Joy Ignites Success

See What You Want, Get What You See - SP #11

By  - Friday, January 27, 2012

Success Principle #11:  See What You Want, Get What You See

The Principle in a Nutshell: Use visualization to support your success.

Discussion: The power of visualization has long been used by sports psychologists and performance coaches.  Seeing yourself engaged in an activity primes the brain and the body for peak performance.  Supporting the visualization process with emotion is key.  As you feel into the experience, you are toning the body-mind to allow for more and different opportunities.  Researchers have found that the brain can’t actually distinguish between a real activity and a visualized activity; it responds in the same way.  When we visualize, there may be a negative reaction or thought that arises, rather than pushing it away, use releasing to move through it.   Read More

Release the Brakes - SP #10

By  - Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Success Principle #10:  Release the Brakes

The Principle in a Nutshell: Get out of your comfort zone and self-imposed limitations.   

Discussion: I’m wondering if reading the title of this post evoked fear or excitement for you.  Or a little bit of both?  The truth is most of us live our lives in a pretty confined space.  The thoughts we think are repetitive and the experiences and people we seek out have commonalities.  We like to know what to expect, often more than we want success.  

We limit ourselves with negative self talk even in subtle ways.  Whether the voice says ‘I’ll never be any good at that’ or ‘there’s too much to do, I’ll never get it done’ we are often telling ourselves things that are simply not true.  Canfield suggests positive affirmations for reversing these beliefs, the Sedona Method asks us to simply stretch beyond the belief.   Read More

Success Leaves Clues - SP #9

By  - Friday, October 28, 2011

Success Principle #9: Success Leaves Clues

The Principle in a Nutshell: Whatever you want to do, someone has gone before and knows the way.  Ask for guidance.

Discussion: We often get so caught up in our own thoughts and lives that we don’t think beyond ourselves. We forget that others often have useful information.  We also get caught in the fear of asking.  We think we might appear foolish or get rejected.

The truth is people love to talk about themselves and their accomplishments.  When you ask someone to share their expertise, you are paying them a great compliment, and in my experience, you will rarely be turned down. Read More

Chunk it Down - SP #8

By  - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Success Principle #8: Chunk it Down

The Principle in a Nutshell: Breaking down large goals into smaller, doable action steps is what makes them achievable.

Discussion: Whether we have actually set a goal, or have just been longing for something, what prevents us from taking action is often the feeling of overwhelm.  Whether we are looking for a career change, a fit body, or zero debt; we may get stuck thinking that we don’t know where to start or that a small step is meaningless.

One of the areas in my life that this principle has been really helpful is in cleaning up the physical messes in my home and office.  While it feels impossible to tackle the whole closet, I can commit to 15 minutes or one shelf a week.  And, slowly but surely, the spaces around me are becoming less cluttered and more livable.   Read More

Unleash the Power of Goal-Setting - #7

By  - Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Success Principle #7: Unleash the Power of Goal-Setting

The Principle in a Nutshell: Setting measurable goals will cause you to stretch and move through all obstacles.    

Discussion: There are numerous studies about the power of writing goals.  When we get clear on what we want, and when we want it by, we unleash our creative juices in that direction.  The mind focuses on solving the problem.  

Lester Levensen, originator of the Sedona Method, also believed that every goal we still have, is an indicator of where we still hold wounding or are not free.  From this perspective, setting a goal in order to release on it, is another path to freedom.

For more about this principle and releasing, read my article “The Missing Key to Achieving Your Goals”.  (The system will prompt you to enter your e-mail, but will not duplicate mailings.)   Read More

Become an Inverse Paranoid - #6

By  - Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Success Principle #6: Become an Inverse Paranoid

The Principle in a Nutshell: Believe that the world wants you to win and is here to support you and that everything you experience is ultimately in your highest good.  

Discussion: This is one of my favorite principles.  Since most of what we think people feel or believe about us is made up, why not assume they love us and want us to succeed?   Taking this further, we also make up stories about our own experiences all the time.  Why not make up a story that supports you?

Application 1: If I approach a potential contact being paranoid about the response, I am likely to minimize myself and expect a no when I make my request.  If I am being an inverse paranoid, I will go into the conversation assuming it will be a win-win.  When in this state of mind, I am much more likely to have solutions for any possible issues, knowing that this person wants me to succeed.
Application 2:  When I don’t get what I want in the moment, I can open to the possibility that something even better is waiting in the wings. Read More

Believe In Yourself - #5

By  - Friday, September 16, 2011

Success Principle #5: Believe In Yourself

The Principle in a Nutshell: You must believe in your own ability to be successful and effect change.  

Discussion: Very closely related to principle #4 (you must believe it’s possible); the self-doubt will sabotage steps towards success.  As simple as this principle sounds, it is one of the most difficult to put into practice.  Negative self beliefs are wound pretty tight for most of us and can be challenging to let go of.    

Example: When we believe success is possible, but not for us, we start to feel like victims.  The world only works for everybody else.  This results in thoughts such as ‘why bother?’ ‘it is never going to happen’ and ‘I’m just wasting my time’.  Resulting or related behavior includes being easily distracted, addiction, procrastination, blaming and more.   Read More

Believe It's Possible - #4

By  - Friday, August 19, 2011

Success Principle #4: Believe It’s Possible

The Principle in a Nutshell: You must believe something is possible in order for it to happen.

Discussion: If you don’t believe it’s possible, you are not going to take action steps towards allowing it to happen.  Whether it’s important to believe it’s going to happen is an area I think our two experts (Canfield and Dwoskin) might disagree.  I like getting to the place where it’s not important what I believe, and still do whatever it takes to let the universe know that I’m in.

Case Study: I have way too many clients that believe success is impossible and therefore sabotage themselves and don’t take action.  The belief that something is impossible becomes an easy excuse to not pick up the phone, not write the book and so much more.  

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What Do You Really Want - SP #3

By  - Friday, August 05, 2011

Canfield Principle #3: Decide What You Want

The Principle in a Nutshell: What do you most want for you?  What do you want your life to look like?

Discussion: If you don’t know what you want, the course of your life is without direction.  Others (people and universal forces) will not know how to support you if you are unclear.
Getting clear can be challenging.  Our parents, caretakers and society all have ideas about what our lives should look like.  We often grow up thinking we want what they want for us, and don’t realize we are trying to live someone else’s dream.

Case Study: I’m a great case study for this one.  My dad was an accountant and I idolized him and became an accountant as well.  Though I knew as a child that my passion was movement and performing, I suppressed that because of many messages about succeeding in the arts.  Eventually, I was able to define what I wanted and redesign my life.    Read More

About Purpose - #2

By  - Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Canfield Principle #2: Be Clear Why You’re Here

The Principle in a Nutshell: Know what you have been put on Earth to do.    

Discussion: Your purpose is always tied to your passions.  Exploring what you love to do and doing more of it is good for you, good for others and good for the planet.  
I have seen way too many clients in angst over not knowing their life purpose and feeling paralyzed trying to figure it out.  Taking a step, any step, will start the process.  Don’t wait until you think you have it figured out.

Case Study: Lydia was in a field she hated for many years.  She was afraid to leave because she didn’t know what she would do for income.  As she learned to allow herself to have fun with the exploration, she started a blog on one passion and shortly thereafter, another opportunity presented itself in another area she was also passionate about.  Within just a few months, she was able to quit her job. Read More

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