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10 Quotes on Courage and a Resilience

Happy Today!

Earlier today I spoke with a dear friend who is struggling with adjusting to her new normal. You see my friend is the quintessential definition of a well put together woman – she is beautiful, dignified, fashionable, educated, entrepreneurial and fiercely dedicated to those she calls a friend.

A few months ago, she received a medical diagnosis that as answered a lot of questions regarding symptoms she has experienced off and on for a few years. The diagnosis also dashing the newlywed bliss she was enjoying and made her realize that her life would never be back the way it was. Her disorder which is similar to lupus gives her moments of weakness and fatigue.

But she never gives up!

She is still dressed as if a photographer is awaiting her arrival no matter how bad she feels.

She is the epitome of Courage Re-Defined.

She is resilient.

In honor of my dear friend and others who are struggling with medical conditions or life in general, here are 10 quotes on courage to give you extra strength.

1. “What would you do if your weren’t afraid.” – Sheryl Sandberg

2. “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center if gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey

3. “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.” – Audre Lorde

4. “You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.” – Stephen C. Hogan

5. “The longer you’re not taking action the more money you’re losing.” – Carrie Wilkerson

6. “The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don’t give up.” – Robert Tew

7. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you…never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

8. “Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive.” – Jean Chatzky

9. “Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” – Mary Holloway

10. “Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before.” – Elizabeth Edwards

Til next time,

“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” – President Theodore Roosevelt

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The Ken Coleman Show: Recommended Listening

Happy! Happy! Today!

Whatever the day is for you, I hope you have the opportunity to do something that edifies you. This morning has included a bit of cool air as we walked out the door. The breeze made me appreciate the comfort of my car and the ability to listen to podcasts while I traveled.

Today I chose to start my day listening to The Ken Coleman Show. If you have never heard of this podcast, you definitely want to start. Ken Coleman is well known to listeners of Dave Ramsey’s Podcast Entreleadership. He is the host of this show as well as his own daily podcast which is actually a replay of his Sirius radio show.

While I like the Entreleadership show, I can relate to the Ken Coleman Show on a personal level. Ken, hope he won’t mind me being so informal, indicates in his show that “life is too short for a boring 9-to-5 job.”

The Ken Coleman Show website explains his show this way – “The Ken Coleman Show is a daily radio show that will help you make your dream job a reality.” During each show he helps callers find their sweet spot by listing their top 3 talents and skills.

Participants who are looking for their dream job are also encouraged to download and use his resume builder template.

Today I listened to the episode – “What To Do When You Encounter Negative Feedback” but I also recommend listening to episodes:

“Ask These Questions to Figure Out Your Skills and Passions”

“3 Enemies to Purpose”

“I’m 61 And Have Never Had A Dream Job, Is It Too Late?”

I must say I do not listen every day but I do listen a few times a week at least 2 episodes at a time. My hubby introduced me to this show and it is one of the better recommendations I have had in a long time.

If you are looking for a dream job or interested in changing careers or maybe enhancing your life, this is a show for you. Try it out and let me know which episode you listened to.

Til next time,

“Life is too short for a boring 9-to-5 job” – Ken Coleman

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Courage Re-Defined

Happy Wednesday!

The piece of advice I wish I had known BEFORE I embarked on the path of entrepreneurship – you have to be courageous.

Courage as defined by Dictionary.com is “the quality of mind or spirit thatenables a person to face difficulty,danger, pain, etc., without fear; bravery.

It takes courage to acknowledge the desire to be responsible for your own life. Courage to leave the safety and security of working for someone else whether immediately or within your timeline. The bills do have to be paid and if you do not have a financial support partner while trying to make your business profitable, the need for a paycheck can paralyze you.

It takes courage to be face rejection when a prospect chooses not to work with you, a manuscript is not accepted or the revenue is nonexistent at the beginning. These things are true and they have to be faced and understood. But the fear and the uncertainty is worth the rewards when you make that first sale or land that first client.

The rewards are why I prefer to use the definition of courage that was articulated by President Theodore Roosevelt – “Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.”

This entrepreneurial journey is one which includes a myriad of conflicting emotions. There are moments of pure bliss from the successful client pitch which results in a signed contract. There are other times when you are functioning as the CEO (Chief Everything Officer) that you have to wonder if it is worth the trouble.

While we have discussed entrepreneurship in this post, but courage is an integral element to your daily existence.

Courage will get you through the hard times which will occur in life.

Courage will make the good days better.

Courage will help you see opportunities within your barriers.

Courage will remove procrastination and lead you to work harder each day.

Courage helps you find the resources to care for your family.

Courage will make you…

And you find at the end of your life journey or trial, courage made you stronger.

Til next time,

Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Three Success Reminders from Kids Soccer

Happy Saturday!!

I am a soccer mom.

Both of my boys (age 4 & 8) play for a sports league which allowed them to begin this journey at age 3.

You did see I typed age 3 right?

I ask that because some coaches and parents are brutal. They take this very seriously and I have to wonder when they are yelling at my Win’s team of 5 & 6 year olds (he is the only 4 year old on the team – yeah Win) – why can’t we let kids be kids?

Is it wrong that I want children to be allowed to be children? I cringe when I hear chants like “crush them.” I don’t want my baby to be crushing anyone yet BUT I do want them to win.

Win’s coach teaches them various plays and positions he wants them to take on the field and at times it seems like we have as much to remember with soccer as with school. I understand the viewpoint of his coach and I see the improvement each week.

While there are things I am still getting accustomed to as a soccer mom of 2, the sport is changing my perspective on competition and winning. Its also reminded me of three things:

1. Practice = Improvement

I’m thankful for the competitive environment which teaches him that when he practices consistently, he improves. When he improves, his team improves.

2. Teamwork

It feels me with pride when he counts the number of assists he has in addition to the number of goals, this shows me he is learning the value of teamwork.

3. Don’t dwell on defeat

The excitement he shows when they win is nothing compared to the joy I felt when he realized they lost a game and then responded, “Oh well mom next week will win.” He’s four and he reminded me to not let one defeat get me down.

While I still am uncomfortable with the taunts from the adults in the crowd, I am pleased that Win remains excited to practice and to play. Who knows I may even learn what the dead ball means the next time I hear it.

Til next time,

“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.” – Pele’

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What Is My Purpose in Life?

Happy Reading!

Purpose is the point at which your talents, skills, abilities and gifts intersect with a void or a need in the world around you. What is yours?
— Read on www.success.com/what-is-my-purpose-in-life/

Great resources should be shared and not hoarded. Simon T. Bailey is one of those resources. Hope you find his article inspiring and useful to your life.

Til next time,

“You weren’t born to fit in, you were born to be brilliant” – Simon T. Bailey


Thankful is About Perception!

Happy Friday!

No matter the week, month or year you have had til this point – there is at least one thing we can be thankful for. I know there are some of you, myself including, that have an easy time reciting the problems within our lives but seem reticent to find the silver lining of each day.

Today if you find the silver lining to be more tarnished black and in need of polishing, here is a great example of thankfulness:

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.”- Buddha

Now Buddha had the right idea! There really are a multitude of things we can be thankful for when we look for them.

Take a few minutes to add one item to your agenda – LOOK FOR THE GOOD. Remember Happiness Is a Choice. What choice will you make today?

Til next time,

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me …. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt Disney

Side Note: Is it me or does Walt Disney motivate you to create something?