“All great change begins with imagination, all transformation begins with a vision.
Take time each day to visualize the person you are capable of becoming. If you cannot visualize the better person you wish to become, you cannot become that better person. The more specific your visualization, the faster and more effectively you will be transformed into that better version of yourself. Visualize particular ways of acting in certain situations. Imagine a situation with a particular person where you are normally impatient. Visualize the perfect way to respond to that person, over and over again in the empty moments of the day, and before too long you will begin to respond in the way you have imagined.
All great change is first an idea in our minds. The first expression of every great achievement in history has been in the wonder of the imagination. Visualize the changes you wish to achieve.
“I believe there may be only five questions that truly matter. Five questions that humanity has been asking consciously and subconsciously ever since human life first began. Although we may be unable to articulate them, you and I are constantly wrestling with these questions. Whether we are aware of it or not, our existence is the search to answer these five questions. I believe we are seeking the answers to these questions directly and indirectly every day of our lives. How we answer these questions can determine the shape, the form, and the direction of our lives.
These are the five questions: 1. Who am I? 2. Where did I come from? 3. What am I here for? 4. How do I do what I am here to do? 5. Where am I going?
Spend a few minutes thinking about life’s big questions today and every day.”
“Who are the people you most admire from history? Take a moment to wander through the pages of history— your family’s history, your nation’s history, human history—and extract from those pages the men and women you most admire. What would they be without courage?
Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Jane Austen, Ada Lovelace, Martin Luther King Jr., Christopher Columbus, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Oscar Schindler, Anne Frank, Mother Teresa, Henry Ford, Mark Twain, Shakespeare, DaVinci, Newton, Jobs, Churchill, Galileo, Mandela, Mozart, Edison, Van Gough, Gutenberg.
Who would they have been without courage? How would their lives have been different without courage? How would our lives be different if they had lacked the courage to embrace their destiny? How would the world be different?
Their lives can be measured in courage and yours will be too. The measure of your life will be the measure of your courage.
Nothing worthwhile in history has been achieved without courage. Courage is the father of every great moment and movement in history. And courage will give birth to the next great season of your life.”
“The most dominant emotion in our modern society is fear. We may not like to admit it, but we are afraid. Afraid of rejection and failure, afraid of certain parts of town, afraid of certain types of people, afraid of criticism, afraid of suffering and heartache, afraid of change, afraid of losing the things we have worked hard to buy, and afraid to tell people how we really feel… We are afraid of so many things. We’re even afraid to be ourselves.
Some of these fears we’re aware of, while others are tucked away deep in our subconscious. Either way, they play a very large role in our choices and actions.
Fear is a great limiter of life. Fear stops more people from doing something with their lives than lack of talent, resources, or opportunity. Fear has a tendency to paralyze and imprison us. Don’t let that happen to you.
It’s important to remember that fear is just chemicals. Sometimes it’s a good thing, protects you from danger. But when fear keeps you from living life to the fullest it’s a bad thing.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the acquired ability to move beyond fear. It’s time to start acquiring that ability.
In Part Three of this series, we will explore how different your life would be if you had a little more courage.”
Everything Requires Courage – [Courage Series Part 1]
“Everything in life requires courage. Whether it is playing football or coaching football; crossing the room to ask a woman on a date or rekindling a love that has grown cold; whether it’s your first day at school or your first day back at school after twenty years; starting a new business, battling a potentially fatal disease, getting married, struggling to overcome an addiction, or sitting humbly with your God in prayer—life requires courage. It’s a prerequisite. Courage brings us to life and makes everything else possible.
So, what are we waiting for? You only get one shot at life. What would you do if you weren’t so afraid? Whatever it is, take one small step toward it today, then take another step toward your hopes and dreams tomorrow.
Life favors the courageous. So, summon a little courage. You will be amazed what life will give you in return for a little bit of courage.
In Part Two of this series we will discuss fear and how it paralyzes us.”
“If you want to destroy people, make them comfortable. Give them every comfort they desire. Love of comfort poisons the soul by reducing our ability to hear truth and align our lives with it.
When we hear truth, we have one of two reactions. If we are living the truth we hear, we delight in the splendor of it. If we are not living that truth, we become uncomfortable, because unlived truth is always an invitation to change.
And let’s face it, there is plenty of truth we aren’t living.
A lover of comfort closes himself off from truth because it isn’t comfortable. He will even avoid the truth that he knows will liberate him from his addiction to comfort.
Don’t get too comfortable. Life isn’t supposed to be comfortable. Constant comfort isn’t good for us. Allow it to serve when you need to be restored and rejuvenated, but don’t become a lover of comfort. Comfort will destroy you long before the difficulties of life.”
“Simplicity is good for the soul. We complain about how complicated life has become, but we continue to complicate our lives. The two main ways we complicate our lives is with things and commitments. So much of our anxiety comes from these things and yet we cling to them and multiply them as is they were prizes to be cherished.
Here are seven examples of how less is more:
1. Less television means more time to read. 2. Less comparison means more contentment. 3. Less stuff means more space. 4. Less talking means more listening. 5. Fewer commitments means more time just to be. 6. Less complaining means more gratitude. 7. Less clutter means more clarity.
Less is more means different things to different people. Find out what it means to you, try it, and take note of how it changes your life.”
“People spend a lot of time thinking about the year ahead between Christmas and New Years’ Eve each year, and the fruit of this is often new plans and New Years’ resolutions. Critics often focus on the fact that most New Years’ resolutions don’t last more than a month. But I think they are missing something.
What people get out of a few days and probably just a few hours of reflection towards the end of the years is actually significant. We just need a few more of those reflection hours throughout the year to fine tune our plans and sustain our resolutions.
So, at this point of the year, I present seven questions for you to spend some time reflection upon before this year gets away from you.
1. Who and what are you most grateful for so far this this?
2. What have you accomplished so far this year?
3. What have been your biggest distractions?
4. What personal quality is most preventing you from accomplishing what you yearn to accomplish and becoming the person you yearn to be?
5. Whom have you helped more than anybody else this year?
6. What is taking up your time, effort, and mental energy that needs to be firmly placed on your NOT TO DO list?
7. What truth are you refusing to face in your life?
There is still plenty of year left to start a business, write a book, marry the one you love, and watch more sunsets. But as Napoleon observed, “Those who fail to plan can plan to fail.”