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Finding the Millionaire in You!

July 30th, 2009 1 comment

Yesterday I wrote about the dirty little secrets about passion.  The passion that destroys and the passion that creates something of value.  Today, I would like to expand that thought.

Did you know that there are literally millions of ways to make millions of dollars.  You are probably thinking, “Yeah, right. Where’s my millions.” 

Years ago, there used to be a sci-fi series on tv called “Sliders”.  Every episode, this team of people would slide through a worm hole into a parallel universe.  The objective of the slide was that they were trying to get home to their own universe.  But, of course, to keep the series alive, every week they would slide into another parallel universe. 

Let’s say, that you could slide into another universe where you are making a million dollars a year.  What do you suppose you would discover about the rich you?  I think you would find the you that is passionately engaged in something that you are passionate about.

Have you ever stopped to think about what you are passionate about?  Our every day world is filled with the value that passionate people have created.  Let me give you a couple of examples.

A long time ago, people didn’t believe that humans could fly.  Many people scoffed at the idea of people flying through the air like birds.  Some people didn’t scoff and they became very passionate about the possibilities.  Two of those people were the Wright Brothers.  They had an idea fueled by their passion.  They set a date, told the press, hired a band and invited everyone to the “first flight”.  Guess what, they failed!!!  People laughed.  They were ridiculed.  The Wright Brothers did not give up.  They were filled with passion for something they believed could work.  As history goes, it took them a few times to reach success.  Their passion led to a complete change in human history; airliners, space travel, wonder drugs developed in space, the space station and the list goes on and on.  How many millionaires have come out of those industries? It is mind boggling.

Before 1954, people didn’t believe that a human being could run a mile in 4 minutes.  In 1954, an athlete by the name of Roger Bannister broke that 4 minute mile.  He was an exceptional athlete that had been told when he was a child that he would never even walk again after a fire burned off his toes.  He had to relearn to walk only having one toe on each foot.  After Roger broke the record he didn’t hold that record for long.  Once other athletes realized and believed it could be done they were able to break Roger’s record many times.  The entire track and field industry changed.  Tracks had to be developed that could give an athlete an extra edge.  A track today looks nothing like the tracks back in 1954. How many millionaires came out of that passion? 

A small town football coach, by the name of Art williams, went to a family reunion and met his cousin who was a CPA.  His cousin explained to him how term insurance worked.  Art’s father had died too young and left his wife and Art’s younger brother with a very small whole life policy.  The family was devastated by the loss of income.  When Art heard that his father could have provided a bigger death benefit through the use of term insurance and replaced his income, Art became very passionate.  He developed a company in 1977 that changed the entire insurance industry and he became a billionaire in the process.  Millions of people’s lives were changed with the “buy term and invest the difference” philosophy.  His idea created hundreds of millionaires who shared this same passion with him.

Did any of these people believe that they could change the world with their passion?  Probably not.  Did they believe that each one of them would be responsible for creating millionaires in the process?  Probably not.  If you get in touch with your passion do you know where it could lead you.  Probably not.  Isn’t it time to find out?

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The Dirty Little Secrets of Passion

July 29th, 2009 1 comment

There seems to be a disease that has plagued our species since the beginning of time.  It has caused more death and destruction than any natural disasters known to man.  It continues to plague our planet, in spite of our scientific and spiritual discoveries.  What is this disastrous thing?

It is our passion to be “right”.  I am not talking about making a right turn or being on the political right.  I am writing about our need to have our opinion be the only correct one.  Many wars have been fought over who’s idea of God is correct.

Does it really matter who’s idea is correct?  If someone believes something that they hold dear to them, why do they need to make sure I believe the same way?  I am not saying that a healthy debate is not important.  In fact, if a debate is triggered over a belief it doesn’t have to escalate to destructive proportions. Most ideas that are important can be discussed without the need to be forceful.

Could it be that if we can’t convince someone that we are right and they are wrong that it takes away the power of our belief?  Or is it that if we can’t convince someone that we are right that it robs us of our self worth?

Maybe, when we feel so much emotion about something, it spills over and we want to tell everyone about it.  Our passion is so strong that we want everyone to believe the same as we do.

There is a lot to be said for passion.  When someone is emotionally connected to something they are willing to fight and die for that passion.  Passion is what moves our soul.  When we are using our passion in our career path we are unstoppable.  It guarantees the energy required to pursue our passion until the job is done.

Donald Trump says that  passion is the number one secret to success.  He should know.  He has had numerous failures and successes.  So, when does passion take that nasty turn and become the desire to prove, above all reason, that you are “right”?

I have known many passionate people that believed so strongly in their quest that they have built hugely successful businesses.  They act differently, walk differently and people react differently to them.  Their passion is their fire.  They show people their passion in everything they do.  That passion is healthy and vibrant.

Then there is the passion that is so dark and twisted that people are willing to fly airplanes into buildings.  They are willing to strap bombs to their chests and take large groups of people with them in their fiery deaths.

When does passion become wrong when we feel so strongly that it has to be right?  Could it be the focus of our passion?  Could it be, when we are focused on destruction  instead of creation?  Is it our desire to be “right” at all cost that leads to the darkness, especially when it costs others their lives or their self worth?

I believe that if you can focus your passion for the “betterment of all” you will direct it to something positive.  You will join the ranks of those passion focused people that believe so strongly that they won’t rest until they build something of worth.  Something that changes the world and makes it better for all who inhabit it.  As the quote in Star Wars, The Phantom Menace says, “always remember your focus determines your reality.”

Prosperity – Life’s Little Goodie Box

July 27th, 2009 1 comment

The buzz word in today’s world is prosperity.  Everyone is talking about it. There are many “gurus” that want to sell you “the secrets” to prosperity. What does “prosperity” mean to you?  Stop for a moment and think about it.  How will you know when you are prosperous?
It is a human condition to always want to be more and have more.  Some people believe that it is “wrong”.  They see the poor and underprivileged as the people who deserve to have more.  Their feelings of sympathy for the less fortunate is noble.  But, sometimes these feelings color their emotions and give them feelings of guilt for having more and being more.

If you are reading my blog you are a person that enjoys self improvement.  You have that desire for success  and to be more than who you are right now.  I also have that desire.  Have you wondered why you have that desire?  Could it be the pull from the Divine?

Let’s get back to prosperity.  Have you decided what it means to you?  Take a brief moment and write it down.  Look at it.  How would your life be different if you achieved what you have just written down?

I have a 3 X 5 card holder that a friend made me that looks like a butcher block table, complete with mini bowl and rolling pin.  It was designed to be used in my kitchen.  Any one that knows me will tell you that my kitchen isn’t my most favorite place to hang out, for cooking.  Instead, I have it sitting on my desk and every week I find a quote that rings true to me and it goes on that little holder to be pondered.  This week, I came across a quote that I don’t know who wrote it, but it says “The Secret to having it all, is believing that you do.”  Read that again.

Let’s apply it to what you have written down about your own personal prosperity.  If you already had your idea of prosperity, what would your life look like?  What would you be doing?  Would you act differently?  Close your eyes for a moment and picture in your mind what that would be like.

When you do that little exercise, if you feel a sense of peace and happiness you have stumbled on to something.  I am not going to tell you at this point that all you have to do all day to achieve this is to sit on your meditation cushion and think happy thoughts about this.  I am going to tell you to get an action plan on how to accomplish this.  All you can control in your life is your attitude and your activity.  But that is enough.

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How to Use Negative People to Get Postive Results

July 23rd, 2009 4 comments

Many times in my life, I have felt that I have been dealing with the same challenge over and over again with a different time stamp.  Have you ever felt that way?

I have come to realize that means I have issues in which I have not resolved in my mind.  Life is giving me different opportunities to learn from each challenge.  What goes on in our minds, is a direct correlation to what is happening in our lives.  That is one of the neatest things about self improvement is that we can use it to unlock some of those secret spaces in our minds and enrich our lives.

One of the biggest flaws in many peoples minds is their feeling of entitlement.  I am not talking about the welfare system, even though that is one of the biggest entitlements around.  I am talking about the idea that we should have something because of our so called “position” in life or in some one’s life.

This plays out in very uncomfortable ways in the lives of the people who are closest to them.  We are not entitled to love if we are being unloving.  We are not entitled to respect if we don’t show others respect.  I am sure you are getting the jest of what I am saying.  I know we all have people in our lives that have the “what’s in it for me today” entitlement mentality.  It is played out on the news every day.

When we attract someone like that into our lives, what is the reflection from our own minds?  The reason that I have noodled on this so much is that I have someone like this in my life that I am unable to turn my back on and walk away from them.  The relationship has always been very troubling to me all of my life.

I am blessed to have so many loving relationships in my life.  I have a wonderful support system.  I am a lover of peace and harmony.  One thing I have learned from that troubling life long relationship is how much I love and appreciate these things.  I have learned to be very grateful for those relationships that nuture me.  I have learned that love is unconditional, but it doesn’t mean that we have to always like them.

From this person, I have learned that guilt is a strong negative emotion that is crippling.  It can ruin your health and well being.  I am learning to not let it destroy my life.  Most of all, I am learning not to accept guilt when it is not mine. 

I would say that even though this relationship will probably always be troublsome to me, I have learned so many wonderful and powerful things that have enriched my life.  It has been like a picture negative.  When I look at the negative it looks disturbing and dark.  When the negative is processed it becomes a picture filled with beauty and color.

I challenge you to look at those things in your life that you perceive as “not good” and really look to find the beauty that is there waiting for you to discover it.  Believe me, it is there.

Success – Are You Ready to Rumble?

July 22nd, 2009 No comments

Most of us have dreams and goals.  Unless, of course, you have become a dull, disillusioned, dead butt.  That is a choice.  I personally prefer dreams and goals.

Having said that, there are times in our lives where we might feel like we have become dull and disillusioned.  If you enjoy self improvement and are reading this blog, I would guess that if you ever feel this way, it is only temporary.

How do we achieve our goals and dreams?  First of all you have to be willing to fight every day for them.  I don’t mean grab a gun and go blast people.  I am talking about fighting the robbers of our dreams.  They come in the form of procrastination, frustration, negative people, loosing focus, and lack of self discipline.  Pretty hefty stuff, right?  This is a blog post not an ebook so let’s take little bites of the issue.

Have Goals You Can Measure and Monitor

Most people don’t have a focus.  They know they would like to have something, but it is vague and unfocused.  If you are wanting help from the metaphysical or physical means you must know what you want.  WRITE IT DOWN!  I can not stress that enough.  I was going through the Mind Movie creation booklet yesterday to update my own personal mind movie and I was re-impressed (if that is a word) on how this simple exercise helped me crystalized my goals and dreams.  That feature alone is worth the small amount spent on the program.  I hope you take the time to look at the website and down load the free premade movies.  The premade movies are amazing!

Do Something Every Day to Move Forward Towards Your Goals

Read over your goals every day.  When your goals are written down it is so much easier to look at them in concrete form.  I guarantee, that if you miss the step of written goals your success will be limited.  Do something every day to move towards your goals.  When you do something, even if it is a small movement towards your goals, you  are creating momentum.

Honestly Evaluate Your Actions You Have Taken Towards Your Goals

Get in the habit of sitting down at night to critique your day and prioritize your next day.  This can be done before you leave your work for the night.  This will help you conquer the dreaded disease of procrastination and it keeps you in touch with your progress.  Be a loving but tough critic of your progress.

Play Full Out

What do I mean by that?  Simply, go after your goals with everything you have.  We are only have this one life, right now.  When you are working at your goals give it all you have.  Extraordinary things are created by extraordinary effort.

Put yourself in the position to fall in love with your dreams over and over.  Whether you use Mind Movies, Visualization techniques, Vision Boards, or Dream Shopping.  Whatever it takes to help you remember what juiced you up about your goals in the first place.

Make Me Feel Special!

July 21st, 2009 2 comments

There seems to be a universal “thing” that we humans seem to have.  It is something that not very many people acknowledge.  Perhaps, not that many people realize that we have it.  Or, do they perceive it as weakness?

Most successful people know about this.  When you recognize this and heed its advice the world will open up for you.  What is this “thing” I am talking about?  This “thing” is that everyone has an invisible sign on their chest that says, “Make me feel special”.

This sign is not to be exploited.  Unconsciously, we all know that we have this and any attempt to exploit this to possibly hurt or “have something on them”  will be  met with suspicion, distrust and animosity.  If you are the kind of person who doesn’t really like people, you should stop right here and click on another post and forget about this one.

If you are the type of person that geniunely likes people, you probably already sense this.  Everyone wants to feel special.  Here are a few tips to honestly help others to feel special.

Make Eye Contact

There is a feeling among humans that if you can’t make eye contact with someone you are hiding something and should not be trusted.  I don’t always believe this to be true, but I know that if someone can’t make eye contact with me I am not as comfortable with them.  I have seen it happen many times in the businesses I have been involved with.  Someone who habitually averts their eyes when they are talking with someone is instantly distrusted.

Pay Attention to What Someone is Telling You

This is the most abused social nicety.  Many people, when someone else is talking, are not paying complete attention. They are thinking about what they are going to say next.  This is a absolute no-no!  Listen to them intently!  They know when you aren’t listening.  You will miss some little thing they have said that might change the whole complexity and direction of the conversation.  At that point, you will have lost some of their trust.  It is best to listen to them with your complete attention.  Do not interrupt them.  When they have stopped talking it is perfectly fine to pause to digest what they have said before answering.

Feed it Back to Them

In the conversation, it is helpful to feed some of the information that they have told you back to them.  Questions of clarification are a good way to do this.  If they are telling you about their children, ask questions that relate to what they are telling you.  If they are telling you that Junior likes to play softball, ask “what position does he/she play?”  This shows interest and that you are listening and paying attention to what they have been telling you.

Remember What They Told You

Here is a big one.  Remember what they told you.  I have been blessed with a very good memory.  I work on it.  I want to remember people’s names.  That is important to me.  If you aren’t good at remember names, try the repeat it 3 times trick.  When you are introduced to someone say their name in conversation three times.  For instances, “I am pleased to meet you, Bob.”, “Bob, how many children do you have?”,  “Bob, I would like to introduce you to my friend, Sam”.  When you use this technique, for heavens sake, make sure his name is Bob!

I enjoy people.  I make a point to remember little things people tell me.  When I remember something about them that they told me before, they know they matter to me.  I have made them feel special.

I am sure you have heard the expression, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”  Take some time to make someone feel special.  As the wheel of life spins, “What goes around, comes around”. 

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Using Affirmations and Visualizations to Get What You Want

July 17th, 2009 No comments

If you have found your way to my blog, you must be “in to” self help, self improvement and personal development.  Or, you are my friends and family checking out what I am up to today.  Either way, I am glad you are here!

If you are a person who enjoys self improvement, you have no doubt heard about affirmations and visualizations.  Our goal with self improvement is to better or “enrich” our lives.  I am sure that you have discovered that you are happier, healthier and are better at manifesting your dreams and goals if you thinking positive thoughts.  It keeps you in a positive vibration.  Since everything is energy and everything vibrates, we will attract positive things if we are vibrating in a positive way.

Some people will tell you that “thinking positive” is a bunch of bunk.  But, have you ever met someone that dwells in the negative all day long?  Are they happy?  Are they prosperous?  Are they manifesting their dreams and goals?  I would say no to all of the that.  So, if we know that thinking better thoughts gets us what we want, how do we go about doing that?  This is a very negative world.  Negativity sells.  Being involved in negativity can be like watching a car wreck on the side of the road.  Some how, our heads keep swiveling in that direction.

One of my favorite quotes from Albert Einstein is “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”  How can we use our imagination to create the world we want?  The best way is through affirmations and visualizations.  Here are a few tips on making powerful affirmations and visualizations.

Your Affirmations and Visualizations Should Be in the Present tense Only

The most powerful aspect of our mind is our subconscious mind.  It runs the show!  That is where our beliefs are stored.  “What we see and believe we will achieve.”  Getting to our subconscious mind can be a bit tricky. It doesn’t think things out, it just runs the programing you have installed in it. 

To reach your subconscious mind with affirmations and visualizations you must word it in present tense such as, I am so happy and grateful that money now comes to me in abundance from multiple streams of income evey day.  Notice the present tense of “I am” and “now:.

Use Words Your Subscious Can Relate To

For instance, many people use the word “flow” when they are using an affirmation regarding money.  Your subconscious might not relate to money as flowing.  It relates to rivers and streams flowing, but money? 

Another area that affirmations and visualizations can become ineffective is if you are trying to affirm something that is too far outside of your subconscious beliefs.  If you are only making $25,000 a year, it might be very hard for your subconscious to believe when you tell it you are making one million dollars this year.  Your affirmation must be believable to your subconscious or it will throw it out.  It won’t matter how many times you hammer it with your affirmation, if it is too outside the realm of possibilities your subconscious will turn a deaf ear to it.  Instead, you could use a challenge of $50,000 or $75,000 this year.  If a million dollars a year is your goal start out a little smaller and build up to it as you achieve your monetary goals.  You will intuitively know when your are shooting too high because your conscious mind says, “no way, I don’t believe that.”

My husband always tells me that “men think in pictures” which is true for everyone.  If you want to reach your subconscious mind to have it help you get what you want, pictures are an excellent way.  I have always believed in dream boards or vision boards.  They should be where you will see them several times every day and can ponder the images on that board.  This may sound odd, but our dream board is in our bathroom right in front of the toilet.  It is a great way to multitask!

I spend a lot of time on the computer, as you can imagine.  I have stumbled across something that I am excited about.  It is called Mind Movies.  It is a way to design your very own visualization mind movie that you can view as many times a day as you want.  It is filled with your images, your dreams, and your goals.  Wow!  How powerful is that?  They have even invented a way to run it in a subliminal manner so your subconscious can be accessing it even when your conscious mind is working on other projects.  It is amazing.  I know when I look at my mind movie it pumps me up!  They are even giving way free 6 premade mind movies that you can download and try out it out for yourself!  Check it out here!
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