The Thought for the Day – Franklin Roosevelt

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Some may not be familiar with today’s Thought because it comes from the last paragraph of a speech FDR never delivered, written in Warm Springs, Georgia on April 11, 1945, the day before he died.

Leaders spend an awful lot of time overcoming human nature, in themselves and in those they are leading. Roosevelt’s brilliance lay not so much in his policies but in his ability to combine a variety of factors, not the least of which was his own intuition, to sense what his fellow citizens were thinking and feeling. This meant that when it came time to mobilize America to fight World War II, FDR was in a position to do it.

America mobilized for war in a manner unprecedented in history and it was this outpouring of manpower and production that put America and the Allies in a position to win World War II. The numbers American workers out up from 1940-45 were staggering: 300,000 planes, two million trucks, 107,000 tanks, 5,400 cargo ships, plus equally staggering amounts arms and ammunition.

Would another president have been able America’s talents and resources like FDR did? Perhaps, but I doubt it. FDR knew his fellow citizens and, by and large, they trusted him, allowing FDR to allay their fears and overcome their doubts. Had they not, America and her Allies might not have been successful.

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

What doubts do we have in our personal lives that are preventing us from realizing the tomorrows we deserve? Is it a fear of failure? A fear of success? A sense that it really doesn’t matter or that success is for others?

Nonsense. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is, success is there for anyone smart enough to have a plan for their life and courage to see it through. When we eliminate the doubts of today, we put ourselves in a position to realize our dreams of tomorrow.



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