Monday, January 1, 2018

Want to Be Rich?

Question: Do you want to be rich?

Answer: Doesn’t everyone?

Follow-on answer: No.

You’ve got to be kidding. You mean, not everyone wants to be rich? 

On the surface, the question seems to invite an obvious answer, which begs a follow-on inquiry leading to the real reasons most people have chosen not to be rich…or at least wealthier than they currently are. You see, like it or not—agree with it or not—the status of your wealth is indeed a personal decision you freely make. This question can actually be posed across the broad spectrum of life on just about any topic or area of interest we have for personal development. The focus doesn’t have to be associated with wealth at all. In fact, the question could be posed as follows…

Do you want to be, have, or achieve _______?

Of course, the answer to that open-ended question is also driven by personal choices of which only you are solely responsible. The point I’m making here centers on the fact that, for just about anything you can imagine, personal change requires a conscious effort you must make in order to arrive at a desired state or place in your life. Meet the requirements and life will move in the direction of your desires. If you don’t, it simply won’t. 

When asked what it takes to be rich, the late Felix Dennis, former owner of Maxim Magazine, put it like this…

“You will never be rich if…

You are unwilling to fail…
You care what other people think…
You are not willing to work longer hours than most anyone you know…
You cannot convince yourself that you’re 'good enough'…”

His is a philosophy that can be applied across the spectrum of personal development desires which have personal meaning to each and every one of us in so many unique ways. Want to be a published author, a renowned artist, community leader, elected official, or CEO of a Fortune 500 company? Want to be an effective mentor, a highly sought-after life coach, or the best ____? The same philosophical rules apply. 


“Most people don’t live the life they want, they live the life they are given.” ~ G. Westfal


When it comes to the definition of “rich” I think it’s fair to say that most all of us can agree that, although the term typically evokes a financial connotation, it is best associated with a quality of life that brings with it the elements of gratitude, contentment, and happiness. 

To direct your course, you must first be aware of where you are and where you want to go. Then, you need to interrupt the behavior patterns that have you stuck in the very situation you desire to move away from. You can do this simply by asking yourself a serious of questions that compel you to come up with an honest answer. 

What do I want?

Have you ever honestly asked yourself this question? This question offers unparalleled clarity and direction.

I work with people from all over the world, and I can honestly say that those who know what they want (and can actually define it) have opened the attractive forces that begin to manifest the conditions they desire. It may seem overly simple, but a clearly defined objective (goal, condition, or experience) begins the moment you assign a clear definition to it. The key to your personal definition begins with the simple question that compels you to discover the answer. 

Look, it’s your life. You get to define it. So, what do you want it to look like? Where do you want to live? Who do you want to become? What legacy would you like to leave? Figure this out and you will enact the forces of change.

Some insight: You won’t figure this out in a day. You may not figure it out tomorrow, or next week, or even by the end of the year. That’s OK. It isn’t even the answer that’s important because we all know the answer isn’t static. It’s always changing. No, the real magic behind the question is the question itself. You see, by constantly asking, we generate forces that naturally attract answers. Want proof? 

Questions literally BEG for answers. Take a look at the two-word question I just asked. (Want proof?) No doubt you naturally created an expectation to see proof. (Am I correct?) I rest my case. 

Who can I serve?

One of the best-kept secrets to getting everything you want in life is to find solutions to problems. Your solutions could very well be the ones people have been looking for. In business, we call this adding value. If you think about it, every successful business exists based on the service it provides to others.

Uncertain of how you can serve? Start with the people you most enjoy being around. Ask them what keeps them up at night. Then step back and take a broad look at things to see what commonalities emerge. Act only on the solutions that resonate with you. If you make a practice of doing this you’ll discover ample opportunity to add value. And keep in mind that you don’t have to solve an entire problem to add value. Sometimes if you can merely improve a product or process it will be enough to provide a valuable service to others. 

Why not now?

Make it a habit to ask yourself this question every single day.

Here’s why: When your brain sees a long list of “to do” items, it is asking the opposite of this question. It automatically resists and poses the alternative question, “Why not tomorrow?” This is the essence of procrastination.

If this defines how you currently see things, don’t worry. It’s just your brain asking the wrong question.

Try it out for yourself right now.

You’ve just spent the past few moments thinking about the life you want to live. Then you thought about the people you might be able to serve that will allow you to live that life. 

So, why not now?

If you develop a habit of asking yourself this very question every single day you’ll begin to see your list of reasons for not taking action as the excuses they truly are. 

So, get out there and change your life. You’ll become rich in so many wonderful and amazing ways. 

A message to the young – 

If you are young, remember this: you are far richer than anyone who is older than you. Time is the great equalizer in terms of what money can…and cannot buy. Youth is priceless. Therefore, don’t squander it, abuse it, or take it for granted…ever. 

A message to the young at heart – 

If you’re older, know that it is never too late to become richer than you currently are. 

Until next time…

~ G ~


“Wisdom outweighs any amount of wealth.” ~ Sophocles

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P.S.  Exciting update on the next book, 333:
The manuscript is in the formatting phase!

This phase prepares the interior of the book, from the creation of the table of contents to the best fonts and overall structure of the chapters, interior images, and layout. Each of these elements assures the best reading experience for you, the reader. 

More to follow as we make our way toward publishing... 

333
The Power of Equilibrium


Coming Soon!

***********



Check out the wise, knowledgeable, and often entertaining perspectives of Author Elisabeth Auld inside the editions of

-------------------------------------------------------------



Get your copy of Gary's first novel Dream Operative, a #1 Amazon.com Best-Seller! NOW AVAILABLE on Audible.com!


FEAR Is a Thief is on Amazon.com and NOW AVAILABLE on Audible.com too! This inspiring book is the first in a self-empowerment series that was written to help people get past fear using five fundamental truths as a basis for understanding and taking action for a better life. Get your copy today at: FEAR Is a Thief/Amazon.


Also be sure to check out: KEY HORIZON, the second novel in the G. Weston spy series. This thriller is receiving rave reviews across the spectrum and has captivated a new following of "spy-fi" readers. 




Order your copy of these exciting novels today at Amazon.com.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nine Ways to Accelerate Your Life

The following nine points highlight some of the best advice I have learned over the years as I traveled the road of my own personal development. It's my honor to humbly pass these insightful tips along to you for your consideration as you travel your own road in the journey of life. 

1. You are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.

“Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.” ~ Mexican Proverb


If you think about it, people of like mind tend to naturally gravitate to each other. Boat owners gravitate to other boat owners. Wine connoisseurs surround themselves with other people who like wine. And millionaires surround themselves with other millionaires. 

     Successful people are always networking with other successful people. The benefits of their interaction go both ways in terms of fostering inspiration, innovation, and personal growth. If you really are the sum of the people you surround yourself with, it only makes sense to be mindful to surround yourself with the right kind of people who most support your values, beliefs, and aspirations.  

2. Money, by itself, won’t make you happy.


Money is a means to an end and is most often associated with achievement or status. While it’s true that money won’t make you happy, it can buy you the freedom to do the things that can lead to happiness. 

     True happiness comes from the experiences you have as a result of doing what you enjoy, being around people you love, and filling your time with meaningful pursuits that fulfill your passions. I’ve met wealthy people who are unhappy and not-so-wealthy people who are among the happiest people I’ve encountered. The point is that it’s possible to be happy right now, whether you have $10 or $10 million. 

     To find happiness, try replacing your expectations with gratitude. It’s a great start that will put you on the right path and in the right mindset to discovering the one true wealth. By being grateful for what you have, for being alive, and for having this day, you’ll be more aware of the extraordinary things and experiences that surround you at any given moment. 

3. It’s about the journey, not about the destination.


Most achievers will tell you it’s not so much about getting there, although goal achievement is a virtue; it’s about who you become in the process—growing, learning, and experiencing things along the journey in this one life we have.

     There will be many “destinations” in your life. Once you’ve arrived at each one, the question then becomes, now what? It’s a question that highlights why it is so important to enjoy the ride and be grateful for how far you’ve come, the experiences you get to enjoy, and the personal growth you’ve achieved.

     Therefore, be mindful of every aspect of the journey—from the moments of triumph to the occasional disappointments. Every experience has inherent value. It’s there if you look for it. 

4. Get a mentor—be a mentor.


Mentorship is a two-way street. Every opportunity I had to serve as a mentor has provided an immeasurable return back to me in some way, without exception. I consider mentoring to be based on the law of reciprocity, which simply states, whatever you give shall be returned to you in some way, quite often in overwhelming abundance. Almost every successful person will tell you they had a mentor at some point in their lives. No one succeeds alone. 

     Find someone you admire or look up to and ask them for guidance or advice on your dreams, goals, and aspirations. I can personally attest to the fact that most successful people are eager to help you improve and offer guidance and insight. The information and assistance they can provide are priceless in terms of what you’ll learn, the insight you’ll gain, and the time you’ll save.

     Once you begin to grasp the concepts of success, be sure to pay it forward. By becoming a mentor, you keep the cycle of goodwill and personal growth alive. Mentoring can be one of the most rewarding aspects of personal development. 

5. Find the joy in learning.



Learning is a lifelong process. As the great Jim Rohn once said, “If you’re not learning, you’re dying.” If you cannot find the joy in learning, then you’re simply in the wrong lane. So, find your lane of passion and strive to know everything you can about what motivates you. Doing so will make you an authority and may even make you a recognized and highly-sought-after expert. 

     Every successful person I’ve met is a lifelong learner. They understand the importance of education and the benefits of constant improvement and growth. They are driven people who self-educate through books, audiotapes, online courses, and seminars. Their determination and willingness to learn new skills are largely responsible for the outward evidence of success most people see.

     The true joy of learning is growing. One of the best ways to continue growing once you master a topic is through teaching. I cannot begin to describe the intrinsic rewards I received once I graduated and decided to give back by returning to college and teaching in the lane of my expertise. It is simply an experience money can never buy. 

6. Multiple streams of income will set you free.


The simplest definition of financial independence is “freedom from the concern for income.” Therefore, income is the true source of financial independence. The key to creating and sustaining financial independence is not net worth (although your net worth is a relevant factor in the equation). It is not the balance in your savings or brokerage accounts or your annual salary. No, the key to true financial independence is income by way of multiple sources.

     I often tell people that when they have enough money, they will begin to experience a reassuring sense of satisfaction (there’s nothing like it). When they have an overabundance of money, they will have true financial freedom. It is that overabundance that provides an opportunity to shift the focus from a concern for income to a concern for others. 

     Financially independent people know how to put their money and resources to work. Almost all of them have more than one source of income—investments in securities, real estate, lending, businesses, and partnerships. What are some of the ways you can generate multiple streams of income? 

7. Hate the gym? Learn to hate it less.


Balance is the key to life. In our upcoming book—333—my two co-authors and I remind our readers of the importance of a well-balanced life through an awareness of body, mind, and spirit. The leading chapters cover the importance of health and fitness, driving the point that, everything is secondary to our state of health. 

     There’s a correlation between your state of physical health and its effect on your psychological and spiritual wellness. Each aspect speaks to the importance of strength, confidence, discipline, awareness, and balance. Your physical state of health drives everything else you do. It is the one area of your life that you are in complete control of. Need to lose a few pounds? Don’t like the way you feel? Make a decision, create a plan you can commit to, and do something about it. 

8. Read—a lot.


I was never an avid reader, yet I somehow became a published writer. But when I did read, I read books on personal development. Unknown to me at the time, I was programming my mind for the successes I would later experience in life. Today, I’m a voracious reader, and I continue to enjoy the topic of personal development as I am still learning new things that add value to my life. 

     Books are a great way to learn from the successful people who have traveled the road ahead of you. Each of them has something of value to teach you. Why not lean on them to provide some guidance on what you can expect on that road to your future? 

     Reading is the next best thing to actually having one of the greats personally mentor you (at a considerable cost saving). Consider their advice, insight, and guidance as you determine whether or not their wisdom applies to your life and personal ambitions. Investing in yourself is one of the most rewarding things you can do in terms of gaining a considerable return.  

9. Write down your experiences.


You don’t have to blog to be successful. But it wouldn’t hurt. A lot of successful people are getting their start from capturing their experiences in words in some form or fashion. Writing descriptively is powerful because the process actually helps you reframe and re-live your experiences in such a way that increases your total awareness and appreciation of life. Documenting your journey, inspirations, and experiences allow you go through a process of self-discovery that may, in fact, inspire someone else to do the same. It’s one of the reasons I write this blog. 

     I recently wrote an 11-page guide on how to invest in cryptocurrency. I didn't know a thing about cryptocurrency when I wrote it. The reason I wrote it was to better understand the nuances, details, and potential landmines of the new space. Writing the paper compelled me to conduct research and get the facts straight...for my own protection and wealth preservation. It worked! I now have a solid baseline of understanding in this exciting new world and have been doing rather well as I have fun making a significant amount of money. Also, I now have something I consider to be a great information source for others who are just getting started in cryptocurrency investing. Ah, there's that Law of Reciprocity again...


“It is challenging to be a student of your own life, your own future, your own destiny. Don’t trust your memory. When you listen to something valuable, write it down. When you come across something important, write it down. Take the time to keep notes and to keep a journal.” ~ Jim Rohn

Until next time…

~ G ~


“A wise person knows there is something to be learned from everyone.”

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P.S.  Exciting update on the next book, 333:
The manuscript is in the formatting phase!

This phase prepares the interior of the book, from the creation of the table of contents to the best fonts and overall structure of the chapters, interior images, and layout. Each of these elements assures the best reading experience for you, the reader. 

More to follow as we make our way toward publishing... 

333
The Power of Equilibrium


Coming this fall!

***********



Check out the wise, knowledgeable, and often entertaining perspectives of Author Elisabeth Auld inside the editions of

-------------------------------------------------------------



Get your copy of Gary's first novel Dream Operative, a #1 Amazon.com Best-Seller! NOW AVAILABLE on Audible.com!


FEAR Is a Thief is on Amazon.com and NOW AVAILABLE on Audible.com too! This inspiring book is the first in a self-empowerment series that was written to help people get past fear using five fundamental truths as a basis for understanding and taking action for a better life. Get your copy today at: FEAR Is a Thief/Amazon.


Also be sure to check out: KEY HORIZON, the second novel in the G. Weston spy series. This thriller is receiving rave reviews across the spectrum and has captivated a new following of "spy-fi" readers. 




Order your copy of these exciting novels today at Amazon.com.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Power of Relationships

One of the most compelling human needs is our desire for acceptance. We are social beings by nature. Yet, in our quest for virtually everything we strive for, we often miss the vital aspect of cultivating the right relationships along the way to wherever it is we are going. We seek success, money, happiness, and love, yet when we arrive at these things, we are often left with a sense of emptiness and dissatisfaction. 

Most people are pretty good at knowing what it takes to get to the next level of achievement. Unfortunately, far too few people know how to get there without the struggle and strife typically associated with a feeling of emptiness and a lack of fulfillment once they get there. 

Wherever you are now—in your career, your relationships, building a new business, or just trying to figure out a new course for your life—the question most of us want to know is, how do we continue to become better than we are today? And how do we accomplish that with a genuine feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction once we have achieved our goal? 

Despite your endeavors, there will be inevitable obstacles and setbacks along the way. So, what do you do when you have literally hit the proverbial wall of resistance where it seems to be impossible to go any further? You count on the relationships you have established.  

Success is Built upon Relationships

I have a friend who recently opened a new restaurant in the heart of one of the most affluent areas of Northwest Florida. By all accounts, he is considered the epitome of success. As you walk into his new restaurant you are immediately taken aback by the magnificence of the d├ęcor, the warm and friendly greeting, and the aroma of fresh authentic Italian food. But he wasn’t always a successful restaurant owner. In fact, the odds were stacked against him from the very start. And if it weren’t for the relationships he established, his road to success would have been a lot more difficult and may have been disrupted altogether.

There was a time when this young man couldn’t speak a word of English. As an immigrant from Romania, he saw America as the land of opportunity—a place where smart planning, sacrifice, and hard work pay dividends.
So he rolled up his sleeves, tapped into the power of his dream, set his pride aside, and went to work. One of the first places he found employment was with a small franchise restaurant where he quickly learned the process, from a worker’s perspective. He knew he had to understand how to follow if he ever expected to lead. He worked hard, never complained, and was always willing to do whatever it took to get the job done. His work ethic found favor with one of the owners of the franchise, and soon thereafter he advanced in trust and responsibility to a key holder and assistant manager, and then to manager. 

As the franchise owner got to know him better, she discovered he did not yet own a car, yet this man showed up to work on time each and every day, regardless of the weather or personal circumstances. When the owner asked him how he got to work every day, he simply smiled and explained how he managed to coordinate a ride in with friends. He assured her that he was saving most everything he had made from his job at the restaurant to purchase his first car. He had no credit and no way to secure a car loan, so he had to come up with enough money to pay cash for the car. Hearing this, the owner took it upon herself to offer to help the young man by co-signing a loan, helping him to overcome one of the first hurdles he would face in his quest to achieve his ultimate dream. 

Now, a question most people would likely ask at this point is, “Why would anyone co-sign a loan for someone they hardly knew?” The answer is quite simple really. You see, this young man had clearly demonstrated that he had integrity. He had proven he was trustworthy. And he was loyal. The owner already knew he had an income to support a reasonable payment, and he had clearly demonstrated the discipline worthy of a typical loan applicant that any bank would easily approve, except he had no credit. So the question still remains. Why would she take on the risk of supporting him? The answer: Because they had established a relationship supported by the power of a personal connection of trust and mutual respect. The connection between the two still lives today and is one that defies reason, yet, when viewed from the broader perspective of time and reflection, no one can deny the power of its genuine existence.


Owner, Levi Tischler, posing in front of his
new restaurant, Pazzo Italiano.
My bet is if you ask this young man the secret of his success, one of the things he will mention is the power of maintaining good relationships. He has many. That philosophy can clearly be seen in the way he treats his customers, his staff, and virtually everyone he comes into contact with. He is well-liked, respected, and admired for the way he interacts with everyone and the relationships he has formed.

What is it, really?

For centuries, philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual guides have all grappled with something that escapes logic. It’s called the mind-body connection. It is the essence of a material/non-material connection.
It is a resonance of energy that, when like frequencies are in harmony, insight and awareness increases, igniting a sense of acceptance as lifelong, loyal, loving relationships are formed. These powerful connections go far beyond ordinary surface relationships and are often known to be fundamental driving factors in the success of each and every person in the connection loop. 


The two people mentioned in the story above have continued to support each other over the years. They have established and continue to maintain a healthy relationship that has made all the difference in not only the successful outcome of their individual achievements but, more importantly, the fulfilled satisfaction associated with those achievements. In essence, they are both happy and fulfilled. 

A Powerful Force

The power of relationships is undeniable. Relationships have the power to propel you beyond your expectations or they can kill your motivation and stifle your desire to become more. Your relationships should always be ones that are in alignment with what you believe and what you want to accomplish in life. Don’t compromise on this or make excuses for why you cannot do it. Life is too short to allow anyone or anything keep you from everything you desire to achieve and become. 

Make a concerted effort to better understand yourself. You are no good to anyone if you’re don’t have a healthy view of yourself. We’ve all heard the notion that we should love ourselves. This is to say that we should believe that we are worthy to attract all that is good into our lives. If you are attracting nothing but unhealthy relationships, it should serve as an indicator that you may be compromising what you truly feel you are worthy of. Spend some time on self-reflection. Ask yourself what it will take to develop yourself as the person you truly believe you are to be. 

The journey to create success in life is not easy. The relationships you have will either help you get to the next level or they will prevent you from ever getting there. It took me a long time to understand and embrace that. But once I did, my entire life changed as I became better aligned with the ideals of my hopes, dreams, goals, and aspirations. The same can happen to you…if you are honest enough with yourself to recognize it and determined enough to act on it. 



Create powerful relationships that help you to bring out the very best in yourself and you will find that you will attract the same into your life from those around you. This is the only life you will ever have. Why not make it the best it can possibly be? 

Until next time…

~ G ~


“The best relationships are those where your love for each other exceeds your need of each other.”
~ Dalai Lama

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P.S.  Exciting update on the next book, 333:
The manuscript is with the editors! This is a critical phase in the publishing process and one that assures the delivery of a first-class book. 


More to follow as we make our way toward publishing... 


333
The Power of Equilibrium


Coming this fall!

***********



Check out the wise, knowledgeable, and often entertaining perspectives of Author Elisabeth Auld inside the editions of

-------------------------------------------------------------



Get your copy of Gary's first novel Dream Operative, a #1 Amazon.com Best-Seller! NOW AVAILABLE on Audible.com!


FEAR Is a Thief is on Amazon.com and NOW AVAILABLE on Audible.com too! This inspiring book is the first in a self-empowerment series that was written to help people get past fear using five fundamental truths as a basis for understanding and taking action for a better life. Get your copy today at: FEAR Is a Thief/Amazon.


Also be sure to check out: KEY HORIZON, the second novel in the G. Weston spy series. This thriller is receiving rave reviews across the spectrum and has captivated a new following of "spy-fi" readers. 




Order your copy of these exciting novels today at Amazon.com.