Growth 101: An Attitude on Gratitude.

Growth 101: An Attitude on Gratitude.

It’s that time of the year again. Yes, the holidays always bring out the best in people (besides Boxing Day shopping). There’s a greater sense of positivity and gratitude towards each person. As well, we’re thinking of others.

The fact we’re thinking of others is an important aspect of life. It shows how appreciative you are and how much you care about them. 

But it doesn’t have to be once a year, we can practice gratitude everyday. Ultimately creating a much happier and healthier mindset along the way.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

– John F. Kennedy 

I know I’m guilty of sometimes thinking negatively, however if you take a moment to think how grateful you are for the things in your life, it brings you to a much happier state of mind.

It doesn’t take much to be grateful, your attitude towards gratitude should be a primary thought process. By doing so, you’re in the moment and not giving a thought to anything negative. As positivity and negativity are a part of our lives, we choose how they affect us. 

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

– Denis Waitley

Be grateful, be thankful, appreciate what you have as there was once a day when you hoped for everything you have now.

Everyone is on their own journey. Enjoy yours. 

As well here is a great article from INC magazine featuring a number of famous quotes on gratitude, enjoy! Inc.com Article.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a pleasure as always.

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Growth 101: Your past has passed.

Growth 101: Your past has passed.

Yes, lets cut to the chase. It’s been sometime since I’ve posted. Why, well there’s a number of excuses, not one is a good reason.

Let’s jump into it.

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We are the culmination of every decision we make, whether good or bad, positive or negative. Ultimately these have shaped us into the person the we see in the mirror each and everyday.

That being said, do these choices linger or do we CHOOSE to make another decision.

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The decision to start something different, try something new or make peace with your past.

We all have decisions that we make that will affect us for the rest of our lives, make sure they’re positive. Yes, even negative decisions can come as a blessing to give you perspective on your life. More to the point, they show us how lucky we are and how grateful we should be for the people in our lives that support you, help you and love you. Cherish it and DO NOT take it for granted

Those decisions will eventually affect them as well. The choice is, do we make decisions in the moment to help us NOW, or do we make decisions thoroughly thought out, that will help in the future.

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Every time you put energy into a decision it’s a crossroads of where you may end up or at least where you’re heading.

DISCLAIMER: Overthinking and not communicating your thought process can have repercussions. That’s a piece of advice I should have followed in my life.

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What has transpired in the past is ultimately who we are. Whether we choose to admit it or not, we are what we DO, not what we SAY.

“By seeking and blundering we learn.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The growth that comes from self-reflection can benefit you tremendously. Take the time to look at every decision from each person’s perspective, seriously think about it. Don’t jump to conclusions without consulting others. Sometimes what we think is just that, merely a thought…nothing more.

The past has passed, what have we learned?

 

Thanks for stopping by, it’s always a pleasure.

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Growth 101: Surround yourself with Drive

Growth 101: Surround yourself with Drive

The people that you surround yourself, ultimately make you who you are.

Take a moment and ask yourself, who do I spend the majority of my time with? Do these people push me to be more? Are they trying to become more and grow into something greater?

Yes we all have friends who are always doing something new and exciting, do you associate yourself with that?

Think about it. What do we do that helps us get to a ‘whole nother level’?

More importantly, are these people honest with you? There’s no point in surrounding  yourself with a bunch of yes-men/women (I don’t discriminate).

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If the people you’re constantly in contact with aren’t upfront and honest with you, what’s the point? More along the lines of calling you out on your bullshit, those people want to see you grow. They call you out because they don’t want you sounding like an ass-hat.

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Thanks Morgan…moving on.

The main purpose of discussing people you surround yourself with, is that they ultimately will help you or hurt you on your climb for success.

 

How do we improve ourselves through the people we surround ourselves with?

Napoleon Hill, author of “Think and Grow Rich“, has a principle called the ‘Mastermind Principle’. As he defines it,

“The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”

He continues…

“No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible intangible force, which may be likened to a third mind [the master mind].”

The video below is Napoleon Hill describing in detail what the principle is and how to apply it. These are important lessons to understand to accelerate your growth.

WATCH IT! It’s only 3 minutes, you can spare that time.

Furthermore, a great summary of the benefits of Mastermind Group comes from the blog The Success Alliance, they describe it below;

In a mastermind group, the agenda belongs to the group and each person’s participation and commitment is key. Your mastermind partners give you feedback, help you brainstorm new possibilities, and set up accountability structures that keep you focused and on track. You create a community of supportive colleagues who brainstorm together to move the members to new heights.

You’ll gain tremendous insights which improve your business and personal life. Your mastermind group is like having a objective board of directors, a success team, and a peer advisory group, all rolled into one.

Whether you find an existing mastermind group to join, or start a group of your own, you’ll love what this group process can help you accomplish.

This post was inspired by the book, “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Keys to Success“. When you have a core group of people that are ultimately a step ahead of you or pushing as hard as you are, you have something to cherish. Discuss ideas, not people. This expands your mind and creates a bond with the core group.

Look out for each other. You have skills that others do not possess. Understand where your weaknesses are and find people who have those skills, together you are now much greater. You are growing and growth is essential to success.

Looking for more information on how/why you should start a mastermind group? Here’s a great article from Forbes magazine. The 7 Reasons To Join A Mastermind Group. Enjoy.

The Mastermind Group, create yours.

 

 

A pleasure as always. Thanks for dropping in.

Growth 101: How did you get there?

Growth 101: How did you get there?

Good fine Friday! Let’s take a moment and reflect on where we are and where we want to go! My blog will be making a bit of a change. I want this place to be where you can learn how other’s have climbed the ladder to success. No journey will be the same, but if someone can take something away from it, then it’s a success.

We’re all on our own journey to discover ourselves, more than that we’re on a path to the life that we’ve dreamed of, focused on and worked for.

Yet there’s really no blue-print on how to get there. Yes, of course there are all those self-help books that you can fill your house with. Still, there’s nothing that allows for people to describe their story on how they came into that job/role/career!

This is what I’m proposing. 

  1. Weekly discussions with someone who has been fortunate enough to have earned a kick-ass career.
  2. Discussions on how they got there, their set-backs and motivations that helped them arrive at success.
  3. Advice for those who are looking for that role but have NO idea how to get there.
  4. A platform to ask questions and add value you anyone looking for that guidance.

When I started, it was a blank canvass. I had no map, chart or direction. The only thing that I knew was that I was going to be the best in the world at inspiring people.

I LOVE to see people succeed. I want to see this entire world reach their potential and realize how incredibly talented each and everyone one of us is!

 

This is the next step.

Shall we…

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by. A pleasure as always.

 

 

Growth 101: Love is fundamental!

Growth 101: Love is fundamental!

I’m back! Yes, I’ve been gone for some time but not forgotten!

Through my life recently I’ve discovered something that is always there but sometimes over looked. It’s LOVE!

Yes, love, now why am I talking about love when we look at growth? Well for one, it can inspire you, drive you, encourage you and even destroy you. You choose how love plays a role in your life.

 

Let’s break it down…

 

Where do we get love from in our lives?

  1. We have love from friends
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2. We have love from family

 

3. We have love from our significant other

 

4. Honorable mention – Love from our pets

 

Be open to love, it can change how you look at the world. Better yet, it can change how you impact the world.

Positivity and love play such a large role in our lives that we tend to forget just how important it is to us. More than that, we tend to forget how important being loved is.

We only miss it when it’s gone, but appreciate those that give you love. To do that, give some right back.

Whether it’s a stranger on the street you greet with a smile, offering encouraging words for a colleague or just being there for your friends. It’s all centered in love.

Think about it, when we grew up, how much did we appreciate the love that our families gave us. I was fortunate enough that love was always readily available and that made me feel invincible. There are people that love and care about you; now go out and make them proud!

The world needs more love, don’t be afraid to show it. The more you give, the more you’ll get.

Love = Growth (give more, grow faster)

 

Enjoy these videos on selfless love. Prepare for some emotions. 

 

 

Do it for love.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by. A pleasure as always.

 

Growth 101: Happiness – Fear and Love

Growth 101: Happiness – Fear and Love

It’s been a couple weeks since my last post, but I really wanted to put some thought into what I was going to focus on for this one.

It really got me thinking.

What is the cost of happiness? What do we give up in order to be happy, whether it’s in our jobs or in our personal lives. What are we doing to feel ‘safe’ and ‘comfortable’?

Do we sacrifice our happiness for fear? Have we not gone for that job because you were afraid that you weren’t qualified, or not pursued that crush because you were afraid they weren’t interested. Fear is an invention within our minds.

Love and fear. 

Jim Carrey, while delivering his commencement speech to the Maharishi University of Management, really hits the nail on the head regarding fear and love.

Take a quick watch, I’ve queued it up for you.

After watching that, think about it. What do you sacrifice for your happiness in life. More on that note, does fear hold you back from becoming your ultimate self?

We have the fear of not having money, fear of not being liked, fear of the unknown. However, what’s the true cost of NOT doing what we love?

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Fear is the ultimate killer of people’s dreams and aspirations. You have to push through it and open yourself to being in a place of uncertainty. Now, you certainly have to have a goal in mind, but in that uncertainty, you grow!

When you’re in a state of flux, continue to improve yourself each day, that brings you closer to the person you’re meant to become.

We all want the perfect career that excites us to start each day. Doing what we love ultimately fosters an inner growth that excites us for the next step in our lives.

That’s why I’ve been started to to do this. I love to write, to create, to inspire! This is a means for me to connect with like-minded people. If I can encourage someone to do something that they’ve been thinking about for a while; one of my goals is achieved.

It’s a step in the direction I want to travel in. One where I can choose how I spend my life.

Fear is only a temporary state, only you let it control you,  in-turn you have the power to choose love instead.

Love what you do, it will love you back. 

 

 

Pleasure as always. Thanks for stopping by.

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Growth 101: How did you get there? Be Phenomenal!

Growth 101: How did you get there? Be Phenomenal!

Growth is in Risk.

Before we even get going. This video is one that I downloaded into an audio file about 3 years ago. I listened to it EVERYDAY! This fires me up and forces my mind to focus on my goals!

We’re all told as kids that if we go to school , learn a  subject and then pursue post-secondary that we will get a job. Is it the dream job or the life you’ve dreamed of?

Well I’m going after my dreams now. This is merely a preview and a resource for anyone looking for inspiration and motivation to do something new and exciting. More than that, a career that’s ultimately fulfilling! That makes you wake up and say…

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What you’re not told is how to get these amazing jobs you aspire to. Whether that’s creating your own company, finding a path to the ideal career or growing into the role you want. There’s really no blueprint to get you there.

So what do we do? We try and find something that’s safe and comfortable. However that’s NOT how you grow. You have to push yourself outside of that comfort zone.

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Well what resources are available? The world is at your finger tips, anything you could ever want is just a few clicks away.

From TED talks to Kahn AcademyInvestopedia to Reddit; these are just a few useful resources available to you for FREE. These allow you to grow and improve your mind.

To grow you have to change your entire mindset.

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I first realized I was in control of my future was when I read ‘Think and Grow Rich‘, by: Napoleon Hill, ‘As a Man Thinketh‘, by: James Allen and ‘From Poverty to Power‘, by: James Allen. These books ultimately changed how I looked at the world and my own thoughts. Especially how I let them affect me.

What you put out, is what you reap. As James Allen once said,“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed seeds will fall therein, and will continue to produce their kind.” You control your future!

Here are all the books for FREE:

READ THEM!

If this doesn’t get you ready to hit the ground running, well Ali will get you going!

This post is to act as a way to PUMP YOU UP! You have to work your ASS off to become something great.

There’s really no traditional blue-print, other than the one you create. Someone I respect gave me this. It’s a way of outlining your goals for your life. Look at them everyday. Make them your obsession. Be as specific as possible!

Here are the goal setting checklists and plans:

These are resources! Focus, think, re-focus, adjust and GROW!

This is how we finish: BE PHENOMENAL!

Today is your day. There is no better time than NOW! You have everything you need to be great. It’s now a matter of putting it into practice and creating the future and life that you’ve dreamed of. Keep dreaming, keeping fighting, keep pushing! GRIND! Greatness is on the other side!

 

 

Thanks for coming by. I’ll see you at the top!