Commit and Unforeseen Forces will Come to Your Aid

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In his book, “The Scottish Himalayan Expedition,” 1951, mountaineer W. H. Murray talks about how things started to fall into place once they boldly committed to their effort. I have experienced the same thing whenever I’ve “burned the bridges” and boldly committed to a dream or goal.

 

Until one is committed

There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,

Always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),

There is an elementary truth,

The ignorance of which kills countless ideas

And splendid plans;

That the moment one definitely commits oneself,

Then Providence moves too.

All Sorts of things occur to help one

That would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision,

Raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen

Incidents and meetings and material assistance,

Which no man could have dreamt

Would have come his way.

I have learned a deep respect

For one of Goethe’s couplets:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

- W. H. Murray

Bill Cosby’s Wisdom at 83

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I have always liked Bill Cosby’s humor and now I also like his courage in speaking out for his principles.

Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
And life isn’t fair, but it’s good!

I’m 83.  Except for brief period in the 50s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17.  Except for some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years.

I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am.  Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired.  Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic.  I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

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Proactive or Reactive?

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 7.06.52 AMEnd of last run at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics 

The thought processes that help you get to the Olympics are the same thought processes that will help you succeed in business and in life.

Successful people in all walks of life think big, focus on the possibilities, and take consistent bold action towards their objectives.

When I decided to come out of a six year break to try to qualify for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at the age of 47, most people I talked to were sharply divided into two camps.

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Why Being Wealthy is Better than Being Rich

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by Robert Kiyosaki, Bestselling Author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and “The Cash Flow Quadrant”

When I was a young boy, my rich dad told me about the difference between the rich and the wealthy.

“Many people think that being rich and being wealthy are the same thing,” said rich dad. “But there is a difference between the two: The rich have lots of money but the wealthy don’t worry about money.”

What rich dad meant was that while the rich might have lots of money, they also might have lots of expenses that keep them up at night. Or they might have a high paying job but have to get up to work everyday and have fear of getting fired or laid off.

The wealthy, on the other hand, don’t have these worries. Why? What’s the difference?

The definition of wealth

The definition of wealth is the number of days you can survive without physically working (or anyone in your household physically working) and still maintain your standard of living.

For example, if your monthly expenses are $5,000 and you have $20,000 in savings, your wealth is approximately four months or 120 days.

Wealth is measured in time, not dollars.

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Don’t 2nd Guess Yourself

It’s easy to look back and see where you might have done something differently. As long as you are looking for ways to improve your performance, it’s OK to look back. But don’t waste time second-guessing yourself. Your past results are based on your past experience. If things don’t work out, use your new experience to get better results next time.

At the end of every luge run we pick up a walkie-talkie and get feedback from Coach. The feedback is rarely fun to listen to but it’s hugely important. In a few seconds Coach tells us how we can be faster next time. And in the evening after dinner, we watch videos of our runs to see for ourselves what we did and how we can improve.

We don’t dwell on our mistakes. We look to the future and have a plan for the future. That’s how you can have constant improvement.

 

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

www.OlympicMotivation.com