Tuesday, September 21, 2010
"Life is a competition not with others, but with ourselves. We should seek each day to live stronger, better, truer lives; each day to master some weakness of yesterday; each day to repair a mistake; each day to surpass ourselves."
~David B. Haight~
Few of us will ever compete in an arena such as the Olympics or professional sports. However, each day we compete in the arena of life and self-improvement. If we embrace the teachings of today's quote, a personal gold medal is within our reach.
Today, do at least one of the following:
- live a stronger, better, truer life
- master some weakness of yesterday
- repair a mistake
- surpass yesterday
I become stronger everyday.
Source: Brook Noel
Thursday, August 26, 2010
"Do not ask God to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet."
Some people pray to God for change or guidance. Others just want change or guidance. Either
way, there is always one very important question that needs to be asked: "What are you prepared to do?"
While we might desire, yearn or wish for change, if we aren't prepared to be an active participant then we should not expect much. Being open to change is an important first step, meeting change half-way with action is the next.
How active have you been in pursuing change? Make sure your actions are equal to, or exceed, your desire.
source: brook noel
Sunday, July 25, 2010
"You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself."
Often when we get frustrated with someone in our life, whether it be a colleague, a friend or a family member, we begin focusing on "what's wrong," or use it as an excuse not to go the extra mile.
However, like attracts like, and when we behave like this we then attract "half-hearted efforts" from those around us. The cycle continues until we find ourselves with a weight on our shoulders and a heaviness in our hearts.
When we give the best of ourselves, regardless of anyone's behavior, we enjoy a richer life. Likewise, we set an example for our children, friends and all we come into contact with. We encourage others to be at their best. When we live by the creed of always doing and giving our best, we know a personal peace that can't be found through any quick-fix method. We know a personal peace that is lasting.
Take a moment today to release any negativity you have been holding toward another person. Take the energy you have been focusing on their behavior, and redirect it to focus on doing and giving your best.
Your Affirmation, I focus all of my energies on what is productive, helpful and makes a difference.
Source: Brook Noel
Monday, June 14, 2010
"In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it."
Desire can move mountains, help us stand after falling for the hundredth time, it can perform miracles and get us through the darkness. When we truly desire something with our body, mind and soul, there is no indecision or moments of inaction--every step becomes a part of the journey toward our goal.
Life doesn't offer us a smooth path. Instead it offers us mountains and valleys, cold and warm phases... life "seasons" us. Yet, heart-born desire propels us forward through all of life's seasons and allows us to move with purpose.
What fills you with the type of desire that can move mountains? Devote more of your time to this desire and passion and nurture it.
source: Brook Noel
Sunday, June 06, 2010
"I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."
How I would have loved to have known or met Walt Disney. Every time I visit Orlando, I walk through the exhibit on his life and the story of his parks. For those who don't know, Mickey Mouse was born on a notepad while Walt was on a train from Manhattan to Hollywood. It was at a time when his business ventures were at their lowest ebb ever. Mickey Mouse became the catalyst for many great things in the life of Disney. Yet time and time again, Walt Disney would risk security for growth. He would "bet it all" on the faith he had in his vision--he would bet a lot on a mouse. He also said,
"Somehow I can't believe there are any heights that can't be scaled by a man who knows the secret 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 and the greatest of these is Confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably."
He walked his talk, living the 4c's time and time again. As we pursue our own dreams, let us remember the importance of:
Curiosity - Ask questions, push the envelope, dream big
Confidence - Believe in yourself and your vision, no matter what others think Courage - Work through fear instead of being blocked by it
Constancy - Get up each day and do it again
By living these 4c's we can echo another of my favorite Disney quotes, "It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
Write down these 4c's on a note-card or sticky-note and put it where you will see it daily. Work on applying these principles to your dreams on a daily basis.
I engage my dreams with curiosity, confidence, courage and constancy.
Source: Brook Noel
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