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Gratitude

As we go into the holiday season, I couldn't say it any better than one of my advisors...enjoy his thoughts below. We should be grateful for everything we have. 

Happy Thanksgiving,

Todd

"As the year is winding down, I wanted to go outside the "norm" by taking a moment to discuss gratitude and how practicing it can lead to better outcomes for you and your business. 

 

This month more than any other, I find myself reflecting over the past year by looking at ways that practicing gratitude has served me well.  To me, gratitude is an action, and I have tried to apply it daily over the past year. 

 

For me, when I practice gratitude, it is nearly impossible to get upset or stressed out.  This leads to the ability to make more productive decisions!

 

So, gratitude is about the application of it in your life which will lead to successful outcomes.

If you apply and practice gratitude in a few simple areas of daily life, it will give you a different perspective, a "new set of glasses" per se, that allows you to be more upbeat, kind, and genuine to everyone you encounter each day.  After all, more success is achieved when we genuinely and actively seek to help others succeed.

 

Here are three basic areas in which you can practice gratitude daily:

 

1)    Be kind to your health/body:

 

This is basic stuff, but very important. Try to eat foods that will nourish your body instead of attacking it.  Try to get enough sleep, and slow down if life is getting too hectic.  Taking good care of your body gives you all the energy you need to deal with the demands of the day.  A healthy body equals a healthy mind, and a healthy mind produces results

 

2)    Seek out the positive in ANY situation:

 

It's easy to practice gratitude when things are going well.  But, how about when disappointment or unexpected occurrences strike?  When this happens, because it will, ask yourself:

 

"What can I learn from this experience?", and "Can I apply the knowledge that I have now after going through this to help anyone else?"

 

After reflecting, take action!  If you've learned something from a negative experience, and can help someone else with the knowledge learned from that experience, then it automatically turns the "negative" into a "positive".  It's a win, win!

 

3)    Be kind and respectful to everyone:

 

This can be tough.  You aren't ever going to "like" everyone.  You may actually strongly dislike someone.  You can still practice kindness by trying to put yourself in the other's person's shoes.  This brings tolerance which then allows you to be sincerely kind through respecting the other person's position.  This kind of attitude breeds mutual respect which will help form a productive and working relationship geared towards success no matter if you "like" them or not! 

 

True gratitude is much more than a state of being.  It is a way of living.  And, it is a seed for future prosperity. 

In closing, we would like to sincerely thank you for your support and for being a friend of our agency.  We appreciate your like-minded commitment to success and dedication to excellence and are looking forward to building our relationship even more in the future!"

 

 

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Patterns and Perception

There are so many ways we can look at the world around us. Check out this video and you might just see things a little differently. 

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TO UNDERSTAND IS TO PERCEIVE PATTERNS

"TO UNDERSTAND IS TO PERCEIVE PATTERNS" - ISAIAH BERLINWATCH:

Posted by Jason Silva on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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The AI Revolution: Road to Superintelligence - Wait But Why

I don't know about you, but I'm just now waking up to the AI revolution...that's Artificial Intelligence, for those of you, like me, who have been ignoring the subject. If you read nothing else about it, you must read this two part piece. This is our future, whether we want to embrace it or not, so you might as well take a peek at what's coming. This is not Science Fiction. It's the real deal.

Then watch the movie Ex Machina to see how it can play out...not in the most friendly of ways. :-) Here's the Wait But Why blog.  Make time.....it's not short, but it's worthy!

Would love to hear your thoughts.

http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/01/artificial-intelligence-revolution-1.html

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