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Day 64 of 100 Days to Greatness 

Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is adventurous.  Life is meant to be enjoyed.  Whenever we are having a difficult time in life we must remind our selves that circumtances, situations, and problems are temporary. Creating a phenomenal life requires that we are able to bounce back and move ahead.  There will be circumstances that will make you want to give up.  There willl be situations that are beyond your control.  Know this; that whatever problem surfaces has a solution. 
Life is short; love what you do, appreciate others, discover your purpose, and practice proper selfcare.

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Day 63 of 100 Days to Greatness 

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” ~ Ann Kaiser-Sterns

Getting different results require that you change your thinking.   Modifying yourself internally will produce results that reflect the new internal dialogue.  Internalized potential releasing attitudes are positive and empowering, they will help you navigate your way to success.  Stay away from counter productive beliefs.  Do not compromise your expectations; Instead visualize your success, walk in it through the imprints of your mind, the intents of your heart, and you will produce the changes you seek. 

What part of your personal or professional life would you like to change? 

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Day 62 of 100 Days to Greatness

Avoiding the FUD Factor.  First let’s talk about what FUD actually stands for; and that is FEAR, UNCERTAINTY, and DOUBT.    

Now that we know what it is, let’s deal with the “F” understanding how fear is a paralyzingly agent.  When operating in fear you will always make decisions based on your emotions.  

The “U” is for uncertainty.  Uncertainty  is a part of entrepreneurship.  Do you find yourself worrying about things that may not even happen? If you do, you are wasting productive energy on nothingness.  Uncertainties are challenging and must be dealt with from a positive perspective.  Entrepreneurs must be willing to take risk and risk taking is full of uncertainties.  

The “D” is for doubt, do not doubt your ability to get the job done. Whatever it is, know that you can accomplish it.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.  Build a great support team.  Building a good support team in necessary.  Fill your team with people who’s strengths fill in for your weaknesses and outsource as many task as possible when possible.  Let doing it replace thoughts of doubt and find success.  

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Day 61 of 100 Days to Greatness

According to Martin Seligman, in Learned Optimism (1991), humans learn to be helpless; his findings reflect that when we are faced with an environment that doesn’t foster empowerment for control,  we simply give up. This is referred to by Seligman as learned helplessness.  Seligman found three ingredients of this learned helplessness, those ingredients are: personalization, permanence, and pervasiveness these three ingredients help us  or hurt us depending on how we typically respond to our environment.  Seligman speaks of explanatory styles that the optimist and the pessimist apply to their thinking processes. He makes a note of how the explanatory styles are opposite in their responses to succcess.   Just as we have learned to be helpless let us be intentional about learning to be optimistic.  Being optimistic will help us get through the bad times as well as the good times with greater resilience. 

Seligman, M. E. P. (1991). Learned Optimism.  New York: Knopf.

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Day 60 of 100 Days to Greatness 

The power of choice is one of the greatest liberties of all.   Why, because your choices have power over you; but, you have the power to choose what you will believe and do next. This power to choose is connected to a self-belief system about who you are, what you can accomplish, and what you are mentally, emotionally, and physically capable of.  Challenges are part of every journey and they will always pop up; they are the perfect opportunity to choose the next right thing.  You can choose to complain about the challenge and make yourself miserable or you can decide to be strengthened by the challenge.   YOU CHOOSE! 

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Days 59 of 100 Days to Greatness 

Love is the secret sauce to winning friends, influencing people, and attaining business success.  Here are the “4 Love Commandments for Business Success.”

First love God, just for being God.  Thank Him, the creator, for the gifts and talents He has entrusted you.  

Second, love God’s people.  Ponder this; the gifts and talents of your professional life,  are gifts given you to help support and build others up.  Rather you are an accountant or a minister, your talent has been enabled to improve the quality of life for someone else. I know we don’t usually think about love in this context, but it is a universal truth.  Therefore; I stopped asking people what they do and started asking people how they serve others.  Most people have to think about what I’m asking before they answer me, then they realize I’m merely asking what do you do for a living; i. e., what’s your profession.  

Third, love  yourself.  Your self esteem and self love is reflected by the way you relate to and communicate with others. Love yourself; know that you have purpose and significance.  Believe that you can achieve the internal blueprint that is calling you to success.  This internal blueprint is there to push and pull you forward.   This healthy self-esteem will keep you focused on others, positive outcomes, and not on self. 

Fourth, love what you do.  When you love what you do, love emanates to the others round round you.   The  power of love can open the heart of mankind toward your product, presentation and ultimately you.  

Look at all things with love and find the joy in business  and life success.

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Day 58 of 100 Days to Greatness 

Rather you are starting  a new business or launching a new product, they both have to go through the same process.  Try this simplistic formula that will help you achieve the dream.  First the vision,  second the blueprint, next the planning, and then the execution.  Nothing happens without vision.  Vision without the blueprint is like a kayak  without a paddle in the middle of the ocean.  The vision must be sketched out in order to gather a team of on boarders to execute the vision and to stay on track  toward fulfillment. You must paint  the best picture and make the project come alive to your audience.  Once the planning processes are completed it’s time for execution.  Think about it…there is no sense in having great vision, effective planning and goal setting, and then no execution; that  would in fact suffocate the dream.  Don’t let your dreams die for fear you can’t achieve them, give them a chance to express themselves in your  lifetime. Start small and end large; remember, from small beginnings come great things. 

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Day 57 of  100 Days to Greatness 

Happiness is a choice.  It is your birth right to be happy.  Many people report to a job they are not happy with; many more people stay in a job they dislike, not because they can’t do anything else, but because they have gotten comfortable with mediocrity.  You will never find happiness in mediocrity.  Mediocrity will rob you of your dreams, zap you of your zeal for life, and set a limiting budget for your household.  Discovering your purpose and working within your strengths are two ways you can embrace your current positioning as a launching pad.  You can then use your personal time to create a success plan for your ideal career, leading to fulfillment, happiness,    and ultimately a life you love.  Aristotle believed and taught that everything we do is motivated by the drive to experience happiness.

 Ponder this: if you could have fame and fortune or happiness which would you choose?  

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Day 56 of 100 Days to Greatness 

If you only feel happiness with immediate gratification, your happiness will always be temporal.   Temporal happiness in things will not lead to fulfillment. 

Many of you have set goals for the new year, many of you have not.   When you began to set goals for this year did you consider your core values?  Your goals should exemplify what you stand for.  Ask your self:  What makes you happy? How do you desire to serve humanity?  What is your purpose?   What are you striving to achieve? Why did you choose the profession you are in, or did it choose you,  Is it a calling?  Why do you want more money?  Who are you outside of all the roles you play in life?   Asking these questions will give debt to the goals you are setting.    

Consider this when goal setting.  Decide what your goals are for each area of your life.  Where is it the you’d like to see improvement and where is it that you might need to bring alignment and balance.  Include any areas on a personalized life wheel.  Don’t rush through this process, but ask yourself the questions above as related to each area on your life  on the wheel.  You will have greater success at achieving your goals if you consider your family, your friends,  your company, and others people of value in your life.   Your goals directly effect  you and indirectly effect others  around you.   Examining your your philosophical view of happiness and life will help you identify the underpinning values that influence how you live your life.   Live life abundantly!  Discover Joy during the journey.

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Day 55 of 100 Days to Greatness 

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally; (James 1:5a)

Success requires wisdom.  Wisdom is needed in order to make appropriate decisions concerning your life and business.  The Bible teaches of a Godly wisdom that is yours for the asking, this I refer to as divine wisdom.  On the other hand, Baltes and Smith (1990),  define wisdom as our ability to use good  judgement  concerning the matters of life.  These two methods combined  will help you discover  wisdom for success  in business and life.  Baltes and Smith 1990, has hypothesized these five components of wise judgement:

(1)   Factual knowledge about matters of Life

(2)  Procedural knowledge

(3)  Lifespan Contexualism

(4)  Recognition and management of uncertainty 

(5)   Relativism concerning solutions 

From their studies they have determined that wisdom seems to increase exponentially and it’s young adults and adolescence and show signs of peak performance at the ages of  fifty and sixty.  Wisdom is a key ingredient for success.  Seek wisdom – find success. 

Resource:

Baltes, P.B. & Smith, J. (1990). The psychology of wisdom and its ontogenesis. In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Wisdom: it’s nature, origins, and development (pp. 87-120).  New York: Cambridge University Press)

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