Monthly Archives: September 2013

Thomas N. Vail on Overcoming Obstacles

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable – Thomas N. Vail 

Are you being conquered by worries that haven’t been realized yet?

Can you recall worries from the past? Did anything of them ever happen?

What if you divided your worry time in half and spent one half worrying (because habits aren’t changed overnight) and one half working on one small step?

Jane Addams on the Danger of Giving Up Too Soon

Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world – Jane Addams 

Some people are held back by fear – fear of failure, fear of success. Addams points out fear can propel us forward: we might instead fear not doing enough, not making a valuable contribution.

This Addams quote also calls on each of us to save the world. Our contribution might be the tipping point. We MUST continue sharing our gifts.

Where are you holding back?

For what dream can you expend an additional push, more inspired effort?

How would you act if you knew your efforts might save the world?

It’s a shame to be caught up in something that doesn’t make you absolutely tremble with joy – Julia Child

Now there’s a metric I can get behind – not just joy, but joy that makes you tremble. What if we made all of our decisions based on this:

  • Career
  • Money
  • Time
  • Relationships

What would you do differently if you had to measure your choices against the trembling joy they bring?