Empowerment and Success

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.Previously I have posted about positive mindset, self development and believing in our dreams.  If you search the Internet with the word success you will bring up a multitude of websites promoting self development or personal development programs, videos and books.  I have done my research. There is a lot of good information and a lot of promises of amazing results.  Unfortunately, the average person could go broke investing in all of these programs.  I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t feel very empowered after spending lots of money to hear the same information over and over.

So, it is a fact – personal development leads to success.  Jim Rohn has written many articles on success. He also speaks quite a bit about personal development. Check out this post on personal development .  The stumbling block is that personal development is but one component of a success strategy.  Another component is hard work.  Did you know that most people actually give up just when they are about to reach their goal? They get discouraged, tired of working hard, or something comes along that promises better results. 
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It’s a hard uphill climb, but coasting down the other side is amazing!

 

Personal development has been a great experience for me.  I have grown as a person and have such a sense of empowerment.  During the month of January,

I am going to have an online personal development program here on the blog.  There is no fee.  Each day I will post thoughts, affirmations and other encouragement.  There will be weekly reading suggestions and book reviews.  

Let’s start this year off with a bang!  Please, join me for personal development, empowerment and the road to success so that we can make 2016 our best year ever.

Happy New Year!   see you back here on January 1, 2016.  deb

P.S. comment if you have requests for specific topics to include, motivational people you admire, etc.

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A Gift for the New Year

53ae319ea2fb48b384c04efe74455a8fI am so blessed to have been given a gift a year ago – the gift of my own business.  My dream has always been to own my own business, be my own boss and work when I want.  Problem is, I always just thought of it as a dream.  Now I see that it is so possible – I own my own business and love building it!  I have had incredible support from my team, inspiring mentors and leaders.

No it isn’t easy and “get rich quick” – but it is so worth it.  My business is simple and just takes consistent effort.  Now I want to pass the gift on.   I want to offer this business to 2 people before the end of 2015.

 Let’s make 2016 the best year ever!

I will be your personal business coach for no charge.

I will guide you through a year long personal development program.

Nothing would make me happier than seeing you succeed and be happy.

Take a few minutes to watch this video – this business will change your life

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Email me now if you want one of those 2 spots and are ready to make 2016 the best year ever!

dlewisarbonne@gmail.com

Take Time for You!

image-relaxation2We may not all have access to a cliff overlooking the ocean, but it is important to find a quiet place during this hectic season.  Everyone needs some peace and quiet, time to relax, recharge and re-energize.  When we are rested and unhurried, we deal better with the demands of each day.

Unfortunately the holiday season has become a time of rushing around, feeling pressured to but the right gift for everyone.   We may be stressed by the cost of the gifts, afraid we didn’t get the best gift and the receiver won’t be happy, afraid we didn’t do enough this year.  Everyone is so busy rushing around that we forget to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season.

So, here are a few ideas to help you recharge, right in the middle of the hustle and bustle:

If you haven’t got an ocean view – make one.  Get a large picture of palm trees, the ocean, a lake, a forest – whatever you love. Post it in your bathroom.  You can go in there, close the door and relax and deep breathe in front of the poster.  Better yet – take a nice warm bath with a beautiful view.

tea_saucer_drink_spoon_mug_hd-wallpaper-92283Set aside 15 minutes every night before bed. Sit quietly – no TV, no computer, no cell phone.  Sip on a cup of chamomile tea. Just concentrate on quiet, breathe slowly and deeply.  The rhythm of slow deep breathing is quite relaxing.

Some people find certain sounds relaxing – such as the sound of thunderstorms, the sound of the ocean, the sound of birds chirping.  You can easily find these sounds online and listen while doing your relaxation.

So this holiday season – give yourself a gift!  The gift of relaxation.sleepingpuppyspooning

You will feel better, you will feel re-energized and better able to handle the many activities with joy.  Remember, a good night’s sleep is so important!  People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick, are more likely to be overweight, and have high blood pressure.

What are your relaxation tricks?

Are your “Wellthy”?

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Those marketing wizards have come up with a new term – wellthy.  What does that mean?  It refers to the growing focus on health and wellness.  Read on for some staggering stats about this growing trend.

If you read any business journal or search industry trends online you will read about the growth of the health and wellness industry.

Health and Wellness is a trillion dollar global industry.  

If people are spending TRILLIONS of dollars then I want to be selling something in that industry!

Here are the players in this industry:

Beauty and Antiaging products                      $679 billion dollars

Fitness – mind/body/exercise                         $390 billion dollars

Nutrition – healthy eating/weight loss        $277 billion dollars

Wellness is defined as the state of being healthy as a result of deliberate effort.  As you can see, a lot of people are putting a lot of money into being healthy.  Wellness has now become a status symbol and therefore the term wellthy.  A wellness mindset is prevalent in the U.S. among middle and upper middle class.  The young adult generation termed “Millenials” are also driving social media and marketing trends.

49% want organic products

44% prefer eco-friendly companies and eco-friendly packaging

based on their age, this group probably hasn’t built a brand loyalty.

In addition, all across the globe – online sales are increasing.  It will be interesting to see what percentage of this year’s holiday sales were online purchases.

So . . . . . if you look at those facts above, you can see where the most money will be made now and in the future.  No matter what the economy, people wash their bodies and shampoo their hair.

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How can you take advantage and be successful?

  1. Products that are pure – vegan, organic
  2. Beauty, anti-aging, nutrition, weight loss
  3. Be able to sell online
  4. Eco-friendly packaging – recycled boxes, less waste

I am taking advantage of the huge wellness market.  If you would like more information or are just a little bit interested – email me.  I would love to have you join me!  Contact me here      Deb

Am I Versatile?

Yes, The Blogger on the Mount thinks I have a versatile blog. When I started blogging this was the first blog I stumbled across.  She writes clear posts that explain or illustrate passages from the Bible.  Go check it out – you might be surprised how ancient Bible passages are so applicable to today’s world. She has nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. Here is her post explaining the Award nomination.versatile-bloggerNever heard of it?  Well this is a great way to recognize bloggers who have less than 200 followers and it helps get them some recognition.  And for me – it’s all about the recognition.

For the Versatile Blogger Nomination, I was asked to talk about 7 random facts about myself.  So here goes:

  1. I am a free spirit and easily bored.  As a result I have lived in 4 states.

  2. I love everything Disney.  Minnie Mouse is just so cute!  I know that Disney world is the most magical place on earth and it is my escape from “the real world”.  Everything Disney does is magical to me.

  3. My pet is a German Shepherd – I love him!  I used to be afraid of German Shepherds. Now I see them as protectors and very smart dogs.  Mine is a big baby when no one else is looking.

  4. I have been married for more than a quarter of a century

  5. My favorite hobby is knitting.  I love the relaxation of knitting and have made hats, scarves, socks, sweaters and mittens.  My family jokes about the amount of yarn I have stashed away.

  6. I am very creative.  I love colors and using them in different ways like oil paints, watercolors, pencils, etc. (I think that’s why I have so much yarn, I love all the colors.)

  7. I once took a speedreading class – read so fast I ran out of books and I still read fast today.

Now it is my turn for nominations.  I enjoy reading the following blogs because their posts are interesting and varied.  I nominate these 15 people for a Versatile Blogger Award.   Look forward to learning 7 random facts about each of you.  Then pass on the love to 15 more people.

Tom at What Sup

Mind and Life Matters

Cyndi at cyndi-lenz.com

Woolen Diversions

Molotov Pigtails

The Novelist

Erial at IHerBrand

Lizzie at louboutinsnlemonade   (love that blog name)

Monisha at blushnpout

 

 

 

The Power of Positive

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If you follow some of the motivational speakers out there – and there are hundreds of them – you will hear talk about staying positive.  It is a fact that successful people have a positive attitude and believe that they can achieve anything.

inspiring-positive-lifestyle-quotes-you-cant-live-a-positive-life-with-a-negative-mind  Beginning in childhood and continuing throughout our lives we get a lot of negative programming.  How many times does a child hear the word “NO”?  Much more than they hear the work yes.  Our brains believe what they hear – so if we hear mostly negative words then we will have a negative attitude, or outlook toward life.  It is said that you will become what you think about most.  Behavioral research shows that 77% of our thoughts are negative.   So how do we get positive?  

Surround yourself with positive people.  Seek out people who have goals and speak about belief and positive things. You will probably find that these positive people are also more encouraging and supportive for you than negative people.

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No matter how hard we try, it is very difficult to remain positive when surrounded by negativity. Sometimes you have to remove yourself from negative friends, negative environments, negative situations.  We need to reprogram our brains in a positive way.  The subconscious part of our brain needs repetition. Therefore –  being positive takes daily work.

Below are some of my suggestions for reprogramming your negative mind. You have to talk to yourself.  It is more effective if you speak the words out and your brain “hears” the words.  Remember, it takes repetition!   But it is so worth it. You will actually feel better and people will start to ask you why you look so happy all the time.  Positive people attract others – so you never know who you will meet.  Commit to a positive action plan, do it everyday for 10 days and comment to let me know how it goes.

Replace “I can’t”, “I should”, and “I need to” with “I can”, “I will”

Spend 10 minutes every night reading positive thoughts or a book about positive thinking.  My suggestion is one of the books by Dr. Shad Helmstetter – What to Say When You Talk to Yourself.

Write down several positive thoughts about yourself or goals you will achieve.  Read these positive thoughts – OUT LOUD – each morning.  You are telling yourself positive things and reprogramming that brain!

Listen very closely to the things you say to others and the things you  think to yourself.  Take note of how many negative thoughts or words occur in one day.

Okay – here is an example.  I used to be so nervous about speaking in front of others.  I would sweat, shake and actually feel sick.  Often I feared that I would actually pass out while speaking.  Can you see it?  Fall face first into the podium and make a loud thud on the microphone.  That’s the picture of success, right?  Now before speaking, I spend a few minutes by myself in a quiet place and repeat the following: “Okay, so you have spent time preparing – you know this stuff.  You are a good speaker. People enjoy hearing you speak.  Now take a deep breath – go out there and look at one person and smile.  Then start talking.  You will do great!  Now go on – get it done.  You are going to change someone’s life!”  This has worked so well for me. When I finish my little speech to myself I am ready to go and feel quite confident.

So there you have it.  You can overcome most everything with the power of positivity.  I know it!  I have seen the effects of positive thinking.  I have also seen the effects of negativity.  Life is tough, we face obstacles everyday but try to look for one positive thing that could come out of every problem.  Instead of saying, “oh everything I try is so difficult, nothing ever works out” – say “you are a really strong person, you just come up to an obstacle, step over and keep going, you can accomplish anything you set out to do”.  Look at mistakes as learning experiences. I know that if you change your outlook and focus on positive people, positive thoughts and positive environments you will feel so much lighter and happier.  And you will be much more successful in life.   I know this has helped someone, so let me know! deb

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – You Are Right!