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Elevate Your State and Achieve Results
by On November 6, 2012

by Ron Ross, CCIM

In our business as commercial real estate brokers, success is dependent on the ability to achieve results on behalf of our clients. In fact, in the world of commission based sales, we only get paid when the desired result is achieved. So, how do you manage to stay at the top of your game — whether the business of real estate or something else? I’m going to share with you some ideas that I’ve been fortunate enough to have learned from Eric Plantenberg of Freedom Personal Development. Through implementation of these personal development principles and practices, I have been able to consistently provide the highest level of service to my clients. As a member of a company implementing these principals, we strive daily to “elevate our state.”

The Anatomy of Results is comprised of the interaction of the following components:

1. Intention

2. State

3. Action

Another way of illustrating this is Intention x State x Action = Results.

In order to create a result one must have an intention, a goal, a direction. Most of us are well aware of the importance of setting goals. In addition to goals we have daily intentions. For example, my intention is to go to the store, or my intention is to sell a building. This intention must be combined with state and action to achieve the desired result. We know what an action is, but what exactly is “state?”

State is “state of mind” or well-being. It is your spiritual, emotional and mental condition at any given time. Emotional, mental and spiritual state has huge impacts on the body’s physical condition and ability to perform.

How important is your state when trying to achieve results, really? Many believe that intention and action should be the focus. We all know that actions really are what make things happen. Right? Not so fast. If you ever have the opportunity to be around the highest performing people, whether that be in sports, real estate, business, music, art, medical, or any other endeavor — you will receive a far different answer. Peak performers will almost always tell you that by far the most important component of that equation is state. State is so important in fact that most high achievers are sure that state is responsible for around 65% – 70% of their performance results, leaving intention and action each with between 10 – 20%.

If that is true then why do most of us focus the majority of our time, efforts and energy on actions and in many cases almost completely ignore working on state? Maybe we are missing the boat. I contend that if we focused the majority of our resources and energy on elevating our state, we would be quite pleasantly surprised at the results.

So how do we elevate our state? Lets discuss a few things you can do.

Manage your brain input.

There are literally millions of sources of information, bytes, data, emotions, people, etc., that bombard our brain daily. Pay attention to what goes in. Are TV and newspapers good input to elevate your state? Headline examples from this morning’s local paper — “Victim in park identified,” “Arrest made in killing,” “Medical pot grower gets 1o years,” “Argument ends in stabbing,” “Republicans Accuse Democrats.” It goes on. Do you think this is good input for your state? Rethink your morning. Is reading the newspaper a good way to start your day? The same obvious answer also applies to television, and other forms of the mainstream media.

Manage what goes into your brain daily. Start your day with something positive and inspirational. Watch the sunrise, do yoga, read something inspirational (rethink your newspaper), listen to music (classical music is particularly effective for elevating your state). The way you start your day is enormously important and will impact the entire day either positively or negatively.

Surround yourself with people that are good for your state.

You really need to eliminate or at least mitigate the impact that negative and destructive people have on you. Sometimes that can be difficult, but if you elevate your state that could be the best thing that could happen for people around you. Spend time with top performers and others that lift your state. You know who they are! In a sales environment, try to sit near or socialize with fellow top producers.

Manage your physical input.

This one is self evident. It simply means to take care of your physical body. Be very aware and cognizant as to what goes in. This means, of course, food, water, and other substances. We all know what should go in there and what shouldn’t. Focus on it. It is important to elevating your state.

When I am facing a particularly challenging commercial real estate assignment, I define my intentions and necessary actions, and then spend the vast majority of my energy and time on elevating my state. It works. You will be amazed at the results you can achieve by focusing less on actions and more on state.

This is only a start. There are so many things we can do to elevate our state. I hope to share some of these ideas with you on future blogs. In the meantime if this has piqued your interest, please click here for a TEDx talk on the subject by Eric Plantenberg, CEO and founder of Freedom Personal Development.

Ron Ross, CCIM is a principal broker with Compass Commercial Real Estate Services in Bend, OR

7 Tips for Improving Your Memory as You Age
by On September 10, 2012

September 10, 2012 by Staff Writer

Where are your keys? Did you shut the garage door? What’s that guy’s name again? Everyone has some memory lapses, but as you age, it seems like they get more frequent and take longer to snap out of. While there’s no way to keep your brain (or your body, for that matter) young forever, you can keep your brain as sharp as possible by using some of these tricks. It may not be a steel trap exactly, but your memory will definitely be better.

Take care of your body:

 

Not only will you look and feel a lot better if you exercise regularly, but your brain will feel the effects too. Exercising increases the blood flow to your brain, particularly in the area that controls memory, and may even help the formation of new brain cells. Even people who aren’t fit can start to reap the benefits in a few months or less. Just another reason to dust off your old tennis shoes and hit the gym!

 

 

 

Eat smart:

 

Of course you have to maintain a healthy diet to get the nutrients your body needs and keep your weight down, but you should also consider your brain’s health when meals or snack times roll around. Many foods can protect your brain and improve how it functions. Try incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet by eating more salmon, tuna, walnuts, and eggs. Also try some antioxidants, like blueberries, broccoli, and carrots. Remembering to eat your vegetables won’t be so hard with your improved memory.

 

 

 

Take supplements:

 

It can be hard to eat everything you’re supposed to on a regular basis, so if you find your pantry lacking in the good foods you just read about, you can add a memory-boosting supplement to your daily routine. Fish oil supplements contain the Omega-3 fatty acids you can get from food, Vitamin E can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, and Asian ginseng may benefit memory. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about adding these to your diet.

 

 

 

Eliminate stress:

 

Studies have shown that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can make your memory foggy. The good news is that you typically have to be stressed out for several days in a row for the effect to be significant, and your memory should bounce back after you’ve de-stressed for a week. You may not be able to get rid of every stressful situation in your life, but eating smart, cutting out unnecessary commitments, and even learning to meditate can help reduce your stress significantly. Remember to give yourself some time to unwind or you could be hurting your chances for success.

 

 

Get organized:

 

This tip applies to all areas of your life, from your home to your schedule. While organization doesn’t improve brain function directly, it can help you cope with memory lapses and give you fewer things to commit to pure memory. An organized home or office will keep you from losing things and let you rely on logic if you don’t remember putting something away. Making lists and writing down plans will help you stay on track in your daily activities without wasting time or forgetting something important.

 

 

 

Use all your senses:

 

When you’re learning something new or even just trying to record in your mind where you parked, try engaging as many senses as possible. You form stronger memories when you use more senses. Look around, take a deep breath, and listen to the ambient sounds. Touch something or have a taste if it’s appropriate. Taking a moment to use more than one sense will help you recall this memory more easily as you will have involved more areas of your brain.

 

 

 

Socialize:

 

Keeping your memory sharp doesn’t have to mean sitting in a quiet room studying, reading, and doing crossword puzzles as you age. In fact, people with active social lives tend to have delayed memory loss. Engaging in society by interacting with friends, family, or civic organizations can offset the risk of mental decline, especially in those who have had less formal education. So join that bingo club or start volunteering to make your community better. You could be improving yourself at the same time.

 

Heading to India
by On September 7, 2012

by Jana Owen on September 6, 2012

everything.

  • To be more patient in chaotic situations that are not following MY plan (I hear India is wonderful for this).
  • I desire to experience spiritual moments that can only be present when creating the space and time to BE in it….
  • Focus on a deeper understanding of yoga (especially the 8 limbs of yoga) while completing a 200 hour certification
  • See the Dalai Lama
  • Panchakarma is something I have dreamed of for 7 years…I will complete at least a 30 day prescribed regimen, I do hope to cure something I might reveal later in my journey.
  • I want to give my service to a place that will benefit from my presence.
  • Put to rest some exhausted attempts to resolve “Daddy issues”.
  • Though I have decided not to bring a computer, I will be journaling and blogging when I cross paths with a capable internet opportunity. Who knows when and how often this will be. I do hope many of you will follow…..I hope to have some interesting pharmacy technician certification online insights and stories for you.

    I will follow a simple and inspired (and hopefully entertaining) checklist for my blogs such as:

    1. Places Visited (will make links for the geographically challenged)
    2. Best Discovery
    3. Most Enlightened moment
    4. Most frustrated moment
    5. Best purchase
    6. Best view (insert picture here)
    7. Grateful for
    8. Most missed item in the US
    9. Favorite person online masters in pharmacy administration met
    10. What I would like everyone to stop and appreciate for a minute
    11. Biggest tug at the heart moment
    12. Patience level on cialis24pharmacy online a scale of 1-10
    13. Fell in love with….
    14. Realization of what I can live without
    15. What I accepted
    16. Looking forward to
    17. Funniest moment
    18. Reminded me…
    19. Shout out to (someone that has been on my mind)

    Please provide any suggestions of checklist ideas that would be fun and entertaining…I am open to all possibilities.

    And I am requesting that anyone/everyone send me a favorite song to put on my Ipod!! If you should be so kind, I would love to listen during my many train rides. Send to: Jana.owen@deliverfreedom.com

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    Exciting days ahead! Will miss you all! Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers. Hopefully, this trip will enlighten me so I can inspire a ripple effect amongst the world!

    ~Namaste

    Post Number One
    by On September 4, 2012

    by Eric Plantenberg on September 3, 2012

    Most people lack energy and focus.

    This isn’t because they are low energy or unfocused by nature… they simply aren’t as clear about WHY they are doing what they are doing, and that can be a huge drain.

    I’m a big fan of clarifying WHY i do things.

    I do what i do because i deeply believe that when one person lives their life in a way that fills them from the inside out, the entire world becomes a brighter place.

    That’s my motive behind creating this site.  To create a space where each week, we can both continue to shine a little brighter from the inside out.   Where energy and focus can become the normal way of things rather than an illusive experience for other people.

    I’m guessing if you are reading this you’ve been to a live event with me, or at least heard about the workshops and retreats i put on.  This is a terrific place for you and me to keep the work that we did in a live class alive and to stay connected with each other.   Fundamentally what’s going to happen on this page is  a discussion that supports you in clarifying what’s most important in your life and how to really live from that place of clarity.  What you can expect to see posted here fall into three categories:

    1. Inspirational/eduction videos.    I love short, powerful videos and will be sharing my favorites and creating some that i hope will be fun and uplifting.
    2. Articles.  Everything from notes on books i’m reading, to experiences i’m learning from, to observations and perspectives i have along the way.  I’ll be using this space to publicly answer a lot of the questions that are sent my way.  And as a vehicle to share with you the things i find most valuable in my world.
    3. Keeping up with my live events. As much as i love the internet, videos, article, and the way they shoot around planet instantaneously; i still believe that the most powerful & transformational human growth happens when people can look each other in the eyes.  So… from time to time you’ll hear about events i’m putting on (new and old) with the intention of making them both available for lots of people to attend (it’s hard to make the event when you don’t know when & where!) and to share the experience as best as possible to those that didn’t make it.

    People that work on themselves, however they do it… fill their heart and soul in a way that get’s better results for them and inspires that rest of us that are anywhere near them.

    Concepts like Passion, Purpose, Vision, Service, Commitment, etc can be foundational to your life’s direction or they can be a cliche that is posted alongside a pretty picture in the office hallway.

    I believe that a community of people that are committed to growing from the inside out will see all sorts of goodness show up in their lives as a by-product of taking the time to go inside of themselves and see what’s really true and important for them.

    In my experience, the end result isn’t really where the fun happens.  The fun happens along the way.

    So… welcome to this site.  I really hope you enjoy this experience as much as you have enjoyed live classes with me.  I know that i’m here to have a blast and to watch the entire world become a little brighter.. from the inside out.  Please leave a post saying ‘hi’ – let me know how you like the videos linked in this post and let your voice shine by suggesting where you would like this discussion to go.

    be free!
    eric

    Sharpening The Sword
    by On August 22, 2012

    I just returned from a weekend in Bend, OR where I joined 21 other individuals for a Leadership Retreat led by Eric Plantenberg.  It was amazing for a multitude of reasons, but the biggest takeaway I got is the realization that sometimes the best thing you can do is just take some time to sharpen your blade.  I was definitely a huge advocate of continuous improvement and personal development on Thursday when I arrived.  By the time I left on Monday I was an evangelist.

    We were there to dig a little deeper into the curriculum of the Abundant Living Retreat.  As a staff member for this event, one of my roles is helping facilitate some of the exercises that attendees take part in.  I would consider myself fairly competent at helping people with this, and I think this mindset gave me a false sense of confidence and was limiting my ability to be a great facilitator.   Continue reading ›

    6 Practical Time Management Strategies for Freelancers and Solo
    by On June 25, 2012

    Summary: In this training episode, Jason Womack delivers tips and strategies to use the time we have more efficiently.

    As solo professionals, most of us understand that we have to continually nurture our resources to be successful. We sign up for workshops to improve our skills. We take on challenging new projects to broaden our experience. And we attend conferences and join associations to drive our knowledge.

    But in spite of all these efforts, there’s one resource we simply cannot grow: our time.

    Our time is finite. No matter how early we get up or how late we wind down, there are only so many hours in a day. For many of us, the only way to get “more” time is to use the time we have more efficiently.

    In this training episode, Jason Womack delivers tips and strategies for doing just that. Jason is an internationally sought after speaker and advisor who invests his time, energy and focus as an agent of change. He has advised and consulted with companies, governments and entrepreneurs worldwide, and he was honored as one of America’s top 100 thinkers in productivity in 1997.

    Earlier this year Jason’s most recent book, Your Best Just Got Better, achieved best-selling status within five weeks of publication.

    It Starts With Awareness

    I often ask clients to reflect on this question: “When was the last time you took time, energy and focus to study how you work?” As you can probably guess, many people say never.

    Developing and learning time management strategies and methods does indeed take time. If you look at the way you currently manage your time, you will likely see that you do what you’ve always done because it has worked¬ — or at least worked well enough to get by.

    But to make your best better, it’s probably time to change how you use your time.

    During the next few days, I encourage you to be especially conscious (and curious) about how you spend your time. Recognize how often other people interrupt you, how frequently you have to stop and look for things, or how long it takes to complete certain job functions. As you continue studying your methods, look for new practices that you can implement immediately that will help you manage your time better.

    The following are some of my favorite strategies for making immediate improvements to your time management process:

    1. Start meetings on the 00:15 of each hour.

    In my experience, most one-hour meetings can be handled in 45 minutes. In fact, they usually are, especially later in the day when people are running 5 to 15 minutes late. Try scheduling your meetings with clients and partners for 15 minutes past the hour instead of on the hour, such as from 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 2:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Why the odd starting time? It often takes people 15 minutes to prepare for a call or meeting. By scheduling your meetings at 15 minutes past the hour, you may be pleased to find your clients actually show up or join the call “on time.”

    2. Make the most of small pockets of time.

    Keep a list of 20 to 30 things you can do in less than 15 minutes and have at hand the supplies or information you need to accomplish at least some of these tasks. By having them ready, you’ll be able to make the most of small pockets of time whenever they come up.

    You’ll find there are plenty of opportunities to use these little pockets of time. Meetings start late, people fail to arrive on time, flights get cancelled, your child’s soccer practice runs long.

    Often these small pockets of time are long enough so you can reply to an email or phone call. In other instances, you might have enough time to review materials for another meeting or project you are working on. If you’re prepared, you can confirm appointments, draft responses or map out a project outline.

    Fifteen minutes is about 1% of your average workday. That may not sound like much time, but over the course of a week, you may find yourself with anywhere from 10 to 20 extra 15-minute blocks of time. In 15-minutes of prepared, focused work, you can often get more done than in one hour of unprepared, unfocused work.

    3. Gain some ground early in the day.

    When you sit down at your desk each morning, begin by working on something you can finish. After a few weeks, you’ll find you’ve completed a lot of little things that needed to be done, and you may have more time, mental space and inspiration to tackle some bigger issues. Completion increases your energy level and sets the standard for consistent forward motion on projects at all levels of importance.

    4. Focus on the task at hand.

    Part of maintaining focus is minimizing distractions. If you work from a home office, there are always plenty of things that distract. When you think of things unrelated to the immediate task at hand, make a short note of them and then get back to what you were working on.

    Try keeping a piece of paper off to the side on your desk. When you think of something non-urgent you need to tell or ask someone, write it down instead of emailing or calling the person right away. When you think of something you need to do or get an idea related to some other project, quickly write it down and then put it aside.

    These pages might end up looking like a random to-do list with items like details you need to tell your coworker, a story to add to your next newsletter, or which restaurant to book for your partner’s birthday. By compiling these items instead of immediately reacting to them, you’ll help minimize distractions and keep yourself focused on the task at hand.

    As a freelancer, you might think that one of your most important skills is the ability to multitask. But I’d like to encourage you to experiment with NOT multitasking. Try turning off everything but what you’re currently working on. Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and only do that one thing for the whole time.

    When you get distracted (and you will) practice looking at the countdown timer, and get your head “back in the game.” Sometimes when we multitask, we get pulled in many different directions and little gets done. Instead, try to limit your focus to one thing at a time in 10 to 15 minute segments.

    Once you start making changes to manage your time more effectively, you’ll want to assess how well these changes are working for you. I have two methods for doing this: end-of-day reviews and Thursday debriefings.

    5. End-of-Day Reviews

    Before finishing up work tonight, review your calendar and reprioritize your meetings, appointments and planned work for the next day. Look to see if you can reschedule non-priority meetings to the following day if you need to.

    Review the next week on your calendar and ask yourself if you can collapse two meetings into one by meeting with two people at the same time. Find and schedule 30- to 60-minute chunks of a time (perhaps even multiple times per day) during which you can close your door or turn off your email or phone so you can focus on a single project or priority without being interrupted.

    My clients have found that this end-of-day review enables them to become more aware of the changes they can make for a more productive, engaging day. Decide what you want to focus on and how you’re going to do it. Understand and take advantage of everything that influences your productivity, and you’ll find you can manage time more effectively.

    6. Thursday Debriefings

    Next, open your calendar to Thursday, at least one week from today. On your calendar, write this question:

    “How have I been managing my time lately?”

    When you see this reminder a week or so from now, you’ll be able to assess the work you’ve done and the progress you’ve made. I coach my clients to do this kind of weekly debriefing on Thursdays (not Fridays) as a way to acknowledge their work that week and organize anything they need to do before finishing up the next day.

    When people ask me why I do my debriefing on early or midmorning Thursdays, I give them the following reasons:

    Friday afternoon, I generally want to: (a) go for a bike ride, (b) do aimless online research along my lines of interest or (c) meet up with friends for happy hour.

    Friday afternoon, I do not want to have to think!

    Thursday, midmorning, is the time I start to think about bringing the week to a close.

    Thursday, midmorning, I can remind people of (a) what I am doing for them, and (b) what I need from them. This gives me the rest of that day and all day Friday to get those things done.

    By seeing the progress I’ve made over the previous three days (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday), I get an extra shot of energy to move on to the next two days with gusto.

    So, between now and next Thursday, practice some of these time management ideas. Here are some specific things to think about as you move toward working smarter and improving your efficiency and productivity.

    Are you making the most of small pockets of time?

    Are you making progress on important areas and goals?

    What could you change that would move you forward on the path of productivity, so that you get done more of the important things during the day and increase the amount of time, energy, and focus you have once you’re done work for the day?

    Good time management doesn’t just happen. Like most aspects of your business, it requires conscious assessment and effort to change and improve. Whether you’re a freelancer, solopreneur or small business owner, implementing these tips and strategies will help you get the most out of your time.

    What Other Tips Work For You?

    Jason Womack is the author of: Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More (Wiley, 2012). He works globally with leaders maximizing tools, systems, and processes to achieve quality work/life balance. He focuses on solutions that are valuable to organizations and the individuals in those organizations. You can reach Jason at Jason@WomackCompany.com.

     

     

     

     

    6 Highly Entertaining Activities That Aid in Memory Retention
    by On April 5, 2012

    Amanda McCarthy
    Staff Researcher/Part-time Writer
    SeniorCare.net

    Memory loss is a natural process that comes with aging. It can be devastating to realize that your mind isn’t as sharp as it once was. However, we don’t have to completely surrender to memory loss. There are many things you can do to slow down memory loss or help prevent Alzheimer’s. Forgetfulness is nothing you can’t overcome by working at it. In fact, bettering your memory can be fun if you incorporate a few simple activities into your daily life.

    Recall from images

    Pour over your old yearbooks or scrapbooks and recall as many details about each photograph as possible. This stimulates nostalgia, and you may be shocked at the memories you have kept over time. Returning to those same photos after a couple days could reveal even more memories. Periodically returning to photographs of happy moments in the past keeps them fresh on your mind. Look at wedding albums or baby photos to keep your most precious memories.

     

    Play scrabble
    Playing Scrabble or other word-centric board games is excellent for your memory. It can help you hone your spelling abilities and can enrich your vocabulary. It builds concentration and keeps you mentally acute.
    You are also encouraged to employ creative strategies — that is, if you want to win — and place words with scrutiny to achieve the best results. Crossword puzzles are also helpful at keeping you mentally nimble, and can be played solo if you can’t convince others to join in on your game of Scrabble.

    Create mnemonic devices
    Mnemonics are methods used to help remember something, and can take many different forms. An example would be the song “50 Nifty United States” for remembering the various states in America, or “I before E,
    except after C,” as a rhyme to help with spelling. Coming up with mnemonic devices for various things helps you remember them and can be a bit like a game. If you have trouble with names, try to come up with mnemonics to help with recall. Maybe think of someone famous with the same name to help create a link between this person and the memorable celebrity.

    Socialize
    Throw a party, go bowling, or go out to eat. Any activity that you can do with a group of friends encourages socializing, which is effective at stalling memory loss. Isolation is bad for the brain, as we are truly social beings and crave human companionship. By becoming withdrawn, the brain can lie dormant, unencumbered by the daily challenges of relationships and general communication. Socialization doesn’t have to be with friends; simply volunteering or being with family accomplishes the same goal.

    Read a good book
    While we may be tempted to watch our entertainment, reading exercises our brain in a much more satisfying way and has been linked to memory retention. The mental energy used to process words keeps our minds at their peak. Next time a film comes out based on a best-selling novel, opt for the novel. It will force you to explore things in a much deeper, intellectual way. Like a muscle, the brain atrophies when inert and grows when it is challenged.

    Learn a new language
    You can use the aforementioned mnemonic devices to help you learn a new language, which again strengthens the brain and aids greatly in keeping your memory intact. Learning a new language — or a new instrument also works — stimulates creativity and parts of your brain that may be accumulating dust. If you’re a senior with plenty of time on your hands, take advantage of this unique time to garner new skills. Not only will you be more cultured, your brain will thank you with a keener sense of memory.

    3 Important Lessons from a Gardener
    by On September 14, 2010

    I firmly believe the adage that “when the student is ready the teacher will appear.” This has happened to us all on countless occasions during our lives and often from the most unexpected of teachers.

    Whether it was a lesson learned from a perceived failure, or something a mentor shared that finally took root in our mind, or the day you learned the value of loyalty from Han Solo watching the first Star Wars movie at the age of six…. Okay, that last one might only be specific to me…, there is no way I (or anyone) would learn these lessons without being ready to finally hear the message being sent.

    Last week, my teacher was a proud gardener.  Let me explain….

    While I was walking in my neighborhood, I had the good fortune to come across an amazing garden. Now, I know it was amazing because I don’t spend a lot of time noticing gardens, and if I noticed it, it must be pretty good. This was the kind of garden you see in magazines. Looking at it you would guess the owner spent hours and hours of time each day to keep it in the shape it was. It was truly beautiful.

    The reason this is even important is because the next house I passed had a garden that was almost the polar opposite of its neighbor. Simply put, it was a wreck. The owner happened to be at this house and was diligently picking at the weeds, which seemed to me a futile effort because they were everywhere. In passing, she said with frustration that she “waited too long to prepare the garden for the season” and that she “was going be playing a lot of catch up on this garden from hell.” I agreed, and wished her luck in her efforts, but knew she was in for a lot of disappointment.

    On my way back around, the owner of the “amazing garden” (who I’ll call Mr. Gardener) happened to be out watering his plants. So, after I congratulated him on his beautiful work, I asked him what he did to keep his garden is such good shape. He chuckled and said, “this is going to sound crazy, but I don’t do much anymore.” He could tell by my confused expression I didn’t believe him, so he quickly elaborated. “Of course, I spend time on upkeep, but I only need to do a little each day now to maintain what I have created.” I asked him if there was anything else he did to keep it so sharp looking, and without a second thought he said “Don’t you know, this is a prize-winning garden?” “Really?”, I asked with excitement. “No, not literally, but I treat it like it was. I believe my garden is the best in the neighborhood and as a result it is.”

    Well, I thanked him for his time and, in my mind, I thanked him for the wonderful lesson he gave me and rushed home to write it down. From the most unlikely of situations and the most unlikely of people, thank you Mr. Gardener, I learned (re-learned is more like it) these three things:

    1. Get Your Hands Dirty Early
      The main difference between Mr. Gardener and his counterpart was that he put all his hard work on the front end so, he could reap the benefits on the back end. Albert E.N. Gray says that successful people “form the habit of doing things that failures don’t like to do.” What made Mr. Gardener’s yard a success was that simple rule.
    2. Weed Your Garden NOW!
      Whenever Mr. Gardener saw a weed he took care of it immediately. He took action and did not let any unwanted plant take root. The more we wait to accomplish the simple tasks, whether in business or in life, the more pain it causes you in the future and the bigger and more daunting the task becomes.
    3. Treat Your Business Like a Prize-Winning Garden
      Our hero had a clear vision of what his garden was going to look like and as a result settled for nothing less than a prize-winning garden. When he got it he was not surprised because he had been treating it that way from the beginning. Here is a quote I am bringing back that was extremely helpful as I started my business. “I am the best! Some may be as good as me, but no one is better. I am the best!”

    Thank you Mr. Gardener.

    Be Free!

    David Shoup
    Instructor

    How to Gain New Ideas from Re-Reading Books
    by On June 24, 2010

    In preparing for this article, I had a powerful realization. It struck me that many times when we are in need of motivation or ideas to improve ourselves, we tend to look for new concepts in new books, new CD’s and new teachers. If we could revisit what we had learned in the past, perhaps we would find a deeper level of understanding and answers our own questions.

    I would like to suggest that you go back to your own bookshelf, or wherever you keep your learning tools, and pull something off of the shelf that you have not paged through or listened to in the last year.

    These tools could be anything – training manuals, sales books, notes from a seminar, notes from a meeting or seminar etc. I would bet that you will be amazed by how much you can gain from rereading a book, a chapter, or even a page for the second, third or fourth time.

    I have a whole pile of books that I have read multiple times and I still gain a new truth or idea every single time I revisit them. I have found that the concepts that seemed simple and easy the first time suddenly reveal themselves to contain million dollar ideas.

    It is like you have been digging in the same gold mine for years. Just when you think you have gotten every bit of precious metal available and you casually take one more shovel full only to realize that you have just uncovered the mother lode.

    What are your top books or learning tools that you feel would be beneficial to revisit?

    Be Free!

    Tom Weber
    Instructor

    Personal Development CD Sale
    by On December 17, 2009

    Maverick-MindsetIt is the end of the year and Freedom Personal Development needs to clear out some inventory to make room for some very exciting programs we will be offering in 2010.

    We have a limited number of products available at these discounted prices, so if a link below does not work, it means we have sold out and there are no more products at this discounted rate.

    Here are the Personal Development CDs on Sale:
    (click the links to learn more about the information covered and to purchase)

    The Maverick Mindset

    Retail: $89
    Sale Price: $29 ~ Save 67%
    Includes 6 CDs

    Order by Phone – 888-233-0407

    Act fast – When we are sold out….we are sold out!

    Be Free!