Day: October 6, 2015

This Award-Winning Animation Follows A Lost Soul Meeting Death. – Thousand Thoughts

This visually stunning short animation takes a very tender look at a lost soul and his attempt to bargain with death before eventually giving in. The short, by And Maps And Plans, a small Ireland-based studio, has received numerous awards and has been shortlisted for the 87th annual Academy Awards.

‘Coda’ is a fitting title for a video about how we meet our end.

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4 Videos That Will Inspire Greatness Inside Of You. – Thousand Thoughts

The whole purpose of this post is to give you some amazing references in the form of video. Video is very powerful because it attacks your senses from every direction and has the ability to make you feel something and to begin to create new neural pathways within your brain.

For you to be able to achieve greatness you need constant references of the impossible because you are surrounded by people every day who are not successful. I don’t say that to talk badly of the average person, I say that because these videos are the very thing that anyone can use as a starting point to turn their life around – even someone who is not currently successful.

The road to change all starts with one small step and my hope is that you will watch one of these videos and it will be like planting a seed; maybe one day that seed can grow into something amazing and help you do something that no one thought was possible.

Below are four videos that have radically changed my own thoughts and beliefs and I believe they can help transform you from where you are right now!


1. Believe in yourself

This was a video that was presented to me in an environment where I least expected it – work! We were assessing why a team were able to completely turn their results around and become first in the country for what they did. It turns out that this video is where that journey started.

As I watched the video with my work colleagues, I got chills down my spine because I realised yet again that the belief systems we have determined who we are. If we believe that we are destined for greatness and that we are unique in our own field, then others will believe too.

People that believe in themselves come across totally different. They have passion, their posture is tall, the tone in their voice is confident, they speak naturally and so on. This way of being is infectious and everyone wants a piece of it.

I have seen this in my own life and I have spent three years working on my belief systems and questioning everything that was ever taught to me.

“Your brain is like a circuit and so if we introduce it with the proper wiring, you are going to go straight to your target. If you are unsure about who you are, your dreams, your goals will never become a reality”



2. Negative People

It was this video that made me realise that I had to look at the people around me and realise what effect they were having on my life. I began to see that if I wanted to achieve greatness I had to be conscious of how other people were influencing me.

Be careful who you spend time with and don’t allow people’s attitudes and beliefs to be subconsciously affecting your success because it can happen without you even realising it. Your view of the world is shaped by the people who you chose to allow around you and by those who you allow to inspire you.

The video features Les Brown as the narrator and he makes the point that it doesn’t take any effort to be a loser. By default, if you don’t develop yourself and if you don’t dream, you too will become insignificant, unhappy, unfulfilled and maybe even a loser. Do you really want that in your life? If not, be careful who you spend time with and try to hang around amazing people.

The best part of the video is at the 2:21 mark when the movie soundtrack in the background hits an emotional point and Les Browns passion in his voice reaches a pinnacle. I promise you, this video will inspire you to greatness and change the way you think, just watch it for yourself!

“If you want to keep on getting what you’re getting then keep on doing what you’re doing”


3. Why we do what we do – Tony Robbins

The talk that got me hooked on Ted was this one from Tony Robbins. Out of all the things that we can look at when assessing success, the one thing that will make the most difference is understanding why you do what you do every day.

The point of this talk is to understand what role emotion plays in our life and how it can influence our results. The other key point is around the six human needs of which two of them, the need for growth and contribution, can lead to human fulfilment more than anything else.

Tony is a powerful storyteller and what is most compelling about the talk is when he ties everything together at the end by retelling one of his seminars that occurred at the same time as September 11. If you like Tony’s Ted talk I would strongly suggest you watch the video that was filmed on September 11 where he shows how you can change your identity, even during a time when the world is in shock. –


4. How bad do you want it?

This video features the inspirational speaker Eric Thomas who is known for giving people a shake up and almost screaming at them through his motivational presentations. He is someone that knows what it’s like to have nothing and has risen from adversity.

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe then you will be successful”

The message of this video is that we fall because we quit too easily and we don’t know why we are doing what we do each day. Don’t spend your life unfulfilled and uninspired. Find out what makes you happy and do that, and only do that!

We spend our lives trying to make lots of money because we think that it will make us happy but the sad reality is it won’t. Spend your life making other people’s lives better and you will feel the best you have ever felt. You won’t need to try and get out of bed because you will be fired up every morning.


If you have any other motivational videos that you think are worth watching, then please mention them in the comments section below or on my Facebook / Twitter Page.


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5 Ways To Boost Your Ego For Success. – Thousand Thoughts

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Ego as defined by is: self-esteem, self-image or feelings. Yet the majority of society understands and or relates the term EGO to negativity. If having a high self-image means one has an ego it is not necessarily a bad thing. It takes a certain amount of ego to do many things that are required of us to succeed in the entrepreneurial world.

If we truly examine the meaning of ego we will realize that having a good self-image and self-esteem helps us to do the meaningful things in life. In saying this, people need to stop throwing around the word ego in a negative manner. Developing an ego takes a lot of work. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it takes years to cultivate the ego trait.

When you fly the friendly skies, the flight attendant instructs everyone, that in the event of an emergency to put their oxygen mask on before they help others. That doesn’t mean every man for himself. That means suck in some air so you can effectively assist others. That goes with ego too; you have to suck in some ego. So when you look at it from that perspective putting your ego on is no different than putting your oxygen mask on.

Yes, there are some who abuse their egos, but you don’t have to be one of those people. If you want an ego of your own, learn how to use it to lift yourself up, and catapult yourself into the life of success that you deserve and desire. People are inspired and take note of people who courageously put themselves out there, and to do so you are going to need a healthy ego.

Here are 5 things you can do to boost your ego:


1. Feed it

In order for anything to grow it has to be placed in an environment that is conducive to growth. Your ego is no different. Read some great books, take a class on self-confidence, and stay away from those who are dream busters.

Books feed your mind with information and shape the way you think about things, a good self-confidence class, programs you to have a great self-image, and staying away from dream busters keeps the toxic distractions out of your life and enables you to grow.

When you feed your mind with empowering beliefs it in turn feeds your ego and releases a new self-believing attitude and results.


2. Let go of bad habits

Letting go of bad habits helps condition us to create better habits in our daily lives. Limited self-belief creates critical thoughts and behaviors; those thoughts and behaviors send out signals to the outside world that we lack self-esteem. We have to break the bad habit of thinking poorly of ourselves.

The vibrations exchanged between ourselves and the reactions of others in return make us feel stuck, weak and unmotivated to move forward. When choosing to drown out the negative chatter in our head we are choosing to look at things positively and doing so, will empower us to feel good about ourselves and motivate us to demonstrate those actions.

“When it comes to breaking old habits and starting new ones, remember to be patient with yourself. If you’ve spent twenty, thirty, or forty years or more repeating the behaviors you’re now trying to change, you’ve got to expect it’s going to take time and effort before you see lasting results​.​” –Darren Hard​y

3. Get a pet

According to the research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology pet ownership has been shown to increase self-confidence, combat loneliness, boost physical activity, and instill a sense of responsibility that is truly rewarding.

Perhaps it is the unconditional love that our pets give us that helps reinforce our ego. What gets noticed, gets repeated in life. When our pets do something that make us feel good we respond by repeating the same action that elicited their response. This applies in the human world as well. When someone praises us for our actions we repeat the action. Their praise solidifies that our actions are acceptable.


4. Pump up your appearance

In Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom and Wonder, she talks about the importance of the different areas of your life that you should feed.

  • Exercising: promotes good health, and reduces your chances of illnesses.
  • Eating healthy: nourishes the body, contributes to sustained weight maintenance, elevates your moods, and increases your energy levels.
  • Getting more sleep: improves your cognitive thinking as well as gives you the energy to do the everyday things in life that need to get done.

All of these things play a very vital role in your appearance and brand image. When you feel good about how you look it causes your self-esteem to elevate.


5. Walk the walk

A healthy ego builds incredible momentum. Not only in your personal image, but your brand image as well. Believe it or not, the two often go hand in hand. Have you ever seen Darren Hardy from Success Magazine take the stage? He exudes every part of the brand Success, from the way he dresses, the way he is groomed, and even the way he struts across the stage. When people think of Darren Hardy they think Success. He walks the Success walk.

If you want to succeed in the entrepreneurial world you have to remember you need an ego. So be comfortable in your own skin, learn how to walk to your own beat of your drum, start thinking of what success looks like to you, and when you do, it will give you the confidence to tell others to let go of your ego, too!

Thank you for reading my article! How do you build your ego for success?