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Work hard to be lucky

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How often do you say the phrase “must be nice” when referring to another person’s good fortune? We are spectators in other people’s lives, only seeing exactly what they want us to see. And for many people, what we see is a person who is lucky. Their boss is always asking them to lunch. The PTA always takes their opinion into account when making decisions. Or, how did they just decide to open up a business and it became immediately successful?

Luck. Of course. Some people are just lucky.I have a slightly different take this. I don’t believe in pure luck. Sure, some people truly do just happen to be in the right place at the right time when the stars are aligned. But for the most part, ‘luck’ is a strategy for success. What do I mean by that? I mean that the luckiest people you will ever come across are the ones who positioned themselves to be that way.

Lucky people get promotions quicker because they knew building a solid network at work is a hard and fast rule of climbing the corporate ladder. The doors of opportunity seem to constantly swing open for the lucky ones because they got involved in the things they were interested in and consistently contributed to the community. They spent the time to get to know the decision-makers in the PTA, and they formed relationships with entrepreneurs in the area to get their business off the ground so quickly.

So how do you do what they did? How do you set yourself for success before opening the doors to your goals? The biggest thing to remember is to keep going. Keep laying the groundwork for your business idea. Keep going to the gym and eating healthy for your weight loss goals. Keep meeting people in the industry you want to be in. Keep contributing to your desired community any way you can. Just keep going.

Don’t allow the stress – especially the stress associated with this time of year – get you off track. Success isn’t a destination; it’s a choice you make every day to chip away at your goals. Yes, founders of billion-dollar companies are successful. But so is the woman down the street who paints a little bit every day so she can hone her craft. And so is the college student working nights and weekends to pay rent and tuition. Those people are choosing, every day, to do something to better themselves.

When it comes to you in your life, trust the work you’ve been doing towards your goals and know that the work is setting you up to take everything to the next level. Your time is coming, and it is divine. It’s your job to make sure you are up for the task.

Let gratitude be your guide

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Everyone says it every year, but it doesn’t make it any less true: I can’t believe the holidays are almost here! And as much as we all love the food, music, time with loved ones, and general sense of happiness that this time of year brings, there is also an impending sense of doom.

Why do we succumb to the stress every single year? Why are we wracked with guilt when we considering bowing out of one of the many holiday parties we are invited to? Why do we get so down on ourselves when we we’re buying gifts for the people we love and care for?

Most importantly: why do we allow our negative emotions behind money to cloud everything else in our lives? It’s hard enough to keep up with work, school, family, hobbies and the holidays, yet our thoughts never stray too far from the financials behind it all.

And it makes a lot of sense. Every commercial on TV has something to do with purchasing something for a special someone. Everyone at work is talking about the different things they are going to buy for their friends, family and significant others. All of your friends are discussing their travel plans to see family for Christmas or their getaway for New Years’.

More than any other time of year, it’s impossible to not talk about money. But it’s possible to not put money at the center of everything. How do we do that? By focusing on gratitude.

Don’t miss out on this season because you’re too busy concerning yourself with money. Yes, money is an important part of your life; luckily, it’s not the only part of your life. That’s right: you don’t need to put money at the center of your universe because it doesn’t belong there. Remember that your financial life is just one segment of what’s going on. Remind yourself that your true core is your authentic self: not your money.

With that said, I know how easy it is to fall into the stresses this time of year inevitably brings. Instead of bracing for what’s coming, surround yourself in simple pleasure. Yes, this time of year ushers in stress. But fortunately for all of us, it’s also a beautiful time of gratitude. So live in that gratitude for every blessing you can count, and let each one humble you and ground you. Choose gratitude and let it encompass you.

Embrace the struggle, trust your journey

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I believe that you can truly do great things. I know that you can have the life that you want financially, professionally and personally; all you have to do is put in the work. And that’s what I devote this space to: helping you understand your power and working on harnessing it to live your authentic life. But there’s another side to it that few discuss yet everyone experiences to some level. It’s the part of success that drains you and makes you question everything. And today, I want to talk about that.

What do you think of when I say the name Steve Jobs? How about Michael Jordan? Or Oprah? Wildly successful luminaries who changed the world through drive, intelligence and a bit of creativity, right?

Here’s what I think. I remember a man who was fired from his own company and had to completely regroup at 30 years old. I think about a kid who got cut from the basketball team in high school because the coaches told him he wasn’t good enough. And I see a woman who struggled so long and so publicly with her weight that it at times overshadowed her career as a broadcaster. Read More

Honor the divine within you

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What are your dreams? No. Not the ones that are socially acceptable. Not the ones that you think others will understand. And definitely not the ones bestowed upon you by your parents, your best friend, your boss, your professors, etc.

What are your dreams?

The big ones. The scary ones. The ones that you feel like you have no chance of achieving. The ones that got laughed at over Thanksgiving dinner with your family. The ones that your girlfriends gloss over when you bring up the topic.

Let’s talk about them. No, not your dreams; those are there because they were destined to be. Because you are more than capable of making them reality. They’ll be there until you decide to grab them, run with them and show the world who they are. Read More