“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” -Henry David Thoreau
Do you have a dream or desire that you’ve buried in your heart? Perhaps it has been there for years or decades but you do not think it is pragmatic to pursue. Yet you keep the dream and pull it out every now and then in a moment of whimsy and think, “Maybe someday.” Can you relate to this?
In 1998 I read a book called Walking The Appalachian Trail by Larry Luxenberg. This was a wonderful book written by a man on his second thru hike of the Appalachian Trial. Shortly after that I read Bill Brysons’, A Walk In The Woods. I found myself with wanderlust; dreaming of being outdoors and enjoy nature and the challenges it provides.
Around that time a friend became interested in backpacking so we went to REI, bought some gear and went on a few overnight trips. Then my backpack and all the equipment sat in my closet. I couldn’t let the equipment go; I still dreamed of hiking the AT one day. I went through a home foreclosure and homelessness yet I couldn’t get myself to part with the equipment (I kept it stored in a small storage shed while homeless).
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Have you every attended a seminar or read a book that could change your life and yet a year later your life remained the same? Have you ever looked at your New Year’s Resolutions from last year and noticed they can be re-used for this year because you haven’t changed?
Join the club. The majority of people who buy motivational books and courses never finish them and even fewer ever use the information in them. Most people who lose weight gain it back. I can personally testify to that.
So, how do you make change permanent? By using the acronym BDAMD (like, ‘be damned’): Believe, Decide, Affirm, Meditate, Do. BDAMD is perfect because if you don’t follow it, you are damned. So here are the details.
“No wonder you can’t do it, you acquiesce to defeat before you even begin”-Pai Mei, Kill Bill: Vol 2
Think of some successful people you know. What is their confidence level like? I’ve noticed that all the successful people I know are extremely confident. They believe they can succeed. Because they believe they can succeed they do whatever it takes to succeed and it usually works. So a big part of the BDAMD process focuses on building belief and confidence, which brings us to step two. [Read more…]
(Listen to the elderly man’s advice in this Ted Talk at minute 4:50 of this video)
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In a world of hustlers all trying to get your money while promising you the world, it becomes very easy to get confused and off track when you’re trying to improve yourself. I know this all too well. I had a lifetime of struggle and failure and sometimes success. I know the frustrations you’ve been going through. I’ve felt pain of failure. And, like you, I’ve felt the pride of accomplishing things after great struggle.
I’ve come to believe that the biggest way to change your life, reduce fear, increase abundance, add more friends and increase your net worth is [Read more…]
How do you live a life that is so attractive, other people want to find out how you did it? Most likely it is because you have developed habits that created the life you want? [Read more…]
Last Wednesday I was looking at books in a local book store when I noticed a woman looking at a stack of books with her cell phone in her hand. I sensed she was scanning the bar code with her phone and price checking them, which she was. I asked her if she was selling books online and then she said yes. I’ve often thought of doing this but I never wanted to compete with people selling books for a penny and then try to make a dollar through shipping. Also, I didn’t want to drive to the post office every day to deliver a book or several books.
Then it happened.
This lady gave me some 411 on Amazon FBA. Amazon FBA stands for Fulfillment By Amazon, which means Amazon [Read more…]