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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year 2012

A Happy New Year to all my family in Ireland, England, Australia, Canada, Germany and the United States.

And a Happy New Year to all my friends, colleagues and to everyone who reads my blog.

We are living in challenging times so we have to be stronger, raise our standards, step up, stay positive and create the life we desire.

Best wishes for a happy, successful, productive and prosperous New Year and your Best Year Ever...

-- John Duffy

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas - Feliz Navidad

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and a Wish for Your Best Year Ever........

See you in the New Year.....

-- John Duffy

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thought for the Day - Stephen Covey Week - Listen No Really Listen

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They're either speaking or preparing to speak. They're filtering everything through their own paradigms, reading their autobiography into other people's lives.

-- Stephen Covey

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Ah _ _ _ _ _ _ _. Nuff said.

-- John Duffy

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thought for the Day - Stephen Covey Week - Begin with End in Mind

To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you're going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.

-- Stephen Covey

This is profound, simple and yet how often do we do it? I know I need to apply this to all areas of my life. We plan a vacation by choosing a destination. So we need to plan the destinations we want our life to reach and then create a plan or plans to get there....

-- John Duffy

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thought for the Day - Stephen Covey Week - Scarcity Mentality

People with a scarcity mentality think there is only so much in the world to go around. It's as if they see life as a pie. When another person gets a big piece, then they get less. Such people are always trying to get even, to pull others down to their level so they can get an equal or even bigger piece of the pie.

-- Stephen Covey

I can relate to this. I grew up extremely poor and for way too long had a scarcity mentality and believed this. Bottom line it's not true. India has become wealthier not by taking from those who have and dividing the pie but by expanding and creating more opportunities and wealth. We really need to compete with ourselves to grow and expand and not complain and whine.
I don't want to pull anyone down I want to raise more people up...

-- John Duffy

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thought for the Day - Stephen Covey Week -Take Responsibility

When life does not go our way or we inadvertently make a mistake, it is so easy to make excuses, place blame on others, or argue that circumstances were against us. But we only progress in life to the extent that we take responsibility for our actions and attitudes, and put forth the initiative necessary to create our own circumstances.

-- Stephen Covey

As long as we put the emphasis outside ourselves we disempower ourselves. We need to keep the focus on what we are responsible for and what we can do. You either make excuses or get results but not both.

-- John Duffy

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thought for the Day - Stephen Covey Week - Positive Thought or Action

While I believe in the power of positive thought, I do not believe that you or I can simply psyche ourselves into success or peace of mind.

-- Stephen Covey

I couldn't agree more. Positive thought has to be followed by action. There are no "Secrets" or guarantees to the result. Thinking positive or optimistically just allows you to spin or reframe reality into a belief that empowers instead of disempowers you.  You still have to make course corrections and keep taking action until you get the results you desire.

-- John Duffy

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thought for the Day - Tony Robbins Week - Never Ending Commitment to Act

“I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a neverending commitment to act until they achieve."

-- Tony Robbins

In all levels of life our level of commitment is tested by life's challenges. We are tested as parents, in marriage, in relationships, at work and our health. We need to be strong and meet the challenges and stay committed to our goals and dreams...

-- John Duffy

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thought for the Day - Tony Robbins Week - Past Doesn't Equal Future

“The past does not equal the future.” 

 Anthony Robbins

So true. I say that this is my fifth lifetime. I personally know that my past didn't equal my present and won't equal my future. We have a choice to create the future you want no matter what your past was but it doesn't just happen. You need to decide, take action and make it happen.

-- John Duffy

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thought for the Day - Tony Robbins Week - Become the Person You Want to Become

“It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute ... 
that gives meaning to our lives.” 

 Anthony Robbins

Who do you want to become? What can you contribute? Live a life of growth and contribution. Dedicate yourself to become the best you can be...

-- John Duffy

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thought for the Day - Tony Robbins Week - Rise Above Your Limitations

“We've all heard about people who've exploded beyond the limitations of their conditions to become examples of the unlimited power of the human spirit. 
You and I can make our lives one of these legendary inspirations, as well, simply by having courage and the awareness that we can control whatever happens in our lives. Although we cannot always control the events in our lives, we can always control our response to them, and the actions we take as a result. 
If there's anything you're not happy about--in your relationships, in your health, in your career--make a decision right now about how you're going to change it immediately.” 

 Anthony Robbins

What are the areas of your life do you need to change in 2012? Make a decision to change those areas and create a plan with timelines to achieve your goals. Rise above your limitations and be a model of possibility for yourself and others.

-- John Duffy

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thought for the Day - Tony Robbins Week - Problems Are a Gift

“Every problem is a gift - without problems we would not grow.” 

 Anthony Robbins

Problems test us and I have had plenty of problems in my life that have tested me but I have grown from the problems in my life. Who I have become today is a result of all the problems or challenges I have overcome in my life.

-- John Duffy

Friday, December 09, 2011

Thought for the Day - Lou Holtz Week - Stop Talking and Start Listening

“I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.” 

 Lou Holtz

Someone once said God gave you two ears and one mouth so you can listen twice as much as you talk. Part of listening is actively asking question so you can learn. Good communication is demonstrated when you are asking questions and listening and learning not just talking. So stop talking so much and listen and especially not just from those who agree with you and echo you opinions but from those who have different ideas....

-- John Duffy

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Thought for the Day - Lou Holtz Week - Winner or Loser Your Choice

“You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be. ” 

 Lou Holtz

This is as true in sports as in life. You choose whether you want to be a winner or loser. First you need to show up and then give it your all and no matter what happens in the game of life you can choose to be a winner.

-- John Duffy

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Thought for the Day - Lou Holtz Week - Deliver More Than You Promise

“Don't ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.” 

 Lou Holtz

Working in the entertainment industry I have met many people who promise more than they deliver so those who under promise and over perform stand out. I made it my mantra to under promise and over perform and I recommend you do the same in life. 

-- John Duffy

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Thought for the Day - Lou Holtz Week - You Need More Goals

"If you're bored with life - you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things - you don't have enough goals."

-- Lou Holtz

True you don't have enough goals or your goals are too small and don't inspire you. If you are bored well it's because you are boring. Get excited about life and about all the possibilities, get out there and contribute to others, get in the game. I haven't experienced boredom in decades and don't expect to ever experience it again...

-- John Duffy

Monday, December 05, 2011

Thought for the Day - Lou Holtz Week - Winner or Loser?

"How you respond to the challenge in the second half will determine what you become after the game, whether you are a winner or a loser."

-- Lou Holtz

Now this is as true for the second half of a game as it is for the second half of your life. Life is about who you become and how you play the game of life. Some times, you win, some times you lose and sometimes you tie but if you take advantage of all those outcomes to learn and become better you will always be a winner in the game of life...

-- John Duffy

Friday, December 02, 2011

Thought for the Day - John Wooden Week - It's What You Learn

“It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.” 

 John Wooden

This quote resonates for me. When I was younger I knew everything. Sure I did. Now I realize that  I don't come within miles of knowing it all so I'm constantly learning and reassessing what I know and believe.  Being open-minded and constantly learning is the place I prefer to be. Now if you know it all well good luck with that....

-- John Duffy

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Thought for the Day - John Wooden Week - Make a Life

“Don't let making a living prevent you from making a life.” 

 John Wooden

I'm sure you heard the story about the dying man who talked about all the things he wished he did but he never wished he spent more time working. Now for those of us lucky to be following our passion it never feels like we are working so this is easy but the message of the story isn't to work less but to focus on the things most important in your life. Create a life you can be proud of, create a life you can enjoy, create a life of no or little regrets. You only get one life so make it the best life you can imagine....

-- John Duffy