Encouragement

Some ways to grow beyond our prior limits:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover."   Mark Twain

"In order to become an effective friend and leader, one must learn to be vulnerable with others and develop an ability to share feelings. It is a vital step to becoming a real person with whom others can connect emotionally."  Os Hillman,  Author of "Faith and Work"

"Do something every day that scares you."  -  Eleanor Roosevelt

"We need more of David's view of the Goliaths in our lives.  All the others thought, 'Goliath is so big, he will kill me,' but David thought, 'He's so big - I can't miss."  Attributed to John Maxwell

Quality in the marketplace:

"Take care of the customer, and the business will take care of itself."  -  Ray Croc

"Most new jobs won't come from our biggest employers. They will come from our smallest. We've got to do everything we can to make entrepreneurial dreams a reality."  -  Ross Perot

"The entrepreneur in us sees opportunities everywhere we look, but many people see only problems everywhere they look. The entrepreneur in us is more concerned with discriminating between opportunities than he or she is with failing to see the opportunities."  -  Michael Gerber
 

The importance of life planning:

"A dream without a plan is only a wish."  -  Jim Moore, Founder of The Strategic Way Consulting, 1995

"The advice to 'capitalize on your strengths and manage around your weaknesses' is easy to grasp. But as you probably know from experience, it is hard to apply.  After all, building a strong life will always be a challenging assignment involving a myriad of different variables: your self awareness (of your talents, knowledge, and skills), your maturity, your opportunities, and the people with whom you surround yourself . . . Your talents, knowledge, and skills combine to create your strengths.  For example, to confront others is a talent, whereas the ability to sell successfully is a strength.  To persuade others to buy your product you must have combined your talent with product knowledge and certain selling skills."  -  Marcus Buckingham & Donald Clifton in the book "Now, Discover Your Strengths"

"If you don't know what it is you are designed to do, then someone will sell you a bill of goods somewhere along the way that will do damage to your sense of worth, your self-esteem, and the stewardship of the gifts God gave you."  -  Richard Bolles, in the best-selling career book of all time, "What Color is Your Parachute?"


Part of the motivation behind Life Design:

"Now I want to be the coach who motivates you to action and helps you excavate the creativity God has empowered you with.  I want to shine a light on the untapped potentials that are lying dormant inside you.  That creative idea He breathed into you will work if you work it.  -  The gifts, talents, and abilities God gave you are your key to success.  He did not give them to you to be put on display behind a glass showcase.  He did not give them to you to waste.  God gave you these gifts to be poured out, used, and invested."  -  T.D. Jakes, in his powerful book "The Great Investment: Faith, Family, and Finance"


When you're going through tough times:

"Regardless of circumstances and how you feel, hang on to God's unchanging character.  Remind yourself what you know to be eternally true about God:  He is good, He loves me, He is with me, He knows what I'm going through, He cares, and He has a good plan for my life.  V. Raymond Edman said, 'Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.' "  -  Rick Warren, in his book that is impacting the world, "The Purpose Driven Life" (Part of the "chapter" for Day 22 of the 40 Days)

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  -  Jer. 29:11  (NIV)
 

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