I have a neighbor who has the annual neighborhood garden party in her backyard each summer. The gathering started out as a way to keep everyone up to speed on disaster planning (yes, we live on beautiful Vancouver Island and we live on a shifty fault line). Eventually, because of their extraordinarily beautiful gardens, the planning agenda was dropped but the party continued.
Mary, the gardens' creator, told me that when they purchased their property a dozen years ago, the yard was just an expanse of lawn. (Some environmentalists call lawn "green desert"). They started the first year by planning a garden for a strip of the yard that was about 70' by 10 feet, and used this system each year, until bit by bit the yard grew into a minor paradise.
They had a vision, a plan/strategy, and then they put in the hard work to bring the vision about. Their vision and hard work has definitely positively impacted on everyone in our neighborhood.
You too can have a positive impact on your family and friends and customers and anyone else you come into contact with-- and even into the future of your family-- just by your own spirit of excellence! As a Child of God, you are called to that spirit of excellence!
Thinking Work:Even if you haven't arrived at a place of realization of your dreams, please know that your hard work and positive attitude will result in a difference for your family and in your own happiness. You are fortifying your DNA with strength and courage and the kind of upbeat attitude that will be immortalized in your children and grandchildren. With your pen and paper, write down the ten qualities you most want to pass on to your kids and grandkids. Describe how you are sowing seeds of these same qualities right now in your life.
As an added piece of learning, read how another coach and Olympic athlete expresses his excellent spirt and vision to achieve his dreams. Click here.
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