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Pleasure and Pain

Pleasure and Pain

We have two very clear markers in our mind that help us recall specific instances and experiences in our life.


Pleasure and pain.


Although learning through pain is far more common, we also set deep mental markers when we learn or experience something midst pleasure.


Not all pleasure is physical.  There are many emotions and memories that bring us pleasure as well as visual imagery such as a beautiful sunset or a field of flowers.


From a mindset standpoint, I have learned that re-wiring our brain is greatly aided when we pair our new habits with something of pleasure.


For example, I journal daily.  At times, I lose my momentum and motivation and have to re-train my habit.


To do so, I will make time to journal outside in a place that is particularly beautiful.  The visual stimuli becomes interwoven to the habit and the joined pleasure revives my desire to journal again.


I dare you to try it.


Think about that.

Lessons from…

Lessons from…

It is a common theme here at Mindset Engine because it is universal to us all. All of us—no matter life station, wealth, or experience—learn from pain more than from abundance.


Perhaps we are learning equally, but when in times of peril, we are more aware of the magnitude of the lesson…I’m not sure.


However, I do know that from my life, as well as that of every other successful entrepreneur I know, suffering produces insights that create success.


So, in some ways, you can deduce that suffering is necessary FOR success.  What say you?

Otherwise, we would go through life in vanilla only and have a hum drum, non-eventful experience.


As for me, I do not want that.


I want adventure and surprise.  I want freedom and exploration to discover new ways to succeed and how to show up as my best me.


Without the journey, I would not exist—at least not in the manner that I do today.


So, as best you can, try to find joy and lessons in the struggle. You will need and want them later.


Be well.


Think about that.

Influences, Forgiveness, and Recollection

Influences, Forgiveness, and Recollection

The “files” that we keep in our hearts and mind are so incredibly important. So, choose wisely.
Any time we face challenge or struggle, we all go back and draw from past life experiences in order solve or survive the day.
Obviously, you want the best resources upon which to draw. That is why I encourage you with Today’s Mindset focus.
Love who you have.
Forgive those who have hurt you.
Remember particular moments of happy.
When you do, there is gratefulness all around. And, releasing past hurts—for no other reason than they cannot be ‘undone’ is a great way to free yourself of future hurts.
Finally, keep an active file of positive mental markers that you can go back to and draw from when you are down or discouraged.
This difference will be noticeable and your future will thank you for it.
Think about that.
Be Prepared

Be Prepared

There are many tools and resources we can draw upon when committing to growing and changing our lives.

None, however are as important as our self-image, confidence, and belief.


I know first-hand that it is not always the one with the best marketing or with the best looks. No, the victory usually goes to the one who believes in their dream most.


You see, the road to success is lined with the worn out efforts and dreams of those who were not fully committed to the plan.


All too often we say we want to achieve something, but fail to back it up with a realistic plan that we believe in.  And when adversity hits, we are left flat-footed and are paralyzed with doubt.


That is why I highly recommend that you work on your self-image and self-care.

If nothing else, the adversity that I have experienced in my life, now assures me that I am capable of doing SO MUCH MORE than I ever thought possible.


You are incredibly strong.  I think you just needed someone to remind you of that.


Think about that.

One Simple Shift

One Simple Shift

What is the difference between existing and thriving?

Easy.  Choice.


More times that I care to remember, I found myself acting a victim and merely existing my way through life, rather than taking responsibility for my location and moving my way out.


Why?  Because it is easier sometimes and leaves us with a mountain of excuses.  But—it also leaves us with loss and regret.

Moreover, we remain in the place we are in rather than progressing or improving.


I do not want to live that way, nor do I believe do you either.


Growing takes effort, daring, interest, intrigue, and a healthy dissatisfaction of the status quo.


That little sparkle of want is often all that is needed to bring about massive change.  I love that about the human mind and psyche.

All we need is to utter the words, dream the dreams, and put the first step into motion and instantly opportunity opens to us.


Yes, there are times where challenges pile up on us. But honestly, when I focus on what I have versus what I do not, I almost always find a path out—and a quick one at that.


Think about that.