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You Want Knowledge, Go Get It

Imagine going to college having no idea what you are going to major in. Having absolutely no idea who you will become and what you will do. You see, some people are born knowing who they want to be. Because of that knowledge, they can easily eliminate all the clutter that life brings and focus on what they know to be reflective of where they want to go in life.

I was not one of these people. I wanted to do everything. My transcript is reflective of that frustrating but exhilarating time of my life. Premed, theatre and dance, business, nursing, English, British, Caribbean, and African-American Literature, and criminal justice were some of the areas I dabbled in.

College years were frustrating because I could not make up my mind. I felt like the squirrel in Ice Age that wanted all the acorns but could not seem to hold on to all of them.

The experience was exhilarating because for the first time, I saw my likeness in the textbooks. Taking classes in Caribbean and African-American literature was life-changing. I knew for sure then that success was possible for me.

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I was so overwhelmed with all the different and interesting classes that I did not take advantage of the people resources at my disposal. Looking back, it would have been eye-opening to sit down and talk to all these professors who are experts in their fields. Now, there is no way of knowing how their insights would have influence the trajectory of my life.

One of the hurdles people often complain about concerning their personal growth is a lack of knowledge. Often, they claim they do not have enough and do not know where to get some.

Do you have a phone? Do you have access to the internet? Do you have access to a computer?

When was the last time you use your local library? It amazes me how libraries are bending over backward to serve you knowledge. They can deliver to your doorstep almost any resource you may need. You can conduct research and listen to audio books or music CDs right on their websites.

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So, there is no excuse. You want knowledge, go get it. You cannot attempt to comprehend how to effectively use knowledge before you possess it. That is why it is important to have a personal growth plan. All of learning does not have to be via the trial by error approach where life teaches you at random.

You will not be able to predict what you will learn because you have no clue what you are after. Know this, having a personal development plan helps to clear your vision and helps you to be intentional about your future.

For example, if time management is problematic for you, there are books, workshops, seminars, calendars, and systems out there to help you maintain the discipline to keep going.

Knowledge is everywhere, you must invest in yourself if you want your world to expand. Everything you need to create a personal growth plan and to exercise that plan is available to you. Go get it!

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Personal Growth Does NOT Happen Automatically

When I came to this country, I was determined to be the best that I can be. The reality was that the pressure to better was expected in my family, because they depended on my success for a better future. It worked out well because I naturally had the passion for learning and growing.

When you are learning and doing in your third language, you must be intentional about everything. From elementary school to college, participated in every learning opportunity accessible to me.

I love books, so I started reading for pleasure. Then I learned that if I wanted my life to change, I had to give the historical romance novels up for biographies, business, and self-help books.

I joined organizations that would put me in the path of those who knew more than me and can help get me to the next level.

You see personal growth is never an accident; it requires deliberate action to reach your target.

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Power Your Potential

My husband loves watches.

Over the years, we have brought quite a few of them. Most of the watches we have in our collection require batteries in order for the watches to function properly. When the batteries expire, my husband would change them himself.

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But life got in the way and frustration set in, so the wide ranges of watches – Seiko, Invicta, Movado, and others were left for a long time, perhaps between three to five years in the jewelry box waiting for the day to once again tap into their potentials.

Potential, that’s a loaded word. It speaks of the wonders that are possible in our lives and the optimistic hope that we can be more than the eye can see. Potential promises possibilities for peak performance. It implies that success and greatness are for the taking only if you would tap into what is already in your possession.

So for my husband’s birthday, I decided to make one simple decision to help the watches once again tap into their potential and to do what they do best–tell the time. I took a total of ten of them to a repair shop and for just $75 and less than 24 hours, the watches were once again doing what they were designed to do.

We are very similar to these watches. Life can often get in the way of us fulfilling our potential, what we were designed to do. Know this, despite the fact that you have put your potential on hold does not mean that it is no longer working or functionable. Your potential is there waiting for you to power it up in order for you to succeed and develop that greatness that has been dormant inside of you for so long.

How can you power your potential now to radically change your life from moment-to-moment?

Share the small steps you are taking.

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Dream “BIG” Where You Are

Dreaming big is being the best version of myself.

Dr. Guerline Jasmin

We often hear DREAM BIG from those who expect more from us.

Dreaming big always sounds like the right thing to do. It is the thing that brave and courageous people do. It sounds like the path to noble pursuits, the path to changing not only one’s life, but the path to changing the world.

However, the word “BIG” is usually undefined and lacks context. Therefore, it can create hazy visions for those pursuing success or those seeking to make small changes in their lives.

Realize that we are all in different places in our lives. Dreaming big means different things to each and every one of us. For you, dreaming big may be to pay the bills on time this year. For another, it may be to go back to school and finish that degree.

That is why it is so important to dream where you are. You are the only one who can define what big means to you.

For me, dreaming big is being the best version of myself. Here, the goal is not to change the world, but in becoming a better person, I am creating a better world for those I have the privilege to touch.

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Do Your Own Work

Before we can change our current trajectory, we must own the path that is set before us. That is to do the work that only we can do.

Dr. Guerline Jasmin

January is a month of second, third, fourth, or even a thousand chance of starting over. We seek to claim control over our lives to make it what we dream of it becoming. But, many times we find ourselves in a bit of conundrum. People have all sorts of ideas of what our lives should be and their holds on our lives act as weights to keep us down. We tend to listen to their words rather than what we know to be true and good for us.

Clairity is important to make a move towards changing our lives. We must be confident in knowing that we have chosen the right path even though it is sure to change along the way. When we allow people to make decisions for us, it will be difficult for us to be vested or totally committed in achieving the end result. Before we can change our current trajectory, we must own the path that is set before us. That is to do the work that only we can do.

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Better Habits, Better You

To reveal our best selves,

we must replace bad habits with good ones.

Dr. Guerline Jasmin

The idea of creating and cultivating positive habits has been around for as long as human kind has been on this earth. The truth is the thought of changing our every day lives for the better is something that each and everyone of us think about from time to time. But often, we do not have the courage to take a step forward to strategically utilize the past to inform our present and our future.

With each new year, the thought process of becoming a better version of ourselves hits us to the core. That is great because it shows that we see the gap between where we are and where we want to be. Here is a video from James Clear that will help you on creating better habits.

What we must focus on is the process instead of the end result. It takes time for true changes to be evident in our lives. That is precisely why focusing on the goals instead of the process is the wrong approach. Focusing on the process helps us to have small wins that will eventually develop into big ones. When we focus on the goals, we tend to develop negative thinking when we fall short. Here is a great video that will help you break that negative mindset.

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Top 20 Rich Habits for Your Success

I stumbled upon this list via

Tom Corley, on his website, outlines a few of the differences between the habits of the rich and the poor.

  1. 70% of wealthy eat less than 300 junk food calories per day. 97% of poor people eat more than 300 junk food calories per day. 23% of wealthy gamble. 52% of poor people gamble.
  2. 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal. Only 12% of the poor do this.
  3. 76% of wealthy exercise aerobically four days a week. 23% of poor do this.
  4. 63% of wealthy listen to audio books during commute to work vs. 5% of poor people.
  5. 81% of wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of poor.
  6. 63% of wealthy parents make their children read two or more non-fiction books a month vs. 3% of poor.
  7. 70% of wealthy parents make their children volunteer 10 hours or more a month vs. 3% of poor.
  8. 80% of wealthy make Happy Birthday calls vs. 11% of poor.
  9. 67% of wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% of poor.
  10. 88% of wealthy read 30 minutes or more each day for education or career reasons vs. 2% of poor.
  11. 6% of wealthy say what’s on their mind vs. 69% of poor.
  12. 79% of wealthy network five hours or more each month vs. 16% of poor.
  13. 67% of wealthy watch one hour or less of TV every day vs. 23% of poor.
  14. 6% of wealthy watch reality TV vs. 78% of poor.
  15. 44% of wealthy wake up three hours before work starts vs. 3% of poor.
  16. 74% of wealthy teach good daily success habits to their children vs. 1% of poor.
  17. 84% of wealthy believe good habits create opportunity luck vs. 4% of poor.
  18. 76% of wealthy believe bad habits create detrimental luck vs. 9% of poor.
  19. 86% of wealthy believe in lifelong educational self-improvement vs. 5% of poor.
  20. 86% of wealthy love to read vs. 26% of poor.

You and I know the world is not fair and it is not equal. Knowing what you know now and the resources at your disposal, where do you think you can begin to make a bit of improvement in your life?