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Be Somebody!

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It was said of Abraham Lincoln that when his mother was about to die, and he was by her sick bed she said to him “Be somebody Abe” and Abraham Lincoln took those words to heart. Little wonder he strived all his life and never gave up in spite of the number of times he tried and failed until he became somebody.

Many of us today need to be told those same words because we have settled into being “nobodies”. Or in the words of Zig Ziglar we have become wondering generalities. God created you to make impact, to become somebody in this world. He never intended anyone to be and die in mediocrity. It is time for us to do an inner inspection of our gifts, talents, skills, abilities given to us by God that we have allowed to become dormant.

Take a look at your life are you living at your best? Is the person you are right now, the best you could have been given the amount of investment made on you by God? Are the results you are producing now the best you could have produced given your talents and creativity? Continue reading Be Somebody!

Today’s Quote

The moment you begin to worry about the things you want and the things you don’t have in life is the moment you will lose your gratitude…The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times.” – Zig Ziglar

30 Great Motivational Quotes For This Month

We all need inspiration. There are times when it seems like our world is falling apart. When there’s no light to break up the dark times we face, and we can’t find our way home; to our dreams, goals, purpose. Let these words of men and women who’ve been through what we are going through and even worse, and overcame, push us to try one more time; to find a reason why we shouldn’t give up just yet.

Be inspired and motivated this month to live your greatest life with these motivational quotes:

1. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” – Zig Ziglar

2. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” C.S. Lewis

3. “The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” – George S. Patton

4. “You can make positive deposits in your own economy every day by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.” – Zig Ziglar

5. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. “Change is inevitable but personal growth is a choice.” ― Bob Proctor

7. “Doubt can only be removed by action.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

8. “When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” ― Shannon L. Alder

9. “The strongest warriors are these two…Time and patience.” – Leo Tolstoy

10. “Chance favours those in motion.” – James H. Austin

11. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

12. “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high be bounces when he hits bottom.” – George S. Patton

13. “A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.” – James Allen

14. “Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.” ― David J. Schwartz

15. “You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it.” – Charles Buxton

16. “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

17. “The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” – W.M. Lewis

18. “Imitate until you emulate; match and surpass those who launched you. It’s the highest form of thankfulness.” -Mark Victor Hansen

19. “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey

20. “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

21. “The worst thing I could be is to be the same as everybody else. I’d hate that” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

22. “My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

23. “You will become as small as your controlling desire, or as great as your dominant aspiration.” – James Allen

24. “People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives.” – Stedman Graham

25. “Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.” – Zig Ziglar

26. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou

27. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” – Og Mandino

28. “It is easy to sit up and take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.” – Honore de Balzac

29. “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

30. “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” – Ken Venturi

6 Causes Of Low Self Esteem

The starting point for both success and happiness is a healthy self-image. “An individual’s self-concept is the core of his personality. It affects every aspect of human behaviour: the ability to learn, the capacity to grow and change, the choice of friends, mates and careers. It’s no exaggeration to say that a strong positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success in life.” Yet so many of us have a poor self image and low self esteem, as a result we wander through life beaten and dejected.
To achieve and live our greatest lives, we need to develop a positive self esteem, this shouldn’t be confused with a super inflated ego, of being greater than everybody around us. Below are 6 major causes of negative self esteem that we need to watch out for and get rid of in our lives:

1. Some of us have a low self esteem because our abilities, appearance and intelligence have been ridiculed or questioned many times by the people we care about; parents, teachers, friends and others in authority. In many cases, these hurts come in the form of insinuations, but they are just as real and devastating as if they were true. As a result, we see ourselves through the negative eyes of others. If your friends, family and associates find fault like there is a reward for it, you get a distorted picture of the real you.

2. The tendency to confuse failure in a project, or event, with failure in life. A child who fails a subject in school or who doesn’t make the team, makes the mistake of identifying a single failure with failure in life itself. An adult who fails an interview for a dream job, sees that as the end of his life, he begins to think he is no goo at all. This disheartenedly is often reinforced by teachers and/or parents. Once the low self esteem slide starts, the natural tendency is to feed the inferiority feeling.

3. Untrained memory; for some of us the fact that we don’t remember things or names well makes us feel inferior to others. But hear this; “a perfect memory doesn’t indicate a great mind any more than a huge dictionary, with all the words in it, represents a great piece of literature. Second, the person who can’t remember is infinitely better off than the one who can’t forget”. – Zig Ziglar “Actually, there is no such thing as a “good” memory or a “bad” memory; it is either trained or untrained”. There are lots of resources available, some of them are actually free on the internet that can help us develop and have a trained memory.

4. Unrealistic and unfair comparison of experiences; we generally make the mistake of comparing our experience with another person’s experience. We exaggerate their successful experience and downgrade our own success. Experience has nothing to do with ability. For example there are over 400 million Chinese under twenty-five who can do something you probably cannot do. They can speak Chinese. Does that mean they are smarter than you? Not at all; it means they have had a different experience. At this moment you are doing something that over three billion people cannot do. You are reading this post in English Obviously this does not mean you are smarter than three billion other people. It does mean you have had a different experience.

5. Comparing our worst features to other people’s best features; the world is filled with people who don’t find a certain part of their bodies attractive, and so it reduces their self esteem. Folks let us not see ourselves as unattractive. Inside each one of us is talents or good qualities. Comparing your worst qualities to someone else’s best quality is self defeating. Instead, let’s take our best features or talents, and use them to get what we want in life. Do not forget these words from the bible; “ I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth”.. – Psalms 139 :14 – 15

6. Unrealistic and unreachable standards of perfection that are unrealistic and unreachable; this often leads to failure. Often times when we fail due to our own overly high standards, we never forgive ourselves. We feel we must either be perfect, the best or the worst. And so since we failed, we now think and believe that we are the worst. “This affects all areas of life and is an underlying cause of job dissatisfaction, discord in the rearing of children, unhappiness in a marital relationship, etc. After all, if a person feels he is the “worst,” then surely he cannot believe he “deserves” a good job, a good mate, good children, or anything of merit or value.” – Zig Ziglar.

Be Willing To Pay The Price

We all like success stories, we like the things that success brings, but very few of us care to find out the story behind the successful person.

Behind every great achievement is a story of education, training, practice, discipline, sacrifice and failure. Success has a price tag. If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to pay the price.

For us maybe the price would be focusing on one single activity while putting everything else on hold. Maybe it’s investing all our savings on a business idea. Maybe it’s the willingness to walk away from our comfort zones.

There are many things required to reach a successful outcome in life, but the willingness to do what is required, the willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done helps you persevere in the face of challenges, setbacks, and pain.

Be willing to pay the price to live your dreams. Make a declaration today that you are going to get things done no matter what it takes, no matter how long it takes, no matter what or who comes up. It is a done deal.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work” – Stephen King

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“What Are You Doing In The Meanwhile?”

A man phoned his physician and excitedly exclaimed: ‘Please come at once, Doctor. My son has swallowed my fountain pen.’ The doctor replied, I’ll be right over. But what are you doing “in the meanwhile”? ‘Using a pencil’, answered the father.

What we do” in the meanwhile” is of vital importance to our lives – and to the lives of others. What we do with our leisure time can build our character or destroy it. It can make our fortune or mar it.

While we wait for a traffic light to change, we can pray for our president, our nation, and the world.

While we wait for an elevator can be still and know that God is, and that He is still in charge of the universe.

While we drive or ride to work, we can affirmatively and joyously meditate on that which is true, pure, lovely and positive.

While we wash dishes, mow the lawn, or perform other tasks that require less than our complete attention, we can sing whistle, or hum the tunes of great songs and hymns that inevitably make life more beautiful for us and for our fellow human beings.

While we sit in the waiting room of our physician or dentist, we can thank God for dedicated professional people, and we can pray for those patients who might be anxious, fearful, despondent, or in pain.

What we do with our “in the meanwhile” moments can enrich and inspire, encourage and uplift, bless and brighten our important corner of the world.–Adapted from Something to Smile About by Zig Ziglar.

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