Monday, December 7, 2015

The Power of Visuals



Throughout our days, our minds race with thousands upon thousands of thoughts. "If other people could only know what I think about during the day!," we say to ourselves. In our head, our thoughts contain our true selves that nobody else knows about. Our strengths, our weaknesses, our biggest fears, our dreams. We have visions of ourselves singing in front of large audiences, making a rousing speech, helping large groups of people, living in a beautiful home. Our mind contains our TRUE dreams, that we don't express with our tongue or our voice.

The only problem with this, is that this is where many of these dreams live and die. We never express them, we never let them out of our waning thoughts. Because of this, we never let them become REAL. We never let them truly affect us in ways they are meant to. A quick thought, a short mental image, simple is not enough. Achieving a dream takes major motivation, and it must touch you at the core to truly drive you. Your dreams should keep you awake at night. 

Today, let your dreams escape your mind. How? Grab a pen and paper.

Write your dreams down. Being able to see this in your own handwriting has a power that cannot be described. Then pen will move faster than ever before. This isn't some grocery list or signature on a bill. These are your goals, your dreams, your innermost thoughts of your life. Take the time out of your day to accomplish this small feat. You'll be glad you did. It will be the start of something great.

If you're not growing now, you're giving up. Refuse to Give Up & #GrowNOW

-Mike

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

One Kind of Person



We are defined by our actions and our words. People view our actions and hear our words and they form their own judgment and opinion of us. They store their thoughts about you away, deep in their mind, like their own personal filing cabinet. So much of our lives are spent worrying what other people think about us. We want others to like us, enjoy being around us, think about us when we are not there.

There are certain people we meet, and quite often we cannot help by feel jealous of how they are perceived and accepted by others. The ones that are charismatic, funny, outgoing, articulate. The ones that seem to just have "it." They are like magnets, and always seem to be the center of positive attention.

How can we ensure that others enjoy our presence? How can we become the kind of person that people love, respect, and admire? Luckily, every step we take is an opportunity to redefine who we are. 

No matter what we have done in the past, or what others have thought about us, it will always be true that human beings are capable of great growth and change. We can take up new ideals, routines, or beliefs at any moment that can change our life forever. Are you willing to make that change? Are you willing to #GrowNOW?

Of all the people in this world, there is one kind of person that people will always love. Kind people. And it is no coincidence that the most kind people are also people of great integrity.

Are you a man or woman of integrity? Do you think before you speak? Do you do your best to make others feel special? Do you always do what is right, even when nobody is watching? Do you care about how you carry yourself so that you can contribute to others? Do you practice joy and gratitude? Do you strive to be a better person each and everyday?

Ask yourself these questions. If you answered yes to every single one, then you have integrity. If you answered yes, but you also see room for improvement, then you truly have integrity. Ask yourself these questions everyday. Start bringing more integrity into your life. You will notice changes unlike any other.

Be a man or woman of integrity, and continue to grow.
If your not growing now, your giving up. Refuse to Give Up & GrowNOW

-Mike


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

5 Steps That Will Finally Get You Started



It is officially December and the cold weather is upon us. Do you happen to notice yourself analyzing your life now more than usual. This is what the winter weather does to us. As the beautiful, warm, crisp air leaves us and we are forced to bundle up when we go outside, blast the hot air in our car and homes, we tend to have a bit more time to take a look at ourselves and where we are.

We are human beings. Part of being a human means that you have a thirst for novelty. You crave new things, you are disappointed in the repetitive mundane. You want your life to be something better, something bigger. And that is perfectly OK. No matter who you are or where you are in life, it is totally normal to want something different or better. We all do.

The tough part about wanting a better life is the cold hard fact: nothing worth having is easy.
The easy thing to do is to get caught up in the life that we already have. Wake up, go to work, come home and do a few more things, then go back to sleep so we can do it all over again. If we want the life we have always dreamed of, we have to start being the person that we have always dreamed of. We need to make all of the small changes that make a world of difference. It will take discipline and courage, but I know that we are all capable of doing it.

1) OWN Your Mornings
Take a look at the surveys and the research. All successful people take this rule very seriously. They get up hours before they have to do anything business or work-wise. Wake up early to a motivating personalized message on your phone. Read your written-down goals from a piece of paper. DO NOT look through your phone. There is no reason to check Facebook or Instagram first thing in the morning. Do not watch TV. Don't bother it is just another distraction. Grab a cup of coffee and a book/blog on your favorite topic and just read. Read until you have to leave for work. Now that is a truly successful morning.

2) Drink More Water, Eat Well
This is obvious, yet so incredibly key. There is a direct correlation between eating unhealthy snack foods and people who rush through their day. Take a deep breath, slow time down, and take what you put into your body seriously. Drink as much water as you can each day. You will feel instant results. Eating healthy will change how you sleep, how you feel when you wake up, and how you function throughout the day. Take pride in your body, and this will come much easier.

3) Eliminate 1 Guilty Pleasure a Month
This is true discipline. We all have them. Guilty pleasures that do one simple negative thing to our lives: they take up our time. We could be researching our dream career while we watch that Seinfeld re-run. We could be learning a new skill while we look at our Fantasy Football team. We could be networking while we SnapChat. Get rid of one of these useless activities each month. It won't be easy. But nothing worth doing ever is. And trust me, make it past that first month, and the rest few will get easier and easier.

4) Create a Vision Board/Journal
There is great underestimated power in written language and visuals. Write your goals down on a piece of paper. Look at them and analyze them. Your dreams written down in your handwriting. There are few things more powerful. Take a look at them each day. Remind yourself of what you want, of what you know you can accomplish. I truly believe vision boards have amazing power in the subconscious mind. Take a few hours out of your day, and make that vision board. Then from that day forward take 30-minutes out of each day to journal. Just like the other steps, this takes great discipline to do and keep up with. If you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.

5) Eliminate Fake Friends
This life is beautiful, and it goes by far too fast. Before you know it your an adult, working each day and starting a family of your own. Our time on this earth is too short to spend with the wrong people. If you have people in your life that you feel don't respect you and don't take your time seriously. Eliminate them. Simple as that. When it comes to friends in this life, it will always be quality over quantity. It will always be better to have 1 true friend than 20 mediocre ones. You are far too special and unique to grant your time to the wrong individual.

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If you're not growing, you're giving up. Refuse to Give Up & GrowNOW

-Mike