Boy, when I get inspired, I REALLY get inspired! People who know me are well aware of how fond I am of the spirituality behind the whole “As a man thinketh” idea. I absolutely love it!
Well, I came across a wonderful blog entry today (thanks to my friend David S. on Facebook in our “Positive Imperative” group). The article he brought to my attention was about “neuroplasticity” and our brain’s ability to create new pathways when others have been damaged. The article goes on to discuss the importance of making darned sure that our words are consistently positive.
It takes James Allen’s famous work “As a Man Thinketh” to a different level in light of more recent scientific discoveries than were likely known in Mr. Allen’s time. Of course, most of us have heard “Our thoughts become our words…our words become our actions…” etc.
In an article I just posted here at the site, I have given you the link to the article that David pointed out, and also offered a thought on how to encourage consistent practice in what the author (Barrie Davenport) recommends.
The topic is an important one, and I hope my readers will take it to heart. Please continue on to the page “As a Man Thinketh…With a Twist – the Power of the Spoken Word.” We all need to be vigilant not only about the thoughts we think, but what we say out loud.
Sometimes the most amazing words of motivation come out of the mouths of little kids. Also some of the funniest things! I’m old enough to remember Art Linkletter on his TV, “House Party,” where he had a panel of little kids that he spoke to. Sometimes – and as chronicled in his book Kids Say the Darndest Things – the kids would come out with some of the most hilarious lines!
I used to absolutely LOVE “House Party,” and in the accompanying videos, you’ll see why – I’ve given you a look at Art Linkletter, including a short video tribute with Bill Cosby that will blow you away. He was a very loved man, not only in the entertainment industry, but in my own house growing up as well. Regrettably, the world lost Art Linkletter in May of 2010 (he was 97 years old!)…
But, for the moment, I would like to share with you an absolutely WONDERFUL video of a little boy who recently overcame the challenge of riding a bicycle. When you hear him speak, you will be able to feel his enthusiasm rub off on you. And so, my friends, take this youngster’s words and joy into your own lives today! Enjoy this motivational and uplifting video! Thanks for visiting!
Little Boy Motivates the Whole World!
By the way – in case there is any doubt as to the impact Art Linkletter had on our world, please enjoy the following 2 videos!
Art Linkletter tribute with Bill Cosby.
The Best of Art Linkletter’s Kids Say the Darndest Things, vol 1.
This morning, while making my fruit and green breakfast smoothie, it occurred to me that it would be a good addition to the Healthy Living Tips section of the website!It has been quite a while since John and I disembarked from the good ship “SAD” (aka Standard American Diet). I still like my share of junk food, and am certainly not an extremist – but more and more, we find ourselves just eating higher quality foods, and less and less of low-quality and “dead” foods.
We just feel better when we incorporate more “live” foods into our lifestyle.
So, these days we tend to make a lot more use of our good ol’ Vita-Mix that we’ve had for years (compliments of my Dad – Thanks Dad!). We have become VERY fond of our smoothies.
Have a look at the article, and watch our video – where I make our breakfast fruit and green smoothie right before your very eyes!
Folks, as you probably know, I am very involved in internet marketing – and I am especially interested in spreading HIGH QUALITY information when it comes to internet marketing education.
In fact, I have been receiving numerous requests to bring more “self development for entrepreneurs” to the site – and I cannot ignore my readers’ requests!
As it turns out, over the last 6 or 8 months, I have become acquainted with a gentleman by the name of Jared Elvidge. Now, until I was in a course with Jared, I honestly had not heard his name before in the internet marketing education circles.
But, anyone who is a serious student of internet and affiliate marketing will soon be VERY aware of Jared.
Jared is not some self-proclaimed “marketing guru.” In fact, I’m guessing that when he reads this post – which he will! – he will proabably ask me to not even USE that term in the same paragraph with his name. 🙂 But, we’ve all heard the term.
With Jared’s permission, I posed a LOT of questions over the course of a few months. I had become so enamoured of his professionalism, helpfulness toward EVERYONE who reaches out to him, his integrity (there’s that word again! I must have people of integrity in my life), his values, and his genuine nature – that I just had to get to know him better.
As I did, I felt an impossible-to-ignore desire to write about him.
Please join me in my journey… The series of interviews I am about to share with you is quite lengthy. It’s in 5 parts, actually. I just could not cut anything out.
As you get to know and learn from Jared, you will soon find out why he is sure to become one of our most beloved internet marketing education professionals.
Please continue to the article here => Internet Marketing Education – and Integrity in Business and Life: Jared Elvidge
Although I truly did think that most people were already well aware of how the misuse of Social Media could make or break a job application or even threated the job itself, it appears that a lot of folks still aren’t taking it seriously.
Surely by now we’ve all heard of the terrible injustices done to this or that waitress or waiter who “tweeted” something negative about a customer or boss or whomever and then lost their jobs. I’m sure that people feel passionately one way or another about it.
As someone who has worked for many years with people – younger and older – about career choices, applying for jobs, development resumes and cover letters, and coaching them in preparation of their job interviews – I feel compelled to chime in on this topic.
It was after reading a variety of “tweets” and Facebook updates that made me think, “Wow, this person has no idea how he/she looks right now… I sure hope his/her boss isn’t seeing this on line! How embarassing!”
So, in the interest of doing my little part in bringing a friendly reminder to job seekers to be careful what they tweet and otherwise write about, I bring you my article on how Social Media Can Affect Your Career in my Career and Job Resources section. Please read – and comment – by Clicking => HERE.
I was just over at a self development forum, and was very intrigued by one of the member’s ideas for giving himself a “50 skill challenge,” which sounds like a great way to help set and achieve goals and objectives
This forum member, who goes by the user name of “Mounds” stated, “I can make you a guarantee with this challenge. If you walk into it and learn 50 skills in a year, you will walk out a better, more developed person. How can you not?”
What a brilliant concept! I always temper big goals or objectives with one of my favorite sayings by Carl Schurz (paraphrased):
“Ideals are like the stars. We may not reach them, but like the mariners on the sea, we chart our course by them.”
In Mounds’ case, he talks about some skills being more simple (and therefore easy to chalk off the list) – such as “learn to change a tire.” Certainly not a difficult skill to learn – and also one that would always be helpful to know.
He then mentions adding skills that present a bit more of a challenge, such as “Learn origami.” Or “Learn how to salsa dance,” or “Learn…website related skills.”
This is where I thought about categorizing and prioritizing the skills I might target for myself. Thinking about some of the examples Mounds offered, I could quickly determine that as cool as it might be to learn origami or salsa dancing, I honestly don’t see myself using the skill very often. First, John just simply does not like to dance. 🙂 And, origami might be useful for an art teacher – but, not really for me.
So, I thought about how this type of challenge would work best for someone like me. As I mentioned to Mounds in his thread, I’d probably give thought to what my OVERALL goals are for the year (or whatever time frame I’d consider for this).
What am I trying to accomplish this year?
There are a few things that come to mind right away.
For example, I would dearly love to sell our house – but we don’t know of any realtors who are using the type of marketing that we feel could really help. Putting the house on the MLS is fine – but what ELSE could bring attention to our home?
So, thinking in terms of the goal to sell our home this year, I instantly think of “video marketing” and “social network marketing.” To the best of my knowledge, the agency with whom we had the house listed last year didn’t do any of this. If they did, we weren’t told of it.
So, what skills would be required for me to bring myself closer to my goal? Here are some of the things I came up with that one might need to learn:
- Learn how to sign up for YouTube
- Learn how to record a video on the free “Movie Maker” tool that came with my computer
- Learn how to make a Fan Page on Facebook to market the house
- Learn how to stage a house for photos and showings
Then, once these skills are learned, I could build my objectives (targeted action steps) toward the goal, based on using these skills. For example:
- Prepare each room for photos
- Take photos of each room
- Arrange photos in Movie Maker and add captions
- Complete the movie and publish on YouTube
- Create the Facebook Fan Page and add the video
So, as a result of this exercise where I learned some new skills, I also naturally find myself moving towards my goals.
It’s certainly an interesting concept – and one that I think would be a lot of fun to work on. It’s just a little twist on achieving goals and objectives.
And, at the end of the year, I’d walk away having learned at least a FEW new skills – which is an accomplishment in itself!
In the meantime, I’ll let you know if I really do anything like this to help sell our home!
(2014 Update – the forum I talk about is no longer available; therefore, I removed any links to it)
Because, let’s face it – if we were all 100% successful achieving our goals and objectives 100% of the time, WHY are there so many books, audios, seminars, workshops, programs, products, potions, and lotions on the market today?
Because, it makes sense to say that we SOMETIMES FAIL at reaching our goals.
Now… that does NOT mean we are “failures.” I think it’s safe to say that there is a BIG DIFFERENCE between EXPERIENCING a failure and BEING a failure.
It’s kind of like taking a test in school. If you don’t do well in ONE test, that doesn’t mean you fail the entire course. Naturally, we could go on about this, and agree that if you continue to fail every test… well, you probably WILL fail the course. 🙂
But that does NOT mean YOU are a failure.
There are a lot of reasons why people fail to achieve specific goals or objectives. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised to see that there was an entire library of books on the subject. Right off the top of my head, I can think of a few reasons why I, myself, have failed at reaching a few goals in my life:
- I THOUGHT I really wanted the goal, but it turned out I didn’t…
- I lost momentum after a “failure…”
- I felt I lacked the skill…
- I felt I didn’t have the support I needed…
And it could go on. If you are honest with yourself, you should be able to ASK YOURSELF: “Why am I not making the type of progress I want to make?” And after you ask yourself – quiet your mind and LISTEN to what your heart says. It could be any number of reasons. Oftentimes, our “reasons” are more “excuses” than actual reasons.
I’m intrigued by this topic, and am going to be writing more about it in the future. I feel it is a fairly complicated topic, and certainly don’t mean to gloss over it with a platitude such as “Oh, You can do it! I know you can!” There HAS to be more to achieving goals than that.
For starters, I just wrote a bit more on what I feel is one of the BIG reasons why we sometimes fail to achieve goals and objectives at my article here => Do You Ever Fail to Achieve Goals and Objectives? Please read it, and let me know what YOU think!
In the meantime, I’ll be exploring this more in future posts, because I really think it’s an important subject for anyone honestly working towards personal development.
I have always enjoyed learning from various popular self development teachers. I can be at a yard sale, and can spot a personal development book like an eagle spots his next meal from 1/2 mile up in the air.
Even if it’s a self development author I don’t particularly resonate to, I find myself picking up the book anyway. I can’t seem to help it!
There are times when I seem to pick up a book, and wonder, “What the heck am I doing with this thing? I am not a fan of his…” But I now realize that in almost every single book I find, I also uncover at least a small nugget of gold.
Here’s an example.
A couple of months ago, I found some books by Dr. Phil McGraw. Now, I confess that I had NO IDEA as to who Phil McGraw really was except that he was associated w/ Oprah Winfrey. But, I bought the books anyway. And lo and behold – as I sat down to read through some of the book, I found myself amazed at a story he told about a time when Oprah was being sued by some Texas cattlement for comments she had made pertaining to Mad Cow Disease around 1998. Evidently, Oprah just could not understand the obvious injustice of the attacks on her.
And her preoccupation about the injustice of it all was weakening her spirit. And, in order to face this multi-million dollar lawsuit – just or injust – she needed to be 100% present for it.
So, what struck me was Dr. Phil’s insistence that Oprah look at her situation realistically – and of course, this means we ALL look at our situations realistically. Instead of bemoaning “why” things are happening to us, he illustrated that we accept our situation and DEAL with it. I thought about the times I have spent in my life wondering, “How can this be? Why me? What did I do to deserve this?” etc.
But when I read Dr. Phil’s words that day, it really struck me as to how much time I have wasted in my own life, thinking of things that cannot be changed by worrying or stressing or avoiding them.
So, as it turns out, there are numerous gold nuggets in that book, and I’m holding onto it for now.
We can all learn from others. I feel fortunate to have stumbled onto many wonderful resources that I enjoy sharing. If you would like to see a little more here on my blog, including a list of author events from Hay House authors that you might enjoy, please see the article here: Hay House Author Events
I was just visiting Facebook, and saw a really neat positive story from someone that I wanted to share.
Turns out, this guy had once had an issue with drinking, and had been on the streets. He stayed in a homeless hostel. To make a long story short, he sobered up and got his life back together.
Nowadays, he works as a support worker for the homeless. Wow! I thought that was so incredibly powerful. And an example of how we can take what may have been a difficult situation and turn it into something positive for others.
In his own words, he said, “We can all give a little. But it can add up to a lot.”
Something to think about! 🙂
When it comes to healthy living tips, by now, I’m guessing that most people know and understand the benefits of adding more raw veggies to their diets. This is not a blog about health foods. I’m not here to debate the pros and cons of any specific diet or lifestyle.
What I DO want to say is that I look at the whole “self development” field holistically. That is, I don’t believe that self development is JUST about improving professional performance, or JUST about becoming a “better” person, or JUST about one thing or another.
I look at self development as encompassing all parts of life – I like the idea of improving life on every level I can think of. And that means professionally, socially, materially, physically, spiritually – you get the idea!
One area that I’m especially interested in is healthy foods and healthy eating. If something in cooking and eating can contribute positively to my overall health and well-being, I’m interested!
So, I got to thinking about some recipes and ideas that I could add to my “Healthy Living Tips” section here at my blog, and decided to add some of my favorites here. Then, one thing led to another, and I wound up making a video for you as well – It’s all in my article with my Recipe for Red Cabbage Salad!
Please join me at “Healthy Living Tips – A Delicious Recipe for Red Cabbage Salad”