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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happiness Equals?

What does it equal, that all depends on how you define it.

What is happiness after all? Some would say its achieving success while others would say it’s the love of family and friend, but both are dependent on other people.

What then makes the person who has suffered great loss or been through many struggles still exhibit happiness?

Happiness isn’t a person place or thing, it’s a mind set.

It’s being in tune with your values and living a life of integrity. It’s seeing the positive in everything.

It’s being grateful for your blessings even when obstacles come your way.

But it’s goes much deeper than that. When you are in alignment with your inner being you will be able to embrace happiness as you know it. No doubts about is this me or not, but knowing that it is and that you love who you are, faults and all.

How do you get there? Is what you are doing and being at this moment making you happy? Pay attention to how you feel, to your emotions. If it doesn’t make you feel good then it won’t make you happy. Your emotions are you measurement tool for happiness.

Monday, October 27, 2014

If at First You don’t Succeed ….

You know how it goes but what does try really mean? It means to attempt. If someone told you they were attempting to lose weight and attempting to lose weight, or whatever their goal and they weren't making any progress, what would you think? You'd think they were failing. To try is to fail with honor. "Try" has become so common in our language that we've lost the true meaning of it. A better option would be to say you're working on it. Saying it that way implies that you are consciously aware of what is going on. What is working and what is not working and that you are actively restructuring your methods to achieve that goal. Language shapes everything in our world. As people speak, they reveal themselves. Language is the house of being. Words like "try" and "I'll do the best I can" are indicative of a diluted commitment. If you say, "I'll probably get that done", it sounds like a slim chance of happening. Is it done or isn't it? There is power in the words we choose to use. Choose your words wisely and consciously to achieve the true intention to your commitment.

Parts taken from Sue Hawk, Ideal Coaching.

Friday, October 24, 2014

What’s Your Happiness Barometer at?

That’s the measurement tool we should be using when deciding what we should be doing. Stop. Check your emotions. If it makes you happy than do it, if it won’t, then don’t do it.

There’s a misconception that rich people are happy but that’s not true. In fact, some of the poorest people rate higher on their happiness barometer then rich people. They usually place a high value on family and relationships. They also live their truth and are very grateful for what they have no matter what the condition they find themselves in.

Thinks about it, the things that really make you happy are free like smiles, sharing a laugh with friends, hugging family members and the fresh smell of nature after it rains.

Material happiness is really short lived. As seniors advance in age they start to give away their belongings but keep sentimental items like a gift from a friend or pictures of family members. Everything else can go because it’s not important.

An important point here is that everyone’s happiness barometer is unique to their self.  In other words, what makes you happy isn’t necessarily going to have the same effect on another person.  Their happiness may come in a different form. You can’t project your view of happiness on someone else anymore than they could on you.

What do you think?

Instead of viewing success in terms of wealth, how about we measure it in happiness? After all isn’t that what we’re all after?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Are You Flocking Together with the Wrong People?

Have you ever noticed that positive, successful people flock together? I never see positive successful people with negative downers. Its one reason successful people are successful. How do your associations affect you?

One reason, positive, successful people just seem to gravitate to other positive, successful people. Modeling is one of the most effective ways people learn. They learn by example. You can have negative modeling -which is why people who spend time with negative, unsuccessful people become negative and unsuccessful. Or, you can have positive modeling. People who spend time with positive, successful people become successful themselves. That's because they see successful people as models to learn from. They're inspired by them. They say to themselves, "If they can do it, I can do it".

They're grateful to have these positive, successful people in their lives so they can have a blueprint to follow. They know that if you take the same exact actions and have the exact same mind-set; chances are good that you will get the exact same results.

In contrast, what do poor people do when they hear about other people's success? Do they model them? Do they intend to rise to their level? No! Poor people often judge them, criticize them, mock them or try to pull the successful people down to their own level. How could they possibly learn or from be inspired by them when they're tearing them down?

Energy is contagious? You either affect people or you infect people. Why would you want to be infected by negativity? It’s something to think about. So, who are you flocking with?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Create Your Experiences

Yes you do have the power to create your experiences. Actually, you’ve been doing it all along through your words, thoughts and actions. These three things foretell what will become of your future whether by default or by design.

Let me explain. When you wish for things to be better in your life your thoughts, words and actions MUST match the outcome you wish to have. However, when you wish for things to be better but you project through your thoughts, words and actions that indicate it can’t be done, it’s not possible.  Thoughts or doubt that it won’t happen then manifest in your words and actions and then guess what, it won’t. You must believe you are able to be and do the things you want and then by taking deliberate actions, step by step, bit by bit it will happen. Keep the goal in mind. Make the Law of Attraction work for you.

It’s much like the college student who has several years of school ahead of her. She knows her goal, she wants her goal, and therefore she keeps taking the action steps (classes) to achieve her goal. Wah…lah. One day it’s accomplished. She could have given up but the belief and desire was strong. She created a plan, worked the plan and then achieved the fruits of her labor.

You can create by design like the college student or create by default by waiting around to see what happens. Either way you are creating. Chances are the wait and see approach will get you no-where. Is that what you want?

Get going and start creating your experiences.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yes, We’re all Connected

From the plants to the animals and on up to the human race we all need each other, even the moon effects what goes on here on earth.

Recently I was looking at all the plants I have in my home and I got to thinking about what they need to thrive. They need water, sun, soil and nutrients are the obvious components

Plants can do fine on their own in the elements. In their native environment they don’t need me. But wait they do.  They need animals and I qualify. Plants take in carbon dioxide the exact thing mammals expel. Plants give off oxygen. We definitely need that.  For some animals, plants are their only source of food. We humans are lucky we can eat plants or animals, hence being at the top of the food chain.

However we don’t just take, through our body eliminations and garbage we produce gets recycled through decay and provides plants with the nutrients they need to thrive. Isn’t nature grand? There’s a full circle going on all the time. Nature is always in perfect harmony. We play a part in it too.

This is just a reminder how we’re all connected in a natural sense. We’re even connected in other ways but now I’m getting ahead of myself.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What has Made America Great?

One could state technology, agriculture or manufacturing but that would be just scratching the surface. What’s behind all that?

It’s the people. The people are the ones who make it happen.  They were given the opportunity and resources to let their imagination run wild, a free reign to create. I get chills just thinking about it. The constitution certainly encouraged such endeavors, the philosophy that anything you set your mind to, combined with your powerful drive and ambition, could happen. 

But what is it that one common thread that has pulled the nation together, all the people? What is that one commonality that ensures as a nation we stand united, assimilation?

It didn’t matter if you were just off the boat from Ireland in the 1800’s, brought here as a slave, or ostracized for being a German or Japanese after WWII, everyone eventually assimilated into the American culture by first learning to speak English and eventually adopting  the customs, sometimes even more so than the families that have been here longer.

One such memory is when my husband and I were invited to a Russian friend’s 4th of July celebration. It had the usual amount of food, celebratory mood and fireworks. However, I couldn’t figure out what was so odd about it. I finally realized what it was. I was surrounded by people from Russia, Romania and Slovenia who recently became citizens. I was the only one there who had a family history of being US citizens.

Everyone celebrated the event but for them it had greater meaning.  I guess coming from countries without the freedom we take for granted does that to people. The people I was with were successful in their fields even more so then many of the people I knew at the time. They had embraced the American Dream.  It all made sense when I asked the Russian host when he had become a US citizen, He replied, “I’ve always been an American”.  Hmmm, that told me that inside he’s always had the entrepreneur spirit but wasn’t able to express it due to his government.

Yes we are the melting pot and assimilation is what helps the people unite.  It’s the commonality that brings us together not the differences.  Let’s focus on that!

Monday, October 6, 2014

You CAN Have Absolute Control

You have absolute control over but one thing, and that is your thoughts. This is the most significant and inspiring of all facts known to man. It reflects man's divine nature. This divine prerogative is the sole means by which you may control your own destiny. - Napoleon Hill "Think and Grow Rich"

Wow! That is profound and so true. It is your thoughts that become your language, that becomes your actions and thus your life - destiny. YOU have the power to control it. The question is, what are you going to do with it? You can create by default or design, the choice is yours.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What’s Your Cross to Bear?

Don’t’ kid yourself everyone has one. What is yours?

We’ve all made bad decisions along the way and now we have to live with them. Maybe it was a cruel comment to someone who has never forgiven you or a falling out with a parent, sibling or friend that has caused you not to speak to one another. All you can do then is forgive yourself and move one.

The lesson has been learned, or has it? If it hasn’t you’ll continue to repeat it in different ways. You may not see the similarities between the situations but others will. Your challenge is to recognize what you can learn from the experience, to learn a better way to handle it in the future.  You still may have a cross to bear due to your prior decisions but at least you won’t be making the same kind of error.  I’d say the hardest part is forgiving yourself, for the cross you create is of your own doing. Forgiving yourself is loving you.  By not forgiving yourself you are saying you’re not worthy of love, but you are. No one can give you that you give it to yourself by releasing the negative emotion and allow the love to return.

Cross/challenge, they are the one and the same, time to grow by letting to and move on.