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It’s Spring

Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Spring is here, and a time for new beginnings. I understand that at one time in history the springtime was when the new year happened. After the long dead of winter life becomes new, the flowers peek their heads through the snow as green marches further north.

We have a lot to think about this year 2008. There is so much talk about recession. There is the fact that many people across the country (USA) have gambled on the future economy keeping up with the prime rates only to get into a situation where many are losing everything they have worked so hard for.

Falling house prices, a shaky stock market, rising unemployment, increasing fuel costs are all signs of a recession. It’s still debatable if we are in a recession or just a slow down. By the time the numbers are in, we’ll already know. Small business owners feel the pinch first.

How are you feeling about you and your business? I have to say I learned a good many years ago that the only one in the world that I could totally depend on is ME. The honest truth, the only one you have you can totally depend on is You. Can you depend on your ability to ride the storm? Can you batten the hatches to keep everything put? In times like these, it’s time to decide to stay strong or move on. My experience in past recessions, have showed some businesses can thrive while other just don’t have the stick-to-itivness. Let me ask you a question; what have you, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have in common? Believe it or not, I have already given you the answer.

During this month of April, we will explore the decisions that have to be made, as well as what must be done to get past the slow down.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

How’s My Driving?

I decided to stop worrying about my teenage son’s
driving and take advantage of it.

I got one of those bumper stickers that say,

“How’s my driving?” and put a 900 number on it.

At 50 cents a call, I’ve been making $38 a week.

Thought for Today:
“It’s in the difficult times that we’re growing and you can’t just rebuke everything hard. We’ve got to endure it and fight the good fight of faith and pass the test.” -Joel Osteen

Tips and Techniques

I am looking for people who want to teach sales, marketing, closing techniques, phone techniques and many other subjects for the niche academy lab, if you would like to or know of someone who would like to teach let me know.

Happy designing!

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I Have Been Thinking

Law of Compensation

When we learn to think constructively of all persons, all things, all events, and all circumstances, we also learn to appraise them from an ideal point of view. As you exercise your ability to do this you will gradually transform your whole existence for the better.

As you train yourself to mentally look for the good, you will move towards the good; and, as you form higher and larger conceptions of good, these elements will begin to find expression in your words, acts, character, person, talents, powers, attainments, and achievements. All things in your life will begin to improve as a direct result of improved thinking.

This process does not suggest, however, that you are to ignore the wrongs of life, the empty places, and the undeveloped states of being; but that you are to think right through and beyond them towards the hidden good or the principle within that is ever seeking a higher and fuller expression. You will, therefore, cease to condemn and to criticize in a destructive manner; instead you will seek to bring out the good in yourself and in others, and to discover and develop the greater possibilities everywhere.

This is just the beginning of creativity. When you begin to think in the possibilities, your genie will find more and more ways to provide you with solutions. As a child you were always asking “why”. If you don’t believe me, go ask your mother how many times in a day you asked why. It is far more important today if your intention is to build your business to six and seven figures to continue to ask why, how come and of course I wonder. Believe that genie resides inside and is always ready to say, “your wish is my command!”

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Yoga

A young woman who was worried about her habit of biting her fingernails down to the quick was advised by her sister to take up yoga.

She did, and soon her fingernails were growing normally. Her sister asked her if yoga had totally cured her nervousness.

“Nope.” she said, “But now I can reach my toenails and I bite them instead!”

Thought for Today:
“Anyone in the world can learn to forgive those who have injured them, however great or small that injury may be.” Immaculee Ilibagiza
Survivor and Author of Left to Tell

Tips and Techniques

If you have been getting to know your genie, let us know how you are getting along. If you need more help getting to know your thought processes I recommend the original “Psychocybernetics” by Dr Maxwell Maltz There are also tapes available from Nightingale Conant on the subject.

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

A genie is something that most of us can actually visualize – so being capable of visualizing someone taking notes – then acting on those notes – is one slightly different way to view the importance of how our thoughts turn into reality!

If your paradigms are positive, you will make sound judgments, have a happy, growth-oriented life, good, strong relationships, a healthy self-concept, and the ability to adapt successfully to changes, upsets, and unforeseen events.

On the other hand, negative, stilted, limiting paradigms keep people stuck in the old ways of thinking and doing that ultimately get them nowhere. Negative paradigms keep a person as imprisoned as surely as do a cell and set of iron bars. Maybe even more so, since it imprisons them in the place where all true freedom resides: the mind.

You can decide whether to learn or not to learn. It doesn’t matter if the teacher is any good or not. You can choose to live your life for good or for evil, it doesn’t matter if you had good role models or not. You can choose to rise above circumstances or fall victim to them. That I know is leaving no room for excuses or bellyaching. It is truly taking responsibility for your life and everything that happens to it.

There are some that do criticize me and tell me that their problems and things happening to them must be “God’s will!” But it is God’s will that we choose the freedom’s that he has given us. It is God’s will that we choose carefully, but in my opinion it is blasphemous indeed to “blame” God when things go wrong in our lives. It is wrong to say that God is to blame for our misjudgment or wrong choices. It just stands to reason that we take a good look at our paradigms and how or why we got into a certain thought process. Life is a long series of learning, erasing and relearning.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Slogan

Driving down the highway one day, I saw this slogan on the back of a well-known trucking company’s vehicle –

We Always Go the Extra Mile.

Then I noticed another phrase scrawled in the dirt just below it –

That’s Because We Missed the Last Exit.

Thought for Today:
“Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality.”
Les Brown

Tips and Techniques

Just because someone tells you that you shouldn’t or can’t do a thing doesn’t make it so. Just because doing a thing one way for 20 years, doesn’t make it the right way. Learning and unlearning is a life long process. Be willing to change and see things in a new light especially with technology changing as rapidly as it does.

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

Right now and in this very minute we all have a choice: To continue living under other people’s opinions passed down to us about life; or to embrace change here and now and begin to create our own thoughts and outcomes.

“Your mind runs through all of the things it already knows about that piece of information and figures out where it fits in with the bigger picture. Then your mind makes a determination: the information in question is good or bad, friendly or unfriendly, desirable or undesirable, possible or not possible – all based on your existing paradigms.” – Bob Proctor

Of course there are other principles on which to base new thoughts and ideas – but those just given above are some of the main ones necessary for each of us to bring about abundance, good health, a balanced lifestyle, peace and happiness in our lives.

I personally want to encourage you to look at this in a very light-hearted approach to your relationship with your thought processor. Think of it as your genie, or think about it as you invisible friend, but keep the thought processes light and airy.

When we take ourself and our thought processes too seriously we actually can become our own worst enemy. We tend to think in what we don’t want as opposed to what we do want.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

The Mommy Test

I was out walking with my 4 year old daughter. She picked up something off the ground and started to put it in her mouth. I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that.
“Why?” my daughter asked. “Because it’s been laying outside, you don’t know where it’s been, it’s dirty and probably
has germs” I replied.

At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked, “Wow! How do you know all this stuff?”

“Uh,” ….I was thinking quickly,” All moms know this stuff. It’s on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don’t let you be a Mommy.”

We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but she was evidently pondering this new information. “OH…I get it!” she beamed, “So if you don’t pass the test you have to be the daddy.”

“Exactly” I replied back with a big smile on my face and joy in my heart.

Thought for Today:
“Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.
Buddha

Tips and Techniques

I am definitive about the pure world of imagination. With it you can get most anywhere you want to go, without it you will go no where. Anything that was ever achieved by anyone began with a single idea, a single thought. The two most wonderful words in the English language – “I wonder!”

Happy designing!

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I Have Been Thinking

Watch what you wish for!

Are you very specific when you set a goal? One of my favorite shows on TV- and yes, I do find time to watch television, or at least listen to it behind me when I am working. I love Charmed! There was an episode when the Genie was let out of the bottle and the girls tried not to make wishes, but they just happened. Genie’ are said to be “tricksters” according to the girls, but did you realize that is not so far from the truth.

The mechanism in the mind, whatever it is – is just like that Genie in the bottle. It takes everything you give it very literally. That part of the mind doesn’t “think!” It is sometimes called the subconscious mind, or the storehouse of the mind, but it is very real and it is there in all of us. It can work for or against us depending on the information it is given. It is the reason imagination and visualization do work. It doesn’t know the difference from something real or something imagined.

But just like that Genie in the bottle, it is a trickster. It doesn’t think with “want” or “don’t want” It only feeds on “I am”

Whether the thoughts and words we use are positive – or negative – the results will be in alignment with those thoughts and words. Too many sages down through the ages and into the present have been agreeing on this for too long for it not to have some value, studied and put to work.

Now, paradigms are a favorite topic of mine, because everything I teach and everything I do is based on the premise that, “as a man thinketh, so is he.” Your thoughts create your life. And paradigms are the foundation on which thoughts are created. What is a paradigm? Paradigms are your mindsets. Your ideas, the little habits that your brain has developed over the years. It is the “operating system” on which your mental processes run.

Generations of thoughts which have created reality for millions of people – have been passed down to us. Do you understand why you think and feel the way you do?

Thinking has been put there by life; by our experiences; by other people, and by their experiences, The renowned anthropologist Ruth Fulton Benedict once famously observed that, “From the moment of his birth, the customs into which (an individual) is born shape his experiences and behavior. By the time he can talk, he is the little creature of his culture.”

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Personality Test

A psychology student was to help a professor in
conducting a personality test. The room was set
up with various props in order to move through
the assessment quickly. The first person to enter
the room started through the test.
“How does this glass of water look to you?”
First to enter, James says: It is half empty.
Student writes ‘pessimist’ in her report.
Second to enter, Robert comes into the room.
“How does this glass of water look to you?”
Robert answers, It’s half full.
Student writes ‘optimist’ in her report.
Third to enter, Marvin enters the room.
“How does this glass of water look to you?”
Marvin answers, Looks like you have twice as much
glass as you need there.
The student looks totally blank and goes to consult
with the professor.
“Oh them!”, the professor says, “I forgot to warn
you about some of the computer students!
They have no personality.”

Thought for Today:

“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”

-Thomas Jefferson

Tips and Techniques

If you have a problem with “specifics” think about rubbing the lamp and the genie appearing. Remember that the genie is a trickster so you know you have to be extremely specific with what you ask for. When you have it exactly, then and only then tell the genie.

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

“Crowd out all inferior thoughts by superior thoughts, evil thoughts by good thoughts, ugly thoughts by beautiful thoughts, distressing thoughts by pleasant thoughts, and you will begin to overcome the growth of all negative and confused states of wrong and discord.” – Raymond Holliwell

Your Internal Genie

OK – here’s the principle: That each and every thought you have is actually heard by your very own genie! I am not kidding we each have an internal genie. We’ve all been getting told for years to “be careful what you ask for – you just might get it”!

Some of us have been told this in a light hearted way; some in the form of a joke; some in the form of reference to prayer and some in a very serious way. Whichever way we tend to view this – it is in itself part of the relationship we have with our genie… What is this genie’s name? She is called our thought processes.

The genie principle.

I truly believe that if each of us can fully understand this simple idea that we have a friendly genie paying attention to each and every thought we have – then we will learn that we do actually create our own remarkable results.

If we can imagine that each thought (and our visualizing those thoughts) is being heard, and responded to like this; “OK – your wish is my command”! “I’ll get right onto that for you”! Then we will realize that there isn’t anything we cannot do.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Clock Counter

The 12-year-old boy stood patiently beside the clock
counter while the store clerk waited on all of the adult
customers.
Finally he got around to the youngster, who made his
purchase and hurried out to the curb, where his father
was impatiently waiting in his car.
“What took you so long, son?” he asked.
“The man waited on everybody in the store before
me,” the boy replied. “But I got even.”
“How?”
“I wound and set all the alarm clocks while I was
waiting,” the youngster explained happily. “It’s going
to be a mighty noise place at eight o’clock.”

Thought for Today:
“If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
-Yogi Berra

Tips and Techniques

Just how do your thought processes work? Have you ever thought about it? Is there any truth to left brain and right brain thinking?

Give it a minute of thought here – when presented with an idea or concept, do you look up or do you look down? Do you think creatively or do you think with facts and figures? When you know just this one thing, you will begin to understand how your thought processes work. Each day this week, we will go over just one principle so you can get your genie under your own control.

Happy designing!

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Good Morning!
I Have Been Thinking

What motivates you?

What motivates you? It’s an answer you have to find out for yourself. There are so many things that can make each and everyone of us happy. To choose may be the hardest part. It’s not like you can’t have one serving of your favorite food in a buffet and that’s all there is.

What Really Makes You Tick?
So? What really makes you tick? You can be just about anything you always wanted to be, but to realize that attaining something that may seem very difficult is already giving up before you even start. Always remember, that self-improvement is not just about the physical or philosophical change you have to undergo, but it’s something that you really want. Believe it or not is it something you want that no one else in the world has. It is something only you can create. it is something only you have control over. It is something that only you can mold and shape. What is that something?

That something is called enthusiasm. Look up the word in your favorite dictionary. Look at the derivation of the word and what it really and truly means. Then tell me how you can grow and develop that in you in order to have all the success in the world you could possibly want.

Opportunity is never lost
It goes To Those Ready to Accept It!

Carolyn

Ice Breakers

Challenge of Retirement

My wife was chatting with her brother, a business
executive who had retired last year. While discussing
the joys of his new leisure time, he remarked that he
had been compelled to give up skiing, a sport he had
enjoyed for many years.
“Afraid of injuries?” my wife asked.
“Now I am,” her brother responded. “Before I could
drag a cast into work and still do my job, but now I’d
be messing up my golf game.”

Thought for Today:

I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.
-Dr. Seuss

Tips and Techniques

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… these are a few of my favorite things”

“Every body has a laughin’ place”

These are two of my favorite songs. They tend to remind me of the things that are the most important to me. These tend to be just what I need to pick me up. Do you know your? Do you know how to reach into the memory banks to turn on the excitement within you so that no matter what is going on in your life, you can get yourself into a mode de success?

That is the very thing that “Psycocybernitics” by Dr Maxwell Maltz is all about. Do pick up the book at your next trip to the bookstore or at Amazon, but don’t let it sit on the shelf. Read it and apply the principles to your life.

Happy designing!

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