Daniella Whyte

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The Power of Motivation Is Limited (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 362)


“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”
— Arthur C. Clarke

Too often we think that the key to achieving our goals is being motivated. But motivation is very abstract. You can’t really catch it or grab hold of it and hang on to it. You can’t even force yourself into having it like you can with something like determination. It comes every once in a while. The rest of the time, it is up to you — your choices, your will, your self-discipline, your faith, and your persistence. Read more…

Sitzfleisch (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 249)


“Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.”
— Robert Brault

Persistence and perseverance are often used interchangeably. While they are very similar in many ways, there are a few small differences that can change how you live your life. Persistence will tell you when you’re illogically pursuing something that is already a lost cause. Perseverance, on the other hand, will keep you calm and steady pursuing a goal that is meaningful. Read more…

Most Stakes Are High (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 197)

Most Stakes Are High

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.”
— Elbert Hubbard

Why is it that most of us are more likely to be on time for work or for an important job interview than an impromptu meeting with friends or family? Why do most of us tend to make some things like diet and exercise a matter of routine and other things just as rest and relaxation a haphazard decision? Read more…

Create a Vision Bigger Than You (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 193)

Create a Vision Bigger Than You

“You don’t deserve a point of view if the only thing you see is you.”
— Paramore

Most of us are good at setting goals, but lousy when it comes to accomplishing them. Whether it is finishing college, learning an instrument, or developing a business, we are good at starting things but not finishing them. One of the reasons this is the case is because we lack persistence.  Read more…

Showing Up Is Half the Work (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 78)

Showing Up Is Half the Work

“What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while.”
— Gretchen Rubin

Consistent, dedicated performance determines the quality, longevity, and outcome of our lives and relationships. Consistency in life is the door through which trust walks and takes up residence. If you do not develop some consistency, stability, and genuine honesty in your life and about what you do, you cannot expect to succeed, or at the very least, stay successful. Becoming successful requires perseverance; staying successful requires consistency. Read more…

Shake It Off and Keep Gettin’ Up

The story is told of a farmer who had an old mule. One day, the old mule was walking across the field and fell into a well. The mule, as old as he was, could not get up on his own, so he stayed in that position for several hours. The farmer came looking for the mule and found him stuck in the well. He contemplated getting the mule out the well, but after further assessment of the situation, the farmer decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth saving.
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