Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Empowered to "walk" and excel

Welcome again to 2013...

I really enjoy reading what others - especially those who have excelled - have said.

I pray these words (mainly from women) empower you to " rise up, walk" and excel this year.  Here are 7 quotes that caught my attention (comments in purple font, mine):
I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves.                          
~ Mary Wollstonecraft
If you don’t like being a doormat then get off the floor.    
~ Al-Anon
One thing that gets to me about us women is that some of us believe that we are, and behave like, victims. I believe that some of us actually behave like "doormats" and so we're treated as such. The fact of life is that - it's all up to you, so get up.  Some of us spend more time talking, or even complaining, about what we need to do to get ahead in life. Much talk and no "walk" is of little to no value...
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. ~ Mark Twain
The most effective way to do it, is to do it. ~ Amelia Earhart
It is only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it were the only one we had.
~ Elisabeth Kub├╝ler-Ross
It's really about making each day count - not counting the days...
One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go. ~ Sheila Murray Bethel
Then do the most courageous thing: get up and go...
The more we see ourselves as a vibrant, successful, inspiring person who boldly declares and manifests her vision, the more we become just that.
~ Kristi Bowman
With 350 days to go, there is so much you can aspire to and actually achieve this year. Like Jesus said: "Rise up and walk..."
...the power to excel is within you.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Are you ready for success?

Last year, I watched part of the 2012 Oscars Academy Award ceremony. It was interesting that most of the Oscar winners had prepared their acceptance speeches which means that as nominees they had each come ready for success and that struck me. Beside the fact that it was a great example of "thinking before you speak" especially in public, it reflected a level of optimism on their part. Optimism is a great virtue to have because:

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
~Helen Keller

“Optimism is essential to achievement
and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.”
~ Nicholas Murray Butler

Now this is not to say that achieving your dreams/heart desires will be easy but it can be eased by your perspective. Are you an optimist - ready and working for success or a pessimist - working for survival? I like the way 2 prominent men defined both perspectives:

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
~Winston Churchill

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities
and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
~ Harry Truman

It has been said in so many ways by so many people that:
“Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity” ~ Henry Hartman

As we start this brand new year, are you prepared or ready for success?

Wishing you and yours the very best in this year.

Can you?

That is a question that comes up now and again...as leaders we need to help those around us give the right answer.