We all act consistent with who we believe ourselves to be.  When did you define yourself?  When did you decide who you are?  We live life by who we believe we are.  What are your standards?   Raise your standards! New Year!  New You!

It’s a Wonderful Life

It is easy to look at great accomplishments and think they were always that way. Always a success, always respected and admired, always a great and profitable business. Think Face Book or Google, or an elite athlete that is at the top of their game. We see the success of where they are now. What we typically do not take the time to consider is that in the beginning of most all great accomplishments these people or projects were far from the greatness they later obtained. When starting out, most things are far from certain. Failure and disappointment abounds. If you are starting out on any goal, it can be beneficial to remember that most all the great accomplishments in life went through struggles and uncertainty. You could even say that struggles and uncertainty are part of the right path.

Consider the classic Christmas movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  We think of this as something that has always been successful. However, this story struggled to get going and faced numerous disappointments along the way, including flopping at the box office.  Check out this article about the movie, It’s useful and interesting.

25 Wonderful Facts About ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’


Every Morning Ask Yourself Two Questions

Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban.

Perhaps the best college coach of our time, offers two great questions that are well worth reflecting on:

1.  Every morning you wake up, and there are things that you don’t want to do, but you have to do in order to be successful, and can you do those things?

2.  Every morning you’re going to wake up and there are going to be things you want to do, but you know you have to not do. And can you keep yourself from doing those things in order to be successful?

Here is an excellent article on how to discipline yourself.