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Sharing Some Uplifting Thoughts from Dr Norman Vincent Peale Advertisements

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Summary of the Book “Say ‘YES’ to your Potential” – Part Two (by ‘Skip’ Ross with Carole C. Carlson)

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Summary of the Book “Say ‘YES’ to your Potential” Part One (by ‘Skip’ Ross with Carole C. Carlson)

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Sharing some Thoughts on the Spiritual Journey

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‘The God Memorandum’ (from ‘The Greatest Miracle in the World’ by Og Mandino) “Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. … Continue reading

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Can ‘Ordinary’* People Effect Change and Make a Better World?: The Power of ONE



“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.”

– Malala Yousafzai


“I’m only one but I am one. I can’t do everything but I can do something and what I can do I ought to do and that by the grace of God I will do.”
– Brett Blair

Most ‘ordinary/normal’ (what’s that?) people are decent, yet somewhat apathetic individuals, concerned only with the issues and directly affect them, living their own little lives of ‘quiet desperation’ amidst job and financial pressures. Still we somehow want to make a difference in the world (and want our lives to count for something), but we don’t know WHAT to do and HOW to do it. Because we usually underestimate our ability to make any difference and effect change for the better… in our own countries and in the world. And that is why so many people do not even exercise the greatest privilege they possess: the privilege of the right to vote. World history rests on the myriad of seemingly insignificant decisions (or lack of decision) of millions of “the little people” throughout the world. Would world history have changed if more people had voted in the US elections of 2000? Would Iraq, the Middle East in general and the world now perhaps be a far safer place?

Here’s something to think about…

ONE VOTE made Oliver Cromwell Lord Protector of the Commonwealth and gave him control of England. (1645)

ONE VOTE caused Charles I to be executed. (1649)

ONE VOTE kept Aaron Burr–later charged with treason–from becoming President. (1800)

ONE VOTE elected Marcus Morton governor of Massachusetts. (1839)

ONE VOTE made Texas part of the United States. (1845)

ONE VOTE saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment. (1868)

ONE VOTE changed France from a monarchy to a republic. (1875)

ONE VOTE admitted California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho into the Union. (1850, 1850, 1889, 1890)

ONE VOTE elected Rutherford B. Hayes to the Presidency, and the man in the Electoral College who cast that vote was an Indiana Representative also elected by ONE VOTE. (1876)

ONE VOTE made Adolf Hitler head of the Nazi Party. (1923)

ONE VOTE maintained the Selective Service System only 12 weeks before Pearl Harbor. (1941)

ONE VOTE per precinct would have elected Richard Nixon, rather than John Kennedy, President. (1960)

from John Mark Ministries http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/9870.htm

Did YOU vote … and for whom?

I believe to effect change, we the ordinary people of the world, have to raise the bar of what we will and will not tolerate – by our leaders and authorities. At a local level,
a national level and at international level, as common citizens
of planet earth with a shared spirit of humanity (hopefully noble and generous).
We need ACCOUNTABILITY and RESPONSIBILITY…and it all starts at a personal level – in our minds with what we will and not accept as our highest standards in our OWN HEARTS. Things change only when a mass of people, join together to take action in a united initiative for the common good, a worthy cause to make for a better world. In so doing in “democratic societies” they can put heavy pressure on their leaders, the decision makers to take effective and right actions. We need a shift in MINDSET of world leaders – a new way of looking at the immense problems of the world.


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Sharing Some Empowering and Uplifting Thoughts from my Notes (from the brand new e-book THE WINNING WAY)


Submitter’s Note

These are some quotations and thoughts (some on “airey-fairey spiritual matters”), that I’ve collected* and “jotted down” on my computer. I’ll include them in my new book at Amazon, titled ‘The Winning Way’ at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006WQSGEI. Hope these words may be as encouraging, uplifting, empowering…and perhaps even “inspiring” to you as they are to me. So am sharing. Enjoy

* instead of stamps or bottle-tops


The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete…it’s not victory but combat…not to have vanquished but to have fought well…not winning but taking part.”

― Pierre de Coubertin (French Educator, primarily responsible for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1894. 1863-1937)

“Nothing inspires me more than than people who stand up and say,’ Yes, we can do anything. You don’t have to be special to achieve incredible things.”

Jessica Watson (Australian round-the-world sailor at age 17!)

The greatest mountain we need to climb lies in our our own minds”. It’s not the highest mountain that we conquer, but ourselves, our own mentality. Overcoming perceived limits to reach (attain) the pinnacle of our own minds.”

– craig (as inspired by the words of Sir Edmund Hillary, conquerer of Mount Everest (1919-2008)

True champions, like an Ayrton Senna, are able to find a new level (of performance) – when required, they have the ability to “dig deep” and find something very special inside themselves

‘The aim is to be in the Zone every time you get in the car. But that day Ayrton was somewhere else beyond the Zone…heaven”

– Lewis Hamilton

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