Embracing Adversity for Achievement

Embracing Adversity for Achievement


“Show me someone who has done something worthwhile, and I’ll show you someone who has overcome adversity.” — Lou Holtz

Success in life depends upon being strong people with clear goals and indomitable spirits. Unfortunately most of us aren’t born that way. We grow that way. And that growth can either come from us entering willfully into situations that will cause us to grow, like subscribing to Made for Success, or from the way we react when circumstances come upon us without our consent. The latter is what we call adversity.

Most of us spend our lives trying to avoid adversity, and I guess that is just as well. We shouldn’t pursue adversity, but when she arrives, we should welcome her as a foe who, through our interaction with her, will make us into better people. Every contact we have with adversity gives us again the opportunity to grow personally and professionally and to forge our character into one that will achieve much later on.

With that in mind, here are some thoughts on adversity, and how it can help you to succeed in every area of your life and achieve your dreams.

Adversity brings out our resources. Horace said “Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it.” When everything is going well, we coast. There isn’t a lot of stress, and we don’t have to draw too much on the resources that reside within us. But when adversity comes we begin to draw upon each and every resource that we have in order to conquer the circumstances at hand. Adversity then, keeps us sharp. It keeps us using our personal muscle, if you will. That is a good thing because we grow through the use of our resources.

Adversity brings us together with others. Sure a team can have their problems with each other, but when they step on the court, when they experience the adversity of facing another obstacle, they pull together. One for all and all for one, as they say. The next time you experience adversity of some kind, keep your eyes open for how it can bring you together with your family, your co-workers or your team. Then when you are through it, you will find a bond that was created that wasn’t there before.

Adversity makes us better people with stronger characters. Never underestimate the power of adversity to shape us inwardly. How will courage, discipline and perseverance ever flourish if we are never tested? After adversity, we come out stronger people and able then to use our character and influence in an even greater way to lead those around us and to improve their lives as well as our own.

Adversity makes life interesting. John Amatt said, “Without adversity, without change, life is boring.” How true. Have you noticed that while we are in the middle of adversity we only long to get out of it, but we then spend a lifetime recounting it to anyone who will listen? This is because it spices life up a little. Imagine how boring life would be if everything always went well, when there was never a mountain to be climbed.

Question – If you are in the middle of some adversity right now, what resources are you drawing on? Who are you drawing closer to and working with? What part of your character is being tested, and built up? What can you do to view this adversity as one who will be better for it on the other side?

Remember the words of Napoleon Hill – “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” Believe it, it is true!

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Zig Ziglar on Integrity

Zig Ziglar on Integrity

Major surgery requires not only a skilled surgeon, but also a number of skilled assistants to make certain that everything happens as it should. They function as a team. No one person, regardless of how brilliant he or she is, could pull off a major operation alone.

A new head nurse was starting her first assignment in a major medical center. She was in charge of all the nurses on the operating room team. She had full responsibility for performing all the duties nurses perform. When the surgery was complete, the surgeon said, “Okay, it’s time to close the incision. I need the sutures.”

The new head nurse responded, “Doctor, you used twelve sponges; we’ve only removed eleven.” The surgeon assured her that all of the sponges had been removed and he was ready to suture. She replied, “Doctor, you used twelve sponges; only eleven have been removed.”

With a bit of irritation in his voice, the doctor said, “I will accept full responsibility.” The nurse’s temper flew and she apparently stomped her foot and said, “Doctor, think of the patient!”

When she said that, the doctor smiled, lifted his foot and revealed the twelfth sponge. He looked at the nurse and said, “You’ll do.” Her integrity had been tested; she passed with flying colors.

The question is, how many of us, under identical circumstances, would have risked offending the surgeon, remembering that there was a possibility we had miscounted? But this nurse felt the patient’s life and health were at stake and she, without hesitation, did the right thing. Over the long haul, that’s the best way to get to the top and stay there.

– Zig Ziglar

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An Inspirational Video – The Law Of Attraction

An Inspirational Video – The Law Of Attraction

A great inspirational video. If you know someone who is going through a difficult time, make sure you forward this video to them. It will brighten their day.

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Bizarre Ways to Beat Stress and Unwind

Most people know their stress culprits. Issues involving money, balancing work and family, and life’s breakneck speed are all key factors that keep us on edge. How much?
According to the 2009 Stress in America survey, published by the American Psychological Association, 24 percent of more than 1,500 adults polled said they’d experienced “high stress” levels during the preceding month. Participants rated their stress as an eight, nine or 10, on a 10-point scale.
If tried-and-true anti-stress remediesmore sleep, more exercise and better nutritionhold no appeal, why not make time to try something different?
Check out some of the more bizarre things people do to calm themselves down, and why these under-the-radar activities may work for you.
1. Snake massage
Strange: Some people like the feel of non-poisonous reptiles slithering across their bodies in spa-like settings, with larger, heavier snakes providing a deeper kneading as they crawl across flesh. But how effective are these creatures at reducing stress? Even snakes’ general pressure on the body can be relaxing, says Kriota Willberg, a licensed massage therapist and an instructor at Swedish Institute, in New York. But what’s missing is a snake’s ability to systematically and selectively apply pressure, and to respond to the body’s feedback.
But True: When a patient is stressed out, the neck, shoulders, lower back and lower extremities are often especially tense, says Willberg. Within these areas of tension, multiple layers of muscles are often involved. By incorporating different muscle-relaxing techniques, such as tempo, expertise at palpating, and varying the pressureskills that are not part of a snake’s repertoiremassage therapists customize their work to patients’ needs. The result is a modality that’s both stress-reducing and therapeutic.
2. Jaw massage
Strange: Stress usually takes its toll on the emotions. When those feelings are repressed, the bodyespecially the jawoften clenches. It’s as though you lock down the body part that’s associated with giving voice to your feelings, says Willberg.
But True: Massaging the jaw area to help release muscle tension can be a real stress reliever. The key muscles involved with closing the jaw are the masseter, pterygoid and temporalis (the temporalis is attached to the skull at the temple). If, because of stress, the muscles associated with the jaw remain contracted over time, the result can be headaches and other pain syndromes.
For self-massage, Willberg suggests placing the four fingers of each hand (don’t use the thumb) over the temples and making light circular motions for about a minute. Then do the same at the jaw area. Increasing pressure according to preference can lead to additional relaxation.
3. Beer bath
Strange: If a mug of beer calms you down, maybe bathing in a tubful of the stuffone European brewery offers this service in a beerariummight destress you even more. Fans of suds-immersion cite beer’s healthy ingredients and skin-softening qualities. But even if you could afford the amount of beer it would take to fill a tub, are the benefits worth it?
Beer warmed up to hot-tub temperatures is likely to have calming and muscle-relaxing effects, simply because of the heat of a liquid, which simulates a regular hot-water bath, says Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, and editor of HerbalGram, a peer-reviewed publication. And, because the heat allows the pores to open, some of the beer’s sedating alcohol content can be absorbed into the blood stream through the skin
But True: Beer’s most calming ingredient is hops (Humulus lupulus), an herb known for its sedative qualities, says Blumenthal. However, he says, most of the hops’ bitter acids, which contain these stress-fighting properties, evaporate during the brewing process. However, you can get the benefit of hops without going to a beer spa.
Hops are available at many health food stores in extract formthe extract is added by drops into liquid and then ingestedeither as a single ingredient or as part of anti-stress formulas. 
4. Ironing
Strange: Ironing is hardly a popular household task. But the repetitive back-and-forth motions associated with that activity may be one of the best stress reducers around. Why? It has a lot in common with meditation, says Deb Shapiro, 30-year meditation teacher, based in Boulder, Colo., and co-author of Be the Change: How Meditation Can Transform You and the World (Sterling Ethos, 2009).
But True: In day-to-day living, people tend to keep their minds busy with a myriad of activities, says Shapiro. When we’re stressed, that busyness is exaggerated. As a result, our heart rate and blood pressure may increase. Meditation helps us become totally present with whatever we’re doing, she says. Even the simple act of breathing in and outfocusing on the rhythm of the breathcan immediately quiet the body and the mind, helping reduce stress, she says.
Meditation can be applied to just about every household taskironing, folding laundry, cutting vegetableswhen you focus solely on what you’re doing. “When done with awareness, what is often considered boring and mundane work can actually be a way to develop a quiet and stress-free mind,” says Shapiro.
5.Shout it out
Strange: Ever since cavemen roamed the earth, screaming and shouting have played a role in helping humans express their frustrations. “The body’s chemistry changes with each bellow,” says Armand DiMele, a licensed social worker and founder and executive director of the DiMele Center for Psychotherapy and Counseling, in New York. “Screaming releases endorphins, the body’s natural anesthetic, and also causes other neurochemical changes, which makes it a great stress reliever.”
But True: Although many people can scream spontaneously, says DiMele, many individuals prepare by tensing their arms, shoulders, chest, face and head. He likens this tightening to what typically happens before a boxer takes a punch at his opponent. “The scream is what explosively releases that tension,” he says.
An expert in intense feelings psychotherapy, DiMele says you don’t need an open field as a refuge for screaming sprees. Instead, you can scream full force right into a pillow, or bellow in your car. Although his clients do therapeutic screaming for 30 minutes at a time, even a 10-second scream into a bolster helps get rid of pent-up stress.
6. Haiku
Strange: Good things often come in small packages, and that’s especially true with haiku. Haiku is a minimalist type of poetrycommonly three lines of five, seven and five syllablesthat was invented by the Japanese poet Basho in the 17th century.
These short poems are meditations on and responses to nature, such as the beauty of a flower or the seasons, or one’s relationship with the elements, says Kathleen Adams, a licensed professional counselor, and founder and director of the Center for Journal Therapy in Denver.
But True: “Attuning ourselves with nature’s rhythmsocean waves or birds chirpinghelps us to modulate our breathing and to breathe more deeply, which helps calm us down,” says Adams, the author of The Write Way to Wellness (Center for Journal Therapy, 2000). “Celebrating the beauty of the world around us is itself a stress buster.”
The brevity of haiku makes these poems easy to write and complete, with no formal training required. There’s a sensory association between the beauty that you see, hear or touch, and the words you use to describe it, explains Adams. So the haiku you write becomes a portal that allows you to travel back to the experience. “We make it real when we write it down,” she says.
7. Flower baths
Strange: Since ancient times, people graced their bath waters with flowers or a brew of herbs and blossoms. The medical properties of herbs and flowers penetrated the skin, and the fragrance, which could awake the spirit, was also healing and helpful to energy flow, says Aimee E. Raupp, a licensed acupuncturist in New York. This is an approach which can help alleviate stress symptoms, she says.
But True: Fragrances affect the limbic area of the brain, which is associated with the emotions. Today, easily available essential oils can serve as a substitute for actual plants. Calming lavender and invigorating peppermint are relatively inexpensive essential oils. Raupp suggests using a few drops of either in one’s bath water. Another way to use them is to put a drop or two in a carrier oil, such as almond or apricot kernel, and massage the mixture in the area of your temples. Because essential oils are absorbed through the skin, one can make larger portions to use as an after-bath oil.
8. Dry brushing
Strange: When you’re under a lot of pressure, the body releases hormones that cause the sympathetic nervous system to go into a stressful fight-or-flight mode. But simply brushing the skin with a dry brush, before you bathe, can help reverse the upheaval, says Laurie Steelsmith, a licensed naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Hawaii.
But True: Dry brushing stimulates the superficial nerve endings in the skin. This stimulation activates the parasympathetic nervous system which, in turn, can then restore calmness, says Steelsmith, the author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health (Three Rivers Press, 2005).
There’s another benefit. Dry brushing moves the lymph, which carries the body’s cellular debris into the blood stream for eventual delivery to the liver for detoxification. When people are laden with toxins, they tend to be sluggish, agitated, and prone to headaches and bad moods. The less the toxic load, the better a person can cope with stress.
A quick brushing in the morningwith a dry natural-bristle brush, and using upward or circular strokes toward the heartcan be great way to keep stress at bay. Steelsmith advises using a brush that’s soft enough to encourage habitual use.
9. Needling
Strange: Stress typically causes tension in the body, resulting in blocked energy flow. Acupuncture is a more than 2,000-year-old healing system using needles on energy paths called meridians. And when you penetrate certain locations on these channels that may be blocked, the needling improves blood flow to that area, which helps release endorphins, the body’s feel-good substances, says Raupp.
But True: In a person suffering from stress symptoms, the liver meridian is generally affected. “The liver channel is associated with anger, irritability and frustration, emotions that we associate with stress,” says Raupp, the author of Chill Out & Get Healthy (New American Library, 2009).
Every patient with these symptoms may receive different needling. However, she notes, a key point on the channel is Liver 3it’s between the webbing of each foot’s big toe and second toereferred to at “Big Rushing,” because of the surge of energy associated with it. Raupp suggests people with stress symptoms work that often tender point with their fingers.
10. Go dark
Strange: Before the invention of electricity, people woke up at sunrise and went to bed at sunset. Today, even when we do hit the sack, we often take the light to bed with us. Television and computer monitors are left on. Night lights and clock faces glow. Curtains or shades made of flimsy material let light from the street penetrate into the bedroom.
This extra dose of light takes a toll on the body, says Steelsmith. The production of melatonin, a powerful sleep-inducing hormone made in the brain’s pineal gland, decreases when the night is not pitch black. And less melatonin can mean more stress.
But True: Research suggests that, when melatonin levels decrease, so does the quality of sleep, says Steelsmith. Insomnia and sleep disruption can also occur. A lack of restful sleep may also lessen a person’s ability to effectively cope with daily problems or mishaps, which could lead to stress and also adversely affect the immune system, she says.
Steelsmith suggests that people lower the lights an hour before retiring, remove light-containing items from the sleeping area, and put up heavy curtains. Another alternative is wearing a sleep mask, both at home and during travel.
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How to Create a Dream Board / Vision Board

How to Create a Dream Board / Vision Board


Dream boards, sometimes known as “goal maps,” are a fantastic way to set your intentions and manifest what you desire. By combining visual images and words that represent what you want more of in your life, you can manifest anything from a new relationship or career to an exotic vacation. By choosing relaxing and spiritual images, you can remind yourself to take time to relax in this busy world. Making a dream board is fun, like becoming a kid again-set aside two to three hours to “play” with this process.



Things You’ll Need:

  • A large, colored poster board, felt-tipped pens, scissors, glue stick and magazines or catalogs from which to choose images and words or phrases. You can also include color copies of personal photos,
  1. Determine Your Theme
    What is the most pressing need in your life? Maybe you’d like to get married, or lose some weight. Choose positive images that relate to this theme, including those that “just want to be there,” even if you don’t know why. Allow yourself plenty of time to choose images; you’ll probably pick more than you’ll end up using.
  2. Cut and Paste
    Cut out your images and phrases and place them on the board. You can overlap images in creative ways, or place them singly for an uncluttered effect. Move things around until you feel satisfied with the arrangement. You can write affirmations with a felt-tipped pen.
  3. Glue it Down
    Once you’ve determined your design, cover the back of the images with glue stick and press them onto the board. Make sure the edges are glued down firmly.
  4. Decorate Your Board
    Use glitter glue to outline your images and weave them together, or make designs such as hearts and flowers. You can also matte frame your dream board when it is done.
  5. Placement
    Place your dream board in a location where you’ll view it often (the refrigerator, your office or the inside of a closet door if you don’t want prying eyes to see it). Each time you look at it, your subconscious mind will be “vibing” on the images and working to create more of those qualities or experiences in your life!


Tips & Warnings

Don’t include anything on your dream board that you don’t want in your life. The subconscious mind registers every detail and might manifest something you don’t want!

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Dr. Mary Cowley, TFT-VT, discusses trauma and demonstrates the TFT

Dr. Mary Cowley, TFT-VT, discusses trauma and demonstrates the TFT trauma relief tapping Algorithm. To learn more about Though Field Therapy, go to http://www.RogerCallahan.com


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Why are you stuck at your current income or revenues?

Why are you stuck at your current income or revenues?

Hi friends,

If you are really serious about achieving greater financial success you must read and understand this now.

In my many years of studying human perception and peak behavior it never ceases to amaze me how many people think that we see with our eyes. We don’t!

We see when light bounces off an external object and enters our eye through the cornea, causing complex chemical reactions and electrical impulses to occur. This allows our brain to decipher the information from our external world and to determine whether or not it is important to us. It is actually our brain that sees and not our eyes. Our eyes are just like the lens on a camera – they allow in light that is reflected off objects so that our brain can see and process information.

Seems pretty simple right? Now, you may be asking why this is important to earning money and so I’ll explain to you what is really going on and why it’s especially important to you if want to achieve higher levels of financial success.

The way your brain works is really amazing when it comes to capturing and analyzing information. However, herein lies the problem.

Every second about 400 billion pieces of “information” from the outside world is being picked up through your eyes and your non-conscious mind. Your conscious mind however is made aware of up to only 2,000 of those pieces of information. That means that over 9.9999 million pieces of information are being dropped from your conscious awareness at any given time.

Your brain searches the outside world for patterns and images that it currently recognizes or deems highly important. It drops all other sensory information from your perception if it is not on your “important list” or part of your current mental programming or conditioning.

With that said, if you are conditioned to earn a certain income or if your company is used to generating certain revenues, your brain is will consistently seek out opportunities that match that level of income. Nothing less, nothing more.

Earning more income is totally an inside mental game and not an outside game. Working harder used to be the answer because that is what our parents, teachers and mentors taught us we should do. They didn’t know better. Today we do.

With all the advancements in brain research and recent understandings in quantum physics, you owe it to yourself to really understand how your priceless brain works and how to take control of all its powerful systems. In the last six years alone the advancements in human potential have been huge, especially in understanding why people get stuck financially.

If you are still working way too hard daily, then you are really missing the boat on taking your income or revenues to your true potential.

If you are interested in maximizing your income, revenues and living a healthier, happier life, I urge you to consider my goal achieving program that will show you the most advanced process to achieve any goal you deserve and desire.

You should also check out Chapter One (for free!) of my new book, The Complete Vision Board Kit, which unlocks the secret to using visualization to manifest the life of your dreams.

To Having It All!

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