“Be inspired by great men lives through their famous passages”

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

4/20/2011

Questions We Must Ask First Before Saying YES

“Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best.” John C. Maxwell

A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. Yes and No are very short words to say, but we should think for some length of time before saying them.

Do I really understand this commitment?

“Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality.” James Womack

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.” Zig Ziglar 

I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.

How does this fit into my current goals and priorities?

“The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it.” Mack R. Douglas
To will is to select a goal, determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action.

“Action expresses priorities.” Mahatma Gandhi 

“Success is only another form of failure if we forget what our priorities should be.” Harry Lloyd

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.

Do I have time, energy, and resources?

“If you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.” Anthony J. D'Angelo

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” Henry Van Dyke

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. Oprah Winfrey 

Goals provide the energy source that powers our lives. One of the best ways we can get the most from the energy we have is to focus it. That is what goals can do for us; concentrate our energy.

“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” Anthony Robbins

One of the greatest resources people cannot mobilize themselves is that they try to accomplish great things. Most worthwhile achievements are the result of many little things done in a single direction.

What impact will this have on me in a year? In five years? In ten years?

“Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Their impact will continue to have a significant effect on your life long they have departed.” Jim Rohn

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.

How will this impact those I love? Who will it help? Who will it hurt?

“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” Jim Rohn

Other people may be there to help us, teach us, guide us along our path, but the lesson to be learned is always ours.
Spiteful words can hurt your feelings but silence breaks your heart. Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives. Strength of character means the ability to overcome resentment against others, to hide hurt feelings, and to forgive quickly.

What do my friends and family think?

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” Buddha quotes

When we think of failure; Failure will be ours. If we remain undecided; Nothing will ever change. All we need to do is want to achieve something great and then simply to do it. Never think of failure For what we think, will come about.

Can someone else do it better?

“Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.” Winston Churchill

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Do I really want to say yes?

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” Tony Blair

Every choice moves us closer to or farther away from something. Where are your choices taking your life? What do your behaviors demonstrate that you are saying yes or no to in life?
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