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The ability to convert ideas into concrete things is the secret of distinguishable success.

— Henry Ward Beecher (by Matthew Brady; Public Domain)

Let’s face it, many simply never begin to dream—they go through life in a reactionary state of being. Others design impressive visions in their mind, but the generated energy hits resistance in the conversion phase and quickly dissipates. Either condition leads to the same result. Have the lofty ideas, and then move them forward down the path as efficiently as possible, trying to maintain that initial level of energy. And that will lead to distinguishable success. 

—Mike Hazell

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A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. It has come to you over a new route, by a new and express train of association.

—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (by Harris & Ewing; Public Domain)

The human mind is an awe-inspiring tool, but it responds to what we feed into it. If we are constantly focused on negative thoughts and dark introspection, the mind will find a way to fuel outcomes supporting those thoughts. If, however, we remain focused on what we need to accomplish, what we need to achieve, the mind will go to work finding the solutions we need to make those things manifest within our lives.

With a positive outlook, dwell on that which you passionately want to come to fruition. See it happening; see yourself basking in the glow of that achievement. Feel and live as though you have already accomplished it, and you will suddenly see, with clarity, all of the thoughts needed to make it happen. They have always been there; you have now just made clear to your mind what you were looking for.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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I don’t have much respect for the people who live their lives motivated by the existence of an exit strategy. We were not trained by an option that says, ‘If it gets too hard, get up and leave.’

—Andy Grove (Semiconductor pioneer; Creative Commons; See attrib)

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I have brought myself by long meditation to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.

—Benjamin Disraeli (Public Domain)

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A man with a surplus can control circumstances, but a man without a surplus is controlled by them, and often he has no opportunity to exercise judgment.

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—Harvey Samuel Firestone (1910; Public domain)

…This quote may make us feel a bit uneasy, but its truth cannot be denied. Perhaps the surplus Firestone is talking about is strictly monetary, but it could also easily include the conditions under which one is born. A nurturing, loving family, for example, versus a loathsome and dysfunctional one.

We look at all of the men and women throughout history who have overcome great odds to achieve something in life, but that doesn’t change the fact that the journey is easier for some than others. One child goes through life knowing that the path will be paved for them, while another must struggle to cut their way through the forest. Ironically, it is often the former who will lose their way, never appreciating what they were given.

Life may not seem fair, and a challenge that can easily be solved with money can seem insurmountable to someone with none. Remember, however, that God gave us our own unique circumstances in life for a reason. We had to be right here, right now, and we had to overcome this specific set of challenges. By understanding this truth, we can forge ahead decisively and with happiness, knowing that our Divine Path truly has been paved for us.


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Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

Carroll, Lewis

—Lewis Carroll (Courtesy of http://www.lewiscarroll.org)

…It is almost always our own decision to deviate from our path. Remember to set guideposts along the way to gauge your forward movement, and then simply travel from where you are at now to the very next guidepost on your map. Repeat this enough times, and you will achieve at your desired destination.


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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

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—Zig Ziglar

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Keep Moving Forward

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold one’s foot long enough to enable them to put the other somewhat higher.

Huxley, Thomas

—Thomas Huxley

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Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

Roosevelt, Franklin D

—Franklin D. Roosevelt


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Lives of great men all remind us

     We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

     Footprints on the sands of time.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm of Life

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