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Chapter 16

Live Your Purpose Everyday

Today's Empowering Quote

"Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal."
--Earl Nightingale

Today's Empowering Question

"How did I get so lucky to be blessed with another day to live my life's purpose?"

Today's Fast Session

You know, it's ridiculous.

I watch NBA basketball VERY infrequently, because it's clear that these highly paid babies have no idea what success is.  They think it's getting a big contract.  They hear the crowd roar when they hit a basket and they think that's success.  The next day, this multi-millionaire might pout and score only 3 points.

So, feeling full of themselves like they are some kind of gods, they yell at the coaches and they don't listen.  They yell at the referees.  Fight with the fans if someone says something they don't like.

They should all watch Michael Jordan highlight footage if they want to see what success is.  Day after day, year after year, he performed at a level no one else could have demanded of anyone.  He held himself to a higher standard.  His definition of success was related to "what I need to do right now"-not about what he had done in the past.

Have you ever lost weight because an event was coming up and then put it right back on afterwards... for say, a wedding?  Perhaps even your own?

Why? For pictures?

Don't you realize that everyone who sees you after that event is going to see your stomach hanging out - today?  Maybe you should just have those pictures of the "thin you" blown up and paste them to the front and back of you so you can remind everyone what you "used" to look like.


-- In the NFL or college, does anyone remember who has the rushing record for a game?  Most remember Walter Payton for a career, though. 
-- How about the most home runs in a Major League game?  No?  Hank Aaron quickly comes to mind for most, when talking about the lifetime record.
-- Most hits in a game?  Me neither.  But Pete Rose is who most remember as the all-time hitting champ.
-- What about how good-looking you were 20, 30, 50 lbs. ago?

It's hard to even remember your "glory days" when today is a mess isn't it?  It kind of makes you laugh when someone tells you that life is too short, doesn't it?  You can't even remember the "good old days" very clearly, can you? 

They lose their impact over time.

Long term success isn't measured that way, is it?  Anyone can succeed for a day or even a month.  But ultimately, it's who you ARE that decides whether you'll suck it up today and make the right choices or whether you'll "put off" the right choices.

You can't reach success unless you can define it.

I like Earl Nightingale's definition because it asks you to reach inside and give your love today, your energy today, your best today.  It asks you to put forth effort today and tomorrow.  Yet it lets you feel joy NOW, not at some time in the future.

Stop putting off being happy.  Decide.  Isn't life a bit too short to be crying over your lost opportunities and mistakes?

Just say yes.  Do something important now, follow through and finish it. Do it now. That's it.  Get up, and...

Keep a smile on your face while you're doing it.  You just MIGHT start to enjoy yourself.

Today's Winning Beliefs

-- I am successful
-- Success and I are one
-- My road to success is progressive and worthwhile
-- Today is my day to win

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