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It’s All About the Choices

Since you are the one that has to live with your choices, be sure they are your own. – Alan Cohen

 

We are faced with decisions and choices just about every second of every day, and after we make those choices, we have to live with them, and their results.  Sometimes we make decent choices, and sometimes not so much.  That’s okay, life is a learning process.  The thing is, if you have to live with the end result of your decisions, both good and bad, so doesn’t it make sense to make your own choices and not follow the crowd?  There is nothing worse than dealing with the consequences of a poor decision that wasn’t even your decision to begin with.

When the time comes to follow the crowd blindly, take a step back and look at what’s going on.  You may end up making the same decision as the crowd, but make sure it’s your choice and not the choice of others.

Free Will

Life is like a game of cards. The hand you are dealt is determinism; the way you play is free will. – Jawaharlal Nehru

There are certain things in life that you have no control over.  You have no control over the way people  act, what they say, or what they do.  What you do have control over is how you react to what they say and do. It’s such a huge lesson to learn.  I have people telling me all the time that something happened because so and so said this or did that, and my answer is always the same, “Bull!”  That’s what THEY did, focus on what YOU did and how YOU reacted.  You are in control of you.  You have free will, and you get to make the choices that shape your life.

 

 

From Failure to Success

It’s how you deal with failure that determines how you achieve success. – David Feherty

Life is not easy, and you’re going to try things and you’re going to fail.  It’s the way it is.  But those failures can be used as stepping stones to success.  It would be ideal if every time you tried something, you were successful.  Life would be just grand in fact – well life is NOT grand, at least not for me.  I seldom succeed at something the first time around, but it’s okay.  I use those failures to help me build a strong foundation and go from there.  I could give up, pitch a fit, whine and cry, but I can’t see how that kind of behavior would get me anywhere.  Instead, I try (I don’t always succeed with this either, lol) to learn from what I tried, tweak it, and try again.  That’s where success comes from.

Always Try

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. – Beverly Sills

We can’t always succeed at everything we attempt, and when we do fail, the feeling can indeed be crushing.  Not trying, however, is so much worse.  If you don’t try, you’ll never know if you could succeed or not, and you’ll be stuck always wondering if you ignored the opportunity for success.

So take a deep breath and take a chance.  Try.  You may not succeed, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you tried your hardest.

 

 

Which Road Will You Take?

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.  Colin R. Davis

So I wasn’t really sure about this quote, then I started thinking about Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, and I started thinking and envisioning a journey.  You start out and everything seems fine.  Then you hit your first pothole or speed bump.  The road still looks the same, but you choose to react to that pothole or speed bump is what changes that road from one of success to one of failure.  Don’t be dragged down by those pot holes and speed bumps in your live’s journey.  Don’t let them turn your road of success to a road of failure.  Look at what happened – maybe patch up that pot hole and move on.  Make good choices and good decisions and don’t let a setback become a roadblock.

So when you’re looking at the road to your future and you see bumps and holes along the way, don’t give up and don’t turn back.  It could very well be your road to success.

 

So You Had a Bad Day

There’s nothing wrong or evil about having a bad day.  There’s everything wrong with making others have it with you. – Neil Cavuto

 

So how much do I love today’s quote?  I especially loved writing it on my board today at school.  I cannot WAIT to see the responses my students have.  They really struggle with the real world application of this.  If they’re in a bad mood, the rest of the world is going to have one right along with them or they’re going to die trying.

Bad moods happen.  Without them, we can’t appreciate the good moods.  But when you are having a bad day, don’t share it with the world and try and drag those nearest and dearest to you into said mood.  Know that the day will end and the mood will pass.  And instead of trying to drag others into your bad day, do what you can to drag yourself out.

I found it very synchronistic when this article from Marc and Angel Hack Life showed up in my inbox – it’s all about reminders for when you are having a bad day.  I loved it so much, I hung excerpts from it up in my classroom :) right along with print out of today’s quote and my seven ways to have a good day.  I don’t know where I originally found it, but if anybody knows, please tell me and I will happily give credit where credit is due :)

Seven Ways to Have a Good Day

 

Talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
Look at the sunny side of everything.

Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best.

Be as enthusiastic about success of others as you are about your own.

Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

Give everyone a smile.

Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others.

What to Count

Count your blessings – not your troubles. – Dale Carnegie

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Don’t Just Hear, LISTEN!

There are many answers you have received but have not yet heard. – A Course In Miracles

 

I’m sure you’ve heard of the expression, “You can’t see the forest for the trees.”  Well this is the same concept.  How many times have you had a discussion with someone, and you feel like that while they’re hearing what you’re saying, they’re not actually listening to what you’re saying?  I think we’ve all experienced that feeling, and I think we’ve all probably done it to other people.  We need to really work on listening to what other people are saying, but more importantly, you need to listen to the most important person in your world – YOURSELF.

You know that voice that pops up inside of you and tells you to do something, or to not do something?  That voice has all the answers to every question you’ve ever had, or ever will have.  You just need to learn to listen to it.  Stop doubting yourself and your intuition and really listen.

Recipe for Success

To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you. ~ Tony Dorsett

I watch my students every day, and it saddens me so much when I realized that most, if not all of them are missing that something that motivates them.  They have nothing to hold on to, and nothing to inspire them.  They exist.  They live day to day.  I watch my co-workers and myself, try desperately to find something to inspire them, but no matter how hard they try, none of us have found that elusive, special something that reaches out and grabs these students.

I’ve thought about it a lot, and I’ve come to the conclusion that nobody can “GIVE” that elusive something to students.  They have to find it on their own – it’s something we all need to find.  Never give up looking for that something that moves you, for when you find it, you can and will achieve success!

From Disappointment comes Success

Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments. – Henry Ward Beecher

 

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