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Declare Your Own Independence!

One of the things that makes the US great is that it promotes the idea of independence, that is, that if you work hard enough for long enough, you can be your own boss. There are thousands, if not millions of people in the world who have realized the goal of being an independent person. And by independent person, I mean someone who has figured out a way to make their own decisions without fear of the consequences. The average person finds themselves enslaved by a job, a system, and a way of thinking that limits them from realizing their fullest potential. They have to go with the status quo because they aren’t saving money, nor continually networking for new opportunities, nor investing in their own vision.

An independent person knows that they have much more to offer than what their current station in life dictates. They also refused to be limited by a job title or perceived social status. They continue to strive to realize their vision and are focused on building assets that their progeny will be able to utilize for 100 years or more. Even if you find yourself working for someone else at the moment or having to participate in a system that isn’t beneficial for your ultimate welfare, you can declare your own independence and fight day after to day to eventually obtain freedom. independence starts with a state of mind and then it translates into reality.

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No One Builds and Empire Overnight

If you’re like me, you set very big goals for yourself. I’ve set goals so big that I don’t know how I will be able to accomplish them. When I focus too much on the how of achieving something, I tend to get overwhelmed and stop trying to reach these objectives altogether. When I focus on the why I want to accomplish them, I am more energized and motivated to keep going. And as I keep going, the how I’m looking for seems to magically appear. I think it’s important for many of us to accept that building our empires will take a long time, probably longer than what we expected. It will also cost us more than we initially thought. Even with this fact in mind, the tenacity that we maintain toward achieving our dreams is the investment necessary to purchase the vision we hope for. When people give up, that’s usually a sign that they didn’t have enough faith capital to make the transaction. Faith capital has nothing to do with money and everything to do with your stubborn belief that what you seek after passionately long enough, is yours to obtain.

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Focusing on what matters

Whenever I’m working on something, there always seems to be some sort of distraction tempting me to take my eyes off what I’m currently doing. Earlier today I was writing out some of my professional goals for the year and random thoughts such as watering the plants and what I was going to wear for an upcoming trip almost three weeks from now popped up. Not only that, when I’m working on priority items such as business development or preparing for an upcoming engagement, a flood of ideas (that have no real consequence) seek to rob me of my focus. Perhaps you’ve been in similar situations. As of late, I’ve had to cut back on social media. As entertaining as it is, man is it a time drainer. Before you know it, you look up and you’ve been on Facebook watching videos for an hour. It has happened to me several times.

We must remember that the time we have can never be given back. Every second we are alive is the most precious gift we possess and it is fleeting. That’s why we must prioritize what matters the most and because that is what will make the biggest difference in our lives.

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How to have MORE and do MORE

Sometimes, we find ourselves stuck in life. We have dreams and aspirations that we want to accomplish, but lack the resources or know how to carry them out. If this reality persists for a long time, many throw in the towel altogether and stop trying to achieve what they want. I’m starting to realize that if there is something that you want to have or do, you have to become obsessed with it. You may not be able to control when you will get it, but you can control if you get it or not. By being obsessed with it, you actually begin to intentionally and unintentionally do things that bring you closer to your desired outcome. I believe that your obsessions (the healthy ones) are a sign that the Creator has something for you in that particular area. I use to think I was going too hard in certain areas, only to later understand that God put that drive in me to accomplish or gain something in particular. Use that fire to drive you to places you’ve never been before. That fire is the faith (found in scripture) that can really move mountains.

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The Life Altering Power of Goal Setting

An investment that I’ve seen yield tremendous returns in my life is taking the time out to write down my goals. When you write something out, it really helps make your thinking clearer and gives you a more vivid picture of how to arrive there. I can’t really describe it, but seeing something visually makes it that much more tangible. This is life altering because you will find yourself both consciously and subconsciously,  aligning your life around these respective milestones. You’ll feel an inner nagging when you begin to stray and this helps you get back onto the right path. Goal setting grounds you in truth because it enables you to measure how you are performing in life and cuts out the superfluous activity that ultimately leads nowhere. We all need some sort of feedback in order to improve as people, professionals, so on and so forth. Using goals as a barometer can act as a systematic approach to unlocking new levels of potential.