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What New for You?

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

ballAre you overwhelmed with all the advice to make your New Year resolutions today? To set your big goals for 2015? It happens every year- as predictable as the dropping of the Waterford crystal ball in Times Square.

And every year, it sounds like such great idea, doesn’t it? Begin the New Year in a new way. Replace those bad habits and failures of last year with a renewed zeal to move forward. Climb that mountain, loose that weight, quit that dead end job.

How many years have you thought of those great ideas?

Ideas, resolutions, goals.
On January 1, they are all the same; they represent an aspiration to be the best you can be.
But by January 31, or the 10th or even the 2nd, we realize the difference.

Ideas without action are daydreams.

How do you take that great idea beyond the daydream state?
Ask yourself if it’s what you really want in your life.

Can you see yourself doing, being or having the life experience you imagine?
Wouldn’t it be nice to see the view from the mountaintop?
Wouldn’t it feel wonderful to wear your skinny jeans?
Wouldn’t it be glorious to have your own business?

Sure, but can you see yourself taking the journey to get there?
What one action can you take today to begin that journey?
More importantly, what single action will you take every day going forward?

Make it doable, make it fun.
Buy the hiking shoes. Skip the cola today. Look into getting a business license.

Life is more enjoyable when you’re moving forward.

The turning point of an idea is committed action.
Before you know it, it’s a resolution.
You could even call it a goal.

It’s a New Year.
There’s no better time than today to live your new life.

Create the Best Memorial

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Remember Today

A memorial is defined as “something designed to preserve the memory of a person, event, etc., as a monument or a holiday.” The word is on everyone’s lips today. This day is set aside for the very purpose of remembering.

As if any human mind needs to be reminded of the past.

Our lives are a compilation of past events and remembrances. We use those memories constantly to justify our beliefs and to dictate our actions. Some of us choose to live in those “good old days” and discount the importance of the Now, of the moment we are in.

The events of our past are effective as tools for learning. What did we do in the past that brought us closer to our goals? Remembering that action will help us continue to succeed.

What misstep in our past produced an unfortunate result? The lesson we learned is always good to remember. Staying mired in the bad feelings, thoughts of inadequacy, of hopelessness, do not serve our highest good.

Allowing ourselves to live fearfully because of a past event will color our present choices with a veil of negativity. Keep the wheat; let go of the chaff.

As noted by Edmund Burke, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
Remember and honor those today who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Celebrate all who continue to represent your interests.

Use the Now of this day to put those valuable lessons to use and move forward to create your life as a testament to the good that has been accomplished by those who have gone before you.

Your life, well lived is the finest Memorial.

Habit As a Mirror

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Yesterday you read an example of someone who made a habit of being gracious and grateful. Through repetition day after day, his actions became a positive habit in his life. That brings us to another unexpected consequence of habit.

Why do you shop where you do? Dine where you do? Vacation where you do? For most of us, the comfort of the familiar is a seductive lure. You know what to expect every time you go there. No unexpected surprises.

Do you remember the first time you went to that store, that restaurant, or vacation spot? Your initial experience was a positive one or you would not have gone back. The second, third and all subsequent visits reinforced your choice to return.

Something about the place made you want to come back.

How did that establishment create your loyalty? Through habit. The business set standards, carried out by their employees, for a habit of excellence. Time after time, you were pleased by their interactions with you. As a result you formed the habit of doing more business with them.

Just as the habit of being gracious mirrored the restauranteur's welcoming personality, his customers reciprocated by creating their own habit of coming back frequently. As they say, what goes around, comes around.

Habits are habit forming.

 

"Winning is not a sometime thing, it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
Vince Lombardi

Habit Forming

Sunday, November 18th, 2012

How many times do you repeat an action before it becomes a habit? I've heard a habit can be created after twenty one days of repetition. Three weeks of doing the same action once per day. Really?

We are easily able to discipline ourselves long enough to make three weeks, especially if you've set yourself up for a reward at the end. No sweets for twenty one days, then a gooey hot fudge sundae as a congratulatory feast to mark your accomplishment.

But that's not a habit, or you wouldn't even want another sweet after twenty one days as a habitual healthy eater. A habit is not a short term goal.

A habit is a way of life.

Another way to describe a habit is an action that you are unconsciously competent at doing. You don't have to think about performing the action. You automatically go through the motions. You're so good at it, you may not even remember that you've done it.

Like brushing your teeth. Have you ever had to check if your toothbrush is wet because you don't remember if you brushed your teeth in the morning? You've done it so many times, in the same place, at the same time, you are unconsciously competent at brushing your teeth.

But what about a habit that creates a way of life?

A local restauranteur has owned his dining establishment for more than twenty years, an admirable business run. One important thing has contributed to his continued success. It's a habit he started when he opened his business.

Whenever a patron comes in the door, he is there to warmly greet them. He calls them by name, or if a new person walks in, he introduces himself. When they return, and they always do, he remembers them and they are treated to his signature welcome.

Just as significant, when his guests are ready to leave, he jumps to his feet with a smile on his face, thanks them for coming in, and says good bye. No matter how long the day, or hours on his feet, his demeanor is the same.

Over the years this savvy businessman has established a loyal clientele of customers. His is often the first place visitors return to when they arrive in town.

Is it the food?

The ambiance?

The free parking?

No, it's a result of that habit he started so many years ago. He's repeated the same action over and over, more than 100,000 times. That habit has created his way of life.

It is his habit of graciousness and gratitude.

The thing about a habit is, you can start one anytime. It's never too late. And a habit, well established, lasts a lifetime.

What habit will you start today?

 

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
Aristotle

Is Space the Final Frontier?

Monday, October 29th, 2012

You may recognize the phrase "space, the final frontier" from old television episodes of Star Trek. Reaching Mars has re-energized the interest in space travel, yet there is a mostly undiscovered galaxy much closer than Mars and the moon.

The galaxy of the mind. As we looked at different aspects of our mind over the last few days, have you realized you still have much to learn about the vastness of that space between your ears?

The intellectual faculties describe your mind's powers that go beyond the six senses provided to you by your body. As humans, our mind is specially equipped to notice and process information, sometimes consciously and many times, subconsciously.

Maybe where you are today, the skies are gray and you are experiencing the effects of that mammoth storm.Your subconscious mind sets up the scenario before your conscious mind knows what’s happening.

You get out of bed a little more slowly.

Your eyes are drooping.

You reach into your closet and put on a blue shirt.

There’s no conscious reason for your gray mood, is there? It’s just how your subconscious mind is advising you to feel.

Your morning commute is filled with erratic drivers that cut you off and get in your way.

You struggle to find a parking place.

You drop your brief case in a puddle as you juggle your keys and coffee cup.

What a day you’re having!

At lunchtime, you leave the dreariness of your office, the ringing telephones and your irritating co-workers. Without much conscious thought, you walk down the block and into Jose’s, a local restaurant. A subconscious salsa craving must have drawn you there!

Inside, the walls are painted golden yellow with accents of bright terracotta red. Your mood suddenly improves. It was a color craving that guided you there!

You are surrounded by color that, somewhere in your subconscious mind, holds a pleasant memory. Warmth, vacation, delicious food. Whatever the color cues, your subconscious mind again takes control of your attitude. You no longer see a gray day.

Terry Trucco explains the power of our sub-conscious to create the environment we need. “The colors we crave are often a direct reaction against those that surrounded us most recently.” Positive color feelings have transformed your attitude and your experience of the day.

Attitude is always the composite of your thoughts, your feelings and your actions. This trio is responsible for producing your results. Let’s look at how closely the three are linked.

Your sense of sight notified your conscious mind the morning sky was grey. The subconscious mind, the seat of the feelings, is most alert upon awakening. It associated the grey sky with a feeling of being down. Perhaps as a child you heard “grey days are depressing” and out of habit you react this way. The conscious mind, the thinking mind, went along with the feeling, as it usually does, and produced thoughts to create the down feeling.

Thoughts – feelings – actions – results.

You say to yourself (thought), “I’m so tired”.

You are less energetic (feeling).

You move more slowly (action).

You’re running late for work (result).

Similar thoughts soon follow.

“I don’t want to be noticed today.”

You feel insignificant. You pick the blue shirt. You don’t plan on accomplishing much today.

“These drivers are out to get me.”

You feel aggressive and weave and cut through traffic, narrowly escaping being the cause of an accident.

“There’s never enough parking.” 

You feel out of control and find no place to park in the closest parking lot. Now you’re very late for work.

“I really need to clean out this briefcase.”

You feel disorganized. Kerplunk! You drop it into a puddle. You’ll have to redo the report inside.

“I work with a bunch of incompetents.”

You feel trapped by your job and scowl as you answer the phone. A good customer comments to your boss about your poor attitude.

“I need a change of scenery.”

You feel the need to escape and leave for lunch earlier than normal. You breathe a sigh of relief as you are drawn to a positive dose of color that improves your outlook.

Each thought you created in your conscious mind, reinforced the first feeling by the subconscious mind that morning. Your thoughts determined the actions you took, and those actions manifested as the results you experienced.

A good day, or a bad day, is entirely up to you.

Let’s take another look at the cloudy grey morning and how to get different results through the use of your intellectual faculties.

The perception of your mood is your cue to think about where the feeling is coming from. If it's just an irrelevant, habitual thought, you choose to not think it. Be good to yourself today.

There is no logical reason not to feel great today. It’s only the weather condition, not yours.

Access your memory for something that makes your feel good. Positive memories far outnumber the negative ones. Remember jumping in the puddles as a child?

You are able to imagine the sky brilliant blue. Just above the clouds, it still is. Start imagining where your next flight will take you.

Intuition tells you by wearing a bright color today, your mood will improve. And by driving to the second parking lot, there will always be a place to park.

Use your will to focus on what you will accomplish today.

Before you leave home, you get your day back on the right track. The inconveniences and irritations that you habitually experienced with your old way of thinking, won’t be a part of today.

Awareness is the first step in creating new thoughts, positive feelings, and more productive actions that lead to the results you want.

Only you can allow a thought into that final frontier of space, your glorious mind.

 

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Viktor E. Frankl

Colors of the Mind Part Three

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Yesterday you experienced the incredible powers of your imagination, one of intellectual faculties that enables your mind to be such a useful tool. Refer back to the prior posts if you need to be reminded.

When you created the mental picture of the apple, you were able to keep it in your mind by focusing with your will, another intellectual faculty. The will is the key to accomplishment in any area of your life.

When you decide on an action to take, you use your will to focus your attention there. The focus of your will creates the top of mind awareness necessary to see a project through.

Whatever you focus on in your mind expands into your physical world. It is a natural law that we create what we think about.

Do you remind yourself of what’s gone wrong in the past and dwell on the reasons why you shouldn’t tackle a new challenge?

Are you focused on what you don’t want to happen instead of imagining the infinite possibilities of what you do want?

Remember the mouth-watering image of the apple. The picture in your mind, the focus on that image, began to create in physical form, the apple experience in your mouth.

As Stella Mann said, “If you hold it in your head, you’ll hold it in your hand.”

Your thoughts create your experience.

What better reason do you need to pay attention to what you're thinking? When you find yourself dwelling on the negative, take a deep breath and tell yourself to choose a better thought. And your obedient mind will do it.

That's the power of the will.

Tomorrow, what colored lenses are you seeing through?

 

"Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. "
Ernest Holmes

 

You Want What?

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Had dinner with a friend who told me about a coworker's obsession with  "finding a hot babe." Not talking about a teen here either. I was curious about the social interaction involved with his quest.  

What was his strategy to reach his goal? 

It could be summed up as-  waiting for her to magically appear at his doorstep.

My friend suggested to him that he branch out, join some new social groups, take some classes, or at least leave his apartment after work.

Definitely more effective than his current system.

Reminds me of the sage advice- "To get something you've never gotten, you must do something you've never done." 

How often do we intend to reach a new goal, yet our actions are no different than usual? Happens to us all. 

While setting an intention is a powerful beginning to manifesting your desires, an action plan is the fuel to get you there. And action toward a new goal requires stepping out of your comfortable cocoon of the status quo and becoming the person capable of reaching the goal.

What does achieving your goal require of you?

Additional knowledge.

Time management.

Expanding your network.

Believing in yourself.

Take the next step. Be the goal achiever you know you can be.

 

"Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."  W.H. Murray



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