Posts Tagged ‘Inspiration’

Chewable Chunks

July 20, 2011

When you take on life’s challenges it can seem overwhelming at times to even begin.  Looking at the entire project can be so daunting that you shrink from the task altogether.  Vicki and I just started cleaning out the “junk room” in the basement.  We were feeling a little this way, but realized that if we just start and take on small bits at a time, it becomes very do-able.  Take a look at that daunting task that you have been avoiding.  What little piece can you take on now?  Don’t worry about doing everything, just do something!
 

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be.
John Wooden

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Watch Your Language

July 12, 2011

The language that we choose makes a big difference, and can completely change our experience.  I got two great examples last night as I was reading John Maxwell’s Failing Forward.  Do your challenges in life make you bitter or better?  Does adversity lead to breakdowns or breakthroughs?  Then this morning with one of my clients we were discussing letting go.  Letting go is different from giving up.  If what you want is not yet in your hand, and your hand is clenched so tightly around what you already have, how can you receive what you want?  Letting go is often the crucial step toward receiving what you want, because it opens your hands, heart, and mind to what can be.

Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.

Arthur Christopher Benson

Weeds Thrive Too

June 1, 2011

After a very rainy May here in Utah, my little garden is thriving and growing well.  I also have a weed patch in a neglected spot that is thriving and growing well.  Our minds are like the fertile earth, ready and willing to return an abundance of whatever we plant and cultivate there.  But be careful – weeds are default.  If you don’t intentionally plant productive and positive thoughts, you may soon find the place overgrown with weeds of negativity, fear, and doubt.

Every thought is a seed.  If you plant crab apples, don’t count on harvesting golden delicious.

– Bill Meyer 

Stratospheric Success

December 14, 2010

I read a compelling book this week by Bob Burg and John David Mann called, “The Go-Giver”. These authors understand one of the best kept secrets of success, that human life income actually flows outward from you. I especially liked their five laws of stratospheric success which are:

The Law of Value

Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment

The Law of Compensation

Your income is determined by how many people you serve and how well you serve them

The Law of Influence

Your influence is determined by how abundantly you place other people’s interests first.

The Law of Authenticity

The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself

The Law of Receptivity

The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.

I have personally experienced these laws to be true and effective.  It feels just a little backwards to a lot of people in this world because they get stuck in victim and scarcity mode.  Let it go!  Put it out there!  Go Give!!

Dr. Paul

 

Yesterday’s Tomorrow

July 21, 2010
As I was meeting with a client this week she shared today’s quote with me:  “Today is the tomorrow that you were afraid of yesterday.”  Here it is, and there you are still handling everything as it comes.  At the root of every fear is the same belief – that I can’t handle it.  Nothing could be farther from the truth – you have already handled absolutely everything so far, and that will not be changing.  Keep moving forward and know that you can handle it!

Today is the tomorrow that you were afraid of yesterday.

-Anonymous 

Just Do It

March 1, 2010

Your mind has the amazing capability to create solutions and opportunities, and at the same time has the equally impressive ability to identify all of the reasons why you can’t do something.  You are naturally endowed with the ability to know what to do in certain moments.  You will know, for example, that someone could use a call or a smile or a kind word.  Your amazing mind then gives you a dozen reasons to not do what you felt and knew to do.  Follow your first impressions, your natural knowing, and watch miracles start to happen in your life and the lives of those around you.  The solutions and opportunities you yearn for are just a relationship and a conversation away – JUST DO IT!!

The heart has reasons which reason cannot understand.

– Blaise Pascal

P.S.  I’ve been practicing this concept of following my impressions and not allowing myself to get stuck in all of the reasons why I shouldn’t or couldn’t do something.  One of these experiences came up for me when my daughter was doing a job shadow assignment for her Junior High class.  Lyndi has an interest in art, and her favorite artist in the whole world is Greg Olsen.  She has admired his art for years, and has several of his prints hanging in her room.  My wife said to me, wouldn’t it be cool if Greg Olsen were the one that Lyndi could shadow for her assignment.  My initial impression was to contact him (didn’t even know him or have any contact with him at the time).  I quickly came up with a dozen or more reasons not to do that, but followed my first impression and thus assisted my daughter to create a “dream come true” experience last week.  The solutions and opportunities you yearn for are just a relationship and a conversation away – JUST DO IT!!  Tune in to Live On Purpose Radio this week for my interview with this kind and generous artist.

Follow The Lights

May 19, 2009

Have you ever been out driving in the fog or the rain or snow, and it gets so heavy that you can barely see where you are going?  I remember several times like this when the best way to keep moving forward is to follow the lights of someone ahead.  Life gets murky at times and it can be hard to see clearly the road ahead.  Find wise mentors and be humble enough to look at their experience.  Keep moving forward, you never know who is following your lights.

 A ship in port is safe, but that’s
not what ships are built for.
 – Grace Hopper

Everything That Doesn’t Look Like That

March 11, 2009
The Stick

The Stick

I snapped this picture this morning of a stick that I keep on my desk.  When I show this to people they are sometimes amazed that a stick could be carved to look like a chain or a cage with two freely moving balls inside.  They sometimes ask, “how did you do that?”  My favorite answer, “I just cut off everything that doesn’t look like that.”  What a great analogy for life.  Get a clear picture in your mind of what you want your life to look like, and then set about cutting off everything that doesn’t look like that.

 

Knock the “T”

Off the word can’t.

       Norman Vincent Peale

Revealing Riches

September 10, 2008

A new client and friend, Chad, said to me this week that his mission in life is to help those who are leading quiet lives of desperation.  Another new friend, Brad Barton, quotes Benjamin Disraeli in his book Beyond Illusions as saying, “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.”  There are people in YOUR world today who don’t understand their own worth and what they have to offer – speak truth to them!

The Middle Part

September 3, 2008

Often when we are right in the middle of a difficult situation, it is tempting to look at our results as a disaster.  “I’ve failed!” we might lament, feeling completely certain that life’s test has defeated us.  A few days ago I was meeting with a client who expressed something like this and his embarrassment at being in the kind of situation that he was.  I responded to him that from my perspective he was describing not a failure, but the MIDDLE part of a very inspiring story.  Think about how some of the stories that inspire you the most have some very difficult stuff in the MIDDLE.  Everything is OK in the end – if it is not OK, it is not the end!  Keep working on your story – you’re not done yet.