ACHIEVEMENT

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 2, 2009 by mybookofwisdom

Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish
Jean De La Fontaine

No man or woman is an island. To exist just for yourself is meaningless. 
You can achieve the most satisfaction when you feel related to some greater purpose in life, 
something greater than yourself
Denis Waitley

Set your sights high, the higher the better. 
Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. 
Realize that nothing is too good. 
Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way
Eileen Caddy

I move forward in my life every day, even if it’s only a tiny step, 
because I know that great things are accomplished with tiny moves,
but nothing is accomplished by standing still
Zig Ziglar

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender
Vince Lombardi

We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn.
Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service
Earl Nightingale

All of the great achievers of the past have been visionary figures; 
they were men and women who projected into the future. 
They thought of what could be, rather than what already was, 
and then they moved themselves into action, to bring these things into fruition
Bob Proctor

No matter how small and unimportant what we are doing may seem, 
if we do it well, it may soon become the step that will lead us to better things
Channing Pollock

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly
Dr. Robert Schuller

Goal-setting illuminates the road to success just as runway lights 
illuminate the landing field for an incoming aircraft
Nido Qubein

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. 
They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert 
integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, 
the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary
Cecil Beaton

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become 
the best that you can become
Harold Taylor

I’ve found that often, just when you think you’ve hit a wall, you experience 
a breakthrough that takes you to new heights in accomplishment
Stedman Graham

Achievers rarely, if ever, see a problem as permanent,while those 
who fail see even the smallest problems as permanent
Tony Robbins

Ambition is the spur that makes men struggle with destiny. 
It is heaven’s own incentive to make purpose great and achievement greater
Donald G. Mitchell

It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, 
the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it
Vince Lombardi

We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we
find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to
conquer and goals to achieve
Maxwell Maltz

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement,
achievement, and success have no meaning
Benjamin Franklin

The more reasons you have for achieving your goal, the more determined you will become
Brian Tracy

Goals are like stepping-stones to the stars. 
They should never be used to put a ceiling or a limit on achievement
Denis Waitley

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. 
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence
Helen Keller

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. 
A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. 
Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer.
Nolan Bushnell

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out if they’ve got a second. 
Give your dreams all you’ve got. You’ll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you
William James

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. 
It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; 
it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it
Margaret Thatcher

A wish is a desire without energy
Paramanhansa Yogananda

You accomplish victory step by step, not by leaps and bounds
Lyn St. James

There is real magic in enthusiasm. 
It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment
Norman Vincent Peale

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared 
believe that something inside them was superior to circumstances
Bruce Barton

Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. 
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it
Michael Jordan

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome
Samuel Johnson

Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement
Henry Ford

All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers
Orison Swett Marden

Lots of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily. 
Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It’s no use. I can’t go on. 
If you do you’re licked, and by your own thinking too. 
Keep believing and keep on keeping on
Norman Vincent Peale

Champions are propelled by desire, not compelled by fear
Denis Waitley

Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. 
Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving 
singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader
Paul J. Meyer

I am a big believer in the ‘mirror test’. 
All that matters is if you can look in the mirror and honestly tell 
the person you see there, that you’ve done your best
John McKay

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, 
and suddenly you are doing the impossible
St. Francis of Assisi 

A decision is made with the brain. A commitment is made with the heart. 
Therefore, a commitment is much deeper and more binding than a decision
Nido Qubein

To show your true ability is always, in a sense, to surpass the limits of your ability, 
to go a little beyond them: to dare, to seek, to invent; it is at such
a moment that new talents are revealed, discovered, and realized
Simone de Beauvoir

If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade 
Tom Peters

Never mistake activity for achievement 
John Wooden

The greatest achievement is to outperform yourself 
Denis Waitley

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing 
can be done without hope and confidence 
Helen Keller

Only one thing is ever guaranteed, that is that you will definitely 
not achieve the goal if you don’t take the shot. 
Wayne Gretzky

Who works achieves and who sows reaps 
Arabian Proverb

Every great work, every great accomplishment, 
has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, 
and often just before the big achievement, 
comes apparent failure and discouragement 
Florence Scovel Shinn 

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving 
Albert Einstein

I can change. I can live out of my imagination instead 
of my memory. I can tie myself to my limitless 
potential instead of my limiting past 
Stephen Covey

I have always struggled to achieve excellence. 
One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve 
something without a struggle it’s not going to be satisfying 
Greg LeMond 
Cyclist and 3 Times Winner of the Tour de France

What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve 
Napoleon Hill

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans 
Max Ehrmann 

The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; 
it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts 
Booker T. Washington

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. 
Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. Begin it now. 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

If you want to achieve widespread impact and lasting value, be bold 
Howard Schultz

A gem cannot be polished without friction 
Chinese Proverb

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as 
what you become by achieving your goals 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes the achievement possible 
Mary Baker Eddy

Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of 
aspiration and expectation 
Jack Nicklaus

Do what you love, love what you do, and deliver more than you promise 
Harvey Mackay 

The key to achievement lies in being a ‘HOW’ thinker, not an ‘IF’ thinker 
Author Unknown

When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to 
accomplish what at first seemed impossible 
Nido Qubein

Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it 
Sir Winston Churchill

If we did all the things we are capable of doing, 
we would literally astound ourselves 
Thomas Edison

It is time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, 
the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it 
Vince Lombardi

Most of the things worth doing in the world have been 
declared impossible before they were attempted 
Earl Nightingale 

Achievement seems to be connected with action. 
Successful men and women keep moving. 
They make mistakes, but they don’t quit 
Conrad Hilton

Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, 
but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything 
Napoleon Hill

Each of us was born with wings and has the ability to go farther than we ever 
thought possible, to do things beyond our wildest imaginings 
Barbara Stanny

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. 
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence 
Helen Keller

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. 
It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved 
Jeremy Kitson

The single common denominator of people who 
achieve great things is a sense of destiny 
Author Unknown

Anybody can do just about anything with himself that 
he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. 
We are capable of greater things than we realize 
Norman Vincent Peale 

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, 
but also dream; not only plan, but also believe 
Anatole France 

The greatest achievement is to out perform yourself 
Denis Waitley

High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation 
Jack Kinder

All great achievements have one thing in common – people with a passion to succeed 
Pat Cash 

If we are to achieve results never before accomplished, 
we must expect to employ methods never before attempted 
Francis Bacon

The starting point of all achievement is desire. 
Weak desire brings weak results 
Napoleon Hill

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference 
between mediocrity and accomplishment 
Norman Vincent Peale 

Cherish your visions and your dreams, as they are the 
children of the blueprints of your ultimate achievements 
Napoleon Hill

To achieve the impossible, one must think the absurd; to look where 
everyone else has looked, but to see what no else has seen 
Author Unknown

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit 
Harry S Truman

Desire is the starting point of all achievement 
Napoleon Hill

I’ve found that often, just when you think you’ve hit a wall, 
you experience a breakthrough that takes you to new heights in accomplishment 
Stedman Graham

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Cross a Raging Water

Posted in STORIES on February 1, 2009 by mybookofwisdom

As I stand on the shore of the still blue water, I can only hear the trickle of the faintest stream. Can only feel the breeze of the softest wind and only hear the song of the furthest lark. And yet I stand on the shore, unsure of where to go…how to cross, what path leads me there? I do not know. I stand, staring at the water, reflecting back to me in most perfect picture, myself, alone, solitary and afraid. “Oh dear God” I say as I stand there alone, wondering where He has gone in this hour of need. But do I hear an answer? Do I see a sign? No. But I know He cares. “Oh dear Lord, come to me please…” I ask, standing there. But nothing, no sign..where could He have gone? Soon at my feet there is a rumble, the clear blue water becomes a river, a flood, a torrent of water. I tremble for fear and step back. I can not take my eyes from it, how will I ever cross it, how will I ever survive? The sound transfixes me, the danger overcomes me and I feel helpless. 

Then a voice calls, above all else I hear it echo to me…smooth, and clear, full of the kindest peace… “My child…come to me.” I look across the raging torrent…which now rages silently…with no sound, and I see my God, standing on the other side. “Come to me” He beckons once again…I want so badly to go and be in His arms, want so badly to feel his love and protection, but how do I get to that place. “How Lord?” I ask…yelling as if to talk over the silence…”Come.” I look at the water…it rages with speed, crashes with thunder. “Come.” I cry…afraid to try..but I know that’s where I belong…so I step. A step closer to the danger…a step closer to my Lord. He is there…waiting for me…there for me like He said He would be, all I need do is go to Him. I step closer, the spray of the water touching my face. “I love you Lord” I say…now on the shore. I step into the water, my will says go on…my body cries stop! I go on…each step my feet finding solid ground…I am in the middle of the rage, standing. I look at my feet…the water only coming up to my ankles…still raging. The stream is only a foot deep. I now run..finding the courage to go on. 

I am there..in His arms…sweet bliss comes across me..the Lord never left me, the Lord never left me. He was there…”you see my child” he whispers “all you need do is find the courage to cross, I have given you the power over these things..have made you bigger than them..that is part of your calling to me.” I stay…motionless in His arms…he is soft like the warm sun and my muscles relax…all pressure gone… all trembles cease and I am at perfect peace with my God, my Father…my Protector. “Oh dear God” I say “I love you my Father, I know you are there for me now…I know with you, I can overcome.” We stand there..for what is eternity..embracing..and never once, not for the shortest moment, do His arms loosen, He steadfastly holds me, forever. 

 

by Philip Lopez

Chain Of Love

Posted in STORIES on February 1, 2009 by mybookofwisdom

Joe was driving home one evening, on a two-lane country road. Work, in this small mid-western community, was almost as slow as his beat-up Pontiac. But he never quit looking. Ever since the factory closed, he’d been unemployed, and with winter raging on, the chill had finally hit home. 

It was a lonely road. Not very many people had a reason to be on it, unless they were leaving. Most of his friends had already left. They had families to feed and dreams to fulfill. But he stayed on. After all, this was where he buried his mother and father. He was born here and knew the country. 

He could go down this road blindfolded, and tell you what was on either side, and with his headlights not working, that came in handy. It was starting to get dark and light snow flurries were coming down. He’d better get a move on. 

You know, he almost didn’t see the old lady, stranded on the side of the road. But even in the dim light of day, he could see she needed help. So he pulled up in front of her Mercedes and got out. His Pontiac was still sputtering when he approached her. 

Even with the smile on his face, she was worried. No one had stopped to help for the last hour or so. Was he going to hurt her? He didn’t look safe, he looked poor and hungry. He could see that she was frightened, standing out there in the cold. He knew how she felt. It was that chill that only fear can put in you. He said, “I’m here to help you ma’am. Why don’t you wait in the car where it’s warm. By the way, my name is Joe.” 

Well, all she had was a flat tire, but for an old lady, that was bad enough. Joe crawled under the car looking for a place to put the jack, skinning his knuckles a time or two. Soon he was able to change the tire. But he had to get dirty and his hands hurt. As he was tightening up the lug nuts, she rolled down her window and began to talk to him. She told him that she was from St. Louis and was only just passing through. She couldn’t thank him enough for coming to her aid. Joe just smiled as he closed her trunk. 

She asked him how much she owed him. Any amount would have been alright with her. She had already imagined all the awful things that could have happened had he not stopped. Joe never thought twice about the money. This was not a job to him. This was helping someone in need, and God knows there were plenty who had given him a hand in the past. He had lived his whole life that way, and it never occurred to him to act any other way. He told her that if she really wanted to pay him back, the next time she saw someone who needed help, she could give that person the assistance that they needed, and Joe added “…and think of me”. 

He waited until she started her car and drove off. It had been a cold and depressing day, but he felt good as he headed for home, disappearing into the twilight. A few miles down the road the lady saw a small cafe. She went in to grab a bite to eat, and take the chill off before she made the last leg of her trip home. It was a dingy looking restaurant. Outside were two old gas pumps. The whole scene was unfamiliar to her. The cash register was like the telephone of an out of work actor, it didn’t ring much. 

Her waitress came over and brought a clean towel to wipe her wet hair. She had a sweet smile, one that even being on her feet for the whole day couldn’t erase. The lady noticed that the waitress was nearly eight months pregnant, but she never let the strain and aches change her attitude. The old lady wondered how someone who had so little could be so giving to a stranger. Then she remembered Joe. 

After the lady finished her meal, and the waitress went to get her change from a hundred dollar bill, the lady slipped right out the door. She was gone by the time the waitress came back. She wondered where the lady could be, then she noticed something written on a napkin. There were tears in her eyes, when she read what the lady wrote. It said, “You don’t owe me a thing, I’ve been there too. Someone once helped me out, the way I’m helping you. If you really want to pay me back, here’s what you do. Don’t let the chain of love end with you.” 

Well, there were tables to clear, sugar bowls to fill, and people to serve, but the waitress made it through another day. That night when she got home from work and climbed into bed, she was thinking about the money and what the lady had written. How could she have known how much she and her husband needed it? With the baby due next month, it was going to be hard. She knew how worried her husband was, and as he lay sleeping next to her, she gave him a soft kiss and whispered soft and low, “Everything’s gonna be alright, I love you Joe.”

INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS

Posted in THOUGHTS on January 29, 2009 by mybookofwisdom

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AWESOME THOUGHTS

Posted in THOUGHTS on January 28, 2009 by mybookofwisdom

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The Burning Hut

Posted in STORIES with tags on January 28, 2009 by mybookofwisdom

612889-mediumThe only survivor of a shipwreck washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him, and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.

Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened; everything was lost. He was stung with grief and anger.

“God, how could you do this to me!” he cried.

Early the next day, however, he was awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching the island. It had come to rescue him.

“How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers.

“We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn’t lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. St. Paul wrote, “…I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:12).

St. Paul had confidence that good would come out of everything (Romans 8:28), so he learned to be thankful, not bitter, even when he was suffering.

Remember the next time your little hut is burning to the ground–it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God. 

 

 

author unknown

Burning Bush

Posted in STORIES on January 28, 2009 by mybookofwisdom

52102358051108wsp0461Where were you when God called you? Can you remember that instant when you knew that you knew that God had a design, a plan, and a purpose for you? Realization has come to me in stages, yet in my soul I always knew. I think most of us are like that if we care to admit it. Did you question God when He called you? Did you wonder if it was really the Lord calling you? I ask these questions because I have been walking with Moses recently and his actions started my present line of thought.

Moses was tending a flock of sheep and as he led them to the back of the desert, he came to Horeb, the mountain of God. Moses was pretty much minding his own business when the Angel of the Lord appeared to him as a flame of fire in the middle of a bush. Moses turned aside to get a better look, after all you don’t see a burning bush every day. Let me try to paint the complete picture for you.

Moses is standing barefoot in front of a burning bush, barefoot because the bush has told him that the ground is holy. The flame in the bush is the Angel of the Lord. The bush is burning, yet not consumed by the flame. The bush is talking to him and he is talking to the bush. The bush tells Moses that it is God and says in so many words, “Moses, my man, I have a job for you,” and Moses immediately starts arguing with the bush, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” Do you suppose the Lord felt like he was reasoning with a bush? Tell me, what did you say when the Lord called you?52656607051121wsp0122

I remember thinking, Moses, what do you expect God to say, that He was having a bad day and he must have been mistaken? Do you expect God to see the wisdom of your reasoning and intellect, the God of heaven and earth? I could hardly keep silent any longer and just as I was about to cry out that God had never asked him to move in his own power, the Lord glanced my way, and in that instant I knew that we all have a little Moses in us. It is always so easy to see the mistakes of others and ignore our own, isn’t it? The glance from the Lord said it all and I wondered, why is the Lord always so gentle with me? 

I kept my peace and my concealment and watched as the Lord patiently overcame all the objections that Moses could muster. I recalled my own objections when the Lord called me. What about you, have you answered the call or are you still in the objecting stage? Well, that is between you and the Lord, but remember, he has brought you here to show you something.

Looking back, I doubt if Moses had any idea of the adventure that was to unfold in his life. I followed the man on and off from a distance for many years and I tell you, I have never seen a tougher man. Would you stand up to Pharaoh time after time? After all the plagues that wasted most of what Pharaoh held dear, would you have the guts to walk up to him and say, by the way Mr. Pharaoh, there is more to come if you don’t do what the most high God wants done? 

Would you baby-sit that unruly mob for forty years? What would you do when even your own relatives turned against you? Would you pray for them and ask God to heal them? If you had to spend forty years in the desert with “children” what would you do? What will we do when we realize that we have a lot in common with the “children?” 

For forty years they whined, complained and refused to obey the Lord. Is that really much different from what you and I do? I wish I could say yes. I watched Moses walk the desert at night, just him and the stars and God. I could hear him talk to God but I stayed far enough away so I couldn’t make out the words. A man should have privacy when he is with his Creator. I would watch him come back from those walks and his face would be at ease, all the tension gone. After many of those walks the children would try to intercept him before he could find the safety of his tent. I noticed that he became more resourceful at avoiding them as the years passed.

Do you walk with God in the cool of the day and talk with Him? It is a two-way conversation, God so desires to have a relationship with you. Many of us spend our time murmuring and complaining instead of doing what we are called to do. The Lord never told us to talk the problem, don’t you think He knows the problem? Speak the solution and God will honor your words.53277967051204109

One lesson I learned as I walked with Moses that stands out in my mind is that God never honors murmuring. He will at times respond to murmuring, manna is a good example. Can you imagine eating the same food for three meals a day for forty years? Oh, you can call it heavenly food if you like, but you haven’t a clue of the meaning of monotony until you dine on the same food for years and years. On top of that their women had to wear the same clothes for forty years, what a life that was in the tents. I won’t even tell you of the standard conversation that I would hear, but suffice it to say, it is no wonder they were such an ugly bunch. The children murmuring to the women, the women murmuring to the men, the men murmuring to each other and to Moses and to God, well, you get the picture. What do you think that calliope sounded like to God?

I wondered how they could have lived if they would have repented and asked God, in faith too bless them. On those nights when I was keeping my distance from Moses as he talked to God I wondered how things would have been if Adam had not blamed the snake and the woman. It is to late for them to change but you and I could start fresh right now if we wanted. 

The times I enjoyed the most is when Moses would go on retreat with the Lord. I wasn’t allowed to get as close as Moses, they were talking God to leader, so I would set up camp some distance away. The peace and serenity of the Lord is something that I carry with me to this day. As a observer I have heard on more than one occasion that the day will come when all of mankind can enter into the secret place of the most high. What a day that will be! I can see a time when people will never murmur again, although I wonder, knowing man as I do. Yet I am a dreamer so I chose to dream of a time when murmuring will end once and for all. 

Lately I have been watching Moses writing and when I asked him what he was doing, he told me he was writing books. Not a book like I would write of dates, people, and facts, but books written under the power of the Lord. I should tell you this, Moses glows, at times he is so bright he has to cover himself. He has let me read some of his writing and I can tell you the man is very good, his work has a glow of it’s own.

I have learned many things from Moses and his people through the years, the following three stand out above the rest. The first is if everyone around you is murmuring, whether it is a few or millions, you don’t have to join in. God will honor your faith and he will go around millions of people if necessary to move on your faith. One man can keep the faith and be a light to the world if he desires and God can make you that light. Can you see yourself glowing with the presence of God? 

I recall the day of the thunder and lightning. It seemed like the earth would shake itself apart. The mountain smoked and the wind was heavy on my flesh. The darkness was thick with the presence of the Lord. Moses drew near but the people were full of fear. They told Moses to talk to God and then tell them what the Lord said. That is why Moses was chosen to lead the people, he drew near. I remembered the burning bush and how he turned and drew near to the Lord that day. Don’t stand far off from God like the children did that day. They never did grow up, they remained children until they died, spiritual babies that had seen God’s power but rejected it and thereby sealed their fate.556779210602010292

One other thing that often comes to mind is courage of conviction. Joshua and Caleb were men of valor, when the Lord said they could take the promised land they believed God and not the circumstance. For forty years Joshua held fast his confession of faith. He watched all the children die in the desert because of disobedience and when the fullness of time came he was well able to lead his people. I recall times in my life when I wouldn’t hold fast to my confession for more than a hour. What an encouragement and example Joshua is to me.

Well, my friend, I have enjoyed writing you this letter and bringing you up to date on what I have witnessed lately. I pray that it is an encouragement to you and your faith. If you should happen to see a burning bush or a shaking mountain heavy with the Lord’s power, I encourage you to draw near. Please write soon so I know all is well with you. I must return to my book and finish the story of the desert. The Lord has some others that I am to watch and write about, if possible I will visit you shortly. 

 

by Pat Worrell