Never Quit! Success May Be Just a Step Away

“The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will and I am. Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done or what they can’t do.” — Denis Waitley

What I love about this quote is the reminder that the language we use reflects what we think, believe and do. The words “I can” demonstrate positive inner beliefs, confidence and ability. The words “I will” express intent for behavior as yet undone. The words “I am (actually doing) …” speak to action, which is where the power lies.

Listen to yourself when you speak. Do your words (“I can’t … I should have… would have… could have” reflect unsatisfying outcomes of the past? Are you dragging along beliefs that lack of success in the past means lack of success in the future? If you want to achieve more than you have to date, make an effort to live in action moments. Make each of those moments count by fostering positive thoughts, then reinforcing your positive thoughts with small (or large) action steps that will lead you to your goal.

When I was a child, I loved visiting my father at his law  office and seeing him behind his big old wooden desk. He seemed so powerful and accomplished. On his desk, he kept a pile of post cards with the poem, “Never Quit.”  The cards were promotions for his friend’s Congressional campaign. To this day, I hear my dad’s voice in my head reciting that poem from memory for my sister and I.  I am grateful that his voice encouraged us and stays with us still. My dad’s attitude helped us learn how to be bold in life and work. He helped us learn to do instead of promise. He helped us believe that we could do anything if we put in the right effort.

When you feel like it is easier to give up than keep going, try reciting the words of Never Quit. Here they are:

Never Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.
Author unknown

This poem may not be enough to change your life or trigger your success. If you need extra help, pay attention to the triggers that lead to discouragement and feelings of inadequacy. Challenge the words and beliefs underlying those feelings. Give yourself permission to believe in you and to learn what you need to know to reach your goals. Then pat yourself on your heart for not giving up! It’s reason to celebrate. You have everything you need tucked away inside you. Open yourself to the possibilities of success and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

“Throw Off the Bowlines, Sail Away from Safe Harbor”

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover.” – Mark Twain

What do you dream about? What inspires you to get out of bed every day? What gifts and bits of wisdom do you pray for at night or upon waking?

Sometimes setting a new course starts with something as simple as a decision to do it. Once you’ve decided to go for it, though, you’ll need to put some muscle behind it. Start by making an action plan. List the steps you’ll need to take to change your life and live the life of your dreams. Then, commit to following your heart.

What is one thing you can do today to put yourself on the path to your dreams?

Never Underestimate the Power of a T-Shirt

Brenda Mulberry, founder and president of Pike Products Space Shirts in Merritt Island coined the phrase, “Never Underestimate the Power of a T-shirt.” Brenda’s company has screen printed millions of T-shirts for thousands of customers. While her company focused mainly on the aerospace and aviation niche for most of 30 years, Brenda’s manufacturing outlet and retail store also custom designs T-shirts, polo shirts and branded apparel for orders as small as one shirt or numbering into the thousands.

One thing I’ve learned from Brenda is that the space on a T-shirt is prime advertising real estate. “It’s all about using the space on a T-shirt to increase visibility,” says Brenda. When people wear a shirt sporting your logo or message in crowds, you increase brand recognition. When your employees wear branded shirts, you increase team identity. When you put product pictures on shirts, you increase interest and can motivate prospective customers to ask you questions. And, when you create T-shirts with beautiful art or meaningful slogans, you can inspire people to take interest in an organization, cause, product, person, place or thing, and to take action.

Ask me how to get T-shirts or other promotional products to help build your business, organization, products or special project. Send me an email at or click here for a wide selection of blank customizable apparel that you can use to promote your business.


Thoughts are Things. Think Positive!

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. Thoughts are things! And powerful things at that. When mixed with definiteness of purpose, and burning desire, thoughts can be translated into riches.”— Napoleon Hill

Several years ago, my daughter Suzanne introduced me to the video, “What the Bleep Do We Know?” It featured luminaries in neuroscience, neurolinguistics and quantum physics who shared research and perspectives on the power of thought. In essence, these scientists and gurus asserted that thoughts are physical, electro-chemical transmissions that follow specific pathways in the brain in specific ways. Thinking a thought over and over can reinforce the neural pathway; as a result, thoughts can surface faster and faster, as can the emotional and physiological responses associate with them.

When I first watched the video — a while before Lisa Nichols et. al., authored The Secret — I was already convinced that thoughts are the key to mind power. Years later, I decided to focus on sharing “all good thoughts” whenever possible and to practice reinforcing my own neural network for enhanced positivity.

You can try it too, and choose positive thoughts whenever you want. Start by  becoming more mindful of your thoughts and feelings. Try to notice what you are feeling in a given moment. When you notice a feeling, such as sadness, joy, frustration, stress, worry or anger, ask yourself what that feeling is trying to tell you. Also consider how your thoughts might be influencing your feeling(s). Then pick a different, more positive feeling or thought that you would like better. Think about what that feeling looks like, feels like and sounds like in your mind. Get the senses of the feeling you want. Make them feel real to you.

Changing your feelings takes time and practice, but like thoughts, when the effort is repeated over and over, the effects of choosing more positive thoughts can call up and speed up more positive feelings. Let me know how it goes for you. Email me personally at Or leave me a reply on this blog. I would love to hear from you.



Take a Chance and Go for What You Want


Entrepreneurial icon, Debbie Fields Rose, founder of Mrs. Field’s Cookies, said, “The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

According to the Website, “Debbi’s success is significant, given that she received significant discouragement from family and friends, many of whom told her that she had no business starting her own company. She had no formal education to speak of, no money of her own to start the business with no product except cookies (…). At the age of 20, Debbi ignored the criticism and pushed forward to open a store in Palo Alto that would eventually be a $450 million leader of freshly-baked cookies.”

I agree with Debbi. Take the steps you want to take in life. Listen to your inner cheerleader instead of drudges who pull you down. Commit to learning what you need to know to succeed. Remember, there really is no failure, only failure to learn the right next step. Stay on a continuous learning path to discover answers to your questions and find the resources you need to get where you want to go. Ask for help when you need to and go, go, go!

Insight to Overcoming Fear: A New Resource

Most people periodically experience a prickle of fear in new situations or when dealing with events that have provoked fear and unpleasant outcomes for them in the past. For many, it’s like standing alone on a giant iceberg, frozen in place and shivering instead of finding the heat torch in hand that will melt your fear and spark the power you need to push through.

In the Extraordinary Self© Development Program, and the upcoming e-Learning classes you’ll soon find on our new e-Learning portal (watch for the link), we speak about confidence—the natural cure for fear—and where it comes from. Thanks to a trend started in the 80s to boost children’s self esteem with praise for every effort no matter how effective, we’ve grown a generation of people who believe that whatever they do is good enough. But what happens when they get to a corporate job and their work really isn’t praise worthy? Or they enter into a relationship and it falls apart? Or they start a business without the right skill set? And they fail? Will the old pat-on-the-back that got them through high school be enough to sustain their belief in themselves and the ability to push forward despite the reality of harsh feedback? Probably not. They’ll need to develop the framework for real confidence so they can get back on track when they fall off.

Reality speaks a different language than the soft touch some of us were reared with. Happily, the message for change doesn’t need to be harsh. Life is what it is; we have the power to decide what we do about it. Reality language doesn’t need to be harsh; it just needs to be practical. Feedback is the key to learning! True confidence is built on the blocks of one-step-at-a-time learning that gets desired results. Each little step forward rings its own little bell of success. The more little rings you hear in your head, the greater —and truer—your confidence will be going forward. Continue reading

The BoldBlogger Returns Soon to AM Radio

Donna Anselmo, aka, The BoldBlogger, CEO, Bold Marketing Solutions, Inc., (Melbourne, FL); and host of BOLDTALK Business Radio© which aired on WMEL between 2009 and 2011, will return to  AM1300 WMEL, The Talk to Me Station.

Listen to Donna on occasional segments of the popular Information Overload Hour with station owner/president John Harper. Donna is expected to air May 29 between 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM. Stay tuned for more broadcast dates.

Learn about the power of radio during a planned interview in which Donna will uncover radio secrets and stories as told by John Harper. When BOLDTALK Business Radio© returns to the air after a long hiatus, Donna also will deliver high quality content, insight, strategies, tips and tools for success, in keeping with the prior iteration of this show.

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