Want to Take a Course but skip Going to School?

After obtaining my Masters of Education degree in 1990, I decided that I was pretty much done with the process of driving to a school campus to attend class during my after work hours. At the end of the day, my mind was pretty much mush and the whole episode of dealing with rush hour traffic on a daily basis did not appeal to me at all. Then once you arrived at school, not only did you have to deal with finding a parking place (don’t forget the permit!), you had to make your way to the classroom and get something to eat somewhere along the way. After that, the late evening drive home awaited once class was over.

Fast forward nearly 3 decades later, I find myself very conscientious of how I use my time. No longer do I find myself willing to pursue additional learning in the way to which I was previously accustomed. I just wasn’t willing to spend my evenings penned up with others who were trying to get college credits for whatever reason. I wanted to learn things that I considered fun and grades or a diploma were no longer a concern of mine. The idea of online learning was beginning to seriously appeal to me.

Well this is why I want to tell you about a great online learning website called Udemy.com. It provides access to online learning courses that cover just about every subject under the sun. In the short time that has passed since finding out about Udemy, I have taken courses in SEO for WordPress, Flamenco guitar and music theory. I will soon be starting on courses dealing with selection of ClickBank products as well as personal growth and development. Being able to access these courses without the hassle of driving to a school to attend classes is a gigantic advantage to time strapped individuals such as you and me. No more concerns about going through the process of course registration, getting books and materials, or even wondering if the material will be relevant to your needs. All you need to do is find a course you like, pay the fee to enroll and the online learning aspect allows you to decide when you want to “attend class!”
These online learning courses also allow you to leave a message for the instructor should you have any questions(I have had quite a few!).

So if you are finding yourself wanting to learn something new but actually going to school is not for you, take advantage of the greater control available to you through online learning with Udemy.com!

All the best!

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing…..

“Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing” is a phrase I heard from a very dear friend of mine who was quite the successful entrepreneur in the health food industry. I liked hearing the phrase at first but did not give it much attention at the time. Later on, I determined that it had to do with not losing track of what is important. It could mean one thing or it could mean several things. The point is, it is of utmost importance that one does not lose track of what the important things are.

Health for example; as the saying goes “If you have your health you have everything.” There is a lot of truth to this. Without our health, other things would not be possible so I think it is safe to say that this should be a big priority. From there, everything else branches off. Other priorities could range from personal relationships, financial well-being, having a roof over our heads, etc. Each of us as individuals has the choice of deciding what is right for us. What we need to is make sure that we don’t get caught up in so much other stuff that our true priorities suffer. Balance is needed to ensure that everything stays in synch. If someone lets themselves get up in focusing on one thing such as financial matters and pays no attention to the personal relationships in their life, the relationships could suffer. Any emotional repercussions that ensue could lead to a downgrade in the financial aspect or any other aspect of their lives due to the neglect that resulted.

So at some point, sit down with a pen and paper and take some time to jot down a list of the things that are important to you (be sure to include health!). Determine the order of importance as they relate to all the other items on your list. Then take a look at the things that are taking up your time on a daily basis and see if they are on your list of important items. If not, make the necessary changes. If they are, pat yourself on the shoulder; you are on the right track! Re-verify to ensure that you are “keeping the main thing the main thing” and allow yourself to feel good once you know that you are. You may already be doing this without being aware of it!

All the best!

Take Care of You so You Can Achieve More!

In order for us to be able to achieve our goals, we must give ourselves the capability to do so. By this I mean not only must we take care of ourselves physically, but spiritually as well. A sound mind and healthy body go hand in hand in enabling us to go forward and pursue our aspirations. Some of the things we can take into consideration for a healthy body are exercise, a good diet (including plenty of water) and sufficient sleep each night.

Exercise is essential because it helps ensure that fitness is maintained and that your body is kept in good working order overall.  With exercise, oxygen levels in the blood are kept where they need to be and mental alertness is maintained. A good diet maintains proper nutritional levels of various vitamins and nutrients which contribute to our health and general well being by helping our organs function properly.  Drinking enough water on a daily basis prevents us from suffering the effects of dehydration which impacts our activity.  Last but not least, sleep!  Sleep is what helps us “recharge our batteries” and gives us the strength to carry on anew during the next day. Without enough sleep, we become exhausted and unable to think clearly. Imagine the difficulty in accomplishing an important task when you are barely able to stay awake and your thoughts become centered on finding a place to curl up into a ball and sleep into the next century.  Imagine a care that is low on fuel (food), not enough water in the radiator (dehydration which will result in overheating) and has been being driven at high speeds for months without getting checked out at the auto shop (sleep).  Not much of a chance that it will continue to perform well for you at a time when you would need it the most.

So place the thought of taking care of yourself high on the priority list.  You will be in a much greater position to clearly focus on the the goals that are important to you instead of devoting your efforts to things that serve little if any purpose. The returns you see on the investment you make in yourself will be numerous.

All the best!

 

 

What Are Your Priorities?

I found my self recently thinking about why it is that some things get done and others don’t.  The drift being that while I look at the list of things that I find myself wanting to accomplish, why is it that some things just seemed to get put on the back burner?  To me, everything on the list seemed important but for some reason I found myself postponing my efforts to work towards getting things accomplished.  The light came on for me after watching a great video by legendary blogger John Chow where it sums the cause up in one word, priorities.

The thought wheels in my mind set in motion and I realized just how much truth there is in the message that John Chow is conveying.  I had to think about what my priorities truly were and ask myself whether or not they were being met.  Am I getting enough sleep?  I definitely try to.  When it comes to eating, never skip a beat there!  As far as the non-survival related items are concerned, I do try to keep up with guitar practice, study of foreign languages and preparing my financial future.

So in essence, when it comes down to thinking about those things that you say you don’t have the time or money for; are those things truly important to you in the present moment? Are you saying “I don’t have the time” instead of looking for ways to find the time?  The same question would apply to money.  For those things where you feel that you don’t have the time or money, ask yourself at that point just how much of a priority taking care of those items are to you right then and there.

Take a look at the video below and see how this may apply to you.  All the best and my thanks to John Chow.

 

It’s Not An Excuse. It’s A lack of Priorities

A Speech to Inspire All of Us

While perusing through YouTube the other day, I came across this video showing the commencement address that “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage gave to the 2012 graduating class at Bennington College.  It chronicled the path that he chose in leaving his regular day job in the field of data processing and the journey he took to pursue a career in acting.

A great look into the thoughts of one who decided to “break on through to the other side!” Take some time to see if what Mr. Dinklage has to say can help you in your journey.

I am keeping this short due to the length of time to watch this great video.

Enjoy!

 

Is it Okay to stop Achieving?

Wanting to achieve more out of life can either be a positive or negative experience.  One can experience the joy out of accomplishment or the want can be derived from a negative environment that provides the motivation to pursue growth and change. But if continuous growth is pursued, does one deprive themselves of the chance to stop and enjoy what they have accomplished?  Would the fruits of one’s labor never be enjoyed?

When I was a kid, a friend described me as a “Renaissance Man” (I was 9 at the time!). I was always checking out new areas of interest (that was put on hold during my Jr. High and High School years ——>>> Girls!) and I found that once I had experienced something I would move onto something else. I had decided that I would rather have the knowledge of tried something at least once instead of pursuing mastery thereby gobbling up my free time and missing out on something else.  An example of this being when I recently got to take the controls of an airplane and actually take off.  Once I had returned safely to land (the flight instructor took over on that one!), I felt content and happy that I did that once and was ready for something else.

As I approach the end of my “fifties,”  I look back at what I have accomplished and think about what I still wish to accomplish.  It could either be something consisting of learning something new, going to a new destination or something that would illustrate what the power of belief and motivation can achieve.  I determined that I don’t want to be one of those individuals in their twilight years and has the pain of regret of not having done anything meaningful or exciting. I don’t want to find myself saying “I thought there would be another day but that was the only day.”

So here is my take on the question posed in the title of this post; if someone makes the decision to call it quits, that is his or her choice.  But as a result, a certain form of stagnation may set in.  Existing but not doing, is that living?  My answer is no.  In order to keep growing, one must continue to pursue new avenues of self expansion. Otherwise, we would die like a piece of fruit that never gets picked off of the tree.

So as you progress through the stages of the journey we call life, never stop learning new things and experiencing the joy that new knowledge and achievement may bring you.

All the best!

 

 

 

 

 

You Have to Believe in Yourself!!

When it comes to the pursuit of an accomplishment, knowing that you have what it takes to get to your goal is essential.  If you don’t have this belief, and I mean deeply rooted belief that you will succeed, you will find the obstacles that present themselves to you to be an insurmountable barrier.

I remember during my younger days that I was faced with this predicament when I was thinking about applying for a promotion.  Inner demons plagued me with doubt and insecurities about myself.  I was giving myself too many reasons as to what could happen that would jeopardize my success.  The power that these self-doubts played upon my actions was astounding!  The thoughts that generated in my mind were governing my physical actions!  I also remember thinking to the effect that I was not deserving of a promotion and that there was no point in it.  As a result, the image that I presented of myself reflected a person that was not deserving.

So whenever you come across something that you truly desire in life, tell yourself that you are not only deserving of such but you also have the ability to do what it takes to achieve it.  Once you have these keys in your pocket, many doors will be opened!

All the best!

Help Yourself to some Principles for High Powered Achievement!

Just got done reading a great post from “AdvancedLifeSkills.com” which listed some guidelines to follow to help you achieve a higher level of personal achievement.  In this article, author Jonathan Wells lists 11 principles to follow to help you on your path to greater personal achievement.  Of the 11, the one that immediately resonated with me deals with keeping your focus.  With all the fast paced chaos ( I like to call it the big rush to get nowhere!) in today’s society, it is important to be able to filter out all the unnecessary distractions we get bombarded with and to be able to divert our attention to what is truly important for us.

Having to direct efforts on a daily basis to a day job in addition to having a life at home, I found myself frequently sapped of the needed mental energy to engage in pursuits for my own personal fulfillment.  The temptation to melt into the couch and watch meaningless TV was strong!  Even while I was engaged while writing this blog post I was called to dinner, abducted by an episode of “Mozart in The Jungle,” and the propositioned with the opportunity to work on chess puzzles.

The author does mention the need to avoid the tendency to multitask and instead to do one thing at a time.  This is with the intent of achieving a better result of the completed task. So prior to engaging in the solving of chess puzzles, I made it a point to finish this blog post first.

So take a look at “11 High Powered Achievement Principles” and see how the application of these can benefit you in your pursuits.  My thanks to author Jonathan Wells for his contribution to all of us.

 

 

 

Give Yourself a Jump-Start towards Goal Achievement

We all have goals that we want to achieve but sometimes (especially at the end of a long day while at work!), we just don’t seem to have the energy or desire to pursue the things we want.

Or, it’s possible that you could have all the motivation in the world so to speak but your efforts are not taking you in the direction you want to go. I recently came across an article that I would love to share with you that provides four easy to understand tips that not only make sense but provide great guidance on how to pursue goal achievement.  It basically boils down to a) knowing the real reasons behind pursuing your goal, b) modeling your efforts after those who have already accomplished what you want to do, c) staying away from those individuals whose negative energy can detract you from your efforts ( I call them “happiness vampires!”) and d) how to establish a goal that is realistic.

My thanks to author Zohaib Akhlaq for giving us a great checklist to use on how to go after what we want out of life!  Click the link below to see.

4 Sure-Fire Ways to Motivate Yourself to Reach Your Goals

Take a look, develop that goal in your mind and go for it!!

 

Action is the Key to Achievement!

When I first became aware of the Law of Attraction sometime back in 2006, I thought that all you had to do was to think about something hard and long enough and Voilá!, my desire would come to fruition.  It wasn’t until after reading “Think and Grow Rich” and “The Science of Getting Rich” that I became aware that something else was required.  In order for the desired result to present itself to me, I had to perform the necessary action(s) first.

Things just weren’t going to happen as a result of my thinking about them, I had to initially become aware of what I specifically wanted and then let someone else know of my wants in addition to taking the steps needed to achieve my wishes. In addition to making my wants known (either to myself or others), I realized that I needed to pick something that was specific as well as realistic and develop a plan that would start me on the path to achieving my goal.

Ever since I can remember, I had wanted to experience what it was like to sit in the seat of a plane and operate the controls needed to cause the plane to take off.  I knew that flying lessons were not cheap and I was not inclined to commit to the expense of taking them. My wife, being aware that this was always a goal of mine, came across a
Groupon offer for an introductory flying lesson.  Lo and behold, the lesson also included being able to sit in the seat of an aircraft and with the Instructors’ guidance, start the engine, taxi to the runway, open the throttle and take off!  I decided after that my curiosity was satisfied and that I would not be signing up for additional lessons.

This was an instance of a goal being realized as a result of letting others know what I wanted.  Here is a case where a goal was achieved as a result of my taking a specific and relevant action.

During a visit to Holland in 1986, I saw my first Gazelle 3-speed commuter bicycle.  I was immediately impressed with its functionality and design and knew right away that I wanted to have one.  At the time I decided that it would be too much of a hassle taking one on the ferry back to England and thought “I’ll pick one up next time.”  Before I knew it, I was due for transfer back to the United States and there was not a bike shop to be found that carried the bike that I wanted.  Fast forward 30 years to the present and with the help of the Internet, I found a bike shop within reasonable distance that had exactly what I wanted.  After I was done hyperventilating over the price, I made the commitment, paid my money and drove over to pick it up.  I have been happy with my investment ever since!  My wife now has the ladies model!

So the next time you think of something that you want; come up with a plan and take action to get it!

All the best!

Erik von Werlhof