encouragement Archives - Cortney Sargent, Sr. | "The People's Entrepreneur"

21 Questions That Will Change Your Life

These 21 thought-provoking questions will change your life if you honestly and transparently look inside of yourself. The key is to be bold enough and decide to take action on what you see.

  1. What is it that is keeping you from being great?
  2. What area of your life are you not giving all of your effort to?
  3. What are you not doing that you know you should be doing? And, why? For most people, there is only for a few years of life when you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life. The rest of your life is the real challenge…actually doing it. When you do what you know you’re supposed to do, your life can go to another whole level.
  4. What are the small foxes that are hindering your progress? When you’re faithful over the small things, you will find that the bigger things that you’re striving to accomplish, actually comes easy. Be faithful over the few…
  5. What is your purpose and are you fulfilling it? Your purpose is the reason you were put on this earth. When you pursue purpose, you discover success.
  6. What is your gift and are you using it? You gift is the tool that will help you fulfill your purpose. It’s what you the absolute best with the least amount of effort.
  7. What are your values? Write down the 3 most important aspects of each of these areas in your life: personal development, family, relationships, work, health and spirituality. These are your values.
  8. Are your “shoulds” and “wants” getting in the way? The desires of our ego are often in conflict with the values of our heart. If we allow what we think we SHOULD do and what we WANT get in the way of what’s actually right, that will lead to destruction.
  9. What did I learn today? Who did I help? What made me laugh? Ask yourself these 3 questions at the end of each day to help you maintain clarity in your life.
  10. How can I make today better than yesterday?
  11. Am I over my past? Yes, the past happened, but it can’t be changed so get over it. It may be difficult to do, but you have to make the most of what’s in front of you– the opportunities, people and moments.
  12. What company do I keep? Birds of a feather flock together. You are the company you keep. It’s impossible to consistently hang around someone and one person not change the other. Are you changing them, or are they changing you?
  13. If you weren’t afraid what would you attempt? If you knew you would be succeed, what would you do? Whatever that is, go do it! The only limits and boundaries to success that exist are the ones you create.
  14. If I were dying, would I worry about this? So often and so easily we lose perspective on what’s important in life. We allow so many small unimportant things consume our attention and life. We’re all dying. The older we get, the closer to the end of life we become. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of this in order to enjoy living.
  15. Have I forgiven all the people who hurt me?
  16. Have I asked for forgiveness from all of the people that I hurt? Things happen. People hurt us and we hurt people. That’s a part of being human. But learn to forgive and don’t hold grudges. You can’t move forward in life if you don’t.
  17. What’s your WHY? Why do you do what you do? If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough. If your why isn’t big enough, you’ll always use the what and how as an excuse to failure.
  18. Who did you make better today?
  19. What legacy do you want to leave for the generations to come?
  20. What do you want people to remember about you when you die?
  21. What would Jesus do? This may sound cliché, but it is a serious question we should ask ourselves because Jesus was the epitome of a perfect human.

New Book Coming 2015 – “Stuck In Neutral: How to Achieve Success by Living in Drive”

In 2015 I will be releasing my 2nd published book. This book is nothing at all like my first.

Stuck In Neutral: How to Achieve Success by Living in Drive will be nothing like any other book you’ve ever read in your life. It’s wisdom, knowledge, insight and Biblically-based principles will change your life forever if you apply them to every area of your life. Its core message is that anyone, anywhere can achieve success and “live in drive” if they take personal responsibility for their life, put forth Level-10 effort and have undying determination and faith.

Everything that I have written in this book is what I have learned through my life’s struggles, trials, tribulations, successes and victories. If you take these principles of success and apply them to your life, I guarantee you that you will be successful and fulfill all your lifelong dreams. “Stuck In Neutral” is a self-help and personal development book. However, it’s not regurgitated, recycled self-help information you’ve heard from the majority of motivational speakers. These are principles of success that took me from college dropout to award winning graphic designer, national radio host, published author and serial entrepreneur.

This book differs in that this is self-help from a Biblical standpoint. In the book I’m not explicitly quoting scriptures in each paragraph, but I do make reference to several specific scriptures. This is my personal experience- these are the principles that have personally help me to become the man I am today. My prayer is that it will help other people find themselves and help them live the life God created them to live.

In this book you will learn how to:

  • Identify your gift and discover your purpose
  • Believe in yourself and build “God-confidence”
  • Maximize your greatest asset – YOU
  • Use failure as an opportunity to learn and grow
  • Overcome fear, and more

Stuck In Neutral will be released January 2015. It will be available as a hard copy and as an e-book everywhere that books are sold. In the meantime, visit www.LivingInDrive.com.

At the end of the day when you lay your head down on your pillow, you are the only one who’s responsible for the outcome of your life. Strive to make adjustments, not excuses. LIVE LIFE IN DRIVE!!

This Is What Helped Me to Stop Procrastinating…

In high school and college I was really into working out, lifting weights and exercising. Then… I got married. Lol! When I got married, my wife cooked every single night and needless to say I stopped working out. In our 5th year of marriage is when I really started gaining weight, particularly in the abdomen area. You, too? Yeah I know! Lol!

When I started gaining this unwanted and unneeded weight, not only did I notice it, but my wife started to notice as well. But, the difference is, she actually likes it. (that’s another post)

My problem has historically been inconsistency. I would work out for a few days and stop. I would set workout and exercise goals and never accomplish them. Then, I’d start feeling like a horrible person because I wasn’t making progress. And, the cycle would repeat.

Then I realized that I didn’t want it bad enough. I had to make up in my mind that if I want to change I have to put in the work.

So, here are the thoughts that have been getting me through my workouts:

“Cortney, if you keep doing the same thing that you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.”

I’m sure you’ve heard that saying before it doesn’t really hit home until it’s relative to something that’s going on in your personal life. And, for me it’s working out/exercise. I’ve always eaten sugary desserts because I thought, well I’m slim so it won’t hurt me. I’ve always started and stopped working out because I didn’t take it serious enough. Then one day I looked in the mirror and seriously didn’t like what I saw.

To get me through the actual workouts, I’ve been telling myself:

“Push until you can’t push anymore. Is that really the last one you can do, or do you have more? Work until you can’t work anymore! Cortney, you gotta keep pushing because you gotta change. If you want results you have to push yourself past your comfort zone. Push until you absolutely can’t do another single rep.”

Those very thoughts have gotten me through my home workouts and to stop procrastinating. I hope you can take what encouraged me and use apply it to whatever area of your personal life you’re struggling with.

Hope that helps. Thanks for reading and watching.