Transformational Tuesday: Little Changes, Big Transformation

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I dibble a little in real estate investment.  It is so exciting and I feel so accomplished to take an older, semi-run down house and give it a face lift.  Investors often say rehabbing a house is just paint, carpet, and appliances.  Now, that’s not completely true. There’s a little more to it, but what a difference a little fresh paint, new carpet, and upgraded appliances can make on a house.  These small changes can help a house appraise for thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars more than it otherwise would have.

Sometimes, when we think about transformation, whether our homes, bodies, or lives we think we have to make a huge transformation.  In reality, little changes can make a huge difference.

Little changes in our habits. I woke up an hour earlier than I usually do to work on this blog and my business. Waking up an hour earlier gives me seven additional hours in the week. What more can I accomplish in seven additional hours? How much sooner can I reach my goals?

Little changes in our thinking. Our beliefs often get challenged by life.  I’ve always believed I could create the life of my dreams. That is until I couldn’t. Deciding to believe again gets me going again towards my dream life. Not changing my thoughts keeps me in the same place.

Little changes in our eating. Eating breakfast if you never do or giving up meat for Meatless Mondays.

Little changes in our activity. Taking the stairs instead of the elevators.

Little changes in our appearance. Even a new outfit or hairdo can make a big difference for a lot of people. It can build confidence, get you out of a rut, and/or change how others perceive you.

I was listening to an audio program yesterday and the speaker said that our lives at this moment is the result of the sum of all the conscious and subconscious decisions we’ve made up until this point.  Based on this idea, all the little decisions we make overtime and added together have a big influence on where we are right now.  I often tell people, “If you keep doing what you’re doing today, in five years you’ll be in the same place as you are right now. But if you’ll make a new decision right now, in five years you’ll be in a new place.” Little changes today will lead you to a big transformation tomorrow.

What little changes will you make today?


Transformational Tuesday: It’s Okay to be a Caterpillar

CaterpillarI talk a lot about transforming from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Heck, I named this site after it. However, today I want to talk about being a caterpillar.  A caterpillar’s one goal is to eat as much as possible. Eating extensively helps caterpillars to survive the metamorphosis stage on its way to becoming a butterfly.  As such, caterpillars are in preparation their entire lives to go through a transformation and develop into a butterfly.  Some might say that’s what this journey called life is all about as well.  Preparing, growing, and transforming over and over again into the person we were meant to be. Into a butterfly.

As you’re working towards your goals and your breakthrough transformation don’t be discouraged by the stage you are currently in.  Perhaps like the caterpillar there is a specific purpose for where you are and a specific season when your transformation is coming.

It’s okay to be a caterpillar.  Caterpillars have a specific purpose, but the destiny of a caterpillar is always to become a butterfly. So, go ahead – Be a caterpillar. Just don’t stay one forever.


Transformational Tuesday: From goofy to debonair?

Jamies Foxx Transformation

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Jamie Foxx has completely transformed himself.  Not just his look but his image and his career.  How does one experience a transformation from goofy comedian to debonair R&B singer and A-list actor? Keep on reading.

3 steps to a transformational breakthrough like Jamie Foxx:

1. Plant a seed

Even though Jamie Foxx was doing comedy we always knew the man could sing. He planted that seed over and over again on his show and in his comedy skits. When he finally made the leap to singer it came as no surprise.

If you’re in one place whether in terms of your career or another area of your life and you want to go in a different direction, start planting seeds. Let people know your interests and show them your talent.

2. Build a bridge

Jamie Foxx leveraged his football experience to get his breakout role in Any Given Sunday.  He then leveraged his musical talent in the film Ray.  If you’re trying to make a leap, build a bridge. Leverage experiences and skills you already have to get you to where you want to go.

3. Work really hard

This needs no explanation.  Jamie Foxx said he had to work really hard to get the role in Any Given Sunday. Transformation doesn’t come easy, but it’s worth it.

 


Transformational Tuesday: Be a Werewolf

Be a werewolf! What exactly is a werewolf? Well, I’ve done some research and what is boils down to is someone who transforms into a beast.  Being a beast is being all-out, over-the-top, running over with greatness.  It’s giving it your all.  That’s how you experience a transformation. What area of your life can you be a werewolf in today? Where can you go all out without holding back a thing?  They call that beast mode.  I dare you to be a werewolf, I dare you to be a beast and watch yourself transform!

werewolf

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Transformational Tuesday: From Caterpillar to Butterfly

Butterfly

I saw this post on LinkedIn.  It speaks to entrepreneurship but I think it applies to life in general.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“The transformation from idea to successful start-up is much like the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly. Passion and a burning desire to live your dream fuel your mind and spirit. The caterpillar crawls from its shell, struggles to survive in an unkind and an unforgiving nature, and, in the end, transforms to beautiful butterfly, ready to explore its new world.”

“Plan now. Maximize your caterpillar stage. This phase cannot endure. Do not remain a caterpillar. Infuse your dream with determination, purpose, confidence. Develop new. Find new. Even start new.”

“This little guy goes wherever he wants, using muscles he never knew he had. He crawls up and down, over and under, around and about.”

In summary, live your dream with passion and a burning desire. Plan now. Don’t wait to be a butterfly to act but don’t remain a caterpillar forever, and go wherever you want using all you have available to you (even those things you don’t even know you have!)

Read the rest of the article here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/caterpillar-butterfly-entrepreneurs-start-up-story-aura-alex


Transformational Tuesday: Breaking Habits

 

A part of transforming ourselves is changing out behavior and breaking bad habits.  Listen to Gretchen Reuben discuss how making things inconvenient can help you break a bad habit.  I try to practice this strategy in my attempt to improve life by improving my myself. For example, I moved my alarm clock to the other side of the room.  I have to physically get out of bed to turn it off so it’s no longer convenient to just hit the snooze button and go back to sleep.  What about you?  How have you or how can you implement the strategy of inconvenience in order to break a bad habit?

 


Transformational Tuesday : Last Minute Decision

39 One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 “And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:39-43

This post isn’t meant to teach the bible.  This post is meant to share a story of how this particular person made a transformation.  He died a criminal but his soul was forever saved.

Jesus was hung on a cross between two criminals. One criminal mocked Him. The other criminal believed in Him. In some translations the criminals are called robbers or thieves. We don’t know exactly what they stole or how long they lived a life of crime. What we do know is that one “criminal” made a last minute decision as his life was ending to turn to God. Although he lost his life that day he was forever transformed in Paradise. That’s all it takes to change your self, your life, and your eternal destiny.  One last minute decision.

What last minute, seemingly insignificant decision can you make today that will forever transform your life and your destiny?