Belief’s Magical Key to Your Greatest Potential

What potential is lying dormant in you that could be released if you chose to believe in yourself and your abilities?” asks Jack Canfield in his book, The Success Principles. Believing in yourself is the magical key you hold to unlock the incredible truth of you… the deep belief and knowledge that you have what it takes. It is belief that inspires your knowing that you will find a way to achieve whatever life presents you regardless of the challenges. Brian Tracy said, “You begin to fly when you let go of self-limiting beliefs and allow your mind and aspiration to rise to great heights.”

Max Lucado writes, “You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.” You are beautifully and inspiringly unique in this infinite universe. Be deliberate and passionately positive in your attitude of self-belief. Inspire others to find their own. Be more than you ever dreamed you could be. Be bold, self-assured, self-confident and filled with self-esteem. As Josh Groban sang, “You have everything you need, if you just believe.” Believe more; be more. Life is so very good.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On Good, Better, Best… the Great Leader’s Unending Journey to Greatness

Good, better, best – beautiful stepping stones in the great leader’s continuing growth and development. Each step is both a beginning and ending point, a movement from the ‘as is’ to the ‘what can be’. The ‘best’, itself, is not an ending point. It, too, is a stepping stone to something more. Maya Angelou wrote: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” So the cycle begins again from good, to better to best, an unending path of joyous learning in achieving your life’s purpose and meaning, your best self, your greatness.

John Maxwell said: “Don’t rest on your best. Your best today sets you up for success tomorrow.” Oprah Winfrey adds: “Doing the best at this moment puts you in a better place for the next moment.” May you fill each day with intentional moments of continued growth and learning knowing that there is always something more, something better, something so much more. Your joys, dreams and wonders of tomorrow are in your hands today. Take that magnificent step of doing “the best you can until you know better.” Your best is yet to come… and it will because you choose it to be so.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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Living Life as a Gift

“Focus on ‘Get to’ vs ‘Have to.’ Each day, focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift, not an obligation,” writes Jon Gordon in his weekly article, 21 Tips for a Positive New Year. His words suggest a shift in mindset to the joy, excitement and learning each moment of life offers. The mind and spirit are moved from the perceived burden of life’s “chores” to an ownership and gratitude for what it offers.

Tony Robbins tells great leaders: “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” May you become more as you find the joy and excitement of what you get to do each day, each moment of your magnificent life’s journey. May you always remember Pablo Picasso’s wise counsel: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” May you make the most of the gift of your life and the gifts you have been given… and become more, so much more.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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The Magnificence of Leadershifts

A part of the excitement and joy in the daily life of great leaders is their continuing drive to go beyond the familiarity, peace and quiet of their comfort zone to stretch themselves to find something more – to do what they haven’t done before. John Maxwell calls this their challenge zone. In his book, Leadershift, Maxwell suggests that there is yet another leap that great leaders take, one into a creative zone in which they “tend to think things that they never thought before.”  It is this magical, sometimes daring moment, when great leaders move from their dreams to new being and doing.

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin,” wrote Tony Robbins. May you fill this new year with the excitement of leadershifts in which you go far beyond the self-imposed limits of your challenge zone and venture into the unexplored possibilities of your beautiful being and doing. Make this your mantra. Share it with those whom you touch and serve that they, too, discover and realize their fullest potential. Together, your dreams of today will be the realities of tomorrow.

Miguel Torres tells great leaders: “Greatness is a journey that begins with the impossible and turns into the unforgettable.” May you always choose to turn perceived impossible journeys into unforgettable, beautiful life-changing adventures.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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Reflecting Back and Living Forward

These were the promises and excitement that filled the hearts and souls of great leaders as 2020 began: another year of exciting growth, magnificent achievements and the realization of their dreams and purpose’s purpose.  The great leaders pause now to reflect on the realities of this year’s journey and learn from them. They remember Henry David Thoreau’s words: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

They see the fruits of their labor: their successes and achievements flowing from their commitment to their vision and purpose; their contributions to the growth of those they serve in business, community and family; their own professional and personal growth and the changes that took them to a higher level of performance excellence.

They reflect also on unexpected realities, professional and personal that touched them during the year – joyous surprises (people or events that enriched their life) and sadnesses (changes in economic situation, the loss of a loved one, the impact of a pandemic).  What learnings and growth opportunities did they present?  In all this, they lived life to its fullest, capturing every magnificent moment. Their life reflects the words of Socrates:  “To be is to do.”

2021 will be a magnificent year – one filled with excitement, joy, extraordinary possibilities for growth and achievements. The best is yet to come… and it will.  It will because great leaders choose it to be. May you continue, my very dear friends, to be more than you ever dreamed… and more… so much more. Remember Thoreau’s gentle reminder: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

The year ahead has 12 months, 52 weeks, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and 31, 536,000 seconds.  What will success look like at the end of your 2021 journey?  May it be that you embraced every moment of life with passion, purpose, love, giving, and serving.  In your being, may you “meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

Have a beautiful day, a magnificent week and a Happy New Year!!! Again, our best is yet to come! Life is so very good.

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Peace and Love to You and Yours

It is that wonderful time of year again when the holiday spirit fills our mind and heart, and gently moves us, for the moment, away from the hectic pace of our lives and the world we experience now. Yes, this year is different given the challenges impacting the world and our lives. Yet, despite this, may we choose to see and live beyond these temporary constraints and enjoy the spirit of this special time. Let us pause and step back for a moment to reflect on the meaning and spirit of the season. Let us remember the joys and happiness it brings that we may again share it with others, while also making it so very special and memorable for those celebrating it for the first time. May our mindset be strongly intentional on making this Holiday Season our best one yet for ourselves, our families and friends and those whom we touch and serve. May we all hear those beautiful words from the song, Believe, from the movie, The Polar Express, sung by Josh Groban: “Believe in what you feel inside, And give your dreams the wings to fly, You have everything you need If you just believe.” Yes, we have everything we need… if we just believe.

The world around us contributes gently to the joy of the season: stores are wonderfully decorated; holiday music streams from videos and iPhones; home decorations appear. Our world is transformed around us to one of festivity and joyful tranquility. It is a time of peace. As Norman Vincent Peale, minister and author, once said, it is as though the holiday season “waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Yes, it is a time of “joy to the world.”

Memories fill us. We remember the joys of our youth and the people who were and are integral parts of our lives and happiness. There is sadness in remembrance of those we loved who are no longer with us. This gentle memory of them, however, is our lasting gift to them, and theirs to us.  It is our way of saying to them: “I love you forever and will never forget you… never.” We embrace those around us and share with each other a very special gift of love. Hamilton Wright Mabie, essayist, captured this wonderful spirit of the season: “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

Let us enjoy and take great learning from this magnificent and beautiful time. Let us all be embraced in this conspiracy of love. As Eva Logue writes, may you be as a candle which “makes no noise at all, but slowly gives itself away.” May this be your greatest gift to others and yourself – that in quiet reflection, you see with brilliant clarity the happiness and joy in the endless possibilities that life offers to which you will aspire.

May we pause in gratitude for all that we have, for what others have given us – our family, friends, those whom we serve, our God – and remember fervently that ours is the joy of giving, serving and caring. These are our greatest gifts. Let us join together every moment of our lives in a beautiful and magnificent “conspiracy of love.” Life is so very precious. Capture and embrace it with passion, joy, exuberance and love.

May you and yours have a joyous and beautiful Holiday Season, a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and may this New Year be the best yet – for you, your loved ones and the many people whom you touch and serve.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

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On the Joy of Transitions

Maya Angelou writes: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve its beauty.” It is in the butterfly’s life journey to grow and develop into something more with change being part of that journey. There is more, however, that we learn from the butterfly’s experience. The change the butterfly experiences becomes transformative. Herein lies the learning captured in the words of William Bridges:

“Change is situational. Transition, on the other hand, is psychological. It is not those events, but rather the inner reorientation or self-redefinition that you have to go through in order to incorporate any of those changes into your life. Without a transition, a change is just a rearrangement of the furniture. Unless transition happens, the change won’t work, because it doesn’t ‘take’.”

Transition is the full operationalization of change, an internalizing of the change itself, which enables the full value, benefit and effect of the change to be realized. So it is in the great leaders’ life journey, the resilient embracing of change, the change’s realization through transition and the continuing joy of learning and growth that the transitions provide in their development. Willie Stargell, famed baseball player, said: “Life is one big transition.” May your transitions be filled with joy and beauty as that of the butterfly… and more… so much more.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On Joys Awaiting Beyond Our Perceived Limits

Great leaders awake each morning filled with joy and wonder of what they will bring to the new day. Never do they wake up for the day to be mediocre… something for which they would simply settle to remain what they are and know. Theirs is a ceaseless and beautiful relentless pursuit to stretch their limits to go beyond the ‘what is’ to the ‘what can be.’  Henry Drummond captures this pursuit writing: “Unless a man undertakes more than he can possibly do, he will never do all that he can.”

Jim Rohn tells great leaders: “The big challenge is to become all that you have the possibility of becoming. You cannot believe what it does to the human spirit to maximize your human potential and stretch yourself to the limit.” This is the excitement and joy of living life to its fullest. It is the joy of creating new possibilities by opening your eyes, mind and heart to new ways of seeing, feeling and understanding. It is rekindling that endless curiosity of youth which gave you the excitement of endless questioning and exploring that created your world. May we unlearn and free ourselves of old limits. There is more… so much more to your becoming all that you ever dreamed you could be. Your best is yet to come… and it will because you choose it to be so.

May you remember the words of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: “It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the limits of our abilities do not exist.” The choice is in your hands every morning of your magnificent life’s journey of becoming.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On Promises

Lou Holtz said: “Don’t promise more that you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.” A promise creates expectation, hope and anticipation. It is a verbal commitment to someone with your name behind it. It creates trust in the ears and heart of the recipient who hears an unsaid “because I said I would” which makes the promise a matter of character. Just as the value of words are found in actions, so, also, the truth of promises is found in their fulfillment.

May your promises, to yourself and others, provide a path of commitment to your life’s purpose and meaning, each being a piece of your beautiful life’s mosaic. As a reminder, may you remember Robert Frost’s words: “…. I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” May you enjoy the beauty of each new mile and the value your kept promises continue to add to it. Life is so very good… and the best if yet to come.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On the Value of Storytelling

John Kotter speaks to the power and importance of stories writing: “Over the years I have become convinced that we learn best – and change – from hearing stories that strike a chord within us…. Those in leadership positions who fail to grasp or use the power of stories risk failure for their companies and for themselves.”

In their uncomplicated clarity and simplicity, stories stimulate, amaze and inspire as they convey their message. In them, concepts and ideas become realities as a visual picture of their meaning is painted in the listener’s mind. The visualization is often enhanced with words that create feelings, emotions and sentiments. They tell the listener that the idea was ‘lived’ and has value. Stories have the magic of going beyond the ears and into the heart. As Tom Asacker wrote: “Facts don’t persuade, feelings do. And stories are the best way to get at those feelings.”

Be that great storyteller described by Maria Popova: “A great storyteller dances up the ladder of understanding, from information to knowledge to wisdom… who helps us interpret information, integrate it with our existing knowledge, and transmute that into wisdom.” May the magic of your storytelling leave seeds of possibilities to be explored, dreams to be dreamed and life to be lived… and changed. Life is so very good.

Have a beautiful day, a magnificent week and a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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