Archive for May, 2009

Pictures Paint a Thousand Words

May 18, 2009

The next time you receive your paycheck I want you to hold in it your hands, and then hold it under the light. Rub the numbers on it and think to yourself, is this what I am worth. Is this the reason I get up every morning, drive in the morning traffic. Or wait for the bus, then the train and sit with all the others who are also on their way to work. Is this what I am worth. Trading my time for money.

Close your eyes and then imagine yourself on a beach, the sun is setting, and you hear the waves rolling in and out, you smell the fresh salt water in the air. You even feel the mist of the ocean on your face. In the distance you hear softly playing guitars and the laughter of people starting to mingle on the happy hour bar. As you walk back to your hotel room and open the door you see your laptop on the desk. Your inbox is blinking so you open it, you read how one of your partners just enrolled a football team of 69 players, coaches and trainers, the commissions you have just made, while laying on the beach, are more than what you use to earn working at your JOB an entire month. You quickly shower and think to yourself is this what I am worth? Yes, the seeds you sow today determine the harvest you will have tomorrow. Now wake up and go back to your 9 to 5, but will it ever be the same?

Incredible Words from Gale Connell

May 14, 2009

Here is a Newsletter I received today from Gail Lynne Goodwin, the Blog she has is called Inspire Me Today and it is Fantastic, I just had to share this with you all. Please go and visit her and see the Amazing work She is up to! Thank You So Much Gail!

All Credits go  to this young Lady!

Gail Lynne Goodwin’ Inspire Me Today

http://www.inspiremetoday.com/

Gale Connell Don’t just dream it. Do it! ~ Gale Connell

If today were my last day on Earth and I could share 500 words of brilliance with the world, here are the important things I’d want to pass along to others…

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

One of the most common documented deathbed regrets is that the soon to be deceased wishes they had taken more risks. They aren’t talking about bungee jumping, but rather the dreams that they carried inside for a lifetime that they will never see realized.

There are hundreds of reasons that people pass on their dreams, and they all seem perfectly logical.

Take the American Dream for example: get an education, find a steady job, buy a house, have a family, build a nice retirement fund and then relax until you die. Aside from the fact that the American Dream no longer resembles that model, the folks who followed it achieved most of the perks but remained personally unfulfilled. Having shelved their heart’s desire in pursuit of “security” they spend their waning days dreaming of what might have been.

All that sought-after safety and security was a compelling illusion that lured millions of baby-boomers away from their burning desires. Fortunately, dreams are persistent, because they are the seeds of our greatness.

When asked, most people will tell you that they have had basically the same dream all of their life. It’s something they contemplate, fantasize about and spend much pleasurable time engaged with. Yet they never act upon it. They just can’t seem to muster the necessary resources and encouragement to take the first step toward their passion.

Isn’t Quality Important?

May 14, 2009

I have a good friend who is 73 years old. This gentleman’s story would make for an excellent blog, book, and probably a fantastic film for the silver screen. Last summer he was hit by a car and they wanted to amputate his leg, it had been splintered by the impact, Rudi said no! The doctors talked about not wasting their time and just cutting it off, luckily he was conscious and very present, and proceed to explain to the surgeons if they did that he would slam them with a law suit! Can you imagine if he was not awake and they just did what they wanted? Well, it has been almost a year of excruciating pain and healing, he can walk and he has a little limp, but he still has his leg. And on top of this whole situation, he is the most generous and caring person I have ever met. He still has a humour that can’t be beaten!

Even though he is retired, and probably worked enough jobs in his life for three people, he is building a small business, selling fresh fish from a local fish farm here in Switzerland. What is amazing is that this fish farm produces their fish naturally without all of the antibiotics and chemicals that large fisheries use, so the end result is an excellent tasting and completely chemical free fish.

I had the chance to take him to a few restaurants to sell his fish. He has always given the owners a few samples to try and then they begin to discuss the costs. Everyone wants to try his fish and then after they have, they begin bargaining for the price. His margin of profit is small, because he does not do this for the money, but rather wants to provide people the chance of having a chemical free product. And enjoys the activity of meeting new people and helping them when he can. Recently we stopped in at a restaurant to see if the were interested in ordering.

Here is where I choked and literally was speechless. The owner of a good restaurant said that Rudi’s fish costs twice as much as the fish he was using. When Rudi explained to him, sure it may be double but the quality is better, no poison, and it is fresh, not like the frozen fish this cook gets from Vietnam. And the cook proceed to explain that people are only interested in the price, they do not really care if it is good quality or not and that the fish is pumped full of chemicals, who cares, the price is what matters! I was shocked! If the customers of this restaurant knew what the owner thought and said, I can imagine his establishment would be empty in the blink of an eye. This restaurant is packed almost day for day with people who love his meals, but have no idea what he is feeding them.

This is just one restaurant, but they are not the only ones, apparently Rüdi has faced this problem before and through this he would rather sell his fish to private individuals who are not only happy for the quality but are thankful for the service and freshness he delivers.

In today’s economy everyone must be aware of the original idea of creating a business is not just to make money, but to offer the clients a good product and service, and of course to generate profits, but when it sacrifices the health of its customers, where is the real profit, and what is that profit worth?

How to Eliminate Time Wasters!

May 12, 2009

I am presently reading a book from Timothy Ferris, the title is “The 4-Hour Workweek.” Aside from just downright genius, this book is exploding the 9 to 5 system fairy tale. I am in no way taking credit for this information, Tim has provided us with, I merely feel it is urgent to get this information to as many people as possible, so that it can be implemented, when the shoe fits wear it.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book today, and reading it, it will change your life.

The topic I want to address today is how to stop time wasters. There are hundreds when not thousands of little tasks each and everyone of us perform daily that require enormous time. It may seem like a few minutes, but added together over the course of a week, month, or year, these tasks drain the productivity out of us daily.

Here is a simple, but highly effective, way to gain back time lost on just one of those tasks, E-mail. Most people at the start of the day, turn on their computer, and begin to read their emails, those with large volumes may even wait until all trickle in, but nonetheless, the first task of the day is to read and answer any and all e-mails one has received over the course of the evening.

Tim says, “Time wasters are the easiest to eliminate and deflect. It is a matter of limiting access and funneling all communication toward immediate action. First, limit e-mail consumption and production. this is the greatest single interruption in the modern world.”

For the details please consult his book, while it is an excellent reference. But too make it simple there are two steps one must make. Number one turn off the audible alert on your computer when e-mails arrive, this will help you to stay on target with whatever task you are presently working on without the annoying tone as well as a short description that pops up on your screen, a definite concentration killer!

Second read and respond to your e-mails twice a day, for example 12 and 4pm. You can do this right before the lunch break and then shortly before most offices prepare to close. This allows all  e-mail you have sent adequate time to be answered. And also create an auto responder for your email, so that everyone who sends you an e-mail is notified that you read and answer e-mails in the times you designate. This may take some time for all to be aware and accustomed to your routine, but it is a powerful move in  allowing you time to focus on your priorities and objectives, and this naturally increases your productivity.

He goes even further to suggest putting all office phones on voice mail, with a similar routine for returning calls. He informs callers with his message that they should e-mail their requests when possible, thus reducing amount of time one spends on the telephone with unproductive discussions. When a return telephone call is required he informs the caller when he will be available to make that call.

When you implement nothing else from this book, this one task is worth it’s weight in gold! Tomorrow I will share the messages one can create for the email autoresponder and voice mail message.

Keep the Fire Burning!

All Aboard!

May 11, 2009

Today we begin to make something Fantastic happen! I will be posting a new article about life, our experiences with life, and all the amazing things we encounter in this remarkable journey we call life. I am asking all who take the time to read this blog to also please take the time to share your thoughts. Together we can make miracles happen. United we stand, divided we fall.

When people ask me, “how are you today?” I always answer with, “It’s another day in paradise!”
Most laugh and question what I am on that makes me so happy, and to even think such a thing you must be either crazy or intoxicated. But I have to say through my response I tend to wake people up. Instead of hearing the usual response, I am fine and yourself, or something along those lines, they actually think for just a moment what is their own paradise or vision of paradise, and if only for a short moment, they seem to forget about the day to day pressures that one faces in life.

Regardless of how my day is going, good, bad or indifferent, I always give the same reply. This not only helps others to lighten up, it also helps me to keep a positive outlook on my own mission in life. I once met a gentlemen who dared me to say an affirmation for ninety days. I took that dare and it has changed my life. That was over six years ago, and I still fall back on it from time to time. Here is the affirmation I say, and feel free to use it as well. Please do not misunderstand me, affirmations are excellent tools one may use, but in order to profit from them entirely, one must be willing to set them into action as well. Saying them is good, doing them is better. Actions always speak louder than words!

Here she is:

I am uplifted by life and it’s wonderful gifts, everyday I am uplifted more and more.
Everyday I receive and give away more gifts than ever before.
My whole life is a gift I give to others.
The gift of love and joy, goodness and kindness.
The gift of peace and hope and goodwill toward everyone.
This my gift to the world and to myself,
and no matter what is happening in my life,
I celebrate it grandly.

So let’s join together and create paradise here on earth, it is never to late to get a fresh start, and who knows it just might make all the difference in the world.

The Nastiest Word in the English Vocabulary

May 6, 2009

I just talked with a friend and could not believe my ears. He must of used this word 4 times in the course of our conversation, and all I can do is cringe!

You are wondering what this word is, well I am going to tell you.
It is the word can’t! He can’t do something. When you say this to yourself long enough your mind and spirit gets the message and follows. And then the task at hand or challenge, not problem, can surely not be met. The word can’t is made up of two words can and not. Instead of asking yourself when a challenge arises why, why not try to replace that why with what. What are my options, what do I choose to do, or do I need to even bother myself with this?

We are constantly confronted with choices from the moment we awake until we finally lay down at the end of the day. The mind is amazing and one’s focus tends to be on hurdles, Problems, and things that have a negative influence on our thoughts and actions.

Regardless of your position in life it would be much easier to entertain your highest ambitions and cultivate your dreams. There are literally hundreds when not thousands of books on this topic and it drives me crazy. To think what the human mind has been capable of creating not just in the past, but in everyday life today, right now, how can we insult our intelligence with such trivial and destructive thinking.

The amount of energy it takes is just plain silly to waste on making yourself feel miserable, and in the end you really have no creative energy left to change the situation. I would say from Heart Attacks, to ulcers and the whole spectrum of stress related dis eases can be directly linked to the software one has programmed in the hard drive of our minds. Pressure or stress is normal and can even be healthy when properly channeled into solutions. There is a reason the Good Lord gave us this capacity. The mind is a terrible thing to waste and even worse is letting negative thoughts run rampant until one is sick or sick and tired. Sometimes things push us over the edge, and it is up to us to decide can we live with this, can we change something that enables us to live with this, or do we even care to bother?

I am not saying everyone should just think positive and everything will be much better. But I am really sad that so many allow themselves to be weighed down by things that either have no direct effect on their lives or they could possibly be the one’s to find a solution for this and are so busy ranting and raving, they do not take the time to ask themselves, What can be Done!

A lot of people ask how are you, or how are you doing, and then before you can even reply they begin to go on about some nonsense and do not even hear your reply. The average reply to this question we often hear when we greet each other, How are You? Is Fine thank you and yourself? Why do people even ask this if they are not in the least bit concerned how you are or how you are doing? It is ridiculous and I guess it is time we really start to ask ourselves this question and then answer ourselves honestly.

Life is too short to waste one precious minute worrying over something, when challenges arrive, take inventory and take action.

The serenity prayer always comes to mind when I am confronted with these gold nuggets of life. And if we could all start to think instead of babble, feel instead of react, and listen instead of talk, we just might become the highest form of intelligence on this planet. Start today to be who you really are and not what others expect from you. We all have a God given talent that is just waiting to be set free and until we stop acting like robots, this divine gift will continue to go unnoticed.

Find your Passion, Set the Fire! Keep the Fire Burning and share this with as many souls as you humanly can. First then will we live to see Heaven here on Earth!

Words of Wisdom

May 4, 2009

Well. it has been awhile since I last had a chance to write, so I figured, now is as good a time as any to catch up, where we last left off.

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to a seminar from Karl Pilsl. This gentlemen is a business journalist, and has spent almost half of his life living and reasearching  businesses in the United States. He then takes the information he has gathered and applies it to helping people  in reaching their goals.  He takes the role of being someone who speaks to your heart and not a motivational preacher. He also says he is here to tell you what you need to know, not what you want to hear! I had the pleasure of meeting Karl, and his wife Monika, last October in St. Gallen for the first time. This man is 61 years old and says he is at  the halftime stage in his life! Not only does he have an incredible talent for researching, he also has a divine wisdom of conveying the information to normal every day people. The power and drive which he has is rarely seen in most people, let alone at this age. He is highly motivating and extremely attractive,  using  short stories and solid fundamental thinking, he is capable of waking even the biggest sleeping giant within!

There are numerous stories he delivers to get the point across, and while  everything is in German, I have decided to take the time and translate, as best I can, what this gentlemen has taught me. Not only does Karl deliver a remarkable message, but he is actively promoting his courses and informative cds. Karl even takes the time to send a weekly newsletter to anyone interested in improving their situation in life!

This week he has reminded us to think of a stamp, a stamp does not give up until it has completed it’s mission, getting the letter to it’s recipient. It doesn’t say well, I have done this for awhile and gotten no results, so I will jump off this letter and look for something better, no it stays until the job is done. Unfortunately, people do not usually exercise this vital character quality. We all have our calling in life, no matter how large or how small, it is our mission, what we came here to do, it is so easy, just be yourself! No one can do a better job at this than you.  Most people will never reach their full potential while they simply give up too easy. Everyone is looking for a quick fix, and when it doesn’t happen right away they give up and start something new. They overestimate what results they may have in the short term, and underestimate what results they could have reached in the long term, if they didn’t give up so easily.

He goes on to explain that the greatest success stories known to mankind, were always accomplished by visionary people, who not only were in it for the long term, but had a determination that enabled all of their innate powers to overcome all hurdles they possibly could have or did encounter along the journey.

Today there  is no scarcity on the number of business opurtunities available, no limits on the options one has to earn money. But what is rare and becoming almost extinct is the will power and determination to stick with your project/business  long enough to harvest the fruits of your labours. He asks everyone to think long and hard about what you want to do with your life. What burns in your heart? What are  your passions? Make a decision and stick to your guns! With the fire in your heart coupled with determined action every individual will reach his or her goals!

Here is his link if you are interested in finding out more:  http://www.wirtschaftsrevolution.de/