The only things in this life you may regret are the chances you didn't take. When you see a chance to be happy, you grab it with both hands and focus on success not consequences.
The road to success or failure is up to you. If you choose success than fasten your seat belt and drive towards the goal until the destination has been reached.
Don't settle for less or else your life will be filled with boundaries. Dream Big and make it come to pass!
Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience their dream vacation whenever they please. Don't let a job decide when and where you can vacation. Be your own BOSS!
Anyone can own a luxury home or mansion by working smarter not harder. Make money work for you so you wont have to work hard for money.
Between stimulus and response there is a gap and within that gap lies all our freedom. - Viktor Frankl
- someone makes a derogatory comment about how we look in our outfit and we get upset
- a co-worker doesn't agree with an idea we brought forth and we get angry
- someone cancels dinner with us and we get depressed
- someone cuts us off on the highway and we feel rage
- Begin by determining that the existing behaviour is undesirable. You have to want to change it more than you want to keep it. If you 'like' feeling depressed, angry or hurt you will not be able to let the behaviour go until you paint yourself a picture of the new behaviour that is more positive and serves you more. Although it may not make conscious sense that we would prefer a negative result over a positive one, people hang onto negative outcomes all the time. If we hold a negative view of ourselves then we will seek out supporting negative outcomes. We have to consciously determine that we no longer want to feel bad, be overweight or unhealthy, lack the income or success we desire for us to be able to move in a different direction.
- You have to believe that it is your job to change it. Not some higher power, not your mother, not your boss, not your spouse, not the guy next door. It's your life, your behaviour and your responsibility. If you defer this to someone else then you will simply wait for them to 'fix' it for you, which isn't going to happen. Only you can fix it, but you have to take responsibility for it to happen.
- You have to believe that you can. You must believe that it is within you to control your responses and change it. If you believe that you are at the mercy of that conditioned response (I call this the Popeye Principle: I am what I am and that's all that I am) then... you're done. You have to believe you have all of the requisite knowledge, skills, ability and desire to make it happen.
Wrong action won't bury you, but wrong reaction will. You cannot control your outer circumstances but you can control your inner choices. - Darren Hardy (Success Magazine)
- Limit the time spent on social media - I am 19 years old, so I understand just how much time can be wasted on technology; specifically a cellphone. My phone was stolen two weeks ago and it is the best thing that could have happened to me. Once you spend less time doing things that add no value to your life and instead spend that time enriching yourself; your life begins to shape and mold itself into exactly what you want it to be.
- Know yourself, then pick a direction - Spend time doing things you love. Meditate on all the benefits that it brings into your life and then see how you can develop a plan to turn your passion into a possible career option.
- Lose the dead weight - Cut out the 'friends' that offer nothing but poisonous advice and negativity to your life. There is no place for that kind of behaviour at any stage of your life and you should value yourself highly enough to get rid of these people. This does wonders for self-confidence and overall positivity.
- Read - Pick up a book on anything that expands your knowledge base. Stop spending hours on watching your favourite TV show and instead use that time to invest in yourself by reading. You'll notice in as little as a few days how you begin to see things in a different light.
- Make mistakes - You should know that throughout your life you will make mistakes. Look at the mistake from every possible angle except for a negative one and take the lessons from it. Your teenage years are meant to be spent getting to know yourself; you can't accomplish this by trying to be perfect all the time. It's okay to make mistakes!
Hunger is about your desire, passion, drive, initiative, and how proactive and self-motivated you are. One characteristic of people who are hungry is they "begin with the end in mind." This means you must be proactive in establishing a game plan and work backwards, visualizing the end result and working toward excellence every day. As author John C. Maxwell said, "The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda."
Effort refers to your work ethic, focus, and ability to execute at a high level. Legendary coach John Wooden called hard work industriousness, which meant "true work at your highest capacity, fully engaged, totally focused, and completely absorbed." In addition to the physical effort of practicing the piano for example, mental effort is just as critical to your success. Sports psychologist Gary Mack proclaimed, "Once you reach a certain level of competency, the mental skills become as important as the physical skills, if not more so."
Process is about the journey, not the destination. Our society tends to overvalue results and undervalue process-the very process that leads to the results we are aiming for. According to author Thomas Sterner, "We have a very unhealthy habit of making the product-our intended result-the goal, instead of the process of getting there. We look at the process... as almost a necessary nuisance we have to go through in order to get to our goal." Finding our potential is in the process of being excellent.
Quality is about taking pride in the work you do. It is about your performance level, confidence, and professionalism. Quality is also about taking care of the details, setting standards, and holding others accountable for meeting and exceeding those standards. Willa A. Foster wrote, "Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives."
Consistency refers to repeatedly doing the things that will put you in a position to succeed. In fact, it is one of the invisible secrets of finding your potential and being a success. Consistency is also about making smart choices and decisions that add up over time. It is about slowly chipping away, making steady progress, and constantly getting better when others who are inconsistent are stagnating. Consistency is about having the self-discipline to embrace repetition, a key to learning, improvement, and achieving excellence. John Wooden said, "There is a choice you have to make in everything you do, so keep in mind that in the end, the choice you make, makes you."
Leadership is about working toward excellence with others. The truth is that excellence is rarely an individual accomplishment, but rather a team accomplishment and joint venture. What few leaders truly understand is that real, authentic leadership is not about you, but the people you are responsible for leading. If you want to improve your leadership skills, simply improve the seven C's of leadership: character, competence, commitment, caring, confidence, communication, and consistency.
Time is about managing your time and organization-two of the most important keys to success in work and in life. One of the great equalizers in this world is that everyone has 24 hours in a day. How we use those hours is what separates excellence from mediocrity and what separates potential for average. Best selling author and speaker, John Mason said, "Time, used correctly, is perhaps your most important asset. Treat time carelessly and it will do the same to you and your organization."
Perseverance is the persistence, resiliency, and inner strength you need to move forward during tough times. If you were to study the careers and experiences of those who have achieved uncommon success, you would find a time when they arrived at a crossroads and had to decide whether to give up or to persevere. Successful people also learn to expect adversity as they work toward excellence. They are not surprised when it comes, and they do not let it deter them from their goals.
Excellence is a quest all of us can and should undertake. In the journey toward excellence, we find potential within ourselves we did not know existed. It is a never-ending journey that provides meaning in our lives. It is a noble pursuit that just happens to be valued and rewarded. But more than anything, excellence is a mindset that applies to any and every endeavor, regardless of who you are or what you do.