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2018 Life Lessons

As 2019 approaches, it’s that time of the year to look back and search for lessons we’ve learnt during this past year. It is impossible to go through a whole year and not learn something new about yourself and about the world around us. Here’s my list:

1. What you feel is what you attract. The Universe is listening to us. Let’s fill our lives with positive affirmations and reap the rewards.

2. Enjoy life. This very moment, is my life. Life is not between the moments of your birth and death. Life is between now and your next breath. Right here and right now is your life.

3. A lifetime isn’t very long. This year we saw the passing of many people. Life is now, so whatever you need to do, start doing it today. There are only so many tomorrows.

4. Make time for family. Family always comes first, always.

5. Be kind. Small acts of kindness can make the world a better place. Kindness is the only investment that never fails.

6. Check your emotions. When you’re dealing with a crappy situation, it’s very easy to let emotions get the best of you. Learn to check them between the lines.

7. Respect your gut feelings. Gut feelings come from your so many years of experience … don’t ignore it. It comes from your soul.

8. Learn to let go. People who are controlling have a hard time moving through the world. Let go. It’s simple.

9. Let them be. Some people live in La La Land. Let them be as they belong there :-).

10. Show up mentally and emotionally every day. If your body will show up, your mind will show up too. Have blind faith in your goals, follow it with passion and with purpose.

11. Live life on your terms. Put you “honest” opinions out there. When you put yourself out there, you’re going to get judged. Ignore the negativity. Only God can judge you.

12. You can say “no”. Saying no does not make you selfish. Look at your time as being one of the most precious things in life.

13. Never stop learning.  Read more books, go to more conferences as learning never ends. Learning is earning!

14. Make health a priority. Exercising, working on our mindset and eating healthy. They are all tied in together to help us live a wholesome life.

15. Bless everything you do. Let’s be grateful. Our attitude toward life will determine life’s attitude toward us. The more we express our gratitude, the more we have to be  grateful for.

2018 has also been a year of distressing news, cruelty in many parts of the world, good people dying and the list goes on. If we were to pause and reflect on the good moments though, I think we’d find there are always more things to be grateful for than ever.

Until this time next year … Let’s make everyday count. God bless.

2016 Life Lessons!

As 2017 approaches, it’s that time of the year to look back and search for lessons we’ve learnt during this past year. It is impossible to go through a whole year and not learn something new about yourself and about the world around us. Here’s my list:

  1. What you feel is what you attract. The Universe is listening to us. Let’s fill our lives with positive affirmations and reap the rewards.
  2. Enjoy life. This very moment, is my life. Life is not between the moments of your birth and death. Life is between now and your next breath. Right here and right now is your life.
  3. A lifetime isn’t very long. This year we saw the passing of many people. Life is now, so whatever you need to do, start doing it today. There are only so many tomorrows.
  4. Make time for family. Family always comes first, always.
  5. Be kind. Small acts of kindness can make the world a better place. Kindness is the only investment that never fails.
  6. Check your emotions. When you’re dealing with a crappy situation, it’s very easy to let emotions get the best of you. Learn to check them between the lines.
  7. Respect your gut feelings. Gut feelings come from your so many years of experience … don’t ignore it. It comes from your soul.
  8. Learn to let go. People who are controlling have a hard time moving through the world. Let go. It’s simple.
  9. Let them be. Some people live in La La Land. Let them be as they belong there :-).
  10. Show up mentally and emotionally every day. If your body will show up, your mind will show up too. Have blind faith in your goals, follow it with passion and with purpose.
  11. Live life on your terms. Put you “honest” opinions out there. When you put yourself out there, you’re going to get judged. Ignore the negativity. Only God can judge you.
  12. You can say “no”. Saying no does not make you selfish. Look at your time as being one of the most precious things in life.
  13. Never stop learning.  Read more books, go to more conferences as learning never ends. Learning is earning!
  14. Make health a priority. Exercising, working on our mindset and eating healthy. They are all tied in together to help us live a wholesome life.
  15. Bless everything you do. Let’s be grateful. Our attitude toward life will determine life’s attitude toward us. The more we express our gratitude, the more we have to be  grateful for.

2016 has also been a year of distressing news, cruelty in many parts of the world, good people dying and the list goes on. If we were to pause and reflect on the good moments though, I think we’d find there are always more things to be grateful for than ever.

Until this time next year … Let’s make everyday count. God bless you.

Happy New Year! Lessons Learned…

New Year  marks a new beginning. New people to meet, new adventures to enjoy and new memories to create.

But first let me take some time and be grateful. Be grateful for all of the people that I was able to serve this year, be grateful to my family, be grateful that you are still alive and can walk and talk. Be grateful that that I have my health, and for life itself.

Now, as the New Year approaches, it’s time to look back, appreciate life, and also search for lessons we have learnt this year. It is impossible to go through a year and not learn something new about yourself and about the world around us.

Here’s my list of 15. As per previous years, I pass this list on to you with the simple hope that it may make you think!

  1. Enjoy life. This moment is my life and it is between now and your next breath. Spend it in full, in kindness and in peace, with your loved ones. I have seen and gone to too many funerals this year. Every day above ground is a good day, so let’s enjoy very minute of our lives.
  2. Life is not a roller coaster but a set of railroad tracks….at any given moment there are negative, discouraging, upsetting things that are passing through our lives; at the same time there is a ‘track’ going through our lives of positive, exciting, rewarding things. The choice we have every day when we wake up is which track are we going to focus on. Rick Warren (author of Purpose Driven Life)
  3. The purpose of your life is to truly live before you die, and the purpose of business is to fund that perfect life. Always find “me time” and family time.
  4. What I focus on shows up more in my life.
  5. Be kind. Small acts of kindness can make the world a better place. Kindness is the only investment that never fails. Be the change you wish to see in the world (Gandhi), as hard as it may seem.
  6. Don’t procrastinate. When you procrastinate, you become a slave to yesterday. Be proactive. Have a purpose.
  7. Learn to let go. People who are controlling have a hard time moving through the world. Let go. It’s simple.
  8. No one succeeds alone … be open to, and grateful for the wisdom, learning and assistance of others
  9. You become like the 5 people you hang out with, so hang out with people who are worth it.
  10. Check your emotions between the lines. When you’re dealing with a crappy situation, it’s very easy to let emotions get the best of you.
  11. Check your ego. Don’t fall in love with being famous, fall in love with the work.
  12. It’s my opinion. Put you opinions out there, haters and all. When you put yourself out there, you’re going to get judged and people are going to try and put you down. But you have to put yourself out there anyway. Only God can judge you. There was once a time when I walked into a room and I wondered if people liked me, now I walk into that room and I wonder if I like them. 
  13. Learn to say “no”. Saying no does not make you selfish. When I used to say no to people when they requested pretty much anything they requested of me, I would feel like the worst person in the world. I’ve done some serious internal work this year to let go of that and look at my time as being one of the most precious things in life.
  14. We play by my rules. If you want to play with me, in my courtyard, then you play by my rules, or we don’t play out all.
  15. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. Always upgrade and live large.
 Here’s wishing you the love of friends and family, and peace within your heart. May the New Year bring you bright hopes, new success and also many new reasons to smile. Happy new year! Happy 2014!

2011 Life Lessons!

It’s that wonderful time of the year when we can relax, celebrate our faith, and be with our loved ones. It’s also time to pause and reflect on the year we’ve just had.

Some people look back and compare their achievements against the goals they had set in January but that may be disappointing for some and may also be discouraging too.  In my opinion, we should look back, search for lessons we have learnt, and appreciate how much we have grown. It is impossible to go through a year and not learn something new about yourself and about the world around you.

Someone once said “every single day above ground, is a gift”, and how true that is. When you unwrap and open this gift, you will find lots of things — things that you love, things that you might not like, and even things that might leave you wondering “why me?” Whatever you find, allow yourself to be surprised and go with it. Then when you look back, appreciate the lessons learned; they will prepare you for a much better start for the new year.

So, today I’d like to take some time and be grateful. Grateful for all the people I was able to serve this year. Grateful that I was able to provide a living. Grateful for my health. Please join me, let’s take a deep breath, let the air fill our lungs and slowly exhale … we have life … let’s enjoy … let’s be grateful.

So what did you learn in 2011? Here’s my list of 30.

  1. Your health is your life.
  2. Your spouse is your best friend.
  3. Good things happen to good kind-hearted people. Be good, be kind.
  4. Most of the time what you are looking for is right in front of you.
  5. People deserve a second chance, but never a third.
  6. Stay away from negative, two-faced people. They are energy vampires.
  7. If someone talks behind others, they also talk about you. Stay away.
  8. Take lots of pictures.  Someday you’ll be really glad you did.
  9. Kindness, honestly and hard work go hand-in-hand.
  10. Hatred is a disease. Hating causes stress and stress is the leading cause for serious illnesses.
  11. Forgive and forget, and if you can’t, delegate it to your God.
  12. The purpose of your life is to live before your die, and the purpose of business is to fund that life.
  13. Adopt a “plenty” mindset and watch what happens next.
  14. My job is all about service and servant leadership. Not subservient, but serving others so that they can achieve their goals.
  15. My clients love people who consult with them and provide them with options.
  16. What you focus on, shows up more in your life.
  17. Every now and then find some “me” time. Not every day is for climbing mountains.
  18. Learning about yourself is a non-stop life-long education.
  19. You can achieve anything you put your mind to.
  20. Letting go of stress and unrealistic expectations is the start of manifesting an enjoyable life .
  21. Be open to miracles occurring from unexpected sources.
  22. Ongoing action is key to success. People have no difficulties with dreaming big but keeping up with their actions is much more difficult for them.
  23. Go with what is right for you. Do what you LOVE.
  24. Our attitude toward challenges and our response allows our soul to be strengthened like that of a diamond.
  25. Trust that feeling in your Gut. Trust yourself.
  26. You always have a choice. Even when life isn’t panning out the way you want, you can choose how to respond.
  27. Everything will be fine in the end. If it’s not fine, it’s not the end.
  28. Comparison is a deadly disease. A little competition is healthy but know this – there is no race, you will not fall behind, there’s no one to catch up to, you have all the time in the world.
  29. Be the change you want to see in the world! -Gandhi
  30. Happiness never decreases by being shared. -Buddha

Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and best wishes to  you for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

2010 Life Lessons …

Here’s a list of 30 life lessons I learned in 2010.

  1. Your health is your life.
  2. Your spouse is your best friend.
  3. Bad things happen to good people too.
  4. If you are going through hell, you should keep going.
  5. Laughing, crying, joy and anger… all are vital, and all make us human.
  6. Good things happen to good people. Be good.
  7. Time heals all wounds… regardless of how you feel right now
  8. Most of the time what you are looking for is right in front of you.
  9. People come in to our lives for a reason, and for a limited time. Heed the message they bring.
  10. People deserve a second chance, but not a third.
  11. Stay away from negative, 2-faced people. They are energy vampires. Choose your friends wisely.
  12. If someone talks behind other people, they also talk about you. Be careful.
  13. Take lots of pictures.  Someday you’ll be really glad you did.
  14. Purposely ignoring the obvious is like walking backwards toward the enemy.
  15. Motivation comes in short bursts.  Act while it’s hot.
  16. Uncertainty is caused by a lack of knowledge.  Hesitation is the product of fear.
  17. Chance is a gift, so act on chance when given the opportunity.
  18. Kindness and hard work will take you further than intelligence, although both go hand-in-hand.
  19. Stepping outside of your comfort zone will put things into perspective from an angle you can’t grasp now.
  20. The purpose of your life is to truly live before your die, and the purpose of business is to fund that perfect life.
  21. No one succeeds alone. You should be open to, and grateful for the wisdom and assistance of others.
  22. There is enough money and business out there for everyone. With an “scarcity” mindset, you will only attract scarcity. You should adopt a “plenty” mindset and watch what happens next.
  23. My job is all about service and servant leadership. Not subservient, but serving others so that they can achieve their goals.
  24. My job is also about “prospecting”. Every single day!
  25. You should provide the kind of service to others that you’d like to receive yourself.
  26. Your income is the average of the 5 people closest to you. If you want to raise your income, you should hang around with people who make more than you do.
  27. A referral is sending someone you care about to someone you trust. If I want more referrals, I should  become a person of high trust.
  28. My clients hate salespeople, and love people who consult with them and provide them with options.
  29. What you focus on, shows up more in your life.
  30. You should be the “change”, you want to see in the world. (I’d like to live by this Gandhi quote every day)

So let it be written, so let it be done.