Go The Extra Mile…

Posted: 2252 days ago in Inspiration

GOTTHEEXTRAMILEdivider2The next time you want to stop – instead, listen to this quote, and go the extra mile.

In life, in love, in work, in parenting; find it inside of yourself to push through, even if you don’t know why, you just have that feeling in your gut that it’s the right thing to do.

Every person in history that was or is successful, or notable went the extra mile to achieve a goal that most thought could not be achieved. As Einstein says, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” The reason why most people don’t go the extra mile is because of the many obstacles that mile often comes with. Don’t be discouraged, and realize that your dream is yours and no one else’s, and there is no reason why you can’t achieve it. And if those around you are bringing you down, realize it’s because they, themselves, don’t have it inside of them to see their dreams to reality.

Let’s hope one day they find the courage, too.

Today’s hump day inspiration goes out to all of you who are already doing this everyday. For getting up early, or staying up late to see things through. You inspire the rest of us to work harder, and be more than we are right now.

And for that, we recognize you!

Someone Else’s Plan

Posted: 2261 days ago in Inspiration

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divider2Don’t get caught up in living someone else’s life.

Make a plan – a dream board – whatever it takes to solidify what you want out of this life.

Your life!

Sure it’s fine to help someone else achieve their dreams, especially if it pays the bills, but never stop planning in the process. So many people give up on their dreams thinking they’re unlikely, invalid, or undeserved. But I’ve got news for you. People are achieving their dreams daily, and at every age. I was just watching Shark Tank the other night (if you know me, then you know I love that show!) and a woman was selling the investors on an idea for Puppy Cakes.

Puppy Cakes. They’re edible cakes for dogs that won’t harm them. The board didn’t even up investing, but the woman did disclose that she had profited $80,000 since launching the idea.

Come on people! If she can make $80k selling flour for dogs – you can make your dreams happen, too. And maybe it’s not measured monetarily – maybe your dream is to climb Mount Everest. Well then, make a plan, and make time for it. No excuses.

Imagine if everyone lived the life of their dreams…

                 …this world would sure be a beautiful place!

 

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Posted: 2266 days ago in Inspiration

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divider2I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met that measure their lives only by the positives. Things like financial success, and notoriety.

How empty a life that must be, since the negatives – the failure, lack of financial success, anonymity  – don’t count as life lived? I’m calling bu!!sh*t on that one.

Today’s words of enlightenment, “It is our trials that cut our facets and our triumphs that polish them. Without both we could not shine as bright,” by Margaret Mullarkey Mayer actually came from a Kombucha I drank the other day. Margaret is simply an aspiring yoga teacher from Boston, Massachusetts that has tasted the bitter and the sweet of life, and has found an appreciation for both.

We all can take a page from her book, or in this case, a sip from her Kombucha.

If you need a reminder that life consists of ups and downs – and that everyone has them – take a look at this: 50 Famously Successful People Who Failed at First.

My favorite story is of well-known and beloved author J.K. Rowling.  According to this website, “Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.”

Do you think if J.K. (which stands for Joanne Kathleen, BTW) hadn’t gone through the lows in life, that she would have had the color, and the imagination to create the elaborate story lines and characters that we all have come to love so much? I don’t think so.

diamondI’ll leave you with one more quote today that, I believe, emphasizes this same point.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.” – Steve Jobs

Find beauty in the whole of life – not just an ideal. There you will find true joy.

Shine Bright Like A Diamond.

Aristotle: Don’t Be Nothing.

Posted: 2280 days ago in Inspiration

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If I had avoided all the criticism I’ve received in my life, I wouldn’t have accomplished nearly half of the things that make my life what it is.

Memorable. Sweet. Magnificent. Mine.

That last one’s a biggin’. If I let people tell me what’s right, who’s life do I end up living? Not mine. I am the controller of my own destiny! So I walk confidently, I let the words of others roll off my back, and continually strive to do my best. For myself, for the ones I love, and for those I strive to educate.

So, listen to the wise words of Aristotle – do something, say what’s on your mind, and BE AMAZING. Be everything you never thought you could be, and let the naysaying commence. Forget that you know what fear is, and lean in to those that love you because in the end, they will be the ones standing on your sideline.

A little hump day inspiration for my wonderful readers.

And kudos to you, Aristotle.