Growth 101: A New Chapter to be Written

Growth 101: A New Chapter to be Written

A New Beginning

It’s happened, I did it. I’ve taken the leap of faith and MY GOD does it feel good. I can say that I’m more excited than ever to wake up in the morning and see what the world has in store.

I’m happy and free from the bull. It’s empowering to say that this is exactly what I needed and I’m the happier than ever to be to be doing what I am.

I’m now living in Muskoka; living the dream.  I’m cycling every day, running, filming, connecting and GOLFING! I couldn’t be happier. When everything goes as planned I’ll be out on the water everyday either paddle-boarding, wake-boarding, wake-skating or wake-surfing. Plus some fly-boarding too.

Now I’m not doing this rant to humble brag or rub it in. I’m doing it to show you that you can take a chance at what you love and IT’S WORTH IT!

On the other side of fear is happiness. SO TAKE THAT CHANCE!

I love what I’m doing. Let me say that again, I LOVE WHAT I DO.

Plus I made sure to put myself in a situation where I can be the person I want to become. Growth is an absolute. Life is only getting better. Accelerating, momentum building, life becomes what I want it to be. I’M IN CONTROL!

Take Control

So take control of your life. Don’t just think that the way things are, will be the way life will continue. You control your destiny. SO MAKE IT INCREDIBLE. We only have so much time here. Don’t just be satisfied with your ‘job‘, do what you’re destined for. You know what that is, so pursue that dream and love each and everyday.

I’m so grateful for this opportunity, I have a responsibility to give back and try to improve life in anyway I can. No matter how big or small the gesture is, always try to leave life better than you found it!

What I’m really getting at is, only you set the restrictions of life upon yourself. Remove the invisible shackles of a stagnate life and embrace the power of your own potential. Follow your heart, go for it, do it! The only limitations are those that you set on yourself. REMOVE THEM!

Growth = Happiness, so GROW! Grow higher and faster than ever before. A mighty redwood must first start in the soil and below the ground. You have to start somewhere, but you will grow. With time and perseverance you rise from the ground and become so strong and solid that nothing will ever knock you down. The mightiest trees survive the mightiest winds, you can rise, grow and become something that you didn’t think was possible.

Please

Believe in yourself, believe in the impossible because only you can make it possible. You will. I believe in you. You will do it. Why not?

DO IT, TRY IT, LEARN and TRY AGAIN.

Never stop, every time you fall, you have something to take away, learn and do it again! You got this! Your dreams are not merely in your head, take those ideas, formulate a plan and GO FOR IT!

In Conclusion

I say to you all, life’s too amazing to let slip by. Take your chance, go for it, you are in control. Quit that shitty job, find your propose and live the life you know you were meant for. Work hard, give back, love each other, a million small gestures change the world.

Change your world!

 

Thanks for stopping by. A pleasure as always.

 

 

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Growth 101: Comfortably Uncomfortable.

Growth 101: Comfortably Uncomfortable.

Comfort vs. Discomfort

Hello friends, hope you’re doing well. Toss on your swim suit because we’re diving in.

 

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Comfort-zone to discomfort-zone real quick.

There’s always change and flux in our lives that, in turn, we crave that safe feeling of comfort. When you take a moment to reflect on comfort versus discomfort, there are few thoughts that come to mind. In times of discomfort you’re forced to grow or learn in order to adapt to the situation.

Whether that’s learning how to socialise at networking events or even physically when you’re younger and experiencing growing pains. There is discomfort but from that discomfort comes strength, confidence and a distinct ability to endure. You’ve grown, you’ve become more.

“If you want something you’ve never had.
You must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

-Thomas Jefferson

What does discomfort mean to you? Are you afraid of it?

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Anything that’s challenging the way you conduct yourself presently, forces you to adapt. You can choose to rise to the occasion or admit defeat and stay exactly where you are.

The choice is entirely yours.

The cliche comment is always to ‘step out side your comfort-zone.’

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I think the question is not whether we should step out, rather why aren’t we living outside of out. If you’re always uncomfortable, you’re growing. Like a tree, the faster you establish a firm foundation, your ability to rise will be greatly benefited.

“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”

Winston Churchill

That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have a place where you feel comfortable. I think it’s a balance, in my opinion having that comfort zone is equally important. Because if you’re always uncomfortable, it’s nice to have a place where you can reflect on what you’ve learned. If you’re going to be comfortable, make sure you’re using that time to reflect on the experiences of the uncomfortable. You’ll see more, know more and be more.

I leave you with this video. Enjoy. Reflect. Grow.

 

 

Thanks for dropping by, until next time. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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.

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.