a recent Motivation Minute sampling...
MORNING MOTIVATION MINUTE!
If you're not ready, you'll be swept
under the tires and crushed like pieces of fragile crystal
under the churning tires of a tractor-trailer. Big changes
are coming and if you're not ready... well, let's just
say you want to be ready!
1776, John Livingston said:
"These are uncertain times in which
we live." But it's not a different world like your
grandparents' knew. It's a world about to undergo radical,
rapid, changes the likes of which we have never seen.
is not my prediction, but an indication of what is
taking place in the world, as we know it. Simply stated:
The consciousness of the planet is evolving. No more can
we sit idly by as violence and greed stifle the creativity
of people. And no longer are peoples accepting the unwarranted
will of dictatorships. Democracy, Communism, or Socialism
et al are now obsolete. Even the concepts of Capitalism
are inadequate. But what about this for a mindset: FREEDOM?
for just a moment, if governments throughout the world
encouraged the human species to nurture their creativity
and engender themselves to the free expression of love
and harmony? Well, imagine it now, because it's happening.
this a new paradigm? No, it's a process started some 40, or some 4,000
years ago. But the spirit of invention and the need for
_expression have been stymied. Now they are taking voices
throughout the world. And if you miss the boat, if you
are found standing with no readiness for the changes
that are coming, your ability to cope with them once
they occur will be greatly limited.
here's what you need to do: Express the creative, loving,
and artistic side of your being whenever and however
possible. Wait no longer for an opportunity to create
a new opening, make one happen for yourself. Allow no
one to step on your dreams and when you're done, when
life asks you what more you can offer, answer with the
more do you ask of me?"
DAY MORNING MOTIVATIONAL MINUTE!
The obstacle goes down like a wet noodle. WHAM! The fear
disappears like it was never even there. BLAM! Right between
the eyes! The only way to get past anything that you can't
get around or over
is to go straight through it.
do you let those measly barriers in your way stop you from
being the true champion that you are? Don't you know the
power residing within you is awesome? Don't you feel the
surge through your body and being when inspiration strikes?
That momentary glimpse of "WOW" that suggests the possibilities around
you is only the surface of your potential.
WOW within you is like the glacial cap of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
you can see it from afar. Yes, it is awe-inspiring to
witness such a sight. But what is it that lies beneath
the surface? What is it that makes you want to champion
the great mountain peak? It's the WOW! It's the fact
that somewhere inside of you, you know that even you
can capture that great mountain's spirit.
WOW is only what sits above the surface. The challenge,
the excitement is finding out how deep the roots go and
how high it touches the sky. Aren't you the same way?
Aren't you wanting for the obstacles that stand in your
way to drop to your knees like twigs of kindling in a
so, if you burn deep within to be atop the peak looking
down, then reach deep within and challenge yourself to
put forth the kind of championship dominance that is demonstrated by
masters every day!
MORNING MOTIVATIONAL MINUTE!
all a matter of perspective and perception. I keep
telling you this, but are you listening? Get this...
night while on my way home from work, I said to the person
in the passenger seat: "Look at this, no traffic."
wit he replied: "What
do you mean no traffic? There are cars everywhere! There
are cars ahead of you, behind you, way over there in
the far lane. There's lots of traffic."
looked. Still, I saw no traffic. Wide-open lanes and 70-mile
per hour speeds, no congestion, no break lights, no delays,
no problem. When I shared this observation with my passenger,
again he looked at me strangely, and said: "I don't know
what you're talking about. There are cars everywhere.
If you don't see traffic, you must be on a different
road than I am."
it hit me. Like a flashing blue and red light in my rearview
mirror, I saw the light. We were on the same highway, in
the same vehicle, and traveling the same speed, but having
a completely different trip.
the same kind of thing as when you take a class, and you
get value, while someone else takes the same class and
does not. It's the same thing as when you have a conversation
and you say one thing but the listener hears something
get so bogged down by what's in front of them that they
forget to see what's not there.
your attitude and you'll change your gratitude. Alter your
perception and you'll bend your reality. Maybe there is lots
of traffic, but because of the way you travel through
it, it is irrelevant to your perspective? See
things from a different seat and you'll change your trip.
can you change today that will get you to where you are
going faster and more effectively? After all, what's the
point of going there if the guy driving you there gets
to where you are going before you do.
MORNING MOTIVATIONAL MINUTE!
judge an opportunity just because the door is closed.
weekend, my wife Penny, our friend Joseph and I met for
a dinner party at the home of a friend of a friend.
Joseph arrived early and sheepishly waited for us to
catch up to him. Upon our arrival, he told us:
just left. It's over."
was confused. How could that be when the host had just
phoned me mere moments before in my auto to ask
when we would be arriving? Something was confusing.
has left. I saw four bald men walk out and get into their
cars. The dinner is over. I'll see you later. I'm going
the house did indeed appear dark and empty. No light
and no sound emanated from it. Yet, I knew these assumptions
had to be mistaken.
they have gone somewhere else for dinner, since we're
late," inquired Penny?
offered, knowing full well the party guests were to be
approached the front door with expectations of success
and satisfaction. I knew the party had just begun and
there must be a reason for why it was so dark.
gently pressed open the slightly cracked opening in the
doorway to the domicile, to be greeted by thirty-four
people gathered in silent prayer around a long dining
a surprise! Not for me, but for Penny and Joseph. It's
the way that you do anything is the way in
which you do everything. And my way is to open doors.
all in your perspective, and everything hinges on your
attitude. If you expect for a door to be locked, there
is a good chance you may never even try to open it. If
you believe that everyone has already concluded the party
and gone home, then you will likely never attempt to
open the door to find them in deep prayer for your arrival?
secret is this: Just because the door is closed does
not mean it is locked. It also means that someone
on the other side may be waiting for you to open the
door. It is just closed. Most doors are closed
most of the time. That's the nature of doors. They stay
closed until someone opens them. You simply have to open
if you open every door that presents itself to you, and
if you accept every opportunity that awaits your participation,
then and only then will you find yourself inside rooms
not available to those refusing to turn the knobs.
any doorknobs, lately? Been locked out, lately? Have
you ever considered that it may be because you haven't
opened the doors? Try opening a door for a change and
see what happens on the other side?
MORNING MOTIVATIONAL MINUTE!
Hide your beak, change your colors, shed
your feathers, even start all over again, and you're
still the same dodo bird. (Or in this case an Umbrella
Cockatoo.) And if you don't start spreading your wings
and taking flight, and I mean right now, you'll
be perched on that same swing or ledge in twenty-five
or fifty years from now wondering, "Hey, where did everybody
you want to be free, and if you want to be powerful,
you absolutely must fly! You cannot spend your life
waiting for the right conditions. The perfect currents
will never blow. The right lighting will never be cast.
The perfect moment is not on its way.
However, that is not to say one cannot
make those conditions so.
a surfer goes into the ocean, the perfect curl is not
there waiting to be ridden. A keen athlete though,
knows how to take a wave with potential and ride it
long enough for the next better wave to comes along.
an eagle leaps from the tall branches to take majestic
flight over a mountain range, it may not even catch as little
as a breeze. But it flaps, and it flaps, and it flaps,
incessantly if necessary, until it takes flight,
or until it hits the ground with a thud and
starts over again.
point is, you're
an eagle, and eagles fly, while dodos sit on the
ground and look up at the eagles in flight. Don't
spend your life getting doodoo'd on like a dodo.
Spread your wings, explore your greatness, and
you too will find the currents to climb higher and
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