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The Best Resources for Productivity and Well-Being in 2019
W e’re entering the second month of the new year, and I have an important question for you: What have you accomplished? Are you still working toward your goals and New Year’s resolutions? It’s okay if the answer is no. I’m not here to judge you for falling behind or letting life carry you for a while. I am here to help you beat that slump. This month, I want to share with you the best resource I discovered in 2018. It created the next level of my productivity and wellbeing, and I know it can do the same for you. Building FromRock Bottom First, I want to say that I know what it’s like to feel unproductive. I know what happens when you let yourself be pulled around by the tides of life. In the summer of 1984, I was 24 years old and at rock bottom. I wasn’t following God, I wasn’t close to my own family, I was working 80 hours a week for a restaurant chain, and I was involved in things I shouldn’t have been involved in. It wasn’t a good place to be, but I didn’t know how to get out. Thankfully, I was introduced to the world of personal development and self-improvement. One of the first self-improvement books I read was “The University of Success” by Og Mandino. It turned my life around at the point when I needed it the most. I moved back to North Carolina, lived with my grandparents for three months, and prayed to God every day that He would give me a second chance. My prayers were answered, and I’ve spent the rest of my life vowing to never get swept up by the tide again. I read many other self-improvement books that summer, and countless more in the following years, but “University of Success” remains one of my favorites. No other book or system made me feel as motivated or inspired as I did when reading Mandino’s book and following the action steps at the end of each chapter. At least, not until I discovered the SELF Journal last year. MoreThan a Journal I discovered this amazing resource a few weeks before the end of 2018, and I wish I’d found it much sooner. The system is not just a journal. It’s a
powerful yet simple daily planner that incorporates all the aspects of what makes us successful. For decades, I have studied the principles of how to get to the next level and be more productive, effective,
and balanced in life. I’ve continuously looked for ways to be successful in business while still maintaining strong, healthy relationships with friends, family, and God. The SELF Journal takes all the lessons and strategies I’ve learned over the years and combines them into one system. It’s a planner and a journal compiled into one. The SELF Journal focuses on 13 weeks at a time and divides these weeks into three distinct daily, weekly, and monthly sections. Everything you do in each section is guided by your Big Goal — the thing you want to achieve at the end of the 13 weeks. This isn’t a system focused solely on helping you lose weight or advance your business. There are elements built into the SELF Journal that will help you practice gratitude, gain a better understanding of yourself, and become a well-balanced person. A Better Daily Routine There are so many things I love about the SELF Journal. For example, when you write down your Big Goal, you sign a contract with yourself, vowing to take action to achieve that goal. There’s power in putting ink on paper. A mentor of mine told me once, “Jay, cut the gab and get on the pad.” One of my favorite parts of this system is how it structures the daily sections. Let me show you an example of one day frommy own SELF Journal. Mornings When I open to a new page, I see my schedule for the day that I prepared the night before. I know exactly what I will be doing and am in total
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2 Tactics That Will Create Loyal Employees Create a Culture of Love inYour Company
Company growth is the top priority for many entrepreneurs. If a business stagnates, it will eventually fail. However, when leaders focus solely on finding the best ways to reach new customers, they often overlook an integral part of running a cohesive company. While an operational-minded approach will do wonders for the efficiency of your business, behind every company’s success are the employees who made it possible. That’s why this Valentine's Day is the perfect time to create a culture of love in your company. Family One of the best things you can do is invest in what matters most to your employees: their families. A familiar problem for many business owners is that their families can fall by the wayside amid the complications of running an organization. Your employees can also face this struggle. The chaos of trying to raise children while balancing a career and a personal life is a significant stressor. As the leader of your company, you can help ease these burdens. A date night for an anniversary, spontaneous time off, or even added vacation time
are all simple gestures that go a long way to create a company culture where your employees feel loved. Autonomy A dangerous pitfall for many entrepreneurs is developing a detachment between their own work life and the work lives of their team members. During the growth of the business, owners can fall into the age-old employee-boss mindset, and that hierarchy often creates a rigid environment. The moment an employee starts to look at their manager as a boss is also when they start to see their work as a job rather than a career they’re excited about. Trust and autonomy are essential to developing a productive professional relationship, and offering your employees remote work, flexible schedules, and the freedom to take control of their workdays are great ways to establish reciprocal relationships and foster entrepreneurial mindsets.
Try some of these tactics at your company this February to create a culture of love where your employees and customers thrive.
‘The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity’
Edwene Gaines’ Story of Success Through Spiritual Focus
Nearly 50 years ago, Edwene Gaines had reached her breaking point. She and her young daughter were living in a one- bedroom apartment and eating peanut butter and crackers as meals. Gaines was employed at two jobs and had credentials that should have set her up for financial success, but she was still sharing a bed with her young daughter and wondering how she was going to afford their next meal. Something had to change. A year later, Gaines was making $100,000 a year, running successful businesses, and owned her own lavish home. She and her daughter no longer worried about how they would get their next meal.
The laws encourage readers to harness and abide by spirituality-prospering guidelines in order to obtain wealth and the fulfilled lifestyle they are seeking. The laws Gaines outlines are the following: • Give 10 percent of your income to the person or place where you receive your “spiritual nourishment.” • Set attainable goals. • Forgive others and yourself. • Discover what your passion and purpose is, and pursue it wholeheartedly. Gaines’ story of prosperity through spiritual well-being and focus teaches us to accept a solution to our financial woes through our own means. Gaines, a certified Unity Minister, gives readers an intimate insight into how her entire life has changed by following these laws and how they too can incorporate these laws and change their own lives. Her incredible story shows that anyone can make it out of their own situation to find prosperity and peace. To learn more about Gaines’ book or to learn more about her story, visit PorsperityProducts.com. Gaines’ book is also available on Amazon and through Kindle.
But Gaines’ turn of fortune wasn’t born out of luck; she did it by following the four guidelines for spirituality and self-improvement. Gaines learned these through her experiences, and while she claims to not have created the set of laws, she has compiled them together in her book, “The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity.”
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control of my day. Just beneath my schedule is a line that reads “This morning I am grateful for …” and space for me to write three things. On one particular day, I wrote: 1. I am grateful for my good night sleep to awake at 6 a.m. 2. I am grateful that I am able to back into God’s comfort anytime I wish. 3. I am grateful to take time alone at the coffee shop today. At the top of the next page there’s a section to write my goal. This doubles as a daily affirmation when I write my big goal again and the steps I will take to achieve that goal. Just below is the “Today’s Targets” section. This is a to-do list of what I need to accomplish that day. Then I end my morning by reading an inspirational quote. One of my favorite quotes in the SELF Journal came from Les Brown: “Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.” Evenings At the end of the day, I return to the SELF Journal again. Waiting for me are three more sections. The first two are Lessons Learned — where I reflect on what went well about the day and what could have gone better — and the Brag Zone — where I record my wins. Then I end the day like I started it, by writing down three things I am grateful for. The emphasis on gratitude is what I like most about the SELF Journal. I am convinced, and have been for a decade, that making a point to express your gratitude focuses your outlook on the day. Just recently, I read about a study that found people who express gratitude before going to bed fall asleep faster, stay sleep longer, and enjoy more restful sleep. Practicing gratitude helps us better remember our blessings and improves our overall well-being. Be More Productive in 2019 This barely scratches the surface of what makes the SELF Journal so awesome. I’ve tried a lot of journals and systems over the years, but this one provides a whole new sense of well-being and control over your day. It’s not good to drift around without purpose and let the tides take you where they want to. Productivity is only possible when you are in control of yourself and your time by planning and scheduling your day. The SELF Journal makes me feel as liberated today as “The University of Success” did when I was 24 years old. In the short time I’ve been using it, the system has helped me achieve numerous personal and professional goals. I strongly encourage you to try it for yourself. You can buy a copy at BestSelf.co or by searching SELF Journal on Amazon. This system can help you be more productive in any area of your life, whether you want to lose weight, have a better relationship with your spouse, or improve your real estate investing business. It’s a powerful thing to start your day by expressing gratitude.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Job 36:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “If they hear and serve Him, they will end their days in prosperity and their years in pleasures. Psalm 128:2 When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you. Have You Heard the Good News … As it Relates to "Prosperity"?
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