In his own words:
Hello Friends, Family, Team & Colleagues,
First off, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family from me and my family!
I woke up early this morning, and I was thinking of a special note to share with each of you.
As I was sitting in front of my computer with a clean document, I wanted to highlight a few of the most important lessons I learned during 2013, because I believe this is the perfect message I could share with you at this time.
With each lesson, I am also going to share a quote that reinforces what I have learned, because I know it will inspire you and help you recognize the value associated with each concept.
Here you go:
1.) Believe in yourself- “Believe in yourself, for it is only you who can determine whether or not you are the achiever of your dreams.” – Kishore Bansal
This is probably the most important lesson I learned this year, because when you truly believe that you are capable of everything and anything, nothing will stop you. The first and only person you need to convince is YOURSELF, so go out there and BELIEVE!
2.) Let the small things be small things- “What a caterpillar calls the end of the world we call a butterfly.”! Eckhart Tolle
What I have learned is that the challenges we face seem enormous in the NOW, but, when we look back, these are specks of dust in our existence. The key to make 2014 your best year yet is to allow these specks of dust to remain SMALL (even in the NOW), so our energy is no longer focused on areas that do not matter.
3.) Flock with Birds that Build You Up- Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. – W. Clement Stone
This an essential lesson to adopt (immediately) to make 2014 filled with SUCCESS, because this is what you deserve. The people you associate with will often become major influencers in your life even if you don’t want them to occupy this space. Therefore, please choose wisely! Find people who build you up, are passionate about life, and are driven to grow in all areas. Position people around you that help you magnify your growth and opportunities and minimizes your problems. If you wish to substantially grow by 10x, this will be enormously valuable in the coming year.
4.) Invest time, money, and effort in YOURSELF- “Our personal power is found in the force of our thoughts? It is our real strength.”- Robin Sieger
The only sustainable competitive advantage in life is personal development…PERIOD! I encourage you to allocate money/time and invest in yourself every month. This means your health, your headspace (attitude), your spirituality, your family, your relationships, etc. It does not need to cost much (if anything), but you should at least be reading a book that helps you grow, watching inspiring YOUTUBE videos, and addressing any areas where you yearn to improve.
5.) Pursue Daily Passion- “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah Winfrey
Most people go through the motions for their ENTIRE LIFE. What could be worse than this? I get it, maybe you despise your career and it represents a means to an end, but it is critical that you create the space to pursue your passion for at least 15-30 minutes each day. Whether this is reading, writing, cooking, dancing, running, meditating, sewing, etc. please, please, please incorporate this into your DAILY regimen.
6.) Create the Space for Laughter- “I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it’s the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It’s probably the most important thing in a person.” – Audrey Hepburn
This has been such an instrumental lesson and something I am committed to including as a new rhythm. Whether I am searching YouTube for funny videos, having hilarious conversations with my family, friends, and team, or simply reflecting on events from my past; I have now incorporated laughter on a daily basis. Trust me when I say, it has made ALL the difference!
By the Way- I hope you will help and contribute good humor and laughter to my life this year too.
7.) Act with intention OR don’t act at all- “Live with intention, Walk to the edge, Listen Hard, Practice wellness, Play with abandon, Laugh, Choose with no regret, Appreciate your friends, Continue to learn, Do what you love, Live as if this is all there is.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
I often find that people perform a TON of actions in their lives, but often do so without a clearly defined intention. The perfect question you should ask yourself before ‘taking action’ is, “What am I looking to achieve?” If the answer is undesirable OR does not elicit the outcome you were striving to accomplish, then DON’T TAKE THE ACTION! This has saved me an enormous amount of time and energy in 2013 and I know it will benefit you as well.
I hope you enjoy these 7 Lessons as much (or even MORE) than I have, and I am excited to help you make 2014 your best and most successful year yet.
As you begin making these transformations, please keep me in the loop, because it is my honor to support you!
Okay, go enjoy the rest of your holiday, have fun with the people you care about most, and end the year STRONG!
Thank you for everything.
Signed: Dr. Marcus Manns – CEO of the Chiropractic and Wellness Centres