Recently, I have been dealing with some fear issues. Issues that were hindering me from accomplishing my goals (one being lack of funds). Ordinarily, I try to work through issues by myself, but this was beyond what I could handle. I explained my situation to a good friend, hoping he would just give me money. Instead he gave me one of the best motivational speeches.
He gave my own words and beliefs back to me, in his own way. Something clicked inside of me and realized that is was ok to have fear, just don’t let it stop you. Within 2 or 3 hours of his speech I was back at it again. Not only did money begin arriving from different sources, but a couple of new opportunities also seemingly feel in my lap. I texted my friend later that day and said, “Thank you for not giving me any money because his words were far more valuable.”
Today’s photo is one of my opportunities that popped up. Here I am this morning on WORT 89.9 radio, with my friend Aaron Perry.
I can not tell you enough how much I enjoy being on the radio, so for me this was fantastic. Now, one of my new goals is to have my own radio show.
Excerpt from my November 2013 Capital City Hues column.
Not to long ago I had weeks of what seemed like multiple projects and deadlines coming due at same time in my both my professional and business lives. Therefore I missed seeing my three grandchildren for a couple of weeks. The youngest is 18 months old, he and I had been practicing saying the word Nana, which is what my grandchildren call me. He could say the word but he did not call me Nana. After what seemed like an eternity I went by their house and he met me at the door. He pointed at me, yelled out NANA and with the biggest grin ever he started doing a little dance while clapping he hands. Next, he grabbed my hand to follow him. As I followed I looked at my daughter and said, “You don’t get a greeting like this everyday.” I felt so loved, appreciated, happy, thankful, and so on. I felt a flood of positive emotions.
How would you feel, if every night after work, you were greeted by a family member who welcomed you with the exuberance displayed by my grandson? Happy? Loved? Glad to be home? The answer to this question gives you an inkling of the power of gratitude. But does giving or receiving thanks offer only immediate rewards, or does gratitude have far reaching benefits? What if you could live everyday feeling an abiding sense of gratitude — no matter what? Would that have any effect on your life?
This isn’t some etheric, touchy-feely self-help exercise. Some of this effect can be measured biochemically, while other aspects of it are currently beyond scientific measurement. But the bottom line is irrefutable: Expressing gratitude initiates a powerful healing effect in your own mind and body
Why does this work? Continue reading Attitude of Gratitude
A recent cookbook cover, I just finished. I also had the opportunity to take food photos and yes it was delicious.
The following is an excerpt from my May 2013, Art of Life column, entitled “Success is Imagined First”
We can create whatever we imagine in our minds. If you are experiencing lack or failure in your life it is because it was first imagined in your mind. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Imaging or visualizing what you want can have almost magical powers. French Dr. Emile Coué asserts that when the imagination and will are in conflict, the imagination always wins out.
We are constantly creating our futures through visualization, as the mind thinks in mental images. For example, if you are thinking about, talking about and imagining financial lack (I.e. I am unlucky, I could never have that, I’m and so on), then that is what your mind will produce for you. When a mental picture is repeated the mind has no choice but to accept it as true and bring it into reality.
The reality is that your imagination can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It is how you imagine and what you focus on that affects your brain and therefore your expectations. When you learn to harness your imagination, your imagination becomes your best friend. Then you can use your imagination instead of allowing your imagination to propel you. It is only when you proactively focus your imagination to achieve specific outcomes that you ignite the creative process and increase your odds of success.
Take a moment and consider where and how you apply your imagination — mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. The first step to understand and applying your imagination is to become mindful of how you imagine.