Motivation on Monday: It’s Possible

There are some people that have the gift of inspiration.  Les Brown has always been one of those people for me.  I had the privilege of hearing him speak in person earlier this year. Such a gift!

The video being shared with this post from him mostly depicts physical possibilities but the message from Les is universal.  The parallels run through everything in our lives.

To live our possibilities, we must stop living based on what we see as limitations.  That also includes the probabilities.  To achieve our full potential, we have to let go of probabilities and reach for the possibilities.

In the message, Les shares that the word “but” is just an argument for our limitations.  And as long as we argue for them, we get to keep them.  When we stop arguing for them, they stop limiting us.  We begin to embrace what we can be with hope.  And where there is hope, we take action.  And where we take action, we get results.

Take 10 minutes on this Monday and allow yourself the gift of the message from Les Brown that it is possible.  Whatever it is that you want to achieve.  It is possible.  It’s not going to magically appear.  It takes work, hard work.  And perseverance and support.  But it is possible.  You are possible. Have hope, get to work.

I am possible.  So are you.

Lessons from history: A Grand Terminal

We love stories.  It’s true. And we love stories with a happy ending.  We also love stories that have some angst in them.  That demonstrate life.  We want them to entertain us, inspire us and yes- change us.  Over this past month I have been reading Mark Batterson’s book The Circle Maker.  It’s an excellent book that I’ll review once I wrap it up but in this morning’s reading, there was a story that just resonated with me because it is such an example of what transformation can really do.  And it’s not a story about a person.  It’s a story about a place.

When Daniel Burnham first came up with the idea for building what would become Washington’s Grand Terminal he had a tremendous vision for it.  And he was already well known and highly regarded.  But there was a problem.  Where they wanted to build the Grand Terminal was basically a swamp. It took 4 million cubic yards of fill dirt just to get a foundation in place.  Can you imagine what kind of vision and commitment it took to make that happen?  Why not build it somewhere else?  Because that wasn’t the vision.  It then took 5 years and cost $25M to finish building it.  But they did build it.

Grand Terminal2If you’ve never visited Washington’s Grand Terminal, it may be hard to imagine the scope of this.  It is breathtaking.

One of the quotes attributed to that visionary that started it all is “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.”  From a swamp to a center of travel and commerce that would one day serve over 32 million people every year.

Can you imagine all of the life stories that have had their genesis at that place?  How many memory moments are tied to it’s purpose?

This year marks it’s 100th anniversary.  Over the years, it has been more than a landmark.  It has become part of the fabric that is uniquely American and specifically, Washington.  It has continued to be championed over the years as a testament to what happens when your vision is big enough to stir our blood.

You might ask what this has to do with our lives.  I believe it has everything to do with how we see things.  Using it as a metaphor for our lives: Do we see a swamp?  Or a structure that will serve millions?  How big is our vision?  Because that’s how big our life will be.  If we’re determined to serve, we will serve.   We will do what it takes to create the right foundation and build a life that serves at the highest levels not only now, but 100 years from now.

From the experts: Nido Qubein on Change

personal developmentNido Qubein may not be a name you recognize.  But he’s someone you should know.

He is the quintessential American success story.   And he is leaving noteworthy success clues with every one of his endeavors.

But beyond the milestones (which are many), it is his message that resonates with me.  You see he is all about change.  He exemplifies transformation.

It would be challenging for me to say where in his repertoire of wisdom I find the most value but I believe there are a few points that are very telling.  Here they are in his words:

#1 – “Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go, they merely determine where you start.”

#2 – “It’s not just about being organized. Because if you’re organized and doing things that don’t matter, it doesn’t work. You have to do the things that matter.”

#3 – “I never think about retirement. The word does not exist in my vocabulary. At some point I may redirect, but not retire.”

Here is my take on his advice:

  • We must start.
  • We must do the things that matter.
  • We must be ready to redirect but never stop.

But all of this will mean even more when you know more about Nido Qubein.  You can learn more about his story in his interview with Darren Hardy at Success Magazine.

For Nido Qubein our best is always going to be driven by change because that is where he sees opportunity. We transform to create our own mark.  His story is another example of the power of perspective when it comes to change.

Where is your next opportunity? Get changing!


From the experts: Insights from Marianne Williamson

Door_LightAre you settling for a life that is less than your dream? Have you somehow allowed your light to dim? We often say that we are too busy to work on “us” and that the demands on our time to take care of everyone else leaves nothing left.

We need a shift in that thinking.

We cannot give to others what we will not give to ourselves.  We cannot help others shine in their brilliance if we are not willing to step into our own light.

In her book, Return to Love, Marianne Williamson speaks to this point.

Her words are so compelling that I am sharing them here:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light not our darkness that frightens us.  We ask ourselves “who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?’

Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.  There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Here is something to think about:  If you cannot see how brilliant, how WONDERFUL, how incredible you are – then it is time for a new mirror!

Honesty & Integrity: Where it all begins..

Truth wordWhen someone holds the torch for us so that we can clearly see our way, they give us a gift beyond anything they or we could imagine.  They give us the opportunity to see truth.

One person who has done that for so many is Debbie Ford.  Today her sister has posted that she has passed away.

For me, this short clip from her on honesty and integrity sums up the foundation of her message very clearly.  We must first be honest with ourselves.  And only then can we love ourselves.  Our total self.  Her voice and teachings have raised thousands to an unparalleled level of spiritual and personal awareness.

She learned to live in peace and love.  For herself and her world.  I have no doubt that she will continue on the same way.

Godspeed Debbie Ford.