Gary Greeno

Motivational Speaker, Coach, Educator

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One Word Year

It’s the first day of 2018!

Have you set your New Year’s resolutions? I’m a big goal setter so I’ve been taking the last week of 2017 to write down some goals that I want to accomplish in 2018. This is a practice I’ve been doing for many years.

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The Difference Between A Winner and A Loser

The difference between a winner and a loser:

A Winner sees opportunities in every problem.

A Loser sees problems in every opportunity.

A Winner says, “Let’s find a way.”

A Loser says, “There is no way.”

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Dreams are goals with a deadline.

I’m a big believer in dreaming big!  I’m the kind of person that believes anything is possible, and you should never put limits on what you are capable of.

Dreams do come true.  But only if you have a plan – and only if you take action!

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Celebrate the victories – especially the small ones!

As you work towards accomplishing your goals and dreams, you will certainly face adversity.  There will always be mountains to climb, and as soon as you conquer one mountain you will probably find another.

It may even seem at times that everything is going wrong, and victories are few and far between.

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Believing in yourself is not enough.

In order to achieve any great work, you must first believe it’s actually possible. Without belief, you will never get over the fear, and the self-doubt that holds you back.

Belief is essential, but belief by itself will get you nowhere.  Without work you will fall short of your goals every time.

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“5 tips for working with difficult people.”

Years ago I asked the legendary Coach John Wooden a question.  I said, “Coach, how would you handle a player like Dennis Rodman?”  This was during the time period when Dennis Rodman was making headlines with his flamboyant personality and controversial play for the Detroit Pistons.

When I asked coach that question, he looked me right in the eye, pointed his finger at me and said, “Young man, you handle things…you work with people.”

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“Do It Now Mentality!”


Do you want to be more productive?

Doing this one thing will literally change your life:  It’s the “Do It Now” mentality.

Many people have developed a bad habit of procrastination! Psychology Today reports that nearly 20% of all people chronically put things off.   A study done by the American Psychological Association showed that the number of people who procrastinate is on the rise, and that it makes people less healthy, less wealthy, and less happy.

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Cycle of Success!

Think about what you’re thinking about!

The way you think determines everything about the quality of your life.  Studies have shown that your life will naturally move towards what you think about most.

If you think negative thoughts, losing thoughts…then you will get more negativity and losing in your life.  If you think positive thoughts, winning thoughts, thoughts of being a champion…then your life will naturally move in that direction.

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“The Winner’s Circle!”

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Who’s in your circle?

It’s been said that you are the average of the five people you hang out with most.   Give thought to who you are with, and if they are people who are helping you get to where you want to go.

Remember, winner’s hang with winners and losers hang with losers.  If you want to win, it is a MUST that you surround yourself with winners.  You cannot be a winner, and have losers in your life.

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Stop Talking About it, and Be About it!

Motivation Minute

 “Stop Talking About it, and Be About it!”

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Have you been talking about what you are going to do, rather than just doing it?

If so, isn’t it time to stop talking and take action.

Too many people do not take action on their goals.  They have in their mind something they want to do, but that’s as far as it gets!   They have intentions to “some day” get to it, not realizing that someday will never come until they decide to take action.

They live on a fantasy Island called, “Someday Isle”.  Someday I’ll start working out…Someday I’ll go back to school….Someday I’ll start working on that goal.

If that’s you, then get off of Someday Isle!

Take a moment to evaluate your own life.  What have you been thinking about, dreaming about, talking about….but haven’t yet taken action on?

There comes a time when you have to say enough is enough.  It’s time to get to work.

The graveyard is full of books that will never be written, songs that will never be sung, inventions that will never come to be, dreams that will never be lived out.

Why do so many people fail to take action?

The fear of failure prevents many from going for it.  Les Brown is known for asking this question, “If you had to live your life over again again, do you think you could have done more than what you have done thus far?  What we do, what we accomplish, what we produce in life is only the tip of the iceberg for what’s possible.”

What’s possible for you?

Don’t let the fear of failure sabotage your success.   Be one of the few who has fears, but takes action anyway.

In any situation you have both fear and courage.  Even the most courageous people have fear….but they don’t allow it dominate their thinking.  Instead, they allow courage to rule.  Most people allow their fear to rule over their courage.  However, it’s not the absence of fear that you need, it’s having the fear, but moving forward anyway.  It’s being willing to get out of your comfort zone, and willing to take a risk.

Often people don’t take action because they are afraid of what other people might think.  “What if I try and it doesn’t work?”  “What if I’m not successful?”  These are the wrong questions to ask.  Instead ask, “What if it does work?”  What if I am successful?

Marianne Williamson said, “Our deepest fears are not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fears are that we are powerful beyond measure.”

It’s time for you to realize how powerful you are, and how much you CAN accomplish….but you have to take action.

I often talk about “pain of discipline” vs “the pain of regret”.  In life we have two very real pains we must choose from.  The absent of pain is never the goal, because living a pain-free life is simply not possible.  You must choose between having the pain of discipline to move, to act, to get it done; or you choose the pain of regret.  If you don’t act, you don’t exercise discipline and you put off til later what you should do now, you will pay the price of regret….and the pain of regret is much great than the pain of discipline.

So I want you to do me a favor.  Write down 1, 2 or 3 things you have been putting off.  Determine which one is the most important; which one will give you the greatest sense of satisfaction when it’s completed?  Then take action.  Take action today, no matter how small it may be.  And every day after that take action!

The only thing holding you back is YOU!  Take action today!

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