These are three posts from Chris George’s Facebook page this past week.
These are three posts from Chris George’s Facebook page this past week.
Weekly, By George shares dozens of provocative thoughts on the pages of this journal, on our Facebook page and with our regular tweets of quotes and quirky observations. We connect daily to provide inspirational thought, motivation – and fun into the work day.
Provoking Thought. Providing Thoughtfulness.
We have available three striking posters that feature evocative quotes and remarkable imagery. The By George Inspirations are plakmount 18 x 12 inch posterboards, sure to draw attention and stir conversation at your workplace or in your home. (These posters also make thoughtful gifts and remarkable recognition awards.) You can order your copy of Theodore Roosevelt’s classic “critic” quote, or another of the profound posterboards available at our By George Store.
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Here are 25 of our most recent FAV tweets from the By George Journal Twitter stream:
They are great missives that you can use in your daily encounters.
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Over the past few days, By George has re-posted our top-15-favourite wall posters of 2012 on our Facebook page. Readers will know that in past commentaries, we have argued the notion that FB wall posts are modern man’s hieroglyphics. When you skim through a FB timeline, it is akin to gazing over a wall in a pre-historic cave dwelling.
In featuring our favorite wall posters on Facebook, we are recognizing and celebrating those core messages By George strives to re-enforce in all its projects and writings. Our drive is to foster self-awareness, purpose and compassion in an increasingly complex and troubled world. Our editorial mission is to provide provocative and thoughtful ideas through articles in this writer’s blog, daily tweets @ByGeorgeJournal and, yes, the wall posters on our Facebook page.
Here is the #1 wall poster from 2012. You can view all 15 of our favourite posters by visiting the FB page of Chris George.
In Meditations, Marcus Aurelius provides us with a very sobering view of one’s own significance. In a powerful way, he speaks to the need for each of us to seize the moment, live each day as if it’s our last, and appreciate the lightness of our being. Here are a few remarkable statements about time and man’s significance:
(ed. – Excerpts taken from a 1862 translation by George Long.)
Day-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?
Anders Ericsson,FloridaStatepsychology professor, has presented us with a “deep practice” method that will produce lifelong “improved performance in a specific domain.” Follow these five steps (for a decade-plus) and you can become a master of your desired endeavor.
Here are 25 of our most recent FAVs as tweeted @ByGeorgeJournal. We welcome you to join us on Twitter to receive daily #quotes that will #inspire & #motivate
Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninius) was a Roman Emperor 161 – 180 AD. He is a world-renown Stoic and author of an ageless philosophical piece called “Meditations.” Here are 15 remarkable musings from the works of Marcus Aurelius.
By George Journal offers e-books, posters and other materials that serve as sources of inspiration and motivation – all available on-line in our By George Store.
Our latest addition to the store has been a series of scenic note cards featuring David Demoe’s trips to Africa, California, Nova Scotia, as well as his local treks through the Niagara Region. (The accompanying photo displays the seven remarkable photos that grace the cover of these blank-inside note cards. Click on the image to see larger, clearer photos.)
There are also available 3 striking By George Inspirations posters that feature evocative quotes and remarkable imagery.
We currently have four publications on the e-bookshelf: Becoming Better Communicators – a self-empowering handbook to improve your workplace and social exchanges; A Day in the Life of Man – Sustenance for the Soul – a moving collection of verse, thoughts and quotes; 1001 Quotes on Politics, Elections, Democracy and Government – a compilation of favourite, remarkable quotes; and, By George Treasury – a potpourri collection of the very best from the early years of By George.
There is also a selection of memorable one-pagers – Bulletin Board Wisdom – that are free to print off for use in your workplace or at your next social.
All materials can be purchased via PayPal in the By George Store.
Success is … more attitude than aptitude.
Count your age by friends, count your life by smiles.
Seek joy in what you give not in what you get.
It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
Talk less – say more.
It’s better to be trusted than liked; so, under-promise and over-perform.
Failing to prepare, we prepare to fail.
Failure is the path of least persistence.
It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
If you don’t care where you’re going any road will get you there.
To succeed do the best you can, where you are, with what you have.
Well done! is better than, Well said!
Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.
Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.
The greater part of progress is the desire to progress.
For every person who climbs the ladder of success there are a dozen waiting for the elevator.
An ego trip won’t get you anywhere.
If you want your dreams to come true, don’t oversleep.
Happiness is the place between too little and too much.
A turtle makes progress when it sticks its neck out.
A natural tendency is to want to be understood rather than understand.
If you don’t lie down no one can walk on you.
People don’t fail, they give up.
The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime.
Smile, it takes only 13 muscles – a frown takes 64.
You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
Modern-day maxims certainly do not have the “weightiness” of those traditional aphorisms from ancient Greece and the Enlightenment Period, but there still is an element of truth twisted into these short, pithy sayings. Last Fall, By George Journal editors provided three posts with 200 or so modern statements of principle and advice. Here is a link to those three postings.
Business Insider magazine recently published a list of the “top 100 motivational quotes.” By George Journal has taken the liberty of presenting the “top 10” from that list.
To view the full 100 quotes in the Business Insider list, here is the article.
Need an inspirational break, or a motivational boost? Here are some probing thoughts and questions to pose to yourself. Through reflection, you just may clear that mental hurdle and complete your day “in a sprint.”
10 morning thoughts to a productive day
3 questions to help you through your day
3 pointers for the end of the day
This post has been inspired by the constant chirping of Mindful Spark, a Twitter feed @MindfulSpark.