Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Mike Arend here, founder of Infinite Success Academy and author of "You're The One - an adventure into truth."
As founder and owner of Infinite Success Academy, I have lots of opportunities to talk to people about success in my business, and personal coaching practices. One thing I've found is how different people's definition of success actually is. One person will think running a million dollar business is success, while another feels making $50,000 a year and having lots of time off is the ultimate success.
Of course, there are plenty of non-monetary forms of success people tell me about too. Like being able to stay home with the children, having time to spend with the grand children, the freedom to travel, or write a book. The point is, that there are as many different ideas about success as there are people.
I'm not going to bore you with "my" definition of success, but I will tell you about the feeling I have about it. I feel there is this creative power that lives inside all of us. In fact, it "is" us, it's our being, our Soul. Some of us can feel this creative power very intensely, while others seemingly not at all. We've all heard people say, "I don't have a creative bone in my body." While technically this is true because your creativity doesn't reside in your bones, it's a statement that announces that they are not a creative person.
Then there's still others that either didn't feel their creativity as much, or because of life circumstances didn't have time to hone their creative skills, this is the group I fall into. Early on in life, with two young children, I was too busy surviving in order to be very creative. However, flashes of creativity would show themselves and I would make a mental note to pursue it further later on. Much later on, it turns out.
Turns out the creative power behind all success is the power of your being to recreate the unique expression of life, that is you, at this very moment. That's why everyone has a different take on success. We all live life looking through a pane of glass coloured with our own perceptions, and filtered by our beliefs. So you truly are a "unique" expression of life. Which follows that your success will be truly unique also. I know we like to pad our self-esteem and want to just "fit in", but that's simply not possible. You are unique and your success will be unique. Let go of trying to do what every one else is. Be yourself, the world wants to hear your message not some regurgitated message from someone else.
We are all one and came from the same source, but we're also all unique and unlike anyone, or anything else. We move through life on our own stage, but also participate in every other life that we touch. I liken it to being the big star of a movie, but also playing the parts of the extras too.
We all have tremendous creative power, in fact, you use it everyday. Every single day you are creating your life. All the little decisions you make today are already creating your tomorrow. Unfortunately, many of us allow it to lie dormant. Content to think we're not creative.
Well, sorry to have to tell you this, but you are the most amazing creative machine that has ever been invented in the entire Universe! With thought alone, you hold the key to your very success, whatever form it takes, and indeed the success of the entire human race.
You've been listening to the Mike Arend from Infinite Success Academy and it's been my absolute pleasure to serve you.
Be creative, be you, and be a difference maker in someone's life, today!
Bye for now!
Hello everyone! Mike Arend here, founder of Infinite Success Academy, and author of "You're The One - an adventure into truth."
It's not the realization of your dreams that will bring you happiness, it's the ability to enjoy your life as it is now. You see, we are naturally insatiable creatures; reaching for one goal, we immediately fix our sights on the next.
These pursuits of the next goal are our adventures. They keep us growing, and they keep us alive. Which means, the only constant in our lives is the journey we are on. A journey without end and one that is partially based on attaining things we don't have yet.
So the trick is learning to find happiness even while you do not have all you want yet, because you never will (go back and read that sentence again)!
If we postpone our happiness until we attain all our dreams, it will never happen. It's just a constant cycle and habit that never comes into fruition.
To enjoy life means to enjoy the journey you're on, even though the journey itself implies we are incomplete. Relax, everything's going to be OK. Allow yourself to enjoy your life in each and every moment. Take the time necessary to plan your days ahead and then return to that relaxed mode of enjoying life as it comes to us moment by moment.
This is happiness's greatest secret; and now you know it too!
You wake up in the morning and BAM! it's there. You have been granted another 24 hours of existence on this beautiful planet. No one can take it away from you and no one gets any more than you. We are, in this respect totally equal.
The really good news about all this is that it doesn't matter what you decide to do with your time it just resets again the next day, granting you another 24 glorious hours. And as far as wasting time, that only applies to the present moment. You can't waste the future, it's kept there waiting for you.
So, if we all have the same 24 hours to work with, why is it that some people seem to be able to accomplish so much more than others with their time? I address this issue in my Natural Achievement Coaching program, but for now I'll leave you with a list of things to consider about your use of "your" 24 hours.
1. PERSONAL INTEGRITY: We must learn to manage our time and the very basis of this is discipline, or as I like to call it, Personal Integrity. It's about having integrity with yourself, not just others. You are the most important person in your life. Do what you say you're going to do with yourself. No wiggle room. Prioritize the events of the day and then stick to it.
2. DON'T MISTAKE BEING BUSY FOR ACCOMPLISHMENT: Many of us pack our days full of things just so it appears to ourselves that we are working really hard, when really, we are hardly working! We should equate each individual act with being successful or unsuccessful. If each act you perform today is unsuccessful, your whole day has become unsuccessful. If, on the other hand, each act you have performed today has been a successful one, then your whole day has been successful, and it's the successful days that help us live the life of our dreams.
3. THE ART OF SAYING "NO": Many of us truly want to help others, and as such, have a hard time saying "no" or when we do, it's really only half-hearted and we end up giving in anyway. While it's tremendously giving and gracious of you to help everyone and every cause that you can, it will prove to get the best of you eventually. Remember, we have 24 hours each day and must make the best use of that time. Being too eager to please can be dangerous. We need to appreciate ourselves, our time and our limits. Instead, be eager to please yourself and your family. Don't be so quick to please everyone else first.
4. GETTING MORE OUT OF YOU: If we can get more out of ourselves, we can make an hour just as valuable as 10 hours used to be. We could conceivably get as much done in a day as we used to get done in a week! It's all a matter of increasing our efficiency. If we equate each successful act as being an efficient one and each unsuccessful act as being inefficient, we start to see how this can work in our favour. If you do not, or cannot, complete a certain task then that task has been unsuccessful and therefore inefficient. If, on the other hand, you have completed your assigned task then you are successful, as far as that task is concerned, and therefore efficient. The more you stick with your tasks until completed, the more successful, and then by extension, the more efficient you will become. The really good news about all this is that the law of averages says that you need only to be 51% efficient in order to swing things in your favour. Therefore, anyone can become efficient and anyone can truly become a success!