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Monday, December 31, 2012

Change Your Mind and Change Your World

The title is a lyric from a song by Sugarland.  It’s very short but extremely powerful.  It means by YOU deciding to change your perspective or mindset on a viewpoint, person, emotion etc will literally change your world.

Simply put, you take any situation you find yourself in; stuck in traffic, loss of job and find the positive learning experience in it.  It can be difficult to find something positive about losing a job but here are some positive points.

§  I really wasn’t happy there anyway.

§  This gives me an opportunity to take advantage of some programs out there to update my skills.

§  I’ll find something better because I’m a talented person.

§  Maybe now would be a good time to pursue that career change.

There is always something positive to find in any given situation, you just may need to look harder to find it. Even when you’re in an argument it could be that you’re learning to stand up for yourself.  When you’re stuck in traffic it could be that now you have time to listen to that tape or CD you’ve been carrying around.  Someone you know passes away and you realize what you learned from that person, appreciate it and decide to be more like them.

Every moment of your life you have the power to decide whether to be happy or sad. The influence of those around you need not negatively impact your experience. You are the creator of your world and therefore it’s up to you to decide how YOU will view it.

Change your mind and change your world.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I Don’t Want to do this ANYMORE

That’s what I believe middle age people start saying as they get close to retirement. They come to realize that what they’ve been doing all those years wasn’t giving them the joy they had envisioned but mainly helping out the entity they worked for.

It happens to quite a few workers out there.  They choose a career based on pay, benefits, location upward mobility hoping one day they reap the rewards of their struggle only to find out they forgot to factor in if what they were doing what made them happy.

Sure it’s nice to get promotions, respect, pay increases and put your mark on a project, and accolades but in the end did you really enjoy the ride? Did it make you look forward to each day? Did you really get to sink your teeth into what you were doing that you got lost in it? Did it make you feel a little guilty because you were getting paid to do what you like to do? If so, then you were experiencing joy.

If only that had been your job all a long instead of doing all the other things that came with it.

Well don’t wait till you retire to find that out. Figure out what it is that you love to do; by the way I can help you with that so get started doing it now.

You may not be able to put all your energy into it now but you can start. By the time you retire, hopefully before, you’ll be able to make the switch and get paid to do what you love to do. How great would that be?

A great little book on how to do that is Half time by Bob Buford.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Official Top Ten Spiritual Ways to Defeat Boredom

Finally, the Official Top Ten Spiritual Ways to Defeat Boredom, Make Friends, Find Love, Trim Down, Shape Up, Discover Your Purpose, Make a Fortune, and Shine Your Light, are...

1. Take action.
2. Show up.
3. Lean into it.
4. Start anywhere.
5. Keep busy.
6. Get out more.
7. Ask for help.
8. Shake more hands.
9. Give more hugs.
10. Don't stop.

You were already visualizing, right?

~The Universe


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Stuff That Clogs Our Brains

I always marvel at how some people can recite reference material to back up their point.

Recently I was reading an article about how the Bible states in many areas that we should be conservative in our social and economic dealings. The author cited readings from many different locations throughout the Bible.

How do people remember such things? I know it’s there but I couldn’t tell you where.  It must be a gift. Evangelists on TV, Ministers and Pastors do the same thing. The same can be said about political pundits, sports fanatics and historians.  I find it all very interesting but remembering the data is something I’m just not good at. I’m more interested in remembering the content and meaning versus the exact location of the source of material.

So is it that these people have high comprehension skills or is it something else? Personally I think it’s both or possibly a subset to comprehension.  I know people who excel at comprehension in that they understand what they’ve read and it’s meaning but remembering find tuned data such as marks in the Bible and sports stats from years gone by is a skill set in itself. As with each skill/ talent there’s a time and place for it. Obviously the people who recite such things have found a niche that fits their unique talents, and if not, maybe they need to find one.

Can the same thing be said for you? Do you have a talent out of the ordinary? Where would it come in handy and how could you utilize it?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Express Yourself

It makes you come alive. It makes you live your truth.

Expressing yourself can come in many forms besides speaking. You likely have a way of expressing yourself but don’t think of it as expressing yourself in a creative way. It shows up in how you dress; groom yourself, what vehicle you drive, how you decorate your surroundings and even how you greet people.

What, if any, tattoos do you have? Are there stories to them? How about gardening? Do you have a garden for plant or for food? That says something about you.  Do you have a hobby that gets to showcase your unique talents, like woodworking or quilt making? How about the decorations in your home or man cave? Is it full of sports stuff, nature pictures, and family photos or are you into artistic features? These are forms of expressing who you are.

With every color you choose to wear to the way you arrange your surroundings says something about you. You’re expressing yourself and you don’t even know it.

Some people are so good at expressing themselves that all you have to do is walk into their home and glance around at what they like and value to get an understanding of what the person is like.

Which brings me to my next point; you are a walking expression of who you are. You can’t help it. You’re constantly creating and therefore expressing who and what you are. You don’t’ have to be a singer, artist, musician or writer to express yourself. You do it naturally. Who knew?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What if you gave 100%?

I was reminded lately with the last election the value of 100%.  In some precincts there was 120-140 % voter turnout. Now I’m all for voting but even my 11 year old daughter questioned the numbers, try explaining that to someone who is learning math!

Those numbers basically devalued what 100% actually means. That’s like a teacher saying that the highest grade you can get is an A+ but then handing out A++ and A++++.  It’s very confusing and makes the A+ worthless.

Now translate that to your own life. What does 100% mean to you as a person living to their fullest? There is no 110 or 120%. The highest you can go is 100%. What is that for you?

To me it’s giving and delivering absolutely everything you have, no holding back.  It’s putting your heart, soul and physical being into something. No regrets. No excuses. Can you do that? Have you ever done that?

In today’s world, what would happen if you gave 100% in your relationships, career, children etc at the moment you’re involved in it?

Often times in a relationship or job the person will say they’ll give 50% and expect the other entity to give 50% thereby reaching the 100% mark. What if instead each gave 100%? What kind of result would you expect then? Imagine for a moment that all day long when you’re at work you gave 100%. When you got home to your family you gave them 100%.  Let’s not forget about you. When you give yourself some space to recharge you make sure you also get 100%. What kind of life do you think you’d have then?

With great risk come great reward

You risk your heart and soul for a great relationship, job and children. Granted sometimes things don’t work out but then you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you gave it your all. No regrets. There can’t be any because you did absolutely everything you could. You gave it your all.

Let’s try reclaiming the value of 100%

What say you?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Youth Today Love Themselves – What’s Wrong with That?

Absolutely nothing! In fact, I think this generation more than any other has finally come to terms with their true self and begun to publicly display their own love of self. That’s not a bad thing but a good thing.

They likely aren’t even aware of it but with every picture they post of themselves on Face Book, Face Time or through a text they are demonstrating how much they like/love themselves. Check it out for yourself. There are far more photos of my daughter on her phone than anyone else. Perhaps it’s because of the technical advances but I also think self perceptions have changed.

For centuries people have denied or played down how much they love themselves. It could have been through society pressures or for religious reasons but the result is the same.  It’s very difficult to find joy and happiness around you when you can’t love what’s inside you first.

In order to become who you are born to be, in order to live your truth you first need to love and respect yourself. Love your perceived flaws as well as your great talents and gifts, it’s a package deal.  With great risk comes great reward. With every gift comes a challenge. Love them all.

Remember with the next click of the shutter the person is in essence saying to themselves, “I like/love what I see and I love me”.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Key to Your Success

Education? It certainly helps but that’s not it.

Connections? Again it helps but that’s not it.

Money? Nope.  

It’s the internal conversation you have with yourself that manifests itself through your thoughts, words and ultimately your actions. It’s the conversation you have with the people around you.  What you think, feel, and believe you can achieve is verbalized constantly. Therefore, if you want to be successful your thoughts, feelings, and language must match that success level as if you’re already there. We create our world with our thoughts and words.

But how do you go about doing that you might ask. You can start by changing your everyday language to become the powerful positive force you wish to become. You may not be aware of it but our language is filled with many negative words which then creates that what we just said we didn’t want.

Our brains are a positive producing organism which means that is doesn’t process negative commands. Your unconscious mind cannot process what is not.  It simply responds to the key words you give it. Children under seven are inclined to respond like the unconscious mind.  Tell a child not to touch something or not to drop something and what do they do, touch it, drop it?   

Here are some examples of what I mean and how to change it.

1. Its hard becomes - It’s not easy – It’s easy.

2. I’m broke becomes - I’m not rich – I’m rich.

3. I’m afraid becomes - I have no courage – I have courage

4. I’m sick becomes - I’m not very healthy – I’m very healthy

Here are some more common expressions that should be changed to more high energy positive language.

No problem – Thank you

Problem – Opportunity

Bad/Difficult – Challenge

Trying –Working on

Failure – Learning experience

If – When

Don’t’ /Can’t – Will

Undecided – Choice

Strange / Weird – Unique

Now let’s see if you can catch yourself in time to change your language to more high energy words.

It starts by changing how you think. Eventually with enough practice your actions will start to mimic your language. As a side benefit, you’ll notice that you’ll start to feel happy about life in general. It’s a win – win scenario for your key to success.