With Loss Comes Opportunity



Yesterday I dropped in to our local Pregnancy Care Center to pick up the baby bottles that are the props for one of the Center's major fundraisers. Each year on Mother's Day the baby bottles are distributed to local churches and the churches show a short video during their weekend service that talks about abortion and the alternatives that the Pregnancy Care Center wants the distressed pregnant to know about.

I hadn't been to the Center for a while, caught up in my own exciting, busy life.
I did know, however, that the Maternity Home had closed. This residential program for women who were pregnant and homeless had been a vision of the Comox Valley Center's Director, Julie Legoff. The homelessness that we had heard so much about just didn't seem to translate into a desire for services by women who were wanting shelter while they planned for their new little someone... or, perhaps if the Center had been equipped to deal with pregnant women who were attempting to come off street drugs, there would have been 'takers'. But, nonetheless, there were a handful of women who did live at the Maternity Home, and because of them, it was worth it all.

Julie is a busy wife and mom and has other critical concerns in her life-- the Center's closing was a crystallization of feelings, particularly loss and grieving. But amazingly, and as Julie sees it clearly-- through the grace of God-- hope and new opportunity has sprung from the ashes of the old vision of a Maternity Home. The wonderful counselor who dropped by for sessions with the young women asked if it would be possible for her to rent to rent the current quarters of the Center, the downstairs of the house that was the Maternity Home. This allows the Center to relocate upstairs into the house proper, where there is ample space for the clothing 'boutique' (layettes, and other baby and maternity clothing), and more than one office. Someone from one of the Churches has approached with an idea for using her skills to offer classes in budgeting, and another woman is keen on teaching cooking classes in the Center's kitchen.

Julie feels pretty humbled by the experience of expansiveness at a time that initially felt like closing in, closing off, shutting down.
I challenge you to reflect on times in your life where closing a door has resulted in another door opening... and to examine what opportunities you presently have that you have been viewing as great disappointments.




"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

A Little Laugh Time





A new little flash movie from the people at Simple Truths. It's so freeing (and unblocking) to build laughter into your life everyday! My husband and I often refer back to the 'mental vacation' that the Bill Murray guy was instructed to take in the movie "What About Bob?"

Enjoy!

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Choose to Finish Strong


I received this motivational movie in my email from a friend who is subscribed to the Simple Truths inspirational emails. Click on the picture of one-armed surfer champion, Bethany Hamilton, and enjoy!

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

The Daffodil Principle


"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

All Power Seminar Day 15- Making Several Decisions


Go ahead and make several decisions in each major area of your life. Write down at least one thing you need to totally eliminate that you have been putting into your body. Make a decision and claim victory over it!
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"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

All Power Seminar Day 13- Your Health is your Greatest Treasure


Today make a list of the past three days of everything that you recall that you ate, drank, sniffed, chewed, smoked or passed through your lips. Analyze the results... what can you change over the next few days?

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

All Power Seminar Day 12- Your Sources of Information (References)


(1)Write down a decision you need to make about your usual source(s) of information (i.e., books, TV, internet, gossip, etc.)
(2)Write down one decision about the questions you ask yourself... what are some NEW more powerful questions you can ask.
(3)Make ONE decision about your emotional states.

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

All Power Seminar Day 11- Making Powerful Decisions



Write down ONE decision you need to make in your core beliefs and unconscious rules.
Write down ONE decision you need to make around your values.
"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Day 10 All Power- Making Awesome Decisions


The belief in this particular seminar is that the most important decision in life is to make good strong decisions... to exercise that flabby part of our minds.

We are the product of our decisions.

Right now, what we reap is largely because of the decisions we sowed in the past.


To NOT make a decision-- IS a decision.


When you make 5 great decisions in a week you will make 260 major, life-changing decisions in the course of a year. You will also have eradicated 260 bad decisions from your life! You can end up with over 500 positive changes in a year!

The word "decision" comes from the Greek and means "to cut off"
-- to cut myself off from any other possibility. A good decision needs to be committed to.

Get out your Bible and check out the following verses:

Joshua 24:15
Psalm 119:30
Psalm 25:12
Isaiah 7:15
Proverbs 2:9


Make a decision today that you are going to step out of the box, turn off the auto-pilot, come out of your trance state
-- make a commitment to yourself that you will make good empowering decisions from now on, at least one a day for 5 days a week for a year. If your life is not powerfully changed in a year, give yourself permission to go back to lounging in auto-pilot.

Leo strongly suggests that when you resist stepping out of your 'comfort zone' you are NOT in God's Will for your life.


"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Way of the Water Hyacinth


The water hyacinth is an apt choice for portraying the success of overcoming... in "The Slight Edge", Jeff Olson chooses a story called The Water Hyacinth to begin his book. He describes the water hyacinth as a beautiful, delicate-looking little plant with six petaled flowers ranging from purplish blue to
lavender to pink. He points out that it is one of the most prolific-growing of all plants on earth. Botanists and ecologists continue to be astonished. The method it prefers to use for colonization is to send out short runners that propagate "daughter plants" that can take over an entire pond in thirty days. The amazing thing is that on the 29th day one half of the pond surface will reveal water, and the next day, the entire pond will be covered by a blanket of water hyacinth with no water showing at all.

And so our lives can be... delicate, but capable of amazing, hearty abundance. Send out your runners. Tend your "daughter plants". Build your business by emulating what our Creator does 'naturally'. If you want to build a real business with a built-in plan for an excellent escalating compensation, go here and submit the application for the risk-free evaluation.

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Day 9 All Power- Making the Instant Changes


What you are reading in this blog is just a brief skim of the exciting All Power Biblically-based professional seminars for life mastery. I suggest you might want to check out the calendar of engagements for the speaker, Leo Schreven, by going to his site at www.allpowerseminars.com so you can attend the seminars yourself.

On Day 9 we need to get our minds conditioned to make the changes to the negative associations we wrote down on Day 8 (see the previous blog entry).

(1)For each negative association, write down ALL THE REASONS you can possibly think of as to why you need to change these things NOW.
Write down the negative consequences for NOT making changes. Write down the positive consequences for making the changes. Write out a list as if your life depended on it (and well it might).

(2)INTERRUPT your neuro pathways with a prayer, a joke, a deep breath, or a Bible promise. Write down a strategy for interrupting EACH of the patterns. Example would be that if you hear yourself saying "I just can't do it!" interrupt it with the Bible verse "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!" (Believe it! Repeat it! Repeat it forcefully at least 21 times)

(3)Develop new associations to get the changes you want. Write them down. Flood yourself with immense feelings of joy and pleasure, dwelling on all the benefits and blessings are yours with these new thought patterns. Repeat. Amazingly, you will soon find that the old pattern has diminished, and then, disappeared to be replaced by your new constructive, positive responses.

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Building The Strong Foundation


Do you ever get antsy because things are moving too slowly in your life? Maybe you don't realize that building a foundation for success does not happen overnight. It is often a poky process in which you are continuously working and learning. After everything is said and done, this foundation must remain strong, even in times of failure or crisis. It takes time! Remind yourself: "failing" is only failure if I quit; otherwise it's a learning opportunity. So don't sweat it if your life seems to be moving like a turtle in a toffee lagoon. Just keep your focus on building a strong and persistent root system-- as the bamboo plant does-- and watch for a brilliant eruption, a sustainable forest of success!

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Harness that Painful Association for Good- Day 4 of All Power


In this 4th Day of the All Power Seminar, the Manual suggests that the two forces controlling 99% of human behaviour are (1)the need to avoid pain and discomfort, and (b)the desire to achieve happiness or pleasure. Leo Schreven suggests that everything we do is motivated by these principles.

The repeated linking of images of massive personal pain and discomfort to any unwanted habit will usually result in eradicating that destructive behaviour or emotional habit. It doesn't require "severe discipline" or "will power" in the way we usually mean it-- the 'white knuckle' approach-- but it does require that we change our minds about what we link happiness and pleasure to, and what we associate with pain and discomfort.

We are driven by a programmed reaction to what we perceive as painful or pleasureful, and not by any intellectual decision.

When you read the Bible, or other such book, your mind will be re-programmed to associate fulfillment and satisfaction with that which is good, honest, true and pure. When you make a decision to turn from the perversions of pleasure and contentment in your life, and focus on the Godly plan for your edified life, you will realize that happiness and pleasure. Simple as that. (Yes, it is part of the "law of attraction".)

At the same time, when you want to change a behaviour you must focus on how NOT attending to some need will be more painful or uncomfortable than attending to it. Link NOT taking action with increased discomfort and pain.

What does the Bible have to say about "changing your mind and changing your life"?
Romans 12:2- "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
Ephesians 4:23- "Be renewed in the spirit of your mind."
2 Timothy 1:7- "Be of a sound mind."
Philippians 2:5-
"Let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus."

So, go ahead and try this out on some habit or behaviour you either want to get rid of or reinforce...

If you find that you would like a little extra help with behaviours or habits that do not respond to the pleasure/pain principle, but which do not seem serious enough to warrant a trip to a professional psychologist, you might want to check out an energy technique that works when little else does. This tool is called the Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, and you can download the free manual by going to the EFT web site. EFT is a non-invasive, quick, easy-to-learn method for turning around situations where you are either associating pleasure with destructive habits (eg.,adultery, porn, gambling, spree-shopping) or associating pain and discomfort with something that was designed to bring pleasure (intimacy, relationship commitment, exercise). There are a number of practitioners of EFT who are Christian and see the technique as a gift from God in its ability to facilitate desired changes of behaviour and habit. If you have any questions in this regard, leave your contact information by simply indicating that your comment/question is PRIVATE and I will make sure that it is not published here. Your contact information will NEVER be passed on to a third party.


"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

**the breaktaking photo of the "Rainbow Tree" is by Mark Metternich. Click here and see the full-sized photo and 83 gallery items by Mark.

5 Simple Steps (Day 3- All Power Seminar)


In this particular All Power seminar (Day 3 in the manual) I am instructed to gain success by memorizing--and then taking-- 5 Simple Steps:
(1) Decide to master every dimension of life, including my spiritual life.
(2) It is essential that I know what I desire from life.
(3) I must take action to achieve my purpose in life.
(4) When I take action, I need to notice the results I am getting
(5) If things don't work right away, then I must not give up, but instead I need to change my approach and try something different.


This is a period of "re-awakening the dream" as we look at it in my business. At various times in my life I have had glimpses of what I would love for my life to look like, and then because I don't "commit" to the dream, it dissipates and it is as if it didn't even exist. I need to take a close look at some of those vanishing dreams... and do the following:

**Decide to master the whole of my life-- as the Creator designed me to do (I am made in His image)
**Choose what I want from each area of my life and commit to getting it
**What "small steps" (man, this harks back to my reading of The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen)can I take each day that will help me to achieve my dreams?
**As I take my baby steps I need to be aware of the positive AND negative results of my actions (or inactions)

**I need to think of possibilities, new ways of looking at and/or doing, fresh ideas, and not impose limits on my dreams...

I'm committing to list the 5 Simple Steps and to hang them directly in front of me so I need only glance up to see them.

I'm making a list of what I want out of each area of my life, and how I plan to do that with small daily steps. I'm putting these "desires" on my Dream Board in image form since my 'faithful servant' (my unconscious) works with emotion and images to fulfill my desires. The youtube dream board demonstration above is just one of many, many examples you will find on youtube and throughout the web. Have fun!

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

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"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Can You Be Happy Without Trying?


By now you have heard of Cheryl Shimoff, the female face behind some of the most successful motivational books ever written:
*Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out
*Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul 1 & 2
*Chicken Soup for the Mother's Soul 1 & 2
*Chicken Soup for the Single's Soul
*Chicken Soup for Every Mom's Soul


Cheryl believes that we don't get what we want and THEN become happy-- we are happy and THEN we get what we want... of course, this is the Law of Attraction!

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"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Feelings Follow Your Thoughts...

~by Gail Steel**


"For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." Proverbs 23:7

Did you know that your feelings will follow your thoughts?

In The Winged Life, Hannah Hurnard writes how we can revolutionize our lives simply by looking at life differently. She mentions 5 thought exercises, things we can do for ourselves, to practise:

1. Never say anything unkind about anyone.

2. Avoid drawing attention to yourself.

3. Do not grumble. Go through each day with praise. Find something to be thankful for every day.

4. Control your imaginations and daydreams. Never think of yourself as the key player.

5. Eliminate all reading and other pleasures that harm rather than enrich your life.

When you practise these thought exercises,
you will find that the trials you face will not crumple you. You will find that instead of being crushed and bruised by them, you will open up options to handle and overcome them.
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**Gail moderates and writes for the Facebook spiritual reflections group called Words of Hope. The above post is courtesy of the Gail-- thanks so much!
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"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Who am I when Nobody's looking?

This is a photo of my granddaughter Angelika when she was nine months old, singing and laughing as she is pushed on a swing by her Mama. Can you remember what it was like to be a happy, carefree little child? Can you remember what it was like to dream and to see yourself as able to grow up to do anything or be anyone you decided upon?

I greatly admire actress-entrepreneur, Suzanne Somers. Some of you will remember her as the cute blond air-head on the sit-com "Three's Company". When her role ended there Suzanne dealt with a lot of negative feelings, and went through some other unpleasant challenges in her life. She also made a fortune with her infomercials promoting thigh-master and other fitness equipment. And she wrote books and continued to act.

I'm currently reading her daily readings book called 365 Ways to Change Your Life. Her first day's "thought" suggests that I (you) "remember who I was as a child with all my dreams and fantasties, when the world and life in general were not filled with fear and limitations, before the wounding began and I allowed others and outside influences to convince me I couldn't do it... That memory will stay with me always and give me the freedom to start my journey toward my authentic self."

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"



"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Mondays can be Miracles!


The video above is of a Google Authors interview with Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza, the people who put together the book, Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways To Make a Difference -- and the book has launched a movement.

The purpose of
Every Monday Matters has nothing to do with politics but it has everything to do with getting people involved in taking small steps, every week over an entire year. The idea that jumps off the page is that the lives of both the reader and the world around them will be altered by this book in a small way for an entire year.
"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Positively Vibrant Again!


This is a "get real" sort of blog today. Lately I have been posting a number of blogs that contain either cute-sy 'forwards' from my emails, or someone else's youtube contribution. I choose whatever I post for its positive, motivational impact, but today I want to talk a little more about myself in that context.

I had a tough day yesterday. I have the second cold of the season and sometimes find my self-talk is accusatory and berating, as in "I thought you were so healthy! What is the deal here?"

So, I started the day with that sort of head-cast:
snarky and whiney. Then I ran into some similar situations with one of my business builders.

Late in the afternoon I was tired and cranky. My sponsor responded to an email question I posed with questions about my competence, or so I heard her response through my angry, pouting filter.

But, I am a trained "nice person". I am also "coachable". I talked myself into making some corrections to wording in my non-pulling newspaper ads using her suggestions. I paid a little too much attention to the interior rant that included really classic (childish) stuff like: "Why didn't she tell me this in the first place when we were training?" "I doubt that this will even work-- I don't even believe in these products."

Later in the evening I reviewed the new ad wording with my husband
and he agreed that it sounded better. But I was still whiney and feeling hard-done-by. I treated him to that not-so-nice part of me.

I woke up around 4 a.m., wide-awake and still somewhat morose, but less so.
I did some hard thinking and some praying. One of my thoughts was "I can do my usual passive-aggressive 'nice' act and just do what someone else tells me to, or I can make a serious choice to try something different that someone else has suggested with the attitude that this sounds like a good way to go... that this is the fruit of someone who has my best interests at heart, someone who has walked this road to success before I got off the bus here. (so to speak).

I went back to sleep after this. I woke quite refreshed and positive around 7:30 am. I felt resolved about a few things that I had still felt unsure about in the wee hours. One of my realizations was: "I CAN choose to do something different that will work" And I CAN stop doing a few things that get in the way of my ascent to success. What are some of the things that get in the way? Too much time on Facebook and Twitter. Letting my mind go down the slippery negative slope whenever I am challenged with a question that appears to be "a criticism". Lots of other stuff, too, but I'll be easy on me here. lol

THE JOYFUL PAY-OUT


I performed my morning's ablutions with a much lighter heart than I had had for a week or so. I came downstairs and was greeted by my little dog who loves me whether I'm a nasty bag or a doting Lady Bountiful.

There on my computer keyboard was a piece of real mail
that my husband had picked up from the mailbox during a late-night walk with the dog. The envelope contained an unexpected affiliate commission check (I actually thought I had received that payment ages ago, but I guess not). Wow, the seed money for some more ads!

Off we went for a walk in the beautiful warm, dry morning (two days of rain preceded this blog). Our dog just loves it when the two of us take a walk with her. She sometimes bounds ahead when we get to the leash-free zone, and then quickly returns to bask in the family togetherness (or that is how we see her lol).

When I went to make our morning smoothie I didn't find any frozen berries in the kitchen freezer and checked the garage where our freezer-proper lives. I was amazed when my eyes lit upon a plump bag of frozen grapes (from our own arbor). They are organic and wonderful-- I thought we had consumed them ages ago (and we would have, had I known they were there!) So I made an absolutely heaven-sent smoothie.

And as I gazed out the window above the kitchen sink, what did I see but a burgeoning patch of purple kale
growing up thick and hearty! Last year I so missed our winter kale, and this winter, even though we had tons of snow that stayed longer than ever before in written history on the Island, there thrives great perennial, hardy clump of vegetation that is my favorite green in the world!

To top off the morning's blessings, someone sent me some excellent crockpot curry chickpea recipes-- I modified the recipes to use what ingredients I prefer/have handy, and I have an absolutely scrumptuous lunch ready to eat right now! You can check out the recipe here.

Thank you God for all the blessings-- and for restoring balance in my life!

"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

The Brain Chemistry of Belief


This video shows an interview with flamboyant brain scientist, Dr.Candace Pert. How strong are our minds? Can we actually change things about us and our 'destiny' through our beliefs? Watch the interview (click above on the video) and find out!

Part 2 of "Medical Miracles" with Dr. Candace Pert
"In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

Secrets of Dreaming


Sleep is one of the most mysterious of all human activities. Exactly what happens during sleep is still not completely understood. By studying brain wave patterns, sleep researchers have identified four separate stages in a normal period of sleep. Stage 1 begins when we first fall asleep. Stage 1 is light sleep. Muscles relax and the heart slows down in stage 1. During stage 2,the heart rate increases. Stage 2 sleep is called REM sleep because of the rapid eye movements that occur during this stage. The autonomic nervous system is active in REM sleep, causing rapid breathing
and increased stomach acid secretion. Stage 2 is the period when we dream. During deep sleep (stages 3 and 4), no dreaming occurs. In a normal sleep period, a person cycles from stage 1 to stage 4 in about 90 minutes. Waking after one full sleep cycle is complete is common among the elderly and small children.

Here is an older video, the first in a series on the physiology of 'dreaming'. Very interesting. Watching it made me conscious of the importance of good nutrition and getting enough rest-- not to get to a state of un-health where psychotropic drugs are prescribed, and, if you do find yourself there, to take a look at what you can do to reclaim your health and ability to relax and rest properly.

Here are the other videos in the series:
  • Part 2- The Secrets of Sleep
  • Part 3- The Secrets of Sleep
  • Part 4- The Secrets of Sleep
  • Part 5- The Secrets of Sleep

  • "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    Achieving Your Childhood Dreams: The Head Fake


    You have probably seen this Youtube video already but it is well-worth seeing again (and again and again).

    If you were lucky enough to have a teacher or mentor who made the process of learning a JOY, then you will understand why 500+ people turned out for Randy Pausch's last lecture.

    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    Gentleness Self Control Respect


    The gentleness and self control symbolized in this video is astonishing. If incompatible animals can display such attributes, what about us?
    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    Positive Inner Peace



    If you can start the day without caffeine,

    If
    you can get going without pep pills,

    If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

    If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

    If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

    If
    you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,

    If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

    If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,

    If you can conquer tension without medical help,

    If you can relax without liquor,

    If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,



    ....Then You Are Probably The Family Dog!



    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    The Gratitude Attitude of Patrick Henry Hughes



    Patrick Henry Hughes was born with no eyes, and a tightening of the joints which left him crippled for life. However, as a child, he was fitted with artificial eyes and placed in a wheelchair. Before his first birthday, he discovered the piano. His mom said, "I could hit any note on the piano, and within one or two tries, he'd get it." By his second birthday, he was playing requests (You Are My Sunshine, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star). His father was ecstatic. "We might not play baseball, but we can play music together."

    Today, Patrick is a junior at the University of Louisville. His father attends classes with him and he's made nearly all A's, with the exception of 3 B's He's also a part of the 214 member marching band. You read it right...the marching band! He's a blind, wheelchair-bound trumpet player; and he and his father do it together. They attend all the band practices and the half-time performance in front of thousands. His father rolls and rotates his son around the field to the cheers of Patrick's fans. In order to attend Patrick's classes and every band practice, his father works the graveyard shift at UPS. Patrick said..."My dad's my hero."


    The video above gives you a glimpse into the life of this young man, and his amazing musical talent. What is even more amazing is his attitude toward life. He doesn't see himself as being constrained in blessing or being blessed-- in fact, he sees himself as being appointed to share his wonderfully uplifting gift, and to meet throngs of admiring people who will go away from his performances to meditate upon their own particular giftedness.

    Take your ability to recognize the many gifts and blessings in your life and fill every day with your gratitude. You will be transformed. This world will be changed.

    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    What are my Heart Desires?


    The easiest way to identify what our heart desires is to look closely at the feelings that come up for us when we think about the subject of desire. Do you feel at peace when picking up your journal or creatively tweaked when logging into Blogger? Does time spent with your family send shivers of joy up your spine? What feelings surface when you pursue what makes your heart rise and swoop? True joy and happiness comes when we regularly do the positive activities that we most love. Take an overview of your life right now. Engage in the activities that make you feel alive, bring healthy pleasure, and maintain balance.

    **The photo above is of the second prayer shawl I knit for a friend. I love doing these prayer shawls.. I pray through the knitting and know that the person I give it to will probably pray while she wears it, and will feel loved and blessed.

    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    What's Missing from the Secret?



    Barely 3 Years After The Revolutionary Film “The Secret”, America & The World Faces Its Worst Financial Crisis in Decades
    Is the Law of Attraction Just Hype?
    Why – if the Law of Attraction is being used by millions – did America just face its worst job crisis since 1974, and a crumbling economy?
    The 11 Forgotten Laws That Make The Law of Attraction An Unbreakable Force
    Bob Proctor – one of the key figures in “The Secret”- believes that the Law of Attraction is incomplete, and for the first time reveals the 11 Forgotten Laws that will finally uncover the Law’s true potential.
    “This Is Highly Recommended Without Exception”

    Find out more about the forgotten laws-- go here.
    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    Gap in my Life


    Hello there Sparkling one! I know that I have neglected my blogger duties here of late, but I have a great explanation for the lapse for anyone who wonders if any of my chronic positivity actually works-- I am delightfully, happily busy with my on-line business and have attracted a warm, inspired/inspiring team (still room for more of course)

    I am so very pleased with my home business,
    and for quite another reason during the last couple of days: I bit into a frozen confection and broke off a crown on a front tooth-- yes, I am so very fortunate not to have to go to work with a gap in the front of my mouth. As it was (I say was because I have since acquired a temporary crown)I just asked my lovely trainees to expect some Sylvester-the-Puddy-Cat spitting when I talked. They kindly denied that that was the case.

    I got to experience the best of 'cutting edge' dentistry this morning... laser, a warm barley bag-pillow under my neck, a warm-right-out-of-the-dryer blanket over my shivery (nervous) arms, a TV in the ceiling... felt more like a day at the Spa... okay, a day at the Spa with an annoying gag reflex.

    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    Cha Cha Action!


    I just read something that gave me an idea for these blog posts-- something with a little less "head-knowledge" and a little more action.

    When we start off the New Year with great intentions for change, we sometimes confuse the "intent" with the actual "change". We can spend a lot of time talking and reading about changes we want to make, but not actually make the changes themselves.

    That's me.

    Is that you?

    Well, get off your computer chair right now and have a dance lesson... just turn up your speakers and follow along with the people on this particular video. Repeat. If you spend 5 minutes a day learning the cha cha over this next week I am willing to bet that you will want to do something a lot more active than just reading a book (I mean here BESIDES reading a book-- because I still believe that reading is motivating and necessary for gaining knowledge and insights.)

    Cha Cha Cha!


    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    This Year I Will...


    The following is from M.J. Ryan, author of the best-selling book This Year I Will…: How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution, or Make a Dream Come True

    You’ve been doing well and then something threw a monkey wrench into your formula for success. Make no mistake–setbacks suck. You’re right back where you started. Actually it’s worse. Because you’ve set off that part of your mind that whispers, “See, you can’t do this. Just give up. Give in. It’s not worth even trying.” This is a truly dangerous moment. Because if we listen to this voice, not only do we not change this time, but we decrease the possibility of ever changing because we lose faith in ourselves.

    That’s why, when circumstances throw us off course as they inevitably will, it’s time for the 4 A’s:

    1. Assess the current situation.

    2. Adjust what needs to be done.

    3. “Admire yourself,” in the words of fitness guru Bob Greene, “for being strong enough to start again.”

    4. Act quickly to implement your new course of action.
    Join in on MJ Ryan's 4-week on-line course by clicking here.

    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    Trees and Stars


    Florida State University has put up a very interesting page on their site. It begins as a view of the Milky Way Galaxy viewed from a distance of 10 million light years and then Zooms in towards Earth in powers of ten. 10 million, to one million, to 100,000 light years and then it finally reaches a large Oak tree

    Once you click on the site, the software does all the work. Sit back and enjoy. You can play it forward and backward to be amazed over and over. At the end it says AUTO....click on that and review the process in reverse!

    http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.html

    Hey, you're a Super Star! Come and see my galaxy at http://positivelyvibrant.me

    Blocking Self-Sabotage


    Well, we are 2/3 of the way through January-- are you continuing to vigorously read your goals out loud? How about bouncing off to the gym with the same skip in your step that you started with at the beginning of the year?

    Don't feel too bad if you find yourself losing some steam. It's natural to wane in enthusiasm, especially when the date for achieving your goals seem so far off.

    But before you give up altogether (and then really, justifiably feel bad), how about doing a check on whether or not your are sabotaging yourself (for many of us...) again.

    Here are some things to do to avoid self-sabotage:
  • Develop an awareness of HOW you self-sabotage, particularly around getting what you really want for yourself. Psychologist, Dr. Kevin Hogan, states that "Because self-sabotage is unconscious, no one is aware of it when they are actually engaging in it. The benefit of being able to be in check is being in charge. When the unconscious mind is quelled, then the conscious mind can move forward and achieve."
  • Dig in Deeper. Allow your passion for what you plan to achieve-- for what you truly desire-- drown out any attempts at self-sabotage.
  • Be Self-forgiving. Cut yourself some slack. I recently had the opportunity to counsel a good friend to be as kind and forgiving to herself as she is to everyone else who makes a mistake. Forgive yourself any slip-ups, and then be your own Best Coach and tell yourself to get back into the saddle. As Zig Ziglar says, "Failure is an event, not a person". Every day is a new opportunity to start fresh (man, I'm full of these lol).
  • Affirm yourself. Wise woman and seasoned Toastmaster, Susan Guild, says "Affirmations have to be coupled with an inner belief." Believe every positive word you tell yourself. Of course, be realistic. Don't state, "I am the world's best salsa dancer and will wow them at my neice's wedding July 12th," if you know that you will be having hip surgery the month before the wedding. You may want to focus on other aspects of your goal, and make your affirmations accordingly, "I have so much fun learning to dance salsa and love how trim I am becoming as I dance."
  • Commit the benefits of achieving a particular goal to memory. Remember how enthused you were when you came up with that goal? If you didn't make a list of benefits back at the start of January, how about now? What are the benefits of losing 20 pounds by June 3rd? Go crazy listing them all. Now repeat them daily along with your goal, and in time you WILL have committed the benefits to memory so that you can trot them out when you are feeling weak or discouraged. Aim for having the benefits so firmly lodged in your mind that they play back like that piece you watched and listened to on Youtube those eight times last night. (I'm talking from personal experience with Boz Skaggs' cover of "Harbor Lights"-- the song that was Number 1 on the Hit Parade the day I was born... can't get it out of my head lately. lol) Memorizing benefits could be a useful new habit to develop to prevent slipping off the path you have decided to travel.
  • Journal your Progress. Behavioral experts believe that keeping track of your actions not only keeps you accountable to yourself, but gives you a log of your journey. Have a little notebook around that you use just for writing down the times you self-sabotage AND the times you have NOT given into the temptation to jeopardize the route to accomplishing what it is you desire.
  • Create a special reminder of your desire to attain your Goal free of damaging behaviors. Visual cues (appealing photos of you when you did weigh your ideal weight, a 'dream' or 'vision board') or other sensory reminders ('touchstones' if you like-- could even be a smooth river stone in your jacket pocket that you can hold and remind yourself of your goal) often help to keep us steady during a time when we feel less than reliably willing to stay on the rails. (**See another useful 'cue' idea at the bottom of this post)
  • Enlist all 'other' strengths in your life. Helpful: Prayer, meditation, EFT, BSFF and other methods of 'clearing' the static that diverts us from our desired course.
    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    **An example for altering chronic negative thoughts and statements would be to wear an elastic band around your wrist and snap it when you find yourself thinking or saying something negative (eg., unkind, unjust, judgmental, untrue, hurtful, malicious, cynical, pessimistic, etc.) Check out these classy adult wrist bands that can be printed up with helpful reminders or slogans on your computer.
    ***Rainbow image is courtesy of photographer Dawn Allynn at www.dawnallynn.com
  • Setting Goals for Others

    Click to go to Garrison Photos
    Sometimes we feel that we can help other people
    -- particularly our mates, our employees, our teenaged kids-- achieve their goals.

    Read: THEIR goals. If they have goals, then they are well on their way to achieving those goals if they write them down, detail them, and all of the other points that you already know about from the last
    couple of blog posts. If they don't have goals, you can help them with the process.

    But... YOU can't set goals for THEM.
    An example is: when you set a goal for your child to go to college you are working on something that is impossible for YOU to achieve. However, if you plant the seeds of that goal in your children's minds, talk about it regularly, and encourage them in their studies and commitments, the odds that will attend college go up dramatically.

    SIMILARLY, IN A HOME BUSINESS,
    you can not set a goal to change your downline/team members. However, when you change yourself, chances increase substantially that they will change also.

    If you are enthusiastic and have a system set up that is easily copy-able, you will be well on your way to motivating your team
    members to strive for success. Other ways that you can be a positive influence in your team's business vision include:

    *communicating on a regular basis-- using email and phone calls to let them know about upcoming events, to arrange for brainstorming, and to encourage and congratulate.

    *keeping on your own forward track--
    cultivating positivity and developing yourself in your personal goals and your leadership strengths. As a successful business person you become a role model for anyone you bring into your business. (Refer to the final asterisked tip below)

    *carefully duplicating the effective methods used by the successful business leaders in your organization. Why re-invent the wheel? You don't have to be a cookie-cutter business builder-- we all have different personalities and gifts, for example-- but just copying the successful methods used by people with credibility (success and integrity) will ensure your success AND increase the likelihood of your team members doing what the see you do in turn. If you, a successful business leader, set goals, then it is highly likely that they will also set goals.

    *"In addition to reading ten pages of a motivational or inspirational book each day... listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... if you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's "the Slight Edge"." ~Jeff Olsen,
    author of The Slight Edge.

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    It is my desire that you will find just the right information
    in these weekly posts to reinforce what is working for you OR to help you choose to make changes that WILL produce success for you.

    Make every day positively vibrant!

    ~Cynthia
    Home Diva at
    http://positivelyvibrant.me

    **Today's wisdom was drawn from Jeff Olsen, and Zig Ziglar "Day in the Park" photo courtesy of Garrison Photos.

    Raising a Team


    "You can have everything you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." ~Zig Ziglar's Golden Rule

    A Nebraska farmer, Herman Ostry, had a barn floor that was under 29 inches of water
    every Spring because of a rising creek. His son Mike devised a lattice work of steel tubing and nailed, bolted, and welded it on the inside and the outside of the barn. Hundreds of handles were attached. After just one practice lift, 344 volunteers slowly walked the 17,000 pound barn up a slight hill, each supporting less than 50 pounds. In just three minutes, the barn was on its new foundation.

    This is a pretty amazing example of what can be accomplished when a team of laser-focused, willing, enthusiastic people come together to help each other out.

    I belong to an organization with a similar ethic-- people coming together to help others know a life of positivity, fellowship and abundance. I am very grateful to have a supplier with an owner who appreciates what value independent business builders bring to his company and recognizes that his company prospers as he assists me and others in prospering our businesses. If you want to find out how you too can be part of this organization in your own business, click here. I'm looking forward to meeting you!

    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    **Thank you to Amy Jacobs for the photo of the barn stored at StockXpert.

    The Golden Rule Still Rules


    Over 50 years ago, the founder of the company that provides research, development and product to my business, declared that "the Golden Rule" was the basis for all of his business interactions. Recently a business builder on my team asked me what the Golden Rule was. I had a moment there where I wondered if perhaps what came to me so quickly was indeed the Golden Rule... but, yes, I was able to answer her that the Christian Golden Rule is the much quoted (or it was much quoted as I was growing up) "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you". It can be found in the Bible in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10, Verse 31.

    The Golden Rule is also called "the ethic of reciprocity"
    or the "norm of reciprocity". It is a moral code or universal principle that is present in the major religions and world philosophies. It is a touchstone of trustworthiness. If you know that someone lives by the Golden Rule or one of its cognates, and you see the fruits of this professed belief, in their actions and their words, then you will generally welcome a positive association with that person.

    In Brahmanism: "This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done unto you."

    In Buddhism:
    "Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful."

    In Confusianism: "Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.

    In Hinduism: "The true role of life is to guard and do by the things of others as they do on their own."

    In Islam: "No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself."

    In Taoism: "Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss."

    In Judaism: "Whatever is hurtful to yourself do not to your fellow man. This is the whole of the law, the rest is merely a commentary."

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    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    I'm a Spiritual-Self-Knowing-Self-Improver... What are You?

    In the spirit of the season (i.e., the 'goal-setting' New Year) I took the following 43-item Personality quiz and discovered that I am a Spiritual, Self-knowing, Self-Improver. Apparently only 1% of other test-takers also have similar personalities based on this survey. Please take the survey (click here) and get back to me with what your results were, okay? Maybe I'm basing this whole blog on only a 1% target group-- what a shame that would be! (You will have to use the return arrow to come back & leave comments.) I really truly appreciate your willingness to share your results and any comments!

    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    Tips for a Sparkling Life in 2009


    A friend sent this to me by email-- these tips really rock!

    01. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

    02. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

    03. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

    04. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.'

    05. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

    06. Play more games and read more books than you did in 2008.

    07. Make time to practice meditation, and prayer. They
    provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

    08. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

    09. Dream more while you are awake.

    10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

    11. Drink green tea and plenty of water.. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

    12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

    13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

    14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

    15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

    16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

    17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the energy vampires away.

    18. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

    19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

    20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

    21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

    22. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

    23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

    24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

    25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'

    26. Forgive everyone for everything.

    27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

    28. Faith in God's presence helps you face everything.

    29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

    30. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

    31. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

    32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

    33. The best is yet to come.

    34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

    35. Do the right thing!

    36. Call your family often.

    37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.


    38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"

    Dream - Plan- Set Goals- Achieve!!


    Hi there Sparkling One! Yes, you-- I can see your inner shimmer-- I know that you have dreams (okay, maybe you HAD dreams)...

    Do you have desires? You're not sure?

    But there is something gnawing at your life
    ... you know that you are meant for better things than just sitting about watching paint dry-- waiting for the kids to grow up-- waiting for that big win-- waiting for the pounds to drop off-- waiting for the perfect business to fall into your lap--

    How about taking a little action?
    Sign up for the Positively Vibrant Tips ezine and start to make things happen in your life... one baby step in front of the other...


    *Photo is courtesy of Chris Watk at StockXpert.

    "In addition to reading ten pages a day of a motivational or inspirational book...listen to a self-improvement CD for at least 15 minutes every day... If you spend that time listening to educational and self-improvement material, you'll have the equivalent of a Ph.D. on any subject you choose in just a few years. That's the Slight Edge." ~Jeff Olson, author of "The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life"