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An Empty Pickle Jar

posted by Nakkia Gray

From Stress is a Choice by David Zerfoss.  A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty pickle jar and proceeded […]

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Preparing Your Dream

posted by Nakkia Gray

From Own Your Dreams by John C. Maxwell.  If you are unsure of what your dream might be—either because you are afraid to dream or because you somehow lost your dream along the way—then start preparing yourself to receive your […]

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The Power of Kindness

posted by Nakkia Gray

From The Power of Kindness by Mac Anderson “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” – Princess Diana   The magic […]

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Who packed your parachute?

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Power of Kindness by Mac Anderson. Charles Plumb was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He […]

Make gratitude a habit

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Learning to Dance in the Rain by Mac Anderson Behavioral scientists tell us that if we do something consistently for 21 days, it becomes a habit. That’s good news if you’re interested in bringing more gratitude into your […]

The power of goals

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Goals by Gary Ryan Blair. Success is the intentional, pre-meditated use of choice and decision. Unless you choose—with certainty—what it is you want, you accept table scraps by default! The world is plump with opportunity. With boldness […]

Habits Die Hard

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Habits Die Hard by Mac Anderson and John J. Murphy We are all creatures of habit and if you make good habits, good habits will make you. This wisdom has been around since ancient times. Aristotle once […]

Find a Mentor

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Power of Attitude by Mac Anderson NOTHING BOOSTS your self-confidence or nurtures your positive attitude more than a mentor. And remember this . . . you’re never too old or too young to have one. The […]

Turn your life around, one day at a time…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from First Thing Every Morning by Lewis Timberlake If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank…time. […]

Choices we make…

posted by Nakkia Gray

From Finish Strong by Dan Green.  How did you do last year? What do want to achieve this year? With 2011 finished and 2012 beginning, this is the perfect time to evaluate your accomplishments and to set your goals for […]

When you act, the universe notices…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews There are generations yet unborn whose very lives will be shifted and shaped by the moves you make and the actions you take today. And tomorrow. And the next day. And […]

Learn to trust your inner voice…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Life Lessons by Rick Tocquigny In the first grade, our tall, red-headed teacher, Cleo Reagan, asked us… “How many artists are in this class?” We all raised our hands. Four years later, our short, diminutive art instructor, […]

Stress is a Choice

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Stress is a Choice by David Zerfoss Several years ago while listening to my pastor give a Sunday sermon, he spoke about how life is made up of a series of choices. It made me realize that […]

The one extra degree..

posted by Nakkia Gray

From 212 The Extra Degree by Mac Anderson and Sam Parker At 211°, water is hot. At 212°, it boils. That one extra degree makes all the difference. Are you content with just being pretty good? Or are you ready […]

7 rules for a better attitude

posted by Nakkia Gray

From Attitude is Everything by Vicki Hitzges Attitudes are contagious…is yours worth catching? To be honest, sometimes my answer is “no”…and that’s about the time that I need to check my attitude. Well, that’s the motivation behind this movie…a booster […]

The Handshake

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Richest Man in Town by V.J. Smith It’s amazing what can happen just by paying attention. Besides, I never thought I would have a life-changing experience at Wal-Mart. I don’t remember the exact date I met […]

Mental Toughness

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from What It Takes To Be Number One by Vince Lombardi and Vince Lombardi Jr. Head and heart – mental toughness – was one of Coach Lombardi’s favorite topics. He believed that mental toughness was the single most […]

Express your gratitude

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Learning to Dance in the Rain by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-Minute Manager, teaches his seminar participants to “catch people doing something right . . . and acknowledge them for it.” […]

And Then Some…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Charging the Human Battery:  50 Ways to Motivate Yourself  by Mac Anderson “When we have done our best, we can wait the results in peace.” ~ John Lubbock John Lubbock was right on target when he said […]

The Dash

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Dash by Linda Ellis and Mac Anderson. While it still amazes me, a simple poem I wrote one afternoon forever changed my life. It all began when I faxed a copy of this poem to a […]

What is it you want?

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Strangest Secret:  How to live the life you desire by Earl Nightingale What is it you want? Do you want to be an outstanding salesperson? A better worker at your particular job? Do you want to […]

The Good News Girl

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Power of Attitude by Mac Anderson ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL things about having a positive attitude is the number of people it touches, many times in ways you’ll never know. Recently, I stopped by a […]

The 10 rules for achieving success…

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Goals by Gary Ryan Blair The odds that you’ll succeed without taking action are about the same as winning the lottery without buying a ticket! For those times when you feel trapped, stressed, or in a prison […]

One Choice Can Change Your Life

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews Not long ago, I finally told the story of when, at the age of twenty-three, homeless and scared, I was given guidance in a most unusual fashion by an old man named […]

The Definition of Success

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Nature of Success by Mac Anderson I met Charlie Cullen through his nephew during my sophomore year in college. Charlie had been ranked by his peers as the top speaker in the country, and he had […]

The Road to Happiness

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from The Road to Happiness by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher When I travel on business, I like to talk to the taxi drivers who take me from the airport to my hotel, or to a convention center, […]

Zig Ziglar’s favorite inspirational quotes

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Inspiration 365 Days a Year by Zig Ziglar Reading has been the fuel of my motivation, it has changed the direction in which I have traveled, and it has enhanced my creative imagination more than any other activity […]

Timeless Wisdom from Great Leaders

posted by Nakkia Gray

Excerpt from Great Quotes From Great Leaders by Peggy Anderson 1. “The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) 2. “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Henry Ford (1863-1947) 3. “Kind […]

Dancing in a Hurricane

posted by Nakkia Gray

An excerpt from Learning to Dance in the Rain by Mac Anderson and BJ Gallagher “Buddha said that fortune changes like the swish of a horse’s tail. Tomorrow could be the first day of thirty years of quadriplegia…the more you […]

Life Begins When You Do

posted by Nakkia Gray

A story from Life Begins When You Do by Mary Anne Radmacher Nearly everyone postpones one grand thing or a collection of mighty hopes and dreams. Between the quote marks of our lives are phrases like these: “When things slow […]

Finish Strong

posted by Nakkia Gray

The Story behind Finish Strong, by Dan Green It was 1995 when I discovered a better way of thinking – to strive to Finish Strong in everything I chose to do. By adopting the Finish Strong mindset, I created a […]

One Choice Can Change Your Life

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from One Choice by Mac Anderson. Think about this for a moment…one choice, just one, can change your life forever. Simply put, your life today is what your choices have made it, but with new choices, you can […]

Wait to Worry

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Attitude is Everything  by Vicki Hitzges.  I used to worry. A lot. The more I fretted, the more proficient I became at it. Anxiety begets anxiety. I even worried that I worried too much! Ulcers might […]

Our Words Create Our Worlds

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from An Enemy Called Average by John Mason.  What we say is important. Our vocabulary should be filled with words of hope and dreams. Be known as someone who speaks positively. Recently I saw a sign under a […]

212 The Extra Degree

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from 212 The Extra Degree  by Mac Anderson and Sam Parker So many times, in business and in life, it’s that one extra degree of effort that separates the good from the great. What I love about […]

The awesome power of goals

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Goals…The 10 Rules for Achieving Success  by Gary Ryan Blair Success is the intentional, premeditated use of choice and decision. Unless you choose – with certainty – what it is you want, you accept table scraps […]

A guide to stress relief

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Stress is a Choice by David Zerfoss I’ve had the pleasure to get to know Joe Gibbs, the three-time Super Bowl championship coach and three-time NASCAR championship team owner. You can say Joe leads a very […]

Plan Every Day in Advance

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Eat that Frog! by Brian Tracy You have heard the old question, “How do you eat an elephant? The answer is, “One bite at a time!” How do you eat your biggest, ugliest frog? The same […]

The Strangest Secret

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from The Strangest Secret:  How to Live the Life You Desire by Earl Nightingale For 20 years, I looked for the key which would determine what would happen to a human being. Was there a key, I […]

The five “Ps” to stay healthy, happy and motivated

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Charging the Human Battery:  50 Ways to Motivate Yourself by Mac Anderson “He who has health has hope. And he who has hope has everything.” ~Arabian Proverb Abraham Heschel said, “Self-respect is the root of discipline; […]

Projects Make Dreams Happen

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Dreams are Whispers From the Soul by Marcia Wieder Big dreams get stalled, fail or even die when we put them on a to-do list. You can’t put write a book or move to a new […]

Be Part of the Solution, Not the Problem

posted by Nakkia Gray

The following is from Pulling Together:  10 Rules For High Performance Teamwork by John J. Murphy Wanted: High performance team members; passive observers need not apply. Want to be part of a winning team? Get involved. Be part of the […]

Persist No Matter What

posted by Evan Derrick

The following is from “The Best Way Out is Always Through – The Power of Perseverance” by BJ Gallagher “My learning disability gave me certain advantages, because I was able to live in the moment and capitalize on opportunities I spotted.” […]

Don’t Settle For Ordinary

posted by Evan Derrick

The following is from “The Push – The Power of Encouragement” by David McNally and Mac Anderson Encouragement can come in many forms. Sometimes it is the courageous, honest words of a friend or loved one that help us make a course […]

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An Empty Pickle Jar
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