Harnessing an Honorable Life

Harness more feelings of love and gratitude to drown out negative mental states incorporating fear and doubt. Don’t be too safe because of what you’ve experienced, or what someone may have said or done to you. Be recklessly courageous and responsible, constantly moving forward. Build your character as a solid foundation toward the path to greatness. Peak elite performers in life achieve greatness through choices upheld by personal convictions, self-discipline, relentless pursuits for profit, desiring to leave future generations better off financially, being humble enough to give others credit, among other intrinsic motivators. Don’t make it too complicated.

Friendship

Imagine exchanging $10 for $500. That would be a good deal. How much more important is your own life or another’s, than money? Authentic relationships with wonderful loving family members and loyal friends are truly priceless.

“Friendship is like money, easier made than kept” (Samuel Butler). Friends are who we become like in thought, attitudes, behavior, success, character, principles, life philosophy, and moral code, therefore be choosy who you become friends with. Treasure friendships more than any material, monetary or replaceable items because few real friends whom are truly dependable, honest, and morally upright in character may cross your path during this life.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out” (Walter Winchell). This type of friendship is rare and to be cherished. We can all help each other, but true friends are few. Possessing an abundance of money is a wonderful desire and blessing as long as a noble purpose exists for that currency.

Acquire Your Dreams

What comes naturally to you? What interests you most in life? What gives you great enjoyment from life? What do you desire to improve upon? We can train ourselves and obtain training from others that have gone before us and succeeded in a specific endeavor. Find mentors or teachers and obtain the education and skill development required to help turn your dreams and goals into reality. Remember that action combined with limitless self-belief and unshakable faith are the kings of acquisition.

Be Great

Get out of Loserville by running in the opposite direction away from bad influences. For heaven’s sake, stop making excuses and blaming others, which only hinders potential progress. Reasoning with logical rationale will not help us acquire our dreams and unleash greatness within. Real problems, such as the price of gas, cost of food, taxes, not being lent money, etcetera, are still excuses. Ask yourself, “Why am I not where I desire to be in life?” To remain blunt, the only accurate answer is, you. Remember, when we point a finger at someone else, three fingers are pointing back at us. Don’t fall victim to foolish mentality by being average or mediocre when you can become great.

Living Well Spent

“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us” (Charles Bukowski). Continual growth and progress are pivotal keys toward living fully, therefore dying full, yet spent. You can’t spend your way to monetary wealth, only long-term joy fulfilling wealth. Remember to start where you are with what you have. No excuses, blaming, complaining, self-pity, regret, shame, or procrastination allowed. Get intentionally busy filling yourself up with greatness so you can spend yourself in an extravagant, yet selfless manner.

Be Original

What would you do if failure was not possible? If you had more money than you ever needed what would you do with your time, gifts, talents, skills, and abilities? What gifts, talents, skills, and abilities would you develop or enhance? What would you spend your money on? What organizations would you donate money to? Where would you invest your money? What percentage of money would you invest? Would you manage your own money or let someone else do it for you—why or why not? Where would you volunteer your time? The answers to those questions are likely what you should be doing or pursuing right now. Forget about what society, your parents, friends, peers, and everyone else thinks you should do. What do you love to do when time seemingly disappears? This can be a type or state of flow. Follow your gut, whereas the hunch just feels absolutely right or wrong. If you are greater than 50 percent confident about something to be true, speak and act as though you are 100 percent absolutely certain. Think and act as though failure is not possible. What gives you purpose and peace?

Active Listening

Why do so many couples have a challenging time discussing money, sex, and parenting? Becoming reactive and arguing instead of truly listening and understanding with empathy, regarding where the other person is coming from is crucial toward progressive, constructive problem-solving. People yearn to be heard, appreciated, accepted and loved, without judgement or condemnation, allowing them to just be themselves. Listening allows individuals the opportunity to process their thoughts, subsequently finding solutions to their own dilemmas. Why do we feel it necessary to be right instead of happy?

Active listening suspends judgement and ego, focusing completely on the other person, without thinking about our own agenda and responses. Forget about paraphrasing and say nothing instead, only listen more intently. Alternatively, in addition to listening, ask questions to help people discover themselves more fully. Just be in the moment, in another’s emotional shoes and he or she will love you for it. Allow a person to express feelings freely and openly, loving and accepting the wholeness of an individual. Preemptively, agree to disagree internally, yet being okay about any views, feelings, or statements of another, while remaining open-minded toward understanding another’s opinions, beliefs, values, emotions, boundaries, principles, and priorities. Magic happens through sincere active listening without emotional reactivity.

While another is talking, are you thinking about what you desire to say next, interrupting conversions, finishing sentences, or autobiographically speaking about your own experiences, taking the focus off the speaker and on to you? Active listening is an incredibly helpful skill to master if only we practice doing it, day by day, moment by moment, one beautiful person at a time. Now, we can converse optimally, saying virtually nothing, yet gaining much understanding, control over ourselves, and meeting both our and another’s needs and desires more efficiently and effectively. Self-respect encompasses mastering thyself through becoming your best self. Invest in loving yourself and others, today. What do you think?

Self-discipline

Prove others and your past self, wrong, by proving your new self, right. Antagonistically, do what you think you cannot do, despite fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Do what motivates, inspires, ignites, and drives you toward achieving your goals. Ask yourself, “Is what I am doing each day the best way I can live my life? Am I truly giving my best efforts to live fully and on purpose right now? How can I use and develop my gifts, talents, skills, and abilities to further serve and help others eradicate bad habits, live abundantly, choose wisely, and accomplish dreams?” Completely accept yourself right where you are, while progressing toward further lifelong growth and development.

Furthermore, self-discipline is key toward achieving dreams come true. Self-discipline is saying yes when you want to say no, and saying no when you want to say yes. Pay now or pay later. Don’t forget this—paying the price of self-discipline now leads to an easy life later. Health, relationships, and money all compound graciously when we live accordingly, doing the right thing, day by day, habitually self-disciplined in our principles, values, and priorities. Know them well.

Focus Long-term

When expenditures exceed income causing us to work more, remain in an undesirable rat race longer, and spend less time with our family, a fatal seemingly irreparable flaw or health problem may ensue. Having a net asset value (NAV) or monetary balance of zero liberates people to feel freer, therefore encouraging tenacious pursuits toward worthy dreams. Before your next impulsive binge purchase, ask yourself, “Is the tradeoff worth it?” Please choose to love yourself and family by making memories that give real long-term fulfilment, return on effort/energy, return on investment (ROI), and return on time (ROT), not just temporary relief caused by neglect or trying to numb the feeling of emptiness or brokenness. Recognize that you matter.