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As a child and teen you may have blindly followed others, which is a normal part of growing up. As a mature, spiritual adult, though, you follow others intentionally. In turn, you find out what you can do to better lead yourself.
1. Find a purpose.
To gain clarity on why you are here, consider the following questions:
What inspires you?
What gifts/talents do you have; what do you enjoy doing?
What puts you in the flow and helps yourself and others?
Contemplating these questions can Continue reading
Wallace Wattles advised us in The Science of Getting Rich to access all the resources we need to live our best. Phillip Mountrose points out the 4 keys to living consciously in this short video.
Turn on your speakers and watch the video…
Why is it so important to find effective ways to communicate? It is how you connect with others: the lifeblood of your relationships.
So what do top communicators — like Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins and Bill Clinton — do that can teach us about communication?
Here are 5 communication tips, which through practice have become traits of great communicators, communication skills that we can develop more in ourselves.
Bill Clinton can be speaking to thousands, but it is as if he is speaking to each person individually. When speaking to an individual, he focuses so intently on them that it brings out the best in that other person.
Connecting is about listening closely to your audience, even if it is just one person. Be attentive, using forethought to genuinely share what is relevant to the other person.
For example, if we are doing a class on life purpose, we would tailor our language and illustrations based on the particular people attending. When writing this article, we keep the readers continually in mind so each part of the writing (hopefully) makes the most sense to them.
2. Being authentic.
Oprah Winfrey is so natural and conversational when she speaks or interviews. She comes from the heart, which can make her light-hearted as well.
The lesson here? Be interested in others and share what is meaningful for you, in a way that can help others. It requires being present and focused in a relaxed way as well.
3. Mastering your subject area.
Any top communicator has delved into his topic deeply, from both research and personal experience. The Dalai Lama, for example, knows Buddhism and meditation intimately, mastering both as a learner and practitioner.
Masterful communicators continue to study the fundamentals of their subject topic, while opening to new areas and discoveries.
We continue to review core success principles each day (such as monitoring our thoughts and words). We also go further in our areas of expertise (such as coaching, energy healing, life purpose, science of getting rich). Such daily focus and study keeps us on track.
4. Being purposeful.
Powerful communicators have a purpose — they act like they are on a mission. Deepak Chopra, for instance, is always showing people ways to elevate their life experience and connect the dots to greater consciousness.
Top communicators dream of a better world — then put their skills, efforts and resources to work. They continually share their commitment with others. Their higher purpose is a framework to put everything into a meaningful context.
We dream of a world that is more collaborative, creative and prosperous, a world where nature is respected and people honored… and that puts everything into perspective for us each day.
The previous four communication qualities — connecting, authenticity, topic mastery and purpose — naturally lead to being inspirational. To be sure, Tony Robbins elevates an audience with his energy and embodies the qualities we have discussed.
The idea when speaking is to control your impulses and express your passions. Good communicators train themselves to be self-aware so they can inspire their audience.
Then communicators can “inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more,” as John Quincy Adams said.
A masterful communicator makes you feel good about yourself — and especially your possibilities. He or she helps us see the stars all around us.
So let’s all take a cue from top communicators. Which of the five areas are calling to you now? Appreciate your strengths and choose an area for improvement.
To be your best, you need to express yourself. It will make you and others feel more alive. Isn’t that what’s it all about?
Current scientific research has shown that we do have areas in the brain that light up when we are motivated to succeed. But there’s more to the story — there’s also another system in the brain that is risk averse, fearful of losing anything it thinks it might have.
PLAYING TO WIN
In sports, this success can translate into playing to win… or playing not to lose. You can play all out or just cautiously, so you don’t lose any gains you made.
On the court, if you are playing too cautiously, trying to avoid any mistakes, it can end up hindering your own game and encouraging your opponent.
So too in life, we can try to protect our gains and avoid risks. Sometimes this is a wise strategy in dangerous waters. However, a life of being too safe and secure turns into nothing ventured, nothing gained.
In effect, we lose the zest for life. Holding too tightly to security and one’s comfort zone can eliminate creativity and deeper meaning. Also with risk comes reward.
PASSION OR CAUTION?
Some people are naturally more cautious. In our partnership, Jane generally is more deliberate and slower to act than Phillip.
Jane can be insightful, weighing options, which can reign in any recklessness in Phillip’s fast actions. On the other hand, Phillip can prod Jane off the over-analyzing couch.
YOUR LARGER PURPOSE
Whether you tend to be cautious or passionate (space here) (failure-avoidant or success-oriented), you still have a higher purpose.
We are all here to help ourselves and others. In order to succeed, we do need to clear blocks along the way. EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a great tool here.
It is also important to note that you want to apply your gifts and talents to help the world by taking specific action. Just to generically want “world peace” doesn’t get too far.
Developing a business or helping a group of particular people succeed, however, does uplift you and others for a greater good.
Your brain is wired to succeed as well as avoid risks. Each person has a particular inclination or balance between the passion and caution mode.
Nonetheless, we all have beautiful music inside to express. Ultimately the question, then, is whether you are playing your song yet, the one you really want to sing.
Following your heart will embrace both your brain and mind. Don’t hold back. By playing full out, you will succeed.
Is the law of attraction working for you? Or are you making this common mistake? Turn on your speakers and
The law of attraction is constantly working, whether we are aware of it or not. So you want to make it work for you not against you.
Let’s review a few key ideas concerning the law of attraction:[list style=”arrowgreen”]
ARE YOU FOLLOWING UP?
Many people have a dream and goal but don’t follow up. They figure the check is in the mail or it will just show up.
True, that may happen, but it’s not a good strategy. It’s also true you can’t know how things will happen as there are infinite possibilities at work.
So how do you move forward?
Model yourself after successful happy people. Successful people are mindful of opportunities and don’t sit idly by, twiddling their thumbs, or turning it over to their angels to manifest their dreams and goals. (It’s nice to know the angels are supportive, however.)
It’s the journey that counts, even more than the reward or end goal. If you do what it takes, you will proud of what you achieve. If a check turns up in the mail that is a great serendipity (we’ve experienced that), but you can’t really plan your livelihood around it.
Get in the game, make it your game. Then you will be aligning your thoughts and feelings with what you want and wonderful things will happen.
Most people are challenged by this subject. They wonder how to get money. Let’s explore why.
In The Science of Getting Rich, Wallace Wattles points out that money is necessary to give you access to resources. Access to resources leads to a fulfilling life.
Some people need more resources than others, but anyone who is not in a monastery generally needs a good deal to live comfortably and creatively.
Napoleon Hill also noted that when you need money, there is rarely a substitute. To do things in your life – to provide for your family, travel, invest, pay off debts (survive and thrive) – money is required.
Yet many – if perhaps unconsciously – feel something is wrong with money.
YOUR DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES
Let’s put things in perspective, to understand why this money issue is so prevalent.
As developmental psychologists have researched, people evolve in identifiable stages. As you grow, you take what you learned from one stage and include it with you as your next stage emerges.
So a child takes what it already knows to become a teenager with new learning. To evolve as an adult, however, more conscious growth is required.
At one stage, sometimes called “modernist,” a person with this predominant worldview focuses more on outside success. The upside is tremendous: achievement, technology, science and democracy. The downside is excess materialism.
The next stage, if one reaches it, is called the post-modern, “green” stage. It’s a more inner-focused, feminine stage. Here you become more inclusive of different cultures and peoples, as well as more environmentally sensitive.
The downside is that you can start to reject success and material achievement. This developmental trap throws the baby out with the bathwater.
By avoiding materialism, like a preacher avoids “sin,” you are in reaction mode. You end up against materialism, warding off having things and the money that is required. There’s a vacuum, without a positive solution to focus on.
So pure outer materialism, which some modernists embrace, is limited. But the next developmental stage (post-modern, cultural creative) has limitations too. You can become so inclusive and so environmentally correct, you can end up somewhere between being wishy-washy and too paralyzed to act.
The solution comes with marrying the outer and the inner, achievement and inner awareness. This translates into having goals and dreams in a heartfelt, holistic way.
It means clearing money blocks (like fears of being greedy or undeserving). Then you are free to create and live fully with greater access to resources and the opportunities it brings. Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) can help to get clear.
With your thinking right, you realize money is a means not an end. Yes there is excessive commercialism. That doesn’t mean you are a selfish snob if you have money.
After all, how can you help others if you yourself are barely surviving?
If you put your mind to it, you will find your way through trial and error. In time, you become confident enough to drop suspicions and reactivity to success and being sold to. You still use discernment and become a good steward of money.
ARE YOU TOO SENSITIVE?
For some it’s a case of being overly sensitive. However sensitive you are, there comes a point when it can hold you back.
Focusing too much on how the environment is out to get you can weaken your life force. By focusing on the problem too much, you can miss the opportunity to be a change agent and really help others.
It’s time to step up and realize you are a creator, not a victim blaming outside circumstances for your challenges with money and other things.
It’s also time to become more present, mindful of the opportunities each day offers. You can do it — the world needs what you have to offer.
In the process, you learn to master money and success. And it truly becomes a rich and wonderful life, on an inner and outer level.
Although statistics cite only 15-30% of people as “idealists,” we suspect that many of our readers have more idealism than the general population.
Let’s examine how idealism can serve you, as well as undermine you.
When idealistic, you are enthusiastic, cheerful and trusting. You focus on the Big Picture, figuring the details will work themselves out. You focus on how things “should be.”
Idealists can be visionaries. When we founded Awakenings Institute, it was born from a Dream:
Imagine a world where love is the guiding force, where the unique gifts that each individual brings receive honor and respect, where all are nurtured in allowing their gifts to blossom, to manifest the joy of living in each moment…
Idealists can be naive and live in a fantasy world. They can end up disillusioned when things don’t work, falling far short of anything that could be considered an idealistic outcome.
One revealing area is how idealists dislike conflict and confrontation. Too much conflict and confrontation is definitely self-defeating and unproductive. Too little stress has problems too, however. How do we deal with conflict, without denying it and trying to live in a fantasy world?
Let’s turn to Wallace Wattles’ Science of Getting Rich for advice. He says we need to rise out of the competitive plane and live more in the creative plane. This may sound idealistic, but it is also very practical.
To live creatively, we need to embrace conflict, find good solutions and learn and grow from life’s challenges. We need more cooperation and collaboration, to be sure. We also need healthy competition, which brings out the best in us.
Idealists tend to ignore the facts and proofs because “it’s all for the best.” This approach can put you out of touch with what’s occurring in the external world.
For example, Phillip’s father regularly spoke of how well things were working out, and how a wonderful business breakthrough was just around the corner. Even though he helped Phillip in many ways, he died in poverty because ne never took the practical measures needed to succeed.
To make progress, you do need to keep score with what’s happening on the ground. You need to see what works in order to achieve your more idealistic dreams and use practical goals. In short, what is the empirical evidence that what you are doing will work?
You have a vision, be inspired, and see great possibilities. But remember to take off the rose-colored glasses, too. You do want to turn your dreams into reality, don’t you?
Do what achievers and successful visionaries do. Combine the inner with the outer, the feminine with the masculine. Have achievable, written goals. Study inspirational and success material. Associate with successful people who can help you translate your idealism into reality.
Idealists love personal growth. We can relate. If you wed self-development with realism, what will happen? You will get the best of both worlds and optimize your life.
Idealists sometimes need a healthy skepticism, too. We are not talking about being in reaction mode (“I could never sell”).
We’re talking about checking things out, in a rational, due-diligence way. “How could I find a way to share/market that, which would help others?” “What practical steps do I need to take to succeed?”
As a note, if you fall on the other side of the equation and are too realistic, what can you do? Find ways to inspire yourself and zoom out to sense the bigger picture.
Let idealism serve you, not undermine you. For success thinking, idealism and realism combine well. It’s a wonderful way to bring spirit into form.
Most heart-centered people seek a better world, one more harmonious, peaceful and loving. However, here’s where many get lost: they don’t connect their idealistic goals with practical, perennial wisdom on how to succeed.
Earlier in our own career as coaches and holistic practitioners, we gave a quick nod to success principles and then focused on “deeper” matters. Here’s what we missed: success principles are not just matters of opinion, or get-rich-quick schemes.
WHY HEART-CENTERED PEOPLE MAY REJECT SUCCESS
Success principles, such as “Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” (Samuel Johnson) some may consider to be too rigid and materialistic.
Maybe it seems they are more geared for men and not women. Or perhaps they seem egotistical and irrelevant to the deeper things in life.
Success is based on the right mindset that leads to effective and inspired action. We would argue that success principles are essential ingredients for fulfilling your life purpose. They help you experience life’s richness on all levels.
We know too many wonderful people who reject business and success, only to end up struggling. Even though they may like the idea of transcending materialism, and certainly its misuses, they end being consumed by having to live in survival mode.
Yes, they may have opened their heart chakras, but their lower chakras are cluttered with negative emotions and beliefs and physical ailments causing them to be unable to function as fully as they are truly capable.
The good news is that these restrictive patterns can change, often easier than you think.
As we discuss in our new ebook The Science of Getting Rich: Magic in Minutes, there’s a practical and profound way to succeed. Namely, once you align your daily activities with your goals and purpose, you are on track to living a great life.
How do you stay on track to live a wonderful life? You consciously align what you do with what you want. And you trust the universe to support you.
Success principles become the guideposts for manifesting what you want and helping others.
If you want to be a good tennis player, for example, you’d learn the skills – and mindset – to succeed. So too with success in other life areas.
EXAMPLES OF SUCCESS PRINCIPLES
Here are just a few of the many success principles that we suggest studying and applying regularly:
“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” – Charles Buxton
“Most who became great leaders were intelligent followers.” – Napoleon Hill
“Doubt or unbelief is as certain to start a movement away from you as faith and purpose are to start one toward you.” – Wallace Wattles
By studying and applying these profound principles daily, you will experience many benefits:
· You’ll attract positive, successful, supportive people into your life. Regularly connecting with successful people is a success principle in itself as well as a byproduct of following the principles.
· You’ll overcome obstacles and build character.
· You’ll get into the creative flow and “yes” mindset that your intuition and soul provides.
As a result, your life will become richer on all levels. You’ll transform areas where you consider yourself being a victim and realize your true nature as a co-creator.
FOLLOW YOUR HEART
So if you are like we used to be and have glossed over the many success principles that are available, you can certainly commit to start studying and integrating them now.
Is every success idea from some guru a universal truth, one that is soulful and expresses a primary law? No, of course not.
You need to “have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become” as Steve Jobs said, stating another wonderful success principle.
We think if you do combine these laws of success with other aspects of self-development (such as meditation and holistic healing), you will be surprised at the progress you make.
You will go from seeing yourself as a cog in the wheel (of the economy, societal and government systems and others) to being empowered. You’ll then naturally bring out the best in yourself and others.
The world is facing some big challenges these days. It needs each of us to show up fully. Learn what you can, do what you can.
Reclaim your life and take charge of it. And that’s definitely a good place to be.
DO YOU HAVE A DREAM? Do you know PRECISELY what you want to have, do and be?
Most people can’t answer this question and most people fail to achieve the success they want in business and in life. They may have a vague sense of what they want, but they fail to be precise. This is the key.
Living life is about being fully alive — that means growing and continually enriching your life each day. A way of understanding how to have a meaningful life is to “have-do-be” more. Let’s examine each aspect of have-do-be and how they inter-relate.
Having is commonly associated with material things, like a better car or house. To be sure, it’s fun to savor the finer things in life.
Also it can be about having experiences — savoring great relationships,fun vacations, and exciting personal growth seminars. Generally, you need resources to have more, which includes money and the time to experience what you have.
Of course, just acquiring things, simply for the sake of having things, is short-lived and unfulfilling. However, if you connect having things with having wonderful experiences, you become more fulfilled. You feel more alive, more of who you truly are.
In their book Well Being, Tom Rath and Jim Harter report Gallup Polls found these characteristics of fulfilled people:
* They manage what they have well
* They “buy” experiences that create lasting memories
* They are generous, giving to others
HERE’S WHERE PEOPLE GET STUCK
Many people get stuck when it comes to “having” things. They are afraid to dream. We had to clear out limiting beliefs and cloudy thinking about being too greedy and materialistic because we wanted to have more and be successful.
As this article explores, if you have-be-do more in the way that is right for you, you will get the most out of life. You become a creator and more opportunities emergy. Life becomes more on purpose, as you are better able to help yourself and others.
Besides appreciating what you have (be it things or experiences), there’s also evaluating what you do.
For a more meaningful life, it’s wise to take inspired action, in both work and play. This means listening to your inner wisdom and acting on it. Inspired action feels good (without being addictive).
Also, if you are a goal-driven person, you have the wind behind your back. You have a sense of purpose, so your actions naturally fulfill what is most meaningful to you.
People who connect what they do with a larger purpose then connect their daily actions with this bigger picture. They also continue when challenges arise, because they know their persistence will take them to where they want to go: a better, richer life that helps others.
For example, if you want to build a business, you will find ways to reach out to others. You will let them know what you have to offer and how it can benefit them. You also won’t let the no’s stop you from finding the yes’s.
Inspired action helps you overcome the inevitable obstacles you will face as you go forward. You know you are worth it and the results are in alignment with what you want to have-do-be.
Inspired play includes hobbies, travel and trips, and sports that we enjoy. As in work, you can follow your passions when you play. Life is about having fun, too. It makes us feel good, knowing that wonderful things are happening every day.
Being more is about who we are and who we are becoming. It’s about our transcendent higher self, the one that witnesses all the having and doing.
To be includes having and doing in a loving, inspired way, where we grow and become more. To be more, we find ways to use our gifts to serve ourselves and others more.
Sometimes “being” comes from meditating, reading, listening to music, or nature walks. It’s about connecting with bigger worlds — both inside and outside of us.
Sometimes we sit back, shrink and stay inside our shell. If we stay where we are for too long, we will – in Will Rogers’ words – eventually be “run over.”
So we recommend having this strong intent: to have-do-be more. As a result of this intent and following through, you will grow, have fun, contribute and feel good.
Here are just a few suggestions for your daily regimen:
· Talk to someone new today or revisit an old relationship
· Listen to or read inspiring information
· Treat your body well (exercise, eat well)
Know you are worth it. As you grow, so does your world. Go for it!
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