Your Potential Is Unlimited

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“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” ~Confucius

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” ~Winston Churchill

“When you catch a glimpse of your potential, that’s when passion is born.” ~Zig Ziglar

I love the word potential. I love the thought of people achieving and receiving more of their potential. I love that we have within us abilities more powerful than we could ever believe or imagine.

Potential must be one of the most powerful words in the English language. When we feed our minds we discover more of our potential. When we do something that we thought we never could, we discover more of our potential. When we look into the future with the belief that we can do bigger things, and do them in a better way, we discover that potential is what will make it happen.

Experts have concluded that we will never use all of our potential. We have more than enough and it will never run out. Potential suggests the possibilities in life, it reminds us that if we are willing to dig deep enough, we can do great things.

Often in my training sessions we will compare potential to electricity flowing through an electric cord supplying a lamp with power that in turn gives light. Our potential like the electricity will always be enough to run the lamp. To get brighter light we do not need more electricity, we need to turn out the bulb and replace it with a brighter one. To get more results or different results, we do not need more potential. We simply must change and adjust the ways in which we are using our potential, in order to tap into more of it. This adjustment will ALWAYS require three things:

  1. Awareness.
  2. Effort.
  3. Change.

Are we working to become aware? Are we willing to make the effort to change “the bulb?”

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“You may delay, but time will not.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.” ~Napoleon Hill

“There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen.” ~Hugh Prather

The right decision is the wrong decision if it’s made too late.” ~Lee Iacocca

I believe that proper timing is just as important as making the right decision. And sometimes proper timing might mean that you wait. This is not procrastination; it is waiting for the right time. Procrastination is putting off to tomorrow what should be done today.

So how can you tell if you are practicing good timing or if you are procrastinating?

Here are a few things to consider: If you find a to-do list that is old and outdated and you realize you have not missed it. When your to-do list gets checked off, not because you did them, but because the items are so outdated that it is to late to do them. When you find yourself asking, “When is the latest I can do this?” rather than, “How soon can I get it done?” Or when you find that missing deadlines becomes a regular occurrence. Or, how about this one, you are continually rescheduling tasks for tomorrow, next week, or next month. Any of these are sure signs of procrastination.

Opportunities to improve relationships, opportunities to add value to co-workers, the company, or even customers are often missed by many people simply because they put it off until it is too late. If you made a mistake, apologize, do not wait. If there was a misunderstanding, fix it before contempt and regret become a bigger problem than the original hurt. If you have a to-do list as long as your arm, roll up your sleeves and get to work.

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“Circumstance does not make the man, it reveals him to himself.” ~James Allen

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” ~Jim Rohn

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” ~Nido Qubein

Angry people get angry about their circumstances. People who are dramatic are dramatic about their circumstances. Average people complain about their circumstances and use them for an excuse not to try. High achievers work positive toward how they can make their situation better. In fact, they do not believe that circumstance alone can deter them from their purpose. High achievers go out and look for the circumstances they want and desire in life, and if they cannot find them, they make them.

Your life is a mirror. You get back what you put in front of it, therefore if we do not like the reflection we must change what we put in front of it. John Maxwell teaches that: “It is not our circumstance as much as our response that makes the greatest difference in the success in our lives.”

Have a really good week and go make something good happen!

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Quotes of Inspiration to Fuel Your Week!!

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Thinking Positive as an Attitude Abstract Concept

“We are what we repeatedly do.” ~Aristotle

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” ~Nido Qubein

“A positive attitude won’t make you do anything, but it will help you do everything better.” ~Zig Ziglar

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ~Thomas A. Edison

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“It’s wonderful what we can do if we’re always doing.” ~George Washington

“Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.” ~Victor Hugo

“One has to take initiative in life to achieve what he or she wants.” ~Donald Johanson

If you are like me you have plenty of things in life that you know you should do and even intend to do, but you have not done them yet. Please tell me I am not the only one who has this problem. I remember John Maxwell teaching on the law of diminishing intent, which really means that the longer we wait to do something the greater the chance we will never do it at all.

Initiative is to success like a lighted match is to a candle. The greatest success that people achieve is the result of initiative. Advancement in anything is applied initiative. The lowest level of initiative is someone who does not do the job even after being told and reminded several times. The next level up, is doing the job only after being told several times. The next level up, is doing the job after being told once. The highest level is doing what needs to be done before being told at all. This leads a person to the highest level of excellence and discipline.

Now, don’t mix up initiative with intuition. Intuition is having the ability to see, know, and perceive things. But there are plenty of people that know what to do and yet they do not do it. Intuition alone will not ensure success. You put both intuition and initiative together and you get both excellence and success.

People who initiate well have two things going for them: 1. Personal Discipline, and 2. Personal Purpose. A sense of purpose or direction will give you meaning. Discipline is what will make you take the initiative.

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Living Life Joyfully

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“Folks are usually about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Turns out that loving yourself is the greatest way to improve yourself, and as you improve yourself, you improve your world.” ~ Joe Vitale

“It’s important to recognize your own value. If you feel frustrated now, that’s okay, it means you want more for your life than you have right now.” ~Nick Vujicic

“It’s amazing what we can see when we know what we’re looking for.” ~Trent S. White

I believe that everyone desires more happiness and more joy. I also believe that many times we look for it in the wrong places. Powerful thought leader and motivational speaker, Nick Vujicic, teaches that although we cannot control many of the circumstances that life deals us, we can certainly choose our response in dealing with them. We can choose our attitude.

Born in Australia with no arms and no legs, you would think that Nick would have every reason in the world to live in a state of anger. Over time, Nick realized that even though he could not control or even understand the limits imposed in his physical well being, he could still choose his attitude. He made a conscious decision to work with what he still had. Now after speaking to and encouraging millions, the guy who you would think should have pity for himself has more confidence and love for life than just about anyone. Nick attributes his love for life and overall happiness to the fact that true happiness is found on the inside.

I think our friend Nick Vujicic is right. I believe that true happiness does not come from the outside, but rather from within. When we look on the outside we are missing the mark. When we look on the inside we are in control. When we are looking on the outside we have the mind-set that as soon as I get XYZ, then I will be happy. The truth is that true joy and lasting happiness can only be found on the inside.

When you look in the mirror today, I hope you can appreciate and love what you see. I believe that to become the person we want to be, we must first appreciate and accept the person that we are.

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Be Extraordinary

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“Don’t wait for the extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; strong men make them.” ~Orison Swett Marden

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” ~Elbert Hubbard

“Take ordinary opportunities and make them great.” ~Trent S. White

The word is ordinary. I guess you could also say average, popular, regular, or mediocre. It takes no real effort or specialized skill to be ordinary. It is just the normal routine of every day for most people. Going through the motions and doing the same thing they did yesterday because “that’s what everyone else does.”

Extraordinary is simply ordinary plus a little more. Extraordinary is doing your job and then doing a little more. Extraordinary is walking the second mile. Extraordinary is putting a smile on your face even when you do not feel like it. Extraordinary is accepting an apology and forgiving when it makes more sense to hold a grudge. Extraordinary is turning the other cheek. Extraordinary is giving thanks and credit to the right people. Extraordinary is being humble enough to learn something new from someone you don’t like. Extraordinary is letting go of your ego long enough to help someone else win, even if there is no benefit to you.

I believe that the gap between ordinary and extraordinary is effort. Everyone has various talents and abilities given at birth. These talents and abilities are expressed on different degrees and at different levels, but anyone can give more effort. Effort is not something people are born with. Effort is a choice that some people make and others do not. Add to yourself, add to others. Do more than you would normally do; do more than most people are willing to do. A decent rule to live by: “If it is popular and easy: Avoid it. If it is unpopular and a lot of work: Do it. Be Extraordinary.”

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