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Are You Holding a Sign?

Are You Holding a Sign?

Okay... I don't often rant here. I like to keep things positive.  As a rule, I like to encourage people.  We get so much negativity out in the world, it's nice to have a haven free from negativity. But today, I have to rant.  And I hope you'll understand. Now, before I give this rant, I want to say that I'm not trying to be insensitive to the people involved or the situation they might be in. On my way to work this evening, I stopped to get myself something to eat.  As I went out to my car, I saw a car parked ...

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10 Great Life Lessons From Learning to Solve a Rubik’s Cube

Editor's note:  I originally wrote this as a guest post for my friend Stacy Claflin for her Grow With Stacy blog.  She is taking that blog down to focus on her novel writing.  She always had great content on her site and she will be missed, but I wish her luck in her new adventures.  If you'd like to learn more about Stacy Claflin and her novels, check out her site StacyClaflin.com, and be sure and check out her latest book on Amazon, Betrayal. I wanted to preserve this article before she took the site down because I thought it was ...

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Understanding True Will Power

Over the weekend, I read from William Walter Atkinson's The Law of Attraction or Thought Vibrations in the Thought World when I came across a section where he was discussing Will power.   (Here's a link, and yes, I do earn a commission of you buy through it.) When I first read it, it really struck a chord with me, so I reflected on it as I thought about writing a post today. A few weeks ago, my brother had talked about how will power was overrated.  (I forget if this was in a  post or on his podcast.)  At the ...

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How to make sure you reach your goals

Sometimes, when we have a dream, we get lucky and that dream contains a goal.  When I became a boy scout, for example, the goal (and the dream) was to become an Eagle scout (the highest rank).  When I first set out to write a novel, I found a goal for getting the draft done with NaNoWriMo.  For pro football players, the goal at the beginning of the season is to get  the Superbowl. More often than not, however, we have to define our own goals.  With my 3d images, for example, I have had to set my own goals.   The ...

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What if I’ve lost my dream?

What if I've lost my dream?

When I was in high school, I had a dream. I wanted to make video games. I enjoyed playing them, and I thought it would be cool to make them. I couldn't decide if I really wanted to work on the music for games or the characters or the artwork. I just thought it would be cool to do them. I should mention when I was in high school, the games were a bit simpler than they are today. Back when the Nintendo was the big rage in gaming. The original. Not the Super. Not the 64. Not even the Wii ...

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Raise Your Confidence and Build Self Esteem!

Hi. And welcome to Success Building Blocks!

In the pages here, you will learn tips and tricks that will help you to raise your confidence and build self esteem.  I believe that most of us are looking for success in 4 areas of life:  Mindset, Health, Relationships, and Finances.  Lets look at each of these for a moment.

Mindset

Mindset is the most personal of all the categories.  This represents our selves.  I could have called this one “self improvement”, for that is what it truly is.  At it’s core, though, self improvement happens by having the right frame of mind, or mindset.  When you learn how to develop the right mindset, all of your other goals, including those in the other areas, become achievable.

Developing and maintaining a winning mindset will be the primary focus of this site.  Some of the mindset tools I recommend are also useful in other areas, which is one reason why I recommend them.  A few are geared toward helping you becoming the best you that you can be.

Health

Health is something on just about all of our minds at one point or another.  We’re either focused on maintaining the health we have or trying to recover the health we have lost.  I have come to believe that success in our health is one area that also helps with our Mindset (the two feed on each other) and makes it easier to perform the action steps of all three of the other areas.

Health can be broken into two main issues.  Nutrition, or what we eat, and fitness, or the shape our body is in.  Okay… I’ll admit, there’s more to health than that, but these are the two main issues which we will discuss from time to time.  Nutrition gives us the energy to perform and fitness gives us the capability to perform tasks.  Often, when we get these two right, many of the other issues can resolve themselves or be greatly reduced.

Relationships

Most of our lives only have meaning within the context of the Relationships we have.  We should never feel incomplete without a relationship, but relationships can be great motivators to help us to success in the other three areas.

As a husband and a father, two of the most important relationships in my life are the marital relationship and the parenting relationship.  While some of the things you’ll see here can be applied to other relationships as well, such as a dating relationship, the focus here is on building and maintaining healthy, loving relationships with your spouse and your children.

Finances

Money makes the world go round, and no complete success site should forget this important area.  Without money, you will have a hard time with all three of the other key areas.  Finances, then, are a very important part of our overall success, and is often the area in which we are measured.

Our primary focus on finances is in learning how to make the most out of what we have.  We’ll look at ways to manage your money that will help you keep more of what you make and how to make what you do have grow.  While we’re not a “making money” site, we may discuss a few things from time to time that you could use to grow your income, such as through an online business.  I present these as another tool for you to use in your search for success, though they are by no means the only path to success in finances.

As you can see, these 4 topics are highly interrelated and dependent on each other.  Money helps you afford the resources to grow and maintain a healthy mindset.  Health makes it easier to have the energy for fun Relationships.  Relationships help us to find the encouragement to reach our goals (Mindset).  Mindset is the fuel that drives it all.

Is This Stuff For Real?

Now, some of the topics here you may be skeptical about. I know that when I first learned of some of them, I was skeptical too. But as I learned more about them, I came to see just how powerful they can be. Things such as the Law of Attraction, positive thinking, and meditation can really be powerful influences and help you on your road of discovery. However, there is a lot of false, incorrect, incomplete, and misleading information out there. Hopefully, what you learn through the pages and resources you find here will help you see the truth in how to apply these tools to improve your life.

As you try to raise your confidence and build self esteem, you may not agree with everything you see. When that happens, one of several things can happen:

  1. You might decide to leave and not come back. That’s fine. But could you be missing out on something useful just because you don’t agree with one thing presented here?
  2. You could treat it like cream spinach. Some people happen to like cream spinach. But you might not like it at all. Rather than leaving, just leave the “cream spinach” on the shelf and check out some of the other tips offered here.
  3. But if you really want to get the most out of the pages here and the other resources suggested, if you really want to raise your confidence and build self esteem, take this third option. Keep an open mind and try it. When I say try it, I don’t mean the half-hearted effort where you spend 30 minutes trying something; then just because you don’t get results you expected, you say this will never work and run out to tell everyone you know what crap this particular idea is. No, when I say try, I mean really try. Give it your best effort. Then if it doesn’t work, at least you can say you did your best.

Keep in mind as you are trying to raise your confidence and build self esteem that you might have to change some habits. Habits are hard to break and form. Whatever tip or technique you learn, give it full effort for at least a month. Studies have shown that it takes at least 3 weeks of consistent effort to break a bad habit or form a new one. So do yourself a favor and at least give anything you try here that long. You might not see results at first, but as you continue to strive, you just might find that what you are trying is working.

Why Success Building Blocks?

As a last thought, you might be wondering “Why Success Building Blocks? What’s up with the primary colors and the kid’s blocks in the logo?”  You’re right for asking these questions.  I really have 2 reasons for why I designed the site the way I did.  One has to do with the psychology of colors, which I won’t go into here.  But the other point I hope to convey is that building success really is easy when you break it down into small steps.  Each step is a block along the way.  In the same way that a child learns to stack the blocks to build a tower, we’re going to learn how to stack the blocks that will lead to our success in all four areas of life.

Second, I’m truly on this journey with you.  I may be ahead of you in some areas, but you may be ahead of me in others.  I want this site to become a conversation between me and you as we encourage each other in building these blocks.  You are not in this journey alone, and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Now, if you are ready, let’s begin our journey! Good luck as you raise your confidence and build self esteem while you build your success, one block at a time!

Grady Pruitt

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