The days grow shorter, the leaves fall from the trees and winter approaches. Animals hibernate and people “settle in” for the cold season. Even trees seem to come to a complete halt. But trees possess a magic in the winter that allows them to survive. On a molecular level, tree membranes become pliable and the fluid within the living cells becomes like an antifreeze. This process changes the tree cell viscosity to where cells appear solid which increases the tree’s survival rate. Why would this matter to you? Trees appear dormant in the winter. But are they REALLY dormant? Absolutely not! They are busy changing on the inside to prepare for the harsh winter conditions that may come their way. Not all winters are difficult but they prepare nonetheless.
Will you survive your “winter”? What are you doing to prepare?
Being a ravenous reader is one of my hobbies. Books, whether fiction or non-fiction, open the mind to possibilities beyond our current thinking. My focus has primarily been on the motivational and educational spectrum but there is great value in reading a book that sparks the creative powers of imagination.
The book that has made the biggest effect on my life in 2016 is The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. I devoured the words and I’m listening to it on audio again. The words literally leapt out of the book and slapped me upside the head! As I awoke from my status quo stupor I realized that BIG changes were necessary if I intended on living the life of my dreams.
Small smart choices + Consistency + Time = Radical Difference
“The Compound Effect is the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices.” ~ Darren Hardy
Do you want to apply the Radical Difference and add some attainable goals? I highly recommend The One Thing by Gary Keller. This book is very in sync with the teachings of Darren Hardy. Both writers suggest time blocking for extraordinary results. You will learn with very clear and defined instructions on how to accomplish your goals and gain productive time.
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” Jim Rohn
Bottom line – A book CAN change your life but you must take ACTION.
Leave a comment below about a book that has changed your life. Thank you in advance for sharing!
Just when you think you are at the top of your game … BOOM! I had a sudden realization that although I loved my job and my co-workers, I was not living up to my potential. I had two choices: 1. stay in the discontent of living small or 2. take a good look in the mirror and see where I could make improvement.
After attending two life changing events (UPW Dallas and Masterminds – more on this later), I began to feel sad and somewhat depressed. What if there was more to life than just smooth sailing? I watched as Tony Robbins and Darren Hardy took the stage and spoke about taking massive action and the compound effect of small changes over time. Although both had different angles on making a change, the messages were similar. A different outcome would require a different approach.
Einstein’s explanation of insanity began to make sense – “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”
It became rather clear to me that personal change was not an option but a necessity! The changes began in June of 2016. The fear set in pretty deep and I developed migraines so painful that I had to take a week off of work. I realize looking back that the headaches were a manifestation of the fear of change.
As Tony Robbins says quite often, I made the jump and, “Burned the Boats”. No turning back now! I’m happy to say that I am deeply out of my comfort zone and that’s okay. It is both humorous and exhilarating.
“Life happens outside of your comfort zone.”
If you want to kick start your life, try doing something different. Hire a life or business coach, attend a motivational conference, read about your favorite successful business leaders and emulate what they do. Let your discontent fuel you to make a change. Time to stop living small and LIVE LARGE!
Stop planning and begin embracing the Here and Now. I remember almost seven years ago, how I planned to work for a year and then quit my job to write a book. I had everything planned out and set expectations on how it would happen. Guess what? I am still with the same company and STILL writing my book!
Here is what I have realized:
1. Everything happens in Universal (God’s) time.
2. I am not in control of every step.
3. Work has been a blessing. I have had a lot of growth and experience in my job. In turn that experience has helped me to develop my gifts and talents.
4. Bloom where you are planted!
If you have a vision, desire, plan – you must do what you can to make it happen and then let go of all expectations. Allow it to come to you.
To sum it up:
1. Be centered, assured, believe in self. The more you believe the faster it will happen.
2. Let go of fear and negativity associated with past.
3. Let go of the need to plan.
4. Don’t question – ACCEPT!
5. Acknowledge that there is a Universal time that you do not control.
Embrace the art of letting go. Stay fluid and release physical attachments. Be grateful for all that happens in your life. You may be unaware of the path that you need to take in order to get to where you want to go.