Greed is Good. Greed, I believe, maybe the one quality most of us lack that needs to be developed, nurtured, and maintained for success in all areas of your life: health, career, relationships, happiness and finances. Greed is the fuel to help us reach for the stars and achieve our goals. Greed amplifies our energy, makes us more determined, productive, and effective.
Don’t believe me?
Mother Teresa was greedy. She had an insatiable hunger for helping those in need, and wanting to change the world to the way she envisaged the world. She wanted “more, more, more” for those she dedicated her life towards, and created much health, wealth, happiness, and prosperity for all she touched.
Should you be any different in the way you tackle, your vision, your goals?
The now infamous character Gordon Gekko on the movie Wall Street (1987), stated:
“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind…”
Keeping yourself motivated, and in the right of mind, is crucial for your ongoing success in life and health. So, what are the things you do every day to keep you on track to success?
When you get to find out what’s behind people’s success invariably it all comes down to “daily disciplines”. From the sage on top of the mountain, the tuned athlete competing in the Olympics, to the hot shot business man made of millions; they all have one thing in common “daily disciplines”.
You see I don’t believe in chance or luck. In fact, I believe luck’s meaning should be changed to something I heard Julia Roberts (actor) once say, “Luck is when opportunity meets preparation”.
NOW LET ME ASK YOU THIS… “How long did you spend planning your last holiday?” and “How long have you sat down and planned your life and health?”
Most people out there generally cruise along in life on auto-pilot, without much direction or intention for what they do every day – and that’s no way to be, you want to arrive somewhere on purpose, not because you were swept there by the river of life. They simply react to what is presented to them and carry on… hoping that things will change by themselves.
Their favourite saying is “one day…”. “One day my life will be in order, one day my life will be what I have always dreamed.” But the problem is that most people fail to see that without planning, serious thought or direction, those dreams will always stay dreams. We need to make most of the time we have and the only time we have is in the present… the NOW. We cannot live in the future (though some try) we only live in the present. Any event takes planning; have you ever been to a party without some form of preparation or organisation? I don’t think so.
So what are you doing now to attain your goals and dreams?
Here is a list that will transform your life; here is a list of 6 Daily Disciplines for the high performer:
1. Physical Exercise – A simple walk, swim, jog, bike ride, gym or yoga session, at least 4 out of 7 days. This your body healthy, and mentally charged and strong.
2. Gratitude Journal – Write down 5 things you are grateful for every morning. Having an “attitude of gratitude” will have the universe wanting to give you more. Do you like giving stuff to people who are ungrateful? Me either.
You have just been diagnosed with kidney disease and your world is completely shaken. You don’t quite know what that means and what the consequences are. You begin by having talks with your doctor and specialists, and it all sounds grim, dark, and hopeless. You just want to forget it all, and hope that it was a dream: “Nothing a new dawn couldn’t fix”.
This is the usual beginnings of someone that has been diagnosed with kidney disease as they make their way through the Kübler-Ross cycle (denial-anger-bargaining-depression-acceptance). Once one is past the initial denial stage it is important to keep a positive outlook, not just because it will be emotionally and mentally easier (i.e. less stressful), but a positive mindset is probably the single biggest factor in healing yourself from any condition.
It is now proven – through the works of Dr. Candace Pert and Bruce Lipton Ph. D. – that the mind affects the body in a very physiological way. Think sad, X molecules are produced, think happy, Y molecules are produced, think negative, Z molecules are produced, and so on and so on. This creates a cascade of physiological events and affects our bodies in a profound way (whether they be positive or negative).
It is therefore prudent to keep a positive outlook and to work on keeping that positive outlook even when you are feeling great, and on top of things. You don’t want to keep yo-yoing between happiness and sadness all the time (well I hope not). It is emotionally and physically exhausting. Why not keep yourself maintained at an optimum level by continually practicing a few simple methods?