The secret to explode in your scene.

My past shouldn't be a secret to anyone, just in case you don't know, I am a recovering addict. In the Fairfield County Courtroom, my criminal record once literally made a thud sound when Judge Trimmer dropped it in front of him just to make a point. You could say that I went to a great effort to keep drugs in my life. You could equally say I went through the same to leave the drugs behind. Again you can see today, I take great effort in living my life. Too many people, put too much effort, in the wrong direction. I want to show you something and tell you a little story. 

When I was in rehab we were given the assignment to make a relapse prevention plan. As the people ahead of me finished theirs I noticed people proud because theirs was the biggest. They just threw everything the could in it. I saw others just throwing theirs together saying, "I'm just going to throw it away." I wanted to keep mine for a long time. I wanted it to be something that I was proud of. I gave more effort than anyone expected. My teacher showed it off to all the others and asked if he could keep it to show people coming through. I said I made it so I could keep it. I still have it today. I still show it off because I am proud of my effort in taking part in its creation. 

This mindset doesn't just affect those who use drugs. Look at these 3 statistics. They are staggering. 

1. About 70 percent of U.S. workers are disengaged from their workday (Gallup).

2. Actively disengaged employees cost the U.S. $450 to $550 billion per year in lost productivity (Source: Gallup)

3. The average employee steals 4 hours and 5 minutes every week (Source: American Payroll Association)

By just looking at these stats you can see your opportunity. Give more effort than anyone expects.

My grandpa had told me over and over growing up, "Eric, if you're going to do it, you might as well do it right." I can still hear his voice loud between my ears. How true is this though? Every project we have has our signature on it. When people see the work surrounding us, when they see the creation of our hands, do they see someone who cares about their signature? 

How much value do we put on our time? Our time is more valuable than an hourly rate. It is our life. When we go about giving our time away in effortless and carelessness, we are saying by our actions we don't value our life time. Our time demands our attention. Our time demands our heart. If we don't care about our time of life, why, tell me why should anyone else? Our lives are reflected back to us. When we show love, attention, and respect for our life, we will see it more often around us in a new world. 

This is a universal law. It is written in different ways, in different philosophies. Karma. What you give you get. You reap what you sow. The law of attraction. They are all the same idea written differently so many can understand. What are you putting out? Are you giving love? Are you sowing positive seeds? What kind of thoughts are you sending out for the universe to reply to? We are co-creators in this divine life we have been graced with. 

Give more effort than anyone expects. It will set us apart. We will be part of the 30% who are engaged. We will not be apart of the $550 billion dollar problem. We will be noticed as someone who cares, respects and loves their life and values their time. Our signature will be signed with a sense of pride. We give more effort than anyone expects. 

The BA2L is real,
Be Addicted to Life.
Eric (Airek)


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