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“Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.” –author unknown



“When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck.” –Norman Lear


Eric Thomas is a Motivational Speaker, Educator, Preacher, Youth Activist, Entrepreneur, Father, and Husband. You can read Eric’s bio here: http://theetstory.org/the-author/bio


“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” — Mahatma Gandhi


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“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden”
–Johann von Goethe

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut? Are you caught up in the same old routine day after day and feel like you’re getting nowhere? Do you feel like you are capable of having more, doing more, and being more?

Our lives are full of repetitious activities from eating to sleeping to brushing our teeth. We travel to work on the same roads, or train, or bus day after day. We take the same elevator, we encounter the same people, we do the same work, we go home, eat, sleep and start all over again. Some repetition is useful and necessary – too much seems to lead to the formation of a rut.

Whenever I start to feel like I’m in a rut I change things up a little. I’ll throw a party, go out with a friend I haven’t seen in awhile, set new goals, go someplace I haven’t been before, find a new recipe to cook, change how I exercise, or learn something new. I don’t like being bored. What do you do to get out of a rut? If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut then keep reading.

How To Get Out of a Rut:

1 – First realize that you are actually stuck in a rut. Coming home from work everyday and just vegging in front of the tv until you go to sleep is a good indicator that you are in a rut.

2 – Figure out the source of your rut. Look at the areas of your life you consider ruts – what activity did you do repetitively that got you into the rut? Why was it a good thing at first and not good now?

3 – Do you want to get out of the rut?

But if we say we don’t like the rut – are we sure we really want it to go away? We must sometimes examine the reasons for our ruts. It may be there to protect us from some pain we perceive that the effort to change would cause.

Most of us don’t change (behaviors, attitudes, relationships) until the pain gets great enough. This doesn’t need to be physical pain – psychological and emotional pain can cause us to change as well. The desire to get out of a rut – in our relationships, our jobs, our free time – will only motivate us when the alternatives become unattractive enough.

So your first task in rut busting is to honestly ask yourself if the pain you feel is sufficient to move you in some other direction. If the answer is “no” then the next task is to begin to add reasons to change. Start a list – write down as many reasons as you can to change and a second list of reasons to let things remain “as is.” -Hal Warfield, “Rut Busting: How You Got Into a Rut and How to Get Out”

4 – Embrace Change.

“If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” –Maya Angelou

Unfortunately, most people hate change, and despise it with a passion. But, life is always in the process of change. There is nothing in life that is stagnant. We are either in the process of growth or in the process of decay.

Look what happens to a fruit after it reaches it’s ripest stage… it rots.

Change is the only thing that is constant in life. It’s always happening, and we are either moving forward in life or we are moving backward.

Life is all about change and there is no escaping it. Change is good, and a person is the most happy when he or she is working toward a goal. That’s why “success” is not a destination to be reached. “Success” is the journey! And, along the journey there will obviously be change.

Who really wants to experience a life without a challenge? Be honest, how bored would you be with nothing to strive toward? -Daniel N. Brown, “How To Get Out of a Rut”

5 – Define what inspires you.

There’s a big difference between taking action out of inspiration versus desperation. What are you good at? What are you doing when you feel most fulfilled? What would you do for absolutely free? What moves you emotionally? When you answer these questions you’ll begin to uncover the things that inspire you. Maybe you feel you’re working a dead-end job in a field you’re not passionate about, but love sports and have always dreamed of working in athletics. Then apply for assistant coaching positions or coach a Little League team. Do it because you love it, not for the money. The money will come if you consistently act out of inspiration. An inspired individual enthusiastically rises every morning ready to face the day head-on, knowing that challenges and obstacles are nothing more than speed bumps along the road to success, wealth and fulfillment. You must first get clear on what moves you and you’ll see your life start to head in an exciting new direction. -James Ray, “5 Steps to Get Out of a Rut”

6 – Develop a plan of action against the rut.

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” –Benjamin Disraeli

- Set goals

- Set challenges

- Set clear intentions – Goals are finish lines, but intention is the process of achievement. An intention has resolve, discipline and commitment. Once you’ve established what truly inspires and moves you, the next step is to set a clear intention to guide your unconscious mind. Be specific. How many pounds do you want to lose in the next 90 days? How much money do you want to earn over the next year? How many dates do you want to go on over the next two months? Then envision what your life will look like once you’ve achieved your intention. When you create a strong enough reason within you, you get it done. Understanding this gives you the edge – but applying it will yank you out of your rut. -James Ray

7 – Stay Positive. Feed your brain positive information. Focus on the present. Don’t spend time regretting the past. Learn to manage your thoughts. Don’t keep complaining. Keep your attention focused on your intention.

8 – Action. Do something different. Try new things. Learn a new skill. Spend time with enthusiastic people.

- Creative activities such as art, music, and writing can be very stress relieving and give you an outlet to express yourself.

- Join a club, engage in new tasks at work, exercise, try a new exercise, read articles or books about others who have achieved great things, learn a new hobby, take lessons, read books on the subject, connect with people with a similar passion, turn off the television, go back to school, sleep more, eat better/healthier, find new recipes to try, try different ethnic foods, try new restaurants, do something for other people, volunteer, incorporate humor, look at things from a different perspective, hire a coach, get counseling, learn time management, learn stress management.

9 – Express Gratitude for all you currently have in your life.

Gratitude is an extremely powerful force. It ramps up your energy levels, puts you in a positive head space and makes what you want in life rush toward you with great intensity. Regardless of your current income, present physical health or success in relationships, you have a thousand reasons to be thankful. When you focus on what you’re grateful for and express gratitude daily for all that you’ve been gifted, the universe will respond with continuously expanding opportunity. -James Ray

10 – Take enthusiastic action each and every day.

It’s not enough to simply think and feel that you’re ready to get out of your rut. You have to go 3-for-3 with your thoughts, feelings and actions all firing in alignment. Fate favors the bold — so act boldly. It’s important that you live from your outcome versus moving toward it. What would a person in top physical condition eat today? What would a multi-millionaire read and what types of people would he communicate with? Once you’re clear on what it is that you want in life, and act with resolve every single day, you’ll generate previously inconceivable results and your life will become a great adventure. -James Ray

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“Give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.” –Christian D. Larsen

“To earn more, you must learn more.” –Brian Tracy

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Here’s a little food for thought today –

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” –Buddha

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
–Anonymous

“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.” –Johann von Goethe

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put this plan into action.” –Napoleon Hill

“Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times.” –Napoleon Hill

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Is there something you’re procrastinating on doing today? Or any day for that matter. One of the things that has been on my “To Do” list for a couple of days is to create an editorial calendar for my blog posts. It’s part of an assignment for the 31 Day Build a Better Blog challenge (sponsored by ProBlogger http://www.problogger.net) that I’m participating in with my blogging buddies — Delicacte Flower http://delicacies.wordpress.com and Digital Citizen http://digitalcitizen.ca . How timely that I should receive an email this morning about procrastination. The catchy title caught my attention. The email was about a book on procrastination titled “Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time,” by Brian Tracy.

There’s an old saying that says…”If the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning is eat a live frog, then nothing worse can happen for the rest of the day!” Well, I can still think of a few worse things…but you get the point.

Brian Tracy says that your “frog” should be the most difficult item on your things to do list, the one you’re most likely to procrastinate on; because, if you eat that first, it’ll give you energy and momentum for the rest of the day. But, if you don’t…and let him sit there on the plate and stare at you while you do a hundred unimportant things, it can drain your energy and you won’t even know it. Hmmm, maybe some of us have too many frogs on our plate at one time and that’s why we’re feeling overwhelmed. Check out the cute video and then read the book excerpt below the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W7GB5Fh2XM

Here’s an excerpt from “Eat That Frog!” that I received from Simple Truths http://simpletruths.com. It’s a small sampling in Brian’s chapter titled: Apply the 80/20 Rule to Everything. Enjoy!

The 80/20 Rule is one of the most helpful of all concepts of time and life management. It is also called the “Pareto Principle” after its founder, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who first wrote about it in 1895. Pareto noticed that people in his society seemed to divide naturally into what he called the “vital few”, the top 20 percent in terms of money and influence, and the “trivial many”, the bottom 80 percent.

He later discovered that virtually all economic activity was subject to this principle as well. For example, this principle says that 20 percent of your activities will account for 80 percent of your results, 20 percent of your customers will account for 80 percent of your sales, 20 percent of your products or services will account for 80 percent of your profits, 20 percent of your tasks will account for 80 percent of the value of what you do, and so on. This means that if you have a list of ten items to do, two of those items will turn out to be worth five or ten times or more than the other eight items put together.

Number of Tasks versus Importance of Tasks
Here is an interesting discovery. Each of the ten tasks may take the same amount of time to accomplish. But one or two of those tasks will contribute five or ten times the value of any of the others. Often, one item on a list of ten tasks that you have to do can be worth more than all the other nine items put together. This task is invariably the frog that you should eat first.

Focus on Activities, Not Accomplishments
The most valuable tasks you can do each day are often the hardest and most complex. But the payoff and rewards for completing these tasks efficiently can be tremendous. For this reason, you must adamantly refuse to work on tasks in the bottom 80 percent while you still have tasks in the top 20 percent left to be done.

Before you begin work, always ask yourself, “Is this task in the top 20 percent of my activities or in the bottom 80 percent?” The hardest part of any important task is getting started on it in the first place. Once you actually begin work on a valuable task, you will be naturally motivated to continue. A part of your mind loves to be busy working on significant tasks that can really make a difference. Your job is to feed this part of your mind continually.

Motivate Yourself
Just thinking about starting and finishing an important task motivates you and helps you to overcome procrastination. Time management is really life management, personal management. It is really taking control of the sequence of events. Time management is having control over what you do next. And you are always free to choose the task that you will do next. Your ability to choose between the important and the unimportant is the key determinant of your success in life and work.

Effective, productive people discipline themselves to start on the most important task that is before them. They force themselves to eat that frog, whatever it is. As a result, they accomplish vastly more than the average person and are much happier as a result. This should be your way of working as well.

Other good links for Eat That Frog!:

To see all 21 ways to stop procrastinating here is a good summary:
http://ezinearticles.com/?Book-Notes,-A-Book-Summary-on-the-Book-Eat-That-Frog-by-Brian-Tracy&id=2047222

Eat That Frog! book excerpt from amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Eat-That-Frog-Great-Procrastinating/dp/1576751988#

Brian Tracy website: http://www.briantracy.com/

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Have you ever noticed that your life is filled with ups and downs? It is never all ups or all downs. Last week I was at the Barnes and Noble just looking around when I saw this book on one of the display tables — “Peaks and Valleys: Making Good and Bad Times Work For You — At Work and In Life” by bestselling author Spencer Johnson. Interesting title I thought. I just glanced at it and kept on walking. Well something pulled me back. I had read this author before and like his work and writing style. So I bought the book and a couple days later sat down and read it in one sitting. It’s an easy read, only 101 pages.

Anyways, the book is a story about a guy who lives unhappily in a valley, who wants to get to “the Peak.” He meets a wise old man who lives on a peak and it changes his work and life forever. The old man tells him that all our lives are full of peaks and valleys. He likens it to our heartbeat. “Like a healthy heartbeat, your personal Peaks and Valleys are an essential part of a normal, healthy life. So are the Plateaus, if they are times of healthy rest when you take stock of what is happening and pause to think about what to do next. Peaks and Valleys are not just the good and bad times that happen to you. They are also how you feel inside and respond to outside events.” So, he goes on to say that we can make good use of our time in the Valley. There are valuable lessons to be learned in the Valley and, you can’t stay on the Peak if you are not prepared. Even though the old man lives on the peak, he goes down into the valley from time to time for provisions. He says that both physical peaks and valleys, and personal Peaks and Valleys are connected. How? He says…”The errors you make in today’s good times create tomorrow’s bad times. And the wise things you do in today’s bad times create tomorrow’s good times. People who use a Peaks and Valleys approach during bad times make things better when they return to basics, and concentrate on what matters most.” If you look back over the course of your life I’m sure you can see the Peaks and Valleys. I know I can. He says…”the path out of the valley appears when you choose to see things differently.”

At first after reading the book I thought — cute story. But like with most everything I read, I see if it can be applied to my life. The answer is yes. Can it be applied to your life? Probably. I’ll let you be the judge of that. Buy the book if you want to know more. He’s got tips for you in these areas:

- To manage your good and bad times
- To get out of the Valley sooner
- To stay on the Peak longer
- To get to your next Peak
- To help People

To learn more about Peaks and Valleys visit their website www.PeaksAndValleysTheBook.com

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Is this you? (click on video and continue reading text below after video is over)

CareerBuilder.com Tips for knowing when it’s time for a new job.

Why is it that we are always looking for something more? What is it that drives some of us to pursue, to find that “thing” that we are passionate about doing? Maybe it’s because we have all been conditioned, programmed to work for someone else and that’s not making us feel fulfilled. We were not programmed to go for what makes us happy or fulfilled, we were programmed to work a job to make a living. And the job you choose will determine what kind of lifestyle you are most likely to have. I say most likely because if you don’t have good money management skills and self-discipline, it won’t matter how much money you make. Did you know they say a lot of lottery winners end up worse off financially? Hard to believe, right?. I’ve attached some articles here on the subject:

http://www.totalbankruptcy.com/bankruptcy_articles_lottery.htm

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/SaveMoney/8lotteryWinnersWhoLostTheirMillions.aspxmake

Don’t you wish there was a magic pill that you could take before going to bed and then wake up the next morning knowing just what it is you want to do with the rest of your life? But noooo…..there’s more to it than that. There seems to have to be some kind of struggle involved. I guess it’s so we can get some of those valuable life lessons along the way — here’s what works, here’s what doesn’t. A lot of people don’t know what they want to do so don’t think you are alone. And some people already know what they want to do, but don’t exactly know how to go about it, are too tired from working their j-o-b to pursue it, or don’t know how to make money, make a living from doing it…. Because after all, we do need money to keep a roof over our heads, food in our mouths and clothes on our back.

So where was I….oh yes, money making decisions. When it came to college I decided to go for the money. At the time I didn’t know what I was going to do with an art degree, so I squelched that idea. I wanted more of a sure thing. Now my daughter is in college. I used a different tactic on her…..I’ve always encouraged her to pursue her passion — Photography and computer graphics. It’s much better to feel fulfilled in what you are going to spend most of your waking hours doing, don’t you think?

Maybe most of us bloggers are secretly writers, teachers — or both, or radio hosts and tv talk show hosts in the making. Think about it…..why do you blog?

So for those still searching, still trying to figure out what they want to be or do when they grow up here’s some videos that may help you:

Po Bronson: A Sense of Purpose

What Should I Do With My Life? Oprah Interviews Po Bronson

Find Your Life Purpose

Find Your Purpose in Life

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