Monday, April 22, 2013

Quote for the Week

“We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.” – Earl Nightingale

Achieving success requires each of us to take control of our lives to guide us to our selected destinations. Letting life happen is simply not an option – that road will lead you somewhere but certainly not where you really want to go.

You have to charge, you have to call the shots and you have to keep pushing forward. The road will not always be easy, but it is the one worth taking. No one achieves success in any facet of their life by sitting back and letting things simply happen on their own. Successful people spend time deciding what they want and then working to make their desires into reality. Everyone defines true success their own way and everyone finds true success their own way. And most assuredly, living a successful life requires you to chart your own course and to maintain your own heading, even as life’s inevitable bumps try to push you off course.

The sooner you take both responsibility for where you are currently in your life the sooner you will accept it is you that needs to step up and take control of your planning, your execution of those plans and your reactions to curveballs that are going to come your way.

Think, plan and respond, don’t’ just react.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Quote of the Week

Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time. — George Bernard Shaw

We all make mistakes and we will all continue to do so. The difference between those who find success and those who spin their wheels comes down to the fact that successful people learn from their mistakes. Successful people take the time to evaluate their mistakes and to find the lesson within each one.

You have likely seen or heard a similar quote – If you want to double your success rate, double your failure rate. Again it is in the learning from the failure that the seeds for success are found. Do not be afraid to try something new. Sure you may make a mistake (or two, or three) but if you learn from each mistake you will get better at whatever activity you are working on. Success lies just outside your comfort zone. You have to stretch and grow yourself intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. You do that and you will slowly become impossible to stop.

I wish each and every one of you that are reading this the all success you are capable of and that you deserve.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Quote for the Week

"The difference between who you are today and who you'll be in five years are the people you spend time with and the books you read." - Charles Jones

Why this quote? Charles does a nice job reminding us that time continues to move forward and that we have to make conscious choices as to what we are doing and with whom. Where you end up in the future is dependent on the choices you make today. It really is that simple.

To become successful or continue to be successful in any area of your life requires focus. Success does not just happen. Luck does not just happen. Those who are constantly preparing for success, constantly preparing for the future are ready and able to take full advantage of opportunities that come along.

Preparing includes gathering more knowledge and elevating your skills and your awareness to higher and higher levels. Are the books you are reading and are the people you spend the most time with challenging you? Are they urging and pushing you to become more? Are they opening your mind and your heart in new and exciting ideas?

If not, five years from now will look almost identical to today. And who wants to keep having the same experiences over and over.