Monday, March 27, 2006

Movie Open Now... Starring YOU!

Your life is essentially a movie. You’ve got lead characters, a supporting cast, dramatic events, and quite a few twists in the plot.

It’s obvious you are the main character in your life movie. Just as important though, is you’re the director. The director can either make the movie - or break it. Why? Because a director’s job is to edit, review, and revise.

Sadly, many people have hired everyone else but themselves for the role. These people often end up a “victim of life.” However, it’s never too late to fire that guy and hire yourself!

As the director, you get the exciting opportunity to keep the things in your life you love, and change the things you’re not so happy about. You get to add a little comedy, action, romance, adventure – whatever it takes to make a life-movie you’re proud of.

Let’s Talk Salary

Congratulations! You have just offered yourself the position of directing your life – and accepted it!

It’s no wonder big-time, Hollywood directors make anywhere between $3,000,000 and $250,000,000 per movie! Yes, you read right - 3 to 250 million dollars. All that for a two hour movie. (yes, I realize time, energy, etc. goes into making a film. I'm just trying to make a point. Stick with me here) :)

Now let’s apply that to you. As the director of your life (because it’s a non-stop job), you will have directed 4380 2-hour movies. Just for fun, let’s say you get paid a mere 2 million per movie. Your annual income would be $8,760,000,000,000!

OK, now let’s be serious. If you’re making a quality movie - one that you’re proud of and audiences will love - don’t you deserve to be paid for it? After all, if every movie of your life is filled with great things, not only do you improve your life, but your family’s and those around you. You are truly making the world a better place.

Who’s Going to Pay Me?

The realist in you is screaming this question at the top of its lungs. The answer: YOU.

How? By investing in yourself. In your life movie, if it’s your financial situation you’re not satisfied with, start by finding another stream of income - preferably one that generates income 24 hours a day. If it’s your health, make a change in your diet or exercise routine. Or maybe you don’t feel there’s enough time for you in your day. As the director, you get the authority to add some “you-time” in your schedule.

The common thread here is to try something new. You’re going to keep getting what you’ve always gotten if you keep doing what you’ve always done. You’re in charge!

And... Action!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The 3 Keys to Success

If you desire to become better, or successful at something, this article will provide you the foundation to get started. Chances are, no matter what your current income, relationship, or job situation is, you wouldn’t mind being more successful. Of course, the term success is unique to you. You must first define success and then determine what you want to be successful at.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. -Abraham Lincoln

The first step to becoming successful is to emulate the ones who’ve already done it. You know the saying: don’t recreate the wheel…

#1 Get a Mentor

All successful people have credited at least one influential person or mentor in their life. Mentors not only provide support but also challenge your thoughts and actions. Not to prove who’s right or wrong, but to open your horizons, offer other options, challenge pre-conceived ideas, and truly help you discover who you are. A mentor will never accept the phrase: “I don’t know, it’s just always been that way!” because a mentor believes you control your future.

#2 Be Healthy

Live… Breathe… Think… Eat: Health.
We all know healthy living (exercise) and eating is important. However, for the road to true success, it’s not enough. It’s imperative your mind – yes, every thought – supports your decision to be successful.

Be aware of negative self-talk or thoughts. They will put a stop to your success faster than anyone or anything else. Which means you may have to re-program your thoughts. To do this, continuously reaffirm the fact you are attaining your goal. Notice I didn’t say you will attain your goal. The key is to focus on your thoughts, not your actual actions. Why? Your mind does not know the difference between fact and make-believe. By repeatedly saying you’re successful, your mind will accept it as fact.

Once your entire being functions at 100%, nothing will stop you. Roadblocks become hurdles, hurdles become rocks in the road. Rocks become great stories along the way. All things will be possible.

#3 Put Blinders On
Only focus on your goal. Henry Ford once said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” Keep your eyes on your goal and don’t look around.

Success (whatever that may mean to you) can be attained by anyone – especially you. With your eyes on the goal, a mentor to guide you, and a healthy attitude, you offer yourself no other possibility than to succeed.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Blame Game

Don't you think if we all took responsibility for our own actions, the world would be a better place?

We would at least have a lot less blame and a lot more problem solving.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Too Afraid to make Scrambled Eggs?!?

I love scrambled eggs... but I'm too afraid to make them.

I'm worried that if I overcook the eggs, they'll be rubbery - or worse - burnt. And if I undercook the eggs, they'll be runny with a possible side effect of salmonella. Of course there's the in-between stage of "just perfect" but then I'm sure I'll second-guess myself, think they're not quite perfect, let them cook longer, and end up with overcooked eggs. So I just don't make scrambled eggs - and can't even entertain the thought of over-easy.

Ok, you got me. It's not true. Well, the egg-loving part is. But the too-afraid-to-make-them isn't. Ridiculous, I know.

So I'm sure you'll agree this is absurd too:
"I just wish I could ______, but I'm afraid I'll fail and look dumb." (Fill in the blank. Here are some examples: break loose on the dance floor... turn my great idea into a profiting business... go skydiving... be a confident public speaker... belt it out on karaoke night... dazzle everyone with my wit at a party)

Uhhh... wait a minute... I think we've all said that before. Ooops.

Maybe we should apply the silly egg story to everything else we want to try.

Because at least if you TRY, you can pinpoint what went wrong and fix it. And celebrate what went right too. Wishes can't be improved upon. Actions can.

I think Nike had it right....
Just Do It.

P.S. No eggs were harmed in the making of this blog, however, 1 was overcooked.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Don't let the guy in your watchtower go on break!

Becuase fear is sneaky. And the mind seems to latch on to fear a whole lot easier than success.

I know I've already posted a subject on fear. But, as life is, when someone who matters to us is affected by fear, it seems to really hit home. It's no longer "oh yes, what an interesting concept" or "isn't it a shame so many people hold themselves back because of little old fear?".
It's now extremely personal, and very very close.

Just this past weekend, I was speaking to a friend whom I considered to be extremely positive. In fact, she's wonderful at twisting the fear into a positive, "can-do" light. So when such a strong, positive force is affected by negativity, you tend to take notice. Anyway, we were discussing a business opportunity that is right up her alley. In fact, it pretty much incorporates everything she loves to do. Once we put all the possibilities out on the table, her first response was a negative - one that doubted her abilities. Here is this amazing woman, yet her first response is to doubt herself. (and needlessly, I might add. I'm still shocked.)

Her response has certainly caused me to inspect my thoughts. So, just a reminder: Just as a school teacher is vigilant of the children in her class - and would not allow unacceptable behavior to continue, we must be extremely watchful of our thoughts.

Life is too great to let fear get in the way.