How to Get What You Want

You’ve visualized what you want. You know it’s right for you. You can see it, feel it, smell it, touch it in your mind’s eye. It feels so real that when you open your eyes, you’re surprised that it’s not there yet.

Once you know what you want, hold a vision of yourself in your consciousness already having achieved it. Banish any doubts. Have no hesitation.

Going forward, when you experience any doubt or fear, continuously re-adjust your focus. Remind yourself of how you felt in your visualization. Sit down and do your visualization again and again whenever necessary.

The universe responds to every thought and feeling. Focus your thoughts on what you want.

Nothing Is Impossible

What would you do if nothing was impossible?

You see, there are no limits to what you can be, do, or have. The only limits you have are those you place on yourself.

Release fear and begin to dream. What do you want? Close your eyes. Visualize it. See it. Feel it. Hear it. Smell it. Touch it.

Then open your eyes and make it yours.

3 Steps to a Healthier You

How many times have you said that you’ll take better care of yourself tomorrow? Well, I’ve got news for you—tomorrow never comes. So if you want to be healthier, you must begin now.

Here are three things you can start doing today to ensure a healthier life for yourself:

1. Eat Healthy
2. Get Enough Sleep
3. Exercise Regularly

Easier said than done, right?

Maybe not.

In a series of upcoming posts, I’ll provide some tips for Easy Ways to a Healthier Life.

What are you doing to stay healthy?

7 Characteristics of Highly Successful People

Success is a journey, however, many people think it’s a destination. You often hear those people saying things like, “When I graduate from college, I’ll be successful” or “When I earn a million dollars, I’ll know I’m successful.”

These achievements are not success. They are the results of successfully doing what it takes to graduate from college and what it takes to earn a million dollars. And, if you ask a successful person about their success, most will answer, truthfully, that they had a lot of fun getting there. What they may not think to tell you is that they built their success with hard work over time. It didn’t just come suddenly to them.

Most successful people have a few characteristics in common.

1. Resilience
Just as a tree bends and sways in the wind, which strengthens its trunk and roots, successful people have the capacity to go with the flow and to bounce back from any obstacles they may encounter in life. Practice resilience and you will be light years ahead of your peers.

2. Persistence
Many people give up just before they’re about to achieve their goals. Successful people know that if they want to achieve a specific goal, they must be persistent in going after it or they will never achieve anything worthwhile.

3. Curiosity
Successful people are curious and they’re not shy about asking questions or showing their interest. They are willing to go after their dreams because their curiosity drives them.

4. Thick-skinned
Successful people develop a thick skin early on in life. They know that if they don’t, other people’s words may try to sidetrack them. If words can’t hurt you because you just shrug them off and keep working toward your goal, you’re more than halfway there.

5. Positive attitude
This one’s kind of a no-brainer. Positive people generally accomplish more, are happier, and are more successful than negative people. They are also more creative because their positive attitude allows them to feel happy and more relaxed.

6. Sense of humor
Successful people know how to laugh at themselves. If they make a mistake or forget something, they easily find the humor in the situation. They are especially good at dealing, humorously, with failure or obstacles that slow their progress toward their goals.

7. Strong communication skills
Strong communication skills, sometimes in more than one language, are a critical characteristic of highly successful people. Being able to effectively communicate with others can put you on the fast track to success.

What other characteristics do successful people have?

You Are Unstoppable

Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you.
Most of all, other people can’t stop you.
Only you can stop you.
      —Jeffrey Gitomer

It’s human nature to place blame.

In fact, almost everyone has said, at one time or another, that they couldn’t do something because of something that happened or because someone did something that prevented them from reaching their goal.

The difficult truth to face is that you are the only one who can stop you. Situations or people may delay you from reaching your goals. But only you can completely prevent yourself from reaching them.

This is a difficult truth to understand, however, once you do understand it—and accept responsibility for it—reaching your goals becomes much easier.

What types of obstacles do you find yourself facing on your way to achieving your goals?

The Greatest Salesman in the World

When I was twelve years old, my Dad handed me a book he wanted me to read. He said, “I think it will help.” I’ve always loved to read and I was curious because Dad hadn’t ever asked me to read a particular book before—although he had asked me not to read some books.

It was The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino and I’ve read this book at least 20 times or more over the years. I love story of how Hafid, a young orphaned camel boy became the greatest salesman in the world. Most of all, I love Og Mandino’s storytelling style and many are the years when I’ve lived with this book, reading and practicing the lessons in the scrolls every day for 10 months at a time. I can honestly say that those years are always among my best.

But what stands out even more luminously for me are the words of one particular quote in The Greatest Salesman in the World. When Pathros sends Hafid on his journey to great success, he tells the boy to remember that,

“Failure will never overtake you if your
determination to succeed is strong enough.”
—Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World

Many are the times when I’ve felt ready to give up only to recall those words. They are like a mantra for me. Repeating them both silently and out loud gives me strength, renews my faith, and fills me with the energy and drive to continue to pursue my dreams.

Reach for the Stars

“You are never given a wish
without also being given the power to
make it come true. You may have to
work for it, however.”
           —Richard Bach, Illusions

The saddest thing in the world is a person without a dream. Children are amazing dreamers. And they dream big—probably because they have no limits. Children don’t know they can’t do whatever it is they are dreaming about doing, so they often easily accomplish what they set out to accomplish.

Whereas, many adults leave their dreams behind when they leave childhood. Perhaps they’ve been disappointed too many times. Perhaps they’ve failed to accomplish some of their goals, so they’ve stopped trying.

The biggest obstacle to achieving our goals and reaching our fullest potential is ourselves. Really. It is. You see, oftentimes people are a bit scared that if they do achieve their goals, they may lose their friends, or they may be unable to sustain their success, or they may have any number of reasons why they can’t achieve their goals.

As long as they argue for those limitations, they will be right and they will not achieve their goals.

However, one thing remains the same. If you stop trying to reach your goals, your life will stagnate and at some point you will look back and wonder where your life went and you will be saddened that you didn’t ever try.

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7 Ways to Quiet Monkey Mind Chatter

 

How much of your time do you spend thinking about things that have nothing to do with helping you reach your goals?

If you’re like most people, the answer is, “A lot!”

So many things compete for our attention each day:  billboards, television, advertisements, work, family, friends, and that nasty argument you had with the guy in the elevator. In fact, three days later, you’re still replaying that argument in your mind, complete with a revised version that includes what you wish you’d said.

When Buddha was teaching his followers how to quiet their minds more than 2,500 years ago, he said that the human mind is filled with drunken monkeys who are screeching, chattering, and endlessly carrying on. It’s no wonder that we often have trouble concentrating or getting anything at all done.

When you practice living in the Now Moment, you can more effectively quiet the drunken monkeys. Here are 7 ways to quiet Monkey Mind Chatter:

1. Shift Your Focus
Put your hand up in front of you like a policeman would to stop traffic and say, aloud, “Stop! What am I doing right now?” Then answer with what you are doing, for example, “Right now, I am standing in front of the kitchen sink and I am washing this coffee cup. Now I am washing this spoon. The water feels warm and soothing against the skin on my hands. Now I am looking out the window” . . . you get the idea.

2. Get Busy
Do something physical. Take a walk. Go swimming. Dance. Clean the house. I once asked my 80-year-old aunt who had lived through the Great Depression and several personal tragedies how she dealt with the difficulties. She said, “Keep moving. Whenever those sad feelings try to take hold of your thoughts, get up and keep busy. Before you know it, you’ll feel happy again.” I tried it and she’s right.

3. Do Something You Love
People have hobbies because they enjoy doing something they love. When you are working on a hobby, your brain, thoughts, and feelings are focused on what you are doing and you have no distractions. In other words, those drunken monkeys have no audience, so they quiet down.

4. Plant a Garden
Start a flower, vegetable, or fruit garden. Cultivating the soil returns us to our roots—literally. It helps us achieve an emotional and psychological peace of mind. There’s something soothing about being outdoors, digging in the soil, and growing things.

5. Play With Your Pet
Animals are masters at living in the Now Moment. Play with your pet. Toss a ball for him to fetch, play tug of war with a rope, or just pet, cuddle, and snuggle with him. You’ll have so much fun that Monkey Mind will be silenced and you’ll forget the chaos of your formerly racing thoughts.

6. Meditate
Set aside some time to relax and meditate. Although it may seem like your thoughts are racing, the mere act of sitting down and taking time to breathe calmly and deeply while focusing your thoughts on meditation, can help quiet Monkey Mind.

7. Cast the Burden
If you’re still tormented by those chattering monkeys, do as Florence Scovel Shinn suggests in her book, The Game of Life and How to Play It (Prosperity Classic)
Cast the burden of those racing thoughts upon the Christ [or Spirit] within [you] and go free.

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love is the force that makes the world go ’round. Our thoughts about love and what it means to us power that force.

Today is the official day of love—Valentine’s Day. But what is love really? Most people say they can’t choose who they love. Or that love just happens. Still others say that love is something you measure. And others say love can’t be measured. But who’s right?

Love, in its purest form, is an unstoppable force that can do miraculous things. When I was a teenager, I remember hearing “if you love someone, let them go. If they come back to you, they’re really yours and if they don’t come back, they never were yours.”

That was difficult to understand back then, but now I realize how true a statement it is. You cannot lose something that is yours by Divine Right.

So on this Valentine’s Day, I wish for you Love and Joy and the Happiness that comes with having in your life the love that is yours by Divine Right.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2013!

Unstoppable You

Obstacles can’t stop you.
Problems can’t stop you.
Most of all, other people can’t stop you.
Only you can stop you.
—Jeffrey Gitomer

What can you do? What are you capable of achieving? How high do you reach when you set goals for yourself? How far do you think you can go?

Throughout the ages, philosophers, writers, artists, scientists, and other successful individuals have told us that how we use our thoughts creates our world. Sometimes this seems difficult to believe because we simply cannot ‘see’ it. However, the truth is that your life is a reflection of your past thoughts, feelings, and actions. And what you do from this moment forward will determine what your future will be like.

The only limits you have are those you set for yourself. If you want to be a doctor, lawyer, gardener, airline pilot, astronaut, or something else, you can do it.