Archives For November 2012


Andrew Carnegie Music Hall

Andrew Carnegie Music Hall (Photo credit: cliff1066™)

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hope. Andrew Carnegie

Believe when others doubt, work when others refuse, stay when others quit and you will win when others lose

Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains. Matthew 17:20

Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. Dr. Maxwell Maltz

A man’s life is dyed by the color of his imagination.~ Marcus Aurelius

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. Og Mandino

Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. Albert Einstein

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Michelangelo

Prayer is but the expansion of yourself into the living Universe. ~ Kahlil Gibran

The time of God’s giving is always now. Robert A. Russell

Whatever we believe does, for us, in very fact exist.~ Judge Thomas Toward

99% of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuse. George Washington Carver

You are connected to everyone  in the universe, including God. John 17

To increase your happiness, increase your gratitude. Give thanks many times a day.

You are what you think about all day long. Robert Schuller

You are creating your future with every single thought. ~Jack Canfield

Kind people benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves. Proverbs 11:17

Get more joy and fun in your life.

You can only be truly successful if you take complete responsibility for your life.

Envision the future u desire. Create the life of your dreams. See it, feel it, believe it. ~Jack Canfield

Faith is believing that God is on our side and he knows what he’s doing.

Law of attraction: you attract into your life whatever you focus on.

Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow. Kiyoshaki

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible. Jonathon Swift

Create a life filled with passion and significance. Create a life of purpose. Follow your bliss. Jack Canfield

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Lose Weight

Brad Stanton —  November 10, 2012 — 16 Comments

I suppose we all agree that in order to lose weight we need to eat less and exercise. That seems pretty simple, so why is it so difficult to lose weight? For me, I find there are five keys to losing weight, the five D’s:

  • Desire-first I have to really want to lose weight
  • Don’t doubt (believe you can do it)
  • Dream about it, visualize it
  • Discipline-I have to be willing to eat less and exercise
  • Determined-I have to be persistent and keep dieting even though I occasionally give in to temptation and eat too much.

 

Desire and Don’t Doubt
It all starts with desire. If you have burning desire to achieve a goal, you probably will achieve it if you believe you can. We have all heard people say “I just can’t lose weight, I’ve tried many times and failed.” Doubt is one of our worst enemies for achieving any goal, something that I write about often in my posts.
Interestingly enough, the secrets for losing weight are pretty much the same as the secret to building wealth. I have read a number of books about how to be successful in relationships, career, health, wealth and life in general. The amazing thing is that they all give the same advice about how to achieve goals. I expected the wealth book to give me tips on which stocks to buy, which real estate to purchase, but most of well-respected books about building wealth give advice about setting goals, desire, belief, visualization, discipline and determination to succeed.
If a person really wants to lose weigh more than they want to eat too much, they will soon begin to eat less. If they want a slender body more than they want the pleasure of overeating, they are on the road to success.
If a person has strong desire they will be willing to work hard to achieve their goal. Arnold Schwarzenegger said that when he was lifting weights to accomplish his goal of winning Mr. Universe so that he could become an actor, that if he missed a workout he felt so badly about it that he actually felt sick. The emotional discomfort of not achieving his daily goal was so strong that the next day he wouldn’t even consider staying away from the gym. That is not to say that we should feel guilty and criticize ourselves when we miss our goal. In fact, that deflates our motivation and starts us in a downward spiral. But if we want something very badly, we just won’t be satisfied if we are not on track to achieve whatever it is we want.
The key to losing weight is to desire the benefits of weight loss, be disciplined enough to exercise more and eat less and determined enough to stick with it for a long time.
Many experts say that instead of dieting, it is best to modify eating habits. In other words, make a permanent change to the way you eat.

 

Dream
Visualizing yourself slender helps a lot. In his book “Arnold, The Education of a Bodybuilder” Schwarzenegger said that one of the keys to building muscle is visualizing your muscles growing larger. I read his book in the late 1970’s and thought it seemed silly and unbelievable. But now I find that many sports psychologists say it is true. In fact, back in the days of the Soviet Union, visualization techniques for Olympic athletes in East Germany were state secrets because their psychology was so advanced and successful. In those days East Germany won more medals per capita than any other country. US athletes use visualization techniques while preparing for the Olympics. Visualizing yourself at a certain weight will help a lot.
Also, I look at pictures of myself when I only weighed 250 pounds, like in the “about me” photo to remind myself that I can do it. Pictures of your slender self are powerful for bringing about change, this is widely accepted as true by success coaches, it is not just my idea. For more information, search “vision boards” on the internet.

 

Discipline
I find affirmations are great for building discipline and bringing about change. If you have never used affirmations, you might think the idea sounds silly at first, but I promise you they really do work. Some of mine are:
I weigh 250 pounds (I weigh more than that now, but will reach that weight later)
I don’t like to eat too much.
I enjoy healthy food.
I enjoy the benefits of my slender body.
I say these out loud as often as I need them. In addition, I say “I am happy, healthy, wealthy, wise and good looking.”  (Doesn’t have to be true yet, haha)

 

Determined
By determined, I mean keep with it, don’t give up no matter what.
Eating healthy food and plenty of fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water help you lose weight. I find if I don’t get proper nutrition, my body starts to crave food that might be high in calories because I need the nutrition in that food, but it is best to get it in low calorie alternatives instead of junk food. Some fad diets say don’t eat grains, this is bad advice. For decades the experts tell us we need plenty of grains for good nutrition. The problem is that it is easy to eat too many grains and that leads to weight gain.
I find that if I want something bad enough and really believe I can do it, everything else falls into place to achieve the goals and dreams in my life.
So to lose weight, stay motivated! Read motivational books, blogs (including mine), magazine articles. Listen to motivational material as you drive. All it takes is desire (motivation) and everything else falls into place.

 

The invisible world

Brad Stanton —  November 9, 2012 — 15 Comments

Rainy day people always seem to know when it’s time to call. ~Gordon Lightfoot

Have you ever been feeling down and someone who cares about you calls out of the blue even though he had no way of knowing you were down? It is as if they could sense your sadness even though they were not with you.

“When I saw the policeman at my door, I knew my father had died.”

Many years ago a friend told me that one day she was at school and she suddenly felt that something terrible had happened. Later a policeman came to the door of her house and she knew without a doubt what had happened. Her father had died. He was killed in a car wreck. How could she know? Was there a “disturbance in the force” like they talked about in Star Wars? Is there really a collective unconscious, as so many psychologists believe?

I remember another close friend who moved away from the town I lived in to Cape Canaveral, Florida. She said that she actually felt closer to our little circle of friends after she left than before. She said it was as if she was with us in spirit.

The invisible world is much more beautiful than the one we can see with our eyes. Faith, hope, love, joy, peace and people’s spirits are in the invisible realms. We can’t see love, but sometimes we can feel it. Just because we don’t feel it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Napoleon Hill studied 500 extremely successful people such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, US presidents, Andrew Carnegie and others and found that a common belief they had was that there is something like a collective unconscious available to give us insights into the secrets of the universe and ideas for success. Isaac Newton, the most brilliant scientist that ever lived, died long before the term “collective unconscious” was made by the psychologist Carl Jung, but he believed that God gave him insights into the secrets of science.

One day a girl was walking down the street in Seoul, South Korea. As she walked she felt that something was telling her to go to a house down the street. She had no idea why she should do that, except that she felt she was supposed to pray for someone, she didn’t know who. She timidly walked up to the door of the house she had not been to before, not knowing who would answer. A lady answered. The girl asked if anyone in the house needed prayer. The lady said,

“My son is in bed. He is dying. Would you pray for him?”

She went to the boy’s bed and prayed for him. He began to recover. He later became a pastor and through powerful faith built the largest church in the world. His name is Dr. Cho.

In John chapter seven Jesus says that Christians are one with God and with each other. I suppose that means we are one in spirit. The more we tap into the oneness of spirit, the more we can learn the secrets of the universe. Our spirits are set free, we love others more and more, and we can experience more love, joy and peace.

Memorial Stones

Brad Stanton —  November 7, 2012 — 10 Comments

Throughout history, people have erected stones to memorialize victories in war, great achievements, historical events and religious ideas. Not long after the tsunami hit Japan over a year ago, I saw a picture of memorial stones on the sides of the hill above the Fukishima nuclear power plant area. The stones were very large, about six feet tall and in the Japanese characters it said:

“DON’T BUILD YOUR HOUSES BELOW THIS POINT”

Apparently centuries ago there was a tsunami that destroyed towns along the coast and the houses farther up the hill were spared because the wall of water didn’t go up that high. But as time went on, people built their homes just a little below the danger line. Generations passed and more people began to build their homes farther down the hill, closer to the beach. In modern times they build a protective wall in the sea to prevent waves from crashing into the buildings on the coast. But we all know what happened, a huge tsunami, much taller than the protective wall crashed into the buildings along the coast.

A woman’s husband died and she inherited a $20,000. But after the funeral she complained to her friend that she was broke.

“Broke?” her friend replied, shocked. “But where did all that money go that you inherited?”

“Well, I spent $10,000 on the funeral and $10,000 on the memorial stone.” the widow answered.

“That must have been some memorial stone!” the friend said.

“The widow held out her hand and showed it to her friend. “Yes, about three carats.”

Anyway, the point of this post is that it is good to remember your victories, whether you do it with a memorial stone or some other way. We all have lots of failures and it is easy to focus on those. Focusing on failures only brings us down and doesn’t energize us for victory, focusing on our successes does.

People who are depressed and accomplish less than their best in life almost always are the kind of person who dwells on failures and unhappy things of the past. Remembering what that person did wrong to me is a sure way to become unhappy. Remembering all the times I failed to stay on my diet is a recipe for disaster. Remembering my mistakes at work only deflates my motivation.

Remember to remember your victories. They will lift you up and help you have more victories in the future. You reap what you sow. If you think victory and happy thoughts you will sow more of these thoughts and good things in life.