As I approached and passed the half way point in my life I started to think about what I had achieved so far and, more importantly, what lay ahead. I have to be honest and say that the picture was bleak. I had achieved a lot professionally and was regarded as successful in my career but my personal life was a disaster and my inner self felt empty.
What could I do about this? I knew that I still had a good chunk of time ahead of me (God willing) so what could I do to find fulfillment and satisfaction both personally and professionally in my second half?
I started by digging deep and identifying my purpose - my why. During this process it became obvious to me that there was a pattern where I enjoyed helping others to succeed. My Parent had both been teachers so I guess this was ingrained on me but as a teenager I was stubborn and wanted to follow my own path, and what a long and troubled path it turned out to be!
I have learned some good lessons on my journey and also collected some...
Today I just want to wish you a "Happy Sunday"
I was doing my Facebook live, Jake's journey, yesterday and Jake, who is 11 years old, was talking about motivation and hope. One of the things he said was to be nice to someone every day as it gives them hope. From the mouths of babes and all that.....
So in response to Jake's wisdom my blog for today is simple, thank you for reading and have a great day.
My mission is to add value to other people so that they can become the best version of themselves and as part of this process I introduce to you - "Boost with Baker"
I was inspired this morning by my mentor, John Maxwell, and his "Minute with Maxwell" post on growth. This made me think about the two quotes below, from Thomas Jefferson:
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I have learned a lot by trial and error, and I continue to do so. When you stretch yourself you move out of your comfort zone. When you move out of your comfort zone you are trying things that you haven't done before and therefore the likelihood of making errors is higher. I understand now that this is the only way to continually grow.
I got to thinking about this today as I am starting a live webinar series and, to be honest, the technology (or more likely me) didn't work how I intended. The live event didn't happen as planned but I was able to record the webinar and post it immediately so all was not lost. In the past I would have been extremely frustrated and it would have bothered me for a long time. Now, I understand that when I push the boundaries things will not always go to plan.
Continue to push, make mistakes and learn as you go. It is the only way to achieve sustained success so keep going and know that you will NEVER be ready so just do it now!
I have always been a believer in satisfaction coming from giving and I am happier when I give than I am when I receive. I notice this at Christmas and Birthday when my parents ask me what I want for a gift I have no idea. Do I have everything that I desire in life? No, but I do have the smaller material things so I find it difficult to answer the question about what gift I want. I am not a hoarder of artifacts either so unless it is useful I don't really need or want it.
The power of giving is so much stronger than merely sending a gift. It is the thought that has gone into the act of giving along with the care and love associated with it. Giving does not have to be a monetary thing, in fact it often means a whole lot more when it isn't. A simple "Thank you", or "well done" is an act of giving and has a powerful impact on the recipient. Think about the last time someone said one of these things to you, how did it make you feel?
I aim to make a difference to someone every day of my...
There is a lot of publicity about preserving our environment for the sake of our future and to preserve the earth. I wholeheartedly agree with recycling and being environmentally friendly because the future of our planet depends on it. Today I want to take this concept and apply it to ourselves because the same theory and rules apply.
These are questions that you may not have asked yourself before but I strongly recommend that you do because the answers will dictate your future. I realized this and made some major decisions based on my own answers - and it feels great, very liberating, which is quite appropriate for July 4th don't you thing?
There are too many...
If you have been following my journey you will know that I am studying "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill.
I am sure that you think about your past and your future from time to time. Maybe you wonder what would have happened if you had taken a certain route? Maybe you dream about becoming something particular in the future? These thoughts are seeds and you need to nurture them so that they grow into a physical thing. This is the...
You need discipline to form a habit but they are not the same thing. Discipline is training yourself to behave in a particular way which, after time, will transform into a habit, that is when something becomes natural.
In earlier posts I referred to research that suggested a habit takes 3 weeks to form, although I did caveat this with the fact that it can take 2-3 months to become natural. This is backed up by more recent research which shows it can be anything from 18-254 days, depending on the complexity of the task. The sweet spot is actually 66 days, so right in the 2-3 months time frame.
The key is not giving up. The most difficult time in forming a habit is at the start. The longer you persist the easier it gets until, in time, it becomes natural. It is also a fact that we can only focus on one thing at a time so do not try and form multiple new habits at the same time as this will merely confuse your mind and hinder your progress.
I cover this concept in more detail during my...
My name is Chris Baker and I want to start by asking you some questions:
I struggled with this for a long time. There I was, a leader for Disney, working at the happiest place on earth climbing the career ladder and all looked good from the outside in.
The thing is, at the time I was struggling to find my direction. I had been over looked for a promotion, one that everyone said I should have got, and it hurt like crazy.
I had lost all focus and direction. I suffered some serious consequences as a result – my marriage broke down, I started to hide behind alcohol and I got into serious debt. I was at my wits end, I didn’t know where to turn or what to do. I had no purpose to my life and I was drifting aimlessly. I was desperately searching for a direction. You see, I knew that I...
Over the years we would all say that we have learned a lot, right? How much of this learning have we actually retained and how much do we use on a daily basis?
I know one of my memories from school was regarding learning things that I never imagined using in life, so what was the point? I still question this and so in my daily life I look to learn things that I can use to enhance my life and future every day. This is what I call "Practical learning" and it is my dream to have a program that offers this to our youth so that they can choose degrees and careers that they WANT to be in. Wouldn't that be good?
I am starting by working with my own generation, the 40-somethings and empty nesters, that didn't have this opportunity. I am showing them that it is never too late to find a NEW life leading to Financial Freedom where you can spend more time with your family. After all, who wouldn't want that?
I invite you to join me on this journey and find your own new life so that you can say...