Get out of the hole

“Being broke is temporary, but poverty of the mind is permanent.” – Daymond John

Knowing lots of stuff is not as important as knowing the right stuff.  Reading lots of books is not as important as reading the right books.  Engaging with lots of people is not as important as engaging with the right ones.

The way out of the hole requires more than luck.  Luck may temporarily get you out of the hole, but it won’t stop you from falling back in.  You have to close the gap between what you know today, and what you need to know to get where you want to go.  You have to close the gap between who you are today and your ideal self.  

Stop digging.  Change your habits.  Feed your mind.  Get out of the hole permanently.

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It’s about how you react

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.” – Virginia Woolf

There will always be some things out of your control, some things in disarray, some things you’re convinced you need but cannot get.

Despite all the things you can’t control, you do control how you react to what shows up and what doesn’t.  You decide how you become an active participant in your life, how you take accountability, how you find solutions lying within problems – how you work with what you have.  

You’re not a mere observer, or a victim of circumstance.   You are an active participant in the design and running of your life.  The more active you become, the happier you’ll be with the results.

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Do it, every day

“None of us can ever know the value of our lives, or how our separate and silent scribbling may add to the amenity of the world, if only by how radically it changes us, one and by one.”  – Mary Karr

Taking the time to write empowers you and those around you.  When  you grant yourself that solitary space with yourself you ignite change in your life.  The power of that change spreads – you add value to not only your life, but the lives of others.

Capture your thoughts on paper –  those separate and silent scribbles.  In a journal, a notebook, a blog – whatever works for you.  Do it, every day, and being the change – in you and your world.

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The rigor of perfection is your enemy

“Perfection is a fast path to nowhere.”

Being thorough is not the same as being perfect.  It is one thing to cover all bases, or as many as you can, but quite another to put yourself through the mental and emotional agony of perfectionism.

The rigor of perfection is your enemy.  It leads you to procrastinate, to question your capabilities, and miss opportunities.  It undermines your self-confidence.

Most past perfection.  Get good, really good, but don’t wait to be perfect.

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Plan B is for chickens

“Forget about Plan B.” – Magnus Christian

Plan B is no friend.  Plan B is all about doubt, about waiting for Plan A to fail.  When you have no Plan B, you make Plan A work.

When I left Orlando and drove my bike across America, I had no savings, nobody to bail me out, no family or safety net in the wings primed to send a check.  I had to execute like my life depended on it – because it did.

I had to trust my gut, my belief in my destiny, my burning desire to transform my thoughts into things.

I have a long journey ahead, and sometimes make adjustments to Plan A – but I’m not quitting on my dream.  Some think I’m a little crazy, some think reckless – that’s okay, I’m making it work.

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When time is short

Make it “Thank you”

When time is short, when there’s no time to waste.  On those days, let this be your prayer: “Thank you.”

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Who matters? Who never did?

“Want to raise your confidence?  Stop hanging around people who don’t want to win.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

Play your game at a higher level.  Re-evaluate your circle of influence.

If you hang around five confident people, you will be the sixth.  If you hang around five millionaires, you will be the sixth.  If you hang around five broke slackers, you will be the sixth.

There comes a point where you have to recognize who truly matters, who never did, and who always will.

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I was wrong

“I settled for less because I thought something was better than nothing.”

I was wrong.  Here’s the thing: accepting less can be habit-forming.  It’s fear based.  It thrives on scarcity rather than abundance.  It steals your energy, eats away at your self-esteem, and depletes your sense of self-worth.

While negotiation and compromise are part of the give and take of life, be thoughtful about what you’ll accept.  After all, you live in a world of abundance.

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The dream compromise

Make sure your actions don’t contradict your desires

What are you doing, or not doing, that’s compromising your dreams?

Have you organized your life in the direction of your goals and desires?  Have you ensured that everything you do supports your desired trajectory?   Do you make sure the environment you have cultivated around you – including friends and associates – supports it too?

Stay self aware.   Think critically about your habits, and how you conduct your daily affairs.  It is, after all, your remarkable journey.

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I choose me

I choose me

I pursue work I enjoy.

I connect with people I enjoy.

I engage in experiences I enjoy.

I choose life on my terms.  I am committed to making more than just a living, I am committed to making a mark – to impact souls, to change lives,  and do it because I enjoy doing it.

I choose me.  Who will you choose?

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