Core Values

Core Values

Come up with a bullet point list of the words that you want to breed in your working environment, but also for doing business in general. Being clear about what motivates you and the kind of energy you want to facilitate within your team is an important way to maintain a supportive company culture. Think of the qualities you want your team members to explore, what’s important to you, and what you’d like your company to represent. Creativity? Innovation? Flexibility? Balance? Consistency? You can invite people to add a word or two of their own, have a dialogue around it, and see if any suggestions come to the fore for how you can lean more in one direction or the other. By doing this everyone is on the same page and walking in congruence towards the goal. This alone motivates everyone to always do the right thing. Sometimes what you believe is right isn’t but when its done with a justifiable and pure intention you can recover.

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Now or Later?

Now or Later?

via Daily Prompt: Later

Life happens to everyone at different times and in different ways. Either you’re entering a storm, in the midst of one, or just getting over one. Learn through that process so you can guide someone close to use that faces that same storm. Through it all realize that you will never be faced with more than you can handle. Life never gets any easier, we just get better. Its all building your character to fulfill your purpose. LATER we will understand.

Elixir of Life

Elixir of Life

via Daily Prompt: Elixir

 

The life of every person is made up of a variable of components. Each life is different and those components even vary more often than not. These components should be close to your core values and that makes up your elixir. For me my personal elixir consists of love, family, and giving. I feel that if i focus everything i do around those principals there is no way that i can fail.

Love has a different definition depending on who you ask but for me it is an expression of affection. Doesn’t always have to be me simply saying the words to you but rather a feeling that is spread from an action directly related to the person intended. Love truly makes each day better and it looks great on people. I love myself first and foremost and i believe that the first step in loving others. If you can love the person you see in the mirror each day then loving others is comes easy.

Family is a backbone for me and it helps me establish my why. When you have a great support system behind you it gives you a level of confidence that cant be put into words. It allows you to face your fears without even thinking twice about it and the results follow. Allow me to add family doesn’t always have to be related to you by blood, they just have to have a bond with you that cant be broken over the smaller invaluable things in life.

Giving is the last component of my elixir. I believe that giving is essential and it makes the heart happy. I strive to give more of myself each and every day of my life. Giving of my time, talents or treasure. All that you have is for a bigger purpose that you. Its given to you with responsibility to uplift others. Give to give and never regret or give for ulterior moments, it should come from the heart always.

Figure out what components make up your elixir and build those up. Don’t ever compare yours to anyone else’s because it doesn’t fit you.

Collaboration is Necessary

Collaboration is Necessary

There is something that I figured out quite some time ago and it’s really the opposite of what often time is promoted. I’ve realized that success is never really “self-made”. As much as we hear it, it’s just a big myth. You can be responsible for a dream that leads you to success, but rarely if ever will you be able to put that dream in action alone. What you’ll realize is that we need each other. We need a good mentor, we need those missionaries to run with.  Trying to do it all by yourself will eventually just build a big hole. The biggest asset for you would be to build a team. Being a solopreneur is great if it suits you in the beginning, but trying to do everything by yourself when you grow to the point that it’s really stressing you out is no way to run a business. You never want to put on yourself more than you can handle, and the problem is sometimes we don’t know how much it is that we can’t handle until it’s too late. To become a true leader, you will not be defined by leading just your life, but putting others or your team on the path to greatness and crossing the finish line with them.

Chase Excellence and Commit to It

Chase Excellence and Commit to It

Often, I surround myself with people who have achieved massive amounts of success. When I’m around them I sit back and take time to just listen. I get to see the distinct pattern of actions that differentiate them from everyone else.

I don’t say that to insist that one person is greater than the next in any way because we are all created equally. However, what I do refer to is how they think and go about their lives.

Confucius once said, “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

If you sit back and look at the most successful people in every field whether it be athletes, speakers, entrepreneurs, or authors on thing holds true. They made a commitment to excellence and went after it relentlessly. Constantly striving for excellence in every area of your life is ultimately what will determine the quality of your life, no matter what you do for a living.

Staying committed to the core values and excellence is what shaped most of the most successful companies. When an average athlete excels, and becomes great it’s due to his/her commitment to excellence. By simply making a commitment to excellence, and going after it each day with a never give up mindset, and ordinary person becomes a person with extraordinary success. It won’t happen overnight but if you just strive to do better, excellence is the gradual result.

What is SUCCESS?

What is SUCCESS?

There is one and only one person that can answer that question, and that person is you. I believe that one of the most important key steps to achieving success in life is to simply know the meaning of success for your personal life. The true definition of success is much deeper that the surface level meaning that leads to an image, such as having a lot of money, being wealthy, having a lot of tangibles and earned degrees. Not saying that successful people may not have these things, but it’s not the end all be all in terms of success. On the other hand, I believe the core of true success in life cannot be measured with the above-named factors, but instead with the amount of people that can live a better and more advanced life because of what you created. You are put on this earth to change it. You never want to just exist. This is the meaning of success. Instead people get caught up collecting the trophies of life. In today’s day and age, society and the social media influence leads us to often conclude that living a successful life means to be extraordinarily wealthy and have a lot of tangibles. To some sitting down and having a family dinner is a success and that makes them no less successful just because of the absent intangibles. But the meaning of success is waking up happy with the person in the mirror that is actively pursuing your vision and version of success. Determine what your success is and go get that.

“A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one’s own path, not chasing after the dreams of others”. – Chin-Ning Chu

Ever Hit Rock Bottom?

Ever Hit Rock Bottom?

Throughout the course of my life, I can vividly recall many rock bottom scenarios. My parents separating, losing loved ones, breakups, not getting a scholarship to my dream school, financial hardships, and being released by NFL teams after giving it my all. But honestly throughout it all, I’ve learned so many valuable life lessons that I’ll never give back.

1.Only Way to Go is Up

While rock bottom for every person is different, there is one thing that holds true when you hit it. You’re there. You’ve reached that point where you can’t go any lower. This means one thing, and that is that the odds are no in your favor. You have one direction you can go and that up. You can build that amazing life you’ve dreamed starting from the foundation up so lets build.

  1. Be Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

The most consistent thing in life is change. Good thing about that is that as humans we grow the most when we are faced with some type of change. When you use the changes that life throws at you in the correct way, you become an unstoppable force.

  1. The Best Things in Life are FREE

Strange but the things that we get for free in life we place little value on. Your mind is one of those things. When hitting rock bottom, I was finally at a point where I could see value in the free things life has to offer. The sky, the oceans, hearing the wind blow, talking to friends and getting advice, giving advice, telling the people you love that you love them, smiling, laughing, writing, and reading. Start to place more value on these things and life will begin to shift.

  1. Confronting Issues

When you hit that low point, it forces you to look back at all the decisions you’ve made and see where you’ve went wrong. It’s like you must use a magnifying glass to depict everything about the life you’ve previously lived. You lean so many things through this process that allows you to enter a space where you never go back.

  1. The Choice is Yours

You have a choice on how you chose to respond to a rock bottom scenario. You can either choose to confront it head on or make excuses and blame others for the situation. There will be things that you can change, and things that you can’t. Where you channel your energy is going to determine the direction your life goes in next. Regardless always be realistic with yourself, and real results will follow.

  1. What Do You Have to Lose?

When you have nothing, you have nothing to lose. Your safety net is gone so leap out. That business that you always wanted to start but found excuses not to. That book you always said you would write years down the line. The trips you always wanted to just take a backpack and go on. Nothing is stopping you from doing those things, and you will find yourself through the process of doing them. Just begin with action towards them and let the ripple effect take place.

 

Let your rock bottom moment be the catapult to your success. Let it define you but only in a positive way. You can only go up, but how high will you go?