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Top 3 Ways To Flip the Script on Haters

Have you ever had someone think your dream was too big? Have you ever had someone laugh at your dreams? Try to make you feel stupid for thinking your dream was possible? Every single person who achieves success faces haters. The worst is when it is your so-called friends or someone in authority like a teacher or boss.

There have been many for me, but the first one I remember was a fourth grade teacher. This teacher was old, bitter, and just flat out mean. You know the one: the teacher who should never have been allowed to influence kids due to her bitterness. One day early in the school year, she asked me to read in front of the class. For some reason, I got stuck on one word. I struggled for about 30 seconds trying to figure this word out. This teacher stood up at her desk in front of all my classmates and said, “Jimmy, I was told you were one of the smart kids, but you’re one of the worst readers I have ever had in my classroom. Sit down and let one of the good readers finish this book.”

I don’t think I have to tell you what this did to my fourth grade self-confidence. For the next four days, I got sick every day right at the time when our class had reading. On the fourth day in a row, when my Mom pulled up to the school to check me out, she asked me what was really wrong. Moms always know when something isn’t right.  I told her the situation, and she handled it a lot better than I believe I would if this happened to one of my children. She and I met with two other teachers that she knew. One was a former teacher of mine and one was the teacher I ended up having my fifth grade year. Both of these teachers were very supportive. They both tutored me after school for the rest of that year. I can’t thank Miss Faye Wilkerson and Mrs. Barbara Wilkerson enough for helping me regain my confidence in reading. Fourth grade was a turning point for me. Although it was difficult at times in that class, I chose to get better rather than to get bitter.

The next year, the March of Dimes had a statewide reading contest that lasted a month. The grand prize was a black-and-white TV (totally just dated myself). I took the entry form home to my Mom and asked her if I could have a TV in my room if I won this contest. She quickly said if I won the statewide reading contest that I could have the TV. After all, how could I win a statewide reading contest when just the year before I was told I was one of the worst readers my teacher had ever taught?

I read sixty six books in thirty days. I broke the record for the most books read in this statewide contest. They held a special school-wide program and a man from The March of Dimes came to present me with the TV in front of the entire school. As I glanced out over the audience, my eyes met my fourth grade teacher and without saying a word, I knew I would not have been standing there at that moment without her.

The following are 3 ways to flip the script on haters.

#1: Turn Your Haters into Motivators

Frank Sinatra said, “The best revenge is massive success.” Use their negativity to feed your burning desire to see your dream become a reality. When times get tough and you want to quit, think of the haters. Do you want to give them the satisfaction of saying I told you so? Or, do you want the satisfaction of proving them wrong?

Whatever your dream might be, don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t achieve it. Understand that most haters are just bitter. Haters don’t really hate you. They hate themselves because you are a reflection of who they wish to be. Visualize your dreams and don’t let anyone slow you down from chasing them.

#2: Don’t Pay Attention to the Vocal Minority

The vocal minority is defined by the Urban Dictionary as the small group of individuals that frequently and strongly voice their opinions, contrasting with the silent majority that makes up most of the population base, but rarely give their opinions.

Usually a hater is a vocal minority. If you noticed in my example, I had two teachers that spent time after their work tutoring me. Looking back, there would have been many more if I had wanted them.

The best way to insulate yourself from the vocal minority is to surround yourself with positive and uplifting people. They are there. You just have to search for them. If you don’t know any then study biographies of people who have already achieved your dream. When you are ready for them, they will appear.

#3: Stay Classy Dream Chaser

Stay above the fray. If you try to argue with your haters then you are giving them what they want. They want to distract you from your dream. They want you to focus on them instead of on your dream. They want to bring you down to their level. They want to infect you with their bitterness. Do not give them what they want.  Your dream is too important to spend time arguing with a fool. Instead focus on your dream and work harder than ever. By doing this you move toward your dream instead of away from it. No one who takes the high road ever looks bad.  In the words of Ron Burgundy, “Stay Classy.”

Be Encouraged

Losers don’t have to worry about haters. If you have them then be encouraged. They usually show up right before big things happen. Get excited. Your dream is closer than you think.

Below in the comments, share your stories of overcoming haters. What do you do to turn your haters into motivators?

About the Author

jimmyburgess_squareThis is a guest post by Jimmy Burgess. He was a millionaire by 35, lost it all and ended up in bankruptcy. He bounced back quickly financially, but it was the bounce back that happened physically, relationally and spiritually that led him to write the book What Just Happened? How To Bounce Back In Life So You Can Do More, Have More, and Be More. You can connect with Jimmy on Twitter.

What Are You Doing With Your Life? #PODCAST

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Are you wasting your life away, afraid of success or afraid of failure? Get up and get going! Life doesn’t last forever! What’s your vision? What do you want to do with your life? What do you want to do this year? In this quick 5 minute podcast, I give you the motivation to turn your biggest dreams into reality. Start today!

Listen now by clicking the “play” button or read the transcript below.

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What’s your biggest goal for this year?

Yep, that’s a big one. Please leave a comment below letting me know your biggest goal this year and the steps you’re going to take to make it happen. Your comments don’t fall on blind eyes. I read every single one!

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Podcast Transcript:

What are you doing with your life?

How much time do you have here?

Are you wasting your life, and everything you could be doing?

If so, why?

Because you’re afraid?

What are you afraid of?

Are you afraid of success?

Are you afraid of failure?

Are you afraid it’s just not going to work out for you?

Why would you think it’s not going to work out for you?

Did you know that the only people who accomplish things in this life are those who believe they can.

Even you! For the things you have accomplished, the only reason you were able to do that was because you believed in yourself.

So why can’t you believe in yourself about your biggest goals and dreams?

There is actually so little different about you compared to anyone else who has accomplished great things!

The only thing that may be different about them is they had a mindset that allowed them to try the things they set their mind to. When they came up with an idea, they just did it. If there was an obstacle, they didn’t say, “Oh well, I guess I can’t do that. I guess I’ll just have to throw in the towel.”

No! They figured out a way to get over that obstacle. They were resourceful. They took the resources they had and turned it into something that they wanted it to become.

Everything is changeable. Your life, your circumstances. You can exchange money for things, time for money, time for accomplishments. You can take things in this world and turn them into a masterpiece. Something you desire to come true.

There was once a painter who lived in Philadelphia. His passion was to paint grand paintings. And he was very good. He had a natural talent. But he didn’t make much money. One day he couldn’t afford to buy his canvas and paints. He took a walk, pondering how he was going to be able to paint this idea he had in his head. He envisioned a woman, holding her newborn child, big heavy clouds hovering over them, then splitting just enough for rays of sunlight to shine down on them. The vividness he had in his mind, he just couldn’t contain it. He just had to get this out with his paintbrush.

Well, as he was walking down the alley, there was lots of noise disturbing his thoughts. Hammering, drills, all kinds of power tools. They were renovating one of the houses on the alley. He was looking up watching what they had done to the house and he remembered how bad that house looked before. He admired their work. The house was really coming along.

Well, he was about to walk away when just to the side he looked down and there was a giant piece of plywood leaning against a dumpster. The construction workers were throwing it away. He walked up to it to examine it. It was in good condition, a piece cut off one end, but besides that it was pretty much how you would get it if you hopped over to home depot to pick up some plywood for yourself.

For some reason he decided to look inside the dumpster. He didn’t know why. He just felt the urge to see what else was inside. To his surprise there was actually a can of paint. It was home paint that you’d use to paint your walls, but he didn’t care. He lifted the can of paint out of the dumpster and it felt like it was about half full still! The paint running down the side of the can was a medium shade of gray.

A light bulb went off in his head. He ran back home, grabbed a towel, some rope, and his keys, and drove his car back to the dumpster. The man put the towel down on top of his car, flung the plywood up there, tied some rope around it to secure it to his car, and placed that half full can of paint in his trunk.

He went home and, with the help of the little bit of white and black paint he still had left, he created a grayscale version of his vision, the woman, holding her baby, the clouds parting, the rays of sun shining down on them. He sold that painting on the plywood for $4,000. Who says you need canvas to paint a masterpiece?

After his experience of finding the plywood and paint, he realized that there was a need that could be branched between contractors and penniless painters. Contractors were just getting rid of these spare pieces of plywood, going straight to the dump, and half full cans of paint of various colors. And there were many artists out there who were struggling to earn enough to buy more supplies.

He started an organization where construction workers could donate their plywood, partly used paint cans, and paint brushes, and artists could come pick up whatever they needed. It became a successful non-profit which art admirers from everywhere donated lots of money to every year.

Eventually, people also began to donate canvases of every size, and acrylic and oil paints of every color, all the various shapes, sizes, and styles of brushes. All the artists, whose passion it was to paint, had their needs finally fulfilled. Because of this one man with one grand vision.

What’s your vision? It doesn’t have to be grand. What do you want to do with your life? What do you want to do this year? Find a way to do it. There is a way, you just have to find it. Don’t look at those obstacles and give up. Everyone has obstacles. The people who succeed are the ones who look at their obstacles and think of a way to overcome them.

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Out of Poverty and Into Success #PODCAST

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People in poverty need to use their resourcefulness to become independent and free. Believe in yourself, make something of yourself, build something–even if it’s out of nothing. Anyone can do it! Yes, even you! Of Course You!

Listen to my quick 5 minute podcast which will inspire you to get off your butt and into action that will lead you straight to success! Whether you really are struggling financially, or just need a little motivation boost, that’s what I’m here for!

But before you listen, just know that I say all of this coming from a family of poverty and welfare, so I know how difficult it is. But just because something is difficult does not mean that it is impossible. Get to work and make it happen, starting today! If I can break the chain of poverty that has stricken my family, you can too!
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Podcast Transcript:

“I’m driving in my car and I decided to make a podcast about how people like to complain about their life situation, and they want others to take responsibility for them. Poor people want to be taken care of by the government… They want rich people, if they have an extra car, “Why does that rich person have two expensive cars? They should sell one of their cars and [or] give one to me!”

Well what I think is that poor people need to get themselves out of the situation they’re in, and work on a way that they can create the income that they need themselves, and gain independence and freedom from that. You don’t just gain independence and freedom. You gain a sense of accomplishment and pride, and all that kind of stuff as well.

People shouldn’t be expecting anything from anyone else. People need to figure out how to get what they need on their own. Using their own resourcefulness, using their own abilities and talents and skills. Using their brain to gain more knowledge in order to do what it takes to create an income that you can survive off of on your own, instead of needing help from others all the time.

And I say all this coming from a family out of poverty and welfare. People have the abilities to move up, gain more talents, gain more skills, gain more education, and do the things it takes to move up in a career, or move up and out of employment and into their own business.

People can put their own skills and knowledge to use, and create a business out of thin air. And I speak from personal experience. Because I created UpGusto out of thin air, just like I created all my businesses out of thin air. So don’t think that you can’t do it, because you can. If I can do it, you can do it!

So rather than sitting around complaining about your life, and wondering why you’re so unlucky and why you’re not lucky… it’s not about luck. It’s about the actions you’re taking. People need to learn how to take the right actions to get to where you want to go. If you don’t do the right actions, you’re not going to get to the right place. If you do the right things, you’re going to get to the right place.

So it’s all about what you’re going to do, and the way you change what you do is by changing your mindset. You’re not going to do something differently until you start thinking differently. Until you start understanding the truth, and the truth of the matter is that everything that you do on a daily basis is what gets you to where you are.

So if you want to live a better life, it’s time to just simply start making it happen. Stop letting life happen to you. Stop playing the victim. And start being proactive about changing your life and making it better.

You have talents and skills that you can put to use to get what you need out of life and to live a more fulfilling life and to stop living a dependent life, a needy life, start living an independent, autonomous, free life, where you don’t feel tied down to what you’re dependent on.

So start figuring out what it is that you can do differently. Stop doing the same things and expecting different results. Start doing different things that will get you different results. And slowly but surely your life will turn around, and you’ll get what you need out of life if you actually put forth the effort, and stop complaining, and stop whining about how you’re unlucky, and start making your own luck, because that’s what it is.

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So get out there, get working, and do what it takes, and you’ll succeed. You just have to be patient and consistent, and keep trying, and you’ll succeed.”

That photo above is my cat Tommy. This is his first debut on UpGusto. He has lots of great principles and wants to help people like you succeed, so you’ll most likely be seeing a lot of him around here.

Just like Tommy, I want any of you who haven’t yet reached your full potential to reach higher heights than ever before.

Thanks for reading. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Here’s my thought question for you today:

What are your thoughts on what holds people back from living to their full potential?

Please leave a comment below to let me know why you think people don’t reach their full potential. Your comments don’t fall on blind eyes. I read every single one!

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Taking Personal Responsibility Empowers You to Accomplish Your Goals

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Today I want to talk to you about personal responsibility.

There was a man named Peter. He grew up in a poor family, so he knew he had to work hard and be smart in order to get out of the struggle and not repeat his parents’ fate. He got good grades in school and even studied other trades and business.

Eventually he came to run a successful catering business. He tried to put a lot of his profits back into the business in marketing and advertising, and expanding his business, hiring more employees, giving his employees top-notch benefits and bonuses each year.

But with all the hard work he put into his business, he still earned a large sum every year, so obviously his taxes were high. A portion of Peter’s income that he slaved away to create, was given to the government to use as they see fit. Some of which went to people on welfare.

Welfare in the US was created during the Great Depression in 1935 when 20% of the US population was still unemployed.

And so began the dependence on government aid. And that’s exactly what it’s become.

I say all of this coming from a family of poverty on welfare. So before you start swinging your hammer at me, know that I understand.

George Bernard Shaw, an Irish playwright and co-founder of the London School of Economics said that “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”

Ever hear that quote?

I’m not saying that people shouldn’t give their fair share. If you have more, then you have more to give.

What I am saying is that government aid not only helps struggling families in their times of need, it also enables a struggling family to continue to be in a lifelong time of need. They know deep down that they will always have the government to lean on if they can’t get ahead, so then they don’t get ahead. Not because they really don’t want to, but because getting ahead really does take a lot of hard work and time. It takes a lot of patience and sacrifice. It’s not easy, so most people think they can’t do it, and not only that, most people know they don’t have to.

So since it’s really hard to do, people think they can’t or won’t be able to, and because they really don’t have to because there is always the government to rely on, they just won’t do it.

Living in poverty has become the status quo for them. They are used to it. It actually becomes comfortable. It seems ironic that living through a constant financial struggle can become comfortable, but it does. Just like the woman who stays in the abusive relationship. It’s familiar.

It’s harmful, but it’s familiar.

What harmful things do you keep doing simply because it’s familiar?

People like to complain about their lives, but then don’t take responsibility. Everyone really has the same hope at succeeding in life, whether that be financially, relationally, physically, or spiritually. But successful people make different choices and take different actions, even in the little things.

What do you want to become successful in? What does success mean to you? Are you going to do what it takes to get there? Are you going to buckle down and get the hard work done? Are you willing to make sacrifices in order to live a better more fulfilling life?

Then stop living the status quo. Start believing in yourself, and start completing the steps it takes to get where you want to be in life.

Do you want to lose 20 pounds? Do you want to have a thriving marriage full of passion? Do you want to be a millionaire? Do you want to start a non-profit organization to help those less fortunate?

What do you want to do with your life?

If you keep blaming your circumstances, your past, your finances, and other people in your life on your current situation, you will never get what you really want out of life.

Once you accept responsibility, that empowers you to take action and begin to make awesome changes in your life. Click to Tweet This!

We are not in control of everything, but everything you have control over, it’s time to take control of it.

Start taking personal responsibility for where you are in life right now, and make the changes necessary to get what you want out of life. What habits can you change right now, even just a little bit, to get closer to your goals?

Do it, starting today.

Now I want to hear from you. In a comment below, please answer this question: What is one habit that you are going to try to change, stop, or create, in order to move forward toward a goal you have?

I’m excited to see your response and what you’re planning on working on. I’d like to help you get there and keep you accountable to your own desires. So write your comment below!

Here for a Reason #PODCAST

I wanted to tell you this inspirational story about a young girl who should have died getting hit by a 50 mph car, but instead, lived to tell the tale.

Moral of the story: We’re all here for a reason.

What’s your reason? What’s your story?

Fact correction for this podcast: This mystery girl was 16 when this happened, but I was shooting the video off the top of my head not really thinking about the factual details, just for clarification if this story ever comes up again and I get it right next time, I didn’t want you to be confused or feel like this story was just made up, because it really happened.

Listen now.

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Thanks for listening. I’d love to hear what you have to say. Here’s my thought question for you today:

What’s your story? What have you done to find your purpose?

Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment. Share your story and what you want out of life. I’d love to hear from you. Your comments don’t fall on blind eyes. I read every single one.

How Relationships Can Make or Break You

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The company you keep determines a lot about you, and a lot about how your life will end up.

The most successful people in the world always recommend spending time with the type of people you want to be more like. And there’s a reason for that. Because we are always influenced by the people we spend our time with.

Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

Think about the 5 people you spend the most time with. What are they like? Are they displaying the behaviors and lifestyle you want to be living?

I personally have a lot of people in my life, but I mainly spend time with my husband Kyle and my best friend Rachel. Relatively speaking I spend very little time with anyone else. I have a huge family so my time is spread quite thin with everyone.

I am not a huge networker, although I know there are huge benefits to networking. Even I myself can testify that knowing certain people has helped me out at many times in my life.

However, I am a very independent person and I prefer to not have too many relationships. The reason for this is because I don’t really like to spend time with acquaintances. I don’t like small talk, I prefer deep relationships, and because deep relationships take a lot of time to build, and we only have so much time in our lives, we really can only have so many deep relationships.

Acquaintances are important in life. That’s where the networking thing comes in. But this is not something I specialize in or spend much time doing.

I am an introvert, so I gain more energy by being alone, while extroverts produce more energy by being around people.

I don’t like to be alone all the time. I actually thoroughly enjoy having bonding experiences with others I am close to, doing fun things with them, having discussions about various topics, etc. And I am very rarely ever completely alone.

But I definitely try to shorten the time I spend with people who suck my energy, bring me down, or hold me back, which in my experience is most people.

Don’t get me wrong, I love even those people in my life, in a completely unselfish way. These are the people who I get nothing from being in a relationship with, but I still remain in the relationship.

I do have to set boundaries, though. It is physically draining to be around people who are negative, or simply just live a completely different lifestyle or have a completely different opinion on how one should live their life.

We don’t need to kick these people completely out of our lives. It’s just not practical. However, it is important to stay grounded and true to yourself when you are around these types of people, and be selective about the amount of time you spend with them, and the things you absorb in your mind when they’re talking to you.

Many times, these are the types of people who need our help the most, and yet don’t seem to benefit from our help much, which is part of what makes it exhausting. But it can still be rewarding as well, when you do feel you are making a difference in their lives.

Who Do You Want To Be?

But what I’d really like to talk about is spending time with the people you do relate with. People you do want to model your life after.

If you want to be good with money, spend time with others who are good with their money. Ask them questions. How do they manage their money, bills, spending, saving, etc?

If you want to be good in relationships, spend time with someone who does have good relationships. Chances are it’s not just luck, but choice.

If you want to be good at time management, being on time, being productive, spend time with people who already possess those qualities. Model yourself after them. Copy them. Do what they do. They are the experts in that area.

If you want to be healthy, it’s definitely helpful to hang out with healthy people and do what they do. Most likely they’ll be eating right and doing physical activities which help them stay fit. So if you spend time with healthy people, you’ll most likely end up eating healthier and becoming more active as well.

If you want to become a billionaire, try to find some billionaire friends. That’s not an easy task, I’m sure, so if you’re ever able to have lunch with a billionaire, please leave a comment here letting me know. I’d like to learn how you were able to arrange that meeting!

The point is, if you want to accomplish a certain goal, or become an expert in a certain field, or succeed in a certain aspect of life, then seek out relationships with people who have already succeeded (or are at least a step ahead of you) in that area. Watch them, ask them questions, take notes even. Start thinking like them. Do what they do on a daily basis and most likely you’ll actually be able to get where you want in life, in whatever it is.

Spend too much time with negative people who will put down your ideas and most likely they’ll break your spirit so much that you won’t even be able to get started on the right path.

What you should be doing is spending time with people who have already done it, learn from them, be encouraged and inspired, and that will motivate you and teach you how to get it done!

How has spending time with certain people made you who you are, and what changes are you going to make to align your relationships with your goals? Leave a comment below.

Meet The UpGusto Team

Speaking of networking and relationships, here at UpGusto we’ve been building a team of people who are here to contribute to the discussion, share their wisdom, and help you gain what success means to you.

Shawneen_and_TerrillFirst up is Terrill and Shawneen Burdick who are a husband and wife team. Married 20 years, and still going strong. They are both life coaches and licensed hypnotherapists.

Mayowa_AjisafeAnd the newest member of our team is Mayowa Ajisafe who is a career coach and motivational speaker. So give these lovely people a warm welcome when you see them!

lisha (4)And in case you haven’t read our About page, I’m Lisha Yost and I have a BA in Psychology and a deep passion for helping people live their best lives. I’m the founder of UpGusto and I created UpGusto to help the most people possible move UP in life with GUSTO, and gain what success means to each person individually.

We are always ready to accept qualified people who want to make a difference in people’s lives. If that’s you, feel free to contact us to let us know. You can contribute to the blog, our newsletter, and/or become a part of our personal coaching and support team.

Top 10 Personal Development Mysteries Revealed with Lisha Yost

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Now it’s time for me to give you my take on my top 10 personal development questions. And after you’re done reading this, you can give us your take!

1. How/when did you become interested in personal development?

I’ve been fascinated by personal development my entire life, at least as early as I could be, but I probably became more interested in it in high school, when my level of consciousness allowed for being able to think this way.

2. Do you think people can change?

Yes, but people first need to recognize that a change needs to occur, and then there needs to be a willingness to change.

3. What does success mean to you?

Being content in whatever circumstances I am currently in.

4. What’s your #1 secret for success?

Being grateful for the blessings you already have. I always say that if you’re not grateful for what God has already blessed you with, why would He bless you more?

5. What personality traits do you feel hinder people from being able to improve themselves?

When there is no realization or acknowledgement that something needs to change. Also, a lack of confidence, and even a lack of organization.

6. What personality traits best aid people in improving their lives?

People who are willing to change and people who want to improve their lives are the only people who will change, and determination is what makes it happen.

7. In your experience, what aspect is the hardest for people to change or improve on?

Personality, beliefs, and habits. Personality is hard to change because we are all born with a certain temperament. Some of it is hard to change, but it’s not impossible to improve. Beliefs are hard to change because beliefs take a long time to form in the first place, so in order to change a belief it usually takes a lot of time and convincing as well. Habits are hard to change because we tend to automatically continue to do the things we’ve always done, the ways we’ve always done it.

8. What’s one thing you’ve improved about yourself that you’re proud of and has made your life better, and how did you accomplish this?

I’ve been self-employed for about two and a half years now and it was really becoming hard to balance my personal life, extended family, me-time, health, and work. I started to work later and later into the night and waking up later and later into the day. A few months ago, I said enough is enough, and I decided to create a more concrete schedule that I had to stick to in order to live a more balanced happy life. The first step was to simply start waking up 2 hours earlier. Then I was able to take care of my cats, eat breakfast, do a devotional/prayer/meditation, exercise, and then get ready for the day. I can’t tell you how much changing the first two hours of my day benefitted the rest of my day. I was able to be more focused, less frazzled, get more done, and feel more accomplished. The other thing is that I was able to stop work earlier in the night so I could spend more time with my husband and go to bed earlier. My new schedule had boosted my mood and health drastically.

9. What do you feel is the most important aspect that people should improve about their lives?

How they spend their time. If you improve how you spend your time, you can improve every aspect of your life. Your finances, your relationships, your health, everything.

10. Do you believe that anyone can ever reach self-actualization (where there is no more room for improvement)?

Personally, I don’t believe that anyone can actually reach perfection. We’re all human. But we all have a highest potential that we can reach, and I believe that everyone should strive to be the best they can be in everything they do. Not in an obsessive way. And not in a way that is disappointing to you if you don’t measure up to your (or others’) expectations. Life is hard, so there’s no reason why we should be hard on ourselves too. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t accept responsibility for where we are in our lives and take action steps on improving. To me it’s like a game. It’s fun to improve.

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