A Cold Hard Fact

No matter how you want to look at it, life here on earth is extremely short no matter how long we live. Each time a tragic event takes place in the world or we get the devastating news that a family member has passed away, we are quickly reminded how limited our time here on earth truly is.

I want to encourage you today to not wait for a tragic event to take place or the death of a family member to start living each and every day to the fullest.

What have you been putting off that’s important to you? What dream of yours have you been pushing to the side because fear has gotten the best of you? Which relationship have you been sabotaging?  If you only had six months to live, what would you do?

Let these questions start the process for you.  Dig deep and find ways to live life to the absolute fullest starting this very moment. Not next week or next month, but NOW.

A cold hard fact that always seems to put things in perspective is when I remind myself, “Sooner rather than later.” We don’t know the time or day, but sooner rather than later, our time here on earth will come to an end.

Life is short, so…..

Chase your passion

Love unconditionally

Cherish each moment

Become world-class at what you do for a living

Make a difference

Claim your greatness

Do This One Thing During Tough Times

We have all had the bad seasons; the tough and discouraging times in our lives. During those times, it’s very easy to be tempted to talk about how unlucky we are or how bad things really are.

Maybe you just got out of a really long relationship.

Maybe you visited the doctor for a routine checkup to find out you have cancer.

Maybe a loved one recently passed away.

Maybe you’re in financial trouble.

Whatever it is you are facing right now, please understand this: The more you talk about something, the bigger it becomes in your mind. The bigger it becomes in your mind, the more it takes over your whole entire life.

Instead of focusing on the negative and telling ourselves how bad things are, we have to make a strong stand and say, “No, this challenging situation is not going to bring me down. I am not going to let fear override all of the beauty that surrounds me. I am blessed and highly favored. I am a victor, not a victim.”

Even if we can’t see how things will play out, we have to start speaking victory over our lives, not defeat.

You Have Good Ideas–Don’t Let Them Disappear

good ideas

Good ideas come and go every second, but what doesn’t happen very often is the capturing of those thoughts. You can have the brightest and sharpest ideas that could take your life and business to a whole new level, but they mean absolutely nothing if they’re pushed aside and forgotten.

It doesn’t matter what our education levels are or where we come from, we all have great and wonderful ideas. The only problem is that most people let the hustle and bustle of life get in the way and interrupt their ability to capture their golden ideas.

Now, you might not come up with the world’s next greatest invention (or maybe you will). But everything we use in our day-to-day lives was once just an idea. Not every idea will be worth a billion dollars, but perhaps one or two of them can change the trajectory of your business and life for the better.

We all have 24 hours in a day, no more or no less than the next person. Think about how many times where an idea or thought comes to mind but you do nothing about it. There really is no value for us if we don’t take the initiative. The other reason why it is so imperative that we capture our ideas is because coincidence or not, some of our best ideas don’t come to us in the office.

Here are three steps to take every day:

Have a system. The best way I have found to capture ideas on a regular basis is to take a systematic approach to it. We all prefer different ways of doing things. Some of us prefer electronic devices while some of us stick to the trusted pen-and-paper route.

Either way, pick what works for you and stick with it. I prefer to log all of my ideas and thoughts into evernote and then at the end of the day analyze each idea. After I dig a little deeper, I transfer the ideas that I may want to act on immediately or in the near future into my moleskin journal.

Pick the good ones. Just because you start capturing your thoughts and ideas doesn’t mean everything that comes to mind is going to be something that you will act on. Finding time alone where you can analyze what you logged for the day helps tremendously. This is where you can determine whether a specific idea is worthy of your time. Throw out what’s useless.

Make it a habit. Just like with any new habit that we try to adopt into our everyday lives, it takes time. I truly believe that if you make a determined effort on a regular basis to capture your ideas, it will greatly benefit your personal and professional life.

Of all the great men and women I have had the fortune to work with, they all knew the importance of keeping track of their thoughts and ideas. Stick with it.

Originally Posted on Entrepreneur.com

What Truly Matters Most

Relationships

Building great, sustainable, and meaningful relationships is arguably one of the most important things we can do during our time here on earth.

All too often, we see men and women who think it’s perfectly fine to neglect their relationships just to move on up in the corporate ladder or to increase their personal net worth.

Now don’t get me wrong, if you’re in corporate America, then yes, you absolutely should be striving to get better and advance from where you are to somewhere higher up within the company. And who doesn’t like to make more money and see their personal net worth increase every single year?

However, not at the expense of neglecting what’s most important, relationships. What a lot of people forget to understand is that creating exceptional relationships will actually help advance your career, not hurt it. Creating exceptional relationships can actually help to increase your personal net worth, not diminish it.

These wonderful words from Max Lucado sum it all up perfectly…..

“When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?”

Relationships matter most.