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Have An Inspiring Life Everyday
by On April 11, 2013

In Part I: 3 Steps to An Inspiring Life I touched on what I like to refer as our Internal Coaching System. First of all, each of us has our own ICS. Think of it as an internal GPS System that helps us to move in the right direction, when we listen to it. Some call it intuition, others call it a gut-feeling. However you personally define it, the fact is when we have our ICS working at full capacity, life seems to be much easier and enjoyable.

Through our ICS we have the ability to mentally program ourselves to either succeed or fail, experience joy or sadness based on the thoughts we put into our head on a daily basis. So, first and foremost, it all begins with a thought. That thought has a belief and attitude attached to it and will then create a feeling and finally the thought will produce a result. Whether that result is positive or negative is within your power to create by how you have coached yourself. Two tools that are instrumental in helping to improve the effectiveness of your Internal Coaching System are:

1) Positive Response Loop

Think about it, if you tell yourself you are going to miss a deadline, screw up a presentation or fail it’s almost a certainty that you will because you have coached yourself to believe that. However, if you tell yourself you are up to the challenge or that you can do it, many times you will find yourself rising to the occasion for the exact same reason. What I am saying is by training yourself to respond in a positive way to challenges and your feelings your results can only be positive. When you respond consistently in a positive way you will create what I call a Positive Response Loop. What I mean is that when experience a challenge we, in that moment, have choice to make. To make it simple, we can respond positively or negatively. When we react to the challenge positively it will create a chain reaction in our physiology that results in overall good feelings about ourselves or the situation. This, in turn, solidifies our beliefs and feeds our next response to a challenge. Thus the Positive Response Loop is born. Our ICS, how we coach ourselves, directly influences the effectiveness of our PRL.

So, why is a properly functioning Internal Coaching System so important? Firstly, it is better than the alternative. You may be saying, “I can see how you can have a great Internal Coaching System Mr. Motivational Speaker Guy, but I’ve tried that positive thinking garbage and it didn’t get me anywhere”. Have you ever had this thought? My response to this is always “Well, try it the other way. Use negative self-talk and see how far that gets you. The fact of the matter is you’re much more likely to achieve great things if you frame your thinking towards the positive.

2) Ask yourself the RIGHT Questions

Another programming tool that can aid in the implementation of our Internal Coaching System is to ask yourself the right questions. Another way to look at it is to change the way you phrase things in your mind. In Noah St John’s book The Secret Code of Success he talks about the use of Afformations versus Affirmations.

Affirmations are statements of something you want to be true. There is nothing wrong with affirmations and they can be very useful from time to time. Some of the most successful people in the personal development industry promote them and experience great things as a result of using them. However, often times when we, the everyday person, use them we are trying to convice ourselves of this truth, but our mind doesn’t actually believe it is possible. For example, if we look in the mirror and see someone who is overweight or “fat” no amount of affirmations will help. We can say things like, “I’m in great shape.” Or “I’m beautiful, skinny and lovely”, but if we don’t see it in our mind we won’t believe it in reality. Our mind will respond by saying, “Yeah, right, who are you looking at?!” Until, we can change the picture in our mind the vision in the mirror will continue to be overweight. This is where the right empowering phrase of question can make the difference.

Afformations, as explained by St John are empowering questions that focus on what you have and NOT what you lack. I see it as another way to express gratitude. If you look at your state of being when you are expressing gratitude for what you’ve been given all you are focusing on is what you have. By asking empowering questions you are also strengthening your Positive Response Loop because they force us to focus on what is right and good about us. Our mind is always coming up with answers to our questions. It is continually looking for confirmation of our beliefs and comments. So, by telling ourselves we have “horrible memory” or asking ourselves “Why can’t I remember that?” our mind comes up with the responses like: “Yes, you do have a horrible memory and here are 3 reasons why.’ Or, You can’t remember that because you are stupid and always forget things when your stressed.” In our memory courses, I suggest that instead of saying, “I have terrible memory”, you rephrase it by saying, “My memory is getting better and better.” It’s a small change, but it is empowering and can make a big difference. Other great empowering questions and afformations:

Why do I have all the money I need? Why am I in great shape? Why do I always meet the right person at the right time? Business consistently comes to me in unexpected ways. I am experience abundance in everything I do.

Empowering Phrases Exercise

Use your ICS to focus on something that you would like to see yourself improve on in your business or your personal life. Create an Empowering Phrase list on 3×5 notecards specifically focusing on the areas in your life that you would like additional encouragement on. I have approximately 20 empowering phrases collected and read it 2 times per day (sometimes more if I need the extra motivation) By doing this you will continue to reinforce your Positive Response Loop and strengthen your Internal Coaching System.

In Part 3 of this series I will talk about probably the most important element in our ability to have an inspiring life everyday and that is daily filling our laugh quotient. See you next week.

Have An Inspiring Life Everyday
by On April 4, 2013

How many of us have got to the end of a week, month or year and had the feeling “Man, where did the time go?”  Or, you even had the thought “Time sure does fly by when you’re having fun?” Well, Ed Cooke, considered a Grand Master of Memory according to World Memory Championship has an interesting take on the passage of time that I personally love. Mr. Cooke mentions that he is trying to EXPAND “subjective time” so it feels like he is living longer. Subjective Time being how each of us individually perceives the passage of time in our lives.

You’d think it would be opposite. You’d think, if time does fly when we are having fun that in order to slow time down our life needs to be boring. Not true, “…the more we fill our lives with memories the SLOWER time seems to fly.” So, what Mr Cooke is saying is, by remembering more we are providing more chronological landmarks. In essence we are lengthening our lives and by doing this you are packing life with adventures so, as you look back on your life, you have a lot more memories to draw from. In other words if you could remember more events, happenings & experiences in a given year, that as time progresses you will have expanded your time on this earth.

This concept fascinated me. I thought if I am going to be remembering more than I want those memories to be inspiring. And then I thought how do I make my life more inspiring? And it came to me: CHOICE – I need to choose to do this everyday. Because all an exciting life is: a series of great days built upon each other.

In Part I of this 3 part series I am going to introduce you to 3 Steps to an Inspiring Life and in parts Two & Three I will elaborate and expand on specific elements. Much like building an airplane, it is important to add each piece to ensure your plane flies. Here, following any one of these steps will help, but if you really want to soar with the eagles and experience a truly inspirational and exciting life (for you – NOT what anyone else says is exciting) than you should apply each of these 3 steps:

Step ONE: Plan Exciting Adventures

We know from memory training that the brains ability to recall information is dramatically linked to the emotional attachment we place on it. The Glue of our memory (what helps us recall information) is Action & Emotion. If you don’t believe me than try and think about what you were doing on September 22nd, 2001. Most of you can’t, but if I asked you to recall exactly where you were on September 11th, 2001, those of you who were old enough to experience this can remember in vivid detail where you were, what you were doing, who you were with, what you were eating etc…. Why is that? Because you provided your brain with more than enough action & emotion to store it in the long-term part of your brain.

All this being said, if you want to have an “inspiring life” you MUST plan for at least some of it. Most of us don’t just wake up and decide “I’m flying to Uganda, Africa to provide relief for the Karamojong Tribe and than the next moment purchase tickets and start setting up the trip. Although it seems super exciting and will provide an amazing service, most (I emphasize most) people aren’t wired that way. Most people are wired to have an exciting thought and think “That would be cool, someday!”

So, when I say plan, I mean put it in your calendar. Circle & highlight it and tell others about it. When I say “it” I mean anything that you would truly like to experience. If skydiving is your thing, than put it on your calendar and tell others you are going to do it than watch the support flood in. If someone asks you to compete in a triathlon or climb a mountain or travel to Egypt and provide love and supplies to orphans AND it is something you truly would like to do than say “YES” and figure out a way to make it happen. (By the way, the 3 examples above happened to me) What is holding you back?! How long are you going to wait on the sidelines of life and watch other people doing what YOU should be doing? Say yes, and put it on your calendar. That is the first step.

Step TWO: Start With Your Thoughts

At my company, we define Attitude as “The way you choose to view your world”. If that is true, than most of us really have to work on, what I like to call our Internal Coaching System, which I will elaborate more on in Part 2 of this series. Our ICS is a term I came up with to define what we say to ourselves and how we regulate the thoughts we experience every moment of the day.

We know from polygraph (lie-detector) tests our body react to our thoughts. Thoughts affect us physically. Noetic Science, or the study of human consciousness looks at our thoughts from a different viewpoint. As I understand it, noetic science looks at our beliefs, thoughts & intentions & how they affect our physical world.

The Law of Attraction states, that “like attracts like.” Or, put another way, what we focus on most of the time, is what we will receive.” The pictures we see in our mind about our lives, tend to be the things we spend the most time thinking about. At Freedom Personal Development we understand it as “What you see is what you look for.”

The Bible even refers to the power of our thoughts in Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinketh, so is he.” And additionally in Mark 9:23 “According to your faith, be it done unto you.” But, whatever your belief there is no arguing that if we simply changed the thoughts we have from negative to positive (Or switching our focus from what we lack to what we want) it will have a profound impact on our productivity, belief and excitement about our life. Our thoughts have the power to seriously influence our success.

So, all that being said, in order for us to change anything in our lives we must first start with our thoughts! We must consciously make a choice to think positive or by default we will focus on the negative.

Step THREE: Fill Your Daily Laugh Quotient

You have all heard that laughter is the best medicine and some of you even believe it is true. The fact is, and there is nothing I can find to dispute this, laughter has profoundly more positive benefits then negative. If you’d like to find out more than revisit my blog on Laughter and Your Brain. Gelotology, the study of laughter and it’s effects on the body from a psychological and physiological perspective has much to support these claims. In Part 3 we will dive more deeply into 3 great ways to fill your daily laugh quotient, but in the meantime start up your laughing muscles and get healthy.

Conclusion

I hope you found these steps useful and I look forward to sharing more on this topic in the next couple weeks. Good luck as you begin to build your airplane, expand your horizon with subjective time and soar to more exciting days ahead. If you’ll simply Plan Exciting Adventures, Start With Your Thoughts and Fill Your Daily Laugh Quotient you will be well on your way to having the inspiring life you deserve. Catch you next week.

Create Your Own Dream Book
by On February 6, 2013

 

How did you make your Dream Book? I have been asked that question so many times over the past 13 years ever since I designed “My Life Goals” Book and am surprised I didn’t think to post this sooner, but as they say “better late than never”.

It is flattering that most everyone who sees it wants to have a book just like it. When I tell them how much effort was required to make it, very few are willing to put in the time to make it happen. So, with this understanding I am going to condense my process into 4 steps to help you build and designed your own Dream/Goals Book.

Warning: For those who have done this, happiness and success has followed. If you are prepared for this then please read on…. 🙂

1) Create a Be, Do, Have List – Before you create a book you will need to determine what it is that you want. It is important to decide what you’d like to truly BE, the activities you’d most like to DO and the possessions (emotional and material) you want to HAVE. Take all the time you need as this list should be very expansive and have little regard for what is “realistic”. I mean, this is DREAM Book, right?

 

Here are a couple examples:

BE –  father, basketball coach, millionaire, healthy….

DO – climb mountain, skydive, watch Sumo wrestling match, visit Egypt etc….

HAVE – Mercedes, million dollars checking acct, 3 kids, all my teeth for life…

2) Highlight Your Top Picks – Once you have this massive and unedited list created the next step is to then pick the ones that really “feel right” with you. Hopefully, if you are really diving into this you will have created such a list that it will probably take 2-3 lifetimes to complete. This is great ’cause it allows you to go over the list again and sort through the items that most resonate with you. So, simply read over what you created and start highlighting the ones that stick out the most to you, the things you could see yourself in THIS LIFETIME accomplishing and getting super excited about.

(3) Gather Images for each Dream – Now that you have your starting list it is time to find images through magazines, internet, or personal photos that represent each of the items you highlighted on your BE, DO, HAVE lists. Once you have images for each one you create a book. However you’d like to create the book is up to you, but I bound mine together in a way that it was durable so I could carry it with me wherever I’d like to go.

4) Stamp it a Success – You could certainly leave it at that, but I take it one step farther. If I have the ability I take a picture of me accomplishing the dreams/goals in my book and substitute the old image with my pictures. I then use my red stamp titled SUCCESS on each of the items I have accomplished. It is so awesome to go through the book and track all the DREAMS I am accomplishing and fill my book up with successes.

 

I wish you all the best as you create the life you want and strive towards your dreams. The fun is in the journey so happy travels…

Defining Your Keystone Goal Defined
by On February 5, 2013

Over the last few weeks we have had several folks reach out to ask about their Keystone Goal.  Questions have ranged from “What is it?” to “Why is it important?” to “How in the heck do I DO it?”  I LOVE that people are asking.  It shows that the concept is resonating and that folks are interested in improving their lives.  They get that when they have clear, energizing goals, that will help them achieve what they want in business and in life.

In this post, I will attempt to more clearly define the Keystone Goal and where it lies in the big picture of success.  Before we go any further, I HIGHLY recommend that anyone who is curious about the concept of a Keystone Goal pick up a copy of Roger Seip’s Train Your Brain For Success book as he pretty much coined the term Keystone Goal and spends a good amount of text defining it.  Anything you read in this post comes straight from the book.  I’m not trying to get selly-selly by any means, I just want to make sure I give credit where credit is due.

Consider this post a Cliff’s Notes version of his chapter on the Keystone Goal.  If Cliff’s notes were novel-length… (get comfy before you read this one).

Let’s start with the obvious question, “What is a Keystone Goal?”  Stated simply, this is the one goal that, simply by nature of accomplishing it, will support the rest of your goals getting accomplished as well.  The “Keystone” term  actually comes from architecture.  When building an archway, the keystone is the last piece that goes in and supports loads from multiple angles.  Without the keystone, the structure would crumble, but with it, it is virtually indestructible.  For those of you looking for a visual, the observatory deck of the St. Louis Arch is the keystone of that structure.

Or perhaps this image helps as well:

Can you see how if this piece wasn’t in place, the rest of the structure wouldn’t work?  The same theory applies to your Keystone goal.  Without that one accomplishment, the rest of your goals wouldn’t get done.  Well, they might get done at an individual level, but if you are reading this post, just knocking out one tiny goal at a time probably isn’t of major interest to you.

The important thing to remember is that the Keystone isn’t a lone-wolf goal.  It is one of several goals you should have.  It just happens to be the one that ties everything together.  It is NOT some flash-in-the-pan want or an afterthought related to something that would be kinda cool to have or do.  Like all goals, it should provide focus, direction and a sense of urgency.  More on those aspects in Roger’s book.

So let’s talk about why your Keystone Goal is important.  First off, if you haven’t connected with your “Why” or if you are unfamiliar with what that means, STOP and watch this video.  When it comes to setting goals and operating (read: LIVING) in general, it is MUCH more effective to be coming from a place of Why rather than a place of How or What.  This is a topic that has been written on over and over again, but if you don’t have a clear understanding of WHY you are doing something, it really doesn’t matter HOW or WHAT you do.  Your Why provides purpose.  Once you have that clear, the How and What don’t really matter.  If you wanted more than anything to win a bicycle race, would you care if you won by a tire width or 3 bike lengths?  Would you care if you won it in a solo sprint or sliding across the line in a fantastic group crash?  NO!  You won!

The main reason why your keystone goal is important is because when defined and articulated clearly, it serves as the foundation for EVERYTHING you do to move you towards it.  Any time you find yourself questioning yourself, you can ask yourself, “Does this support me accomplishing my Keystone Goal?”  If the answer is no, it’s a great way to “right the ship” and get yourself moving in the right direction.  Your Keystone Goal is the thing that’s going to motivate you to read instead of watch TV or drink a glass of water instead of a Coke.

OK, let’s cut to the chase, How do I establish a Keystone Goal?  Again, I’m pulling this straight from Train Your Brain For Success but there are 5 steps to follow in order to best leverage the power of your Keystone Goal:

1.  Write down your top 6-7 mid-range goals.  A good rule of thumb is to look at what you want/need to accomplish in the next 90 days.  Anything shorter-term than that may not allow enough “oomph”, and anything longer than that can too easily get overwhelming as it is outside what your brain can realistically visualize.

2.  Identify the Keystone.  As you are looking at the goals you wrote down, there should be one of them that kind of trumps the rest.  Your Keystone is that goal.  It’s the one that, by focusing intensely on its accomplishment, you support the majority of your other goals.  In some instances, the Keystone Goal will create the others as a byproduct.  In other cases, your Keystone Goal will require the accomplishment of other goals as a stepping stone to its accomplishment.*  Take a look at your list and find where that is true in one of your goals.  For me, it is tied to a sales number.  Reason being, in order to hit that sales number, I have to accomplish a bunch of stepping stone goals along the way (like # of new coaching clients, # of booked speeches and income needs).

* I pretty much copied this verbatim from the book.

3.  Solidify your WHY.  We already discussed this above, but get hyper-clear on why accomplishing this one particular goal is important to you.  How will you feel when you do it?  How will pursuing it make you better?  What else will I be able to be/do/have once I accomplish this?  Your Keystone Goal will provide incredibly clear answers to these types of questions.

4.  Make it Visual.  You’ve figured out what your Keystone goal is.  GREAT!  Find a visual representation of it and put that somewhere you can see it ALL THE TIME.  Print off your sales number in big numbers, write it on your bathroom mirror, on the bottom of the inside of your windshield; anywhere you KNOW you will see it several times a day.  This forces you to think about your Keystone Goal and helps you visualize your life once you accomplish it.  If your Keystone is a new house, print off the MLS and put it on the fridge.  Some folks call this dream boarding.  Pinterest can be a huge help on this.  If you need help on using that site, call my wife.  She’s an expert (and yes, I’m talking about in the 10,000 hours of experience sense).

5.  Create a supporting ritual.  This is as simple as letting the first words out of your mouth be your Keystone Goal or as complex as 2 hours of affirmations and Power Half Hour exercises.  Get yourself doing SOMETHING that is a
habit of excellence.  It should definitely be something that keeps you motivated about accomplishing your Keystone Goal.

1-3 above are more how to do it, 4 and 5 are more what to do with it.  If you focus on those 5 steps, you should get yourself moving in the right direction VERY quickly.  And remember, your Keystone should be temporary.  What I mean is that once you get good at setting goals and accomplishing them, you’re going to need a better goal to go after.

I trust this has been helpful.  I welcome any comments or questions, I’ll be mindful to answer them ASAP.

BTW, here’s the Visualization for my Keystone.  Enjoy!

 

Dump your New Year Resolutions & Create Amazing Goals for the New Year
by On December 31, 2012

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to set some clear intentions and get a fresh start on creating some positive momentum in areas that may need it.

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Unfortunately, many people kick off the year with DE-motivating plans… This is easy to avoid

Don’t set a New Years Resolution

It’s unlikely that you will follow-through, and when you bail, you’ll feel worse than when you started.

Don’t focus on the time-frame of your ‘yearly’ goals

Focusing on your time-frame will limit your true capacity.  And it’s a recipe for loosing energy if you find yourself behind in your progress.

DO set a specific goal and then chase after it!  Monitor your progress (I like using a thermometer on the wall) and know that you will accomplish your goal exactly on time.  If it takes a little longer than you’d ideally like – at least you got there!  And chances are you’ll surpass what you thought possible.

DO create a fun and positive challenge.  More effective than a resolution is a commitment to make a change in your habit.  Here is a great example of how i do that.  It’s a win/win when you decide to do something for 30 consecutive days.  Pick something that is meaningful to you and don’t worry if it seems too big or too small.

Have a happy New Year!  I’m looking forward to hearing all of your success stories throughout 2013.

be free!

eric

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

Go Forth and Fail
by On September 19, 2012

by dshoup on September 18, 2012

How is it that the most successful people have gotten to where they are? Is it because they are smarter or more talented then we are? Do they experience success because they have more money? Maybe it is because they are better looking or they are just plain lucky? The stars always seem to line up for them?

I would suggest that the answer to that is a resounding NO! History has hundreds and thousands of examples of how people and organizations have overcome one or all of those examples to lead very productive and highly effective lives.

If you look at your most successful professional athletes, sales professionals, CEOs, students, politicians or even parents, to name a few, there are a couple things that they share in common:

They know what they want and understand the price that must be paid to accomplish it.

Vince Lombardi was quoted as saying “Once you agree upon the price you must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts,…and the temporary failures.”

They simply fail more times than anyone else. And they are okay with it.

Anyone who has achieved great successes in life has also experienced countless failures and setbacks on the way to their eventual success. Here are some famous examples:

Thomas Edison’s experiments failed approximately 10,000 times before he invented the working light bulb.

Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company went bankrupt 5 times before he finally succeeded in the auto industry

John Grisham is one of 21st centuries most accomplished authors. 16 agents and 12 publishing houses rejected his first novel, A Time to Kill, before being picked up.

Brett Favre is the career leader in interceptions thrown. He is also the leader in touchdowns, passing yards, completions and wins as a quarterback.

Besides obvious talents in certain areas none of these people are any different then we are. I will repeat that again. None of them are any different then we are. The sooner you buy into and embrace this fact the quicker you will begin seeing your own level of successes.

Three things you can do now to move from a setback to success:

Know what you want. Clearly decide what you would like to be, do and have. I would highly recommend the book, The Success Principles by Jack Canfield. It is one mine of Freedom Personal Development’s favorite books on success. If you want to learn my personal favorites click here.

Write 2-3 personal setbacks to success stories. This reminds you that you can accomplish many things when you put your mind to it. You have proof from past experiences.

Be prepared to fail. There are two certainties of Failure: 1) It is guaranteed 2) It is essential to growth

Learn to look at failure as a positive and not a negative. The faster you can fail and learn from your mistakes, the faster you will succeed.

If you will do those three things you will be well on your way to experiencing the kind of success that you so richly deserve. I will close by sharing a quote I heard from one of my mentors, Zig Ziglar: “Anything worth doing, is worth doing poorly…….at first.”

Go Forth and Fail and love the journey.

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

    What do YOU learn the most from Olympians?
    by On August 8, 2012

    by Jana Owen on August 7, 2012

    I had the pleasure and fortune of attending some of the Olympic games last week in London. I’m hooked….I will be attending many more. The energy, activities, culture, comradery, and events were thrilling! But besides that, there is so much to admire about Olympians, and learn from.

    I have asked several people – What do you admire most about Olympic athletes? Most people mentioned the discipline or the belief in their own achievement. But there are SO many things we can learn from these talented athletes.

     

     

    These are a few of things I wanted to take away from the Olympics.

    1. The patience for delayed gratification. I can be impatient with many day to day experiences….but it is a different mindset to be patient with your long term goals. These athletes work most of their lives to compete in something that may take seconds! WOW! Thinking about that makes me feel silly about feeling frustrated when I don’t see the results that I want after dieting for one week! Whatever your long term goals are – be patient with you, and know that it will come. Have a vision, have a plan, and work diligently….it will come.

    2. The power of visualization. My coaching clients will tell you I am adamant about this. The power of the mind to create your reality after creating the vision is astonishing to me. It is extremely important to visualize the outcome of ANY situation worth thinking about. Athletes will tell you over and over….this is something they do on a regular basis. Do you have a meeting with your boss coming up? Visualize how you want to feel after. Do you have a big sale you are trying to achieve? Visualize how you will feel when it is a success….and what that process looks like. VISUALIZE WHAT YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO LOOK LIKE.

    3. Feeling truly happy for others’ successes. In competitive situations it is easy to be envious, or even self-righteous about losing. We see ‘sore losers’ many times in the Olympics. We have felt envy about a co-workers success (especially when you feel you worked so hard for the same outcome). Sibling rivalries anyone?? Imagine if you could find true authentic gratitude and happiness for someone else’s achievement….imagine how different this world would look! You will get back what you give and sharing ones success is necessary for your successes to be fulfilling or even to come to fruition at all. You can dispute that, but it is what I believe. And it just feels better!

    Thank goodness there is 4 years to plan my trip to Rio! But I will try to remember all the things I observed during these games. We can learn from everyone around us, but especially these marvelous athletes with dreams they are chasing after every single day.

    GO USA!