‘Cause my cup has overflowed . . .

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‘Cause my cup has overflowed

And as I go along life’s way,

I’m reaping better than I sowed.

I’m drinking from my saucer,

‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven’t got a lot of riches,

and sometimes the going’s tough.

But I’ve got loving ones all around me,

and that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for his blessings,

and the mercies He’s bestowed.

I’m drinking from my saucer,

‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,

My faith wore somewhat thin.

But all at once the dark clouds broke,

and the sun peeped through again.

So Lord, help me not to gripe,

about the tough rows I have hoed.

I’m drinking from my saucer,

‘Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,

When the way grows steep and rough.

I’ll not ask for other blessings,

I’m already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,

to help others bear their loads.

Then I’ll keep drinking from my saucer,

Cause my cup has overflowed.

Consider this: Is your cup overflowed?

It Takes Time To Heal . . .

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It Takes Time To Heal
Ted Hibbard

It takes time to heal.

Build a bridge
from now to tomorrow.
Sink the piers
deep into the Earth.
Pour in concrete
day by day,
a little at a time,
and let it set.

It takes time to heal.

It may feel very awkward,
as if you’re making empty promises,
as if you’re simply spanning empty space.

But someday, somehow, somewhere,
you’ll find yourself
upon a brand new shore,
glancing back at the bridge
which you alone have built.

It takes time to heal.

Consider this: What do you need time to heal from?

25 Simple Things to Give Up If You Want to Succeed . . .

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25 Simple Things to Give Up If You Want to Succeed

The best way to invite good new things into your life is to make room for them.
Just as you declutter your office and home, from time to time do a check and throw out anything that isn’t helping you make your success achievable.

Here are some good places to start.

1. Trying to be perfect. Perfectionism sets us up for failure. It’s not a quest for the best but a way of telling yourself you’ll never be good enough.
2. Playing small. Expand your horizons. Go big. Grow! Sometimes the process is painful, but it’s worth it.
3. Faking it. Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re always strong.
4. Waiting for luck. Luck builds its foundation on preparation. Coming across good opportunities may be partly a matter of luck, but it’s also a matter of knowing where to find them and being prepared to make the most of them.
5. Waiting for anything. We have been fooled into thinking that if we wait for the right time, right place, and right person we will be successful, but opportunity is where you find it, not where it finds you.
6. Needing approval. Don’t let the opinions of others consume you. What a waste of time!
7. Trying to do it alone. Even if you can pull it off, it’s twice as much work and half as much fun when you do it alone.
8. Making empty promises. Make your promises rare and 100 percent reliable.
9. Fixating on your weaknesses. We all have our weak points. Work on them, but focus on your strengths.
10. Blaming others. It’s cowardly and it costs you respect.
11. Overlooking your negative thoughts. You may believe that you are responsible for what you do but not for what you think. The truth is those things can’t be separated.
12. Living in the past. Your future starts now.
13. Trying to please everyone. The surest path to failure is trying to please everyone. Work to please only yourself and those who are important to you.
14. Small goals. Small goals yield small results; big goals, big (and sometimes huge) results.
15. Holding on to grudges. They’re a waste of time and a thief of contentment and happiness.
16. Avoiding change. Change will happen with your permission or not. Manage it when you can and always make the best of it.
17. Trying to never make a mistake. Avoiding risk and never daring is the biggest mistake you can make.
18. Saying “I can’t.” Don’t give up just because things are hard, and don’t talk to yourself in negative terms.
19. Minimizing yourself. Being a shrinking violet doesn’t help you, it doesn’t put anyone else at ease, and it’s a bore.
20. Gossiping. Small people indulge in gossip. Talk about ideas instead — and when you do talk about people, be compassionate and supportive always.
21. Staying down. Failure does not come from falling down. Failure comes from not getting up.
22. Complaining. If you spend time complaining about yesterday, you won’t have time to make tomorrow better.
23. Spending time with negative people. If those around you are trying to bring you down, maybe it’s time to lift yourself up.
24. Comparing yourself with others. Comparison is another thief of your happiness. Don’t worry about what others are doing.
25. Thinking you can’t make a difference. Each of us can make a difference — and together we make a change.

We all have traits and tendencies we need to give up so we can let something great come in. Everyone is entitled for success; we just have to make room for it. Learn to give up what is keeping you stuck and start moving closer to the things you want out of life.

Originally published on Inc.com

About the Author: Lolly Daskal is the founder of Lead from Within, a global leadership, executive coaching, and business consulting firm. You can connect with her on Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and Google+

Consider this: Where will you start today?

Change course, experiment with life . . .

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You have a right to experiment with your life. You will make mistakes. And they are right too. No, I think there was too rigid a pattern. You came out of an education and are supposed to know your vocation. Your vocation is fixed, and maybe ten years later you find you are not a teacher anymore or you’re not a painter anymore. It may happen. It has happened. I mean Gauguin decided at a certain point he wasn’t a banker anymore; he was a painter. And so he walked away from banking. I think we have a right to change course. But society is the one that keeps demanding that we fit in and not disturb things. They would like you to fit in right away so that things work now.

— Anaïs Nin

Consider this: Where do you need to change course today?

If You Bring Love . . .

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If You Bring Love
Joseph Campbell

At a certain moment in Nietzsche’s life, the idea came to him of what he called ‘the love of your fate.’ Whatever your fate is, whatever the heck happens, you say, “This is what I need.” It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge.

If you bring love to that moment – not discouragement – you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow. Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true.

Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not.

Consider this: It is a matter of perspective.

The Chief Beauty About Time . . .

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The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour
are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.

Arnold Bennett

Consider this: What choices are you making about how you use your time right now?

We’ll See . . .

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We’ll See
Author Unknown

Once upon a time, there was a farmer in the central region of China. He didn’t have a lot of money and, instead of a tractor, he used an old horse to plow his field.

One afternoon, while working in the field, the horse dropped dead. Everyone in the village said, “Oh, what a horrible thing to happen.” The farmer said simply, “We’ll see.” He was so at peace and so calm, that everyone in the village got together and, admiring his attitude, gave him a new horse as a gift.

Everyone’s reaction now was, “What a lucky man.” And the farmer said, “We’ll see.”

A couple days later, the new horse jumped a fence and ran away. Everyone in the village shook their heads and said, “What a poor fellow!”

The farmer smiled and said, “We’ll see.”

Eventually, the horse found his way home, and everyone again said, “What a fortunate man.”

The farmer said, “We’ll see.”

Later in the year, the farmer’s young boy went out riding on the horse and fell and broke his leg. Everyone in the village said, “What a shame for the poor boy.”

The farmer said, “We’ll see.”

Two days later, the army came into the village to draft new recruits. When they saw that the farmer’s son had a broken leg, they decided not to recruit him.

Everyone said, “What a fortunate young man.”

The farmer smiled again – and said “We’ll see.”

Moral of the story: There’s no use in overreacting to the events and circumstances of our everyday lives. Many times what looks like a setback, may actually be a gift in disguise. And when our hearts are in the right place, all events and circumstances are gifts that we can learn valuable lessons from.

Consider this: Don’t overreact.

The Wise Woman’s Stone . . .

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The Wise Woman’s Stone
Author Unknown

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

‘I’ve been thinking,’ he said, ‘I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.'”

Consider this: Do you have what the wise woman has within?

I Will Stand Tall . . .

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I Will Stand Tall
Amanda Kiser

As I stand alone
walls on all sides
On the hardness and trials
I will stand tall
as tall as I might,
for all of my
humble little life.
Til the world tramples me,
and I am no more,
I will stand tall
as tall as I might.
Always reaching for the sun.
Even though all around
is brokenness and pain
I’ll lend my brief beauty
and stand tall
as tall as I might.

Consider this: Stand tall today!

The Chief Beauty About Time . . .

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The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour
are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.

Arnold Bennett

Consider this: Enjoy the moment.