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taking inventory

Dear Readers,

In keeping with the tradition of taking inventory of what lessons have been learned during the past year, I would like to offer my year end thoughts:

First: Know that the sun rises every single day even after the darkest night. Decide to be there to watch the sunrise.

Second: Remember that the Creator is benevolent. Look to this day for all the gifts brought to you that are seldom acknowledged. An exquisite flower, a crisp breeze, a star twinkling in the midnight blue sky, the scent of a pine tree, a purring senior cat, a bonfire to gather around, fresh sheets and pillowcases, water to refresh, and the ability to look and appreciate all the extraordinary beauty the world has to offer.

Third: Be in the moment. Stay in the moment, moment by moment. The present is all we have. Longing for the past and worrying about the future are fruitless endeavors.

Fourth: Cherish hellos and goodbyes. Neither is long enough, so make the most of each one.

Fifth: Welcome change even if it’s an uninvited guest. Know that you could be entertaining “angels” unaware. Change is the one constant. Make friends with it.

Sixth: Embrace the real you. There is no one else like you in the Universe. You are truly one of a kind and put here for a higher purpose.

Seventh: Learn to love the mundane task. By polishing your skills through repetition, repetition, repetition you will shine with the stars.

Eighth: Allow others to speak and you simply listen. Good exercise in self-control and personal development.

Nine: Accept the inevitable because it always is.

Ten: Express gratitude daily for the acquaintances, friends, and loved ones the Universe has gifted you with in your life. These are your true priceless treasures.

Eleven: Memorize the following statement: Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things are changing. God alone is changeless. Patience attains the good. –St. Teresa of Avila

And, a good thought to follow every day by Henry Drummond states:

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not deter or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

Be Your Very Best Always,

Judy Williamson
Director of the Napoleon Hill World Learning Center at Purdue University Calumet

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101 Questions that Empower You

Are you asking the right questions? Inspiring minds want to know. The right question can be just the right prompt to inspire you to action, gain better perspective, or help you make the most of any situation.

Here is a set of 101 of my favorite questions that I draw from whether it’s to shape my day, solve a problem, figure out next steps, or get “on path.”

1.What’s the way forward?

2.What do you want your life to be about?

3.Who do you want to be and what experiences do you want to create?

4.How does that serve you in terms of who you are and who you want to be?

5.Are you giving your best where you have your best to give?

6.What do you want to accomplish?

7.What do you want to do more of each day? … What do you want to spend your time doing more of?

8.What do you want to spend less time on?

9.If this situation were to never change, what’s the one quality I need to truly enjoy it?

10.If not now, when?

11.If not you, who?

12.What’s right with this picture? (if you always ask, “What’s wrong with this picture?”, this is a nice switch)

13.How can you make the most of the situation? … If there are no good options, what’s the best play I can make for this scenario?

14.Who else shares this problem? … Who would solve this problem well? (a great way to find models and learn from the best)

15.What would do?” … How would I respond if I were Bob Hope? … Leonardo da Vinci? … Guy Kawasaki? … Seth Godin? … etc. (this is a great way to come up with new ideas or plays for your situation)

16.What are you pointing your camera at? (a simple way to direct your day on a scene by scene basis)

17.What’s good enough for now?

18.What can you be the best at in the world?

19.What’s the most effective thing for me to focus on?

20.Are you asking the right question? … Is that the right question?

21.How is that relevant?

22.What’s that based on?

23.What’s the goal? … What are the goals?

24.What would success look like?

25.What do you need to be successful? … What do you need to be successful in this situation?

26.Is it working? … Is it effective?

27.What do you measure? … What are the metrics?

28.What are the tests for success?

29.How do you know it’s working?

30.How do you know when you’re done?

31.What did you expect?

32.Are you creating the results you want?

33.Does it matter?

34.Will it matter in 100 years?

35.Is it worth the effort?

36.What actions have I taken? … What steps have I tried? ( a great sanity check when you’re testing your ability to take action)

37.What’s next?

38.What do you want to do?

39.What’s best for you?

40.What’s the best thing for now?

41.What’s your next best thing to do?

42.Is that a good idea?

43.So what? Now what?

44.What’s the problem?

45.What’s the threat?

46.What’s the concern?

47.When do you want it by? … You want what by when?

48.Who needs to do what when?

49.Who needs to do what differently?

50.Who should do what when?

51.What would you have them do differently?

52.What’s wearing you down?

53.What’s lifting you up?

54.Why do you get up in the morning and come to work?

55.What do you want to experience? … What do you want to experience more of?

56.What are you trading? … What are you trading up for?

57.What did you learn that you can use next time?

58.What would you do differently next time around?

59.Where’s the growth?

60.What would people pay you for?

61.Do you want to run towards or away from the problem?

62.How big is the pie, how big is your slice?

63.Does it make business sense?

64.Is it business critical?

65.What’s our capacity?

66.What’s our constraint?

67.What are the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators)?

68.What’s our core business?

69.What does the market want?

70.Is it push, pull or indifferent?

71.What’s the trend?

72.What to cut back on?

73.What does the pro know that you don’t? (this is a good way to figure out if knowledge or insight can make a difference)

74.Now what are you going to do about it?

75.Can you teach it to someone else?

76.How can I use this?

77.What do you want to say?

78.What’s the right thing to do?

79.Is now the right time?

80.Is this the right forum?

81.How much time do you have?

82.What are you making time for?

83.How much time should you make for it?

84.What can you do all day long?

85.What are you spending the bulk of your time on?

86.Does your schedule reflect your priorities?

87.If you had all the time in the world, how would you spend your time?

88.If you had all the money in the world, how would you spend it?

89.Where are we on the map?

90.What would make life more wonderful for you?

91.How can you chunk it down?

92.How fast can you do it?

93.What’s the impact?

94.What would you like to have happen? … What would you like instead?

95.What’s the opposite of that?

96.How might that be true?

97.What are you seeing that I’m not?

98.What did you see, what did you hear?

99.What’s the writing on the wall?

100.What’s their story?

101.Who’s stopping you? … What’s stopping you? … What’s holding you back?

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101 Most Inspiring Quotes• ~http://celestinechua.com/blog/101-most-inspiring-quotes-of-all-time/

101 Most Inspiring Quotes•

Quotes on Life (21 quotes)

•Quotes on Change (3 quotes)

•Quotes on Past, Present and Future (14 quotes)

•Quotes on Purpose (3 quotes)

•Quotes on Dreams and Passion (27 quotes)

•Quotes on Imagination & Creativity (2 quotes)

•Quotes on Goals (7 quotes)

•Quotes on Attitudes and Mindsets (40 quotes)

Quotes on Life

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1.“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

2.“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln

3.“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell

4.“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion drown your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

5.“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

6.“We must not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we began and to know the place for the first time.” – T. S. Eliot

7.“There’s no next time. It’s now or never.”

8.“For every effect there is a root cause. Find and address the root cause rather than try to fix the effect, as there is no end to the latter.”

9.“When you don’t get what you want, you suffer. If you get it, you suffer too since you can’t hold on to it forever.” – Peaceful Warrior, on the fallacy of attachment

10.“There are no ordinary moments. There is always something going on.” – Peaceful Warrior

11.“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

12.Every moment you get is a gift. Spend it on things that matter. Don’t spend it by dwelling on unhappy things.

13.Everything around us is made up of energy. To attract positive things in your life, start by giving off positive energy.

14.Don’t put off living to next week, next month, next year or next decade. The only time you’re ever living is in this moment.

15.Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. – Mark Twain

16.Life is a gift. Never forget to enjoy and bask in every moment you are in.

17.The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced – Art Van Der Leeuw

18.“My life is my message.” – Gandhi

19.“If wrinkles must be written upon our brow, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.” – James A. Garfield

20.“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”

21.“In the beginning you will fall into the gaps in between thoughts – after practicing for years, you become the gap.” – J.Kleykamp (Regarding meditation)

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Quotes on Change1.“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

2.All great changes are preceded by chaos. ~ Deepak Chopra

3.Change is not pleasant, But change is constant. Only when we change and grow, We’ll see a world we never know. ~From Wisdom of The Orange Woodpecker

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Quotes on Past, Present and Future1.“Don’t let the past steal your present” – Cherralea Morgen

2.“One has to live in the present. Whatever is past is gone beyond recall; whatever is future remains beyond one’s reach, until it becomes present. Remembering the past and giving thought to the future are important, but only to the extent that they help one deal with the present.” – S.N. Goenka

3.“We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” – Robin Sharma

4.The more you take responsibility for your past and present, the more you are able to create the future you seek.

5.“Be present – it is the only moment that matters.” Peaceful Warrior

6.“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” – B. Olatunji

7.“Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.” ~ Ann Landers

8.“Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the physical universe is by letting go of it. Let go & it will be yours forever”. – Deepak Chopra

9.Don’t put off living to next week, next month, next year or next decade. The only time you’re ever living is in this moment.

10.“There’s no next time. It’s now or never.”

11.“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.” – Dale Carnegie

12.“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.” – Doug Ivester

13.“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~ Albert Einstein

14.To create more positive results in your life, replace “if only” with “next time”.

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Quotes on Purpose

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1.“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… Therein he cannot be re­placed, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.” – Viktor Frankl

2.“Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” – Buddha

3.“One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.” – John Stuart Mill

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Quotes on Dreams and Passion1.“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

2.“If what you’re doing is not your passion, you have nothing to lose.”

3.“At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

4.“Do what you love and the money will follow.” – Marsha Sinetar

5.“The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” – Richard Bach

6.“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are alive.” – Howard Thurman

7.“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

8.“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

9.“No matter where you are in life right now, no matter who you are, no matter how old you are – it is never too late to be who you are meant to be.” – Esther & Jerry Hicks

10.“There’s nothing capricious in nature, and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feels it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

11.“Don’t be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.” – Belva Davis

12.“The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

13.“Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” – Les Brown

14.“Make no small plans for they have no power to stir the soul.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

15.“No dreamer is ever too small; no dream is ever too big.” – Anonymous

16.“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.” – Doug Ivester

17.“You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” – Pursuit of Happyness (Movie)

18.“History shows us that the people who end up changing the world – the great political, social, scientific, technological, artistic, even sports revolutionaries – are always nuts, until they are right, and then they are geniuses.” – John Eliot

19.“You will not do incredible things without an incredible dream.” – John Eliot

20.“Instead of thinking about what you are going to do when you retire, think about how you can do that now and make a living from it.”

21.“Don’t be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams.”

22.“Everything you want should be yours: the type of work you want; the relationships you need; the social, mental, and aesthetic stimulation that will make you happy and fulfilled; the money you require for the lifestyle that is appropriate to you; and any requirement that you may (or may not) have for achievement or service to others. If you don’t aim for it all, you’ll never get it all. To aim for it requires that you know what you want” ~ Richard Koch

23.“I am not my memories. I am my dreams.” ~ Terry Hostetler

24.“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – Les Brown

25.“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~ Albert Einstein

26.“Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams you take time away from your own.” – Yogi Ramen

27.“What the mind can conceive, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

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Quotes on Imagination and Creativity1.“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein.

2.“Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.” Albert Einstein

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Quotes on Goals

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1.“In life, as in football, you won’t go far unless you know where the goalposts are.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

2.“When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.” – Greg Anderson

3.“The most important thing about goals is having one.” – Geoffry F. Abert

4.“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” – Bill Copeland

5.“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

6.“Everything is always created twice, first in the mind and then in reality.”

7.“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.” – Zig Ziglar

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Quotes on Attitudes and Mindsets1.“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas A. Edison

2.“How you think is as important as as what you think”

3.“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” —Lao-Tze

4.“The only limits in your life are those that you set yourself.”

5.“Every second you spend thinking about someone else’s dreams you take time away from your own.” – Yogi Ramen

6.“The quality of your life is determined by the quality of your thoughts.”

7.“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” – Viktor Frankl

8.“Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.” – William James

9.“Whether you think you can or think you can’t – you are right.” – Henry Ford

10.“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

11.“The degree of responsibility you take for your life determines how much change you can create in it.”

12.“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” – Seneca

13.The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.

14.“A man can do all things if he will.” — Leon Battista Alberti (1404–72)

15.“You can’t get to a place that you don’t believe exists.”

16.“There is always room in your life for thinking bigger, pushing limits and imagining the impossible.” – Tony Robbins

17.“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.” – Albert Ellis

18.“(Tool+Training+Experience) x Mindset = Goal/Success. BUT if your mindset is zero then equation is (100 + 100 +100) x 0 = Failure”

19.“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Mahatma Gandhi

20.“Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you can come to your senses.” – Peaceful Warrior

21.“When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails.” ~ H. Jackson Brown

22.“If you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can’t, then, well you can’t.”

23.“Our life experiences often create a limited worldview of what is and what is not possible. Thus to maximize your experience of life, base your dreams outside of your life experiences.”

24.“To create more positive results in your life, replace “if only” with “next time”.”

25.“Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.” – Sir James Dewar

26.“Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.” ~Ernest Holmes

27.“When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.” –John Ruskin

28.“There is no teacher who can teach anything new. He can just help us to remember the things we always knew.” – Odyssey of the Mind, Enigma

29.“You have to ‘Be’ before you can ‘Do’ and ‘Do’ before you can ‘Have’.” – Zig Ziglar

30.“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” -Vince Lombarde

31.“Instead of thinking outside the box, just get rid of it.”

32.“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” ~Winston Churchill

33.“You see things and you say ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were and I say ‘Why not?’” ~ George Bernard Shaw

34.“Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities” – Terry Josephson

35.“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

36.“If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself.” -Norman Vincent Peale

37.“The sky has never been the limit. We are our own limits. It’s then about breaking our personal limits and outgrowing ourselves to live our best lives.”

38.“If the grass is greener on the other side, maybe that’s because you’re not taking good care of your grass.”

39.“One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.” – John Stuart Mill

40.“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” – Milton Berle

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