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Compassion – Kay Warren

Mike —  September 9, 2012 — Leave a comment

Inspiration and MotivationJesus never asked anyone how he or she got sick, only the Pharisees did…

If your compassion level goes up when you know it wasn’t someone’s fault, then there is something wrong.

~Kay Warren

A Spontaneous Blessing!

Mike —  August 28, 2012 — Leave a comment

A Spontaneous Blessing!!

Inspiration and MotivationHave you ever had a moment when someone you know pops into your head? You know, suddenly, without warning? I am suggesting to you that it is no accident. So the question is, what will you do now?

We have all had it happen. Maybe it’s a best friend, a relative or someone we haven’t seen or talked to in many years. So do you ignore it and go about your day? Or do you realize that we are all connected and that it is a fantastic opportunity handed to you? How will you honor the gift of that thought?

This happens to me all the time now. I think more now that I am tuned into it. If someone pops into my head, I take a moment to connect with that person. Even in the middle of a rushed day, I can send a text, an email, make a quick call, leave an upbeat and encouraging message, etc. I don’t know why they are on my mind, and I am certain it is important. Maybe they are having a fantastic day. . . or maybe just the opposite.

The other day, a friend I have known for 30 years came to mind. We talk pretty often and sometimes for a long time. Well this call turned out to be 30 minutes or so and it was on a specific topic that was on his mind. At the end of the call, he said, “I was going to call you in a day or two, guess right now was the perfect time.” Isn’t that amazing? Certainly no accident.

Inspiration and MotivationOf course there are lots of times when someone is going through something, good or bad, or maybe they were just thinking of me at that moment. The most amazing times are when I think of someone and the phone rings. . . guess who?

So, my challenge to you is this. . . DON’T let those thoughts pass you by, take a moment and connect with the person who came to mind. You never know how much richer your life and theirs can be unless you do it.

Got a great story of a time you called or connected with someone who came to mind? Share it below to encourage others!

This blog is YOURS. . . start writing below! Shane and I thank you in advance!

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Four Steps to Making Things Easy!

Inspiration and MotivationHave you ever looked at a task or upcoming event and thought, “Wow, this is going be hard”?
I am certain you have. OK, I am positive I have anyway.

A year ago, I stepped into a new job and I have found myself easily sucked into this kind of thinking. Most everything I do now is something new. I love learning and the magnitude of the things I am learning is amazing and at times. . . ok, I’ll say it. . . even a little overwhelming.

Thinking things like “it’s going to be hard” or “it’s overwhelming” have come up for me more often than normal. These kind of thoughts can easily stop me in my tracks. However, I have a new tool. I now notice these thoughts as soon as they appear and stamp them out.

Here’s my favorite quote by Henry Ford. . .
“If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right!”

Every thought that you allow into your mind, and focus on, expands and becomes a belief (if only for that moment). We have all heard of the little engine that could. . ” I think I can! I think I can! I think I can!” and sure enough, he did.

The next time a limiting belief pops into your head, practice these four steps. The more you use them the faster you will get at it:

1. IDENTIFY the thought.
2. CREATE the opposing empowering belief.
3. FOCUS on the new statement until you FEEL it.
4. GO take on the task.

How does it work? Let’s take a look at it:

1. IDENTIFY the thought – “this is going to be hard”
2. CREATE the opposing empowering belief – “this is going to be fun & easy”
3. FOCUS on the new statement until you FEEL it – I usually get a smile on my face and then I know I am ready to move forward.
4. GO take on the task – now I am ready for a fun and easy adventure!

Now, pay attention to what you’re thinking.  Use the four steps to turn those limiting beliefs positive.  Soon it will be second nature, and really EASY!

I can promise results if you practice the method.  EXPECT things to be FUN AND EASY!

See what you will create!  And come back and share it with us.

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Inspiration and MotivationInstead of making others right or wrong, or bottling up right and wrong in ourselves, there’s a middle way, a very powerful middle way…

Could we have no agenda when we walk into a room with another person, not know what to say, not make that person wrong or right?

Could we see, hear, feel other people as they really are?

It is powerful to practice this way…true communication can only happen in that space.

~Pema Chodron

The Future – Schaar

Mike —  August 21, 2012 — Leave a comment

Inspiration and MotivationThe future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.
~John Schaar

Our Finest Moments – Peck

Mike —  August 20, 2012 — Leave a comment

Inspiration and MotivationThe truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.
~M. Scott Peck

Inspiration and MotivationThe pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity.

The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.


~Winston Churchill