“We are capable of greater things than we realize.”

“We are capable of greater things than we realize.”

– Norman Vincent Peale, minister and author

Sure, we have all heard similar thoughts from our teachers, parents, colleagues and friends. We even believe them to some extent. The question to consider here is “How much more are we actually capable of that is beyond our ability to truly believe?”

If thoughts become things, what must we do with our own thoughts, opinions, judgments, mental models and yes, personal paradigms, to free us from our own limiting beliefs?


As you think about and create plans for the coming year, ask the following questions of yourself and of those who know you best:

  • What am I capable of through the use of my mind in the coming year?
  • What am I capable of through the development and use of my body in the coming year?
  • What new spiritual developmental opportunities will I take in the coming year?

Extra Credit:

Sign up for updates from the Dumb Little Man tips for life website at www.dumblittleman.com. (The sign up options are in the top right hand corner of the site.)

something to gain

“If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask.”

– W. Clement Stone, businessman and philanthropist


Just Ask image

One of my wife’s favorite quotes is, “If you don’t ask, the answer is no.” A related famous Wayne Gretzky quote is, “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.”

What’s the worst thing that could happen if the answer you get is “no”?

What wonderful results would be possible if you get a few more “yeses” than you may expect?


Where in your professional life have you been reluctant to ask for what you want?

Place a few post-it notes in your work and home with the following phrase, based on the famous Nike slogan:
“Just ask.”