"Truly, thoughts are things, and their scope of operation is the world, itself" - Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich.
I read this statement this morning and spent some time reflecting on what it means. After some time I came to the understanding that thoughts are ideas and what we do with these determines what happens in the world.
Everyone has thoughts but not everyone acts in them. Think about it from your own perspective.
If you are like the majority of people you will see that the numbers diminish with each question. As I was contemplating Napoleon Hill's statement I received the following in my inbox from Simon Sinek: Fight against something and we focus in the thing we hate. Fight for something and we focus on the thing we love.
On the face of it these are two distinctly different statements but as I studied them...
You have probably heard someone tell you to be intentional about your actions but what does that mean in reality?
If we are honest I think everyone would admit that they have a tendency to go through life without a real plan, we take what comes our way, right? Successful people do not do this, they are intentional about their actions and think about what they want to achieve in life. We can control our destiny but it has to start with us.
Henry Ford summed this up perfectly when he wrote; ""Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right." Being intentional is a skill that we can all learn. It starts with keeping the end in mind at all times. If we don't know where we are going how do we know if we are still on track? Even when we do have the goal clearly defined we need to consistently review our progress and adjust as needed.
What is reflection? For me it is asking three simple questions:
Today is a big day for me. No, not because of the Royal wedding (although I did enjoy seeing so many smiling faces in the beautiful English sunshine), or because it is the show piece curtain call for the English football (soccer) season - The FA Cup.
Today is a special day for me because it signals the launch of the trial period for my brand new membership site: MY WAY LTD - Academy.
My personal mission is to add value to other people so that they can become the best version of themselves and the academy is one way that I can do that. I am bringing together people who want to learn, to grow, and to develop themselves personally and professionally.
Helping others gives me fulfillment. It has been at the core of my soul all of my life but I haven't always realized it, or shown it, especially to those that were close to me. I discovered my personal "why" last year and now I am bringing this realization and learning to others so that they can understand what drives them, and use that...
I don't know about you but I have had a habit of reading a book once and then believing that I knew the content - sound familiar?
Just before Christmas, 2017, I was re-introduced to Napoleon Hill's book, Think and Grow Rich. I joined a study group that was going to run for 8 weeks and before we started the mentor told us to read one chapter every day for 14 days. At the time I remember thinking this was ridiculous and struggled. The instructions were clear, if you miss a day you start back at day 1 so you have to complete 14 days straight.
This is when I made a conscious decision to get up an hour earlier every day, including weekends, to read. By doing this I created a habit that I still maintain today. It allows me quiet time where I can learn every day - the equivalent of over 9 working weeks per year!
What I discovered is that by reading the book every day I am actually studying the content and find deeper meaning the more I do so. I am now applying the principals in my daily...
The kids of today are the future. This may sound like an obvious statement, but what are we doing to prepare them for this?
I have become increasingly frustrated by the fact that we do not teach the young how to think or help them to understand their "why" before asking them to make decisions about their future, such as college. Think about it for a minute - were you taught this?
Is it any wonder that so many people are in positions that they do not want to be in but they feel trapped? The danger of this is a society that accepts mediocrity and when this happens what message does that send to our young?
Our creative imagination is what changes the world but it needs to be stimulated and worked. If we are sending out a subliminal message that it is OK to settle for less than you really want, creative imagination will become extinct!
What are you going to do about this? You can make a difference, we can make a difference, help me to do so and change the world for the better.
"Free equals no commitment" may sound like a strange statement but as I have been setting up my business I see this all of the time. If I am honest I see it in myself and after reading this blog maybe you will in yourself too?
We all like something for free don't we. However, I think this has become too much of an expectation, so much so that we will sign up for something that is free and usually never pay it any more attention. Because it sisn't cost anything we don't see it as a loss. While it is true that there is no financial loss, we could still be losing something by not following through with the content.
As someone who started using no cost offers to promote my new business, I see this from the other side. The feeling when I got through people signing up for my offers that I had worked hard to create was good. I thought that this meant people would read the content, join the call to learn, and maybe decide to sign up for additional workshops or coaching programs. You see I...
There is a process for sowing seeds. First you fill a pot with soil and then you place the seed in it. You may add some fertilizer and every day you water the pot. For the longest time there is no evidence that anything is happening but we trust the process and eventually a shoot is visible above the soil. We continue to nurture it and the shoot grows until eventually it becomes a plant. It is also true that the resulting plant will be determined by the seed that is sown.
You reap what you sow!
Life is the same. When you have an idea it needs to have the right environment and support in order to grow. It may be a while before you see any progress but eventually, like the seed, it will flourish and produce the result that you are looking for. Be patient and do not look for quick results. Nothing worth achieving comes easily and everything worthwhile is uphill.
Feedback is a gift that keeps on giving. While it is not always easy to give or receive feedback it is an essential element of sustained success. A good definition of feedback is: Information about reactions to a product, a person's performance of a task, etc., used as a basis for improvement.
I deliberately highlighted the words "used as a basis for improvement" because this is the essence of feedback - being constructive. Feedback should be a positive experience, even when it is highlighting something that needs changing, as it usually does. Feedback should have an element of solution, not just be a vehicle for criticism.
Feedback should be welcomed by everyone, no matter what position they hold. Granted, it is not easy to give feedback to your up-line but they should be encouraging this if they are seeking continual improvement for themselves and the organization. Does this happen consistently? No, it does not. This is another example of why you should align yourself with an...
In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill writes: Man's only limitation, within reason, lies in his development and use of his imagination.
As I study this statement the two contributions that Hill uses are development and use. Developing an imagination is a good thing because it is expanding the thought process and promoting creative thinking. It is true that creative thinking occurs when we move out of our comfort zones so this is definitely good as the last place we should be when increasing limits is our comfort zone.
The interesting contribution to me is the word "use". This has several meanings and for me the intention in this statement is what do we use our imagination for? This is not referring to whether we use our imagination but what we use it for. I believe that this ties back to our purpose, or our why, and our what we develop from our imagination should then be used to help fulfill our purpose.
If you haven't already done so I suggest that you define your own "why...
You may be asking yourself what I am going to talk about today with the title of "Orchestra"? That is a valid question so let me explain my thought process with this subject.
An orchestra is made up of a group of musicians who play a variety of instruments. For each instrument there are several sections and each section has a slightly different part to play. At the head of the orchestra is a conductor. He or she has the score for all of the parts and it is their responsibility to bring everyone together.
If the conductor works without the orchestra nothing happens. They can stand and wave their "baton" but without the orchestra there is silence. If the percussion section plays their part it may be very good, but it won't make sense on it's own - The same can be said for all of the sections.
The magic happens when the conductor calls everyone to attention and starts to conduct. Each section follows the lead of the conductor and plays their part as written by the composer. All...