Goals – The Why
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” Henry David Thoreau Long-term goals are challenging to achieve for several reasons: The challenges listed are very likely to occur, and any one of these challenges can derail an individual’s goal pursuit very quickly. One strategy, though, […]
Dare to Demonstrate Integrity
“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your pet parrot to the town gossip.” Will Rogers How often do we succumb to the pressure to portray ourselves in a way that is not authentic? How often do we choose to dress or act in a certain way, attend certain events, […]
Everything Went Wrong…Or Did It?
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou “Failure is success if we learn from it.” Malcolm Forbes How do you handle […]
Take Care of Yourself
“If you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself.” Dalai Lama “One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” Bertrand Russell “…passengers should be advised to don their own oxygen masks […]
Words Supplement Actions…Not the Other Way Around
“Well done is better than well said.” Benjamin Franklin “The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterward speaks according to his actions.” Confucius We’ve all had the experience of being moved by clear, persuasive language. Whether it’s an impassioned speech, profound poetry, a heartfelt apology, or just a well-crafted commercial on TV, we’ve all been affected […]
Instead of Imagining the Future, Experience the Present
“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Albert Camus “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” Mother Theresa How often do we find ourselves lost in thought about what we think will happen, might happen, could happen? How much energy, effort, and time do […]
Reject Instant Gratification…Immediately!
“It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.” Aristotle We live in a society that, more and more, is driven by instant gratification. We look for the shortest, quickest, easiest ways to satiate our appetites, whatever those appetites might be. Whether it’s food, […]
Time…How Are You Using Yours?
“I believe that every human being has a finite number of heartbeats. I don’t intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.” Neil Armstrong Time is the most precious commodity we have. Of all the resources we regularly seek out and use, time is the only one that is impossible to supplement. It’s not […]
Either Forward or Back…You Choose
“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, “And this too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! […]
Perfect Conditions Don’t Exist
“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.” Ecclesiastes 11:4 (ESV) “The best is the enemy of the good.” Voltaire How often have we all said something to the effect of, “When X happens, then I will….”? Too often, we find ourselves waiting to begin or fully commit […]