You-Dont-Get-the-RainbowYou don’t get the rainbow without the rain.

You don’t get the view without the climb.

You don’t get the muscles without the sweat.

You don’t get the gold without the refining fire.

You don’t get the butterfly without the cocoon.

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There-are-very-realThe real danger isn’t that you make mistakes, it’s that you don’t take the necessary risks to achieve greatness.

The real danger isn’t that you doubt yourself, it’s that you let those doubts hold you back.

The real danger isn’t that you are hurt by those you love, it’s that you are unable to forgive them.

The real danger isn’t that you lose your job, it’s that you stay in a dead-end role for 40 years. Read the rest of this entry »

You-can-be-unstoppableThere are 10 unstoppable forces in the world:

1. A rampaging elephant on the charge.

2. An albatross soaring high above the ocean.

3. A glacier sliding inexorably down a mountain.

4. A flooded river that has broken its banks.

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Its-amazing-what-you-canIf you work just a little bit more.

If you smile just a little bit more.

If you hustle just a little bit more.

If you exercise just a little bit more.

If you read just a little bit more.

If you pray just a little bit more.

If you have just a little bit more passion. Read the rest of this entry »

Walk TallWhen life kicks sand in your face, walk tall!

When the voices of your critics are ringing in your ears, walk tall!

When you experience rejection after rejection, walk tall!

When every room you walk into seems to be full of people who doubt you, walk tall!

When you wake up feeling inadequate and insignificant, walk tall!

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If-your-dream-is-worthyI know that you may not get that job that you want, but don’t reject yourself, that’s someone else’s job.

I know that you won’t make a sale to every prospect, but don’t say no to yourself before you pitch, that’s for them to do.

I’ve seen too many people fall into the habit of rejecting themselves.

They come up with a list of reasons for not taking the actions necessary for success.

“I’m not qualified.”

“I’m not good enough.”

“I’m not one of the chosen ones.”

“It’s a long shot anyway.”

You have a dream?

That’s awesome.

If it’s a worthy dream, you will have obstacles along the way and will face rejection from time to time.

Just make sure that the rejection doesn’t come from you.

Lets-play-spot-theMy kids are still at an age when they do the occasional “spot the difference” puzzle.

They have two pictures in front of them that have 5-10 subtle differences and they need to circle the disparities between the two.

Let’s play a different version of spot the difference.

Look at yourself now and five years ago.

Look at your health, intellect, career, relationships, emotional intelligence, expertise, finances, faith, the progress that you’ve made towards your goals.

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Dont-just-do-somethingWe are busier than ever.

We have more activities, less time, more interruptions, less focus.

I don’t know how you feel, but with a business, three kids, a new dog, this blog, church, volunteering, speaking and everything else on my plate, I feel as though I’m always doing something and never have the time (or inclination) to stop.

But the reality is that I need to slow down every now and then, for my sanity and my health, if for no other reason.

So this post is a message to me as much as anyone else.

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In a wide-ranging Youve-got-to-make-uprecent interview, former Boston Celtics legend and current Washington Wizards veteran Paul Pierce discussed the advice that his gives to the young stars on his team:

“I talk to them a lot about mental preparation and consistency,” Pierce said. “I keep telling (John) Wall and (Bradley) Beal, ‘You’ve got to make up your mind. Do you want to be good, or do you want to be great? Because if you want to be great, you gotta do it every single night, not just when you feel like it.”

Do I get an amen?

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You-dont-get-to-chooseInevitably, you will come across obstacles.

Inevitably, you will find people who don’t believe in your dreams.

Inevitably, you will have days when you feel like giving up.

Inevitably, the people around you will let you down.

Inevitably, you will lose momentum and motivation.

Inevitably, you will feel like settling for an ordinary life doing average work.

Then something else will happen.

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