“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” - Maya Angelou
What is YOUR definition of success? Success can mean different things to different people.
Some people picture it in terms of monetary value such as fast cars and mansions. Others picture it in terms of accomplishments.
Or perhaps maybe a relationship. In fact, it can be all of the above and more!
It is really up to YOU to decide your own definition of success.
Wow, 2012 has come and gone. And the world didn’t end!
The older that you get, the faster time goes. It is just a mathematical certainty.
Look at it like this… When you are 6 years old, Christmas seems like it takes forever to come because one year represents 1/6th of your life.
However, when you are 38 then one year is one 1/38th. Therefore the time seems to go so fast.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge
Recently I was watching the 7 Wonders of the Industrial World by the BBC. What really stood out was an episode about the Bell Rock Lighthouse.
A man by the name of Robert Stevenson had a vision. They told him that it couldn’t be done but despite all of the challenges the project was accomplished.
Do you sometimes have trouble with self forgiveness? I am sure it is a battle that everyone one of us has come across.
Long after others have forgiven us we have trouble forgiving ourselves. It is quite easy to keep replaying a particular incident in our minds over and over again.
This is especially true if we hurt someone we care about. Today I want to talk about mastering the art of self forgiveness.
Do you have the eye of the Tiger?
“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” – Rocky Balboa
For most of my life I have been a Rocky fan. To me he represents the ultimate underdog story.
And though the movies are fictional I believe that there is a lot of self improvement tips we can learn from Rocky’s work ethic. I should know because after watching one of his movies I am pumped!
I later learned that the motivation I receive from his movies is not just good for working out and exercise. In fact, some things can carry over into other areas of my life as well.
Here are 7 self improvement tips I have learned from Rocky Balboa:
Challenge your way of thinking!
Are you keeping an open mind? Sometimes this is easier said than done.
Once presented with a new idea or information we can subconsciously reject it without even realizing it. Worse yet, some people consciously do it!
I love learning new things and I love learning about people. Often I am quite surprised at the things I learn. But instead of rejecting the information I am at least willing to listen first.
Don’t be like the majority; keeping an open mind is crucial to self improvement! Here are 3 ways you can go about doing just that…
There is no tomorrow, change your life today!
“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” – Diana Scharf Hunt
Have you ever looked back on your life and wondered “what happened?” Maybe the dreams you had for yourself never came to pass.
Or maybe you set a goal for yourself only to end up quitting a short period of time after. When this happens, we achieve nothing at all!
A huge reason that this happens is a lack of commitment. If you aren’t committed to a particular goal you will slowly start putting that goal aside in favor of something else.
Here are 3 tips for setting and achieving goals:
Something I never thought I would do. . .
“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy
Are you afraid of getting out of your comfort zone? If so, you are missing out on a world of excitement!
At first it might seem scary (okay, really scary) but when it’s all said and done you will feel a massive rush! It is this surge of energy that helps us feel alive.
A lot of the time we think too much before we end up acting. And if we think too long we talk ourselves right out of it.
Trials are inevitable, yet you can overcome them!
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” – Chinese proverb
It really is true. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
Sometimes it can seem like we have nothing left in us and our well is dry. Yet we always find something in us that helps us to keep pushing on.
Or perhaps when we’ve reached our limit and we can’t take anymore something happens which provides a way of escape. And in the end we come out a better person.
In light of the above, I want to share a few tips on how to face trials and still come out on top.
Seeing KISS and Motley Crue with my Honey!
“You can’t please everyone, so you might as well please yourself.” – Gene Simmons
Anyone that knows me well knows that I am a huge KISS fan. Actually, huge is an understatement.
In my eyes, there is KISS, and then there is every other group. But that is a topic for another discussion. What I also love about KISS is the message they put out.
They put out the message to not only believe in yourself but more importantly to be yourself. To me that ties in perfectly with self improvement and it forms the basis for this blog post.
Have you ever been confronted with the idea that you should always be trying to please everyone? It seems like a noble idea but in the end it might please everyone but it won’t please you!
Here are 3 things to consider: