Great And Inspiring People Whom I Admire

A few weeks ago I was reading the book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It is one of my favorite books and I read it over and over. (You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking on the icon, hint hint, wink wink). In chapter 14, The Sixth Sense is about using your creative imagination. Hill created a mastermind group in his imagination. These were people that he admired, some alive and others long gone. They were people like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Abraham Lincoln. This got me thinking about the great and inspiring people whom I admire.

Before I begin, today I completed my 60th trip around the sun and I’m grateful for everything. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to my blog. I appreciate all my followers and subscribers. I am humbled.

“Men are not made from easy victories but based on great defeats.”
~ Ernest Shackleton

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Great And Inspiring People

Hill was inspired by his mastermind group and would even have roundtable council meetings in his mind. During these meetings, he would have imaginary conversations with the members. Each one had a different quality that he admired. By doing this, he opened up his creative mind and came up with ideas on things he could accomplish.

I began thinking about different great people who I admired and have inspired me throughout my life. So I decided to write about these inspirational people. They are people who overcame obstacles and were great leaders. I have learned great lessons from them. They have set excellent and inspirational examples for me to follow. To keep the blogs short, I have decided to do this in parts.

“Loneliness is the penalty of leadership, but the man who has to make the decisions is assisted greatly if he feels that there is no uncertainty in the minds of those who follow him and that his orders will be carried out confidently and in expectation of success.”
~  Ernest Shackleton

Sir Ernest Shackleton

Sir Ernest Shackleton

I will begin with an incredible leader, Sir Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton was born in 1874 in Kildare, Ireland. He was an Antarctic explorer who attempted to reach the South Pole. He joined Robert Scott’s expedition in 1901 and took part in the sledge journey across the Ross Ice Shelf. In January 1908, he led an expedition to Antarctica but was prevented from reaching their intended based site by the ice. On that expedition, he later led a sledging party to within 112 miles (180 km) of the South Pole. Due to their success in claiming the Victoria Land plateau for Britain, he was knighted on his return.

“When things are easy, I hate it.”
~ Ernest Shackleton

“Difficulties are just things to overcome.”
~ Ernest Shackleton

Endurance

I first heard of Ernest Shackleton when I was given a book titled Endurance. You can also get this book by clicking on the icon to the right. (Another wink). The book, written by Alfred Lansing, is well written and inspirational. It entails the 1914 ill-fated expedition to Antarctica led by Shackleton. They proceeded from England aboard the ship, Endurance. The expedition had planned to make the first crossing of Antarctica via the South Pole from the Weddell Sea to McMurdo Sound.

The Endurance became trapped in the ice and drifted for 10 months. Eventually, the ice crushed the powerful ship. Shackleton and his men then drifted for another five months on ice floes. Running low on food and supplies, they escaped in boats to uninhabited Elephant Island.

Trapped!

A Dangerous Journey

Knowing their only hope for survival was a dangerous journey across the sea, Shackleton and five men set out in a whaleboat. Their destination was the tiny island of South Georgia. There was a whaling station where they could find help. South Georgia was 800 miles from Elephant Island. The journey took 16 days across a rough and dangerous ocean. Through expert navigation, they landed on the south side of South Georgia.

“No person who has not spent a period of his life in those ‘stark and sullen solitudes, that sentinel, the Pole’ will understand fully what trees and flowers, sun-flecked turf and running streams mean to the soul of a man.”
~  Ernest Shackleton

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Although elated to have reached their destination, Shackleton knew their ordeal was not over. The whaling station was on the north side of the island. They would have to cross rugged terrain to reach it. It had been 16 months since the Endurance had become trapped in the ice. The six men set out and eventually reached the whaling station. The whalers couldn’t believe their eyes when these six ragged men walked into their station.

Shackleton never forgot about the men they left behind on Elephant Island. He worried about them every day. Despite his lack of strength he wanted to set sail and rescue them right away. The weather wouldn’t allow for a return trip at that time. Shackleton never gave up. He made four unsuccessful attempts at rescuing his men.

“Through endurance we conquer.”
~ Ernest Shackleton

“The questions are always more important than the answers.”
~ Ernest Shackleton

Rescued

Four months later Shackleton’s perseverance paid off and they successfully arrived at Elephant Island. Shackleton couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw that all his men were alive. They survived despite the lack of food sources and water on this barren island. All his men were loaded onto the ship and they embarked to Chile.

“If you’re a leader, a fellow that other fellows look to, you’ve got to keep going.”
~  Ernest Shackleton

The Definition Of A Leader

Sir Ernest Shackleton displayed extraordinary leadership in saving all his men. He is an inspirational figure in which I admire greatly. His unmatched perseverance is a lesson that we should all learn. Persevering and overcoming all obstacles is the key to success. Shackleton had a definitive purpose, rescuing his men, and nothing was going to stop him. He was dedicated to his men and put their needs before his. This is the definition of a leader.

“I have often marveled at the thin line which separates success from failure.”
~ Ernest Shackleton

“No one asks how to motivate a baby. A baby naturally explores everything it can get at unless restraining forces have already been at work. And this tendency doesn’t die out, it’s wiped out.”
~ Ernest Shackleton

I hope you enjoyed part one of the great and inspiring people whom I admire. I will continue this series in the weeks to follow. Do you have any particular person who inspires you? Are there people that you admire and help you on your journey? If so, leave a comment below and let me know. I always enjoy reading your comments.

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Works Cited

Lansing, Alfred. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage. Basic Books, 2015.

“Chapter 14 – The Sixth Sense.” Think and Grow Rich: the Complete Classic Text, by Napoleon Hill, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2008, pp. 308–323.

Are You Thankful For What You Have? – Episode 5

I hope you enjoy Episode 5 Are you thankful for what you have?

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I look forward to watching the NFL draft every year. Why? Because you get to see their dreams come true as it happens. The emotions they go through as they get the phone call from the NFL team that is selecting them. You see the emotions of the families that are there with them. Watching the draft makes me grateful for my life. Are you thankful for what you have?

Be Grateful For All

What you don’t see is the countless hours in the weight room. The infinite number of sprints they have run, or the endless hours they spent studying in the classroom. What you don’t see is the countless miles the families put on their cars driving their kids to practice, games, or camps. You don’t see the time the families might’ve had to put in working a second job to pay for equipment or fees. The families do all this to help their children to achieve their dreams.

For most of these young men, the dream started when they were a child while they were lying in bed. They held onto the dream probably through many ups and downs, successes, and failures.

Humbled

A vast majority of the men selected today will feel humbled, honored, and gracious when they hear their name called by the Commissioner. It is a pleasure to see them when they speak give thanks to God, their family, their coaches and everyone who ever help them achieve this dream.

Ungrateful

Unfortunately, there are usually one or two who expected to be drafted earlier than they were and are unhappy. When you see them on camera they have a scowl on their face and you can tell that they are angry. Now I’m sure that they think that they are the best player and feel slighted that so many teams passed them up, I can understand that. What I cannot understand is how they cannot fill gracious enough to put the other feelings aside. I’ve heard it said that less than one percent of all boys playing high school football will make it to the NFL. Just to have the talent to be in that small pool should make you one of the most thankful people alive.

Are you grateful for what you have been given? Do you give thanks every day? If not, today is a great day to start!

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Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words?

People talk about what they are going to do all the time. I want to see it, not hear it. Actions speak louder than words. All right, you have decided to become the person others want to be. You’ve taken that first step on your journey. Goals have been set and you have written a detailed plan for accomplishing them. Now what? How are you going to get to that finish line? You see, it’s all a waste of time and energy if you don’t begin to do the work. You have to crack that egg to make your omelet. Congratulations! It’s time to take that first step on your journey to a new you. Enjoy these actions speak louder than words quotes.

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You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
Wayne Gretzky

You’ll never plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
~ Irish Proverb

Actions, it does speak louder than words

This is the most important step, ACTION. Your actions do speak louder than words. Once you have made your decision to accomplish anything, 50% of the work is done. Congratulations once again, you are already halfway there. The other 50% comes from the action of getting it done.

It’s great that you have set your goals, written a good plan, and are ready to change. Unfortunately, nothing will change without ACTION. You must do the work. This is what stops most people. They are unwilling to do the work and make the sacrifices. This is why only 1% of people succeed. You are not like most people. It is inside you to get moving and take that step.

You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.
~ Abraham Maslow

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home, and think about it. Go out and get busy.
~ Dale Carnegie

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A Small Change

A small change in your thought process can result in a large change to your lifestyle. That change is called ACTION. Inaction creates procrastination, procrastination leads to more inaction. It is a vicious cycle. So, why do you procrastinate?

You have to get out of your comfort zone and that scares you.

The fear of failure.

You might have a fear of success.

Moving Day

Moving out of your comfort zone is difficult. It’s called a comfort zone for reason, it’s comfortable. You don’t like to be uncomfortable, nobody does. But it’s necessary for change.

Fears

Whenever you decide to do anything significant, like change, you experience a fear of failure. This is common. Those annoying little Doubt Demons will come out of hiding, repeating those thoughts of failure. “What if I fail, what will people say?”

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
~ Arnold Glasow

Procrastination also comes from a fear of success. Many people do not see themselves as being successful. What will happen in your life if you succeed in accomplishing your goal? How will your life change? If your business becomes successful, how will that impact your time? Your family? You will have to deal with these fears before you can take that first step.

Reasons

Other reasons for inaction and procrastination can be:

Your goal is overwhelming.

It’s too complicated.

The timing isn’t right.

Goals

Goals can be overwhelming. Think about if you have a goal to become a published author. The thought of coming up with an exciting plot and intriguing characters that keep the reader engaged. Writing 50,000 to 100,000 words can be staggering.

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.
~ Mario Andretti

That Overwhelming Feeling

When you start on a new journey there can be a learning curve. Your goal can seem too complicated. If you decide to start a new business, you might not know what it takes to run a business. You will have to spend a lot of time studying and learning.

It’s Never The Right Time

Probably the greatest cause of procrastination is timing. You want to change your life, but today is not the best day to start. You don’t feel prepared. Equipment needs to be bought. How to Books need to be read. You decide to begin an exercise program to lose weight. Procrastination sets in because you don’t have the right clothes.

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
~ Confucius

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
~ Confucius

Oh, That Smell

I’m here to tell you that all the reasons outlined above are one thing. EXCUSES! They all stink.

There is one way to overcome procrastination which is created by inaction and you know what it is. ACTION! When you take that first step and put your plan to action, it does some marvelous things to your mindset. Does action speak louder than words? See for yourself.

Results of Action

It conquers your fears.

Provides you with the knowledge of how you’re going to accomplish your goal.

K. I. S. S. (Keep It Simple St***d). Things become simpler.

You will eliminate all excuses.

It will ignite a passion within you.

Stepping out of your comfort zone will become tolerable.

You will learn how to embrace failure.

Action will chase those Doubt Demons back into their hiding place. You will be able to control and conquer all your fears.

Focus On Your Why

Focusing on your WHY will keep you from worrying about how you’re going to accomplish your goals. You will learn new things and techniques to put your plan into motion. These actions speak louder than words quotes will help.

God provides the wind, but man must raise the sails.
~ St. Augustine

Never confuse motion with action.
~ Benjamin Franklin

Your mind will take your overwhelming goal and break it down. You will look at your project in smaller more manageable bits. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. (Please don’t try to eat an elephant. They are magnificent and there aren’t enough of them.)

All the excuses that caused you to procrastinate will become trivial. With ACTION you will begin to eliminate your excuses one by one. Pretty soon they will be all gone.

Let every man or woman here remember this, that if you wish to be great at all, you must begin where you are and with what you are. He who would be great anywhere must first be great in his own Philadelphia.
~ Russel H. Conwell

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The Greatest Reward

The greatest reward of taking the first step in putting your plan into ACTION is passion. It will ignite a passion within you to achieve your goal. Once you have lit this passion, you become unstoppable.

Stepping out of your comfort zone is hard. Possibly, one of the hardest things you do. Once you’re out, you realize that you can survive. Even though it might not be comfortable taking ACTION, you find that it is tolerable.

Don’t be afraid to take a big step. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.
~ David Lloyd George

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
~ Aristotle

What About Failure?

Failure is going to happen. Anyone who has ever accomplished anything great has had many failures along the way. The reason that they were successful was that they persevered. You are going to have failures and setbacks along the way. Embrace your failures, don’t hide from them. Don’t use them as an excuse to quit. Once you fail, you are closer to success. They are just steppingstones along the way.

Does action speak louder than words? You bet! Do you find it difficult to get started, to begin a journey to change? Are you a victim of procrastination? Have you found that just doing something, without thinking about it, is easier for you? Do you have a story on how you defeated procrastination with action? If so, I would love to hear about it. If you haven’t joined my email list yet, click on the blue-button above. You will be able to receive my newsletters, e-book, courses, etc. You can find everything you need to grow your self-confidence.

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Defeating The Fear Of Criticism – Episode 4

Welcome to my podcast, Defeating the Fear of Criticism – Episode 4.

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Fear Of Criticism

How do you value other people’s opinions? Are you caught up in the way someone else makes you feel? Can what someone says to you determine if you can have a good or bad day? If so, listen to these words carefully. I don’t give a flying rat’s ass what other people think of me. I know that I’m a good person and that I treat others in the same manner as I would want them to treat me. It has no effect on me what other people think of me or if other people don’t believe that I will accomplish what I set out to do.

I learned this lesson a long time ago. When I was a child growing up I had lots of friends and thought that everyone liked me. However, I found out that some people didn’t like me and I never did anything for them to feel that way. As a result, I realized then that some people are just going to like you for who you are and some people are not going to like you for who you are. That doesn’t change who you are. You are you, no one else, embrace it.

I hope you enjoy Episode 4: Defeating the Fear of Criticism.

“You create your own universe as you go along.”
~ Winston Churchill

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Quotes on Faith To Keep You Moving Forward

Going through some of my old posts, I came across one I wrote early on about the anxiety that the current pandemic has caused. I believe anxiety is predominantly caused by the unknown. You don’t know what life is going to be like in the future. Is this just a snapshot of what is to come? Will we have to wear masks and continue social distancing for years to come? Will this virus mutate into something more deadly? All these unanswered questions can create fear and panic within you. How do you handle the situations that occur in life? I hope these quotes on faith will keep you moving forward.

 Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.
~ Steve Jobs

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
~ Khalil Gibran

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It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
 ~ Muhammad Ali

Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.
~ Elisabeth Elliot

Faith Quotes For Growth

If you have been following some of my blog posts, then you are familiar with the term faith over fear. Faith is what gives me the confidence that I can handle any situation. Faith gives you the confidence that everything will turn out alright. You know that it will work out in your favor. Therefore, you don’t worry about any negative things that happen along the way. Faith is what keeps those irritating “Doubt Demons” locked in their little dark spaces. No matter how bad things are today, you know that tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow can be the day when things take a turn for the better.

50/50 Chance They Would Die

Faith builds your confidence. Fear tears it down. To accomplish great achievements you must carry faith with you. As you begin a new venture it can seem overwhelming, almost impossible. To turn it into a reality you will need confidence in yourself and everyone helping you. Everything is possible with faith.

 There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or they were too cautious and were unwilling to make the leap of faith.
~ James Cameron

In 1969 we sent three astronauts to the moon. Two of the astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed and walked on the moon. Michael Collins flew the command capsule. This was a phenomenal feat. When they were given the “green light” to launch in July 1969, many scientists and experts thought we were years away from being ready. It took a lot of faith and confidence from the astronauts, engineers, scientists, and mathematicians to proceed on this historic event. Experts only gave them a 50 percent chance of making it back alive. Now that’s faith and it led to the famous quote below.

 You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

July 20, 1969

Faith vs Fear

If the people that were involved in the moon landing had focused on their fears, that event would have never happened. Faith and fear are the same things, a choice. You can choose fear and do nothing or you can choose faith and accomplish great things. Fear will keep you right where you’re at, in your comfort zone. Faith will give you the confidence to control your fears and succeed. When you make that decision to change your life, see the outcome that you want, and have faith that it’s going to happen. Does that mean there won’t be obstacles along the way? No, but faith will get you through them. Focusing on your fears will have you turning around and going back to your old, comfortable life.

God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength, and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers.
~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
~ Voltaire

An Inspirational Woman

I recently read a blog post that I will link here. I found this post both powerful and inspirational. This young lady has been through financial struggles and just recently got a good job that she enjoys. She is grateful for everything she has but has been thinking about also starting a business. Being grateful is a key factor because if you are not grateful for what you have, how do you expect to be rewarded with something better. I found it inspirational because she set a goal (employment) and conquered her obstacles (financial struggles). She climbed to the top of the mountain but is now seeing a larger mountain to climb. I believe she will tackle this goal with faith, conquer her fears, and do very well.

My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.
~ Denzel Washington

 Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.
~ Charles H. Spurgeon

6 Basic Fears

There are many fears in our minds. The six basic fears that will cause you to fail are:

  1. Poverty
  2. Criticism
  3. Ill Health
  4. Loss of Love
  5. Old Age
  6. Death

Focusing on the fear of poverty will only bring you more debt. Instead, have faith that your financial struggles will end. This will bring about ideas on making more money, getting a promotion, etc.

The fear of criticism is what stops most people from changing their lives. You can be so afraid of what people will think and say about you that you will never begin to change your life. If you are scared of criticism then you value others’ opinions more than you value your dreams. Have total faith in what you are doing.

Fear of contracting COVID 19 has stopped many people in their tracks. Especially at the beginning when many people didn’t want to or couldn’t leave their house. I can understand that. This virus is real and people have died. Have faith that we will beat the disease and return to our normal lives. This will allow you to move forward and accomplish your goals. It will provide you with the inspiration you need to find a way to succeed.

 Worrying is arrogant because God knows what He’s doing.
~ Barbara Cameron

 Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
~ Helen Keller

The Negativity Focus

How do you continue or begin to have faith when we are constantly surrounded by fears. We are inundated with negativity every day. The media focuses on negative news more than positive news. Why? Negative news plays on your fears. Fears equal viewers and viewers equal money. The media plays on your fears to keep you watching. If you don’t believe me, live in Florida during hurricane season. If one computer model out of 50 shows it making landfall, that’s the one they focus on.

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From Fear To Faith

Building your faith is a matter of changing your mindset from negative to positive. A positive mindset is a growth mindset. It doesn’t focus on fears, only on faith. Speaking positive affirmations every day will grow your mind. You will replace all your fears and self-doubt with faith and self-confidence. Everything that you hear or say is taken in by your conscious mind and you believe it. If all you hear is negative information about the world that is what you will perceive as reality. Positive affirmations will change your thoughts which are stored in your subconscious mind. Anything you picture in your mind your subconscious will turn it into a reality. Therefore, it is only through positive affirmations and visualization that you can control your fears and change your life. Here are some examples.

  • I deserve all the great things that happen to me.
  • My body is healthy.
  • Abundance flows to me because I am open to receive it.
  • I am moving forward and becoming better every day.
  • I have great relationships with all my family members.
  • My businesses are successful and allow me to help many people.
  • I treat people with kindness and joy.

These are just a few examples and you can tailor your affirmations to your situation. Remember to be grateful for what you have and give thanks every day. Always repeat your daily affirmations with love and joy. They must come from a happy place in your mind.

 To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead, you relax and float.
~ Alan Watts

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Are your fears holding you back? Are you going to live with a negative fearful mind or a positive mind full of faith? Do you believe you have a growth mindset? If you haven’t joined my email list yet, click on the blue-button above. You will be able to receive my newsletters, e-book, courses, etc. You can find everything you need to grow your self-confidence.

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Episode 3: Overcoming Anxiety Today

Welcome to Episode 3: Overcoming Anxiety Today. We are definitely in an anxious time in our lives with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a time of uncertainty and I don’t know about you but for me, it is difficult to find the facts about what’s really going on. One news agency reports one thing and three more reports something totally opposite. One day we’re “flattening the curve” and the next day this is something that’s going to last for years. I’m as confused as everyone but unlike a lot of people, it doesn’t cause me anxiety.

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Overcoming Anxiety Today

I believe in faith over fear. I believe that the pandemic will end sooner rather than later; that businesses will open and the economy will flourish; that sporting events will begin and stadiums will be packed. The anxiety that has been created by this pandemic is based on uncertainty or fear. The anxiety is usually worse than the actual event.

How can we deal with this anxiety? How does this affect us or our journey to success? First, it’s all about control. As I said in my welcome post, I am the CEO of ME Enterprises. I control what happens to me, the thoughts that I think, and my actions. You are in total control of you, you control what you are thinking, the choices you make, and your actions every day.

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I can’t control the things that are going on outside of me. You can’t control the things that are going on outside of you, so don’t worry about them. Don’t allow the news to affect you, you can’t control politicians, and you can’t control the weather. You have 100 percent control over you and that’s the only thing that you should be focusing on. I remember hearing someone say, “If you want to change the world, begin with changing you.”

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I hope you enjoyed Episode 3: Overcoming Anxiety Today. Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. If you have any tips on not giving up I would like to hear them. Subscribe to my email list by clicking on the button above and receive my checklist to keep you moving forward in attaining your goals.

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Quotes to Keep You From Quitting

How many of you would agree with me that quitting is good? Wouldn’t everyone like to be known as a quitter? Well, sometimes quitting is good. As long as you’re talking about quitting smoking, I would like to be known as a quitter. The definition of quitting is to give up or resign. There are certain things that you need to give up to live a healthy life, such as overeating. If you’re in a stressful, unenjoyable job, you should look for another. You need to quit the bad habits in your life. These motivational quotes to keep you from quitting will get you over all obstacles.

“It’s always too soon to quit.”
~ Norman Vincent Peale

“Age wrinkles the body; quitting wrinkles the soul.”
~ Douglas MacArthur

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Quitting Quotes To Move Forward

At times, you have to quit to move forward. Hanging around the wrong people will hold you back. You have to quit them. When I first started my blog I wrote a post about quitting. I wanted to revisit that post and talk a little more about the idea of quitting. I hope these inspirational quotes about quitting will help you fight on when the urge takes hold of you.

“Never give up. If you want to be something, be conceited about it, give yourself a chance. Never say you are not good, that will never get you anywhere. Set goals, That’s what life is made of.”
~ Mike McLaren

“You’re never a loser until you quit trying.”
~ Mike Ditka

We talked about when it’s good to give up bad habits. Now let’s talk about what happens when you make that decision to change for the better. Why can’t you quit and go back to your old lifestyle? For one, once you quit on a major decision, it becomes a habit. A bad habit. Now, to accomplish anything, you have to quit the habit of quitting. Wow, I am getting dizzy.

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Habits

Once the habit is developed it becomes the easiest thing you will do. It becomes easier every time you do it. You will never attempt anything hard ever again. Every time something becomes difficult, you will quit. Here is a lesson I learned early on and have passed it on to my children. Life is hard and it is not fair. You must learn to persevere and drive on when everything in your mind is telling you to give up. This always reminds me of the line in the movie A League of Their Own. One of Tom Hanks’ players told him she was crying because it was hard. Hanks’ character replied, “Of course it’s hard, that’s what makes it great.” What a great quote to keep you from quitting.

“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”
~ Napoleon Hill

“Most people who succeed in the face of seemingly impossible conditions are people who simply don’t know how to quit.”
~ Robert Schuller

You must have a strong mindset to change your lifestyle, become more self-confident, and be successful. A strong mind is always looking to grow. If you can develop your mind into a growth mindset, you will not quit. Imagine if plants quit growing when the conditions get hard. We would have no food. When the rains do not come their roots continue growing, searching for water. They will sustain themselves until the rains return.

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”
~ Conrad Hilton

40% Rule

The Navy SEALs have what they call a 40% Rule. The 40% Rule says that when your mind is telling you that you are done, you have used only 40% of your energy. You have so much more inside of you and can keep going. I utilized this mindset in completing The Murph Challenge on Memorial Day. Some science backs up the 40% Rule. In a 2008 study, subjects were given a placebo and told it was caffeine. Other subjects were given caffeine. Both subjects then lifted weights. The subjects that were given the placebo lifted significantly more weight than the subjects given caffeine.

“No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.”
~ Napoleon Hill

“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game, one foot from a winning touchdown.”
~ Ross Perot

If you’ve decided to do anything significant, at some point you will think about quitting. We have all been there. These thoughts are at their greatest frequency just before you are about to have a breakthrough. All you have to do to be successful is turn the corner or take another step. If you just drive one more mile you will find the answer. If you ever get to the point where you’re considering giving up and returning to your old lifestyle, think of WHY you wanted to change.

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“Some people fold after making one timid request. They quit too soon. Keep asking until you find the answers.”
~ Jack Canfield

How Do We Keep Going?

How do we keep going when it becomes too difficult? We have to start with the WHY. You must remember WHY you started. You will never quit if your WHY is big enough. I talk about this a lot in my posts because I believe in its importance. Your WHY has to come from deep down inside of you. It should scare you. Success should be your only option. Choke out your “Doubt Demons” when they show up. Immediately replace any thoughts of failure with thoughts of success.

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
~ Ella Fitzgerald

“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.”
~ George Allen

Rely On Others

Another way to keep from quitting is to form your team. It is a lot easier to quit on yourself than it is to quit on others. If you have family members who believe in you, make a commitment to them. You will get it done. Be honest with your teammates and rely on each other. Help everyone pull through the difficult times. We are all in this together and together we will win. Crush all obstacles in your way. As an individual and as a team you’re always moving forward. Be happy with the small victories and win the day. I like to think of it like a sports team. Before you can win the game you have to win each play. In football, you win the quarter. In cricket, you win the inning, and in soccer you win the half.

“Before success comes in any man’s life, he’s sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That’s exactly what the majority of men do.”
~ Napoleon Hill

Keep Moving Forward

To reiterate, when you make that life-changing decision at some point you will think about quitting. Whatever you decide to do is going to seem harder than you originally thought. The thoughts of quitting will permeate your brain if you do not have a strong mindset. Always remember WHY you started, lean on your teammates, and always move forward. Like the movie character, Rocky Balboa said, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.” So when life hits you hard, take it, smile, and keep moving forward.

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Final Thoughts

Have you ever gotten to the point where you felt like quitting? What did you do to break through and succeed? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. If you have any tips on not giving up I would like to hear them. Subscribe to my email list by clicking on the blue button above and receive my checklist to keep you moving forward in attaining your goals.

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Episode 2: The Journey And Overcoming Fears

This is Episode 2: The Journey and Overcoming Fears of my podcast. In this episode, I discuss how we can make it to our destination. Our goals can seem overwhelming to us at times. Sometimes we just have to take that first step and see what happens.

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I go over some of the techniques I used to get through my military training. By learning certain techniques to help you on your journey you will find that anything is possible. Your journey, like all journeys, are going to have challenges. You are going to encounter obstacles along the way.

Overcoming Fears

By continuing to take one step after another you will reach your destination. Once you understand how easy it is to become successful at anything, you can become successful at everything. As long as you have a big enough WHY, there is nothing out of your reach.

I go over one of my fears, the fear of heights, or more correctly put, the fear of falling. How did someone with an extreme fear of heights end up at the U.S. Army parachute school? I was the last person who ever thought they would be jumping out of an airplane.

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Techniques

The techniques I employed got me through to graduation and I earned my wings. More importantly, I learned that I could control my fears. I have used that throughout my life.

I hope that Episode 2: The Journey and Overcoming Fears, will help you to overcome your obstacles and continue on your journey to success.

Final Thoughts

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Inspirational Quotes For Achieving Goals

Goals, who needs them? What are they and who uses them? How do we set them and do they work? I want to talk a little bit today about your goals. They are instrumental in your personal development. I’ve included some inspirational quotes that I hope will help you in achieving your goals.

“It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.”
~ Pat Summitt

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Achieving Goals

Who writes down goals? Well, the best answer is, successful people. Did you know that 96% of all the wealth created in the world is created by 1% of the population? These are the people that are extremely successful in building businesses and making money. By comparison, I recently heard that only 1% of people write down their goals. One could deduct that the 1% who are writing down their goals are also the 1% creating 96% of the wealth. For example, in my post last week on becoming an expert, I listed some habits of successful people. One of those habits is that successful people are goal-oriented. Taking this all in, I think it’s time we started writing some goals.

“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”
~ Michael Korda

What are goals? How do we decide what our goals are? Simply put, goals are just things that you want. Decide on some things that you want and write them down. Now you have some goals. For example, you might want more money, a bigger house, or fame. Maybe you want a better relationship or be in a relationship. Whatever you want, write it down.

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Stay On Course

Your goals can be described as a target that gives you something to aim at. Also, they can be thought of as your internal GPS. They keep you going in the right direction and not veering off course. They get you where you want to go. Another way to think of goals is to picture a plow horse. The farmer always puts blinders on the horse when they hook them up to the plow. The blinders are simply small squares of firm leather attached to the bridal at the side of the horse’s head. Since horse’s eyes are on the side of their head, they have peripheral vision. They can easily be distracted by something off to the side and stray off course. The blinders help the farmer to plow straight rows. They keep the horse on track, just like your goals.

“If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”
~ Source unknown

“It’s important to set your own goals and work hard to achieve them.”
~ Yuichiro Miura

We have already established that goals are things that you want. They are your dreams. They need to be written down. Goals that are not written down are simply a wish. They will never be achieved. When setting goals, keep in mind that they should be big but also realistic. You have to convince your mind that your goal is attainable. An unattainable goal is worthless. For example, if my goal is to live on another planet, that is currently unattainable. I wouldn’t work very hard to attain that goal. Your goal needs to be big enough to scare you. It must make you grow in the process of making it come true.

The End Date

Goals must have an end date. By setting an end date, you will stay on track to accomplish your goal. It helps you do a little bit every day to keep moving forward. You will also be able to track your progress towards reaching your goal. For example, by December 31, 2020, I have earned $1,500,000 profit in my businesses. I can now see how close or far I am to my goal. This allows me to look at my plan and see if it’s working. I recommend people to set long-term goals, medium goals, and short-term goals. A long-term goal can be five or 10 years out. This is the main goal that we know will take some time to achieve. Our medium and short-term goals will keep us on track to achieving our long-term goals.

“You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for.”– Ted Turner

“The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
~ Michelangelo

Now we have decided on the things we want, written them down, and set an end date. Next, we need to read them every day. I prefer to write my goals on an index card and carry it in my pocket. This way I can read them wherever I am. Remember not to write down too many goals. You will keep getting distracted from obtaining your main goal. It is better to focus on one or two goals that will change you.

How Do We Achieve Our Goals

How are we going to accomplish our goals now that we have them written down? The most important question is not how, but WHY. Once you know WHY you will figure out how to turn your goals into reality. Just keep your eyes open and pay attention to your thoughts. They will open your mind up to all the possibilities in front of you. What happens when we reach our end date and we have been successful? One answer is to set bigger goals with a new end date. What if we fail to reach our goal? If you failed to reach your goal, then look at your plan and your work ethic. Possibly, you did not work hard enough or your plan was flawed. If this happens, change your plan. Don’t change your goal.

“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.”
~ Author Unknown

“Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream, precedes the goal.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Methods

One method of staying on track with your goals is called, “The Seinfeld Method.” In this method, you get a large yearly calendar and hang it on a prominent wall. Establish your goal and your plan. Every day that you do something in your plan and work toward your goal, put a big red “X” on that date. The purpose is to establish a chain and never break the chain. Another method is to put two jars on your desk. One jar is filled with marbles, paperclips, etc., and the other is empty. Every time you do something towards accomplishing your goal, move the object to the empty jar. This is a great method for accomplishing daily goals. A lot of salespeople use this method when they have a goal of making X amount of sales calls a day.

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The Journey

What I become from the process is what I like most about setting goals and working towards obtaining them. Will you become a better person by focusing on your goals? What kind of person would you be after working on your plan? Like me, you will change. By focusing on your goals you will begin to get a direction in your life. It will give you a purpose and you will find you are better because of it. This to me is the most important aspect of goal setting, what you become.

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”
~ Bill Copeland

“If you’re bored with life – you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.”
~ Lou Holtz

Have you written your goals down and carry them with you? Do you have them written on the bathroom mirror?  Leave a comment below and let me know if you have any tips on attaining goals. Subscribe to my email list by clicking on the blue-button above and receive my checklist to keep you moving forward in attaining your goals.

Final Thoughts

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Episode 1: Welcome To My Podcast

Welcome. Well, I decided to start a podcast and this is Episode 1 titled Welcome To My Podcast. I’m going to going over my earlier posts and adding to them a bit. I hope you enjoy them. As with anything new, there is a learning curve. So, please forgive my mistakes, my “umms,” and my ” you knows.” I’ll get better the more I do it, just like in life.

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Topics In Episode 1: Welcome

Starting a blog for me was not easy since I never enjoyed writing. I have also never liked hearing myself talk so a podcast is definitely outside the old comfort zone. In this podcast, I talk about some of the successes I have had in life. You will get to know more about me and where I come from.

If you’ve read my blog then you know my posts are about lessons I have learned throughout my life. My posts are inspirational and motivational. I cover topics such as self-confidence, goal setting, how to handle failure, perseverance, changing your mindset, and so on.

Topics I touch on in Episode 1: Welcome are:

You control you, nobody else does;

Enjoy the journey, savor every step;

The best definition of success I have heard; and,

Learning from each other.

Enjoy

Once again, I hope you enjoy my podcast. If so, leave a comment below and let me know. Let me know your thoughts. If you have a specific topic you would like me to touch on in the future, let me know. I always enjoy reading your comments. I appreciate everyone for listening and supporting.

All Aboard

This Train Is Moving On, You Can Get On, Or You Can Get Off, But The Train Keeps Moving On! We Are Going To The Top Of The Mountain!

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