When You Visualize Success, You Can Achieve Success

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[Excerpts from this post are taken from Larry’s book, Beyond Peace In Christian Finances: Accelerating Past Average With Your Money Plan]

Sara Blakley and Spanx

Sara Blakely may not be a familiar name in the average American home. Some of the products she has created for women, though, would be recognized through her company called Spanx. As a young woman, Sara pursued several different business opportunities that were not working out for her. Before starting her own company, she was selling fax machines door to door. Sara recalls that this time in her career was a great learning experience for her. She learned how to handle rejection through hearing lots of “no’s.” She also learned how to get to a “yes” as well. The art of the sale was a valuable lesson she learned as she finally launched her own company. She also learned another valuable lesson—visualizing becoming successful.

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Photo by Mike Mozart

Blakey says she could see her business succeeding from the beginning. She visualized herself being the successful owner of Spanx. Blakely says, “I believe you can take mental snapshots of your future and what success looks like to you. If you mentally see yourself in a scenario, you’ll start to make decisions in your life that get you there.”

Sara Blakely thinks differently than most people. As a result, Forbes Magazine has recognized her as the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world.

Wealthy People Think Differently

Wealthy people think differently at many different levels. I’m not talking about the NBA basketball player who has the $10 million crib with ten expensive cars parked out front, either. One could make the argument that many professional sports athletes handle their money like poor people who have won the lottery. But, I digress.

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Photo by Emma Lopez

When I mention wealthy people, I’m talking about people who have learned to generate income through the purchase of assets and not liabilities. This is the classic Robert Kiyosaki definition that he outlines in his book Rich Dad, Poor Dad. The world has too many people running around today who appear wealthy. If one dug down into their finances, though, they would find they are actually quite poor. They have too many liabilities and not enough assets that generate income for their families.

Wealthy People Ask Questions

Rich thinking doesn’t mean driving a hoopty and living in a double-wide trailer while being the rental house king in our respective city with thousands of dollars in savings and investments. But before signing up for a book of payments on a $40,000 SUV or buying a $750,000 mortgage for the most expensive house in a great neighborhood, many questions should be asked. Wealthy people ask themselves money questions, such as:

  • Am I buying assets or liabilities?
  • Is this the best use of my money right now?
  • Is there a better place or better opportunity to leverage my money?
  • Do I need this particular item right now?
  • Is this a true need or a want?
  • What is the wisest thing I could do with this money, today?

For the Christian who is attempting to live according to these principles, this adds another layer of spiritual thinking. Additional questions could include:

  • Would God be pleased with this purchase? Why or why not?
  • Will this purchase impact my level of giving in the future?
  • Have I prayed about this purchase, or am I engaged in a worldly mindset?
  • Is this the absolute best use of God’s money?
  • If I make this purchase, would God be able to say to me, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”? Why or why not?

There are several key differences between the rich and poor concerning financial thinking. Wealthy people process money information, ask themselves a lot of questions, and seek the wise counsel of others they trust. Poor people follow the poor money habits of the majority of people around them. The poor make emotional purchases based on popular opinion and feelings instead of an overriding financial plan.

The information shared in this post can be found in Larry’s book in the Amazon Kindle store: Beyond Peace In Christian Finances: Accelerating Past Average With Your Money Plan

How To Control Your Thoughts And Influence Your Outcomes

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Photo by Nicola Albertini

The Power Of Choice

“Make it a great day, or not. The choice is yours.”

This quote is on the back of an entrance sign for my daughters’ school. Every time I need to run up to school for an event, I contemplate this quote when I leave the school grounds.

This quote is a great reminder to all of us that there is tremendous power in our choices.

Before our heads hit the pillow at night, we can (and many times do) decide how the next day is going to go. We can dread it and decide that it will be a horrible day at the office. And, guess what kind of day it will be? Probably the worst day, ever, simply because we decided in advance, without even realizing it!

Or, we can take a better, more proactive approach. We can decide that tomorrow will be the best day ever, and we can’t wait to wake up in the morning and enjoy it!

Will it be a perfect day? Well, probably not perfect, but it’s going to be a better day because you made the choice in advance that it would be.

This is all rocket science, I know.

The Bible And Our Thoughts

You might be surprised that God’s Word talks about our thought life.

In Proverbs 23:7a we read, “For as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he …” We become what we think about.

That’s kinda scary when you contemplate that statement for a while.

Negative thoughts breed negative results. But, on the flip side, positive thoughts breed positive results.

Now, I’m not talking some kind of New Age mumbo-jumbo in these statements. But, our thoughts will guide our overall outcomes.

God wants you to have a thought life that is positively focused on faith and trust in Him for all things. Now, this doesn’t mean that our lives will be puppy dogs and rainbows once we make this switch in our mental focus. But, it does mean that God will give us the faith and strength to handle all outcomes.

Check out these additional Bible verses on our thought life [Source: Openbible.info]. Meditate on these spiritual words of wisdom this week.

Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Isaiah 26:3
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

Philippians 4:6-9
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Questions: How’s your thought life? Do you focus on the positive or negative? Do you purposely “guard your mind?” Do you think your current outcomes in life are related to your thought life? How do you need to think differently, starting today?






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3 Secrets To Successfully Talk To Yourself

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You Are A Mental Chatterbox

When you woke up this morning, what were you thinking about? Were you thinking about what you needed to do to get yourself ready to go into work? Were you thinking about your kids’ school activities? Were you planning out your to-do list for work?

If so, then you were talking to yourself. We all do it, and we do it constantly.

We are regularly asking ourselves various questions inside our minds. Some of us are really good at this process. We ask quality questions and seek out positive solutions to those quality questions.

Many of us, though, are challenged in this area. We ask horrible questions and receive even worse answers to our questions.

Top performers and high achievers understand this important principle, and certainly you can too with a little help!

3 Secrets To Better Self-Talk

  1. Ask Better Questions. The foundation for asking better questions of yourself is staying positive. As soon as we turn negative, we start asking all the wrong questions in a negative manner and we shoot ourselves in the foot. We can also end up asking ourselves bad questions that don’t even really have an answer. These type of questions put us in a negativity loop instead of positive solutions. Let me give you an example. “Why is this happening to me?” I used to ask this question a lot during difficult days and circumstances. While asking this question may reveal a deep-rooted problem that needs to be addressed, most of the time this question is not very constructive. Outside negative circumstances will impact our lives occasionally, and there’s really not much we can do about it. In this moment, we can attempt to redirect our subconscious mind to start asking better questions such as, “What I can be thankful for in spite of these circumstances?” Or, “What can I learn through this difficulty?” Or, “How can I use this situation to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually?” There’s always a better question to be asked of ourselves.
  2. Seek Better Answers. Let’s go back to my “Why is this happening to me?” example. As I just mentioned, from time to time, we will be impacted by negative, undesired circumstances. There won’t be much we can do about external forces outside of our control. So, we need to flip this around and start asking better questions, such as the examples I gave above. Then, we allow these questions to lead us to better answers. “I can use this difficulty to grow in my faith with Christ,” “I can use these challenging circumstances to get emotionally healthy,” and so on.
  3. Continuously Monitor and Change. This step is where it gets difficult. Most of the time, we are blissfully unaware of these mental conversations we are having with ourselves. We are running on autopilot. We have default conversations that are not constructive. We need to be proactive in monitoring these conversations as well as reprogramming our default modes. Knowing that these conversations are taking place in our minds is half the battle. Once you realize you’re asking negative questions and receiving negative answers, then you can attempt to move your mental discussion to a more positive level.

Questions: Have you ever considered the impact your mental conversations have on your personal performance? What do you need to do to move your personal self-talk to a more positive, high performance level.

Embracing Tension To Live Your Best Life

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A Life Filled With Tension

You had a horrible night sleep because your baby is really colicky right now. You’re in a bad mood, and you’re about to take it out on the rest of the family, especially your spouse.

You just stepped on to the elliptical machine at the gym. You’re only a couple of minutes into your workout routine and you’re just not feeling this exercise thing, today. You’re about to step off the machine and find something easier to do or maybe even just go home.

You just picked up the kids from childcare on your way home from work. They’re being obnoxious in the back seat of your car. You’re exhausted from a long day of work. You’re on a tight family budget. You are also trying to eat healthy meals at home, but then out of the corner of your eye, you see a fast food restaurant at the next intersection.

What do all these scenarios have in common? They all contain a point of tension. A point when you need to make a decision on where you are going to allow this tension to lead you. In that very moment, you can make a good choice or a poor choice. In some points of tension, there may not even be a decision to be reached. You may just need to hold on to your tension for the time being.

Tension Resolution

I have come to the conclusion that we as human beings do not enjoy these points of tension. We will do almost anything to avoid them. And, it’s just too easy to slip into our default mode and make a poor decision as a result of the tension.

In the examples above, our default response is to be grumpy with our families and take it out on them when we haven’t had a good night’s sleep.

Our default reaction is to seek pleasure and comfort over a strenuous workout.

Our default reflex is to save time, energy, and the hassle factor for dinner by going through a fast food drive thru on our way home from work.

In the majority of situations, our default response is to take the easy way out in order to resolve our point of tension.

Living With Tension

So, what should we do with these points of tension?

First, be aware that they occur in your life multiple times during the day. Simple awareness that this is going on can help you in deciding on what to do with the tension.

Second, recognize what your default response is in any of these situations. Everyone’s default is pressing the easy button to get out of the tension as fast as possible.

Third, establish a compelling vision of your ultimate life. Compare your default reaction to these points of tension and the life you ultimately desire.

Fourth, embrace the tension. Recognize the tension for what it is. Realize that you don’t always need to seek comfort by resolving your point of tension as quickly as possible.

Fifth, make the BEST choice that lines up with your life vision. You DO have a choice in these tension-filled situations. Plan ahead what your reaction will be in order to avoid hitting your default key. Decide in advance what the best choice is for you.

Questions: So, how aware are you of these points of tension and your natural default reaction to resolving these tensions in your life? Now that you’re at least a little more aware of them, what is your plan in order to deal with them from this point forward?

Harnessing The Power Of Awareness To Initiate Change

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Cluelessness Rules

It blows my mind how clueless many people seem to be. Many appear to be simply beboping through life. Whether it’s going from one activity to another or running back and forth between work and home life, many seem to have their heads stuck in the sand without much awareness of what is actually taking place around them.

On the surface, everything seems to be going okay in their lives. If you were to dig a bit below the surface, though, I’m guessing things would probably be a mess in many areas of their lives.

Their finances are a disaster. They have no monthly budget. They have no short or long-term goals. They have debt. They are living lifestyles beyond their ability to sustain long-term. As a result, they are living paycheck to paycheck with no fruit to show for all their labor.

Their relationships are sketchy. They don’t spend quality or quantity time with their spouse or children. They don’t see their extended family very often. They have a handful of friends they rarely see. As a result, they feel isolated and lonely.

Their spiritual lives are lukewarm. They make no time for Bible reading. They have shallow prayer lives. They bounce into church if they just happen to have a couple of hours on a Sunday morning when they aren’t at the lake. God just isn’t on their radar very much. As a result, they feel unfulfilled and spiritually dead.

The Power of Awareness

There is a better way, though. If we will just take some time and occasionally cease our relentless, daily activity, then we can create some space in order to become more aware of what is actually taking place in our lives. Once we become aware of what is going on, then we can begin the process of making necessary changes to move in a different direction.

Here are some methods and practices to “press pause” on our hectic personal lives so that we can take time to reflect and become more fully aware of what is taking place around us.

  • meditation: I’m not talking Far East mystical practices here. This is more the Michael Hyatt approach. Just take several minutes each day to stop any activity and quiet your mind.
  • journaling: This is a great activity to become self-aware of what is going on in your life. You can write about your successes and failures. You can write down your dreams and goals. You can list out everything that’s going great in your life right now, or maybe even not so great.
  • talking and listening: Sit down with your spouse, children, and friends. Talk about what is taking place in your family and each other’s lives. Try to do more listening than talking. Really dig deep, ask a lot of questions, and be on the lookout for some key thoughts on what is really happening in the lives of those closest to you.
  • counseling: There is no shame in seeking out the services of a professional counselor. They have been trained to help you unpack your life stuff. They can be a useful resource for you to develop greater awareness in your life. They will do more listening than talking. They will ask you leading questions and reflect back to you what you are saying.
  • coaching: A life coach will push you into greater awareness for what you really want to accomplish in your life. They’re going to give you the “kick in the rear” you need to set goals and to get moving on those goals as quickly as possible.

Questions: How aware are you? Do you really have a handle on what is taking place in your life? Are you living with a sense of purpose and direction? Have you tried any of these 5 practices I have listed above? Which of these practices work best for you?

How To Consume Even More Information Without Going Crazy

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Photo by Mark Smiciklas

Higher, Faster, Louder

As the information age reaches maturity and complexity, we are now experiencing an avalanche of amazing as well as not-so-amazing content. We have a higher volume of information coming at us at faster and faster speeds, all shouting at us, “read me, listen to me, watch me!”

We have more social media channels to keep up with. We have more bloggers writing blog posts. We have more authors writing books. We have more podcasters producing podcasts. We have more media in general calling us to consume it.

The more I consider how much information is coming at us right now, the more overwhelmed I’m beginning to feel even as write this post. There’s a lot of great content out there that I’d really like to have more time to consume!

But, we only have 24 hours in a day. We all have busy lives. We have other important responsibilities to handle. We can’t just sit around and consume digital content all day and all night. Something has to give.

Here are some strategies on information consumption I have found helpful in this unique time in history.

Consuming More Information, More Efficiently

  1. Edit ruthlessly. Become highly selective, highly intentional regarding what information you do consume. You can’t read everybody’s blog. You can’t listen to everybody’s podcast. You can’t read everybody’s new book. You may need to do a little background work on whose information you are consuming, and who is currently creating “the best of the best” content that you should absolutely be consuming.
  2. Utilize RSS feed readers. Over the last few months, I’ve been building a nice collection of RSS feeds from various blogs in my feedly app. You can even organize the RSS feeds by category. For example, I have specific sections marked as business, writing, personal finance, travel, and leadership. With feedly, I find it very easy to flip through a lot of blog posts, quickly. If I really enjoy a particular post, then I’ll save it to come back to later.
  3. Listen to information while doing something else. I love to catch-up on my favorite podcasts when I have long drives. I can usually knock out a bunch of previous episodes during that time. I also enjoy listening to podcasts and other inspirational audio recordings while I work out at the gym each day. You can’t multi-task effectively on everything, but whenever possible, do it.
  4. Use digital readers. Maybe it’s just me, but I always feel like I consume book/pdf information a lot faster on my Kindle or iBook apps then I do with regular paper versions. Most of the time now, if there isn’t a digital version available, I won’t even buy the book due to this very fact.
  5. Consume other content at faster speeds. You might benefit researching speed reading techniques and applying those general principles whenever possible. Another great tip I recently ran across is speeding up podcasts so you can get through the content a lot faster. If you have Apple products, then check out your Podcasts app. In the upper left corner, you should see a little white box that says “1x.” If you touch that box, you can speed up or slow down the podcast you’re listening to. I’ve found that 1.5x seems to works the best for me. I lose track of the speakers at the 2x setting.
  6. File away the best information for later use. Evernote is a great tool to tag and organize all the great digital content from around the web. So, you can always get into a new habit of scanning information online quickly, clipping it, and saving it to Evernote if you found the information even moderately useful. Then, you can find it and come back to it when you absolutely need it.

Question: How do you consume information quickly in this ever-increasing avalanche of information right now?

Leveraging The Power Of Systems For A Successful Life Or Organization

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What Are Systems?

What does Prestonwood Church, the human body, the United States Government, Apple, Inc., and even the Starship Enterprise all have in common? They are all composed of numerous systems.

When I speak of systems in this post, I am primarily defining these as coordinated methods, plans, schemes, or procedures.

For a comprehensive definition of systems check out Dictionary.com.

Systems often share common characteristics, including [Source: Wikipedia]:

  • A system has structure, it contains parts (or components) that are directly or indirectly related to each other;
  • A system has behavior, it contains processes that transform inputs into outputs (material, energy or data);
  • A system has interconnectivity: the parts and processes are connected by structural and/or behavioral relationships.
  • A system’s structure and behavior may be decomposed via subsystems and sub-processes to elementary parts – and process steps.

Systems Are All Around Us

Systems are everywhere. Some are the natural creation of God. Some are the invention of man. In the end, though, we couldn’t survive without them. Here are some real-life examples.

Human Body: God has created our physical bodies with their own unique systems – nervous, respiratory, digestive, muscular, skeletal, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive.

Transportation: our streets and highways have clearly defined rules and systems in place that include signage, stop lights, right of way, vehicle speeds, highway entrances and exits, and so on.

Government: city, county, state, and federal each have their own unique, established systems. For example, our federal government is composed of three branches – executive, legislative, and judicial. And, within each branch of government, there are organizational sub-systems in place in order to maintain as smoothly a flowing government as possible.

Business: businesses are composed of numerous systems including customer service, lead generation, purchasing, hiring, shipping, accounting, payroll, collections, and custodial.

Why Systems?

Well running systems are important to the health, vitality, safety, and growth for both individuals and organizations.

Consider your own physical body systems that I referenced above. Each system works independently and interdependently. If just one of these systems is functioning improperly, it impacts the other systems in some way. For example, the urinary system removes waste from the body. If this one, seemingly small system is not functioning properly, waste builds up in the human body and begins to shut down the other major body systems. Not good.

Also, consider the most successful organizations. Why are they so successful? Why do they run so smoothly and run large profits? Because they have incredible CEO’s? Yes, leadership is important. But, the greatest organizations have established great systems that propel the organization forward, even in the absence of the best leaders.

Show me any thriving, energetic, growing, productive person, family, business, or organization, and we should be able to uncover multiple, excellent systems in place. Great systems running in the background of our personal and professional lives simply and efficiently allow this to take place.

Got Systems?

How about you? Do you have systems set-up in your personal life? Do you have established systems in your work environment? If you lead an organization, have you ever given much thought to your current systems? Who put them in place? Were these intentional or purely accidental systems that evolved over time?

After reading this post, take this opportunity to evaluate your personal, business, and organizational systems. Perform a whole systems audit. What’s working great right now? What systems could use an overhaul?

It probably seems like a lot of work on the front end, but the end results will be worth that hard work. Take the time now to fix or create systems to propel your life and work from okay to awesome.

How To Gather The Best Ideas In A Google World

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Living In A Google World

We live in a Google World. Need information on a particular topic? Then, just “google” it. You’ll find something. You may need to sift through a number of search pages, but eventually you’ll find what you’re looking for. I do this all the time, when I have time.

Let me give you a quick example. Just the other day, our church staff was meeting to discuss some upcoming worship services. Our pastor (BrandonPark.org) referenced something about the book The Hour That Changes The World [affiliate link] as related to an upcoming prayer service. Fortunately, I had my iPad with me, so I just pulled up Safari and did a quick Google search on the book. As a result, I discovered a great little pdf that outlines and summarizes the book. Then, I just emailed this to our pastor and tuned back into the meeting.

I’m still amazed by people I know who will send me text messages or emails about looking for a specific piece of information from me. My initial thought is, “uhhh really? Don’t you realize you could just google that question and most likely get the exact information you’re looking for?”

For Google searches, you usually need to be intentional and very specific on your search terms to get the exact information you’re looking for to show up on the first couple of search pages. If you’re looking for amazing quality information on a continuous basis, though, then I believe there is a better strategy.

A Better Long-Term Strategy To Gather The Best Ideas

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Illustration by jrhode

Over the last several weeks, I have developed a long-term strategy to gather great ideas. This is a two-step process:

  1. Figure out who the “best of the best” are in the area(s) of your interest and follow those people’s blogs, websites, and social media.
  2. Digitally clip, tag, and save their best information for future use.

I use two tools to accomplish these two steps:

 

  1. Feedly: A Quality RSS Reader To Replace Google Reader. Several weeks ago, Google announced that it would be phasing out its Google Reader application in a few months. After this announcement was made, several well-known, respected people (including Michael Hyatt) began recommending Feedly as a quality replacement RSS reader. As a result, I set-up my account online and downloaded the apps for my iPhone and iPad. Then, I went back into my online account and started organizing all the best blogs I enjoy following.
  2. Evernote: The Digital File Cabinet Of The 21st Century. If and when you have the time to do a lot of googling (that just sounds wrong, doesn’t it?) and webpage browsing, then there is a great tool to gather all of your new digital ideas in one place. A digital file cabinet called Evernote combined with Evernote Web Clipper for your internet web browser. See this blog post by Michael Hyatt about how to get your stuff into Evernote.

Yes, I still find value in doing various Google searches and web clipping. Two to three times a day, I find myself doing mini-web searches here and there to chase down some ideas. Or, I click on a link in somebody’s blog post, and then all of a sudden, I’m 10 sites deep in link clicks and Evernote web clippings. I’m sure you can possibly relate.

But, I’m also finding myself combining the power of Feedly with Evernote. So, when I run across a great blog post in my Feedly reader, then I’ll forward that post on to my Evernote account, where I can tag the information with appropriate tag topics for future reference. The whole process is very fast and efficient.

Questions: So, how do you deal with today’s information avalanche? Do you use an RSS reader? Which one? What do you like about your reader? Do you currently use Feedly or Evernote? What are your thoughts on these two applications? Feel free to leave a comment with the community below.

51 Must-Scan Blog Posts To Move Your Life To The Next Level

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Blog Post List-mania

I don’t know about you, but I love me a good blog post list. I especially enjoy the ones you can quickly scan through for a few actionable ideas that can improve your life.

Well, this particular blog post itself is a scan-able listing of various blog posts of interest that contain hundreds of ideas that can potentially take your life to the next level.

These various 51 posts come from the following websites and blogs:

So, without further delay, here’s my list. Drum roll, please …

51 Must-Scan Blog Posts From The Blogosphere

  1. 12 Things Successful People Do Differently
  2. 30 Challenges For Thirty Days Of Growth 
  3. 10 Ways To Make Life Good Again 
  4. The Top 100 Secrets Of High Achievers
  5. How To Be A Better Person: 101 Ways 
  6. 101 Important Questions To Ask Yourself 
  7. 101 Ways To Live Your Life To The Fullest 
  8. What’s On Your Bucket List? 101 Things To Do Before You Die
  9. Create Your Life Handbook 
  10. You Are The CEO Of Your Life 
  11. 101 Important Life Principles To Live By Every Day 
  12. Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals For Changing The World 
  13. Bruce Lee’s Top 7 Fundamentals For Getting Your Life In Shape 
  14. 10 Quick Actions You Can Take Today That Can Instantly Improve Your Life
  15. 7 Habits of Extraordinary People 
  16. How To Effortlessly Attract Your Dream Life By Designing Your Perfect Average Day
  17. Seven Lessons To Reboot Your Life 
  18. Incredibly Simple Steps To Living A Truly Great Life
  19. 7 Habits of Highly Excellent People
  20. 22 Secrets To Discovering Your Dream and Living It 
  21. One Question That Will Change Your Life Forever 
  22. How To Live The Maximalist Life
  23. 21 Simple Ways To Live An Exceptional Life 
  24. 12 Ways To Jumpstart Your Life 
  25. 7 Life Changing Lessons Learned From Walt Disney 
  26. 7 Amazing Lessons From Peak Performance Coach Tony Robbins 
  27. 20 Powerful Beliefs That Will Push You Toward Success 
  28. How To Discover Your Life’s Purpose – 7 Questions To Ask 
  29. How To Be Your Own Life Coach and Save Some Cash 
  30. 5 Ways To Stop Procrastinating And Get Things Done 
  31. 5 Reasons Why You Should Take A Nap Every Day
  32. 7 Steps To Getting Unstuck And Becoming More Productive 
  33. How To Better Control Your Time By Designing Your Ideal Week
  34. Creating Your Personal Life Plan 
  35. Top 10 Tips For Productivity And Peace Of Mind 
  36. 10 Hacks That Can Change Your Day Immediately 
  37. 5 Simple, Yet Little-Known Ways To Improve Your Productivity 
  38. The Ultimate Lifehack Guide For Your New Year 
  39. Ask The Entrepreneurs: 11 Bloggers To Follow For Lifestyle And Productivity Tips
  40. 9 Ideas To Get Your Work Organized For The Year Ahead 
  41. Top 20 TED Talks That Will Improve Your Productivity 
  42. Ask The Entrepreneurs: What Do You Cross Off Your To-Do List First? 
  43. How To Consistently Come Up With Great Ideas 
  44. 5 Tried, Tested, And True Ways To Level Up Your Life 
  45. 9 Unconventional Habits Of Extraordinary Success 
  46. 62 Tips To Get Unstuck In 2013 
  47. The 50 Business + Life Lessons 2012 Taught Me
  48. 21 Tips To Become The Most Productive Person You Know 
  49. 17 Tips To Double Your Productivity In 14 Days
  50. 15 Ways To Do Your Best Work 
  51. 35 Fast Tips To Make This Your Best Year Yet 

Question: So what did you think of this list of 51 various blog posts from the web? Do you have any specific blog posts or websites that you would like me to consider for an update to this particular list? Feel free to comment to this post and let me know!

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Embracing The Discomforts Of Life To Live Your Best Life

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Have you ever seen the movie Wall-e? You may recall in the movie when Eva and Wall-e end up in the Space Luxuryliner, we discover all the humans on board have become lazy. They cruise around inside the spacecraft on these moving, floating lounge chair thingies with creature comforts like virtual video screens and drink holders.

While the second half of the movie is somewhat humorous with all these lazy humans zipping around in their floating lounge chairs, I believe there is an element of prophetic truth in this film. I can see this as a possible direction we’re heading as a society. Early evidence shows us that worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980.

Through modernization and technology, the world we live in is getting easier. And, as a result, no one wants to be uncomfortable. No one wants to put themselves out there. No one wants to commit to anything anymore. No one wants to really bust it and accomplish some amazing stuff.

The Discomforts Of Life Shape Us

How does a bodybuilder get definition and shape to their muscles? They lift really heavy weights, break down their muscle tissue and then take time to recover. The muscle will build up a little in recovery, and then they start the whole process again. Fitness freaks understand that the process of daily discomfort in the physical arena will lead to amazing results long-term.

And, it’s like this for any area in which we want to grow.

  • Spiritual: the discomfort of waking up early and being disciplined enough to spend time in the Word and in prayer in order to grow in our relationship with Christ.
  • Mental: the discomfort of being disciplined enough to grow intellectually through consistent reading, writing, and studying.
  • Social: the discomfort of carving out our personal free time to spend with family, friends, and business connections.

The only way we will “get into shape” in these areas of our lives is through experiencing the discomfort of the process. So, instead of avoiding the discomfort, we need to embrace it. We need to welcome any and all discomfort that comes into our lives, because this discomfort is our avenue of personal growth.

Are You In The Lounge Chair?

Where are you at today? Do you feel like you’ve been hanging out in the metaphorical floating lounge chair just a bit too much lately? Are you coasting by in life, avoiding pain and embracing pleasure?

Let me make a prediction here at the end of this post. The people who succeed today and into the future are those who are able to embrace the discomforts of life. The people who produce amazing results will be the ones who are disciplined enough to allow the daily discomforts of life to shape them.

Will you be one of these people?

Don’t allow the modern comforts and distractions of today’s society to make you fat, bloated, and lazy in the various areas of your life. Decide today to embrace your pain and rise above.