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You’ve Got To Have Hope – Rise Up

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We have got this all wrong everyone. Yes, we have had some horrific worldwide events in recent times but in the scheme of things these events are still very isolated. If we spend all of our time focusing on the one or two things that have gone wrong in our world, we will never move forward.

It’s now time for us to have more hope than we have ever had before. It’s time for us to believe in each other. We are not a world made up of diverse races we are all global citizens of Earth with the same mission and human makeup.

Each one of us is unique and capable of unlimited possibility, and we demonstrate this on a daily basis.

What does hope mean?

Hope means that when you are faced in your life with two ways of thinking about an event – positive or negative – that you practice letting your brain default to positive first. It means that you start to question everything and always find a way to be visionary in all that you do.

It means that when all else fails, you just believe in the process (along with the lessons that come with it) and know the outcome will be the right one.

Why do we need more hope and why should we rise up?

So you are probably thinking “Tim why have hope right now at this point in time?” The answer is simple: everything in our world is pointing towards the fact that we have to have hope and that we are already achieving amazing things.

Elon Musk has managed to launch and land a spaceship, HIV and other diseases are becoming more and more curable, and the message about healthy eating is starting to break through with the early demise of fast food beginning. I could go on for hours about all the phenomenal things in our world.

Never in the history of humanity have we had so much abundance. Not long ago Addicted2Success launched a campaign to build one school in Laos for disadvantaged children. In a matter of weeks this dream was realised and within twenty-four hours we managed to raise enough money to build a second school.

I mean little people like us, writing little articles about success, are able to have such a massive impact from the laptops of our home office. Hope is at its highest level ever and if we can do it, so can you!

What should you stop doing right now?

So if we want to have more hope, we need to change our lives in a few small ways first. The number one thing we need to stop doing is escaping our lives. What do I mean by this? What I mean is we need to stop relying on alcohol and junk food, and places like nightclubs or pubs to escape our current reality.

Yes, go to a nightclub or pub and celebrate your big wins, but don’t go there to complain and lose focus of your goals. Escaping your reality will not help you in the long run, and it’s a sign that you are off track and haven’t figured out what your true purpose is yet.

Don’t allow your brain to be numbed by simplistic forms of entertainment and instead, replace these activities with challenging and fulfilling events in your life.

Be careful what you let into your mind and change the proportion of thoughts from fear to predominately hope. Change your media consumption to focus on more subjects that will support your growth as a person rather than detract from your belief in humanity.

What can you do?

Start believing in others and empower them to follow their dreams by following your own dream first. When you look at another person and are upset with the way they are acting, remember that what you are seeing in them also lies within yourself, and if you can learn to accept and forgive, then your internal power will increase.

You are more than what anyone else believes you can be, and so you can begin to start thinking of ways to create a movement. Each movement has the power to combine with other movements and move us towards a global vision of how we want our world to be in the future.

This global movement starts with one person. That one person is you. You can establish networks outside of your comfort zone and begin to use your creativity for good. The more people you reach with your new vision for hope, the more useful and valuable you become.

Let the energy poor out of you as you give hope to others and feel what it’s really like to live life at the highest level. Don’t settle for second best and don’t be afraid of the impossible. As you embark on this new journey of hope, remember others like Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Helen Keller and Muhammad Ali, who came before you.

Let the energy poor out of you as you give hope to others and feel what it’s really like to live life at the highest level. Don’t settle for second best and don’t be afraid of the impossible. As you embark on this new journey of hope, remember others like Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Helen Keller and Muhammad Ali, who came before you.

Remember how these people of our time started with such simple ideas to create hope and how your vision has the power to fulfil that same destiny. No matter how much money you make the most valuable thing you can do is provide hope to others through your own inspirational journey.

Everything you have done up until now has led you to this point, and it’s up to you to take action and not be someone who talks a good game but doesn’t have the willpower to follow through. Instead of posting photos of yourself on social media, flood your pages with messages of hope and know that they will drown out the messages of fear.

Rise up your time is now!

All of us have around eighty-five years on average to live on this planet and make the most of the opportunity we have been given. I don’t want to see you waste this opportunity, and so it’s time for you to rise up. Rise above mediocrity! Rise above what you previously thought was possible! Rise above the stories of failure! Rise above the naysayers! Rise above the fear!

I know I feel an awakening inside myself, and I believe that greatness is being born in all of us who decide to spread hope. I want you to be part of this movement and rise up too.

The way you make people feel will determine your success. Even if that’s just a simple smile or a small gesture, the impact can reach everyone. It’s this small idea that is why you have the ability to walk into rooms of people giving you a standing ovation at the sheer sight of your greatness.

Rise up! Rise up! Rise up!

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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  1. Annette Thomas

    Feb 7, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Ever heard the comment : seize the moment”?

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 9, 2016 at 2:15 am

      Sure have Annette. It’s one of my favorite sayings

  2. Toño

    Feb 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Separation is the greatest illusion ever created. We are all one, we are all made from the same material, yet still many count each other by skin, race, religion, appearance and social status. But deep inside we all connected, all the living creatures of this planet.

    When I saw this picture on your facebook account few days ago I have to wonder what are you up to. Now I see what. I can feel your energy, Tim, like it’s flowing through your article with such power. I can feel the momentum you are in right now and it’s lighting me up as well.

    Recently I’ve had an experience. Few days of hard work made me exhausted, and after good coffee talk with a friend I’ve that good feeling and rised up my energy level (or was it just a good vegan coffee perhaps?) and I thought I have to be more kind and gentle to people, I have to believe in humanity. Guess what happened next. I faced two junky guys, who were playing with my nerves for a while. They just came and gone after all, byt yet I started to judge them immediately and it was very frustrated when I realized I promised to be more kind to people.

    The idea of what we are seeing in others lies in ourselves, as you precisely said. We attract what we are and every person can tell us so many things about us. And accept and forgive it is like a form of art for me. Yet, before we learn to stop judge others we have to learn stop judge ourselves first.

    The concept of hope for me is always been a two side story. For the last few years I adopted the belief that hope is a beggar. We often say ‘I hope it will work..’, ‘Let’s hope for this or that..’, ‘I hope one day..’ and it get our mind into state of doubt. Instead of hope I like to believe, or know. Hope for me associate with uncertainty in the way. However, after reading your article few times I come to realization to re-think the main idea and actually put it that way: hope + believe, so now I can see and feel it differently.

    We need to fill our brains with motivation, ideas and positive thoughts and out hearts with love, compassion and hope. It is a perfect time to rise up and live your life 🙂

    Thank you greatly, Tim! Powerful message and story about hope I need to learn and understand. Thank you for inspiration and example, and as always, your time. Appreciate it! Stay well and healthy, peace!

    • Tim Denning

      Feb 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Toño it’s great to hear from you as always. Hope has many meanings to many people but to me it means to believe in the right outcome even when you have no facts to support that outcome. It means to do what you are doing and have a crack at something rather than just sit at home talking about how everything is not going your way. Your own transformation is proof that what this article talks about actually works.

      Thanks as always Toño and enjoy the new diet (maybe minus the coffee).

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Why You Should Prefer Emails to Phone Calls if You Want to Be More Productive

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“Email” and “productivity” rarely go together in a sentence. Emails have been declared as one of our largest time wasters. A McKinsey report stated that people spend around 2.6 hours each day responding to emails. That’s 13 hours a week, 52 hours a month and over 60 days a year! Imagine what you could’ve achieved in 60 days!

Emails also negatively affect our cognitive resources. When we think of responding to them while doing other important tasks, it takes up to 23 minutes and 15 seconds after being disrupted to return to full attention to a current task. Imagine how much our cognition and productivity gets fractured when we get distracted over and over again.

Constant emailing also drains us mentally. And at the end of a day, we realize that we’ve achieved nothing worth mentioning. With a phone call, you can sort issues and solve problems quickly, right? In theory, you’re right. But we live in a practical world where many variables come into play.

Below are three variables that make phone calls adversely affect our productivity, and why emails are a better alternative:

1. Wasting Time

Most “five-minute conversations” can quickly turn into 35-minute calls because people ramble about irrelevant aspects. This derailment, several times a day, severely limits the limited time and energy you have for important tasks.

Emails, on the other hand, force writers to streamline their thoughts and stick to the point. Emails can save you plenty of time and energy because you avoid lengthy phone calls. The constant strife to keep your own emails short and crisp also makes you a clearer thinker, which rewards you in other aspects of your life.

“It’s better to waste money, than it is to waste time. You can always get more money.” – Hal Sparks

2. Inaccurate Responses

An unexpected phone call can catch me caught off guard on a topic. I might respond emotionally or give an answer that doesn’t do justice to what I want to share. In a world dominated by panic buttons and fire-fighting, these don’t just stress me out but the caller as well.

Emails give me flexibility to prepare a coherent response and share it when I’m satisfied. If I feel a surge of emotion, I can sleep over the thought and share a better (more rational) response the next day. Many page-long email responses to emails that upset me have turned into a simple “thank you for your email” the next day.

3. Constant Back-and-Forth

Phone calls often are ineffective to solve business problems. Accounting for multiple people, their views, their timelines… One phone call can quickly turn into three.

Emails are quicker and more effective than even conference calls. They let you communicate with multiple people at the same time. You can share information, assign tasks and give status updates while being as specific as possible.

You must be wondering, “What about back-and-forth emails then? Why do we waste precious time on them?” Yes, email has earned a bad rap. But it’s not because of the medium; it’s because we handle it ineffectively.

A Better Approach to Emailing

For most people, constantly refreshing the inbox is part of the daily to-do list. It keeps them busy and gives them a kick of dopamine – the feel-good chemical.

Ironically, this quest to remain busy makes people compromise on taking action that can move them forward. Using emails prudently, rewards you with plenty of energy and mind space to focus on tasks that truly matter.

Here are three steps that benefited me without succumbing to the side effects of email:

1. Checking Them Less

I check emails just 3 times a day – at 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. If you don’t have the luxury to do the same, you can start by checking your emails for ten minutes at the end of each hour. Most senders expect a response in a little over an hour. So they won’t mind a slightly delayed response. This gives you 45 undisturbed minutes each hour to work on your core tasks.

2. Responding Quickly

People delay responding to emails at least 37% of the time, which turns finding emails and responding to them into additional tasks that cost time and lead to attention residue. Most emails take under two minutes to respond. When you can respond to an email, do so instead of putting it off. This won’t just put your mind at peace, it’ll also reduce the number of “did-you-see-this” follow-up emails in your inbox.

“I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.” – Elon Musk

3. The If-Then Technique

The If-Then technique helps you address multiple scenarios at once. For instance, an email that says, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM?” becomes, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.”

This technique is also effective when you want to suggest ideas or provide instructions on alternative steps. For example, “Here’s Plan A. If it doesn’t work, connect with [name] and ask for [specific information]. If you don’t get what you need, inform me.”

I’ll admit. This sounds like more work in the current moment, but it drastically cuts down the number of trail mails, confused correspondences, and fire-fighting instances that occur due to miscommunication.

The If-Then formula is the single most effective technique I’ve learned from The 4-Hour Workweek. All of this doesn’t mean that you abandon phone calls, In fact, it’s better to use the phone for sensitive topics or if an email conversation gets dragged. But remain mindful to not let phone calls waste your time.

If you want to pursue a meaningful life, place a premium on your time. Do things that create time for you to pursue meaningful actions and avoid doing what pulls you away from them. In the knowledge economy, this is the key to success.

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4 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Reach the Level of Success You So Desperately Crave

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It’s normal that every person in the world wants to reach success and happiness. Yet, everyone defines both of these things differently. For some, success is making a whole bunch of money while for others this can be to become a good parent. Happiness is defined differently as well. Some people need to own a jet, boat and 3 cars to be truly happy, while others are happy just to be able to wake up in the morning.

It doesn’t matter how you define success and happiness, the truth is, you want to achieve them both. But, to be able to reach success and happiness, you need to answer 4 questions for yourself.

Here are the 4 questions you need to answer before you can achieve success and happiness:

1. Where Are You?

No, not geographically. It doesn’t matter where you live. What matters is where are you in life. Where are you in your way to success and happiness. Let’s say you are lost in the woods. You know exactly where you want to go, but you don’t know where you are. Even a map doesn’t help you with that.

The same is true in life. You may have a goal, but until you truly define where you are in the moment, you can’t move toward this goal. So, step 1 on your way to success and happiness is to define where you are right now.

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn

2. Where Do You Want to Go?

When you define where you are in life, then you can think of where you want to be.

There’s this saying:  When you don´t know your final destination, you´ll end up somewhere you didn’t want to be. Until you don’t know clearly where you want to be in life and who you want to become, your life doesn’t have a true purpose.

Without purpose, there´s no motivation. Without motivation, there´s no energy. And without energy, you´re not living, you´re just existing. I am sure you know someone who looks like a walking corpse everytime you see them. Do you think this person lives a successful and happy life? Most likely not.

So, step 2 on your way to success and happiness is to clearly define your goal. What do you want to accomplish and who do you want to become?

3. Why Do You Want It?

Okay, you know the basics. You know where you are and where you want to be. But, as Rocky Balboa said, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.” And as you already know, life usually doesn’t go according to your plan. There will be hard times and to overcome those and not give up, you need to know WHY you do what you do.

You need to know WHY you want to accomplish your goals. When you answer this for yourself, you don’t struggle so much to motivate yourself. You will be motivated every minute of every day.

So, as a step 3, sit down and think of WHY you want to accomplish your goals. What’s the big purpose?

“We can change our lives. We can do, have, and be exactly what we wish.” – Tony Robbins

4. How Are You Going to Get There?

And finally, how are you going to get there? What’s your plan? You may know where you are, where you want to be and why you want to do it, but until you truly understand how you are going to get there, there won’t be much success and happiness in your life.

For example, you want to become a bodybuilder. You want to do it because you want to have big muscles and you want to look fit. But, you have no idea how to work out, how to build muscle and how to lose fat. Do you think, you´re going to be happy? No. As Tony Robbins says, “true happiness comes from progress.”

To make progress, you need to have a specific plan; how to get from point A (where you are) to point B (where you want to be). So, as a step 4, sit down and make a specific plan for how you’re going to get what you want in life.

In order to reach success and happiness, there are 4 questions you need to answer for yourself. Without answering them, you´re not going to  get ahead in life, you´re just bouncing around. Success and happiness never come from just bouncing around in life.

Good news is, that these questions are really simple. It won’t take much time to answer them. Just be aware of where you are and where you want to be. Don´t forget to understand why you are pursuing your dream and finally, how are you going to get what you want.

Answer these 4 simple questions today and you won’t struggle with finding success and happiness in life anymore.

Which one of the above 4 questions resonated most with you and why? Share your thoughts and ideas below!

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The Empathetic Heart: How The CHO of VaynerMedia Is Changing The Way We Work

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A month after I had joined LinkedIn back in July of 2018, I sent Claude Silver a connection request and began following her content. One day she made a post saying “Ask and you shall receive, what can I do to help you today?”. I commented on that post asking for a 5 minute interview and to my surprise she agreed by asking me to send her a message (I was given a full hour). This was the first example of pure kindness I witnessed from Claude.

The first message you see on Claude’s website is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something. That message spoke to me on an emotional level, and I believe it will speak to you too. I wanted to know how she created such an amazing culture, what being a “culture carrier” meant, and how the employees at VaynerMedia have been changed by her work there.

A culture carrier in Claude’s own words is “someone who is aligned with our values, I can’t teach someone to be kind they have to already be kind. The process of developing a culture carrier takes about 6 months. It’s about bringing people together and having strong core values of kindness and empathy.”

Gary Vaynerchuk, co-founder of VaynerMedia, is often referred to as a combination of hustle and heart. With the hiring of Claude and the work she has accomplished within the company, it speaks to the level of empathy that can be felt throughout the entire operation.

Although business can be a challenging, tough, and often cut-throat terrain, by putting employees first and providing honest feedback the company has grown to include offices in New York, Chattanooga, Los Angeles and London, and continues to dominate the market.

Below we’ll see 3 different ways the CHO of VaynerMedia is changing the way people work:

1. By being unafraid to share her own story

Claude has been an influential part of breaking the stigma surrounding vulnerability in the business arena. Not only does she openly share her own story, but she sits down with employees to better understand their vulnerabilities and how to use characteristics that previously would have been considered weaknesses as strengths.

When asked what her biggest adventure to date was she replied “Having Shalom (her daughter). I have had an amazing life, I moved, worked hard, landed an amazing job and fell in love but it didn’t come without its challenges.”

Claude is openly gay and is living proof your sexual orientation doesn’t matter. Nothing matters but your character, your track record, and if you leave people a little better off than before you met them. From Claude, business leaders, employees and entrepreneurs can learn to be more open both on social media and in person, allowing them to build more meaningful relationships and connect on a deeper level. A deeper connection can mean more leverage but it also means a more lasting impact on the world.

“Everyone has something they can share. I’m not famous. I don’t have anything that would be newsworthy, but I have stories.” – Tafta Johnson Watson

2. Committing to a strong value system

VaynerMedia has some serious values for such a large company and those values are expected to be upheld by every employee and visitor. Values like kindness, empathy, honesty, hustle and the art of not complaining.

With Claude holding the title of Chief Heart Officer, she is the guiding light for others. When recruiting, she says she “takes the time to evaluate an individual’s talents but most importantly their own heart”.  

Gary Vaynerchuk is quoted as saying:”To me, there’s no debate that kindness is a strength. And it breaks my heart to know that so many people believe it’s a weakness. So many people are afraid that other people will take advantage of their kindness or make them feel “used.” But the truth is, those who take advantage of your kindness are weak on the inside. Feel bad for them, don’t let them make you feel bad about yourself“.

Both Claude and Gary teach aspiring entrepreneurs that it is okay to live with an open heart and that having the strength to commit to and live with a strong value system, will be a powerful tool during the hustle journey. It also allows you to go to bed at night actually liking the person that you are, nothing will kill a business faster than going to bed at night and hating yourself.

3. Listening with action

As mentioned above Claude’s slogan is: People need people. People need people that listen and then do something.  As a woman who wears many hats, she is also an Outward Bound Instructor, taking individuals on amazing adventures in the outdoors.

Taking action on any given day can mean a number of different things but it speaks to her own character and driving force that she is able to not only guide people through the world of office politics but also through the serene and sometimes challenging wilderness.

Claude cultivates an environment of trust by first offering individuals her own trust. It is a huge and vulnerable action that leads to a relationship of love – heart – and productivity. Listening as an action is something that has the power to change an entire organization from an unproductive, toxic environment to one that promotes creativity, passion, inclusion and positivity.

“Relationships are leverage. If you give value to someone else first, you have leverage.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

To get the truest sense of how Claude was changing the way people work, I asked her co-workers to tell me what working alongside Claude has done for them. Here is one of the answers I received:

“During my time working alongside Claude, I’ve really come to appreciate her example of being a good listener. As a society, we tend to praise the power of speaking. But Claude demonstrates on a daily basis that the most important thing everybody wants is to be heard.” – Steve Babcock, Chief Creative Officer VaynerMedia.

I tried looking for images of Claude on her website and I think it speaks to how focused she is on holding space for others, because I couldn’t find a single full sized image of her to use. I googled. Writing this piece has opened me up to evaluate my own values and the way I connect with people in my daily life.

From this article, it is my own hope that entrepreneurs come to the understanding that although tenacity and true grit are really important, the whole of what Claude represents is something to strive towards. The “soft” skills you develop are humongous strengths and to truly impact an entire organization.

What’s the last random act of kindness you did for someone? Share with us below!

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The 7 Secrets of High Achievers Revealed

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We all have goals in life, but very few of us ever learn to consciously set, work on and see our goals through. In our naturalness bias, we marvel at those who have set and reached their goals thinking they have some esoteric abilities that we don’t. We overlook that the final product is the result of a series of mistake-ridden, unrecorded pains. What if we could learn from the process, the habits and rituals of the high achievers? (more…)

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