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I’m not sure how you feel about the Universe and how things work in the world, but does the Universe speak to you?
I can’t tell you if the ‘Universe’ stands alone or if ‘God’ created the ‘Universe’ and runs the show. That’s so far above my pay-grade that it amounts to a pile of cash bigger than Mount Everest.
What I can say is this.
We live and breathe every day in a world that is ganging up on us and trying to get our attention. The question is, are you listening?
While there are many ways people seek to receive messages of guidance as we make life decisions, my favorite has always been events the occur in triplicate. If something happens three times, I pay attention.
Call me hard-headed, distracted, or set in my ways, but life has taught me that wisdom tends to come in whispers – usually when our thoughts are screaming in our head and drowning out our dreams.
Now, let me be clear…
A friend calling three times to go out on the town doesn’t count in my book.
Snoozing your alarm clock three times isn’t a message from the Universe that you should sleep in more.
The grocery store being out of your favorite chips three times is not a sign that you should go on a diet.
All that is what they call the “stuff that happens while you’re alive.”
So what counts?
If I were to describe messages that resonate with me, it would be…
1) Seemingly random situations and people and happen in quick succession or at the same time.
2) They are different in their approach and appearance, yet each delivers a similar message. At first, it may seem disconnected, but in relation to the other messages, you begin to notice
3) The message you receive is likely something that has been on your mind, keeping you awake a night, and speaks to you. Even though you may not immediately recognize its impact, you find yourself slightly redirected in your search for answers. Your path altered.
While this is undoubtedly only my description of how I know it when the Universe is ganging up on me, I have learned to allow space for a message to arrive. Whether I realize the impact or not, I have also learned that it always motivates my decisions, choices, and future actions. In other words, things change with little effort.
My journey this summer is about breaking from the status quo, exploring the possibilities of life, and going with the flow as we seek a new home, lifestyle, and attitude. I don’t know what journey you are on, but I bet the Universe is ganging up on your right now if you’ll only pay attention.
If you could write a book about the person you have become today, would it have a happy ending?
A good portion of my day is interacting with clients around the world. They are usually upbeat, open to problem-solving, and seeking my advice to help them. Or, as they would say, “help me get out of my way and get my act together. That’s where writing a book comes to mind and a good question from me –
“Okay. Before we begin, if you were to write a book about yourself in the future, would it have a happy ending?”
Their answer is always, ”Yes! That’s why I’m here today.”
My next question is, “If you were to write your book today, what would the answer be?”
“Hmm… I would say average. Not great. Not bad. Certainly not a book anybody would read.”
As the conversation continues, I make these points:
1) All of us get in our own way. That’s how we learn. And we all have our act together until we recognize that we want another act. That’s called growth.
2) People who live an averagely life almost always spend more time chasing squirrels and shiny objects than focusing on actions that create the consistent results they want. It’s an exhausting way to live.
3) People who live successfully think more like a business person. They implement actions the get results, are sustainable, and grow the economics of the business. In other words, they figure out what works and keep doing it. There is no drifting in the wind.
Make your own way, figure out what works, do it again. Simple.
Speaking of simple…
If the book you would write about yourself isn’t who you are, you can start making changes today. That’s how you get a happy ending.
All I have ever wanted to do is have fun, impact people in a mostly positive way, make them laugh, have a great family and friends, make some money, and not take life too seriously.
But in the over-complicated and widely distracting monkey-see-monkey-do world we live in, it’s easy to get what you want and still end up with a superficially satisfying life. In fact, I would suggest such a life is easy to achieve and perfect for anybody willing to get out of bed and join the world.
Life is averagely good.
But what if your inner voice is screaming, “there MUST be MORE?”
Well, there is more. But only if you create it. That may scare you, but it won’t if you realize and accept one thing –
Someone else has created every single experience you have in your day-to-day life.
Somebody else imagined building the city you call home.
Somebody else imagined designing the car you drive.
Somebody else imagined the phone in your pocket.
That fact is, somebody else woke up and decided to turn their dreams into reality – so that you could live your life inside of their dreams. While that may be fine, maybe it’s time that you let others do the same with your dreams? After all, if they can do it, you can do it – right?
While there is more I can and will cover on this topic, there are three items that a fully actualized adult can do to create any reality of their choosing:
1) Understand that all success begins with internally motivated actions. You get to decide what you want and you can lead the way. The only permission required is yours.
2) The level of happiness and success you attain in life is determined by your ability to mine your thoughts, reveal your inner desires, accept them as your truth, and hold yourself accountable for creating what is essential to you in your life.
3) Every day, you should take time to discern what is important and likely to have a profound effect on your success, survival, and well-being. Then, narrow the focus to what is absolutely necessary and extremely important; essential.
When you dedicate daily focus to build such a strong level of inner-understanding, you will instantly begin creating your new world – and others can start living inside YOUR dreams.
Way back in 2005, when Motivation To Move began, I found myself focused on creating the world’s simplest success recipe when I said, “Stand up. Take a step. REPEAT!” My way of thinking told me that everything else would take care of itself if that’s all I did. It has proven me correct again and again.
But, say that you get yourself moving and are having challenges maintaining forward momentum?
In The One Thing, Gary Keller writes, “Success is sequential, not simultaneous.” In other words, it’s not about doing everything at one time. It’s about having one success at a time.
When you Stand up, take a step, and repeat, you are already guaranteed to have more success than the average human. But the magic happens when you define your focus. Gary Keller also has a suggestion that will help. Ask yourself one question…
“What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
Yes. It is a simple question, and you may attempt to complicate your answer. Don’t do it. Take the time to find an absolute simple focus. The reward for your persistence in simple will be massive progress and satisfaction.
A year and a half ago, the world changed when we were all introduced to something called CorinaVirus. It was as if we were racing down Interstate 95 at 75 miles-per-hour, slammed on our breaks, and directed off the nearest exit on an undefined detour. It all seemed to happen in an instant.
The pandemic caused real pain and loss for some. Fear and stress for others. Still, as surreal as it was, it wasn’t long before most people began to notice the craziness of our previous lives replaced with a ‘new normal’ – one that felt more like a ‘new nothing.’
Much to our surprise, life slowed to a crawl, schedules changed, and we found contentment by not chasing every shiny object that life presented. It turns out the pandemic pause caused people to reevaluate life from the inside out. While it happens all the time, this time, we noticed it.
How many times have you found yourself in an impossible situation that came to an end with one action?
You paid off debt, quit a job, you said goodbye to a bad relationship?
How many times have you decided to try something new, and the past instantly disappeared?
Did you decide to move into a new home, start your own business, or go back to school?
How many times have the worst pains and your biggest joys been the catalyst of an exciting new beginning?
A death, wedding, or the birth of a new child?
While some situations in life are unpredictable, the lessons learned and wisdom gleamed reminds us that anything can and will change in an instant. Knowing that grants you immense power over your destiny – especially if it’s self-inflicted and you are in control.
The older I get, the more I fiddle with small things that drive me crazy but keep me busy. And I do it with the full knowledge it’s not the best use of my time, below my pay grade, and distracting from big stuff I should be doing.
Over the years, I’ve noticed almost everybody I know does the same thing. I’ve also learned it doesn’t have to do with procrastination as much as getting a quick win and a short-term payoff. Yes, the reward for more significant projects is getting what you want, but check off your list of little stuff is distractingly intoxicating. It makes you feel good all day but keeps you awake a night.
The solution is to think bigger.
As I work through my day, I focus on the biggest, broadest, and most important mission in my life. Is it family? Is it your health? Do you want to make more money? Is it time to give back more?
When you have a great picture painted in your mind, your mission becomes your focus, and you will do whatever it takes to move closer to that vision. That’s why –
“I work on BIG things I love, not SMALL things that drive me crazy.”
The small stuff is going to get done. If not, it probably doesn’t matter. Big stuff does matter. Imagine the impact you will have on your life and the world by focusing on big?
Have you noticed that some people seem to get luckier than others?
Have you also noticed that they are not just sitting around collecting luck?
Getting lucky is almost always the result of taking action on an opportunity that presents itself. Even finding a twenty-dollar bill on the sidewalk resulted from having the chance to take a walk – and doing it.
There are three rules to attracting more luck into your life:
1) Get in the habit of seeking and recognizing opportunities that cross your path every day. They may be hidden, so keep your eyes open.
2) When you spot one, immediately decide if taking action will move you closer to your goals.
3) If your heart and soul tell you to go for it, jump in with both feet, commit to your action, and get busy turning that opportunity into the luck you’ve been seeking.
In the future, when somebody asks how you’ve been so lucky in your life, tell them that you like to stay busy. The rest takes care of itself.
What if I were to tell you “the thing” you want to do or be will happen when you do something else?
With so much happening in everyday life, it’s easy to get caught up in the rhythm of the day. It’s like engaging the auto-pilot and sitting back and enjoying the flight called life.
But what happens when things get bumpy, and you need to change your trajectory? That’s what happened to a client recently.
The first question I asked and somebody seeks advice is, “What are we working on today?”
Keep in mind, as they fill me in on their outcome, I expect my answer will be 180 degrees from what they think they are going to hear.
“You call your company Motivation To Move. Well, I’ve built a successful company, but I’ve let myself go. I need the motivation to lose weight and get in shape.”
Starting with his outcome, my client’s question was reasonable. But being reasonable doesn’t always lead you to the result you want. Sometimes you have to dig deeper to find the unreasonable cause. When you do, everything changes, and you start getting what you want.
“Before we talk about exercise, diet, and motivation, why don’t you tell me about how your business is going and your daily schedule?”
As he began to outline his success and daily routine, the problem became evident. There was no time allocated for self-care. Without changing the underlying issues, there was no possible way to reach his goal. The solution was simple. It was time to audit and adjust his time and productivity management practices. It was time to manufacture more time in his day.
Success doesn’t come from stacking more stuff on top of your stuff. Sometimes you have to toss out what used to be important to make room for what is important now.
Have you ever caught yourself doing or saying something you swore you would never do?
You are TRIGGERED!
It can be frustrating when you set the rules and don’t follow them. Sometimes you put your foot in your mouth. Sometimes you put the pizza in your mouth. In any case, your emotional habits are triggering your actions usually before you can do anything about it.
Controlling behaviors that have been on auto-pilot for years takes:
1) Catching yourself after the trigger, notice your mistake, and stop it sooner next time.
2) Catching yourself while you are being triggered. Get control as soon as you can. You’re getting better.
3) Catching yourself before you ae trigger and avoid it altogether. Your life is now in your control.
Don’t let emotional triggers throw you off track of your goals. Pay attention to your behaviors and make minor adjustments until you get what you want.
With the craziness of life, are you having difficulty breaking through to the greatness that is YOU?
What does greatness take?
1) Imagination. Your ability to form images, ideas, and sensations in your mind. Without help from anything or anybody.
2) Enthusiasm. Living life with the excitement of feeling is PASSION. Only involve yourself in activities that you are enthusiastic about.
3) Persistence. Life is long. Things take time. Learn to love being doggedly persistent. It will serve you well.
4) Faith. Live your life in complete trust and confidence in someone or something. Have faith in yourself.
Imagination. Enthusiasm. Persistence. Faith. That’s living. Imagine how good it could be with a bit of Gratitude?
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