Admiral David Farragut, best remembered for his courage at Mobile Bay in 1864, listened as Admiral Samuel Dupont listed the reasons why he failed to get his fleet into Charleston Harbor and win the battle. When Dupont finished his explanation, Admiral Farragut replied, "There is one reason more. You did not believe you could."
To look at him today you would find it difficult to believe that in August, 1974, Clarence Gass awoke unable to breath. However, the forty-one-year-old eventually regained his breath.
His breath problem that August night was no mystery. He was going through three and a half packs of cigarettes and twenty-four cans of beer a day. He stopped weighing at the 265-pound mark when he had a forty-three-inch waist. That very morning, after his frightening experience, Clarence Gass got down on his knees and asked God to help him.
He quit drinking and smoking. He began to walk and then jog every night. Before the year was out, he was jogging four to five miles a day. Clarence went from more than 265 pounds to 150 pounds. His blood pressure dropped from 150 over 100 to 120 over 72. He has now run in ten marathons.
According to Gass, "It takes more courage than you can imagine for a fat person to get out and run in front of other people. It's a slow process and you must be patient. But it is possible. You can do it! Don't quit!
Think about it: the odds are great that your physical condition is not as bad and your personal habits are not nearly as destructive as Clarence Gass's were in 1974. However, the odds are even greater that his physical condition and personal habits are both better than yours today. The question is this: If Clarence Gass can change to health and activity is there any real reason why you can't?
1. Today I will remember to ask for God's help in all my activities.
2. Today, I will exercise in some fashion. It ay be for five minutes or for one hour, but I will exercise today.
3. Today I will _____________________________.
I have always been describing myself as the optimistic, the proactive, the positive-thinker. I come across a photo of these insights, so I decided to share it here, and spread the positivity. . . 🙂
- Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.
- Relationships should help you, not hurt you.
- Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be.
- Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you - people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it.
- Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.
- When you free yourself from negative people, you free yourself to be YOU -- and being YOU is the only way to truly live.
Stay positive. Stay inspired. Stay awesome!
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God is with you! How can you be afraid? This was a strong message God has given Joshua while he was facing a great battle!
Here God says no matter what kind of battle you are going through in life right now, do not be shaken, be strong and courageos for He is with you.
Let it be know to yourself that you are enabled to be strong and accomplish the victory you have planned!
One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another.
An uncle of R. U. Darby was caught by the "gold fever" in the gold-rush days, and went west to dig and grow rich. He had never heard of that more gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has he ever been taken from the earth. He staked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel.
After weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of of the shining ore. He needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. Quietly, he covered up the mine, retraced his footsteps to his home in Williamsburg, Maryland, told his relatives and a few neighbors of the "strike." They got together money for the needed machinery, and had it shipped. The uncle and Darby went back to work the mine.
The first car of ore was mined and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would clear the debts. Then would come the big killing in profits.
Down went the drills! Up went the hopes of Darby and Uncle! Then something happened. The vein of gold ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there. They drilled on, desperately trying to pick up the vein again - all to no avail.
Finally, they decided to quit.
They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars, and took the train back home. The junk man called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculating. The engineer advised that the project had failed because the owners were not familiar with "fault lines." His calculations showed that the vein would be found just three feet from where the Darbys had stopped drilling! That is exactly where it was found.
The junk man took millions of dollars in ore from the mine because he knew enough to seek expert counsel before giving up.
(Story from Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich")