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Today is my second day of my 90 days “Extreme Me” Challenge.

“Why are you Doing this Challenge?” would you ask.

Let’s say that Christmas is 84 days away and the new year 89 days away.

The end of the year is always a really tough time for me personally. While I love the holiday season it can also be a really stressful and chaotic time especially this year.

The last three years have been very tough and stressful and demanding.

In 2016, shortly after being laid off, West Corporation shutting down its Omnipod division after losing the customer to the competition, I was diagnosed with advanced phase 3 colon cancer and was given 3 months to live if nothing was to be immediately done about it.

Accordingly, my knee surgery replacement was delayed and I immediately started radiation and chemotherapy. Then, this was surgery, removal of a major part of my rectum, wearing a bag and removal of the bag. While all prognostics were favorable for the next 6 months, having lost control of my anal sphincter, I was shitting in my pants and shitting the sheets on a regular basis.

Then, it was 2017 when I ended up to the Kingston General Hospital Intensive Care Unit on two occasions. The first one when I ended up fully dehydrated and the doctors had to perform what they did call “Dehydration Resuscitation” and a second time where surgery had to be urgently performed due to a severe cholangitis.

2018 was not a better year.

All year long I had to go to the hospital for follow ups and I was running out of money. Above everything else, I had to deal with a very chagrined and depressed life partner.

2019 was even worse.

On January 17th 2019, due to negligence and incompetence of my so-called surgeon, following a failed laparoscopic gallbladder removal, once again, between life and death, I was ending up in the Kingston General Hospital Intensive Care Unit only to be released from the hospital on April 27.

Yes, indeed, the last few years of my life were not the best of my life.

Following my release from the hospital last April, I had to deal with a major loss of income. Being physically impaired, no longer being able to manage dockings, I had to resign myself to sell my boat. I then had to deal with an N12 Notice and move from a very big house to a very small house. And, all of this while still having to deal with a still very chagrined and depressed life partner.

You are Still Wondering Why I’m Doing the Challenge?

Let’s say that I do not give up very easily. I am a huge fan of positivism and setting new big scary goals and I need, to turn my life around now.

Desperate times call for desperate solutions.

They say it takes 30 days to build a new habit. So, in times where things are getting very chaotic, giving myself 90 full days to reinvent myself can really help me stay on track and take me into the new year prepared to chase down my dreams.

The “Extreme Me” 90 days challenge is all about finishing the last 90 days of this year strong and starting a new life.

Tomorrow Starts Today

Tell me, what is your challenge?

JMD

 

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How to Distinguish Between Urgent and Important Tasks and Make Real Progress in Your Life

  “What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.”

Many spend all their time managing crises.

Their life is basically spent putting out one proverbial fire after another. At the end of the day they feel completely sapped and drained of energy, and yet cannot point to anything they accomplished of real significance. They confuse the urgent with the important.

The Difference Between Urgent and Important

An “Urgent” task is one that requires your immediate attention. These are the tasks that shout “Do It Now!” Urgent tasks put you in a reactive mode, a defensive, negative, hurried, and narrowly focused mindset.

An “Important” task is something that is to be done that contributes to your long-term mission, values, and goals. While they may sometimes be, typically, important tasks are not urgent. When you focus on important activities you operate in a responsive mode that helps you remain calm, rational, and open to new opportunities.

As a result of all these modern stimulus-producing technologies such as 24-hour News, Twitter, Facebook, social media and text messaging technologies process all information as equally urgent and pressing, you tend to believe that all urgent activities are important. These modern news and social media stimulus-producing technologies constantly assault you with information that only heighten your deeply engrained mindset that is: to believe that all urgent activities are also important.

As a result, you are experiencing “present shock”, a condition in which “you live in a continuous, always-on ‘Now!!’” and lose your sense of long-term narrative and direction. In such a state, it is easy to lose sight of the distinction between the truly important and the merely urgent and the consequences of this priority-blindness are both personal and societal. In your own lives, you suffer from burnout and stagnation and, on a societal level, we are unable to solve the truly important problems of our time.

The Eisenhower Decision Matrix

Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine.

Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System, the launch of the internet (DARPA), the exploration of space (NASA), and the peaceful use of alternative energy sources (Atomic Energy Act).

Before becoming president, Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army. He served as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II, and was responsible for planning and executing invasions of North Africa, France, and Germany. Along the way, he served as President of Columbia University, became the first Supreme Commander of NATO, and somehow found time to pursue hobbies like golfing and oil painting.

Eisenhower had this incredible ability to sustain his productivity for weeks, months and decades. His most famous productivity strategy is known as “The Eisenhower Box” or “The Eisenhower Matrix”, a simple decision-making tool that you can use right now to empower yourself and make real progress on your life.

The matrix consists of a square divided into four boxes, or quadrants, labeled as follow:

1) Urgent/Important;

2) Not Urgent/Important;

3) Urgent/Not Important, and

4) Not Urgent/Not Important.

Quadrant 1: “Urgent and Important” Tasks

“Tasks that are both urgent and important require our immediate attention and also work towards fulfilling our long-term goals and missions in life.”

This is the “Do It Now!” box

“Urgent and Important” tasks typically consist of crises, problems, or deadlines. A few specific examples of Urgent and Important tasks would be:

  • Certain emails such as a job offer, an email for a new business opportunity that requires immediate action, etc.;
  • A term paper deadline;
  • A Tax deadline;
  • A member of your family in an hospital ICU;
  • Your car engine giving out;
  • Household chores;
  • A heart attack and ending up in the hospital;
  • A call from your kid’s principal saying you need to come in for a meeting about his behavior.

With a bit of planning and organization, many of these Quadrant 1 tasks can be made more efficient or even eliminated outright. For example, instead of waiting until the last minute to work on your term paper, thus turning it into an urgent task, you could schedule your time so that you will be done with your paper a week in advance. Or, instead of waiting for something in your house to need fixing or fall apart, you can implement and follow a schedule of regular maintenance.

While you will never be able to completely eliminate urgent and important tasks, with a bit of imagination and proactivity you can significantly reduce them by spending more time in Quadrant 2.

Quadrant 2: “Not Urgent but Important” Tasks

Tasks that are “Not Urgent bur Important” are these activities that do not have a pressing deadline, but nonetheless help you achieve your important personal, school, and work goals as well as help you fulfill your overall mission in life.

This is the “Schedule It!” box.

The “Not Urgent but Important” tasks are typically centered around strengthening relationships, planning for the future, and improving yourself.

A few specific examples of Not Urgent but Important Tasks would be:

  • Weekly planning;
  • Long-term planning;
  • Exercising;
  • Family time;
  • Taking a class to improve a skill;
  • Spending time with a rewarding hobby;
  • Car and home maintenance;
  • Creating a budget and savings plan.

Always seek to spend most of your time on “Not Urgent but Important” activities. They are the ones that will provide you lasting happiness, fulfillment and success. Unfortunately for many, there are two key challenges that will tend to keep you from investing enough time and energy into these activities:

  • First: “You don’t know what’s truly important to you.” If you do not have any idea what values and goals matter most to you, you obviously will not know what things you should be spending your time on to reach those aims! Instead, you will latch on to whatever stimuli and to-dos are most urgent.
  • Second: “Present bias.” For most of us, we are all inclined to focus on whatever is most pressing at the moment. Doing so is our default mode. It is hard to get motivated to do something when there is not a deadline pending over our head. Departing from this fallback position takes willpower and self-discipline. Cultivate these qualities. They hat do not come naturally. Do whatever you have to do to develop this mental toughness and discipline that you may be lacking of.

Because “Not Urgent but Important” activities are not pressing for your attention, you typically keep them forever on the back-burner of your lives and tell yourselves, “I will get to those things “Someday”. You even put off figuring out what is most important in your life and life in general.

But “Someday” will never come.

If you are waiting to do the important thinks until your schedule clears up, trust me when I say that it will never happen, that you are daydreaming. Whatever happens in your life, you will always feel about as busy as you are now, and if anything, life just gets busier as you get older.

To overcome our inherent present-bias that prevents us from focusing on “Not urgent and Important” activities, you must live your lives intentionally and proactively. You cannot run your life in default mode. You have to consciously decide, “I am going to make time for these things”.

Quadrant 3: “Urgent and Not Important” Tasks

“Urgent and Not Important” tasks are activities that require your attention now, but do not help you achieve your goals or fulfill your mission in life. Most “Urgent and Not Important” tasks are interruptions originating from other people and often involve helping them meet their own goals and fulfill their own priorities.

This is the “Delegate Me!” box.

Here are some specific examples of “Urgent and Not Important”  activities:

  • Most phone calls;
  • Most text messages;
  • Most emails, those that are not “Urgent and Important”;
  • Co-worker who comes by your desk during your prime working time to ask a favor;
  • Request from a former employee to write a letter of recommendation on his behalf;
  • Your mom drops in unannounced and wants your help with a chore.

Many people spend most of their time on “Urgent and Not Important” tasks, while thinking they are working on “Urgent and Important” tasks.

While “Urgent and Important” tasks may be important to others, they are not important to you. They’re not necessarily bad, but they need to be balanced with your “Not Urgent but Important” activities. Otherwise, you will end up feeling like you are getting a lot done from day-to-day, while eventually realizing that you’re not actually making any progress in your own long-term goals. This is the perfect recipe for personal frustration and resentment towards others.

The solution to this problem is simple: Become more assertive and start to politely but firmly say “No!” to most requests.

Quadrant 4: “Not Urgent and Not Important” Tasks

“Not Urgent and Not Important” are these activities that, other than if they serve a specific professional or business purpose, unnecessary. These are the activities that are not helping you achieve or resolve anything. They are neither pressing nor do they help you achieve long-term goals or fulfill your mission in live. They are primarily, simply and utterly, mainly distractions.

This is the “Do Me later!”, the “Do Not Do It!” box.

Specific examples of such mostly useless tasks include:

  • Watching TV;
  • Mindlessly surfing the web;
  • Playing video games;
  • Scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram;
  • Gambling;
  • Shopping sprees.

If we were to conduct a time audit on ourselves, most of us would find that we spend an inordinate amount of time on “Not Urgent and Not Important” activities.

As a pragmatist, I do not think you need to eliminate “Not Urgent and Not Important” activities altogether from your life. After a particularly hectic and busy day, randomly browsing the internet or watching a favorite TV show for a half hour is exactly what my brain needs to decompress.

Instead of aiming to completely rid yourself of “Not Urgent and Not Important” tasks, try to only 5% or less of your waking hours on them.

Be Like Ike; Spend More Time on Important Tasks

In our present shock world, the ability to filter the signal from the noise, or distinguish between what is urgent and what is truly important, is an essential skill to develop. When faced with a decision, stop and ask yourself, “Am I doing this because it is important or am I doing it because it is merely urgent?”

As you will spend most of your time working on “Not Urgent but Important tasks”, you will feel a renewed sense of calm, control, and composure in your life. You will feel like you are making real progress. By investing your time in “Not Urgent but Important” planning/organizing activities, you will prevent and eliminate many of the crises and problems of “Urgent and Important” tasks, balance the requests of “Urgent and Not Important” tasks with your own needs, and truly enjoy the veg-outs of “Not Urgent and Not Important” activities, knowing that you have earned the rest. By making “Not Urgent but Important” tasks your top priority, no matter the emergency, annoyance, or deadline you will be hit with, you will have the mental, emotional, and physical wherewithal to respond positively, rather than react defensively.

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EMPOWERING YOURSELF Has Nothing To Do With HAVING time. It Is Everything About MAKING Time.

Get your priorities straight!

How are you supposed to know the right path when you have no idea where you want to go or what you want to do?

Setting goals that are important to you is the first step to getting your priorities straight. Once you know what you really want to achieve, it is really easy to prioritize everything in your life and the only thing you ever need to ask yourself before considering doing anything is: “How is this helping me achieve my goals?”

Starting your day checking your emails or chatting at the coffee machine will make it hard for you to gather the focus and motivation you need to tackle your most important tasks and projects at hand later in the day.

It does not matter WHEN you wake up. What matters is what you do when you wake up, what you do with the first two to three hours of your day. Putting in the work towards your goals will help you win the day early.

Postponing your most important tasks until later in the day will dramatically increase the likelihood of not getting them done at all.

JMD

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Get Your Priorities Straight!

How on earth are you supposed to know the right path when you have no idea where you want to go or what you want to do?

Setting goals that are important to you is the first step to getting your priorities straight. Once you know what you really want to achieve, it is really easy to prioritize everything in your life and the only thing you ever need to ask yourself before considering doing anything is: “How is this helping me achieve my goals?”

If you say “YES” to everything, you don’t have any priorities. You get distracted and will never achieve any of your life goals. If you say “YES” to the wrong things, you go against your life priorities.

Saying “NO” over and over again to everything that is distracting you from your life aligned priorities is the only way to empower yourself and entitle you to live the life of your dreams, to live your preferred future.

Obvious instant-gratification activities like sitting in front of the TV set, partying for the sake of partying, unrelated goals meetings, calls, articles or online courses that will never help you achieve your goals are to be barred from your agenda or “To Do” list.

Starting your day checking your emails or chatting at the coffee machine will make it hard for you to gather the focus and motivation you need to tackle your most important tasks and projects at hand later in the day.

It does not matter WHEN you wake up. What matters is what you do when you wake up, what you do with the first two to three hours of your day. Putting in the work towards your goals will help you win the day early.

Postponing your most important tasks until later in the day will dramatically increase the likelihood of not getting them done at all.

JMD

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“Life doesn’t have to be a perpetual fight. Empower yourself and do it now!”

JMD

 

I don’t really care about what you want or need.

I don’t really care if you want to hustle 18 hours a day or buy a NBA franchise. I really don’t. No matter what you want or need, all what I care about is for you to win and achieve the life of your dreams.

You need to care about what you want and need

All underachievers that I know, without any exception, are crippled by fear. They constantly worry about what other people think of them. They are not defining their wants and needs because they are not in control of their life. They let the world, their mom, their dad, their spouse, the public opinion, the media and society in general define who they are. Their life is in constant turmoil.

You have to let go and just do what you want to do

Empower yourself. Have a good look at yourself, stop blaming the world for everything that is happening to you. Stop the excuses. Have a good look at yourself and above everything else, stay away from toxic people. Stop letting others define who you are. This is your life and it is up to you and only you to decide and define who you want to be.

You are not happy with your life!

You are not happy with yourself! Take charge of your life. Reinvent yourself. Reengineer yourself. Be your own boss. Do not let anyone or anything dictate who you are and how you should conduct your life anymore.

Empower yourself

Everything you want, everything you need in life is within you. Stop looking anywhere else for answers. Self-awareness is the key to living the life of your dreams, the key to your best possible preferred future.

Nobody on this earth preaches and loves entrepreneurship more than me. We are now living in the golden era of entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is having its’ moment big time. You are unhappy with your life, my advice to you is: empower yourself. Figure yourself out and just do you.

“Not everyone is born to be an entrepreneur” would you tell me! In fact, you are right and not everyone should! Have a good look at yourself, figure yourself out and if entrepreneurship is in your DNA, don’t look back and go for it! Find out what is your north star, what your life and financial ambitions are, what are your challenges and the main obstacles you have to overcome to be the person you are, the person you want to be. Stop listening to everyone other than yourself and just do what you have to do.

Go all in!

Define who you are, define your goal and stick to it. Do not let anyone or anything distract you from your final destination. Be the captain of your own ship, the captain of your own life. Stop reading and start writing your own book, the book of your life. The people that win are in tune with themselves. They’ve figured themselves out.

Have you?

JMD

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In adversity, always maintain your composure and dignity

Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective. But if you can make your enemies and rivals angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage. Put your rivals and enemies off-balance: Find their chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings.

If possible, no animosity should be felt for anyone. To speak angrily to a person, to show your hatred by what you say or by the way you look, is an unnecessary, dangerous, foolish, ridiculous, vulgar proceeding. Anger or hatred should never be shown otherwise than in what you do; and feelings will be all the more effective in action, in so far as you avoid the exhibition of them in any other way.

Maintain composure and dignity

What a pity it is to see a great man display such bad manners. This is the problem with the angry response. At first it may strike fear and terror, but only in some, and as the days pass and the storm clears, other responses emerge, embarrassment and uneasiness about the shouter’s capacity for going out of control, and resentment of what has been said. Losing your temper, you always make unfair and exaggerated accusations.

To show your frustration is to show that you have lost your power to shape events; it is the helpless action of the child who resorts to a hysterical fit to get his way. The successful and powerful never reveal this kind of weakness. Tantrums neither intimidate nor inspire loyalty. They only create doubts and uneasiness about your power. Exposing your weakness, these stormy eruptions often herald a fall.

Maintain control

You want to expose your rivals and enemies, draw them out, get under their skin and push them into action before they are ready. Always see several moves ahead, think everything out ahead making sure the actions of your rivals and enemies will come to nothing, and that you can use these actions against them.

When the waters are still, your opponents have the time and space to plot actions that they will initiate and control. So, stir the waters, force the fish to the surface, get your rivals and enemies to act before they are ready, steal the initiative. The best way to do this is to play on uncontrollable emotions such as pride, vanity, love and hate. The angrier your enemies and rivals become, the less control they have.

Avoid looking ridiculous

Never launch an army out of anger, never start a war out of wrath; angry people usually end up looking ridiculous, for their response seems out of proportion to what occasioned it. They have taken things too seriously, exaggerating the hurt or insult that has been done to them. They are so sensitive to slight that it becomes comical how much they take personally. More comical still is their belief that their outbursts signify power. Understand this: Petulance is not power; it is a sign of helplessness. People may temporarily be cowed by your tantrums, but in the end, they lose respect for you. They also realize they can easily undermine you, that they can easily undermine anyone with so little self-control.

The answer, however, is not to repress our angry or emotional responses. For repression drains us of energy and pushes us into strange behavior. Instead we have to change our perspective: We have to realize that nothing in the social realm, and in the game of success and power, is personal. If a person explodes with anger at you, you must remind yourself that it is not exclusively directed at you. The cause is much larger, goes way back in time, involves dozens of prior hurts, and is actually not worth the bother to understand. Instead of seeing it as a personal grudge, look at the emotional outburst as a disguised power move, and attempt to control or punish you cloaked in the form of hurt feelings and anger.

This shift of perspective will let you play the game of success and power with more clarity and energy. Instead of ever reacting, and becoming ensnared in people’s emotions, you will turn their loss of control to your advantage: You keep your head while they are losing theirs.

Anger only cuts off our options, and the powerful and successful cannot thrive without options. Once you train yourself not to take matters personally, and to control your emotional responses, you will have placed yourself in a position of tremendous power: Now you can play with emotional responses of other people. Stir the insecure into action by impugning their manhood, and by dangling the prospect of an easy victory before their faces. Reveal an apparent weakness to lure your enemies and rivals into action. Then you can beat them with ease. With the arrogant too you can appear weaker than you are, taunting them into a rash action.

In the face of a hot-headed enemy or rival, an excellent response is often no response. Nothing is as infuriating as a man who keeps his cool while others are losing theirs. If it will work to your advantage to unsettle people, affect the aristocratic, bored pose, neither mocking nor triumphant but simply indifferent. This will light their fuse. When they embarrass themselves with a temper tantrum, you will have gained several victories, one of them being that in the face of their childishness you have maintained your dignity and composure.

Study the enemy beforehand

When playing with people’s emotions you have to be careful. Study the enemy beforehand: Some fish are best left at the bottom of the pond. You can bait the powerful and get them to commit and divide their forces, but test the waters first. Find the gap in their strength. If there is no gap, if they are impossibly strong, you have nothing to gain and everything to lose by provoking them. Choose carefully whom you bait, and never stir up the sharks.

Understand and remember: There are times when a well-timed burst of anger can do you good, but your anger must be manufactured and under your control. Then you can determine exactly how and on whom it will fall. Never stir up reactions that will work against you in the long run. Use your thunderbolts rarely, to make them the more intimidating and meaningful. Whether purposefully staged or not, if your outburst come too often, they will lose their power.

JMD

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Create compelling spectacles

When re-creating yourself, re-inventing yourself, create compelling spectacles, striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures to create this aura of power to which everyone will respond. Stage spectacles, full of arresting visuals and radiant symbols that will heighten your presence for those around you. Dazzled by appearances, no one will notice what you are really doing.

Human nature is such that people do not always want words, or rational explanations, or demonstrations of the powers of science; they want an immediate appeal to their emotions. Give them that and they will do the rest. The simpler the spectacle the better. Understand and remember this: Your search for success and power depends on shortcuts. You must always circumvent people’s suspicions, their perverse desire to resist your will.

Images are an extremely effective shortcut: Bypassing the head, the seat of doubt and resistance, they aim straight for the heart. Overwhelming the eyes, they, they create powerful associations, bringing people together and stirring their emotions. Symbols and images, like colors, are very potent weapons.

Weave visual clues into an encompassing gestalt to establish a trademark that will set you apart. Then, take the game further: Find an image or symbol from the past that will neatly fit your situation, and put it on your shoulders. It will make you seem larger than life.

Short-circuit the labyrinth of words

Using words to lead your case is risky business: Words are dangerous instruments, and often go astray. The words people use to persuade us virtually invite us to reflect on them with words of our own; we null them over, and often end up believing the opposite of what they say. It also happens that words offend us, stirring up associations unintended by the speaker. The visual, on the other hand, short-circuits the labyrinth of words. It strikes with an emotional power and immediacy that leave no gaps for reflection and doubt. It leaps right over rational, reasonable thoughts.

Understand this: Words put you on the defensive. If you have to explain yourself your power is already in question. The image, on the other hand, imposes itself as given. It discourages questions, creates forceful associations, resists unintended interpretations, communicates instantly, and forges bonds that transcend social differences. Words stir up arguments and divisions; images bring people together. They are the quintessential instruments of success and power.

The symbol has the same force, whether it is visual or a verbal description of something visual. The symbolic object stands for something else, something abstract. The abstract concept, patriotism, courage, love, is full of emotional and powerful associations. The symbol is a shortcut of expression, containing dozens of meanings in one simple phrase or object. The symbol contains untold power.

Never neglect the way you arrange things visually

The first step in using symbols and images is to understand the primacy of sight among the senses. In the past, it has been argued, sight and the other senses operated on a relatively equal plane. Today, the visual has come to dominate the others, and is the sense we most depend on and trust.

Never neglect the way you arrange things visually. Factors like color, have enormous symbolic resonance. The visual contains great emotional power. Find and associate yourself with the images and symbols that will communicate in this immediate way today, and you will have untold power.

Most effective of all is a new combination, a fusion of images and symbols that have not been seen together before, but that through their association clearly demonstrate your new idea or message. The creation of new images and symbols out of old ones in this way has a poetic effect; viewers’ associations run rampant, giving them a sense of participation.

Visual images often appear in sequence, and the order in which they appear creates a symbol. The first to appear symbolizes power; the image at the center seems to have central importance. The idea is to give yourself an aura, a stature that your normal banal appearance simply will not create.

The best way to use images and symbols is to organize them into a grand spectacle that awes people and distracts them from unpleasant realities. This is easy to do: People love what is grand, spectacular, and larger than life. Appeal to their emotions and they will flock to your spectacle in hordes. The visual is the easiest route to their hearts.

People are always impressed by the superficial appearance of things.

JMD

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Changing your life starts with the small, consistent changes you make day to day.

Since the beginnings of humanity, everyone of the world’s most successful and influential people and leaders, have been defined by their daily routines and lifestyles. Taking responsibility for your own motivation and intentions is a timeless activity, one that can lead to astronomical and heroic accomplishments.

Whoever you are, whatever your condition and wherever you may live, your mind will always dictate your reality. Believe in yourself, believe that you can and you will. You will achieve all your dreams and goals. Every single day, make plans and execute them. Welcome every day of your life and get up with the people. Time and consistency are key.

Consistency is how you create results. Every day, focus on what is important, on what you can do to improve yourself and others. Just remember, we never get where we are going alone and gratitude as well as empathy will go a long way. Give to your friend, to your family and your team. Speak with intention. Stay in integrity and act with regality.

If you want to be perceived as a leader, act like one. Start listening to your inner voice, that voice that tells the truth about you. Stop listening to your ego. Stop lying to yourself.

Train yourself to hear and see the truth and: Act on it!

JMD

Owner of Bunkumless.com and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, JMD, a former attorney, is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com  Follow JMD @ jmdlive

 

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So you want to be an astronaut? Um. Well…

Telling people that they can do anything, whether fueled by imagination or hard work, conceals the critical role of genetics, environment, education, culture, timing and chance in success. Not every everyone who wants to be a neurosurgeon, a sports star or head of state can become one. Dedication and hard work alone will never make it happen.

Success = Talent + Luck.

Great success = A little more talent + A Lot more Luck.

While skill and hard work are a key part of success, chance plays a predominant role. Genetics, environment, education, culture and timing are other essential elements. This can be a bitter pill for those who want to believe that we control our own destiny. Throughout history, it has been demonstrated that all highly successful people were the person with the right stuff, living at the right moment and in the right place. For most of them, it is not to say that they did not work hard or deserve it but none where innately special. Timing and circumstances, opportunities, their environment, the people they knew, their origins is what made them special.

What would have been Moses without a people in need to be saved? What would be Donald Trump without a nation that is full of resentment? When promoting the idea that success is primarily determined by variables within one, we are ignoring the overriding influence of luck and synchronicity in one’s success or achievement. Conversely, those who do achieve prominent success often overestimate their role in it, and have a tendency to see those who have more average resumes as inferior or less deserving. Ignoring the role of chance means that we overvalue the achievements of individual icons and also miss opportunities to use our collective institutions to alleviate inequities.

It is a statistical fact that not everyone can grow up to be a Supreme Court justice, a successful political leader or a best-selling author. Many forces beyond our personal control, forces such as synchronicity, genetics, and other accidents of birth are shaping our individual futures and successes.

JMD

JMD is an enthusiastic writer, columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.

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Don’t blind yourself!

In today’s globalism and more than ever interconnected domains of our daily lives, for whoever wants to prosper, having the most appropriate Public Affairs & Communication Strategy is now vital. Public, private, corporate or institutional entities are no exceptions.

Public policies and regulatory environment are more complex than ever and in a world where instantaneous communications can turn any minor issues into major problems, success in any field of activity, whatever the product, the service, the cause, the ideology or idea, is nothing else and everything about designing the most appropriate strategy to sell, move and promote.

Empowering yourself is no exception.

JMD

Michel  is an enthusiastic writer, columnist and social activist who most enjoys evolving in complex interactive situations.

jmdlive@live.ca

http://jmdonline.tumblr.com/