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Be The Driver of Your Life

Thursday May 31, 2018 #974

“If an egg is broken by an outside force, life ends. If broken by an inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside.”

~Jim Kwik

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Your purpose in life can only be served by effort and growth from within. While you can and must seek help, guidance and partnership from others, even these don’t just show up at your door. You must take action, make the effort, ask for help.

When we do nothing, waiting for our proverbial “ship to come in”, we leave ourselves at best with less than we’d have otherwise, and at worst with a damaged life as life happen to us.

Be the active driver of your life. Be sure your life breaks in the direction of your dreams, of your highest ideals, creating the potential and even the eventuality of great things for you and those around you.

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Choose Your Path

Tuesday May 29, 2018 #973

“If you don’t like the road you are walking, start paving another one.”

~Dolly Parton

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We all go through times at work or in a relationship where we see things through a negative lens. At least internally, and unfortunately often externally, we complain about our circumstances. Many people get lost in their negativity and cannot change the lens through which they are viewing the situation. This leads to a downward spiral of negative emotions, thoughts, and actions which can alienate others and even cause psychological and physical pain.

It doesn’t need to be like that. Usually, if we can pause and reflect objectively, the reality is far less negative than it seems in the moment and we can take simple actions to either make a change in our own perception or behavior, or courageously confront the situation to resolve it. Finally, if the situation is objectively untenable, you need not remain on the current path. You can always choose to “start paving another one”.

Don’t ever get stuck in patterns of negativity and their consequences. Be the owner of your life and choose the paths upon which you will travel.

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Positive vs. Negative

Thursday May 24, 2018 #972

“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

~Winston Churchill

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The research shows with indisputable evidence the power of focusing our energies and time on positive vs. negative thinking, people, and experiences. And yet, so many are led by negative thinking and assumptions.

With a negative mindset, there is almost no chance of seeing potential opportunities, attracting the kinds of people we need to help us achieve our potential, or overcoming hardships. A positive mindset, on the other hand, releases incredible energy in us and those we interact with, creating amazing possibilities and attracting all we need and more.

We all have both positive and negative tendencies. We must therefore act with intention to surround ourselves with positive influences, ban negative influences whenever possible (including our own dark thoughts), and build an environment in which we can be our best selves. In this way, we are far more likely to leverage our positive energy and achieve our potential, while helping others achieve theirs.

Will you join me on this journey?

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The Real Secret

Tuesday May 22 2018 #971

“When you begin to help yourself, which means to make the best of what is in yourself, you begin to attract to yourself more and more of those helpful things that may exist all about you.”

~Christian D. Larson

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There is much said about our ability to change our situation to the one we want, and to attract our desires by thinking positively about the outcomes we want. This is known as the Law of Attraction, made famous by the book The Secret.

It is true that when we consistently put good into the universe it comes back to us (if we’re open to it!). The Law of Attraction talked about in The Secret is only 1/3 of the REAL secret. Consistent good thoughts + consistent good actions + openness to receiving goodness that creates the magic. Without action and openness, good thoughts have no power.

Definitely focus on positive intentions. But… Be open to your potential for receiving good, and be willing to consistently take action to get your positive energy in motion.

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Finding Happiness

Thursday May 17, 2018 #970

“No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.” ~

Helen Keller

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This quote is quite provocative, with the inference that when we don’t actively work to make others happy, or to produce an environment conducive to producing joy and happiness, we have no right to happiness ourselves.

I believe this is true and that the best way to achieve a sense of contentment, joy and happiness is to provide these for others. This does not mean ignoring your own needs, but rather prioritizing the needs of those around you. When we focus on putting good stuff out into the world, we have less time for worrying about what we lack and we are filled with the joy that helping others brings us.

Find happiness by helping other find theirs.

May 20, 2018 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Your Purpose-Driven Journey

Tuesday May 15, 2018 #969

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

~Benjamin Mays

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Despite all the encouragement given through social media, literature and others to craft strong goals to provide us with strong direction in our lives, a large percentage of people actually operate with no clearly defined goals at all. They may exist on a very basic level of subsistence living: earning enough money to eat, pay the rent, and maybe burn the rest on various forms of entertainment. Even if they somehow manage to make a decent living, they rarely achieve much and blame others for their lack of achievement. This is a tragedy indeed.

Virtually everyone has the ability to improve their situation dramatically by developing a few meaningful goals in their personal and professional lives, and taking action daily to move towards achievement of those goals. I’m not here to judge those who don’t lead purposeful lives. But I do encourage everyone to examine your own situation and reflect on the goals you have (hopefully) set for yourself, and what actions you’re taking to achieve them.

Without goals, life is an aimless journey with likely less-than-optimum destinations possible. With goals, carefully crafted and aligned with your core values, life is a purpose-driven journey with optimum results likely.

What are your goals? What actions are you taking today to make progress?

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Daring to Be Positively Contagious

Tuesday May 8, 2018 #967

“The joy in learning is partly that it enables me to teach.”

~Seneca

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Dare to be ContagiousTM has always been the foundation philosophy of JAM with Mike, based on my belief that knowledge and wisdom are wasted if they are not shared. Unfortunately, too many interpret the phrase “knowledge is power” as though knowledge is something to be hoarded. Rather, we gain the most influence and attain the greatest rewards when we share our wisdom and knowledge freely.

Your value is most keenly felt when you create opportunities for others to benefit from your experience and learning. Not by droning on about your opinions, but by looking for ways to help others, willingly providing advice when asked, asking if you can provide help or guidance, teaching someone a skill, and even by sharing your thoughts on social media

By daring to be contagious with your talents and wisdom, you will add value to those around you in way you may never truly understand. I guarantee that if you treat your accumulated wisdom as a gift to be shared, vs a treasure to be hoarded, you will be rewarded in both wealth and psychological health.

Dare to be ContagiousTM today!

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Own It!

Tuesday March 27, 2018 #955

“You can and inevitably will be surprised by your own ability. It is often not a question of ‘can’ you do it. The learning. The work. The achievement. It is instead a question of ‘will’ you.”

~Avery Regelman

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It is a normal human reaction to look outside ourselves for the causes of our present condition, good or bad. We don’t naturally take responsibility for our challenges and though we may be outwardly boastful, we usually harbor doubts about our contribution to our positive achievements. The fact is that almost all circumstances, both failures and achievements are due to our own decisions and capabilities.

It is time to stop looking outward for blame or credit and look inwardly to both give credit to ourselves for our abilities and choices, as well as take responsibility for choices we make that cause failures and bad circumstances. Even when an outside cause creates a horrible situation, we can both determine our response as well as act to positively change our circumstances. Just own it!

Can you give yourself credit for good choices and take responsibility for poor ones? Of course! The real question though is will you?

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What Our Choices Say About Us

Thursday May 3, 2018 #966

“It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

~J. K. Rowling

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Talent and capabilities are a must for sustainable growth and success, and these should be cultivated throughout your life through ongoing education and experiences. However, even great natural and/or earned abilities are nothing without our willingness to make the choices that will move us forward. Of course, even doing nothing is a choice.

Where you find yourself now may or may not be directly related to choices you’ve made (though it likely is), but the choice you make now will determine where you go next and show who you really are. Choose to be someone who always moves forward, to sustain what is good and to change what is not serving you.

What have your choices shown about who you are? If you aren’t satisfied with the answer, the good news is you can make a choice right now to be the person you want to be.

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Learn to Enjoy the Journey

Tuesday May 1, 2018 #965

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling.”

~Margaret B. Runbeck

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Our goal should never be “to be happy” because once we are feeling happy in a particular moment, life continues forward and that feeling will pass. Instead, we can choose to be conscious enough to be able to enjoy our moments of joy and happiness as they occur, knowing all moments and feelings end and the journey continues. Learning to find happiness in the journey is the key. Until death, each destination is momentary. The better we can enjoy the journey, with its moments of both joy and challenges, the better we can feel an overall sense of well-being.

Find happiness in your journey. Be well.

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