Courage on Taking Risks

“You’re never going to steal second if you keep your foot on first.” “You’ll never get the fruit unless you go out on the limb.” Today’s message is about RISK. Here’s a poem for you… To laugh is to risk appearing the fool. To weep is to risk appearing sentimental. To reach out for another is to risk involvement. To explore feelings is to risk exposing your true self. To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss. To love is to risk not being loved in return. To live is to risk dying. To hope is to risk despair. And to try is to risk failure. So make that cold call, submit that proposal, ask that intimidating person out for coffee…because if you do anything less, you’re not a player, you’re a spectator. As subscriber Paul Hartunian always says, “No guts, no glory.” “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller   David...

Attitude

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude… I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes!   Keep honing and nurturingĀ those positive attitudes you have, lovers of life!   David...

Symptoms of Inner Peace

Wouldn’t you love to be suffering from INNER PEACE? A chiropractor named Jeff Rockwood wrote “The Twelve Symptoms of Inner Peace”. Here they are. . . 1. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience. 2. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment. 3. A loss of interest in judging yourself. 4. A loss of interest in judging others. 5. A loss of interest in conflict. 6. A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others. 7. A loss of the ability to worry. 8. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation. 9. Contented feelings of connectedness with others and nature. 10. Frequent attacks of smiling through the eyes of the heart. 11. Increasing susceptibility to love extended by others as well as the uncontrollable urge to extend love. 12. An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than to make things happen. Rockwood warns, “If you have all or even most of the above symptoms, please be advised that your condition of peace may be so far advanced as to not be treatable.” Here’s hoping your not treatable. David...

G.O.Y.A.

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle — when the sun comes up, you’d better be running. G.O.Y.A. = Get Off Your Ass In life we need to also have endurance to run as fast and as far as we can. But most important is that we also have a direction and a clear goal to where we are going. Enjoy your every step to unleash the champion inside of you. David...

THE ABC’s OF POSTITIVE THINKING

a – Avoid negative sources (negative people, negative places, negative things, and negative habits). b – Believe in yourself. c – Consider things from every angle. d – Don’t give up and don’t give in. e – Enjoy life today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. f – Family and friends are hidden treasures. Seek them and enjoy their riches. g – Give more than you plan to give. h – Hang onto your dreams. i – Ignore those who try to discourage you. j – Just do it. k – Keep on trying. No matter how hard it seems, it will get easier. l – Love yourself first and most. m – Make it happen. n – Never lie, never cheat, never steal and always strike a fair deal. o – Open your eyes and see things as they really are. p – Practice makes perfect. q – Quitters never win and winners never quit. r – Read, study, and learn about everything important in your life. s – Stop procrastinating. t – Take control of your own destiny. u – Understand yourself in order to better understand others. v – Visualize. w – Want it more than anything. x – “X-celerate” your efforts. y – You are unique in all of God’s creations. Nothing can replace you. z – Zero in on your target and go for it. Everyone has their own ABC’s in life. What matters is that you live with it as long asĀ it brings positive outcomes in to your life.   David...