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Consciousness

Hello Friends,

Today I would like to talk to you about the three distinct parts of your consciousness that operate through you every single day on an on-going basis.  Please take a moment to watch today’s video.

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In Gratitude,

James Arthur Ray

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How to Squeeze the Most Out of Your Time by Brian Tracy

Life

Define ‘reality’ in your life, then compare it to an expert opinion by Brian Tracy

How do you start your day? Years ago, I started planning mine by writing everything down I would have to do, the night before. I found that drawing up your list the night before prompts your subconscious to work on your plans and goals while you sleep. When you wake up, you feel ready to tackle your challenges.

When prioritizing and planning your time, consider…

• Key questions
• Values
• Consequences
• The Pareto Principle

and more defined!

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“How do you deserve a fortune? Render fortunes of service.” —Jim Rohn

“You have to do more than you get paid for because that’s where the fortune is.” —Jim Rohn

Maxwell: Attitude is the Difference Maker

What attitude can and cannot do for you

John C.  Maxwell May 11, 2010

Believe

We’ve all heard countless statements about the significant part our attitude plays in everyday life. The connection between attitude and success is undeniable. Yet changing our attitude can be one of the most difficult things we do.

For the next few months, I will share some thoughts with you about attitude, and some practical ideas on how you can successfully implement a change in your attitude.

Is Attitude All You Need?

I am a motivational teacher; I’m not a motivational speaker. A motivational speaker makes you feel good, but then the next day you don’t know why. As a motivational teacher, I hope I make you feel good, but the next day you’ll also know why.

One of the things motivational speakers say a lot, which I disagree with, is that attitude is everything. If you can believe it, you can achieve it, they say. What you set your mind to can become yours. I don’t think it works that way. I know a lot of good people who have a wonderful attitude who haven’t reached their dreams yet.

That’s what motivated me to write the book The Difference Maker. I felt there ought to be a book on attitude to help a person understand all of the good things it could do for them and all the things it can’t. Attitude isn’t everything, but it’s the main difference maker.

Let me first tell you what your attitude cannot do for you.

• Your attitude cannot substitute for competence. If you have a great attitude but you are incompetent, you’re never going to get where you want to go. Some people confuse confidence, which is a function of attitude, with competence, which is a function of ability. Let me explain it this way. I love to sing, and I would love to sing opera. That’s the good news. The bad news? I can’t sing. I could spend thousands of dollars hiring the best voice coaches in the world and practice three hours a day, and I still would never become an opera singer. It’s not an attitude problem; it’s a competence problem.

• Your attitude cannot substitute for experience. When I was a pastor in San Diego years ago, I had a church that was fairly large. And one of the things I realized very quickly was that I could no longer afford to hire young staffers who didn’t have experience working in large churches. I needed people with experience and a breadth of knowledge with larger congregations, people who I didn’t need to train from the ground up. Attitude cannot substitute for experience.

• Your attitude cannot change the facts. The facts are the facts. No matter how good your attitude is, you’ll never be a center in the NBA if you are 5 feet tall. Maya Angelou said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

• Your attitude cannot substitute for personal growth. Bruce Springsteen said it best: “A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.”

• Your attitude will not stay good automatically. I’ve written three or four books on attitude, but my attitude still doesn’t stay good automatically. It’s like the farmer says: “The hardest thing about cows is they never stay milked.” Our attitude is just like that. It just doesn’t stay set.

I tell myself every morning that I’m going to display a good attitude throughout the day. The reason I do it early in the morning is because once I hit the freeways and get into traffic, it’s tough to keep a good attitude while people are honking their horns at me and gesturing I’m No. 1. Your attitude doesn’t stay the same. It’s better to maintain an attitude than it is to regain an attitude.

For years, I’ve tried to live by the following statement: I cannot always choose what happens to me, but I can always choose what happens in me. Some things in life are beyond my control. Some things are within it. My attitude about the areas beyond my control can be the difference maker. My attitude about the areas that I do control will be the difference maker. In other words, the greatest difference my “difference maker” can make is within me, not others. When you are trying to change someone, just try and change yourself.

Now let’s talk about what your attitude can do for you.

• Your attitude makes a difference in your approach to life. All’s well that begins well. We’ve always heard this phrase the other way around: All’s well that ends well. Ask any coach of a sports team, and they’ll tell you the attitude of the players going into the game will be a determining factor in the outcome of the game.

• Your attitude makes a difference in your relationships with people. When someone has a difficult time with people, almost always it’s an attitude issue. People who fail in relationships almost always fail in the area of attitude toward others. Your attitude has a tremendous impact upon your relationship skills.

• Your attitude makes a difference in how you face challenges. Successful people don’t have fewer problems than unsuccessful people—they just have a different mindset. Take, for example, Napoleon Bonaparte. His school companions mocked him because of his humble origins and poverty. He responded by studying harder, and soon he became the best student in the class and went on to become one of the greatest generals in history.

Abraham Lincoln is considered by many to be the best of the U.S. presidents, yet he probably would not have stood out as a great leader had he not led the country through the Civil War. Often the circumstances seemed to be instrumental in the creation of great leaders and thinkers. But that is the case only when their attitudes are right.

I will end with the words of Chuck Swindoll, who wrote a great piece called The Power of Attitude:

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or scale. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past.… We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…. I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it, and so it is with you…. We are in charge of our attitudes.

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Survivors and Thrivers

Survivor or Thriver?

As always, we are grateful to share a post from Seeds of Success, this one in particular by Chris Widener.

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One of the most-watched television shows of the past several years is Survivor. We admire those who survive! We tune in every week to see who makes it next. But even better than being a survivor is to be one who thrives!

What are the differences between someone who survives and someone who thrives? Here are a few:

A survivor gets by, a thriver gets ahead. Do you feel like you are just getting by? You don’t have to. You can actually get ahead! You can be out front! You can thrive!

A survivor is tired at the end, a thriver feels full of energy. When you are finished do you feel tired? You can thrive and be filled with energy! You can thrive!

A survivor has barely enough, a thriver has an abundance. Do you have more month left over at the end of your money? You can have more money left over at the end of your month! You can thrive financially!

A survivor is always on the edge, a thriver is on firm ground. Do you feel like you could fall over the edge at any time? You can get back on solid footing! You can feel firm about where you are. You can thrive!

So how do we shift from being a survivor to becoming a thriver? Here are a few steps to put you on your way!

First, start with some good input. Subscribe to as many good magazines and e-zines that will change your outlook and inspire you to thrive! And don’t just subscribe to them—read them. Devour them. Get great audios and videos and listen to them and watch them. The principle here is to renew your mind to become a person whose mindset is one of a person who thrives.

Second, get around people who are thriving. Join clubs and groups filled with people who are already thrivers. Develop friendships with them; take them to lunch or coffee. Pick their brains and learn from them. Mimic their habits of thriving.

As you commit to these first two, you will see the time you spend watching and listening to junk go out the door. You will see that you are spending less and less time with those kinds of people who just want to survive. This will be the launching pad for your success.

Third, make a personal evaluation of your skills. What areas do you need to grow in? Now, get to work on those skills. Skills are what take you to the top. An old quote says that the race isn’t always won by the fast or the strong, but that’s the way to bet! I’ll take the person with skills to be the one who thrives every time. It won’t work like that every time, but it will most of the time.

Fourth, make a commitment to a long-term, tenacious outlook. We have to do this in order to turn the ship around. If you are just a survivor, you can be a thriver, but it may take some time. Remember, this is for the rest of your life. There will be times of weakness. There will be times of hardship. If you are tenacious, you can, and will, thrive!

Fifth, understand that thrivers are almost always people of methodical discipline and order. They know that they have to have order in their lives and the order is what produces the ability to thrive. They thrive financially because they discipline themselves to save and invest rather than spend. They thrive physically because they are disciplined in what they eat and in how they exercise. Discipline will make you thrive!

Yes, you can THRIVE! Take the above and get to work. Make these principles a part of your life and they will create in you an ability to thrive in everything you do. You will no longer just survive. Instead, you will thrive! And that is going to feel great!

Raise a Greener Glass This St. Patrick’s Day

Follow these four tips for a greener pint this Holiday

Collin Dunn
Corvallis, OR, USA | Tue Mar 16, 2010 01:21 PM ET

If the approaching St. Patrick’s Day holiday has you dreaming of leprechauns, shamrocks and quaffing a wee pint (or two) of green beer, making a few key choices can help lead to you to the green pot o’ gold and a tasty, more planet-friendly holiday.

1. Drink local: You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, but there are few actions that can’t be made greener by keeping it close to home. In this case, you’re supporting your local economy and community and reducing the transportation costs-in terms of carbon emissions and dollars-for the (very heavy!) liquids.

2. Consider the container: Here’s where it gets a bit tricky; if your suds of choice are brewed close to home, and your local municipality has a good recycling program, then glass bottles are the way to go. But if your favorite frosted barley pop comes from far away, aluminum’s light weight help it win out. When it comes to creating the different containers, glass wins the green fight; manufacturing a 12-ounce aluminum can is twice as energy-intensive as making a similarly sized glass bottle-2.07 kilowatt hours of electricity for the can vs. 1.09 kilowatt hours for the bottle-thanks to the mined bauxite required to fashion virgin aluminum, according to Slate’s Green Lantern.

But, those numbers assume virgin materials are used all around; adding recycled ingredients to the mix changes things up a bit. To wit: the average beer can contains 40 percent recycled aluminum, while most American beer bottles are typically composed of 20 percent to 30 percent recycled glass. And, the energy savings really add up when you recycle a ton of aluminum compared to a ton of glass-96 percent vs. a mere 26.5 percent-so if your brewery uses cans that contain a fair bit of recycled aluminum, the bottle’s environmental edge narrows considerably. Unfortunately, this tends to vary from place to place, brewery to brewery, so it’ll require a bit more homework to determine how it’s done in your neck of the woods.

The plot is further thickened when you consider where your beer comes from. Glass weighs more than aluminum-6 ounces when empty, compared to less than an ounce for aluminum-so, needless to say, trucking glass bottles around is lot more emissions-intensive than is aluminum.

Ultimately, the best choice might be to toddle down to your local pub and have ’em pull you a draught pint; the Lantern notes that “in terms of packaging per serving they’re actually lighter than glass bottles-based on an empty weight of 29.7 pounds, a 15.5-gallon keg provides just 2.88 ounces of packaging per 12-ounce beer.” So, for dyed-in-the-wool Guinness drinkers, this is your best bet.

3. Support green breweries: Packaging is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to truly green beer; to dig deeper into the the libations’ production by checking out where their power comes from, as an increasing number are embracing alternative energy and super-sustainable production options. Cascade Green, Sierra Nevada, NYC’s Village Pourhouse and New Belgium Brewing are just a few that we’ve noted over at TreeHugger.

4. Open, enjoy, recycle, repeat: Though this last step might seem to go without saying, we can’t emphasize it enough, whatever your preferred method for enjoying your green holiday. And, though it’s a well-known eco-step, it isn’t always translated into action: just 45 percent of aluminum cans and 25 perfect of glass bottles are recycled after they’re poured out. And since reusing bottles has failed to catch on en masse, recycling is the next-best option.

Have a safe, green holiday, and, no matter what your preferred pint, please drink responsibly.

[Via: ::Slate]

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

More on green beer
How to Go Green: Beers
Raise a Greener Glass This St. Patrick’s Day
Drink Green Beer the Green Way on St. Patrick’s Day

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