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Celebrate the Small Victories

12 May

I saw this recently in Men’s Health, and really liked it.  It further resonated with me because of a recent conversation I had with one of my daughters.

A nutritionist and author offered “life” tips that were not necessarily limited to nutrition, including the title of this post.  His grandfather used to say, “Life is full of challenges, and when something good happens, you should pause to enjoy it.”  His grandfather’s advice reminds him to celebrate the small victories that lead to larger ones.

While I believe it’s important to keep your eye on the big picture, it’s equally important to remember that it’s the day-to-day, step-by-step successes that enable the big victory.  Ultimately, there are no big victories without practice, preparation, and a fair amount of small victories.  Take a moment to appreciate and enjoy the smaller accomplishments, along the way.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Just a few years ago, my youngest daughter was a basketball player on our local high school team.  She was fortunate to play on a team that earned and experienced a good deal of success during her playing days.  She and her teammates were focused on achieving goals like winning a conference and district championship.  In talking with her over the years (and before I ever saw the Men’s Health piece), I encouraged her to take a moment after each victory and reflect upon how special that particular moment was.  I didn’t necessarily want her to spend a lot of time dwelling on what soon became the past (good or bad), I just wanted her to absorb, cherish, and learn from the moment because I know how fleeting success can be — and I certainly know how quickly time passes.  I also know that, sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the “end justifies the means” mentality.  Championships may or may not happen, but you can’t always let that define your season.  Additionally, although the core of her team played together for three years, there was no guarantee that they would replicate the success of any given season.

Take a moment to savor your daily accomplishments, no matter how small they seem.  Develop an appreciation of the small victories and their cumulative effect on your larger victories and accomplishments.

We may never pass this way again.” – Seals and Crofts

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Embrace the Journey

8 Mar

e00010819“The journey is the reward.” – Steve Jobs

We all have goals.  Long-term goals, short-term goals – things we aspire to accomplish or achieve.

Some of the things to which we look forward are “milestones” – like turning 21 – and don’t require much preparation.  It’s just a matter of time.

Most of our goals, though, require some planning, preparation, and effort.  There’s a process – a journey – involved in the eventual achievement of these goals.

And, although achievement may be the pinnacle of the process, the journey is the enriching, character-building part.

In sports, it’s not winning a championship that makes you better; it’s all the time you devoted to daily practice and preparation as a player and teammate.

In school, it’s not the high grade on your test or report card that makes you better; it’s all the time you spent doing homework and studying – learning – along the way.

At work, it’s not the promotion – or the raise – that makes you better; it’s all the work you put into your job – your daily commitment to excellence as an employee, entrepreneur, supervisor, or co-worker.

If life, it’s not where you get that makes you better; it’s what you did to arrive at that point.

Accomplishment is great, but the self-improvement that occurs along the way is the real prize.

Embrace the journey.  Enjoy the ride.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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Keep Your Foot on the Gas

30 Mar

510-149[1]Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” – Conrad Hilton

Keep Moving Forward

Keeping your foot on the gas pedal doesn’t mean that you have to “floor it” at all times.

Whether your journey is taking you “uphill” or “downhill,” at any given time, the key is to maintain your progress.  Sustain your forward momentum.

Maintain Your Focus

It’s easy to focus when the sun is shining.  We have a tendency to get distracted on cloudy, rainy days.

A little advance planning and preparation goes a long way toward keeping you on task.

Don’t Quit

Some days are going to be easier than others.  Some days aren’t.  There will be adversity and there will be obstacles.

There will be days when you want go give up.  Don’t.

Coasting = Complacency

Avoid the temptation to coast.  Sometimes, it’s easy to be content with the progress you’re making and ride your momentum.  Maybe you feel that you’ve earned and deserve a day off (and, you’re probably right).  That’s an easy way to stall your progress.

Try to do something every day — no matter how small it may seem — that’s consistent with forward progress toward your goal.

Celebrate Success

You should be happy about — and proud of — your accomplishment, achievement, and success, including the incremental victories on the path to your goal.

And keep your foot on the gas.

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Don’t Be Afraid to Start Over

26 Oct

New-Chapter[1]“Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Samuel Beckett

At some point in all of our lives, we will have to face the prospect of starting over again.

Perhaps it will be a homework assignment or household project.

Maybe it will be something of greater magnitude, like a new job or relationship.

New beginnings can be daunting but, typically, the biggest barrier to moving forward is you.  Our own fears are our worst enemies.

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” – C. JoyBell C.

You’ve got to believe in yourself, look beyond your doubts, and draw on positive past experience.

It’s also important to surround yourself with — and listen to advice from — encouraging, positive-thinking people.

Try again, and keep trying, until you achieve your goal.

Keep growing, keep reaching, keep believing.

What looks like an end never is unless you decide to make it the end.

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How Will You Know If You Never Try?

23 Sep

Man on top of mountain.If you never try, you’ll never know what you are capable of.” – John Barrow

I asked you these questions a few months ago:

  • What to you want to do?
  • Where do you want to go?
  • Who do you want to be?

How will you do it, see it, or be it, if you don’t try?

In order to accomplish anything, you’ve got to expect success.

You’ve got to work hardwork smart, and believe in yourself.

But the most important step is TRYING.

Try and succeed.  Try and fail.  Try again.  Just don’t let lack of effort be the reason you don’t succeed.

NO regrets — NO “could’ve,” NO “should’ve,” NO “would’ve.”

Most people fail not because they lack ability, intelligence, or opportunity, but they fail because they don’t give it all they’ve got.” – Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Invest your time, effort, and energy — chase your dream.  Extreme dedication almost always leads to success.

Don’t let worry, wonder, or doubt cloud your vision of success.

Don’t hold anything back.  Give it your best effort.  Whatever that looks like — on any given day — give it.

You may be pleasantly surprised at the results.

Give it a shot.

Take a chance

Push yourself.

Challenge yourself.

Step outside your comfort zone.

You’ll never know if you don’t try.

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Get Started, Get Moving

26 Jun

3a058ad359aa0ac975dab8cf633c0dad[1]The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Do you have an idea?  A dream?  A goal?

Are you willing to accept the risks and sacrifices involved?

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

If so, then take the first step.  Whatever it is you want to do — get started.

Take your thoughts, and convert them to actions, one step at a time.

Once you’ve begun, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the momentum you’ve created, just by getting started.

Well begun is half done.” – Aristotle

You can’t accomplish/achieve your dreams and goals until you’re able, ready, and willing to take the all-important first step.

The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato

Don’t make the mistake of waiting until the time is “right” or circumstances are “perfect.”  Those are just excuses and stall tactics.

Stop wanting, wishing and waiting, and start doing.

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3 Simple Rules in Life

13 Mar

Here’s a nice follow up to Wednesday’s blog post.

You can’t wish for things to happen, and you can’t wait for things to happen.

You’ve got to go after what you want and make things happen.

Pursuing your dreams and goals may not always result in getting exactly what you want, but not going after what you want will never help you accomplish or achieve anything worthwhile.

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The Power of Action

1 Aug

take-action[1]Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they do not quit.” – Conrad Hilton

What do you want to accomplish?

Maybe it’s sport-related.  Perhaps you want to improve your strength, speed, agility, and/or athleticism.  Or, maybe it’s something even more sport-specific, like your shooting percentage or batting average.  Or, it could be that you aspire — quite simply — to make the team.

Maybe it’s school-related.  Your goal could be to improve your grade point average or perform better in a particular class or course, or the next time you take the ACT or SAT.

Work-related goals are important, too — promotions, increases in pay, and performance improvement, among others.

Ultimately, some of our goals involve interpersonal communication and relationships.  We seek to improve upon our relationships with family, relatives, and friends.

Regardless of what you want to accomplish, develop a plan of action and take the first step toward your goal today.  Make sure your action is purposeful — not random or arbitrary — and do something that moves you along the path toward your goal, right now.

Then, no matter how effective your first action step was in moving you toward your goal, keep moving.  If appropriate, repeat the first step.  If necessary, take the next step.  Just don’t stop.

You may surprise yourself by how much you can accomplish by just “inching” toward your goal, with steadiness and consistency.  It’s amazing what can be accomplished if you’re persistent and keep moving forward.

Action is empowering.  It’s invigorating.  It’s gratifying.

Get STRONGER, Get FASTER!

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