My Favorite Maxims Continued

Continuing the list from coach John Wooden:

 

Do not permit what you cannot do to interfere with what you can do.

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.  Character is what you really are; reputation is merely what you are perceived to be.

Love is the greatest of all words in our language.

Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets credit.

Never make excuses.  Your friends don’t need them and you foes won’t believe them.

Never be disagreeable just because you disagree.

Be slow to criticize and quick to commend.

Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you.  You’ll be surprised at the results.

The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.

Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort.  We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.

Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.

The time to make friends is before you need them.

We are many, but are we much?

Nothing can give you greater joy than doing something for another.

Material things are not gifts but apologies for gifts.  The only true gift is a portion of thyself. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for another without thought of something in return.

Do not mistake activity for achievement.

You can do more good by being good than any other way.

Forget favors given; remember those received.

Make each day your masterpiece.

Make friendship a fine art.

Treat all people with dignity and respect.

Acquire peace of mind by making the effort to become the best of which you are capable.

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Life Is

Life Is

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.  Life is a dream realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.  Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.  Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.  Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.  Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.  Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.  Life is life, fight for life.

Mother Teresa

Children Need and Everyone Too

I found this in a child’s office last week and thought it was awesome.  I love how it can relate not only to children but to all of us in our daily lives.  Sometimes I think we need to slow down and remember what it is like to be a child and all the great  things that come along with it and try not to grow up too fast.  We all need to be loved, reassured, mentored, believed in, guidance, joy, laughter and all the wonderful things that go along with being a kid.  I enjoy playing and dreaming and remembering what it is like to be young especially now with having kids.  I am able to see things for the first time through their eyes and love watching them light up with delight and amazement.  I have always loved the quote ” we don’t stop playing because we get old, we get old because we stop playing.”  Keep playing, keep dreaming, keep being silly, happy and fun and enjoy each and every part of you life day in and day out.

 

Appreciation for all they bring into our lives

Balance, somewhere between too little and too much

Commitment, it’s little things we do each day that matter

Dreams, to touch the future

Empathy, remember what it was like to be a child

Family and Friends, everyone needs someone to love

Guidance, actions speaks louder than words

Healthy Habits, to nurture body, mind and spirit

Inspiration, to explore beauty, wonder and mystery

Joy, sprinkle laughter and happiness daily

Kindness, to learn to care for others as they are cared for

Limits, set boundaries and consequences together

Mentors, to give wings to their aspirations

Nature, to delight in rainbow butterflies and shooting stars

Opportunities, to discover what truly makes their hearts sing

Play, the “work” of childhood

Quiet time, to recharge their batteries

Responsibilities, to build self-esteem and self confidence

Security, feeling safe is essential to growth

Traditions, keep the family tree alive and sprout new branches

Unconditional love, for who they are, not for what they do

Values, live yours and encourage them to find theirs

Words of Encouragement, ‘you can do it.  I believe in you’

XOXOXO, hug and kiss them each and every day

You, your presence more than your presents

ZZZZs, a good night’s sleep

11 Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself

When you awake in the morning, what is it that drives you through the day?  What makes you get out of bed, attack the day, live inspired and enjoy your wonderful life?  I want to know what motivates you and how your progress towards those goals are going.  I am driven everyday but my need to helps other as much as I can, to be the best loving and caring father and husband I can be, to be the greatest person I know how to be, to be caring, loving, joyous to all, and to enjoy my life with as much love and laughter as I can.  Sure there are other goals like saving money, moving to another state and buying a house but those are minor compared to the above.  If your mind, body and soul are in peace and harmony then all else will fall into places.  Remember the power of the law of attraction with like attracts like and use the power of it by focusing on nothing but good thoughts all day long and good will come back to you.  Believe in yourself.  Start every morning by saying out loud everything big or small you are grateful for.  Say your mantras, your goals, your hopes and dreams out loud everyday and wait for the world to work in your favor.  Spend some time in complete silence everyday to quiet your mind.  Take 10 deep slow belly breaths to slow your mind, your heart, your body and regain focus.  You will be amazed how effective and rejuvenating 10 slow breaths can be.  Write your goals down and post them somewhere you can see to read twice a day.  Stay focused, stay hungry, stay humble and enjoy everything you have and be grateful to be alive today.

Here is a fantastic post I found from Red Lemon Club on: The 11 Most Powerful Ways to Motivate Yourself Today.  It is amazing and you will see different areas you can improve in.  Have a fantastically motivating Monday everyone.  Happy St. Patty’s day to everyone.  Celebrate responsibly.

 

137 Ways to Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet

Getting motivated and staying motivated are two different types.  We all need help staying motivated, staying positive and continuing our quest to our goals we want to achieve.  Motivation may come from a particular song, a poem, a passage, or even better from within.  One person who helps me stay motivated is a very talented, inspirational, highly energetic and successful trainer by the name of Mr. Todd Durkin.  Mr. Durkin is the owner of a very successful gym in San Diego called Fitness Quest 10 where he and his staff train professional athletes as well as the average joe.  Mr. Durkin is a successful motivational speaker and if you have ever seen him or have a chance to hear him speak it is an honor, a privilege and a delight and you will walk away a changed and different person.  Greatness comes from within and we all have got to want it and want bad enough to do the extraordinary in order to achieve it.  Mr. Durkin has come up with 137 ways to make 2014 year our best year yet and I feel it necessary to pass on the good word, so without further ado:

1. Be the most positive person you know.

2. Get 1% better everyday.

3. Define your “game-changing” move in 2014. Then get it done!

4. Take more risks.

5. Do something that scares you everyday. It’s OK to be scared!

6. Regardless of your title at work, be a team-builder. Thank you Robin Sharma!

7. Remember that business is about relationships & connections.

8. People need motivation, accountability, and know how. Deliver it to them.

9. Write your eulogy and then live your life backwards.

10. Know your “Big 5” – the 5 most important things that need to happen by the end of the year to make it feel like it truly has been the best year of your life.

11. Read your “Big 5” every morning.

12. Post affirmations on your bathroom mirror.

13. Don’t focus on making money; focus on creating value.

14. Leaders execute & get results. No excuses.

15. Strive to be “World Class” in all you do.

16. Download the app, “Miles a Minute,” by Pastor Miles McPherson to receive an inspiring daily video devotional. #EveryonesGotAMinute

17. Read The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Dom Miguel Ruiz.

18. Train like a pro athlete; exercise more. No one has EVER regretted a great workout.

19. You can’t out-train a bad diet! Eat higher quality foods.

20. Six-pack abs are made in the kitchen.

21. Get a massage one time per week. Or one time per month.

22. Do a cleanse at least one time per year.

23. Attend 1 destination spa vacation per year.

24. Have at least one other “dream” vacation per year.

25. Create your “WLWL” (When Life Works List). What were you doing when life was working best? Thank you Sean Stephenson.

26. Be obsessed with learning.

27. Be impeccable with your words; don’t complain, gossip, or be negative.

28. Be careful with who you surround yourself with. Just as much as the right people can push you up, the wrong crowd can bring you down.

29. Plan as if you will live forever but live as if you’ll die tomorrow.

30. If you do not have a will, powers of attorney, disability insurance, and life insurance (especially if you are married and have kids), you must get it done. Thank you Tom Dexter.

31. Say “please,” “thank you,” and “I love you” more.

32. Give someone a massage.

33. Write love-letters like you used to.

34. Call up someone you always wanted to talk to but never thought you could.

35. Call up an old coach or teacher and thank them for positively impacting your life.

36. If you want to resolve a conflict, call them instead of emailing them.

37. Write a hand-written note to a client or customer.

38. When you travel, send letters to your kids on hotel stationary.

39. If you want more, GIVE more.

40. Do or do not, there is no try.

41. “The way you do one thing… is the way you do everything.” Thank you Tom Davin.

42. Journal. What are you thankful for? What are your intentions for the day? Whom do you pray for today? Where were you outstanding today?

43. Clarity precedes genius. You can find clarity in writing and in times of solitude.

44. Track your success. What gets measured… gets done!

45. Slow down in order to speed up.

46. Be willing to fail. It’s the price of greatness.

47. Spend at least 10 minutes every AM in quiet time, prayer time, or meditation time.

48. Listen to inspirational music. Create your favorite play list for chilling out as well as working out.

49. Listen to books on tape and podcasts.

50. Read The IMPACT Body Plan! (Haha. I had to get that in there!)

51. Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

52. Read Robin Sharma. The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in LifeThe Greatness Guide: 101 Lessons for Making What’s Good at Work and in Life Even BetterThe Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny.

53. Read Success Magazine, published by Darren Hardy. Then listen to the free audio CD.

54. Watch the Rocky “marathon” (Rocky Anthology (Rocky / Rocky II / Rocky III / Rocky IV / Rocky V) with your kids on a rainy day.

55. Do what you do best and hire the rest.

56. Never settle for less than you are worth. Remember, you are worth it!

57. Sometimes good is good enough. Don’t let “perfectionism” rob you of getting things done.

58. “Color code your life” says my mentor, Wayne Cotton. Green machine, blue sky, red tape, and mellow yellow. Visit www.nobrowndays.com for more information.

59. Complete a 90-Day Wonder. What have I accomplished in the last 90 days? What are my current challenges? What will I accomplish in the next 90 days?

60. Problems help create beneficial rearrangements.

61. “Fear, frustration, and failure are overcome by faith, focus, forward-motion, and follow-through.” Absolutely brilliant, Wayne Cotton!

62. Remember the 10,000 hour rule. It often takes about 10,000 hours or 10 years to be recognized as an “expert.”

63. Success takes time. Be patient, but continually invest in yourself.

64. Focus on the PROCESS… not the product.

65. Work more ON your business, not more IN your business.

66. Your big ideas typically come when you are sitting on a beach or skiing in the mountains.

67. Hire only “A” rate players; otherwise you will have an organization made up of average people creating a mediocre business.

68. Cut the bottom 10% of your players.

69. Everyone in an organization should be considered a “leader.”

70. Take your team away for at least one off-site meeting per year.

71. Read “EntreLeadership” by Dave Ramsey. Great book.

72. Create a community around you that loves your energy, passion, knowledge, and spirit.

73. Be so good that people can’t take their eyes off you.

74. Celebrate with your community. Throw a party or host a special event with them. Or at least attend these celebrations for the community you are part of.

75. YOU be the change you wish to see in the world. Thank you Ghandi.

76. Always believe in your dreams, even when they don’t seem possible or other people doubt you.

77. WTF… what the FOCUS! Focus is critically important to success. What are you going to CHOOSE to FOCUS on in your life?

78. “Water your people everyday”—lift people up instead of tearing people down.

79. One quick “No” is better than 10 “maybe’s” or “I don’t know’s.” Thank you Randy Hetrick, founder and creator of the TRX… and friend for life.

80. Win the day!

81. Remember what Walt Disney said, “Everything speaks!”

82. Be more spontaneous.

83. Listen more.

84. Develop a hobby.

85. The bigger the dream, the more important the team. Thank you Kevin Plank, founder and CEO, Under Armour.

86. Run your own race; Be authentic and original.

87. Continue to learn. Learning is knowledge; knowledge is power; power leads to success & significance.

88. Don’t just seek success. Seek significance. There is a big difference.

89. Attend at least 2 LIVE conferences, workshops, or mentorships per year in industry-related events.

90. Attend at least 1 LIVE conference or workshop for personal development per year.

91. Speak more, write more, and read more. Even if you’re scared of one of them or you’re not GREAT at one of them.

92. Turn OFF your TV!

93. Eliminate excuses.

94. Organize your time more effectively.

95. “Eat that Frog” says Brian Tracy. Do the things that you don’t like to do but need to do, early in your day.

96. Be part of a Mastermind Group. It will accelerate your results, positively affect your mindset, allow you to work “ON” your business, and provide you fertile soil in which to grow.http://www.todddurkin.com/tdmastermind/ for more information.

97. Volunteer 4 hours a month to a service organization or non-profit that speaks to you.

98. Shift to the Apple MAC for video work and pay the $100 annual fee for unlimited lessons at any apple store.

99. If you are dining out, make a reservation at a different ethnic theme restaurant once a month. By the end of the year, you will have had 12 international cuisines and a better appreciation for food and culture.

100. Spend 2 focused hours in any museum… you will learn something new.

101. Find a way to become more active in your church of choice… it will help you get to know people you worship there with better.

102. Pick an exercise monitoring tool and start using it for yourself and your clients: An example would be Armour39 by Under Armour which tracks your heart rate, calories burned, & “willpower” during a workout. #Game-changer

103. “GET YOUR MIND RIGHT!”

104. Challenge yourself to do one thing you feel is impossible this year.

105. Learn one new skill this year that you have thought you were “too old” to learn.

106. Enter a race you have never done before.

107. Enter a contest.

108. Commit to reading at least one book per month. Or listen to the audio version.

109. Cook a nice meal just for YOU every month.

110. Try yoga.

111. A gratitude journal for 10 minutes a day, 2-3 x per week changes your life.

112. The environment you work and live in plays a major role in how you feel. What can you change to improve your home or work environment?

113. Think & BE world-class in all you do.

114. If you want more, DO more. If you want more, GIVE more. If you want more, SERVE more.

115. Pay for the groceries for the person behind/in front of you in a line at the grocery store.

116. Don’t go to bed angry.

117. When you know a special friend or couple is going out to dinner for a momentous occasion or date, call ahead to the restaurant and pick up their tab. #Surprise

118. Commit to at least one date night a month with your spouse.

119. Save all your recyclables and donate them to a homeless person.

120. Save all your spare change in 3 green holders; 1 in your car, 1 in your office, 1 at your home. Cash it in on December of each year and use for the holidays.

121. Plan one spontaneous outing on a weekend for your spouse or significant other.

122. Read Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. #Game-Changer

123. Read The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure by Grant Cardone. #ThinkBig

124. Write out a bucket list with 50 things on it that you want to do before you die. And be sure to check off at least one thing each year. Or 10 things.

125. Remember the power of CHOICE. The choices you make every day affect you positively or negatively.

126. Take your “dream vacation” this year. Why wait?

127. What can you remove from your schedule or stop doing that is currently robbing you of your time and energy?

128. Do more of what you love to do and what makes your soul sing.

129. Send a hand-written thank you card for every gift you receive.

130. Tell other people about your dreams and goals. Nothing like a shared goal and dream. #Accountability

131. Action is like gas in the car. Without it, you will not go. READY…FIRE…and then AIM!

132. Write down your “BHAG” for 2014. That is your “BIG, HAIRY, AUDACIOUS, GOAL.” And then do it!

133. Define a theme for your year and LIVE IT every day.

134. 525,600 minutes in 2014. What are you going to do with them? Make sure you make the most of each of them.

135. Make a commitment to be in the best shape of your life in 2014.

136. Be humble…be hungry.

137. Create IMPACT everyday.

138. Live by the mantra, “AND THEN SOME.” Always do more than is expected. I had to get the “extra point” in there.

 

Rules for Success

Guidelines for Life – Rules for Success

  1. Don’t ever burn your bridges!  The person you tell off may be the one who will be asked to provide an endorsement for your next important position.
  2. Don’t sell yourself short.  At the same time, however, don’t over rate your own importance.
  3. You cannot lift yourself up by running everyone else down.
  4. Leaders emerge: the are seldom appointed.
  5. Your job is what you make it; don’t wait for the boss to tell you what to do.
  6. Shape you job so you are doing what you like to do; when you’re having fun, time flies; a clock watcher will never be more than a hand.
  7. Do every job a little better than anyone expects.  If it’s good enough, it’s not.
  8. Do your homework; be as well informed as possible on every subject that the committee or work group to which you have been appointed is schedule to discuss.
  9. Analyze your data.  File cabinets are full of data that were collected and stored without ever gaining the benefit of understanding and insights that the simplest of analyses would revealed.
  10. Finish the job – this often includes writing a paper on what you have done and publishing it; don’t stop just short of the goal line.
  11. Respect your co-workers and supporting staff.
  12. Never let your education interfere with your work.  Just because you have a degree does not make you better than others.
  13. When you are near a fountain of knowledge, do everything possible to get thoroughly soaked.
  14. Volunteer for new assignments, including a transfer to another city for a position with more responsibility – even if it does not include a salary increase.
  15. Be active locally – in your professional society, civic activities, youth work and your church.  National leaders emerge from those who lead locally.
  16. Finally – remember that you should never take both a sleeping pill and a laxative just prior to going to bed.

By Dade W. Moeller