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You Have Contributed to the Problem

danger personal responsibility area

Whatever challenges you are facing, odds are you had a hand in creating them. None of us are perfect; we all make mistakes, take wrong turns. Until we acknowledge our participation, however ancillary or unintentional we will be hampered in finding a resolution, particularly the easiest, most elegant solution. Awareness is key to finding a better way. Once Marianne Williamson (‘A Return to Love’) was asked by an audience member why she seemed to always be attracting losers into her life. “It’s not that you attract them especially, we all meet them; it’s that you give them your phone number.”

Closing Quotes:

“Every time you think the problem is ‘out there,’ that very thought is part of the problem.” – Stephen Covey, 1932-2012

“The degree to which you will awaken is in direct proportion to the amount of truth you are willing to accept about yourself.” – Robert Anthony, 1916-2006, organizational theorist, professor of management control, HBS

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier


Dyfal Donc a Dyr y Garreg

tapping persistently breaks the stone

“Dyfal Donc a Dyr y Garreg” is a Welsh proverb that translates “Tapping persistently breaks the stone.”

Persistence is firm, even obstinate, continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition, continuing steadfastly toward one’s goal. The habit of persistence, the personality trait of dogged determination, is key to success in any endeavor. We all get discouraged, we all have times when motivation wanes BUT if we have cultivated tenacity, nurtured a resolute nature, and refined our resilience, we will find the resolve and the momentum to continue onward to victory, powering our way over, around or through obstacles.

Where are you meaningfully giving up? Is there some important area of your life where you have not given your all? Something significant where you’ve settled for less than you were capable?

Closing Quotes:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – John Calvin Coolidge Jr; 30th President, born on the 4th of July, 1872-1933

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” – Napoleon Hill, ‘Think and Grow Rich’, 1883-1970

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Leo Collier, ‘Secret of the Ages’ and ‘Riches within Your Reach’ (quoted by Rhonda Byrne in ‘The Secret’), 1885-1950

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier

Do You Know Where Your Energy Goes?

where your energy goes

Pay attention to your Energy Levels throughout your day; track what consumes your energy and what people, thoughts, and activities power you up. Start with you! Your mindset, your worldview, and what you choose to focus on powerfully impact your internal energy levels as well as the people, events, and energy you attract into your life. Study your daily routine, become deeply aware of the consequences of your habits. Choose your life companions wisely; in many ways you are the sum total of the 5 people with whom you spend the most time.

Journaling is an excellent way to increase your level of self-awareness, to track where your time and energy flow. You may find that the dramatic or others’ priorities or even mundane routines are crowding out the quieter but much more important. Every Yes is a No to something else; make sure your “yeses” reflect YOUR life’s priorities.

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier