Doing vs. Dreaming

Are you a DOER or a DREAMER?
I was talking with someone this morning about the importance of action. He’s a very smart person who’s headed towards huge things. He loves to learn and soaks up the things he taught.

But…
It is not enough to just store what you learn in your mind and never use it. Intelligence is being able to learn and apply what you’ve learned to your life! A mind full of unapplied wisdom doesn’t do you or anyone else any good. We have to learn to seek knowledge and wisdom and then take MASSIVE ACTION on that knowledge.
All of us have dreams. We sit back and we imagine a life where we don’t have to worry about how to pay the bills, live in a big house, and have tons of money and freedom. That’s all great and it’s actually a MUST if you’re going to achieve your goals. First, you have to imagine and believe it’s possible. But are you just dreaming? What are you doing daily to reach those goals and make your dreams a reality?
The Internet is FULL of information and I can guarantee you that if you look hard enough, you can find the exact steps necessary to accomplish anything that you want to accomplish! But what will you do with that information? Are you someone who just likes to learn and collect info or are you actually going to make your dreams come true?
As always,
Nicole Starnes

You’re Not JUST Anything

I’m going to need you guys and gals to do me a favor. This is a big one and it’s going to change your life forever! Once you get the hang of this, you’ll never be the same.
Ready?
Ok…
STOP saying the word “JUST” when you talk about yourself! That drives me insane. When someone gives you a compliment or you describe yourself, stop referring to yourself as “just an average girl” or “just an average guy” or whatever you like to follow that up with.
First of all, you’re not JUST anything. You are phenomenal! There’s no one else on the planet like you! You’re here with a certain set of skills and abilities that ONLY YOU have. Did you know that the odds of you being here…of all the things that aligned…your parents…the timing…the sperm/egg combination possibilities…the infinitely complex process of your in-womb formation…the fact that you made it through that and birth….the odds are 1 in 4 hundred trillion!!!
Please don’t say you’re “just” a _______ again. Be known and bless the world with what you have to offer.

As always,

Nicole Starnes

The Success Mentality

Where are you with yourself? Those who are familiar with the M in The Movement know that it stands for mentality. Mentality is the very first step towards being successful in anything that you do. Part of having the right mentality is realizing what you’re capable of.
What you think of yourself and your ability is of utmost importance to your future. This is where you need to be totally honest. Take a look deep inside and examine the truth that lays there. Do you truly believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to accomplish? Why do you place limitations on yourself?
Success isn’t out there for just a few select people.
“We’re all born the same…naked and dumb” -Unknown.
What happens is that some people grab life by the horns and embrace their purpose. Most go through life doubting that they even have a purpose at all. We all have the ability to change lives both for ourselves and for other people. The question is, how far do you want to go?
As always,

Nicole J. Starnes

3 Steps To A Healthier You

I was taking a walk and I started thinking about the value of self care.
So many of us are thinking about all of the other important things in our lives. Career, business, family, home…all of these things are very important to keep up on so they tend to take up most of our time. Sure, we hear about exercise and eating right all the time but for some of us it seems like a dream. “Maybe one day when I’m not so busy”, we say. “As long as the kids are taken care of that’s all that matters”, we say other times. I know this for sure because, just like you, these are some of the things I have said to myself. But then I realized that I was making this healthy thing much more difficult than it needed to be.

What we don’t focus on is that taking care of ourselves is the very first step to taking care of everyone and everything else! If you want to look at it that way, since many of us are very selfless, we can’t lead productive lives for ourselves or anyone else if our health is going down the tubes. You don’t need to spend hours at the gym or restrict yourself to a lettuce only diet to make things work. Here are three things that you can start doing today to take those first steps toward a healthier you.
1. Drink more water. Yep, I know…you can stop cringing now. One of the biggest reasons we can’t stand drinking plain water is because we’ve spoiled our taste buds with everything else. It’s almost like our tongues are having tantrums. Get in the habit and I promise after even just a few days this aversion won’t be an issue.
2. Walk. We do this every single day anyway so let’s take it a little bit further. Use things in your daily life and just add a little to it. Park further away from the store or take 15 minutes out of your day to walk a small trail. One thing I’ve started doing at work (mainly because I have a small fear of elevators but that’s a different article hehe) is taking the stairs. I’ve got to get up there anyway so might as well get some exercise in on the way.

3. Homemade juices and smoothies. This one I find really fun because there are so many possibilities. The only thing you need is a food processor and/or a juicer. I have a nutrininja that I use for everything and I paid around $100. for it but there are other models to fit whatever you’re willing to spend. I literally put some spinach or kale at the bottom, a banana, some strawberries, pineapple, whatever you want to put in there…add some water and blend. I use half water and half almond milk but all of this is totally up to you. Note: DO NOT ADD SUGAR. YOU’RE DEFEATING THE PURPOSE. Use naturally sweet fruits.

There you have it. 3 very easy things you can start doing to improve your health. This isn’t the be-all-end-all but it’ll go a great distance towards getting you started.

Be healthy,

Nicole Starnes

The Myth of “I Can’t”

Success is not easy.  If it was, then everybody would be successful.  The biggest reason businesses fail (besides lack of planning) is the entrepreneur’s lack of stamina and persistence.  I may have touched on this in the first post but I’ll repeat it because it’s very important.

When the going gets tough,  entrepreneurs of failed businesses go soft and quit!

The key to success is persistence!  A lot of people start Ventures with the mindset that they’ll give it a try and hope it works out.  Ummm… With that mindset, only pure luck is going to make it work out.  You have to MAKE it work.  Stick with it.  Learn from your mistakes and change your M.O.  Whatever you do,  don’t quit!  You put in a small amount of sweat and tears (sometimes blood too lol) into your dream and at the first sign of trouble you put it down and whine that you tried.  Bullcrap! Don’t confuse “it’s hard”  with “I cant”.

All that being said,  get on the grid!

Be blessed,
Nikki

As a side note:
It’s got to be your passion.  If you find yourself not wanting to deal with it… A lot… Then you may be on the wrong path.  Find what you love!

Paralysis

Just last week,  I realized something about my mindset when it came to my business. It was hindering me. Something wasn’t right.  I couldn’t seem to take action. I was learning.  I was looking up all I could about real estate investing.  As a matter of fact,  I was so motivated that I had some other Ventures in mind, also.  I was definitely impressed with myself and thought for sure I was on the right path.  I only ended up confused and kind of lost.  I had so much going on that I didn’t know which way I was going,  what to do next,  or how I was going to get there.

Then I heard a quote.  I can’t remember who said it so I’ll summarize.  They said to pick something and give it all you’ve got.  It dawned on me that the reason I was confused was because I was doing too much at the same time.  I was trying to learn ALL of real estate investing,  get a small cleaning service started for extra money,  and sell some software that my mentor had as an opportunity for me.  All of these are great but I realized that I couldn’t chase all of them at the same time.

That said,  my advice to you,  if I don’t say anything else tonight,  is to find your passion. What’s your biggest goal? What makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? That right there is what you should be giving 100% to.

Be blessed,
Nikki

As a side note:
Learn to say “no”.  Opportunities are awesome and recognize them when they come but you have to realize which ones are for you and which ones are not.  I don’t really even like cleaning.  And I can’t stand phone sales.  I was so focused on money that I lost sight of my passion.  Don’t lose your passion!

Must Have For Success

I’ve come across many people who would love to start their own business. It’s been a thought of theirs for years and years and it’s something that they say they’ve “always wanted to do”.  I mean, who wouldn’t want to wake up when they wanted to, work in their pajamas, be their own boss, and stack cash in their bank accounts? You come up with a good product or service, advertise a little bit, and then watch the money come rolling in, right? Sounds great in theory. Then…the phone doesn’t ring, the product doesn’t sell, you get no business, you get down and depressed, start beating yourself up, and then you go back to your nine to five in defeat. At least you gave it a try, right?

That’s where I was too! I was down and out and didn’t think I had what it took in order to be successful. I watched the world around me prosper. I worked a nine to five and watched the customers I served enjoy the lifestyle that they’ve dreamed of. Why couldn’t I figure out how to do that, too? What did they have that I didn’t? Hmm…it must be because they grew up wealthy and they got a running start. I didn’t grow up with a bunch of money so I guess I don’t have the resources to succeed. My parents were very smart but we were lower class. i watched my mother and step-father struggle to make ends meet. Some people are rich and some are poor. That’s just the way it is. Either you’re born into a rich family and will have an abundant life or you’re not. That’s the mindset that I grew up with. I, like many other people, was very wrong!

I don’t care who you are, where you grew up, what color your skin is, or what your last name is…YOU CAN SUCCEED! It takes a certain mindset, a mindset that you can achieve and grow into if you want success bad enough. The thing that you absolutely cannot go without in order to succeed in business is…..WILLPOWER AND DETERMINATION.

Creating and operating a successful business comes with risk. It comes with hard work. it comes with pain. It comes with disappointment. But through that risk, hard work, pain, and disappointment comes huge rewards if you have willpower and determination. I’m not talking about that pansy kind of willpower and determination…the kind that’s going to run out of steam as soon as you hit the first roadblock. The kind that gets you excited but you’re easily dissuaded as soon as you tell the first naysayer that you think is on your side. I’m talking about that willpower and determination that’s going to pull you through WHATEVER obstacles (and oh, they’re coming) come your way. It takes SACRIFICE! Get off the phone! Get off of Facebook! Get off of Twitter! Put the TV Remote down! None of these is going to make you successful! Success will not come knocking at your front door. You’ve got to go get it! There’s a way around every obstacle that you can think of and you’ll discover those loopholes if you’re determined enough. If you’re not determined, you’ll whine and quit. Don’t be a whiny quitter!

My favorite quote is by an amazing motivational speaker who has been through what you and I have been through and personally, it keeps me going when I feel the urge to quit. He said “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, only then will you be successful” – Eric Thomas.