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In all things, be filled with gratitude

In all things, be filled with gratitude

There’s something I always seem to forget, especially in moments I need it most. Being grateful. We all know we should be grateful for what we have, no matter what may be going wrong at the time. But it’s not always the easiest attitude to maintain. I am going to show you how to truly remain grateful throughout life and it starts with a little change in your perspective.   Lack of gratitude is not a head problem, it’s a heart problem. Literally. It’s not just an idea, it’s a physical phenomenon. Simple excerises of gratitude prescribed by doctors to their patients with heart problems reavealed astounding results. Stress decreased, ulcers healed, blood pressure dropped, hearts increased in health. Gratitude is something our mama’s, our daddy’s, our teacher’s, or our preacher’s, have taught us since we rocked our blinking sneakers in the first grade. But we’ve forgotten all about the magic of it. It’s been thrown around as a well-wishing reminder for so long that it has almost lost it’s meaning, and now our physicians have to remind us of it’s healing power. To be truly grateful for a thing, I usually have to experience life without it, or at least be aware enough to understand how life would be without it. Otherwise, this thing in question holds very little value to me. How can I be grateful for a thing I’ve never lived without? Think about a bratty teen, who has everything, complaining about life. It’s hard to convince them to be grateful for what they DO have, when they’ve never felt what it was like WITHOUT it. And unfortunately, I...
Live with the end in mind

Live with the end in mind

There is one thing that will surely give you enough motivation to finally do the things in life you’ve been wanting to do: And that is your death. Or… the “end.” Death inspires us like a cat inspires a mouse. It’s only when we remember that the end is coming, that we suddenly act like we actually want to live. We avoid the subject at all costs but the fact that you and I will die someday, cannot be denied. It’s probably the only thing in this world that we can actually be certain about. Yes, it’s a crappy subject to discuss. Who wants to talk about dying!? But, the truth is, when we think about dying, it helps us also to remember to live. There is something different about a person when he or she truly lives with the end in mind. They behave differently. They begin to love, appreciate, and risk more. They submit to their fears less and they worry less. They try, they fail, yet they try again. They understand that in order to live an extraordinary life, they must always be aware that they don’t have forever. And tomorrow may not be there so they must act today. There is an urgency to their step. When they set out to achieve great things, they look ahead at the final destination, and they work backwards in order to understand what they must do each day to get there. You can bet people like this will have very little to regret when their time is up. This declaration from my book, “The Mount Of Olives,” will...
Words spoken, set life in motion

Words spoken, set life in motion

If you have ever paid close attention to the conversations you have with yourself, you will be astonished. Most conversations we entertain within, are pure garbage. I start with the principle, Words spoken, set life in motion, because this is where life begins. In my book, “The Mount of Olives,” this is declaration #1 for a very good reason. If you want to know who you truly are, take some time and take inventory of your internal dialogue. You will notice that on an hourly basis, you will justify, argue, assume, develop a fear, force a weak attempt at encouraging yourself, and then, create “what if” conversations which you then turn into actual arguments and anger towards someone. The battle is real but the time for victory is now.   Our biggest roadblock in life is ourselves. And holy smokes we are stubborn! Years of conditioning will do that. Just like water flowing down a mountain, it soon finds the path of least resistance and a new creek is eventually born. From then on, the water will follow the same path every time the rain comes. This is what we do with our internal conversations. Whether it’s an insecurity, a fear, a previous statement from someone, or an out-right lie, somewhere along the way we’ve adopted a language that does us more harm than good. We’ve developed a playlist of things we say to ourselves the minute an idea or any form of inspiration comes in and our mind triggers the response that will take us down that path of least resistance. What you say, what you think, how you think...
Here’s how to be the real you, for reals.

Here’s how to be the real you, for reals.

In a world of digital identities, it’s becoming difficult to truly know who someone is. I’ve seen people post stupid things on social media and find them to actually be cool, driven, purposeful people when I meet them. But mostly I’ve seen people post amazing things and find that they have very little depth to them at all, in REAL life. What would you prefer, people to think you’re something special and you’re doing special things, or people to see that you have done special things, after you’ve done them? Of course we’d answer the latter if asked but it’s not the way we behave. It’s much easier to look a certain way and show a certain lifestyle than it is to truly live it out. It takes a lot more work to sit down and actually write for several hours than it does to post a picture of my laptop with a perfectly placed cup of coffee next to it, but guess which one I do more often? You guessed it… post the picture. But even that get’s exhausting. It’s tough to talk a certain way and put on a certain look when you know you aren’t living up to it. You start feeling like a phony, and that’s because you are. We all are when we are not living out OUR truths, OUR dreams, OUR goals and aspirations.   Who are you trying to be anyway? Most of us do this because we feel like we have to. When everyone around us is talking about how much they’re “crushing it,” a lot of pressure is placed on our shoulders…...
People who do great things have great morning routines.

People who do great things have great morning routines.

A morning routine is like a pre-flight checklist. It can set you up for success or lead to disaster. It all depends on what you do. I used to be terrified of flying and even though I did it often, I could never get used to it. Maybe it was the fact that every car I’ve ever owned since I was 16 has broken down on me so my trust in mechanical things wasn’t the greatest. But whenever boarding a flight, the first thing I did was stare into the cockpit for those few seconds as I passed by. I was always trying to see who the pilots were. If they were young, I knew they were less experienced and that always made me more nervous. If they were older with the silver hair of wisdom, I immediately felt better about the flight. I was always looking for that “Captain Sully” looking pilot. That one who’d seen it all and experienced every possible flight situation. The one who’s voice came over the loud speaker completely calm and relaxed as we were bouncing through the turbulence. I felt like I could trust that guy more. But young or old, veteran or rookie, first flight or the last, every single pilot does the same thing they have done time and time again. They go down the pre-flight checklist. Failing to do so could lead to disaster, no matter how experienced you are.   Already “successful” or still on the journey, we need a pre-flight checklist. Just like these airline pilots, we need our own pre-flight checklist, but we call it a...

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