Empowering Blog Archives For September 7-14, 2009

Our empowering Blog Archives is the place to look back and reread our past discussions and to make sure you didn't miss anything.

So if you missed any of our daily postings ---- this is the place to find them-starting with September 8-14, 2009.

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September 8, 2009

Self - Improvement - The Journey Continues

So far we have outlined 3 steps that you need to take on your journey to self-improvement. Let's recap:

1. Decide you need to change.

2. Write down write down your new goals & the benefits you will get.

3. Set a reasonable time-line for your goal.

We need to stop here for a moment to insure that the foundation on which you are building your change to self-improvement is strong.

Step #4 Today I want you to sit in a quiet place and look at what you have written down.

You are going to fine tune your road map.

Side note - I find that the local library is a great place to go when you need to think & take notes,you are alone & yet you're not.}

Do the goals you have listed make sense to you? ---In other words are they realistic to you - you need to keep it real.

Things to look for:

Are your goals specific? Can progress be measured{time line}? What changes need to be made to keep you on track?

Things to do.

Note. Write down a date for completion of goals.

Break down the goals into smaller sub - goals, write down things that need to change in your life. (how you spend your time, friends, focus, etc)

Side-note -- making changes & sticking to them is sometimes difficult - keep your mind focused on those things that inspire & empower you.

{The library is a great place to find books on people who have made great changes in their life. Take a book out -- carry it with you - read it during lunch or on your way to & from work.}

Now that you have your road-map in tact it's time to continue on your journey to self - improvement.

A thousand mile journey start with that first step, Your journey to self - improvement is no different, for most it will be a process of making & remaking small adjustments in your daily lives. Just take one step at a time.

I'll see you tomorrow --- just keep walking.

Dare To Dream Big


The purpose of your journey is to empower yourself, to stay motivated and committed to making the changes needed to reach your goals.

Stay committed -- stay focused


September 9, 2009

Self - Improvement Requires Changes

The journey to self - improvement requires that you make both small and also drastic changes to your life.

The speed with which you make these changes will determine the time it takes you to reach your goals on the road to self -improvement.

Yesterday we talked about fine tuning your written goals. We said that the goals have to be:

1. Specific

2. Measurable

3. And changes need to be made.

Today in Step #4 we will focus on item #3 (changes need to be made) - these are personal changes - you have to make in order to continue your self - improvement journey.

For many people this is one of the hardest steps to take. Why?

Very often these changes have become habits --- things we do & not even think about.

{Remember - if you keep doing what you were doing before -- you will keep getting the same results}

Let's break this down into smaller portions so we can identify what is influencing you.

So take inventory

1. Who do you spend time with?

2. Where do you spend your time?

3. How do you spend your time?

4. What do you feed your mind?

You can add to the list as you see fit. The point is you need to be brutally honest on how these factors are impacting your motivation and your journey to self-improvement.

Are they helping - or - are they holding you back?Keep it if it helps you- get rid of it or change it if it holds you back.

Make a decision and move on. This is where it gets hard for some people, distancing themselves from people (relatives?) who have a negative influence on them.

But this has to be done. You cannot allow anyone or anything to take away your motivation and empowerment.

Note Taking control of your life means making decisions --- some will be tough to make but that is what it means to take control.

You decide, if you don't than nothing will change this is your journey to self - improvement - take control

I'll see you tomorrow --- until then just keep walking >>>>

Dare To Dream Big



September 10, 2009

Your Beliefs Determine Your Success Or Failure

Your beliefs determine your success or failure on your self -- improvement journey.

We started this week discussing a number of steps you need to take to reach your goals.

NOTE - In our previous discussions, we have talked about ----

1. What you feed your mind ----

2. Focus ---

3. The company you keep ---

4. Your beliefs ---

5. Making minor adjustments¡­

Today we discuss item#4 ---- Your beliefs.

If you have been following our blogs, you will note that we spoke about beliefs last month -----

----But as I have mentioned before - some things need to be repeated until they become a habit.Remember your beliefs determine your success or failure.

Note --- Sometimes we just do not realize what our "deep---seated" beliefs are.

But one thing you can be sure of is that:

Your beliefs will determine your ultimate success or failure.

It"s really a simple matter --- "if you don't believe that you can ------- you will not succeed."

I am talking about really believing deep down in your heart.

Let me repeat - you can say all the positive affirmation you want -

--you can read all the motivational books you want --

- you can listen to all the inspirational songs you want - but if you truly do not believe --- guess what?...

The topic of belief has been spoken about from the beginning of time ---

- in different ways-but with the same meaning:

"The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything.

It's your mind you have to convince."

quote by Vince Lombardi

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe,

all things are possible to him that believeth.

Mark 9:23

Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.

quote by Charles Franklin Kettering

You can not be wishy-washy about your determination to reach your goal.

You have to envision -- you -- accomplishing that goal. And when a bump in the road appears --

- what do you do or say?

Tony Robbins has said it many times -"you have to ask yourself better questions - if you want to get better answers."

In a nutshell, he is referring to that bump in the road. Some people will start saying ¨C Why Me? What Now? This is too much work -- WRONG questions.

Do This Instead -- Ask yourself -- OK so how do I find a way around this obstacle. How do I keep myself motivated and inspired?

You will get a better answer.

Make your belief real - see it -- taste it -- feel it - verbalize it.

Commit to it.

It's all up to you.

Sometimes the hardest part ---- is taking that first step ------- go ahead eat that frog & continue your journey.

Eat That Frog!

"When the going gets tough ---- the tough get going"

Tomorrow we will discuss a little more the topic of beliefs.

Until tomorrow, keep walking

Dare To Dream Big



September 11, 2009

Beliefs What Are They?

What are beliefs and how do they affect your success or failure? Let's briefly talk about two types of beliefs - empowering beliefs & limiting beliefs.

OK - so what are empowering beliefs?

As the name implies; they are beliefs that empower you. For example you may have the belief "that in America - if you work hard & apply yourself you can be successful" or that education is the way out of poverty.

In all probability these are statements that you have heard for years from family and friends, and you have come to accept them as fact.

In contrast, limiting beliefs are beliefs that limit or completely stop you from achieving your goals. These too are statements that you have heard all your life.

They become ingrained in your sub - conscious and you accept them as truths.

And very often you don't realize the power they have over your thinking and your actions.

Have you ever said "Yes I would but" {here comes the limiting belief part}

Or "Oh I can't because" [add limiting belief]Others that we have heard before: -- Money doesn't grow on trees

You'll never amount to much ----- You're a loser --- You're not cut out to -- -- You can't because you're too -- {fat - ugly - dumb - skinny- short - tall - etc -etc}

I'm sure that by now you get the point.

So now that you know what a limiting belief is ---- be on the look - out.

Listen to yourself SPEAK ----- AND --- listen to yourself THINK When you catch yourself thinking or speaking a limiting belief --- STOP!

Rephrase what you were saying or thinking into something positive and move on.

For example - limiting belief - I can't because I'm too old.

Ask yourself has some other person who is my age accomplished what I want to do?

Yes! --- you have just proven your limiting belief ¨C to be wrong.

Now Change it. How do you change a limiting belief? Start by questioning it.

Ask yourself why not? Break the belief statement down into smaller pieces and prove them wrong.

Now I've condensed this info into a very short article, to make it as easy as possible. We will be having more discussions on this topic in future blogs.

Today you have learned to identify the culprit ---- it is up to you to take action

Fill you mind will positive thoughts - surround yourself with inspiring people.

Until tomorrow - keep walking

Dare To Dream Big


Are you doing enough to stay inspired and motivated?

PS get yourself an empowering book to carry with you -click here---- can't afford a book -- visit your local library.



You must continue to re-enforce what you are learning.



September 12, 2009

Procrastination Fear of Taking Action

Procrastination is your enemy. You must take action to succeed.

Procrastination will come between you and your goals and try to slowly push you to a stop; it is a cancer that will prevent you from moving forward.

Learn to recognize it for what it is.

Life does not consist in thinking,

it consists in acting.

Quote by Woodrow Wilson, 1912

I want you to pay close attention to Woodrow Wilson's words. This is not just a quote; these are words to live by.

Some More Words To Think About Concerning procrastination

There are those of us who are always about to live.

We are waiting until things change,

until there is more time, until we are less tired,

until we get a promotion, until we settle down

-- until, until, until.

It always seems as if there is some major event

that must occur in our lives before we begin living.

quote by George Sheehan

Do you see the point I am trying to make? Do what you know needs to be done today

Things you can do to destroy procrastination: read an empowering book, re-read and focus on your goals,

listen to inspiring songs, tapes, watch a motivating video, talk with an encouraging friend,

re - reads our blogs, quotes & advice, visit your local library.

Watch & listen to words of wisdom, then take whatever action is needed to destroy procrastination.

Your desire to change must be greater than you fear of change.

quote by Victor

Keep your focus on where you want to be (your goals) and take small steps towards them (make decisions & take action) By following this process you will gain momentum & courage to defeat your procrastination.

Think of procrastination as a dirty word, with a foul smell, ugly to look at and think about.

When it shows up telling you to wait take some action to move away from it.

Remember This is not a race, but a journey --------- one step at a time will get you there

Until tomorrow, keep walking

Dare To Dream Big


PS> Use these resources to keep moving in the right direction

September 13, 2009

Action Take Step towards Your Goal

To reach a goal, any goal, you need to take action.Fear is what stops most people from taking action.

Fear of failure, fear of ridicule, fear of rejection, fear of the unknown.

In fact, the more you dwell on it, the stronger your fear gets. Why???

Because that is what you focus on.

I have to keep repeating these things over & over again because you have to learn to identify what it is that you are doing --- that is stopping you from achieving your goals.

Note - Why do athletics practice the same moves over & over again?< /b> So that it becomes "second nature" to them.

They focus on what needs to be done --- until they can do it without thinking.They motivate themselves and practice and practice.That is exactly what you need to do.

Let's go back to my previous blogs where I talked about focus & belief if you missed them go to Blog Archives.

You will recall that if you focus on something ---- anything negative --- you continue to relive it in your mind & your body reacts by experiencing all the discomfort, pain, sadness, fears associated with those thoughts.

Big Secret The only want to overcome fear is by taking action.How do you stay motivated and empowered?-- By doing.

I recommended ---- that a way to break out of this cycle of fear, is to engage your whole body in "action" -----

by engaging all your senses, you push out the negative thoughts & you start to "focus" on something positive.

Note This is why it is so important to have access to empowering books, music, friends, any thing that can give you a dose of encouragement to take action.

Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you are busy ----

you forget that a certain part of your body is aching ----

or if you were feeling sad, you are able to smile?

That's what happens when you engage in something ------ "take action" ---- result is --- that your focus changes ---- your mood changes ---- you are able to move towards a goal.

So let me repeat ---- if you continue to do the same things you did in the past, --- You will continue to get the same results.

Focus on what you want to accomplish ------- Not ---- on failure.

Watch this empowering video & get motivated to take action.

Note I repeat this is not a race ---- it is a journey --- take one step at a time, make adjustments and keeping moving by taking "action."

Until tomorrow, keep walking

Dare To Dream Big


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September 14, 2009

Take Action And Empower Yourself

Today we continue with our discussion on taking action and how this enables you to empower yourself.

Let's stophere for a moment & insure we are on the same page.

The action you take must be a "constructive & positive action" that moves you towards your goal.

You have to chart your course ---- You have to plan your moves ----- You have to have goals to head towards, taking these steps will empower you.

How? By You making the decisions, by you taking the action, by you moving towards your goals.

[action = reading your goals, reading empowering books, quotations, listening to empowering tapes, records, music, radio, watching empowering videos, tv, associating with positive people]

Note Do you see how things start to fall into place?

Remember one of our primary rules:keep it simple.

Please read my 5 Step Action Plan so that you fully understand what I mean. ----- On July 6 to July 13, I outline the steps. ----

Today's Food for thought

Far better it is to dare mighty things,

to win glorious triumphs,

even though checkered by failure,

than to take rank with those poor souls

who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,

because they live in the gray twilight

that knows neither victory nor defeat.

>i>quote by Theodore Roosevelt

Don't over - think what needs doing, get up & take action.

Don't let doubts, worries nor fears paralyze you, instead move forward with determined action ------ motivated and inspired, knowing that no matter the outcome ----- you will learn from your experience.

Taking one action step at a time will give you that sense of empowerment --------- that in turn will make taking the next step much easier.

Until tomorrow, keep walking

Dare To Dream Big


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