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.
Mr. Longfellow is among those included in my growing Motivational Quotes library. You can read more of his quotes here.
I’ve always been a quotes person. I enjoy finding new quotes and using them to motivate me. I often coin new motivational quotes that come to me and have posted many of them on the web over the years with the hashtag #rayquote. For me, quotes like these often cut through cobwebs in my mind, shaking loose new ideas, perspectives, and paths forward. I hope at least one inspires you today!
Here are seven #rayquotes to provoke thought and inspire change.
- Stress is what you feel when you’ve lost sight of your WHY. When your WHY is strong, so are you.
- We are either doorways for fear in this world or doorways for love.
- It costs nothing to believe in yourself and everything not to.
- A well-studied loss is worth a dozen mindless victories.
- A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it. (This one has become quite famous showing up on t-shirts, in books, and on quotes sites.)
- Adversity is not failure. Adversity is fuel.
- When you unleash your best you can undo your worst.
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Breathe and Reflect
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
― Søren Kierkegaard
Reflection is critical to happiness and success. Go, go, go may be necessary sometimes to get things done. Without reflection and adjustment, you’ll just go in circles.
We are now into the third month of the year. Take some time to look back at your goals from the beginning of the year. What have you achieved and what have you not even started? Has something changed that makes your New Year’s goals no longer applicable? We talked about staying fluid yesterday. Is it time to do some rework on your goals? That is allowed, you know.
Most importantly, take some time today to look at the road you’ve traveled these past two months. Be proud of how far you’ve come on some things. Be gentle on those things that still need work or you haven’t focused on yet. Be determined to give the time and attention to those things that are important!
Power hack: Conduct a start, stop, continue analysis on where you are. Identify one thing you’re committed to start doing. Identify one thing you’re committed to stop doing. Identify one thing that’s working well and you want to continue doing.
Take a breath, adjust, and keep on going. There’s a lot of year left. Big things await you!
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Make never giving up a part of your DNA. Here’s the to-do list of the never-say-die mindset. It’s not the number of plans it takes. It’s the number of plans it takes to find the one that works. Dream on!
Feed the hero within
When I feel helpless I remember I AM powerful. When I feel weak I remember I AM strong!
In yesterday’s post, I shared 10 empowering ideas that, if absorbed and applied, could make a huge difference in your life. Today we going deeper on bullet four from that list – the hero I am waiting for is waiting for me in the mirror.
Ok, it’s clever, but what does it mean and how do you become the hero in your life?
Some may see it as cliche to talk in terms of the hero within. After all, we have a tendency to overuse words like hero and dilute their meaning. However, I really want you to embrace this idea that a hero lives within you. Every person reading this is disguised all day like Clark Kent just waiting for your phone booth moment to arrive.
We are inundated by the idea that soldiers, firefighters, and police officers are heroes. No question, they are heroes. Yet, I would argue that the seeds of heroism lie within each of us. The single parent raising several successful children is a hero. The person who works for peace daily is a hero. The person who shares a kind word with someone who needs it is a hero too.
Here are eight characteristics of a hero to help you see the moments in your life when you are or can become one.
- The hero’s work may be great or small. It does not always change the world. Sometimes it just changes the moment.
- The hero’s work is everywhere he or she goes all day long. The hero is always looking for those phone booth moments to step forward and shine.
- The hero may deserve or even get the credit, but the hero does not do it for the credit. The hero does it because it contributes to the greater good.
- The hero puts the good of the team ahead of his or her own good.
- The hero sees beyond appearances and gets to what is real and true; choosing to live there.
- The hero knows his or her work is bigger than self.
- The hero knows that criticism and blame comes with the territory and is careful never to associate himself or herself with either.
- You are a hero. Plain and simple, you are. Let that part of you come to the surface at every opportunity.
The hero you are waiting for IS waiting for you in the mirror.
Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss!
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Hope you are having a fantastic Thursday! This post is about a movie scene from 30 years ago that inspired me in the moment and continues to do so today. I’d love to hear what movie scenes have inspired you over the years. Please comment below.
There is no try.
Who can forget this timeless scene of Yoda teaching a young Luke Skywalker in Star Wars?
How many times have we been like Luke half-heartedly saying, “I’ll give that a try?” Yoda is not suggesting every attempt will be met with success. He’s imparting to Luke that you cannot win with a mindset that starts with “I’ll try.”
Think about times you say, “I’ll try.” Are you really bought in and all in when you say it? Or, are you really leaving yourself fudge room to back out or simply placating the person you’re talking to?
At the end of your life, your scorecard will not have a Tried column. It will be made up of those things you did and those things you did not do. As Yoda says, “Do or not do. There is no try.”
The great motivational teacher Tony Robbins has changed the lives of people the world over. One of his best quotes is, “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.”
It’s an unequivocal fact. More dreams die from inaction or “I’ll try” energy than from failure by someone who went after them with massive action. Is it still possible to fail? Sure. Life is not a box guarantees.
Here’s a couple of affirmations I wrote years ago for this:
- I refuse to allow my dreams to die on the sword of inaction.
- When I commit to a dream, I’m all in!
So, what’s the take-away? We must act and we must act with the right mindset. If our mindset is not “all in” our action will not be enough and we may even fail to take the action at all.
Young Skywalker, your dreams are yours. Don’t give up on them before you even begin.
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