Each small step forward matters.
—Calm App Reflection
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Who isn’t familiar with Neil Armstrong’s famous quote, That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind?
Hearing those words never ceases to inspire me with hope for a better future.
Although we all wish to take giant leaps in our lives, those moments are rare. If, however, we focus on how our small steps lead to bigger things, we can all climb steadily to the peaks of our lives and reach for the stars.
How can you more fully recognize and acknowledge the small steps you and others take each day?
How can even your atomic efforts result in quantum leaps of achievement and life satisfaction?
“Stillness is what aims the archer’s arrow, it inspires new ideas, it sharpens perspective and illuminates connections.”
—Ryan Holiday, American author, and host of the podcast The Daily Stoic
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Being still seems like such a passive thing to do. How could the lack of movement get us where we want to go and accomplish the things we desire?
Without a careful aim we certainly miss our targets.
Without new ideas we are destined to keep circling back to the ones whose time has passed.
Without greater perspective we are unlikely to pursue paths meant for today and our future.
Without our connections and communities, we are left as lone rangers, isolated and alone.
How could you squeeze greater benefits out of stillness in your life?
Where can it act as a quiet place to reflect and improve your world in so many ways?
How can you incorporate note taking into your daily habits?
—Calm App Reflection
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When I consider the topic of note taking my initial thoughts go back to my school days. Listening intently to my teachers in grade school and my professors in college was paramount to getting the “A’s” I was seeking. Capturing what was said and giving it back to them seemed to be the secret recipe for success.
Following my formal schooling the extent of my note taking focused on grocery shopping and the occasional list of questions for doctor visits. Like many others, I felt my note taking days were over. There didn’t seem to be much need to remember a bunch of stuff that wasn’t going to be on the test.
These days, getting ahead and staying ahead is as important as ever. Capturing new ideas and valuable insights and keeping them to use now or in the future is essential to progress in our increasingly complex and fast-moving lives.
Purchase a small notebook or use a note-taking app on your phone to capture more of the nuggets of wisdom that cross your path each day. My friend Sam Horn uses a catchy quote “Ink it when You think It” that can help you remember to apply this important skill.
Please let me know how this practice helps you ace your actual life.
“Compassion compounds, giving grows, when you put positive energy into the world, you inspire others to pay it forward.”
—Jay Shetty, Purpose Coach, Former Monk, NYT Bestselling Author
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During my pharmaceutical career with The Upjohn Company between 1981 and 1992, we went through a TQM (Total Quality Management) initiative. As part of our efforts, we were requested/required to read the book Zapp — The lightning of Empowerment by William C Byham PhD and Jeff Cox. The intent was to inspire and create a culture of quality, productivity, and exceptional employee engagement.
The fictitious company in the book produced a product called a normalator, with which we are amusingly introduced to all sorts of Zapping (positive) and Sapping (negative) behaviors that uplift or squash people’s spirits.
Notice the zapping and sapping energies and behaviors that occur throughout your day in your personal and professional efforts.
Where and how can you pay forward the positive qualities that energize and inspire others to do the same?
”Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves.”
—Laura Esquivel, Mexican novelist, screenwriter and politician
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Just like a single hand is unable to clap without another, we all need assistance from time to time to have our inner spark ignite and keep burning.
Consider your relationships with close friends, parents, teachers, mentors, coaches, and other individuals. How have they sparked ideas and helped you stay motivated and in action to see things through?
Most images of match boxes show only a limited number of matches inside, with somewhere between 20 and 32 matches. I did, however, find a jumbo box with a count of 300 and numerous multi box options!
How many matches have you used so far? How many are left? Who are the current individuals who partner with you so that you can burn brightly and perhaps shed light on others? Where and with whom are you the flint to help others spark their unique gifts and talent?
“Measure wealth not by the thing you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.”
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It was the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games that inspired me to become a coach. Here were some of the best athletes in the world, and they all worked with a coach to pursue and achieve excellence in their chosen sport.
Where are you currently pursuing personal or professional excellence?
Did you know that based on current market prices, a 2016 Gold Medal is worth about $587, given that it is composed of 494 grams of silver and 6 grams of gold?
What do you think these symbols of extraordinary effort and achievement are worth to these remarkable athletes? What would you imagine is the intrinsic value of the Olympic experience?
In what ways do you live a gold medal life?
What in your life do you consider priceless?
Take some time today to be more fully grateful for all the blessings and riches we sometimes forget.
“Don’t wait for inspiration.”
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Waking up this morning, I was not particularly inspired to leap out of my warm, cozy bed to meditate, take my daily walk, or for that matter, begin writing today’s Quotable Coach post.
I did all those things anyway.
Consider counting the times in the past week that you felt the urge to take on a particular task or activity.
Take this little test: On a one-to-ten scale, rate each of the activities on this list as “inspirational”:
- Making your bed
- Daily hygiene efforts
- Preparing (hopefully healthy) meals
- Household chores such as laundry
- Mowing the lawn & other yard work
- Paying bills
- Daily exercise
- Going to work
Given your responses, is it a wonder we ever get out of bed at all?
If you have children and ask them to help with some of those activities – or simply to do their homework and clean their rooms – what responses do you get? What seems to mobilize us to action is our commitments and not our comfort.
How might a shift from “I have to” to an “I get to” perspective help you achieve a more inspired life?
FRIDAY REVIEW: INSPIRATION
What inspires you? How do you inspire others? Here are a few inspiration-related posts you may have missed.
“Your greatness is measured by your horizons.”
“Quiet people have the loudest minds.”
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
“The thought is father to the deed.”
—Sigmund Freud, 20th Century Austrian founder of psychoanalysis
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Sigmund Freud, who lived between 1856 and 1939, was the founder of psychoanalysis, a method used for treating mental illness, and a theory which explains human behavior.
Among his various contributions, he developed a topographical model of the mind. He proposed that the mind was analogous to an iceberg, with the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious minds representing different levels of awareness.
I suggest a bit of editing in today’s quote. Consider replacing the word “father” with “mother,” or at least adding it, given what is required for the conception and eventual birth of an idea, a person, and of course, their deeds.
How can you examine and explore your thinking on all levels to more fully conceive and give birth to your most meaningful and inspired actions, to better your world?
“Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching because whatever you see can inspire you.”
—Grace Coddington, Vogue Magazine Creative Director
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Over a three day holiday, I binged-watched a Netflix series titled “Natural Curiosities,” with one of my favorite narrators, David Attenborough. I love his accent, his passion for nature, and of course, his enthusiastic curiosity for the vast diversity and miraculous aspects of the animal world.
This series took a far deeper look into many creatures I thought I knew reasonably well, given the science-buff status I’ve given myself over the years.
Looking at many creatures with new eyes and Attenborough’s expanded view and insight inspired, entertained, and educated me for hours.
Where can you discover far greater inspiration in your life by widening your perspective, and looking more deeply and carefully at the world around you?