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Life is easy to get lost in. We focus so much on the daily grind and the automated routines we have set for ourselves that we tend to forget to look within to see if we are truly satisfied with the kind of life we’re leading.

A lot of things about life are out of our hands, but the things we value and the things we focus on are completely within our control. Continue reading

Without change, there is no progress. And without progress, there can be no goal attainment or means of achieving success.

We as cautious beings are highly resistant to change. The fear of the unknown that lies beyond is what holds us back, and it is this fear we need to learn how to curb.

For change is the gateway to bigger and better things for you! Continue reading

Posted in Change on April 12, 2017.

Hope is a powerful thing.

It is the expectation of good things to come. Even a mere glimmer of hope can keep one going through the darkest of times.

Life has the tendency to throw you many a curveball. There can be many devastating circumstances you may have to live through.

It is hope that gets you through these times. It helps you persevere and keeps you going. Continue reading

Posted in Mindset on April 10, 2017.

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou

Perseverance is being persistent. Persistent in the face of adversity, to move beyond difficulties toward what you want to achieve. Perseverance is one of the most significant keys to success; it improves the odds of you accomplishing your goals despite any and all odds. Continue reading

Posted in Grit on April 7, 2017.

You don’t need a degree in philosophy to discover the true meaning of life. You don’t need to learn Chinese to form a deep connection with a person from China.

You don’t have to live in poverty to hear the plight of the marginalized. And you don’t need to believe in magic to save yourself from the mouth of danger. Everything you will ever know about yourself, about life, about the world and the life that inhabits it you’ll learn by simply being open to the universe and the lessons it has to teach. Continue reading

Posted in Mindset on March 9, 2017.

I was preparing to launch a Blog yesterday titled “Who is that Blessman in your life stretching you further?” I received an email bright and early from a friend, however, that read, “My son wrote about you in his essay about Grit!” I loved it and was humbled to be mentioned. With that said, I’m postponing my Blog until next month to bring you this fantastic essay on Grit – one of my favorite words!

 

Conquering Goals with Grit

By Luke Lowery
Grit is essential when it comes to reaching goals. Many people have studied how grit works and have proved their theory. Angela Duckworth and Donald Kamentz are two examples of researchers that agree with this idea. Many books and stories portray different forms of grit in their own way, such as the Bible.

Grit, or great courage in the face of hardship, is present in the Bible passage “Grit.” This passage demonstrates grit by working for a goal. “People who are not as bright as their peers compensate by working harder and with more determination.” This passage also offers another man that said some wise words about persevering and overcoming objectives. Donald Kamentz from Yes Prep implies that “students deal with things and persevere through situations” to complete tasks. If you have grit, it will help you complete your goal.

Another story that represents hard work and passionate grit is Jack London’s “The King of Mazy May.” In it, Walt Masters was an amazing example of true grit and will go to great lengths for everything. “It is forty below now.” He wasn’t an ordinary boy, and he used that to his advantage when achieving goals. “He does not know a great deal that most boys know, but knows much more that most boys don’t.”

A final example of grit in stories is A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. In the book, Tree-ear was a boy that had a rough life but always showed grit. Even when times got hard he still worked towards his current goal. “At every step, Tree-ear had to keep his eyes trained on the path and the cart.” At every moment, he wanted to keep getting better and keep his boss happy. “The stirring, sieving, settling and bailing were repeated any number of times, until Min was satisfied with the residue.” Matthew 7:14 reads, “The way is hard that leads to life.” Tree-ear learned this gratitude over time after working for Min.

Many people have learned that having grit is the way to succeed, like Scott Burrows. He wrote the book Vision Mindset Grit and proved that grit is the way to success. The mindset of grit can lead to reaching any goal you try to achieve.

Posted in Grit on January 24, 2017.

What inspired me to write this Blog was a Tweet I read after I presented to the Canon Solutions Annual Conference: “We are all ‘dreaming in full color’ with @ScottVMG at #thinkconference2016.”

It’s easier to tone DOWN a Colorful idea than it is to tone UP a Boring one! So, be willing to see complete success in your mind’s eye first. Now, imprint that outcome. Do it so frequently that your Mind can no longer tell the difference between your heavily-etched idea and what is real. In doing so, it becomes your reality, which then becomes your Belief.

This is one of many strategies that I used to help me conquer adversity and ongoing change when I was told by my doctors that I would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life. That happened in 1984 when I was 19 years old after a life-changing automobile accident left me paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic. And, it’s one of many strategies that I continue to have in my tool kit that has had a profound impact in both my personal and professional life, and I know it can have the same impact on you if you’re willing to take action!

I detail my success strategies in my Book: Vision-Mindset-Grit.

Vision Mindset Grit : How to Stand Up When Life Paralyzes You (Book and eBook)

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