Monthly Archives: September 2012

“Do not confuse activity…

“Do not confuse activity with productivity”

I have always struggled with having continual motivation to reach a dream. It wasn’t until I was sitting on the toilet doing some really deep thinking and it hit me…

I realized that its not that I need to stop having HUGE dreams…I just have to have smaller goals between that help me reach that goal. Instead of moving your feet rapidly for a few weeks to get nowhere in comparison to your big dream, make smaller goals where you are accomplishing things, learning and feeling as though you are getting closer to your dream.

Along the way you will run into failure and it is much easier to pick yourself up after a small failure on your journey to a smaller goal. However, it is much easier to give up when you hit a few stumbles when your dream seems unreachable.

Creating momentum is something that will help catipult you to achieving whatever you want. The sense of euphoria of completing a goal and moving onto something bigger and better that brings your BIG goal closer and closer is addicting and very powerful. I always imagine that I have a ball of energy and as I succeed at different things I am depositing currency into the ball of positivity. I feel it growing and growing and growing…Even though I can’t see it, I can feel it and it is a great mental reminder to keep working harder.

Along the way you will also learn from your mistakes, meet the right people, build your network and instead of being inefficient and running off of excitement that won’t last, you are learning the proper way to do it and are more likely to be successful.

“Either you pay the price of discipline, or you pay the price of regret. Discipline weighs ounces, regret weighs tons.” -John Assaraf

Either you do what you need to do, you do the hard work, the work nobody else wants to do, or you regret it forever. Either you get serious and follow your dreams, goals, and passions, or you wish away your life regretting decisions. I am not going to sit here and tell you life is short, because I am pretty sure we all know that. It is all up to you to get serious about what you want in life, whether its finding happiness, or being a millionaire, and make it happen.

The biggest fear in life should not be fear itself. The biggest fear in life should be letting life slip through your fingers with out ever challenging yourself, without ever testing and seeing what you are made of, to let your dreams never become reality. The biggest fear should be the realization at the end of your life that you didn’t become what you wanted. Your life could end with the happiness and realization you did what you wanted while you were here, or you can end your life in anxiety, restlessness that you didn’t become what you were capable of.

$86,400

If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400—with no balance carried from day to day—what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank…time.

Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as “lost” whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can’t hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or invest it. You can only use it—time.

Arthur Berry was described by Time as “the slickest second-story man in the East,” truly one of the most famous jewel thieves of all times. In his years of crime, he committed as many as 150 burglaries and stole jewels valued between $5 and $10 million. He seldom robbed from anyone not listed in the Social Register and often did his work in a tuxedo. On an occasion or two, when caught in the act of a crime by a victim, he charmed his way out of being reported to the police.

Like most people who engage in a life of crime, he was eventually caught, convicted and served 25 years in prison for his crimes. Following his release, he worked as a counterman in a roadside restaurant on the East Coast for $50 a week.

A newspaper reporter found him and interviewed him about his life. After telling about the thrilling episodes of his life he came to the conclusion of the interview saying, “I am not good at morals. But early in my life I was intelligent and clever, and I got along well with people. I think I could have made something of my life, but I didn’t. So when you write the story of my life, when you tell people about all the burglaries, don’t leave out the biggest one of all… Don’t just tell them I robbed Jesse Livermore, the Wall Street baron or the cousin of the king of England. You tell them Arthur Berry robbed Arthur Berry.”

Here are six terrific truths about time:

First: Nobody can manage time. But you can manage those things that take up your time.

Second: Time is expensive. As a matter of fact, 80 percent of our day is spent on those things or those people that only bring us two percent of our results.

Third: Time is perishable. It cannot be saved for later use.

Fourth: Time is measurable. Everybody has the same amount of time…pauper or king. It is not how much time you have; it is how much you use.

Fifth: Time is irreplaceable. We never make back time once it is gone.

Sixth: Time is a priority. You have enough time for anything in the world, so long as it ranks high enough among your priorities.

“Figuring out the “how…

“Figuring out the “how” comes after the vision and the decision. The How will always come after the What, when your Why is big enough.” – John Assaraf

This is why its so important to dream! But, don’t just dream, act. Don’t just believe, plan. Take steps forward towards your goal. But, in order for it to actually happen, you must visualize it, feel it as if it were real, dream up every detail about it. Also, it must have a reason for being. Once you have the idea of what it is and a reason for why it is, the universe will make the how it happens, happen!

Verge of Greatness

“Feeling scared shouldn’t deter us from our path. When your palms get sweaty, legs begin to shake and you are scared of what might happen, all that means is you are on the verge of greatness.” – Brenden Martin

The biggest enemy we have is feeling scared or frightful and discontinuing on our path. Whatever path it may be, you have to continue reaching for it. If everyone quit when they felt scared, nothing great would ever be accomplished. Change the way you see fear as something that should motivate you to move forward, rather than scare you into quitting.

Challenge of the Week

Whenever you feel fear, replace it with confidence. In whatever task you have this week that you begin to feel scared about, change your thoughts and walk confidently forward with only thoughts of success.