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Cultivating Your Focus To Financial Freedom

by Cheval John

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Photo courtesy of www.divaswithapurpose.com

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This post is in response to Natalie Sisson’s question, “What Is The One Thing You Will Focus On In 2015?”

It is the seventh day of her 15 Days To Freedom Blog Challenge.

If you want to join in on the blog challenge, you can visit here

The one thing I will focus on in 2015 is being financially independent.

The reason is because I had developed a bad spending habit over the years due to a poverty mindset.

My thinking was if I had more money or was a millionaire, I would be happy.

The problem with the thinking is that we are not satisfied with what we have.

It is one of the scriptures that said, “If you can handle the smallest things, then you can manage the bigger things. #paraphrased.

What this means is if you can’t manage the smallest amount of money, then how are you going to handle a million dollars.

Example of this is former NBA professional players who go broke after retiring because they spend on big houses and cars or lottery winners who wind up losing their earnings in a few years.

Even though the rich and the ultra rich are financially independent, the not so rich like travel writers, are also financially independent because they understand how to manage their finances.

That is why they are among the happiest people on earth because they are doing what they love.

As Rolf Potts puts it in his book, “Vagabonding,” “The only real asset we have is time.”

And to piggyback on the statement, Robert Kiyosaki mentioned in his book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad “Our minds are our greatest asset.”

So basically if we feed our minds with positive information and surround ourselves around people who are successful with their finances, then we can enjoy true freedom to live our lives to the fullest.

What Is The One Thing That You Will Focus On In 2015? You can leave your comment below.

Choose Your Friends Wisely

By Cheval John

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Photo courtesy of www.blog.ezinearticles.com

It is true that we need friends in our lives to keep us company.

However, not everyone will be your friend.

Though you had a lot of friends in high school and was probably the most popular person around.

But when college arrived, everyone will go their separate ways.

That moment when you had a lot of friends was only meant for that specific season.

And that is a good thing because you might have some dreams that you want to fulfill and not everyone will be on board with your dreams.

So if you are surround yourself with people who do not believe in your dreams, you must make the choice to let them go.

If you don’t let the people who are holding you back go, your dreams will be squashed and you will be wondering what would have happened if you had pursued your dreams.

Thomas Edison had failed about 10,000 times before he invented the light bulb. What would have happened if he had listened to the scaredy cats who were probably telling him to give up?

*What if Michael Jordan would have allowed the negative review from his high school coach that he was not good enough to play basketball? *paraphrased

Thank God they did not listened to the doubters and kept on pursuing their dreams.

Mr. Jordan and Mr. Edison also surround themselves with the right people and cultivated successful habits like self-discipline, hard work, dedication and a tough mindset.

That is what separates the ultra-successful from the mediocre.

So if you want to be highly successful, you must let go of the people who are holding you back and develop the right habits.

Overtime, you will be able to fulfill your dreams and make the world a better place.

As for me, I am going to continue to spend time with friends on Twitter chats like Tamara McCleary, Rachel Miller, Brian Fanzo, Lorrie of Movy Stream and many others who are making people’s lives better.

I will also surround myself with etiquette experts who stay true to themselves and are genuinely humble even though they have achieved huge “success.”

And for the three habits that will allow me to achieve success, I will aim to continue to write everyday, read great books, blogs, magazines, etc. and watch inspiring videos from people who did not allow doubt or fear to stop them from achieving their goals and make other people’s lives better.

Finally, the two bad habits I will give up is comparing myself to other people and overcoming self-doubt.

What are the three successful habits you will develop in order to fulfill your dreams and make the world a better place? You can leave your comments below.

Organization Is The Best Way To Stay Productive

By Cheval John

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Photo courtesy of www.lifehack.org

This blog post is in response to the question Natalie Sisson asked in the third day of her 15-day blog challenge, “Which One Social Media Tool Will You Use To Be Productive.

If you want to join in on Natalie’s blog challenge, you can click on the link here

When you see athletes being successful at the highest level, you might wonder how they make it look easy.

Like Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who is now the National Football League (NFL) all-time leading passer in touchdowns.

You might wonder “how does Mr. Manning make it look so easy to dissect the defense on a mostly consistent basis?

What many might not know is that Mr. Manning prepares everyday for his opponent by watching game-film of the different defense formations, shows up early for practice and leaves late.

Peyton is super organized and that is why he really successful at the NFL.

What can we learn from elite athletes like Peyton Manning?

For starters, it is very important to be really organized because our brains can be at a million places.

Dr. Melissa Gratias explains it in this video below that was produced by MBG Organizing Solutions

In addition, the most successful people take the time out to plan out their day with to-do list the night before so that they can be laser focus on the task at hand.

The point is that with different social media tools that can help us to be really productive, there is no excuse on to why you can’t be productive.

For example, Natalie uses social media tools like Asana, Google Drive and Evernote to remain really organized with her business.

And since I want to be more organized, which has been a challenge, I will aim to use a lot of social media tools that will help me to stay productive.

As for today, I will start using Evernote again because it allows you to put reminders on important to do list like write 1,000 words or listen to a podcast.

Also, the representative from Evernote, Cristina Riesen took the time out of her busy schedule to showcase her expertise on a Twitter chat called #bizheroes a couple days ago.

That showed me Evernote’s dedication to their customers and I believed that if many businesses go out of their way to be where their fans or customers is at on social media, they will gain some new customers in the process.

So if you want to increase your productivity, you must be very organized.

Once you are organized, you will increase your chances at being successful just like Peyton Manning and Natalie Sisson.

Which social media tools do you use to be highly productive? You can leave your comments below.

Ohio State Overcomes Adversity, Wins National Championship

By Cheval John

The Ohio State Buckeyes proved the doubters wrong and won the national championship after defeating the Oregon Ducks 42-20 in Arlington, Texas.

The Buckeyes won the title under the new era of the so-called, “College Football Playoff” era.

What is really amazing about this team is the fact that they were counted out before the season begin when Braxton Miller went down with an injury.

However, backup quarterback J.T. Barrett led Ohio State to an 11-1 record before going down with an season-ending injury.

That was when the doubters came in force and wondered “loudly” if the Buckeyes would be able to win the Big Ten championship with third string quarterback, Cardale Jones.

They answered the question and dominated Wisconsin 59-0 to win the conference championship and were selected for the first annual “playoff.

The questions now were “can Mr. Jones lead Ohio State to a semifinal win against Alabama, the vaunted power of the Southeastern Conference (SEC)?

They answered the questions again and defeated the Crimson Tide 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl to advance to the title game.

From there, the Buckeyes were able to overcome four turnovers to defeat Oregon despite being underdogs again.

The lesson we can learn from this team is that you always have to believe in yourself and keep on working towards your goals.

Ohio State believed in each other and Jones kept himself ready whenever his opportunity came and is now going to be remembered for producing for his team and going 3-0 in his three starts in the postseason.

The only thing now is that Urban Meyer, now the second head coach to win national championships with two schools (Florida 2006, 2008), and his coaching staff will have a tough time deciding who will be the starting quarterback for the 2015 season.

That is a problem I suspect he is very happy to have.

What will you remember about the 2014 Ohio State Buckeye team? You can leave your comment below.

Video courtesy of ABC News

When A Catch Isn’t A Catch

By Cheval John

The Dallas Cowboys was trailing the Green Bay Packers 26-21 with about five minutes left when they decided to go for it on 4th and 2.

The Cowboys were in Green Bay’s end of the field and could have decided to kick a field goal, especially with their kicker Dan Bailey being a clutch player.

Tony Romo, who had a remarkable season especially going 4-0 in December, made a pass to Dez Bryant, who leaped into the air and seemed to had catch the football for a first down completion near the goal line.

However, the officials took a look at the play on replay and then overturned the call, which led to a turnover on downs.

The Packers were able to maintain possession of the football especially when Aaron Rodgers completed a pass to Randall Cobb after the football was deflected for a crucial first down that allowed them to run out the time to secure the win and move on to face the Seattle Seahawks in the AFC Championship Game.

Maybe it was the old saying, “What goes around, comes around,” because the Cowboys had a huge break in their win against the Detroit Lions.

Too bad that break did not help them to possibly win this matchup against Green Bay.

Do you think that the officials made the correct call on Dez Bryant’s appearant catch? You can leave your comments below.

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