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10 self-motivating thoughts

By George presents a short list of constructive thoughts to repeat to yourself so that you might make the most of your day. These positive, motivating ideas will help you reconnect with your passion(s) about what it is you do best and all those things you wish to do better.

  1. Write your most important goal(s) down and be sure to look at it (at least) five times a day. Repeat your goal(s) to yourself when thinking of your next activity.
  2. Constantly picture yourself beyond your current circumstances. Dream of where you will be once you have succeeded in what you are doing.
  3. Spend your time around those who lift you up and encourage your vision, not belittle it. Pick your company wisely.
  4. Treat others how you want to be treated. Make every person you come in contact with feel good and you will get this treatment in return.
  5. Eat (and drink) to win. Eat healthy; stay away from junk food. Hydrate with water; drink less soda and/or alcohol.
  6. Exercise daily. Get a workout in at some point throughout your day. It gets your blood pumping and recharges your brain activity.
  7. Read something besides work-related materials 15-20 minutes daily. Just as our bodies need physical exercise, our minds need to stay mentally fit.
  8. Spend time in solitude to just think and visualize – and be sure to cut off all distractions. Think about yourself and who you wish to become. Forget your FB or text messages.
  9. Daily, think of five things you are grateful for… Be grateful for what you have and you will eventually end up having more.
  10. Keep a journal. Each day, record your thoughts, ideas and strategies.

In the days ahead By George Journal  will be posting inspirational and motivational articles to help our readership get in the right frame of mind for their post-Labour Day challenges. We will be referring to this series a “#onwardupward”. Check back with us right through Labour Day for posts to guide you through a full 360 degree review of your work goals and habits. In the end, it is hoped you will be better prepared and motivated to meet your challenges through the Fall months.


It’s @ByGeorgeJournal for #quotes

Twitter-LogoOur Twitter feed – @ByGeorgeJournal – offers daily quotes to inspire and motivate followers in their workplaces and with their daily activities. However, we must state that we ourselves gain a great deal of thoughtful inspiration from some remarkable people who regularly share their favourite quotes. Here is a list of 50 + quotes from our feed in the past few weeks along with a list of people By George RT’ed.

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Quotes On Motivation

  • “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot
  • “There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mendela
  • “We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.” – Albert Einstein
  • “I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”” – Muhammad Ali
  • “A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan
  • “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” – Aristotle
  • “Hope is the denial of reality.” – Margaret Weis
  • “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “The more I think of it, the more I realize there are no answers. Life is to be lived.” – Marilyn Monroe
  • “A man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder.” – Thomas Carlyle
  • “What a man can be, he must be.” – Abraham Maslow
  • “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.” — Eckhart Tolle
  • “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” – J. P. Morgan
  • “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K Rowling
  • “Always do more than is required of you.” – George S. Patton
  • “The shortest answer is doing the thing.” – Ernest Hemingway


Inspirational Quotes

  • “Anything less than everything is not enough.” – Prayer for Faith
  • “I shut my eyes in order to see.” – Paul Gauguin
  • “The quality of your thinking determines the quality of your life.” – A.R. Bernard
  • “Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it & keep it lit.” – Mary Lou Retton
  • “If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” – Anthony Robbins
  • “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden
  • “Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.” – Goethe
  • “Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future & not enough presence.” – Eckhart Tolle
  • “At the end of every hard day, people find some reason to believe.” – Bruce Springsteen
  • “Just let awareness have its way with you completely.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.” – Soren Kierkegaard
  • “Kindness is an everyday byproduct of all the great virtues.” – KristaTippett
  • “If you learn to appreciate more of what you already have, you will find yourself having more to appreciate.” – Michael Angier
  • “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda
  • “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” – Jim Rohn
  • “Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.” – Federico Fellini
  • “The quieter you become, the more you can hear.” – Ram Dass


Some Other Great Quotes

  • “The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.” – Marcus Aurelius
  • “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “In giving you are throwing a bridge across the chasm of your solitude.” – Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de
  • “Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “There is something even more valuable to civilization than wisdom, and that is character.” – H. L. Mencken
  • “You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.” – Henry D. Thoreau
  • “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” – Thomas Sowell
  • “Treat a man as he is & he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can & should be & he will become as he can & should be.” – Goethe
  • “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George S. Patton
  • “Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” – Mark Twain
  • “Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.” – Pablo Picasso
  • “All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • “The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.” – William Goldman


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The Paradox of Our Time

These are the ingenious observations of George Carlin – comments to take to heart and commit to memory…   

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Musings on motivation

  • bg115People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily. — Zig Ziglar
  • We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears. — Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    What we see depends mainly on what we look for. — Sir John Lubbock
  • Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable. — Finley Peter Dunne
  • If you do not wish a man to do a thing, you had better get him to talk about it; for the more men talk, the more likely they are to do nothing else. — Thomas Carlyle
  • The ultimate inspiration is the deadline. — Nolan Bushnell
  • There are two levers for moving men — interest and fear. — Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. — Mahatma Ghandhi
  • A message prepared in the mind reaches a mind; a message prepared in a life reaches a life. — Bill Gothard
  • Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. — Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • The best morale exist when you never hear the word mentioned. When you hear a lot of talk about it, it’s usually lousy. — Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything. — Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. — Les Brown
  • Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. — Leo Buscaglia
  • The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves. — Mike Ditka
  • Some of us are like wheelbarrows, only useful when pushed and easily upset. — Jack Herbert

(ed. – Again, these quotes were first compiled and posted in By George Journal in Fall 2009.)

Quotes by American business legend Henry Ford

  • Henry_ford_1919Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
  • Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
  • It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
  • Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
  • Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
  • You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.
  • A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.
  • It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.
  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
  • As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities.
  • Don’t find fault, find a remedy.
  • I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can’t be done.
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
  • The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability.
  • There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems.
  • There is no man living that can not do more than he thinks he can.
  • You will find men who want to be carried on the shoulders of others, who think that the world owes them a living. They don’t seem to see that we must all lift together and pull together.
  • A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.
  • Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.
  • Any colour – so long as it’s black.


(ed. – Photo of Henry Ford is taken in 1919. Credit: By Hartsook, photographer. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo of the Model T car is from 1910. Credit: By Harry Shipler [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.)

FAV quotes to motivate & inspire

Twitter-LogoThrough each day, By George provides motivational and inspiration tweets for its followers. Here are 25 of our latest favourite quotes from the past month – found on @ByGeorgeJournal

  • “The poor, the unsuccessful, the unhappy, the unhealthy are the ones who use the word tomorrow the most.” – Robert Kiyosaki
  • “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot
  • “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Melody Beattie
  • “A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” – Bob Dylan
  • “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”- Victor Hugo
  • “Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being.” – Kevin Kruse
  • “We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.” – William Arthur Ward
  • “Anything that is of value in life only multiplies when it is given.” – Deepak Chopra
  • “Find the good. It’s all around you. Find it, showcase it & you’ll start believing in it.” – Jesse Owens
  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson #Quote
  • “If you want to be happy, be.” – Leo Tolstoy
  • “Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.” – Robert Anthony
  • “Be a life long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for.” – David Starr Jordan
  • “Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.” – Bernard Baruch
  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
  • “The shortest answer is doing the thing.” – Ernest Hemingway
  • “Give up defining yourself to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life.” – Eckhart Tolle
  • “When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” – Terry Bradshaw
  • “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” – Gabriel Garcia Márquez
  • “We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.” – Benjamin Disraeli
  • “Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich
  • “Happiness depends on what you can give, not on what you can get.” – Swami Chinmayananda
  • “To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France
  • “Life is shorter than you think. You’re capable of more than you believe. Live accordingly.” – Umair Haque
  • “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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  Do what you love. Know your own bone;

  gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and

  gnaw it still. – Henry David Thoreau


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By George, what great quotes!

Each and every day via our By George Twitter feed, we provide quotes of motivation and inspiration, observations on success and character, about life and the best of life. Here are our last 25 FAV quotes from the past few weeks…

  • “Having a great intellect is no path to being happy.” – Stephen Fry
  • “Never mind searching for who you are. Search for the person you aspire to be.” – Robert Brault
  • “It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.” – Horace Mann
  • “There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” – Christopher Morley
  • “The real secret of success is enthusiasm.” – Walter Chrysler
  • “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “It’s always too early to quit.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.” – Confucius
  • “The more I live, the more I think that humor is the saving sense.” – Jacob Riis
  • “Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see farther.” – J. P. Morgan
  • “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.” – James Allen
  • “Without heroes, we are all plain people, and don’t know how far we can go.” – Bernard Malamud
  • “Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.” – Mother Teresa
  • “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius
  • “Isn’t is funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different.” – C.S. Lewis
  • “As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.” – Andrew Carnegie
  • “Success and happiness are not matters of chance but choice.” – Zig Ziglar
  • “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter”- Walt Disney
  • “Just remember…when you think all is lost, the future remains.” – Bob Goddard
  • ”Success isn’t something that just happens – success is learned, success is practiced and then it is shared.’ -Sparky Anderson
  • “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
  • “The pursuit of normality is the ultimate sacrifice of potential.” — Faith Jegede
  • “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh
  • “However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” ― Stephen Hawking

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Lessons of Life and Success

To follow up on yesterday’s post of Colin’s Powell: 13 Rules, By George reaches back into our archives to produce a short-list of “life lessons” posts that have been published in these pages. Each list of rules or lessons provides a slightly different perspective on the age old pursuit of happiness and/or success. Enjoy (and take notes).

Tolstoy’s “10 Rules of Life”

8 Lessons of Life – from 108 years old Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor

10 life lessons you should unlearn – from Martha Beck, concerned over one’s “satisfaction in life”

Carnegie’s 10 Rules of Success

Successful? Here are two lists to commit to memory – Habits and ways of rich, successful people and 9 ways highly successful people think differently

12 great thoughts on Attitude

  • bg001Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. – Winston Churchill
  • Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
  • There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate. – Robert Brault
  • My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants. – J. Brotherton
  • The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. – William James
  • Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. – Mary Engelbreit
  • It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine its successful outcome. – William James
  • Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. – Albert Einstein
  • I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else. – Winston Churchill
  • Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. – Betty Smith
  • Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there. – Norman Vincent Peale


A dozen fantastic quotes

Twitter-LogoHere are a dozen remarkable quotes from our last 20 days of own FAV Tweets:

  1. “The more I think of it, the more I realize there are no answers. Life is to be lived.” – Marilyn Monroe
  2. “Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real.” – Sarah Paddison
  3. “You never conquer a mountain. You stand on the summit a few moments; then the wind blows your footprints away.” -Arlene Blum
  4. “Don’t let a mad world tell you that success is anything other than a successful present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle
  5. “Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge every capacity to be at your best.” – David O. McKay
  6. “Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights & see possibilities.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  7. “The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.” – George Eliot
  8. “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” – Andrew Jackson
  9. “Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.” – Walter Elliot
  10. “I hated every minute of training, but I said ‘don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” – Muhammad Ali
  11. “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination & hard work.” – Colin Powell
  12. “At one point in your life you either have the thing you want or the reasons why you don’t.” – Andy Roddick

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9 ways highly successful people think differently

bg062The Financial Post’s Business Insider recently published an insightful list of how successful people think differently than everyone else. Here are the 9 differentiating factors:

  • Instead of leaving unproductive policies in place, they change them.
  • Instead of just having a job, they have a craft.
  • Instead of trying to change everything about a company, they focus on one important factor that ripples out.
  • Instead of trying to come up with something completely original, they borrow from the best.
  • Instead of following a schedule, they stick to an agenda.
  • Instead of accepting the standard definition of success, they reframe it for themselves.
  • Instead of letting big-picture thinking happen on its own, they schedule it.
  • Instead of adhering to industry tradition, they change the industry.
  • Instead of looking for the right answer, they try to find the right question.

To read insight on these factors, you can access the full article here: Business Insider.


25 FAV quotes from @ByGeorgeJournal

Twitter-LogoHere are 25 great thoughts. In fact, these 25 are our latest FAVs #quotes to #inspire & #motivate taken from the @ByGeorgeJournal Twitter feed.

  • “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.” – Linus Pauling
  • “We need not destroy the past. It is gone.” – John Cage
  • “Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them.” – Les Brown
  • “To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have.” – Ken S. Keyes, Jr.
  • “It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.” – Aristotle
  • “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
  • “Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.” – Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be part of.” – Geri Weitzman
  • “Learn from everyone. Follow no one. Watch for patterns. Work like hell.” – Scott McCloud
  • “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart
  • “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • “Never cut what you can untie.” – Joseph Joubert
  • “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” – Buddha
  • “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • “Whatever you are, be a good one.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • “The creative individual is particularly gifted in seeing the gap between what is and what could be.” – John W. Gardner
  • “One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.” – Michael Korda
  • “There ain’t no rules around here. We’re trying to accomplish something.” – Thomas Edison
  • “I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” – Walt Disney
  • “Half an hour’s meditation is essential except when you are very busy. Then a full hour is needed.” – St. Francis de Sales
  • “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss
  • “Your chances of success in any undertaking can always be measured by your belief in yourself.” – Robert Collier
  • “Success is something you attract by the person you become.” – Jim Rohn
  • “The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” – William Arthur
  • “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden


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Important Questions for the Self

mo_61Day-to-day, month-to-month, the greatest challenge we all wrestle with is our self-motivation; maintaining that inspiration and nurturing that passion to excel. Though each of us possess different dreams and we draw our energy in different ways, for a great many of us, motivation emanates from within. It is reasonable to conclude, therefore, that we should establish for ourselves a process of inspection and reflection that will foster a stronger motivation.


By George Journal present a series of important questions to pose to yourself in the quiet of each evening. These questions will help to focus your thoughts around your purpose. They will better fuel your soul with the motivation you require to tackle each and every day with vigor and determination.


1.  Consider “your life” question: What is my sentence? Think about a single sentence that will sum up your life – perhaps the lead sentence of your obituary. This sentence captures your purpose, aspirations and most satisfying accomplishment. Settle on that one sentence and then, ask yourself nightly, Am I fulfilling my purpose?


2.  Question your daily actions and thoughts, and consider that with achieving every small goal you improve. Ask the question of yourself every evening:  Was I better today than yesterday?  Set small goals to help you progress – and be realistic that you will not make some remarkable leap to the finish line in just one day. Take incremental steps – make small goals – to move you forward. Every night, review your steps and set goals for the next day.


3.  Do you feel like you need to re-focus? Consider a 360-self review. Have you set realistic goals? Are you meeting targets? Why/why not? What skills and tools do you need to reach your goals? Not happy – do your present actions align with your life question? Be brutally honest in your self-appraisal:  Am I satisfied with my performance?  Write down those actions necessary for you to improve – and repeat this 360-review within 3 months.


It was the philosopher Miletus of Thales who stated some of most powerful, self-motivating words of our human race:  “Know Thyself.”  Important questions (and honest answers) will prove illuminating and most powerful in your personal journey.


Q1: Am I fulfilling my purpose?


Q2: Was I better today than yesterday?


Q3: Am I satisfied with my performance?


(ed. – This article is a repost and originally appeared in By George Journal in October 2012.)

Challenge Yourself





If you are looking to improve your performance at work (or looking to improve your life in some way) you need to be constantly challenging yourself with pointed questions. Take the time to reflect; answer yourself straight-away and as honestly as you can.

What questions will initiate a good personal review? Here are a dozen striking probes that we suggest can affect a positive change for you.

  1. Where do you want to be in five years – and how are you going to get there?
  2. What do you want to do with your money?
  3. If you have only one word to describe your actions in the last year, what would it be?
  4. If you had to start something over, in that time, what would it be? (So, why are you not starting it over now?)
  5. What is your daily source of energy? Of happiness / satisfaction?
  6. What is holding you back in your life? (Is this a justified complaint? Or a fear you must confront?)
  7. What are you grateful for?
  8. Tell me one thing that makes you smile every single day of your life?
  9. What would be the most amazing thing that could happen to you in this next 12 months?
  10. What are three things you will do so this has a chance of happening?
  11. If you could go back in time and tell yourself something you didn’t know 10 years ago, what would it be?
  12. What would “you in 10 years” tell yourself today so you have a great 10 years in front of yourself?

(ed. – This post first appeared in the By George Journal in January 2012.)

10 actions that will change the way you look at life

These ten actions will change the way you look at life – and, in doing so, will change your life for the better. Commit to them and find a deeper satisfaction in what you do and a greater happiness within. There’s no magic here, just a lot of common sense that we’ve likely all heard from our grandparents…

  1. No matter how you feel, “get up, dress up and show up.”
  2. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Give yourself some slack where needed.
  3. Smile and laugh more. Go ahead and enjoy the moment.
  4. Act on one random-act-of-kindness each day.
  5. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  6. Take a 30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
  7. Drink plenty of water. For every cup of coffee / pop, drink a cup of water.
  8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. And eat more food that is close to its natural state, and less processed or manufactured.
  9. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
  10. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Early to bed and early to rise…

(ed. – This article is a repost that originally appeared in By George in January 2012.)

Life insight quotes @ByGeorgeJournal

In the last few weeks, By George has been tweeting some remarkable insight of life and the quality of life. Here are 25 #life #insight #quotes from our @ByGeorgeJournal Twitter stream:

  • “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell
  • “Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.” – Jose Ortega
  • “Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” – Rose Kennedy
  • “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson
  • “I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.” – Booker T. Washington
  • “The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.” – Leonard Nimoy
  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank
  • “Be a voice, not an echo.” – Albert Einstein
  • “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson
  • “When the dream is big enough, the facts don’t count.” – Randy Gage
  • “Here is the test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: if you’re alive, it isn’t.” – Richard Bach
  • “Forever is composed of nows.” – Emily Dickenson
  • “I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.” – Henry Moore
  • “There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.” – Pat Riley
  • “Difficulty attracts the man of character because it is in embracing it that he realizes himself.” – Charles de Gaulle
  • “You’ve got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.” – Ray Bradbury
  • “I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give his game of life everything he’s got.” – Walter Cronkite
  • “The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.” – Jim Rohn
  • “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson
  • “Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time” -Betty Smith
  • “Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”- Michelangelo
  • “Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be part of.” – Geri Weitzman
  • “Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.” – G.K. Nielson
  • “There are days when you just know deep in your bones that you’ve got every right to keep hoping.” – Laurel Trivelpiece
  • “It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

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Go ahead, graduates, “change the world”

This was a week of graduation ceremonies and endless addresses that told all bright-eyed and smiling students that they all have the ability to change the world – All you need to do is reach for the stars and believe…

Without seeming too cynical, I must say that I believe there is a little more required to obtain personal goals than dreaming and wishing. So does William McRaven. In a riveting commencement address, this man truly told it like it is. Here is his background and what he shared with a class of recent graduates.

William H. McRaven is now Admiral, United States Navy, and Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base. He previously served as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command, is the former Commodore of Naval Special Warfare Group 1 and Commander of SEAL Team 3. Notably, Adm. McRaven organized and executed Operation Neptune Spear, the spec-ops raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011.  Suffice it to say that Adm. McRaven knows a bit about the challenges of life and how to succeed.

What follows is a summary of his advice to graduates about how to change the world.

Adm. McRaven noted, “The University’s slogan is, ‘What starts here changes the world,'” and added, “Here are the ten lessons I learned from basic SEAL training that hopefully will be of value to you as you move forward in life.”

  1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
  2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.
  3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.
  4. If you want to change the world, get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.
  5. If you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.
  6. If you want to change the world, sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle headfirst.
  7. If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
  8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
  9. If you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.
  10. If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell.

Of that last entry, McRaven explained, “In SEAL training there is a bell. A brass bell that hangs in the center of the compound for all the students to see. All you have to do to quit is ring the bell. Ring the bell and you no longer have to wake up at 5 o’clock. Ring the bell and you no longer have to be in the freezing cold swims. Ring the bell and you no longer have to do the runs, the obstacle course, the PT — and you no longer have to endure the hardships of training. All you have to do is ring the bell to get out.

Again, “If you want to change the world, don’t ever, ever ring the bell.”

Regarding the applicability of these 10 lessons, he said, “While these lessons were learned during my time in the military, I can assure you that it matters not whether you ever served a day in uniform. It matters not your gender, your ethnic or religious background, your orientation, or your social status. Our struggles in this world are similar and the lessons to overcome those struggles and to move forward — changing ourselves and the world around us — will apply equally to all.”

Adm. McRaven closed with these words: “Start each day with a task completed. Find someone to help you through life. Respect everyone. Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up — if you do these things, the next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today.”

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Motivators Tracy, Robbins and Maxwell

The greatest motivators have provided us with sage advice when it comes to succeeding with the task at hand. Here are some bons mots from three of “the greatest” – Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins and John Maxwell.

  • “Successful people are simply those with successful habits.” – Brian Tracy
  • “The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the long term, is the indispensable prerequisite for success.” – Brian Tracy
  • “All successful people are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” – Brian Tracy
  • “It doesn’t matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.” – Brian Tracy
  • “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.” – Brian Tracy
  • “No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.” – Brian Tracy
  • “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’” – Brian Tracy
  • “Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” – Tony Robbins
    “A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Tony Robbins
  • “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins
  • “It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.” – Tony Robbins
  • “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” – John Maxwell
  • “If you start today to do the right thing, you are already a success even if it doesn’t show yet.” – John Maxwell
  • “Leaders don’t rise to the pinnacle of success without developing the right set of attitudes and habits; they make every day a masterpiece.” – John Maxwell
  • “You don’t overcome challenges by making them smaller but by making yourself bigger.” – John Maxwell
  • “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” – John Maxwell
  • “Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.” – John Maxwell
  • “People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.” – John Maxwell
  • “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” – John Maxwell