August 2010

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Key with the word success above it

“I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career.
I’ve lost almost 300 games.
26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot…
and missed.
I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

How many times do you hold back, because you’re afraid of missing?

At work, how often do you have an idea, a suggestion, a strategy that you don’t share, because you’re sure nobody would take it or like it?
How often do you think that it isn’t worth taking the risk, because success isn’t guaranteed?
It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there, and take a chance that things might not work out the way that you want.
But, what are you losing out on if you don’t take those chances?

Some will take a chance professionally, perhaps in asking for a raise/promotion or interviewing for a new job, and if it doesn’t work out the way that they had hoped, they are filled with regret for having tried, promising never to do that again!
Others may take a risk on a relationship, and if it ends, they pledge that they won’t let anyone get that close again.
Some things don’t go the way that we wanted, and that’s ok.

Imagine how often someone like Michael Jordan misses,
yet he is one of the greatest basketball players the world has ever seen.
He hasn’t failed because he misses,
he is the best because OVER AND OVER
he gets the ball and takes the shot.

What does this mean for you, in your life?

You are not going to be ensured that everything you do will work, or will be a “win.”
But, you will never win if you don’t play.

The more risks you take, the greater the chance that you will miss, some of them…
However, ultimately the greater the chances are that you will win.
Michael Jordan has missed 9,000 shots.
How about you?

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“When you fight something, you’re tied to it forever.
As long as you’re fighting it, you’re giving it power.”

Anthony de Mello

What are you waging war against?
What struggle, issue, battle or injustice are you dragging around with you…
day after day…
month after month…
and, for some,
decade after decade?

Some are very busy with what went wrong…
what didn’t happen (and should have),
what could have happened (but never did),
what was said (and shouldn’t have been)
what wasn’t said (and desperately needed to be!)
what was done (as wrong as it was)
or what wasn’t (and now it’s too late)!

Some are so consumed with the battle that they believe they should have won,
that they can’t see the toll that this is wreaking on daily life.
Using tremendous amounts of energy, so many drag it all around, tattered and worn,
wondering why they are so tired in life,
and why it’s hard for them to see the positive and celebrate what they DO have.

Is this you?
In any way, are you in this?
Do you have any frustrations, injustices, struggles or frustrations that you keep close by,
to quickly access on a daily basis?
If the answer is yes, it’s time to make peace with them.
At this point, nobody is going to win.
And, every day you keep it with you, you are losing more and more…

Today, try letting go…
Making peace is often the only way
to finally make your life yours.

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“You can’t do anything about the length of your life,
but you can do something about its width and depth.”

Evan Esar

Read this quote…
Read it again…
And then, read it one more time.

Great news, isn’t it?!
You don’t get to control it all, but you get to decide a lot…

How are you living?
How gracefully are you navigating your daily life,
knowing that you do not have the promise of forever…
but you do have right now?

What are you doing that brings you happiness?
When do you make time for you?
How are you living your dreams?
How are you spending your valuable time?
Who have you decided to share your life with,
and are they aware at how fortunate they are to be part of your world?

None of us know when we will go…
So doesn’t it make sense to pay attention to how we are living each day that we DO have?

Your life is an amazing journey…
make sure you are awake as you live it!

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“Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.”

Jackson Brown

Did you go to the dance, but you’re hiding in the bathroom?
Or, have you just skipped the dance all together,
deciding to stay home (safely) on the couch…again?

How many of us crave a chance to be on the dance floor,
but we never allow ourselves to get on it?
How many of us dream of a different way of living and being,
yet we consistently hide from the opportunity to do so?

Whether we are staying in a job that doesn’t inspire us,
or a relationship that doesn’t nurture us,
how will anything change if we insist that nothing changes?

Opportunity for growth and change is there, but where are we?
Are we ready for action, or are we hiding from it?

We must show up for life if we are going to live it!

In order to dance, there are a few things we need to do..
We must acknowledge we are interested in dancing…
We must get ready to dance…
We must show up where the dancing will be…
And, when the music starts, we absolutely must dance!

How refreshing to note that it really is that simple?

Get off the couch…
Stop hiding in the bathroom,
or in the shadows of the dance floor…

Show up for your life!
Get on the dance floor
and when the music starts…
BE READY TO DANCE!!
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