1. The Deadly Game of Comparison

    “Curiosity didn’t kill the Cat, COMPARISON did!”

    -Dr. Bertice Berry

    One of the most destructive habits we can have as human beings is the act of comparison.  I am as guilty of it just as much as the next person…maybe even more.  We are built on a culture of bigger, faster, stronger…more, better, NOW!   We compare our bodies, houses, the cars we drive, the money we make, the opportunities people get and the list could go on and on.

    One of the most profound things I have discovered in my journey and commitment to self-discovery and awareness is that at the end of the day when I realize that I have been comparing my success, the length of my journey in building a business, my struggles to perfect a training program for competition, or the the amount of money I am making to someone else, I create a WAVE of serious negative energy and emotions not only in myself, but also in the environments that surround me.

    Now, I know that I strive to rid my life of negative energy in so many ways and I for sure don’t want to be the cause of negative energy in the lives of others.  So, how do we get rid of it, or at least find productive ways to deal with it?

    I believe it starts with changing a few key things in your mind.

    1. Be Fully Present-When you make a concerted effort to not be distracted in the moment, be fully aware of your surroundings, ask questions and be genuinely interested in others and their success, you can start to transform your thoughts into positive energy that will serve you.

    2. Stop Judging-Most importantly stop judging yourself, but also be so self-aware of your mindset that you regain your power and DECIDE to transform what you are thinking or believing into new thoughts and emotions.

    3. Compare Yourself to Yourself-Take a step back and take notice of where you’ve come from.  Whether it be last week, last month or even last year…today you are a new, different and evolved person.  Congratulate yourself for being BETTER today than you were yesterday, because no matter what, you are a unique and special person that has gifts of greatness that no other person in this world has.  Have gratitude for the journey you are on, and be in love with the process.  When you focus on your transformation and the fact that you are better today than you were yesterday…you stop comparing yourself to others.

    There is a sense of real release and freedom in the decision to stop comparing.  When you compare yourself to others and the journey they are on, you not only rob yourself of your true greatness, but you also rob others of the joy that could bring to their lives…and for that matter to your own!

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  2. Part 2 of 3: Are you Self-Aware? Commit 100% to YOU!

    Hey gang, welcome back!  In today’s post I share with you as promised, a glimpse of my story that brought me from the dark days of a joyless person to a fully open, SELF-AWARE being that took a stand and committed 100% to take responsibility for my own life.

    Today’s video definitely builds on Monday’s video on being open, so take a quick break out of your day to really hear the message that I have for you.  If you build upon being open and move into consciously becoming self-aware, the beauty of the shifts that begin to happen in your life will truly start to amaze you.

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  3. Part 1 of 3: Are you OPEN? I know I am…Bring on SIMPLE!

    Ask yourself the question above…even if you did it already, do it again.  Are you open?  No, really…are you truly open?   I only hammer that in because I believe that often times we think we are open, but we really miss the point behind what happens in life when we consciously make an effort to be open—truly open to the world around us, the possibilities that exist in this life, and the greatness that we are blessed with inside already.  I only know that most people aren’t that open, because about a year ago was the first time I truly knew I felt open, and I could feel the tugs that started to pull me toward living my life in true abundance and my own greatness.

    This year marks a lot of new things for many, and as you may already know from previous posts, I am on an aggressive plan to lay out not only the year 2011, but the entire 36 months I have in front of me.  I am able to do this because I am open, honest and clear about the direction I am taking my life in.  The past year (2010) was a foundational year of growth, spiritual awakening, and most importantly recognition of my true purpose and greatness…that is what I share with you today, this week and on into the coming months and years.    After carefully taking the good portion of 2010 to articulate what this blog’s mission was going to be, I am proud to finally share with you all the mission, the ideas and the collaboration we are all about to embark on.

    I assure you no animals were hurt in the process of making this video. #1. The hat is synthetic, #2. I don’t hunt or eat meat, but when it’s below zero out and over 3 feet of snow, I’m going to do what I need to do to stay warm!

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