A New Year, A New Hope
I had some big plans to release a different type of post to the public today. However, I don’t feel that it’s the message I want to share right now even though I was fully intending to do so this morning.
Instead I’ll probably get back to posting on building a killer niche tomorrow (if you’d rather read that today, go for it).
Today I want to share something a little bit more personal and a little deeper from the heart.
Doom and Gloom Abound!
In all accounts 2013 was a bad year for much of the public. A recent report that was out said something around 2/3 of all Americans felt that 2013 was a bad year.
The biased media has heaped on B.S. message after message upon us. By the way, as side note, I am not condemning one source of media over another, all of the mainstream media outlets are biased.
The news has been one negative onslaught after another.
99% of the politicians seem to not care about the public, otherwise would we not see different, constitutional and useful policies actually come to pass? Have you ever looked at a politician and said “He said he/she said they didn’t believe that! Why would he vote that way?” I’m not condemning one side or the other here, it’s on every side of the aisle.
Meanwhile commercials tell us that unless we accumulate stuff, we have no worth. That if you’re not like guy/girl in the picture you’re not worth a dime. That without whatever they are selling you are basically nothing.
The economy is still in the tank, unemployment and unhappiness is extremely high.
Wait, Michael You Said This Was A New Year And A New Hope?!? What Gives?
I’m getting there trust me.
Despite all of the negativity I am going to tell you my hope for the year.
I believe in life there is a narrow road that we should walk that is filled with care, love, compassion, salvation and freedom. This is what I feel and believe.
Some of the points below I feel are critical to being happy in dark times.
I read something not long ago on tips for being successful, not just in business, but as a person. One of the most important points was forgiveness for others and moving on with it.
Look we are all humans, we all make mistakes and occasionally someone gets hurt.
I’ve been wronged many times in my life and when I was younger and much less wise I am sure I have hurt many around me.
Forgive and move on. I am not saying that if someone hurts you or continues to hurt you that you should continue to put yourself in a bad situation. However, I am saying to forgive and get passed it so you can focus on your success as a person.
Give And Help Others
One thing the world seems to lack right now is compassion and love. From my youth until now, I don’t remember a time where the love just felt as sucked from the air as I feel now.
Sure we all have businesses to run and we need to make money and eat, but, when we can help others I truly believe we should.
This is something I want o work hard on this year. It’s something I feel is extremely important.
I can’t stress this enough. I always hear people say “Work Smart” and I agree that we should. But, working smart means you need to learn how to work hard at your goals. I don’t care if your goals are making money, weight loss, being a better human being or anything else. You must work hard at it.
Without working hard, just working smart means that you’re still not getting anything done but, hey, you’re efficient at it! Work hard and dedicate time to whatever you’re working at.
Practice and training lead to being better at anything.
Respect Those You Disagree With
This is something that I think has gotten out of hand in the last decade. It seems now that instead of listening to other people and at least giving them respect, the majority ridicule, mock, chastise and slander in some of the most horrible ways.
If someone believes something that you do not believe in, get over it. I disagree with many people whom I still love and even though it may be hard sometimes, I believe it leads us to a better life.
If someone continually offends you, don’t continue to put yourself in a situation to be offended, but move on.
In the media in recent months I’ve heard stories on both sides of the spectrum where someone or some group is offended by something someone said or did. Instead of just tuning them out, they fight to boycott, to slander and to defame.
Tune out the negativity. If someone makes a completely stupid statement that is offensive to you, you don’t have to continue listening. If America (like other countries) has the ability to have freedom of speech, why not let everyone say their piece and either agree with them or disagree and move on.
But, in all things with freedom involved, let’s continue to have these freedoms. When you start asking for others to become involved because you don’t like what someone says, that opens the door for loss of freedom in my opinion.
To those of you reading this in other countries I feel the same. But, as an American I can only speak from what I see in front of me here.
I wish the very best for all of my readers and everyone that comes into contact with me throughout 2014. Be a beacon of light if darkness surrounds you and continue walking your path.
It’s great to pay attention to what is going on worldwide and be informed. I think most people should be paying more attention to what is going on. But, do not let the doom and gloom beat you up. Don’t let the crap the media spits out breed apathy in your life.
I’m not asking you to agree with all of what I said, or any of it for that fact. I however, am asking you to consider it and in all that you do this year do the following:
- Work Hard
- Work With Joy
- Work In Happiness
- Work In Peace
- Be Ethical
- Take Pleasure From Your Successes
- Learn From Your Mistakes….
Never forget that no matter what anyone tells you, you’re worth more than any amount of money or any product on the planet. You are someone and we all have the ability to shine.
Have a happy and joyous new year.