This past year I was lucky enough to have been invited to a “Mastermind” group. Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, first defined the “Mastermind” as a “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.” Our Mastermind group consists of five individuals and our purpose is to help, improve, motivate and hold each other accountable for all aspects of life.
One person in our Mastermind group, Jim, does all four of these objectives by sending a “Daily Insight” or quote out to the group every day. As I complete my planning process and goal setting for 2011, I have reviewed all of the year’s Daily Insights as a source of inspiration. Of the hundreds I have reviewed, below are 10 Insights that cover a variety of topics that have personal meaning to me. I hope these Insights offer some inspiration to you as we get ready to start a new year.
Accomplishment: “One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful” – Sigmund Freud
Accountability: “There is no such thing as can’t, only won’t. If you’re qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes! But you can’t blame other people or society in general. It all comes from your mind. When we do the impossible we realize we are special people.” – Jan Ashford
Attitude: “No matter what you’re doing, try to work at that task like it’s your dream job.” – Russell Simmons
Change: “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therfore remain bound.” – James Allen.
Determination: “Fall seven times and stand up eight.” – Proverb (origin Japanese)
Expectations: “High expectations are the key to everything.” – Sam Walton
Fear: “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D Rockefeller
Legacy: “When a man dies, if he can pass enthusiasm along to his children, he has left them an estate of incalculable value.” – Thomas Edison
Humility: “No matter how bad someone has it, there are other who have it worse. Remembering that makes life a lot easier and allows you to take pleasure in the blessing you have been given” – Lou Holtz
Passion: “The core problem is not that we are too passionate about bad things, but that we are not passionate enough about good things” – Larry Crabb
Have a safe and happy holiday season!