This is a great video for everybody – but especially parents…
It is supremely ironic that the more we get on the internet to reach the whole world the more we need to use the internet to keep one on one contact with folks we care about, folks we want to maintain a relationship, and those we want to create one.
Every single day I send a minimum of one greeting card through the mail – from my computer.
I choose a card, write a heartfelt message, and sometimes add a gift of brownies, or cookies, or something similar.
Then the program I use prints the card, stuffs and addresses the envelope, adds the gift if there is one and mails it for me – for less than $1.50.
Best deal in town. And a super easy way to create a wonderful feeling for yourself while giving joy. (Who doesn’t like to get greeting cards in the mail? Especially if it is accompanied by brownies!)
What if I told you your whole life has been training you to be unhappy?
See if this makes sense to you.
Since you were born, every commercial and advertisement you have seen, plus social pressure has mandated the following formula (which I believe to be not only wrong but has brought us to the mess we are in)
1. DO something in your life that will make you as much money as possible so you can…
2. HAVE lots of stuff. (cars, houses, clothes, friends etc) because when you have this stuff you will look like those people in the commercials and advertisements and you will…
3. BE somebody! You will BE happy, and have a great body, life, relationship, whatever.
What this has done is drive us into serious, debilitating debt, greed, jealousy etc. It has driven us away from the value system this country was built upon.
Here is the true formula to follow…
1. BE who you are. Invest the time to learn about you – and be joyful in exactly who that is. Under no circumstances attempt to be somebody else. It never works.
2. DO what you love to do. Not only are you investing your whole life into this – you are responsible for accomplishing things in this world only you can do – so do them!
3. HAVE what you need. The universe has always supplied what we need. It will continue to do so. Especially if you are being who you are and doing what you love!
Disagree or agree? And how are will you accomplish this?
I have heard enough bad news in the last two days to last me a lifetime.
If we listen to the bad news bears the world is about to cave in on itself.
From my perspective it looks a bit different. We can only control our world – so that is where my focus lies.
At the horse stables in Atlanta, business is brisk. Although we are not getting as many calls for boarding as normal for this time of year, we are swamped with horse lesson, camp, and birthday pony party requests.
In the “Market Your Local Business” arena, more and more folks are beginning to realize the effectiveness and affordability of moving the majority of their marketing online – and they are using me to do it.
The point is this – do not let others tell you what your world looks like. Only you create your world. Granted you can choose to give that power to someone else – but what kind of life will they choose for you?
How hard will they work to make sure you have an amazing life?
Think hard about that and make the necessary changes you need – beginning today to create the world in which you live.
Amazing Life Lesson #11
Money does not equal happiness
More than 80% of the responses to our survey on self-improvement-lounge.com indicated that lack of (or insufficient) money was the biggest challenge faced today.
This is a scenario many face, and one I have struggled with before. Let’s look at this from a different point of view.
Many of my coaching clients initially believed the biggest roadblock to happiness was lack of money. So did I.
The answer to the biggest roadblock to more money is not enough happiness. Again…the biggest roadblock to more money is not enough happiness.
This answer hurts – and makes the problem even bigger for many! But in reality this answer creates amazing opportunities in your life!
I hear it all the time: "How can I be happy when I am struggling to pay the bills?"
And quite simply the solution is "choose to be happy".
Remember the half full/half empty glass scenario. Which do you normally choose? Bright or dark? Up or down? Good or bad? Depressed or happy?
A very simple test is to frown and try to smile. Then smile in the mirror and try to be depressed.. …You can’t do it.
So why do we not choose to be happy? And what does money have to do with happiness?