Do you ever think about how short life can be?
Are you living your passion?
Do you feel that you are doing exactly what you were sent here to accomplish in your lifetime?
Many people don't start thinking about what or who is important to them until they suffer a great loss. Once you or someone you love is gone, you have lost the opportunity to live the life you were meant to live. What would you like to change in your life?
Once you allow yourself to think "outside of the box" and truly embrace the concept of how you will be remembered, this exercise has the power to help you see where you are off track in your current life. If you want to be remembered as a great baseball player, how often are you practicing baseball? If you want to be remembered as a great artist, how are you practicing your art?
Here is an example of what this exercise might look like:
As I look out on all of the faces of those of you in attendance, I can’t help but smile that Jack Canfield has come to pay his respects. Jack, Nancy really admired your work and was always the first in line to help promote you and your books!
I hardly know where to begin; Nancy was such an inspiration to so many women and once she determined her life’s mission, there was no stopping her.
Nancy’s mission statement was to encourage women to improve their health, value their “self” and increase their wealth. One of Nancy’s favorite sayings was, “A Man Is Not A Plan!” Nancy truly encouraged women to find their gifts and build a business around what they loved to do because she knew that when women have financial independence, they are able to make the better choices.
When I think about what Nancy would love to be remembered for, I know that a big part of her happiness came from being a mother and grandmother. Nancy learned many things about being a mother long after her children had moved away and had children of their own. When it comes to being a mother, Nancy felt confident that only after learning to love herself, did she begin to truly enjoy the bonds of motherhood and her advice to mothers everywhere was always, “Love yourself first!”
Whether she was traveling, speaking to women’s groups or sharing her message on the radio Nancy loved encouraging women to believe in themselves. By sharing her story, Nancy has been able to help thousands of women understand their story, make the necessary changes and live their life to the fullest.
I am sure that wherever Nancy is, she is Partying Like Purple!
Ok, now it is your turn. Give yourself permission to write your own Eulogy and then read it and be honest with yourself. Are you living the life you want to be remembered for?
I hope this blog has given you something powerful to think about and the next time you are wondering if you are living your life "on purpose" think of this exercise and you will know if you are on the right track!
Yours In Health,
My Mission: To encourage women to improve their health, value their "self" and increase their wealth!
Mother Nature has her own way of taking care of life.
Have you ever seen crabs in a bucket? When you place one crab in a bucket, the first thing it will attempt to do is escape. If you put two crabs in a bucket together, as soon as one tries to climb out, the other crab will grab the escaping crab by the legs and try to use it to climb over him to escape itself. This process will continue to repeat itself so that NO crab actually ends up escaping.
Do you ever feel like there is someone attempting to hold you down so that you can't escape or move forward in your life? Who is holding you down?
Do you recognize the crabs in your life? Crabs come in many forms:
Are you your OWN crab? Being your own crab can look like this:
Knowing the difference between the crabs in your life and being your own crab has a great deal to do with your self-talk. When you take a step closer to your success goals, do you second guess yourself? Do you worry about what others are going to say or if they will support your choices? Do you constantly wonder what others are thinking of you and if they approve of the choices you are making? Who are the people in your life that support you? Who are the people in your life who constantly try to remind you not to get too far ahead of yourself?
When you are following your life's passion who are the people that are supporting you? Do you support yourself or do you tell yourself that you don't have enough:
My wish for you is to crawl out of whatever bucket you feel trapped in and move towards the freedom you will feel when you are following your life's passion. Give yourself permission to eliminate the crabs in your life and the next time someone tells you that you "can't" do something, simply turn around, look them straight in the eye, and say, "WATCH ME!"
My Mission: To encourage women to improve their health, value their "self" and increase their wealth!
One of the reasons I love hosting Life's About Choices Radio is because not only do I get the opportunity meet fascinating women who have fascinating stories, but I also get to share these women with our listening audience.
One of my recent guests was Dr. Noreen Kahn-Mayberry PhD. Noreen Khan-Mayberry, PhD, also known as "The Tox Doc", is a toxicologist that specializes in environmental, space, food and nutritional toxicology. Her personal mission is to translate the language of science for non-scientists in order to educate and inform the public of critical issues that affect their health and quality of life.
In 2006 I was at my most unhealthy state in my life; little did I know that toxins in my food, cosmetics and environment were a contributing factor. With so much conflicting information being given to us by the media, how does the lay person know what to choose?
When you have questions, who do you turn to for answers? Here are two of my favorite nutritional consultants: Terri Crystal and Sharon Madsen. Check out what they are doing to bring answers to those who have questions!
I love my nutrition program and how it continues to promote health in my body. However, I am not a nutritionist nor an expert on toxicology. How then do I share what I have learned so that people who are also looking for answers will be open to making some changes in their health as well? Well... I find the experts and invite them to be a guest on my show!
Here are some of the reasons that Dr. Noreen shared about weight gain...
When we find something that we are passionate about, and we know it will enhance the lives of others, and we take the time to share the message in any way we can, this puts us in a position to educate, empower, motivate and inspire others.
Me... I LOVE MY LIFE! I feel so very blessed to meet so many women who are working to enlighten others by sharing their stories. When women embrace the concept that we are stronger by collaborating than competing, we begin to see how we can make changes in our lives and the lives of others!
Every day millions of women decide to start a home based business. Women everywhere are discovering their passion and creating a business around what they love doing the most!
However, in order to work a business that you love, there are two very important things you MUST HAVE; your health and money to build your business.
Many women are changing their story from, "I can't live the life of my dreams" to "I am making my dreams a reality!"
Udana Power, entrepreneur, millionaire, singer, actress and screenplay writer went from having .46 cents in her bank account to millionaire status with her Multi-Level Marketing company and is teaching other women how to have the same financial success. Multi-Level Marketing is a $126 Billion Dollar Industry; bigger than the film and movie industry! More millionaires are made in this industry than any other and 83% of the women in the United States who are making $100,000 or more are making it in the Multi-Level Marketing Industry. Udana cautions that knowing the right Multi-Level Marketing company for you and understanding how the business works is key, prior to committing to the business side of a Multi-Level marketing company.
If you are growing a business that you are passionate about and are tired of crossing your fingers every month to pay your expenses, you may want to consider the unclaimed money that is available from a Multi-Level Marketing company that is right for you. Consider this money unclaimed if Multi-Level Marketing is not something you have ever considered to create residual income to grow your business.
No one is saying that you have to earn six figures in your Multi-Level Marketing company but ask yourself, "what could I do with an extra $300, $500 or even $1,000 each month?" If you are one of those people who turn your back on all conversations about Multi-Level Marketing, perhaps changing the story in your head about your limiting belief in an MLM opportunity will give you an opportunity for the unclaimed money waiting for you as a way to pay for the life you have always dreamed of living.
At one time, the only way to create residual income was to become a singer, songwriter, author or actor. These people would work very hard to write their song, their book or get a part in their favorite movie, TV show or commercial. Today, creating residual income from this type of work is difficult; especially with so many people pirating their work. When you are ready to join the millions of people who have discovered unclaimed money in their Multi-Level Marketing business, and stop trading your time for someone else's money, you will find that you have more time freedom, money to live the life of your dreams, AND, best of all, the financial backing to work at something you are passionate about every single day!
The KEY to Success is easy:
My grandson is 5 years old. When I tell him that I am going to visit, he asks me what day and what time I will be there.
Never would I ever consider going back on my word about my arrival time. If I tell him I will arrive on Saturday at 10:00 in the morning, then I make sure I am there on or before 10:00 a.m. Why do I do this, because I love him like crazy and disappointing him is never an option for me.
Keeping our word to our loved ones, especially a 5-year old is an easy thing to do. What I often wonder is, at what point did keeping our word stop being important?
Have you ever set a time to meet with someone and find that you are running late? I am often amazed in business when I find people who do not honor another person's time or keep their word about showing up for an event.
When did that become acceptable?
In his book, The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz talks about being impeccable with your word. Don goes on to share that being impeccable with your word sounds very simple, but it is very very powerful. Why your word? Your word is the power that you have to create. Your word is the gift that comes directly from your Higher Source. Through the word, you express your creative power. It is through the word that you manifest everything. Regardless of what language you speak, your intent manifests through the word. What you dream, what you feel, and what you really are, will all be manifested through the word.
Like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dream or your word can destroy everything around you. One edge is the misuse of the word, which creates a living hell. The other edge is the impeccability of the word, which will only create beauty, love, and heaven on earth.
What harm comes to others when you don't keep your word? Thinking about my grandson, I could not bear the disappointment that I would cause him by not keeping my word. When we are late or don't show up at all we throw out a hasty, "I'm so sorry" but do we really think about what breaking our word has done to the other person?
What are some of the reasons that we break our word? Mismanagement of our time, overextending yourself because we feel obligated to say "yes" when we really want to say "no!" When you start giving yourself permission to honor your time and your level of commitment we will begin to be impeccable with our word. Being impeccable with our word is a powerful feeling.
Think about that person in your life whom you strive never to disappoint. Now give yourself permission to NEVER disappoint "YOU" at that same level and you will find that yourself empowered to stop disappointing yourself and others.
What would our lives be like if more people truly gave more thought to this concept? As for me, I love the look on that little guys face when I show up on or before the promised time!
The morning started out like any other but the choice I was making will forever change the course of my life. I waited in line to be handed my ticket just like I do at the post office; the only difference was, this time I was waiting in line to begin divorce proceedings instead of waiting to mail a package.
As I stood in line, waiting for my turn, I thought about my drive to the courthouse, parking my car, walking through security, searching for the floor where Family Court is held and wondering what all the other people standing in line with me were dealing with. No one looks into the eyes of another person, there is no talking, heads are bowed low and you wonder what others, standing in line with you are thinking.
When I finally reached the window, the bored employee behind the bullet proof glass began to look over my paperwork. I couldn't help but wonder what had happened in this room to warrant bullet proof glass! After determining that my paperwork was in order, I was informed that he cost to file would be $450; why is filing for divorce so much more expensive than a marriage license?
I kept reminding myself to BREATHE and remembering to hold on to the light at the end of the tunnel because I know it is the key to getting through this.
The clerk barely looks you in the eye, he sees this type of situation every day that he reports to work. His job is to move people through the line, not to give reassurance. He hands me my ticket, mumbles something about waiting for my number to be called and is already beginning to do the same for the person in line behind me.
As I sit there, waiting for my ticket number to be called, I keep reminding myself of what a good person I am. I have made this decision because I know it is what is best for me and I must remember that if I am going to get through this I must continue to believe in myself and love myself. I brought a book to read during my wait but I am unable to concentrate. My thoughts keep drifting back to my wedding day and how I thought it would be my "happily ever after!" As I reminisce about that day, my thoughts are brought back to why I have made this decision and I realize that the love and happiness in my life comes from within and not because of someone else. I know that I have the Inner Strength to grow from this experience just as I have grown from past experiences in my life. The "positive" that is within me begins to swell within my heart until it reaches my mind and puts a smile on my face.
I believe that divorce can be viewed as opportunity or sadness but if you remember that every ending is an opportunity for a New Beginning you begin to realize that you absolutely have choices in your life!
You made the choice to say, "I Do" and now you are making the choice to say, "I Don't Any More" so what is your next step towards your New Beginning?
Think of this journey as a staircase, success will come from being willing to take the next step.
Step #1 ~ Your Health: Have you neglected yourself in this area and if so, what one step will you commit to doing to improve your health? You are the most important person in your life and you owe yourself the power of a healthy body. What negative habits have you fallen into that you will want to change on this journey to the top?
Step #2 ~ Your "SELF": Keep in mind that your life is all about YOU now so what one step will you commit to doing to be kind and loving to yourself? When was the last time you took time for yourself or put YOU first on your To Do List? Your playing small does not serve the world. What habits will you change to show you and the world that you matter and that, moving forward, every choice you make will be out of love for your "self." How can you expect love and respect from others if you don't know how to give it to yourself first? Make a choice right now to say "I LOVE ME" and all of my decisions will be made for my highest good. If you need help getting started, CLICK HERE and begin with the I Love Me journal.
Step #3 ~ Your Wealth: It is time to look at the gifts that you possess and live your passion. What are you most passionate about? How can you create a career living your passion and sharing your talents and gifts with the world? Now that you are ready to be self-preserving by putting your needs and wants first, what does that look like for your career?
In all 3 of these areas, make a list of what is working for you and what is not working for you. Many people want to bring about positive changes in their lives but aren't sure where to start. Too many people concentrate on what they DON'T want instead of what they DO want. What will it take to give you the Courage, Confidence and Confirmation that you can DO, BE or HAVE anything you desire? If you aren't sure where to start, CLICK HERE and listen to any of the archived interviews. These women are sharing concepts and philosophies that could be the key to empower you to take your next step. Have you thought about what LOVING yourself really means? CLICK HERE to understand why this is so important and can actually help you run up those steps towards your goal.
Here is the most important thing to remember as you walk your journey through divorce, surround yourself with people who inspire you and who will encourage you to NEVER GIVE UP! Stay away from friends and family members who want to sit and commiserate with you for they are not helping you move forward.
People you thought were so supportive in the past will seem to drift out of your life but this is more about them and their choices than about you. Knowing this will hopefully encourage you to seek new opportunities for friendships and mentors. Remember, LIFE IS ALL ABOUT CHOICES... you can choose to stay in bed under the covers or you can choose to Party Like Purple every day and put some life in your living. BREATHE and always look for the light at the end of the tunnel.
Speaker, Author, Life Coach, Radio Show Host at Life's About Choices Radio on iHeart internet radio
submitted by Christy Monson
Fear: Facing the Unknown Alone
Megan, age 21 and an only child, returned from burying her parents in a double funeral. They had been killed when her father's small plane went down in turbulent weather. She felt devastated. No! Worse than that! Words were not adequate to describe her feelings. Her insides felt like they'd been hashed through a meat grinder. She could hardly breathe.
She still had their house—her childhood home—to clean out, and the estate to settle. No time for that now. She had to return to her new job tomorrow. She'd only worked there six weeks—since college graduation a couple of months ago.
What was she going to do?
How would she handle life?
She had always relied on her parents for advice.
Now she faced the unknown world alone.
This sweet client of mine faced a bleak situation. Tougher than most of us will have to confront.
Megan went to work the next day, and each day thereafter. But she seemed to wilt during this period of intense grief, locking emotional self away during her job and daylight hours, and falling apart in grief after dark.
Megan felt frozen with fear. She just knew she would never be able to live a normal, healthy life.
CLICK HERE to read more and join us on Life's About Choices Radio when Christy discusses "Beyond Fear". CLICK HERE to access the radio interview.
My story starts with child abuse, fear, anxiety and the belief that I would never amount to anything.
Your story may be one of happiness and a belief that you can be anything you desire.
It's really all about perception.
Take a close look at the picture to the left. This is a picture of something you have seen many many times throughout your life. And yet, looking at it in this manner, you may have difficulty seeing it for what it really is.
Take a close look - let your mind relax... WHAT DO YOU SEE?
Our mind is a very powerful tool that can bring us our greatest desire or hold us back from the abundance that we seek.
All people struggle with limiting beliefs. These beliefs are so strongly ingrained in our subconscious that we KNOW with absolute certainty that they must be true.
Truth: If you let go of an object in your hand, it will fall to the ground
Truth: If you touch a hot stove, you will get burned
Truth: After night, comes day
Truth: You can "DO", "BE", or "HAVE" anything you desire. Is this statement a TRUTH or do you have a limiting belief that this might not be true?
Whether you THINK you can, or you THINK you can't, you are probably right. ~ Henry Ford
Can we think our way to happiness? Can we think our way to abundance? Can we think our way to love? Can we think our way to a healthy body? The answer is "YES" to all of these questions.
Is it possible that you have a limiting belief (a story you have told yourself over and over so many times that you believe it to be absolute FACT) that is holding you back from the success and abundance that the Universe is waiting to add to your life?
Limiting Beliefs can include:
My story began with the belief that I would never amount to anything. When I learned that I had the power to change my story, to eliminate the limiting beliefs that were holding me back and then started sharing my story and encouraging others to change their story, miracles began to happen.
Perception is everything because after all, Life Is All About Choices!
Speaker, Author, Women's Life Coach & Media Host
Encouraging Women to Change Their Story!
Living your life in high self-esteem can be the key to unlock your greatest desires in life. But what happens when your self-esteem is at an all-time low or you didn’t have much to begin with?
High self-esteem can mean the difference of going after that new client, asking for the promotion you want, working up the nerve to talk to that special guy you’ve had your eye on or even having that conversation that you have been avoiding.
An example of creating high self-esteem can be found in your shampoo bottle! When you buy a new bottle of shampoo, you are more likely to feel that you have an abundance of shampoo without giving much thought as to how much you use. However, when the bottle is close to empty, and you haven’t been shopping in a while, you probably tend to use the shampoo very sparingly.
Self-esteem is a lot like shampoo; when you have an excess of self-esteem, you are more likely to be happy and live life to the fullest. When you are low on self-esteem, you are more likely to live your life sparingly; being hesitant to join a conversation, stand up for yourself, ask for that promotion, volunteer information during a meeting or standing your ground when someone is requesting more of you than you are ready to give.
What is self-esteem and where does it come from? Self-esteem starts with our self-talk. Self-talk is that little voice inside our head that starts talking when someone else stops talking. For example; if I were to compliment you on your shirt, would you be able to smile and say “thank you?” Or would your self-talk kick in, causing you to think, “this shirt, oh my gosh, why did she have to say anything about this shirt? I haven’t done laundry for so long and this was the only clean shirt in my closet. I didn’t even have time to iron it and I am sure that she is really noticing every wrinkle in this shirt. Why, oh why, did she have to say something about my shirt, today of all days? Why couldn’t she have complimented me yesterday when I was feeling great about my outfit?”
You can see how low self-esteem and negative self-talk can take the life out of your living but unlike shampoo, I don’t know of any store that sells self-esteem. So, where do you go to refill your self-esteem?
The answer lies inside “YOU!” Let’s start with your health. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the BEST) where are you? If your answer is less than a 10, what are you doing to improve your health? Let’s face it, I think you will agree that it is no fun to be sick. When you feel a cold coming on or experience depression, the whole world seems out of control.
When you’re tired, run down, out of energy and the highlight of your day is plopping down in front of your TV set, that is your clue that it is time to put some life into your living! Most people have forgotten what “healthy” feels like. Start where you are and create positive habits and eliminate your negative habits. Get off the couch, go for a walk. Turn off the TV, read a book. Stop watching the news, get out there and make the news. Learn to cook healthier, stop eating fast food and drinking soda. You are what you eat and your brain is counting on you to choose healthy nutritious food to fuel your body. If you start your day with a bowl of cereal and milk, coffee and a donut, soda and a candy bar or you skip breakfast altogether, you are setting yourself up for a day of disaster.
Our bodies need fuel; nutrients, vitamins, minerals, water, sunlight, exercise and a happy mindset. You won’t find these things in a fast food joint or a vending machine. Starting your day off with the right kind of protein can make all the difference between getting through the day and sailing through your day.
Do you want to know the best part… YOU get to choose how you live your life, what you feed your body and the level of fun you add to your daily routine.
Every negative has a positive; sometimes you have to look a little harder to find it, but it is there. If your self-talk is full of negative comments and put downs, how will you build your self-esteem to the level you need to live every day to the fullest?
Create a habit of waking up every morning and finding 10 things to be grateful for and then do the same thing before you fall asleep at night. Studies show that whatever is on our mind right before we fall asleep is what we will take into our subconscious when we are sleeping. If you are a person who falls asleep with the TV on, you have no control over what is being loaded into your subconscious as you fall asleep. Commercials and negative news shows permeate our minds and we think we are tuning them out but we are not. How can you eliminate the negative habit of falling asleep in front of the TV with a better more positive habit?
So, the next time you reach for your shampoo bottle, think about how easy it is to get a refill. Then, tell yourself that your self-esteem can be as abundant as your shampoo. Because, after all, Life Is All About Choices!
By Nancy Mueller
In 1938, Ugo Cerletti, the Italian psychiatrist, came up with the idea for treating human beings with electroshock therapy. Cerletti was observing the barbaric act of slaughterhouse pigs being electrocuted into unconsciousness to make it less difficult for workers to slit their throats and thought that it could be applied to the treatment of mental illnesses in human beings.
It’s not too pleasant of an image to think about while you’re laying on a gurney about to go into the operating room for your first treatment. The concept of having electricity pass through your brain is daunting enough to frighten even the most educated of people. The reputation of electroshock - - also referred to as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT by proponents - - has suffered. Not more than a year after Cerletti got his brilliant idea, the New York State Psychiatric Institute introduced ECT into the United States. For the next thirty years, hundred of thousands of patients of all ages, received electroshock treatments for every type of “disorder” including depression, mania, schizophrenia and even homosexuality and truancy.
As barbaric as this treatment sounds, it goes without saying, "You Don't Know What You Don't Know." Having said that, what is it that we believe to be true today, that will one day go the way of...
... Lead Paint
... Blood Letting
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