Tag: Dream

Quick Takeaway: Take the Wheel and Steer Toward Your Goal

From time to time, your windshield gets foggy.  Instead of snow, rain or sleet, your view gets blocked by lack of focus, second-guessing yourselves or negativity from others.  It is normal for this to happen and it is fine to pull over on the shoulder to regain your composure.

The biggest challenge, however, is in snapping out of it and getting back on the road.  Take yourself out of the current situation and look at the big picture.  Remind yourself why you started the journey in the first place.  Envision what it will be like when you get there and why you want that feeling.  Imagine it being real.  Use that motivation as the push you need to keep going.

So what’s the takeaway?

Don’t let a few raindrops on the windshield blur your vision. You’re in the driver’s seat. Steer toward your goal! Keep dreaming big and don’t let anything get in your way along the road to success!

“There is a curb called Failure
A loop called Confusion
Speed bumps called Friends
Red lights called Enemies
Caution lights called Family
You will have flats called Jobs
 But, if you have a spare called Determination
An engine called Perseverance
Insurance called Faith
You will make it to a place called Success!”

– Unknown

Have you had a time when your view became foggy?  How did you get yourself back on track?  Share your experience below?

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Life is Fragile: Here’s How to Make the Most of it

I recently shared this on TheAfter5Edge’s Twitter handle and facebook page and received a lot of positive feedback.  For this reason, I wanted to take the opportunity to elaborate on what was a short but important reminder.  We’re often so caught up being “busy” that we forget what should take priority in our lives.  So I wanted to take a moment to stop and reflect.

Life is fragile.  We have the option of going through life quietly or living life boldly.  Either way, our time is limited.  It is ours now to treasure and we should make the most of it while we can.

Spend it wisely.  Despite our limited time, we have the option to live life with meaning, with purpose and by design.  Think of what you want to have in your life and create a plan accordingly.  Create a life that makes you feel whole and complete.  Do the things you want to do.

Do good deeds.  The world becomes a better place with each of our acts.  Reach out to an elderly neighbor.  Let someone go ahead of you in a line.  Give up your seat on the bus.  Donate your used clothing.  Give your old books to a local library or organization.  Buy lunch for a homeless person.  Your options for doing good deeds are endless.

Help and spend time with people.  Our best experiences in this world are created with the people in our lives.  Help others when you can and don’t underestimate your ability to provide value.  Take time to celebrate the achievements and special moments of others.

Enjoy each moment.  Take walks.  Eat outdoor in the summer time.  Take time to relax and meditate.  The destination is fulfilling but make sure to enjoy the journey.  Choose your battles.  Keep things in perspective and always remember that most things are not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

What takeaways do you have about life and how to make the most of it?  What rules do you live by to maximize your experiences?

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Words of Wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama

TheAfter5Edge - Words of Wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama

Two great men who have stepped up to the plate to lead in the best interest of others.  They’ve taken on a challenge most of us couldn’t even imagine so that they could steer others in the right direction and do what they can to create a better tomorrow.  In their roles, they’ve put others first in a bold way.  With the steps taken by Martin Luther King, Jr. decades ago, how fitting is it that the first black president of the United States is taking his oath for a second term on King’s nationally recognized holiday?  It is also noteworthy that it is only the second time that Inauguration Day has fallen on King’s holiday.

It is moving.  As we’re celebrating progress and looking forward, we’re reminded of where it all started.  Personally, I’m reminded that you never know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’re coming from.  In the spirit of reflecting, I wanted to share some words of wisdom by these two men:

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.  – President Barack Obama

It is easier to have someone else be the catalyst and lead.  But if we truly want something, we need to get started and make it happen.  If something is making you restless, do something and make necessary changes.

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. – President Barack Obama

What is your purpose for being here?  How do you want to make a difference?  What legacy do you want to live?  Once you figure that out, start “doing” and see the impact, you will feel more fulfilled.

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today. – President Barack Obama

Yes.  Martin Luther King, Jr. did his part.  President Barack Obama is doing his part.  But don’t forget that each of us is responsible for doing our part too.  It is all about passing on the torch and working together.  That’s the only way we can have a better tomorrow.

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. – President Barack Obama

Success has a lot to do with persistence and staying the course.  Don’t give up.  Keep pushing and keep working hard.  You will see results.

Even when folks are hitting you over the head, you can’t stop marching. Even when they’re turning the hoses on you, you can’t stop. – President Barack Obama

Martin Luther King, Jr. didn’t stop marching.  And neither should you.  Negativity, adversity, and criticism should never stand in your way when you have your eyes on the prize.

I just miss – I miss being anonymous. – President Barack Obama

We give our leaders great responsibilities and we expect a lot from them.  All the while, we forget how much work it is.  When we’re sleeping, they’re planning and thinking up new strategies.  We’re focused on quick results and we forget that things take time.  We also forget that they are simply, humans.

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

These words have special meaning to me and for this blog.  Thanks to these words, I had the courage to begin this journey.  I took the first step.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

It take a lot more courage to stand up against the majority than to go along.  If you know and believe something is right, stand your ground.  Integrity is respectable and commendable.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

A great leader has a vision and is able to communicate this vision to others in a way that helps them understand its importance and moves them to act.  It isn’t easy to motivate others to carry out an idea that isn’t their own.

Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Think of those who have made a change in business, technology, medicine, life, etc.  It takes being bold, creative, and going against the status quo to think outside the box and explore innovative solutions.  Don’t ever be afraid of being different; you may end up changing the world.

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Make it a priority to be a resource to others.  Ask them how you can help.  It may be a small task for you but it may change someone’s life.

We must use time creatively. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

We aren’t here forever.  Our time here is short.  Find a way to maximize your time.  Pay it forward.  Dream big.  Leave a lasting legacy through others.

What are your thoughts on President Barack Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr.?  And them now sharing a special day?  I would love your comments below!

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