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Awesome Video Affirmations to Start Your Day
by On March 13, 2009

Created by the people behind the book, The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, this video presents affirmations and images that will give you chills.  By watching, reading and speaking these words aloud, you can set the tone for your day to be filled with gratitude and your best YOU.

Be Free!

How To Visualize and Create Your Desired Results
by On March 12, 2009

Upon a recent Google search of articles on visualization studies I realized that there are more studies and articles out there than any one person could ever read. I even got specific, I searched for “study of free throw visualization” and over 95,000 articles were found.

Why am I telling you about the “googling” that I did? Because visualization has become somewhat of a buzz word in the business world today, with the success of “The Secret” and other best sellers, and even though many talk about it there are many of us who still don’t know “how to do it”.

In this article, I am going to explain 5 steps to visualize your desired result.  Before we dig into the 5 steps, it is important to understand that this one activity is what can determine if you hit your goal or just come close. Visualization is used by professional athletes of every sport, Olympians, professional musicians, speakers, actors, and business people from every walk of life. I personally have used these steps in my own life and business to achieve goals that I never would have dreamed possible long ago.

One of the simplest studies that I found was on the ability to shoot basketball free throws. There were three groups in the experiment that lasted one month. One group took shots physically every single day for, the other group only visualized shooting baskets in their mind and making them everyday. The third group did a combination of both. They physically shot the ball during the day and during the night before going to bed, they visualized making perfect shots. The results of this study were amazing. The athletes that visualized making their free throws improved by 10%, while the athletes that physically practiced every day only improved by 7%. The group that did both increased their free-throw percentages by a whopping 32%.

So what does that tell us? Yes, you now hold the key to winning the pop-a-shot game at the carnival! Well, maybe a bit more than that. It says that visualization can actually be quantified, that it is more than fancy talk or someone claiming that they visualized a house and “magically” moved into it 5 years later. It tells us in very simple terms what we already know to be true, that our minds are extremely powerful and have limitless potential. So these 5 steps are how you can start to tap into more of that potential.

Step 1 – Slow down. Stop. Breathe.
Trying to visualize while you are multitasking or doing other activities will get you off on the wrong foot and if you miss step 1 you don’t even need to bother with the remaining steps. Another great ability of our mind is how fast it can think and process information. This speed can also hinder us if we don’t know how to harness it, it would be like the world’s fastest racehorse that can’t stay on the track.

I have found the best time to visualize is just before I go to bed each night. I go through my routine of teeth brushing and what not and then go to the same spot each night. I use a pillow to sit comfortably on the floor but you might want to use a chair. I will recommend that you not sit in the big comfy La-Z-Boy recliner or lay on the couch because you don’t want to get too comfortable. You want to sit up straight and stay alert. Most people will close their eyes but you can keep them open if you like.

All you are trying to do here is exactly what it says…slow down. You don’t need to achieve complete and absolute silence of the mind, so you need not spend 20 minutes in deep meditation. Usually 5-10 slow controlled breaths will slow you down enough to go to Step 2. Just pay attention to your breath moving in and out and count each breath.

Step 2 – 10,000 Foot View
As you have slowed yourself down, now we want to get a very general picture in your mind of your desired result. We are bringing the concept and vision to the front of our mind and we want to start simple.

Examples:  When I am about to teach a workshop, my 10,000 foot view is of a great class with a lot of people saying they learned a lot and smiling. An Olympians 10,000 foot view might be seeing the Gold Medal or getting their hand raised in victory. A salesperson’s 10,000 foot view might be seeing themselves shake hands with their prospect to close the deal or a signed contract. Keep this step simple, we are going to get a lot of details and emotions in the next few steps.

Step 3 – Zoom Into the Beginning
Now I start from the beginning of the event and start playing out the event like a movie.

I will visualize the starting point of a workshop where I am in front of the group and all eyes are on me and play out the movie from there. Someone running a race would zoom in to the point just before the gun goes off. A salesperson might visualize the moment just before the client shows up or walks into the conference room. A student might visualize sitting at their desk just before the teacher passes out the exam they are about to take.

Wherever the starting point is just before the action starts is where you want to visualize yourself and then start playing the imaginary film. And as the movie starts to roll forward we move to step 4.

There is a certain percentage of the population that doesn’t consciously see these pictures that I am writing about here but do not worry, the pictures are still there. To compensate (or at least make them feel better), some will verbalize the pictures they are visualizing.

Step 4 – Details Details Details
In his book ‘Beneath the Surface’, Michael Phelps writes, “When I’m about to fall asleep, I visualize to the point that I know exactly what I want to do: dive, glide, stroke, flip, reach the wall, hit the split time to the hundredth, then swim back again for as many times as I need to finish the race”. To the HUNDREDTH!! Now, that is some exactness in a visual picture.

When my movie is playing out in the visualization of a workshop I not only see people nodding their heads and smiling but I “see” them “getting it”. You can do this one too, I see the proverbial “light bulb” above each students head lighting up. Maybe you can visualize your client loosening their tie as a sign that they are feeling comfortable, or you can see them day-dreaming about the benefits of using your product while you are in this imaginary meeting. Regardless, of what your result is you want to incorporate ALL of your senses. I would bet Michael Phelps can smell the water in his visualization. And you are using all of these senses while the movie plays. What is happening? and what are you experiencing as it happens? Keep the movie moving as slow or fast as you need it to. The workshop I teach on memory lasts 7 hours in total, and I will run through the majority of the class in about 5 minutes in my visualization of it.

Professional golfers will spend a moment before they take each shot and visualize how they want their swing to look and feel and then watch the flight and trajectory of the ball once they hit it all in their mind. You would want to imagine how the club would feel in your hand, how the sun feels on your back, how does the grass smell, what does the club sound like when you swing it, etc.

Step 5 – See it to the Finish with EMOTION
You’ve played the visualization movie out this far, now you get to see the final result. See the final result that you ultimately want to have happen with as much detail as you can muster and then FEEL it. Use feelings from past accomplishments if you need to stir the feeling but do whatever is necessary to create that feeling. Some people will pump their fist (actually) or raise their hands above their head like they are cheering while they are celebrating their victory or achievement (mentally).

This final step is where you are locking in the visualization to your subconscious mind. You are creating a memory for your mind so that when the actual event is taking place your mind will take the path of least resistance, it will try and find the event that most closely resembles what is happening and try to make the memory and reality match. This is where you are tapping into potential that you didn’t know you had. The emotion that you visualized is your anchor. And when adversity sets in, as it sometimes does, the projected emotion will keep you moving forward because you will believe that you can achieve that result.

A Word of Caution
If you find yourself thinking of something terrible that “could” go wrong while you are visualizing, don’t worry and don’t freak out, simply back up your movie to the best spot where you left off and then go forward to visualize yourself overcoming that obstacle. Consequently, thinking of a couple of things that could go wrong and visualizing how you are going to get through those are awesome details that your brain will be able to anchor to and make your result more achievable. This step of getting around obstacles can actually help your conscious mind believe the movie more. It would be similar to an actual film where nothing went wrong and there was no adversity, most of us would be bored with that movie, so you don’t need to make your visualization boring. Give yourself every obstacle you can think of in your picture and see yourself overcoming everyone of them with flying colors.

You are, without a doubt, an absolutely amazing creature with an astounding capacity to imagine anything. I am excited to read about your successes in your emails and blog posts. Everything is created at least twice, once in your mind and then in reality. Go create your desired result and….

Be Free!

Tom Weber
VP of Sales

Creating a Vision with a Dream Board
by On March 9, 2009

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What kind of a vision do you have for your life? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In ten? What about when you’re 70 or 80?

These are great questions because they get you thinking BIG, looking beyond the present moment into the future. And most importantly, it forces you to think about what YOU want your life to look like.

The busyness of this world makes it dangerously simple to just move along a predetermined path. I’ll say that again. The busyness of this world makes it dangerously simple to just move along a predetermined path. And the problem with a PREDETERMINED path is that IT IS NOT necessarily YOU.

You may currently be doing the college path, pursuing a career track, conforming to religious rituals, following a family plan, adhering to an exercise routine, or any one of a number of other paths. AND NONE OF THESE PATHS ARE BAD.

All I’m encouraging you to do is to make it your own. Make sure that you made some sort of past decision to be where you are in your career, in your health, in your relationships, in your spiritual development, etc. If you’re looking at these areas of your life and thinking “this is not how I drew it up,” that’s OK. As I said earlier, your future is nothing but an empty space waiting to be filled…a blank slate if you will. And the decisions you make TODAY, because today is all you ever have, is what ultimately determines your future.

Exercise is a great example of this. The minute you begin to exercise, your heart becomes more efficient, your arteries widen, lowering your blood pressure; and more capillaries are created, which allows more oxygen to be delivered, which gives you more energy.

Just as exercising today leads to a different quality of life tomorrow, so to do all the other decisions you make today. And just as sticking with exercise over a prolonged period of time will lead to many more long-term benefits and a better quality of life, so does your persevering in the decisions you make lead to a long-term better future and a higher quality of life.

The law of reaping what you sow is a fact of life. And the reality is, whether you realize it or not, you’re always sowing the seeds of tomorrow. The key is to consciously decide on the actions you take, and having a clear vision will help clarify which actions are necessary to create the future you desire.

It is in making decisions and sticking with them that you become a co-creator of your life. The key to creating the future you want is making your actions purposeful, meaning that you do everything for a reason, to become the person you want to become. And the only way you can make your actions purposeful is knowing exactly what you hope to become and having a clear vision of what you want your future to look like. And one of the best ways to clarify your vision is to create a dream board.

What is a dream board?

It’s simply a collage of pictures of what you want your future to look like that generates emotion and elicits deep feeling. It creates a spark of life, gets you excited, motivates you to take action, and keeps your mind in tune to the world around you as to how you can create it.

Dreaming is not simply child’s play. Dreaming and believing are the first steps in creating anything. Think about it…would we ever have put a man on the moon if we never had dreamed it was possible? The same is true of your life. Whatever you wish to achieve, you must first see it and believe it on the inside before you can ever achieve it on the outside. That’s why creating a vision is the first step in creating the future you desire.

The cool thing about your vision is that you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to create it. You only have to focus on the “what”, and the “how to” will present itself along the way. A Greater Mind will present the opportunities, as It always does, when you’re ready to see and receive it. I wish you the best in creating your future.

Be Free!

David Meyers
COO

Validation
by On March 6, 2009

This short film, Validation, was advertised on YouTube.com a fable about the magic of free parking. Actaully it is a story about the magic of validating another person.

The star of the film is a parking validator that not only validates your parking pass, he validates you as a human being. He sincerely tells people they look great, or they are appreciated. As a result he ends up finding true love and brings smiles to the faces of hundreds of people.

What a great way to start the weekend – tell someone, anyone, even a stranger, how awesome they are.

If you have any expenses to share, please do and post them below.

Be Free!

David Denis

Lead the Field by Earl Nightingale
by On March 4, 2009

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Hundreds of thousands of people have profited from the wisdom and savvy of Lead the Field!

In fact, it has often been referred to as the “Program of Presidents” because so many top executives have incorporated Earl Nightingale’s auidance and wisdom into their management philosophies.

When you listen to this landmark program you’ll be awestruck by the simplicity and timelessness of Earl’s words and ideas.

You will learn how to:

  • Double your mental capability
  • Recognize and easily overcome the biggest stumbling block to high achievement
  • Dramatically improve your luck by changing one simple thing
  • Make success unavoidable with an easy 3-minute-a-day exercise
  • Assess your potential worth, and start increasing it now

Lead the Field has arguably changed more lives and created more millionaires than any other program. Order it today, and start moving into the top 5% of the world’s earners!!

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Dear God Letter – Getting Your Goals on Paper
by On March 3, 2009

There’s a new quick and easy way to put your goals to paper. It’s called the Dear God Letter process.

It’s a simple online application that requires 10 minutes of your time and your attention and focus on your goals. Really connecting with your dreams and desires and then writing them down using the application makes it fast and fun to get them down on paper. Then you can read them daily, share them with other people you know, and really live into the life of your dreams.

Here’s how it works:

Go online and bring up the Dear God Letter website located at http://www.deargodletter.com

When you arrive, look for the blue box on the right hand side that says, “The Dear God Letter Facebook Application – Get It Here.” Click on this box which will take you out to Facebook.

If you have a Facebook account, please enter your user email account and password. If you don’t have a Facebook account, take a moment to follow the directions to sign up for your account and then go into Facebook.

Once you log into Facebook, follow the instructions on the screen to add the Dear God Letter application to your Facebook profile. This will give you access to this easy-to-use interactive tool.

Once you have approved the application, get ready to write your first letter.

Pick the topic area that is most important to you: relationships, health, finance, career or happiness. Then select something specific for which you’d like to write about in your first letter. Focus your attention, mind, body and soul on this topic. Get clear in your mind about what you want.

Now, you’re ready to write your letter.

Using the Facebook application, scroll down to the bottom of the page and register with your name and email address to take the next step into the application.

Now it’s time to create your letter. Follow the steps on the screen.

Step One – Salutation
Ask God for what you want and articulate by when you want it.

Step Two – Pick Your “Must Have” Traits from the List
The “Must Have” traits are the most important. These are your non-negotiables. These are your absolutes. If this quality isn’t met, it would be a deal-breaker.

Step Three – Pick Your “Would Like” Traits from the List
These are traits that are important and would be great to have, but are not deal-breaker traits.

Step Four – Pick Your “Dream” Traits from the List
“Dream” traits represent the icing on the cake. These are your “wow” traits, your bonus traits, but again not deal-breakers.

Step Five – Closing
Express gratitude and sign your name.

Here are some additional keys and quick tips for writing your letter:

  • Use positive statements and phrases.
  • Be specific – the details are important. For example, if you like a certain type of music and that type is Rock and Roll, write that down.
  • Avoid negative words and phrases like “Can’t” or “Don’t”

When you use the Facebook application, you’ll find we have already started the process with you by giving you ideas that all you have to do is click on the ones that resonate and create new traits we might not have included

Once you finish your letter in Facebook, click on the Share button at the bottom and share it with friends you know on Facebook. Print it out and read it daily. Carry it with you in your pocket, wallet or purse. Spend a few minutes each day visualizing and focusing on what your life will be like when your goal is met and your dream is achieved.

Lee Iaccoca said: “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”

The Dear God Letter Team is always available to assist you with this letter writing process. You’ll find it really is the first step to achieving any goal and dream you desire.

See for yourself. Go to the Dear God Letter website today, www.deargodletter.com, and write your first letter. You’ll be amazed with what you can achieve when you start with this simple first step.

We would love to hear about your experience with the Dear God Letter.  Post your comments below.

Be Free!

Winners of Our Successful Relationship Contest Announced
by On March 2, 2009

Thank you to everyone who participated in our “What is a Successful Relationship Contest”

Lots of great answers here, I must say that I learned quite a bit from reading them. So without further ado, here are our winners:

First Place and winner of a Freedom Personal Development Sweatshirt – Irene Koontz (comment #18)

I believe to keep married romance alive, couples should choose something that made them happy while they were dating and make it their “personal tradition.” There is a romantic phrase my spouse said to me while we were dating that warmed my heart so much that I said I’d love to hear it every day. We have been married almost 9 years now and there is not a day that goes by that he does not say those words to me. They seem to heal and melt each day’s burdens away and bring us closer to each other each time we share in those words.

Made me wonder what her spouse says every day!

Second Place and winner of an “Expect Success” Book – Philip Glover (comment #13)

Listen, Really Listen.
People feel very special if they perceive you care about what they have to say. Showing appreciation, say thank you, shake your clients’ hand, and be available. This is true of business and personal relationships.

The concept of Really Listening is huge in any relationship, and I thought he expressed this really well 

Third Place and Winner of a Freedom Personal Development Water Bottle – Eve Tovar-Karoses(comment #2)

My definition of a successful (husbandwife)relationship is one with mutual respect,
unconditional love, flammable passion, and being able to work as a team to accomplish
both your goals.

What does it take to achieve that success?
It takes continuous planning, Patience, desire, Love and admiration from both parties.

Just for the excellent use of the term “flammable passion”! 

Watch your email andthe blog this Thursday when we announce our March Contest!

Be Free!

Roger Seip
Instructor