People exploding bombs on themselves have an excuse for their behaviors too. Your beliefs seem natural to you. Acceptable. Well thought-out. So don't use that as an excuse when you're trying to justify your beliefs. There's really only one question that matters -- Are your beliefs getting you closer to where you want to be? Are your beliefs helping you? Or are they hurting you?
That’s the side of belief you want to stand on -- the infectious side. But you can’t be infectious about your beliefs if you, yourself, aren’t sure what it is you actually believe in. Whether you are trying to sort it out personally, religiously, or professionally, there are few ways you can work on figuring out what it is you believe in.
If you don't believe that kindness matters, then you'll find yourself reacting cynically, and sometimes quite horribly, when others treat you unfairly. If you don't believe that hard work matters, you'll find yourself chasing shortcuts, searching the web for guarantees, changing your strategy at the whim of experts who tell you there's an easy alternative, and generally failing at mastery.
You know you should believe. You want to believe. But you're just not sure how. It's bad enough that everyone else around you thinks you're crazy. But now there's a part of you that thinks they might be right. That you aren't the person meant to achieve the level of success you envision.
a fire when he got closer than he should have. In a blink, he was swept into the current. A current that rarely existed. And into the water that was usually only waist deep on the toddler. Gardell went under. Flipping and flopping under the swiftly moving rapids. Even if he could have gotten his footing, the water was over his head. Before long he was gone.
Those stories reinforce your beliefs. Your beliefs create and reinforce your behaviors. Which is how your thoughts become things. Thoughts about relentlessness turn into long-term success, even when the odds are stacked against you. Thoughts about how life is unfair lead to perpetual discouragement and jealousy -- even when you achieve some bit of success.
You can spend decades going through the motions, swapping out behaviors in pursuit of better results, without ever figuring it out the beliefs that have been behind it all. If you believe that you're a winner, you'll keep working to figure out how to get there. Even when you don't win all the time. Or haven't even won at all yet.
Joan didn’t know what was happening. Eventually, the pain was too much and darkness set in again. When paramedics arrived, Joan was covered in fire ants. She had landed on an ant hill. In order to protect the colony they attacked her broken body. Biting Joan over 200 times.
It's time to own up to the role you've been playing in your future. Your destiny, your future, your chances at greatness -- those are all decisions you get to make. You are right now exactly where you have chosen to be. If you don't like it, move.
On the other hand, if you look at failure as a game or an experiment -- something that you can change and improve -- you're going to do just that. Keep trying. Keep growing. Keep working at it. Thoughts become things. What you believe becomes your reality. Your beliefs are the building blocks of your future. Even if it wasn't meant to be, you make it so with the momentum of your daily reinforcement.
Words of encouragement aren’t meant to be listened to once. They are to be repeated. Beaten in your brain. Make a playlist. Save the ones you enjoyed the most. Listen to something encouraging daily. It’s too easy to get lost in our own negative mindset. Find the positivity. Press Play. Repeat.
he difference now was, instead of getting sympathy sales, people were huddled in a crowd trying to get their hands on a Huang Guofu original. He made 6000 RMB (or the equivalent of $920) and he donated every penny of it to help the flood victims. Huang is not a billionaire. Huang is not a millionaire. He works a modest job as a museum curator. The money he made, he surely could have used for himself. But despite his physical limitations, Huang knew that there were others at that moment who had it worse than he did.
It's not pleasant admitting your weaknesses or confronting the harsh shortcomings your ego places on your capabilities. But the only other option is to deny your failure and keep on failing. You have to want success badly enough that you're willing to drop pretense and appearance in order to get a little bit closer to where you want to be. If that's you, focus on learning and growing. Don't let pride cripple your ability to be amazing.
To dig even deeper, Newton demonstrated that momentum has both speed and direction. For example, if you were to throw a 2.5 pound model airplane off the top of a small cliff in a southeast direction at 4 miles-per-hour, the plane would have a momentum of 2.5 pounds times 4 miles per hour due southeast measured with reference to the ground. With a calculator you can predict exactly where the plane will land -- without any wind. You can also predict in real time how wind will impact the direction and speed of the model airplane.
Momentum is what you do to sell that thing. You have to build momentum and maintain momentum. Once you’ve done that, you have to be able to have some way to measure it, right? Trying to figure out if you have momentum in your business or if you need to build more or maintain what you already have isn’t as easy as figuring out your profit margin. But it’s not as difficult as you might think. Sometimes you just have to look below the surface to figure out if you are on the right track.
Even though George Steinbrenner didn’t have the typical rags to riches story people like to hear about, he worked each day like he was broke. It was raw obsession. Before every single home game, George would get to the stadium at least an hour before the gates opened to make sure that the place was in pristine condition. He walked every inch of Yankee Stadium, including all the bathrooms, to make sure they were clean and ready for fans. When he ran into young fans, he showered them with attention and conversation.
There are no easy answers. Or easy questions. But these tough, discerning questions will save you heartache and disappointment. They will protect your future momentum. Your destiny. That future you want so desperately for yourself. Take time now to think about where you want to be. And what you are willing to get there.
You can just adjust your daily habits right now and realize the positive momentum you so desperately need in your life. And that's the secret to momentum. It doesn't require a massive daily over-investment of will and skill, money, and emotional bandwidth.
They will rob you of your confidence, steal your joy, and convince you that bold moves are for everyone else but you. They will break your spirit and convince you that chasing something easy, fast, and guaranteed is a better option for you. Which is why not being around them is about the smartest thing you can do. You're not tough enough to counteract their negativity, so don't even try.
hat doesn’t mean you just keep doing what you’re doing. It means you keep doing what you’re doing better and you make small positive changes that will keep you growing. Getting better. Being better. The last thing you want is to lose that momentum and find yourself a "has been" of history. Lost. depressed. Confused. And sharing the war stories of what you did -- not what you are going to do.
Magnus Walker grew up in Sheffield, England with two siblings and both of his parents. His mother worked at a school. His father worked whatever job came along. Both Magnus and his father had a love for cars. Most boys in the 70’s had a love for sports cars. Magnus was no different. His father fostered his affections by taking him to races and car shows regularly. The one show that stuck out to him was the Earl’s Court Motor Show in London in 1977. Magnus was 10 years old. It was the first time he had ever seen a Porsche in real life. It was a 911 model. Magnus walked around the whole car. Admiring the red, white and blue paint. He looked at the sleek interior. He stood at the back and his eyes were stuck on the word “Turbo.” He decided at that moment, he would own a Porsche 911 Turbo one day.
What is a bit more deadly is the damage done by bad personal behaviors when they stop you from building or maintaining momentum because you're too distracted by figuring out how you're going to get out of trouble. How to fix the problem you have. Doing the right thing isn't just so you can say you did the right thing. It's you investing in your future momentum.
We often talk about this story as the heroics of an underdog named Buster Douglas -- and certainly, there is a lot of truth to that. But let's not forget that Mike Tyson's inability to build and maintain momentum was the reason for his loss. A talented person with momentum always beats an underdog with momentum. You have to want it every day. It doesn't matter how many wins you have under your belt or how bright your future might look.
The easiest way to make sure that happens is to get up in the morning with a plan. To safeguard your momentum with a process that ensures you spend your effort and creativity in ways that protect your momentum. But if the beginning of the day is important, so is the middle and the end. Those times when you actually have to get the work done. Not just talk about it or think about it, plan for it, prepare for it, or tell everybody else what you're going to do.
Building momentum doesn't need to be a mystery. If you are questioning whether you have enough momentum right now, the answer is probably “no.” And that’s OK.All businesses, have their ups and downs. The key is not let the downs keep you down for long. Here are a few ways you can build momentum, get unstuck, and start moving towards where you want to be:
Ingvar related to his employees and his customers. Despite his billionaire status, Ingvar still drove an old Volvo. He never flew first class. He stayed in cheap hotels when he traveled. And most of his clothes were bought at a flea market. He didn’t believe you had to be flashy to be successful or happy. And he wanted to always teach that frugality to the people who worked for him. He wanted them to be comfortable. He didn’t enforce strict dress codes and he didn’t get mad when they made a mistake at work. He believed things would work out or they could be fixed.
That's what your values are all about. Ever-changing. Always evolving. Just like you. You might value the wrong thing for a while, only to be snapped back to reality by a situation that forces you to reassess your thinking. Your values change. What you put on paper means nothing. How you live your life means everything.
It's a tough lesson to learn. But an important one to remember. You don't get to decide what other people value. You do get to decide, by your actions, how valuable you become. And that, quite simply, is determined by what you value yourself.
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