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Urgency, a force we feel, but cannot see, surrounds us at home, at work and at play.  Like a trusted friend, Urgency calls us to action.  When we respond, our friend becomes our partner as evidenced in the phrase, “act with Urgency.”

Urgency’s nickname is ASAP.  Unfortunately, not everyone likes ASAP.  So, they taunt Urgency with their own nickname, WIGART, which is short for “When I get a round tuit.”   I guess they confuse Urgency with their fair-weather friend, Procrastination.  The truth is, we would all be more productive if we spent more time hanging with ASAP, our true friend, and stopped seeing WIGART altogether.

“You don’t have to see the top of the staircase to take the first step.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like.
But we cannot wait until tomorrow.
Tomorrow is now.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing,
the next best thing
is the wrong thing
and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

“There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long-range risks
of comfortable inaction.”
– John F. Kennedy

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank

“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail
than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.”
– Robert Schuller

 “A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last.
Both do the same thing;
only at different times.”
– Baltasar Gracian

“He who hesitates is poor.”
– Mel Brooks

“You are younger today than you will ever be again.
Make use of it
for the sake of tomorrow.”
– Norman Cousins

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
– Henry Ford

“The day will happen whether or not you get up.”
– John Ciardi

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
– Karen Lamb

Think of urgency this way.  If you believed there was buried treasure in your backyard, how much time would pass before you started digging?  What treasures are buried in your backyard?  Why not just grab a shovel and find out?  Is there really any good reasons to wait?

Christmas Wish

I hope your Christmas was “merry and bright.”  I hope you were warmed by the spirit of the Christmas season.  I hope you had quality time with family.  Most of all, I hope you reflected on the meaning of the season and how the birth of Christ impacts your life.

In this post, leading into the new year, the topic is “dreaming.”  These quotes are intended to rekindle your desire to dream again with the hope that YOU will pursue those dreams in days ahead.

Becoming the person one is capable of becoming is not only satisfying, it is a responsibility.  (For a Biblical  account of “responsibility”, see: Matthew 25:14-30.)  I believe the process of self improvement begins with dreaming.  Dreams lead to action.  Action produces results, which inspires more action and more results.  But, it all begins with having a vision of where one would like to go in life.

Unfortunately, too many people have stopped dreaming of a better tomorrow for themselves, their family, their community, their country, and the world.  Settling for mediocrity has become commonplace.  Is it because we are trapped in the rat race?  Is it because we have become discouraged by personal failures or negative people? Is it because we have it too good?   I don’t know the answer.  But, what I do know is that most people have suppressed their dreams and consequently are missing out on the excitement and satisfaction that comes from pursuing a vision and achieving big goals.


“Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
— Pope John XXIII


“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”
— Muhammad Ali, boxer


“Nothing ever built arose to touch the skies unless some man dreamed that it should, some man believed that it could, and some man willed that it must.”
— Charles Kettering, inventor


“Dreams don’t have an expiration date.”
— David Niven, Ph.D.


“America is too great for small dreams.”
— Ronald Reagan


“Build a dream and the dream will build you.”
— Robert Schuller


“What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”
— Goethe


“My dream is bigger than my excuses.”
— Andre Maronian


“Commitment separates the doers from the dreamers.”
— Andre Maronian


“The only thing that will stop you from fulfilling your dreams is you.”
— Tom Bradley, former Los Angeles mayor

God bless,

— CC

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