Life throws distractions at us from time to time. You understand what I am saying, I am sure that you have experienced these too, right?
I had an example of this yesterday when my normal routine was disrupted by a number of things. We were expecting visitors from out of town and the expected arrival time was mid afternoon. I had my day all planned out with my normal morning routine of studying, drinking my coffee, walking the dogs then getting my own breakfast.
At around 6am I received a call telling me out guests were about an hour away - routine out of the window. I jumped out of bed, had a quick cup of coffee then took the dogs for their walk. As I returned to the house our guests were pulling up. Stay calm, this is all OK, I was telling myself.
I went into the house and turned a light on but nothing. What was wrong? I tried a few other lights and nothing. I looked at the DVR player and no clock. I realized that the power was out - another distraction!
Everything turned out fine...
I love talking about leadership and how you determine a great leader versus an average one. Some people think that a great leader is one who comes up with all of the ideas and tells people how to do things. Personally, I believe that a great leader encourages others to come up with the ideas and creates an environment where this is possible, even encouraged.
When you nurture an environment where ideas thrive it encourages people to look for solutions instead of bringing problems forward all of the time. When people have ideas and see these being accepted it gives them a sense of pride and ownership. This, in turn, will produce far better results than merely telling people what to do and expecting them to run with it.
Think about your environment, both at home and at work, and ask yourself whether it is one that encourages new ideas?
Have you ever noticed that when you are confident that you can achieve something, you usually do?
I have observed this in myself and in other people too. So why do you think this is? The power of our minds is incredible and, as I have said on many occasions, we use less than 10% of it's potential. There is another saying that "When you put your mind to it you can achieve anything" so it is no secret the power that our minds hold.
My follow up question is: If we know our minds have this potential, why do we not use it?
I used to think it was because of a fear of failure but we already established that if we are confident of success it will come so there must be something deeper. Fear of criticism from others is definitely a factor and the other could be a lack of confidence which in turn will bring on a fear of failure.
Ultimately I believe that the answer lies within us. We need to believe that we are great, we can achieve anything, and find the confidence to break free of our...
When I was a child growing up in England there was a common saying: Life begins at 40!
I remember when I was approaching 40 this gave me a sense of excitement, almost as if something was going to happen by magic - and nothing happened!
So what does this popular saying mean? I have been thinking about this a lot recently and it has prompted me to design a new program: "Your Third Quarter". My conclusion is that we are at the half-way stage of our lives so, much like any sports game, we should review what has happened in the first half and plan how we are going to approach the rest of our life to maximize it.
American football and basketball games are broken into quarters so when we reach 40-something we are essentially starting our third quarter. When you look at the most successful teams they generally have an outstanding third quarter as this sets up the final quarter. Life is the same, Your Third Quarter is the set up to retirement so make the most of it and don't live in regret....
"The fruit of the tree is always on the limb" - John C. Maxwell
What do you think of when John says this? He used this on his "Minute with Maxwell" focused on the word "Risk".
If you want to get on in life you will need to take risks. These should be calculated risks where you have thought through the benefits before acting. If you want to climb the ladder you have to take your foot off the first rung to move to the second and third. John uses a baseball analogy to say that you cannot get to second base without taking your foot off first.
If you risk nothing, you will receive nothing, and then wonder why you have nothing. I see too many people that are waiting for their "lucky break" or for someone to hand them their next opportunity on a silver platter - news flash.......THAT WON'T HAPPEN!!
Take some time to reflect on your life, what have do you want to do with your future? What makes you happy?
I am here to help and have programs that will enable you to identify your "why" and...
In Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill writes: "Thousands of men and women carry inferiority complexes with them all through life, because some well-meaning, but ignorant person destroyed their confidence through opinions or ridicule"
This is not always intentional behavior on the other persons behalf, it could be a sign of their own insecurity or fear of failure. Many people do not want others to succeed as it makes them feel inadequate in their own achievements. On the face of it you may think this is harsh, but think about it for a moment. When was the last time that someone discouraged you, or you discouraged someone else, from trying something out of the ordinary? What was the reason for this discouragement?
Hill also writes: "If you are influenced by "opinions" when you reach decisions, you will not succeed in any undertaking, much less in that of transmuting your own desire into money".
I will add that you can change the word money to your goal or ambition as not all of you...
You are just one idea away........from being able to live a life of freedom and happiness.
The best ideas are ones that are born from personal experiences. This means that we all have the capability to have an idea that can change our lives. The two keys are recognizing the idea for what it is and secondly, acting on that idea and turning it into reality.
I am sure, like me, that you can think back to many times in your life when a thought came into your mind - something like: Wouldn't it be good if..... or I would love to be able to.....
I want you to promise yourself that next time you have such a thought or idea, you take action and turn it into something real. It doesn't have to be something that will change the course of humanity. It could be something small like getting up 30 minutes earlier every day to read. The important thing is that you act on the idea and turn it into reality.
Once you start it opens the flood gates more ideas will start to flow from your mind and when...
Today I am asking a straight forward question that you may, or may not, have an answer for: "What do you want from your life?"
If you have been following my journey you know that I am a firm believer in the fact that YOU control your destiny and fate. Yes, there are outside factors that exist but ultimately you can control those. Too many people are waiting for their "lucky break" or "the right time" or they feel that they are "entitled" to a promotion because they have been in their position for a long time.
Basically this is a sign of limiting beliefs plus a lack of taking responsibility and ownership for your life.
So I ask you again: What do you want from your life?
The follow up question, once you have answered the first one, is: What are you going to do about it?
Thirdly, and possibly most importantly: When are you going to start?
There is no time like the present, if you don't believe me refer to this ancient Chinese proverb:
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years...
I remember when I was growing up in England that people would say "Life begins at 40". At the time I thought this was so far in the future that it was not relevant. As I approached 40 my life was not going as I intended. I had been successful at work but my personal life was a mess. I was so excited to see what this new life would be when I hit this magical age of 40!
Low and behold, nothing changed so what was all the hype about? I was waiting for something to happen as no-one had said that you need to do anything yourself. In the modern world I think that 50 is the new 40 but even then it is us that needs to take control and make a difference - there is no magic formula!
When I realized this it really did start to change my life. I began to think about what was truly important to me, I identified my "why" and then used that to formulate a plan for success. This is an essential part on living a new life that can lead to fulfillment and happiness. Your life does change in mid-life...
Have you ever wondered why you wake up during the night and yet when the alarm goes of and you hit "snooze" you feel tired all day?
I did, and then recently I read some facts that helped to explain this. I learned that we have sleep cycles which last about 90 minutes and repeat several times throughout the night. Each cycle consists of a light sleep, followed by a deep sleep and then a dream state. The interesting thing is that there is also a sleep cycle alarm clock built into our brain. This puts us into a wake up phase ranging from 30-minutes to 2-hours before our individual sleep cycle has tracked our normal wake up time - fascinating right?
When you hit the snooze button and roll back over to sleep some more, you are actually resetting your sleep cycle and therefore your brain is telling your body that you have another 90 minutes of sleep to come. When you get up at the next alarm you will feel tired because your body is expecting to be asleep for another 80 minutes or so -...