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HAVE FUN IMPROVING YOURSELF!

Do you yearn to get better . . . but never seem to get around to doing the simple things that would make you so much better?  Or perhaps every once in a while, you do catch the fire to be all you can be and put in tremendous effort . . .but you can never seem to maintain the momentum for very long.

This is the post for you.

Your self-esteem will skyrocket the moment you commit to a daily process of personal development.  It is incredible to watch yourself becoming a better person today than you were yesterday. And knowing you will do it again tomorrow.  It is by daily striving to improve that we make the most of each day, lead fulfilling, adventurous, awesome lives; and truly come alive.

Have Fun At The Beach!

Have Fun At The Beach!

So how do we get started?  And remain moving forward each day?

The key to making personal development a life-long passion is:  fun!

The key to making personal development a life-long passion is:  fun!

If your self-improvement program includes a lot of items “you should do” or “must do” — you likely won’t stick with it for very long. . . if you ever even begin.  If instead you concentrate on only working on improving yourself (initially, at least) in areas that fascinate you, challenge you, and seem like tons of fun, you don’t have those “must dos” to avoid and you won’t be “should-ding” all over yourself.  😉

To Become . . . Just Have Fun!

To Become . . . Just Have Fun!

Search for self-improvement items that resonate with you.  Migrate to items where you don’t have to force yourself to do them.  Rather, pick from ideas that you cannot wait to begin.  Instead of working to try and push a boulder up a mountain.  Start with the boulder at the top of the mountain and just get it rolling.  Then, you’ll find it is very hard to stop.  Even if you wanted to.  Those are the best habits to develop!

Pretty soon you will look back on your life and see that many of your dreams have come to fruition, and that your life has become infinitely more fulfilling.

Here is my favorite one to get you started ‘thinking out of the box.’  We will be randomly posting more specific ideas for you from time-to-time and will try to remember to link them here.

But don’t forget the most important thing in your personal development program:  Have Fun!

Personal Development Fun Ideas

I read. Therefore I am.

I read. Therefore I am.

Become a Bookworm. Good books are overflowing with great advice and intelligence.  Not only that, but the approach of the author will almost always be different than your.  Just learning the way another sees the world allows you a whole new mindset from which to perceive and move through the world. The more you read, the more points of view you gain in dealing with people, events and situations.  And the best authors not only teach well, but do so in a refreshing and entertaining method that makes reading a lot of fun!

The foundational books of your library should include these, at minimum (in no particular order):

  • Eat That Frog (Brian Tracy)
  • The Republic (Plato)
  • Getting Things Done (David Allen)
  • The Declaration of Independence (Thomas Jefferson, with others esp. Franklin and Adams)
  • The Constitution of the United States of America (James Madison with many others)
  • The Winner Within (Pat Riley)
  • Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)
  • The Art of War (Sun Tzu)
  • Galatians, I Corinthians 13, John’s Gospel and First Epistle (Bible)

    Isn't It Time To Read Some Great Books?

    Isn’t It Time To Read Some Great Books?

  • The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Steven Covey)
  • The Go-Giver (Burg and Mann)
  • How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci (Michael Gelb)
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
  • I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt (Vince Antonucci)
  • Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)
  • Awaken the Giant Within (Anthony Robbins)
  • Why Your Life Sucks (Alan Cohen)
  • Barbarians at the Gate (Bryan Burrough and John Helyar)
  • Flags of Our Fathers (James Bradley)

For more fun personal development ideas, read the second post on this topic, MAKING PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FUN!

In Fun,

Scotty b.
about.me/AttorneyBlackburn

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GREAT SUCCESS IS GUARANTEED BY DOING THIS ONE EASY THING

What Do You Dare To Dream?

What Do You Dare To Dream?

Brian Tracy, the acclaimed business success and personal development guru, says that the ability to concentrate single-mindedly on your most important task, to do it well, and to finish it completely is the key to great success, achievement, respect, status, and happiness in life.

THE KEY TO SUCCESS, ACHIEVEMENT, RESPECT, STATUS, AND HAPPINESS IN LIFE

  1. Concentrating Single-Mindedly on Your Most Important Task

  2. Doing it Well

  3. Finishing it Completely Before Moving on To Another Task            – Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog

In his book, Eat That Frog!, Mr. Tracy lays out the 21 most powerful personal effective techniques to keep you focused upon and in line with the above ideas.  Eat That Frog! is a quick yet great read that will open your mind and will unquestionably enhance your effectiveness in every area of your life.

Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

If you have not read Eat That Frog!, you should do so immediately.  If you have read it, you should do so again.

The faster you learn and apply the well-explained techniques in this book, the faster you will get ahead in every area of your life, and the sooner you will accomplish your purpose in Life.

Here is a great link to give you an overview of what you will find in Eat That Frog!.  But don’t settle for just the summary, get Mr. Tracy’s book, read it, read it again, and apply it to every area of your life.  Then read it again.

I guarantee you will be happy you did.

From my heart to yours,

Scotty b.
about.me/AttorneyBlackburn

THE GO-GIVER

THE GO-GIVERTheGo-Giver

The Go-Giver is an awesome book that my friend, Adam Leach, introduced me to.  I just got done reading it for the 4th time.  You can read the entire book in a couple of hours.  It is a great story, well-written, and may well change your entire definition of ‘success’.

The book is centered around the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success, which you can click on below.

The-5-Laws

Do yourself a favor and read this story of a powerful business idea.

Actually, a powerful life idea!

You will be glad that you did.

From my heart to yours,

Scotty b.
about.me/AttorneyBlackburn

THOUGHTS ARE POWERFUL

Thoughts are Things.  And those things are powerful.

Thoughts are Things. And those things are powerful.

There is no way around it — we absolutely become the product of our dominant thoughts. It is therefore critical that we monitor our self-talk and ensure it is always positive and affirming.

The ancients believed there existed four, and only four “types of things” in the Universe:  Matter, Energy, Time, and Space.

This was actually a great theory and amazing they came up with it hundreds of years before Christ.

But it is always some nerdy smart guy, who has to go and screw everything up (usually the annoying kid in second- or third-grade who first proclaims a tomato is, in fact, a fruit.  Everyone laughs at him until the Teacher confirms he is correct…)

Enter Al Einstein who dropped E=mc² on us.

Cool hairdoo, Al!

Cool hairdoo, Al!

(I am not a science person, either. . .but this is a bad-ass book if you want the 4-1-1 on the world’s most famous equation.  Uh, my apologies to Sir Pythagoras…but I am afraid if C² = Fame; then your A² minutes equals five and your B² minutes equals ten.)

http://www.c-span.org/video/?160415-1/book-discussion-emc2-biography-worlds-famous-equation

Awesome Equation.  Awesome Book.

Awesome Equation. Awesome Book.

Among other things, what Alberto’s equation tells us, is that E (Energy) EQUALS M (Mass) times C (The speed of light) squared.  Or, Energy and Mass can be converted from one form to the other (if you have the right workshop, tools, materials, etc).  In fact, this equation astounded the scientific world because it proved that there is a finite amount of ‘stuff’ in the universe.  And this ‘stuff’ exists as either mass or energy.  E=mc² tells us neither mass nor energy can ever be used up, destroyed, or even depleted — attempting to do so merely produces the equivalent amount of the other (multiplied or divided by light speed, of course).

So?

Fair enough.  For us non-scientists that really doesn’t mean a whole lot. . .except that it messed up the whole ‘there are four basic types of things in the universe’ philosophy.  Thanks to Professor Einstein’s E=mc² brain child we could no longer continue to classify energy and matter as ‘elemental’ since one could produce the other.  Now there were only three “elements.”

And, yet, science was convinced that there was a fourth element.  They just did not know what it was.

Only in modern times do we know.

And the answer was startling clear.

And intuitively correct.

THOUGHTS.

Thoughts ARE INDEED things.  And they determine the course of your ENTIRE life.  Because you will always become the product of your dominant thoughts.

You will ALWAYS become the product of your dominant thoughts.

Always.

Always.

Always.

It is the way you were designed.

Think well!

Scotty b.
about.me/AttorneyBlackburn

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