Posted tagged ‘inspiration’

Think you can or think you can’t – Either way, you are right

August 10, 2013

thinkl you can think you cant

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if life was smooth-sailing all the way? But time to time all of us have to navigate life’s ups and downs.  Learning to focus on what you can do today, instead of wasting time fretting about things, can make a big difference to your life and to the lives of those around you.

For each of us “my world” signifies something different.  It could refer to your life experiences, your relationship with God, your family, friends and colleagues – all the people that your existence touches.  The closer you get to the core of your world, the deeper the focus and intensity to serve.

Dr. Mark Holland said “Life is so fragile, that it would be a mistake to worry about making everyone happy – even the people in what you call ‘my world’.  You have to learn to recognize and be a good steward of what makes ‘you’ happy.”  He continues “In order to manage ‘my world,’ with all its twists and turns, it is important to focus on ‘my joy’ and minimize if not eliminate the frets, burdens, and worries that others put on your shoulders.  For if you are not happy, how can you make others happy?”

Glean the gift of the moment, of priority and take responsibility for your own happiness. Choose your paradigm.  The paradigm we construct perpetually becomes a wheel of fortune or a wheel of misfortune, based on the direction of our will, until we make a change.

Regardless as to whether you think you can or can’t do something, either way, you are right.  We so often focus on what hasn’t worked and what does not work instead of what has worked.  What has occurred in your life that has been right, been good?  What have you done to benefit yourself or those you love?

As Dr. Holland states in our interview, ”Seek to know God, seek to know yourself.  Be true to that first.  If you let your vehicle fall apart because you are too busy transporting everyone else, sooner or later, nobody rides.”

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Clifton author’s a resource for students on Blogger .  Follow him on FacebookTwitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at

Set Your Priorities and Make the World Better

March 3, 2013

This may be the time to really set your priorities.  An article/post in the Harvard Business Review , encourages us to get in touch with our internal strength and focus on what is important, to us.  Yes, this is the time.  Let’s hone our efforts and begin by making our world better.  Soon others will catch the wave.  Motivation and inspiration are natural byproducts of vision and decision.

Embrace your gift and the world you will lift.  I prepared this catchy video for you to help you bring it all together. 

It references international personal and business development guru, Peter Thomson and a few thoughts that I think you will find most timely.  Are you ready?

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

Grow With the Flow!

December 29, 2011

As the year closes out to make way for the new, perhaps it is as good a time for you to consider too – What do you want? What will you do?

When we understand from whence we come, we free ourselves to consider past choices, smart and dumb. 

By doing so we build on this – we step into tomorrow with preparedness.

Much like the Yin and Yang of life’s interaction, we move ourselves with inspirational dissatisfaction. 

So heal your wounds and count each blessing.  Soon it will be unveiled- a completely new dressing.

Go with the flow and you will soon know, that life and living from within does grow. 

Follow your heart, follow your passion.  Follow your dream.  Take some action.  Sometimes it is what you do when no one takes note, that prepares you to get the ultimate vote.

Happy New Year.  Be thankful.   Believe and… Succeed!

Clif McKnight

Who Inspires You and Who do You Inspire?

March 20, 2010

Sometimes we need a little lift.  The stressors of life can on occasion get a bit heavy.  Step outside yourself for a moment and notice what occurs to bring you back into a strong, confident, faithful state of mind.  Who are the people, what are the places and times through which your God given gifts of inspiration flow?

Life's Little Joys by Chelsea Taylor McKnight

A passer by says a kind word.  An uplifting email shows up just when you need it.  Someone calls or stops by and lends an empathetic ear.  A message at your place of worship or some lyrics to a song can offer inspiration.  Standing in nature with someone you love may be just what you need.  Taking the time to notice these things provides you with useful insight to be intentionally tapped when needed.  It also can suggest a model  that you may “pay it forward” when others need a helping hand.

Whatever it is, wherever it is, however you get it, look for ways to give it.

Some of you get inspired by giving.  You are fulfilled by helping others.  Great, so you know how it feels.  Let others have an opportunity to do the same for you sometime.   Stop, take a deep breath and be thankful.


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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