Predicting the Future

Predicting the future.  Isn’t this what everyone is after?

Where is the stock market going to go tomorrow?

Who is going to win this sports game?

Where is my relationship going to be in a year?

What if you could predict the future with 100% certainty?

What if I told you that you can….However, this future only applies to your own life.  You can predict the future for your own life, and it will become a reality.  You can’t predict the future of things that are out of your control with 100% certainty.

I can’t guarantee you that the Yankees will beat the Oakland Athletics tomorrow, however you have to put up $26 to win $10 on the Yankees.  Now if you knew with 100% certainty that the Yankees would win tomorrow would you be willing to bet it all on the Yankees?

Its crazy how much of our time we think about what is going to happen in the future.  You make money and eventually have enough of it, that you decide to start saving for retirement…thinking about the future.  You decide to put your money in Apples stock $AAPL.  You are predicting that the price of Apple is going to go up from the point that you bought it, until the time you decide to take it out for retirement.  If you didn’t believe this, then you would be better off  just keeping your money in cash under the bed, or just buying gold bars.  However, if you buy gold bars, then you are assuming that the price of Gold is going to go up.  I believe that the price of silver $SLV will go up more than the price of Gold $GLD in the next 6 months, but thats a totally different topic.

My point is, we don’t realize how much we sit and try and predict the future.  It takes away from what we should be doing which is living in the NOW.  Make the most of each day.  Don’t try and make the most of that day coming up 3 weeks from now, try and just live in the NOW.  That’s what is important.

If you live in the NOW, good things will happen, don’t worry about the past or the future concentrate on the NOW.

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5. Break your addictions before they break you.

To have the levity required of a warrior it is important to systematically break your addictions. Tobacco, Alcohol, Marijuana, Internet Porn, Soda, Caffeine, Junk Food… All of these things can be enjoyable, but if one is addicted they are deadly to the warrior’s mind. In order to break the addiction, I have come up with a secret foolproof method: Stop doing it. Too many times we make a big deal about “how to quit” and “how to stop” but all this talk creates an environment that makes the quitting seem more daunting than it needs to be.

Legacy

Everyone leaves behind a legacy.  Everyone is currently making their own legacy right now.

What do you want your legacy to be?

Did Michael Jordan think when he was 16 that he would win 6 nba championships, leave the sport that he dominated, behind in his prime to play baseball for 2 years, just to come back to the NBA and win 3 more championships.  I don’t think he could’ve dreamed of it.  However he put in the effort everyday, and worked hard, so that in the end this is what his legacy is.

Lebron James desperately wants his legacy to be that he won 7 championships, but the problem is that he doesn’t put the work in that is needed.   He has been so gifted with natural ability that he hasn’t had to work that hard to fine tune his game, and to see the tiny nuances that are in the game.  Will he ever, that question is yet to be answered, however it seems to me that the sentiment around town is that Lebron is a little bitch ass pussy.  He’s a sore loser, and he always seems to disappear when the season is on the line. His full on legacy is yet to be determined, but this is just his legacy so far.

Enough about the basketball metaphors.  The point I’m trying to make is that we make our own legacy.  We create our own path in the forest of life.  Everyone’s path is a little bit different, however we all have these same basic rules of life.  Make as much money as you can, and raise a family.  However your legacy shouldn’t be that you had a shit ton of money, your legacy should be what you did to help each individual person in their everyday life with the money that you were able to acquire.

For example, Bill Gates started Microsoft, but he has since retired and works full time for the bill and Melinda Gates.  When Bill was 18 at Harvard did he think he’d build Microsoft?

Did Mark Zuckerberg think he would start facebook 8 years ago? Did he think that he would go on to build a 50 billion dollar company in just 8 years.  Plus his legacy is still growing facebook is still a very young company, and they have all our information and all our pictures of our lives, from the time i was 18 til the day I die.  It’s pretty crazy to think about.

 

What do you want your legacy to be?

Why do you want that to be your legacy?

How are you going to make it happen?

Do you think that your legacy will be what you want it to be?

If you had 1 billion dollars what would you do with it? 10 billion? 50 billion? 100 billion?

 

Perception

life is all about perception.
It doesn’t matter what you do, it matters how the other person perceives what you do.
It doesn’t matter how hard you work, it just matters what your bosses perception is about how hard you work.

My perceptions of a situation and your perception of the exact same situation can be completely different, even though the situation is exactly the same. Why is that?
Because we our brains interpret the situation differently.
Who’s perception is right?

How we perceive the universe is different than people that lived 100 years ago. But what changed in the universe?

Life is about perception so when you are doing somthing, don’t be doing it for yourself be doing it for whoever is perceiving it.

King David

“I go the way of all the earth; be thou strong man; and keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, and His commandments, and His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to that which is written in the law of moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself; that the Lord may establish His word which he spoke conocerning me, saying: If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee, said He, a man on the throne of Israel….Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.”

Goals vs. Dreams

Goals vs. Dreams

The difference between goals and dreams is that goals have a deadline

Goals:

Have $6,000 before u move to Naples. Which should be by Mid August.

Save $1500 a month at a minimum

Which would mean in 20 months you should have $30,000

Billy Cox says:

Beliefs  are the single most powerful driving force in the universe. They have the power to drive you to action and help you achieve more than ever before. On the other hand, negative beliefs can destroy your dreams and leave you wounded and on the sidelines of life.

Human performance is directly related to beliefs. What you do in any given situation is based on your belief that if you do a certain action, you get a certain results. If you believe in your dreams and you have hope in the future, then you will be energized to go the extra mile and  do whatever it takes to make your dreams a reality.

 

You must realize the greatest determining factor in your future is that today’s actions equal tomorrows results. Where you’re going in your life is a product of your attitude, beliefs thoughts, actions and reactions to the challenges you face.

The good news is, the more you accept responsibility for your life, the more powerful and confident you feel. Why? Because you’re in control! When you decide to stop blaming others and quit accepting your own excuses, you will see that you can create the future you desire.

Change Billy Cox

So how do you change? Here’s the first step. Look in the mirror and ask yourself these five questions:

  1. What’s holding me back and keeping me from realizing my dreams? This is the hardest question you’ll ever ask in your life because it’s directed at YOU! You have to admit to yourself that you know the answer and you do. I personally ask myself this question all the time. I knew the answer the first time I asked myself this question but I wanted to justify and rationalize my answer and make excuses. Write down your answer.

Laziness, getting stuck in the same habits.  It’s not that I’m afraid of change, but that I’m comfortable with the routine I’m in, however I’m ready to change my routine, and change, my life, and I have begun doing so.

  1. What excuses have I used in the past that have held me back from making the necessary changes to my life?There is no shortage of excuses such as “The status quo is not so bad.,” “I don’t have the time.,” or my boss is a jerk. Write down your excuses and justifications.

I don’t have the time, to send out resumes.  I wake up at 830am and get home at 1030pm Theres no time to do anything else, and on my days off, all I want to do is relax, play fifa, and chill.  However these past couple of weeks, I have begun to change that and sent out a bunch of resumes got some positive responses and have a 2nd interview tomorrow morning.

  1. What’s the worst that could happen if I don’t change? Write down exactly what you believe could happen and where could you end up

I guess I could stay at the mid america club for the next 20years making 25-30g’s a year, or I could move down to Naples, which is what I plan on doing this winter if this eldorado trading gig doesn’t work out.

  1. What positive outcomes could I experience if I made changes to my life? Write down five positive results that could happen if you made these changes.

I’d be happier, I’d have more money, I’d enjoy what I do everyday, I’d get Hal to move to Chicago, I’d live in a sick condo (trump tower)

  1. What new actions must I take to permanently change my life and to never be held back again? Write down at least five actions.

No smoking, Talking to Hal everyday, Working out everyday (boxing or kick boxing), not commute everyday to work, Always do whats best for Me.

If you asked yourself these questions and were truthful with your answers, there’s no doubt you experienced many emotions. Some emotions such as denial, sorrow, and regret may have triggered painful and negative memories of opportunities lost. That’s okay for it’s in the past and its part of the change process and you now need a wake-up call.

You also probably experienced some positive emotions such as hope, excitement, and joy about the possibilities of what your life could be like if you just make the transformation. That’s good because you must have hope in the future to have power in the present.

This leads us to the here and now – current reality. You’ve thought about change. You know the benefits of change but now you actually have to change your daily routine. To make lasting change, I firmly believe you must eliminate old self destructive habits and replace them with a new life empowering attitude. It’s vital that you make the effort and do the following:

  1. Train your subconscious mind and use your imagination. All change begins in the theater of your mind. Reserve at least 5-minutes every morning and night to visualize yourself taking the daily actions and experiencing the benefits of your new life. Your subconscious mind cannot distinguish the difference between something you imagine and something real. Imagining your new self will actually empower you to say, do, act, and react in the way you want to experience real life on a daily basis.
  2. Train your conscious mind and body. This means deliberately making yourself take actions you imagined as the day unfolds. This has to be a conscious effort on your part. It will be hard at first but you must face any fears head on and take the actions necessary to change. Fight through any initial pain for it will become easier and easier and more pleasurable each time you take action and put forth the effort toward the target you want to hit.
  3. Reinforce your emotions on a daily basis. This means using empowering words out loud. Tell yourself who you are even if you are not there yet. Celebrate success every step of the way. Give yourself “Kudos.” Tell yourself that “It’s all good!” Look in the mirror and tell yourself every day that you are getting better and better. The more you can engage your mind and body the better you will become. Tell yourself that “Yes, I have the power” and “All I need is within me now.”

Finally, you need to understand that daily motivation is important to keeping your mind right and staying focused. The key is for you to read inspiring books, collaborate with encouraging people, and listen to positive audio programs instead of saturating your mind with negative media. However, motivation alone is not enough. Your passion is what will keep you in the game. You acquire passion by understanding the reasons why you need to change.

To stay on track long term, you must have significant reasons to inspire you to change and always follow your heart because it never lies to you. Write down three passionate reasons why you must make the changes. Is it because you want to live with more purpose and energy? Do you want live longer? Do you want to make more money and be debt free? Will your relationships be better if you were to change? What’s your “Why?” Your “Why” will give you purpose and passion. Each of these areas of your life will be different but just like you know what’s holding you back you also know why you must change.

my why is to live up to my full potential. I’m not using my brain enough at my current job, I’m ready to be pushed to the limit and enter the major league arena of trading.  I think I’ve found a great company to train me, and mentor me to be the best I can be, will I have to make sacrifices yes, but will that ultimately make me a better man, yes.

 

Keep all the reasons on why you must change on a piece of paper so you will always know and understand that the changes are worth it. We must all have reasons to stay in the game. It is the reasons that make the journey much more fun and in the end you always say “It was worth the effort” and “I’m glad I did it.”

I believe in you. You were born with a purpose and tons of potential. My mentor, Zig Ziglar says “You were endowed with the seeds of greatness.” I’m telling you that it’s up to you and only you to seek out your purpose and effectively use your unlimited potential so that you achieve Greatness. It all starts with you looking in the mirror and saying “I’m going to do it, that’s it period. No more excuses!” Always remember, “Reasons don’t matter, only results.” You can do it!

My quest starts tomorrow morning, at 840am at Eldorado trading, I have an interview that I am going to ace, and then I will hopefully meet with the owners of the company later this week, and sign some papers soon.  Its a 4 year commitment, but I’m ready for the challenge. Bring it.