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How to tap your unlimited potential

Happiness concept.I am feeling philosophical today and thought I’d share with you my thoughts on how to tap into your unlimited potential to live a more fulfilling life.

These are just my personal beliefs, thus you can take them for what they are worth.

In life, you will discover that people basically fall into two types of categories: those that believe the world is abudent with unlimited opportunity and those that believe the world is finite and there is not enough resources to go around.

For those that believe in the abudence mentality, happiness, wealth, love – take your pick – is infinite and one can earn as much of these things as their heart desires WITHOUT causing others to lack in what they need.

For those that believe in the scarcity mentality, they feel that everything is limited – they can only earn a certain amount of money, only receive a certain amount of love, only get ahead – and that is at the expense of others.

For those in the latter life model, I believe this is a very sad opinion to have. Joy achieved here is often tempered with a guilt that somebody had to have less so that you could have more.  I believe that the majority of the worlds depression and anger is a direct result of a mass ‘buy in’ of a scarcity mentality.  Some of the unhappiest people I have ever known think only of themselves and are inwardly-focused in their own limited believe of the world, what they can become, or what it can offer them.

Let’s look at the other model for a moment, shall we?

What if there was more money in the world then there were people to spend it? Actually, there is.

Don’t belive me? Think about the thousands of years that people have lived on Earth.  Generations of people have accumilated LIFETIMES of wealth.  The sum total of all wealth of all generations in the world is still out there even when people pass on.  This wealth continues to grow in old and new ways.

It is possible for you to have more without causing someone else to have less and live in the freedom that you should be happy living a blessed life.

So, how to you have more in life?  Or in other words, what is the secret of life?

Ok, so you want to know the secret of life?  Here it is:

In order to get more, you have to give more.  You must become the person you want to be by helping others become who they were destined to be.

Do you want more love? Love others.

Do you want to feel uplifted and happier? Encourage others.

Do you want to eliminate depression? Be the light for someone else.

Do you want to be a bestseller? Help another writer become a bestseller.

You will find that the more of a blessing you are to someone else, the more you will realize your life will growing into what you truly need.

Wealth is not measured only in money, althugh it is perfectly okay to have a lot. True wealth is measured in the happiness you get through realizing your potential, tapping into your light. Each time you help another find their light, your light will shine brighter and your wealth will increase.

We live in a world of unlimited wealth. Help others get what they need and watch your wealth explode exponentially.

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The pros and cons of FOCUS

There is an axiom that goes something like, “What you focus on expands,” and in today’s blog, I wanted to share with your some examples from my life where focus was applied.  The converse is also true – what you DON’T focus on declines.

So, this post may be somewhat of a zen-isque retrospective, but if you hang in there, you can hopefully get some  useful insights on when and where to use focus.

Living the “Vi Life”
My experiment in Network Marketing

It was in December two years ago that my friend Paige introduced me to a new network marketing company specializing in weight loss milk shakes and related products. The company was called ViSalus on on January 1, 2012, I signed up as an Independent Distributor under their Executive package for $499.

My wife, Carla, actually did not want me doing anything else because it moved my focus.  Admittedly, I have issues with adult attention deficit disorder, so she was keenly aware that another ‘distraction’ might not be best for my psychological well being.

Gary Vincent with ViSalus Co-founder Nick Sarnicola

Gary Vincent with ViSalus Co-founder Nick Sarnicola

Despite her advice for my mental health, I proceeded to become said distributor and gave 100% of my FOCUS to growing the business at my website: http://www.ViFitChallenge.com.  I became a poster-boy for weight loss and encouraged others to join me on the challenge.

The result of this focused effort was astounding.  Within four months, I became a Regional Director and qualified for a company-paid-for BMW. I also enjoyed frequent travel to lovely destinations such as Charlotte, North Carolina and Miami, Florida to learn and network.

It was during this time that I earned several thousands of dollars and made a great number of friends along the way.  In fact, it was one of the most lucrative business experiments I ever tried.  That was until…

VIP – The rise of the Storage Empire!

Agelations: Unlocking the Secret Strategies of the Rich to Help You Succeed in Business & In Life by Gary Lee Vincent & George Cunningham

Some of you reading this know my work in Real Estate Investing from my Agelations book and home study courses that I coauthored a few  years ago. Since 2004, I have been actively involved in real estate with my FOCUS varing across different properties and endeavors.

One of my more successful ventures was a property my wife and I developed in Fairmont, West Virginia, called “VIP Storage.”  This was a small self storage facility built in the community of Boothsville and featured seventy-five lockers.

This original facility was built in two phases between 2009 and 2010; and quickly filled up.  For several years, we simply managed a nearly full facility and contemplated how to create a second property near the first one.

In the Summer of 2012 (near the peak of my ViSalus success), we found a location to construct our VIP II facility and began a four month acquisition and planning phase.  In October, the deal to purchase the property was finally approved by the bank and from October to April 2014, we spent constructing it and dealing with all of the fallout of excavation, contractor management, public relations, and finance.

Ultimately the combined VIP I and II would be a $700,000.00+ endeavor and pursuing it would take 100% of my FOCUS.  The effort nearly killed me and busted my sanity, sending me into depression and driving me AWAY from other successful things, such as ViSalus and writing/authoring.

Proportionally, the more successful VIP II came (from inception to market stabilization), the more I drifted from my marketing work with ViSalus and the less I wrote.

Ultimately, for VIP II to succeed, my ViSalus business had to take the ultimate sacrifice with me not at the helm.  The end result was a gradual decline in sales and an increase in attrition (customer dropoffs), since I was not there to actively sponsor and mentor them.

Finding the balance

Now that the development of VIP II is over, brought managers in to help with the day-to-day operation of this.  I am still involved, of course, but with significantly less FOCUS.

This frees up my time to pursue one of my loves – writing and author development (i.e. publishing) through the Burning Bulb Publishing cooperative.

Although 2012-2013 noticed a steep decline in book sales and new Burning Bulb Products, I am pleased to say that FOCUS towards Burning Bulb has never been better.

Boston Posh by Wol-vriey

Boston Posh a Bizarro-genre novel by Wol-vriey. Cover designed by Gary Lee Vincent

After the completion of VIP II, I helped Burning Bulb with the release of three titles (Vegan Zombie Apocalypse by Wol-vriey, Westward Hoes by various authors, and Boston Posh, also by Wol-vriey.)  I also worked on a fourth installment to my DARKENED Vampire SeriesDarkened Souls, am developing a comic book with Rich Bottles Jr. and Stuart Brown, and have help Burning Bulb release a new version of its webpage at http://www.BurningBulbPublishing.com and a new Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/burningbulbpublishing.com .

This, of course, takes a lot of FOCUS, but the one thing I learned over the past two years is to try to balance things and respect that focusing on one may very well mean leaving other wonderful things behind.

Never give up your dreams, but choose your focus wisely.

Until next time, Cheers!

Gary Lee Vincent