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Life Lesson: Nothing is worth death

There has been more attention to depression, mental health, and suicide lately with technology giving us more access to people’s person lives.  However, I’m here to say that nothing is worth ending your life over.  Remember that when a situation is tough it’s not that the person truly wants their life to end it’s that they want the feeling of helplessness to stop.  They want some kind of progress or action to rectify the situation or circumstances.  If the situation seems bleak, talk to someone or a group of people.  Don’t end your life.  When you have freedom rarely is something worth forfeiting the rest of your life experiences.

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Life Lesson: Save slow and steady

The importance of paying yourself first was mentioned in a previous post.  However, sometimes we get so caught up in the amount we should save that we never end of beginning.  Whether its savings $5, $10, or $100 dollars just get started.  Even $10 dollars a week turns into over $500 at end of a year.  I would say that unless you are living in extreme poverty you have $5-10 a week that you probably waste on sub par fast food or groceries that you allow to spoil in your fridge or freezer burn.  I challenge you to save an amount every week no matter what and by save I mean literally transfer the money or take some sort of routine action.  Do not simply withdraw $500 dollars at end of year and call that saving.  Saving is a lifestyle, make it parts of yours.

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Life Lesson: Tunnel vision – Conquer, destroy, and embarrass

In life sometimes you have to just black out on life and stick to the mission.  The mission is to conquer, destroy, and embarrass.  Who cares what your coworker thinks about your crazy idea for a project.  If your significant other is putting down your ambition ideas to take the world by storm, it doesn’t matter.  Your parents left you a voice mail after you told them you were quitting your job, you didn’t hear the message.  Be the type of person that locks in a goal, destroys all barriers in the path, and embarrasses those that try to take what belongs to you.  Get it done, you are the competition; don’t look at others, Ray Charles.

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Life Lesson: Let us PURGE!

Going through a purge period in your life is similar to mix and matching your activities and actions except you are going a step further and removing things out of your life.  Sometimes you outgrow some people and they no longer serve a purpose in your life.  Whether than try to force yourself to socialize with people you can no longer relate to; cease communication with them.  It may seem harsh but the people you interact with do affect your life.  If they don’t add value and or challenge you in a positive way they aren’t helping you.  The same goes for companies, sometimes its best to move on from a company if it is no longer a fit, you aren’t happy, or are suffering stagnant growth.  Remove any activities or tasks that you simply don’t enjoy doing especially if you are doing them to please someone else or because it’s normal.  Lastly, let’s talk about romantic relationships.  If you are with someone and they are the main source of negativity in your life and or make you worst as a person make a change.  Either you need talk with person and start to work on alleviating the issues or need to go your separate ways.  Finances, kids, and or other obligations aren’t an excuse to keep swallowing poison.  Like a snake shed your old skin and emerge new. 

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Life Lesson: Mix N Match

Everything you read and learn about isn’t going to work for you.  You have to be in a continuous improvement mindset where you periodically scrutinize what works and doesn’t work for you.  Whether it’s a diet approach, daily routines, schedule organization, or anything else don’t be afraid to make adjustments.  What worked for someone else might not work for you the exact same way.  Don’t be afraid to Frankenstein your life to get where you need to be.

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Life Lesson: Checks and Balances

Anyone that has been in school at some point in their life has been educated on the checks and balances that exist in the United States government.  Companies usually have a similar system in place as well that aims to reduce and prevent conflict of interest and absolute power.  However, we usually fail to implement the same principles when it comes to our personal finances when it comes to relationships.  Research says that a lot of relationships and marriages fail partially due to financial issues.  Usually one person is being a super spender while the other is a frugal saver which in the end cancels each other out.  When person believes the other is controlling with the money when it most cases the spender isn’t the person managing the money.  One way to improve the perception of control is to implement checks and balances.  Don’t allow the person paying the monthly bills be the same one that manages the savings account.  This allows both people to fill they have a skin in the game when it comes to the finances and requires communication between both parties at least occasionally.

 

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Life Lesson: Better to be lucky or good?

People say it’s better to be lucky than good which sometimes is true.   However, if you are in the business of excelling above the status quo it’s better to be good.  Obviously when you are lucky it means you had a strong possibility of just plain failing or for the opportunity be given to someone or something else.  When you are good it’s not by accident.  The results are more expected and though you might have some unsuccessful moments you will consistently come out ahead of luck chasers.  For example, picture two people both are driving separately to the same destination.  Person A gives themselves extra time to arrive while Person B gives himself just enough time to get there.  Person A has time accidents or traffic jams while Person B is basically hoping to make a green and yellow light with no traffic delays.  Which person do you think has a more consistent arrival times to the destination?  Or think about a quarterback in football always throwing footballs up for grab down field hoping for a great play to be made versus reading the defense and making more intelligent decisions.  Real life is no different, dominance isn’t luck its prepared execution.  Still want to be lucky?

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Life Lesson: Rise from ashes with the fury of fire

Let’s face it; sometimes in life you have a string of bad circumstances that deliver you to a rough place.  However, the good news is that every day is a new day with an outcome unwritten and determined.  You might be a person on the rebound or recovery but as you restore yourself make the world pay.  Ever seen a movie where a person gets buried under the ruble and rises out of it with fire in their eyes?  Visualize that person and be that person.  Let people know that you aren’t going to quit and that eventually your will is what will be done.

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Life Lesson: Sniper focus the night before

You want to start the day with knowledge of what is of importance that day.  One of the best times to do this is as at the end of the day the night before.  Pull out your weapon, set it up, and adjust your focus to what needs to be executed.  Keep your list of must do tasks low and only think about things that will result in a major not good consequence if they are left unfinished.  Most of the things we think are so important really aren’t we just use them pass the time during the day.  Set up your focus the night before.

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Life Lesson: You are what you think

In order for you to take action your mind must first develop the thought.  This means your body will not execute a command that it was not given to process.  Think of yourself being successful.  Think of yourself receiving the job offer or obtaining the man or woman’s number at the super market.  Picture being perfectly health and driving the car of your dreams.  Anything is possible; your mind believes its reality until you persuade it to believe something else.  Let your mind be your reality.

 

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