Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014!



I wish you a healthy body and a sharp mind. 
I wish you the courage to love fully, deeply, fearlessly. It’s the only way that one can experience the true scope of loving and being loved.
I wish you the courage to give of your time, talent and treasure - beyond what feels comfortable.
I wish you the courage to hope even when things seem hopeless.
I wish you the courage to dream big: No one has ever achieved anything they didn’t first imagine.
I wish you the courage to stretch beyond your comfort zone: That’s where growth happens.
I wish you the courage to release anything that no longer serves so that you may create space for something exciting and new.
I wish you the courage to take that first, small step…


Friday, December 20, 2013

"NO ARMS, NO LEGS, NO PROBLEM" - Changing "It can't be done" to "I'll do whatever it takes to get it done."



#12 PERSEVERANCE: Nick Vujicic* was born with no arms and no legs. He faced all the challenges of growing up and decided that there was a reason for every single one of the challenges we face. He was upset with what he perceived as a restless, deeply unhappy population of young people and the increasing teen suicide rate. By the age of 19, he had already begun fulfilling his dream of encouraging others by sharing his story. He became a world famous motivational speaker.

In 1969, at age 27, Stephen Hawking** was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live. He is almost totally paralyzed and communicates through a speech generating device. He is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author. His book A Brief History of Time stayed on the British Sunday Times bestseller list for a record 237 weeks. He taught at Cambridge for 30 years, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the U.S. Stephen has been married twice and has three children.

What does it take to persevere? It takes not letting circumstances dictate what’s possible for you. It takes a vision of what life will look like once the challenge is overcome. It’s not about envisioning a different life, but envisioning your life lived a different way.

As you pursue your goal, you will encounter obstacles. You will make mistakes. You may even become discouraged. Accept that that will be part of the process. When it happens change, “It can’t be done,” to “What will it take to get this done?” 

It is unlikely that you’ll ever have to face anything as challenging as both Nick and Stephen face every day. Take inspiration from them and others who have persevered. Stay focused. Keep your eye on the prize and move forward. 

*To read more about Nick Vujicic: http://www.attitudeisaltitude.com/aboutus-nick.php.
**To read more about Stephen Hawking: http://www.hawking.org.uk

Thursday, December 19, 2013

#11 SUPPORT: GET WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED



Ask yourself these two question: What obstacles have I faced in the past that kept me from reaching my goals? What type of support would have been helpful? Here are some types of support you might need. 
 

  • ·         Family and Friends: Share your plans with family members and friends whose support is important to you. Use any negative comments from naysayers as motivation. If someone withholds his/her support, ask yourself: Do I really need it to succeed? If it’s a life-partner or close friend, ask yourself: How will it impact our relationship if I move forward? How will it impact our relationship if I don’t move forward?



  • ·         Therapy or counseling: If you have a deep-seeded issue that’s keeping you stuck in the past, you may need therapy before you can successfully achieve your goal. If you suffer from addiction or have serious marital issues, counseling can help.



  • ·         Education and Training: Make sure you have the knowledge, proper licensing or certification you’ll need reach you goal, but be careful not to get stuck here. Ask yourself, do I really need to take one more class, get one more certificate, earn one more degree, or am I procrastinating because I’m afraid to move forward? At some point, one has to stop studying and start doing. There are things one learns from experience that can’t be learned taking a class.

  • ·         Mentor: You don't need to re-invent the wheel: See if someone who has already accomplished what you wish to accomplish will mentor you. Expect to pay them for their time.  
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  • ·        Coach: If you don’t even know where to begin, hire a coach to help you design a path, set goals, create action steps, and give you the tools, support, and accountability that will keep you moving forward.
  •     Financial advice
  •     Legal advice


    Be willing to invest in your success. Whatever you spend on the support will more than pay for itself in time and money saved by shortening the learning curve and avoiding costly mistakes.