D-Day Taught Us To Never Give Up

It was unknowable then, but so much of the progress that would define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, came down to the battle for a slice of beach only six miles long and two miles wide. President Barack Obama

June 6, 1944, seventy-five years ago today, was the largest seaborne invasion in military history. The landings on Normandy Beach were initiated by the Western Allies in an effort to liberate mainland Europe from Hitler’s reign and Nazi occupation during World War II. The Allied infantry began landing on the coast of France at 6:30 a.m. and by midnight, over 150,000 British, U.S. and Canadian troops had landed in Normandy. 

D-Day was a massacre with about 9,000 Allied soldiers either dead or wounded. Even with the massive losses, D-Day enabled the Allied forces to gain momentum and turn the tide toward liberation. 

How does D-Day speak to you other than eliciting gratitude and awe for their courage? To me, it says , “Never give up.” Faced with tremendous odds and death-defying conditions, 150,000 troops carried out orders and never gave up. The people they liberated never gave up. The voice of freedom never gave up. 

Affirmation: I will not forget. I will never give up on my goals, dreams, and the ongoing fight for freedom.

Coaching questions: What are you tempted to give up on? How does this 75-year-old story help you renew your drive to move forward and never give up? Where will you land?

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Lessons From Baby Twain

The only limits you have are the limits you believe. Wayne Dyer, author and speaker.

Samuel Clemens, known as Mark Twain, was born on this day in 1835. Baby Clemens arrived prematurely in a two-room shack in Florida, Missouri. He was a frail infant and sickly child, prompting his mother to admit, “When I first saw him, I could see no promise in him.” As the creator of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Clemens is one of America’s best known authors despite ending his formal schooling after the fifth grade.

The lesson here—you are more than your packaging, your education, your upbringing. You can accomplish great things if you set your mind to it. Never give up or give in and, your Mama doesn’t always know best. 

Affirmation: I can overcome.

Coaching questions: What do you see as limiting factors in your history? What can you do to overcome them and soar to new heights? What’s one step you will take today? 

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