Monday, December 7, 2015

Article on YOUR DESTINY by Jim Rohn

4 Reasons to Take Control of Your Destiny
by Jim Rohn
One of the first things successful people realize is the old adage, "If it is to be, it is up to me."

For you, that means that your success, your course is up to you. This doesn't mean that you do it all alone. It simply means that you take responsibility for your life and your career.
Too many people today look at opportunity and figure it is up to someone else to make sure they get it. They wait and wait, figuring that it is up to someone else. And then the wait is over, and it is too late to do anything. Their life is over and they are filled with regret.

But this isn’t true for you. You know that you must take responsibility for your life. It is up to you.
The fact is, nobody else is going to do it for you. You must do it yourself.
Now, some people might think, That's a lot of responsibility. But here's what I think: That is the best news you can ever hear. You get to choose your life. Hundreds of millions of people all around the world would give anything to live in the situation you do—to have the opportunity to take control of their destiny. "It is up to you" is a great blessing!

Here’s why:

1. You get to chart your own destiny.
Maybe you want to start a small business and stay there. That's great because you can choose that. Maybe you want to create a small chain of stores. Maybe you want to have a net worth of $100 million. That's OK, too. The point is that you get to choose. You can do whatever you like. Different people have different dreams and they should live them accordingly.

2. You reap what you sow.
Sleep in and go to work late and reap the return. Or get up early and outwork the others and earn a greater return. Place your capital at risk and earn a return. Place your capital at greater risk and perhaps reap a greater return. You decide what you will sow and thus what you will reap.
3. No one else can stop you from achieving your dream.
Yes, there will always be obstacles that come up and people who may not like what you are doing, but you can just move on and chart your own course. There is great freedom in that.
4. You experience the joy of self-determination.
There is no greater pride than knowing you set your mind on something and accomplished it. Those who live with a victim mentality never get to experience the joy of accomplishment because they are always waiting for someone else to come to the rescue. Those who take responsibility get to live the joy of seeing a job well done.
Let me ask you a question: Where will you be in five years? Ten years? Twenty-five years? Do you know? Do you have an idea? Have you ever dreamed about it or set a goal for it? Are you willing to take responsibility and recognize that it is up to you?
You will be wherever you decide to be at that point. You decide. It is up to you.
And that is very exciting!
I hope you enjoyed this great article by the late, great, Jim Rohn.  And, as always, be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Beware the POISON of Being UNGRATEFUL

(NOTE: This topic marks podcast #800 for Future You University!)
As I type up this article (I just got done recording the podcast - be sure to check it out as well by clicking on one of the links below the article) it is December 1, 2016. The first day of the last month of this year!
Wow! That's hard to believe! I know that I always heard that, when you got older, time went by quicker and, though I know it really doesn't, I can say that I am experiencing this for sure. TIME seems to just "fly by" at this point in my life.
Just last week in the United States, we celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, which is a day set aside for us to "give thanks" for all of our blessings. I think that is GREAT! I love that we have a national holiday set aside for this.
HOWEVER, I'm afraid that, sometimes, we seem to forget that being thankful is something that should take place each and every day of our lives. Giving thanks (Thanksgiving) should not be just a "day" but, rather, a lifestyle.
Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way: "Because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude."
Don't miss that point! EVERYTHING (all things) have contributed to bring us to where we are today - to make us who we are at this point in our life. EVERYTHING!
Now, listen, I understand that when you look at where you are or what your circumstances may be at this point that you may not feel too grateful or happy about your journey so far. But friend, DO NOT MISS THIS POINT! Regardless of whether things are the way you WISH they were or not - you are ALIVE - BREATHING - which means that there is HOPE for a brighter future! ("As long as there is breath, there is hope!).


Being thankful for what you have NOW doesn't mean that you don't plan, work and strive for something BETTER for your future! (Too many people get confused on this and MISS the point!). You CAN be thankful for all that you have today - yes, even that job that you may not even like. You can be THANKFUL for all that has brought you to this point and STILL plan and work for a brighter tomorrow. These two things are NOT exclusive of each other.

Notice what is said in this graphic:

Your gratitude TODAY impacts your mindset and attitude TODAY. It also impacts the mindset and attitude of those around you. Focus on this (being thankful) and see what begins to happen during your daily activities. Trust me, things we be different in every area of your life. Test me on this and see if I'm not right. (I'll tell you in advance, I am!).

Finally, TODAY is here NOW! Take advantage of your opportunities TODAY! Take advantage of your LIFE TODAY! Take advantage of every precious minute and moment of what is before you TODAY! Once gone, it is gone forever to never be reclaimed or relived. So, yes, friend - TODAY MATTERS! (Be sure to listen to the podcast and hear the story of a friend of mine that passed away two days before Thanksgiving last week).

I am thankful for YOU taking the time to read this blog article and also for listening to the podcast. I do appreciate you being a part of Future You University.

Until next time, whatever you do, always be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"


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