Happy 4th of July

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Happy 4th of July

From all of us here at Words of Balance, we wish you a safe and happy 4th of July. Please do not forget those who risked their lives for our freedom.

Cheers!

Sean & Aaron

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Sing Leaders, Sing

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Sing Leaders, Sing

We find leaders all around us
And follow those who stand up and sing
Who belt loudly the music from their soul
They look for no reassurance since in this moment the words need to be sung
It’s not voted on by a committee or agreed to be the right thing to do
For by the time the committee decides, and everyone aligns, the song is through
The time has come for fewer people in the chorus and more people singing for what needs to be done

This post was written by Aaron Aslin. Aaron is a philosopher, blogger, and entrepreneur. He uses his background in marketing to bring people to ideas that inspire, motivate, and create purpose in their lives. You can connect with him on twitter @aaronaslin and facebook.com/aaronaslin

1 Easy Way to Capitalize on Life

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1 Easy Way to Capitalize on Life

1. Stop Saying No!

I’ve come to a realization in my life how often I say the word no. Those two letters can end any conversation within seconds. Have you ever stepped back and actually realized the opportunities or experiences you have missed out on by blurting out that “oh-so-easy” word.

As humans evolve along with technology, we adapt to our lives changing pace and are constantly looking for a quicker way to do things. Faster ways to communicate, to search the internet, to get to your destination faster. Conversations have become shorter, words are abbreviated (LOL, OMG).

So, why do I say no & why did I stop?

I am guilty of the statements above. I am a man of convenience! I love my easy button!

In the past month I have done some trials with myself to see how my life would evolve if I simply stopped saying “NO.”

I’ve noticed a change for the better. I am more willing to take risks, more daring. I am willing to challenge myself, to be spontaneous and explore life’s many opportunities. To travel with a minimal agenda, explore just out of curiosity.

How can you do this?

Start by recognizing when you say “NO” and replace it with the following:

“Why Not?”

“I’m not against it.”

“Worth a try.”

I challenge everyone starting today to try this and share your stories of how your life evolves.

This post was written by Sean Gibbons. Sean is a young professional set out to challenge the thoughts of todays’ generations. You can follow him at:

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Make Your Whole Damn Life Count

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You have one chance
one life in this body
until the next one starts again
that means this minute is gone
gone forever
so ask yourself, did it matter?
did that minute make a difference in your life?
will it be one to remember forever?
is it a minute spent with the people who matter?
doing the things that really matter?
this is your one last chance
your last chance to make this minute count
and when it does count make the next one count too
and the one after that, and after that, and after that
better yet make your whole damn life count
because this life is all you have to live
until the next one begins
then make that one count too

 

Written on a runners’ high
By Aaron Aslin
#makeitcount

 

The Eight Splendid Truths of Happiness

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The Eight Splendid Truths of Happiness

First Splendid Truth
To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.

Second Splendid Truth
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy;
One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.

Third Splendid Truth
The days are long, but the years are short. (Click here to see my one-minute movie; of everything I’ve written about happiness, I think this video resonates most with people.)

Fourth Splendid Truth
You’re not happy unless you think you’re happy.
(Many argue the opposite case. John Stuart Mill, for example, wrote, “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.” I disagree.)

Fifth Splendid Truth
I can build a happy life only on the foundation of my own nature.

Sixth Splendid Truth
The only person I can change is myself.

Seventh Splendid Truth
Happy people make people happy, but
I can’t make someone be happy, and
No one else can make me happy.

Eighth Splendid Truth
Now is now. (For more on this truth, read the last chapter of Happier at Home. I love writing endings, and if I may say so, endings are my forte, and this is the best ending I’ve ever written.)

This article was written by Gretchen Rubin. See more of her work at The Happiness Project.

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3 Steps for a Happier Life: Repeat Daily

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3 Steps for a Happier Life: Repeat Daily

1. Stop and Think

This can be a 15 minute meditation, short walk down to the end of the block, a trip to the restroom, or anywhere you have time for unabated reflection.

2.  Reflect Gratefully

There are so many things, people, places, and experiences we can be grateful for. Pick one thing and reflect on it.

3. Smile

Imagine yourself full of love and kindness. Now let this love and kindness shoot out in beams from your smile.

This post was written by Aaron Aslin. Aaron is an entrepreneur, amateur philosopher, and blogger. He uses his background in marketing to bring people to ideas that inspire, motivate, and create purpose in their lives. You can follow him @aaronaslin and facebook.com/aaronaslin

7 Cardinal Rules in Life

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7 Cardinal Rules in Life

1. Make peace with your past so it wont screw up the present.

2. What others think of you is none of your business.

3. Time heals almost everything, give it time.

4. Don’t compare your life to others & don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

5. Stop thinking so much, it’s alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.

6. No one is in charge of your happiness, except you.

7. Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world.

The 3 Sides of Success

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The 3 Sides of Success

1. Planning

Create the road map for where you are going, when you will get there, and how you will get there. Don’t know where to start? Read this

2. Starting

It is easy to get stuck in perpetual planning mode. Fear’s favorite vice is procrastination. Start by setting yourself a timer for 20 – 40 minutes. Tell yourself you are going to work without distraction (no phone, email, Facebook, food, or any other distraction). When the timer goes off get up and give yourself a quick break then set your time for another 40 minutes. Intense focus for short durations of time maximizes productivity. 

3. Following Through

If you are not where you wish you were in life it’s probably not from a lack of opportunity, but rather a lack of follow through. Starting is easy. What makes you successful if follow through. And if you want to quit, re-read this blog, and you won’t.

If this post inspires you, inspire your friends and share it! 

This post was written by Aaron Aslin. Aaron is an entrepreneur, philosopher, and blogger. He uses his background in marketing to bring people to ideas that inspire, motivate, and create purpose in their lives. You can follow him @aaronaslin and facebook.com/aaronaslin

It’s Not What You Take Away but What You Add

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It’s not what you take away but what you add to life that matters 

1. Add Appreciation

Add appreciation for what is beautiful in life. See symmetry in flowers. Hear the friendliness in a hello. Taste the nuance of a well prepared meal. Appreciate the beauty around you and  beauty will begin to find you.

2. Add Gratitude 

Add gratitude for the life you have: the people who accept you for who you are, the car that got you to your job, the clothes you have to keep you warm. Add gratitude and happiness will begin to find you.

3. Add Friendliness 

Add warm eye contact and a smile for random people you see. Add a kind favor for someone in need. Add a greeting when least expected. Add friendliness and friendly people will begin to find you.

Once you add enough positivity to your life there will be no more room for negativity and the beauty in life will become clear. It’s not what you take away but what you add to your life that is important.

Thank you for sharing this post and inspiring the people who are important in your life!

This post was written by Aaron Aslin. Aaron is an entrepreneur, philosopher, and blogger. He uses his background in marketing to bring people to ideas that inspire, motivate, and create purpose in their lives. You can follow him @aaronaslin and facebook.com/aaronaslin

14 Quick Strategies to Get and Keep Yourself Motivated

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14 Quick Strategies to Get and Keep Yourself Motivated

1. Condition your mind.

Train yourself to think positive thoughts while avoiding negative thoughts.

2. Condition your body.

It takes physical energy to take action. Get your food and exercise budget in place and follow it like a business plan.

3. Avoid negative people.

They drain your energy and waste your time, so hanging with them is like shooting yourself in the foot.

4. Seek out the similarly motivated.

Their positive energy will rub off on you and you can imitate their success strategies.

5. Have goals–but remain flexible.

No plan should be cast in concrete, lest it become more important than achieving the goal.

6. Act with a higher purpose.

Any activity or action that doesn’t serve your higher goal is wasted effort–and should be avoided.

7. Take responsibility for your own results.

If you blame (or credit) luck, fate or divine intervention, you’ll always have an excuse.

8. Stretch past your limits on a daily basis.

Walking the old, familiar paths is how you grow old. Stretching makes you grow and evolve.

9. Don’t wait for perfection; do it now!

Perfectionists are the losers in the game of life. Strive for excellence rather than the un-achievable.

10. Celebrate your failures.

Your most important lessons in life will come from what you don’t achieve. Take time to understand where you fell short.

11. Don’t take success too seriously.

Success can breed tomorrow’s failure if you use it as an excuse to become complacent.

12. Avoid weak goals.

Goals are the soul of achievement, so never begin them with “I’ll try …” Always start with “I will” or “I must.”

13. Treat inaction as the only real failure.

If you don’t take action, you fail by default and can’t even learn from the experience.

14. Think before you speak.

Keep silent rather than express something that doesn’t serve your purpose.

The above is based on a conversation with Omar Periu, one of the world’s best (and best known) motivational speakers.

Geoffrey James writes the Sales Source column on Inc.com, the world’s most visited sales-oriented blog. His newly published book is Business to Business Selling: Power Words and Strategies From the World’s Top Sales Experts@Sales_Source