As I continue to read and study the book "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill, I came across this thought:
Strange and varied are the ways of life, and stranger still are the ways of infinite intelligence, through which men are sometimes forced to undergo all sorts of punishment before discovering their own brains, and their own capacity to create useful ideas through imagination.
As I pondered on this I realized that the struggles and challenges that I have faced throughout my life were all necessary for me to get to the place where I am today: For me to be able to add value to other people so that they can become the best version of themselves.
Imagination exists within each of us and can be released when we are ready to use it for good. Do not let anyone discourage you from using your imagination and fulfilling your dreams. You are a powerful force so use that to create good in the world and make a difference.
We are faced with choices every day, some small, and some big. The decisions we make, based on these choices, shape our lives.
I know one thing for certain; we are faced with choices to make in our life every day. What I am less certain about is whether we fully understand the consequences of our decisions and what they mean to ourselves and others.
· A choice is; an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities.
· A decision is; a conclusion or resolution reached after consideration.
We all have choices to make in our life and they will only be successful if we truly understand our values. When we understand our values, we can ensure the decisions we make help us in living those values to achieve what we want.
When you hear someone talk about faith what is the first thing that pops into your mind?
For most people it would be religion. When I have used this word in the past I have been accused of being religious and almost scorned for that fact.
Faith is not all about religion. Faith is a confidence or trust in a person or thing - in other words a belief.
Everyone has beliefs, so therefore everyone has faith. We need belief and faith to be at the forefront of our mind as this is the driving force that will lead us to success. The subconscious mind acts upon this emotion more than anything as it uses faith to determine what is truly important to us.
If we truly believe in something and use that belief to build a faith, passion and desire that is burning hot, we will attract that which we believe in to us - whether it be positive or negative.
Belief and faith are powerful tools so use them wisely and be intentional about what you desire.
What is excellence?
Many people will define excellence as being perfect but is this really what excellence is?
I believe that excellence is you doing your best, not necessarily being the best. This is backed up by Dictionary.com where excellence is defined as: the fact or state of excelling.
We should not be comparing ourselves with other people because our best may be quite different from their best.
We should always endeavor to try our best, to excel, and perform at our highest level.
You are you. You have been given talents that are unique to you, and you alone. Use these talents as they were intended, always do your best, and be excellent every day.
Are you a "Half empty" or a "Half full" kind of person?
I can honestly say that I am always see things as half full rather than half empty. What is the difference, you may ask?
I believe it is the difference between a positive mindset and a negative one. When you see something as half full you are saying that there is more to come from it, whereas when one sees something as half empty you are counting down until it is all gone.
I woke up this morning to a snow covered landscape and, with a flight back to the US today, this could be a situation where I start to be pessimistic or choose to remain optimistic. I chose the latter, I checked the current flights out of London Gatwick to make sure they are leaving without issue, I checked the weather forecast for the next 5 hours, and guess what? All is fine so all we have to do is set off a little earlier.
Your glass is always "half full" so approach life with this mindset and watch what you can achieve.
Many of us worry about what happened in the past and what could happen in the future. We are so busy with this that we actually forget that which is the most important and the only thing we can influence - TODAY!
If we are honest we have all done things in the past that we regret - we wouldn't be human if we hadn't. We cannot change it, all we can do is learn from it and take action to make sure we do not make the same mistake again.
The same is true of the future as merely thinking about it and worrying about what could go wrong is not actually doing anything to change it - you can't change something that hasn't happened any way.
Today is the only day that we can take action so I encourage you to do so. Live your life the way you want to. Find the things that make you happy and do more of them. By doing this your future will be happier and then you will have nothing to worry about.
Perspective: the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed.
This is a definition from Websters dictionary and why did I want to share this today? I am originally from the UK and moved to Florida in 2011 so for 45 years I was used to the UK weather. Today, however, I have a different perspective on temperature. Being used to Florida weather the relatively mild 50 degrees in England feels cold, but that is just my perspective.
My point is this: we sometimes make opinions based on a snippet of information, that may or may not be fact, but our perspective is that it is the truth. Don't always judge a book by it's cover, take time to investigate, find out the truth, and make sure that your perspective is reality.
As I reflect on my blog posts and thoughts I have decided to use three categories to combine thoughts together:
I will be using the "Mind" category to share things that are "Thoughts". Everything starts with a thought so the mind is an area I will concentrate a lot.
"Body" is the action that you take to put your thoughts into practice - as Nike famously say, "Just do it"
Last, but my no means least, the "Soul" category will include blogs that relate to your feelings and emotions.
I hope you enjoy reading the blogs and feel free to reach out to me with suggestions and feedback.
As the world becomes a smaller place it is common for families to live further apart. I live in the US and my family is all back in the UK for example.
Family is everything and we sometimes forget that, it is too easy to take family for granted and assume that they will always be there for us without making the effort to connect regularly.
I have fallen into this trap and as I prepare to fly back for a few days to attend a funeral I have been pondering on this and intend to make a change moving forward.
Family is everything so make the most of them and don't leave any chance for regret.
When you think of the word grow what do you see?
Here is what I see:
What I mean by this is that you need to be intentional about your future and start taking steps to move forward. It doesn't matter how fast you are moving, the important thing is to keep moving.
Tomorrow we will talk about what wealth is........