happens for you, not to you.
~ Byron Katie
|Buon Viaggio Blog|
The theme this month is
|A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE|
As far as I recall, my German
Lutheran upbringing never mentioned mantras. It wasn't until much later that I
discovered these powerful pathways to change and growth. |
The concept of mantras
originated in the Hindu religion which uses repeated words and sounds to serve
as a focal point in meditation. There's also a secular kind of mantra that's in
daily practice everywhere.
Knowingly or not, we all use
mantras all the time. These are the things we repeatedly tell ourselves (and
others) about ourselves. Mantras can be wildly useful for moving us ahead and
are equally powerful for keeping us stuck.
One of the stay-stuck variety
that I hear frequently is, "I don't know what I want to do." Say it often
enough and your imagination will turn down the volume. Not knowing will become
On the other hand, replacing
that mantra with, "I am getting clearer and clearer about the life I want to
create," wakes us up to new possibilities and can lead to a new reality.
Getting a new mantra isn't
the only power tool used by those who are living rich and fascinating lives. In
fact, it often seems that the Joyfully Jobless use an entirely different
Rather than blindly accepting
conventional wisdom, they've defined important concepts for themselves.
Consider these three ordinary examples:
this word is commonly used to mean safety, it would be more accurate to say
that it describes predictability. For many people, security means being in the
same place at the same time with the same people getting paid the same amount
of money day in and day out.
For the Joyfully Jobless,
security means trusting that they can always find a way, can meet challenges,
solve problems and bring their ideas to life.
someone has pointed out, if we don't have a personal definition of what wealth
means, we're apt to think of it as "more than I have now." In other words, it's
a perpetually unattainable state.
Equally crazy is accepting
someone else's notion (i.e. a million dollars) of what constitutes wealth. In
fact, wealth is often about much more than money.
When wealth is clearly
defined, we are apt to hear something like the definition of author Marlena de
Blasi who said, "I knew that to be at home in the world was the way to grow
rich. The way I wanted to be rich."
The self-employed discover
that money is only one of the currencies available to them. As designer Karl
Lagerfeld says, "For me, the thing is not to have things, it's to do
Then there's this provocative
observation from Mike Dooley: "Both having money and not having money make
fantastic adventures possible that would not otherwise be possible. Same for
having, and not having, anything else."
Problems. It seems
a shame that creative problem-solving isn't included in the curriculum of most
schools. Consequently, many people tend to view problems-both large and
small-as punishments from God, as evidence of their own ineptitude or as a
cherished pet that they continue to nurture.
That's quite a different
approach than the one taken by people who see problems as an opportunity to
exercise creativity, improve the quality of life for themselves and others or
as a call to personal growth.
Smart entrepreneurs also know
that whether they're selling products or services, their business exists to
solve problems for someone else.
Problems also show us what
kind of business we're creating. As Paul Hawken points out, "A good business
has interesting problems while a bad business has boring ones."
It took me a long time to learn that my thoughts
create my language which create my results. Quite simply, better mantras create
better results. Use them boldly.
|HELP IS ON THE WAY|
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|MORE TIME, MORE FUN, MORE
We're in the final 90-Day
Stretch before the Joyfully Jobless Jamboree and I find myself smiling whenever
I think about it. In another week or so, we'll be announcing the speakers and
agenda, but I must confess that I am seeing MORE FUN as a huge part of the
Sir Richard Branson (who will
not be appearing) has a lovely mantra for his Virgin empire: Fun is
Fundamental. I'm paying close attention to that as we put the finishing touches
on our very special celebration that just happens to coincide with National
What I can tell you today is
that you can invoke your own MORE MONEY part of the theme by getting yourself
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first 25 (and there are only a few more spots in that special group) and use
the code from the coupon below, you'll get an additional $50 discount.
That's more money for you
now, more fun on October 15 & 16.
Joyfully Jobless Jamboree
|ADD TO YOUR PORTFOLIO|
|Although the ideas in this
article, 4 Ways to Make Cash Online, from Yahoo Finance are probably
familiar to you, they're also a good reminder of opportunities that are close
at hand. Check them out.|
4 Ways to Make Cash Online
|ANOTHER USEFUL DEFINITION|
Who is your ideal customer?
From Buon Viaggio blog Less Can Be More. |
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