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What is Your Focus

Focus on What You Want

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“A good intention clothes itself with power.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our minds are incredibly powerful. We put that power to work for us when we consciously set an intention to be or do something. Get into the habit of consciously setting an intention for activities throughout your day.

Your intention might support efficiency – for example, to complete a job or project by a specific time. Your intention might support your personal growth, e.g., to undertake a task that scares you. Or it might support more soul connection, e.g., to be grateful for gifts we take for granted.

When we take the time to set an intention, no matter how trivial, we are consciously choosing what we want for ourselves. With consistent attention, your intentions will come to life!

“By becoming a conscious choice-maker, you begin to generate actions that are evolutionary for you.”
— Deepak Chopra

Reproduced with permission from The Inner Journey which is produced by John & Patrice Robson check them out at HigherAwareness.com

Make Today your BEST Day Ever

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TODAY

should always be

BETTER

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YESTERDAY

So Make TODAY your BEST Day EVER

 

“Every Day is a Fresh Start”

 

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Do What you Love, Love What You Do!

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“Happiness is not an accident.  Nor is it something you wish for.  Happiness is something you design.” – Jim Rohn

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Most of us get excited when we read about super-human achievements, but something that is much more important is when we break our own personal best records for accomplishments. Achieving better grades, a better work record, a better record of “being nice,” and a host of other records will make you a better person in the most important game of all – the game of LIFE.

My New Year Wish

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From my Garden

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  With lots of joy, happiness and blessings.  Remember, everyday that you have life is a new day to create anew spirit within you; for new opportunities for new chances. Whatever it is, you have the capacity to make it happen. You have to believe in yourself and take it one step at a time  and with God’s help we will surely make through.

As always, Where there is LIFE there is HOPE

Audria

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My self-imposed Time-out

Hey guys, you may have noticed the lack of postings for a while now. Trust me its not for lack of wanting to do it; but school has been kicking my butt. Trying to juggle family, school, a 9 to 5 and a small biz has not been easy.  But, I am on my fresh start right now, so I hope you’ve been doing the same.

Try not to get stuck in the rut. Keep pushing through, you can do anything you set your mind to.

Remember you can have a FRESH START any day, as long as you are determined and up for the challenge, its never too late. As Charles Darwin says only the fittest of the fit will survive. You just have to be willing to adapt in order to keep moving in this fluid environment.

Things are always changing, we just have to ensure that we move along with the change.

“Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.”– Annie Besant

Here’s to life and making the best of it in whatever you do!

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Where there is LIFE there is HOPE.

Audria

What can Spring Cleaning teach you about Money?

I thought about this a lot and figured a lot of moms like myself, and definitely women on a whole are often doing spring cleaning time and time again.  But what kind of money lessons can it teach you.

Well Money Coach and Business Mentor Cheryl Hanson-Stimpson has some great ideas below:

 

Money Lessons from Spring Cleaning

Recently I found myself compelled to carry out a major re-organising project in my home. I finally admitted that I had run out of space to keep some important items, so I decided that it was time to take control of my chronic storage issues. With spring in the air, it presented the right opportunity to take on a comprehensive clean-up challenge.

At first, I thought that the simple answer to my dilemma was to purchase a few more containers or another cabinet to house all the stuff that I needed to put away. However, a quick audit of my closets revealed that I already had more than enough storage bins; the real problem was that I was keeping too many things in them that I no longer needed.

I realised that there was only one solution — some of my stuff had to go. As I went through the slightly traumatic process of unpacking, sorting and deciding what to keep or dump, I thought that most of us could probably benefit from a clean-up campaign on our finances. Upon further reflection, I began to see some lessons that spring cleaning can teach us about money success.

Get rid of the past

In clearing up, you may come across items that make you wonder, “Why am I still hanging on to this old stuff?” Similarly, we often hold on to our financial failures and allow them to hinder us from moving forward. The credit cards which we maxed out; the savings accounts which we cleaned out; the investments in which we lost out; we need to learn from our mistakes and let them go.

While you need to release your past disappointments, it’s just as important not to get stuck in reliving your past successes. In The Greatest Salesman in the World, author Og Mandino declares, “Nevermore will I be satisfied with yesterday’s accomplishments, nor will I indulge, anymore, in self-praise for deeds which in reality are too small to even acknowledge.”

Whether your past has been difficult or delightful, be mindful that you have the ability right now to make use of your wealth of experience to accomplish great things. Your best days are ahead of you, so stop looking behind; focus your thoughts and actions on what you need to do in the present, to create the financial future that you desire.

De-clutter your life

Cluttered closets can be very frustrating, because you can never find what you want with ease, and searching for your stuff just wastes your time.Disorganisation, in any arena, brings chaos and confusion and prevents you from seeing your way forward clearly. However, having a cluttered financial life can be more than a petty annoyance; it can actually cost you dearly.

Are you clueless about where and how you spend your money? Do you forget your bill payment dates and constantly have to pay penalties? Have you lost track of your deposit amounts scattered across different financial institutions? These are just some of the ways in which you can become trapped and confused in a disorderly money muddle.

Remove your financial clutter forever by getting your money organised. Create a budget (you can download one at www.financiallysmart.org) and use it to make informed spending choices. Record your bill payments a day or two before they are due in your diary or mobile phone calendar. Seek expert financial advice to create a structured savings and investment plan to achieve your goals.

Prioritise and live simply

The hardest part of spring-cleaning was deciding which items should go and which should remain. My rule of thumb was that if I hadn’t used it for a year, I was highly unlikely to ever need it again. In fact, I decided to make the garbage can my most valuable piece of furniture; no new item would be put in storage if it didn’t have a clear and important purpose.

Too often, we become overwhelmed with our lives because we continue to accumulate more and more unnecessary things. The never-ending pursuit of mindless stuff will only bring discontent and an unquenchable desire to outdo ourselves and other people. When retail therapy beckons, ask yourself: “Do I really need this new pair of shoes? Does my home really need another decoration?”

Consider all the better uses for your money that will bring lasting benefits, such as saving for your goals or donating to worthwhile charities. Choose to spend below your means and live a more simple existence. When you leave space in your life, you actually give yourself enough room to receive new opportunities and blessings that would otherwise have passed you by.

While it’s great to live the good life, sometimes the simple life can bring more long-term satisfaction. Spring-cleaning has inspired me to let simplicity be my new way of being; where less can be more and true wealth is not dependent on all the stuff that I have.

Copyright © 2012 Cherryl Hanson Simpson. 

Now isn’t that something to think about.  The next time you are about to purchase something, think carefully on whether its a need or a want.  Do you really need to buy it?

Remember “The key factor that will determine your financial future is not the economy; the key factor is your philosophy.” — Jim Rohn

How do you think about money?

Here’s a chance for a Fresh Start in your financial future, grab it with both hands!

Cherryl is a money coach and business mentor, and founder of Financially S.M.A.R.T. ServicesSee more of her work at www.entrepreneursinjamaica.com and www.financiallysmart.org.

DO IT ANYWAY!!

A few weeks ago, I went to my son’s PTA meeting and the President of the PTA started out reading a list of commandments I might say, that really got me thinking.

It was soo powerful I decided to look it up after sharing with a friend, and found out that it was written by Dr. Kent M. Keith a dynamic speaker and writer whose mission is to help people find personal meaning in a crazy world.  He is known nationally and internationally for writing this book “The Paradoxical Commandments”.  It has been used by business leaders, military commanders, government officials, religious leaders, university presidents, social workers, teachers, rock stars, parents, coaches, and students. Even Mother Teresa thought the Paradoxical Commandments were important enough to put up on the wall of her children’s home in Calcutta.

So I thought, why not share with you guys.  We all need the help anyway.  What if we had to recite this just before we are to face each day, do you think it would help?

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

And I would add this line that the President read, that is not in the original “Paradoxical Commandments” –

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;

it was never between you and them anyway.

So go ahead, and pledge to be the best that you were always meant to be.

GETTING MY GROOVE BACK, HOW ABOUT YOU?

Everyone procrastinates. We put things off because we don’t want to do them, or because we have too many other things on our plates. So for the last couple of months I had a lot on my plate, hence my absence from this blog, and a few other ventures that I was involved in.

Putting things off—big or small—is part of being human.  You know, the more you put off something, the longer it takes for you to start back up.  Now that I’ve gotten most things under control, it still seems harder to get my groove back in writing and presenting interesting articles on my blog.

So it got me thinking, its almost the end of the first month of the year, what is it that I’m planning to do for a fresh start, or how do I plan to get my groove back.

Then I found this article written by Christine Kane who is best known for her hip and catchy songs, and the down-to-earth wit of her live performances, her fans, students and clients share that they are inspired most by her message of living authentically, courageously, and successfully.

Christine’s philosophy is that you are the artist and your life is your work of art.

Momentum Mania: How to Get Your Groove Back in 7 Simple StepsWritten by Christine Kane

“….. The truth about momentum is this:

Sometimes we got it. Sometimes we don’t.

Sometimes stuff happens that takes us away from habits that created our momentum. Kids get sick. Knees get wonky. Hard drives crash. You get swine flu.

Any number of things can create a loss of momentum.

But there’s one thing you can count on:

When we’re using “momentum” as an excuse, we can pretty much be certain that we’ve fallen into the Momentum Trap – which is just another snarky perfectionist voice that convinces us to stay exactly where we are mostly to avoid feeling uncomfortable again.

Well, guess what? You’re no longer allowed such luxuries.

(After all, you’ve made it this far down the page in these Twitter times. You must be a committed soul!)

One of the most valuable success skills you can develop is that of getting back up and starting again. So, if you want to get your groove back, here’s a 7-step process to help you re-commit to your goals, dreams, and priorities.

1 – Choose the activity.

This one’s easy. Don’t overdo it and go for everything in your life. Just pick one priority right now.

2 – Schedule a time.
Scheduling a time ensures that you don’t put the activity off because you don’t feel like it or because something comes up. It gets set in stone and becomes just what I do.

3 – Go for Small.

The Momentum Trap makes us set our sights huge in order to “pick up where we left off.”  Don’t play this game. The best way to get your groove back is to experience completion on a regular basis. And the best way to experience completion on a regular basis is to set your goals small. Twenty-minutes is a perfect starting place.

4 – Create the space.

Get the space ready before the time comes. For instance, every night before I go to bed, I create the space for my 6am work out. I lay out my clothes, fill up my Sigg bottle, and charge my iPhone. I call it “creating the space.” Legendary basketball coach Dean Smith called it “putting yourself in a position to win.”

5 – Set a timer.

This is the most under-rated tool of them all!

When a timer is running, you won’t be as tempted to go downstairs to put the clothes in the dryer, or see if the mail has arrived. It’s an effective mind game that keeps your butt in the chair (or on the treadmill) and your focus on the task.

6 – Just do it.

Don’t stop to pause and wonder if you really FEEL like doing this today. Cuz you know what? You won’t! Just walk out the door, or sit down at the desk, or start going through the clutter. Taking action builds the enthusiasm. Not the other way around!

7 – Don’t skip days.

I know. I know. We’re supposed to get weekends off. But if you’re doing small enough chunks of time, then you’ll be able to continue your groove EVEN on the weekends. Taking a day or two off means having to start all over again on Monday. This is why you start with small chunks of time and small goals. That way, it won’t be hard to keep up your practice – even when you would normally want a day off!

**BONUS TIP** Build gradually, but keep your minimum baseline do-able.

“Minimum Baseline” is one of the techniques created by Brooke Castillo in her awesome book, If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Lose Weight? It is simply a minimum amount you decide that you will do (work-out, for example) each day. It is a commitment you make to yourself.

So, keep your minimum baseline small, but build your time gradually each week. For instance, add ten minutes to your scheduled time each week – while keeping the minimum baseline low in case you get swine flu and need to take it easy.”

I think this is simple enough and doable.  What about you? What would it take to get your groove back?  Remember the only thing that stands between you and what you want from life, is simply the will to pursue it and the faith to believe that it is possible.

Here’s to a Fresh Start for 2011, Do something different today.

Audria

Empower & Inspire to Succeed

MAKING MONEY WITH YOUR HOME

In our quest to help you find meaningful ways to create multiple income streams, as always, here is another great advice from Cheryl Hanson-Stimpson, Financial Advisor.

“Over the past weeks we have been encouraging persons to get innovative in looking for ways to become more productive. It makes no sense to merely complain about a shortage of money – you have to focus your efforts on creating solutions to earn more. Fortunately, there are dozens of methods of generating income; it’s wise to choose one that best fits your personality and situation.

In your quest to improve your finances by finding a practical means to earn more money, you may encounter some roadblocks. You may have a job that expressly prevents employees from marketing things at the workplace or having any outside employment. You may find it hard to discover your inner talents to exploit for profit. Maybe you’re hopeless at sales and couldn’t even sell water to a thirsty person.

If you have a challenge identifying a viable product to sell or making use of your talents to serve others, don’t despair. There may be several earning opportunities lying undiscovered right at home. Many people don’t recognise that their residences are ‘lazy’ assets – they have monetary value but never contribute any income into their pockets.

If you’re determined to find an additional earning source, maybe some of these possibilities to earn with your home might appeal to you:

Boarding Facility

One of the simplest ways to make extra money from your house is to rent out some of your rooms to boarders. If you have a self-contained space with bedroom and bathroom facilities and can provide access to the kitchen, then it should be relatively easy for you to earn. If you live near to a tertiary education institution and would like to take in students, you can register your property with the proper department which can advertise it for you.

Bed & Breakfast

Jamaica is an in-demand tourist location, but most people don’t realise that they can participate in this industry without having a hotel. There are travellers around the world who are looking for bargain rooms or prefer to experience an authentic vacation with real residents. If you have an entertaining personality and adequate room space, this might be a great option. You can market your property on websites that cater to this type of tourist or contact the Ministry of Tourism for more information.

Child Care Facility

If you live in a community with young children whose parents have to go out to work, you could consider using your home as a facility for day-time child care or for after-school accommodation. You would have to take extra precautions to ensure the safety of your environment and that you have properly trained persons to look after the children. Do the necessary checks to determine if your home can be legally used for this purpose.

Land Lease

There is a lot of idle land in this country that could be put to productive use for agriculture or other purposes. If you’re fortunate to have a big backyard, but lack the desire or ability to plant crops on it, how about leasing your land to an enterprising farmer? Depending on the location of your property, it could also be used for light manufacturing or rented for a billboard site. Observe your yard with an analytical eye, and think of entities that may find your property valuable in some way.

Virtual Business Address

Some home-based entrepreneurs would prefer not to use their residences as their business addresses for privacy reasons or because of inadequate mail service. If your home is easily accessible for the delivery of packages, and your address sounds like a professional location, then it’s possible to earn from simply renting out your mailbox as a virtual business address. Check with small business groups to find trustworthy clients.

Photo/Video Location

Real estate professionals say that the key to making profit with your property is all about “location, location, location.” If you’ve created a beautiful garden at home, or have been blessed with eye-catching scenery, you could consider offering your property for use in music videos or specialty photography. If you’re located near to a church or school, hand out flyers advertising your backyard as the perfect setting for group photos and videos.

Storage/Parking Facility

Another option for making money with your home is to rent out idle rooms to persons who are in desperate need of storage space. You could store furniture for persons who have to downsize their living arrangements but don’t want to get rid of their belongings, or stock imported items for a shop owner. How about also making use of your empty driveway? If you live in high-traffic environs such as New Kingston or Spanish Town, you could easily find customers for rented parking space.

If you plan to use your home to generate income, ensure that you comply with any regulatory guidelines that might govern your activity. Next week we will search for other practical methods of making more money.”

copyright ©  Cherryl Hanson Simpson.

Cherryl is a financial consultant and coach, and the founder of Financially S.M.A.R.T. Services,Jamaica’s number one source for practical, down-to-earth and independent answers for all questions relating to personal finance. Cherryl is currently writing her first book, The 3 Ms of Money. See more of her work at www.financiallysmartadvice.com.

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