Daily Quotes – by Ray Pelletier
In my seminars, I often ask someone to come on stage and catch a softball — someone who’s always been poor at catching. I don’t tell them to keep their eye on the ball…I tell them to focus down on the lacings of the ball — and they catch it every time. It’s the same in life. It’s never enough to just keep your eye on your goal. You have to focus down on the little, specific things that can help you attain that goal. Learn what those things are, concentrate on them — and succeed!
When you know the truth about yourself, you know your strong points and you know your weak points. Both are true. Focus on your strong points. By doing this, you utilize the special talents, interests and drives that enable you to win in life…the positive things that automatically work for you, not against you! Remember, you have only yourself to work with. Work with the positive truths about yourself that help you win — not the negative truths that help you lose.
The absolute power of the mind is staggering. Many studies have been made of champions in sports and business and among those whose lives have been fulfilled in different ways. How did they do it? It came down to one common factor — they were positive they could achieve their objectives. Is it arrogance? No way. It’s a positive attitude. They gave themselves permission to win! You can, too. Just DO it!
The real you — the person you find when you search your heart and soul and are dead-honest with yourself. This truth shows you what you can really be and do. It’s uniquely you. And because it reflects your true capabilities, all of it is possible…the dreams you can fulfill, the contributions you can make to our society, the special life you can create for yourself and for those around you. Reach for that vision and become what you see. You are your own role-model — and it was given to you at birth to emulate.
When you decide to win, you’ll instinctively approach problems with winning in mind and you’ll always find ways to work through them. If you don’t decide you are a winner… then you’ve made a decision to let fate decide the issue for you and you’ll have a mind-set that allows you to accept defeat. No real champion I’ve ever known has decided to be anything else but a champion. It’s your call. DECIDE!
Fill your mind with negative thoughts and you will conduct your life in a negative fashion. It will be a life of low self-esteem, doubts, lack of confidence. But fill your mind with positive thoughts — think well of yourself, be confident, experience the magic of giving yourself permission to win — and the world is yours. A genuinely positive attitude enables you to mentally overcome anything! You can make your mind a trash bin or a treasure chest. It’s all up to you.
Winners always reach out for information that helps them be champions. They talk to the pros in their field. They listen to tapes. They go to libraries. They tap knowledge from every source they can. No champion I ever met got there by himself — or herself. Even Columbus had to depend on the collective knowledge of hundreds who came before him — chart-makers, navigators, sea captains — before he could sail an inch from shore. He took it all in — then found a new world!
That was said by a 10-year-old with terminal cancer, and the full statement was this: “I’m glad I have cancer because I get to go to camp.” He was talking about a cancer camp. Never have I witnessed a more inspiring example of someone giving themself permission to win — an indomitable spirit refusing to be beaten. Whatever your problems, it’s unlikely they’re worse than for that child. Yet, he is a winner! It is said: “A little child shall lead them.” This day, let your thoughts be led by that 10-year-old.
I usually keep a pair of sunglasses in plain sight. They remind me that the future is so bright — there are so many opportunities ahead for me today — I’ll probably need to take my shades to work. Sounds silly, doesn’t it? Does the inventor of “Permission to Win” really need motivational props? Sure. I get down at times like anyone else. But I know the necessity of not letting it get to me. And that’s the point. Whatever it takes to keep you positive — embrace it. (When things go wrong, I allow myself a 5-minute pity party, and that’s it. I rarely have one, but I’m allowed.)
Jackie Robinson, the first black player in Major League baseball, had it rough. But he had a mission to accomplish — for himself and for other black players who depended on him to pave the way for them. He accomplished that mission with his positiveness and self-discipline. When insulted, he turned the other cheek, winning respect and achieving the all-time greatest break-through in professional sports. The next time you’re fed up and about to lose your cool — and maybe sabotage your dream — think of Robinson.