Iron Wil on Alex Charfen and the Momentum Podcast

I got introduced to Alex Charfen‘s Momentum Podcast for the Entrepreneurial Personality Type because of some FB connections including Gallant Dill and Michael Paul Whitehead. This podcast has been enlightening and empowering! Check it out!

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Persistence

What is Persistence?

persistence
1. the quality of persisting; tenacity
2. the act of persisting; continued effort or existence
3. the continuance of an effect after the cause of it has stopped: persistence of vision

When it comes to persistence, I almost always think right away of Wolverine. His example, of persistence and tenacity are legend in the Marvel Comic Universe. When he goes after someone or some task, he never gives up. Ever! We could look back through history and find several examples of people that have been persistent. The first person that comes to mind is Thomas Edison, he racked up thousands of failures on his quest of discoveries. He is credited with thousands of inventions too, these inventions have changed the world. Then there are many others that fall into this category Steve Jobs, Amelia Earhart, Mark Zuckerberg; man and women of vision! Those who are out to “ding the universe”!

The reason that this word is essential, is because it is what every entrepreneur must have or develop. This characteristic serves us well because it provides power in the dark and frustrating days or nights. When we feel like there is no end to the misery or failure we face. In my own pursuits, I have learned to develop persistence. The funny thing about it, is that one must also develop patience and the ability to pivot as obstacles arise. The key is to capture and envision your goals, play then in your mind like a movie. Once you have that goal created and visualized, you can recall it, look at it, and play it back in your mind. It’s like looking at a 3D Model of the goal. There is something that happens within us when we capture our goals in this way.

The Jewish model of prophecy is very interesting because it is all expressed in past tense. Yes, Past Tense! As if it has already happened. It is amazing to me that they are framed this way. All through the Old Testament, this model can be seen. This is what we are after to help us develop persistence. I know that each of us can develop this ability and characteristic; we can empower ourselves by creating our goals in our minds and focusing on them.

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Wilson, Rituals

I listen to Rich Dad Radio Show each week and a few weeks ago … the August 20th, 2016 episode titled “Find Meaning, Find Success”; is an interview with JW Wilson about the affects of formal education on the mind. What stood out to me the most was this statement made by Mr. Wilson.

Rituals let your biology know you are serious about a commitment; then your body relaxes into the commitment.” – JW Wilson

It hit home with me because it is true and because I have put this into practice most of my life without realizing that this applied. I stood in front of quotes for years reading them and making them a very real part of me. I can look back to my college days, when I read my collected quotes daily as part of my morning ritual. It allowed me to make them a part of me. As the biblical saying goes, “it is written on your heart”. When you learn, study, and work on some commitment you make; you have to internalize it. When you add it to your routines (i.e. rituals), your body knows that you are serious. Your mind knows that you are serious.

You then begin to change and develop the personal tools that you need to move into your new commitment. When we look at how often New Year’s Resolutions fail … we can see the lack of commitment and changes to personal rituals that will empower the individual and assist them in making those changes permanent.

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Visualization

visualization n.
1. the act or an instance of visualizing
2. (Psychology) a technique involving focusing on positive mental images in order to achieve a particular goal
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers

I wanted to start out this post with a clear understanding of the definition. Because, visualization is something that I have been doing for years. So long, that when I started reading “The Secret“, I could have stopped after the first chapter. I did need the reminder so that I would put the practice back in place 100% of the time instead of just tinkering with it.

The book “The Secret” is all about the power of visualization. Capturing in your mind the place you want to be and transporting yourself there by sheer force of your imagination!

I did this by reading my favorite quotes daily! Yes, I did it daily. At one point during my collage years, I had a wall of 80 some quotes and I knew them so well that I didn’t have to read them anymore, I could just reach up and touch the 3×5 card on the wall. They became so integral to my daily routine and I because so familiar with them that the ones I needed the most that day would stand out and I would only see those quotes! As I write this I an still see that wall of that old apartment bedroom and it still empowers me today!

Visualization is the most powerful and important key to changing our lives! I would recommend that if you haven’t read “The Secret” that you get to the library or your favorite book store and get a copy and spend time on it. Spend as much time as you need!

These quotes are important to me because I wanted to develop the qualities and characteristics that they express. I got some very good advice around the age of 13; and I was given the tool to change my life and reorder my world. Many of the quotes that I am writing about helped to forge my character and shape the man I am today. That is why I am sharing them and my story with you

also …

Mom, thank you for sitting on me and telling me I had the power to change!

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I’m Gonna Make It

Catie Waters is a fairly new musical artist with some fantastic songs. I have a few favorite and as I was listening to this album on the way to work. This song, “I’m Gonna Make It“, just hit me hard and I have added it to my personal playlist. I enjoy a variety of musical styles and the blues/jazz music just hits me in the soul! This song is powerful, moving, and encouraging!

Catie Waters

Lyrics:

Verse 1:
Can’t see through all of my tears
I fought for all of these years
And giving up was my greatest fear
But now I’m suddenly here

Pre-chorus:
Darkness was all I could see
Darkness was all I could dream
But now I lift my hands
And I can understand
All the possibilities

Chorus:
No matter what the people say
I’m gonna make it anyway
No matter how far away it seems
I’m never gonna stop chasing my dreams
Im gonna make it
Im gonna make it
No matter how far away it seems
Im never gonna stop chasing my dreams

Verse 2:
Left everything I’ve ever known
It’s been so long since I’ve been home
And giving up was my greatest fear
But now I’m suddenly here

Pre-chorus:
Darkness was all I could see
Darkness was all I could dream
But now I lift my hands
And I can understand
All the possibilities

Chorus:
No matter what the people say
I’m gonna make it anyway
No matter how far away it seems
I’m never gonna stop chasing my dreams

I’m gonna make it
I’m gonna make it
No matter how far away it seems
I’m never gonna stop chasing my dreams

I’m gonna make it
I’m gonna make it
No matter how far away it seems
I’m never gonna stop chasing my dreams

Chorus:
No matter what the people say
I’m gonna make it anyway
No matter how far away it seems
I’m never gonna stop chasing my dreams
I’m gonna make it
I’m gonna make it

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