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Five frogs are sitting on a log.
Four decide to jump off. How many are left?  
Answer: five.   Why? Because there's a difference between deciding and doing.
Mark L. Feldman & Michael F. Spratt

We need to trust our instincts, thoughts, and feelings. The plan will happen in spite of us, not because of us.

It's not what we don't know that hurts us, people say. It's what we believe is true that isn't that does the damage.
Melody Beattie

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Self-love is born out of love of another.
Harville and Helen LaKelly Hunt

I have learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
Maya Angelou

Wisdom is the ability to acquire knowledge and analyze it both logically and emotionally.
Vivian Clayton

To acquire knowledge one must study. To acquire wisdom one must observe.
Marilyn Vos Savant

Pain will push you until the vision pulls you.

Vision without action is fantasy. Action without vision is chaos.
Michael Bernard Beckwith

Life gives you messages and if you don't get the message, you'll get a lesson. If you don't learn the lesson, you're sure to get a problem, and if you don't handle the problem, you'll get a full-blown crisis.

Confidence comes from seeing so many sides, angles, views, and tangents. Because when you do select an approach or direction, you are doing so with better/ more complete information.

An expert knows the subject very well. A model teaches by showing instead of just telling.

To be EFFICIENT means getting the job done in a smart, resourceful and timely way.
To be EFFECTIVE means getting the RIGHT job done well, efficiently or not.

Remind people WHO they are instead of just complimenting them on what THEY'VE DONE.

Inspiration is being motivated by a person or idea; Motivation is being inspired by an object.
When people are inspired, they don't need motivation.

Grant people a lifetime of forgiveness before you even meet them.

Three problems we have: lack of boundaries, insufficient language, incompletions.

Shift from judgment to compassion to love.

Life starts when you make the choice to be authentically alive for the rest of it.

Some people live linearly, that is one step after another. I prefer to dance with my feet off the floor.

Great coaching is not really about coaching skills, competencies or even proficiencies. It's about being a great person. Great people make great coaches.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that we are unique. The greatest discovery of the next generation, I pray, is that we are one.
Thomas Leonard (Originator of Coaching as we know it today.)

Believing you don't have choices is the most common limiting belief.
Arthur Basley

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.
Pema Chodron

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work. And when we no long know which way to go, we have begun our real journey.
Wendell Berry

If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go with others.
African proverb

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Wayne Dyer

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller

A paradigm shift occurs when a question is asked inside the current paradigm that can only be answered from outside it.
Marilee Goldberg, The Art of the Question

Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy, and civilization through the world -- one thing which, if removed will destroy the most powerful government, the most successful business, the most thriving economy, the most influential leadership, the greatest friendships, the strongest character, the deepest love. That is trust.
Steven M.R. Covey

There is no question of going anywhere, arriving anywhere, or doing anything; you are there already.
Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

If you realize that all things change, there is nothing you will try to hold on to.
Lao Tzu

Most of us go to our graves with our music still inside us, unplayed.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.
George Bernard Shaw

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
Mark Twain

If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace. If you let go completely, you will have complete peace.
Ajahn Chah, Thai Buddhist Monk

The way you make people feel about themselves...says a lot about you.

Doing what you love is freedom.
Loving what you do is happiness.

Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your spirit. That is the real meaning of peace.
Author Unknown

If you wish your life were different… do your life differently.
Terence Houlihan

Arguing, after all, is less about seeking truth than about overcoming opposing views.

We look harder for flaws in a study when we don't agree with its conclusions.
Sharon Begley

Language has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone.
Paul Tillich

A feeling of aversion or attachment toward something is your clue that there's work to be done.
Ram Dass

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favour.

Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
Robert Frost

Doubt is often the beginning of wisdom.

Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
M. Scott Peck

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself.

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
Marianne Williamson, A Course in Miracles

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.
Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Winston Churchill

Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and be vibrantly alive in repose.

You cannot transmit wisdom and insight to another person. The seed is already there. A good teacher touches the seed, allowing it to wake up, to sprout, and to grow.
Thich Nhat Hanh

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
Dr. Robert Schuller

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside awakens.
Carl Gustav Jung

You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.
Galileo Galilei

No one is in your mind - you are its only driver.

Remember that your best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.
Georgia O'Keeffe

Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something without feeling the necessity to prove someone else wrong.
Sydney J. Harris

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
Leo Buscaglia

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward

The amount a person suffers in their life is directly related to how much they are resisting the fact that things are the way they are. This has to got to be one of the key pieces of wisdom about being human. If there is suffering or discomfort there is resistance to the way things are.
Bill Harris - The 9 principles for happiness and healing series

We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing. Consequences give us the pain that motivates us to change.
Henry Cloud

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt

If someone betrays you once, it is his fault;
if he betrays you twice, it is your fault.

There are peole who make things happen, those who watch what happens, and those who wonder what happened.

Your current safe boundaries were once unknown frontiers.

The person who is all wrapped up in himself is overdressed.
Kate Halvorson

Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.
Mary Catherwood

The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year.
John Foster Dulles

A person going nowhere can be sure of reaching his destination.

The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it,
but that our aim is too low and we reach it.

All limitations are self-imposed.
Ernest Holmes

He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality,
and will never, therefore, make any progress.
Anwar Sadat

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
Antony Jay

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
Abraham Maslow

Everybody can be great - because anybody can serve.
You don't have to have a college degree to serve.
You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace; a soul generated by love.

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

The past exists only in our memories,
the future only in our plans.
The present is our only reality.
Robert Pirsig

Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, time past, the neglected opportunity.
Omar Ibnal-Halif

Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.
David Augsburger

I knew that I was learning one of the most important lessons of my life: that instead of waiting for the perfect opportunity, I should work toward a realization that every opportunity is perfect.
Suzan-Lori Parks, playright, in O, the Oprah Magazine

You can never get more by saying "No." You can hold a current position by saying "No",
but you can only move forward by saying "Yes."
Marshal Sylver

Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.
Author Unknown

Did you ever notice how difficult it is to argue with someone who is not obsessed with being right?

Life is never boring, but some people choose to be bored…
Boredom is a choice.

When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.
Wayne W. Dyer, American author & lecturer

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Sometimes we receive the power to say yes to life. Then peace enters us and makes us whole.

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know to be true.
Sara E. Anderson

Sometimes the best way to hold onto something is to let it go.
Author Unknown

A problem is a chance to do your best.
Duke Ellington

The path of least resistance makes rivers and men crooked.
Ralph Parlette

Negative thoughts are like weeds in your garden and positive thoughts are the seeds of your garden,
kill the weeds and feed the seeds.

Success and happiness comes to those who say what they are, do what they say, impress themselves and not others.

A spouse or partner should enhance your life, not be your life; your life is your own.
Sukhi Burgen

If the sign on your heart says "WELCOME", the love will come pouring in from everywhere.
Susan Jeffers, PhD

A brush of kindness can paint a smile on a face.

A man is not wealthy simply by the contents of his pockets alone, but instead by the richness of his heart.

Every failure is just another step closer to a win. Never stop trying!
Robert M. Hensel

Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in this life has purpose.
There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

It is a good and safe rule to sojourn in every place as if you meant to spend your life there,
never omitting an opportunity of doing a kindness, or speaking a true word, or making a friend.

Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
Work like you don't need money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
And dance like no one's watching.

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson

A shortcut to riches is to subtract from one's desires.

There is a destiny which makes us brothers.
The good that we send into the lives of others, comes back into our own.
Edwin Markham

Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things.

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Henry David Thoreau

Powerful is a man that realizes his own limitations, for he is self-aware, therefore, he is limitless.
Vincent E. Lafranchi IV

Better to be on a seemingly endless journey seeking truth, than to be comfortable and stagnant with deception.
Starr De Luna

Where I am today is my starting point. Who I am today is my starting point. My failures and successes of the past, my fears and hopes of the future are all shadows. Today is my reality, and I’ll use it to create my world.
Taylor Stevens

It's better to move forward at a snail’s pace, than backward at any pace.
Rhonda Begos

Make an effort to understand who you are and then have the courage to just be yourself.
Claudia Sesterheim

Worry doesn't empty tomorrow of its troubles… it empties today of its strength.
Mary Englelbreit

People advising others often forget that the same advice applies to their life as well.
Anuj Somany

If you teach a child to have good self-esteem and believe in himself without hesitation, there is nothing he cannot accomplish.
Coleen Di Salvo

The communication style of leaders helps us distinguish great leaders from the wannabes.
When facing a problem the great leader says, 'Let's find out,' while the wannabe says that 'nobody knows.'
Great leaders communicate commitment while wannabe leaders make promises.
Great leaders have the capacity to listen while wannabes can't wait for their turn to talk.
Great leaders say 'there is a better way to do this',
while wannabes say 'this is the way we have always done things around here.'
Great leaders say 'I'm a good leader, but could do better" while the wannabe says 'I'm better than a lot of people.'
Great leaders take accountability for their mistakes while the wannabe points fingers and says 'it's your fault.'
-Reed Markham, PhD, Georgia Leadership Series

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