No 9, 3-2-18, You Must Be The Motivator!


No 9 3-2-18 You Must Be The Motivator!

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You must be the motivator!

How to maintain a state of euphoria. Expect success and maintain your enthusiasm!

To get started, you must possess a bit of faith – believing without seeing. Your attitude has to be, there is nothing I cannot handle.

Five tips to do this:

  1. Just say OK to the situation and see it as it is.
  2. Analyze what is happening from all angles.
  3. Decide what you’re going to do.
  4. Act and Take Action!
  5. Then move on!

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.” – Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) Scottish Novelist

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As I am growing in my 60’s, I am realizing what I am supposed to be and who I am to become. This is an awesome realization. I have awakened to the fact that I must be the spark, the starter, the leader, the motivator, the thinker of ideas, the catalyst, the first to act, the life changer, the one who steps forward first, the one who is the mentor, the cheerleader, the maker of change.

“Be the Change You Wish To See in the World” Mohandas Gandhi

If I want others to change around me, I must be the example of that change. If I want growth, I must grow. If I want enthusiasm, I must be the best enthusiast. If I want a joyous atmosphere, I must be the sanguine of the room. I realized that my actions are the only motivational book some people will ever read. If I am not true to my beliefs, I am a fake to everyone around me. I am not true to myself or others. I must walk the walk and be the example for others.

“I was taught how to work. I think that’s everything. Creativity and imagination alone are not going to get you there.”

– Writer Elizabeth Gilbert (1969 ) American author

With all my writings about faith, hope, leadership and mentoring, nothing is of any value if it is not accompanied with hard work and perseverance. I may be the giver of many inspirational words, but if I don’t work to get those messages out to others, it is all a great loss of energy.

“Be comforted in the fact that the ache in your heart and the confusion in your soul means that you are still alive, still human, and still open to the beauty of the world.”

– Paul Harding (1946) English author

I feel the ache in my heart every day, all the time, moment by moment. This ache keeps me alive and keeps me focused. I know what I must do, who I must be, and what I must give to others every day. The days of an easy life are over. I must do all I can with all my power to help guide others each day. Yes, it’s a bit of work, hard at times, but the rewards of service are immeasurable.

Do you have an ache in your heart? Take a minute and say to yourself “What am I supposed to be doing with my life?” “What service am I to be giving to others daily?” The ache won’t go away, but you’ll find the purpose, direction, and guidance to turn that ache into leadership and strength for others.

Homework for all my readers:  Go to someone today and say, “What may I do for you today to help you in any way?” Then hang on, your life with change, and so with the person or persons you are guiding.

Thanks for reading,

David Earl Woodbury

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05 2-2-18 The Calamity of Not Dreaming!

No 05 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Calamity of Not Dreaming!

“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.”

– Dr. Benjamin Mays (1894 – 1984)

Even to today, I love to dream. I dream of success with all the trimmings and rewards of achieved goals. All around me are post notes and small notebooks and pieces of paper and notations all over my computers and in every calendar I have. These are dreams, ideas, goals, hopes, aspirations, and hope lists filled with every type of idea I can think, see, feel, read, smell and discover.

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can transform one million realities.”

– Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) American poet

Sometimes in the middle of all my many, many fantasies, one takes hold and becomes a reality. It is glorious and powerful to see an idea, a dream, a thought turn into a benefit for children, a new dance show, a new dance routine, a book, a lecture, or a life-changing experience. Yes, I am lucky that I am awake to hearing ideas and capturing them in my own feeble way, and I’m able to see them turn into powerful realities in my life and the lives of others.

“Most groups have a potential for greatness that never quite takes off. But every so often the right person comes along who can put together a handful of superb people, set an impossible goal, engage them in a holy war, and let them rip.”

– Jennifer Clark Author of Mondo Agnelli: Fiat, Chrysler, and the Power of a Dynasty

This quote is the heart of this written message. I pray, O God, please make me the type of leader to guide out team to greatness and not to disaster. Please give me the wisdom and discernment to be a great leader that others will want to follow and one that will inspire others. I now have a team of superb people and I hope every day to not mess them up. Wisdom, I need wisdom! We have set our impossible goal and now is the time to make the magic happen!

“If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.”

– B.J. Marshall (1951) Australian physician, Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology


“At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.”

– Christopher Reeve (1952 – 2004) American Actor


“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”

– Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-American Physicist

Three great quotes above. First, I am accomplishing a goal every day and am always seeing new visions as I travel down the great highway of life. Second, I know that many of my dreams seem impossible, but after a while I get that feeling deep in my soul that I have to take action, that no matter how hard, I will make my dreams come true. Third, I do live in a fantasy world and that I have not let that gift vanish from my life. Every time I am at the Magic Kingdom at Disneyland, I imagine Walt standing in that empty orange grove in Anaheim with his great dreams. I am amazed what his dreams and fantasies came true and that he never gave up. Walt said that Disneyland would never be finished and it continues to grow, expand and reinvent every year!

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

– Walt Disney (1901 – 1966) American Animator and Film Maker


“Your imagination is the preview to life’s coming attractions.”

– Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) German physicist


“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.”

– Robert Schuller (1926) American Minister, Evangelist

Dream to do the impossible in your life. Remember, many times when you awaken from sleep that your dreams are a map to the future. If you just take a moment upon awakening, you will remember answers to life that you dreamed about. You will remember that you dreamed up a life-changing answer to a problem in your life, or for someone else’s life. Then, let go of fear of messing up. I mess up all the time, but I do succeed a lot as well. We’re all going to make mistakes so we might as well get at it and enjoy the great moments of success! Remember to dream today!

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach (1947) Author, Speaker, Mom and Philanthropist

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

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