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Friday, April 22, 2011

It Couldn't Be Done

What do you think can’t be done?
What’s holding you back?
Try again. Try again today.

 It Couldn't Be Done
Poet: Edgar A. Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he'd begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

Live it LOUD!


Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Victor

How we look at ourselves and our situation does matter.
Great victories await those who can push the temporal setbacks aside.
Great victories await you today.
The Victor
Poet: C.W. Longenecker

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t
If you like to win but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win the prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

Live it LOUD!


Life Transitions: Negotiating A New You

You have an important meeting today. It’s so important that you decided to ask me along. You realize that I’ve done a lot of negotiating over the years. I may know a little something. Thanks for asking me. I won’t negotiate for you, but I will guide the process if needed.

We’re here, so let’s go ahead and get started.

Me: Go ahead and ask the first question.
You: Okay, Life, why have you given me such a raw deal?

Me: Maybe you could be more specific.
You: Let’s start with not getting into that college. What about that? I would have moved up the ladder much faster with a degree from there.

Me: Try something else.
You: While we’re on the subject of college: How could you have let me get into a relationship that was so stifling? How do I attract all the jerks anyway Life?

You: You know I’ve been working with that same maniac at the same dead-end job for 6 years. Isn’t it about time you gave me a break?

"Isn’t it about time you gave me a break?"

Me: Go on.
You:  Listen Life, you’ve watched me just barely get by in those same 6 years. Barely providing for my family. Is that funny to you?

You: You know my marriage is hanging by a string, I’m twenty pounds too heavy, and the payments on the house I didn’t even need are increasing. Damn it Life! How am I going to pay for it?

You: I can’t take it any more! It’s probably better if I just ended my problems.

You: Hello Life? Do you even care? Why does it have to be this way? Why? Why? (crying ensues)

"Do you even care?"

Me: Are you okay?
You: Yes, I just don’t get it. Why won’t Life talk to me?

Me: It has friend.
You: By silence? I want real answers. Is this supposed to be profound Life? Are you teaching me something?

Time passes.
You decide if it’s minutes, days, years or a lifetime.

Me: It’s so good to see you.
You: Thanks for being here again.

Me: Anytime.
You: Okay Life, I have something to say.

I’ve had a chance to do some thinking. I’ve read some. I’ve talked to a few folks. I realize I’ve made some bad choices and tried blaming you. I also understand that some things in life just happen, but our response is what counts. My response is what counts. I also have come to understand that you are only too willing to let folks have what they want, good or bad.

It seems that I’ve been wanting mainly bad stuff for myself. This was a really hard lesson.

It was painful to accept.

"It was painful to accept."

Still You: I’ve come to realize though, that whatever I put into you Life, I can get out of you. It seems so basic. Why didn’t I learn this long ago?

You: I wasn’t ready, was I? I was fixated on passing blame and making excuses. What was I thinking?

Still You: Oh well, I can’t change the past.
But I can determine to give Life what I want out of it.

You: You know something else Life? You won't need to peek through your curtains, to know that it's me knocking at your door. You can believe that when I want something I will not quit until I reach my objective. I have a lot of objectives so be prepared for steady knocking!
Life: Knocking won’t be necessary. You have the key.

You: Thanks for showing up.
Me: It’s you that showed up.

"It’s you that showed up."


I hope this love spreads to your innermost being. Let this be the day for you. Make it the day.

Live it LOUD!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Life Transitions: Creating A New Life With These 5 Tools

Are you ready to creat a new life? Use these 5 Tools to begin life transitions that matter.

Get outside your comfort zone.
You need to experience other things than what you've been experiencing. Growth comes with change. Change comes from stepping out. Step out of your comfort zone today, and do something that will impact your tomorrow.

Feed your mind with new and better thoughts.
Are you watching the news and wondering why you feel so crummy? Read something inspirational. Listen to inspiration. Watch a documentary or movie that is inspirational. Learn something new. Challenge yourself mentally.

You can feed your mind and watch your body deteriorate or build them both and flourish. You don't have to run a marathon. Do something small (like a brisk walk), but do it everyday.

Quit making excuses. 
You are not going to reach a goal by making excuses. Hold yourself accountable for your life. Look at what you can do. Don't limit yourself by searching for reasons why something cannot be done. Make it happen!

Quit wasting time.
You can aimlessly surf the web. You can send pointless texts. You can Facebook yourself into oblivion.
How is that getting you closer to your goals? Make today powerful. Make it count.

These tools are effective but only if used. The truth is Today Has Power...but only if you want it to.

Live it LOUD! 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Today Is That Day

Today is that day.  It is that day, but only if you want it to be.
Today can be the difference maker.
It can be the day you look back on 30 days from now, 5 years from now, or never.
How will you remember it? What will you remember it for?
Will you see it as that day that you got serious about your dreams?
The day that you were first proactive in actually making them happen?
The day that you determined that 'death alone' would stop you from reaching
what had been unattainable up until now?
Make today that day.
Set in motion a force so powerful that even 'luck' stands aside.
Let today be the day that persistence became your best friend.
Make today the day when excuses left your life for good.
Make today the day that you stop blaming others for where you are.
Make today that day.

Today is that day.

Live it LOUD!