“If you’re not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you’re determined to learn, no one can stop you!”

This past week I had a person ask me what is one of the biggest epiphanies I have learned about myself in the last couple of years.  Great question and it only took me a few seconds to respond.  I said, “the older I have become, the more I understand how much I don’t know and how much more I have to learn.”  Another way to translate this insight comes from an old saying my grandfather used to tell me and it goes like this, “To know what you know and to know what you don’t know, means that you know.”

One of my greatest discoveries is that human beings can never exhaust their capacity to learn.  Many people learn to be lazy and become complacent in life, then they can’t figure out why they battle dread and become unfulfilled.  However, when you make a commitment to learn and grow every day you begin to understand and enjoy the journey of life.  There is no final destination on this earth.  Our purpose is to grow to our full potential, serve others and make a difference with our lives.  Today I want to share with you a few keys to help you enjoy your success journey.

1 – THINK LONG TERMone of the greatest tragedies in contemporary living is short term thinking.  Successful people set long-term goals and they understand that these targets are merely the result of short-term habits they need to do every day.  These healthy daily habits should not be something you do; they should be something you are.  Patience and discipline are two prerequisites to succeed in any area of your life.  Think about it.  Which did you plan for more, your wedding or your marriage?  Which do you plan for more your vacation or life?  See the difference?

2 – THINK BIG, PLAY BIGI love this quote from Marianne Williamson,“Your playing small does not serve the world”.  There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”  It is so important to take risks and try new things.  If you never try and take advantage of opportunities or allow your dreams to become a reality, then you will never realize your true potential.

3 – TAKE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITYyes, take personal responsibility for everything in your life.  We live in a world today where most people want to blame their past, their parents, the government, their boss, their spouse, their ex, the color of their skin, their whatever.  I’m grateful to my grandmother who taught me the importance of taking responsibility for everything that happens in my life.  The truth is that life is not so much about the cards you are dealt, but how you play the hand.  Adversity it is not prejudice and visits all of us.  No matter their weaknesses, past failures or beginnings, successful people know they are responsible for their life.

4 – ELIMINATE TOXIC PEOPLE – Get rid of people in your life that subtract and divide – draw closer to people who will ADD and Multiply to your life.  People we spend the most time with, add up to whom we become.  I love how Jim Rohn said it, “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”  There are wise people and foolish people. There are less ambitious people and there are more ambitious people. If you spend time with people more advance than you, no matter how challenging that might be, you will become more successful.  Who do you surround yourself with?  What changes do you need to make today?
Remember, the capacity to learn is a gift; the willingness to learn is a choice.

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