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Map your course, not theirs.

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.  There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right.  To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires…courage.”   –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Your network, is your net worth.  I head this phrase recently from Bob Beaudine, author of The Power of Who, and it stuck with me.  I have a finance background and was taught the math way to measure the net worth of a person. You take their total assets (home, vehicles, valuable belongings) and subtract their total liabilities (home mortgage, car loans, credit card debt, school loans, any other loans). The higher the assets than the liabilities, the higher the net worth. That is the way to measure a person’s financial net worth. However, there is another net worth too.

When I find a particularly interesting and successful person, I like to research their background.  I’m curious as to how they got to be where they are.  How much time did they put in to hone their skill and craft?  Who helped them along the way? Did they come from a healthy family upbringing, or a troubled one? What I’ve noticed is regardless as to how they were brought up, they have surrounded themselves with a lot of high energy, talented, positive people. They collaborate with these people on a regular and consistent basis and over time they’ve built trust and good friendships – a solid network.  You could say they’ve achieved a high net worth because of their network. I’m now putting more effort into building my network of trusted friends and am excited to see where it takes me. How about you?  What is your net worth?

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“Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest of ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.” – Charles C. Colton, Author

The stronger our intellect, the better equipped we are at accomplishing things in every area of our lives. We can do this because we have a broader understanding and awareness of situations and people. As with the other five categories in life, we don’t grow our intellect without focused effort and action, even in difficult times. Sometimes (maybe more often than not) it’s easy to feel like giving up and throwing in the towel. Life is just plain hard and sometimes when we think we’re doing good, something come at us unexpectedly out of left field to knock us back on our heels. The better we can process what is going on in those moments (emotionally and intellectually), we can grow and get stronger at dealing with life and people in general.

To strengthen my resolve to never give up and go after it every day, I get a boost of intellectual growth and confidence every time I listen to an episode of the EntreLeadership Podcast. Each podcast contains at least one interview with someone incredibly successful you may have heard of or someone who’s name you may not recognize, but is doing remarkable things to make this world a healthier, safer place. I’m currently reading the book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry (his interview available on podcast) and Jean Greaves.  I took the emotional intelligence appraisal (free with book purchase) and turns out I have some work to do on managing my own emotions during times of frustration. If I hadn’t listened to the podcast, I may never have known about this book and very well could have missed the opportunity to grow myself in this area and build better relationships as a result.

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – Proverbs 15:1

Author Elbert Hubbard once said, “Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.”  Proverbs 4:23 says, “Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.”

When I was in ‘the lab’ back in November working on choosing specific words to be the foundation of my Vision Quest 2017, I realized something new.  Instead of just writing down goals for the six areas of my life, I also needed to write down principles that I would live by, while working towards the goals. The before structure was made up of a specific main goal, followed by points of tactical action steps to get me to the goal. This year I decided to consider those tactical steps as principles to live by, rather than tactical action steps.  With the new structure, I’m incorporating those former action steps as a part of my daily, weekly, and monthly lifestyle. And not just doing them when there is a particular goal to reach.  Once I reach the goal, I want to maintain that goal, not stop doing what I was doing to reach the goal, so I need to be sure to make the activities are part of a lifestyle, not temporary.  I think this is why so many people fail at weight loss programs. Once they reach that magical number on the scale, they go back to doing what they did before.  Below is an example of goals and principles in the financial category of life. 

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