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Seven Numbers Everyone Needs to Have on Speed Dial

Seven Numbers Everyone Needs to Have on Speed Dial

You never know what life is going to throw at you. From busted water pipes to random allergic reactions, navigating each day can be a challenge. The good news is that you don’t have to do it on your own. By having the right professionals on call, you can get assistance in a matter of seconds. Here are some numbers you absolutely, positively need to have on speed dial for quick access.

1. Handyman

Just because you can change a lock, patch a hole in drywall, or apply some caulk to door jambs doesn’t mean that you’re qualified to call yourself a handyman. What happens when appliances go kaput, pipes start leaking, windows get smashed, or fuses need replacing? While a YouTube video may make you feel powerful enough to handle the problem, don’t let a false sense of courage guide your decision making. A handyman is who you need– and fast.

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2. Family Doctor

Getting sick is never convenient. It always seems to happen right before a big meeting or test– or over the holidays when your doctor’s office is closed. That’s why it’s helpful to have the cell phone number of your family doctor. Most offices will give out these numbers or at least give you a number that will forward you to the doctor who’s on call. Make sure to have this number close by at all times, especially if you are a parent.

3. Trusted Auto Mechanic

Whenever you move to a new city, one of the first things you should do after finding a home is to look for an auto mechanic. Finding the right mechanic can mean the difference between wasting thousands of dollars on repairs you don’t need and getting an expert to target the problem and not overcharge you. Once you find that mechanic, put him on speed dial!

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4. Defense Attorney

Nobody ever plans on getting in trouble with the law, but you can’t always control what happens. Whether it’s an unfortunate DUI that lands you in jail in the middle of the night or an unjust criminal accusation, the last thing you want is to end up in a compromising situation without legal counsel. Finding a defense attorney and plugging their number into your phone can provide valuable peace of mind.

5. Poison Control Center

The Poison Control Center hotline is available 24/7/365 and is always free. Whether a child accidentally consumes medicine, you unexpectedly get a chemical substance in your eyes, or you’re out on a hike and suffer a snakebite, the Poison Control Center can answer your questions and quickly point you in the right direction.

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6. Animal Control

You’d be surprised how many people have to call Animal Control on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if you live in the middle of the woods or in a crowded city, it’s always smart to have this number plugged into your phone.

7. Florist

Finally, you need to have a florist’s phone number on speed dial. This may seem a bit silly when compared to attorneys and doctors, but the fact of the matter is that you never know when you’ll need a last-minute bouquet. From anniversaries to funerals, flowers are a universal gift that show thoughtfulness and caring.

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Be Prepared to Respond

You can’t always be prepared for whatever life throws at you, but you can be prepared to respond. By having the right phone numbers on speed dial, you have direct access to expert advice and assistance, regardless of where you are or what you’re doing.

Start by including the aforementioned numbers and then consider whether there are any additional resources you need on hand.

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Published on June 19, 2019

Your Beliefs About Success May Be Holding You Back

Your Beliefs About Success May Be Holding You Back
Pause for a moment and think about how you would describe success.

If your description is dominated by money or status, then your image of success is faulty.

For example, there are countless people who have these assets but don’t feel successful. Some of these people have enormous amounts of disposable income, but work so many hours during the day that they have no life beyond their work.

Would you regard these people as successful?

At first glance, I likely wouldn’t.

And, then there are the endless celebrities who go from fame to failure (think bankruptcy, addictions and worse).

Are they successful?

Probably not.

In truth, success is about happiness and fulfillment in life.

But, there is more than one definition of success. Just look at the above example of the person who worked too hard to spend their money. If they’re happy with their life, then we shouldn’t criticize their version of success.

So how about you? Do you have a clear definition of what success looks like for you?

If you don’t, you’ll be constantly chasing someone else’s idea of success, and could find yourself totally unfulfilled and miserable.

The good news is that over the next few minutes, I’m going to give you the tools you need to build a crystal clear picture of YOUR SUCCESS.

Positive Thinking

With the right attitude, anything can seem possible.

For instance, if you’re fed up with your job, but do nothing to change it, then you’ll likely be stuck there for years to come. But, if you see the job as a stepping stone to something bigger and better, then not only will you enjoy your work more, but you’ll have something positive to aim towards (e.g., a promotion or new job).

The example above demonstrates a little-known factor of success… suffering!

Yes, suffering may be a negative thing that most people go out of their way to avoid; but successful people use suffering as a springboard to big achievements. Mindset really does separate the losers from the winners.

Another thing you can do, is to gradually build up your positivity and confidence by tracking your progress towards your goals. And, each time you accomplish something – however small – be sure to celebrate it!

This is a great way to propel you towards success.

The Purpose of a Purpose

What is your purpose in life?

These are questions I suggest you spend some time thinking about. To help you find the answers, consider the following:

If you just seek a career, all you will find is a career.

But, if you seek a purpose, you’ll find something much more than a career – you’ll find your calling. And when you’ve found this, and you begin following it, you’ll be firmly in the middle of the happiness, satisfaction and success zone.

This is backed by science, with research showing that people who have a purpose and meaning in life have an increase in:[1]
  • Overall well-being
  • Mental and physical health
  • Resiliency
  • Self-esteem

But, don’t mistake seeking happiness and success as your purpose. These things are a natural result of following your purpose – but shouldn’t be your focal point.

Austrian Neurologist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl said it well:

“It is the very pursuit of happiness, that thwarts happiness.”

What about YOUR purpose?

If you’re struggling to identify it, look for the things in your life that you’re good at, enthuse you, and provide a benefit to the world.

Becoming a Better You

Are your beliefs holding you back?

If yes, here are three things you can do RIGHT NOW to break out of your mind trap:

  1. Boost Your Confidence: you can do this by overcoming challenges that come your way. For example, if you have a fear of public speaking, face this challenge head-on by agreeing to do regular presentations for your company, or by joining a public speaking organization like Toastmasters International. Speak in public often enough, and your fear of it will plunge like a river going over a waterfall.
  2. Develop Healthy Habits: I’m talking about positive habits that will serve you day in, day out. Habits such as lifelong learning, eating well, and waking up early. When these things are automatic for you, you’ll reap incredible benefits from them. Take eating well, for example. You’ll feel better. You’ll look better. And you’ll have way more energy to make things happen in your life.
  3. Invoke the Magic of Goal Setting: Without goals, you’ll drift through life like a plastic bottle in the sea. But with goals, you’ll be like a 100m sprinter running towards the finishing line. Goals really are powerful tools. They’ll direct your focus and energy, and will allow you to track your progress in life. I recommend the SMART goal-setting method (find out about this here).

And, always remember… don’t compare yourself to others; only compare yourself to who you were yesterday.

Each step you take forward is making you a better version of you.

Success Is Self-Love

I encourage you to take the tips I’ve shared in this article and put them into action in your life. Ideally, starting right now!

Firstly, transform your mindset by facing up to challenges and overcoming them. Then spend time to discover your purpose. And, once you’ve found it – start following it.

Becoming a better version of you will take some time, but will be worth the wait. Not only will you reach into untapped potential in your life, but you’ll also develop respect and love for yourself along the way.

So don’t let your beliefs hold you back anymore. BREAK FREE from them and start enjoying a happy, healthy and successful life.

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