Posted by: successforrealpeople | November 19, 2011

How Will You Spend Today?

” The day is of infinite length for him who knows how to appreciate and use it.”  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I woke up this morning to the sound of birds chirping and the sun peaking through the curtains. It felt as though I was being beckoned by the day to come out and play.  Being that it’s a Saturday, I could have stayed in bed for while but instead I decided to take advantage of the blank slate that was before me.

Life is full of too many have-to’s and often times we don’t give ourselves permission to take parts of our day and make it our own. Taking time to do the things that bring us joy or peace is essential if we are to make the most of each day that we are given.  So today I will take the time to do the must-do’s and will intersperse it with the want-to’s.  And at the end of the day I hope to look back with a sense of accomplishment, appreciation, and ownership.  Time is a gift.  How will you spend today?

Wishing you much happiness and success! 

Posted by: successforrealpeople | May 27, 2009

Enjoy The Moments

“Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life’s blessings.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

I had one of those aha! moments not too long ago and thought it might be worth sharing.  Ever had one of those days that start out great.  The sun is shining, the coffee is incredibly good and the commute to work is almost serene.  Then you hit the office and all hell breaks loose!  You go from a place of sweet bliss to absolute chaos.

It happens to all of us in some form or other.  And once it hits, it can take some time to get back to the place of peace.  So what was my aha moment?  I realized that life is full of these ups and downs and peaks and valleys.  So when I am in one of the up moments, I make a point to acknowledge it and enjoy it as long as it lasts.  Then when I hit one of those valleys, which I know doesn’t last forever,  I’m better able to get through it.  And were it not for those down times, we would not appreciate the good times.

Live life in the now because tomorrow is never guaranteed.

Wishing you much happiness and success!

Posted by: successforrealpeople | March 1, 2009

Focus On The Needs Of Others

I was reading the latest blog today on Intrepid-LLC  and it got me thinking.  Even in today’s times of economic woes and worries, there are still great things happening out there.  Todd, from the Intrepid Group, is donating his time to an organization that donates used furniture to families and individuals who have escaped homelessness, battle HIV, or have fled domestic violence.   And there are lots of other stories of people helping people, even during difficult financial times.

I came across a story of 7 year old Caleb Crosby who lives a few towns over from me who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and has been given two-six months to live.  This little boy’s picture would melt your heart.  His family, in their desperation to save his life have found a hospital in Houston that has an experimental procedure that may save his life.  The community has been rallying around this family trying to raise the $100,000 needed for the procedure.  I have decided to take up his cause and will be sending a donation to the family along with some pretty intensive prayers.

I think it’s especially important to focus on what you can do to serve or help others in need rather than focus on what you don’t have at the moment.  If you don’t have money to give, give of your time.  One of the best ways to beat the economic blues is to help others when you can.  It is in giving that we truly receive.

Pick a cause to become involved in and watch both your attitude and your focus improve.  To donate to Chairish The Future 2009, contact Todd at todd@intrepid-llc.comor call 1-678.560.6912.  To help Caleb, you can send donations to Maine State Credit Union, FBO Caleb Crosby, 200 Capitol Street, Augusta, ME 04330. Attn: Cindy Barnes.  Caleb’s story can be found here.

Wishing you much happiness and success!

Posted by: successforrealpeople | February 21, 2009

Experiment With Visualization

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it.  Make your mental blue print and begin to build.” ~Robert Collier

I have been experimenting with visualization techniques for some time now.  I first became interested in this when I read Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain.  Since then I have been dabbling with vision boards, meditation and visualization.  Several wonderful things have occurred as a result.

  • My overall attitude and view of life has greatly improved.  I am able to feel joy and contentment even during challenging times.
  • I can control the focus of my attention simply by visualizing pleasant and happy things.
  • Nine out of ten times I can find the perfect parking space just by visualizing it.  This took some practice but I’ve finally got it!
  • My dreams and goals have expanded as a result of using visualization techniques.

I found a great video on youtube that clearly explains creative visualization.  If you haven’t tried any visualization techniques, I encourage you to give it a try.  You’ll be amazed at how powerful this is! 

Wishing you much happiness and success!

Posted by: successforrealpeople | January 24, 2009

See Yourself As The Person You Want To Be

“When your image improves, your performance improves.”  ~Zig Ziglar

One of the greatest gifts of this life experience is that we can reinvent ourselves whenever we want to.  Let me caution you by saying this is not an overnight process.  It starts by getting a clear vision of the person you want to be and then with continued focus it becomes a reality over time.

All things that come to be or manifest in our lives begins as a thought.  So the first step in this process is to see yourself as the person you want to be.  Envision yourself living the lifestyle you desire and feel the wonderful feelings associated with the picture in your mind.  It’s those feelings that will set things in motion.

As the change is occurring you’ll get little nudges to do things you haven’t done before.  You may be thinking about getting a new hairstyle or you may be drawn to an outfit that’s not your typical style.  Go with these nudges!  It’s part of the process!  It’s normal to feel some resistance as well during this process.  We’re creatures of habit and our egos may try to resist the changes that are occurring.  Work past any resistance by keeping your focus on the person you want to be.

  • Use a journal to describe the person you want to be and to record the changes that are happening, including any resistance you feel.
  • Create a visionboard depicting the person you will be and lifestyle you’ll have.  Know that person does exist, you just haven’t met them yet!
  • Daydream about the new you and feel as if you are already that person living the life you dream of.

We are in complete control of the person we are.  See yourself as the person you want to be and keep your eye on that vision.  Follow your intuition where it leads you.  You WILL become that person!

Wishing you much happiness and success.

Posted by: successforrealpeople | January 19, 2009

Thoughts To Ponder…..

“Life is not about finding yourself.  Life is about creating yourself.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

I love this quote!  It reminds me that I am in control of who I want to be.  We can allow the circumstances of our lives to dictate who we become or we can decide who we’ll be by the choices and decisions we make.

“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” ~Martha Washington

Take control of your emotions by learning how to respond to situations rather than reacting to them.  One of the techniques that helps me with this is to act as an observer.  I simply view a situation as if it were happening to someone else.  This allows me to see the situation from an outside angle thus making it easier for me to respond consciously.

“Whatever you believe with emotions becomes your reality.You always act in a manner consistent with your innermost beliefs and convictions. ” ~Brian Tracy

If life is not going the way you want it to, question your core belief system.  If deep inside you don’t believe that you deserve a great job, a loving relationship, success or happiness, you will not experience it.  Identify your thought patterns, change those that don’t serve you by replacing them with ones that do.  Constant repetition of positive statements over time will help to create new thought patterns.  Live as if it is so until it comes to be.

“Obstacles are the things we see when we take our eyes off our goals. ” ~Zig Ziglar

Learn not to judge obstacles as good or bad but rather as street signs directing you in the ways you should go.  Most obstacles in my life have served to lead me to better things in my life.  Changing course is sometimes necessary in life.

Make this a year of conscious living.  Decide for yourself who you will be.  Don’t let circumstances throw you off track.  Learn to respond rather than react to situations.  Question your belief system and discard those that do not support the person you wish to be.  And lastly, keep your eyes on the goal.  Obstacles may slow you down but they don’t need to throw you off course.

Wishing you much happiness and success!

Posted by: successforrealpeople | January 4, 2009

Your Year For Success

“Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

How do you make this the year that you succeed at your goals? I have several suggestions that I believe will help you.

  • Be clear and precise Make sure that your goals are very clear and specific.  They should be written down and should include smaller, doable steps and should also have a target date for completion.
  • Become an expert Read at least one book every month on a particular topic that will make you more knowledge in some area that will help you to reach your goals.  Goal setting may be a great place to start.
  • Stay the course Do not give up on your goal when you run into obstacles.  Obstacles generally serve to steer us in a better direction.  It’s not necessarily a sign that the goal should be abandoned.
  • Reward yourself Acknowledge and reward yourself for smaller accomplishments along the way.  This will help to keep you motivated.
  • Be accountable Share your goals with someone else.  If you are unwilling to share your goals with someone else, it may indicate that you are fearful from the beginning that you won’t succeed.
  • Be flexible Be willing to make adjustments along the way.  As life changes, you need to be able to make changes too.

Make this the year you achieve your goals.  Today is the day to get those goals written down, plan your course of action, fill your head with the information or knowledge that you need, and make yourself accountable to someone.

I leave you with this video about the Quest for Success.

Wishing you a happy and successful year ahead!

Posted by: successforrealpeople | December 26, 2008

Discipline Yourself For Success

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.” ~Jim Rohn

Will this be the year that you reach that ultimate goal?  If you’ve answered yes to that question, I can assume that you already have a plan of action in place!  You see, success is not going to just fall into your lap.  You need to have a well thought out plan written down with daily action steps included.  It is daily discipline that will determine your success, not just a sense of determination.

Here are a few of the strategies that I use when working towards a goal:

  • Spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day filling your mind with positive thoughts, either through meditation, reading, forums, etc.  This needs to be a daily habit.
  • Make a list of the 6 most important things that you need to accomplish each day,with #1 being the most important and at the top of you list.  No skipping around.  Do them in the order of importance.
  • Document your progress.  This helps you to see what needs improving and what is working.
  • Count your blessing each and every day.  This helps to ward off discouragement and keeps you focused on all that is good in your life.
  • Set target dates for completing long-term goals.

If you have not been successful in reaching your goals in the past, make this the year that you write your goals down.  That is by far the most important step.  Then make sure you take some action every day.  It doesn’t have to be huge tasks.  What’s important here is that you DO SOMETHING!  Get an accountability partner if that will help you.  Seek out successful people and learn from them.   There are many great books out there on goal setting, read a few.  The key here is discipline.  As Jim Rohn said, “Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you’ve got”.   Make this your year for success!

Wishing you much happiness and success!

Posted by: successforrealpeople | December 22, 2008

Be The Author Of Your Life

“We will open the book.  It’s pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves.  The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” ~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

I’ve spent the past few days thinking about what I want to see in my life this coming year.  At the top of the list is a fully funded IRA, a healthier body, and a vacation in the Caribbean.  In preparing for writing out the script, I am looking at the steps necessary to reach those goals.  I’ve been researching IRA’s, comparing a traditional one with the Roth.  I’ve rearranged my exercise room to make it more enticing.  And I have been looking at resorts in some of my favorite vacation spots.  Once I narrow my choices down I will create my written goal.  My plan is to have all of my goals written down by December 31st.

You might be saying times are tough, this isn’t going to be a good year to set lofty goals for yourself.  To that I say, I can achieve anything that I can believe.  We’ve seen millionaires emerge from tough times before.  It’s a matter of choices that determines success not circumstances.  So what do you wish to see for yourself in the coming year?  Get excited about the possibilities!  Do your research.  Then get it written down and start the New Year with a renewed sense of optimism!

Wishing you much happiness and success!

Posted by: successforrealpeople | December 21, 2008

Make Your Dreams A Reality This Year

“Happy are those who dream dreams and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.” ~Anonymous

The new year is fast approaching and with that comes yet another opportunity to set new goals for yourself.  The New Year has always been associated with renewed resolve to accomplish some goal.  So now is the time to be thinking about what it is that you would like to see in your life for the coming year and to set a plan into action.

The first step is to think about what changes you would like to make in you life.  Is it to make more money, find a new job, lose weight, exercise more, travel, take up yoga, quit smoking, make new friends, or something else?  What changes would improve your life?  What changes would bring you closer to the life that you really desire?  It’s not necessary to start with more than one goal.  As a matter of fact, one is plenty to start with.  It’s important that you be very clear and precise about your goal.  For example, “I want to weigh 125 lbs is clearer than “I want to lose weight.”  And “I want to take a 10 day vacation in Jamaica is more precise than “I want to go on a vacation this year.”

The next step is to write your goal down.  There are three parts to a well written goal, 1. The goal itself, 2. Action steps, and 3. The deadline.  This is what a properly written goal looks like:

Goal:  I am running a sewing business from my home

Steps to achieve goal:

Clean out the den for my new work space.

Buy a multi-function sewing machine.

Place ads in the newspaper advertising my business.

Set aside $2500 for working capital.

Target Date:  By April 2009

I can’t state strongly enough the importance of having your goal written down.  Research shows that only 3% of the population actually writes down their goals and you can probably guess who that 3% is.  That’s right, the wealthy.

Place your goal somewhere that you’ll see it every day.  The reason for this is to keep it in the forefront of your mind.  You will want to take some action every day towards reaching your goal.  If your goal is to run a sewing business from your home then you’ll work a little each day on cleaning out the den until that step is completed.  Next you’ll start pricing sewing machines and putting aside a predetermined amount of money from your paycheck that goes into a separate “sewing account”.  After you have selected the sewing machine you’ll start writing your ads.  Once you have the money to purchase the sewing machine, you’ll place your ads in the papers, in community places, online, and anywhere else that you believe will be effective.

Keep your deadline as your measuring stick.  If you are three weeks away from the deadline and you are still on step one, do not change your deadline but rather kick it into gear so that you can reach that goal by the date you chose.  If you find that you haven’t been working steadily towards your goal you may need to ask yourself if this is something that you really want or are you doing something that you think others want you to do.  If this isn’t a goal that you are passionate about, you’ll never reach it.

the start of the New Year is a great time to set a new goal for yourself.  Take some time in formulating your goal so that it is clear and precise and make sure that it is a goal that you truly desire.  Then write your goal down including the steps you’ll need to take to accomplish it along with a deadline.  Then take some form of action every day towards reaching that goal.  Know ahead of time that you will be successful this year and you will be!

Wishing you much happiness and success!

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