What kind of people do you surround yourself with? Who do you spend the majority of your time with and what kind of activities do you enjoy with these people? Take a moment to observe the most influential people in your life. Do they make you stronger? Do they push you to become a better version of yourself on a daily basis?
You are the average of the five people you associate with most.
It’s just the way it works. If you want to be a good tennis player, you generally surround yourself with tennis players. If you enjoy live theatre or surfing, you instinctively gravitate toward the individuals who possess similar interests. Love partying and staying up all night? I’d be willing to bet your closest friends do the same thing.
Knowing you are like a sponge, naturally absorbing and meshing the … Read More »
We’ve all had great days when we felt on top of the world. We’ve also had those not-so-great days when we felt like curling into a ball and disconnecting from the world. What kind of person are you when faced with challenging situations? Does adversity stop you in your tracks or are you able to approach every situation acknowledging there is something to be learned? It is easy to appear confident and collected in times of ease; the challenge is to maintain this character in times of difficulty.
Bad things are going to happen… that’s just the way life goes. Situations beyond our control will present themselves in varying magnitudes. What we are able to control is our individual response to the situation. Let us first discuss the difference between a reaction and a response.
In a stress reaction we react habitually … Read More »
Today was a great day! I received a parking ticket and the strange thing is… I couldn’t help but smile. Life has an amazing way of keeping you on track.
Let me rewind a little bit. I am a firm believer in paying it forward. If you’ve never heard the phrase, it can be summarized by anonymous acts of kindness… with the right intention. I’ll get back to this in a moment. There is a commercial that aired some time ago that puts a huge smile on my face every time I watch it (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5ya8J-jyK4). It begins with a lady kindly stopping a distracted man from walking into oncoming traffic. An onlooker in a coffee shop sees this act and later helps a woman unload her stroller off a public bus. Another gentleman sitting at the bus stop notices this … Read More »
Wake up, rush to work, quick lunch, speedy workout and a hurried dinner later, we finally lay our head on a pillow preparing to do it all over again. Coupled with a book I recently read, an article entitled “Put Food Back in its Place” written by friend Cassandra Jella (rootedtransformation.org) elicited awareness to just how fast our lives pass us by. We as a society feel overwhelmed attempting to keep up with the daily demands of work, school and family obligations. With lives set on “fast forward”, we mindlessly go through the motions in such a way that we simply don’t take the time to stop and smell the roses. We miss the beauty that surrounds us on a daily basis. Life is amazing and it is meant to be experienced. When you feel like the world is spinning faster … Read More »