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“The Day After The Victory”

I spent Sunday, December 18 at my son, Kevin’s church, No Limits Church (NLC), in Brooklyn NY. His pastor, Ken Bobe, invited me to come and facilitate a leadership workshop at 8:30am, and teach during their 10am service. I accepted, and visualized a successful and blessed outcome…

But what I experienced that day surpassed all my expectations! The people of NLC blessed me more than anything I ever did… Their warm, welcoming spirit, hospitality and genuine love for each other was awesome to see… NLC has a desire to become better leaders and positively impact the people they serve & BEYOND! Pastor Ken is masterfully leading them and I believe they will reach AND surpass their goals! Thank you, NLC! Gracias por todo!

The time spent with them has also inspired me to resurrect this blog and start posting again!

With that in mind — as I reflected on the day and how God just put things in place for ALL of us to be blessed; I have two important principles to share with No Limits Church OR anyone else peeking at this post! 🙂

Principle #1 is: “You’re most vulnerable the day after the victory.”

Principle #2“Truth unrehearsed is soon forgotten.” Let me explain…

The “victory” I refer to; in the case of NLC, is that you heard teaching that impacted your life, exposed some areas you need to work on… you even heard something that seemed aimed directly at YOU… That “victory” was followed by thoughts of, “wow, I have some things to work on and improve in my life…right? Principle #1 holds a simple yet profound warning for those engaged in the life pursuit of excellence: ACT ON THOSE THOUGHTS IMMEDIATELY!

If you don’t place value on what you heard and actively process it, rehearse it and find a way to IMMEDIATELY apply it to your life — you will soon forget it and miss an opportunity to grow!! (“Truth unrehearsed is SOON forgotten”…) You become vulnerable to falling back into bad habits, lack of discipline and a “roller coaster” life…

I encourage you to take some time and write down the “bold print” – the things that stuck out to you, and make a plan to implement them in your life. If you can’t do it RIGHT NOW, then make an appointment with yourself — i.e., make an “meeting with me” in Outlook or iCal… I’m serious folks — use technology to YOUR advantage.

Make the time, and attack those areas in your life that need to be improved. Persist through setbacks, persevere through your own mistakes and ask God for the desire and power to become a better leader.

If you are disciplined and do this, you will reap great rewards!!    

Do The Hard Work


Note from CoachO: A great thought leader I have come to admire is Ralph Marston. He has a very inspiring website called, “The Daily Motivator.”

The following is a post from his “Motivator” archives… Enjoy!


Do the hard work!

Don’t avoid the hard work. That’s where the greatest value is created.

Don’t be afraid of the difficult, complicated, challenging tasks. Once you get past the fear, you’re already past the most difficult aspect.

Relish the opportunity to do the hard work. For it is an opportunity to experience yourself being fully alive and effective.

Find real enjoyment and satisfaction in doing the difficult work. Get yourself hooked on how good it feels to make a meaningful positive difference.

It’s often assumed that hard work is best avoided. Yet when you avoid hard work, you cheat yourself out of the joy of accomplishment.

Seek out the hard work and you’ll find it’s not bad at all. Do the hard work, and transform each day, each moment and each effort into great value.

— Ralph Marston
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14 Quotes Series: “Inspiration”

Note from Coach O: So far in the 14 Quotes series I have chosen a topic to share related quotes. For this edition of “14 Quotes”, I have chosen 14 quotes to simply inspire you this week! Enjoy…


“One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.”  ~Sidney Howard 

“The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible.  That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.”  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

“I don’t care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don’t harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you’re never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.”  ~Zig Ziglar 

“The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.”  ~Author Unknown
“How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I’m committed to?”  ~Anthony Robbins
“Sometimes the path you’re on is not as important as the direction you’re heading.”  ~Kevin Smith
 “The impossible is often the untried.”  ~Jim Goodwin
“The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.”  ~Vance Havner  

“Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.”  ~Author Unknown
 “One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.”  ~Jack Penn
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”  ~Beverly Sills  

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”  ~David Lloyd George

 “Know your limits, but never stop trying to exceed them.”  ~Author Unknown  

 “Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t.”  ~George Lucas


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson