Tag: personal development

I’m Back

I’m going to apologize in advance for my absence from blogging for so long. Life has a funny way of throwing curve balls your way and messing up any sort of routine that you have set in place. Anyway I’m going to be getting back to posting content. Probably not at the same frequency as I was before. I’m going to shoot for two times a week and build up from there. Hopefully life won’t sidetrack me again.

The main theme will remain the same and my goals for this blog won’t deviate. I also hit the 100 follower mark while being away from blogging. I just want to thank each and every one of you for supporting this blog in one way or another. I am eternally grateful.

I also want to share with you an idea that I’ve been bouncing around in my head for some time now. I would like to branch off and cover some new areas for blogging. The first being a blog about personal finance and how to make every penny count for your financial goals. This was an idea that I was working on before. I’ve learned so much over the years about how to make the most of your dollar. I would love to share that information with you.

The other blogging idea that I have is just a hobby that I’ve been passionate about for as long as I can remember. That hobby is gaming. Any time I need to unwind I tend to boot up a system and just relax. Over the course of my life I have played numerous games. It is something that I would like to share my ideas about.

For both of these ideas they have not much to do with the central theme of this blog. I would have them be separate blogs about each given topic. One for personal finance tips and tricks and the other to be all about gaming. While I haven’t thought about the names for each of these blogs I would love some honest feedback from you my readers on your opinions.

I will give updates on the progress of these other two blogs once they are more concrete and are closer to launching.

This blog will be up and will continue to have new content posted on a regular basis. With personal development, blogging and writing being the central themes. Also for updates on the progress of the new book that I’ve been working on. (More on that in a future post.)

Hopefully all of you have had a great start to your new year and I look forward to interacting with you again on a more regular basis. I have a lot of great blogs to catch up on!

Finding Your Purpose #8: The Value of Dreams

So in the pursuit of finding your purpose, how have you been doing in this endeavor? Do you know exactly what you want? Are you actively pursuing your dreams? The dreams that you have play a major part in finding your purpose in life.

Dreams are the things that we desire most in our lives. They are a clue of how to live a happy and fulfilling life. Dreams are something that should never be ignored. They are what give us hope for a brighter future. So when it comes to finding our purpose, most times we need to look no further than our dreams.

Those dreams that you have for your life should hold tremendous value in your heart. They should be your main pursuit in the journey for your life. Dreams are what make life breathtaking. So let’s take a few moments to really think about our dreams.

What are your dreams? Why are they special to you? What are you doing currently to realize them? Remember that there are no wrong answers. They are your dreams and they are most important to you.

So what do your dreams have to do with finding your purpose? It’s simple. It is another perspective for you to view to find your purpose in life. Something that is close to your heart. So if you haven’t already, begin to chase your dreams. Let them lead you to something beautiful.

So go in the direction of your dreams. Let them be your guide in the search for finding your purpose. It just might lead you to living a life of bliss.

Affirmation: I am Persistent

I am persistent. I will never give up. I know that anything worthwhile in life does not come immediately or without hard work. I must stay patient and believe in myself and in my dreams. Most importantly I must try again and again when I meet with defeat. Because I know that eventually I will succeed. I know that the future is in my hands and that is why I must never give up. I deserve my best life possible. I will not settle for anything less.

Being persistent keeps our dreams alive because of the never give up mentality. Life can be a struggle and sometimes we go through defeats along the journey. It is important that we have strong reasons behind our dreams. So that when we are met with defeat we don’t fold under disappointment. Hold those reasons for your dreams closely in your mind. It will build your persistence and almost guarantee a successful outcome in your endeavor.

Question of the Week #7 How do You Handle Adversity?

How do you handle adversity?

This week’s questions is a bit more hard hitting. Because that’s what adversity is. It isn’t an easy part of life and it shouldn’t be. Adversity is a growing experience in the journey of life. Usually it is a painful experience where giving up seems to be the easiest thing to do.

So how do you handle adversity? Do you give up or give in at the first sign of hardship? Or do you stand your ground and face the challenge head on? This is an important question to ask yourself because some form of adversity is inevitable in life.

Usually I would add additional questions for you to answer but I feel that it isn’t necessary for this question. The method of how you handle adversity should be the only focal point. That method used is the determining factor of the level of success you experience. So make sure to really take your time with this question.

There is only one way to handle the adversities that life throws your way. That is to keep moving forward. Persistence is the only way to overcome adversity. It is the attitude of your persistence that determines the outcome of your hardship. If you are negative in your frame of mind than with almost certainty the end result will be negative. If you go through adversity with a smile on your face, with the faith that the storm will pass and your life will be better. Then eventually your situation will improve.

Adversity is inevitable so make the most of the situation. View it as a valuable learning lesson and a growing experience. Your life will be more fulfilling when you do experience the heights of success. All stemming from the depths of adversity and how you handled it.

Affirmation: I Believe

I believe in myself. I believe in my dreams. I believe in today, with faith that today will be a good day. I believe that I am talented and have the necessary skills to achieve anything in life. I believe in those around me, knowing that they will aid me in a certain aspect of my life. I believe in my future, because I’m certain that it will be bright. I believe that life will bring me everything that I desire if I work hard and never give up. I will never stop believing.

Belief or faith is one of the most powerful human emotions. When you believe in something the universe begins to move in your favor. Belief is the starting point of all achievement. Before you can have anything in life you must first believe that it is possible for you to possess.

Believe in yourself and in your life. That is where the magic begins to happen. Your life begins to turn around in a rand way. Have faith in the present moment and in your future because it is going to be bright if you have faith.

Fireside Chats #7: The Mind

fireside chats

Welcome!

I’m happy to have you for this fireside chat. As the week comes to a close I have something I wish to share with you. This weeks topic is about the mind and how it shapes your reality.

So take a seat and let’s begin my dear friend.

As humans we attempt to control things that we cannot. Trying relentlessly to manipulate circumstances to which we are helpless to. There is one thing that we have control over. It is something that is truly powerful. So powerful that it can shape our realities and make the universe bend to our will. What is this power I am speaking of?

It is your mind. Your greatest ally in your life or your greatest foe. That is for you to decide. Your mind holds the key to your life. It can make a hell of heaven or a heaven of hell. It is your perception of the world that makes it so.

There are two energies that constitute the realities of the universe. Positive and negative. Those are the frequencies that the mind operates on. Only one energy at a time may dominate, determined by the thoughts that you think. Everything in your life starts with a thought.

Anything you desire in life begins with a single thought. A thought that is either nurtured and allowed to flourish or ignored until it withers away into regret.

The importance that you mind has on your world cannot be overstated. It is where you are one with the universe. The immutable laws of nature that knows only of frequency. That frequency being the nature of the thoughts that you emit into the universe.

It is your choice and your choice alone what frequency you emit. Be it positive or negative. While negativity is a lower and easier frequency to be on for the short term. It’s long term effects will only bring you down to the depths of misery. That does not serve your life.

While it may be more difficult for you to be positive within your mind. It is the only way to manifest anything that you truly desire. It is a battle in the mind to be positive. A fight that you must win in order to control your own destiny.

But let me tell you, if you do win that battle within your mind, your life will never be the same. Once a positive mindset dominates, anything becomes possible for your life. The secrets of the universe become revealed to you.

I hope that you enjoyed our chat. May today be the best day of your life and the coming day that will be better than today. Until we meet again next week I hope that your coming week is filled with joy and prosperity. Thank you for stopping by.

Thinking About Success

Does the thought of success dominate your thinking throughout the day? If you want to be successful it should. In order to be successful, you must first think of yourself as being a success. This is about developing a success oriented mindset.

Your mind is the first step in all things in life. Before anything can be achieved, you must first believe that it can be achieved. It is developing sufficient faith, confidence, courage and desire within your mind to guarantee the outcome of your endeavor. Whatever undertaking that you have in your life, success or failure will be determined within your mind.

It is the manifestation through the law of attraction that the universe may comprehend. Your thoughts hold power in the world that surrounds you. They shape your world by the perception you give events. It has been said that you can make a hell of heaven or a heaven of hell. You have been blessed with the ability to make that choice for your life.

So it is your choice whether to think about success or failure. Failure has a lower frequency of thought energy, that is why it is easier for it to overtake the mind. Success requires more energy to dominate the thoughts within the mind. So the endeavor must be worthwhile for your life.

Think about success and only success. Never allow failure to creep into your mind. No matter how dark the situation may seem. There is always a light in darkness. Always a positive in a negative. That is what being successful is all about. Making it through the down times because you are certain that you will succeed.

So develop a mindset that thinks only of success. Success must be the dominating thoughts before you may see tangible results. If you can keep your mind positive about your endeavor then you can determine the result before you begin.

Thinking Outside the Box

thinking outside the box

You’ve heard this saying a million times before, “think outside the box.” But what does it mean? The general consensus is that “thinking outside the box” means to create a new solution or invention that is outside of the conventional plane of thinking. It is the creative process in the imagination of the mind.

In reality the “box” is nothing but an illusion. There is no box. Both inside and outside of the box have had moments where inspiration and invention met. Let’s take a moment to pretend that this so called “box” exists. This will give you a better understanding of the creative process at work.

Inside of the box is where all of the ideas, concepts, theories and inventions have been brought to fruition and implemented into the world. All this can be mixed and combined in a different way to create something not previously done before. It is taking known knowledge and rearranging it into a new way of thinking. Doing this still takes sufficient imagination on the part of the individual. It is in a sense, thinking outside the box. But within the confines of what is already known.

Now let’s go outside this metaphorical box. Here is where all new discoveries previously unknown to society are brought to light. This compiles all the breakthroughs in every facet of human life. This is where genius is born. When the universe gives the finite mind power to create something new.

You see there is no actual box. In both situations creativity is able to thrive for the person with sufficient imagination. Whether something is rearranged into a new combination or something completely new is discovered. The possibilities for the creative process are endless.

So let’s ditch the “think outside the box” concept. Instead let’s build a mental awareness, keeping our minds open to all things that surround us. Allowing our imaginations to run wild with the possibilities of creating something new. You never know how your imagination may change your very life.

Finding Your Purpose #7: Knowing Exactly What You Want

finding your purpose

So how have you been faring in your search for finding your purpose? Finding your purpose can be a tricky ordeal. The main key is finding your purpose is knowing exactly what you want out of life. Something that is easier said than done.

Your life’s purpose is something that is special and unique to you. It is something that will give your life a deep sense of meaning never before experienced. That is why it is so crucial that you know exactly what you want.

We as humans tend to have to see something tangible. We must see it with our eyes or hold it in our hands. Purpose is no different in that regard. Most want to have something tangible when it comes to purpose. But when you don’t know what your purpose in life is, it’s impossible to know what’s tangible.

If you are unsure of what your purpose is in life, then you must stop searching for the tangibles. The one thing that everyone’s purpose has in common is the intangibles. The emotions and principles that must be felt within the mind, heart and soul.

So if you’re trying to find your purpose in life, you must know the exact intangibles that give purpose it’s meaning. Once you know the intangibles then you’ll know when something tangible comes along. So for now let’s focus on the emotions and principles that you want to feel. This helps you build upon the essence of purpose.

The six main emotions and principles are:

1. Happiness

This is no surprise. Your purpose in life is something that should fill you with happiness. It is an emotion that should be deeply experienced. If you believe that you have found your purpose and you’re not happy, then you haven’t found it. It’s as simple as that.

Happiness is a decision that is made within the mind. Sometimes this decision is easy and sometimes it’s difficult. But it is a decision that must be made. Make the choice to be happy right now and find those things that make you happy. Happiness is always worth the fight.

2. Love

This builds upon happiness. Love is the purest of emotions. Your purpose is something that you absolutely love. Life is too short to have it any other way. Love must be felt within the heart, so express love for all things around you.

3. Peace

Finding your purpose can be a chaotic affair. But once found it brings a certain peace to the mind. Instead of focusing on the chaos that entails finding your purpose, bring peace to your mind knowing that one day you’ll find it. This is all about having sufficient faith in yourself.

Weather those storms, knowing that they won’t last forever. Have the peace within knowing that you are going to live an amazing life.

4. Curiosity

Life is about growth. Constantly growing throughout the course of your life. Your purpose should keep you curious about life. Always wanting to learn something new in any aspect of life. You can never have enough knowledge about life.

Whether that curiosity be spiritual, mental, or emotional, always aim to grow and question life. Be curious about life when searching for your purpose. You never know what you may find.

5. Fulfillment

Fulfillment is something that gives purpose it’s meaning. We al want that meaningful sense that fulfillment brings. This is harder to attain than the other five but it is still attainable. The key is to search for things that give your life a deep sense of fulfillment. Don’t settle in this search. Have the patience that you will find fulfillment in your life.

6. Contribution

We as humans want to have an impact on society. The size of that impact is unimportant. What is important is helping others. It is the secret to living. It’s about having a positive influence on the world around you. How many people you effect is up to you.

Even if it’s just one person, that is contribution. Search for ways to help make a contribution to those around you. It will only benefit your life while finding your purpose.

Know these emotions and principles well, for they will be your foundation in finding your purpose. Some may be implemented into your life immediately, making your life more fruitful. In your search for finding a tangible purpose remember, that the intangibles are what gives purpose true meaning.

Writing Everyday

writing everyday

As writers we always seem to have the same question to answer. Should I be writing everyday? For some the answer is simple. For others it is a question that is constantly being pondered. Writing is a creative process. So is it beneficial to write everyday?

To me it comes down to a matter of opinion of what works best for each individual. For those who write for a living, writing everyday is a habit almost by necessity. Always having a work in progress whether it be a blog post, a novel, freelance work or anything in between. Writing becomes a way of life for those who do it full time.

For others it may be a part time job or even a hobby. Just writing for the love of writing. Writing everyday doesn’t become an absolute necessity. Writing could happen in short but less frequent bursts. Usually when inspiration hits. Other times the words may not come easily. A day to be skipped when it comes to writing.

My best advice to gauge if you should write everyday or not is to experiment. If you don’t write everyday then try doing it for a week. Set aside time each day. See how you feel about it at the end of the week. How much did you accomplish? Do you feel the quality of your writing is on par with your previous works? Did writing everyday seem to stifle your creative process? These questions should give you a few insights on whether you should write everyday or not.

For me personally, I try my best to write something everyday. Whether it be a blog post, writing my book or just brainstorming other ideas that I have. To me writing is a habit and a craft that must be continuously developed. It is a process of continual improvement day by day. Do I feel that my quality suffers sometimes because of this? Absolutely. But to me not everything can be a masterpiece. It’s impossible. For me it is about building consistency in my writing and the message that I deliver.

Do you write everyday? Do you have a set day or set time dedicated to writing?