The dentist or a public speech? Hmmm….

I often think it would be easier to get a molar, heck all my molars, pulled out -without novacaine- than it would be to give a speech in front of a large group. I shared this thought with a friend of mine over coffee recently and she said it doesn’t bother her in the slightest. Wow! Why is it that some of us (most of us) would rather get a tooth extracted, toe amputated, or give up our 3rd born to avoid having to make a public presentation? ; ) Perhaps it boils down to the fear of failure, of being judged, or of actually taking our last breath of life before perishing behind the podium. Wherever the origin lies, it seems that public speaking is just like any other activity that we get good at – you start, you keep doing it and you get better! You don’t allow the fear to control you.

I have watched a few dvd’s on public speaking and haven’t been that impressed with what I invested my time in. That is until I watched the “Learn Public Speaking” dvd by Standard Deviants. It was so crammed with great tips that I am going to go back, watch it again, and take notes. Sometimes crammed sounds like overload and it can be, but the way they have crammed the tips in makes it fun to watch (and learn). If you struggle at all with speaking publicly, or even in small groups, I know you will benefit from watching their unique way of teaching. Like no other, you will be chuckling along (and learning). They know the not-so-common secret; a little humour during teaching goes a long, long way. This dvd is a keeper – one that can be referenced to improve each new speaking experience. Highly recommended – two thumbs up – check it out! Click here!

*~Take Action~*

Well, here we are at the crucial part and I can tell you that it is not always the easiest part. That is my experience, and stats will show, much the same for a good many others as well. You have to stay in it for the long haul. Much like the labour in childbirth, your creation takes stretching and time to be born. Keep your eyes on the prize!

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.
Frederick Douglass

What makes us not take action? Well, there are a zillion reasons – let’s look at a few common ones.

FEAR – also known as…. False Evidence Appearing Real. Most fears are illusions and they will suck your spirit dry if you let them. Can you see the fear swirling around here?……

Comparing & Discounting – No, I’m not talking about a shopping trip to K-mart here. I’m talking about learning something from a master teacher and creating something that is nowhere near the caliber of their work…. then not getting it out there because it is discounted in your mind as not good enough. It is good enough because it helps you to take the next step. Even Michaelangelo didn’t start out as the great Michaelangelo!

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Edmund Burke

Fog – it’s hard to see through the fog, isn’t it? Have you ever driven in thick fog? No fun. The remedy for fog is usually the sun – (light). When there is little clarity/foginess, it is pretty tough to see where you’re going unless things are made clearer by illuminating the way. It doesn’t have to be the entire road either. Jack Canfield once used an excellent analogy. He mentioned that when we take a trip, we cannot see all the way to the destination. Rather, we see far enough ahead to where our headlights shine and that is good enough. Taking a step, even though the path is not completely clear, is better than taking no step at all. We are also given one day at a time to live – how would it feel to live our entire lifetime all at once? No thanks! —-> Baby steps.

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

Still Not Entitled? – We are herding creatures and don’t like to stray too far from the pack. We may also have received messages as children to conform with certain views or stay quiet. Children are seen but not heard (herd). This mindless approach is an assault on their identity/beingness, and is very devastating. It can be difficult to re-train oneself, to let go of the old programming but, in the long run, it is imperative and critical to life. We all have a voice – it is infinitely unique and needed in the world – so just say what you need to say. There will always be some negative feedback – that’s okay, keep going anyway.

* Work serves a purpose and when we come to see that the work, your work, is needed in the world, it becomes clear that the good you want to put out there can make a difference – even to one person.

I believe we are given a dream, a vision, for a purpose…. our purpose. Sometimes, it is a matter of timing, sometimes fear, but better to have spent that energy doing something toward it than to have spent it anxiously wondering what it would have been like to…………..
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What fears have you stumbled over, but overcame? What fears are blocking you now?.
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I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

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~*Be Persistent*~

Jane Addams, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and social activist, once said:

“Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.”

We might not feel that we are doing things that are “saving the world” but don’t underestimate the value of your voice and the reason you are, like me, pulled to this particular arena of communication. The internet is changing the world and, as far as I am concerned, in a predominantly positive way. Learning to navigate through the technology and the mind dimension has not always been easy and there have been so many times when I have wanted to say – I’ve had it! Something, however, pokes at me to not give up – that I was drawn here for a good reason.

As time unfolds, so do I unfold, and I want to remind you that you will too. My post today is to encourage you, as I have been so wonderfully encouraged, to search for ways to speak your Truth, to be persistent in your vision and know that your work to help others reach higher levels in their lives is an incredibly important task. Your contribution might be in offering others services or products to make their journey easier and that translates to better balance – a perpetual need, worldwide.

The other element that needs mention is patience. The wisdom through it all is in being aware – moving through the places we need to transcend to grow, but also holding a sense of patience throughout it. A faith that we are on the right path, the persistence to keep going through the places we need to visit and the patience to do it gently.

Thomas Edison said “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” If only Thomas Edison could see how much his faith and persistence has changed the world. He lit up our world and you can too, in that very special way you are called to.

We can also change the world, right now, by joining the global, connected efforts to help the survivors of the Haitian earthquate. So many have lost the very elements of their lives that keep us all going – their family members and friends. With their infrastructure obliterated, it will be a huge job to keep those who survived healthy and nourished. Let us extend our hand and help in whatever way we can. If you are able to donate funds to aid this effort, please click here to send aid. Thank You! We are all in this together. DONATE HERE

*~Have Faith~*

Have Faith. Have faith in all that you do. If you are starting out in this on-line realm, faith is needed here too, maybe even more. It starts with faith in yourself – that no matter what comes along in life, you will handle it and even more – that you will succeed. Knowing that, let your mind form images of the success – our minds our the most amazing, vivid vision boards available! Create well!

What does success look like to you? Is it having the freedom to do what you want to do in life, the ability to travel with ease, a wonderful relationship, vibrant health, volunteering in your world community, or things you’ve always wanted to have? It is your list, your board – that’s the beautiful part – it can be whatever you want it to be. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the human race is only beginning to understand how powerful our minds are, so use your amazing mind to build a positive, good vision of what you want in your life. If you focus on the negative, that is what will come up….but, even if that happens, it is a teaching experience (as all life events are) and it will show you the fears you are holding. There is nothing wrong with finding this out – you can address them and attain great heights if not encumbered by these old scripts. I know this from experience – we all have fears to work on.

So, if your mind starts playing a worrisome script, send the actors home and say “cancel” to yourself. Start on the movie that you really do want to manifest!

If you would like a tool to create a vision board that totally comes alive, you can check out Mind Movies. This is a unique system and incredibly supportive for your goals. When you combine the faith that you will be successful with two more components, you’ve got some booster rockets for your mission! Stay tuned for what those two things are.

Click here to find out more about —-> Mind Movies.

Tool Time!

Sometimes, we take things for granted in life. I appreciate the nudges and reminders I get to stay on track with the small stuff. If you don’t appreciate the small stuff, how will you appreciate anything else and besides, the small stuff is what life is made of and it’s not so small afterall!

I am so used to knowing about www.openoffice.org that I forget that others might not know of it. If you need a suite of office tools that is free, go check out this amazing package of tools that parallel Microsoft Office. They do accept donations for the software, so if you can swing it, it all helps. www.openoffice.org

Go forth and create! ūüôā

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Seeing Thoughts…

What a thought-provoking talk Tony Robbins shared at TED. Life is filled with experiences to interpret and they have to be interpreted¬†through our own completely unique lenses.¬† All of our experiences, and the beliefs we extrapolated from them, are really what we are seeing through. What did we believe about ourselves, or others in our lives, when we experienced whatever we went through? What if much of where we’re operating from is based on a few false beliefs? How would life be different if these beliefs were changed?

The law of attraction is going to kick in with these lenses as well.  Our Souls are powerful and will attract to us the people who are going to help us learn what we came here to learn; to help us see differently and decide to release the lenses that are distorted, not true and no longer serving us.

Perhaps there have been some bumps along the way and there has been conflict
with others but that is where some very juicy lessons reside. It’s up to us to look into these areas that cause ripples in our emotional landscape and make the changes that we need. I can attest that this is not easy work but all else fades in importance.
Start now with Inscribe Your Life, which is specifically designed to re-write your lifestory! The best investment is always the one we make to be/feel our best. As Tony alluded to in his video, we really don’t know what can be next around the corner.

¬†Now, on a different note, after a quarter of a century of living here, I have decided to move. Moving is a big chore but also liberating in so many ways because it forces me to free myself of things that I really don’t need anymore. Clearing creates more space for something new and better to come in. Think about what “stuff” you’ve been holding on to and if the price you pay (peace of mind) is worth keeping it. Much of the things we don’t actually use can be given to people who would be very grateful and delighted to have it. Pay the energy forward.

As far as business goes, I have been busy¬†learning coding for css (cascading style sheets).¬†¬† This stretches my mind because it’s like learning a new¬†language –¬†Japanese!¬†¬†I like to have an idea of how all the different elements work to bring this on-line world to life and it’s pretty intriguing.

I have an observation about a strategy I see a lot of marketers using and I’ve wanted to write about it for a while.¬† Mostly, this strategy is used in video presentations, but it has also been used over the phone, and it puzzles the heck out of me! I really don’t get it!!¬† For some reason,¬†price disclosure of¬†products (usually a course) is turning out to¬†be a five-minute-long process!¬† For example, this is a typical scenario¬†…

“We could charge $4,997. for the course but we are not charging that. We could charge $3,997, but we are not charging that either. We could charge $2497 but hey, we’re not going to do that. We could even charge $1,997 but we decided to charge…are you ready? pause. We are going to charge $997, but, if you act today, we are going to charge …. $497!”

I’m not sure how this strategy came to be so popular but it makes me want to click off the presentation immediately!¬† Ideally, as well, it would be good to see all video players equipped with a pause button, scroll bar (to fwd/rev), and show the length of presentation. Adjusting these things would be much more respectful of peoples’ time. Feel free to share any insights.[superemotions file=”icon_smile.gif” title=”Smile”]¬†

Have a good week and thanks for joining me!

 

Thoughts on life, learning, growth and business….

I would like to make something perfectly clear before I continue on with my sharing.¬† I am here to post any insights or tips that I have¬†around marketing and, sometimes, life.¬† I am not a guru – don’t pretend to be one – didn’t play one on Grey’s Anatomy, or anywhere else!¬† I feel rather compelled to share and pay¬†it forward so that it may help others get to where they want to go¬†a little faster and a little easier.

I ‘ve¬†made my share of mistakes and some of them were big ones, but it is our inherent right as¬†human beings to learn and¬†to make the choice to move ahead from¬†our life¬†lessons.¬† If you are stuck in your life, then remember this one phrase…

I chooooose to create something different.

I am transcending my own challenges on several levels (financial, self-esteem, and letting go of some past traumas).¬† But, through it all, there is so much beauty in the small steps forward, and each one of us has our own rate of progression (often depending upon how much¬†“stuff” we’ve been exposed to and how we responded).¬† First place to start:¬† mindset!

If you think you can or you think can’t, you’re right.¬† ~ Henry Ford

I have been very fortunate to have friends who have supported me – many of whom I have not even met yet! -I carry them all in my heart and warmly scribe them upon my Gratitude list.¬† When I doubted –¬†they reminded me that I could.¬† When I fell, they said – get up!¬† When I said I’m so overwhelmed – they said sit in silence.¬† If your friends are not doing this, not supporting your efforts to realize your dreams, then be mindful of this and seek out people who will and who you can also give your¬†support to as well.

I’m finding that there does indeed¬†come a point of critical mass – where the upload of learning turns into the download of¬†sharing,¬†clearing the necessary¬†room for learning on a newer level –¬†and this keeps going indefinitely….an evolutionary spiral of self-actualization, I think.¬† What do you want out of this journey?¬† Write it down!

I chooooose to create……. (make a list – write down what you want to create)¬† Thats a good place to start.

So, on we go.¬† A thought/tip (or two) regarding internet work….

One of the hazards of an entrepreneur’s journey is something that Rich Schefren made very clear in a talk he gave a few years ago.¬† I was fortunate enough to view a portion of this presentation¬†from a video he shared.¬† Rich¬†showed¬†a slide that had so many boxes on it that the crowd gasped.¬† In each box was a typical duty that an entrepreneur had to handle.¬† There were so many duties/hats involved (about a hundred if I recall!)¬† Whoa!¬†¬†I realized why I felt so overwhelmed! (thanks Rich)

So, instead of handing all these jobs,¬†“the word” in¬†business is to¬†outsource.¬† What is outsourcing?¬† Outsourcing is where an associate is hired in an¬†“underprivileged” country because their wages are considerably less than ours here.¬† Many people have good success with this strategy, however, sometimes that is not possible -or-¬†part of the workload is subcontracted but the prelimary work is done by you, the owner.¬† If you are the prelimary type, I have an excellent resource for you!¬† If you need to pick a colour pallette for your website or some other project, as I had to recently, check out:¬† www.kuler.adobe.com¬† This is a fantastic little set up.

The other thing I wanted to share was the training opportunities coming up.¬† There are several that I will mention but only one for today.¬† If you are looking for¬†business coaching,¬†Mark Joyner¬†is going to be¬†launching one¬†in the next few days.¬† Judging by the quality of the work already done, I would say that this is going to be big, very good, and you will get a lot out of it (if you follow the material, of course).¬† You can check it out and get access to a plethora of excellent business/life¬†resources and also access to¬†the free cashmap that you can download.¬†¬†Great site and the proceeds from it¬†go toward¬†an amazing philanthropic project¬†which will create¬†greater abundance for the economically challenged, in different areas of the world.¬†¬†Great stuff…. http://snipurl.com/nmtu8¬†
Wow. 

Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. It is the only thing that ever has.  ~Margaret Mead

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Thanks, with Blessings!  : )

Well, it’s about time!

I am so excited to start my first post and delighted that you are here reading it! Welcome!
I created this blog to share what I have learned on my several-year journey to create my own home-based business on-line! It was not easy and required a good deal of perseverance ‚Äď I wasted money on stuff I didn’t need or didn’t use, got overwhelmed with information overload and almost gave up – but I knew in my marrow that I was drawn here for a reason and I wasn’t giving up! I also had the support of some amazing souls, to which I send infinite gratitude and Love! We each have the power to create a life that is far beyond what we can only imagine – we receive the inspiration for a reason! …. imagination is the seed for tomorrow’s reality!
So, if you want to create a different life by starting an on-line biz, then keep reading! I am here to offer you any tips, recommends, content and anything else that I feel will help you reach your dreams. Feel free to let me know how best I can help you.
The present-day global paradigm is shifting and business will be done differently in the future. We have to start listening to the “change” nudges we get. If going to a “job” is getting you down, I understand ‚Äď that’s just your nudge from the Universe to follow your heart! You can find your place here on-line. There’s room for each of us because we are all unique with our own unique understanding, expression and message. Go for it because you are the one standing in front of the easle, painting your life. Make it amazing!

Behold the turtle: He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.
~James Bryant Conant
How true!
 
Thanks, With Blessings!

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