The Daily Love Extravaganza

If you haven’t already signed up the Daily Love Extravaganza happening July 15th through the 19th, it looks to be one of the most inspirational events of the year and better yet, it’s free! Mastin Kipp has gathered some of the greatest inspirational speakers and is hosting this free online event. If you feel so inclined please check it out at The Daily Love Extravaganza. I will definitely be watching!

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The Root of Joy

“The root of joy is gratefulness.” ~ Brother David Steindl-Rast

We all have parts of our lives that bring us joy. The best way to expand on this is to be grateful. Taking a moment to be thankful out loud will help to keep you grounded and content. contentment with what you have is the path to gaining more of what you desire and will lead you to true happiness.

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Limitless Opportunities

As children we see the world as boundless and full of opportunities. Every day is filled with new adventures and discoveries. When do we lose this? When do we stop seeing life as promising and fall into mediocrity? For that is what happens to us. We settle into our “adult lives” and work at jobs we don’t really like to pay our bills and be “responsible.”

Our only ray of sunshine is a vision of the day we can retire and be free to do “what we want.” We can finally fulfill our dreams of travel and work on all of those projects which have been rattling around in the back of our minds for decades waiting for our retirement.

The sad truth is, many of us reach that magic year and either realize we did not plan well and still need to continue to work, or for some, we get ill or suddenly drop dead of a heart attack a week after because we did not pay attention to our health while we followed our careers.

Why do we wait so long to follow our dreams? Why can’t we enjoy the world why we are still young? Why do we need to wait for some magical time called retirement to really start living? I’m not saying drop everything and start living under a bridge. But I do think we can start to see wonder in our everyday again. We can start to love life again. We can dust off those great ideas we all have and start working on them today. Turn off the TV, get rid of all of the activities you feel obligated to do and start working on your dreams.

It won’t be easy, but it will be satisfying, and isn’t that what we all really want?

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Dreams

Where do you want to be five years from today? It’s time to take a page out of a child’s imagination and begin to dream again. Without dreams our lives become stagnant and boring. Ask the questions Where do I want to be? How am I going to get there? and Why do I want to go there? 

Refer to your answers whenever you feel lost and get yourself back on track. There is so much life has to offer, all you need to do is start with a dream.

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House of Cards

As I look at the world around me I see many problems, problems we created ourselves. Somewhere we lost our way. We work at a job or career just because it “pays well” rather than how it makes us feel. We think of “security” as making more money rather than reducing risk. We place more importance on “stuff” and the latest episode of “The Voice” than we do on our dreams and ambitions.

Unfortunately this is all being taught to the next generation. We may be spelling our downfall. Instant gratification, the love of material items, and children left at home to raise themselves with a television are not the direction we as a nationHouse of Cards need to be heading in.

Did you know in China the average consumer debt per individual is less than 1% and the majority of Chinese who own their own homes did so without incurring a mortgage? Americans have an average debt to income ratio of 136% while the Chinese debt to income ratio is only 17%. This is why our national debt is so high and why we owe so much to China. The sad thing is the Chinese Government wants to increase consumer credit among young Chinese so its people can have a “higher standard of living” and not rely so heavily on American consumers.

Believe me, I’m not a fan of communism but I wonder if the Chinese people are under as much stress as we are. I am a firm believer in capitalism, but I do know that spending more than you make is folly. I also know many Americans feel trapped and see no way out of the house of cards they built. It is difficult to change your way of thinking and living, but sometimes the hardest path is the one you should be on.

Maybe the gratification we should be looking for is inside us. Maybe materialism needs to take a backseat to following your calling. Maybe getting rid of debt and creating industry will be the way to a future for our children and our nation.

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Balance

 “I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles.” ~ Zig Ziglar

So many times we create goals that are far reaching and ambitious. There is nothing wrong with that. In fact, you should create goals that are just out of your reach. What you think is possible is oft times limited by your own perception.

The problem comes when we don’t analyze the costs of pursuing our goals. We all have a limited amount of resources; time, energy, and sometimes money are finite. We only have so much and we have more than our one big goal to accomplish in this life.

If you want to spend your time, energy and money building a business, some other part of your life is going to suffer. The trick is to make a conscious decision on what will be sacrificed. If you leave it for life to decide, you may end up with a fractured marriage or poor health. Deciding in advance on what will be forfeited will help you stay on track and keep you from becoming disillusioned.   

The point is, when you lay out your roadmap to where you want to head, be sure to analyze the costs and choose wisely and with purpose. Some areas of your life might be o.k. if your sacrifice them occasionally, but others might suffer greatly. Ultimately, you need to be the one to decide.

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One Word

I recently picked up the book “One Word That Will Change Your Life,” by Dan Britton, Jimmy Page and Jon Gordon. It’s a short easy read with a great idea: find your one word to focus on for the coming year and use it as a tool to tailor all of your decisions.

After some meditation, my one word came to me: Growth. I want to see growth in so many areas of my life; family, financial, career, spirituality and relationships. This is a great method for streamlining your goals and really zeroing in on what you truly want to accomplish.

Before I make any descision, I just ask, “Is this going to help me grow?”

I plan to make this an annual process I go through each year on my birthday. What would your one word be?

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