Archive for the ‘Making a Difference’ category

Change Your World, Make a New Friend

February 16, 2013

Want some deep and fun at the same time?  Feaured from Oprah Winfrey’s “OWN”  network, check out Soul Pancake.  You deserve it. .  Sometimes all we have to do is be willing to relax and open up a bit.  Not so keen or this- or inspired by this? Maybe you can create your own experiment.  Go ahead, “Change your world.”

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at

Clarify Your Purpose

December 29, 2012

We each make a difference, through our presence and our absence, through our actions and through our inaction.  By clarifying our purpose it becomes clear how our existence contributes to the betterment of life, When we clarify our goals our priorities are made clear. Inspired meaning infuses our lives.  Breathe in new possibility.  Embrace Divine Purpose.  It will help you calm the waters or ride the waves.

Image  Consider the thoughts below from Chapter One of IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS, LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES – HOW TO SUCCEED IN TURBULENT TIMES.  For more and to order, click this link and use discount code D6BTQE42 at check out for 30% off.

  • You are the offspring of those who persevered through trepidation, trials and tribulations. Not only can you make it, it is your legacy.
  • Sometimes we have to “restart and reset.”
  • We have the power to define our experience; indeed, that is what we do.
  • Remember to embrace “Inspirational dissatisfaction.” Be grateful yet discontent enough to be inspired to make a difference.
  • Think you can or think you can’t. Either way, you are right.
  • “Cherish the moment… [Do] not waste precious life worrying.” – Mark Holland
  • Creative possibilities emerge as we interpret and respond to the same stuff with anticipation.

So find a quiet or inspired space and ask yourself, “What is most important to me?  How can I make a difference while loving life?  How can I use my divine gifts?  Write your answers.  Get input and reserve your right to filter and assess.  Choose, act, adjust and enjoy.  You have already begun.  Thank you for BEING the difference you want to see in the world.

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at

Appreciate What You Have

August 18, 2011

"There are Generations of Blessings to Embrace..." Art work by Chelsea McKnight

Sometimes in all of our striving, we may get pre-occupied with what we do not have yet.  We set our goals and we drive ourselves toward its end and at times it seems to remain just beyond our reach.  Perhaps while we strive we should take time to experience being alive.  Be awake to your blessings and appreciate what you have.  There are generations of blessings to embrace even as we strive to win our race.  Be grateful as you climb and add to someone’s day and your day too.  You will be glad you did.

Choose Then Move

March 3, 2011

Below are thoughts from If YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVESHow to Succeed in Turbulent Times

“Who we desire to be and what we desire to accomplish is a choice that we had better make for ourselves because there are many people out there who would do it for us, on their terms.“   

How to Succeed in Turbulent Times

Choose to move to your vision

Anything that moves you forward is moving you forward.  You have the vision; you make the decision.”

Clif McKnight

“Reserve your right to choose.   It is a human inheritance that deserves embrace in a deliberate way.   We are responsible, ‘response able’ when we consciously choose.” 

Your Gift to God

November 25, 2010

You may have heard that God’s gift to us is life itself and our gift to God is what we do with our life.  This Thanksgiving consider if this well known prayer can assist you in giving back.

The Prayer of Saint Francis Assisi

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love.

Where there is injury, pardon.

Where there is doubt, faith.

Where there is despair, hope.

Where there is darkness, light.

Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.”


We all are born and we will most certainly pass from this existence.  What will you do in between?  Have a great life and please choose to “BE” a positive difference.

Even Collisions Can Fuel Visions

July 22, 2010


You have done it again and I am not surprised. Even collisions can fuel visions when you walk a faithful walk. I say this because when you look back you can see that you have made it through and… you are still standing. Not only that, you are more than before the collision. You are more seasoned. You are stronger and you are wiser.


So next time you are face to face with a collision, make the decision to make the most of it.  Have a Great Day!

See post below for audio.

Even Collisions Can Fuel Visions

July 22, 2010

Audio Post: Let’s Love the Earth Back

July 8, 2010

We are the difference the world needs to revive itself.  Enjoy the audio message. May it liven your awareness so that we can give back to the earth so that our children’s children may enjoy its gifts.

5] People – Ride with the Tide – Associate with People Who Believe In You

February 13, 2010

Have you heard the colloquialism, “You can do bad by yourself”?  How about,   “Birds of a feather flock together.”  Sometimes your self-confidence is not as strong as you would like it to be.  This is the very time that others will come along to confirm that you can’t do it or can’t have it.   If you let them they will break you down.

You can reverse this self-defeating tendency by surrounding yourself with strong minded people, people who are headed somewhere and who recognize that you are too!

How to Succeed in Turbulent times

Family friends, associates, even characters you meet through books [wink] can be a resource when you are open to the positive support.  It is all within your circle, within your reach.

From the book, WHEN YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES” How to Succeed in Turbulent Times – Clifton McKnight.  Pre-published excerpt.  5 of 5


February 9, 2010

I received an email from my mom, Mary McKnight-Taylor Ed.D who has served as an inspiration to me throughout my life.  As you read the message she forwarded to me you may come to see why.

Just Stay
A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside.
“Your son is here,” she said to the old man.

“…he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent.”

She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.
The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed.  All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength.  Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.
He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients.

Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.
Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her.
“Who was that man?” he asked.
The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.

“No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”
“Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”
“I knew right away there had been a mistake,
but I also knew he needed his son, and his
son just wasn’t here.

When I realized that he was too sick to tell
whether or not I was his son,
knowing how much he needed me, I stayed.”

I came here tonight to
find a Mr. William Grey.
His Son was Killed in Iraq
today, and I was sent to
inform him. What was this
Gentleman’s Name?

The Nurse with Tears in
Her Eyes Answered,
Mr. William Grey………….
The next time someone needs you … just be there.  Stay.




(love this line, I heard that personal development guru Wayne Dyer said something like this)PLEASE PASS THIS BLOG ON AND you will be twice blessed.




– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at

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