PHPB Book Club: The Power of Thinking Big Review

Think bigSome books circle around how to become successful but leave the details you need on how to make it happen flying in the wind.  This book The Magic of Thinking Big by David Scwartz reinvents this big picture approach to success with tasks to help you get there.  The approach as it works more like cookbook showing you that you already have (or can easily get) everything you need for success and gives you steps to follow in order to make it happen.  Within the book you step in quickly to the idea that the key to success isn’t the best education or the background, it is just YOU and your attitude about life.  Once you start with a great attitude the other things that are needed such are power and skill are energized up to do the work.

The Magic of Thinking BIG RecapThe book served as a great reminder to me that what I need first and foremost is the belief I will be successful.  By tapping into this belief regularly and making sure that I am dreaming as big as I expect to succeed I am starting my journey off on the right foot.  To continue on this path, however, the book also makes some suggestions for avoiding the disease of failure called excutitis.  This disease amounts to the piles of excuses we often use to set ourselves apart from the success we see all around us.  By learning how to look at excuses like bad heath, not being smart enough, not being the right age, and just being plain old unlucky, we work to boost our attitude and truly believe we can succeed.  Doing so prepares us to meet for our greatest battle along the way to success… conquering fear.  While fear can keep you from jumping on opportunities coming your way, identifying your fear and taking action is a direct way to cure the fear and walk away from the battle with more confidence than ever before.

With fear behind you, The Magic of Thinking Big, serves one massive tip – you don’t have to go at it alone.  The world is filled with the creativity and skills needed to assist you along the way and you can easily tap into the creative potential of the world by becoming more open to ideas and change and to work with others for sources of inspiration on how to make things happen.  This attitude towards tapping into the energy of success all around you it not only inspires you to put service first and let the money follow but also encourages others to lift you up along the way.  All in all the book was a great motivator to get in gear, embrace the action habit and stop procrastinating, welcome the lessons in opposition, and harness your desire for success.

Lighting the fire to your personal success with Hip Hop Preacher Eric Thomas

Hip Hop Preacher Eric Thomas and founder of Universal Elite Aerospace Kenneth Morris

Hip Hop Preacher Eric Thomas and founder of Universal Elite Aerospace Kenneth Morris

Success in life is not truly measured in just achieving a goal, it is in the daily push you make to take the small steps closer and closer to your goal.  Without question this a tedious process, and the daily grind and setbacks is one of the major reasons small detours can become permanent stopping places for those working towards success.  In order to get back on track or light a fire to make you run, not walk, towards the future you feel destined for it is good to seek out those whose moving works and uplifting spirits can remind you of the prize and the sacrifices you must make to get there.  One of the most vibrant voices in this spirit is Hip Hop Preacher Eric Thomas with his inspiring message to push towards your dreams and to not accept no as an answer.

I had an opportunity to feel the powerful message myself in Eric Thomas’s private engagement at the Universal Elite Aerospace program.  The Universal Elite Aerospace program is in itself a wonderful source of inspiration geared towards educating and stimulating on a career in Aviation.  Coordinating an event with Eric Thomas is so powerful because it is a great reminder that no matter how good our personal present is, it will can all dwindle away without making the necessary investment into our future…the youth.  Its founder, Kenneth Morris, is a living demonstration of what personal motivation paired with powerful inspiration can achieve.

As Eric Thomas walked in the room the excited and energy of the room became electric.  Each person who was a fan of him from his website or social media presence realized the distinct difference in listening to a great speaker and listening to them in a room of likeminded individuals ready to make changes in their lives and their perspectives.  Eric Thomas, like most great speakers, carries such a punch not in the words he says but the strength and experiences that have made him the man he is and developed the message he was set to deliver.  As he shared his struggles and made the connection to the life stories of the various listeners in the room four universal reminders became clear:

  • Be courageous enough to start your own: With the world waiting to peg us into a predetermined assumption of who we are and how far we will go, it is important to remember that the only person who can truly decide this outcome is us. In choosing your future you don’t have to accept what the society and fate the world gives you.
  • Read books, get connected with history: With the internet and TV making so much information available it easy to confuse what you read and hear with the truth. By investing time into reading, history and autobiographies you get an intimate glimpse into how others faced and conquered defeat.
  • Excel at everything you do: In facing the continuous test life throws at you, the possibility for victory in the war come daily. The ultimate war is won with a commitment to do your best, with or without others watching or recognition. The formula is simple: first you find out what the expectations are, then you meet the expectations and then you beat the expectations. There is no better preparation for your biggest challenges in life than this daily commitment. With making a daily decision to be phenomenal in all you do you ensure you will be forgotten.
  • Know your why: All the hard work and dedication to reach your dreams there has to be a basic connection to the why that motivates you to press on. Whether it is your family or community or heritage having a connection to why you work so hard to preserver will be the life persevere when life becomes overwhelming and threats and early defeat.

In all it was a great event that lit a fire under my goals to put in the work to make them become a reality!  Check out Eric Thomas and get in on the success movement today.

Using yesterday to motivate your present and future

Lessons learnedAt every point in our lives there is a lesson learned.  Sometimes these lessons are of success and happy times while at other times the lessons are marked by defeat, failure and heartbreak.  These experiences, however, are all in vain if we do not learn how to apply them to the challenges we face in the present and the plans we have for the future.  Sometimes, however, the little gems in the lessons learned can get washed away over time and just reduced to the trials and tribulations of life.  These treasures can instead be used as weapons in your armory to battle indecision, lack of motivation, procrastination, or whatever hurdles you currently face.  Here are some tips to learning how to reapply lessons learned and make them relevant to more recent challenges

Stop and reflect: Often memories bring back the emotions of how we felt after life lessons, whether they are good are bad.  The emotions, however, can often cloud or taint some of the facts.  When you can take a look at the past with new eyes and a fresh perspective, however, you can pinpoint some of the things that were done well and things you can do better when approaching similar challenges.  Relationships are a great example as often people leave one bad relationship just to step into essentially the same relationship with a new person.  When you get away from the how the good parts of the relationship made you feel you do a better job of pinpointing not just the qualities in other people that don’t work well for you, but more importantly how the choices you made can be improved.

Get to the truth of the matter: There are two sides to every story and then there is the truth.  When you live through something it is easy just to see your side.  With wisdom, however, comes the understanding that truth, like beauty, is found in the eye of the beholder.  Taking a look back and reflecting on something means nothing if you are not willing imagine the possibility that your actions or reactions may not have been right or could have been better.  The luxury of hindsight is that you are no longer forced to make a decision with limited information, you have the ability to take a 360 degree look.  When you do that some of the pearls of the lessons that may have been missed can begin to shine through.

Keep a journal: Taking a regular log of your life helps keep fresh some of what drove you in the past and can be a great motivator for the future.  For years I have documented my work activities in a journal.  Going back and reading what my day looked like six or seven years ago is a great way to keep my motivation high and rekindle the hunger that drove me right out of college.  These reminders are a great way to get out of the rut that can come when we get to the age where we get a little more comfortable with where our life is.

Turn lessons learned into affirmations.  Affirmations are simple reminders you can integrate in your daily life to increase the positivity and build faith in what you want to accomplish. It’s nothing fancy just a personal message to yourself of your true strengths and ability to overcome help keep these lessons fresh and the skills you took away from the situation.  As positivity breeds positivity a lesson turned into an affirmation can be that daily kudos to yourself to keep you on the path of success.