"Just do it." - Nike
Years ago, I was talking to my boss on a jobsite in Los Angeles and he said, "Rachel, hate to tell you this...sounds like you've got analysis paralysis."
Nike got it right when they told us to "Just do it."
"Just do it" means take action. Take a risk. Put the fear aside and do what you know you should do to advance your life. Don't let anything or anyone get in your way, especially your self-protective thinking. Your life is about being on a mission, so just plow forward, take the risks, and keep moving. Never stop and certainly never give up!
Our world is in the process of being transformed; everyone can feel the shift that's taking place across the globe. We're going through an evolution on many different levels.
What this means is that it is time for change! It's time for a fresh start to life! It's time to grab the reigns on your life and do what you came here to do!
My dear friend and hero, Ed LaPorta, is about to turn 95 in a few months. Nothing has ever stopped Ed from going after what he wants, and he would tell you the very same thing...live life to the fullest! Dare to live your dreams. Be strong, be brave, and don't worry about a thing.
Just do it!
Live your purpose, Live in peace.
-- Rachel Naddor
Abraham Lincoln in contemplation
I've learned something from everyone I've ever met. But here are a few of the historical figures whom I consider to be my heroes:
- Abraham Lincoln - The Dalai Lama
- Dale Carnegie - Henry David Thoreau
- Frédéric Bastiat - Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Martin Luther King - Mahatma Gandhi
What makes these men my heroes? Abraham Lincoln suffered from a nervous condition, yet he overcame the inner discomfort consistently to rise above his condition and serve as one of the greatest leaders of all time. Dale Carnegie, the self-improvement master, taught that to conquer fear we must do what we're afraid to do over and over again. Frédéric Bastiat, the French theorist and political economist, understood the cost of pursuing high ideals, and he spoke his mind with every breath in his lungs. Martin Luther King saw only the insides of people, and he wanted his followers to look deeper into those who surrounded them. The Dalai Lama spends hours a day in meditation and contemplation; without taking quiet time to still the mind and examine life, we cannot make real progress. Henry David Thoreau found immense pleasure in a simple life and in the small things, like savoring each morsel of food and just being alone. Ralph Waldo Emerson understood faith: when we trust our Creator, we can rest assured that all is well. And Mahatma Gandhi instilled that we must always "be the change" and lead by our own example. When we practice what we preach, others will see the value in our words.
These are all steps towards peace.
What have you learned from your top 8 heroes? How are you implementing those lessons? When we change our daily actions to reflect the greatest lessons we've learned, we grow into the person we want so desperately to become.