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Why do I Live an Average Life

I remember the moment I asked myself, why do I live an average life?  That is the moment I decided I needed to change everything.  I needed to change my morning routine, how I communicated with people, how often I exercise, how much I drink, and how much I focus on making myself a better person.

Over the past several months, I have completely changed the way I operate my life.  I like to wake up at least an hour before my girls rise for school.  Mind you, I was not doing this six months ago.  Six months ago I was getting only fifteen minutes prior to the girls and that was just to take a shower.  That did not leave me much time to do anything for myself.  Now I use this time to write my blog post for the day or I spend time reading.  I find the mornings I have the most creativity and best concentration so I want to take full advantage of my creative state.

By the time the girls wake up, I have already accomplished a tremendous amount and I feel immense fulfillment.  Many times, I’m left wanting more.   Six months ago, I could have never said this.  I was going through the motions and not doing anything that was getting me closer to my goals.  I was getting ready for the day, dropping the girls off at school, and then driving my 45 minute commute to work.  Frankly, my day really didn’t get started until I walk through the doors at my job.  It was very monotonous and predictable.

I felt average even though I strived for much more.  What I didn’t realize at the time, I was doing it all wrong.  I would often think to myself what I was doing wrong.  If I just knew what I needed to , I would do it.  It wasn’t what I was doing wrong, it was what I wasn’t doing.  I was stuck in the predictable trap and not growing.

Why do I Live an Average Life

I was doing what most somewhat successful people do.  I worked hard, I got involved with different charities, I became a Board Member, I signed up for different networking groups and attended meetings here and there.  I was oblivious and truly thought this was all I had to do to achieve greatness.  I was so frustrated when I wasn’t getting the results I wanted.

Imagine that, just doing the basics did not get me to the results I was craving.  I look at the things I am doing now and it is so much more than what I did six months ago.  I wake up each morning with a with a clear purpose.  I look at time as a precious asset and something I need to maximize.  If I find myself drifting to actions that will not benefit my goals, I snap myself out of it, and get back on track.  I never viewed my time this intently before.  I am more focused on learning and stepping out of my comfort-zone.  I now want to feel uncomfortable because then I know I am doing and growing.

I look back now and understand how average I was, even though I had a burning desire inside of me to obtain greatness.  I can now see the ability to obtain what I have set out to do.  Six months ago I had way too many roadblocks that I put in my own way.  Some of these roadblocks I didn’t even know I had until I started down this path.  I have now removed most roadblocks, even though I discover different roadblocks standing in my way all the time.  I have several ah-ha moments where I realize I what is holding me back.  You learn a tremendous amount about yourself through the process.  You will realize you can actually accomplish more than you even thought possible once you start making better decisions.

September 5, 2017 0 comment
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How do You Motivate Your Children

How do you motivate your children?  What type of motivational talks are appropriate?  Their minds and experiences aren’t the same as adults.  How do you really get through to them and explain how important their actions impact the rest of their life?  I not talking about morales you teach and the right from wrongs, I’m referring to lighting that fire within them.  As parents, do we have the ability to pull something out of them at a very young age?

Can we inspire a child early on by giving them strong motivational talks or are the teachings above what they can comprehend?  Can we have the influence on children the same way we do adults?  I believe everyone’s motivation is innate, including children.  Just like adults, some children can be motivated and other’s it may take an act of God.  Our job as parents is to get to the core of what and where you can push and inspire, so w can bring the best out of our children.

I had a personal situation this morning that made me think even deeper about how motivation can influence children.  I have three daughters that are all on varying degrees of the motivational spectrum.  One is and always has been very self motivated.  One is self motivated but needs a little push here and there.  One needs to be pulled like a stubborn horse that doesn’t want to go back into the stable.

I had my two younger daughters in the car, in the drop of lane, when we started to discuss upcoming opportunities at school.  We talked about different sport programs they would try out for and running for student council.

How doYou Motivate Your Children

A little background, my middle daughter is the more reserved one of the three.  She doesn’t really like to put herself out there unless she is pushed.  At the beginning of last year, she let me know she was going to run for class representative.  Although I strongly encouraged her to do so, I was a little nervous since this was her first year at the school and she didn’t know a lot of people.  Most of the kids at the school have been together since kindergarten.  I was proud of her for having the courage to run.  It was completely unexpected and out of character.  To our surprise, she won the election and was 7th grade class represenative.  This was a great start of the school year and definitely gave her a boost of confidence.  She went on to run for school PRESIDENT at the end of last year and WON.

Now, for my youngest daughter, she has more confidence wrapped up in her little body than anyone I know.  She fears very little and she is willing to put herself out there more than anyone else in the family.  I was completely baffled when she told me she didn’t want to run for class representative because she was afraid to lose.  She would be embarrassed if she lost since her sister is the President of Student Council.

This got me thinking!   Can my words motivate her and push her through her fear to run for class representative?  Children need to take advantage of these opportunities to grow, even if they don’t win.  Conquer their fears and start the learning young!  You are not going to win everything and you learn from failure.  There is nothing they should be embarrassed about.  At the very least, they should be proud of their courage.  It’s difficult to explain this to an eleven year old so how influential can motivational talks be to young kids?  We will find out!

 

August 25, 2017 0 comment
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How to Achieve Pure Happiness

Happiness is all relative and may change from day to day.  What you are really striving for is to be fulfilled with your life.  If you are fulfilled, you are enjoying things you want to do and doing these things on your own terms.  It is not easy to get this type of freedom.  A constant state of happiness may be difficult to achieve since life tends to throw you curve balls.

If you are ambitious and striving for more, chances are you are chasing the idea of fulfillment.  In reality, you have no idea how you will feel once you get to where you think you want to go.  Will you feel filled, will you be overcome with happiness, or will you want even more and dissatisfied?  You don’t really know until you get there, if you ever get there.

I want to take a different approach and think a bit differently.  What if you know you will never achieve all your dreams?  You wake up extra early every morning, write out all your goals, say your affirmations, maximize every minute of your day, put in all the extra hours. and you still don’t conquer the summit.  How do you achieve happiness?

How to Achieve Pure Happiness

I believe fulfillment in life and happiness are separate from attaining your goals.  Goals are about removing your fear to allow you to strive for more.  Fulfillment and happiness comes from other parts of your life, like your relationships with your family,  how ethical and sincere you live your life on a day to day basis, health, and appreciating the things around you (nature).  Often times, we are so focused on our goals we forget to enjoy what is all around us.

From reading my posts, you know I am a big believer in setting goals and putting in 120% to obtain them.  There are not many people in this world who are capable of massive success.  If you have the fire, nothing is going stop you from doing everything you can to achieve greatness.  It’s important to stop along the way and find your true happiness.

You can obtain all the riches in the world but, if you don’t have happiness, it is all for nothing.

August 24, 2017 2 comments
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What Separates the Wildly Successful People from the Ordinary?

Is it true what they say, “Either you have it or you don’t?” Is it as simple as that? Do you know your true destiny? Do you know what you were put on this earth to accomplish? What do you want to be known for? Do you REALLY know?

Do you wish you had the magic pill that could provide you the success that someone like Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, or Sara Blakely have experienced? Unfortunately, there isn’t one or I would have taken it a long time ago. Do you ever ask yourself, “What do they have that I don’t?” I do daily, except for Bill Gates because that is glaringly obvious. He is brilliant and his IQ score says so.

Instead, let’s talk about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. Why does it seem that the truly successful people know their destiny, beyond doubt, early on in life?  Or, at least they lead us to believe they do. They give us advise on how to hold on to our dreams and never give up no matter what it takes.  Are you sitting at 211 degrees just about to boil?

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Many of these people are star athletes, movie stars, creators, and musicians. Do you think Oprah Winfrey knew she would be one of the most successful and richest people in the world when she was young? Unless I had a conversation with her, I don’t know that answer, but I’m guessing not. When did she actually realize her calling and dedicated her whole being to it?

Speaking honestly, does success for some people happen by chance or luck? Tell the truth…there are some crazy successful people you have met and you think… hmmmm how did that happen! How did they get the magic pill?

A woman is looking at New York standing on the terrace in a modern skyscraper with panoramic windows.

There absolutely has to be a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (effort and focus) but only a very small portion of the entire population actually achieve greatness. How can this be, when I know there are a lot of people working extremely hard? So, what is everyone else NOT doing that is holding them back from reaching greatness?

Many soon to be successful people won’t necessarily tell you what they want their destination to be but it seems obvious they know where they want to go.  Or do they?  Much of the advice I read is visualize your dream and take steps each day to accomplish these aspirations.  Well, what if you don’t know exactly what your aspirations are.  Is it still possible to be wildly successful? For example, maybe you can see yourself working for a corporation, a non-profit, or you want to be an entrepreneur but you can’t be specific on the actual field. It is possible your passion for one thing is not tremendously strong. If you can’t be specific, can you still visualize your destiny?

The goal achievement

If you knew exactly what you were put here on this earth to do, you could get laser focused and inch towards it every single day. As a matter of fact, you could dive right in and never look back. Sound familiar? This is the advice we get from extremely successful people, who accomplish amazing things. I’m not talking about just your career; I’m talking about your life’s purpose. I’m always in aw of people who know their purpose and I admire their passion. You learn a lot about yourself through this exploration. Here is how I will leave it…Keep searching because the search is half the fun. Victory will come!

November 7, 2016 0 comment
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What Separates the Wildly Successful People from the Ordinary?

Is it true what they say, “Either you have it or you don’t?” Is success as simple as that? Do you know your true destiny? Do you know what you were put on this earth to accomplish? What do you want to be known for? Do you REALLY know?

Do you wish you had the magic pill that could provide you the success that someone like Oprah Winfrey, Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, or Sara Blakely have experienced? Unfortunately, there isn’t one or I would have taken it a long time ago. Do you ever ask yourself, “What do they have that I don’t?” I do daily, except for Bill Gates because that is glaringly obvious. He is brilliant and his IQ score says so.

Instead, let’s talk about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. Why does it seem that the truly successful people know their destiny, beyond doubt, early on in life?  Or, at least they lead us to believe they do. They give us advise on how to hold on to our dreams and never give up no matter what it takes.  Are you sitting at 211 degrees just about to boil?

Cooking pot on the fire with boiling water

Many of these people are star athletes, movie stars, creators, and musicians. Do you think Oprah Winfrey knew she would be one of the most successful and richest people in the world when she was young? Unless I had a conversation with her, I don’t know that answer, but I’m guessing not. When did she actually realize her calling and dedicated her whole being to it?

Speaking honestly, does success for some people happen by chance or luck? Tell the truth…there are some crazy successful people you have met and you think… hmmmm how did that happen! How did they get the magic pill?

A woman is looking at New York standing on the terrace in a modern skyscraper with panoramic windows.

There absolutely has to be a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (effort and focus) but only a very small portion of the entire population actually achieve greatness. How can this be, when I know there are a lot of people working extremely hard? So, what is everyone else NOT doing that is holding them back from reaching greatness?

Many soon to be successful people won’t necessarily tell you what they want their destination to be but it seems obvious they know where they want to go.  Or do they?  Much of the advice I read is visualize your dream and take steps each day to accomplish these aspirations.  Well, what if you don’t know exactly what your aspirations are.  Is it still possible to be wildly successful? For example, maybe you can see yourself working for a corporation, a non-profit, or you want to be an entrepreneur but you can’t be specific on the actual field. It is possible your passion for one thing is not tremendously strong. If you can’t be specific, can you still visualize your destiny?

The goal achievement

If you knew exactly what you were put here on this earth to do, you could get laser focused and inch towards it every single day. As a matter of fact, you could dive right in and never look back. Sound familiar? This is the advice we get from extremely successful people, who accomplish amazing things. I’m not talking about just your career; I’m talking about your life’s purpose. I’m always in aw of people who know their purpose and I admire their passion. You learn a lot about yourself through this exploration. Here is how I will leave it…Keep searching because the search is half the fun. Victory will come!

November 7, 2016 0 comment
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