Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Morning Message. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend filled with family, friends, and fun. 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 to 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. 

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER...

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died.

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?" The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

This story teaches two lessons:

1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them.

Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words...it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way. Anyone can peak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another. Author Unknown

WORDS TO LIVE BY...

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” - Booker T. Washington

“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

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“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 its 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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