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Don’t Limit Yourself: Work Your Mind

Often times people get into a rut and begin to put themselves in a box.

Becoming comfortable with the way their life is, but not being happy with their lives in general.

Not knowing how to change their lives, not knowing how to grow, and not knowing how to expand as a human being.

Believing that the world they’ve created around them is the world that they live.

Technically it is, but it doesn’t have to be.

Don’t limit yourself.

Earlier today I was having a discussion with a friend and I mentioned to them about a new book I purchased.

Their reply to me was,”You read books?”

Yes I read books!!!

The comment really hit me hard because I got away from reading daily like I used to.

Not to undermined anyone that doesn’t read, but like most things when you make it a habit it’s tough to do without.

Get yourself into the habit or doing things differently if you are dissatisfied with you life.

Your mind is like a garden and what you put into your mind will grow and your thoughts will shape who you are and who you become.

For myself, reading helps me to shape my thoughts in a way that provides new possibilities in my life.

Honestly, it brightens my day.

Reading for 15-30 min a day can make a massive change in your life.

Reading things that motivate, inspire, challenge, and get you moving in a new direction.

Don’t limit yourself on the things that you can learn.

Don’t limit yourself on the people you associate yourself with.

And more importantly don’t limit yourself on the things that you can do.

Become who you want to be by reading books and surrounding yourself around those who can be an asset to your life.

To be in a frame of mind that reading can’t change your life and reshape your thoughts is putting yourself into a box and is an excuse for you to put limits on yourself.

Being today to see life in a bigger picture and imagine more out of life if you are someone that is feeling stuck.

Reading , working your mind, and taking action can be a valuable resource in getting yourself unstuck.

You have the power to regain control, but it’s going to take some work.

It’s about creating new habits and reshaping your mind.

That’s what separates the winners from the losers.

Don’t limit yourself!

Best Wishes!

Success

Success Begins With a State of Mind

When it comes to wanting to be more, do more, and achieve more sometimes life gets in the way.

Without a direction of where you are going it’s difficult to get to where you want to go.

Many people in life hope for success, but have no real reason why they want to be successful and even more how to be successful.

In my opinion success begins in the mind.

If you want to be successful you first have to create a successful mindset.

You have to already be successful there for it to even manifest into the real world.

Today I wanted to discuss some things that I feel successful people do.

8 Keys to success:

1) Have a Dream

There must be something deep down inside of you that will push you to work towards being successful and you must have a dream.

Do you dream of having the money, the fame, being a star athlete, the best person you can be, etc.

What is it that will drive you to give it your all every single day?

Put that image in your mind…see it, feel it, touch it, taste it, imagine every single detail as if you were living it.

Paint a vivid picture in your mind.

2) Set Goals

Goal setting is very important and is probably the most important task when it comes to success.

Without goals you will be lost…

Goal setting gives you direction.

Physically you must write down your goals to make them real.

Take those thoughts inside of your head and put them on paper.

Once those goals are written down read them every single day 2-3 times.

Morning, noon, and night.

Your mind will begin to construct ways to accomplish those goals.

Each goal should be a progression to the outcome you are seeking.

3) Be Committed

There will be many obstacles and many pitfalls that will deter you from your goal.

Make sure you are committed!

Program yourself to be strong and confident in yourself to know that there is nothing that can stop you from finishing.

This is what separates the winners from the losers.

Many times people quit too early, unknowingly eliminating themselves from the finish line that is just up ahead.

Focus on the finish and be committed!

4) Keep Good Company

Who you surround yourself with will determine if you make it or not.

You environment is a big key to success.

If you hang around people that aren’t going to motivate and uplift you it will be hard to remain positive, focused, and motivated.

Get around people that are going to encourage you, push you, and provide you with a helping hand.

This might mean having to distance yourself from friends or family for a bit, but it is worth it in the long run.

5) Be Accountable

Success doesn’t come by yourself and you will need the help of others to be successful and remain successful.

Therefore, you must be accountable.

Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Learn how to work well with others, develop effective communication skills, and be reliable.

6) Never Stop Learning

I have often heard people say they were finished learning after they were done with school.

One should never stop learning or seeking knowledge.

It doesn’t have to be in the form a school, but never limit one’s self.

Continue to read books and invest in your personal growth.

Successful people spend their time always stretching and developing themselves into something better.

7) Don’t Stop at No

The word “NO” can be very powerful in crushing a person’s confidence.

Don’t let other people’s non-belief in you stop you from moving forward.

People are going to tell you no.

If you cannot get them to say yes find another way to change their mind or move on to the next.

8) Time Management

Time is precious!

We cannot get back time so utilizing your time wisely is important.

Successful people value time and understand it’s importance.

Learn how to get things done in a timely manner and get as much as you can get done during the day.

Constantly strive for success.

Set goals for yourself and find ways to attain those goals.

Never stop learning and growing.

Success is about constantly striving for better.

When you become complacent you begin to lose yourself.

Always work towards being more that you can be and you will live a successful life.

The keys listed above are a good start.

If you follow those strategies I’m sure you will be successful.

To your success.

Best Wishes!

Action

Your Actions Lead to Results

I had a discussion with a friend about the importance of taking action.

I explained that taking action is the most important thing a person can do when it comes to success and growth.

You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you don’t apply that knowledge then it is useless in the achievement of anything.

One of the biggest differences between the successful and unsuccessful often times is action.

How many times have you heard someone express that they have all these brilliant ideas, but never put those ideas into effect? I’ll wait…

Exactly! I’m sure hundreds if not thousands of time.

Many people have dreams, which is marvelous but a dream is just that until one takes the initiative to turn that dream into reality.

You can have faith, belief, and goals but without any action there is no possibility of results.

We have all been placed here for a reason and quite often people never take the time to figure out their true meaning, their purpose in life.

Sometimes it’s because they don’t believe they can, don’t know how, or are afraid of what might happen.

Many people are comfortable where they are. Not having the courage to live up to their fullest potential.

There are many people that go through life wishing and hoping they had more, but are afraid to step outside of the box to go get what they deserve because they are afraid of change.

They continue to do the same things…living their lives in a rut.

Why is action so important?

I believe action has the ability to build character. Action is always positive because it changes your psyche.

Action has the ability to open up your mind to things you never knew were possible for yourself.

You begin to realize that things you were afraid of or felt like you could not do aren’t as bad as you thought.

Or maybe you realize they are as bad as you thought, but you no longer have the doubt, thus expanding yourself to do other things.

I can remember back when I didn’t know how to swim.

I would always be on the shallow end while my friends were having fun in the deep end.

A friend recommended that I come over to the deep end so I could be a part of the group activities.

I decided to give it a shot.

Having imagined myself swimming and having enough confidence in myself to at least know how to “doggy paddle” I jumped into the deep end and literally began swimming.

I would have never known I could swim if I would have never took action.

After that I learned how to breast stroke, free style, butterfly, and back stroke.

My actions lead to the ability to become an efficient swimmer through practice and a positive mind.

You see action has the awesome ability of removing fear and opening up your mind to a world of endless possibility.

When you take action you gain experience and experience can lead to expertise.

So be brave, but not stupid.

Face that fear and take action now!

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Invest in Yourself: Your Success Depends on It

I have often heard people discuss making investments. But why is it that you rarely hear people discuss investing in themselves?

We are responsible for our own actions and if you are stuck and don’t know where to turn, investing in yourself should be a top priority for you.

What do I mean by Investing in Yourself?

Investing in yourself is about learning, growing, changing, and stretching. Don’t get stuck in a rut and allow yourself to be stagnant and not constantly moving forward.

The first thing you must realize is you are your most valuable asset. No matter where you are in life, what you’re going through, what you’ve done, and where you’ve been you have the power to change.

Investing in yourself starts with realizing that you aren’t perfect and there’s always a way you can improve on yourself mentally, spiritually, physically, financially, or emotionally. You have the power to change.

Often times we don’t know where to start that change. And if we’ve made it that far, it’s easy to question if you have the power to change. I’m here to tell you that you do.

You always have a chance to make things right or make things better in your life. It’s about creating a new you and envisioning a new life or new habits for yourself.

It takes figuring yourself out and what it is you wish to change. I’ve noticed that people never take the time to figure that out because it’s a self-evaluation of your imperfections and more often than not people are afraid of the truth.

If you aren’t one of those people this is definitely for you. So if I still have your attention I’d like to discuss 5 ways you begin investing in yourself and making that change in creating a better more successful life.

Ways to Invest In Yourself?

  1. Read at least 30 min daily. There are different kinds of books. Find books that interest you to get your imagination going. Make a habit of reading books on things you don’t know, but would like to. Read books on past people that were great or whom inspire you. Polish up on your speaking, writing, and communication with others. Reading helps to improve on all these things.
  1. Networking is a way to invest in yourself. Go around and meet people that you think can assist you with becoming better. People you see as positive that can teach you something new and expand your perspective about something you didn’t previously know. Build yourself up as someone visibly valuable in your community and see the number of opportunities that will become available to you.
  1. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. If there’s something you want to do, do it. If you think you have something to offer, don’t be afraid to show it to the world or anyone that might be interested. Don’t be afraid to miss an opportunity to help someone resolve an issue or pain in their life if you can assist.
  1. Be open to new forms of learning. Maybe it’s a video, attending a seminar, taking a special class, meeting with someone that knows more than you, or taking a course. Don’t be afraid to try new forms of growing. Who knows? You might find one you really enjoy.
  1. Hone the skills that you have. If you have a skill that might give you an edge over the next person, take the time to improve on that skill, and figure out how you can offer it to the public.

You should begin today to start developing a hunger for a greater purpose.

Investing in YOU can yield greater returns for you in the future far more than any other investment you can make.

Take the opportunity to learn who you are.

Build on your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. Focus on building a better you daily and improving relationships around you across the board.

You always have the opportunity to be better, do better, and achieve more. Begin today. Start with the suggestions I discussed earlier and see what kind of change you can make.

Who knows what direction you can take your life. If you ultimately wish to have a better life and be successful always know it starts with a constantly evolving you.