Nate’s Monday Morning Message

Welcome to this edition of my Nate's Monday Morning Message. It is Monday morning again - are we prepared for the successes we will have this week? Are we prepared to overcome the obstacles in our way this week? Are we prepared to do what works and change what does not this week?

I would encourage each of you to take 15 minutes this morning and set your goals for this new week. What would you like to accomplish in business and in your personal lives? How will you accomplish these goals? Also, make a list of the things you will NOT do because you know those will not further your goals. What will you do instead?

Stick to these lists and see what happens.

As the day gets going, and the week gets busy, review what you have set for yourself and adjust your actions accordingly. You are the artist of this picture and the finished product is up to you. This is a great week to start painting. Take control over yourself and your actions and get going.

Today marks Martin Luther King Day and as such, there is no day better than this one to embrace change and overcome obstacles the way Martin Luther King Jr. did.  We owe it to King’s legacy to live up to the standards he set when it comes to living up to our own ideals and accepting change freely and openly. Make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER...

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Excerpt from King's speech delivered 28 August 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.)

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. 

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

WORDS TO LIVE BY...

“You can start right where you stand and apply the habit of going the extra mile by rendering more service and better service than you are now being paid for.” - Napoleon Hill

“Highly developed spirits often encounter resistance from mediocre minds.” - Albert Einstein

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle

“Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” - Mario Andretti 

Let's Make It The Best Week Of The Year! Nate

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