Why increase your knowledge?

Knowledge changes things. When you begin to learn and open your mind to new ideas you will never be able to go back to the way you use to think. The new knowledge will change old perceptions. As your perceptions begin to change, you change with them. This is a good thing. We are meant to grow and learn. Life was never meant for us to get into one mindset and stay there, although some people do.

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This week I listened to Jim Rohn, who is a very successful entrepreneur. Mr. Rohn shared his message with thousands of people over the years about how he became so successful. One of the key strategies he shares is to increase your knowledge. Read, listen to audiobooks, and learn from others who are doing what you want to do. Increase your knowledge every way you can.

It’s not about increasing you knowledge in just one area, but all areas. Those areas are mind, body, spirit, finances, and relationships. As you increase your knowledge in these areas, you will make positive changes in your life. As you learn about finances you will begin to make wise decisions about spending and investing. As you increase your knowledge about your body, you will want to know what you’re putting into your body. You will want to know what’s in those processed foods and you will begin to skip them and choose healthy food alternatives. The same will go with every aspect of your life.

If you don’t like to read then search the internet for podcasts. There are podcasts on anything you want to learn about these days. One way to start the habit is to commit to listening to one podcast a day or even start with one a week. Start small and increase your listening time a little every month. You are going to love what this does for your mindset. Start this week and don’t put it off. This is an easy way to begin to Invite Excellence into your Life. Go out and share your AWESOME with the world.

Success starts in the mind.

We’ve all been there, we have a great idea that we want to pursue, then it happens. The enemy starts the assault. What makes you think you can do that? Nobody will buy that product. No one will come listen to you speak about that. You can’t go back to school now,you’re too old. It’s too late in life for you to accomplish your dreams. Does this sound familiar? This is where the battle begins, in the mind.

Those who are successful and have accomplished their goals in life have done so in spite of the enemies attacks. Don’t think that they have not had the same feelings and thoughts as you, because they have. If you are a human being walking this earth then you have been attacked by negative, fearful thoughts.

Ok, so we know we have them, what do we do about them? The first step is realizing that the thoughts are just thoughts and you can change them. When you come under attack, call the enemy a liar and announce to him the truth. The truth is that you are just as capable as anyone else who has succeeded. Successful people don’t have superpowers that we don’t, they just don’t believe the lies. They believe in themselves, their ideas and they proceed with a plan and do it afraid.

All success starts in the mind. You must be willing to fight the battle in the mind. It is not a one time battle. It is a daily battle. Pick up your knowledge of truth and begin to do battle. You are worth it. You can accomplish everything God has laid on your heart to do. We hold ourselves back from the truth. Don ‘t do this anymore. You are an amazing person who has a purpose, go be your destiny!

4 examples of when “not” to think.

Stop-SignWe are always told to use our heads. Ever been asked, “Did you even think before you acted?” Well there are certainly times in our lives when it’s best not to think. Just let it go and think about it later. I can relate to at least 4 different situations when it’s best not to think.

First, don’t ever do anything when you’re mad. That little gem of advice was shared with me many years ago. I don’t always have the self-control to follow it, but I do try. It is certainly the best practice to follow, as we make entirely too many rash decisions when anger is a part of the equation. Those decisions are typically the ones that make you feel hung over the next day. We too often regret our actions from anger induced decisions.

Second, don’t make decisions when you are tired. Usually tired means easily agitated, which is a close relative to anger.

Third, don’t make decisions when you are hungry. That’s right, hungry. At this point you are “tired” from lack of energy from lack of nutrition. Ever seen the Snickers commercial that says you’re not yourself when you’re hungry. That is a true statement. Get something to eat, wait 30 minutes then make a decision.

Fourth, don’t make decisions when you are emotional. I am going to say that this relates more to the women than the men, but it applies to them as well. When we are emotional we are truly not thinking with a clear mind. Our emotions cloud our judgment and can sway us to make irrational choices.

So the next time you are going to make a decision, stop and ask yourself, “Am I hungry, tired, angry, or emotional?” If your answer is yes to any of them, wait to decide, you will be glad you did.

Can you remember a time when one of these caused you to make a decision that you later wished you could change? I would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment or suggestion about how you handle these situations.