This blog will hopefully inspire you, warm your heart, make you smile and feel positive.

Scars of Love

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Some years ago on a hot summer day a little boy decided to go for a swim in the old swimming hole behind his house. In a hurry to dive into the cool water, he ran out the back door, leaving behind shoes, socks, and shirt as he went.

He flew into the water, not realizing that as he swam toward the middle of the lake, an alligator was swimming toward the shore. His mother in the house was looking out the window saw the alligator got closer and closer to the boy. In utter fear, she ran toward the water, yelling to her son as loudly as she could. Hearing her voice, the little boy became alarmed and swam back to his mother. But it was too late. Just as he reached her, the alligator reached him. From the dock, the mother grabbed the boy by the arms just as the alligator snatched his legs. That began an incredible tug-of-war between the two. The alligator was much stronger than the mother, but the mother was much too passionate to let go. A farmer happened to drive by, heard the screams, raced from his truck, took aim and shot the alligator.

Remarkably, after weeks and weeks in the hospital, the little boy survived. His legs were extremely scarred by the vicious attack of the animal. And, on his arms, were deep scratches where his mother’s fingernails dug into his flesh in her effort to hang on to her son.

The newspaper reporter, who interviewed the boy after the trauma, asked if he would show him his scars. The boy lifted his pant legs. And then, with obvious pride, he said to the reporter, “But look at my arms. I have great scars on my arms, too. I have them because my mom wouldn’t let go.”

All of us have scars. Not from an alligator, but the scars of a painful past. Some of those scars are unsightly and have caused us deep regret. But some wounds are just another kind of memory – a proof of we didn’t let go in the midst of our struggle.

Never judge another person’s scars, because you don’t know how they were made.

Choose a Happy Life

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Expectations determine experience. Expect the best from life and you will usually get it. Start each day expecting nothing but good things to come your way. Even though life may present you with all manner of ups and downs, having the right attitude will ensure your day will be a good one regardless of what you are given to work with.

So when you wake up each morning, take a moment to think about the kind of life you want to have. Consciously choose to have a happy life: one that is filled with love, laughter, good health and success. Then begin your day focused on the things you can do to make this your reality.

Happiness is a choice. Choose to be happy and you will be.

On Opportunities

opportYour destiny is not a matter of chance – it’s a matter of choice.

Success is not something you wait for – but rather something you should pursue.

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities to find you – seize common everyday occasions and make them great.

Opportunities will often come disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary failure – you can always start right where you are.

At this very moment, you are standing right in the middle of golden opportunity.

Act on your dreams and they are yours.

Focus On Today

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Some people waste their time thinking of what might have been. Others spend all their time thinking of what could be.

If you want to get the most out of your day, make sure that today is where you focus your energy and attention.

Accept the past, dream of the future, but live in the moment.

career Time Management

Mastering the art of getting more done in less time is the only way to guarantee your continued growth despite life’s circumstances. The core concept to learn with time management starts with your ability to know yourself enough to stick to your own deadline, followed by your ability to know when and how to delegate. Ultimately, learn to never make excuses for not having enough time.

Self-Motivation

You have to learn that no-one but yourself can ignite or put out the flame within you. The core to self-motivation is to become aware in its purest shape that we are born alone, and die alone, and therefore us and us alone, must decide how badly we want something and what we are willing to do to get it.

When we align our goals to realistic working expectations, we tend to hit more benchmarks as we progress towards those very same goals, enhancing our confidence along the way and re-enforcing our belief in ourselves.

Business Ownership

Too many people wait until the very last minute to learn how to start, operate, and fail in business. While you don’t have to re-engineer the way mankind thinks about energy in your 20s, you can still get a taste of business by taking smaller attempts at it by understanding and learning the different components that make up a good versus bad business. The earlier you are exposed to this, the less risky it seems in your 30s, as you will have been exposed to much more.

Try starting with basic selling skills either in person or online, learn how people make purchasing decisions, experience the accounting nightmare it can be, and most importantly, feel the insecurity small business owners have.

Financial Markets

If you don’t understand how money works, you can’t learn to make any. We are not referring to stocks here, we are referring to the simple idea of understanding supply and demand, financial markets both domestic and international, but also how credit markets work.

Most of this information is free and available online on over a dozen sites. It’s simple but very critical to your ability to understand how money is made worldwide, and where it is a fit for you to also make some. The most important aspect remains the understanding of supply and demand, which allows you to understand how people make buying decisions and how value is put on goods and services. This intricate aspect of finance can set you very far ahead of others who, even after owning many successful businesses, don’t really get it.

Source: news.com.au

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Everyone fails. The best of us fail, and the rest of us fail too. Those who never rise from defeat often see failure as final. What we all need to remember is that life is not a pass-fail test. It’s a trial-and-error process. Those who succeed bounce back from their bonehead mistakes because they view their setbacks as temporary and as learning experiences.

Every successful person has messed up at some point. Often, they say their mistakes were critical to their success. When they flopped, they didn’t quit. Instead, they recognized their problems, worked harder, and searched for more creative solutions. If they failed five times, they tried five times harder. Winston Churchill captured the essence of it when he said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”

If you can’t overcome your defeats, it may be that you have personalized them. Losing doesn’t make you a loser any more than striking out makes a great baseball player a benchwarmer. As long as you stay in the game and keep swinging, you can still be a slugger. If you aren’t willing to do the work required, then losing isn’t your problem, you are the problem. To achieve success you have to feel worthy of it and then take responsibility for making it happen. You could view your failures as a gift because they often set you up for a breakthrough.

There is a Japanese proverb: “Fall seven times, stand up eight.”

Don’t Waste Your Energy

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Sometimes everything will go your way and on other days nothing at all seems to go right.

If you are having one of those days, instead of wasting your energy raging against something you can’t control, take a deep breath … and accept it.

So many of life’s eventualities are beyond our control. Work out what things you can influence and come to a peaceful acceptance of the rest.

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