Hello, this is Devon Harris and I am excited to be with you again on Keep On Pushing radio. We remain committed and passionate about sharing ideas and insights that are going to challenge and inspire you to live your best life.
In this podcast, I would like to talk about the four seasons. Now for those of you who you hated geography in school, you can relax! This is not about the seasons of the year per se.
Yes, I will be speaking about spring, summer autumn, and winter but only as an analogy, as we embark on this conversation about the seasons of life.
Some of you might see the New Year as a chance to create the ‘New You’. This is especially true if the Old Year didn’t go as well as you would have liked. But I don’t see it that way. To me, the notion of a New You suggests that you are coming into being for the first time —you never existed before. This is of course neither possible nor quite frankly, desirable. It is not possible because you have obviously been around for a while. You have had many decades of experiences and knowledge under your belt. You have had quite a long time creating your own history. So to paraphrase Bob Marley, all these decades of personal history, can’t be wiped so easily!
Carl Bard tells us……
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
It is so easy to get caught up in past events but guess what?
There is nothing you can do to change it.
Your real point of power is in the present — the here and now.
Happy Wednesday morning to you!
I have to admit, it really doesn’t feel like Wednesday but of course it is Wednesday!
Welcome to Wednesday!
Welcome to Hump Day!… as we work to get over the hump of this final week of the year. In a few days 2017 will be in the history books.
Belated Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza!
Here is a really good reminder from Timber Hawkeye….
“You’ve survived 100% of everything in your life so far, so there is a pretty good chance that you’ll survive whatever is next.”
I don’t think we sometimes give ourselves enough credit for how tough and resilient we really are.
if you were to take a quick time out….right now and take an honest, objective look at your life….
”Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway” ~ Earl Nightingale
It is no secret and if it were then it would be a poorly kept one but it is going to take some time for you to accomplish your goals and dreams. It is going to take time to learn and grow into the person you must become in order to achieve those dreams.
The thing I find surprising is that there are so many people who are simply not willing to put the time in.
They are not willing to go through the process
On June 28, 1914 Archduke Ferdinand, the presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated in Sarajevo. His assignation precipitated a series of diplomatic crises culminating in Austria-Hungary delivering an ultimatum to the Kingdom of Serbia.
A number of international alliances formed over the previous decades were invoked and before long the world was embroiled in a hot conflict. The Great war, as World War One was known before the outbreak of World War Two began on July 28, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” ~ Mark Twain
Much of what we will accomplish in life is influenced by the people we surround ourselves with. Truth be told, we all have those experts in our lives — those people who think they know what it is we can or cannot do and see it as their responsibility if not their obligation to tell us what it is they think we can or cannot do.
Now, I don’t think all of these experts, as I call them, are intentionally or deliberately trying to crush your dreams.
Abraham Hicks reminds us that “When you focus on how good the good is, the good gets better.”
We have a tendency to dwell on the things that could be better in our lives, don’t we? We put a lot of energy into what we feel we should be doing.
We pay a lot of attention to the lack or loss in our lives.
A Keep On Pushing Moment: Develop the will to prepare
“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.” ~ Bobby Knight
As an athlete, I totally resonate with the idea of having the will to succeed but I also understand that you must have as strong a will to prepare. Otherwise success is but a fleeting illusion. This is true in sports but is absolutely true in every other area of life as well. In fact, during my officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, they taught us the 7 P’s. Here they are:
Prior Preparation and Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
Success excites us!
It provides us with evidence that we are capable of achieving regardless of the obstacles we may have had to overcome. Additionally, our achievements serve as further proof that we are capable of even greater success in the future.
Needless to say, success means different things to different people.
“Remember how far you’ve come, not just how far you have to go. You are not where you want to be but neither are you where you used to be.“ ~ Rick Warren
There is often a large chasm between where you are, or where you have been and where you ideally want to be in life.
And not only is getting there a long journey but as you know,it is paved with many difficulties and sometimes you can become so fixated on how much further you have to go that you become oblivious ….completely oblivious to how far you’ve come.
“Sometimes the place you are used to is not the place you belong.” ~Queen of Katwe
This quote from the movie Queen of Katwe came at a pivotal point in the movie —a pivotal point in the life of a young chess prodigy. She had ambitions of becoming a chess grandmaster but at the same time feared that because of her humble beginnings, she did not belong among the ranks of greats in the game.
I could definitely relate to her predicament and it is a sure bet that many people can as well.
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”~ Vince Lombardi
Every now and then, you’ll hear sportscasters for example speak about the perfect score,the perfect pass,the perfect shot and so on.
Yes, we might get results that we could describe as perfect but I personally think that perfection should never be the goal.
The challenge with perfectionism is that it is always out of reach but always asking for outcomes that are virtually impossible to achieve. Sono matter what you do,it will never be enough.
“Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us “ ~ Stephen Covey
There are many things that you and I have absolutely no control over but beyond a shadow of a doubt, we can ALWAYS choose how we respond to the events and people in our environment.
For example, you have every right to be upset and you’ll hear someone say, that thing happened and it made me so made or he made me so upset but is that what really happened?
“It is lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges” ~ Muhammad Ali
I can definitely relate to this quote from the GOAT—The Greatest Of All Time. When I look back on some of the major accomplishments of my life, I know that I was able to achieve them because I simply believed. I believed in myself. I believed in my ability to get it done.
I am sure you know that you have to overcome numerous challenges in order to get from where you are to where you want to be.
“There is no adversity capable of stopping you once the choice to persevere is made.”~ Jason Kilar
One way to look at life is to say that it is a continuous succession of both small and large problems. Those problems or challenges are what we call adversity and like it or not, they are a part of life.
Roman Paynetells us to “Give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.”
We have the ability to make our dreams as big and as beautiful as we dare and equally, we have the ability to make those dreams come true.
Now for sure, there is often a steep learning curve, all sorts of obstacles to overcome, but do you know what the great thing is…..
The author Mark Caine reminds us that “The first step toward success is taken when you re
There is no doubt that many of us find ourselves in situations and circumstances that make it more difficult to succeed.
Note I said our circumstances might make it difficult, not impossible to succeed.
There will never be a perfect time.
Don’t use “the timing just isn’t right” story as an excuse to postpone the pursuit of your dreams.
Get started and keep going!
Get started from where you are with what you have. As I like to tell my audiences, “You have to jump off the cliff and learn to fly on your way down.”
“They say that 80% of success is psychology— your mindset, belief system and emotions while only 20% is mechanics—learning, practicing and developing a skill, setting goals, creating strategy or an action plan, and so on.
I want to challenge you to focus on the 80% and in the process unchain your brain from the imprisonment of fear, liberate your mind from doubt and free yourself from the disempowering beliefs you have been dragging around with you. It is high time that you release yourself from the constraints of mediocrity and instead shift your focus, and increase your intensity and drive.”
“It is not your position in life; it’s the disposition you have which will change your position”
That is a quote by David McKinley
Your state of mind regarding where you are, what you are and what you are doing plays a huge role in your success.
The late great Zig Ziglar probably said it best when he declared, “It’s your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude.”
I can’t say it enough, what we want to do here on Keep On Pushing Radio is to provide you with information that will inspire you. Information that will challenge and encourage you to go for it, to strive to reach your full potential and thus live your best life. We would like to see you become the best you possible and you tuning in to us is significant! It is significant because you are helping us in our quest to make a difference in the lives of the people we come in contact with
Hi I am Devon Harris and welcome to Keep On Pushing radio. As always, our intention is to provide you with information that will inspire and challenge you to strive to reach your full potential and in the process allow you to live your best life
So, I have a question for you
Let me ask, how are things going for you?
Are you achieving your goals?
Are you on track to reach them?
Things are working out for you?
Or are you having a rough go at it?
Former president of the United States Calvin Coolidge said this ….
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
He was arguably boxing’s most celebrated athlete. A three time heavy weight champion who is regarded as one of the Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century.To the chagrin of many, he converted to Islam, changed his name and became a member of The Nation of Islam, a group widely regarded by the American media as highly dangerous. He became even more polarizing after he refused to be enlisted in the United Stats Army and strenuously voiced his opposition to the Vietnam war