Saturday, September 29, 2012

What the Heck Is a Positive Thinker? Find Out Here...

You might just be one of us!

“Positive thinking is just another way to deny the realities of life,” said my friend Lucy one Sunday morning on the way to Starbucks. “They can’t accept that the world is full of pain and suffering. They’d go down in flames laughing!”
But Lucy has it wrong (except for the laughing part). Positive thinkers are not pie-in-the-sky optimists yet they are quite optimistic. Their feet are planted firmly on the ground while their imaginations play a major important role in their lives. They know without doubt that creativity is at least as important as practicality and the cold hard facts. And they display certain characteristics. See how many of them apply to you. You just might be one of us!
  • Positive thinkers tend to take excellent care of themselves physically, mentally, spiritually.
  • They assume responsibility for their actions and get over disappointments rapidly.
  • They are trustworthy and deeply honor their personal, business, and professional relationships.
  • They know they have high potential and live into it continually.
  • They have learned how to communicate well in all areas of their lives.
  • They know that real love is compassion in action; they are empathetic more than sympathetic.
  • They enjoy life, laugh a lot, and have fun. When necessary, they work hard and enjoy the benefits.
  • And they are life-long learners. The vast majority of successful people would call themselves positive thinkers.
A lot more can be said of positive thinkers but the above short list covers the major basics. You don't have to live up to anything on the list. (You might even think they're pie-in-the-sky!) Simply consider them. What might be your personal benefit for working some of the practices into your own daily walk? (#1: You’ll smile more.) If you don't like these characteristics, you can always go back to the way you are now.
Positive thinking is more than a list. It is a way of life, a commitment--a habit that is joyfully cultivated continuously. It begins again, every morning when you look into the mirror. Gradually, more and more, you're happy with what you see. Then, you take that joy into the world where it is needed--now, more than ever.
And it is, more than anything, a choice.
“First we make our habits; then our habits make us.” Charles C. Noble

Monday, September 10, 2012

How To Create--and Love--A Very Old Kitty

Friday, September 14, 2012, will mark the first anniversary of the death of my beloved cat and friend, Annie, who died of kidney complications at the ripe old age of 22. Yes, 22! And up until the time she got sick, which was only a couple of months before she passed, she was still bounding up onto the bed, the sofa, the kitchen counter and jumping back down as well. At times I thought I had an old kitten on my hands. She was also severely independent and would actually bite me once in a while if I crossed her.

We had a love/like relationship.

So, how did I get her to such a high number of years? Simple...

First, I fed her organic raw beef and ground chicken, a little chopped salmon or cod once in a while, and some organic dry treats from Organix products I usually bought at Whole Foods. A little wheat grass now and again and plenty of filtered water.

No vitamin supplements and definitely no canned foods. The only additions were some small amounts of ground flax seeds in her wet food and a few pieces of veggies that she liked: A bit of shredded carrot and some mashed chick peas. I learned her veggie tastes over the years and gradually settled in on the few that she really liked.

Along with all that, I exercised her by the traditional string pull around the room, up and over the furniture, two or three times a day when I thought about it, totaling around 15 times a week. She had good lungs and strong bones, right up to the time of departure. I got stronger, too.

Above all, I let her know with certainty that she could trust me. I loved her and she knew it. She would often talk gently to me while I was working at the computer and rub against my leg when she wanted attention. When hungry, she would yowl just enough to be annoying. She was well aware!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

How to Become THE Expert In Your Field In Five Powerful Steps

Jim Rohn, author and personal development trainer for more than 40 years, said, "If you read one book every month about your industry, in 10 years you'll have read 120 books. That will put you in the top one percent of your field." He's right, of course, but you can become the expert much faster than 10 years. Here's how...
  • Select the top five current books in your field and read them each twice. Take notes. Research any references and resources listed at the back of each book. Examine any suggested websites or blogs. This should take about six months, if you're diligent.

  • Then, read each new book that comes out in your field for the next year. You'll have lots to choose from. Just go to or to the Barnes and Noble site, get on their mailing list for your topic, and then read their recommended titles. (Actually, even once you become the expert, continue reading all new materials in your field.)

  • Begin visualizing yourself as the expert, the one to whom everyone turns for advice, for leadership, for inspiration. This step is key. If you can't see yourself as the expert, no one else will either. You can begin this particular practice right now.

  • Create a journal to keep track of your progress. Write questions and answer them from your readings. You'll look back on this effort later to chart your evolution.

  • Begin writing a page a day about what you now know. Don't worry; you're not ready to submit anything for publication yet. These pages are for practice only. Writing everyday will help to solidify your new knowledge and expertise. As you write, you'll discover what you still need to learn. Eventually, you'll pull your writings together into various forms of publishable content. (That's a whole other subject for another article.)
These five steps are practical, simple, and powerful. But you must make the decision to do the work. Once you commit to practice, you'll begin to see opportunities to learn more, share more, and be more. You'll also notice more obstacles. These are what I call your "learning stones." Each obstacle presents the possibility of failure, and also the probability of success, if you do not give in to fear and doubt. They can strengthen your resolve or they can reinforce your weaknesses. It's up to you to keep the faith, so to speak, and to always know the difference. It's called entropy. Something will always be trying to drag you down. Resist. Regroup. Reform. Move on.
There are lots of people who want to be the best in their field, and some of them are your direct competition. Keep them in view, but concentrate more on your own journey. Obsessing about what others are doing will only slow you down.
No matter who you are or what kind of life you've had to this point, you can become the expert. And the expert is always in demand. Start now, don't quit, keep practicing. A great concert pianist is at the keyboard every day, often for many, many hours. The dedicated mathematician does equations every day. The professional athlete trains every day. The expert presenter researches and prepares confidently for the next presentation, the next audience.
So, Jim Rohn suggests 10 years, eh? This simple process that you now are going to implement will take about a year and a half to help skyrocket you to expert status. A year and a half. And that time will speed by no matter what you do. Might as well spend it wisely and productively. I get the sense that, in your mind, you're already seeing yourself as the expert. You've already begun the journey. Will you do what's necessary? Only you know the answer.
The path is now clear. Your success, with determination and continued practice, is assured.

Friday, September 7, 2012

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