Monday, November 9, 2015

Gratitude Unlocks the Fullness of Life




“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward (Writer). I believe that gratitude changes how we look at life and the opportunities that it offers. Life can always be better, however, gratitude shows an appreciation for the way it is now.  Gratitude allows a person to understand that there is good in life in every situation. I have found that looking at the positives of life improves my success in it more times over. If you have two people who are in the same situation of a lost job. One person looks at the current situation and beats themselves up. And another person who looks at their current situation and find ways to appreciate this moment in life. I find that the person who has a high level of appreciation always go further in life than one who continuous to beat themselves up.

Melody Beattie, an author, put it best, “gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” Deciding to be grateful does something to a person. It opens a world of opportunities that other seem to ignore. I have achieved a lot of success in life simply by noticing the small opportunities that others were too blind to see. I’m referring to the moments in life where a person has a choice to do more on the job, but decide not to because it isn’t in their job description. Or the moments where the professor assigns a group project and a person decides to submit subpar quality work.  

Brian Tracy, a speaker, stated well, “develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” For example, a supervisor may decide to give you a promotion after seeing your quality of work improve. Or your professor decides to recommend you for a scholarship due to high quality of work on the group project. These examples I have seen firsthand. So developing gratitude for your current situation whether it be as a student, employee, or care giver is important because it may determine your ultimate level of success in life. 
Ronnie O. Rice, Ph.D.  

Monday, November 2, 2015

Streamlining your path to success

 
In this world where there is a high demand for people’s time and energy, some may find it difficult to focus on the aspects of life that matter. Often times, people say that the most important things in life are family, their spiritual walk, money, etc. However, their actions rarely line up with these beliefs. I have found that simply matching one’s belief with their actions provides abundance of success in all areas of my life. Several ways one can match their belief with their actions are to (1) meditate on desired goals; (2) create goals; and (3) reward yourself or those around you after completing those goals.

 
Meditating on your goals simply involves sitting still (literally) and thinking about where you want your life to be for about five minutes a day. Some call this a form of prayer. However, I think prayer is a little different as it is a conversation between you and God where He does the talking. One can incorporate meditation into prayer. Next, creating a goal to better familiarize yourself with your beliefs on a daily or weekly basis. Streamlining your path to success is about exerting the maximum amount of energy and focus upon the areas of life that you feel are most important to you and those around you. Setting smalls steps and eventually goals to become closer to becoming the person you want to be is the epitome of streamlining your success. Also, rewarding yourself encourages you to set and complete more goals. This is where a lot of people find the enjoyment in becoming a better person. I have found that my enjoyment comes in checking off the ‘to-do’s’ and looking back to see how far I have come in a short period of time.
 
All in all, it is important to streamline and become more efficient in being successful. Tony Robbins talks about RPM:  “The first step toward taking back your focus and achieving the realization of your vision is to ask yourself three questions in a specific sequence on a consistent basis, the RPM system. Although RPM stands for the Rapid Planning Method, you can also think of it as a Results-oriented/Purpose-driven/Massive Action Plan.” (https://www.tonyrobbins.com/pdfs/Workbook-Time-of-your-Life.pdf). I think he hit it on the head in regards to focusing your energy and time upon your beliefs. This is one of the keys in making success more efficient and second-nature for you.
Ronnie O. Rice, Ph.D.