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Be Inspired by Ronald Kaufman

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Creating Your Success Self-Concept

Ronald KaufmanIf I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I’d want to pass along to others…

Some of the things I would suggest are to work on your self-esteem, take care of your health, and to give to others.

Too many people have low self-esteem and it can impact all of us. People tend to behave in alignment with their self-concept or their beliefs about themselves and who they are. So here’s what I suggest: create a success self-concept for yourself. When you are the success you wish to be, based on how you define success, what would your behavior say is true of you in terms of your traits, qualities, and characteristics?

Would it say that you are kind, caring, honest, hardworking, accepting, patient, giving, trustworthy, fun, dependable, responsible, respectful, enthusiastic, forgiving, appreciative, inspiring, understanding, empathetic, attentive, cheerful, fair, friendly, polite, nurturing, loyal, positive, cooperative, loving, etc.?

Based on your behavior, what would people be saying about you behind your back? What do you want them to be saying about you?

Use your success self-concept to act as a beacon and guide for your choices, decisions, and actions. Staying true to this will contribute to feeling good about yourself and to continuing to engage in these same behaviors.

Positive self-esteem will also support choosing to live a healthy lifestyle. A key is to eat real food, period! If it’s processed and altered, stop eating it. Notice how your mind and body respond to what you eat. Does a food or drink drain your energy, does it make your thinking foggy, does it raise your pulse? If so, it’s telling you that it’s negative for your well-being.

When I have a taste of chips, pie, ice cream, cookies, french fries, or cheesecake, I crave more. Not want more, crave! These things are brilliantly manufactured to increase our appetite for them. When I eat an apple, pear, or grapefruit, it takes very little to satisfy me. Only have real foods available to you to satisfy your hunger, as well as filtered water.

And as you know, getting physical is essential to being healthy. Pick activities you enjoy, whether it’s walking, dancing, tennis, gardening, yoga, weightlifting, etc. The body is one of those “use it or lose it” situations.

Someone once said, “He who enriches others, enriches himself”. In my experience, one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to give to others, to be of service to others, to create a positive moment for others.

It can be as simple as a smile, a kind word, listening without judgment, offering to help with something, letting someone in front of you in line, sending useful information, or calling just to say hi. Be on the lookout for opportunities to make a positive difference for others to maintain a positive state of being for yourself.

To paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson, success is “to find the best in others; to leave the world a better place, … to know even one life has lived easier because you lived.”

“One of the most magical facts about the universe is that there are no human duplicates. There never has been, nor will there be, another person like myself or any one else.” – Dorothea McArthur

“Lead by example. The best way to inspire those you care about to lead healthy lives is by leading one yourself. Begin today.”  – Giovanni Bisanti

Gray Lawrence

Life is The Sum of All Our Choices – Albert Camus

Be Inspired by Anita Laughlin

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.Abundance is not something we aquire but something we tune to          Abundance is Powerful

 

Making Art Out Of Life

If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I’d want to pass along to others…

Relationships have the brilliant power to inspire. To be inspired is to breathe in and out with the joyous certainty that you are loved for who you are. My favourite  poet, Pablo Neruda, wrote metaphorically about the inspired individual in one section of his epic poem entitled “The Great Ocean”:

The wave that you let loose,
Arc of identity, exploded feather
When it was unleashed, it was only foam,
And without being wasted came back to be born.
All of your strength returns to its beginning…….
What was expelled by the action of your abundance,
All that was left of its clustered fruit of being
Your statue casts its shadow far beyond the waves.

Your own “arc of identity” forms for you as a child. Embrace the poet in you –whether you are young or old– the poet lives inside. Instil the love of language into your own children with unending rolls of crisp white paper and create rhyming words to wrap your arms around, twirling in circles, dancing and chanting together.

Paint a portrait of your children as you see them, perhaps clothed in kelp hiding inside an underwater coral castle. Art can bring you closer to the heart of your child.

Practice things that are difficult for you –model the struggle for your child, whether you are braiding a lattice of dough on a rhubarb pie or learning to fly-fish. It is the process of learning that is important. Learn by doing.

Respect the need for solitude. Imagination requires solitude from time to time.

Read and reflect. Treasure the stark imagery of Sylvia Plath and Wallace Stegner, embrace the haunting stories of Eudora Welty and Flannery O’Connor, laugh out loud at children’s’ poet Jack Prelutsky as he describes cooking a turkey filled with exploding popcorn kernels. Be free with your laughter. Laugh with your family.

Value companionship. The poet Rumi wisely wrote: “Companionship is helpful, because patience expands your capacity to love and feel peace.” Value the creativity of the companion in your life and your relationship will be enriched. Original piano sonatas and improvisational jazz fill our house daily, teaching me the power of music to unlock the abundance of our emotions. Express your love.

Friendship inspires courage. An old friend, Daphne, lived alone in a small house in rural Maine with her cat Liquorice and an upright piano which seemed to sprout sheets of music like daisies. Having cerebral palsy since birth, Daphne walked with a stoop and despite arthritic fingers, practiced piano daily. To the end, her voice was joyful and her insights penetrating. She died as she lived –a whole person who inspired others to love the world with courage.

Experience gratitude for the moments in the life of your family and friends that are heart-opening and expansive beyond measure. And give thanks for the first snowfalls and the lavender sunsets that splash into the sea.

“A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”  – Regina Brett

“Don’t wake up in the morning resentful of the day ahead. Smile and hear your soul, clearly saying, ‘Thank you for my adventure – where shall we go today?’” – Susan Sosbe

 

Gray Lawrence

To achieve great things requires no great effort, just a modest effort repeated again and again. Start right now by improving one little corner and you’re on your way to change the world.

Be Inspired by Jennifer Carroll

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Pressure Makes The Diamond

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is                the important wisdom I’d want to pass along to        others…

When we are young, life seems endless, days last forever and we feel invincible. As the years creep by, and you hit those twilight years the days ahead are shorter, move faster and you feel anxious because you are running out of time and have not accomplished all you wanted to do.

A few years ago, I was in a serious car accident. My car was going uncontrollably fast off the interstate towards a large tree. My life quickly running through my head, I thought of my family whom I would be leaving prematurely. Then I reconciled and said, “Lord, I am yours.” At that very moment, it was if God spun the car so that the impact was on the side and not head-on. As I hung on tightly and squeezed my eyes shut, I felt the car roll and roll and roll. Suddenly I heard the voice of a truck driver, yelling for me to get out of the car, that it was smoking and would catch on fire. I escaped with only minor eye lacerations from the broken glass.

After the accident, I wondered about the meaning of my life. What was I spared to do? If I only had one day left, what words of wisdom would I pass on to humanity? I have often wondered about this question. What can I leave behind to improve people’s lives on earth?

These words are what come to mind: “Impossible” is for those people who do not have determination to make it possible.

You are only limited by the restrictions you place on yourself. As a parent, I always instructed my children that “can’t” is not a word in their vocabulary. That has remained etched in their minds even to this today. I’ve taken this message to students as I mentored and volunteered with at-risk children in low performing schools. This simple message has encouraged them to excel.

What matters most is to believe in yourself and treat others with respect and compassion. Love who you are and embrace the beautiful creature that God has made. Don’t let naysayers feed your doubts. We all have the God-given power within to overcome challenges and rise above any turmoil to succeed. The key is to believe and have faith that you can. The hard times you go through are just building, strengthening and preparing you for greatness.

Remember that even the most brilliant diamond was created under extreme pressure. Be that diamond that shines brilliantly. With that light you will be able to help others see.

“I have lost most of my sight, but I have a huge vision for my life and the world.”  – Dr. Elizabeth M. Wisniewski

Every person, all the events of your life are there because you have drawn them there. What you chose to do with them is up to you. From the book Illusions.

Gray Lawrence

Life is The Sum of All Our Choices – Albert Camus

 

Be Inspired by..Dr. Linda Berry

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A Secret Scrolls message from Rhonda Byrne  Creator of The Secret  and The Power  From The Secret Daily Teachings

Look for the gifts in everything, especially when you are facing what appears to be a negative situation. Everything that we attract causes us to grow, which means that ultimately everything is for our own good. Adjusting to a new path and a new direction will require new qualities and strengths, and these qualities are always exactly what we need to acquire in order to accomplish the great things ahead in our life.   May the joy be with you, Rhonda Byrne

Stress, worry, and anxiety simply come from projecting your thoughts into the future and imagining something bad. This is focusing on what you don’t want! If you find that your mind is projecting into the future in a negative way, focus intensely on NOW. Keep bringing yourself back to the present.  Use all of your will, and focus your mind in this very moment, because in this moment of now there is utter peace.                                                           

 

If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I’d want to pass along to others..

Ancient Taoists discovered how to make bliss happen. And modern science validated the landing sites for chemicals that create bliss. Stress blocks bliss.

Like many, I’ve had significant stress. Growing up in an alcoholic family, I was sad most of my life … Then I had my dream life as a dancer and choreographer!

But at 24 years old, it was ripped away from me when I crashed through a windshield smashing my spine. When I woke up, I was paralyzed from the waist down.

With long years of effort, I’ve overcome those obstacles to enjoy glimmers of bliss. You can too by following this simple path. It empowers anyone to achieve blissful moments of union with the divine.

1. Eliminate Irritants: Irritants come in many forms: chemical, emotional, physical, sexual, environmental, mental, and spiritual. Irritants damage your health and well being. To achieve bliss, you must identify what’s irritating you and eliminate it. But sometimes you can’t. Sometimes you must accept what is and come to peace with its presence in your life to feel happiness.

2. Nourish Yourself: What’s nourishing to you may irritate another. Nourishment comes on many levels. Food, drink, art, beauty, and nature, are all forms of nourishment. The company that you keep can benefit you or drag you down. The way you feed your senses, your spirit, and your mind also adds to or subtracts from owning ecstasy.

3. Get Comfortable in Your Body: Growing up Catholic, I read about saints’ lives. Some suffered terrible pain yet still knew religious ecstasy. Not many can do that. To get comfortable in your body, you need to do more than get out of pain. Society is jammed with messages that you’re not OK. Getting comfortable in your body means feeling you’re OK however you are.

4. Use Your Natural Resources: You have three power plants in your body: your heart, your smile, and your sexuality. How do you feel when something makes you happy? Aren’t you charged up when you feel love? Throughout the ages religions try to control sexual expression because of its power. Yet systems of enlightenment use sexual power to grow the spiritual self. Use your natural resources to grow bliss.

5. Love, Admire, and Respect Yourself and Others: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you is the Golden Rule. But what about recognizing your success? You deserve admiration for all you’ve accomplished. Would you act the way you do if you treated yourself with respect? Give love, admiration, and respect to others … and also to yourself to expand into moments of bliss.

The 5-Fold Path to Bliss: Go Beyond Stress to Renewal

Life is an opportunity benefit from it Mother Teresa

 

 

Gray Lawrence

Success doesn’t come to you – you go to it. — Marva Collins

The time is always right to do what is right." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Attitude and The Power of One

 

“Reclaim your personal power – nothing can stop you but you.” – Lesley Rodgers

“Success lies just one inch beyond your perceived limits. Every day you have a choice whether or not to take that inch and transform success from uncertainty to inevitability.”     – Akshay Nanavati

An area of importance to us all, should we decide to be better

Getting the best from yourself and others all starts with one: one thought … one word … one action.
“One” is the first note in orchestrating the personal attitude that shapes and directs your life – and impacts the members of your team. Contrary to the lyrics from a classic rock song, one is not the loneliest number. It’s the most important one!
Your thoughts, words, and actions are like individual notes that work in concert to create the power of one person – YOU – to make a difference. You can harness your “power of one” if you simply:

  • Catch one negative thought and turn it into a positive one;
  • Think of one thing for which you are grateful at the beginning of each day;
  • Say one “Fantastic!” when a friend or team member asks how you are doing;
  • Assume the best in one upcoming situation;
  • Keep on moving one more time when you experience adversity;
  • Help one friend or colleague in a time of need – and take pride in it.

Many people used to feel that one vote in an election couldn’t really make a difference. Well, recent political elections that have been decided by razor thin margins have proven them wrong.   A single act can make a difference … it can create a ripple effect felt many miles and people away. So, ask yourself: What’s one thing I can do today that will make a positive difference in my attitude? Then DO IT!


Repeat that process every day and your life will improve – and so will the lives of the people you lead. Attitudes are truly powerful … and they’re contagious!

Be nice to people on your way up. You might need them on the way down. — Jimmy Durante

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Gray Lawrence

The Yellow Brick Road “IS” Paved with Gold, all you have to do  is open the right door in your mind and take the first step”.        Gray  Lawrence

 

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