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Start 2018 Right with this 3-Day Challenge

Are you looking to start 2018 right? Try this simple 3-day challenge and start improving your year just a day at a time! Begin to change your outlook on life and bring a little more positivity into the new year.

Day One: “Think success and it will happen.” Thomas D. Willhite

Before you get out of bed in the morning, smile and think, “This is the best day of my life!”

Before you do anything else take the time to meditate or pray. Express gratitude for the blessings in your life.

Imagine how you want your day to go. How do you want to feel? Who are you going to help? What do you want to accomplish?

After your meditation or prayer, write down your intention for the day. Pick one specific thing you would like to have happen that day (i.e. today I will not yell at my children).

During the course of the day, reflect on who you want to be and what you want to accomplish. This will be especially hard, but very helpful, when you find yourself in a less than desirable situation that puts you to the test.

Before you go to bed, take time to reflect on your day. This can be done through prayer or meditation.

Day Two: “The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” Henry Ward Beecher

Repeat all the steps for day one and…

Notice all the good things that happen to you throughout the day, however small they may be.

Before bed, record in your journal all of the good things that happened that day.

Day Three: “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha

Repeat all the steps for days one and two, plus…

Pray to be able to see yourself as God sees you. Then…

Sit in front of a mirror for ten minutes without thinking any critical thoughts or finding any flaws. You may only extend mental compliments and love to yourself. Only positive thoughts are allowed. If you want a real challenge, every time you criticize yourself, start over!

Make a list of all the good things you accomplished during the day.

You can repeat this challenge as often as you’d like. Put your own spin on it and continue to push yourself to your full potential! Make 2018 the best year yet.

 

Purpose: Good Ideas Don’t Make Money

We have been speaking on common misconceptions about purpose. Here is the second one we need to address:

2. You can make a good income on your big ideas bulb

This speaks specifically about money, which means for all of us, it’s time to be real. You can’t live your purpose, no matter how good an idea, unless it can give you a return. Some say that they love what they do so much they don’t need to get paid doing it. But, if you can’t get a return on all of the work you put into your idea, you won’t be able to keep doing it. Eventually you’ll have to do something else to take care of your needs, in other words, earn some money.

To know if an idea is able to draw in good income, you will have to pursue that idea with passion and diligence to see what works and what doesn’t; then (this is key), adapt and change when necessary- even if that means dropping the idea altogether and going back to the drawing board. Your vision of your purpose will become more and more clear as you do this. Good ideas don’t make income- value and pursuit makes income. If it offers value to others and you pursue it vigorously, it will work.

It’s important, however, that you keep good ideas and purpose as separate things in your mind. Your purpose doesn’t necessarily change, but the idea or avenue you test to fulfill your purpose will need to change until it works. All to often we think HOW we go about fulfilling our purpose IS our purpose. The two are not the same.edison

No matter what, don’t give up on your purpose. Be resourceful, persistent and unwavering. Eventually, you will find a HOW that works.

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Purpose: You’ll Just Know

Another misconception about purpose is one that many hopefuls repeat. It is:

Once you find your purpose you’ll just know it

Unfortunately, friends, family and even some “experts” say this same thing in more or less words. Not only is this ridiculously vague, it leaves you confused. It’s most helpful to provide some indicators or measurements for you to know you have pinpointed your purpose. These are two indicators that I want to share with you:

1. Can you monetize it?

2. Does it positively impact others or add value to their lives?

Ask yourself: why would monetizing it be an indicator? Because the simplest and most fundamental way to know if your purpose is actually your purpose is by the way people value it. People prove to you that what you’re doing is actually providing them value by paying you. It’s the act of putting their money where their mouth is. Anyone can say it sounds good, but will they pay for it? Money is the truest indicator.

Now, before you look purely into monetizing purpose you need to consider this second indicator. When trying to clarify your purpose, you have to keep your focus on others. You must be able to ask yourself if your purpose is positively impacting others and adding value to their lives, not just yours. Your true life purpose is never about yourself, and is always about others. It’s not truly your purpose if you’re doing it for selfish reasons. If your focus is all on making lots of money, you won’t make lots of money (at least not in good or fulfilling ways).

Purpose is about using your gifts, time, and talents to help others improve in some way. I have colleagues who’s purpose is to teach other’s how to be great at sales, or achieve optimal health, where I help people monetize their mission and reach their niche. I do it so others can go to bed each night feeling fulfilled and knowing they made a difference, and for some of my colleagues, they do it because they want others to have financial freedom, or to live vibrantly for their families. No matter what it is you do, your purpose will be about others.

Of the three misconceptions that you have read in the past 3 blog posts, you’ll notice that the same two things kept popping up: money and adding value to others. Understand that you cannot expect to be able to figure out making money and adding value just starting out. Run with an idea, test it out. Figure it out by trial and error. Of course, I recommend getting a mentor so you spend less time “trying” to get it right and more time getting it right the first time. Just know that your purpose only becomes clear by working it out enough to shake off all the uncertainties. As a mentor and speaker I have helped thousands around the world live their purpose successfully, which is why I can tell you with certainty that money and value are the clearest indicators of your purpose.

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Confusion about Purpose

There are some misconceptions that are common when it comes to your purpose and mission. These create confusion and cause so many to waste precious time and resources when they could actually be making lots of progress.

A few of the most common misconceptions are: If you have a purpose and you’re passionate enough, you will succeed; and you can make a good income on your big ideas; and once you find your purpose you’ll just know it.

If you are going to succeed it’s important I save you time and frustration by debunking these misconcepts. In this post I’ll unravel the first one:

If you have a purpose and you’re passionate enough, you will succeed

As much as this one might seem like it makes sense, let’s admit it, we all know people who are very passionate and aren’t successful. Now, some may ask, what do you mean by successful? From my experience and expertise success in your purpose is measured by both money and more importantly, impacting other’s lives. If you can’t do both, then you aren’t succeeding. If it’s your purpose it should be able to do both. Even people who work for charities or choose to donate all of their money to causes, must have money to cover naturally occurring expenses. In more rare cases some have family members that sponsor them to go do “XYZ” but that is extremely rare, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably not one of them.

So, how do you succeed? You find out how to fulfill your purpose by what you do and how others value it enough to exchange money for the benefits you provide them. When you do it correctly, the money does start to flow.

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