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My COLLECTION of words!

You are either a person who enjoys collecting things or you are not.
When I was growing up I played with different “collections”. My earliest collection was trolls (The silly looking creatures with crazy colored hair).When I collected all I wanted or they lost there value to me I moved onto another collection… My collections ranged from beanie babies to spoons to barbies. None of these collections still intact today.

In the present I am not a collector of any one material thing. Although my husband would probably disagree and show you to my closet where he will point out my collection of shoes, handbags, belts and clothing, my response - clearly not a collection just an occupational hazard of working in retail. 

Instead of collecting material things I collect words. 
This is something that has just happened. It wasn't something I sought out to collect. Besides you are probably reading this not understanding what I even mean by saying I collect words. How can you collect words?

Let me elaborate.

  1. Books – I love to read. You suggest a book and I will give it a fair shake. I love the way the words dance on a page – It is fascinating to me.
  2. Journaling – I love to write. I have done this on my very public blog and I also write for myself, the only audience of my journal – ME. I use the words I write to reflect where I have been and where I want to go.

Words are power. I believe this with every fiber in my being. What you say to yourself manifests itself into reality.

So I created a simple habit about a year ago. 
I committed to spending 15 minutes a day on me and my personal development. The 15 minutes I delegated to myself was spent finding a quote or a story that would motivate me forward.
The thing I love about inspiring quotes is they pack so MUCH wisdom in so few words. Some are mind and heart opening – Just reading them has the power to give you an “ah ha” moment.
So I made the decision that during my 15 minute a day habit I would document each quote and write about each story. I did this so I would have a collection of words that spoke directly to me. This way at any time I could reflect and come back to each quote, lesson and story I collected.

Today I am sharing my collection of words with you as well as what I am calling my journey confessions.

As I look back on this collection that I have created I am reminded and pulled back to different seasons in my life.
Seasons of leadership, seasons or growth, seasons of uncertainty, seasons of change and seasons of illness. There is no order to how this collection was pulled together. Each day I was pulled toward different subjects, sometimes I would pause on a particular subject longer… then I moved on.

Navigate this post as you wish…
Happy hunting for the words that move and speak specifically to you. I believe there is something in here for someone, somewhere.
(Be warned these quotes live on a 28 page word document - this is lengthy. In fact there are so many GREAT quotes this post is pin worthy)!

Life is like a combination lock; your job is to find the right numbers, in the right order, so you can have anything you want.
Brian Tracy

If we did all the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves.
Thomas Edison

If a man writes a book; let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough for my own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You can’t hire someone else to do your push ups for you

Believe nothing. No matter where you read it, or who said it, even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.

Its time to start living the life you have imagined
Henry James

You must take person responsibility. You can not change the circumstances, the seasons or the wind, but you can change yourself.
Jim Rohn

Ninety-Nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making execuse.
George Washington Carver; Chemist who discovered over 325 uses for the peanut

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.
Wayne Dyer

The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped the ball
Lou Holtz

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross M.D.

Decide upon your major definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.
Brian Tracy

It is the soul’s duty to be loyal to its own desires. It must abandon itself to its master passion.
Dame Rebecca West

The indispensable first step to getting things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.
Ben Stein

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnected yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.
Robert Fritz

Create your future from your future not your past.
Werner Erhard

The number one problem that keeps people from winning in the United States today is lack of believe in themselves.
Arthur L. Williams

You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and acting in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe the mind can achieve.
Napoleon Hill

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.
Richard Bach

You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted and lovingly positioned on Earth by the Master Craftsman.
Max Lucado

The phrase I can’t is the most powerful force of negation in the human psyche.
Paul Scheele

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That’s what makes you a winner.
Venus Williams

I’ve also been the opposite of a paranoid. I operate as if everyone is part of a plot to enhance my well-being.
Stan Dale

Every negative event contains within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.
Napoleon Hill

When life hands you a lemon, Squeeze it and make lemonade.
W. Clement Stone

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.
Andrew Carnegie

If you are bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.
Lou Holtz

You want to set a goal big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming.
Jim Rohn

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.
Mark Twain

Success leaves clues
Tony Robbins

Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
Robert Allen

The significant problems we face can not be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.
Albert Einstein

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
Albert Einstein

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.
Charles F. Kettering

To be successful you must do what successful people do and successful people are highly action-orientated.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. 
Abraham Lincoln

What we think or what we know or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
John Ruskin

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to meet it.
Jonathan Winters

No man has ever become great or good except through many and great mistakes.
William Gladstone

You can never learn less; you can only learn more. The reason I know so much is because I have made many mistakes.
Buckminster Fuller

You can’t cross a sea by merely staring at the water.
Rabindranath Tagore

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. You just take the first step.
Martin Luther King

For every failure, there’s an alternative course of action. You just have to find it. When you come to a roadblock, take a detour.
Mary Kay Ash

We come this way only once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope that we get to death without being too badly bruised or we can live a full, complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams.
Bob Proctor

Progress always involves risk; you cant steal second base and keep your foot on first.
Frederick Wilcox

Authority is 20% given and 80% taken… so take it.
Peter Ueberroth

Do you want to be safe or good. Or do you want to take a chance and be great?
Jimmy Johnson

Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. 
Ray Bradbury


Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert Kennedy

If you want to achieve a high goal, you are going to have to take some chances.
Alberto Salazar

The secret to my success is I bit off more that I could chew and I chewed as fast as I could.
Paul Hogan

If people knew how hard I worked to gain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem wonderful at all.

Pain is only temporary. The benefits last forever.

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.
Albert Einstein

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
Wayne Gretzky

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
Benjamin Franklin

There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying things which are beyond the power of our will.

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than attempting to satisfy them.
John Stuart Mills

You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy

Action may not always bring happiness;
but there is no happiness without action
Benjamin Disraeli

Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.
William Ellery Channing

Confession #1
I HEART Oprah. I have had her show recording on my DVR for years. I used to take 2 hours a week and hand pick which Oprah Winfrey Show’s I was going to indulge in. I couldn't help it. I turned to her when I was in need of a good-soul cleansing “ugly cry”.
Oprah opened my eyes to see my life from new perspectives by introducing me to other everyday people like me who were leading extraordinary lives.
Did she ever get on my nerves – Yes; who doesn't but I always go back to the tiny lessons that lived within a show. The reassurance that I am good enough even when I fear that I am not and lastly the belief that I matter and I can make a difference in this huge world of ours.
So I dug through my journals and picked a few lessons and wisdom that I picked up from either her or her amazing guest:
  1. Use your life to serve the world (Blessed to be a blessing)
  2. Turn your wounds into wisdom
  3. Be your best self
  4. When you know better, you do better – Maya Angelou
  5. I trust that everything happens for a reason, even if we are not wise enough to see it
  6. When your child enters the room, does your face light up? – Toni Morrison
  7. What God intended for you goes FAR beyond anything you can imagine
  8. Take responsibility for the energy you bring to me. (Dr. Jill Bolt Taylor)
  9. We often block our own blessings because we don't recognize we're worthy enough.
  10. Choose love over fear.
  11. Nobody but you is responsible for your life.

To follow with my confession #1 here are some of my favorite Oprah Winfrey Quotes:
For everyone of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn't always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school.                                                                 Oprah Winfrey

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.
Oprah Winfrey 

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
Oprah Winfrey 

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey  

Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.
Oprah Winfrey  

I am a woman in process. I'm just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.
Oprah Winfrey  

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
Oprah Winfrey  

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
Oprah Winfrey  

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.
Oprah Winfrey

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
Oprah Winfrey  

The struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me.
Oprah Winfrey 

I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.
Oprah Winfrey

Thanks OPRAH!

No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night.                                                                                                  Theodore Roosevelt

Failure is just a rehearsal; success is the main event.
Felix Opaleye --- Nigeria

Don't follow others; be followed by others.
Pratik Pancholi --- India

The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.
Martin Luther King

The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.
Blaise Pascal

The consequences of today are determined by the actions of the past. To change your future, alter your decisions today.                                                                                                  
Author Unknown

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.                                                  
Albert Einstein

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.  
Abraham Lincoln

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.                                                                                                              Alexander Graham Bell

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. 
Steve Jobs

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience                                                                                
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

There’s no next time. It’s now or never.    

For every effect there is a root cause. Find and address the root cause rather than try to fix the effect, as there is no end to the latter.

Every moment you get is a gift. Spend it on things that matter. Don’t spend it by dwelling on unhappy things.

There are no ordinary moments. There is always something going on.            
Peaceful Warrior

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.                                                                                                   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything around us is made up of energy. To attract positive things in your life, start by giving off positive energy.

Don’t put off living to next week, next month, next year or next decade. The only time you’re ever living is in this moment.

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.                                                                                                       Mark Twain

Life is a gift. Never forget to enjoy and bask in every moment you are in.

The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced 
Art Van Der Leeuw

My life is my message


Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

 Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.                                  
 Jim Rohn

Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.

One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.            
John Stuart Mill

Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life. Victor Frankl

Make your life a mission – not an intermission

Don’t let the past steal your present 
Cherralea Morgen

We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. 
Robin Sharma

The more you take responsibility for your past and present, the more you are able to create the future you seek.

Be PRESENT – it is the only moment that matters.

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present. B. Olatunji

Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.  
Ann Landers

Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go & it will be yours forever 
Deepak Chopra

Don’t put off living to next week, next month, next year or next decade. The only time you’re ever living is in this moment.

There’s no next time. It’s now or never.

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today. 
 Dale Carnegie

Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.
 Doug Ivester

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. 
Albert Einstein

To create more positive results in your life, replace ‘if only’ with ‘next time’.

We think about all of our tomorrows, but we don’t know how many they are, so let’s start making the most of our Today’s! 
Ivana Trump

The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. 
Herbert Spencer

What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.  

Everyone faces challenges in life. It’s a matter of how you learn to overcome them and use them to your advantage.

It is never to late to be what you might have been 
George Eliot

If what you are doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose

At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable 
Christopher Reeves

Remembering you are going to die is the best way to know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something 
to lose. 

You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. 
Steve Jobs

Do what you love and the money will follow
 Marsha Sinetar

The more I want to get something done, the less I will call it work
Richard Bach

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive 
Howard Thurman

All out dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. 
Walt Disney

No MATTER where you are in life right now, no matter who you are, no matter how old you are – it is never too late to be who you are meant to be 
Ester and Jerry Hicks

Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.   
Belva Davis

I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. 
Tony Robbins

The only reason we don’t have what we want in life is the reasons we create why we can’t have them.
Tony Robbins

The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.
Les Brown

Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.
Niccolo Machiavelli

No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big.
Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.
Doug Ivester

If you want something, go get it. Period.
Pursuit of Happiness 

Every man dies, but not every man really lives
Mel Gibson in Braveheart

Get busy living, or get busy dyin
Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne in "the Shawshank Redemption"

Laughter through tears is my favority emotion
Dolly Parton as Truvy in "Steel Magnolias"

The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all. 

 A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. 
Marley and Me

They can take our lives but they can never take our freedom! 

Oh yes, the past can hurt. But, you can either run from it or, learn from it. 
The Lion King

Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.  
The Empire Strikes Back

The saddest thing in life is wasted talent. 
A Bronx Tale

You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. 
The Dark Knight

With great power, comes great responsibility.  

Every man dies, but not every man really lives. 

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. 
The Princess Diaries

What is sacred? Of what is the Spirit made of? What is worth living for and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same – only love. 
Don Juan DeMarco

Keep your chin up, someday there will be happiness again. 
Robin Hood

Freedom is not just a dream.  It’s there, beyond those fences that we build all by ourselves. 

There is only one freedom of any importance, freedom of the mind. 

Fate! There is such a thing as fate, but it only takes you so far. Then it’s up to you to make it happen. Can’t Hardly Wait

The moment we stop fighting for each other, that’s the moment we lose our humanity. -2012

You are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from human relationships. God’s placed it all around us, it’s in everything, in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at those things. 
Into the Wild

Be deliriously happy or at least leave yourself open to be. 
Meet Joe Black

Happiness is only real when shared. 
Into the Wild

What we do in life echoes in eternity. 

History shows us that the people who end up changing the world – the great political, social, scientific, technological, artistic, even sports revolutionaries – are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses.
John Eliot

You will not do incredible things without an incredible dream.
John Eliot

Instead of thinking about what you are going to do when you retire, think about how you can do that now and make a living from it.

Don’t be pushed by your problems; Be lead by your DREAMS

Everything you want should be yours: the type of work you want; the relationships you need; the social, mental, and aesthetic stimulation that will make you happy and fulfilled; the money you require for the lifestyle that is appropriate to you; and any requirement that you may (or may not) have for achievement or service to others. If you don’t aim for it all, you’ll never get it all. To aim for it requires that you know what you want
Richard Koch

I am not my memories. I am my dreams.
Terry Hostetler

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Les Brown

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.
Albert Einstein

Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams you take time away from your own.
Yogi Ramen

What the mind can conceive, it can achieve. 
Napoleon Hill

20 years from now you will be disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the one’s you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover
Mark Twain

In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.
Arnold H. Glasgow

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.
Greg Anderson

“The most important thing about goals is having one”.” – Geoffry F. Abert

 “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

“Everything is always created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”

“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or a goal.” – Zig Ziglar

“The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” ~ Benjamin Mays

“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.”

Confession #2 GOAL SETTING
As you have probably noticed there is a common theme among a lot of the quotes listed… HAVE A GOAL!
For years I have read leadership books and listen to others teach on goal setting… Zig Ziglar usually mentions what he refers to as “the wheel of life”. This wheel represents each area of our lives. He believes that in order for our lives to be successful we must address each area.
The spokes of the wheel are as follows:
  1. Spiritual
  2. Family
  3. Physical
  4. Financial
  5. Intellectual
  6. Career
  7. Social

I believe he is correct. You have to set goals carefully and most importantly INTENTIONALLY in every one of these area’s.
Some area’s may come more naturally to you but what I have learned or am learning is that each require intentional effort. Regardless of how easy or hard they are for you… This is what will help me and you live a balanced life.
If you choose to leave one “spoke” of the wheel flat, you will have a flat tire and a flat tire will take more effort to roll your life forward. Don’t believe me think of a car with a flat tire…
Goal Setting:
“Goals are not wishes, dreams, or even visions. Goals are bringing those things down to earth, and with our feet firmly planted – we begin to take action steps to make our dreams come true”
What goes into making a goal:
  1. Goals must be specific and Goals must be measurable
  2. Goals must have a time limit
  3. Goals must be YOUR GOALS
  4. Goals must be in writing
“WRITE THE VISION AND MAKE IT SIMPLE” – the written goal is the breakfast of champions. You can not do big things without making your goals specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time bound and of course in writing. Remember the acronym SMART!

S = Specific 
M = Measurable 
A = Achievable 
R = Relevant 
T = Time-bound

This lesson can and should be applied to all of the spokes in your wheel.

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision” Hellen Keller
  • Being able to “see” is a skill that must be present or developed
  • People with no vision simply have jobs; they exist but are not going anywhere because they are not aware that there is anywhere to go.
  • In Proverbs the Bible says “Where there is no vision the people perish”
Goals convert vision into energy  When you lay out exactly what you want to do in detail, you immediately start feeling the room move and the earth shake.

“Goals help make great men” – J.C. Penney

 “You become what you think about, this is the strangest secret”

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Napolean Hill

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.”~ Colin Powell

“The harder I work, the luckier I get.” – Gary Player

Success is 99% attitude and 1% aptitude.

“It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar 

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” ~ Deepak Chopra

“Change is not pleasant, But change is constant. Only when we change and grow, We’ll see a world we never know.” ~From Wisdom of the Orange Woodpecker

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.”- Sri Ram

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn
“The greatest advantage of speaking the truth is that you don’t have to remember what you said.”
Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.
John C. Maxwell

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” ~ Albert Einstein.

Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. - Albert Einstein
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. - Pablo Picasso
Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
A great leaders courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.
John C. Maxwell

A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.

 “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
John Quincy Adams

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves
John C. Maxwell

Did you know the only place where success' comes before 'work' is in the dictionary

Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe the dedicated

"It's a lifestyle - train like there's no finish line."

"You focus your mind to train your body and the changes that begin to take place impact your mind as well. Dream it, believe it, and you will achieve it."

"If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you'll find an excuse."

"Be proud, but never satisfied."

"If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always got."

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog" - Magic Johnson, NBA Star

"Pain is temporary, pride is forever" - Unknown

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philosopher & Writer

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion." - Muhammad Ali, Boxer

"Try and fail is the manner of losers; try and learn is the way of the strong." - Unknown

"Suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret!" - Unknown

"Only the weak attempts to accomplish what he knows he can already achieve." - Stella Juarez Author

"Failure will not overcome me so long as my will to succeed is stronger" - Micheal S. Kirby

"If you are hurt, whether in mind or body, don't nurse your bruises. Get up and light-heartedly, courageously, good temperedly get ready for the next encounter. This is the only way to take life - this is also 'playing' the game!" - Emily Post

"The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope" - Norman Cousins Author

"That which does not kill me makes me stronger" - Friedrich Nietzsche, Philosopher, Poet, and Classical Philologist

"Fall down seven times, get up eight" -Chinese proverb

"There is nothing we cannot live down, rise above, and overcome." - Ella Wheeler Wilcox

"Success must be felt within before it can be seen on the outside." - Unknown

"There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don't allow yourself to become one of them." - Ralph Marston, Author and Publisher of The Daily Motivator

"You have to do what others won't to achieve what others don't." - Unknown

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philosopher & Writer

"Pain is only weakness leaving the body" - Unknown

"Good luck is the result of hard work and preparation" - Unknown

"Strength is the product of struggle" - Unknown

"The race goes not only to the swift nor the contest to the strong, but that's the way to bet your money" - Unknown

"How am I to know what I can achieve if I quit?" -Jason Bishop, About Bodybuilding Reader

"Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you" - Ovid

"The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground" - Unknown

"It's about mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter" -Unknown

"Tough times don't last. Tough people do." - Unknown

"We must train from the inside out. Using our strengths to attack and nullify any weaknesses. It's not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist." Vince McConnell

"The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something. You can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent." -Arnold Schwarzenegger

"There are only two options regarding commitment, You're either in or your out. There's no such thing as life in between." - Anonymous

"It's never too late to become what you might have been". -George Elliot

"Belief triggers the power to do" -David Schwartz

"Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent." - Marilyn vos Savant, Columnist

"It's about mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter" -Unknown

"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it." - Lena Horne, Singer

“The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers.” - Brian Tracy

“Your body hears everything your mind says.” - Naomi Judd

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.”  Muhammad Ali, Boxing Champion
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” - Wayne Gretzky, Professional Hockey Player

“Don't let what you can't do interfere with what you can do” - John Wooden, UCLA Basketball Coach

“I like thinking big. If you're going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” - Donald Trump

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage.” - Anais Nin

“Quitters never win and winners never quit”  - Anonymous

“To give any less than your best is to sacrifice a gift” - Steve Prefontaine, runner

“Things do not change. We change.” - Henry David Thoreau, Author/Philosopher

“Hard work is a two-way street. You get back exactly what you put in.”

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”
Lance Armstrong

Try and fail but don’t fail to try

You give what you give, what you don’t give is lost forever, this day will never come again

Just say to yourself... how bad do I want this? Am I working harder than the person who will be standing next to me?

The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.

Limitations are for people that have them and excuses are for people that need them.

“One of the first ways that I challenge myself is by making my goals public. Few things push a person like a deadline and an audience” John Maxwell

“We become the combined average of the five people we hang around the most” Jim Rohn

“You are the same today that you are going to be in five years from now except for two things: the people with whom you associate and the books you read”
Charles Jones

Whether you are a success or failure in life has little to do with your circumstances; it has much more to do with your choices.: Nido Qubein


If you are always at the head of your class – then you are in the wrong classes

The greatest composer does not set to work because he is inspire, but becomes inspired because he is working 
Ernest Newman

I am such a STRONG believer in people and in human potential – not only in others but also myself that I don’t want to put a lid on it by setting goals that are too small. 

I will end my post with a lesson I learned on my “word” hunting journey.
This is important to remember and something I have to remind myself of every day. Utilize your one year (a simple 52 weeks) to work for you to your advantage. If you don’t it will work against you… It is a simply lesson in compounded interest, but I can save that for an entirely separate post.
This past year of self discovery has change me and has put me on a new course than originally planned (more to come on this).

Just think about where you could be in a year from know if you would just…
  • Write a 1,000 words weekly – you will be able to complete a full novel or simply publish a few e-books
  • Spent time in the gym you can drop that weight you always talk about losing
We have all heard the saying “yesterday you said tomorrow” Don’t let that be you! Everyday you need to remind yourself that today is the day for you to make a change.

Time is our friend and our enemy how we chose to spend it determines which one it will be to us.

Be Blessed – 
Kelsey Garka


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