Actively Swim!

Stop waiting for the world to find you.
Go out, find the world, and tell it what you’re doing!

When you want to succeed badly enough, you’ll find a way.  A way will appear to you.  When you get too comfortable in your life and in your circumstances, you’ll simply drift along in the water like a dead fish.  Live fish actively swim.

Actively swim!

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BelieveDo (ch17) – Your Life Counts!

…adapted from Believe. Do. And Follow Through!

Chapter 17

Why do I keep encouraging you to BELIEVE in yourself, to BELIEVE in others, and to DO positive things?

…Because your life counts.  You count!  So many times, people act as if what they do doesn’t matter, but it does!  It really does.

When you wake up in the morning, the day is fresh, you’re renewed, and you have a new start of making everything happen that you want.  Ultimately, the only deadline that you have is the one of your life ending.  Otherwise, every other deadline that you face is self-imposed or someone else-imposed.  When you realize that, then you’ll have a whole new perspective about what you do and how you do it.

You’ve probably heard people ask the proverbial question, “If you knew that you could not fail, what would you attempt?”

If they truly believe in the concept behind that question then they ought to ask, “If you knew that you could not fail, what would you complete?”

You may think, “That’s just semantics…the difference of only one word…attempt vs. complete.”  True, and the difference of one word is just like the difference of one degree when it comes to boiling water.  Water at 211° Fahrenheit, you have really hot water, but at 212°F, you can move ships around the world!

When it really comes down to it, the only difference is one degree, one word, one idea – but it makes all the difference in the world.

When time seems to stop for you on a daily basis (time doesn’t really stop…it’s a mental thing…), what do you do with those moments?  Do you maximize them?  Do you enjoy them? Do you even realize that they’re occurring?

Most of the time, people don’t even realize that it’s happening.  Most just joyfully or blindly go traipsing through the day without realizing that the universe has opened itself up to them and is giving them a glimpse of what could be possible.

So, the next time that the world stops for you for a moment, take that opportunity to “get off the merry-go-round” and reflect on what it is that you’re supposed to realize.

There’s a special moment in each of your days that pretty well determines what the rest of the day is going to be like.  When you see that there’s greatness in the midst of that moment, you’ll start maximizing those opportunities when they briefly appear.

Stop letting them get away!  Grab onto them!  They were meant for you!

Your life counts!

BelieveDo (ch 1) – Believe That You Can!

[The following is an excerpt from the motivational book, Believe. Do. And Follow Through!, that I co-wrote with Isaiah Whittaker]

“As a man thinks in his heart, so he is,” – an idea written thousands of years ago, still holds true, today.

What you think about yourself and about others will determine your beliefs, your actions, your moral character, and your outcomes in life.  It really will.  Just look around you.  The way that people live – where, how, and with whom – is determined by what they think about themselves and others.

If people think that they can succeed at something, they will.  If they think they’ll fail at something, they will.  Either way, determinations are made with the thoughts they have.

What do you think about yourself?

Along with internal perceptions, each of us has a purpose in life and the potential to fully achieve it.  How do you achieve your full potential in life?  By believing, doing, and following through on some key things.

It all starts with the right mindset.  If you have the right mindset, then the right beliefs and right actions will follow.  If you have in your mind the ideas that will propel you into success, you are on your way to achieving your full potential.

Before you determine what it is that you need to do to become successful, you have to determine what it is that you want:

  • What are you after?
  • What is it that you want to do?
  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • How do you want to live?
  • What kind of person do you want to turn into?
  • What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?
  • Where do you want to live?
  • Into whom do you want to invest time and energy?
  • Do you see the way you are to go?
  • Does your path seem clear?
  • Who do you need to come alongside of you to give you input, encouragement, and direction?
  • Who can you help as you’re growing in your purpose and determination?

All those things matter, because ultimately, they will help shape you into the person you need to become.

When we wait to do something because we’re afraid, we have just given in to the “screaming abdabs” (internal struggles) that mentally chase each of us.  When you say, “No,” to them and you no longer give them credence, then you have entered into the land of success and are walking on the road you were meant to traverse.

Most people stop short of their full potential by killing off the dreams they have with self-sabotaging thoughts.  But, when you purposefully put forth in your mind the ideas that will propel you along a path of success, you are adding to your belief that you can succeed in what you do.

You may not succeed at first, but if you continue…you will succeed!

Believe that you can!