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Are You Asking For It?
by On May 1, 2012

There goes a saying around my house — Jana wants, and Jana gets.  Not because I deserve it, but because I ASK for it.  There are very few things in this world not worth asking for.  Have you ever complained about not getting something you want?  Have you considered taking responsibility for it because you did not ASK for it?

Perhaps you did not ask for a referral from a client, a raise from your boss, the sale, help from your spouse around the house, the pretty girl on the train for a date, or a refund for airline luggage fees when your luggage was lost?  If you could have asked for something you wanted, and you didn’t…why?

Did you not think about it, or were you scared of getting the answer, “ NO”?

Fear of rejection is a learned fear.  I believe it can be unlearned as well. When did we realize it was so bad to be told ‘no’?  So your parents told you ‘no’ when you were a child, so what…someone told you as a child you could not play with them, get over it…wherever this fear was learned – it is time to challenge the thoughts that are holding us back.  Why are you NOT ASKING FOR WHAT YOU WANT???

The other day I had a meeting that ended up being rescheduled.  Not what I had anticipated for my day, but I still walked out of that office with 5 referrals even though I had not technically conducted business with anyone.  So what if they had said no?  NEXT!

One of my favorite books is The Four Agreements.  If you have not read it, I highly recommend it.  One of the four principles it teaches i

s not taking things so personally.  The word ‘no’ is not going to kill you, in fact – how will you ever get the yeses if you never go for a no?  Anyon

e in sales knows this principle well.  There are many sales leaders that will tell you to go for the ‘no’.  For the law of probability will eventually give you a ‘yes’.

So you have come to the conclusion you are not asking for what you want. How do you begin? Start by asking yourself a few questions…

1. What do you want?

2. Who do you ask for it?

3. What is the best way to approach the person (make sure your intention is kind)?

4. What is the worst-case scenario if you do not achieve the outcome you want? (I guarantee it will not end in — and then I died.)

5. What is the best-case scenario (maybe you get MORE than you asked for)?

6. Is it worth the risk to you?

I have more cajones than most, so I say ALWAYS GO FOR BROKE – but you might not be so risky … maybe it is not worth it to you to be rejected for a simple room upgrade at the hotel. But what do you have to lose? The great news is, once you ask for it, you just might get it! With some self-confidence as an added bonus!

Event Invitation – Everest Slideshow – Madison, WI – August 31st
by On August 9, 2011

On Wednesday, August 31st, Eric Plantenberg will share his experience of ascending and summiting the worlds highest peak, Mt. Everest. 

In addition to Co-Founding Freedom Personal Development, Eric is the founder of “We Climb for Kids” and has climbed mountains all over the world in an effort to raise money that is used to build schools for Pakistani and Afghani girls.

Come join us as Eric takes you on an adventure that only very few ever get to experience first hand.

This is an open invitation to a free event.  All you need to do is register.

Free Registration

Event Details

Wednesday August 31st at 7:00 PM

Marriott Madison West
1313 John Q Hammons Dr
Middleton, WI 53562
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We Climb for Kids

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by On July 30, 2010

In this video, stand-up comedian Don McMillan, demonstrates how NOT to use PowerPoint to effectively communicate your message.  From words on the screens, bullets and graphs, he gives new meaning to “Death by PowerPoint.”


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Video – Motivational Highlights from Hollywood
by On April 9, 2010

Enjoy this montage of highlights from some of the greatest motivational moments in movies and finish your week strong.

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Need Memory Training? A Poem about Being Forgetful
by On February 25, 2010

memorybuttonDo you forget more than you remember?

Our Memory Training Workshop can help! You will learn how to remember names, abstract information and even cures for absent-mindedness.  We guarantee you will see at least a 300% increase in your memory.

After taking our workshop, won’t relate to this funny poem about forgetting….

Forgetter Be Forgotten?
My forgetter’s getting better,
But my rememberer is broke
To you that may seem funny
But, to me, that is no joke

For when I’m ‘here’ I’m wondering
If I really should be ‘there’
And, when I try to think it through,
I haven’t got a prayer!

Oft times I walk into a room,
Say ‘what am I here for?’
I wrack my brain, but all in vain!
A zero, is my score.

At times I put something away
Where it is safe, but, Gee!
The person it is safest from
Is, generally, me!

When shopping I may see someone,
Say ‘Hi’ and have a chat,
Then, when the person walks away
I ask myself, ‘who the hell was that?

Yes, my forgetter’s getting better
While my rememberer is broke,
And it’s driving me plumb crazy
And that isn’t any joke.

Please send this to everyone you know


More information on Freedom Personal Development’s Memory Training Workshop

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Happy Holiday Wishes from Freedom Personal Development
by On December 23, 2009

Wishing you and yours Peace, Joy and Love this Holiday Season.

Enjoy this classic holiday video – it has over 6 million views on

This display was the work of Carson Williams, a Mason, Ohio, electrical engineer who spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that controlled the 16,000 Christmas lights in his annual holiday lighting spectacular (from Christmas 2004).

His 2005 display includes over 25,000 lights that he spent nearly two months and $10,000 to hook up. So that the Williams’ neighbors aren’t disturbed by constant noise, viewers driving by the house are informed by signs to tune in to a signal broadcast over a low-power FM radio station to hear the musical accompaniment.

Top 10 Gifts that Don't Cost a Thing
by On December 22, 2009

Don’t have much to spend on presents this year? These ideas cost next to nothing, but offer priceless memories.

1.  Smile!
Take a wonderful photo of your recipient’s child or pet. Make a paper frame or enclose it in a pretty card.

2.  Lesson Plan. Volunteer the gift of a skill: Show a friend or relative how to knit, swim or use a digital camera.

3.  Snow Day. Give a neighbor a card promising to shovel her driveway on the day of the first big storm. If you live in a warmer climate, guarantee to tend the lawn one weekend.

4.  Babysitters’ Club. Offer the couple down the street a free evening of looking after the kids. Or you can promise them some pet-sitting while they’re on vacation.

5.  Portable Gardens. Give plant cuttings that can be nurtured throughout the winter and planted in the spring. If you’re in the South and your garden is in season, give flowers, fruits or vegetables.

6.  By the Book. For the constant reader, use holiday or other cards to make bookmarks. Cut the cards into strips that show complete scenes (Santa coming down the chimney, for example). Punch a hole at the top of every strip and pull a ribbon through it.

7.  Site Map. Give your recipient a list of off-the-beaten-path Web sites related to her interests (gardening, antiquing). Add a brief comment for each site. For a striking holiday background to your list, download free color pages from (Click on the Seasonal Pages link on the left side of the main page.)

8.  Words of Love. Send an audio letter to a faraway relative. If you have young relatives who don’t live near you, record yourself reading a children’s book so you seem that much closer.

9.  Write It Down. If you like to write, compose a poem or a very short story for your recipient. Include references to events in her life and jokes that just the two of you share.

10.  Clip and Save. For your favorite hard-core coupon clipper, assemble a collection of the best coupons you can find, plus a guide to coupon sites like

For more affordable gift ideas for everyone in your circle, check out’s 100+ under-$50 gift picks, including cool gifts for guy, fun gifts for deserving divas, and under-$10 gifts that don’t look cheap.

Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.

by On December 11, 2009

This video highlights five hilarious commercials from Ameriquest. In each commercial, the main charter is in a situation that, at first, appears to be damaging. The viewer though, knows the real story, and what at first appeared to be controversial has a valid explanation.

These commercial are a great reminder to avoid judgments and assumptions in our daily life….and make for a good laugh!

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Happy Halloween from Freedom Personal Development
by On October 30, 2009


Have a Happy Halloween! 

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Special thanks to Jaren Christianson for donating the pumpkin, his time and carving talents.

 Happy Halloween  
Top 10 Brain Games
by On September 15, 2009

brain-gamesFor today’s Top 10 Tuesday, we wanted to share a list of the top 10 brain games to keep your mind sharp.

It is always good to take a break from your normal routine and challenge your brain. These games also teach you about how your brain works.

Top 10 Brain Games:

1.  The Stroop Test – The Stroop test is used in neuropsychological evaluations to measure mental vitality and flexibility, since performing well requires strong attention and self-regulation capability.

2.   Basketball Attention Experiment – This experiment shows that it is possible to see something without observing it. This explains why traffic accidents occur when a driver “looked but failed to see”.  Count how many times the basketball is passed.  For the correct answer see below.

3.  Towers of Hanoi – This is a classic planning puzzle, good for our Frontal Lobes and executive functions. This game is frequently used in neuropsychological evaluations.

4.  The Senses Challenge – A series of 20 timed puzzles put together by the BBC. It should take you about 10 minutes or less to complete.

5.  Inside and Outside – This test evaluates your divided attention skills.  This is a virtual illusion that proves the limits of our perception.

6.  Blind Spot – Count the number of times that the letter F appears in the following sentence:
“Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years”.  
How many did you find? Check the solution and explanation.

7.  The Empty Triangle – How smart are you? This puzzle was featured in the Mensa publication “Number Puzzles for Math Geniuses”.

8. What do You See? – This image is an example of an ambiguous illusion — a picture or object that requires perceptual switching between the alternative interpretations of figure and ground. And although you may be able to switch back and forth to see one image or the other, your eyes will not let you see both at the same time.

9.  Shadows and Squares – Which one is darker? This is less obvious than it may appear.

10.  Brain Workout for Your Frontal Lobes – Your frontal lobes are home to your executive functions, including pattern recognition. Here’s a puzzle to challenge your ability to uncover a pattern.

Answer to The Basket Ball Experiment – The real point of this experiment is the questions, “Did you see the gorilla?”  Take another look at the video if you missed it.

Which one do you enjoy the most?

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