Once you realize how valuable you are
and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, the sun will break out,
the music will play, and
you will finally
be able to move forward the life
that God intended for
with grace, strength, courage,
and every day,
deliver more than you are getting paid to do.
The victory of success will be half won
when you learn the secret of
more than is expected in all that you do.
Make yourself so
valuable in your work
that eventually you will become
Exercise your privilege to go the extra mile,
and enjoy all the rewards
You deserve them!
Whenever you make a mistake or
get knocked down by life,
don't look back
at it too long.
Mistakes are life's way of teaching you.
Your capacity for occasional
is inseparable from your capacity
to reach your goals.
wins them all, and your failures,
when they happen,
are just part of your
Shake off your blunders.
How will you know your limits
Your turn will come.
your long hours of labor
and toil in the very best way,
surrounded by your family.
Nurture their love carefully,
remembering that your children
need models, not critics,
and your own progress will hasten
when you constantly strive
your best side to your children.
And even if you have failed at
in the eyes of the world,
if you have a loving family,
you are a
Build this day on a foundation of
Never fret at any imperfections
that you fear may impede your progress.
Remind yourself, as often as necessary,
that you are a creature of God
have the power to achieve
any dream by lifting up your thoughts.
fly when you decide that you can.
Never consider yourself defeat again.
Let the vision in your heart
be in your life's blueprint.
your actions always speak for you,
but be forever on guard
terrible traps of false pride
and conceit that can halt your progress.
The next time you are tempted to boast,
just place your fist in a full
pail of water,
and when you remove it,
the hole remaining will give you
correct measure of your importance.
day is a special gift from God,
and while life may not always be fair,
must never allow the pains,
hurdles, and handicaps of the moment
your attitude and
plans for yourself and your future.
You can never win when you wear
the ugly cloak of self-pity,
and the sour
sound of whining
will certainly frighten away
any opportunity for success.
There is a better way.
clutter your days or nights
with so many menial and unimportant
that you have no time to accept
a real challenge when it comes
This applies to play as well as work.
A day merely survived is no cause
You are not here to fritter away
your precious hours when
you have the ability
to accomplish so much by making a slight
No more busy work.
No more hiding from success.
leave space, to grow. Now.
as if it will be your last.
Remember that you will only find "tomorrow"
on the calendars of fools.
Forget yesterday's defeats
and ignore the problems of tomorrow.
Doomsday. All you have.
Make it the best day of your year.
words you can ever utter are,
"If I had my life to live over again...."
the baton, now.
Run with it!
This is your day!
treat everyone you meet,
friend or foe, loved one or
as if they were going to be dead
Extend to each person,
no matter how trivial the contact,
all the care and
understanding and love that you can muster,
and do it with no
thought of any reward.
will never be the same again.
at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision
or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a
that will ease your pain, cure your depression,
and help you
to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly
toward the solution that is certain to come.
Never take yourself too
Never neglect the little things.
Never skimp on that extra effort,
that additional few minutes,
word of praise or thanks,
that delivery of the very best that you can do.
It does not matter what others think,
it is of prime importance, however,
what you think about you.
You can never do your best,
which should always
be your trademark,
if you are cutting corners
You are special.
Never neglect the little
Welcome every morning with a smile.
Look on the new day as another special gift
from your Creator,
to complete what you were unable
to finish yesterday.
Be a self-starter.
Let your first hour
set the theme of success and
that is certain to echo
through your entire day.
will never happen again.
Don't waste it with a false start
or no start at
You were not born to fail.
You will achieve grand dream,
a day at a time,
so set goals for each
not long and difficult projects,
but chores that will take
step by step,
toward your rainbow.
Write them down, if you must,
but limit your list so that you won't have
to drag today's undone matters
Remember that you cannot build
your pyramid in twenty-four hours.
Never allow your day to become
so cluttered that you neglect your most
important goal -- to do the best you can,
enjoy this day, and rest
satisfied with what you have accomplished.
to rain on your parade
and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat
on the entire day.
Remember that no talent, no self-denial,
no brains, no character,
required to set up in the
Nothing external can
have any power
over you unless you permit it.
Your time is too precious to
in wasted days combating the menial
forces of hate,
jealously, and envy.
Guard your fragile life carefully.
Only God can shape
but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.
for the seed of good in every adversity.
Master that principle
and you will own a precious shield
that will guard
you well through all
the darkest valley you must traverse.
Stars may be
seen from the bottom
of a deep well, when they cannot be
So will you learn things in adversity
that you would
never have discovered
There is always a seed of good.
Find it and prosper.
that true happiness lies within you.
Waste no time and effort
searching for peace and contentment
and joy in
the world outside.
Remember that there is no happiness
in having or in
but only in giving.
Share. Smile. Hug.
Happiness is a
you cannot pour on others
without getting a few drops on yourself.
Og Mandino, from his book,
"A Better Way To Live"
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