Be grateful for the things you have

How do you spend your 24 hours in the day? Do you spend it being sorry that you are not where you want to be in life? For me, I have learned to be grateful for the things that I do have.

I have gotten into the habit of starting my day being grateful for what I have in life. I am grateful for my family, my friends, and having good health. I am also grateful that I have written my plans down. My written notes help bring back on course.

It is easy to be grateful for the the things I have. When I am sad, it is harder to get out of the “rut”. If I start my day off on a positive note, I have more energy and motivation to brush off my daily challenges.

Try it. Don’t read your emails or watch the TV news until you have listed at least 5 things you are grateful for in your life. Do this for 30 days. If you have to, write a note to yourself, “Before I start my day, I have to list 5 things I am grateful for”. I promise you that after a couple of weeks, you will want to do this without the note. You will notice a huge difference in your life.

When you start your day on a positive note, you have more energy to deal with the challenges.

I wish you much success.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

John

Be a Student, But not Necessarily a Follower.

Hello,

I recommend everyone who wants to achieve a goal, to be a student, not necessarily a follower. I say this because we all travel our own path in life. There are many paths, but none are exactly like YOUR path. So, you want to learn as much as you can from as many sources as you can. But you don’t have to necessarily follow blindly one particular philosophy.

The beauty of America, is that we ALL have the option to be socially and economically mobile. There is so much information in libraries, on the internet, and from various other sources. We can learn anything we want to. It doesn’t matter what your background is, you have the opportunity to go to any library, open any book in the library, and learn about a particular subject. You can use a computer (for free) to gain access to so much information. It is truly amazing.

I see a lot of different people in my travels. I see people interacting with others in different capacities. I see tutors helping students. I see supervisors mentoring workers. I also see teammates help other teammates, in an effort to win the competition. Sometimes I see parents guiding their children.

Regardless of your intent, or your situation, you will come in contact with someone who is going to have an effect on you. It is inevitable. The effects and changes to you might not be noticeable, or they might be enormous. Human nature is such that we learn from our senses and experiences.

Keep an open mind when you interact with people. You never know what kind of lesson you will learn. Don’t be judgmental BEFORE you speak to a person. In my travels, there are a lot of people who look at me, and put me in a category. But after a few visits, they realize that I shouldn’t be in “that category.” Some people are afraid to meet new people. We are trained to not speak to strangers. We are taught to follow. I do not want to be a follower. I am a student of life. I listen, read, and absorb as much as I can.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

I wish you all the best of luck.

John

“You cannot climb the ladder of Success with Your Hands in your Pockets.”

This quote is from Arnold Schwartzenegger on www.youtube.com.

The title of the video is “6 Rules for Success.” And you should pay attention to what the man said.

You cannot climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. This means to me that if you WANT something, you have to actually DO something towards achieving that goal.

I hear a lot of people asking, “How can I be rich like this person?” Or make a statement like, “That person started out rich, so I will never make it to where they are. “There is not enough time in the day.” There are all kinds of “obstacles” and “reasons” that can prevent an individual from achieving their goal. Most of these “obstacles” and “reasons” originate in the dreamer’s mind.

Why don’t you at least TRY to reach your goal? Every single person on this earth is different. We all have different situations to deal with. We all have unique goals and dreams. Everyone’s dream and path in life is unique to that person.

The mind is more powerful than we know. We have not discovered all the capabilities of the human mind. We are learning more and more each day. IF you believe in your heart that you want to do something, then you should listen to your own voice. IF a voice inside you tells you that you CAN do something, then you should prepare yourself for the journey. IF you are tired of listening to others telling you not to do something because “It has already been done”, or “It cannot be done,” or even because…..(you can fill in the blanks), then I say you should listen to someone else. Listen to someone positive. There are plenty of positive people out there.

But you have to make the first move. You cannot climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets.

I wish you the best of luck.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

John

Discipline is necessary to achieve every dream.

Goals and dreams are nice. They are so neat when they are inside your head, right? So, when you are going through the four step plan (Decide, Plan Progress, Achieve) , you have to have discipline to actually make your dreams come true. You are going to have obstacles thrown at you. Some of these obstacles will come from the outside. Some of the obstacles will come from WITHIN you. You have to stick with your decision that you are going to achieve your goal. Discipline is neccessary here.

One of the reasons, I say discipline is important, is that I see a lot of people say,”I tried that already.” Or a reponse might be,”It has never been done before. It is an impossible task.” I can go down a list of excuses of why someone did not achieve their dream.

At first, I have sympathy for people. But then, I realize one very important fact. EVERY THING IS IMPOSSIBLE UNTIL IT HAPPENS. Up until 1954, it was impossible for a human to run a mile in less then 4 minutes. But then, someone named Roger Bannister achieved it. In 1954, Roger Bannister ran a mile, in England in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds.

Discipline is critical. It is so easy to say, “Well, no one else has done it, so I don’t feel bad.” But the truth is that, if you quit something, you will really NEVER know whether you could have accomplished it or not. So, don’t give up! Discipline yourself. Keep looking at your notes. Look at your progress, but don’t look back in a way that you want to go back to the past. Keep moving towards your goal.

Discipline is necessary to achieve every goal. Good luck to you.

Pick a dream…and GO FOR IT!

Have a wonderful day.

John