‘This is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life!’

At times, we are a bit place-bound by our past.

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We look at our success and our failures…and we, compartmentalize, our future according to our past!

You may be a senior citizen, as I am, and think that your best days are behind you, and that your greatest accomplishments have already been wrought.

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Many years ago, the popular author, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, wrote a, bestseller called, the Power of Positive Thinking.

It can be said that what we visualize ourselves achieving, is obtainable with the, desire to do so!

The biggest battle of a happy and productive life…is first the battle of the mind!

There are a thousand excuses for not doing something…there is no reason for you not to…do it!


I think that we look at others, around us, and believe that they are endowed with some type of special abilities…when in fact they are human beings, just like, us and they have, simply decided to work toward a goal that they can see in their mind!

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I decided, during the last decade, that I was going to loose weight.  Six months later I had lost 95 pounds!

I have wanted to write since I was a child, but it seemed that I could never get started.  Now I write, virtually, every day, and enjoy it immensely!

Loosing weight or weighing less is not magic…it is the concerted dedication to following a plan that will allow you to achieve your goal!

When I began working for Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as a Building Service Worker I…Mary Jane told me that, God, had told her that one day I would be the leader of the organization!  I was like Sara, in the Old Testament, when the angel to told her that she would bear a son, although she was elderly…and she laughed!

Yet, at the years at SIUC flew by…I began to visualize myself leading the department…and for 25 years of my career…I did!

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‘It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.’    Theodore Roosevelt, delivered in the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910

One of the greatest value added exercise that I have done, on several occasions, in my life…is to step outside of my comfort zone!

I find public speaking..frightening!  Yet, some of the most rewarding experience that I have had…have come from public speaking.

One of the primary hangups that I had regarding writing…was to have other people read what I had written!  I have been able to, successfully, overcome that fear, by writing daily!

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A challenge can be an opportunity…that is wearing different clothes!

I am convinced that most of us realize about 10% of our innate natural ability.

Most of the successful people that I know and am friends with…have achieved their success through a mental image of what they want to achieve and the willingness to do the hard work and make the, plethora, of mistakes, that happen on the road to their goal!


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