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“It only takes five years to turn your life completely around. But it will take you the
rest of your life to continue living like you are.” – Jeff Olson

2017 is leading me to reminisce and make new plans. It is, again, the end of another 5 years for me. Twenty years ago, I made the conscious decision to change my life, my thinking and my choices. I had read Jeff Olson’s quote, above, and began a process that has led me to where I am today. Jeff’s quote gave me hope. It opened me up to the fact that I can take charge of the realities of my life. My life could completely change in five years!

What a journey it has been?

I travelled from loneliness and isolation with mental illness; from the depths of despair, uncertainty and turmoil living in a women’s shelter and dealing with a spouse deteriorating with the disease of alcoholism; to a life filled with family, friends, opportunities, fun and excitement. Sometimes I need to pinch myself to confirm it’s real. In looking back, I wonder who I was back then; I was in such a dire place in my life; and now I’m in awe of how far I’ve come. Looking back, it assures me of the importance of patience; of planning; of being open to new thoughts, views and actions; of releasing the old and welcoming the new; of saying, “Yes!” to hopeful possibilities.

Quotes from other people’s wisdom supported me along the way. Here are three quotes that will support you in moving forward and staying the course:

1. “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”  – Winston Churchill
2. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
3. “The reality is, success rarely ‘shows up”; it is lured and attracted day by day, by the right actions, thinking, and heart.” – Doug Firebaugh

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Betty Franklin
Betty Franklin
Betty Franklin is a mental fitness expert. She works with wellness and health professional, struggling with overwhelm and burnout, to achieve clarity and focus, so they step into all aspects of their life with energy, enthusiasm and purpose. She does this through her transformational coaching program, thought-provoking workshops and inspiring book - GUTS - Get Uncomfortable To Succeed - Embracing Health, Balance and Abundance. Learn more. Contact Betty at