Sometime Later Becomes Never

In his recent blog post, John Maxwell speaks of “sometime”, the word we often use is our planning to do something. He suggests that our use of “sometime” in our thinking, doing this or that sometime, we allow it to take precedent over our planning and we are not doing those things we plan now at this time. “Sometime,” he says, “becomes comfort food to the emotions.” We relax in the thought that ‘sometime I am going to do that.’ There is no action, no real commitment, just the silent quiet of procrastination. He cautions against this, however, with the joyous possibility that “the sometime out there will give them the reward they want in life.”

Maxwell says, “Sometime is no time to believe in…. Sometime, somewhere, someplace, somehow robs them of what they need to do today to receive what they deserve in their life. Don’t let that happen to you.” May you turn your magical sometimes into the realities you do now, always remembering sometimes later becomes never. May you realize your joys, not sometime, but now. Life is so very precious.

Have a beautiful day, a magnificent week and an awesome, fantastic  autumn!!!

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You Are Absolutely Unique

Walt Disney said, “To be successful, you must be unique. You must be so different that if people want what you have, they have to come to you to get it.” His words emphasize the value of the unique difference you bring to life. The reality of your uniqueness is already there in you. It is the beautiful you who is unique in this infinite universe. An unknown author captures the joy, beauty and uniqueness of you in the following. Pause a moment to reflect on your magnificent gift.

You Are Absolutely Unique
Just think what a remarkable, unduplicatable and miraculous thing it is to be you. Of all the people who have come and gone on the earth, since the beginning of time, not one of them is like you.
No one who has ever lived or is to come has had your combination of abilities, talents, appearance, friends, acquaintances, burdens, sorrows and opportunities.
No one’s hair grows exactly the way yours does. No one’s fingerprints are like yours. No one has the same combination of secret inside jokes and family expressions that you know.
The few people who laugh at all the same things you do, don’t sneeze the way you do. No one prays about exactly the same concerns as you do. No one is loved by the same combination of people that love you . . . No one before and no one to come.
Enjoy that very special uniqueness. You do not have to pretend in order to seem more like someone else. You weren’t meant to be like someone else. You do not have to lie to conceal the parts of you that are not like what you see in anyone else.
You were meant to be different. Nowhere, ever, in all of history, will the same things be going on in anyone’s mind, soul and spirit as are going on in yours right now.
If you did not exist, there would be a hole in creation, a gap in history, something missing from the plan for humankind. Treasure your uniqueness as it is a gift given only to you. Enjoy it and share it!
No one can reach out to others in the same way that you can. No one can speak your words. No one can convey your meanings. No one can comfort with your kind of comfort or bring your kind of understanding to another person.
No one can be cheerful and light hearted and joyous in your way. No one can smile your smile. No one else can bring the whole unique impact of you to another human being.
Share your uniqueness. Let it be free to flow out among your family, friends and people you meet in the rush and clutter of living wherever you are. That gift of yourself was given to you to enjoy and share, so always remember . . . YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE!

Your uniqueness is a wondrous gift which separates you in all the beautiful value, joy, love and caring you bring to everything and everyone you touch. Revel in your gift. You are absolutely and beautifully unique. And in your uniqueness, may you expand and broaden its depth by remembering the wisdom of Margaret Mead, “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” May you enjoy and celebrate the rich diversity you and others offer each other in your beautiful uniqueness. The offerings of your uniqueness and that of others will change the world.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On the Gift of Your Being Human

Great leaders are very, very human. These are men and women who, when things don’t go right, say, “I was wrong.” They don’t hold themselves up on pedestals to which people may see them as better than they are and bigger than life. Theirs is a humble, values-based and vocal acknowledgement that they are not perfect. Even in their words is a sense of security, not shame, in who they are. People are attracted to their simple humanity. They are simply one of them… one of us. And from this humanness, a great gift is given them, the precious, highly treasured gift of trust.

George Orwell wrote, “The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.” Tony Robbins adds, “Don’t try to be perfect, just be an excellent example of being human.” May you show people the real and beautiful you in your transparency, values and selfless giving, that you continuously and joyously journey, as Og Mandino writes, from human being to human becoming.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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The Power and Joy of Engagement – Walking Slowly Through the Crowd

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,” wrote Aristotle. For great leaders, one of their greatest acts is that of serving… their selfless engagement with others that they may achieve their greatest potential. Tony Robbins said, “Engaging people is about meeting their needs, not yours.” John Maxwell adds to this saying, “You cannot be an engaging leader until you have engaged in the lives of people. Walk slowly through the crowd.”

The gift you give to those you touch and serve is one of caring… listening to them, respecting and valuing their opinions, understanding the beautiful uniqueness they bring to the world. And in your act of giving, you may receive a gift in return – their engagement and giving with you. And they will follow you for what you have given. It is not about your charisma, as Maxwell says, but about the connection that you make with them. It is a simple act of intended attention to those in your life. It is the beautiful you who walks slowly through the crowd. May you enjoy every beautiful step on your magnificent journey.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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The Gift-Giving Power of Belief

Thomas Paine wrote: “It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself.” Simply restated, great leaders must believe in themselves. Belief in self is one of the greatest, magical powers in the great leaders’ life journeys. Mahatma Gandhi captures its essence writing: “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I shall have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.”

Belief is the magical key that turns the invisible into the visible, the dream into reality. It is the fire that sets the mind, heart and soul ablaze to overcome our own self-imposed limits or the words of others. Napoleon Hill tells us: “The number one reason people fail is because  they listen to their friends, family and neighbors.” Great leaders understand that everyone is different, having their own dreams, aspirations and goals.

On your magnificent life’s journey, may you remember the wise counsel of Frank Lloyd Wright: “The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief is a thing that makes it happen.”  And remember, also, the words of Dale Carnegie:Believe that you will succeed, and your will.” Be beautifully faithful to yourself… always, and change the world.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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There Is No Finish Line

Bill Courtney said, “In the marathon of life, there is no finish line.” Rather, it is a magnificent and joyous journey of continuing growth and learning as great leaders achieve their life’s purpose and meaning.  An old Nike poster captures the great leaders’ (the ‘serious runner’ below) passion of excitement in the life-changing special moment they experience as they joyously run their life’s marathon.

“Sooner or later the serious runner goes through a special, very personal experience that is unknown to most people.
Some call it euphoria. Others say it’s a new link of mystical experience that propels you into an elevated state of consciousness.
A flash of joy. A sense of floating. As you run, when it happens, you break through a barrier that separates you from the casual runners. Forever.

And from that point on, there is no finish line.
You run for your life. You begin to be addicted to what running gives you….
Beating the competition is relatively easy. But beating yourself is a never-ending commitment.”

Chuck Norris wrote, “There is no finish line. When you reach one goal, find a new one.” May you fill yourself with the joy and excitement of the challenges and opportunities you anxiously choose to pursue to make your life’s marathon the greatest beyond your wildest dreams. Remember always that “beating yourself is a never-ending commitment.” May you have a magnificent run every day of your beautiful life.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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The Joy of Life

What is the joy of life?” It is a profound question which great leaders continually ask of themselves during their life’s magnificent journey. It serves to set focus, establish priorities, create urgencies, expand horizons and dream dreams undreamed. Marcus Aurelius brings simplicity in answering the question writing, “Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.” There is so much in life in which to find joy. We need only to open ourselves to its wonder, and choose to let its magic happen.

George Bernard Shaw captures this, magnificently writing, “This is the joy of life – that being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. That being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder, I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It’s a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for a moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

May you find extraordinary joy in living a life filled with passion, love and selfless giving that others may grow. On your journey, may Mother Teresa‘s words echo in your ears, “Profound joy of the heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life.” May your candle burn as brightly as possible, also, before handing it on to future generations.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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The Gift of You

“One of the greatest gifts you can give to anyone is the gift of attention” wrote Jim Rohn. Hannah Brencher said, “The best gift you are ever going to give someone – the permission to feel safe in their own skin. To feel worthy. To feel like they are enough.” Brian Tracy wrote, “The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.”

In the 1940s, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote in her My Day newspaper column, “The really important thing is what you are as a person, what your character and your presence have meant to those you lived with, and what influence you have had on the atmosphere of your home or your environment…. That is what lives afterwards in the memories and in the hearts of those who knew and loved you. As you influenced these people, so your influence will spread , through their contacts and their activities.”

Your greatest gift to others is the magnificent gift of you – your love and passion for life, your role modeling of your highest principles and values, you selfless servant leadership and vulnerability, your magical belief and wonder of the boundlessness of life’s opportunities and potential and your commitment in helping them realize their own beautiful gifts to achieve their greatest potential. Your gift of you will be an enduring legacy in all you have touched and served… and beyond. Thank you for your beautiful you. Your best is yet to come.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On the Gift of Self-Confidence

Believe you can and you’re halfway there” wrote Theodore Roosevelt. His words capture the critical importance of self-confidence in the great leaders’ journey. It is this that creates the mirror to others of who we are and of what we are capable. It communicates one’s likeability and capability. An unknown author wrote, “Self-confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how great you are if you can’t see it in yourself.”

Self-confidence starts from within. It is the recognition of the beautiful, boundless unique gifts yet to be discovered within you. There is only one magnificent you in this infinite universe. There is only one you who will look at something and see things no one else will see…  about life, opportunities and people. You have those incredible gifts. With them, you can and will achieve happiness and success beyond your wildest dreams.

The gifts you are given bring with them a great responsibility… a life of selfless giving to others that they, too, may find their self-confidence and belief in themselves. Stephen Covey captures this in his definition of leadership, “Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” With fierce determination and commitment, may you help others discover their worth and potential and the magnificent greatness they have to offer the world. It is there already, as it was in you. May your words and selfless giving inspire them to see it in themselves. In your giving, may you hear always the words of Booker T. Washington, “Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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Seeing and Believing

In a recent blog post, Seth Godin writes, “They say that seeing is believing. But it might be more true that believing leads to seeing. It’s often easier to discover the truth if we believe it’s there in the first place.” Yet, we have often heard, “You have to see it to believe it.” We have also heard ourselves say sometimes, “I can’t believe my eyes.”

Godin’s insight opens our eyes to a new reality, one that belief gives us. With belief comes knowing. If we believe it, we will see it. If we don’t believe something, we may not see the knowledge, beauty or richness that it offers. Albert Einstein wrote, “Blind belief… is the greatest enemy of truth.”

Seeing is believing as our eyes see the evidence of a reality. Plautus wrote, “One eye-witness weighs more than ten hearsays. Seeing is believing the world over.” A mindful caution, however, is given by Martin Luther King, Jr., “Seeing is not always believing.” And believing leads to seeing, as we open our eyes beyond seen realities. As the Conductor in Polar Express said, “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.

Jeffrey R. White said, “For some people, seeing is believing. For others, believing is seeing.” May your eyes, heart and soul capture life’s beauty, truths and realities, always knowing that there may be something more in what we see or believe.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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