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A Cleansing: The Mind Wash You Didn’t Know You Needed

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I am addicted to success, but my definition of success may be different than most. Rather than a desired destination like accomplishing a goal or achieving a dream, my definition is being able to consistently make choices that bring long-lasting joy and meaning to my life AND the lives of others. Finding excitement and significance in more of our moments, that’s what I’m after.

It rained last night. And while going for a walk this morning holding my newborn baby girl in my arms, breathing in the crisp clean air, I experienced a cleansing.

The Present that Matters Most

After a few minutes of allowing my mind to wander in unintentionality, I began to bask in being present to the present. The dirt of yesterday’s regrets and tomorrow’s worries vaporized before my eyes. I felt lighter. I could see more clearly. I began focusing on the things that matter most: my family, my encouraging connections, my ability to deliberately shift my attention; caring for my mind, my body, and my emotional well-being; living for more than just a paycheck, positively contributing to the world, removing the rush and savoring the simple; looking into my baby’s eyes with awe and wonder, being overwhelmed by love, being led by love.

If we’re honest, I think it’s safe to say that most of the time we focus on matters that don’t actually matter. What a horrible way to live! Why on earth do we do such a thing? I think it’s because we buy into the lie that being busy is best. But it’s not. Being perpetually busy is simply a surefire way to burnout.

“You either control your mind or it controls you.” – Napoleon Hill

You Have Permission

Thankfully, you don’t have to walk through the rain to be washed by it. You don’t have to work yourself to the bone before you can take a break. You don’t have to reach a certain level of success before you can begin actually enjoying life. You don’t have to do anything. But you get to do so much.

Work can wait. A project can be postponed. You can take a few days off and it won’t be the end of the world. Need permission? You’ve got it. In fact, if you take a few days off to reconnect with those things that matter most, not only will you perform at a higher level, you will be living at a higher level. 

It’s Mind Wash Time

So many people care more about their cars than their minds. To prove it, which would you be more likely to notice needs to be washed first, your mind or your car? I’m guessing you said your car. And that makes sense seeing as the dirt on your car is easier to see. Ready for your mind wash? On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate yourself in each of these areas: 

  1. Family Time 
  2. Cultivating Encouraging Connections
  3. Physical Health
  4. Mental Health
  5. Spiritual Health
  6. Emotional Well-Being
  7. Present Mindedness (Focused Breathing)
  8. Personal Growth
  9. Contribution to the World
  10. Ability to remove the rush and savor the simple

After giving it some thought, what areas were the dirtiest? If you rated yourself less than a 7 in any of these categories, what are some ways you could improve in each? Write it down—RIGHT NOW—while it’s fresh on your mind. It’s way too important to just brush off and say you’ll do it some other time. 

Do you have a few hours a day set aside to give your family and those that you love your full attention? How much time a day are you investing in yourself: your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being? Are you able to scatter a few activities throughout each day that you look forward to and are genuinely excited about doing? What areas need your immediate attention, and what are you going to do about it?

Side note: Guess what the number one predictor of one’s happiness is? I’ll give you a clue: it has nothing to do with income, outlook on life, or even the climate in which you live. The number one predictor of one’s happiness is (drumroll please…) your connections, your life-giving links, your social support group. So make sure you remember just how important those relationships are. Life is all about relationships…especially the one you have with yourself!

“The mind reflects the world, and the world reflects the mind.” – James Pierce

The Mind Wash Challenge

I challenge you to wash your mind more than your car. If you don’t wash your car, forget about that analogy! Wash your mind anyway, at least once a week and see how big of a difference it can make. Make it a commitment. Put it in your calendar and set an alarm on your phone. It’s a cleansing that most don’t know they need. 

Jeff Teresi equips business professionals with the tools to break through to their next big breakthrough over and over again both professional and personally. After years of studying and learning from the experts in personal development, Jeff is most content creating creative content. His latest book is titled The 7 Key Abilities - How to Succeed 7 Days a Week. As a speaker, author, and hall-of-fame business achiever, one of his greatest motivators is motivating others. Jeff loves to travel, speak, and teach around the world at in-person and online events. Check out www.JeffTeresi.com to sign up for his free “Breakthrough Wisdom of the Week” and be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel at https://m.youtube.com/c/JeffTeresi.

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Knowing Your Message vs Delivering Your Message

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Have you ever sent a text message only to have it misinterpreted by the person reading it? Happens all the time. Have you ever given a presentation that you were totally prepared for only to have it fall flat? Happens all the time. Have you ever had someone ask you something like, “Why are you mad?” when you were not at all mad? Happens all the time. (more…)

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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​​4 Boss Level Growth Strategies That Create an Optimized Life

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Building a business is about more than sales, marketing, and flexing on social media. While those things tend to draw attention, they attract the wrong type of clients and are not how you build a sustainable and freedom-focused business. (more…)

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Practicing Self-Devotion: 3 Ways Towards a More Mindful and Compassionate You

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I can still hear the voices of my older relatives and my elementary school teachers telling me “be disciplined”, “keep at it”, to give time and energy towards what we want. As a young, impressionable child, I believed all those things because well, they made sense. They worked. And honestly, I felt like it’s the only way to flourish. (more…)

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