Do’s and Don’ts for 2017

What I learned from 2009

The year 2009 was exciting and rewarding, even though somewhat challenging. I learned a lot – so much in fact, it is very hard to put it all in a few lines.  So I will just give a few points which I will carry over in 2017.  Here are a few ideas, listed as “Do’s” and “Don’t” for you to ponder and implement as well.

Do’s

  1. Invest in yourself. Take personal development courses to further your growth. It may be the most valuable asset you build.  It would be crazy not to do this, given that you generate your own future.
  2. Have faith, be patient, be strong, keep focused, be ready. “Between your dream and its fulfillment you’ll be tested”.
  3. Give what’s wanted and requested rather than giving your pet issue or what you think someone needs. This is the secret to practically all successful business endeavors.
  4. See and speak the positive. With the space you have around you, fill it with the things you want rather than the things you don’t want
  5. Make more money than you spend. You never know when you will need to reconcile your affairs, and you want to be ahead rather than behind in the game.


Don’ts

  1. Don’t listen to bullshit or buy it. Trust your instincts. Question all those who call themselves masters.  Do their professional peers agree they are.
  2. Don’t let people coach you if they don’t have experience and success in that area. If you want to play tennis, get a tennis pro with the most experience in tennis, not a cyclist.
  3. Don’t give up just because you are challenged or because something is tough. Don’t be cynical; give life a chance again and again.
  4. Don’t be too reasonable about your dreams. Being too reasonable can lead to mediocrity.
  5. Welcome life’s many opportunities, but say YES and commit to only those you are willing to complete. It’s OK to say NO. Making too many commitments is to be committed to none.  Incompletes lead to unfinished business and baggage you don’t need.

More power to you in the year 2017, ahead.  And remember your point of power is in the here and now.  For more details on living positively, powerfully, and heroically click here to order The ANSWER To Absolutely Everything DVD and you’ll get several  FREE CDs to choose from. And don’t forget to check out my newest CD: Organize Yourself for Success.  Blessings to you, and share this blog memo with friends and family.



The Object of a New Year

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.”

~ G. K. Chesterton

“There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in the summer and the youngest in the fall.

When they had all gone and returned, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent and twisted. The second son said it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed; he said that it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful it as the most graceful things he’d ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment. They began to argue and fight amongst themselves over who was right and who was wrong.

Then the man explained to his sons that none of them were wrong, yet none were right either because they had each only seen one season of the tree’s life. He told them you cannot judge a tree or a person by only one season. That the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy and love that comes from that life can only be measured when all the seasons are up.”

How can any of us judge another when we only see one aspect of that person? When we only see some of what is there but not all of it? How can we judge our own selves as a success or failure when all the seasons have not yet played themselves out in our lives?

If we give up when it’s winter, we will miss the promise of spring, the beauty of summer and the fulfillment of fall.

“Don’t ever let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don’t judge life by one difficult season. We must persevere through the difficult patches for better times are sure to come.

Live simply
Love generously
Care deeply
Speak kindly”

Trust that everything that enters your life is there to support you to evolve spiritually.

“Happiness keeps you sweet
Trials keep you strong
Sorrows keep you human
Failures keep you humble
Success keeps you growing”

As you embark on a New Year, may you create a new soul with the lessons you have learned and a hope for dreams yet to be fulfilled. And may it be a happy one.

Portions of this article were written by an unknown author.

Posted by my friend,  Martha Borst


Who’d Have Thunk It?

Amazing COmments in 1955 -- Only 54 Years Ago!

Amazing Comments in 1955 -- Only 54 Years Ago!

‘I’ll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it’s going to be impossible to buy a week’s groceries for $10.00.

‘Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won’t be long before $1, 000.00 will only buy a used one.

‘If cigarettes keep going up in price, I’m going to quit. 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.

‘Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter

‘If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.

‘When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage..

‘I’m afraid to send my kids to the movies any more Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying DAMN in GONE WITH THE WIND, it seems every new movie has either HELL or DAMN in it.

‘I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas .

‘Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn’t surprise me if someday they’ll be making more than the President.

‘I never thought I’d see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.. They are even making electric typewriters now.

‘It’s too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet.

‘It won’t be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.

‘I’m afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.

‘Thank goodness I won’t live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government..

‘The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on.

‘There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend, it costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.

‘No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $15.00 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood.’

‘If they think I’ll pay 30 cents for a hair cut, forget it.’

Know any friends who would get a kick out of these, pass this on! Be sure and send it to your kids and grand kids too!


Grace Under Pressure — Winning From Within

Dr. Ray Blanchard

Almost everyone has had a situation where they thought they were at the end of the rope or in the jaws of failure, and managed to pull out a victory. Some people only did it once or twice, and they might have chalked it up to luck. They felt relieved and swore to never get themselves in those situations again. They perceived it as a threat. Then there are other people who put themselves in high risk situations as a matter of habit, like an addiction. They live off the adrenalin rush that comes from living on the edge. They need the juice of doing the almost impossible to give life meaning. They live from challenge.

Still, there are people who have stared down adversity numerous times but do not see it as threat nor as a need for challenge. They live from vigor, knowing there may be obstacles when they go for their dreams. They see the opportunity in the situation. In the heat of the moment they go to their next level of genius and find solutions to life’s real problems.

Threat, Challenge, or Opportunity! We have come from all three positions at different times in life. But on which would you make your life stand? Which allows you to be most focused, most often, and is most sustainable?

To live from threat is to live from fear and intimidation. This will ruin your will and destroy your morale over time. It leads you to live life “playing not to lose”. Then you lose. To live from challenge as an ongoing practice is to develop a habit that could lead to emptiness. What happens when there is no challenge? You may be high when in challenge, but the problem with this is that all the other times may be lows. Swinging from highs to lows creates too many mood swings and moments of meaninglessness. Not such a good way to run your life, your company, or anything else.

The other possibility is to operate from “Opportunity”. That is to take every situation as it is, to be present-centered, and in the quick of the moment, to look for the opportunity it poses. This requires you to keep discipline of your mind and not letting yourself go to fear and intimidation and generate a vibration that will only bring forth a matching result. You would be focused in the present, and look for ways to turn any issue into creative new possibilities. If you make this a practice, it will become ingrained into your psyche and behaviors, and it will serve you well in the midst of pressure in all walks of life. This is what athletes and other accomplished superstars do on a more regular basis than the average person. They have done it over and over again, until it becomes their modus operandi, which we call mental strength and clear intention. It is the winner’s edge, and it comes from within. And with practice.

Operating from opportunity, having faith, and knowing that tomorrow is a new day is the kind of optimism that will always make a way. Here are a few thoughts and tips to live by:

1. Be health conscious and take action to make sure you have balanced energy. This gives you a stable foundation and helps you concentrate and focus in present time.

2.  Keep your emotions in check and have the presence of mind to not go into negative reaction in the situation. By keeping a positive attitude you generate a powerful vibration that attracts positive energies towards you and allows you to be clear on what works.

3. Reframe a troublesome situation and see the glass as half full rather than half empty. This allows you to see possibilities instead of defeatisms, which give you personal power and energy. That is the cure to depression and it gives you light and lifts you up.

4. Practice gratitude. Live in love rather than fear. Look at each moment as a privilege and be thankful for being alive and in a position to have such opportunities to grow and bring out the best of what you have to offer. In this, you find your true self. Look for the good in people and the situation rather than the disappointments and regrets, which keeps you going forward rather than backwards.

5. Build a solid foundation for your life around a selfless purpose, or something that inspires you and elevates your passion. Always play a game larger than just for yourself, so you have a greater reason for performing at a higher level. It makes life more meaningful and crystallizes your dedication. Be a positive maniac on a mission. It makes you a forced in nature, and it is the “true joy of life”. It makes you do the extraordinary and the miraculous.

6. Always pay attention to the things you did well and celebrate your contributions. It is so easy for a few missteps to cast a shadow of criticism over your accomplishments. There will always be cynics to help you demean yourself if you let them. Don’t listen to the detractors. Surround yourself with people who will remind you of the beauty of your accomplishments and the difference you make. Then keep on doing what average people say can’t be done. Remember your gift, and know that when you use it, it grows. If you don’t use it, you lose it.


“Only the Dead Don’t Make Mistakes”

(Unknown)    

As I was cleaning out my files the other day, I came across a story I just love. A very well known scientist who had achieved remarkable medical breakthroughs, was being interviewed by a journalist who asked him what he thought made him different from the other scientists all of whom were equally brilliant, well trained and experienced, yet who didn’t have the same success as he. The reporter asked, “How was it that he was the one who consistently made medical breakthroughs?”


The scientist thought for a moment and responded that he thought it all went back to when he was a very small child. One day he was trying to take a bottle of milk from the refrigerator and his little hands lost his grip and the entire contents poured out on to the floor. Instead of his mother getting mad at him, she instead said, “Oh my, what a wonderful mess you have made! I can’t remember when I ever saw such a huge puddle of milk!  Now that it’s done, would you like to play in it before we clean it up?”

And so instead of feeling horrible about the “mistake” he had made, the little boy experienced the “catastrophe” as something positive.  After a short while, his mother then said, “Now when we make a mess like this, eventually we have to clean it up so what would you like to use, a towel, a mop or a sponge?”

After they had cleaned it up, his mother said, “Now what we have here is a failed experiment of how to take a big bottle of milk out of the refrigerator with two little hands. So now let’s go outside and fill up the bottle with water and let’s experiment and see if you can figure out how to carry it without dropping it.” And so they did.

What a great lesson. The scientist learned at that moment that mistakes were a natural part of the learning process and that you should never be afraid of making mistakes. Later in life he transferred that awareness to his experiments and while other scientists were spending time being careful to never fail or were justifying their mistakes, he was busy doing more experiments never worrying about getting them “right”. These continuous experiments eventually led to extraordinary medical breakthroughs that saved thousands of lives.

(Oh, to have just one more chance to parent…)

(Or do life again… or to live my dreams… DO IT NOW!)


Chinese Proverb: “About Money and Sharing”

“With money you can buy a house,

but not a home.

With money you can buy a clock,

but not time.

With money you can buy a bed,

but not sleep.

With money you can buy a book,

but not knowledge.

With money you can see a doctor,

but not good health.

With money you can buy a position,

but not respect.

With money you can buy blood,

but not life.

With money you can buy sex,

but not love.”

I would add that you should create more money, but remember that wealth lies with you.

With more money you can help more people if you practice the wealth principle of sharing.

While doing so, enRich your life in all these ways.  Make your house a home, take time to

be with God, meditate and rest your mind, learn to be wise, treat yourself well because

your life is at stake, respect all people because they are worthy, and most of all give love

freely, because it is who you are and it is the way to know your true self.  Share this message

with at least 20 people  or with as many people as possible.  EnRich their lives and

experience your own wealth.

Enjoy all the content of this site and share. Let’s make the biggest difference we can.


EMPOWERING INVITATIONS

First realization: If you want to get lots of results be a Great Inviter! Invite a LOT!

The more people you invite, the greater the chances are you will have a full house, or have the results you desire. Invite a lot, but do a proper invitation that works.

Use the ANOLOGY of INVITING TO A PARTY. You need to think about “who” you want at your party to have it work. You need to be clear you really want them there, and make it clear to them, without forcing them.

1. CLEAR INTENTION — TO GET THE RESULT

Get clear that you want to pack the house, get the results.

 

2. HEARTFELT — COMMUNICATION FROM THE HEART

So the invitation is not a casual invite but it is sincere. Don’t say “stop by if you can.” Say “I REALLY WANT you here with me and for me/us, because it means a hell of a lot to me/us!”

 

3. PRIDE – TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Let them in on your experience. Tell your own story with pride! Show them what it was like for YOU, so they might see how it can also be for THEM. Don’t keep yourself a secret; don’t cheat them.

 

4. “SHOW & TELL

Tell them DETAILS. Like a party, tell them the who, what, where, when, how, why…

Who else will be there…What it’s about and what to wear…Where it will be held…When it is and when it starts…How to get there and how to be there to fit the occasion… Why you doing it, why it is important, and why them (your POWERFUL WHY).

 

5. WILLING TO HEAR “NO” – to get the authentic “YES”!

Give them space. Don’t twist their arm and force them. They need to feel free, and need wiggle room. A “yes” is not authentic unless there was room for “no”, and they chose on their own, voluntarily.


What You Fear, You Create

Have you noticed that what we fear, we tend to create? Well it is not magical how that happens. Take for instance the Stock Market these days. There has been lots of talk about a near-recession or a full blown recession is happening in our economy. Since that conversation began, did you notice how many Americans and foreign investors ran quickly to their brokerage firms and sold their stock, thus creating a massive sell off. The sell offs then caused more panic and others went to do the same, thus causing the stock market to go down even lower. Then the Finance Chairman lowered the interest rate by a huge amount compared to historical standards, calling it a “stimulus package” to offset the slide in the market. Well, that action caused people to think, “Oh there must be something wrong”, and they panicked to cause a deeper plunge. At the end of the day, the results are matching the fears. Thus we create what we fear.

We may not create it directly, but the dynamics that go into effect from one action can geometrically grow into major outcomes. It shows you that your thoughts and actions make a difference and they influence other thoughts and actions which then affect you again. So be careful what you think and how you act on those thoughts, because they may come back to you in spades. What goes around comes around — “circle, circle!”. Said another way, every cause has an effect, and every effect has a cause. This is what is meant by the law of attraction in action. It is not magical; it is dynamical. You do, in that sense, create your own reality.

Let me know what you think on this, and how you see that happening in your life or in the world. And what can we initiate to have something happen that we want to have happen?


Enlightened & Committed Leadership

Your impact in the world is in direct proportion to your insight, imagination, and commitment in action. There is no one more destined for success than you. Many people feel that they do not have as much of a gift as others. But that, most often, is not the case (if ever at all). Your normal gifts and talents can create as much of an awesome impact as anyone else. Many people think that the strongest, brightest, and most beautiful will out-achieve the averagely endowed person. But there are an untold number of success stories born from those who use their imagination to see what others don’t see, who seize opportunities as they come into view, who throw their passion into whatever they start, and who discipline themselves to follow through. I’d say that these are qualities that can make men and women go from a zero to a hero in anything they undertake. Imagination, opportunity, passion, and discipline can create miracles by average people where the exceptionally “gifted” may procrastinate their talents away and lead lives that never quite got used. You have what it takes, so it is a matter of getting rid of your waiting and to start acting. You never achieve if you do not start. Begin what you believe and dream and don’t stop until you find your stride, and let the rest of the details unfold as you go. Your next miracle can start now.


Sharing is Key

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”

The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table.In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, “You have seen Hell.”

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, “I don’t understand.”It is simple” said the Lord, “it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.”