: good days, bad days. But the successful person will overcome those obstacles and constantly move forward.  Bruce Jenner, American Olympian

“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.” —Earl Nightingale

“I find that it is not the circumstances in which we are placed, but the spirit in which we face them, that constitutes our comfort.” —Elizabeth T. King

“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life, but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations before they arise.” —Zig Ziglar

“There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.” —W. Clement Stone

“At some point, you have to make a decision. Boundaries don’t keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That’s how we’re made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” ~from Luke Chang

Action makes more fortune than caution.” —Luc De Clapiers

“But try,” you urge, “the trying shall suffice; The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!” —Robert Browning

“The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.” —Frances Willard

“The most important thing you can do to achieve your goals is to make sure that as soon as you set them, you immediately begin to create momentum.” —Anthony Robbins

“There is only one way in the world to be distinguished. Follow your instinct! Be yourself, and you’ll be somebody. Be one more blind follower of the blind, and you will have the oblivion you desire.” —Bliss Carman

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” —Judy Garland

“There is only one you for all time. Fearlessly be yourself.” —Anthony Rapp

“Home Depot knows ‘the more they help, the more they sell’—oh by the way, for the ‘bottom liners’ who disagree—it’s also vice-versa.” —Jeffrey Gitomer

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are usually right.  Henry Ford

Demonstrate to your customer the difference between price and cost. The price is what it takes to purchase the item. The cost is the amount the customer eventually pays. They are not the same.” —Brian Tracy

“To succeed in sales, simply talk to lots of people every day. And here’s what’s exciting – there are lots of people!” —Jim Rohn

“In sales there are going to be times when you can’t make everyone happy. Don’t expect to and you won’t be disappointed. Just do your best for each client in each situation as it arises. Then, learn from each situation how to do it better the next time.” —Tom Hopkins

“Life is a series of sales situations, and the answer is NO if you don’t ask.” —Patricia Fripp

“Now, if you want to get rich, you have only to produce a product or service that will give people greater use value than the price you charge for it. How rich you get will be determined by the number of people to whom you can sell the product or service.” —Earl Nightingale

Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965)

A leader is a dealer in hope–Napoleon Bonaparte

What chance gathers she easily scatters. A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway!” Jack Canfield

When you are grateful fear disappears and abundance appears” – Tony Robbins

“Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men, the other 999 follow women”-~ Groucho Marks

“I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years. —Richard Bach

“If you make a commitment, honor it. If you make a promise, keep it. If you set a goal, achieve it.” Gary Ryan Blair

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” ~ Indira Gandhi

“First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” – Rob Gilbert

“Many of our fears are tissue-paper thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them.” —Brendan Francis

“Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.” —Mary Hemingway

“Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” —Benjamin Franklin

“If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.” —Calvin Coolidge

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“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.” – Jim Rohn

You are the only person on earth who can use your ability. You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. ~Zig Zigler

“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” Benjamin Franklin

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm… Sir Winston Churchill

“A person dies daily, only to be reborn in the morning, bigger, better, wiser.” —Emmet Fox

“True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.” —Akhenaton

Wisdom is the lesson learned, applied.” —Rick Beneteau

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.” —Plato

Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future… Marilyn Ferguson

“The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.” —Jim Rohn

“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” —Jim Rohn

“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” —Jim Rohn

“The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.” —Jim Rohn

An unwritten want is a wish, a dream, a never-happen. The day you put your goal in writing is the day it becomes a commitment that will change your life. Are you ready? Tom Hopkins

You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you.  If you don`t have that kind of feeling for what it is you are doing, you`ll stop at the first giant hurdle… George Lucas

“There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen.” — Hugh Prather

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe… Anatole France

The difference between whether you say, `I wish I would have,` or `I`m glad I did,` at the end of your life is whether or not you take decisive action during your life...  Chris Widener

Go out and make a difference in your community.

You don`t need endless time and perfect conditions.

Do it now.  Do it today.

Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating… Barbara Sher

“The true spirit of Christmas is love.” —Linda Willis

“Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.” —Ruth Carter

“Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.”

—Oren Arnold

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” —W.T. Ellis

“The only real blind person at Christmas-time is he who has not Christmas in his heart.” —Helen Keller

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” —Norman Vincent Peale

“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” —Dale Evans Rogers

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.” —Charles Dickens

“Love came down at Christmas; love all lovely, love divine; love was born at Christmas, stars and angels gave the sign.” —Christina G. Rossetti

What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.  –Alexander Graham Bell

The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after. –Newton D. Baker

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. –Chinese Proverb

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don`t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day. Jim Rohn

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” – Cicero

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” -Native American Proverb

“To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Whoever wants to be great must become a servant” (Mark 10:43 MSG)

Whatever we think about and think about we bring about. John Demartini

Whatever your mind can conceive and can believe, it can achieve. Napoleon Hill

Whether you think you can or can’t either way you are right. Henry Ford

Our character is basically a composite of our habits. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character…” —Stephen Covey

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” —John Wooden

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” —James D. Miles

“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” —John Wooden

“Character is a quality that embodies many important traits, such as integrity, courage, perseverance, confidence and wisdom. Unlike your fingerprints that you are born with and can’t change, character is something that you create within yourself and must take responsibility for changing” —Jim Rohn

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” —Helen Keller

People do not attract that which they want, but that which they are.”  – As A Man Thinketh

“If you feel something in your heart, if you have a vision for it, then it’s no longer a risk.” —Isaac Mizrahi

As the light of the day brightens, awaken your potential, be grateful and experience its glory. – CSea Perkins

Today holds a very special present, it is called time.  Do with it that which empowers others.  – CSea Perkins

Allow the ‘possibilities’ to tickle your mind and create that smile which turns to laughter. – CSea Perkins

Don’t become a victim of yourself. Forget about the thief waiting in the alley; what about the thief in your mind?” Jim Rohn

“It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts. —Jim Rohn

“Take advice, but not orders. Only give yourself orders. Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘Since I will be no one’s slave, I will be no one’s master.‘” Jim Rohn

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of. You don’t have charge of the constellations, but you do have charge of whether you read, develop new skills and take new classes.” —Jim Rohn

“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.”—Jim Rohn

“The better you get at your key skills, the more you accomplish in a shorter period of time.” —Brian Tracy

“If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.” —Vincent Van Gogh

“Learn to hide your need and show your skill.” —Jim Rohn

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot; others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” —Pablo Picasso

“That’s the secret: be interesting. If you can’t be interesting, shut up. There’s nothing wrong with silence.” Earl Nightingale

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” Thomas H. Huxley

“To survive, to avert what we have termed future shock, the individual must become infinitely more adaptable and capable than ever before.” Alvin Toffler

“Don’t carelessly place yourself in tempting situations. Avoid them” (Proverbs 14:16 TEV).

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing!” ~ Albert Einstein

Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.” —Jim Rohn

“When you know what you want, and you want it bad enough, you will find a way to get it.” —Jim Rohn

The best motivation is self-motivation. The guy says, ‘I wish someone would come by and turn me on.’ What if they don’t show up? You’ve got to have a better plan for your life.” —Jim Rohn

Humans have the remarkable ability to get exactly what they must have. But there is a difference between a ‘must’ and a ‘want.'” —Jim Rohn

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” Jack London

If you make a commitment, honor it. If you make a promise, keep it. If you set a goal, achieve it.” Gary Ryan Blair

23sep09 – You always pass failure on the way to success.” Mickey Rooney

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -Mark Twain

Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy. -Walt Disney

Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action. -Orison Swett Marden

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.” David Starr Jordan

22sep09 – Welcome FallAutumn 2009

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. – Carl W. Buechner

19sep09 – Creativity is a synchronistic collapse of probability waves, a quantum leap at the cusp of choice less awareness and subtle intention.Deepak Chopra

17sep09 – I walk and talk with confidence, knowledge and compassion; why are they jealous 

Knowing the depths of knowledge is different than having the knowledge

You can try to fool some of the people some of the time but you will not fool all the people all of the time

14sep09 – The day starts again, a choice to start anew. What you do with it determines the gratitude you receive.

13sep09 – If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone. – John Maxwell

11sep09 – Make time to be in gratitude for all our armed forces protecting us on this 8th Anniversary at War.

You cannot keep a committed person from success. Place stumbling blocks in his way, and he takes them for stepping-stones, and on them he will climb to greatness. Take away his money, and he makes spurs of his poverty to urge him on. The person who succeeds has a program; he fixes his course and adheres to it; he lays his plans and executes them; he goes straight to his goal….”Joe Griffith” (thanks for the reminder Amy Sever)

10sep09 – In honor of my dearly departed, I reflect with great joy and turn ache into glory… CSea

08sep09 – When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.-~Peace Pilgrim

06sep09 – Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. – Jean-Paul Sartre

Opportunities are born and die. Still you wait and will not try. A bird with wings who dares not rise and fly. – A. A. Milne

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly; ’Tis dearness only that gives everything its value.” ~Thomas Paine (thank you Sam Smith for sharing)

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” —Albert Einstein

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds…” —Norman Vincent Peale

“Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” —Denis Waitley

“Discovery of a solution consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.” —Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

“Problems are good, not bad. Welcome them and become the solution. When you have solved enough problems, people will thank you.” —Mark Victor Hansen

“The real problem is usually two or three questions deep. If you want to go after someone’s problem, be aware that most people aren’t going to reveal what the real problem is after the first question.” —Jim Rohn

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.” —Theodore Rubin

03sep09 – If you do not see the miracle; become the miracle.

The end of labor is to gain leisure.  ~Aristotle

God sells us all things at the price of labor.  ~Leonardo da Vinci

The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then
, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.  ~Elbert Hubbard

Work isn’t to make money; you work to justify life. ~Marc Chagall

Without labor nothing prospers. ~Sophocles

Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things.  It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.  ~Adam Smith

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.
~Ovid

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another
.  ~Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard

02sep09 – “Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.” —Jim Rohn

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.  ~Jim Rohn

Be not be angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. ~Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420

You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.  ~Steven D. Woodhull

01sep09 – Don’t wait for the Last Judgment. It happens every day.  ~Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956

Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other.  ~Henry David Thoreau

31aug09 – The past can’t see you, but the future is listening. ~Destin Figuier

And in today already walks tomorrow. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The future is always beginning now.  ~Mark Strand, Reasons for Moving

Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.  ~Ruth Benedict

I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.  ~Arthur Wing Pinero, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, 1893

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there. ~Charles F. Kettering

30aug09 – If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room ~ Anita Roddick

If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars ~ unknown

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. ~Eden Phillpotts

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark ~ Zen saying

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places. ~Author Unknown

When the world says, “Give up”, Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.”
~Author Unknown

Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.  ~Dale Carnegie

Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.  ~Author Unknown

29aug09 – Learn all you can from the mistakes of others.  You won’t have time to make them all yourself.  ~Alfred Sheinwold

Experience is not what happens to a man.  It is what a man does with what happens to him.  ~Aldous Leonard Huxley, Texts and Pretexts, 1932

Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald. ~Proverb

28aug-09 – Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don’t do well simply because they major in minor things.” —Jim Rohn

“Every action (or inaction) involves a choice between what is more important and what is less important.” —Brian Tracy

MIRACLES

“The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is — a miracle and unrepeatable.” Margaret Storm Jameson

“The next time it begins to rain… lie down on your belly, nestle your chin into the grass, and get a frog’s-eye view of how raindrops fall…. The sight of hundreds of blades of grass bowing down and popping back up like piano keys strikes me as one of the merriest sights in the world.”Malcolm Margolin

“The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.”Percival

“Ingenuity, plus courage, plus work, equals miracles.”Bob Richards

MODELING BEHAVIOR

“The ability to adapt is everything!”Denis Waitley

“You can’t think your way into acting positively, but you can act your way into thinking positively.”Nido Qubein

“Imitate until you emulate; match and surpass those who launched you. It’s the highest form of thankfulness.”Mark Victor Hansen

“Children have more need of models than of critics.”Carolyn Coats

MOTIVATION/INSPIRATION

“Motivation is an inner force that compels behavior.”Denis Waitley

“Love is a better master than duty.”Albert Einstein

“To succeed… you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.”Tony Dorsett

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”Zig Ziglar

27aug09 – Within you is all you require to now live the life of your dreams.Michael Bernoff

26aug09 – Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity.  ~St. Augustine

The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.  ~Feodor Dostoevski

A habit is something you can do without thinking – which is why most of us have so many of them.  ~Frank A. Clark

Ill habits gather by unseen degrees – As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas. ~John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel, 1681

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Ryun

25aug09 – The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it. ~Charles DeLint (thank you Paula Eder)

Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.  ~Doug Larson

Goals are dreams with deadlines.  ~Diana Scharf Hunt

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.  ~T.S. Eliot

The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.  ~Charles DeLint

Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.  ~Arnold H. Glasow

A deadline is negative inspiration.  Still, it’s better than no inspiration at all.
~Rita Mae Brown

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.  ~Douglas Adams

24aug09 – “It takes time to build a corporate work of art. It takes time to build a life. And it takes time to develop and grow. So give yourself, your enterprise, and your family the time they deserve and the time they require.” —Jim Rohn

Nothing is so strong as gentleness.Ralph W. Sockman

23aug09 – Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.  ~John Muir

Our hearts are drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.  ~George W. Russell

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.  ~Rabindrath Tagore

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.  ~Kahlil Gibran

22aug09 – It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. ~Author Unknown

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~Mark Twain

How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it! ~George Elliston

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.  ~Thornton Wilder

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.  ~Author Unknown

Give thanks for this shall come back to you multiplied when that gratitude remains. ~CSP

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.  ~David Thomas

21aug09 – Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless. ~Bill Watterson

Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.  ~John Shirley

There aren’t enough days in the weekend.  ~Rod Schmidt

The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.  ~Chuck Palahniuk

The rhythm of the weekend, with its birth, its planned gaieties, and its announced end, followed the rhythm of life and was a substitute for it
.  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Why wait for the weekend to have fun  ~Loesje, loesje.org

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.  ~Author Unknown

20aug09 – A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader’s Digest, June 1995

Attitudes are contagious.  Are yours worth catching? ~Dennis and Wendy Mannering

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.  ~Anthony J. D’Angelo, The College Blue Book

Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.  ~Ancient Persian Saying

If you don’t think every day is a good day, just try missing one. ~Cavett Robert

It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. ~Annie Gottlier

19aug09 – One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.  ~E.M. Forster

I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.  ~Henry David Thoreau

Our distrust is very expensive. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough. ~Frank Crane

The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.  ~Henry L. Stimson

18aug09 – The purpose of life is a life of purpose. ~Robert Byrne

Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend.  ~Walter Savage Landor

Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.  ~Washington Irving

A useless life is an early death.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Worry ducks when purpose flies overhead.  ~C. Astrid Weber

17aug09 – Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.  ~Ruth Benedict

I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate. ~Arthur Wing Pinero, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, 1893

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.  ~Charles F. Kettering

I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.  ~Albert Einstein

The past can’t see you, but the future is listening. ~Destin Figuier

And in today already walks tomorrow.  ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

16aug09 – Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern

I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.  ~William Shakespeare

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.  ~G.K. Chesterton

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.  ~Malayan Proverb

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls.  ~David Thomas

15aug09 – “Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” Dag Hammarskjold (thanks Glen Rice)

Laughter is a powerful, positive alternative to any crisis or mood swing. . . even is you fake it. You can actually laugh your way out of anything. Laughter is alkaline forming and is more powerful than any acid forming form of stress or depression. It works. . . immediately. . . always. ~ Leigh W Alden

If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.  ~Frank A. Clark

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard

If you have lived, take thankfully the past.  ~John Dryden

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed.  If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.  ~Robert Brault

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. ~Arabic Proverb

14aug09 – Faith is spiritualized imagination.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.  ~J.R.R. Tolkien

Faith is courage; it is creative while despair is always destructive.  ~David S. Muzzey

Faith is a passionate intuition
.  ~William Wordsworth

To me faith means not worrying.  ~John Dewey

Faith is putting all your eggs in God’s basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.  ~Ramona C. Carroll

Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith.  ~Author Unknown

Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.  ~Rabindranath Tagore

13aug09 – It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~e.e. cummings

We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.  ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. ~David Carradine

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.  ~Judy Garland

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. ~Raymond Hull

12aug09 -“We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become.” — David R. Hawkins (thanks Glen Rice)

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn’t fall down.  ~Allen H. Neuharth

Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.  ~Henry Ford

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.  ~Eleanor Roosevelt

It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes
.  ~Sally Field

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.  ~David Brinkley

It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. ~Author Unknown

On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.  ~William R Inge

11aug09 – There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. ~Josh Billings

Without forgiveness life is governed by… an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation.  ~Roberto Assagioli

One thing you will probably remember well is any time you forgive and forget.  ~Franklin P. Jones

Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares forgive an injury.  ~E.H. Chapin

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.  ~Oscar Wilde

He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.  ~George Herbert

10aug09 – Patience is a most necessary qualification for business; many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.  ~Lord Chesterfield

Patience:  A minor form of despair disguised as a virtue. ~Ambrose Bierce

You can learn many things from children.  How much patience you have, for instance.  ~Franklin P. Jones

Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.  ~George-Louis de Buffon

Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.  ~John Quincy Adams

9aug09 – The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.  ~Vance Havner

He who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire:  to make something.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Don’t find fault.  Find a remedy. ~Henry Ford

The person who will not stand for something will fall for anything. – Nancy Arroyo Perez

8aug09 – The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. ~ Samuel Johnson

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle.  I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.  ~Mother Teresa

The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work.  ~Harry Golden

We acquire the strength we have overcome. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far.  ~Uncle Remus

Pain is inevitable.  Suffering is optional.  ~M. Kathleen Casey

If you’re going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

We have no right to ask when sorrow comes, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question for every moment of happiness that comes our way.  ~Author Unknown

A bend in the road is not the end of the road… unless you fail to make the turn.  ~Author Unknown

7aug09 – If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.  ~Jim Rohn

You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.  ~Steven D. Woodhull

What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step.  It is always the same step, but you have to take it.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

Good for the body is the work of the body, and good for the soul is the work of the soul, and good for either is the work of the other. ~Henry David Thoreau

Remember, if you’re headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns!  ~Allison Gappa Bottke

6aug09 – Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success. ~Author Unknown

No one can whistle a symphony.  It takes a whole orchestra to play it. ~H.E. Luccock

Teamwork is the ability to work as a group toward a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry.  ~Author Unknown

Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.  ~Vince Lombardi

The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.  ~Margaret Carty

Many hands make light work.  ~John Heywood

One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts but team work dynamites.  ~Jin Kwon

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.  ~John Donne

5aug09 – I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.  ~John Locke

Well done is better than well said.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.  ~Italian Proverb

After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done.  ~Author Unknown

The shortest answer is doing.  ~Lord Herbert

Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words.  Trust movement.  ~Alfred Adler

4aug09 – Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.  ~Doug Larson

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.  ~Epictetus

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.  ~Henry David Thoreau

How strange that Nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! ~Emily Dickinson, letter to Mrs. J.S. Cooper, 1880

Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard.  ~Standing Bear

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!  ~John Muir

Adopt the pace of nature:  her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.  ~George Washington Carver

3aug09 – Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge.  ~Isaac Friedmann

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.  ~Paul Boese

Forgiveness is a funny thing.  It warms the heart and cools the sting.  ~William Arthur Ward

It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.  ~Grace Hopper

The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

2aug09 – Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

If you owe the bank $100 that’s your problem. If you owe the bank $100 million, that’s the bank’s problem. ~ Jean Paul Getty

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~ Martin Luther King Jr

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. ~ Napoleon Hill

What seems nasty, painful, evil can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. ~ Henry Miller

Brick walls are there for a reason – they let us prove how badly we want things and to keep out others who do not want it enough ~ Randy Pausch

1aug09 –Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.”  ~ Moshe Dayan

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.”  ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”  ~ Abraham Lincoln

“Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”  ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

31jul09 – “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

30jul09  – “It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.”  – John Steinbeck

“Today is a day to stand in the moment and take a long look back from where I came and to look forward to where I must go.” – Amy Wong

29jul09 – Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” – John Maxwell

“It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” ~ Auguste Rodin

“Only two things ever stop us from having what we want: FEAR and UNBELIEF” – Inez Bracy

“Act as if everything you think, say and do determines your entire life – because in reality, it does!” ~Laurelle Adrian

28jul09 – “To do a common thing, uncommonly well, brings success.” -Henry John Heinz.

The quality of my life is determined by the quality of the questions I consistently ask myself – Anthony Robbins

27jul09 –You must get involved to have an impact.~ John H. Holcomb

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. ” – Tommy Lasorda

26jul09 – “The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes.  That’s the day we truly grow up.”- John Maxwell

People with integrity have firm footing, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall” (Proverbs 10:9 NLT).

“I act as if everything depends upon me and pray as if everything depends upon God.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

25jul09 – “Ultimately our ability to extending the energy of compassion and charity will be the fulcrum which moves the world. Its application rests not on our understanding of the world, but comes from a deeper well of connectivity and devotion. Enough said.” – Jerry Goldberg

“People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives.” – Stedman Graham

Very few of us are authorities on the truth. About the closest that any of us can get is what we hope is the truth or what we think is the truth. That’s why the best approach to truth is probably to say, “It seems to me….” — Jim Rohn

“Never appeal to a man’s ‘better nature’. He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage.” ~ Robert Heinlein

24jul09 – They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price. ~ Kahlil Gibran

What is happiness? Its’ a life well-lived and filled with people of substance. Its activity with purpose. Its love in practice. ~ Jim Rohn

“Keep your face in the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.” —Helen Keller

People try to rain on your parade because they have no parade of their own.” —Jeffrey Gitomer

“Learn from the negative as well as the positive, from the failures as well as the successes.” —Jim Rohn

“Man does not control his own fate. The women in his life do that for him.” -Groucho Marx

23jul09 – I’ve heard that when life throws you bricks you shouldn’t build a wall – but instead build a staircase. I prefer to think of the bricks as ammo. – Rebecca Bock, Facebook

22jul09 -“When plans are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances fit in with them.” — Sir William Osler

“The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.” ~ Walter Percy

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.” — Susan Ertz

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” — William Wadsworth

“To solve a problem or to reach a goal, you…don’t need to know all the answers in advance. But you must have a clear idea of the problem or the goal you want to reach.” ~ W. Clement Stone

21jul09 – “We make a living by what we get, but we make a Life by what we Give”. – Winston Churchill

“Some say don’t mix business with pleasure, why not allow business to be pleasure.  Love what you do and receive abundant rewards“.  CSea Perkins

“To grow we must move forward by thinking forward; otherwise we don’t experience the joys awaiting us.” CSea Perkins

“On the way to work, concentrate on the way—not the work.” — Jim Rohn

20jul09 – “Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of attention.” — Jim Rohn

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  Create a plan, be it small or large and do it; achieve.  Then on to a bigger one!

“The best advice I ever came across on the subject of concentration is: Wherever you are, be there.” — Jim Rohn

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~ Brian Tracy

“Look at you, you chose to do, times two.  Just a little bit more, widened the door, to fulfill your core.”  CSea Perkins

“A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t and even brags about it!” (Proverbs 13:16 LB).

“A good man thinks before he speaks” (Proverbs 15:28 LB).

The wise man looks ahead. The fool attempts to fool himself and won’t face facts” (Proverbs 14:8 LB).

19jul09 – “If one insists on remaining with the memories, focus on making new memories.  Those in days past are there to serve in creating more exciting memories with long term fulfillment.  If not forging ahead the quicksand will eventually strengthen its hold on you”.  CSea Perkins

“You don’t have to jump out of a plane, climb a mountain, sail around the world or save the earth all by yourself.  You can, however, achieve even greater heights by doing just a little bit more each day, every day.  Set your sights on the win, not the steps between.” – CSea Perkins

“Making time to bring joy into the life of another, quite spontaneously and without cost to you.  The resounding gratitude exudes joy into every fiber of your existence and well beyond, to others you will never know.”  CSea Perkins

18jul09 – “The fact that we are not able to observe it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist,rather than human perception is severely limited.” Giuliana Conforto, Italian astrophysicist

17jul09 – “There’s nothing too good for you to possess, Nor heights where you cannot go; Your power is more than belief or guess– It’s something you have to know. There’s nothing to fear–you can and you will, For you’re the invincible you. So set your foot on the highest hill – There’s nothing you cannot do.” ~ ANONYMOUS

“Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.” — Les Brown

All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.” ~ William James

“This moment is all that I have as my own, to use well, or waste, as I may; but I know that my future depends alone on the way I live today. ~ T.C. Howard

“It matters not what you have got as much as what you believe.  Be in gratitude always, if for no other reason than to receive the boomerang.” – C Perkins

16jul09 – “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” ~ Helen Keller – 1929

“Opportunity is infinite; once you know that, opportunity is omni-existent.” – Mark Victor Hansen

“If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulder of giants.”
~ Isaac Newton

“A dream is a compelling vision you see in your heart that’s too big to accomplish without the help of others.” – Chris Hodges

“Every evening, write down the six most important things that you must do the next day. Then while you sleep your subconscious will work on the best ways for you to accomplish them. Your next day will go much more smoothly” — Tom Hopkins

“Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent Return on Energy!” — Brian Tracy

“Most of the time, stuff doesn’t just happen to us—we make it happen by what we do and the way we are.” — Tony Jeary

15jul09 – “The miracle of the seed and the soil is not available by affirmation; it is only available by labor.” — Jim Rohn

14jul09 – It is not what we get. But who we become, what  we contribute … that gives meaning to our lives. — Anthony Robbins

Do a check up from the neck up and determine where you are and what steps you can take to improve who you are! Susan Walsh

“You can get anything money will buy without a lick of character, but you can’t get any of the things money can’t buy ~ happiness, joy, peace of mind, love, winning relationships, etc., without character”! Zig Ziglar

“In 20 years, you’ll be more disappointed in the risks that you didn’t take, than the ones you did. Go ahead… take ownership of your future now… DO today what others won’t so you can LIVE tomorrow like others can’t.” ~ Brad Hager

“Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them; things are forbidden to them that every honorable man will do any day in the year and other things are allowed to them that are generally despised. Each person must stand on his own feet.” Hermann Hesse

13jul09 – I can do things you cannot.  You can do things I cannot.  Together we can do great things. Mother Teresa

12jul09 – “People think that at the top there isn’t much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top.” ~Margaret Thatcher

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Affirmations added 11jul09.  Add yours in the COMMENTS section below!

Everything is perfect, precisely as it is!  Believe it and de-stress instantly!

You are healed and happy and whole – right now

Have fun; Do Good – Remember who you are!

Your Work will benefit creation

To dissolve anger eliminate the words “If only you were more like me, if only the world were not the way it is.”

Everything is already here for you waiting to be received.

What ever you think about expands, so think success,
receive,
achieve,
confidence,
control,
inner beauty,
inner contentment,
self love,
satisfaction,
excellence,
joy,
fun,
accomplished,
playfulness,
love,
miracles,
empowering,
growing,
balance,
fulfillment,
complete,
freedom,
excitement,
adventure,
pleasure,
bliss, etc…

Anytime you get hate, practice sending out love and love will come back to you and you will be free.

My love is a healing force in the world

Your strength is stronger that your weakness

All your feelings are valid

Saying NO to what you don’t want opens the door to what you do want

Rejection is an opportunity to love yourself more fully.

All good things are effortless

You never lose anything that is for your highest good

If you don’t love yourself who is supposed to do it for you? Look in the mirror and say “I love and approve of myself”

My connection to infinite intelligence is unlimited.

I am smarter than I think.

Confront denials and abolish illusions

11jul09 – “I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a “transformer” in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.” ~ Stephen R. Covey

“Remember: Leaders are like quarterbacks… their job is not to run the ball but to decide who to give the ball to. Give, and the rewards you get will be mind boggling.” ~ Brad Hager

10jul09 – “The Important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are; For what we could become” – Charles Dubois

The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living; the world owes you nothing; it was here first.” — Mark Twain

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” — Oprah Winfrey

9jul09 – “Of all the judgments we make through life, none are more important than the estimate we place on ourselves according to our own internal standards.” — Denis Waitley

8jul09 – Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

7jul09 – Vision / It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.”~ Robert Collier

“There is nothing that can’t be done if we unite in the voice of one

“Thank you for eradicating boundaries, thank you for never giving up.”

Very few of us are authorities on the truth. About the closest that any of us can get is what we hope is the truth or what we think is the truth. That’s why the best approach to truth is probably to say, “It seems to me….” — Jim Rohn

6jul09 –  “I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have hold of for the moment, and I want it to burn as brightly as possible before handing it to future generations.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

5jul09 – Most of us would be upset if we were accused of being “silly”. But the word silly comes from the old English word “selig”, and it’s literal definition is “to be blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous”. SO my friends….go be as “silly” today as you can possibly be.  Susan Walsh

4jul09 – “Home Depot knows ‘the more they help, the more they sell’ — oh by the way, for the ‘bottom liners’ who disagree — it’s also vice-versa.” — Jeffrey Gitomer

3jul09 – A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. Grover Cleveland

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. Mohandas Gandhi

90 percent of my time is spent on 10 percent of the world. Colin Powell

There’s a great power in words, if you don’t hitch too many of them together. Josh Billings

Do not think that love in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Mother Teresa

1 jul 09 – “The greatest gift you can give to somebody is your own personal development. I used to say, ‘If you will take care of me, I will take care of you.’ Now I say, ‘I will take care of me for you if you will take care of you for me.’” — Jim Rohn

29jun09 – So few things ever said about the mountains seem equal to the intensity of being in them. — Rick Anderson

28jun09 –  It has been said that the Doors of Opportunity don’t open – they unlock. This is true but that means it is up to YOU to turn the knob. There are a million “reasons” why you may not seize what’s in front of you when you have the chance. Don’t worry tho, as opportunities are never lost… just as surely as you pass an opportunity by… someone else will take the one you miss. — Jerry

27jun09 – “Nothing of great value in life comes easily. The things of highest value sometimes come hard. The gold that has the greatest value lies deepest in the earth, as do the diamonds.” — Norman Vincent Peale

GOALS

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. What ever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” — Oprah Winfrey

“A person without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.” — Denis Waitley

“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.” — Jim Rohn

“If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.” — Zig Ziglar

GRATITUDE

“Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life.” — Christiane Northrup

“Develop an ‘attitude of gratitude.’ Say think you to everyone you meet for everything they do for you.” — Brian Tracy

“Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.” — Albert Schweitzer

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

GROWTH

“But as I look back at my life, it is easy to see that the times when my wisdom and understanding grew to new levels; those times when I approached becoming the person I long to e; it was always the times that followed negative circumstances.” — Vic Johnson

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” — Karen Kaiser Clark

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming.” — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” — May Sarton

26jun09 – “I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.”  — Clint Eastwood

25jun09 – Freedom

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — The Declaration of Independence

“The arms we have been compelled by our enemies to assume we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance, employ for the preservation of our liberties being with one mind resolved to die free rather than live slaves.” — Thomas Jefferson

“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” — Thomas Paine

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“All we have of freedom — all we use or know — this our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.” — J. Rudyard Kipling

“There is nothing wrong with America that the faith, love of freedom, intelligence, and energy of her citizens cannot cure.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

24jun09 –  “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Maybe… just maybe I will join Procrastination Anonymous… tomorrow” – K. Rochon

“I can’t decide if I am indecisive” – K. Rochon

“There is no ‘I’ in ‘M-E”, but there is a “M” and an “E” in “T-E-A-M'”

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
– Robert Frost

“You are, or will become, the average of the five people you associate with the most.” – Brian Carruthers

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey

“…you cannot soar with the eagles as long as you’re pecking around with the chickens.” – Joel Osteen

“A fool and his money are soon partying.” Steven Wright

“Boy, those French: they have a different word for everything!” Steve Martin

“Life is too important to be taken seriously.” Oscar Wilde

“To get what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.”

“I bet you I am less competitive than you are!” – K. Rochon

22jun09 Some famous Napoleon Hill Quotes

Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.

– Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality; man, alone, can dream and make his dreams come true.

A goal is a dream with a deadline.

– All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.

– Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win – essential to success.

– Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes.

– Self-discipline begins with the mastery of your thoughts. – If you don’t control what you think, you can’t control what you do. Simply, self-discipline enables you to think first and act afterward.

21jun09 Brad Young shared “Commitment is doing the thing you said you’d do, long after the feeling you said it in has passed.” Jeff Olson

21jun09 – “We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.” — Earl Nightingale 1922-1989

19jun09 – “The real champions in life are so humble and gracious. They just continue doing what they do without all the posturing. If you’ve got the real thing, you don’t have to flaunt a loud imitation.” — Denis Waitley

18jun09 – “New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.”  — John Locke

THE FUTURE

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” — Abraham Lincoln

“My interest is in the future
because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” — Charles f. Kettering

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.” — William Allen White

GETTING STARTED

“If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest.” — Publilius Syrus

“What is the most important thing that you should do right now?
It’s easy to figure out the answer–the most important thing is usually the item you least want to do. So jump on it. Get it out of the way. Then go on to the next thing you don’t want to do and get rid of that item by completing it. You’ll be amazed at how it frees your spirit no to have them hanging over you.” — Tom Hopkins

“Think big, start small.”
— Patricia Fripp

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.” — Napoleon Hill

GIVING/ABUNDANCE

“Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” — Og Mandino

“One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention.”
— Jim Rohn

“Give bouquets of business. Introduce your clients to each other so they can work and prosper together.” — Mark Victor Hansen

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Norman MacEwan

One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions.”  — Admiral Grace Hopper

17jun09 – “Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one.”  — Thomas Carlyle

15jun09 – “Remove the anchor and the ship will sail altering its course along the way to avoid obstructions to achieve its final destination.” – Peter Frebold, CFA

11jun09 – “True listening happens when you’re neither expecting nor judging” — Amrit Desai

10jun09 – “Give to the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“The twin killers of success are impatience and greed.” Jim Rohn9jun09 – “In every success story, you find someone who has made a courageous decision.” Peter F. Drucker

8jun09 – “The best job goes to the person who can get it done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses.” ~ Napoleon Hill

6jun09 – “Most people go on living their everyday life half frightened, half indifferent, they behold the ghostly tragi-comedy that is being performed on the international stage before the eyes and ears of the world.” ~ Albert Einstein

“I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win — if you don’t you won’t.” ~ Bruce Jenner

4jun09 – FAITH

“I do not believe in a fate that falls on men and women however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” — G.K. Chesterton

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith. — Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Material success may result in the accumulation of possessions; but only spiritual success will enable you to enjoy them.” — Nido Qubein

FASCINATION/CURIOSITY
“I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I´m not afraid of falling into my inkpot.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The mark of a truly civilized man is confidence in the strength and security derived from the inquiring mind.” — Felix Frankfurter

“Learn how to turn frustration into fascination. You will learn more being fascinated by life than you will by being frustrated by it.” — Jim Rohn

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” — Ellen Parr

FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE
“All lasting wealth comes from enriching others in some way.” — Brian Tracy

“Do yourself a favor and master the art of money. Treat it as an honored guest in your life, one who will quickly flee if you do not treat her well, but one who will stay and enrich your life beyond measure if you treat her with care and respect.” — Philip E. Humbert

“Earn all you can, give all you can, save all you can.” — John Wesley

“I remember saying to my mentor, ‘If I had more money, I would have a better plan.´ He quickly responded, ‘I would suggest that if you had a better plan, you would have more money.´ You see, it’s not the amount that counts; it’s the plan that counts.” — Jim Rohn

4jun09 – “You have to find something that you love enough to be able to take risks, jump over the hurdles and break through the brick walls that are always going to be placed in front of you. If you don’t have that kind of feeling for what it is you’re doing, you’ll stop at the first giant hurdle.”  George Lucas

4jun09 –”You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.” Sidney A. Friedman, Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author

3jun09 – “If passion drive you, let reason hold the reins.” Benjamin Franklin

3jun09 – “Four short words sum up what has lifted most successful individuals above the crowd; a little bit more. They did all that was expected of them and a little bit more.” A. Lou Vickery

2jun09 –  “All enduring motivation must ultimately come from within the individual. That is why the words empower and envision are so vital to team performance. It must be your inner power and your own personal vision that propels you, not that of your leader.” Denis Waitley

2jun09- “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” Sally Koch

1jun09 – “The major value in life is not what you get. The major value in life is what you become. That is why I wish to pay fair price for every value. If I have to pay for it or earn it, that makes something of me. If I get it for free, that makes nothing of me..” Jim Rohn

“We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.” Jim Rohn

“Better understated than overstated. Let people be surprised that it was more than you promised and easier than you said.” Jim Rohn

“Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” Jim Rohn

“Nothing teaches character better than generosity.” Jim Rohn

“Leaders, whether in the family, in business, in government, or in education, must not allow themselves to mistake intentions for accomplishments.” Jim Rohn

“Emotions will either serve or master, depending on who is in charge.” Jim Rohn

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.” Jim Rohn

“We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.” Jim Rohn

“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

“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” Jim RohnTRUST:

“Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.” — Booker T. Washington

“You can’t shake hands with a clenched fist.” -– Indira Gandhi

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.” — Frank Crane

“One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.” — E. M. Forster

“A man who doesn’t trust himself can never really trust anyone else.” — Cardinal De Retz

“A person will not buy from you until he is convinced that you are a friend and are acting in his best interest. You must make this clear.” — Brian Tracy

“I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

SALES / SELLING:

“Demonstrate to your customer the difference between price and cost. The price is what it takes to purchase the item. The cost is the amount the customer eventually pays. They are not the same.” — Brian Tracy

“To succeed in sales, simply talk to lots of people every day. And here´s what´s exciting – there are lots of people!” — Jim Rohn

“Life is a series of sales situations, and the answer is NO if you don’t ask.” — Patricia Fripp

“Now, if you want to get rich, you have only to produce a product or service that will give people greater use value than the price you charge for it. How rich you get will be determined by the number of people to whom you can sell the product or service.” — Earl Nightingale

“In sales there are going to be times when you can’t make everyone happy. Don’t expect to and you won’t be let down. Just do your best for each client in each situation as it arises. Then, learn from each situation how to do it better the next time.” — Tom Hopkins

BOOKS:

“Some people claim that it is okay to read trashy novels because sometimes you can find something valuable in them. You can also find a crust of bread in a garbage can, if you search long enough, but there is a better way.” — Jim Rohn

“A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas-a place where history comes to life.” — Norman Cousins

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” — Groucho Marx

“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read.” — Abraham Lincoln

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island… and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.” — Walt Disney

“If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.” — Warren Buffett

“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.” — Gilbert Highet

“Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.” — Bell Hooks

“Read an hour every day in your chosen field. This works out to about one book per week, 50 books per year, and will guarantee your success.” — Brian Tracy

“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” — Oprah Winfrey

“A room without a book is like a body without a soul.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

“It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.” — Sir Winston Churchill

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Of course inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx

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  1. Thank you. I’ve been maintaining other blogs; hence my rare appearance here. Appreciate the motivation.

  2. “Commitment is doing the thing you said you’d do, long after the feeling you said it in has passed.” Jeff Olson

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