Archive for October, 2009

C. Leslie Charles, a masterful wordsmith, professional speaker, coach, consultant, educator, author of 7 books and cherished friend, sent me this quote last week:

If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. – Thich Nhat Hanh

Good thing to keep in mind the next time I’m struggling to solve a difficult problem, challenged with making a tough choice, or not being as fearless as I need to be . . . I’ve got additional experience and wisdom traveling with me. May each of us become an honorable continuation of those who walked Earth before us, extending our shared stories to new levels.

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Have you noticed that exception is typically not the key ingredient to the process of success? It’s consistency – the perhaps small, yet regular, reliable, steady steps toward that which we desire.

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
– Benjamin Disraeli

In your defined priorities of life, what’s getting less consistent attention and energy than it needs and deserves?

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How important are the people we hang with, the books we read, the media we allow into our minds, or the cultures within which we live? W. Clement Stone, said it this way:

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.

Back when I taught high school, a fellow teacher reminded me: Eventually, we become the environments we spend consistent time in. Hum, perhaps its time to take that all more seriously.

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Why is to so important to pay attention, monitor and evaluate our daily actions? Well, whatever we DO consistently will yield consistent results. Consistently performing ineffective actions will yield less than desirable results. Without examination how can we tell what actions move us closer to the life we want and what actions move us away from that which we desire?

If you develop the habits of success, you will make success a habit.
Michael E. Angier

Consistent action translates into habits. Today, how about if we all get more deliberate about developing consistent habits of success? Let’s start by paying attention to what gets us the results we want and what doesn’t. That’s a good place to start to change.

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