Tommy Maloney casts his vote for staying focused on what’s really important—you.
I am not a political person by any stretch of the imagination and have “un-friended” people who were on my Facebook page who just get way too political for my taste. I keep missing watching the debates, and for me it really is not about who I am going to vote for but more my interest of public speaking. When the kids are in the car with me, I am one of those dads who has them listen to that CD from Success Magazine or maybe it’s a motivational audio book. The kids look at me as if I have a third eye when I tell them “you cannot control THE world but only your world” or explain to them about using visualization techniques. In all of my years of reading self-help book, business and motivational books, I have come up with my own four tips for living a better and happy life. Honestly in my opinion, most of these types of books all have the same messages.
1. Live in gratitude is one of those that at times can be difficult to do but can change your attitude. I wear this “Whinnie The Pooh” tie, and when people say they love my tie, I give them my soapbox speech of “You have two choices everyday when you get up. You can either an Eeyore or a Tigger.” Even if we are having a bad day at work or wherever; if we can just truly think about what we have and be grateful for those things or even our family—again your attitude will change for the better.
2. Know your true self, and what I mean is do not fixate on your “weaknesses.” Instead focus on your strengths. I am not mechanically inclined, nor is that an aspiration but I love to speak and write and those are the things I want to improve on. The other part of this is what is your “why” or “purpose.” Know who you are and those will come to you when you are sending the energy out into the Universe.
3. Write down your goals and see yourself doing them. I am a huge believer in visualization, whether you’re doing a sporting event or figuring out your goals. See yourself landing that new job or scoring the winning touchdown. You must see if before you can really believe it.
4. Have fun every day. Life was meant to be enjoyed and for all of us to live up to our potential, so why not have fun while living your best at the same time? Don’t hangout with a bunch of “Eeyore’s.”
There you have it—my take on most of the motivation books. The bottom line is that we are on this big blue planet one time so this is not a dress rehearsal this is the “big show.” It is never too late to live your dreams, so stop waiting and start doing. You don’t need to watch the latest TV show—just get out of the rocking chair to be the person you want to be. Stop worrying about the political candidates and instead become your own leader of your free world.