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Inspiring People Whom I Admire Part V

This is another installment in my series Inspiring People Whom I Admire Part V. A few weeks ago I wrote about the inspirational story of Irene Sendler. Today I want to continue that theme of inspiring women in the World War II era and tell you the story of Sophie Scholl.

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Inspiring People Whom I Admire Part V

Sophie Scholl was born on May 9, 1921, in Germany. At the age of 12, she joined the League of German Girls as did most of her classmates. This displeased her father who was an ardent Nazi critic. Initially, she was very enthusiastic but eventually also became critical of the Nazis. Her brother Hans, at one time, eagerly participated in the Hitler Youth program became disillusioned as well. Hans was even arrested in 1937 for participating in the German Youth Movement. Seeing her brother arrested affected her deeply.

Disillusioned

After graduating from secondary school, she became a kindergarten teacher. She had hoped this would be recognized as an alternative service to the National Labor Service. Unfortunately for Sophie, it wasn’t. National Labor Service was a prerequisite to be admitted to the University. Therefore, Sophie served six months of auxiliary war service. The military-like regimen of the Labor Service caused her to change her initial views of National Socialism. She would eventually begin to practice passive resistance.

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Sophie Scholl

In 1942 she enrolled at the University of Munich and attended with her brother Hans. During the summer, Sophie, Hans, and their friends began to question and resist the principles and policies of the Nazi regime. They adopted passive resistance strategies that were being used by students in the United States fighting racial discrimination.

White Rose

The group called themselves, White Rose, and co-authored six Anti-Nazi Third Reich political resistance leaflets. These leaflets instructed Germans to passively resist the Nazis. During school breaks, Hans and some of his friends were conscripted into the military and sent to the eastern front. There, some of the group witnessed a group of naked Jews shot in a pit. They were horrified and it emboldened their efforts when they returned to school.

Sophie was an invaluable member of White Rose. As a female, her chances of being randomly stopped by the SS were much less. Between June 1942 and February 1943 they prepared and distributed the six leaflets. In January 1943, the White Rose, using hand-operated duplicating machines, produced, and distributed between 6000 to 9000 copies of their 5th leaflet, “Appeal to All Germans.”

Resist

Readers of the leaflets were urged to support the resistance movement in their struggle for freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and protection of individuals from the arbitrary action of the criminal dictator state. The leaflets caused a sensation and the Gestapo initiated an intensive search for the publishers.

Arrest

On February 18, 1943, Hans and Sophie brought a suitcase full of leaflets to the University. They dropped stacks of leaflets in the hallways for the students to find when class let out. After dropping off the leaflets they discovered that some copies remained in the suitcase. Not wanting to waste a single leaflet Sophie grabbed the copies and ran up the stairs to the top floor of the building. There she flung the copies into the air over the railing.

Unfortunately, Sophie was observed by a custodian who supported the Nazis and notified the police. Hans and Sophie were taken into Gestapo custody. Eventually, the rest of the group was arrested, interrogated, and charged with treason. Sophie assumed full responsibility in an attempt to protect the other members of the White Rose.

Mock Trial

In the People’s Court on February 21, 1943, Sophie was recorded as saying:

“Somebody, after all, had to make a start. What we wrote and said is also believed by many others. They just do not dare express themselves as we did.”

No testimony was allowed for the defendants; this was their only defense. Sophie and Han’s defiance, in the face of certain death, gained them the admiration of many people.

Last Day

On February 22, 1943, Sophie, and Hans, along with their friend Christopher Probst, were adjudged guilty of treason and condemned to death by guillotine. A few hours later as she walked to her execution, still brave and defiant, she uttered her last words:

“Such a fine, sunny day, and I have to go… What does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action?”

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Legacy

After her death, a copy of the sixth leaflet was smuggled out of Germany to the UK, where it was used by the Allied Forces. In mid-1943, they dropped millions of propaganda copies over Germany. The leaflet was now retitled, The Manifesto of the Students of Munich.

I admire Sophie, her brother, and their friends for having the courage to stand up for what is right. Knowing that if they were caught it would mean certain death, they were still willing to make the sacrifice. Their small part in resisting the tyranny of Hitler and his National Socialist Party contributed to Germany’s defeat. The symbolic value of what Sophie and the White Rose accomplished cannot be measured. It is because of her courage and sacrifice that I’m proud to include Sophie Scholl in this series of Inspiring People Whom I Admire Part V.

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My Thanksgiving Time Machine

This is a short summary Of Episode 18 of my podcast, My Thanksgiving Time Machine. I hope everyone takes the time to be grateful for what you have whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not.

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My Thanksgiving Time Machine

Every year on the fourth Thursday in November I get to go back in time and relive a special part of my childhood. I call it my Thanksgiving time machine. I was fortunate to be able to spend Thanksgiving with my family, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins every year.

My grandmother was a phenomenal cook and we always had these wonderful meals of turkey, dressing, baked mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, etc. She passed her recipes down to my mother and aunts. We continued the tradition after my grandmother had passed.

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Yum!!

Passing Down

Luckily my mother passed these recipes down to my wife. All the women in my family are strong and independent. They can accomplish anything they want but also know their way around a kitchen. I am always thankful for the examples they set for me and everyone else.

My Time Machine

Every Thanksgiving my wife cooks these same recipes that I ate as a child and they take me back. Tomorrow I will get to enter my Thanksgiving time machine once again and be transported back to my childhood. The wonderful taste of the food brings back many happy memories. I am thankful for the incredible life God has given me.

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Finally

I hope you enjoyed my podcast, My Thanksgiving Time Machine. Do you have any special traditions your family does every year? If so, leave a comment below and let me know. I always enjoy reading your comments. As always, I appreciate all the likes and follows. Don’t forget to subscribe to my email list. Just click on the button above and leave your email address. Also, my courses are out and you can check them out here or above.

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10 Quotes On Self-Sabotage

Here are 10 quotes on self-sabotage to help you achieve your dreams. Once you can recognize the ways you are sabotaging your efforts you can correct them. Now nothing will stand in your way to living the life you want to live.

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“We need to ascend beyond our own petty Resistance, our own negative self-judgment and self-sabotage, our own “I’m not worthy” mindset.”
~ Steven Pressfield

We all have dreams. Dreams of accomplishing something big or living a better life. The dreams we have started when we were children. We dreamt of being superheroes or being wealthy and driving that luxury car. In our minds, we were rock stars and great athletes. We married our prince or princess and lived happily ever after. As we got older our dreams might have changed. Many times life doesn’t turn out the way we dreamed it would as children. We forget about our dreams and accept life as it is. Have you forgotten about your dreams? Did you lock them away in a trunk and bury it in your dark, damp basement?

“Procrastination is hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.”
~ Alyce Cornyn-Selby

10 Quotes On Self-Sabotage

Why do we bury our dreams? A small percentage of the population never does. They continue to pursue their dreams until they turn them into reality. These people persevere and overcome all challenges that life throws at them. They know that they are in control of their outcome. Whether they succeed or fail is up to them. The larger percentage of the population never realize their dreams mainly because of self-sabotage. They allow outside forces to determine the type of life that they will live.

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Making Dreams Come True

For me, I have a dream of helping millions of people, not one or two but millions. I dream that those millions will use what I taught them to help billions. I want to do this through my blog, my podcast, and the courses that I develop. Currently, I have developed courses on self-confidence and goal setting. My plans are to develop many more courses and I am working on that every day. For me to be successful I have to be aware of and avoid self-sabotage. You can use these 10 quotes on self-sabotage to avoid them yourself.

“Self-sabotage is when we say we want something and then go about making sure it doesn’t happen.”
~ Alyce Cornyn-Selby

“Addiction, self-sabotage, procrastination, laziness, rage, chronic fatigue, and depression are all ways that we withhold our full participation in the program of life we are offered. When the conscious mind cannot find a reason to say no, the unconscious says no in its own way.”
~ Charles Eisenstein

5 Ways You Self-Sabotage

The definition of sabotage is an act or process which tends to hurt or hamper. So, what are some of the things that you are doing to sabotage your efforts? These are things that are holding you back and keeping you from moving forward. Here are five ways in which you are self-sabotaging:

  1. Your words and thoughts are not in alignment;
  2. You are speaking what you have;
  3. Not controlling your fears;
  4. Your circle of friends;
  5. Trying to accomplish your dreams alone.

“Withholding love is a form of self-sabotage, as what we withhold from others we are withholding from ourselves.”
~ Marianne Williamson

Imposter Syndrome

Many times when we are speaking positive affirmations we are subject to a psychological effect called, “Imposter Syndrome.” Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud.” We don’t believe what we are saying, therefore, our thoughts are different than our words. The way to defeat this sabotage is by continuing your positive affirmations until you begin to believe. Once you believe in yourself your words and thoughts will come into alignment.

“If you think of something, do it. Plenty of people often think, “I’d like to do this, or that.”
~ Lydia Davis

What Do You Want?

Another way that you are self-sabotaging is that you are speaking what you have not what you want. You tend to focus on the negative when you are speaking. This is only going to continue to bring what you don’t want into your life. For example, if you are currently struggling financially and someone asks, “How are you doing?” How do you respond? Do you tell them what you have, “a lot of debt”, or what you want, “I am financially independent?” Think about the words that come out your mouth before you say them and only speak what you want, not what you have.

“Resistance by definition is self-sabotage.”
~ Steven Pressfield

Fears

Your fears can be a powerful tool for self-sabotage. Fears are something that everyone has and you have to learn how to control them. I already mentioned how your fear of being a “fraud” can sabotage your dreams. One of the biggest fears that will keep you from achieving your dreams is the fear of criticism. Your fear that you will be criticized, or made fun of, will prevent you from doing what is necessary to accomplish your dream. Your dream has to be bigger and more important to you than the opinion of others. Never tell your big dream to small-minded people.

“Like most other creatives, I struggle with self-sabotage, self-doubt, and feeling like an imposter more often than not. I struggle with expressing myself because it does sometimes feel easier or safer not to.”
~ Jeff Jarvis

Small-Minded People

Speaking of small-minded people, who is in your circle of friends? Do they believe in you? You can be self-sabotaging your dreams by simply listening to your small-minded friends and family. For me, I place people into two categories, “Wind,” that will fill your sails and push you forward or, “Anchors,” that will keep you from moving and possibly pull you down with them. I spend most of my time with people who believe in me. I don’t have time, and neither do you, for the anchors in your life. Don’t allow other people to decide what life you will live.

“I craft most of my own tragedies without ever having even the remotest understanding that it is I myself who have done the crafting.”
~ Craig D. Lounsbrough

Teamwork

Finally, don’t sabotage your dreams by trying to accomplish them alone. Everyone needs help. Anyone who has ever brought their dreams to reality did it with a team. Your dream should be big, it should scare you, and it’s going to be too difficult to do it alone. Begin to put your team together that will encourage you and mentor you. People that you trust and believe in you will help you identify these patterns of self-sabotage.

Being able to recognize the ways that you are self-sabotaging your dreams is key in stopping this behavior. Make sure that your words and thoughts are in alignment and speak what you want not what you have. Recognize your fears and work on controlling them. Reduce or eliminate the time you spend with negative people. Begin to form your team and don’t try to accomplish your dreams alone. I encourage you to check out my courses which are designed for your self-improvement. All the techniques that I teach have been proven to work and will help you to reach your dreams. Always think of ways to improve yourself as an investment which will give you a huge return.

“When we are succeeding – that is, when we have begun to overcome our self-doubt and self-sabotage when we are advancing in our craft and evolving to a higher level – that’s when panic strikes. When we experience panic, it means that we’re about to cross a threshold. We’re poised on the doorstep of a higher plane.”
~ Steven Pressfield

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Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed these 10 Quotes on Self-Sabotage. Did you recognize any ways you might be self-sabotaging your dreams? If so, leave a comment below and let me know. I always enjoy reading your comments. As always, I appreciate all the likes and follows. Don’t forget to subscribe to my email list. Just click on the button above and leave your email address. Also, my courses are out and you can check them out here or above.

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The Motivation To Succeed – Ep 17

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Welcome to my podcast, The Motivation To Succeed – Ep 17. If you are a follower of my blogs or follow me on social media then you know that the WHY is the most important thing to me when taking on any challenge. The WHY is what gets you out of bed in the morning, it gives you the courage to face even the greatest challenge, and it is the one thing that will keep you going when you want to quit.

The Motivation To Succeed

Is your reason, your WHY, big enough? Are you where you want to be in life? If not, are you at least heading in the right direction? Do you have dreams, goals, or a plan? I can give you all the tools to get you everything you want out of life. The one thing I cannot give you is a WHY. Your WHY is personal. It is your motivation to succeed.

My WHY won’t get you out of bed in the morning or keep you going when things get hard. Your WHY will. I was having this discussion with my daughters the other day, and I told them that I could give them everything they needed to be successful in whatever they wanted to do. I just couldn’t or wouldn’t do it for them. They would have to do that for themselves, whether they succeeded or failed was up to them.

No Regrets

When I’m on my deathbed, I will look at my family and know I have done everything possible for them to succeed. I will have no regrets because I will know I have done everything I could do during my time on earth to help as many people as I could.

If you’ve read any of my past blogs you know that I’m not in my 20s, not particularly skilled at writing, and pretty much out of my comfort zone dealing with anything that has to do with computers or the Internet. This is new to me and I’ve taken it upon myself to educate myself.

I read the blogs that I follow and they teach me something new every day. The terminology is different and I’m constantly having to look up words and phrases I’ve never used before. Computer code and analytics are foreign to me. I just keep hacking away until I get it right, it’s a slow process. Building any kind of business can take time and you can’t worry if things are not happening fast enough.

Never Quit

Do you have the motivation to succeed? As long as you don’t quit, eventually, you will be successful. Just concentrate on your WHY and don’t worry about the time. Success does not wear a watch.

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Inspiring People Whom I Admire Part IV

This is a continuation of the series, Inspiring People Whom I Admire Part IV. I want to create a group of people who have different traits that I admire. Within this imaginary group, I would love to sit down and talk to each one of them. I added the inspirational Kalpana Chawla to this group in my post, Inspiring People Whom I Admire Part III.

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I began researching people from the World War II era. There are a lot of stories of heroic men but the heroic women of World War II are commonly forgotten. I did find stories about a few women and was going to include all of them in one post. Then I ran across a story about Irena Sendler and her story was so compelling that I want to dedicate this post to her memory.

Inspiring People Whom I Admire Part IV – Irena Sendler

She was born Irena Krzyzanowska on 2/15/1910 in Warsaw, Poland, and grew up in the town of Otwock, Poland. When the Nazis invaded Warsaw in 1939, she began feeding and sheltering Jews. After the Warsaw Ghetto was erected in 1940, she could no longer help the Jews that were isolated inside. The Warsaw Ghetto was the size of New York City’s Central Park and 450,000 Jewish people were forced into the area. Irena then began saving orphan children.

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Irena Sendler

Zegota

In order to enter the Warsaw Ghetto, Irena used papers as a Polish social worker she had gotten from a member of Zegota. Zegota was a Polish underground group that assisted Jewish people. Additionally, She also had papers from a worker of the Contagious Disease Department.

Irena and helpers made over 3000 false documents to help Jewish families before she joined Zegota. After joining, She eventually became in charge of the children’s division of Zegota. During the Nazi occupation, she rescued 2500 Jewish children in Poland. She made sure that every family she placed a child with, had to agree that they would return the child to their family after the war.

Methods Used

Irena and 10 others would enter the Warsaw Ghetto and smuggle out children using the following methods:

1. Using an ambulance and hiding a child underneath the stretcher.

2. Escaping through the Courthouse.

3. Using sewer pipes or other secret underground passages.

4. A trolley could carry a child in a sack, trunk, or suitcase.

5. They would have the child pretend to be sick or sometimes would actually be sick and it was legal to remove them via ambulance.

Sentenced To Death

Irena was arrested on October 20, 1943. She was taken to the notorious Piawiak Prison where she was questioned and tortured. Consequently, her legs and feet were fractured during these torture sessions. The Nazis sentenced her to death and she was to be shot.

Unbeknownst to her, Zegota had bribed the German executioner who helped her escape. After she escaped, the Germans loudly proclaimed her execution and put up posters all around Warsaw stating that she had been shot. Irena actually saw and read the posters. For the remainder of the war, she remained hidden.

Finding The Children

Irena was the only one who knew the location of the children she had saved. She had written down their names and locations on tissue paper and buried them in jars. After the war, she located and dug up each one. Afterward, she began the arduous task of finding the children and locating a living parent. Unfortunately, almost all the parents died while being interned at the Treblinka death camp.

Life In A Jar

In 1999, four students began looking for information on Irena Sendler as a National History Day Project. They wrote a play titled, “Life in a Jar,” and began performing it wherever they could. From this play sprung, “Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project” to get the word out of her heroic efforts. Her story was virtually unknown worldwide until they started performing the play. Even in her own country of Poland communism had buried her story.

On May 12, 2008, Irena Sendler died at the age of 98 in Warsaw Poland. Many of the children she rescued continue to tell her story. Her story was immortalized in the book, “Life in a Jar” by Jack Mayer. The book has been made into a film and the play continues to be performed today. There is even an Irena Sendler Exhibit in Fort Scott, Kansas. You can find more information on irenasendler.org.

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File – In this Monday, May 30, 2005 photo, Irena Sendler, right, a Polish woman who saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish children during World War II, meets with American students who created a play about her life, in Warsaw, Poland. The students’ teacher, Norman Conard, is being honored by the Polish government and San Francisco based Taube Philanthropies in Warsaw on Monday, June 11, 2018, for his role in making Sendler’s story known to the world. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

A Special Person

I am always moved by these courageous actions of people who lived during times of adversity. Their bravery and unselfish deeds by willingly risking their lives to save others are admirable. Irena Sendler was a special person.

Final Thoughts

Irena Sendler is an inspirational person. We should all have her bravery and compassion for others. I hope you enjoyed reading Inspiring People Whom I Admire – Part IV as much as I did writing it. If you did, click the like button. Leave a comment below, I love reading your comments. If you would like to join my team, click the subscribe button above and leave your email address. Don’t forget to follow my blog.

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Works Cited

“Facts about Irena.” Life in a Jar, 14 Jan. 2020, irenasendler.org/facts-about-irena/.

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I’m Launching My First Course

I’m launching my first course, Gaining Self-Confidence on Sunday 11/15/2020. You can check out the free preview and even preorder it now. Read on to find out what my course can do for you. Access my course below.

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3 Quick Solutions

Are you suffering from a lack of self-confidence? Do you always feel like you don’t belong? It is a very competitive world we live in and people with self-confidence have a definite edge. They make more money and will get the promotion over people without self-confidence. Who would you rather hire, the confident person, or someone who lacks confidence? A confident person is ready to take on all challenges. The great news is that confidence is within you and there are ways of gaining self-confidence.

Three simple ways that you can begin to gain self-confidence are:

  1. Begin an Exercise Program.
  2. Do Something outside Your Comfort Zone.
  3. Dress for Success.

Exercise

Exercise can be a boost to your self-confidence. Studies have shown that regular exercise will improve your mood. Sticking to a workout program requires commitment. The fact that you are making good on your commitment will increase your confidence.

Expand Your Comfort Zone

A confident person is comfortable in different situations. If there are situations or places that make you feel uncomfortable, try those situations or places out. Stretching your comfort zone will give you a needed boost in confidence.

Dress For Success

A simple change in wardrobe can significantly boost your confidence. When you dress for success others will treat you differently. You will begin to look, feel, and act differently. Who doesn’t feel like a better version of themselves when they dress nicer.

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These are three simple things you can do to temporarily boost your self-confidence. To become a confident person you must change your mindset. I teach you techniques on how to become a more confident person in my online course, Gaining Self-Confidence. In the course you will learn:

  • Why you don’t have confidence;
  • How your mind works;
  • Techniques that will build your confidence and more;
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You will begin building your confidence and be able to ask for that promotion, start a business, or overcome any challenge that you are facing. So many doors will be open to you.

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Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

This is Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone – Episode 16 of my podcast. I’m going to talk about your comfort zone and how it can keep you from moving forward.

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Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

As humans, we gravitate towards comfort, we like to be in situations that make us feel good. Sometimes, we will forget about the bad things going on in our life so that we can remain feeling comfortable. Those bad things, no matter what they are, must be locked in a closet so that we can pretend our lives are comfortable.

It is called a comfort zone for a reason because it is a warm and fuzzy place that makes us feel good. When we have things such as mounting debt, are involved in a toxic relationship, or are fighting an addiction, those things can be painful for a short period of time. We then have to forget about them to get back to our comfort zone.

Moving Forward

In order to move forward, we have to make the uncomfortable comfortable. That means we have to face the demons in our lives and defeat them. We have to make a decision to change the things in our lives that have got us to where we are now and accept that we are worthy and deserving of a better life.

If you are doing the same daily routine, whether it’s working or not, it becomes your comfort zone. If you want to change your situation, you have to leave that comfort zone and venture out to places you’re not familiar with.

The Jungle

The jungle is a place where the vegetation is so thick that you literally can’t see someone standing five feet away from you. When we were walking through the jungle it was comfortable to walk on a path. Many times though, the paths didn’t lead to our destination and we would have to cut our way through the jungle to get there. This was uncomfortable, slow, and painful but we eventually arrived. The more we had to do this, the more comfortable and routine it became.

When you venture out of your comfort zone, at first it can be frightening, but eventually, your new routine becomes comfortable. You know your destination and you don’t care whether your new routine is showing results or not. If you believe in your heart that what you’re doing is the right thing for you and the results will come.

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Law Of Attraction Quotes

Who are you when no one is watching? They say that great people become great behind the scenes. Their greatness is made when no one is watching. These Law of Attraction quotes will help you to say and do the right things every day even when no one’s around. Understanding the Law of Attraction will significantly change your life.

A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks he becomes.
~ Gandhi

You can have, do or be anything you want.
~ Joe Vitale

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Quotes on The Law Of Attraction

One of my favorite stories to illustrate this point is an interview with Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young. Steve said that the day after they won the Super Bowl he went to the stadium early in the morning to clean out his locker. He didn’t think anyone would be at the facility but as he was leaving he noticed some movement out on the field. He walked down to the field and looked out. To his disbelief, there was Jerry Rice, the Super Bowl MVP, running wind sprints. Most players took time off to recover from the grueling season and celebrate their championship. Not Jerry, he had already begun training for the next season by himself. That’s what made him one of the greatest players of all time.

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all of the power we need inside ourselves already.
~ J. K. Rowling

Here’s the problem. Most people are thinking about what they don’t want, and they’re wondering why it shows up over and over again.
~ John Assaraf

Your Words

What are you saying to yourself when no one’s around? What thoughts go through your head? There’s a fine line between the words you’re saying and the thoughts that you are having. You must make sure that your thoughts and words are in alignment. Sometimes we say positive words but think the opposite. The Law of Attraction says that we will attract exactly what we are thinking about. Our words become our thoughts and our thoughts become our actions. It is through these actions that we acquire change.

Each of us speaks 20,000 words a day. Therefore, we must be speaking the right words. Have you ever listened to what you are saying? What is your response to someone who asks, “How are you?” Do you respond with how you are feeling or how you want to feel? Is your response negative or positive? A negative response is, “I’m not feeling very well, I think I’m coming down with something.” A positive response is, “I’m feeling good today.” I always have the same response no matter how I feel. My response is always, “Great!”

I am the master of my own destiny, so I choose greatness and nothing less.
~ Chiara Gizzi

Every thought we think is creating our future.
~ Louise L. Hay

Focus On The Future

When you say something, whether it be to someone or you just think it to yourself, always say what you want. Think about what you are saying and make sure that you are not inadvertently attracting something that you don’t want. Your words should not be based on your current situation but on how you want to be in the future. Analyze your words and make sure that you are not telling people what your current reality is. Tell them what your future reality will be.

It is very common when people began speaking positive affirmations that they focus on their current situation. Because we all have a lack of belief in the beginning, our thoughts will be different than the words we are speaking. You can be saying, “I am wealthy,” but as you are saying it you are thinking about all the bills that you have. Your predominant thought is of debt and not wealth. That is what you will attract. By consistently practicing positive affirmations every day you will eventually change your predominant thought to wealth. Your belief will grow as your thoughts come in line with your words.

The Law of Attraction states that whatever you focus on, think about, read about, and talk about intensely, you’re going to attract more of into your life.
~ Jack Canfield

You already have within you everything you need to turn your dreams into reality.
~ Wallace D. Wattles

The Law Of Attraction

The Law of Attraction simply states that you attract whatever it is you think. Our thoughts from the past have created our reality of today. Our thoughts today will create our reality in the future. I don’t like it when people who teach the Law of Attraction referred to it as “magical” or “woo woo.” There is nothing magical about it. You will not manifest piles of money just by saying and thinking you have piles of money. Your words and thoughts will lead to actions. Action = change.

If you want to change your situation you cannot do it through words or thoughts alone. Without action, nothing is gonna happen. It is through your actions that you will manifest your new reality. Your words and thoughts can lead you to meet someone who could change your life. But, if you don’t talk to that person or do what the person recommends, nothing will change. You have to put everything into action.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.
~ Willie Nelson

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
~ Albert Einstein

Alignment

So think about that question, “Who are you when no one’s watching?” People tend to say the right things in the right company. What are you saying when you are alone? What are you thinking throughout the day? Make sure that your words and your thoughts are in alignment. If not you could be inadvertently sabotaging your Law of Attraction. Once everything’s in alignment, make sure that you are putting in the work to become the person you want to be. Go out and get the lifestyle you want to have.

Look forward to where you want to be and spend no time complaining about where you are.
~ Esther Hicks

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The Power Of Gratitude Journaling – Ep 15

I hope you enjoy my latest podcast, The Power Of Gratitude Journaling – Ep 15. Gratitude journaling begins my day focusing on the positive aspects of my life.

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Yesterday was just that, yesterday. It is gone, finito, kaput, never to come back. It is in the past and considered history. There’s nothing I can do about what happened yesterday. Yesterday was not one of my better days. For whatever reason, I didn’t have energy and my mind was not as sharp as it usually is. I couldn’t focus on the things I wanted to accomplish. No matter what I tried, caffeine, energy foods, and supplements, I just felt like I wanted to go back to sleep and my brain was in a fog.

As I crawled into bed at the end of the day, feeling like I had not made any progress towards my goals, I gave thanks. I was thankful that I was given that day. Thankful that I got to spend time with my family, and thankful for everything I did have. There was nothing I could do about that day except to give thanks for being given that day and what I had in my life. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was give thanks for all the things I have, and all the things I will have in the future.

My Morning Routine

I do the same things every morning which begins my day in a grateful mood. I get out of bed when my eyes open, which is somewhere between 3 AM and 5 AM. Once I’m awake, I swing my legs out of bed, sit up, and give thanks for everything that I have. I navigate my way in the dark to the kitchen, giving thanks as I walk. Next, I drink 24 ounces of water and sit down in front of a writing pad and a pen. I then write down 10 things I am grateful for. After that, I send out love from my heart to three people whom, for whatever reason, I don’t particularly get along with. I then say a prayer to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a prayer of thankfulness for my past, present, and future. Finally, I meditate and visualize my future.

Afterward, I go for a walk enjoying the coolness of the air, the darkness, and the beautiful bright stars and planets in the sky. While I’m walking I’m thinking about positive ideas and how happy I am. I return home and begin my exercise regimen of the day. During my walk and work out, while I’m breathing heavy and feeling the sweat rolling down my face, I have thoughts and ideas that flood into my brain. These are the inspirations that I sit down and write about. I then pour me a cup of coffee and begin my day.

Being Grateful

It’s difficult to measure success. For me, the easiest way to measure success is in gratitude. Being thankful for what you do have. This is why I begin every day by journaling the things that I’m grateful for. It begins my day in the right frame of mind to be successful and to face every challenge and obstacle that’s placed in front of me.

What is it that you are thankful for? I encourage everyone to sit down, get a gratitude journal, and list those things that you have in your life that make you feel grateful. If you have something in particular that you are thankful for and would like to share, please comment below. I would love to read them. Always remember that whatever happened yesterday you cannot change. Whether it was a good day, a great day, a bad day, or a terrible day, it is gone, never to return. Today is a new day, be thankful for what you have.

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Quotes On Celebrating Small Victories

Welcome back. In today’s post, I want to give you guys some quotes on celebrating small victories and discuss their importance.

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Look for small victories and build on that. Each small victory, even if it is just getting up five minutes earlier, gives you confidence. You realize that these little victories make you feel great, and you keep going. You realize that being paralyzed by fear of failure is worse than failure.
 ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

Small Victories

At the end of every post, I always add my saying, “This train is moving on. You can get on, you can get off, but the train keeps moving on. We are going to the top of the mountain! That saying came about one day when a friend of my daughter’s and I were discussing her modeling business. She told me the worst thing about her business was when people would leave negative comments. When she told me this, the Train statement instantaneously came out of my mouth. She replied that it was so inspiring and she would remember it.

I like the statement because it summed up my approach to life. I don’t listen to the doubters or negativity. My business is like a train and will make it to the top of the mountain and be successful. You can jump on the train with me or you can get off at any point, but nothing stops the train from moving on.

Success is rarely the result of one swell swoop, but more often the culmination of many, many small victories.
 ~ Joseph M. Marshall III

Your Goals

Even though we’re going to the top of the mountain, we don’t have to wait until we get there to celebrate. This is the same for your journey. A journey is not worth taking if you’re not enjoying the process. In your journey, you set a goal of where you want to go. You should also be setting smaller goals to help you achieve your overall goal. Celebrate every small success that you have along the way.

It is important to focus on your successes, they will help you to silence your “Doubt Demons.” Everyone has had success in their life. You might not think so but you have. If you’ve learned to walk and talk, that is a success. Just being able to move around can be a victory for some people. If you ever got a good grade in school then you have succeeded at something. Earning your first dollar is a success. Celebrate every small victory.

Success is a collection of small victories & disappointing setbacks. Understand the process, stay positive, & focus on the fundamentals.
~ Bradford Winters

Negativity All Around

As humans, we tend to focus on the negative before we see the positive. Whenever you ask someone, “how are you doing?”, have you had them immediately reply with everything that’s wrong with them? This happens to me the majority of the time. It is very rare for me to hear somebody reply, “I’m doing great!”

We are inundated with negativity daily. A few years ago I stopped watching the news because of all the negativity that was constantly bombarding my mind. If a natural disaster happens, all we are shown is the destruction that has been caused. Living in Florida we get our fair share of hurricanes. After they have passed, we are only shown the damage left in its wake.

What we don’t see are the positive events that take place. The lines of trucks from electrical companies all over the country who come to help restore our power. The outpouring of kindness from neighbors helping each other. These are the things that rarely become news stories. Because of this inundation of negativity, we overlook all of our small victories.

With every job I’ve gotten, I’ve bought myself something. When ‘Glee’ was picked up, I rented a piano for the year. For smaller victories, I’ll go to dinner with a friend, or go for a walk and think about it all. It’s important to say to yourself, Today was a good day.
~ Dianna Agron

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Not My Best Decision

To illustrate how celebrating small victories can help us achieve our overall goals let me tell you a little story. When I was in my prime I used to run often for exercise. I would run 2 to 3 miles almost every day. Not a lot but enough to keep me in shape. One day, my partner at work told me that we should enter a half-marathon race that was coming up in a couple of weeks. My reply was, “I’ve never run anywhere near that distance before and I’m not in that kind of shape.” He said we would go very slow and run with his 11-year-old daughter in the back of the pack. Reluctantly, I agreed. (Big mistake…..Big, big, big, mistake.)

My goal was just to finish the 13.1 miles. We had agreed that we would run a pace of between 9 and 10 minutes a mile. My first clue that this wasn’t going to turn out well was when we gathered at the starting line. I didn’t see his daughter and he told me that she couldn’t make it. Would he have lied to me just to get me to run? Yes, yes he would. The gun went off and the race began. When we approached the one-mile point, I was given my second clue on how bad my day was going to be. As we crossed in front of the timer, he yelled out 7:10. That was a lot faster than we had planned to run and I knew I had just expended a lot of my energy.

The great victory, which appears so simple today, was the result of a series of small victories that went unnoticed.
~ Paulo Coelho

You Won’t Like Me When I’m Angry

After about five miles, I began to struggle and we agreed that after every mile we would walk a little bit and then continue running. At six miles, we walked for about 30 seconds and then continued running. We continued this plan with our walk time increasing with every mile. At the 10 mile point, I believe that my partner could feel the homicidal rage building inside me because that was the last I saw of him that day. Now I was all alone in the middle of nowhere with three more miles to run.

The only thing I could do was to pick out an object in the distance and make it my goal to run there. Putting one foot in front of the other I would struggle but eventually, make it. I would celebrate that small victory and pick out another object. At first, the objects were as far as I could see but after 12 miles I was struggling so much that they became closer and closer. Even though they were only 50 yards apart by the end of the race, I still celebrated making it to each one.

Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.
~ Kara Goucher

Celebrate small victories often. Mourn failures quickly. Do what’s necessary without fanfare.
~ Chris Brogan

Celebrating Those Tiny Successes

Eventually, I turned a corner and saw the beautiful sight of the finish line banner. I hardly had enough strength to stand up or peel a banana. After drinking copious amounts of water, I sat in my car for about an hour before I felt I could drive. Even though I was hurting, I felt great inside because I had accomplished my goal of finishing the race. (Then I went home and stayed on the sofa for the rest of the weekend, not able to move).

Without celebrating those small victories I would’ve never made it to the finish line. I would have quit and laid down at the side of the road. Eventually, someone would have found my corpse. So remember to always enjoy your journey and focus on your successes, big or small. Utilize these quotes on celebrating small victories to keep you going. Dream big and keep achieving your goals.

I am a series of small victories and large defeats and I am as amazed as any other that I have gotten from there to here.
~ Charles Bukowski

Progress is the sum of small victories won by individual human beings.
 ~ Bruce Catton

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I hope you enjoyed reading these Inspirational Quotes on Celebrating Small Victories. Are you celebrating all success or just the major ones? If so, leave a comment below and let me know. I always enjoy reading your comments. As always, I appreciate all the likes and follows. Don’t forget to subscribe to my email list. Just click on the red button above and leave your email address.