Surround yourself with who you want to be like. Surround yourself with who you see yourself in. Surround yourself with love. Surround yourself with people who care. Surround yourself with optimism. This is why I surround myself with super successful people and the peers in my close circuit, which are considered family. Family isn’t always blood. I want to be like them, I see myself in them, I love them and we all share a mutual care for each other’s well-being. This what I call the Circle of Optimism.
This isn’t about searching for positivity and seeking people to be like. Heck no. You won’t find the person you want to become in someone else by seeking and interviewing them (sarcastically speaking) No, you have to WORK on YOURSELF first and then you will see in YOU who you are becoming and then the universe will attract like minded people around you naturally and subconsciously speaking.
Once you have worked on yourself and have a great understanding of who you are, then you’ll be able to train your mind to react to certain things in a way in which the general public hasn’t figured out yet. You’ll find yourself less angry, less sad, and more understanding of another people’s point of view. Overall, the more understanding you have about another person’s perspective, the more genuine you become and the more value you bring to someone’s life.
So remember before you can even have a circle of optimism you must bring value to your circle. By bringing value to your circle you will allow people to gravitate and give you that same value. Life is all about value. As humans with different minds, we all value something different. So when you feel like you are on the right path and know the person you wanna become, apply 51% of the value in the relationship whether it’s a friendship or a relationship. By adding value you become a priority. By becoming a priority, people tend to care for you a little more and you become important. When you become important, that’s when you are cared for, and when you are cared for that’s when you have found your circle of optimism.
“Make me better.” That is a phrase that I say to every person I have met every since I changed what I value in my life. It all started with me valuing myself. If you haven’t figured out the common denominator of in this post. Well let me explain, this post is about having great people in your life that inspire you. But in order to be inspired, you need to know where you are going. That is so important for the change in your life. Once you know where you are going you will see and acknowledge the people you meet going in the same direction that you are. If you doubt this philosophy ask yourself, how many people do you meet everyday or better yet how many people do you get a number from and never call, never text, never email? But when you get that person that you know has value and can help you in a way that no amount of money can even compare to. Meaning in a relationship or friendship but in my world a brotherhood, no money can even compare to.
So value a person’s knowledge and ethical values because those things are far more valuable to you than what money can do for you. It’s egregious in my book to think anything other than that. Wisdom is power. Be uncommon.
Grayson Clark OVER and OUT.
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As an entrepreneur, you have the sole responsibility of accepting change. You need the ability to flex. Mutate. Sometimes even alter your ego in order to get out of the mind’s complacent state.
According to Gary Vee, an entrepreneur is defined by his actions, not his intentions. If you dream of someday becoming an entrepreneur, simply dreaming does not make you any different than who your currently are. In #AskGaryVee, Vaynerchuk states that if your work a full-time job, you are not an entrepreneur. Point blank. No Argument. Frankly, I feel that although this statement serves true, it is merely circumstantial.
Entrepreneurship should not be defined by your occupation. Not having a full-time job does not make you an entrepreneur either. Working part time does not entitle you to make more money than the next person, but what I feel Gary Vee is trying to say is if you are stuck in the life of working fo someone else full time, you will never become a successful entrepreneur. Do your research and you will find that all entrepreneurs have one thing in common in regards to their journey. They disliked their corporate job so much so that during all of their free time, they began to build. Not envision. You can envision and plan all you want but if you aren’t taking concrete actions, you can’t be labeled as an entrepreneur.
Many entrepreneurs begin as full-time employees who began building onto an idea. Upon doing so, they gave themselves the opportunity to leave their previous work. Not that they became wealthy right out the jump, but that small leap gave them enough space to take a step back and really lay down the foundation for their future.
Think back to the college days. Chances are you weren’t involved with much work. Workstudy doesn’t count. It’s merely a way to get some extra beer money. *Joking* Work study isn’t bad,; it builds responsibility and time management skills…but do you remember those days when you lacked any TRUE responsibilities? All you had to do was wake up and go to class for a few hours then hang out the rest of the day. A corporate job and adult life takes this away from all of us and we lose hope of ever becoming something truly great outside of a boss level manager. This realization is what gives rise to many entrepreneurs.
If you feel constricted by work, consider entrepreneurship. If you really want to make your dreams come true, consider entrepreneurship. It’s easy! *Not Really* But it is! It’s easy to make the decision to set a goal to make your dreams come true but it’s hard to not succumb to the lazy mentality of the middle class. Don’t get me wrong, the hardest workers are middle-class families. On the other hand, the smartest workers are the ones making world class bucks. The entrepreneurs that realize that their boss is not better than them. So why can’t they start something new? Why can’t they invest in stocks while everyone else says they are too risky? Why can’t they leave their “secure” job to build a company from scratch? Why can’t they use their creative mentality to begin designing and consulting privately and make $20,000/month?
They can and they do. Entrepreneurs are born to want more than others and most of the time get what they desire. Sure they fail and may go bankrupt for the first year or two. But look at them four years later and you will be at their feet pleading for answers. Working hard pays off. Working smarter pays on.. and on.. and on.
Next time you see a wealthy entrepreneur, don’t ask for the secret formula, ask how to enjoy the journey during both rain and shine. Ask how to stay motivated when nothing seems to be working. Ask how big of an impact believing in your practice will bring even when you have gone an entire year without profiting. Even better, ask them for their personal opinion on the correlation between a college degree and the person’s level of success. You will find that little to no effect exists, whats so ever.
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If you’ve lost motivation, you are not alone. On the contrary, if you do not regain that motivation, you will be left stranded and trapped within your very own sorrows.
In order to remotivate yourself, start from what got you started doing what you’re doing. Whatever that sweet feeling or thought was, simply revisit it. Try to get back in touch with your original inspiration in order to find purpose in what you do.
The loss of motivation, as stated, is a loss of purpose. If you simply refuse to continue to do something, it’s because you have forgotten the overall purpose. Find that greater cause or underlying fire within your belly to make a change. Whether that change is to your bank account or family matters, rediscover it and write it down.
By writing down exactly what inspired you, you prevent yourself from ever losing touch with your motivation. On top of keeping your inspiration written down on a notepad, seek to find other things that equally inspire you and add them to the notepad. In doing so, you will find that there are so many things that play a role in your daily drive. Don’t stop there! Look to fill up the bookshelves with inspiration. Read testimonials. Create a playlist on YouTube of the best motivation, whether it be a supercar scene or biblical devotion. Do whatever it takes to fill up your archive of inspiration. By doing so, you will find yourself getting lost in the cause.
Getting lost in the cause can be the best feeling. You are the dying iPhone while your inspirational archive serves as the charging port! We all encounter the draining times during which we feel nothing is possible. Use these moments to revisit your archive in order to recharge. You will find that not only will you regain motivation but you will also be more enthusiastic than you ever have been!
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If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. That very same day provides your best opportunity to grow as a person. When adversity hits you hardest look around to the back side. You will find that the hardship was simply a mask of a blessing in disguise. Worry not of what challenge you are encountering but instead, be hopeful to see what will come out of it or what you will become as a result of the epic victory.
That saying goes back to high school. The football preseason was filled with strenuous tasks that required much more than physical strength. The drills could only be fulfilled through a large sum of mental strength. Again, not physical endurance or mental capabilities but instead a fine balance between the two called mental endurance.
Mental endurance cannot be measured but often can be directly correlated with your will, which is much greater than pride. You can have pride in what you do but that often settles to maintain its current state, also known as complacency. Will, on the other hand, allows you to make that mental decision to excel past your limits. It is what leads your body to begin gushing out those temporary steroids and painkillers to do the “impossible”. Only when your will to succeed surpasses all other hardships and obstacles will life become any easier. Instead of trying to survive, you will find yourself beginning to thrive. You will begin to live a life of accomplishment on levels that others will question.
“What’s your secret?”
“What books should I read to be as intelligent as you?”
“How long will it take?”
People will pound at your door for the answer, similar to how you once did. What they will not immediately realize is that the secret is the overwhelming desire to succeed. “Only when you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, will you achieve success”. You can have the cure to cancer but if you aren’t willing to spend the long hours preparing it, your efforts will be worthless. Knowledge is only as powerful as its applicator. It is for that reason that society revolves around money. Money can buy the knowledge and application.
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Confidence is considered to be a controlled state of mind. Through experience and the pure knowledge that you have adequately prepared for your cause, confidence should be the least of your problems. Although this may be true, when exposed in situations of high importance and seriousness, we often find ourselves folding under the pressure and stress. Luckily, the cause can be linked to our bodies, which we can manipulate to boost levels of confidence within the heat of battle.
According to studies, we can alter how our bodies react to stressful situations by programming them ahead of time. The concept, known as the power pose, as coined by Amy Cuddy who was featured on TED Talks, determines how our bodies operate. By holding yourself in a position of power, with your chin held high, you can literally fake confidence in order for your body to react in a more confidence manner. The opposite also applies. If you cross your arms and try to shield yourself from the outside would, the body will reduce its overall level of confidence.
The science behind this is simple to understand. Our bodies produce two important hormones that we can associate with our overall level of confidence. Cortisol and Testosterone. Each is produced during separate occasions. Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, production is heightened during events of stress, which clouds the mind, restricting the ability to clearly think and, in turn, causing you to feel less confidence. On the other side of the spectrum lies testosterone. This hormone is mostly associated with the feeling of both power and dominance. Upon winning a close race on the track, you would burst out in excitement with your head high as a result of this enhanced level of testosterone. On any other occasion, you would likely feel awkward doing such an act of superiority. For this reason, Amy has conducted studies to find that the process works both ways.
If you were to position yourself into a physical position of power, despite not currently confident, your body would naturally increase testosterone while lowering cortisol levels, giving you that extra feeling of “I Got This!”. As stated above, if you position yourself in a submissive manner, your level of confidence will decrease while stress does the opposite. Try it out next time you are nervous about a big event! You should be able to look in the mirror and see a confident individual.
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Attempting to assert yourself as the professional in your line of work can often be the biggest challenge for new entrepreneurs. I myself struggle with my age. People assume that because I’m 19 years old, I can’t be trusted. According to that fact, I’m not qualified to run such business. I believe otherwise.
Whether you are starting a book club, educating families, or providing some sort of service, people are going to question your credibility. They know you are new and will naturally want someone with more experience. Although that is a result of human nature, you can not be discouraged. Remember that you are the professional. You have sacrificed time and money to learn what you have and therefore, know what’s best for others.
Upon making that realization, it’s time to assert yourself as that professional. When approaching someone in matters pertaining to your business, change your tone and display 100% that you know what you’re talking about. For example, in working to place another business under my belt, I had to approach my family. I had a product that I knew they needed. In fact, I knew that if they didn’t know what I had to offer, they would suffer an extreme financial loss in the future. In the first attempt, I approached them in hope that they would do business but naturally, they pushed away the concept not believing in what I had to say. It was time for a different approach. A serious demeanor and heightened tone with an aroma of “I’m looking out for the good of the family… You all need to know what I have to say,” changed that outcome. They now are more open and receptive to what I have to say.
The same will apply in anything you attempt to do. If you start a YouTube channel sharing your expert advice on home improvement, people want to know why they should trust you since you are running a new channel with little to no views.Your tone and demeanor will determine how effective you are at asserting your expertise. Be confident that you know more than your viewers and you will begin to believe that you truly are the expert. Without doing so, why would anyone else?
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Instead of dressing to impress, dress for success. 14 days after meeting my mentor, he gave me two points in regard to my appearance. The first, to fix my iPhone screen. I thought he was joking but he stressed that it’s unprofessional. Secondly, he told me to dress how my future self, as an entrepreneur, would dress. Dressing for success is an essential part in making it a reality.
Dressing the part due to guidelines can be both frustrating and counterproductive. The moment you begin to do something to please others is the moment that it becomes a burden. This gives rise to the reason that dressing to impress is not always the way to go. Alternatively, look to dress to impress your future self. Imagine where you want to see yourself in 10 years. If that person is a successful entrepreneur and business person, are they going to be rocking graphic tees and tennis shoes all the time? Probably the total opposite. More likely than not, that future business person is going to have a wardrobe full of clean, professional dress, with a casual selection that still projects a professional vibe.
Don’t wait for success to start dressing the part. Starting early has several psychological benefits that will alter your mentality for the better. If you continue to shop at the same stores that you do today, you are still living in the past. If you start to shop for that future self, you will find that you are closer to that success than you may have imagined. My mentor told me that he once only wore button up shirts when he began to market himself as a businessman. Through some success and tons of failures, his mentor told him to add a tie to his daily attire. The moment he did so, his income grew exponentially as a result of potential clients being more willing to do business with someone dressing the way he did. It truly is the little things that count.
If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, I challenge you to test your own results by making one simple change. On the weekends, dress up a little. Don’t go all out but instead, wear something more professional than your typical Saturday night wear. As a result, you will find that people around you will begin to ask why you are so dressed up, even though you haven’t made any dramatic changes. These begin a process called Piquing Interest. Repeat this routine for a few weeks and you will find that people will start to listen to you more often upon receiving the vibe that you are actually a productive human being. It’s a small change but can provide a world of profit!
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