Get In The Game: Design, Plan and Focus

To design something means to have an end in mind. A destination to reach or result to achieve.

When an architect starts out to build a home the architect starts with: concepts, images and visions of the final product.

From concepts sketches and drawings are crafted into recognisable blueprints giving the building shape and character.

When the contractors get involved they begin to build from the blueprints, step by step, each specialist is introduced taking care to finish their own part in bringing to life the vision.

So you can see that planning is no accident.  There must be plans to achieve a given result.

Too many of us have fallen short in designing and planning our own lives?  I mean intentionally thinking about the end result and acting on steps daily, weekly, and monthly to achieve that result.

Designing, planning and focusing an intention is not sexy but to get in the game and stay in the game it’s a must.  And design BIG it’s your life don’t waste your time on small stuff.

3 steps to results:

  • Think of a result you would like and write down on paper what it is, why you want it and when.

  • Write out all the action steps you believe it will take to achieve it.

  • Schedule the action steps in your day planner for daily, weekly and monthly actions. Adjust when needed.

There is no need to get overly anxious everything is scheduled just follow the plan.

Have fun and Live Fully!

 

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Week 25 – Visualization

VisualizationI have been thinking about where I want to be in the next five years and what I want my life to look like in ten years.  I have to say, it’s a bit scary and exciting to think this way because I have some very lofty plans for myself.  However, I am convinced if I don’t intentionally think about and create a plan and execute that plan on a daily bases I will not get to my final destination.

Here’s a little background information about me.  I did not grow up wealthy. I was not a childhood prodigy and I was not prom queen.  I am just an average person, and like millions of other people, I am looking for my own special uniqueness to develop to give back to the world.  I guess you can sum it up in one word PURPOSE.

What I have come to realize the past several months is that I am multifaceted and there are many spectacular areas of my life that I could choose as my purpose.  The hunt I was on to “find my purpose” can now stop.  What I will do is pick one aspect of myself that I would like to share and provide service to others with, then go about enjoying myself in service.

In my earlier posts I have been talking a great deal about the subconscious mind.  The reason for that is the subconscious mind makes all of our decisions.  The decisions are based on our beliefs, values, understanding and previous experiences.  So, if I plan the next five years of my life to build an International business without having a strong belief system in place, then I am in trouble before I begin.

How someone goes about changing their beliefs is as an in-depth a conversation as you can get.  There is so much material on changing your beliefs and come from a variety of different view points.  Do some research and find a view point that resonates with you.

It is my belief that visualization is under utilized and is key to achieving future results.  Visualization is the seed of all ideas and primes the pump of creativity.  If I spend ten to fifteen minutes a day thinking about my future; people, places, things, and other ideas to achieve my plans magically are revealed.  Call it “Law of Attraction” or what ever you will.  All I know is that it works.  I don’t believe in coincidences, luck, or any of that jazz.

When we rehearse an activity in our heads, recall an event or anticipate the future we see images, hear sounds, taste flavors, feel tactile sensations and smell odours.  We think in this pattern of senses. That is the way we record our experiences.  There are scientific studies of professional athletes mentally rehearsing their performance before they play.  The studies concluded that the body secretes the same chemicals and reacts as if the athlete is actually physically performing the action.  Just stop and think about this for a minute.  It’s huge!

The stumbling block for most of us is when those ugly, negative thoughts come in to our minds and cloud our view of our true potential.  We start having that internal conversation in our minds about all the reasons why it can’t happen rather than why it can.  That’s when our energy gets low, the 9-5 job looks safe, and we convince ourselves we are doing okay where we are.

The difference between the folks that are living an outstanding life and the folks that are living an okay life are; the folks that live an outstanding life make the hard choices, take the risks, believe they can develop ways to get what they want instead of believing that they can’t.  The way to an outstanding life take change: mentally, spiritually and physically.

Are you ready to make some changes?

Be unreasonable with achieving success.

Live Fully!

 

 

 

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Week 24 – What’s your beleifs

There is new information daily about new company’s forming, new technology that will change the way we do things, new apps. to track data, and  health reports on one form of food or another.  There are multiple commercials, billboards, papers, website ads that will have been introduced to us hundreds, if not thousands, of times a day.  I bring this up to point out the fact that we are bombarded with information every day, all day,  it never stops.  Our subconscious mind is making decisions on our behalf from the information it is taking in from our five senses without us consciously knowing.  To some degree this information is faulty. We make decisions on all of this information without really consciously knowing.

Our brains have a capacity to filter information that doesn’t seem relevant at the time.  And our brains tend to lump together experiences, for instance, we perceive people, things, and events by noticing aspects of experiences that we previous had and categorize a new experience from that information.  Although generalizing is efficient it can lead us down the wrong path.  If we see someone that reminds us of a friend we may make an assumption that person is like them, but they most liekly are a different kind of person altogether.

Our beliefs are based on our awareness’s, culture, and family’s values and we treat this information as fact.  So it goes without saying that each persons belief’s and view about life is unique to them.  Just think about your own beliefs about time.  Are you on time or an early bird when you go out to meet friends for dinner?

Our beliefs color our lives.  They influence our actions, thought, and speech.  If their is a belief of limitation or lack in some form, it will continue to show up in our life and negatively impact us until we choose to change it, and create a more life enhancing belief that allows us to move forward.

I often hear and read life is 80% psychology and 20% work.  If that is so, then change starts from the mind.  Each individual that is wise enough to take the path to understand their beliefs, and strong enough to take action to develop new ways of thinking, will partake in a wonderful, authenticate life, full of magic.  I hope you all walk that path.

Live Fully every day!   Trust yourself.  Love everyone you meet.

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Week 23 – Luck has nothing to do with it

love1This past September I became very focused on what I had wanted to achieve in my life.  I wrote out a list of actions I would take to achieve the experiences that I desired.  By doing this I was able to experience things I longed for and expose myself to new ways of thinking as well as expand my capacity to love.  My bucket list did not get shorter as i thought it would though, I now had more I wanted to achieve and was extremely excited to know that I had the capacity to achieve these ideals.

I had a clear intention and took action on reading life enhancing books; reciting affirmations, scheduling time for a weekly meeting, meditation and keeping a journal that contributed to my personal development of love and service.  All of this work developed in me positive, constructive habits which shines through in my daily interactions with others.  Developing and living virtuous behaviours allowed me to see life as it is on a moment by moment basis.  Not fearing the unknown but embracing it as my own creation.

Being intentional made me strong.  My excitement about achieving activities that in the past eluded me gave me the will to strive for more.  Having the support of others and the knowledge I was not alone in my struggles ignited a fire in me that I had not felt in a long time.

As I look back on the last six months of my life the two commonalities that stand out is repetition and intention.  Without the two you simply do not get very far.  There is a distinction between wanting and intending, wanting is a form of lack, a dream, and intention is a purpose or action.  Repetition simply builds skill and ability.  You get better as a result of doing something daily, in fact, the act becomes part of your nature if done repetitively.  This holds true for any idea or thought. If you intentionally think you will succeed at something repeatedly, day after day, you will achieve it. You will manifest your destiny.  If you believe you won’t that will show up in your life for you as well.

As I see it, this opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Think about it.  You can achieve all kinds of things with intention and repetition.  Sure, some things may be inconvenient at first and your body and mind may fight about it a little.  But if you take control of your thoughts and intentionally live the way you choose to there is nothing you can’t do.

Freeing yourself of extra weight will be a breeze.  Making a decision to change: jobs,  relationships, build a house, build a business, live in another country, or even have children will be an intentionally thought out idea.  You will have allowed your creative mind the option to explore all sorts of ways to achieve the purpose you wish to attain.  And you will list and take steps necessary to attain what it is you intend to have, be or do all because you will it.

Luck has nothing to do with it.  When I began to think of flying an air plane I attracted advertisements about lessons, in conversations flying would come up as a topic, I even met a pilot in the grocery store.  What are the chances of that?  Intention is powerful.  I did fly a plane.  My next adventure is to fly a helicopter.

My own personal feelings of self-satisfaction are a by-product of achievement.  Once you achieve a number of things in your life you begin to yearn to help others achieve their goals and aspirations.  This selfless need to love others has a power effect. One person, through generosity and persistence, could potentially educate, feed or house a whole village in a third world country.  Think of the change that can be made just by one unselfish, loving person who has the willingness to think outside the box.

My very wise Aunt Paula told me once to focus on what I wanted to BE and everything else will naturally fall away.   She was right.

Today, BE the change you want to see in this world.

Live fully!

 

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Week 22a – Gratitude

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I just came back from a two weeks in Fiji.  I went to participate in a conference for Life and Wealth mastery.  What I thought I was going to receive and what I actually came home with was very different.

When arrived in Fiji I learned that part of the Life Mastery was to participate in a three-day cleanse (all juices).  That was interesting! I made it through the three days surprisingly strong and was really shocked to feel no hunger at all.  I was educated about; assimilation, elimination, breath work, proper water consumption and foods.  lots of my favorite foods I now avoid.  For my total health I purchased a series of colonic treatments.  This was new to me since I had never taken my colon health into mind before this retreat.

There was 55 other individuals that represented 6 different countries that came to this spot on earth to learn the very same things. We all became family.  We all participated fully in this wonderful experience, laughing, singing, dancing, playing games and sharing.

On the first day of our trip we took a bus ride to a field where six, sixty foot high poles stood erect.  One pole had pegs on either side of it and the other two poles provided suspension of a metal bar that was about three feet long and six feet out of reach.  We split up into two teams, that’s after we got the ten minute safety talk and climbing gear.

The challenge for each one of us was to climb the pole and stand on top of the pole, then jump to grab the bar.  As you might have already guessed, it’s not about if you are able to grab the bar and swing from it, although that would definitely feel awesome, it’s really about going after your life purpose. Taking the jump.

Whatever the challenges you face in your life you must make a decision to take the jump. Some of us stand on the pole too long and allow the wind to knock us off, some never get to jump because they never climb, and for the ones that jump and don’t triumph; remember it’s about the act of the jumping not reaching the goal that counts. Keep persisting and believing and in the final analysis your efforts will pay off.

Be mindful that we never face anything alone. When we live fully we are surrounded by family, friends and well wishers that are by our side because we intentionally asked them to be a part of our lives. When we need help or assurance real friends are there for us as we are for them. To ask for help and guidance is a sign of strength.

When you make friends you meet people from all walks of life. Their ideas and energy fuse a bond that is strong.  Charles Hannel says that you “make money by making friends”.  I think that’s true just remember there’s more to life than making money and it’s not the money that will be with you until the end.

Today I am grateful for the new friends I made that will last a life time because I will intentionally make it so.

Share some love today. Be kind to someone one.  Pay a parking meter for someone or buy them a coffee just because you can.  Breathe the fullness of love into your belly and smile.

Life is good.  Live fully.

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Week 22 – St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I wanted to salute St. Patrick by sharing the history with you.

Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well-known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.

Up until the mid-19th century, most Irish immigrants in America were members of the Protestant middle class. When the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland in 1845, close to 1 million poor and uneducated Irish Catholics began pouring into America to escape starvation. Despised for their alien religious beliefs and unfamiliar accents by the American Protestant majority, the immigrants had trouble finding even menial jobs. When Irish Americans in the country’s cities took to the streets on St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate their heritage, newspapers portrayed them in cartoons as drunk, violent monkeys.

The American Irish soon began to realize, however, that their large and growing numbers endowed them with a political power that had yet to be exploited. They started to organize, and their voting block, known as the “green machine,” became an important swing vote for political hopefuls. Suddenly, annual St. Patrick’s Day parades became a show of strength for Irish Americans, as well as a must-attend event for a slew of political candidates. In 1948, President Harry S. Truman attended New York City ‘s St. Patrick’s Day parade, a proud moment for the many Irish Americans whose ancestors had to fight stereotypes and racial prejudice to find acceptance in the New World.

I am so proud of my heritage.  My family came from County Cork, Ireland on those ships.  I was raised Catholic by two good people and I come from a long line of prayer warriors who never missed Sunday Mass.  I am grateful to my entire family, to the family members that I have and those I have never met. My strength and courage comes from being on your shoulders.

Today do something good for someone. Buy them a coffee, clean snow off their car or put a quarter in the meter for someone.  Life is too short to not spread love.

I want to give credit to the writers at History.com for this wonderful documentary. You can read more at http://www.history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day

Live Fully

 

 

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Week 21 – Think BIG!

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Is your business local or is it global? it may sound funny but it’s worth thinking REALLY BIG to eliminate a lot of small issues that could potentially trip you up on your way.  As Charles Haanel states;

“it is well to hold ideas large enough to counteract and destroy all small or undesirable tendencies. This will remove innumerable petty and annoying obstacles from your path.”

If we are what we think and what we think expands then, thinking big begins a pattern of thought that will eventually produce big results.  The Law of Attraction will work for you as you think and feel your way to larger than life goals.

The phrase Law of Attraction has been written about for years and in some cases over played in my opinion.  What you do by thinking about your desire daily with feeling (no matter the size) is create behaviors behind those feelings that will move you forward to creating your reality.  The pattern of thought is created, the intention is strong, the people, places and things start to show up in your presence to allow you an opportunity to make another decision to get you a step closer to your goal.

You always have a decision and your mental attitude means a great deal on how well you will you achieve your goal.  Will you hesitate, will you give up prematurely ?  will you go for it!  It is all about your mental attitude.  Dare to believe!  and then set out to achieve what it is you desire and do not stop until you have achieved it.

You can do it!  BELIEVE.

Live Fully!

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