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The Power of Extra

Happy Today!

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with thanksgiving and gratitude for the blessings and experiences of life.   Today I had an interesting conversation with someone about how some people may excel while others get stuck in (you insert your something).

A conversation like that would have frustrated me in the past because I would have only been able to see my point of view.  BUT circumstances in my life this year helped me understand and empathize with the other side of that coin.  You see I have always been an optimist who felt like nothing is impossible if you make your mind up to achieve something.  That philosophy worked for me for many decades.

However, this year was a year of transition where my happy go lucky spirit and eternal optimism took a hit but today I finally realized one important lesson.  I have the power to make the life I want.  I am done focusing on what happened to me and I am back to focusing on what I need to make happen in my life.  I can choose to be ordinary or choose to be extraordinary.

Ordinary and Extraordinary

Let me explain what I mean by I can choose to be ordinary or choose to be extraordinary. 

Being ordinary allows me to stay within my sphere of influence and understanding.  It allows me to look forward to my next paycheck, dream of starting a business and acknowledging the need to lose twenty pounds.  In other words, I recognize what I need to do.

Now being extraordinary allows me to go beyond my wildest dreams and expectations.  It allows me to look forward to my investments generating additional income to my bank account, launching my business and losing thirty instead of twenty pounds.

The difference in the two ideals is one has the word – EXTRA.  This reminds me to do something EXTRA each day which will get me closer to the life I envisioned.  Basically, it tells me to adhere to the word’s definition.  EXTRA steps or actions each day can make a difference in how fast we achieve our goals.

EXTRA reminds me of the 10000 steps most walkers aim for each day.  Step counters are big business and the number of steps you take is recorded in fitness apps, Fitbit devices, Apple watches, and pedometers.  Parking a little farther away in the parking lot or taking the stairs can be a great component when integrated into your fitness regime but by themselves, they don’t do very much.

It’s the same principle for achieving your goals.

If we do one EXTRA thing each day (along with working your plan), you can move one step closer to goal achievement.  The hardest EXTRA step to take is within your mind. Let’s move past the obstacles your mind immediately conjured. Here are a few extraordinary things you can do which will move you closer to your desired direction:

1. Take a book to work each day

The availability and access to a book will make it easier to get in the habit of reading. Fifteen minute and lunch breaks along with commute time are excellent opportunities to read a new chapter.

2. Challenge yourself to spend $5 less this month.

Eventually it would be more beneficial to save $5 per week but saving $5 a month will give you $60 at the end of the year. By itself, this isn’t a lot of money. But when combined with your existing savings or investment plan, $60 can help prepare you for retirement, pay the domain fee for your website or gave you extra money to pay for once in a lifetime experiences like a cruise or swimming with sharks (not recommended).

3. Make a meatless meal

In a fee short weeks, diets will be common among the world’s new years resolutions. Why not get started now? There are tons of recipes available by googling Meatless Monday Recipes. Nutrition is the key to a fitness regime if weight loss or staying healthy is your goal.

4. Get a mentor

Throughout college I remember various professors reminding us that we are who we associate with. The mandatory time spent with advisors and access to peer mentors allowed us to have access to positive people who could guide us through this journey. Today a mentor can be found through a variety of methods and the wisdom they impart can make filtering through the various streams of options for your life or career.

So which will you choose today? Neither choice is wrong.

Til next time,

Change your thoughts, and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Today!

This week is a time to spend with family and friends while eating great food, watching or playing sports, shopping and best of all – relaxing.

Unfortunately it is also a time of sadness for those who have no one or are unable to accept the people they do have in their lives. For whatever reason, some we know may feel alone and unnoticed. I challenge each of us to ensure each person they come along has a positive encounter of Thanksgiving.

Thus, as we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, I feel the need to tell you – I appreciate you. I appreciate your willingness to walk along this journey of personal growth.

I challenge you to let the people in your life know that they are appreciated. Not just today, but everyday through the end of the year.

Til next time,

”When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” – Willie Nelson

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This researcher studied 400,000 knitters and discovered what turns a hobby into a business – The Washington Post

An MIT Sloan Ph.D. candidate discovered what turned skilled hobbyists into entrepreneurs.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/11/14/how-an-economist-found-an-ideal-dataset-inside-facebook-knitting/

Happy Today!

For those who believe they don’t have what it takes to be a part of the gig economy or start a business, take a few minutes to review this Washington Post article.

Til next time,

“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” – Plato

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November Book Recommendation: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Happy Today!

Each month I identify at least two personal development books I would like to read and I add them to my reading bucket list.

This month the book I am most excited about is The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Remarkable Story if Living Your Dreams by Robin Sharma. At thirteen chapters, it’s a short read and the introduction was full of notable quotable information.

Photo robinsharma.com Robin Sharma

 

“Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw

The quote by George Bernard Shaw is the quote which opens the book. Immediately following this quote is a personal introduction from the author.

The introduction of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is a story of motivation, rejection, and success after perseverance. Snippets include:

Motivation

“Every great dream starts with a simple beginning.”

“I’d work on my manuscript through the night and at my legal job through the day.”

“I self-published The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and started selling it, one copy at a time, at public service clubs and country fairs. I started speaking about the book’s message of hope, happiness and inspiration”

“There were times when I felt like giving up and returning to the comfortable life I’d created as a lawyer. But I didn’t. I guess my faith was larger than my fears.”

Rejection

“people laughed at me when I started out.”

“The book you are now holding was criticized, discounted and given a next-to-zero chance of succeeding.”

Perseverance

“So I chased my mission with a deep sense of purpose, doing my best to block out the chattering voices of the critics and naysayers. And as I did, something life-changing happened: ordinary people (just like me), from every imaginable walk of life, started responding to The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. And in ways I never imagined. I chased my mission with a deep sense of purpose, doing my best to block out the chattering voices of the critics and naysayers. And as I did, something life-changing happened: ordinary people (just like me), from every imaginable walk of life, started responding to The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. And in ways I never imagined.”

Robin Sharma’s introduction and the accompanying prologue made me grateful for the money I spent on the book and excited about the lessons I would learn.  This book is available in your local library, but if you are like me and want to highlight or make notes – your money will be well spent on purchasing your own copy.

Do you have a book you think I should add to my reading list?  Leave its name in the comments below.  Well, back to reading.

Til next time,

“Every great dream starts with a simple beginning.” – Robin Sharma

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Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day!

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” – Maya Angelou

To the servicemen who have served on behalf of the United States and its NATO allies, we wish you a wonderful day.

Thank you for choosing to serve and for showing up for service when drafted.

Thank you for serving in the Air Force!

Thank you for serving in the Marines!

Thank you for serving in the Army!

Thank you for serving in the Coast Guard!

Thank you for serving in the Navy!

Whether domestic or abroad, you showed up and served.

Thank you!

Til next time,

“In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country, can change it.” – Barack Obama