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Grads- Words of Advice

Open Your Eyes

Just for today look at the world through the eyes of forgiveness!

A Better Life includes Adventure – Zipline Fun!

zip 006My sister and I were having a craving for adventure–not huge big, crazy things–but the kind of adventure that gets your heart racing and kicks you out of your comfort zone. Physical adventure keeps “death by complacency” at bay. We both feel the call of the “wild” when we aren’t being challenged physically and emotionally. Sometimes you just need to feel the tingle of fright and jump off the tower.

Jumping off the tower is what we did this weekend. No–not bungy jumping or gliding but “zip lining.” Zipline adventures have been popping up around the states especially in ski resorts. Since Florida is deficit in ski facilities we settled for a safari zip–still great fun–just not as high or dry. Our zips flew over swampy grounds where alligators and other wet land creatures reside. And for those who find heights a bit of a challenge even 55 feet off the ground poses a challenge.

zip 012So we harnessed our torsos and helmeted our noggins and climbed the first tower where our guides hooked and unhooked our lines before encouraging that first step into air suspended only by a small wire cable. Wheeeeeeeeee…..

Each tower got progressively taller and faster and by the seventh leap we were laughing and videoing our glide through the trees. By the end–we were ready to tackle something bigger and scarier. We’re already planning a moonlight zip when the alligators come alive and night noises are scarier than the zipping!

If you consider experiential learning an element of a better life–then physical adventures are a fun and quick way to boost your feeling of aliveness. Try it!

Law of Attraction Leaving You Lost?

Sometimes we need turbo power–that extra boost that propels us forward with velocity.  When LOA left me feeling a bit flat, even though I was aware of  how it could help me in all areas of my life, I knew it was time for a boost.  That’s exactly what I found in Bob Proctor’s program “The 11 Forgotten Laws.” Think of this as Law of Attraction Part 2.

If you’re feeling the way I was then consider letting Bob Proctor and Mary Manin Morrissey coach you through the things that may be holding you back.  You’ll have a cure for “stinkin’ thinking” and learn the secret of the “Stunning Prickly Nest.”  Another turbo blast.

I believe that gratitude gives you the awareness to see things in a new light but I had no idea just how powerful it could it be until listening to the  “Therapeutic Power of Gratitude” in The 11 Forgotten Laws.  Give yourself this gift.

Self Growth – This Too Shall Pass

ProvsToday I am selling my deceased parents house. This was a retirement home for them–not a house I ever lived in. If there is an emotional connection to this closing it would only be because it wasn’t done sooner.

I’ll be glad to close the book on this saga–it wasn’t a happy series of experiences. Yet, it does cause a nagging feeling about some situations that could have been handled differently. Not regrets so much as evaluations from a different heart.

The more time passes the more such events (deaths, job losses, moves) become internal growth rings rather than external turmoil. Criticism folds into itself and evaporates leaving just a misty hint of what all the fuss was about. It’s time to go.

Rest in peace.

Success – Listening for Answers

587980_snailSuccess skills for life are found in the listening. Pay attention to the silent messages that can not be heard on the surface. Listen around the noise and you’ll hear a richness and resonance that can’t be found in the chatter.

The answers are all there. Everything you have done, felt, seen, tasted and touched holds a moment of truth.  Success is in that moment and the next. Each moment savored.

Listen and learn. Look back at the options you had in every circumstance and evaluate them now–not from a critical eye but from a kind heart.

Look inside yourself and decide what will be right for you now. Follow that path.

The answers are already in us—we just need to listen.

Success Tips for Growth – 7 Factors to Focus ON

698517_dancingAre you seeking ways to nurture your personal growth? Continuing education, conferences, DVD/CD programs and coaching are all great ways to improve yourself—but don’t neglect looking inside yourself first.

The difficult questions and the best answers lie within you. If you’re committed to self-development review the following key factors and note where you might be falling short.

Be Responsible – Ask yourself if you own up to every action, every word and every thought you make. Do you give away responsibility with language peppered with “There was a lot of traffic. . .” or “There’s nothing I can do about it.”

Tell the Truth – This isn’t so easy, is it? Tell the truth walks hand-in-hand with being responsible to form a base of integrity. For one full day, pay attention to every slight falsehood you utter.

Show Up – Are you “present” in each moment and with each person you encounter?  Show up for yourself, your kids, your clients and everyone else. This doesn’t mean that you give yourself away or spread yourself too thin.

Work Hard – Working smart usually doesn’t come until after you’ve worked hard to get smart enough to work smarter!

Be Coachable – Keep your ears wide open and your mouth closed. Ask for and listen to feedback. Act accordingly.

Play Well with Others – Self explanatory. You don’t have to be friends with everyone but you do need to know how to get along with others.  Everyone does not think the same way that you do. Learn to communicate in the way others want to be communicated with, not just the way you like to communicate.

Don’t Get Sick – “Well, that’s not in my control” . . . I can hear it now. Practice good health and take care of your appearance everyday. Do the things you know are good for and let go of the habits that are killing you. Start by adding one good habit and release one harmful habit, rather than trying to change everything at once. If you do get sick, take immediate steps to get well quickly. Avoid making others ill—wash your hands frequently and stay home if you need to.

Get Real – Practice getting truthful with yourself and you’ll develop awareness. Awareness is the ability to see yourself and your intentions before you act. This alone will change your life.

Personal growth is a life-long process. Embrace the challenges and go with the flow rather than fight change.

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Self Growth / Personal Development – Get Started Now!

untitledLive Your Life Out Loud: 30 Ways to Get Started

Today’s article by Sonya Derian, owner/founder of Om Freely

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I will tell you, I came to Live Out LOUD.” ~Émile Zola

1. Live your life on purpose. Not on “DEFAULT “. Be Proactive. Make conscious and deliberate choices. When you don’t choose, circumstances choose for you and you are never leading: you are following or catching up, or worse, living in “default” mode. Instead, make a decision to be the leader in your own life and take front and center. Lead.

2. Utilize your full potential. Give what you’re doing your best and fullest attention. Be here now. Even if you’re not where you want to be, giving it half your effort doesn’t move you forward. Master what you have at hand, for the sake of mastering it, and something will shift. Give it what you’ve got.

3. Overcome your fear. Get out of your comfort zone. Find out you have a pulse. Let something give you butterflies in your stomach. This is how you know you’re alive – how you grow into something new. Every fear overcome is a freedom gained. The less afraid you are,the more room you have to play. Consider that you live in a huge mansion with 35 rooms but you only live in 3 of the rooms because the rest of the house is dark. Go in and open all the lights. Unveil the darkness and you have a bigger house to play in. Don’t know how to overcome fear? Do the thing you’re afraid of. Cross them off the list. Make it a game. Pretty soon, you will be invincible. Living a life out loud, is living a life of freedom. Living a life of freedom is good.

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Communicating with Relatives and Others

1000269_question__markYour communication skills, especially listening, are tested the most with family.

I’m in Indiana this week visiting relatives of my main squeeze–the perfect opportunity to practice what I preach.

Good communication requires listening and staying present and engaged in the dialogue.  Asking sincere questions is the best way to gentle nudge a conversation along.

To keep the conversation from sounding like an interrogation try repeating the last word or two spoken with a question mark on the end.  It invites more information in a gentle way.

For example, if Aunt Shirley’s last few words are . . .”Bob’s sister used to live in this area.”  You reply  “…in this area?”

This is enough for Aunt Shirley to expound. . .”yes, this area  was quite beautiful before the flood.  You…”the flood?”

Are you getting the gist? It’s quite simple and takes the angst out of trying to find something in common to talk about.

Try it. You might be surprised at how interesting YOU become when you haven’t spoken more than a few  words and phrases.

I Wonder What I’ll Learn Today

I wonder why everyone wants to talk but no one wants to listen. Just watch Celebrity Apprentice to see the perfect example.1108003_say_what

I wonder why interrupters “know” what someone is going to say but aren’t very intuitive about anything else.

I wonder why communication “breaks down” everyday. Is this the grand lesson we never get to master?

I wonder why “the first, most important thing to do” always follows the thing you’re actually doing.

I wonder where interesting words have gone. Is ennui too lazy to make an appearance?Is lugubrious too grief-stricken to rise from the dead? Does oracular feel too shrouded in mystery to grace us with its presence?

I wonder if we’re here to hear.

I wonder if “presence” is really the present.

 I wonder why, when I’ve immersed myself in “self-growth,” I’m still not five foot tall.