What’s your quest?

“Climb your own Everest.”

Create a quest.  Your own personal quest.  Become your own hero.

Most people don’t.  They get busy with the inconsequential, day to day mundanities of life, and fail to notice the summit in view.  They fail to take on the challenge of the climb and forfeit the experience of the breathtaking vista that was there to behold.

What is your quest?  It can be any goal that in its pursuit leads you to reach your higher self – to discover the hero in you.

When you eventually leave this world, go out with the knowledge that you managed to play your best game.

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When you least expect it…

“The best way to get approval is to not need it.” – Hugh MacLeod

Affirmation, approval and applause are not the ingredients of excellence, nor the requirements for success.  They are feedback, they are outcomes that may, or may not, motivate you.

Motivate yourself.  Become a fan of you.  Become a fan of others too.

Today, why not make someone’s day? Send some positive, enabling fan mail.  Be ready to show appreciation without expecting anything in return.  Who knows what will happen?   The return route of good karma shows up when you least expect it.

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Build the blueprint

“We do not get better without structure.” – Marshall Goldsmith

When you create structure, you get focused.  The roadmaps, the blueprints, the habits and routines you design keep you on course.  They purposefully limit your options, they enable you to more precisely target and pursue what you want.

Chefs follow recipes. Physicians follow protocols. Builders follow blueprints.  You too, must create your roadmap, your design, your series of repeatable processes that lead you toward your goals.

Goals alone won’t get you there.   Get structure and get better.

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Push, probe, explore

“When you know more, you can do more.”

Choose to end today knowing more than you did yesterday.   Don’t just float through the day.

Learn from the day.  Ask questions.  Push.  Probe.  Explore.

Open a book.  Attend a seminar.  Get excited about growing your mind.  When you know more, you do more with your wonderful life.

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The art of persistence

“The first draft of anything is sh*t.” – Ernest Hemingway

You finally get bold enough to attempt.  You finally do it.  Yet the result is underwhelming.

Get over it.   The path to excellence, the path to remarkable, the path to singular achievement is littered with the debris of initial starts that were merely average, insufficient, failing to align with the dream.

And that’s why persistence matters.  That’s why Hemingway, in a 1958 interview with the Paris Review, shared that he rewrote the ending to his wartime masterpiece “A Farewell to Arms” 39 times before he got it right.  Research of his papers after his death showed the number was more like 47.

The art of achievement is largely the art of persistence.  Hang in there!

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Ask the questions

“Life isn’t about finding the answers.  It’s about asking the questions.” – Brian Grazer

Curiosity pulls you into life at a deeper level.  Into the unfolding details – too often obscured – of your own life.  Into the unseen, unknown details of others. Into the unfolding wonders of the universe.

Ask the questions.  Get interested, and in the process become more interesting.  Ask the questions, and in the process connect with others at a more intimate level.  Ask the questions, and in the process discover your humanity.

Know that the beauty of curiosity is more about the incredible, winding, circuitous journey of personal discovery and growth,  and less about reaching some final answer.

Get seriously curious, and in the process become a better you.

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Take your power back

“Take your power back.”

You created the excuses, and in doing so gave the challenges you face power over you.

Stop your attachment to the excuses.  Quit defending them.  Let them go, and open yourself to unknown possibilities.

Recognize, today, that it’s okay to ditch the excuses and take your power back.

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A life without BS

“What comes out of your mouth comes into your life.” – Jen Sincero

Think.  Think before you speak.  Think about your inner dialogue too.

Too often we rush ahead and just say something, anything – to be heard, to fill space and time.  Too often we thoughtlessly vent anger and frustration.  Too often our dialogue is carelessly improvised in the wrong spirit.  Once the words are released they can’t be rewound or erased.  They stick around for a while, maybe forever.

When you talk BS, you get BS back.  Choose to live without the BS.

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What drives you?

“Go after what you want, or go back to sleep.  But know you can’t do both.”

Those who achieve what they want are those willing to experience difficulty in the pursuit of that which they deem worthy.  They are the ones who reject the lure of temporary tranquility, who forgo immediate gratification, who see longer term benefit arising from the elusive comforts they forfeit today.

What drives your life – what you want or what’s easy?

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Know your mark

“The number one reason people don’t get what they want is because they don’t know what they want.” – T. Harv Eker

Vague desires yield vague results.

Think before you move.  Know what you want.   Practice your next step. Move with clarity of purpose.  Move with precision.  Move with deliberate intent.

You have to know your mark in order to hit it.

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