Alright, it’s hard to believe we are on Day 5 of this 5 Day Challenge! Let’s review what we’ve talked about so far.
The difference between the formation of rocks and diamonds is simple – diamonds are rocks that have been put under far more pressure and stress than your average rock. The additional pressure creates a valuable diamond which far exceeds the worth of an ordinary rock.
Welcome to Day 3 of our Your Best Life Challenge, YBLers. Today I’d like to share a tip with you to move you forward that is the best investment tip I have ever been given. And no, this tip has nothing to do with buying or selling stocks or investing in real-estate or any form of bit coin purchases. No, this investment tip is simply for YOU to invest in YOU! Invest in your personal growth and advancement.
The fact is that we all want to live positive, successful lives. I’ve never talked to one person in my life who said, “Tom I really want to be an unsuccessful, unhappy person!” The fact is none of us consciously would choose to live a miserable life. But that fact sadly does not stop any of us from actually allowing ourselves to slump into a life that is less than we desire for ourselves. In fact, there are dangerous habits that can, and more often than not, do sabotage the success of we most of us achieve daily.
All right, people, we're done with the first month of this new year already! Many of you made resolutions for yourselves as this new year approached – at least I hope you did! If not, you should have, because if you aren’t intentionally identifying things you need to work on in your lives each year, you aren’t becoming a better version of you!
Give Thanks. Another gift where the cell phone is not welcome. When the table is set, and people are about to plunge into their turkey dinner, ask each person to give thanks for just one gift they have been given in the previous year. After each person gives thanks, be sure to let everyone around the table know that their presence in your life makes your life better.
Express Appreciation. Demonstrate your love to those around you in distinctive ways. For example, say, “I appreciate how you dress; I admire your style,” “I appreciate how you never give up but keep fighting!” Showing you care not only elevates the people around you but you as well.
Give Back. It costs nothing to volunteer. Most facilities such as kitchens for the homeless sincerely appreciate it when people volunteer. It is an extremely teachable moment. If you have children or Grandchildren bring them along. Tell them about how fine the line is between good fortune and despair. Between having a large family and abundance to hard times. Teach them that volunteering is a gift that always gives back more than is given.
Be Compassionate. Random acts of kindness are very empowering. They can include shovelling the sidewalk for an elderly person, leaving an anonymous present on the step of someone who is having “a rough time,” saying hello to people you don’t know or purchasing a coffee for someone waiting in the line behind you. The critical part is to do these things without any expectation of reciprocation.
Visit Shut-ins. Want to make a difference in this world? Visit a nursing home or seniors centre with a child, maybe with a present or two, and stop by and say hello to people. Unfortunately, many of our elderly spend many hours alone in nursing homes. The sight of a child fills many people with joy and happiness. The rewards of such visits will fill lonely hearts and fulfill souls who have forgotten that we are all in this cycle of life together.