Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"Sometimes I wonder about my life.  I live a small life.  It's valuable but small.  Sometimes I wonder if I do it because I like it or because I haven't been brave." 
From the movie "You've Got Mail"

How are you living your life?  Is it the size you want it to be?  Maybe it's in a dormant, small phase which is fine.  No one else has the right to judge anyone else's life.  But if you're thinking your life is smaller than you wanted, then maybe it's time to be a little braver and step it up. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

"Never, and I mean never, allow anyone else's idea of who you can and can't become sully your dream or pollute your imagination. This is your territory, and a KEEP OUT sign is a great thing to erect at all entrances to your imagination."  Dr. Wayne Dyer

Our imaginations are extremely powerful and very personal.  How we act and feel is based directly on what we think.  Imagine you can't do something and you'll act on that thought.  It's bad enough we allow our own negativity to enter our thoughts, but no one else has the right...or the key.. to enter our imaginations unless we give it to them.  So put out that "Keep Out" sign except for the best thoughts and the most wonderful dreams. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A bad attitude is like a flat tire.  You can't go anywhere til you change it.

You can go places but no one's going to enjoy being around you if your attitude is bad.  No one will want to work with or for you.  No one will want to date or live with you for long.  No one will be happy if you wait on them so not much of a tip is coming your way.  But it's simple to fix...just change your attitude and watch what happens.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"If I could give you one gift, it would be the ability to see yourself as I see you so you'd know how truly special you are."  Unknown

This Valentine's Day and every day, it's important to realize that whether or not we have someone special in our lives, we still bring value to the world.  We each have our own special talents that no other person has, our own unique perspective.  We have value, we matter.  Besides, just because we didn't get a gift or card today doesn't mean someone isn't thinking about us.  They just might not have gotten around to letting us know...

Monday, February 13, 2012

"Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us." - Earl Nightingale

People often wonder why they're treated poorly at times.  Could it be that they're not putting forth the best attitude?  We tend to reflect what's around us unless we're consciously trying to be positive.  If we want to be treated well, it we want a pleasant atmosphere, doesn't it make sense to treat people well first?  It doesn't take much effort..and it's well worth the time.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Winners, leaders, masters -- people with personal power -- all understand that if you try something and do not get the outcome you want, it's simply feedback. You use that information to make finer distinctions about what you need to do to produce the results you desire.... Sometimes we learn from our mistakes, sometimes from the mistakes of others. Take a minute to reflect on the five greatest so-called 'failures' of your life. What did you learn from these experiences? Chances are they were some of the most valuable lessons you've learned in your life."  Tony Robbins 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What we perceive as a failure may simply be our inner being's way of telling us that we are ready to move to a new level of growth."— Anne Wilson Schaef

One team had to lose the Superbowl.  Just the way sports works.  It's not win-win.  But once the feeling of failure is over, there is the chance to learn, the chance to move on to a new reincarnation of who you are as a player and who you are as a team.  The same applies to all of us because we all fail at things.  In fact, most successful people talk about how recognize that failure isn't a bad thing.  In fact it's an essential part of success.  So fail and move on to a new you...whether you're a New England Patriot football player or just you.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

You don't have to see the whole staircase.  Just take the first step in faith.  Martin Luther King, Jr.

I'm pretty sure football was not what was in mind when this quote was first stated but there is a link because both teams today on SuperBowl Sunday have to do the work to prep and then take the first step.  They are visualizing the same end result - a victory.  But they have to have faith in their training, in their team, in their coaches, in themselves and for some, in a higher power.  Same for us in whatever challenges we're facing.  We need to do the prep, have faith where it counts and then take that first step...

Saturday, February 4, 2012

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Look at the most successful people.  Whether their success is in business, sports, relationships, the arts, family or financial, they had to be more than passively involved to achieve that success.  So if you're sitting on the couch wondering why your life isn't more successful, perhaps it's time to crank up your energy and go for what you truly want your life to be.  The couch will always be there...

Friday, February 3, 2012

"Once you decide to do something, and you're pretty sure you're right, then you gotta go ahead and do it. Because if you piddle around, somebody else will beat you to it." - Ted Turner on Master Class
Just do it. Go for it. What are we waiting for? If not now, when? Cliches? Maybe but as with most cliches, they're commonly said because there's some truth behind them. We all have goals, dreams, wishes but we often get stuck in our fears. And most of the fears are irrational. As soon as you start, the fears fall away and you begin to wonder why you waited so long. So start...before someone else gets there before you!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

"Interruptions can be viewed as sources of irritation or opportunities for service, as moments lost or experience gained, as time wasted or horizons widened. They can annoy us or enrich us, get under our skin or give us a shot in the arm. Monopolize our minutes or spice our schedules, depending on our attitude toward them." - William Ward

We're all got interruptions going on around us.  From technology to kids to co-workers, it's hard to find an uninterrupted stretch of time.  But like so much else in life, it's how we choose to react that matters most.  We can fly off the handle, complain constantly, or just get back to what we were doing before the interruption.  Granted after the 10th interruption in a row, it's pretty challenging to not get frustrated.  But we do get to choose and what we choose has an energy attached to it that we feel and we send out to those around us, especially to little ones who feel it and model what we adults do.  So choose rather than react don't let your interruptions run your life.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

‎"Belief is nothing but a state, an internal representation that governs behavior. It can be an empowering belief in possibility -- a belief that we will succeed in something or achieve something else. It can be a disempowering belief -- a belief that we can't succeed, that our limitations are clear, intractable, and overwhelming. If you believe in success, you'll be empowered to achieve it. If you believe in failure, those messages will lead you to experience that as well."   Anthony Robbins
What do you believe about yourself?  As you can see from the quote above, what we believe governs our behavior.  Doesn’t it?  If you believe you can’t do something, what’s the chance you’re going to be able to do it?  Our brains act on what we tell them…and what we say is tied to our beliefs.  Are you beliefs working for you or is it time perhaps to replace them with more empowering ones?  How?  There are great books out there on this topic and even better seminars where in as little as 3 days, you can completely turn your beliefs around.  Check out the Millionaire Mind Intensive for a great one on money beliefs.  Money issues will never be the same for you again.