12 Powerful Resolutions You Should Make Every Year

12 Powerful Resolutions You Should Make Every Year

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to
succeed is more important than any other.
– Abraham Lincoln

Cheers to the year ahead and another chance to get it right.

Still deciding on your resolutions and goals?  Need a few words of wisdom?  Below you will find 12 powerful resolutions to follow this year and every year going forward.

So open the new chapter in front of you and appreciate it’s clean white space.  This chapter is called Opportunity and it starts today…

1.  Begin.

Remember the feeling you get from taking the first step is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around thinking about it.  So get up and get moving.  Take the first step this year – just one small step forward.

The greatest miracle of your success will not be that you finished, it will be that you had the courage to begin.  Read Getting Things Done.

2.  Work hard on the essential.

Don’t be busy, be productive.  Don’t track your time, track your results.  Put first [Read more…]

8 Things You Must Give Up to Find Peace

8 Things You Must Give Up to Find Peace

“Peace cannot be kept by force;
it can only be achieved by understanding.”
–Albert Einstein

Peace of mind transpires and thrives when you let go of the things that limit your growth and happiness.

You work for this peace every time you give up…

1.  Old regrets and excuses.

You can’t always choose what happens to you, but you can always choose how you feel about it and what you do about it.  You don’t have to be defined by the things you did or didn’t do in the past.  Don’t let yourself be controlled by regret.  Maybe there’s something you could have done differently, or maybe not.  Either way, it’s merely something that has already happened.

Be done with these old regrets; they’re just an excuse for people who have failed, and failing only happens if you learn nothing and give up.  Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making these empty excuses.

Think about it, you rarely fail for the things you do.  You fail for the things you don’t do, the business you leave unfinished, the things you make excuses about for the rest of your life.  Read Awaken the Giant Within.

2.  The burning desire to have all the answers.

Accept the feeling of not knowing exactly where you are going, and train yourself to love and appreciate this sensation of freedom.  Because it is only when you are [Read more…]

9 Beliefs You Need to Succeed at Anything

9 Beliefs You Need to Succeed at Anything

What you believe either weakens you or makes you stronger.

The foundation of success is not a set of achievements or a combination of external factors; it is a mindset.  Success is an attitude that comes from a framework of powerful beliefs and empowering thoughts.  Because what you think and believe about your life largely determines how you feel (your attitude), what actions you take (your behavior), and what you achieve (the end result.)

I’m fortunate enough to know a number of remarkably successful people.  Regardless of their profession or life passions, I’ve noticed they all share nine common beliefs.

And they act on these beliefs every day:

1.  “The problems I face are opportunities.”

The problems and challenges you face are not there to stop you.  Their purpose is to bring your commitment to the surface where it can come wholly and forcefully to life.

The challenges that are the most difficult are often the ones that create the greatest positive difference.  Situations with the most formidable problems are where you unearth your greatest opportunities.

The only question is:  Are you willing to do what it takes?  Read Think and Grow Rich.

2.  “What’s important is creating value.”

Do something you are proud of.  Instead of struggling to get one up on everyone [Read more…]

10 Lessons from 10 Quotes that Changed My Life

10 Lessons from 10 Quotes that Changed My Life

Today I want to share ten life lessons with you.  I learned them when I was young by reading and re-reading some of my favorite books and quotes.  And over the years I have validated each of them gradually with firsthand experience.  Together these lessons have positively changed my way of thinking and my life.  I hope they do the same for you.

1.  Your thoughts create your reality.

You feel the way you feel right now because of the thoughts you are thinking, and you are where you are right now because of the thoughts you have thought over and over again.  If the thoughts running though your mind are pure, positive and empowering, you will create positive and empowering beliefs about yourself and about life; and your actions, habits, and daily routines will be a reflection of these thoughts and beliefs.

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words.  Watch your words, for they become actions.  Watch your actions, for they become habits.  Watch your habits, for they become character.  Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”  (Read Change Your Thoughts.)

2.  You will regret the chances you didn’t take.

The things you didn’t do when you had the chance.  That priceless relationship you neglected.  Those important words you left unspoken…  Every one of us has [Read more…]

7 Things You Will Smile About When You’re Older

7 Things You Will Smile About When You’re Older

The most splendid achievement of all is the constant striving to surpass yourself and to be worthy of your own approval.  This is how happiness blooms.

So don’t wait for someone to bring you roses; plant your own garden and decorate your own soul with ideas and passions that bring you joy.  You do not exist to impress the world; you exist to live your life in a way that makes you and your loved ones smile.

Stay true to your path, stay positive, and someday you will catch yourself smiling about…

1.  Memories of working on a life passion.

Passion is the key, and it’s worth making sacrifices for.  It’s the secret ingredient that has kept me going through some of the most painful times of my life.  Because at some point, especially when the going gets tough, you have to wonder [Read more…]