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Back to School Contest Winners Announced
by On September 30, 2009

David ShoupThank you all for sharing all the wonderful lessons learned during your days in school.

I truly enjoyed reading your responses and found it was such a great reminder to me that much of who we are today can be attributed to the concepts and ideas that we learned as students.

I also found it interesting, but not surprising, that much of what we remember from our days in the classroom had very little to do with the actual content of what was being taught. The real lessons can from the principles we were able to gain or learn.

Thanks again for your thoughtful answers. It was difficult to narrow it down, but here are my top three picks. Congratulations to the winners.

First Place – #20 Katina Asbell

The most important thing I learned in school is that you can never learn enough.

Every day in 5th grade Mrs. Hodges had our class recite:

I use to think I knew I knew but now I must confess, the more I know I know I know, I know I know the less.

I am in my 40’s now and still recall it perfectly. This sentence taught me that you can never learn enough. When you have a question and find the answer, guess what? It usually creates a new question. Learing is never ending. It is the process of continually asking questions and seeking answers. Learning is finding better and more efficient ways to do things and never sitting stagnet. Learning is FUN!

If every child was taught how to ask questions and they were in an enviroment that allowed for and answered those questions….think about how much our children could learn!

If you have an encounter with a child today and they ask you a question, think about your answer carefully. If you don’t know the answer then take the opportunity to learn together, ask questions together and find answers together. After all, Mrs. Hodges and myself believe you can never learn enough.

I agree with you. I believe we can never learn enough. Many of the most successful people (in all fields) are the ones who are most committed to their own growth and are continually striving to attain new skills or knowledge.

Your 5th grade teacher Mrs. Hodges was a very wise woman and probably an extremely good teacher.

Katina has won The Student’s Winning Edge – Memory Training – AND – The Student’s Winning Edge – Goal Setting and Attitude

Second Place – #5 Douglas Alexander

My High School had this motto: “Character Before Career.” That basically says it all.

First, it is a great principle to live one’s life by, that, if I have the opportunity to lay on my death bed and look back over my life, I’ll be glad I followed–as opposed to compromising my integrity or other character traits in order to make money or somehow get ahead.

Secondly, “Character Before Career” is excellent business advice in the long run–it will usually help me get farther ahead.

Lastly, “Character Before Career” is excellent advice for personal relations since, if the principle is internalized at work, it will filter over into one’s personal life as well.

Great point Douglas. The concept of “Character Before Career” is a lesson we can all take throughout our lives.  When we live in integrity with ourselves our business and personal lives are so greatly enhanced.

Plus, every time you choose to live in integrity you are aligning yourself with (God, Karma, The Universe) and good things will come back to you.

Douglas has won his choice of with The Student’s Winning Edge – Memory Training or The Student’s Winning Edge – Goal Setting and Attitude

Third Plane – #13 Shauna Simpson

The most important thing I learned in school was the importance of working as a team. In college there were classes that involved team projects. You worked on these projects with people with different backgrounds and personalities. The projects always came together in the end. The same applies in the workforce. You need to work in an environment that works as a team in order to be successful.

Shauna, wonderful point. Much of our success as individuals can be attributed to others. The more we understand the life is a “TEAM” sport, the better off we all will be.

Shauna has won a Freedom Personal Development Water Bottle.

Tomorrow we announce our next contest – stay tuned and….

Be Free!

David Shoup

The Top 10 Tips to Creating Powerful Positive Self-Talk
by On September 29, 2009

Self-TalkWe all have access to a powerful tool which when used regularly will enhance our self esteem, break through limiting self-imposed beliefs, and raise the thermostat of our comfort zones.  It is called self-talk.  Here are the Top 10 Tips for creating powerful self-talk.

1. Know Your Outcome
Have a clear vision of the end result and avoid dwelling on the question, how will I get there? Our subconscious minds are very creative and once the thought is programmed, you will be pleasantly surprised at how the creative mind goes to work to guide you to make the vision a reality. For example, let’s take a shy person who is uncomfortable speaking to a group of people. The desired end-result is to be confident, dynamic and captivating when speaking before large groups of people. (Get the idea?)

2. Personal
Begin your affirmations with “I”….okay, we would all probably like to change the behavior of some of the people around us, but we can only affirm for ourselves. However, as you begin to make changes in your own behavior, others will notice and begin to ask what is your secret? ..So, as you share your new techniques, you are, indirectly, also making a positive impact on those around you.

3. Positive
Use a positive spin when saying and writing affirmations as opposed to the negative approach. An example of the difference is stating, I am confident when speaking before groups of people, VS. the negative approach of saying.. I am not as nervous or scared as I used to feel when speaking to groups of people.

4. Present Tense
You want to keep the statement in the NOW moment for your subconscious mind to fully comprehend the change is for today, NOT someday. Avoid using words like CAN, WILL, SHOULD, COULD, and instead use the empowering word AM….I am a confident, dynamic and powerful speaker when addressing large groups of people.

5. Keep it Simple
Use short, powerful sentences for programming new behavior in your subconscious mind, no long dissertations, rambling paragraphs for your affirmations. Just short sentences that reprogram your thought process. Keep it simple!

6. Believable
The affirmation needs to be believable and attainable by you and for your own good. It doesn’t matter what others say, only that YOU believe…so become your own dreammaster!!

7. Emotions
Use words that trigger emotions when you say your affirmations out loud. A few examples: I am a loving nurturing parent and look for ways to build Mat’s self esteem…or……I look forward to my energizing work outs 3 times each week.

8. Write
Take out 3 x 5 index cards and write each affirmation separately on an index card. If you are working on a couple of different areas at once, you may try pink for family and relationships, yellow for health and nutrition and perhaps green for financial.

9. Repeat
Here’s the challenge – for 30 conseutive days, read your affirmations each morning upon awakening and each night just before falling asleep, this is when your brain is most receptive to change.

Take about 45 seconds for each affirmation, read it, close your eyes and picture the end result ..SEE the picture come to life and enjoy all the vibrant colors in your mind….Now, FEEL the emotion associated with the affirmation. Breath deeply, and enjoy the moment and then go to the next affirmation and repeat the steps.

10. Believe
Open your heart and mind to the possibilities and expect to make positive changes in your life using this technique. Break out of the negative self talk pattern and get into the POSITIVE self-talk habit.

About the Author:

This piece was originally submitted by Coach Janice LaVore, Director for Fortune 100 Company, who can be reached at Coach Janice LaVore wants you to know: I coach enthusiastic Managers, Trainers, Sales and Human Resources Professionals through career transitions, leadership development, performance improvement and life mastery skills. Send an email to inquire about a free introductory coaching session. The original source is: various books, tapes and seminars.


Video – Irrational Behavior
by On September 25, 2009

Author of the book, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions, behavioral economist, Dan Ariely, and , uses classic online pharmacy tech training visual pharmacy online canada24d illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions. Be Free! Dan’s Book: Predictable Irrational ffff

3 Principles to Trigger the Law of Attraction
by On September 24, 2009

Roger Seip

The Law of Attraction is the closest thing to magic I’ve ever seen. The Law of Attraction basically states that every result and situation you have in your Life, you have attracted with your thoughts.

It’s been expressed many ways over the millennia, from the book of Proverbs (as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he) to Earl Nightingale’s The Strangest Secret (you become what you think about) to Jack Canfield, James Ray and even Oprah this year.

The purpose of this article is to help you understand 3 principles you can use to trigger the Law of Attraction to start attracting top performance and tremendous results into your life almost immediately.

Principle #1 Success Leaves Clues

Anthony Robbins made known/famous the saying that “success leaves clues.” What this means is that getting good results- higher sales, losing 10 pounds, earning a six figure income, etc.- is not mysterious or because of luck. Success in any endeavor happens for specific, predictable reasons that do not favor one person over another. Those reasons can be studied, learned, and, if duplicated, will generate similar results again and again. If you study the success of others you can find the clues to your own!

Principle #2 What You See is What You Get

Normally the phrase “what you see is what you get” is used to indicate that you should take something or someone at face value. What I mean in this case is actually a restatement of the Law of Attraction itself: The pictures you see mentally (what you see) inevitably become the results in your life (what you get).

What we all need to understand is that this Law is in effect all the time. Many times we don’t want to believe this because it means that we are fully responsible for the outcomes in every area of our Lives. If we acknowledge this, it becomes impossible to be a victim. The good news is that if we create our mental pictures consciously the outcomes we want WILL start showing up. Every time.

Principle #3- What You See What You Look For

You probably know that you can and will see both positive and negative in the same situation or person. Think about it, if you’ve ever been in a relationship where you were thinking about and looking for all the wonderful things about the other person, what did you see and how did you feel? Right- it was like a honeymoon! Fast forward a few months (Weeks? Years? Days?) and in the same person you saw only negative or irritating characteristics. Same person, you were just looking more for the negative and therefore you saw it.

Without a long scientific dissertation, our brains are actually wired to notice what we are looking for and tune out other influences. So it only makes sense that if you are consciously looking for the positive in a situation or person, you are much, much, much more likely to see it.

Tying It Together

So what does all this mean? Well, it’s actually a very powerful way of making the Law of Attraction work in your favor, and the main action point is to start actively learning.

When something goes right in your life or in the life of anyone around you, ask the question, “What caused that to happen?” Then get in the habit of doing this regularly. If you start looking for the clues to success, eventually you will tune your mind to start seeing those clues almost instinctively.

If what you SEE is what you GET, it’s a foregone conclusion that those pictures of success will start manifesting themselves in ways that you will find both amazing and rewarding. Just start looking for the clues, and feel free to contact me along the way.

Be Free!

Roger Seip

The Strike
by On September 23, 2009

Eric PlantenbergMy arrival in Saginaw, Michigan on May 26th 1990 was filled with hope and eager anticipation. It was the beginning of my professional life: my first real job. After completing a weeklong training school in Nashville, I was deployed to Eastern Michigan to perform sales and customer service for a national publishing company.

Several weeks into my budding career, I was keen on improving my performance. So, naturally I attended a workshop. At the training, I was introduced to a man named Scott, who had worked with the company for the last three years. We worked in virtually the same territory, selling the same products. In my mind, I imagined him to be the perfect person to share ideas and information with to further my professional development.

Before the beginning of the first session, I asked him if he could provide me with some advice on how to improve my sales and customer service skills. Immediately upon hearing my question he asked, “Haven’t you heard about the strike?”

I had heard a little about ‘the strike.’ That summer, workers from both Ford Motor Company and General Motors were on strike. In Eastern Michigan, these two automotive companies were the largest employers. When these companies experience a strike, economic ripples directly impact an extremely large numbers of workers, extending into numerous industries throughout the region.

He passionately explained that, “This is the worst possible time to be starting in this business. This strike is negatively impacting this entire region. People are off work. No one has any money. No one is thinking about anything else but this strike. In fact, if this strike continues for the rest of the summer, both of us might lose our jobs!”

Up until that moment, I had not met anyone so enthusiastically negative. So I thanked him for his advice and set out to find someone who could help me. That is when I met Marnie Speckman. Like Scott, Marnie had worked with the company for the last three years. She worked in virtually the same territory, selling the same products. I was very curious to learn what advice Marnie would offer.

When I asked her if she could provide me with some advice on how to improve my sales and customer service skills, she stopped for a moment, considered my question, and then asked, “Have you heard about the strike?”

“Yes, I have heard a little about the strike,” I replied.

“Great! Because I believe that this strike is the best possible thing that could happen to our business this summer!” she said.

The perplexed look on my face prompted her to continue with:

“The way I see it, there are three unique opportunities that give us a great advantage in this situation. First, because so many people are not working right now, we can see two or three times as many prospects each day. Normally, people are gone at work during the day, and now most people are at home watching TV. They are more than happy to break up the monotony of their day with an educational presentation about our products.

Secondly, the majority of the customers that we serve are blue collar families. Especially in these trying times, what is the most important thing parents want to be able to offer to their children?”

“I know the answer to this one,” I explained, “improving their children’s education.” Day in and day out for my first three weeks, it had been overly apparent to me that families in this community were very focused on their children’s education. Many of the parents I had met with said that the single most important thing they can do, other than loving their children, was to make sure that they were prepared for the future with a great education.

“That’s exactly right!” Marnie added. “And our products are geared to do just that – support children with their studies.”

“Lastly, people are concerned about how long this strike is going to last, and for many families, money is tighter than normal. But people know that in times like this, it is essential to be making investments in the future.”

For the rest of the summer I did find Marnie’s perspective true for me. I made a tremendous amount of presentations, found most people to be very interested in a product that would help their children thrive in a competitive world, and I exceeded my sales goals.

It was also interesting for me to watch Scott and Marnie’s results. Scott had a below average summer and ended up leaving the company. Out of a sales team of thousands, Marie was in the top 2%. Many skeptics would suggest that positive thinking does not really do much of anything. However, I have found that my perspective absolutely impacts my results and the quality of my experience. Life will always be filled with situations, challenges and opportunities. And we have a choice as to how we approach them all—we can either spend our time focusing on the negative, or we can choose to find the positive and choose to grow.

Many people have said that what you see is what you get. I invite you to take that a step further and notice that what you see is what you look for. If you look for and focus on the problems in your life, your life will be filled with problems. On the flip side, if you start to see that all of the situations are happening for your good, you will see chances to grow and gain new perspective on how to overcome any problem.

I challenge you to think of a circumstance that you currently are facing that appears to be an obstacle. How can you re-view the setback and find where this obstacle is really an advantage for you? If you are struggling to answer this question, you might talk to someone else who has faced the same issue and overcame it. They will have valuable insight on the lessons they learned.

Be Free!

Eric Plantenberg

Top 10 Leadership Tips from the Law of Attraction
by On September 22, 2009

law-of-attractionEveryone is a leader to someone. Leadership is in each one of us. The amount that you utilize this gift to be a leader will all depend on you. Utilizing the principles of the Law of Attraction in a leadership role consciously will attract more results and success. These principles can carry on from being a leader in your business to being a leader at home.

Here are the 10 Leadership Tips from the  Law of Attraction:

1. Take Responsibility
This is one of the principles many have a hard time dealing with. You create you reality and therefore you must take responsibility for your reality and actions. The sooner you get you control the output by your thoughts, feelings, words and actions the sooner you can create the life and business you want. Lead by example and you will have a great team by your side.

2. Be a Partner
You may be a leader but you are also a partner. Do no try to do everything on your own. Ask for feedback, ideas and work together with your team to meet your goals. Cooperation and collaboration are necessary.

3. Be Aware of Your Energy
Pay attention to your energy. If you are in a bad mood, your energy can and will transfer to those around you. Be consciously aware of your energy and choose to make it a positive one and spread positive vibes. The higher your vibration the more connected and grounded you are, the more inspired you are and because of this you will see greater success.

4. Be Pleasant
If you are leading by example and utilizing the Law of Attraction, than having an awesome personality will be easy for you to do. When you are focused on abundance, taking action and the possibilities people will be drawn to you.

5. Be Understanding
Put yourself in their shoes. Better yet ask them what you can do for them to really understand where they are coming from and how you can better assist them. Do not be judgmental, rather be open minded and concentrate on solutions.

6. Share Your Visions
Create a plan, a vision of where you want to go with your project, business, product, service, etc. Have a plan for your advertising, marketing and more. Share these plans with those working with you and get their feedback and mastermind on improving the plans. By having a set direction that is agreed on will promote team work, responsibility, confidence and action.

7. Surpass Expectations
Whatever you do, do it to the max. Go beyond what people expect of you. Give more value than what is asked. You will be setting the Law in motion to provide you with more than what you expect and be setting a great example.

8. Make Passionate Choices
When you are passionate and inspired about your choices it comes through in your presentation and implementation. When others see you are passionate about the decisions you are making it will help for those decisions to be embraced and understood.

9. Harness Positive Self-Talk
Do not let doubt, lack or other negative thoughts enter into your self-talk. When you perceive something to be negative, look for the positive or create a positive. Keeping your self-talk positive and focused will make the rest of your day much brighter and easier.

10. Be Open to the Possibilities
Have an open-mind to the Law of Attraction and what it can do for you as Leader and in your life. Being resistant is a surefire way to get the opposite of what you want. Be open to utilizing these principles in your life so you can create the success and happiness you deserve.

About the Author:
Ruth Sias is a former Commercial Escrow officer, turned Entrepreneur from Sacramento, CA. Ruth has taken her 23 years as a business professional, combined with her strong people skills to create wealth for her and others online.  To join Ruth’s team, visit Synergy Cash System and request a tour.

Nature Analogy
by On September 21, 2009

Leah SimpsonNature provides many examples that can teach us important lessons about ourselves.

For example, take a tree. When people look at trees, they comment on what they can see: the brilliant fall colors, the huge size, the pretty spring blossoms…In other words, rarely will someone’s first thoughts be, “that tree must have a very extensive root system.” However, the more extensive the root system, the stronger and more beautiful the tree.

In fact, in order to grow branches and leaves, the roots must be nourished. Without nourishing the roots, not only will the tree be unable to grow, but the tree will eventually die. Now, in terms of trees, this seems fairly obvious to us. However, the same is true with people: even though the roots are not what we notice first, the more extensive the root system, the stronger the person.

Obviously, first impressions are based on what is on the surface. Because we know this is true, we take a lot of time, money, and energy to take care of our physical appearance. There is nothing wrong with “caring for your leaves,” but I would suggest that making a conscious effort to take care of your roots not only will have a substantial impact on how well your leaves appear, but more importantly, is the ONLY way to develop strength of character and grow as a person.

Taking care of your roots is most clearly seen by what we eat—you can call food our fertilizer. A New Year, means New Year’s resolutions, and the number one New Year’s resolution in America is “to loose weight.” People want to loose weight to affect their exterior, but that will only happen by changing how we nourish the inside. If you are one of the millions of Americans who made loosing weight a New Year’s resolution and you would really like to see some pounds drop, I highly encourage you to use our goals worksheet (available in the member resources section of our website) and turn your resolution into a goal. Your chances of looking the way you would like to will increase ten fold.

In addition to fertilizing your roots with the right food, you can strengthen them by developing your mind, your abilities, and your beliefs, which will help you to grow. This development can be facilitated by allocating some of your time, money, and energy to reading, going to classes, and attending seminars. Choose two or three areas you would like to learn about or skills you would like to develop this year. Commit an hour or two a week to your new areas—maybe read a book about the stock market, find a guitar class, go to a church each week, attend a workshop about marriage or setting goals.

Yes, nourishing and developing your root system requires time, money, and energy, but nothing is more important. Remember what happens to a tree that is not fed?—eventually it dies. Give yourself a daily reminder that your roots are important by picking a tree you see or drive by every day. Whenever you see that tree, ask yourself, “What am I doing this week that is helping me to grow?”

Be Free!

Leah Simpson

Video – Tony Robbins on the Power of 1 Millimeter
by On September 18, 2009

Using a golf analogy, Tony Robbins demonstrates what we at Freedom Personal Development call the Winning Edge Theory.

The Winning Edge states that a tiny change, such as a few millimeters, can yield large results in the outcome.

When all hell is breaking loose in your life, all you need to ask is “What little thing do I need to change, and adjust by one millimeter, that can produce massive results on the backend?”

The good news is that when life is off balance and chaotic, you do not need to change EVERYTHING to get back on track, only a small aspect of what you are doing. This mindset makes the process of change and the manageability of the situation easier to wrap your mind around.

Be Free!

How to Handle the Price Objection
by On September 17, 2009

David DenisMany salespeople struggle with objections, because they are trying to answer the wrong objection. People buy because they see the value in what you are selling. People will NOT buy when they see little or no value for themselves. Nevertheless, there are also times when people see the value, but still are reluctant to buy. In this case, it may be a matter of budget. They simply do not have the money to obtain the value they desire. People are often reluctant to come right out and tell you the true source of their objection. If you run into objections, content, sales writing, blog articles, copy-writing service, sales scripts and business name ideas. To learn more, or request a quote visit

A Cure for Writer
by On September 16, 2009

Ken BudkaMind Mapping it is a great exercise for starting the writing process or getting past writer’s block. Mind mapping is also known as Clustering or Chunking information.

The reason this method works so well is that it ties into the way your memory works most effectively, by grouping information.

By following these steps, you will make the writing process more manageable and you will become more efficient.

How Mind Mapping Works

1. Take a blank piece of paper, and in the middle, write down a word that describes the general subject you planned to write about.

2. For 30-60 seconds max, write down everything that comes to mind or is connected to your keyword. Write it as fast as you can and NO EDITING.

3. Take the words that you wrote down and start to group them into an outline.

4. Take your outline and being writing sentences that expand on each point. This is where you can edit out words or topics you wrote in step 2.

5. If you need more ideas after the first 4 steps, take words from your initial list and, on a separate piece of paper, Mind Map those key thoughts and add the information to your outline.

As long as I have been a writer, I have found Mind Mapping is one of the fastest and easiest ways to start the writing process. It helps to get everything out on paper first and then start organizing information into an outline.

In fact, I wrote this entire article on Mind Mapping by mind mapping the content. In 30 seconds I was able to write down 8 words related to the subject and 10 minutes later, ta-dah – this article was done.

You can mind map just about any word or idea, and it really gets the process rolling. When it comes to writing, one of the most difficult challenges that we face is getting started.

So I hope that this helps. Put it in the action. Do not get stressed. Just let it flow and you will be off to a great start in terms of the writing process.

Be Free!

Ken Budka
Training Coordinator