How To Avoid Success

May 31, 2013

Ok hockey fans, today’s quote is from the best of all time, Wayne Gretzky. He once said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.

How true is this? I know as a hockey fan, my biggest pet peeve is when players don’t shoot the puck. Instead, they try to be too fancy or make too many passes. I always say it…you can’t score if you don’t shoot.

I apply this to life in general. Opportunities to shine and succeed are presented to you more than you realize. However, as Gretzky says, you won’t make it if you don’t take the shot. Too many times, people either wait for the perfect situation, pass the opportunity to someone else, or simply sit back and wait. I know it happens, because in the past, I’ve passed up opportunities in all three ways I just mentioned.

My title is a bit ironic, but you can easily avoid and pass up success if you don’t take the shot. To turn it to a positive, I will challenge you to keep your mind focused on success, and take as many shots as you need in order to score the goal. Unfortunately, you don’t score every time you shoot, but your chances at success increase dramatically the more shots you take.

Please don’t avoid success today or any day. When the opportunity presents itself, don’t pass up the shot. Take it yourself (and with assists from others) all the way to the goal. If you persist, you will surely score! Enjoy the blessings : )


Enjoying The Small Moments

May 25, 2013

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.  – Orison Swett Marden

I love this quote for several reasons. The main reason is that I am often guilty of waiting for “the big one”. The earth-shattering event that finally sets my life in motion towards the greatness I seek.

It is when we follow the advice of this quote that life is at its best. Enjoy the beautiful little moments that are often ignored. Take those small occasions and make them big and exciting ones. It’s all in the perspective of the mind.

Here in the U.S. we have a holiday weekend that is often spent with family and friends. Whether you are celebrating a holiday or not, I recommend you take the small, beautiful moments this weekend, and cherish them. Make them as memorable as possible, and share them with as many people as you can. Enjoy the wonderful blessings : )


How To Create Your Own Luck

March 17, 2012

I am writing this article on St Patricks Day. I have absolutely no Irish in me, but I still like to focus on some of the themes of the day. One of those themes is luck. Are we all a little bit (or a lot) luckier today?

As I reflect on the topic of luck, I ask the question…is it possible we can create our own luck? I certainly believe we have significant control over the amount of “luck” that we encounter in our lives.

Recently, I found an article that discusses the topic of creating luck in our lives, and several things we can do. I now share information with you:

  1. Maintain a positive attitude. It is more obvious to me very day that, the more we maintain a positive frame of mind towards life, the more life rewards us with positive circumstances.
  2. Listen to yourself. Make sure your language is positive and confident.
  3. Picture success. Spend time each day seeing yourself as the positive, confident person you want to be. Also see each area of your life as you would like to be.
  4. Speak up. Instead of keeping things hemmed in, don’t be afraid to speak your mind.
  5. Link up with positive people. Let their luck rub off on you!
  6. Share with others. The more we share the more we seem to get back.
  7. Laugh a lot. Luck seems to always find happy people : )
  8. Be open to opportunity. You never know which one is “the one”.
  9. Take risks. The promised land is outside of your comfort zone, so we have to go outside of that comfort zone to get there.
  10. Do a good job. It is when we do our best in everything that “luck” seems to happen.

Here is a link to the article where I received this information….http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/columnists/positive-helpful-attitude-leads-to-success-make-your-own-luck-142175653.html

I find this information very helpful. I will let you decide if a result of these actions is luck or something far greater. Regardless, may the luck of St Patricks Day be with you today. Enjoy the blessings : )


Life Is Awesome!

August 11, 2011

Sounds ironic, but I have to agree with my own title! I say this at a time where my life is very good. Nothing really great going on, though nothing really bad. 

I am finding more and more, however, that life is as great as we make it. The more “awesome” we believe it is, the more I believe we will see the reality of that.

Here’s a little activity I sometimes use in my Spanish classes. I take a word, then have my students use the letters in that word to form other related words. I came up with this one. We’ll stick to English for now. It’s the word “awesome” and reasons why life is just that. Please feel free to play along:

Awesome God!!

Wonderful blessings

Every day is a new opportunity

Sins are completely forgiven

Opportunity  – the opportunities we have in life are limitless.

My family

Excellence – God’s excellence is all around us.

Ok, so I cheated a bit and added some words. It’s ok, it’s my game anyway.

I challenge anyone else to play this word game. The more important thing to reflect on is the abundant good we all have. Some have more, some have less, but if one looks hard enough they can find it. Please enjoy the excellence in your world 

God Bless!!