Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mistakes

Mistakes help us see what needs improvement. Without them, how would we know?

Achievement...

Achievement is earned, not given.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Overcoming Yourself

"Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves." ~ Joseph P. Thompson

Ain't this the truth? Often our greatest adversary of achievement is US. Overcoming our fears, insecurities, bad habits, and negative self-talk can be like trying to battle the Incredible Hulk at his angriest moments. In other words, that's a tough up hill battle. (Laughing)

Celebrate every success, every win, and every effort to bring ourselves under control. It is through the daily disciplines that we slay our laziness, fears, negativity, insecurities, and bad habits.

You are a Champion!

Everything We See Is A Perspective, Not the Truth

Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth

"Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."

The more I learn to understand people (myself included), the more I find that each of us brings our own eye wear to a situation. Those glasses (or lenses) help us see the world in a very unique way. As a result, we can use our experiences and the understanding of those experiences to be creative and unlock the mysteries of our world.

At the same time, those glasses can lead us to see only what we want or have been trained to see. As my friend Scott Ross​ once said, "We apply meaning where there is no meaning." We take someone's action and assume meaning based on our own perspectives, experiences, beliefs, bias, interests, and known patterns. Unfortunately, our perspectives may seem real, justified, and the truth (as we know it), but I've learned that it's not always the case.

How then do we deal with the knowledge that our perspective is not the entire truth? In my opinion, it requires one to remain open to other views, experiences, and perspectives. It is when we seek to understand the other points of view that what is true becomes clear.

"You are confined only by the walls you build yourself."

Don't Hold Back

Don't Hold Back

“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 most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. 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.” ~ Marianne Williamson

I am often reminded of this quote and I love it. Why? Because there are a lot of times that we hold ourselves back from achieving or succeeding in life. Maybe it's because we care about what other people might say or think of us. Maybe it's because we're afraid that we won't know how to handle or maintain the next level. Maybe it's because we'll have to get uncomfortable and therefore risk losing those "cool points."

Whatever it is, I am learning that playing all out is the best strategy. Taking massive action each and every day is better than not taking enough. God gave us energy, ideas, effort, and abilities that never seem to end...or at least they regenerate with a little rest. If we keep receiving it, why not use it?

I recall an interview with Michael Jackson where he said that he received song ideas from God all the time. He feared that if he didn't record or capture them in some form, God would give them to Prince instead. (Laughing)

Right now, you are destined for greatness. The question is will you walk into your greatness or allow someone else to take it instead?

Go all out today and everyday. Move with purpose. Don't play small...instead, let your light shine for all to see.

Let's go get what we came for, Champions!

Damond L. Nollan, M.B.A.

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