Daily Quote: Passion

“Passion is a heartfelt energy that flows through us not from us.”

~John J. Murphy

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Leading With Passion

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Daily Motivation: Doors

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.”

~Flora Whittemore

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The Push

Unleashing the Power of Encouragement

The Push

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Daily Quote: Two primary choices

“There are two primary choices in life:
to accept conditions as they exist,
or accept the responsibility for changing them.”

~ Denis Waitley

Found in the book:

Habits Die Hard 

Habits Die Hard

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An Enemy Called Average

What is your life’s dream?
How do you plan to get there?

All of us want to be the best we can be. But sometimes, all too often in fact, we become mired in mediocrity.

An Enemy Called Average, by John Mason, will show you how to go beyond ordinary to extraordinary, to move to where you dream to be, to find fulfillment in your life. The author of 14 books that have sold more than 1.4 million copies, John is also a noted speaker and founder and president of Insight International, an organization dedicated to helping people reach their dreams and fulfill their destinies.

Please enjoy excerpt from An Enemy Called Average that will open your eyes to the importance of your choice of words in realizing your dreams.

Live Inspired,

 Michelle Sedas
Excerpted from An Enemy Called Average:
The Keys to Unlocking Your Dreams
Our Words Are Seeds Planted
in Other People’s Lives
What we say is important. Our vocabulary should be filled with words of hope and dreams. Be known as someone who speaks positively.
Recently I saw a sign under a mounted large-mouth bass. It read, “If I had kept my mouth shut I wouldn’t be here.” How true! Don’t jump into trouble mouth first.
Let me pose this question for you: Starting today what would happen if you changed what you said about your biggest problem, your biggest opportunity?
I don’t know if you’ve had this conversation or not, but last month I turned to my wife Linda while we were sitting together in our family room and said, “Just so you know, I never want to live in a vegetative state dependent on some machine. If that ever happens, just pull the plug.”
She immediately got up, walked over and unplugged the TV.
“Our words create our worlds,” says Dean Sikes. Your words have the power to start fires or quench passion.
Don’t be like the man who joined a monastery in which the monks were allowed to speak only two words every seven years. After the first seven years had passed, the new initiate met with the abbot, who asked him, “Well, what are your two words?”
“Food’s bad,” replied the man, who then went back to his silence.
Seven years later the clergyman asked, “What are your two words now?”
“Bed’s hard,” the man responded.
Seven years later — twenty-one years after his initial entry into the monastery — the man met with the abbot for the third and final time. “And what are your two words this time?” the abbot asked.
“I quit.”
“Well, I’m not surprised,” the cleric answered disgustedly. “All you’ve done since you got here is complain!”
Don’t be like that man; don’t be known as a person whose only words are negative. If you’re a member of the “negative grapevine,” resign.
Contrary to what you may have heard, talk is not cheap. Talk is powerful!

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Daily Quote: Your Integrity

 “Guard your integrity as a sacred thing; nothing at last
is sacred except the integrity of your own soul.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Found in the book: The Power of Discipline

7 Ways It Can Change Your Life

The Power of Discipline

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Daily Quote: When you judge …

“And when you are tempted to judge, may you be reminded that we are all ONE and that every thought you think reverberates across the universe, touching everyone and everything.”

~Kate Nowak

From the book:

May You Be Blessed

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Seven Choices for Success and Significance

In Seven Choices for Success and Significance, Nido Qubein says:

“Regardless of where you were born or what your financial position in life, the power to affect your own future lies within your own hands. Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

Do you have dreams? Do you have goals? Are you happy? Do you have a plan to make a difference? That’s what this life-changing book is all about!

Who is Nido Qubein? He is the author of many best-selling books. He is one of the most sought after speakers in America. He is the Chairman of Great Harvest Bread and the President of High Point University in High Point, North Carolina. But how he got to where he is today will inspire you. You see, Nido came to America from the Middle East at age 17, with little knowledge of English and 50 dollars in his pocket. Through the choices he made, he became the amazing person he is today.

So today is the day to start living the life of your dreams. It all starts with the right choices, because the choices you make define the person you become.
I’d like to share a brief excerpt about choosing success and significance. Enjoy!

Live Inspired,
Michelle Sedas
Today’s Inspiration Comes From:Seven Choices for Success and Significance

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Excerpted from Seven Choices for Success and Significance
by Nido Qubein
What is success? Only you can define it in your own life. In my own life, I have attempted to define both Success and Significance.
To me, Success is secular. Significance is spiritual.
It doesn’t matter how you define your own spirituality. Spiritual matters are always finer, deeper, and longer lasting than secular matters.
Success focuses on three Fs:
  • Fans
  • Fame
  • Fortune
Success is focused on tasks, even goals.
Significance also focuses on three Fs:
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Friends
But, significance focuses on purpose. Why am I here? What do I do with the talents, experiences and skills that I have? How can I make the world a better place? How do I plant seeds of greatness in the lives of those around me? How do I make an impact in the circles of influence where I find or place myself?
To choose success and significance, you must be a strategic thinker who:
  • Has a clear vision of what you want to accomplish
  • Develops a solid strategy that answers three questions:
- Who or what are we today?
- Who do we want to become?
- How do we get there?
  • Employs practical systems to achieve your goals
  • Commits to consistent execution because in consistency, success emerges.
When implementing your strategic plan for success, it really comes down to three “Ds”:
  • Decide what you want most to achieve
  • Determine the first step to getting what you want
  • Do the first thing that will start you moving toward your goal.
Using these seven keys, you can choose success and significance. But keep this in mind: success is not a matter of luck, not an accident of birth, not a reward for virtue. The most successful people I know are the ones who have something to do, somewhere to be and someone to love.
No one is responsible for your success or your joy. You must search for it and be in a continual state of earning it.
To merely succeed is not an end in itself. You must use your success to impact other people … to impact the world … to Live Life from the Inside Out.
It all starts with the choices you make — they determine the person you will become.

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212° the extra degree is a powerful metaphor and a mindset that can help each of us achieve greater personal and professional success. To understand the power of 212°, let’s remember this law of science:

at 211 degrees, water is hot.
at 212 degrees, it boils.
and with boiling water comes steam …
and with steam, you can power a train.
Applying one extra degree of temperature to water means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine. It is also a reminder for each of us to give the extra effort in every task, action and endeavor we undertake.
212° also serves as a forceful “Drill Sergeant” with its motivating and focused message while adhering to a scientific law – a natural law. It reinforces that seemingly small things can make tremendous differences as individual contributors and the overall success of our organization.

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How do you eat an elephant?

There’s an old saying that says, “If the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is eat a live frog, then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day!”Brian Tracy, one of America’s leading authorities on the development of human potential, says that your “frog” should be the most difficult item on your things to do list, the one you’re most likely to procrastinate on. If you eat that first, it’ll give you energy and momentum for the rest of the day. But, if you don’t, if you let him sit there on the plate and stare at you while you do a hundred unimportant things, it can drain your energy and you won’t even know it.

2012 is here and Brian’s book Eat That Frog! – 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time is the perfect book to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions. In Eat That Frog!, Brian cuts to the core of what is vital to effective time management: decision, discipline and determination. In 21 practical steps, he will help you stop procrastinating and get more of the important tasks done. I hope you enjoy the excerpt below from Eat That Frog!

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Excerpted from Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
You have heard the old question, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer is, “One bite at a time!”

How do you eat your biggest, ugliest frog? The same way; you break it down into specific step-by-step activities and then you start on the first one.

Your mind, your ability to think, plan and decide, is your most powerful tool for overcoming procrastination and increasing your productivity. Your ability to set goals, make plans, and take action on them determines the course of your life.

Conversely, as Alec Mackenzie wrote, “Taking action without thinking things through is a prime source of problems.”

Increase your Return on Energy

One of your top goals at work should be for you to get the highest possible return on your investment of mental, emotional, and physical energy. The good news is that every minute spent in planning saves as many as ten minutes in execution. It takes only 10 to 12 minutes for you to plan out your day, but this small investment of time will save you up to two hours (100 to 120 minutes) in wasted time and diffused effort throughout the day.

You may have heard of the Six-P Formula. It says, “Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.”

When you consider how helpful planning can be in increasing your productivity and performance, it is amazing how few people practice it every single day. And planning is really quite simple to do. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen. The most sophisticated Palm Pilot, computer program, or time planner is based on the same principle. It is based on your sitting down and making a list of everything you have to do before you begin.

Two Extra Hours Per Day

Always work from a list. When something new comes up, add it to the list before you do it. You can increase your productivity and output by 25 percent or more – about two hours a day – from the first day that you begin working consistently from a list.

Make your list the night before for the workday ahead. Move everything that you have not yet accomplished onto your list for the coming day, and then add everything that you have to do the next day. When you make your list the night before, your subconscious mind will work on your list all night long while you sleep. Often you will wake up with great ideas and insights that you can use to get your job done faster and better than you had initially thought.

The more time you take to make written lists of everything you have to do, in advance, the more effective and efficient you will be.

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Attitude is Everything

The difference in success or failure is not how you look, how you dress or how you’re educated. It’s how you think. While it’s not always easy, being able to maintain a positive attitude can change your life in profound ways. Attitude is Everything: 10 Rules for Staying Positive breaks down the #1 key to success in a simple, but unforgettable way. No matter what you do in life, the wisdom in this little book will help you succeed! Enjoy this excerpt from Attitude is Everything called “Wait to Worry.” Do you need to let go of more worry in YOUR life?

Live Inspired,

Michelle Sedas

Excerpted from Attitude is Everything by Vicki Hitzges
“Wait to Worry”

I used to worry. A lot. The more I fretted, the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might develop. My health could fail. My finances could deplete to pay the hospital bills. A comedian once said, “I tried to drown my worries with gin, but my worries are equipped with flotation devices.” While not a drinker, I certainly could identify! My worries could swim, jump and pole vault!

To get some perspective, I visited a well known Dallas businessman, Fred Smith. Fred mentored such luminaries as motivational whiz Zig Ziglar, business guru Ken Blanchard and leadership expert John Maxwell. Fred listened as I poured out my concerns and then said, “Vicki, you need to learn to wait to worry.” As the words sank in, I asked Fred if he ever spent time fretting. (I was quite certain he wouldn’t admit it if he did. He was pretty full of testosterone — even at age 90.) To my surprise, he confessed that in years gone by he had been a top-notch worrier!

“I decided that I would wait to worry!” he explained. “I decided that I’d wait until I actually had a reason to worry — something that was happening, not just something that might happen before I worried.”  “When I’m tempted to get alarmed,” he confided, “I tell myself, ‘Fred, you’ve got to wait to worry! Until you know differently, don’t worry.’ And I don’t. Waiting to worry helps me develop the habit of not worrying and that helps me not be tempted to worry.”

Fred possessed a quick mind and a gift for gab. As such, he became a captivating public speaker. “I frequently ask audiences what they were worried about this time last year. I get a lot of laughs,” he said, “because most people can’t remember. Then I ask if they have a current worry — you see nods from everybody. Then I remind them that the average worrier is 92% inefficient — only 8% of what we worry about ever comes true.”

Charles Spurgeon said it best. “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength.”

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