Morning Motivator - The Power of Clarity

"Clarity of the mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves."
- Blaise Pascal

Do you know what you need to accomplish to achieve "happiness"? Are you clear that you have the "right fits" in your life? Career, significant other, living situation, health, etc... If you are unsure if you are even going in the right direction... listen up!

I had a discussion yesterday about something great that happened to me earlier this year. I had a BFO - Blinding Flash of the Obvious. I was "successful" by societal standards and no idea if I was "happy". Thankfully, I have great people around me that were supportive as I sought after the answer. After finding that I was not able to even determine my happiness - I took steps to define "happiness" in my life and help gain CLARITY to make decisive steps towards it.

Once defined, I took action. Some decisions have been very hard, some very easy, some good, some bad and some are yet to be made. I DO know that I achieved CLARITY and am making the FOCUSED efforts to achieve my goals through calculated decisions. I have defined my "happiness" and feel confident I know what needs to happen to get there... and stay there!

I hope you have already achieved CLARITY, however if you are seeking this CLARITY in your life, let me know - I will gladly assist you in the ways I am able. Make today a day of accomplishment and this weekend a time of relaxing.


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Morning Motivator - Take that First Step

"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing and be nothing."
- Elbert Hubbard

No one likes to be judged or critiqued AND everyone wants to be successful. How can one be successful without criticisms?

I, like many, desire to be liked all the time. I do not want people to be frustrated, disappointed or upset with me...ever. What I do know is that in order to GROW - there will be growing pains, so let's accept them.

I challenge you to find a successful person - personally and professionally - that has not failed, been criticized or disappointed others. Now, I challenge you to subside your fears of rejection, disappointment and failure in lieu of ACTION. Make your move and do it confidently... You will be surprised how good it feels and the rewards you reap!



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Morning Motivator – The Greatest Thing to Happen to Me

"Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out."
- John Wooden

I have always appreciated the "Power of Positive Thinking" and the idea that nothing in your life is ever "bad", rather a new opportunity to GROW - LEARN – LEAD. How many people do you know that had "terrible" things happen and come out a stronger, more complete person? I bet you know at least ONE… it may be yourself.

As many know, I suffered a serious leg injury almost 5 years ago. Playing basketball, I broke my lower right leg in 3 places, literally breaking my shin in half. I underwent major surgery to repair the broken limb and endured 12 months of rehab from the injury – nearly 4 months in which I was not able to even stand on it. At that time, if asked, I may have told you it was the WORST thing to ever happen to me… later did I realize it was the GREATEST!

How could shattering a leg and not walking for 4 months be so GREAT? Simply put, it gave me time to think. Think about who I am and want to become. Think about what makes me happy and what I need to do to grow my happiness. Think about what SUCCESS is to me and what actions I need to take to attain my dreams. Very few people are given the gift of 4 months off work to THINK about their life and how it should be shaped. For this I say - it was the BEST time ever spent in my life.

You must know that no matter what challenges you are facing, you have the ability to make greatness arise from it. You can choose to make a "terrible" situation… a GREAT one. Your tasks are to always maintain a positive focus, follow your dreams and trust that situations happening in your life (good or bad) are exactly what is supposed to be.


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Morning Motivator – The Power of Hope

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
-Dale Carnegie

Have you had a rough day or week recently? Are you feeling painted into the corner personally or professionally? We ALL get there… you are not alone!

Do you know what the most exciting thing about HOPE is? Hope is ALWAYS there. Hope is the light that guides your passions. Hope is the fuel that powers your motivations. Hope is present even when you think it is not.

Think on this - What is your greatest achievement? Did you have to overcome "the odds" to accomplish it? Did you even think it was possible when you started? The HOPE and FAITH you hold in yourself and your abilities is the driver that will lead you down a path of success, fulfillment and enrichment.

You ARE in CONTROL of YOUR life! You make a choice everyday what to do with it. Embrace your hopes and take action towards fulfilling your dreams… and remember to share that passion with the people you love around you.


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Morning Motivator – What is Fear?

"When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation -- it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams."
-Les Brown

What are you afraid of? This is a tough question that most of us do not want to answer. We fear the question itself as it tells us we have a weakness, insecurity or a flaw…

Why are you afraid? Fear is most often generated by a lack of knowledge and experience.

I am fearful of many things. Often I am fearful of what I THINK the situation is and carry my personal emotional security too close to let go and explore the opportunity in front of me. Have you ever missed out on something great because you were too scared to take the first step?

Today is your day to be bold and courageous! Do not let fear dictate your life. Educate yourself so that you can overcome your fear and remember that often the best educator is EXPERIENCE. Take your most simple fear today and attack it – you will find pride and a sense of accomplishment on the other side!

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