Life on Council House Square

I’m going to say something that may be hard to hear, but it’s absolutely true: You must motivate yourself to bring about any change in your life. Don’t wait for someone to stand up and tell you what needs to be done – YOU need to be the change your want to see in your personal life, your community, and your world. You must inspire yourself!

I’m immensely grateful for the champions in my life who inspired me and shaped the person I am today. I’ve written many times about my grandpa being one of those people. Some of you reading this column have touched my life in that way as well. I can’t even begin to explain how supportive my family is, and how crucial that is to my daily life! However, I firmly believe that if you’ll make efforts to lead yourself to become the person you desire to be (faith in Jesus Christ should be how you shape that identity), and stop waiting on others to motivate you, YOU can truly become someone who inspires not only yourself, but others too!

This week, I’m going to do something different, and share some ‘sayings’, or personal mantras, that help determine my direction each day. They remind me to live with purpose and pursue my calling. I hope they’ll inspire you as well! Some are popular, and you may know the author, but in the journal I keep with me I haven’t recorded who wrote any of these. A few I’ve written myself.

• If you do good, you'll do well!

• Greed is the driving force behind every kind of evil. Selflessness can solve everything!

• (For employers) - Train people well enough to leave, but treat them so well they won't want to.

• You are whatever you think about all day long.

• Don't be afraid of failing - be afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter!

• Are you involved in things that burden God - or are you involving God in things that burden you?

• Apathy finds an excuse, but passion finds a way!

• Behavior breeds behaviors - kindness and affection are contagious, and so are bad attitudes!

• Don't make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions.

• If you take care of putting God and others first, God will take care of you.

• (I need to listen to this one) Eat your food as medicines, or you'll have to eat medicine as your food.

• Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.

• Worrying doesn't take away tomorrow's struggles - it only takes away today's peace.

• The people who you have influence over (the people you are leading) aren't completely ‘make or break’ dependent on your efforts (they make their own decisions), but what if their actions and faith are a reflection of your actions and faith?

• The difference between what we do and what we’re capable of doing would solve most of the world’s problems.

• If you feel like there's not enough time in the day, you're managing it incorrectly.

• Don't say something about someone's past who's trying to change their future.

• We need to listen to understand, not just listen to reply.

• What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

These are only a few of my favorites! I love reading through my list each day (it’s several pages long) and just finding a few that speak to where I am in that moment. You’ve got to preach to yourself a little bit! Motivate and inspire yourself – don’t wait on somebody else to do it! I’d love to hear any mantras of your own that inspire you. You can email me anytime at:

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Richard Larabee is an Okmulgee downtown resident. He was recently elected to serve as Okmulgee City Councilor for Ward # 3, and he is the current President of Main Street. He also Co-Chairs The Roger Brooks Okmulgee Task Force Committee under the Chamber of Commerce. He is an Independent Petroleum Landman whose office is located in the McCulloch building across the street from the Grand Old Post Office building in downtown Okmulgee, where OSUIT students just recently moved in! #okmulgeerising

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