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.”


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... 

The Power of Equilibrium

Coming this fall!


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