Monday, July 1, 2019

THE FIRST STEP

You have to start somewhere. You may have been contemplating an important move, but you also may have been hesitating, or just plain old procrastinating. Of course, there could be many reasons if that is the case, but one thing is for sure: with most anything, a first step must be taken.
Why not take that first step today?

Here are a few tips that may help you get going:
1. If you are afraid and you recognize that fear is what is hindering you, find a meet-up group that gets together to network and celebrates what you are thinking of doing. You'll hear insights, wisdom, personal stories and get plenty of motivation. Importantly, you will realize that there is no real reason to fear. They did it, and so can you.


2. If your big question is HOW, be assured that everything you need to get you going in the right direction is at your fingertips. Unless your idea is truly original, you will find lots of info on the internet. Research it. Read about it. Get in the know. Ask where you can find resources for it. Participate in online groups and ask questions. Again, the important thing here is that you should get all of your curiosity and questions answered, and then make your next move. You will know what that is after talking with people, and after all of your online investigating.

3. Remember that this doesn't mean you are necessarily ready to launch out. That will depend on how complex your project is. Setting up a table to sell stuff is one thing. Setting up a business to sell worldwide is another. Plan accordingly, with much emphasis on the word "plan" either way.

That being said, getting going will be exciting. Why wait? Make a move. Why not take that first step today? ~ S.R.F. 

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Friday, June 7, 2019

WHAT'S NEW?

Get out of your own way. Get going!
We are often so afraid of change. Even when we know it's absolutely the thing for us, we hesitate and procrastinate about making something happen. When and if we overcome that fear, we can find ourselves in new and exciting territory. New opportunities surface. New people enter into our lives. New pathways open up. It can feel like a whole new way of life has begun.

Ask yourself, "when was the last time I tried to move past my fear to give my future an opportunity to look different?  Did you know that even some of the smallest changes can make a huge difference? It's great if you can do that "big thing" you've been wanting to do, but even a minor shift or change can make for a new and rewarding difference and direction. The main thing to consider is, pushing your fear aside.

You have dreams. You have aspirations. You have hopes. You want something new and different, don't you? Get out of your own way. It won't be as hard as you think. The hardest part is believing in yourself and your competence to get there. Get going. You'll see that "there" is a lot closer than you even imagined, that place where all things are new. ~ S.R.F.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

DON'T GET OVERWHELMED. GET DETERMINED.

"A stitch in time saves nine."
Ever heard someone say "a stitch in time saves nine"? It's an age-old phrase with a powerful message, and this is it: When something happens that needs immediate attention, time, effort or fixing, don't put it off until later or you'll risk having an even bigger problem or situation to deal with. In other words, stitch things up now or you may have a lot more torn places to stitch up later.

We've all experienced what can happen when we neglect a problem or procrastinate getting to a resolve. We find ourselves sweating, fretting and regretting that we didn't handle things sooner and more efficiently. The "stitch in time" theory may not work in every case, but to use it as a standard work and life ethic is surely a good thing.

Think for a moment about something you didn't address in a timely fashion, something that you know you really should have taken care of when you first faced it. I've been there, and sometimes even hoping that maybe it would just go away. It didn't. 

Those lessons taught me that I should be ready to take the bull by the horn when things arise that need immediate attention. They taught me to be in "attack" mode when I needed to respond quickly and aggressively, before things got really out of hand. Those lessons taught me that if I stay on top of the things that require time and effort, I won't find myself under the stress and pressure of them later. Honestly, I hated learning all of it the hard way, but experience is truly an extraordinary teacher. I'm better for it. You will be, too. 

It's a given, things are going to happen. Our response to those things is everything. In short, here's the deal:

1. Get on top of it before it gets on top of you.

2. It's not likely to disappear on its own. Make it disappear.

3. Don't allow "later" to be an option. "Do it now" is not a new concept. Handle it now if at all possible.

If while reading this article several things came to mind, don't get overwhelmed. Get determined. Tackle those issues. Save yourself from the frustration that could snowball later. Whatever is in your power to do, do it. ~ S.R.F.

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

THE NATURAL ORDER

Remember, sometimes all it takes is a plan.

Hurry Up?

We live in an environment that is constantly compelling us to have things our way. And, not just that. Everything we want and need better hurry up and happen, and not later, right away. Trouble is, that is just not the way everything in life works. In many cases, and I'd say in most, we have become a society that is sorely lacking in what it really takes to do life and business. We want to hop, skip and jump past the places that get us where we want to go without going through the logical and sensible channels. It sounds crazy. That's because it is.


There are no "Right Now!" buttons.

We learn this quickly: There are no buttons to press that give us immediate access to all we demand. There are no hotlines to quick and easy solutions for many of our issues. We can't command things to be a certain way and expect that things will happen just because we say so. There are processes. There are procedures. There are strategies. There is also a "natural order" that is operating in many circumstances that regardless of how much we insist, scream and holler, command and demand, we cannot override them with a snap of our fingers, or any other way for that matter.


Intelligence vs. Instantaneous

Natural order means that there is an "order" to how something happens. For instance, tomorrow can't come before today. You can't be 25 before you're 24, and so on. You can't drive forward and backwards at the same time. You can't literally be in two places at once. These are just a few examples of things that can confuse us when we need and want something. We think we can "think" a thing to be so, just because we think so. Yeah, you read that right. The thinking part is right, we need to think. However, to believe that just because we think it, it can happen without logic, time and effort, is a fantastic error on our part. We falter and fail because of it.

If you're told that your package will arrive tomorrow, but you needed it today, you are not going to have it until tomorrow. If you expect an inheritance at age 25, but you're only 24 and want it, it's likely you will have to wait until you reach the age that it's due to you. Ever tried to drive backwards and forward at the same time? It can't happen, because you can only do one or the other. And, if you happen to try to be in two places at the same time, well...you already know you can't. You will have to figure out how to be in one place and then the other somehow. 

By now you may be saying "I'm not stupid, I know that." Okay, then I'm talking to somebody else and not you. There are a lot of people out here thinking stupid stuff. I'm talking to them. Many of us are truly guilty of thinking stupid, and doing stupid. Yep, me too. Been there, done that. Unfortunately, got some receipts for those silly experiences, too. We live and we learn, right? 


There is no magic.

What's the point? We stress ourselves immensely by putting unrealistic expectations on ourselves all the time, as if we really do possess some kind of Houdini skills and can magically make things happen. We rack our brains. We exert unnecessary emotional and physical energies. We even make ourselves sick trying to outdo what can't be over-ridden. 

What we will find out is that when we count on logic and intelligence to guide us, we will consider more often than not the natural order of things and how that will help us get what we want and need more often. Even though it may not happen so quickly, we'll certainly experience much less stress and craziness along the way. At least, we should. ~ S.R.F.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

MOVING ON: 5 Steps to Take to March Forward

Shake-ups are hard, but you're gonna be alright.
Have you ever said to yourself "I've got to move on"? We find ourselves in places in life when it's necessary to pick up the pieces of ourselves or our lives and keep it moving. It's not always easy to do so, but we can:

1. Shake ups are hard and unsettling. When the rug gets pulled from under us, it's shocking. At some point though, we have to face our tough realities and stand up to them. Shake yourself and wake up to what you need to do to get yourself heading to a healthy place mentally, emotionally and positionally. If you can, shake it off and keep going while you're still in the healing process. Things eventually get better.

2. Avoid concentrating on what happened. There is no moving on if you're looking at what is in the rear view mirror. Get a vision of a better place in life and give your all to getting there.

3. Let your trusted friends and family know you're in drive forward mode. Ask them to send you inspiring and motivating quotes, memes, books, etc., and to offer empowering support. Ask them to do positive things with you. Avoid getting caught up in pity-party conversations. Have a real party and celebrate the bright things ahead.

4. When you start to feel down or lonely, have some great music or messages ready that will uplift your spirit. Don't allow yourself to go into that place or down that street. Of course you can make a U-turn if you do, but why waste the time? You're going somewhere and that's the wrong direction to take.

5. Have a "MOVE ON" Plan even if it's an evolving one. Schedule your days, weeks and the months ahead. Map out your progress and make adjustments whenever you need to. If you wake everyday without direction, you'll be going nowhere fast. However, you'll find yourself moving forward fast if you consistently point yourself in the right direction. Keep putting one foot in front of the other until you're in your better place.

Moving on from challenges can be difficult, but you can. It takes time. Have faith in yourself and all the possibilities the future holds for you. Step by step, you'll get closer to them. Trust yourself. March forward. I hope you'll enjoy the journey. ~ S.R.F.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

That's The Power of Self Love!

Love yourself. There is power in self love.
I can remember many, many years ago when I first heard about the concept of self love. I was in a 20-week personal development program with an instructor whose words of wisdom always landed on me with delight. Among all of the wonderful gems of personal purpose she infused in us, one day she told her bunch eager students to "be your own best friend." I fell in love with the thought of that and pondered it many a day and night. I knew exactly what it meant to be a really good friend to others, so the thought of being that loving, kind and loyal to myself was intriguing.

From that day to this one, I've paid attention to the care I give myself and the nurturing required to feel self-fulfilled. I've learned that there is much strength in self love. I've learned that there is much satisfaction in self love. I've learned that there are powerful internal resources in self love. The more I love myself, the more courageous and fierce I become. 

I'm talking about a critical work within. I'm talking about when we go to the real heart of things within ourselves and love ourselves there, through distress, growth, pain, challenge, change or whatever happens. It's when we are paying so much attention to our personal well-being in all areas of life and making that a primary effort and a priority. It's necessary in order to be our best selves. 

As Valentine's Day rolls around, think about how you can honor yourself with love. Think of ways to make yourself feel the way you would if someone else did everything they knew to do to let you know they loved you. Be that person to yourself. Love you. Self love will change you. Self love will empower you. Self love will enable you. Self love will strengthen you. Self love will erase your fears. Self love will increase your faith. Self love will give you a kind of confidence you could not have imagined. You'll become a force within yourself. That's the power of self love! ~ S.R.F.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

WHAT'S IN YOUR FUTURE?

Wanna know what's in your future? Start creating it.
Life is often a creation process. It's constantly moving forward. It's constantly evolving. It's consistently changing. With all that being the case, we want to know what is ahead. We want to know what's in our future. We can't be certain about everything, but we can operate with a degree of confidence about other things. We can help create the things we want to be and the things we want to see happen.

When we visualize a dream or a goal, it's the first step toward manifesting it for the future. Visualizing is not a game we play with ourselves. It's a real preview to the things we can accomplish. It won't happen without a plan, a "creation process" that is laid out and worked on step by step. If you don't see it this way, and if you don't plan your work and work your plan, all you're really doing is fantasizing. That can be fun, but it won't make anything real happen. It's just a series of visions that make you happy when you think about them, desires that never turn into reality.

Here are some things to think about:

1. Write down what you are visualizing as picturesque as you possibly can explain it on paper. Be thorough. If it's an idea, or a journey or a series of visions, write it all down. When you do this, you will begin to see things in a new perspective, an achievable perspective, and that's going to be your big step toward believing you can accomplish it.

2. Ask yourself who, what, why, where, when and how you can make it happen. Answer those questions even if it takes days, weeks or months. When you have come up with clear answers, start a process of following through on them. Don't be afraid to ask other people who, what, why, where, when and how they can help, but only after you have some clear-cut answers for yourself.

3. Create your own miracles. You must realize that creating your dream or achieving your goals will be in your hands. Miracles do happen everyday, but God gave you the ability to create your own miracles with the gifts and talents you've been given, so do your work. You can make incredible things happen when you believe you can and when you have the faith to see it through.

What's in your future? Something amazing. Is it time to stop fantasizing and start creating the best life you've ever had? Of course! The answer is, yes! ~ S.R.F.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

It's just around the corner! You ready?
 
Christmastime is the favorite time of year for lots of folks. The malls are decked. Everywhere you go you hear the sounds of holiday music. Neighborhoods are looking brilliant with lights and displays. The energy and excitement seems to penetrate us. It really is a special time.

Unless you're not ready for it and especially if you don't care about it, all of the hoopla is just that. I know some people who feel that way. They are the bah-hum-buggers, and they are quite serious about it. It makes you wonder what caused that negative perspective of such a popular holiday that's filled with so much joy and meaningfulness. Was it a bad childhood? Is it because they don't buy the hype? Is it because they don't believe in the birth of Christ? Or are they just plain ol' naysayers, destined to be bah-hum-buggers for life about anything and everything? The latter is probably true.

With all the hype, energy and joy, you would think it would be an easy lure into one of the year's best holidays, but not so for some. Inwardly, many are suffering emotionally. Many are sad and lonely, especially during this time. Many feel the pain of happinesses stolen from other times in life and find it difficult to celebrate now or anytime. There could be a myriad of reasons why. Probably the most important thing for those of us who are caught up it the movement is to be understanding and compassionate whether we understand how they feel or not.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. While we are enjoying it from all of our various happy perspectives, let's remember to share our joy with a kind word to all. Someone may really need it. You may not be able to change their bah-hum-bug perspective, nor change the state of things for them, but you can be light and love for the moment. Keep yourself in ready-mode for that. ~ S.R.F.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

CAN'T BE THANKFUL?

We are entering the holiday season and with that usually comes more up close and personal contact with family, friends, associates and coworkers. It can be a fun and festive time. With Thanksgiving right before us, have you given any thought to the things that you appreciate in life? Sometimes it's the little things that we can be the most grateful for:
Can't be thankful? Think again.
1. Another day. Life doesn't always seem fair or even bearable, but each day is another opportunity to stay in the ring. Keep on fighting your fight and be thankful that somehow you still have enough fight in you to keep it moving.

2. Another chance. Do you feel like you have flip-flopped your way to this point, having accomplished or achieved very little? It's the story line for so many individuals. Life is simply hard to figure out on a lot of days. We often say in troubled times "If it's not one thing, it's another." That very well may be true for some, but fortunately we can add that we also have another chance to make things better and that is definitely something to be thankful for.

3. Another way. This is also the season when we begin to think about our challenges and changing things. We are about to embark on a New Year and we want to do better, be better and make better things happen. We can. We can be thankful that there are better opportunities and choices we can make toward our futures now and later on. We can assuredly move forward knowing that there are many positive, productive and promising ways to make the rest of our lives the best of our lives.

If you're feeling like you can't be thankful, think again. When you're celebrating the holiday with family, friends, associates and coworkers this season, be thankful for that too. Remember, Thanksgiving is another day, another chance and another way to let others know you appreciate them. ~ S.R.F.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Thinking Positive Ain't Always Easy

I believe in the power of the mindset. I can remember all too well some of the challenging mindsets that I've had to reset. It wasn't easy, but it was definitely necessary. Changing negative thoughts and behaviors is never an easy thing, but it's doable with consistent and conscientious effort. Embracing positive thinking isn't like an overnight do-over of how you've been thinking, or a simple mental makeover. It's work, constantly.


While you're working at it, realize that staying positive isn't always easy either. In this article I'll share some of the measures I took toward mastering my mindset. Some of them just might work for you, too.

Trash it!
There are certain ways of thinking that just had to be totally trashed, and I do mean gotten rid of. When you realize certain things you do get you nowhere fast, that mode of thinking and behavior has to go. One quick way to know if you're doing that very thing is look at the results. If they keep you failing, faltering or falling flat, that's an indication that wrong thinking may be the culprit. Einstein said that “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Insanity; yes, it can be a conditioned mindset. Put the brakes on that thinking if you expect things are going to turn out differently at some point. Unless you're trying to do something like the 13,000 attempts it took to discover electricity, it's time to stop the insanity. Consider trying something new.

Transform it!
Perspectives about things often need to be challenged and changed. Sometimes we will go through our entire lives thinking and behaving some kinda way because that's what we saw or at some time xperienced. Many, many negative themes and ideologies can be imbedded in us, and we respond accordingly until we learn that better ones work. "Work" is a keyword here: we must make it a 24/7/365 effort of reprogramming how we have otherwise been thinking. Efforts like self-talk, affirmations, Bible scriptures, vision boards, books, seminars, new environments, new friends, and new and more positive involvement in options and opportunities will impact change. It will take all of this, and then some. The point is, however, that to reset yourself in a new direction, and a new dynamic way of thinking is going to be in your hands. You can do it if you are committed and consistent. It can change your entire life.

Get to the Truth of it!
Truth be told, a lot of our thinking has been created by things being planted in us, pushed down our throats, and we swallowed it up without inspection or investigation. In the great majority of cases we were much to young to define it, or make any determinations to understand or change it. We just do it, believe it and live it, right or wrong. When it's been brought and taught to us right, that's great. But when it's wrong, and we're living it out wrong, it's unhealthy thinking all around. Unhealthy thinking creates an unhealthy life. 

For instance, if you grew up in hardship, or in a toxic or dysfunctional environment, that doesn't mean that you have to experience the same kind of life experience. Unfortunately, many people don't break the cycles because this is the experience that they learned from, and had their belief systems developed in. The truth is, we can change almost any of our thinking to gain more positive and productive actions and results. If you begin to tackle the lies that say this is all you'll ever be or achieve, and that certain things are not possible in your case, you are well on your way to the truth of who you are, how capable you are, and how productive and successful you can become.

Train yourself to do it!
Our mindsets are truly powerful. You can train yourself. You can program yourself with happy, healthy thinking. You can do better, be better and live better. You can find a new outlook that makes everything you do better. Will positive thinking make your world perfect? Of course, it won't. Positive thinking isn't about making things perfect or appear perfect. It's about perfecting a way of thinking that will, without question, make a difference in how you view yourself, your life and your future. And, that, my friend, is worth all the time and effort you can put into it. So, if you think it's time for a reset, don't delay. You are probably right, and on your way. ~ S.R.F.

Monday, September 3, 2018

KICK FEAR IN THE BUT

Is fear getting in the way of daily life? Are you challenged by thoughts of failing? Are you afraid to make a move toward your goals? If so, it may be time to put your best foot forward and kick those fears right out of your life! Let's consider some strategies for making that happen:

1 First, take a look at the thing that scares you. Is it a real fear, or an imaginary fear? A genuine fear, something that could cause hurt or damaging results is real. If your imagination has told you that getting your degree or starting your own business is something to fear, that's not a real fear. That's you imagining all the ways something can't and won't work out. Start imagining all of the wonderful results you will probably get instead.

2. Secondly, lead yourself out of the dark. When you're in the dark, you can't see. When you allow yourself to stay in a place where you have made no effort to bring light upon your goals, you can frighten yourself into thinking that nothing you try to accomplish is going to work out. Lead yourself to the "light", that place of understanding that you are capable of accomplishing many things, both great and small. Listen to some motivational messages. Hang out with some motivated people. Truly motivated people are not hampered by fear. They take deLIGHT in helping to motivate you.

3. Lastly, give fear a swift kick. Make a decision right now that you are going to win the fight over your fears. Kick those fears in the "but"! "But, I can't..." "But, I don't see how..." "But, I won't succeed...." But, but, but! No more paralyzing BUTS! Give those fears a swift kick, then put your foot down, stand up tall and declare "This fight is over! Fear, you lose!" When you stop allowing your fears to cause you to make excuses, you are going to win; not just this time, EVERY TIME. ~ S.R.F.

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