“Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us as we grasp them by the blade or the handle” (James Russell Lowell). Our attitudes toward our past and present circumstances can lead us toward joy or misery, which is always a choice. We can help each other become great by teaching people what to do, as well as what not to do in order to expedite a victorious joy-filled journey. Be vulnerable enough to tell your stories of both victory and failure in order to help others know what to do, as well as what not to do, while venturing along their expedition. Being bold, courageous, and humble enough to do this has profound potential to lead people into their greatness.
“If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not trying hard enough” (Vince Lombardi). We can help people with similar troubles that we triumphantly overcame, by genuinely desiring to help others get out of life what they truly want. Care, empathy, and understanding manifests within us due to our experiences, attitudes, and perceptions, therefore we can relate to the quandaries that others are going through.
Why do some people succeed, while others do not? It’s easy to, and it’s easy not to. Once we get momentum by pushing that snowball up the hill and then letting it coast down the mountain while growing in size and speed with ease, our lives become much more fruitful.
“Anything in life worth having is worth working for” (Andrew Carnegie). The instant we decide to do something and act upon that choice we begin to grow. Life is about progress, growth, purpose, and giving. We can do what’s easy today and live a difficult life, or we can do what’s hard now and live an easy life. I choose the latter and hope you do the same.
Steve Jobs once said during a Stanford graduation ceremony, “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”¹⁶ Do what you think you can’t do, in order to actualize your true potential. Failing twice as much can get us to our destination much quicker. Being paralyzed by thinking about all the things that could go wrong leads us to nomad’s land. Start now, even without knowing everything. Learn, grow, and become better as you do more. Serve others and fulfill their desires by building the culture around and within your life. Making other people your number one priority, secondary to your family of course, pays massive dividends. Make sure your returns are in the black, not the red. Too much giving without reciprocal gifts can leave us empty and unfulfilled. Harmonious balance is a must. That is a path leading toward greatness, which you can achieve.
Turn should do’s into must do’s by giving them enough reasons why they must be done. Don’t allow excuses, reasoning, self-pity, regret, blaming, resentment, or complaining stop you. Do your musts every day without compromise, no matter what, especially when you don’t feel like it. The power of self-discipline and producing the life you’ve only dreamt about manifests by taking massive action, architecting strategic plans, and subsequently thinking less about events and people standing in your way, while contemplating new creative ideas toward building and growing bigger, stronger, and better ways of engaging with your dreams. The fewer stressors and negative thoughts we have allows for more possibility. Simplifying our lives by forming desirable habits takes concerted effort, although becomes wonderfully rewarding and graciously performed in time. Results will ensue.
“I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway” (Romans 7:19 NLT). People like instant gratification, taking the path of least resistance, and neglect mastering thyself by becoming the best versions of themselves. Ruling yourself makes you more powerful than a king. It’s been said that the price of discipline or neglect is pennies versus a fortune. Unfortunately, people allow fear, stinking thinking, and external obstacles stand in their way to greatness. The act of omission is vastly worse than the act of commission. How about raising your standards, while doing what should or needs to be done, today?
“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won over themselves…, self-discipline with all of them came first” (Harry S. Truman). We all have a cognitive dissonance, whereas we want to change, know what we are doing is bad for us, yet we do it anyway. Temptation and instant gratification are powerful distractions getting in the way of achieving our aims. Why waste precious life unfulfilled, distant, and numb, when abundant joy is to be found and lived?
Try being credible to one’s self through positive consistency in thoughts, behaviors, words, and environmental standards. Be purposeful about who to associate with, guarding this area of life dearly. Trusting yourself is imperative toward forming and maintaining good habits. We reap and sow accordingly. Don’t focus on the price of something, but the value instead. This entails keeping high standards toward fruitful relationships, priorities, values, and investments, much more so than stuff. Keep in mind there is almost always a sacrificial tradeoff regarding what we spend our finite time doing. Please choose wisely.
“It is extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person is” (George F. Will). Never take yourself or others for granted. What impact do you want to make? I desire to help people intentionally build abundant joy-filled lives through empowering wise decision-making and greater self-awareness, leading to excellent habits, therefore producing outstanding results. Habits are the secret sauce creating extraordinary performance and fulfilled lives overflowing with health, wealth, love, and joy.
Just beginning and showing up each day thereafter is 80 percent of many successful achievements. Persevere and remain patient in all you do, holding your values and principles near and dear along your journey. Work on using your heart more than your mind while caring, loving, appreciating, believing, and growing beauty and greatness into the world. There is nothing you cannot do, therefore get busy working the process to walk up the steps to victory.
Life happens for us, not to us. Live in the blissful tranquility of grace and gratitude. Remember, the past does not predict the future. Forgive yourself and others, learn to live free from constraints and self-limiting beliefs, while moving into success through being present and aware of your genuinely desirable and passionate objectives, constantly. In the morning and before bed, ask yourself, “What do I want and why?” Follow those questions with, “How can I obtain it?” Consistently ask better questions to generate superior answers to problems and goals. Develop specific action steps toward making desires morph into reality. Neurons firing together wire together, thus consistent frequent repetition is key for making strong habitual patterns leading to our desired outcomes.