5 Life-Changing Things I learned in New Orleans last weekend…

I was in New Orleans for a conference last week and it turned out to be Mardi Gras.

There was SO much energy, chaos, and craziness on the street.

I’ve never seen anything like it.

I go to a lot of conferences, but THIS conference had a bigger purpose than just learning “what’s working now” in business… it was focused on creating true impact, contribution, and figuring our your true purpose.  

A few things stood out to me and I wanted to share what I’ve learned with you.

1.  “How you do one thing is how you do everything.”

540_293_resize_20121001_c0dbdfa9d6b20dac030b986a9b7a5926_jpgThis really resonated with me because it stems from character.

If you cut corners in one thing, you’ll likely cut them somewhere else.

It’s about how you handle things that come your way, no matter how small they may be.

The quality of your work and your relationships come down to the small details or that extra mile you go.

2.  Face your Dragons.

beautiful-dragon-wallpapers-hd-953920-0-s-307x512Someone I’ve never heard of named Roger James Hamilton spoke on Thursday.  His message was very powerful.  In the early days of exploration, there used to be dragons (Kimodo) and animals that were potentially dangerous.

In unexplored areas, there were posted signs that read “Here Be Dragons” to discourage people from entering into the area because of the unknown danger.

As you know, most of the biggest rewards in life come from conquering unknown territory and facing your fears.

Whether it’s speaking in public, taking that first step towards reaching a new goal, or doing anything out of your comfort zone…..identify what YOUR Personal Dragons are, and create a plan to conquer them.

3.  Motivation, Inspiration, Aspiration.

Here’s what Frank McKinney said: “Motivation can wash off like soap in a shower.  Inspiration can wear off like Tylenol.  But Aspiration will last and keep you forging forward to accomplish what you truly want most in life.”

It’s funny, I looked “aspiration” up in the dictionary, and one definition is: “a strong desire or longing aim.” But another is “breathing something in.”

I know this can be translated as a medical term, but if you look at your aspirations from this definition, it literally can become part of who you are.

What are your true aspirations in life?  If you are not sure, it may be a good time to start figuring them out.  I know it’s something I am working on right now :-)

4.  The Power Pause: 3 Minutes & 3 Steps that can change your life.

I’m going to be picking up the book “Power Pause” from Amazon today and add it to my reading list.

When John Harricharan got up to speak, I literally felt I was in the presence of someone who was truly happy, peaceful, and full of wisdom.

Step 1:  He spoke about how to Break Focus and disconnect from your problems and shift your focus.
Step 2:  He explained how you need to “feel how you wanted to feel is the one thing you wanted to happen, happened.
Step 3:  Say “Thank You” when this process is complete.

I’ll be giving you my review once I’ve finished the book!

meditation-and-fitness5.  The importance of Your Morning Ritual.

I’ve had my own morning ritual for the past few months now, and it has made a real difference in my life.  In fact, I’ll be posting a video in the next 30 days about exactly what I do and why I do it.

It will frame your day and set you up for success.  If you don’t have one, stay posted for my video :-)

I hope you enjoyed this post!

~ Alicia

P.S.  I LOVE hearing your feedback and knowing if these messages resonate with you.

If this impacted you in any way, please leave a comment!  I read every comment and truly appreciate your feedback!

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  1. Amanda G. says

    Wow, #1 really resonates with me too! I’m afflicted with a disease called chronic procrastination, and it can be really terrible sometimes if I let it. Even when it’s not obvious, procrastination is the underlying reason for a LOT of my unconquered issues… in pretty much all areas of my life. #1 is great to keep in the back of my head so I can be more aware of how it affects me every time I think, “Meh, I’ll do it later…”

    Thanks for the great post! I’m waiting patiently for your morning routine video. :)

    • says

      Thanks so much for commenting Amanda! I just finished a book called “Outwitting the Devil” by Napoleon Hill. If you struggle with procrastination- it’s a MUST read. I absolutely loved the book and it helped me to work through some indecision and procrastination :-)

  2. Kathy says

    Alicia I look forward to your post. I am reading the 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. I appreciate your continued support and commitment to improve others lives.

  3. Betty Homan says

    Love the post! Could you post the titles of some of your favorite books. I like to read self-development books and those that encourage or widen our perspectives, too. :)

    • says

      Hi Betty! My 2 favorite books at the moment are: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell and Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill :-)

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