The Best Advice For Growth

The Best Advice For Growth

| January 02, 2020

I do not know about you, but quotes have always brought me encouragement, advice, and the motivation needed to press on.  Here are a few of my favorites and a couple team member's favorites.   

"Things done by halves are never done right." 

Growing up, if I heard this once, I heard this 1,000+ times.  It was just one of my Mom's favorite lines to encourage us to complete our tasks (usually house chores) right the first time.  It was not my favorite advice. 

"Many hands make light work."

Another one of Mom's favorite sayings.  It's true -- no matter the task, if you have help, you can accomplish much.  So if you need help, ask for it. 

"You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage -- pleasantly, smiling, nonapologetically -- to say 'no' to other things.  And the way to do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside." - Stephen Covey

The most challenging word to say in the English language is "no."  A simple two letter word that sets boundaries and keeps us from over extending our lives and our schedules.  Set a goal and stick to it.  For me -- this is my word for 2020!

"It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.  It is what you think about it." - Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

One of the books my Dad encouraged me to read was Dale Carnegie's "How To Win Friends and Influence People."  There are numerous quotes in this book that would benefit, and it was challenging to narrow it down to just this one -- it's all in our attitude -- what determines happiness, success, motivation, encouragement, etc.  We have the power to make it or break it. 

"What you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine.  The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists." -- Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese?

There was a time in my life when I wanted to be in control of every aspect of my professional life and personal life.  It sounds like a possible feat up to a certain level.  But know from my experience -- trying to control every aspect will make you unreasonable when change occurs.  Change is constant.  To embrace it and grow with it means letting go and breathing through it.  Definitely a worth-while read for any person who struggles with change. 

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.”

This is a quote my Mom had in several places and often repeated it to me. Losing both of my parents within 14 months of each other has made me live this every single day. Somedays I just get up and move along, other days aren’t as easy--missing them and their guidance. I have no choice BUT to be strong and push through.                                    

---  Julie Chowning, Myrtle Beach

A wise poet said: “A joyful heart is good medicine,  but a crushed spirit saps one’s strength.” 

Your attitude has the biggest effect on your happiness!  Attitude often trumps circumstances and genes when it comes to happiness because you can control your attitude.   In other words, it can affect whether you attain a goal or give up or whether a tragic event brings out the best in you or the worst.  Sow seeds of realistic optimism, and fertilize your life with actions that produce positive emotions.  You will reap an emotional crop that will make your life much more rewarding.                                                                                                       --- Mariela Castillo Couch, Middleburg Heights

These words provide encouragement for those who seek it. What encourages you? Motivates you? We'd love to hear your favorite quotes!