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June 12 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes

god_is_talking_to_you_are_you_listening_postcard-p239783566993367544qibm_400Just had to post this really quick. I ran across this quote today as I was applying for jobs online.

“You can’t live in the past and expect to have a future” – unknown

It’s like God is talking to me telling me “get out of your comfort zone“, which is what my Mom told me a couple of weeks ago. Funny how things are said in totally different ways.

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April 7 – Daily Motivation – Quotes About Life – Inspirational Quotes


One day an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget.

As he stood in front of the group of high powered overachievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide mouth mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully place them, one at a time, into the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.” Then he said, “Really?”

He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the space between the big rocks. Then he asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?”

By this time the class was on to him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rock and the gravel.

Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?” “No!” the class shouted. Once again he said, “Good.” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim.

Then he looked at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?” One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard you can always fit some more things in it!” “No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

What are the ‘big rocks’ in your life? Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your dreams? A worthy cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all.

So, tonight, or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this short story, ask yourself this question: What are the ‘big rocks’ in my life?

Then, put those in your jar first.
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Fabric of your life

The Fabric of LifeWhere has the time gone? It has not gone but has been going, and continues to go into making you who you are. The moments and hours, months and years seem to pass by at an ever-quickening pace. But they are filling you up, not passing you by.

For you are busy becoming who you will become, and expressing who you are. As time moves past it is never lost, but woven forever into the fabric of your life.

It is never too early and it is never too late to fully live the moment that is here right now. And the more you make of it, the more valuable it will always be to you.

The clock just keeps on ticking, and what it measures is not what you are losing but what you are continuing to gain. You always have the opportunity to make this moment, this day, this year even better than the last, better in fact than ever before.

Time is yours in which to live, to grow, to love and to experience. The more of it you’ve known, the richer you become.

— Ralph Marston
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Today has a reason

purposeToday is as it should be. Today is the result of reasonable, visible and even predictable influences. Though many of today’s circumstances may seem unfair, unjust or cruelly random, to throw up your hands and curse them as such will only blind you to the positive possibilities.

Instead, accept that there’s a reason for today. Look thoughtfully at how you arrived at this point. Those same influences which combined to make this day what it is can be harnessed to bring you to wherever you wish to go.

Today has a reason, and today has a purpose. Today has a cause and today has an effect. Today you can plainly see what has already happened and you can directly affect what is to be.

Today is not just another day. It is clearly special, is yours for a reason and for a purpose. Put everything you have today into advancing and fulfilling those positive possibilities which are uniquely embodied in this irreplaceable moment.

— Ralph Marston
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A chance to improve

self_improvementDon’t see it as a problem. See it as a chance to improve.

You can always learn from where you are, whether it is where you want to be or not. You can always learn from what you attempt, whether it brings the results you intended or not.

Don’t spend a lot of time regretting your mistakes. Instead, transform those mistakes into improvements.

Little by little, day by day, you can constantly make improvements in your life. Very quickly, those improvements add up to create great new value in your world.

When things are going well, be thankful, and harness the energy of your gratitude to make improvements. When times are tough, use the energy of your frustration as a catalyst for making positive improvements.

Gratefully accept what is, and then look for ways to improve it. Keep reaching higher, and you’ll continue moving higher.

— Ralph Marston
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empower.146162931If you truly want to impress others, seek to impress them with who they are, rather than with who you are. Work to genuinely bring out the best in others, and they’ll certainly see the best in you.

The strongest leaders do not command, they empower. The most effective teachers do not impose their knowledge, they infect students with a passion for learning. The most successful salespeople do not trick their customers into buying, they seek to understand and fulfill the true needs of those customers. The most successful businesses do not steal value, they create and distribute it in exchange for other value.

Think of the people who impress you the most, and you’ll see that they’re the ones who are able to touch something real and genuine within you. You’re not really impressed with who they are, but rather with what they mean to you.

Think of someone you know whom you genuinely respect and admire, and that person will be someone who brings out your best. No matter what the state of the economy or job market, there is never a lack of opportunity for people who can find a way to truly bring out the best in others.

— Ralph Marston
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Seeds of thought

THOUGHTSEach moment as you move through this world, you are planting seeds. Those seeds are your thoughts. Once planted, they take root and grow into a forest of reality which surrounds you. So how is your forest growing?

Is it filled with beautiful, productive flora, growing from a steady stream of positive thought seeds? Or is it filled with gnarled, thorny, tangled vines which hold you back in every direction?

The trees that grow depend upon the seeds that are planted. Though each thought is a small, seemingly insignificant thing, once it has passed through your mind it begins to grow into something real and substantial.

Each thought combines with the other thoughts that came before it, and the thoughts that come after it, to set the direction of your reality. Even the most secret, hidden thoughts eventually become obvious because of the direction they give to your life.

You can decide how to direct your mind, and by so doing you can profoundly affect the reality of your life. Plant row after row of positive, empowering thought seeds, and they’ll grow into a rich and magnificent forest of value and accomplishment.

— Ralph Marston
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A brighter tomorrow

Even in the most difficult of times there is more reason for hope than there is reason for despair. Even in the midst of uncertainty there is an abundance of positive possibilities. Even when the world is awash in troubles, it is still filled also with real and persistent goodness.

There are times when it can indeed be difficult to see the positive side of life and yet it is there nonetheless. No matter how dark the night may be, there is always a way to move steadily and positively through it.

Whenever there is bad news, there are some people who despair, and there are others who get to work. There are some who see only bleakness, and others so see grand opportunities to make a positive difference. What happens does not matter nearly so much as what you decide to do about it.

You can make positive progress even when the world says you can’t, even when circumstances seem to conspire against you. In fact, it is during such times that those who are committed to being positive, productive and effective can have the greatest impact.

When the dark clouds gather, shine your light more brightly than ever. No matter what today is like, it’s filled with opportunities to create an even brighter tomorrow.

— Ralph Marston
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Visualize your life

Without this playing with fantasy
no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of imagination
is incalculable.
— Carl Jung

Everything that happens, comes first from the imagination. All that you have ever accomplished, you first visualized in your mind. What do you imagine when you think of your future? Do you see the problems, the things that might go wrong? Or do you see the opportunities and the triumphs?

There are no limitations in your imagination. You can visualize anything you wish. You’re not bound by physical reality, financial troubles, fear, rejection, or any of the other things that hold you back in “real life.”

Visualize the future, and let your spirit soar. Leave your limitations behind, and see your life as you would truly like it to be. The life you create, is first created in your mind. Visualize the very best, and then take the actions necessary to make it so.

— Ralph Marston
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Like Yourself

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The only way you can successfully communicate and relate to other people, is to like yourself. The more you like yourself, the more others will like and accept you. Unfortunately, many people have experiences in their past that leave them feeling unworthy, incapable and embarrassed.

That is all over now. It is in the past. The reality is that you’re an expressive, sensitive, gregarious person, if only you’ll let yourself be. It doesn’t matter what someone has said about you in the past. It doesn’t matter what shortcomings you have previously experienced. That is all history.

What matters is what you do from this point forward. Realize that you are a worthwhile, valuable person with an enormous contribution to make. Find the best within yourself and feel good about the person you are. You are a special person, and your life begins today.

— Ralph Marston
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