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The Journey To Greatness

Updated on August 17, 2017
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Audrey's burning desire to help others to respect and understand themselves led her to the study of psychology at UCLA.

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Discover Your Inner Gold Mine

The journey to greatness begins with unveiling your finest qualities. If you sit around and wait to be great at something, you are going to have a very long wait my friend.

I'm not sure that any of us reach our true, full potential. But unless we try, and try hard, we may never know and experience the inner peace, self-satisfaction and feeling of achievement that this self-discovery brings.

When we allow ourselves to recognize and discover the gold mine within we honor the strength and wisdom hovering about. We free our talents and abilities and God uses this to encourage and uplift other people.

As we strive to live up to our potential we experience an energy and excitement that has been lying dormant, waiting for the moment to break free and serve us, that we might serve others more fully.

To discover your inner gold mine:

  • Live each day fully.
  • Express gratitude for all you have been given.
  • Be grateful for all that you are right now.
  • Give thanks for all you are becoming.

Are you ready to begin your journey to greatness? Let's start by taking a look at your abilities and talents.

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Begin Your Journey By Assessing Your Abilities

We all have abilities and talents of some kind and yet we go through life never discovering half of them. How much more are we capable of achieving each day? I wonder what would happen if we just unleashed our full potential on this world. It just may become a better place. We just might make more of a difference than we could ever imagine.

In order to live up to your potential you have to be able to recognize what you are good at. Begin by making a list of all the things you do well. Include those things that make you happy and fulfilled. Here are just a few examples:

  • Baking
  • Writing
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Genealogy
  • History
  • Organization Skills
  • Beauty Advice
  • Teaching
  • Cooking
  • Crafts
  • Home Repairs
  • Nursing
  • Gardening
  • Recycling
  • Senior Living
  • Nutrition
  • Helping Others
  • Ways to make or save money
  • Spiritual Guidance
  • Self Improvement
  • Humor

You don't have to be an expert or have a PHD degree to have talent and ability. List areas that you are passionate about. What are your hobbies and interests? Have you been praised for your parenting skills? Maybe you have been blessed with negotiating abilities. Do you find that you gravitate to self-improvement books and have made some life-altering changes?

Take your time as you work on your list. This is the first step toward reaching your true potential and beginning your journey to greatness.

Don't let yesterday hijack your attention." John C. Maxwell

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Your Best Self Is Clearly Waiting For You.

The late wonderful and super talented cartoonist, Charles Schulz, left us these very wise words: "Life is a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use."

What are some gears that you haven't used? Are you putting limits on what you can do? Most of us put limits on ourselves. We have so much potential within us. This potential is unlimitless and for the most part untapped. Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to climb Mount Everst, learned some things about putting too much emphasis on mere physical challenges and too little credence to psychological and emotional ones.

She said, "I discovered it wasn't a matter of physical strength, but a matter of psychological strength. The conquest lay within my own mind to penetrate those barriers of self-imposed limitations and get through to that good stuff-the stuff called potential, 90 percent of which we rarely use."

Your potential is really up to you and it doesn't matter one hoot what others might think. There will always be someone around to give you their negative opinion. There will always be someone ready to help you build fears and doubts. Just remember, that negativity is about them and not you.

Your potential is a picture of what you can become. Most of us see what is instead of what could be. I love the remark by Thomas Edison . "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves."

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Be Your Own Best Friend

A little voice resides inside our mind to remind us that we can't do this and we dare not do that. It is famous for telling us that "we are stupid" or "we can't do anything right." And the sad thing is, we listen to this voice and we believe what it says. We are shaping our own self-concepts with our internal dialogue.

Now it is time to turn that voice off once and for all. So how do we do this? Pretend that you are your own best friend and change the dialogue. Keep doing this until all negative thinking is gone. Teach yourself to notice the positive things that happen each day.

Believing in yourself builds faith and reduces obstacles. How can you become all that you could be if you don't believe in yourself? And if others redicule you in any way, remember you are your own best friend. Immediately erase discouraging words, replacing them with positive, empowering self-talk. You will become on the outsdie what you believe on the inside. Expect to succeed and you will.

Setting Realistic Goals

A few years ago I made a decision to take "The Hub Challenge" for the second time. The first time I took this challenge I believed that I could reach my goal which was writing 30 hubs in 30 days. To my disappointment, I didn't make it. I tried taking the challenge again. Even though I knew I would have a particularly busy month, I told myself I could meet my goals this time. I would push myself as hard as I needed to and complete my 30 hubs in 30 days. I only managed to write 16 hubs within the month.

You might say I set myself up for failure because I knew going in that I was going to have a very busy month. When we set a goal for ourselves it must be a realistic goal. I didn't allocate a specific time to write my hubs each day and I failed to make a plan on how I would succeed. Next time (and there will be a next time), I will have a definite plan for reaching my goal. I will write 30 hubs in 30 days.

So did I fail? Absolutely not. I learned a valuable lesson in setting goals. And this lesson is applicable for other areas of my life. Goals such as increasing my exercise, doing more stretches, keeping a food journal, editing old hubs will now be part of my daily plan. When we learn from our mistakes, we never fail. And we should make it a point to learn from each challenge life brings us.

Another quote by Thomas Edison that I find to be inspiring is "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Giving up is not an option as far as I'm concerned. I can't tell you how many times I have "picked myself up, dusted myself off, and started all over again." Each new day is a brand new opportunity waiting for us to use it. I have created this quote for myself and used it all my life. I inherited the gift of perseverance from my parents. This gift was tested to the limit when my oldest son passed away. Perseverance doesn't demand more than we have - it demands all that we have.

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Embrace your strengths instead of focusing on your weakness. You must believe in yourself in every way.
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How To Beat The "P" Word - Procrastination

The biggest reason we fail to live up to our potential is that we postpone and delay the action of doing. We procrastinate. To develop potential we have to learn how to stop procrastinating. And why do we procrastinate in the first place?

  • One reason we put things off is because we select too big a task. If you are guilty of doing this, try breaking a large task into smaller ones. This will help you to see the end result quicker. As you complete each small task, the big picture then becomes something that you can more easily complete.
  • Another reason we procrastinate is because we don't give ourselves enough time to complete the project. Establish the habit of giving yourself extra time for your project. If you feel you need 1 hour to complete a task, give yourself 2 hours.
  • Procrastination is a habit. We aren't born with the desire to put things off and If we don't break this habit, it will break us. We end up frustrated, angry, sad and stressed out. How do I know this? I know this because I used to procrastinate. I finally got so sick and tired of things left undone, I decided one day to do myself a big favor and do something about it. I had to take responsibility for my bad habit. So I began to break down a big task into smaller ones and I loved the way I felt as I completed first one small task, then another.

I am finally learning how to beat the "P" word a little at a time. It's an ongoing challenge for me and one that I hope to conquer in this lifetime.

Tony Robbins Motivates Us

To Reach Your True Potential ~

  • You must trust yourself. Believe in yourself and do not give up. Develop resiliency and face difficulties with courage and patience. Be determined to succeed.
  • Eliminate all excuses and take responsibility for your own actions. The most used excuse is "being too busy" or "not having enough time".
  • Develop the desire to reach your true potential and be willing to trade what seems good in the moment for what is best for your potential.

Closing Remarks

To be your very best always do your very best. When you are doing your best, you can't ask any more of yourself than that. Your best will not always be the same because circumstances are not the same. We live in a changing world. And mistakes will be made as we learn and grow and try to do better. But when we do our best, there are no regrets because we have given all we can.

You are truly yourself when you are doing your best. You are becoming a master. You are living up to your true potential. You are loving yourself. You are giving yourself a wonderful gift of inspiration and aliveness.

As you strive for excellence, remember to arm yourself with persistence, dedication and sacrifice. Always focus on your strengths and not on your weaknesses.

"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them." William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

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Final Thoughts

What does greatness mean for you? Do you define greatness as achieving fame or fortune? It's important to know because this is how you see yourself.

True greatness comes from within. It stems from being true to yourself. When you are living a life of purpose and honoring yourself - this is the meaning of true greatness.

Consider the following ways to recognize greatness:

  • Stepping out of your ego allows you to step into your power.
  • Listen intently to others when they speak.
  • Allow others to step into heir power.
  • Create space for yourself and others to be great.
  • Greatness goes beyond talent.

The achievement of true greatness is a long-term process. It may involve occasional setbacks. The end result may not always be clearly visible, but it seems that it always requires regular, consistent, small, and sometimes ordinary and mundane steps over a long period of time.

Greatness requires the development of character. Every day we have unlimited opportunities to do simple things that make us great. Helping the elderly, visiting the sick, donating time or resources to the needy and even rescuing an animal are all signs of greatness.

Serve others whenever you can and know that you are on a journey to greatness.

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      Audrey Hunt 9 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello intriguewriter

      Oh yes - procrastination is a huge block on our journey to greatness. I've struggled with this in the past just like you down to making a long list of tasks to complete. The thing is, once we start to work on these goals, one-by-one, things go along rather smoothly. I took the 30 day challenge a few years ago too. Although I didn't complete it, I wrote many hubs which I wouldn't have done otherwise. Thank you my friend for your support and kind words.

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      Audrey Hunt 9 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hello Aesta

      The journey to greatness is a daily progress. I've learned it all begins with taking full responsibility for the outcome of all things. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      intriguewriter 9 months ago from worldwide

      This is an excellent hub! One of the things I used to struggle with greatly was procrastination. I used to make long lists of things that I needed to get done and I would never get round to doing half of them. Now, I focus on doing only 1 or 2 major things at a time and work through the list of tasks that I need to get each thing accomplished. I too did the 30 day hub challenge, and I did not complete the challenge. The main reason was failing to plan. This is why I now plan out everything pertaining to writing work. I don't leave anything to chance, once I have a list of articles I am going to write on my wall, I just get them done daily. Anyway, thank you for this inspiring and informative hub. I will be back for more!

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      Mary Norton 18 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Psychological strength...you've named it. Sometimes, I think I am lazy inside. I just want things easy. But maybe, this is a gift I need to celebrate. Yesterday, I picked up a book I've read long ago, The Monk who Sold his Ferrari. As I was going to pay, I met two nuns and was drawn to start a conversation with them, then, invited them for lunch at a nearby restaurant. It was the most spontaneous and the most enjoyable time I've had in a long time.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      DeviousOne

      Thank you for visiting my hub and the excellent comments. I appreciate your encouragement and support. Audrey

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      DeviousOne 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great advice. Finding the inner qualities can some times be hard but perseverance instead of procrastination can make a huge difference. Keep up the great work!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear tillsontitan - Your kind and uplifting words are always so motivating. You always reward the writer with a thumbs up as well as a positive message. I'm grateful to you and for you. Hugs.

      lady e - Well, just look at you! The perfect example of discovering unlimited abilities and talents. Great! Fantastic! Thank you for sharing this Elena. Hugs.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Deborah - Reaching our full potential is, of course, a life-time of work and requires great focus and time. But it sure feels good to know that we recognize what our potential is. Thanks dear lady. Appreciate you!

      billy - With your help, I can set my course for reaching a big part of my potential. I am so grateful to you. My move will be complete in mid-april and then I can begin writing my manuscript. Hugs and great peace -

      truthfornow - Wow - I'm so very glad you found my hub and read it. Never give up, my friend. Obstacles can occur to show us a better way. Pick yourself up and head in a positive, powerful direction. Begin by listing all of your talents from the tiniest to the largest. Even thinking is a talent because every action is followed by a thought first. Once you take a second look at your gifts and talents, you will feel refreshed and begin again better than before! Blessings.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Very inspiring and motivating. I particularly liked the bit about assessing abilities. It helps us realise our transferable skills too. I have been Teaching for over 10 years and only last year did I decide to branch out into part-time babysitting....(even set up a website for it). I just capitalised on skills for looking after kids and wish I had thought of the idea years ago. :-)

      Brilliant Hub. Thanks.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I'm so sorry I missed this the first time around. Such an inspiration. We can't always succeed the first time we try but that surely doesn't mean we're failures. As for the "p" word, we're all guilty of that in one way or another...keep trying. I loved your quotes and music video.

      As always vocalcoach you're hub gives us food for thought and makes us want to succeed!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I ran into a lot of obstacles today and wanted to give up, so thank you very much for this inspirational read.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you posted this in Facebook. Somehow I missed it the first time around. You know what? I haven't even come close to my full potential, but I'm getting closer each day....and so are you. I love life, as I know you do, and ain't it all too cool for words? :)

      love to you, today and always

      bill

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Well how awesome is this wonderful hub full of great advice.. You are so right it is so important to know your full potential and have that inner peace.

      Many blessings to you

      sharing

      Debbie

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      StephStevio8 - I'm so pleased to see you here and to find that my hub was inspiring for you. Hope to see you again soon.

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you for the inspiration @vocalcoach.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Judi, my dear friend - You, too, are an inspiration to me. My face always lights up when you visit my hubs. Thank you for your kind comments and God Bless!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear tammy - You remind me of myself. The passion we share for learning is a true gift which I (and you) recognize. If you're ever in my area (Nashville) would love to join you in a cup of coffee and pleasant conversation. Do you have skype? We could always do that.

      Your comments mean so much to me and so , dear tammy, do you!

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      Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

      A very inspiring and informative hub.

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      Sandra Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, FL

      Well put! I can't get through my day and feel productive unless I write my daily goals down in my journal. When I complete them, I check each one off and if I don't complete a task I don't stress over it; I simply carry it over to the next day.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You are a true inspiration in your writing. The song: The Impossible Dream, has always been one of the most inspirational songs I've ever heard. I have frequently followed this wonderful philosophy throughout life's ups and downs. In fact, my mother bought for my father one year a large wall hanging of the Man from LaMancha. She saw him as the wonderful fighter trying to right so many wrongs and reach those stars others never even saw...

      I actually still have this wall hanging-holding onto it for my nephew. :) Thanks for a beautiful hub, Audrey. Voted up and across!

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      What a GREAT hub! My mother always told me to "pick yourself up, wipe yourself of, and keep going." Sounds like we both had good parents. :-) You are also right about procrastination, whether it is because of being tired and busy or just putting it off, we should still forge on. I tried the 30 in 30, too. I wrote about 15 hubs during that time. I would like to try it again. We each need to reach down inside, pull out that potential, and not be satisfied until we reach it. Thanks for the inspiration. Voted UP, useful, awesome, and interesting! :-)

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      FloBe 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for your encouraging words. There are times in our life when we feel more confident than others but even in the down times, we have value that can be shared with others. It is when we start to compare ourselves with others that we fall into trouble and discouragement. So, keep up the good work!

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      Maraiya Storm 5 years ago from Prescott, Arizona

      Great advice. If everyone followed it, we'd have a much happier and healthier world.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Millionaire Tips ~ You have added a good point here. When we make an effort to live up to our potential, even if we don't actually reach that level, we are doing much better. The thing is - unless we try - we'll never know how far we can go or what we can achieve. Thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Rusticliving - Thanks for reading my hub. And speaking of hubs...I've been reading yours and they are terrific!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Pollyanna~ Oh, yes - as you have so beautifully said - Hubpages is the finest of teachers for learning how to overcome challenges. We are fortunate to have found such a friendly and supportive vehicle to help us to reach our true potential...one step at a time. Thanks so much!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Sueswan - I don't know anyone who doesn't put things off at one time or the other...including yours truly. You have plenty of company. I am happy to find that you were inspired by my hub. Thank you for your visit.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Will, my friend. Only you could come up with such a hilarious comment. Love it! Here's wishing you and yours an exceptional New Year.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      homesteadbound - Good for you...going for your second time on 30 in 30. I remember following you on your last challenge, (which I was also trying for the second time), and marveling at how great you were doing. You completed that challenge...and here you are again. Marvelous!

      I'm so tickled that you bookmarked this hub. And I love your comments. Thanks and a Happy New Year!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Happyboomernurse ~ Happy New Year! And thank you for bookmarking my hub and for liking my quote. May 2012 bring you and yours a fulfilling and joyous year. I appreciate all the support you have so kindly given me through 2011. Your wonderful comments have given me a real "shot-in-the-arm" !

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mcbirdbks - I just spoke to Mr. Webber who is still adding new words to his dictionary...he agreed that the word "encourager" should be listed in the dictionary. Who knew? Thanks, my friend.

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      kellymom1970 5 years ago

      Vocalcoach, Happy New Year! I love your hub your a great writer! I gave my neighbor lady a military flattop for 2012 she went from shoulder length to a flattop so is 47 this is her picture what do you think is it cool.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      mackyl - Your comments spell out the importance of living to reach our true potential. You are obviously one who does this. Thank you for leaving your comments. Blessings!

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      Judicastro 5 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

      You are always an inspiration sweet friend! I've missed reading your works! Hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you! Be blessed!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      SamboRambo~Well you certainly caught my attention when you asked to link to my hub. And the answer is...yes...absolutely and thanks! I like your idea about writing a few hubs in advance for the 30 day challenge.

      Thanks!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      You are one of a handful of hubbers I wish I could have a cup of coffee with. You raditate positive vibes and this gives your words real authenticity. I work hard to reach my potential but I have trouble with my focus. I like so many things and study as much as I can. I would love to find a way to reel everything into one package that would benefit me. But, the journey of learning everything is so fun I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love your work and your wonderful personality that comes across in your writing!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      This is very motivational and inspiring. Procrastination is probably what keeps us from being able to achieve our goals. Just making the effort is better even if you don't reach the goal.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Rosemay50 - Hi there! Glad you like the viscious pup. :) I am very happy that you found my hub inspiring and thought provoking. Come back soon!

      Ahyat - Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you here again soon. Best wishes!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Angela - Thank you for liking my ferocious dog. :) And I am so very sorry that you too have known the loss of a child. Thank you for your encouraging words and excellent comments. I look forward to knowing you better through reading your great hubs.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I Love this Hub Mom! I want you to feel better soon so you can get back to more writing. Love you Love you Love you! Awuz!

      BTW.. aside from the raccoon eyes, that dog looks just like Clancey when he ws a pup. oooooo scaaaawwwy! *Woof*

      ~Your Eldest

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Charlotte, my beautiful friend! It is precisely people like you who inspire me to write.Reaching our true potential is a lifetime comittment. But such a worthwhile endeavor. I like to think that by working on reaching our potential, we are giving thanks to God and recognizing that we are his children. Thanks Charlotte.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      instantlyfamily - Oh, thank you so much for your kind words. I so appreciate your stopping by. And now I am heading over to your place!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Princess PITT - What a sweetheart you are. Thank you for putting a big smile on my face. And thanks for following me. How lucky I am!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hyphenbird - I am ready to crawl into bed and always like to read something special before retiring for the night - so am treating myself to your comments. I feel much the same as you do. After writing this hub, I went about cleaning up all my "loose ends". I promised myself that I would end 2011 getting my house and myself in order, that I might better serve God. You are such a beautiful person and important to me. Blessings of love, peace and joy to you, precious friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Eiddwen - I'm most grateful to know that my hub has inspired you and that you liked the singers. I hope you are doing well and I think of you so often. Thank you for being my friend and for always being here for me. Sending you a big holiday hug!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Sunnie Day - Hello, my friend. It's always a delight to see you. Your comments are right on the money. Thanks so much!

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Great write and so true, and hub pages is such a great place to get new challenges isn't it? I have been here just over two years and still I find new things I want to do so often. Being with great friends helps too.

      Voted up.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi vocalcoach

      A very motivational and inspirational hub.

      At times, I put off things I don't like doing but I do set a date to get the task done and stick to it. This is planned procrastination. :-)

      Voted up and awesome.

      Have a good evening.

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I'm going to write a Hub on procrastination.

      Someday.

      I love it, Coach!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      alphagirl - Oh yes...you are absolutely on target. We put off doing those things that we fear and dislike. Then these fears sit on the back burner waiting for us to take action. Love your comments and thanks so much!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hiwang - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Procrastination (P word) is a challenge I will be working on forever. :)

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      vocalcoach - what a great hub! I will have to come back and read it again when it's not 1:15 in the morning. I certainly need the motivation right now. I am on my second 30 in 30. I am almost done but it has been a real struggle this time. The first one was much easier. I think I didn't know any better back then.

      Sorry about your son... I know that must be hard. Blessings, comfort and peace to you this Christmas season.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Melovy - I'm happy to see you, as I have recently found you here on Hubpages and am impressed with your hubs. I hope to read more of them and learn and grow as I am motivated by your hubs.

      Ah, yes...procrastination. That's a tough one that I continue to work hard on. Giving myself more time to complete each task helps a lot.

      I want to thank you for your very kind and thoughtful condolences. This time of year is tough. So...thank you very much.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Absolutely loved this hub brimming with encouraging words, practical advice and so much wisdom. I've bookmarked it and plan to come back when I want an instant dose of "can do" attitude.

      I particularly loved your original quote: "Each new day is a brand new opportunity waiting for us to use it." How very true and what a great way to greet each day.

      Am voting this hub up across the board except for funny.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You are such an encourager. Hope that's a word. I am going on record, I am not climbing that damn mountain that's it.

      It is always a treat to stop by and read one of your warm, generous hubs.

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      mackyi 5 years ago

      This is truly an inspirational hub...very deep vocalcoach! There is so many of us out there who need to work on empowering ourselves so that we can realize our true potential!I truly believe that most of the time we ourselves are the only stumbling blocks in our path to fully maximizing our true potential. We are often the victim of self-defeating prophecy(we often fail because we see ourselves as failure, and we keep on limiting ourselves as to what we can achieve). Voted up useful!

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      Ahyat 5 years ago from Canada

      Great hub!!!live it up!!!

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      Samuel E. Richardson 5 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      Great hub! I couldn't have said it better, myself. This, indeed, makes an ideal supplement to my own hub, and would like to link it.

      I was able to submit 30 hubs in a month. Note that I used the word "submit." I did it by writing the beginnings of some during the previous two months. I don't know if that's cheating. But - of course - I'm retired, which makes that achievement easier.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A very inspring and thought provoking hub.

      Love the pup

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      Angela Blair 5 years ago from Central Texas

      Love the pup nearly as much as the Hub -- and it's a dandy. You are absolutely spot on in everything you say in the HUB. I know first hand about losing a child and one has to dig very deep in one's soul to maintain, go foreward and re-establish a positive attitude. Thanks for all the wonderful, positive encouragement and advice. Best, Sis

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      breakfastpop - Glad to see you take a little time off at the Inn to pay me a visit. Thanks for the comment. Take care now.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Prasetio ~ One of the perks of writing for Hubpages is how we all can learn from each other. I have appreciated all of your beautiful hubs and the knowledge I have gained from them. Thank you for coming here to read my hub and for leaving me a nice comment. May you be blessed with love, joy and peace.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear randomcreative ~ If we all spent most of our time working on living up to our potential just imagine how different the world would be. I tell myself, "If it's to be - it's up to me." And that quote stokes the fire.

      Thank you for your comments and especially for your great support on the next 30 day Challenge I sign up for!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. Thank you very much for writing and always teach me something new like this one. You have good advice and this hub so valuable. You still the best. Rated up! Cheers... :-)

      Blessing and hugs,

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub! Reaching your full potential is something that does require multiple steps, but it is well worth the effort. I know that you're going to meet the 30 Day Challenge next time you go for it!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Derdriu ~ Thank you for finding this hub helpful as well as practical. That was my intention and goal. I wanted to write much more about this subject. However, I didn't want to "over stay my welcome." :) My very best to you.

      vocalcoach~

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Vocal Coach, What a helpful, practical, useful summary of realizing one's potential to the fullest! You offer great help in identifying the crucial impact of correct self-analysis, proper motivation and unmitigated persistence.

      Thank you for sharing, etc.,

      Derdriu

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      Very inspiring!

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      Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

      Hey vocalcoach!

      It's interesting that you wrote this article, as I was just pondering on this topic a few days back. It's amazing how much talent God has given to each of us, and yes, just like the faithful servant, we need to be accountable to use what God has given us.

      Thank you for inspiring so many of us!

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      instantlyfamily 5 years ago

      YOU have given me the wonderful gift of inspiration! Thank you, vocalcoach. I am voting up, for sure!

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      Princess Pitt 5 years ago

      I'm Lucky enough to stumble upon this. ANd more lucky enough...to follow you hehehe....

      I'll follow you...madame!

      Voted the 4 buttons! HEHEHE

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      Brenda Barnes 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh yes! This certainly is timely for me. God has brought me two of these in the last few days. "Eliminate all excuses and take responsibility for your own actions." is something Americans need to realize. I have wasted do much time and energy. As I become ever more convicted t oreach my dreams and God's potential He instilled within me, I become so encouraged. Thank you vocalcoach for a beautiful, wise and inspiring article. It is told well and is informative without ever condemning.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh Audrey what a beautiful and inspiring hub.

      It says so much about you the writer and I am so proud to be your friend.

      The singers also so awesome and so beautiful !!

      I have to vote up up and away and I also bookmark.

      Take care and I wish you lots of Christmas cheer;

      Enjoy your day my friend.

      Eddy.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Great hub vocal coach..Perfect to stiring those dreams within us, to move, and to keep reaching beyond..Just wonderful.

      Love,

      Sunnie

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      alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

      wow! inspiring hub! We all get caught up in own fears and iinsecurities, fear of failure etc...don't we all procrastinate what we hate or fear most?

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      hlwang 5 years ago from Malaysia

      cool read.. yes need to get that P habit out.. tks fr sharing!

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Ooh, I better leave a comment, that dog looks scary!

      This is an interesting and useful hub. I particularly found it interesting to read your experience with the 30 day challenge and your suggestions for overcoming procrastination. I haven’t tried the 30 day challenge as yet, but I have participated in NaNoWriMo twice, which is similar in that it requires a lot of writing in a month. The first year I didn’t quite reach the required word count, and this year I did. Both times it was a great experience as I saw many of the beliefs that held me back in writing. This time I found that letting go of the feeling of trying to push myself made a huge difference to how I felt when writing.

      Procrastination is something I’m still working to change, so I like your suggestions, especially giving myself more time to do tasks as I hadn’t considered that as a factor, but it’s obvious now! If I don’t give myself enough time it creates the feeling of being pushed and that creates resistance.

      Thank you for this hub.

      I am sorry to read that your son passed away. That must have been hard.