Random Motivational Quotes #1

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is one of the great American poets ever and among the greatest world poets of the 19th century. He wasn’t bad a coining motivational quotes in his poetry. This is one stirring example.

Longfellow Quote Achievement

Mr. Longfellow is among those included in my growing Motivational Quotes library. You can read more of his quotes here.



See Your Humanness in Others – Day 151 of 365 Days to a Better You

I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.

~Abraham Maslow

The great Abraham Maslow came up with one of the most insightful templates for understanding human needs in history. He called it The Hierarchy of Needs.

Maslow divided human needs into five levels. His argument was that human nature does not allow one to move to the needs on the next level of the hierarchy until the needs at the lower levels are secure. You can see a depiction of the hierarchy below.


As you can see, there are many basic needs that must be met at the three bottom levels before you have a true foundation for the types of thinking and action we talk about in personal development.

Look at those three bottom levels and consider how many people in our world – how many people you know personally – are not or have not achieved the bottom three levels in the hierarchy. These are survival levels not thrive levels. Immediately you see the challenge in our world. There are a lot of hurt, angry, broken people running around on this planet trying to get those bottom needs met. Our best systems of government and economics continue to fail miserably in helping even a majority of people reach stage 4.

If your homeless, starving, abused, sick, it’s challenging those bottom three levels can seem like a mountain to climb.

Let be clear. There is no moral high ground here because you might be inhabiting stage 4 or 5, while others are not. In fact, if you’re at those levels, I would argue, you have a kind of moral obligation to see this path of struggle that being human is and recognize the humanness and the commonality you share with those struggling people.

Buddhism does not recognize the western monotheistic concept of sin. The Buddha discussed skillful and unskillful means that human beings use to get what they want in the world. When people are in survival mode, they very well might do things that you would never do. Do you have enough compassion not to judge and to see their humanness even when they cannot see it in themselves?

Often people struggling on the first three levels are using unskillful means to get what they want. They fear there’s not enough. They fear others will take theirs. They fear people who are different. Bigotries and hatreds often flourish in this environment. It’s easy to fall into an “Us” vs. “Them” mentality.

Power Hack: What can you do?

  • Use skillful means; that is don’t become selfish, mean-spirited, and violent in your efforts to climb the hierarchy. If the enlightened action doesn’t begin with you, where will it begin?
  • Really look for the humanness in other and be aware of the common and challenging path we’re all walking. Judge less. Forgive more. Do it even with people who don’t look like you, think like you, or act like you.
  • Do all you can ethically and practically to reach the highest level. The world would change tomorrow if we had a critical mass of people operating on that  Self-Actualization level. You can only help others once you have helped yourself.
  • Remember people are mostly not evil. They may appear evil as they struggle unskillfully to get their survival needs met. However, that self-actualized being already lives within them. Do what you can to help them let that person become self-actualized.

The world likes to tell you that you’ve been cheated, it’s unfair, they took what was yours, be angry, feel divided, even get violent to get what you want. That predominant mindset is born of the survival mode of the first three levels. It will never get you any higher than level three and it’s likely to have you always worried about level 1.

Buddha shared the perfect answer for this in the Dhammapada.

3. “He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”–in those who harbor such thoughts hatred will never cease.
4. “He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,”–in those who do not harbor such thoughts hatred will cease.
5. For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love, this is a universal law.
6. The world does not know that we must all come to an end here; but those who know it, their quarrels cease at once.

You’ve been cheated. I’ve been cheated. Our world largely continues to operate in the survival levels. The question for you is this. Will you light the way out cycle for yourself and others or will you just wallow in the darkness? See the humanness in every person on this planet beginning with you.

As if with so much else we discuss on this blog, the choice is yours.

Namaste, my friends. May this day bring you peace, abundance, and joy!


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Five Core Beliefs Can Transform Your Life – Day 150 of 365 Days to a Better You

THANK YOU. I know your life is busy and your time valuable. I’m honored you spent a few minutes of it today reading this blog.

Belief may seem ephemeral to some people, but what you believe really does matter. What you believe consciously and, perhaps even more importantly, what you believe unconsciously.

The good news is you can impact both. You can impact your conscious beliefs by staying open to new ideas, new possibilities, and constantly challenging your old paradigms. You can your unconscious beliefs by proactively infusing your consciousness with more empowering beliefs. It’s even necessary to know precisely what your unconscious limiting or negative beliefs are. Simply feed yourself on positive beliefs through repetition – like affirmations – and soon you weed the garden of your unconscious.

Here are five core beliefs that empower me. You can use these or you can choose some of your own. The key is not allow stale, unproductive, or disempowering beliefs to run your conscious or unconscious life.

  1. I believe with every ounce of my being that every moment has within it the power to change every moment that came before it.
  2. I believe with every ounce of my being that my WHY matters more than my doubts.
  3. I believe with every ounce of my being that my life is built on choices not chances.
  4. I believe with every ounce of my being that my mission matters and I am making a difference in the world as I affect it.
  5. I believe with every ounce of my being that love defeats fear, light defeats darkness, and wisdom defeats ignorance.

What do YOU believe? What ideas fill your day and block your way? Replace them my writing down your core beliefs and raining them into your consciousness through repetition. When you do, these five core beliefs can transform everything.

Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.


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Daily Reflection and Prep – Day 149 of 365 Days to a Better You

Hey, my friends!

I hope you’ve had a fantastic Wednesday! I’m posting a little late today, but this does make 149 days in a row! This evening I want to talk to you about reflecting on your day and prepping for tomorrow. There are a lot of involved systems out there for doing this, but here’s a simple one. I call it the 222 Approach.

Here’s what to do.


  1. Choose two things that you accomplished, handled well, completed successfully, or would like to repeat from today.
    • Manually write them down.
    • Take a moment to reflect on what you did right and how you can repeat it.
    • Don’t limit yourself to two just because I told you two. If you had a GREAT day, capture all your wins for today this way.
  2. Choose two things you did today or that happened today that, given the chance, you’d do differently next time.
    • Manually write them down.
    • What did you learn from these experiences? Specifically, what will you do differently next time?


  1. Choose two things that you want to focus on or achieve tomorrow.
    • These can be things you want to continue doing.
    • Things you want to knock off your to-do list.
    • A goal that you’re ready to push over the finish line.
  2. Write them down manually and tomorrow morning put this note in your pocket or your purse. Review it. Revise if you need to. Look at it often tomorrow. Commit to doing them before your head hits the pillow tomorrow night.

The 222 Approach is a great way to take stock of what you’re doing well, where you want to improve, and what you want to achieve tomorrow. Make it a habit and you’ll see your accountability and goal attainment rise. You’ll also feel good because you’re taking the time to acknowledge your accomplishments each day.

Stay inspired to be the person you came to the planet to be! Thank you each and every one of you for reading.


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Tune Into Your Prosperity and Flourish – Day 148 of 365 Days to You

You can go to the ocean with a teaspoon or a bucket. The ocean doesn’t care.

~Reverend Ike

Reverend Ike was using the ocean as a metaphor for God or the Universe in this fantastic quote. How do you feel about being prosperous? How do you feel about having the comforts you want?

There are many people who are scandalized by the teachings of people like the late Reverend Ike or Joel Osteen. It’s unholy to want things and to openly talk about it. It’s unholy to ask God for abundance. There are a lot us, including me for many years, who believed it was somehow “unspiritual” to seek material well-being. Only it’s not.

I spent many years suffering in this mindset and there are I times I still battle it.  A lot of us have spent our lives trying to bring the ocean’s bounty into our lives one teaspoonful at a time. It’s exhausting and unnecessary. Bring a bucket! Bring a tub! God or the Universe, as you prefer, is not limited. There’s no annual budget like a government. There’s plenty for everyone.

Power Hack: How do you get what you want?

  1. You have to be very clear what you want. Some of you will remember the days before pushbutton car radios that automatically go to the next station. As you manually tuned between stations, there was static if you weren’t right on a station. You’ve got to tune into the “station” of what you want. Otherwise, your lack of clarity will just yield static.
  2. Get it in your mind. Once you know what you want, firmly fix it in your mind. “Thoughts become things,” as Mike of Notes from the Universe has famously said.
  3. Write it down. Our minds are imperfect carriers of our goals. They can lose focus or forget. Write down your clear goal and keep it with you everywhere.
  4. Support it with positive thoughts and action. Positive thoughts are like fuel. If you have no rocket, you won’t reach the atmosphere. Action is like a rocket with no fuel. You’ll never get off the ground. Support your goal with empowered thoughts and inspired action.
  5. Get as many senses involved as possible. If your goal is tangible, take opportunities to experience what you want before you have it. Feel it, smell, taste it, see it. hear it. Scientific fact: your brain doesn’t know the difference between high sensory inputs and the real thing.

You were not made to squeak by and feel guilty for doing that. You were not made to watch others achieve their dreams, while you still struggle for yours. I’m not saying there’s not patience and hard work involved. There is. I am saying, though, you were made to flourish.

Homework: I want you to go to the dictionary right now and look up the word flourish. Once you’ve absorbed its meaning, commit yourself to creating a life for yourself and for your loved ones that could be described as flourishing.

As always, I am deeply appreciative of you taking a few minutes to read the blog. I hope you came away with something that spoke to you today. If so, please share, like, comment, and subscribe.

Stay amazing!


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