Where does abundance come from? Are some people just lucky and have it fall into their laps? Or is there more to it than that? I came across a quote from American author, Thomas Dreier (1884 – 1976) that answers this very question. “The life each of us lives is the life within the limits of our own thinking. To have life more abundant, we must think in limitless terms of abundance.”
What a powerful quote! According to Mr. Dreier, abundance is within each of us and it’s up to us to tap into it, first with our thinking and then with our doing. This is a common truth spoken from Confuscious all the way to today. Stop waiting for life to get better! When you do that, you’re like a dog under the table waiting for scraps. Circumstance is a cruel mistress that plays you.
If you want your life better you have to make it so. You do that by first changing your thinking; how you see the world and what’s happening to you must change. The world...
Your life is the way it is because of one very simple thing. The meaning you give to what happens to you determines the quality of your life. If you want a better life, you need to see these events from a different perspective.
The greatest lesson I ever received on perspective was from my grandson Brandon when he was four years old. One day he and I were playing in his room, sitting on the floor and racing his little cars on this rug that had roads in its’ design. When all of a sudden he laid down on the floor and continued to roll his car around the rug.
“Brandon, are you tired?”, I asked.
“No, Papa.”, he answered.
“Then why are you laying down?”, I inquired.
“Because it’s different.”, was his reply.
So, I tried laying down too and the whole landscape changed. Instead of looking down at the rug and cars, now I was looking at the side of the car and the rug. The change in perspective was...
Your imagination is such a gift. Besides your thumbs, it’s what separates you from every other species on this planet. Every other living animal is hard-wired to react to their environment. You, however, have the ability to create your environment and it all starts with your imagination. What you dream about, desire, and think about eventually becomes your reality.
For many, the word imagination is centered around children. “Oh, he has such a vivid imagination!” or “What do you mean you’re bored? You have a room full of toys, now go and use your imagination and have some fun!”. But then something funny happens. As you grew up, the joy of imagining morphed into daydreaming, which became fantasizing and matured into wishful thinking. How many times did you hear, “Get your head out of the clouds! You’re an adult now, you don’t have time to indulge in childlike activities.”?
I’m here to tell you...
Remember when you were younger and thought you could do anything you wanted? You know what I’m talking about, where you were a rock star and the world was your stage. You loved life and were going to do great things regardless of what others told you because you knew you were infallible and invincible. Over time though something’s changed.
When did your thrill of adventure get replaced with your fear of losing what you have?
When did your love of everything new and exciting get replaced with comfort and routine?
Instead of being the rockstar you saw yourself as taking the world by storm, you’re now singing at weddings and bar mitzvahs. What happened? Life did. You allowed the defeats, obstacles, and challenges you ran into to limit what you believed you’re capable of. Now instead of waking up excited and ready to seize the day and make it yours, you get up and do what you did yesterday hoping that everything will stay the same just one more day. There’s...
It’s amazing just how important spelling is to achieve success. It’s important because when you misspell a word, you can end up with a completely different outcome. Let me explain what I mean.
Whenever you’re working towards achieving a goal that’s important to you, you’re inevitably going to run into unforeseen roadblocks and obstacles. And some of them are going to get the best of you; you’re going to fail. That’s what failing means right? To go for something and miss it. You feel like a loser, unworthy and undeserving of your goal. Now, depending on how badly you want the goal, you typically give up thinking it was stupid to shoot for.
Sounds typical, right? Watch this, though. What if you took the word fail and change just one letter in it? What if you changed the letter “i” to the letter “l”? You would end up with the word fall instead of fail! Let’s revisit the scenario above with...
As you work towards creating the life and business that you want, there will be times when it feels like you’re going through a violent storm where nothing is going right, everything is out of control, and it feels like you might capsize. This is when anchors in your life will keep you safe.
Some examples of anchors in your life are:
With strong anchors in your life, while others facing their storm are floundering, you’re able to stop and slow down to remember what’s really important which creates balance. Instead of staring at the storm and letting the water in,...
“Worry is a small thing that casts a big shadow” is an old Swedish proverb that’s so true. When you worry about something, it seems harmless enough until you think through what’s really going on and how it impacts your business. The truth is you’ll never achieve the success you desire in your business if you spend ANY part of your day worrying.
Let’s dissect worry and what it does to you. You start the cycle off by thinking about something that could go wrong. You’re staring at every possible problem you can think of. This leads to fear which leads to indecision, causing you to either freeze or run from the idea altogether. This keeps you stuck in your current situation and eventually falling behind as others pass you by. Before you know it, you’ve gone from generating a good living to not being able to pay your bills. And it all started with that little nagging thought in your head called worry.
The truth is worry...
Blame is such an insidious word that has destroyed more dreams and relationships than I could possibly count.
Blame is all about finding fault. It’s placing responsibility externally for an event or situation in your life on someone or some circumstance.
Blame is destructive when it’s pointed inward because it beats you up, weakens your resolve, damages your confidence, and makes you feel bad.
Blame is avoiding responsibility, dooming you to repeat this savage cycle over and over again.
Blame is all about finding fault to protect your ego.
Blame is robbing you of the life you want to have.
Blame focuses on the problem and places the source of that problem externally. What this means is that for things to improve something over which you have NO control must change for things to get better.
Blame is a word and an action that you must remove from your life with surgical precision.
Blame is dead! Long live Blame! Take responsibility instead.
I hate the word can’t. I didn’t like it when my parents used it, when my teachers used it, when my kids use it, and I don’t like it when you use it. Can’t is a limiting word, it makes your world smaller. It slams the door shut to opportunities right in front of you.
Just because you haven’t been able to achieve a goal or accomplish something doesn’t mean it can’t be done, it means you either aren’t fully committed to your goal or you don’t know how to do it. There’s an enormous difference between “can’t” and “I don’t know how”. One takes potential off the table while the other shows where you need to grow.
To go from “I can’t” to “I did it!”, follow these four simple steps.
Who ever told you life was supposed to be easy? Or fair? And yet easy and easier are the main focus of many a day like easy is an entitlement. Looking for the easy way out, wanting to live on easy street, and easy come; easy go. Here’s the thing though, life was never meant to be easy.
Life is supposed to challenge, teach, and help us to become better. It’s only when we get better at something through growth that a task becomes easier. I guarantee you that anything you see someone doing that looks easy wasn’t when they started. People that look like they’re living on easy street busted their butt to improve themselves, help others, and become successful. But here’s the thing, no one ever truly makes it. There are stories all around us of people from the outside looking in that have it all; that they’ve arrived at success and truly made it.
You can think of people that seemed to have the world by the scruff and yet fell apart after...
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