Embrace the DifferencesWhat are you grateful for today? Sometimes it’s tough to pinpoint exactly what it is that we are grateful for on any given day – especially when working on a daily gratitude journal. Jeff says that being consistent and making sure that no day is ever a repeat of the day before can prove do be a challenge, but it’s worth the effort. The morning he recorded this podcast, it was cold and there was the usual school traffic – but Jeff soon hit on something to be grateful for. “I recognized that every school has its own personality, kind of like every person has their own personality – and that is what makes them unique,” he said. “I’m thinking that we’re all unique in our own special way, and I am grateful this morning to embrace everybody’s uniqueness.” If you are different, embrace that difference. “It’s kind of like the world is one big, giant, epic, huge, honking quilt. Many pieces, shapes, sizes, fabrics and colors – all woven together to produce that one quilt.” Jeff said that for many of us, hat quilt is so special to us. Perhaps it’s the texture, or maybe it’s the memory of all those little pieces, shapes, sizes and colors coming together. But it’s different. “Embrace being different, my friends. Embrace the differences that are in your life – because I think it’s all these differences that bring out personality, understanding, empathy, compassion, knowledge – beauty.” When you wake up and wonder what you are going to be grateful for that day, Jeff urges you to look around. Look for the nuances around you. “It’s a dreary day, but as I look around, I see colors in the sky and in the clouds, like a darkish, grayish blue. I see a little orange coming from out from the sun – yellow, white. I see different colored bricks, green trees, a different shade of green on the grass.” Be grateful for the opportunity to see vibrant colors. Be grateful that you can touch, smell, taste, hear and see. “You know what’s sad? What’s sad is that we don’t take time every day to appreciate these little things. My friends – appreciate the journey every single day, because happy people aren’t happy all the time. But happy people celebrate happy moments.” Find out why Jeff Yalden is North America’s Number One Youth Motivational Speaker. Go HERE. Check out Jeff’s new nonprofit, THE JEFF YALDEN FOUNDATION. Jeff’s speaking calendar fills up fast. To book him now for your event, organization or school now, call 800-948-9289. For a limited time, you can own Jeff’s new book, Your Life Matters, for only $0.99 on KINDLE. SUBSCRIBE to The BOOM Podcast. JOIN the BOOM Nation Facebook Group and share your BOOM moments with us!
Appreciating the Moments in Your LifeMental health speaker and Amazon bestselling author Jeff Yalden came to us live from Burlington, Vermont for Episode 50 of The Boom Podcast – in an unlikely situation for a podcast: The side of the highway. He was driving in from a speaking engagement in New York, and was so taken with the beauty of his surroundings that he was compelled to pull over and share his thoughts immediately. “Gratitude is just a simple attitude,” he said. “I am driving along, and I’ve got about an hour drive. I wanted to do it this morning rather than last night, so I can appreciate how beautiful Vermont is: The absolutely beautiful colors on the trees and the mountains.” As he was passing by all the kaleidoscopic splendor of Vermont, the thought came to him that many of us are so busy that we sometimes fail to notice the grandeur of our surroundings. He could have easily sped toward his gig without a nod to the wonderful landscape along the way. “My friends, happy people are not happy all of the time, but happy people celebrate happy moments,” he said. “Man – I am looking out over miles and miles of beautiful mountains. The colors! You can see the frost and the clouds – and if I look behind me, the sun is just coming up over the mountains and the farmland – just miles and miles of open land. What a way to start my day!” For a guy now living in the Coastal Carolina region, he noticed the snappy 35-degree weather too, but he gladly embraced the beautiful experience. “Day number four of Living a Life of Gratitude is about appreciating the moments. Find moments in your life to celebrate. I’m thinking to myself, what a great morning that I just get to wake up in Vermont and take all of this in.” Happy people are not happy all the time, but happy people celebrate happy moments. Find out why Jeff Yalden is North America’s Number One Youth Motivational Speaker. Go HERE. Check out Jeff’s new nonprofit, THE JEFF YALDEN FOUNDATION. Jeff’s speaking calendar fills up fast. To book him now for your event, organization or school now, call 800-948-9289. For a limited time, you can own Jeff’s new book, Your Life Matters, for only $0.99 on KINDLE. SUBSCRIBE to The BOOM Podcast. JOIN the BOOM Nation Facebook Group and share your BOOM moments with us!
APPRECIATIONSometimes we get so caught up in our routine that we forget to appreciate the simple act of being present. On a Saturday not too long ago, Jeff found himself at home in the Myrtle Beach area for a couple of days. He and fiancée Janet had just finished working out and decided to make a run to the local Walmart to do some food shopping. Both Jeff and Janet were having a good day. When it came time to head through the cash register aisle, the thought hit Jeff that many people go through these lines on autopilot – to the point sometimes that they don’t even know if the person checking them out was male or female, young or old. “Because it’s not important, we don’t pay attention,” he said. “We are we are just like – ‘get the food through, give me my receipt and I’m out of here.’” But at that moment, he was having a small conversation with the lady at the register – and he stayed present in the moment. Her name was Alexis – and he was sure to look her in the eye, acknowledge her name, thank her and tell her that he hoped she had a nice day. “That little gesture is about us being present in the moment and appreciating the people around us,” he said. “I don’t know what it may have done for her, but what it did for me was that, for the rest of the day, my mood was enhanced.” Jeff made a conscious effort to stop and appreciate the people that he otherwise might have been too rushed to even pay attention to – and since then, he has been sharing this story in his speaking engagements. “It’s about appreciation for people that come into your life – even just randomly.” Soon after this, he found himself driving through Wisconsin to a speaking gig. He pulled into a rest area to use the bathroom – and as he was walking out of the restroom area, he noticed an older gentleman washing the windows. He decided to acknowledge him as well. “I said, ‘Sir – thank you. The bathrooms are immaculate,’ and he is just washing the windows like, ‘mm-hmm.’ I get in my car and I thought to myself that his response was probably because he is not used to people stopping and acknowledging him for the work that he does.” Why was this guy’s response different? Why was he so blasé? “Think about it. Here’s a gentleman – probably retired. This is maybe a part time job, or maybe he works for the state or the city. His job is to clean the bathrooms in the rest area and do the windows. Think about the hundreds of people that walk past him every day and don’t even make eye contact or acknowledge him. How is he supposed to respond when he is not used to this?” Jeff thought about how sad is it that most every single day, we are so anxious to get where we have to go that we don’t pay attention to the little things. Someone cuts us off as we’re changing lanes and we get upset. We want to get where we are going as quickly as possible. We’re anxious getting into the store and anxious getting out. “We’re late going here because we have to do this or do that – and so, being late – we don’t even pay attention to these little things,” he said. In the next 28 days of the Boom Podcast, Jeff is sharing daily, actionable principles to help you bring gratitude into your life. Today, simply stop and appreciate the little things – those small exchanges that make us feel connected to others. “I think that’s pretty awesome,” he said. “Let’s give respect to people and we will get respect back.” Some people might not return the respect, but Jeff says that’s not our issue. That’s their issue. Also – when we give respect, some people might not give us respect back. That’s not our issue. That’s their issue. “Understand this: We can’t change people, places and things. However, that doesn’t change the fact that what this does for us is really about self-care.” Gratitude is self-care. Find out why Jeff Yalden is North America’s Number One Youth Motivational Speaker. Go HERE. Jeff’s speaking calendar fills up fast. To book him now for your event, organization or school now, call 800-948-9289. For a limited time, you can own Jeff’s new book, Your Life Matters, for only $0.99 on KINDLE. SUBSCRIBE to The BOOM Podcast. JOIN the BOOM Nation Facebook Group and share your BOOM moments with us!
- Is my life meaningful?
- Is my life fulfilling?
- Is my life rewarding?
Discipline Your Time“If it’s important to you, you will make the time,” Yalden said. “That’s the bottom line.” Don’t even think about saying that you are going to wait until Monday or that you are going to start on January first. It doesn’t work that way, according to Yalden. “If you say those things, you’re not really committed.” If you are not committed, go back to Day One. If it’s important, you will make the time. It it’s important, you will make this a priority. Discipline yourself to make time to focus on you. “Every single day, I want you to create your to-do list. Every single morning, you look at your to-do list. At night, take another look at your to-do list. Cross out what you’ve completed and rewrite it, or wait until morning and rewrite things then, whatever you do. What is not completed, you move to the next day.” It’s not complicated. Everything that is not completed gets moved over to a new sheet of paper. If you want to go paperless, Yalden recommends the Evernote app. “I love Evernote. Download. Use it. Create notebooks and make all your notes there,” he said. “You just simply, ‘Yep, I did this – delete. What’s next,’ – and just keep a to-do list continually going.” Yalden can’t make the point strong enough when he says that if something is important to you, then you are going to make it a habit. “Listen, folks: Nothing changes if nothing changes. I want you to choose right now to make changes in your life. I gave you 28 Days for you to refocus, reengage and to make a plan. Let’s not complicate it. From the very beginning, I said to concentrate on just one thing.” If you spread yourself too thin with vague goals and halfhearted attempts at productivity, Yalden said you will come to the end of the year and realize you didn’t do anything. In one month – 28 Days – I challenged you to pick one thing. Use the 28 Days to focus on that task and complete that task. At the end of the 28 Days, you can go back and pick another thing. Just use the same method that I gave you from Day One to Day 28. Discipline Your Time with a set wake-up time and a set bedtime. “Discipline the time when you take a lunch break, and even what you do during your lunch break. We discipline time for things like our kids, our significant others and work – but when we have free time, we don’t ever really discipline that time.” Yalden wants you to discipline your free time to get the things done that you have to get done. “When you have ‘me time,’ discipline it. Make it prioritized and focus on your tasks,” he said, adding self-care is not selfish. On this final day of the BOOM Boot Camp, remember these points:
- Get your sleep.
- Work on your nutrition
- Be present. Be engaged.
********Yalden has been laying out the daily BOOM principles from his new workbook and planner, The BOOM 28 Day Boot Camp: Creating a Life of Success. Find Motivation. Crush Goals. Overcome Obstacles. Live with Purpose. We hope you have been doing the work every day. “Have you gone back and really done these exercises? If you have done the exercises – you should be feeling pretty good right about now,” he said. Here’s your action step for Day 27:
SLEEP, EAT, EXERCISE…REPEATHealthy sleep, proper nutrition, and 30 minutes of exercise every day! Make self-care a habit. “Self-care is something that many people think is selfish [because] you are putting yourself before others. It’s not selfish. It’s necessary. It’s completely necessary for all of us – for our families, for work, for our peers and our friends. Self-care is necessary for you and me to stay healthy every single day, to serve in the capacities in which we serve.” Yalden said it’s very important for young people to get eight hours of uninterrupted sleep per night -and the average adult needs between seven and eight hours. “Turn off your phone and your electronics. Turn off the television and the lights and go to bed. Get your uninterrupted sleep. BOOM! Wake up. Wash your face, brush your teeth, do your dance – and go out and be awesome.” If you can sneak in a nap during the day for 30 minutes or an hour, go for it. That’s a good thing. Close your eyes. Meditate. Breathe – and just allow yourself to get deep. Get proper nutrition. This isn’t rocket science. “They say that we consume 200-300 grams more of sugar a day more than the average person should be consuming, he said. “First thing in the morning, get your water. Water. Water. Water. Eight or 16 ounces. Re-hydrate yourself as much as you can from the night before.” Consume more protein and less carbs. Protein builds and repairs muscles. Look at the carbs you are eating. There are good carbs [whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans] and bad carbs [white bread, white rice]. “Try and get your good carbs in early in the day. An apple a day is great, but again there are sugars in there. But an apple is better than Captain Crunch cereal and a banana is better than Pop-Tarts, so make good choices. Nutrition. Nutrition. Nutrition.” Get rid of sodas [even diet sodas] and fruit drinks and just go to water or maybe Crystal Light. “There is a chemical in diet sodas that makes you crave more food,” Yalden said. Get out there and exercise. “I know some of you don’t like to sweat, and some of you don’t exercise. Get out there and get some walking in. Get the body moving. Mobility. Flexibility. Get your heart rate up. When you exercise more than 30 minutes a day, your endorphins start kicking and you feel good. Go out there, and you are ready to own the day.” You are almost there. Tomorrow marks the final installment of this BOOM Boot Camp. Day 28. See you then. Find out why Jeff Yalden is North America’s Number One Youth Motivational Speaker. Go HERE. Jeff’s speaking calendar fills up fast. To book him now for your event, organization or school now, call 800-948-9289. SUBSCRIBE to The BOOM Podcast. GRAB your copy of The BOOM 28-Day Boot Camp Workbook. ORDER Jeff’s Amazon Bestseller, BOOM! One Word to Inspire Action, Deliver Rewards, and Positively Affect Your Life Every Day. JOIN the BOOM Nation Facebook Group and share your BOOM moments with us!