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09 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Are You in it to Win it? What’s you Commitment Level?

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” ~ Mario Andretti ~

The 2014 Winter Olympics have just begun, so I thought it fitting to share an opening quote from an athlete who has had an extremely successful career in his chosen field.  Was Mario Andretti committed to his craft?  You bet he was.  As are all the the current Olympians.  The Olympic athletes, be it winter or summer games, are some of the most dedicated and committed people on the planet.  They work many hours a day, studying, training, and practicing their craft.  They do this day in and day out, week after week, month after month, year after year.

Why do they train so hard?  For a chance to be the best in the world.  That’s why.  The thing I find most amazing about their commitment level is that for many of them, their particular contest may only last a  minute or two.  Many of them just train for one or two events as well.  Can you you imagine training hours, days, weeks and years for one or two events that may only take a few minutes time.  And then it’s all over?  It’s hard to imagine, but then again that’s why it’s so hard to be an Olympic caliber athlete.

What can we learn from these athletes?  Well since most of us will not end up in the Olympics, we can rule that out.  However, what about the things in our lives right now, that are important to us?  How about our relationships?  What about the new job you just took, or the new business you just started?  How committed are you to ensure their success?  What about your kids?  Their education?  Your church, neighborhood, extended family, friends?  The list can vary but it is endless.

If we can take some inspiration from the Olympic athletes and “up” our commitment level in these areas of our lives we can have a much more successful and gratifying life.  What’s your commitment level in those areas you deem important to you?  Are you “in it to win it?”  Maybe it’s time to re-energize and recommit to the important things in your life.  Use the athletes you see as inspiration.  After all, if they can be so committed for so long to participating in an event(s) for a few minutes in some cases, how committed can you be to the most important things in your life, that will last a lifetime as well?

Are you “in it to win it?”  What’s your commitment level?

In closing, here’s another great quote from one of the best female tennis players ever to live.  In reading it, ask yourself, are you the chicken or are you the pig?

“The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs.  The chicken is involved; the pig is committed.” ~ Martina Navratilova ~



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26 January 2014 ~ 10 Comments

Is Gratitude Part of Your Day?

Do you ever do the word of the year? I remember picking one last year, but then I forgot what it was. Clearly it worked really well for me. Maybe this year will be different? Whether I remember the word or not, I do need to remember the action..


… Be thankful for what I have in my life instead of focusing on what I don’t have.
… Be thankful for the friends and family who support me.
… Write thank you notes, even when they are way, way, way overdue.
… Acknowledge past efforts of those who do things to make my life special and better.
… Let the kids know that every day they make my life better, even when there are lost goggles, spilled cheerios, and early morning interruptions.
… Give thanks to each of you for encouraging me. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:19:00 GMT

More Meditation. More Gratitude. Better Living. | Becoming Minimalist

All of man’s difficulties are caused by his inability to sit, quietly, in a room by himself.” —Blaise Pascal

The life worth living is one centered on the passions and values we hold most dear. And that is why solitude and meditation matters.

Many people go through life with no clear sense of their true values. Instead, their lives are molded by the voices that bombard them each day from the Internet, television, radio, magazines, and celebrities. Their desires are ever-changing and are quickly swept away by the newest fashion, most recent technology, or opportunity for financial gain. Their lives are no longer centered on their personal passions and values.

In contrast, firm conviction leads to an intentional life. It is not tossed about by the culture. It is built on the things you hold truest in your heart. And no new advertising campaign is able to shake it.

Meditation provides the opportunity to find that conviction. It slows our mind, calms our spirit, and centers our soul. It removes our mind from the culture of consumption that surrounds us and centers us on something greater and more fulfilling. It draws us out of the finiteness of the visible and dares to connect our souls with the invisible. It provides opportunity to identify our desires, articulate our values, and align our pursuits accordingly.

In quiet and solitude, our mind gravitates towards the more important things—the most valuable. Rarely, in times of meditation, do we dream of nicer cars, bigger closets, larger wardrobes, or more expensive watches. Instead, we naturally focus on our souls, our families, our friends, our health, our significance, and our greatest ambitions.

Another benefit of meditation is that it leads to gratitude. Gratitude leads to contentment. And a contented heart is free to pursue anything it desires.

Unfortunately, we live in a culture that preaches discontent. A society built on the foundation of consumerism must attack gratitude—only if they can sow discontent in our lives can they sell us on their new product or latest version with new improvements. But those who find gratitude in their current existence will be less influenced by those empty promises.

A grateful heart admits that there are bigger forces at play in our lives than our own accomplishments and that we are who we are today because of the sacrifice and investment of others. Gratitude grounds us and focuses our lives on others.

It is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. And that gratefulness quickly leads to a satisfied, simplified, focused life.

More meditation. More gratitude. Better living.

Begin your own practice of meditation.

Find a quiet moment. Choose a time of day that provides opportunity for a quiet moment without distraction. This may be in the morning before your family wakes up, in the evening after they go to bed, or at some point in-between (during a lunch break, before the workday begins, or while your new baby naps). Choose a time of day that is repeatable.

Find a quiet place. Meditation can happen anywhere, but a quiet place is always best. Evaluate your surroundings for not just noise clutter, but mental clutter as well. For example, if you find it difficult to slow your mind in a messy room or in the office where you work, relocate yourself elsewhere.

Find a quiet mind. The most difficult part of meditation is learning to quiet yourself. At first, your mind will not know what to do with the silence and will fill the void with restless activity. Sometimes you need to ignore the distraction. Focus on your breathing. But other times, you’ll need to pursue the voice fighting for your attention. Over time, you’ll quickly learn the difference.

Set aside a few minutes. If you have never meditated before, start small—even 5 minutes can be very significant. If you can meditate longer, do it. I find new waves of thought to resurface every 10 minutes with each revealing a deeper level of heart evaluation.

Introduce any specific spiritual components. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, meditation holds rich benefit for your life. But if your spirituality is important to you, you may find value including specific elements in your meditation: prayer and/or sacred texts, for example.

Just like every endeavor, meditation takes time and practice. So don’t get frustrated at first. And don’t get down on yourself if you miss a day. Just try again tomorrow—or for the first time.

http://www.becomingminimalist.comMon, 20 Jan 2014 14:53:45 GMT

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05 January 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Serving Others – the Way to Fulfillment

Helping Yourself by Serving Others – How’s Your Family

Acts of service whether large or small help families feel connected and teach children the gifts of empathy, giving and gratitude.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”  -Mahatma Gandhi

“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.” ― Mother Teresa

This is the time, beginning with Thanksgiving and lasting through the arrival of the new year, that most people think not only about themselves but also about how to help others less fortunate. It is impossible to turn on the news without seeing the needs of others in your community or elsewhere in the world.

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24 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Pope’s Approval Rating Soars

CNN Poll: Pope’s approval rating sky-high – CNN (blog)

BBC NewsCNN Poll: Pope’s approval rating sky-highCNN (blog)(CNN) As Pope Francis prepares to celebrate his first Christmas at the Vatican, Americans’ opinions of the pontiff appear to be as high as the dome on St. Peter’s Basilica, according to a new survey. A CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday …Italian nun: ‘I got a phone call from Pope Francis’BBC NewsPope Francis’s Reforming Zeal Captures The WorldSky NewsPope’s Approval Rating Soars: CNN PollHuffington PostUSA TODAYᅠ …

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21 December 2013 ~ 0 Comments

A Touching Rendition…

O Holy Night – Incredible child singer 7 yrs old – plz “Share”

Watch this beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night.”  This was dedicated to the little girl’s mother who died of ovarian cancer a year earlier.  Very touching…

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