GREG'S BLOG How To Choose Happiness In Your Life

How to Upgrade Your Life to the Next Level

Are you ready to upgrade your life? I think you are, and I know you can do it! I promise it will make the biggest difference.
After over 20 years of studying personal development and peak performance, I’ve learned that the most effective way to upgrade your life is to upgrade your thinking.
By upgrading your thinking, you will automatically upgrade your life. Here’s one simple technique to do it.

How Can You Upgrade Your Thinking in Order to Upgrade Your Life

To start with, a lot of you know my story. But if you don’t have any idea, here’s a little piece of it.  I grew up in a broken home and I was out on my own in an early age. I went through some really hard years and I wanted so desperately to upgrade my life.

I have been studying personal development and peak performance for over 20 years and I realized that the best way -and the only way- to upgrade your life is to upgrade your thinking.

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The question is: How you can anybody do that?

Well, there is a little trick here that helps. I want you to choose somebody who really inspires you and who’s actually really successful. Then, I want you to think through each of these important areas of life and ask yourself: what would that person think?


What would your idol say about your look and appearance?

What would your idol say about your relationships?

What would your idol say about your health?

What would your idol say about your spiritual side?

What would your idol say about your education?

What would your idol say about your financial state?

Note: Your idol can be anyone. In other words, it could be someone from the scripture, some philosopher, a member of your family, a friend… and so on and so forth.

Personally, Theodore Roosevelt Jn is my inspiration of all time. But there are others of course like Gandhi, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington… etc And I always ask myself: What would they do in my situation? What would they think about challenges and obstacles? What would they think of the things I am worried about?

The point is we need to shift those thinking habits and alter them in order to upgrade our life.

Your limiting thoughts keep you from upgrading your life!



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Your Life Really CAN Be That Good!

Yes! You can live a fantastic life…for real! It doesn’t have to be a ‘pipe dream’ It can be real. Life simply does not have to stink.
I’ve been through some very hard years. I was out on my own at an early age. I know what it’s like to suffer.
But life doesn’t have to suck! It can be absolutely awesome; and not just a facade either; really, truly, authentically awesome.
Just because your life may stink right now, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way, or that everyone else’s life stinks too.
I love my life! It is genuinely amazing! 

Life Can Be Awesome! I Hope You Believe That.

Somebody posted on Facebook that he hates Facebook because nobody is being authentic, he was confessing how terrible his life is and said “nobody’s life can be that peachy”

But I want to say that life can be awesome! And having come from a life that was really hard, I know what it’s like to have a life that stinks. I personally had some serious struggles and challenges but I have intentionally created an awesome life! I was intentional about it, I was deliberate about it and my wife and I have created an incredible life together.

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Denning FamilyWe have a great marriage and six wonderful kids! They are not perfect obviously –dah! Thank you captain obvious!– But they are great kids and we work really hard at being great parents and try to raise them right.

Step by step, we have created the life we want. There’s nothing we have to hide, we are the same in and out and we are trying to be authentic in that and life is awesome.

You Can Create a Fantastic Life

My message for you is to create a life you love so you don’t have to live some kind of a fake life. Be your very best self and work harder on yourself than you do on anything else.

My life is that peachy! Seriously! It is awesome. And when challenges, difficulties or obstacles come along, then great! Because I have trained myself  to see obstacles as opportunities and to outgrow them and not let them cripple me.

I am here to tell you that you can really live a phenomenal life!! And this is my message to that person on Facebook and to all of you. You can create a phenomenal life and it is 100% possible to live all your dreams and goals.

  • You can have a happy marriage.
  • You can have great kids
  • You can do things you love.
  • You can travel the whole world.
  • You can make all your dreams come true.
  • You can still work hard and love your work.
  • Get out and live a fantastic life!

Believe in your potential and believe that an awesome sauce life is possible and within your reach! You need just to work harder on yourself than you do on anything else!



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Are You Living Unconsciously? Find Out How to Live Deliberately

Are you living unconsciously, and you don’t even know it? Many of us don’t even know that we don’t know.
The best thing you can do with your life is to clearly decide who you want to become and how you want to live.
Once you know that, then you can ‘wake up’ for the hypnosis caused by social conditioning and start living life on your terms.
Life is what you make of it; but you have to do it consciously and intentionally. You and I have to find out what we don’t know and learn to live on a higher plane.

You Have to Know What You Don’t Know

Sometimes, we just grow up in our world and that’s all what we know. And we don’t know what we don’t know. In other words, outside of our reality and outside of what we are currently aware of, we don’t know what’s going on out there. I remember when this idea was presented to me that ‘you can live differently’ and that you don’t have to follow social conditioning or the patterns that society gives to you. And I remember thinking like –Oh! Come on really!?– but then the idea started growing in my mind little by little and I admitted that this may be a possibility though.

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I often meet or observe people who are just existing and living unconsciously. They are kind of sleepwalking in a lot of ways. They go through their routines and they do the things they do and don’t even know why. Are you one of them?

I want to challenge you today to try to find out what you don’t know! And to try to expand your reality. And I think you can do that almost every day. Meaning, you can expose yourself to some kind of education and some kind of situation outside what are comfortable with and what surrounds you.

Wake Up to What You Don’t Know!

  • Why are you eating the way you eat? Have you really educated yourself about what you are eating?
  • Why do you do the things you do?
  • Why do you live the way you live?
  • Why do you live where you live?
  • Why do you do the work you do?
  • Why do you drive the car you drive?
  • Why do you have the friends you have?

These are a couple of ideas that you can start exploring and eventually figure out that there are other ways to do them. And I am not saying you have to change everything, I am just inviting you to be more conscious, more alert, more intentional and more deliberate. I want you to step outside your world and say –wait a minute, I like what I am doing but I want to add this or that and alter my life and make improvements–

Wake Up and Question Your Life

My challenge to you is the following. Sit down with your family and best friends and discuss with them the idea of changing your life. Most importantly, look at every aspect of your life and question it ‘why am I doing that?’ ‘is that the best way to live?’ The goal is to choose the best path for you and not just keep going unconsciously.

Wake up! Get excited, expose yourself to new ideas, challenge conventional thinking, and constantly expose yourself to new ideas.

We are always going to be unconscious of certain things we don’t know yet, and the goal then is to keep learning more and more new things constantly so that you expand and grow and live the best life you possibly can!



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How Will You Measure Your Life? What Great Cause Are You Living For?

Each of us wants to live an extraordinary life, but how do you measure your success? Money, things, titles, degrees, relationships, happiness?
How will you measure your life? How will you know if you followed the right path for you?
How will you feel when you look back on your whole life from your death bed?
How will you know if you lived well, on purpose and meaningfully?
You and I have got to ask the right questions and find the right answers. This video will help you do that.

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To start with, if you are not actively involved in a colloquium, please get in one. For those of you who may not know what that is, it is where you read great books together and then get together and discuss great ideas. You might be saying now -isn’t that like a book club!- well, yes kind of but it’s got much higher standards and higher objectives. I run colloquium for both youths and adults and you can find that on

snipAnd that leads us to what I want to talk about today. I read an incredible line from the great book Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and I want to share it with you. Which reads:

‘It is of no importance what you put in the other scale.’

This line just struck me!  Our lives are going to be measured and balanced on the scale. And for some things, it doesn’t matter what you put on the other scale. For example, someone said:

“No other success can compensate for failure in the home”

I believe that education is like that. It doesn’t matter what you put on the other scale. If you fail in getting a phenomenal education, nothing else on the other scale will do any good.

Douglass said:

“We can’t judge the validity of slavery by how much sugar is being produced.”

I want you to read the following questions and give yourself some time to answer and consider them.  We all have to take a minute, look at ourselves and say:

  • How do you major your life?

  • What are we doing with our lives?

  • What great cause am I living for?

  • What great principals am I fighting for?

  • What are the great questions you use to major your life?

  • Are you making a difference?

  • Are you living deliberately?

  • Are you alive or just merely existing?




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#1 Factor For Success and Happiness in Life

More than any other thing, this seems to be the determining factor for real happiness and success that I’ve observed as I’ve traveled around the world and worked with thousands of people.
Success leaves clues. There’s a formula; and it’s not that complicated. Happiness is the same way.
There are simple things that you and I can do everyday to ensure our happiness and success… but we have to actually do them.

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The Number One Key for Living a Happy & Successful Life

What we do with ourselves when we don’t have to do anything else is what makes all the difference! Therefore, the number one key for success and happiness in life is your habitual culture.

benBen Carson’s mother was working as a cleaning lady and went over to a professor’s  house and he had a huge beautiful library and she asked him -you read all these books?- and he answered -yeah because reading is what makes the differences-. Hence, she  realized that the children and the people in her neighborhood watch TV, and the children and people in the wealthy one read great books. And so she went home and made a decision which is watching 2 TV programs a week and spending the rest time at the library and learning new things. At first, the children weren’t happy about this decision but she was firm about it and that led them to a love of learning, which led to a desire for a great education and which eventually led to who  Ben Carson is today!

What Are You Doing With Your Time?

And the same can happen for you and for me as well. It’s all about what you do with your free time. Every single qualification for success and happiness comes through habits. And you are the person you are because you have formed the habits of that kind of person.

So what are you doing with your time?

Do you spend it on the phone?

Do you spend it on social media?

Do you spend it on playing video games?

Do you spend it on watching TV?

So in your life and in your home, I want you to take a really great examination: What are your defaults? Are that the kind of things you want to happen?

Because the only way we are ever going to change and become the people we want to become and live the kind of life we want to live; is if we set up those habits and discipline ourselves to live those habits until they become natural. And I promise that this literally will change the course of your life!

Life is exactly what you make of it and you make it by the habits you form!

The kind of habitual culture you create -in large major- determines your life! And that maybe the number one determining factor in how your life turns out!



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How to Have More Energy and Supercharge Your Life

Most people live with low energy. In fact, many people suffer from chronic fatigue. Being tired makes life more difficult. But the great news is that you can get more energy every day. You can be AWAKE, ENERGIZE and ALIVE!

Do You Live a Life Full of Energy and Enthusiasm?

I live a life with a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm. There are some simple steps and  few things  you can do that  can help and push your energy.

How to have more energy is a question I get so often. Most people are just dragging through their days and suffer from chronic fatigue. When you have low energy that adds stress to your life, affects your attitude, affects your work, affects your study, your relationship and even affects intimacy! In other words, every part of your life is affected if you have low energy level.

You can Supercharge your life with a few simple steps!

#1 Decide to Live With Huge Energy

You have to decide to be an energetic person. You need just to put this in your mind and say ‘I live with high energy’ . This should be a real decision made by you. And this decision will affect the way you carry yourself and will correct your posture as well. It is so true that what we think about, we bring about! Thus, decide that you will be energetic!

#2 You Have Got to Eat Well

You got to eat well. The fuel  you are putting in your body affects every part of your body and how you live. Thus,   you got to fill your body with great fuel. If it is garbage fuel, if it is not enough, if it is too much, if it is dead fuel, then you are not going to get energy and excitement. That’s why I advise you to  try  natural food and eat it as much as you can.

#3 You Have to Exercise

Exercise! The best thing that you can do when you are tired is  exercise. I know that this may sound weird, but what happens is that you get your blood flowing, your heart pump in, endorphins going and you start feeling excited and feel better.

#4 Get Excited

Get excited about something like reading great books, learning new things and trying new things. Generally,  get excited about life!  Find something that excites you and just do it. For instance, I personally get excited about learning with my kids, I get excited about going out with my wife, I get excited about training my dog , I get excited about the new books I am reading, I get excited about trying new adventures and new food, I get excited about meeting new people  and I just get excited about being alive!

So try live while you are alive and don’t let life just pass you by! Instead, get excited, choose something that can light your fire and go after it, get a passion, get a hobby, find something that just lights your fire and do it!

So remember these four things, do them regularly, live with energy and excitement, and I promise that this, literally, will affect every area of your life!



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How to Solve Your Problems and Totally Improve Your Life

Too many of us let our ego get in the way of our own progress. But swallowing our pride and facing the facts can hurt.  So be it. Stop resisting the solutions to your problems and get out of your own way. Resisting solutions can quickly sabotage your best efforts for improvement and a happy life. Don’t do it! 🙂

Take This Part of My Story to Inspire You

IMG_0896As most of you know part of my story, I grew up in a broken home and I ended up out on my own on an early age. I remember that I lived in some terrible places! I struggled and went through some really tough situations! I really remember that my life was miserable and that I was totally surrounded by misery! I also remember how I desperately was trying to know how to be successful and how to create a life that is full of happiness!

Therefore, I have been studying success principles and happiness for over twenty years! A further advantage is that  I have had the privilege for about seventy years to be teaching, speaking, mentoring and coaching in many nations around the world and helping thousands of people transforming their lives!!

Here’s What Successful People Do and What Unsuccessful People Do. 

Which Side Are you In?

SUCCESSFUL people get pride and  their ego out of the way. They are willing and open to accept new true. Those people have a bright future because they are willing to change! Furthermore,they are willing to take correction each time.

On the other side, people with mediocre future justify! They are always the exception and somehow the law of progress doesn’t apply to them! Therefore, they make their families suffer along with their personal  issues and they always complain about their life and situations. Moreover, whenever you offer a solution for them, they act like you just offered something that has nothing to do with them and that is completely irrelevant!

Here’s One of My Weaknesses

I am going to share one of my weaknesses and I hope you’ll be forgiving. People who reject and resist a solution to their problems, it just infuriates me! I don’t really know why do I care because eventually, their negative choices will affect their life, but I guess my frustration is because I was there! BUT I CHANGED!

We will be HAPPY when we choose to be HAPPY!

We will have a FULFILLING life when we live a FULFILLING life!

We will have what WE WANT when we go out and make it HAPPEN!

LIFE is what you and I make of it!

So like how I said, I get frustrated when there is an answer or a solution but  people still resist! And they continue to whine and blame while the answer is in front of their face!

I had to realize that you and I are exactly in control of our lives and of how we want to become! I had to realize that if anything is going to be better in my life, I had to be better first. And that I was not a victim but instead I was totally free to choose what I want. And that all the consequences around me are a direct result of my choices.

Of course I want to eat sweets, of course I love sweet food and I want to eat a huge portion of it but I realized that I am accountable for what in my mouth. Of course, I want to sleep and not exercise at all but I realized that this will bring me a mediocre living! Of course, I want to sit and just spend hours in front of the TV and not working if I don’t want to, but that is the point! Most things in life get done by people who don’t feel like doing them! And that is what would separate mediocre from excellence!


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The first step toward improving your life is the will to accept that you are entirely accountable for your life! And that you will accept and embrace the truth no matter how hard it was!

I have a bright future because I examine myself constantly and I ask others to examine me as well! And I am willing to look at every area in my life and make improvements.

Here’s a Challenge for You

So my challenge for you today is to CHANGE! If you have problems stop hiding them and fix them. If you are going through some psychological struggles, then face them and fix them.

Begin today and right now, to become a NEW YOU!



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The Master Key to Drastically Improve Life

This is the one real way to rapidly alter your life for the better.  Improve the quality of your life, starting today. This simple, yet powerful, key could be the missing link for you on your path to success.

The Golden Ticket

“ A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.’’  -James Allen

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How often we hear about the one thing or the one trick that can make “magic”! That golden ticket that will change everything! Here I am making the same promise. Do this one thing and it will DRASTICALLY IMPROVE YOUR LIFE!

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This is cognitive therapy at its best.  Radically alter your thoughts and you will radically alter your life!  Do it!

“Let a man radically alter his thoughts, and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation that will affect in the material conditions of his life” James Allen 

So whatever we have in the inside, will be manifest in the outside. Whatever you have in the outside, is a mere reflection of what you have in the inside.

“Men imagen thought can be kept secret, but it cannot, it rapidly crystallizes into habit and habit solidifies into circumstance” Lames Allen 

  • Habit.
  • Thought.
  • Circumstance.

That is How Life Takes Place!

Because actually, you cannot hide your thoughts. Thoughts crystallize to habits and then habits establish into circumstances. So you can easily tell by a person’s circumstances and by his habits what are his inside thoughts. And what they have been thinking habitually, because it comes a subtotal.

What We Think About We Bring About

So we have got to radically alter our thoughts. And, literally, what we think about we bring about. What you think about consistently and regularly, is what going to establish and crystallize into your thinking habits, your daily habits, and your actions. It will also crystallize into your actions and reactions and how you habitually react to circumstances. And then you create your circumstances, your relationships, your financials, your health… All of that start right in the MIND!

So begin today and right now to radically alter the way you think. Think success, think optimism,  eliminate your fears, think hope, think happiness and just be ready to be ALIVE! Think that life is great and go out and create the circumstances by creating those habits.

Men and women make and shape their lives by their daily habits. And their habits are performed from their thoughts from moment to moment.

So let us create fantastic thoughts that will lead us to fantastic habits that will create a FANTASTIC LIFE.



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Overcoming Obstacles-Life Is Easier When You Are Better

Do you want a more meaningful exciting life? Do you want to be your best self? Do you want to have great relationships?

Too often and too many don’t know how to take the first step toward their goals. Righteous, powerful and meaningful goals.

So whether you are struggling in relationships, you are sick of being overweight, you are battling depression, you hate your job or you just want to have a meaning and purpose in your life, then the principles I teach on will help you transform your life and begin achieving your dreams today!

It’s a rather simple formula: the bigger you become, the smaller your problems will be.

Life is often hard, simply because we are too soft.

The more we discipline ourselves to grow and improve, the more capable and qualified we will be to handle life’s challenges.  Overcoming obstacles becomes much easier.  But if we are too easy on ourselves, then life will be hard on us.




CAVI is an acronym I love to use. It stands for Consistent And Vigorous Improvement. When we live by CAVI principles and habits everyday, life is so much more enjoyable, fulfilling and exciting.

10325144_983758868309544_6332295070287311743_nLife my friends is easier when you and I are better. If I am a better person, which means I have a better attitude, better thoughts, better reactions and better actions…etc. Then life would be so much better.

Don’t wish life was easier, wish you were better.

Get better through your trials or have constant reminders  from good words. And remember that input determines output. So either you learn from your experiences or you have to keep learning the same lesson over and over. So get some good input and be constantly on a quest of self-improvement.

If you fill your life with great ideas and great input, then you’ll get great results.  Reading good stuff will help you improve your life.

As you improve through input, you will see and experience circumstances differently and better!

  • Would it be so difficult if I were better?

  • If you were better, would many circumstances be easier?

  • Would you be struggling in relationships if you were better?

These are the questions to ask yourself all the time.

We must vigorously seek personal improvement. We must study and experience new and great things to try to expand our realities.

When we start seeing the big picture, then things are quite different. You begin to see the forest instead of  just the tree. If you get a bigger reality, you can see things more clearly.

So many people live in such a small reality in their neighborhood and literally choose to go with their neighbors, but when they leave their neighborhood they found that life is going beyond their neighborhood. After that they leave their state and then they leave their country and then they start visiting many countries and seeing many cultures. By that, they realize that the world is huge and that there are people everywhere living a different life.

Seek to expand your reality all the time.

So let’s take an honest serious look at our lives and say where can we be bigger and better. Life will be easier if we are better.


“Life will be easy on you if you were hard on yourself.”

Greg DenningSo if we really push ourselves to grow bigger and better, then we can overcome so many more things. And obstacles that may seem really big to us will then be easily overcome.

Take a look of each area of your life and take some time and try to really think.

  • What problems that may arise that I need to be prepared for?

  • What abilities, skills and knowledge do I need to obtain?


Decide to become a better person and discipline yourself to grow.

Remember, life is easier when we are better!

And our problems are smaller when we are bigger!

Please share examples of how this has been true for you.

Please share this podcast.  We can help so many people overcome their challenges by sharing this perspective and helping them grow.



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Life is Not a To do List. Living a Life of Simplicity

Do you want a more meaningful exciting life? Do you want to be your best self? Do you want to have great relationships?

Too often and too many don’t know how to take the first step toward their goals. Righteous, powerful and meaningful goals.

So whether you are struggling in relationships, you are sick of being overweight, you are battling depression, you hate your job or you just want to have a meaning and purpose in your life, then the principles I teach on will help you transform your life and begin achieving your dreams today!


Live a life of simplicity,

…of meaning,

…of purpose,FootballLasPenitas

…of significance.

Live a life that matters!

Life can have a simplicity that is so real and so enjoyable.

Life is something we experience, not just do.


There is great value in having goals and objectives and working hard to achieve them. But there is also tremendous value in a life of simplicity.

We’ve all felt the frustrations of being pulled in too many directions; of having far too many things “to-do.”

 Life is not a ‘to do list.’

Beware of the “burden of possessions.”

Too many attach their personal value and success to how many things they can acquire.

We’ve been so blessed and privileged to live in third world countries where we have observed the simplicity and happiness of so many wonderful people who have so few worldly possessions.



We will talk about the great principle of living with simplicity.

You and I have felt those frustrations of being pull to all different directions and having too much on our plate. But wait a minute, life is meant to be enjoyed! Life can have a simplicity that is so peaceful, so sincere and so real. Life is not a ‘to do’ list, life is something we experience and there is value in having goals and having a list of valuable things to get done. There is also a tremendous value in having a life of simplicity.

So I want to illustrate this principle starting out with Aesop’s Fabel.

The Fir Tree and The Bramble.

ass“A fir tree was boasting to a bramble and said somewhat contemptuously “you poor creature, you are of no use whatever. Now, look at me I am useful for all sorts of things, particularly when men build houses they can’t do it without me then”. But the bramble replied : “Oh that’s all very well! But you will wait till they come with axes and saws to cut you down and then you wish you were a bramble and not a fir.”

Better poverty without a care than wealth with its many obligations.

The fir in the fabel illustrates the ego in so many people. Those who always want to elevate themselves above others and they get cut in their foolish pride and their ego. When the axes and saws come, so many live beyond their means.

Often, one of the great struggle that comes to many is the burn of possessions. Many people think that owning stuff gives them value. And life is not about things!

It’s been such a wonderful privilege and lesson for me because I was cut up in it. I wanted to have all the nice things and own all these great possessions.

We lived in a few third world countries and we have seen there absolute simplicity and great happiness! And yet, they own SO FEW things!! So little of what this world has to offer and yet they are still happy. And this was a great lesson for me.

There is joy and peace that come from simplicity and from owning fewer things.

Is having things bad? No, not necessarily. But it can be distracting. And the less you have things to take care about, the more time value you’ll have.

  • Better simplicity without a care than complexity with all its many obligations.
  • Better to have your needs fulfilled without a care than to have your greeds with its many obligations.
  • Better to be small and debt free than to be large and debt filled.

Let’s reach upward toward a life of simplicity and get all the distractions out of our lives. And live life that is simple as base level where we can really focus on a life that really matters.