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Mar 06 2010


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I have not read Crystal Andrus’ book yet but this video was so inspirational to me I had to share it now. It never ceases to amaze me how things come into our lives at just the right time.

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Oct 14 2009

Realizing Your Dreams With Tenacity

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I recently came across a story that I had heard before but had forgotten. It’s the story about how Mark Victor Hansen and Jack Canfield got their business off the ground after writing their first “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book. They had a difficult time getting it published and then they had an even more difficult time getting anyone to buy it. But on the advice of a teacher named Scholastico, they developed their “rule of five”. Each day the would do five specific things that would move their business forward to reach their dream of selling books.

They did five things a day, day after day, for over two years. Today they have over 170 titles in multiple languages and have sold millions of copies. That sounds like success.

I began doing the same thing a week ago with some accountability partners.  While we have all been working on our businesses, listing 5 things to accomplish and emailing them to each other has made a huge difference. For myself, I am considerably more focused. It’s easier for me to stay on task and I have a bigger sense of accomplishment. I have done lists before but never with this consistentcy nor with others. I can already sense a difference. It will be exciting to see where we all are a year from now.

Do you have the tenacity to do five things a day, every day to realize your dreams?

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Oct 07 2009

50 Affirmations to Develop Abundance

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Affirmations are great tools that can help you overcome fear, build your confidence, develop an abundance mind-set and more.  The problem is that many people aren’t sure exactly how to write effective affirmations.

There are plenty of differing opinions on the right and wrong ways to write effective affirmations, but the bottom line is that an affirmation can be considered effective if it works for YOU!  The whole point of affirmations is to shift your thoughts and emotions to a more positive place so you feel more confident, happy, secure, abundant, or anything else you’re trying to accomplish.

Take a look at the sample affirmations below for starters and feel free to use them if they resonate with you.  If not, try altering them slightly until they trigger the mind-set and emotional state you’re trying to attain.

Affirmations for Healthy Weight and Body Image:

  • Today I love my body fully, deeply and joyfully.
  • My body has its own wisdom and I trust that wisdom completely.
  • My body is simply a projection of my beliefs about myself.
  • I am growing more beautiful and luminous day by day.
  • I choose to see the divine perfection in every cell of my body.

Affirmations for Self-Confidence and Self-Belief:

  • I’m proud of myself for even daring to try!
  • Today I put my full trust in my inner guidance.
  • I grow in strength with every forward step I take.
  • I release my hesitation and make room for victory!
  • With a solid plan and a belief in myself, there’s nothing I can’t do.

Affirmations for Abundance and Prosperity:

  • I am open to the flow of great abundance in all areas of my life.
  • I always have more than enough of everything I need.
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
  • Today I expand my awareness of the abundance all around me.
  • I allow the universe to bless me in surprising and joyful ways.

Affirmations for Life Purpose:

  • My purpose is to develop and share the best parts of myself with others.
  • Today I present my love, passion, talent and joy as a gift to the world.
  • I need not know the entire journey in order to take one step.
  • I fulfill my life purpose by starting here, right now.
  • My life purpose can be whatever I decide to make it.

Affirmations for Inner Peace:

  • All is well, right here, right now.
  • Peace begins with a conscious choice.
  • Today I embrace simplicity, peace and solace.
  • A peaceful heart makes for a peaceful life.
  • I trust the universe to deliver my highest good in every situation.

Affirmations for Opportunity:

  • An opportunity is simply a possibility until I act on it.
  • Some of the best opportunities are made, not found.
  • Today I see each moment as a new opportunity to express my greatness.
  • I expand my awareness of the hidden potential in each experience.
  • Let each of my experiences today be a gateway to something even better.

Affirmations for Love:

  • I am ready for a healthy, loving relationship.
  • All of my relationships are meaningful and fulfilling.
  • As I share my love with others the universe mirrors love back to me.
  • I see everyone I meet as a soul mate.
  • I trust the universe to know the type of partner who is perfect for me.

Affirmations for Healing:

  • Thank you for my strength, my health and my vitality.
  • I am feeling stronger and better now.
  • I love taking good care of myself.
  • Today, nurturing myself is my highest priority.
  • Thank you for the opportunity to balance my mind, body and spirit.

Affirmations for Inner Clarity:

  • Today I awaken to my higher wisdom.
  • My inner voice guides me in every moment.
  • I am centered, calm and clear.
  • I always know the right actions to achieve my goals.
  • When I know where I’m going, getting there is a cinch!

Affirmations for Self-Love:

  • I’m proud of all I have accomplished.
  • Today I give myself permission to be greater than my fears.
  • I love myself no matter what.
  • I am my own best friend and cheerleader.
  • Thank you for the qualities, traits and talents that make me so unique.

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Sep 24 2009

25 Must Reads for Personal Growth

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Years ago when Barbara DeAngelis was doing weekend retreats in Santa Monica, I asked her at the end of this fabulous weekend, “So this is great but how do we stay on track and stay focused once we leave here.” Her answer was to continually read books, listen to audio recordings and get to other events. I’ve done that over the years and it has become an important part of my life. Here’s just a few of the books I’ve come across.

  1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  2. Working with the Law by Raymond Holliwell
  3. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  4. The Power of Intention by Dr. Wayne Dyer
  5. You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor
  6. The One Minute Millionaire by Mark Victor Hansen
  7. The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle – How to Become A Servant Leader by James C. Hunter
  8. The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen
  9. Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn
  10. You Can If You Think You Can by Norman Vincent Peale
  11. The Secret of Ages by Robert Collier
  12. Life is Tremendous by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones
  13. The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall
  14. It’s Not Over Until You Win by Les Brown
  15. The Anatomy of Peace by Arbinger Institute
  16. Play to Win! by Larry & Hersch Wilson
  17. Life More Abundant by Bill O’Hearn
  18. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  19. Unstoppable by Cynthia Kersey
  20. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen
  21. The Speed of Trust by Stephen M.R. Covey
  22. Put Your Dream to The Test by John Maxwell
  23. The Hidden Power by Thomas Troward
  24. As The Future Catches You by Juan Enriquez
  25. Playing Life to Win by Dr. Taylor Hartman

There are obviously many more. What are some books that have had an impact on your life?

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Aug 31 2009

Build Your Future With Gratitude

I recently listened to a video about a man who had learned that gratitude is not something we can pick and choose the circumstances to apply it to. Rather the key is to be grateful for everything in our lives – both those that we perceive to be positive and those that we perceive to be negative. It is the combination of those opposing experiences that make us who we are, i.e. we would not be the same person if we had not had cancer or a heart attack or lost someone we love.  As painful as those experiences may have been, they make us who we are and for that we must be grateful. We have the power within us to shape our responses to tragedies in our lives.

Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Roman Catholic priest, believes that  gratitude must be inclusive. We must be grateful for all of our life, not just for favors bestowed.  In his book, All Is Grace, he says,

“…how often we tend to divide our past into good things to remember with gratitude and painful things to accept or forget.  Once we accept this division, however, we quickly develop a mentality in which we hope to collect more good memories than bad memories, more things to be grateful for than things to be resentful about….  But this way of thinking… prevents us from truly allowing our whole past to be the source from which we live our future. “

“Gratitude is not a simple emotion or an obvious attitude.  It is a difficult discipline to constantly reclaim my whole past… It is hard precisely because it challenges me to face the painful moments… When our gratitude for the past is only partial, our hope for a new future can never be full.”

And here is a video of Nick Vujicic who is full of gratitude and lives that each day.

Are you building your future with gratitude for all things in your life?

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Aug 24 2009

Focus on Your Goals and Succeed

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If you asked someone if they would rather succeed or fail, they would say they wanted to succeed. Who wouldn’t? But, success involves more than just wishing it was so.

What defines the road to success? –

  • Make decisions that will lead to the realization of your goal. Easier said than done, in most cases. Somewhere along the way, obstacles seem to find us and then the goal doesn’t look as straightforward as it once did.
  • Stay focused. Think of taking a picture. In order for you to see everything, you have to adjust your focus so the picture is clear. Achieving your goals is a matter of keeping the picture clear. That is where your mental focus comes into play. Your goal stays in focus when it is in the forefront of your mind. That’s essential when striving for your goal.

Total focus is the way to accomplish a goal but what that means for you depends on the goal. For example:

Let’s say that you want to lose weight. At some time in their lives, most people do. So you make a plan to accomplish this weight loss. Your plan might include exercise and eating better.  Every time you eat, a conscious decision has to be made that reflects your goal. Do you eat a hamburger with everything or have a chicken breast with vegetables? When you plan your day, does it include exercise?

Focus is not obsessing. Obsession gets you on the scale five times a day. Focus, on the other hand, follows a plan. Your plan is to change your eating habits and increase you exercise to shed extra weight. Your plan can then be broken down into more specifics, as needed.

Focus moves forward always towards the goal you have set. When you are focused, there is always a new path to try when you hit a roadblock. Your eye is always on the goal. You may post pictures or affirmations around the house as continuous reminders.

Success with your goals is not a matter of luck but of looking towards the end result and staying focused on what you’re trying to achieve.  Remember, it’s okay to stumble along the way, just don’t give up.

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Aug 15 2009

5 Steps to Building Better Relationships

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You are not alone in this world. You interact with several different people on a daily basis. It could be family, friends or coworkers but each person offers a unique relationship that can add to your life, if you let it.

It is not easy cultivating relationships. Think of a garden. In order for the plants and flowers to grow well they need love and attention. Turning over the soil, adding mineral nutrients and watering are all a part growing a healthy plan and relationships need that same type of nurturing.

There are several ways to keep the relationships in your life well tended. When they are, you’ll find a wealth of support and knowledge to help you achieve your personal goals.

  1. Listen. Ask them about their day or how things are going with their families and really listen to what they say. Develop empathy for those you care about so you are able to understand where a they are coming from.
  2. Communicate often. It is easy these days to lose touch. But, there is also a variety of ways to let someone know they are special in your life: cell phone, telephone, letter, texting and email besides face to face meetings. Let the special people in your life know you haven’t forgotten about them even though the years and miles keep you apart.
  3. Spend time with others. We all need human contact. Create new memories with friends and family. Don’t neglect people for things. Relationships are always going to be the more valuable of the two.
  4. Know yourself. It is hard to be a part of a group if you don’t know what you bring to it. Each of us has unique talents and skills. Sharing these traits in common with another begins a relationship. When you are secure in who you are and how you feel it is easier to share a part of yourself with others.
  5. Define your commitment. Relationships take time and commitment. Are you willing to invest that time? When you put in the time, you notice things about others such as when they are not well or need your help. These non-verbal cues develop over time. If you want friends, you have to learn to be one first.

Relationships will wither away without proper care. It doesn’t take much to start a relationship but keeping it going requires commitment to share yourself with others to the benefit of both of you.

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Aug 09 2009

5 Habits That Lead to Success

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There is no one secret to success, but there are certain things most successful people do. As Aristotle said, “You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event – it is a habit.”

So fill your days with habits that will help you along the way.

  1. Action.Take action each day by beginning the day with a clear plan. You can not do anything about yesterday or tomorrow so focus on today.
  2. Gratitude. Spend time each day to appreciate the things you have. Start and end your day by listing 5 things for which you’re grateful. Soon, these feelings of gratitude will become a part of your life. When you fill yourself with positive feelings, more positive things begin to happen.
  3. Visualization. Visualize the things you want. Experience the feeling of already having it. Your goal must become part of you and as it does, your subconscious will become more aware of opportunities that will present themselves.
  4. Belief. Have faith in what you can do. Believe in yourself and if you don’t have belief in yourself, find someone who does. I’ve told my children many times when they would say, “I can’t do that” or I’m not good enough to do that”. I would ask them “do you believe that I believe you can?” They would say “yes” and my comment then is “Well then believe in my belief in you.” It’s amazing the results.
    Recall all the previous successes you have had in your life. Use these memories to build self-confidence. When you believe that you can do something, you will find a way to make your belief come true.
  5. Resources. Apply all available resources.This includes people you can discuss things with, or books, articles or multimedia that will help you develop the skills you need. Seek out the best sources of information that you can afford. Read something inspirational and innovative every single day. The best leaders have big libraries.

Remember, when you can create a burning desire by imagining your ultimate success, self-discipline will happen. If you do not have a burning desire, you may want to rethink your goals. Unless you feel passionate about your goals, the smallest obstacle will throw you off course.

The path to achieve your goal may be arduous but if the thought of it doesn’t bring you joy, reassess what you’re doing.

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Jul 30 2009

Are Your Pursuing Your Dreams?

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Hopefully you have a dream – one that’s so big it scares you. One that causes you to get up every morning so you can begin again the process of running or inching towards that dream. It doesn’t matter – just as long as you’re doing it.

We talk a lot about developing our dream but what about once we have it? How do you sustain that enthusiasm when you’re constantly bombarded with obstacles, frustrations, negative input from “friends”? How do you work through those difficult times?

  • Surround yourself with those people who share your dream – a partner in a business, for instance.
  • Surround yourself with people who believe in you.
  • Read books that help you stay focused – i.e. motivational books.
  • And as bizarre as it may seem – watch shows like “America’s Got Talent” – once they get down to the quarter-finals, the talent is real. Most of these people have sacrificed a lot to get there. It’s a dream they’ve worked for over many years. It’s hard to put our dreams in someone else’s hands. But that’s what the people who go on “America’s Got Talent” do.

The first 3 items I do on a regular basis, but I must say that it never ceases to amaze me at how much inspiration I receive from watching people striving for their dreams. Interestingly, those people who are in groups receive a considerable amount of energy from the others in the group.  The groups and couples seem to handle disappointment better, as they prop each other up. It’s those who are hanging out on that stage by themselves that seem to be more vulnerable. Their “mental toughness” becomes apparent. What are you doing to build and maintain your mental toughness as you strive to realize your dream?

So once you discover your passion, don’t let go of it. Do whatever you need to keep it fueled, even by using others’ passion to remind yourself what yours means to you.

Good luck – go for it!

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Jun 28 2009

Do You Have a Dream?

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I’ve been reading Put Your Dream to the Test by John Maxwell.  He addresses the following questions in each chapter but in the forward he has what he calls “The Dream Test”.

  1. The Ownership Question: Is my dream really my dream?
  2. The Clarity Question: Do I clearly see my dream?
  3. The Reality Question: Am I depending on factors within my control to achieve my dream?
  4. The Passion Question: Does my dream compel me to follow it?
  5. The Pathway Question: Do I have a strategy to reach my dream?
  6. The People Question: Have I included the people I need to realize my dream?
  7. The Cost Question: Am I willing to pay the price for  my dream?
  8. The Tenacity Question: Am I moving closer to my dream?
  9. The Fulfillment Question: Does working toward my dream bring satisfaction?
  10. The Significance Question: Does my dream benefit others?

He asks pertinent questions for each item to help you determine where you are in the dream process. So any people have quit dreaming maybe because they’ve settled for being content or they’ve been disappointed in past experiences or people have told them their dreams are ridiculous.  Some people just lack the confidence to step out and pursue their dreams.

If you’ve lost your dream or just never had one – start dreaming now! Dreams are the things that give your life passion. They’re the reason to get up in the morning; they propel us through life and help us to live life to the fullest and experience all that we can be.

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