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~ "Usually... we think that brave people have no fear. The truth is they are intimate with fear." Pema Chodron

~ "Life is like a field of newly fallen snow; where I choose to walk...every step will show." via Lisa Sayers

~ "In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can." -Michael Korda

~ "Things come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle." Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

~ "Stop living life for what's around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street." - Grant L. Miller, motivational guru

~ "The purest water is the stream that bursts crystal clear into the sunlight after it has forced its way through solid rock." - Gloria Gaither


~ Next time you have two choices...choose the bolder!

~ Per HappyWalker "I am becoming the person I want to be from the inside out."

~ "Knowing harmony is consistency. Knowing consistency is enlightenment." - Tao Te Ching

~ "Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." - Goethe

~ "Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." H. J. Brown

~ Spark Inspiration: "Are you paying attention to how your time is spent? Days don't get shorter. Our attention spans do. How can summer be over in a blink while it seems like the weekend will never get here? Because we're not paying attention. Five days out of seven, we're waiting for something else to happen in the future, and we don't take advantage of the day that we hold in our pocket. Have you ever had someone ask what you did last week--or even yesterday--and had trouble coming up with an answer? You probably wouldn't have had any problem at all if your time were spent on something meaningful for you. Don't wait for tomorrow! Ignore the calendar and work with one day at a time. Fill that one day with stuff you'll pay attention to, the stuff that memories are made of. A little bit of focus will help you get rid of that hectic blur."

~ Stolen from friend Sammi: "The Power of Positive Thinking" - Once upon a time there was bunch of tiny frogs that arranged a running competition. The goal was to reach the top of very high tower. A big crowd had gathered around the tower to see the race and cheer on the contestants.
The race began. Honestly, no one in the crowd really believed that the tiny frogs would reach the top of tower. You heard statements such as, "They will NEVER make it to the top. Or: Not a chance that they will succeed. The tower is too high!"
The tiny frogs began collapsing, one by one, except for those, who in fresh tempo were climbing higher and higher.
The crowd continued to yell, "Its too difficult!!! No one will make it!"
More tiny frogs got tired and gave up, but one continued higher and higher and higher. This one wouldn't give up!
At the end, everyone else had given up climbing the tower, except for one tiny frog. After a big effort, he was the only one who reached the top! THEN all the other tiny frogs naturally wanted to know how this one frog managed to do it?
A contestant asked the tiny frog how he had found the strength to succeed and reach the goal. It turned out.... that the winner was deaf!!!! - Never listen to other people tendencies to be negative or pessimistic.... because they take your most wonderful dreams and wishes away from you- the ones you have in your heart! -Author Unknown

Keep Your Goals in Sight
Excerpted from No Glass Ceiling, Just Blue Sky

When she looked ahead, Florence Chadwick saw nothing but a solid wall of fog. Her body was numb. She had been swimming for nearly sixteen hours. Already, she was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. Now, at age 34, her goal was to become the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to the California coast.

On that Fourth of July morning in 1952, the sea was like an ice bath and the fog was so dense she could hardly see her support boats. Sharks cruised toward her lone figure, only to be driven away by rifle shots. Against the frigid grip of the sea, she struggled on – hour after hour – while millions watched on national television.

Alongside Florence, on one of the boats, her mother and her trainer offered encouragement. They told her it wasn’t much farther. But all she could see was fog. They urged her not to quit. She never had…until then. With only a half mile to go, she asked to be pulled out.

Still thawing her chilled body several hours later, she told a reporter, “Look, I’m not excusing myself, but if I could have seen land I might have made it.” It was not fatigue or even the cold water that defeated her. It was the fog.

She was unable to see her goal.

Two months later, she tried again. This time, despite the same dense fog, she swam with her faith intact and her goal clearly pictured in her mind. She knew that somewhere behind that fog was land and this time she made it! Florence Chadwick became the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, eclipsing the men’s record by two hours.

As a leader, the goals for your team must cut through the fog like a beacon in the night.

They must always be in sight. Experts on motivation disagree on a lot of things but one thing they all agree on is that your levels of motivation are directly tied to your expected probabilities of success. In other words, if you believe you can do something (the goals are realistic), you’re likely to be highly motivated. If, however, you think you can’t and your goals are not in sight, your levels of motivation fall greatly.

~ Part of Dr. Dyer's "10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace"
Have an open mind, attached to nothing. You can't give away what you don't have. No Justified resentments. Don't die with your music still in you. Give up your personal history. You can't solve a problem with the same mind that created it. Treat yourself as if you already were what you would like to become. Treasure your divinity. " Wisdom is avoiding all thoughts that weaken you.

~ From Pat: "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it." - Lou Holtz

~ "Galaxy Quest" via Gemstone1952 (very neat lady) "NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER"

~ "Exercise more; eat less. Eat low fat foods; drink lots of water. Know that it's going to take a long time, but each month, if you are a few pounds less than the month before, you are better off. Don't do anything to lose weight that you are not prepared to do for the rest of your life, or you will surely gain your weight back."


~ Cynthia Kersey "The greatest natural resource in the world is not in the earth's waters or minerals, nor in the forests or grasslands. It is the spirit that resides in every unstoppable person. And the spirit of the individual benefits us all."

~ “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

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