Organizations often come to Legacy Business Cultures looking for programs that will help them to reach their greatest potential. One reason they are currently falling short is that they lack a clear vision of the path that will lead them there. Our Increasing Human Effectiveness program is dedicated towards helping organizations and individuals within each organization take that first step and discover a path through a process of aligning their values with their goals in order to determine what changes are required to succeed. The following quotes are written to inspire those who are looking for a bit of motivation as well as followup ideas to help increase effectiveness at work and in life.

“I learned… that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back- that the essence of life is going forward. Life is really a one-way street.” – Agatha Christie

Today, give yourself permission to really let go of a really big mistake you made in the past. Then, allow yourself to feel gratitude for what you’ve learned from it.

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” – Alexander Graham Bell

Sometime today, take a break. Go for a walk by yourself, breathe deeply and clear your mind. Watch how much more focused you are when you return to the task at hand.

“We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.” – Calvin Coolidge

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when we have too many tasks on our plate. Today, pick a project that has the greatest impact on your team and focus most of the day’s efforts there.

“Success is not a destination that you ever reach. Success is the quality of your journey.” – Jennifer James

What if you knew that you were already on the path to success? Without judging things as “good” or “bad,” give yourself permission to enjoy the full emotional richness and complexity of today.

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.” – George Bernard Shaw

You can either fight the waves or ride them. Today, see if you can identify areas where you’re needlessly wrestling with a world that isn’t going to change to your way of thinking. Then let go of judgment and enjoy the ride!

“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

The path to your best tomorrow starts today. Instead of saying, “Someday I’ll,” take a deep breath and tell yourself, “Today, I’ll.” Then take that courageous first step.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

Whether you’re 20, 30, 40 or 70, the pursuit of dreams is what gives our lives meaning. Today, write down three dreams that you still have… and see if you can make some progress toward them in the upcoming days.

“The best work never was and never will be done for money.” – John Ruskin

When done only for money, work can easily become drudgery. Assuming that you’d have enough money to be comfortable, what work would you choose to do that would leave your unique mark on the world? How could you start to do it?

“Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas Edison

While some have fewer bumps, there are no easy roads to success. Today, think about the hard work you may have been avoiding. Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and start?

“The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate.” – Thomas J. Watson

A life fully lived always involves a degree of risk. Where have you become stuck in life by “playing it safe”? Are there some smart risks you’d be willing to take to move into your “I can become” zone?

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time.” – Anna Freud

Today, try to get a sense of where your own, authentic power comes from. Is it from your intellect, your skills and experiences, your values or your intuition? Find your core and you’ll always have strength.

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” – Chinese Proverb

We are all a product of the stories we tell ourselves. Today, see if you can tell yourself a different story about the difficulties and setbacks you face. How are they helping you by building character, resilience and wisdom?

“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.” – Jonathan Winters

Think of one small step you could take today that would start you moving toward accomplishing something you’ve always dreamed of. Then take it!