How To Receive The Best of Everything

October 21, 2012

How many people want to say they have the best of everything in life? It is human nature for us to want the best of everything. Some people can say they have it all now. However, many other people simply spend their lives longing for great things, but never see them materialize. Instead of experiencing the best things life can provide, they spend lives hoping, wishing, and waiting.

Is there a way to receive the best in all aspects of life? I firmly believe there is. So how can you receive the best of everything in life? Simply look for it. It seems too simple to be true. However, I know from experience how powerful this truth is. The times I seek the best in everything are the times I see it and experience it. The times I see negativity are the times things don’t go the way I want them to go.

To make this even simpler, I will break it down into several parts. Focus on “the best” in these areas, and I believe you will see dramatic changes in your life:

  • The best in other people – So often, we see the faults in other people. You may be married to a beautiful person. However, as time goes by, instead of seeing that beauty, you see the things that bother you…the nagging, leaving the toilet seat up, not cleaning up their mess, etc. What happens to the relationship when both partners do this? Of course it deteriorates! What would happen if you both focused on the beautiful things that attracted you together in the first place? Of course the relationship would flourish! Sure, the dishes and toilet seats need to be discussed, especially if it is bothersome. However, focus on the best aspects of the other person, and you are very likely to see them. Focus on the positives of everyone around you. Sure, everyone has issues. Everyone has things about them that are negative. E veryone also has things about them that are positive. I challenge you to focus on these things. See each person as the best possible person they can be. Expect them to be that person, and if necessary, communicate that expectation. It’s funny how people around us live up to whatever expectations we have for them.
  • The best in yourself – Once again it’s often human nature to focus on the things that are wrong. You are a beautiful person with many positive qualities. Yet why do most focus on the negatives and mistakes? The key is to have high expectations for yourself and see yourself reaching them. Learn from your mistakes and failures, but don’t remain focused on them. Instead, remain focused on the beautiful creation you are, and have high standards for yourself. Don’t accept mediocrity. Always see yourself as worthy, give yourself fully into any task, and provide the best effort you possibly can every time. This last sentence of advice I have learned is the best and fastest way to success in any endeavor and to achieve a very successful life.
  • The best in circumstances – Things don’t always work out the way we want them to. However, the Bible says all things work out for our good. The key is to see that good in everything and to be thankful for it. I will say that I don’t have as much money as I need right now. However, I have a beautiful house, with two cars, a pool, and many other things. Even though I am still struggling financially, I am richer than 90% of the rest of the world. That is how I need to look at. If I focus on the debt, I will continue to stress over it and experience it. If I am thankful for the good that I have and continue to seek that good, I will experience more of it. The same is true for anyone else as well.

I remind you again that if you want to receive the best of everything, simply look for it. See and expect the best in other people. See and only expect and give the best of yourself. And see the best of the circumstances in your life. People will live up to those ideals. You will feel great about the contributions you are making to your world, and you will see positive changes to your circumstances. I have seen in my own life that when you look for the best in everything you will get it. Your life will be filled with blessings, and you will be a major blessing to others. That’s the life I want to live. How about you?


Two Magic Words For Success

September 25, 2012

There are certain phrases that get my attention and I find to be amusing. One such phrase is…”as if”. I especially find it funny when someone doesn’t believe what they are being told. The “as if” is equivelant to “yeah right”.

As I learn more about maintaining a right mind and creating our own success, I realize more and more the importance of living with the “as if” mentality. What’s your goal? What do you want most in life? One of the key ways to reach the goal and live the life you want to live is to act “as if” you actually have what you desire.

This philosophy can be used in all areas of life. Do you want to make a major impression at the job? Work and act as if you are already there. How would you work if you were recognized as a top employee? Seeking the ideal partner? How would you act as if he or she were with you right now? Seeking more money? What would you be doing if you had it? Spend time mentally focusing on the answers to these questions. Then act accordingly.

I’ve been especially focusing on the “as if” and I already see the impacts. There are things I’ve held back doing because I was waiting until I had the money, the energy, or the time. Shifting my thinking, I acted as if I already had those things. The result has been greater confidence and greater positivity. It has also positively impacted some other people around me due to the extra time I was able to give.

The key is not to spend money that you don’t have, or wear yourself thin by doing too much. Instead, it is feeling, as often as possible, “as if” you are already living the life you desire, and doing things as if this was the case. It’s a matter of using the Law of Attraction naturally to create the ideal life. This is because, according to the Law, the more you feel like you are living the life you desire, you already have what you want, and feel the corresponding positive emotions, the more likely and the more quickly you will see it manifest in your life.

Use these magic words as a guide to help create the life you are seeking. Live as if you already have what you want. Feel the corresponding emotions, and take the corresponding actions. Before long it will be natural, and your life will be at the higher level you desire. Instead of saying “as if” you will be saying “it’s real”. Enjoy the blessings : )


How To Direct The Subconscious Mind

August 18, 2012

There is much power in the subconscious mind. The subconscious is something that we all have. However, many people are unaware of how to use it. Even more people are unaware of the power they possess by using the subconscious mind to their advantage.

Before I explain how to direct the subconscious, let me first provide a crash course about how it works. All of the beliefs and experiences that build up in our lifetime are stored in the subconscious mind. It is this part of the brain that maintains are core beliefs, and it is this part of the brain that ultimately directs our actions. That is because the conscious (thinking) part of our brain is influenced by the subconscious. For example, let’s say you struggled in school, and some peers, parents, and teachers told you that you were not intelligent. The core beliefs in your subconscious tell you that you are not intelligent. Then you believe it, and ultimately take actions which ending up “proving” to your subconscious that it is right. If you are struggling with weight, your experiences and possibly people telling you that you’re fat, are stored in your brain and you believe it yourself. No matter how hard you try to lose weight, you continually act towads confirming the belief of being overweight.

After seeing all this, you may wonder, how can I change this? Since your subconscious beliefs have been formed by what you’ve seen and what you’ve been told, you change the beliefs by changing what the subconscious sees and is told. It’s a matter of replacing the old beliefs with new ones. Here’s a 3 step process to get your subconscious mind to work for you instead of against you:

  1. Think of what you want and see it happening. If you want more money, pick an exact amount, and “experience” having that amount and all of the resulting benefits. If you want to lose weight, think of the exact weight you want to be, and see yourself there, again enjoying all of the benefits.
  2. Direct your subconscious by telling yourself that you are wealthy, you are at the perfect weight, you are an excellent marraige partner, or whatever you want it to believe.
  3. Take the necessary action. When you take action with these new thoughts, you no longer have your negatively established beliefs holding you back. Instead, you have your positively-inspired beliefs pushing you forward.

In order for this to work, you need to do it consistently. I try to do it a few minutes (5-10) a day, about 3 times during the day. That is how your beliefs gradually change. Keep at it, even if you have conflicting thoughts the first few times. That is simply your subconscious trying to prove you wrong. Once you direct it enough though, those new thoughts will take over and you will experience less and less resistence.

The subconscious mind is a powerful tool that can work for you or against you. Follow these steps to help move you forward today. Your faith will increase as you do, resulting in more positive progress. Enjoy the blessings : )


A Crazy Man’s Way To Rapid Manifestation

April 14, 2012

I have read many different articles and books that talk about using the Law of Attraction to manifest the things we desire in life. Before I go further, I will say that I am one who doesn’t often talk about the Law of Attraction. I strongly believe in it and know that it can add a great deal to our lives. However, as a Christian, I believe it is ultimately God that brings us the blessings we are seeking in life, and I am not big on using this law to attract a Mercedes, million-dollar home, etc.

Upon saying that, I will again say that this is a powerful law, one we can use to enhance the quality of our lives and the lives of those around us. If you’ve read some of the popular books on the topic, like “The Secret”, you will know that some people have come up with a number of different strategies to create the positive feelings that make the law work.

I decided to take this to the test the other day. It’s a bit crazy, but it’s helped me already, and I welcome you to try it too. I was feeling a bit down as the beautiful tax return I had received was gone before I knew it, and we couldn’t even use it all as we had planned. I decided then that drastic measures had to be taken. What I decided to do was take the amount of money I desire to earn this year ($120,000) and broadcast the fact that I was receiving it. I was driving, and as each car on the road passed by I said the following to them…”God is giving me $120,000″. Anyone I saw walking on the side of the road…same thing. Then I went into the supermarket. What do you think? No, I didn’t have the guts to actually tell these people I was receiving $120,000. I don’t want anyone else (besides me and my readers) thinking I am crazy, but in my imagination, I did tell these people about my new wealth.

At first, I thought I had officially flipped. However, as I continued to do this, I realized it was following many of the Law of Attraction manifestation guidelines. Here are some examples…first, a great deal of the Law is based on feeling. I was only going to make my situation worse by feeling bad about my lack of money. Instead, I was having fun with this! As a result, I was creating good feelings about money that were replacing the bad. Another positive factor was affirmation. It’s a fact that the more we tell ourselves something, the more we believe it. I was actually beginning to create the belief and convince myself that this money was coming my way. Here’s another fact. As a teacher, I have researched that the best way for my students to retain knowledge is to share it with someone else. I set up activities regularly which enable them to do this. In this case, I was doing the same thing. I was sharing with others that I was receiving this money. Even though it was only imaginary,  this was helping engrain it into my mind. Once again I was beginning to believe it more and more. I was feeling the feeling of having this money now.

Those are some examples of effective Law of Attraction guidelines that were being followed by this exercise. It was also amazing how my whole demeanor changed because of this. I was walking around with a smile on my face as I was enjoying this. As a result, some people that passed me by in the store actually smiled back. And they didn’t know what I was thinking, so I don’t think it’s because they thought I was crazy! I honestly think it’s because they felt the positive vibrations.

You may now be asking…Joe, what’s the bottom line? Did this work? I will say that I’ve never been more convinced of the power of this great law. No, I haven’t yet received $120,000. However, in the three days, since I began doing this, I received the opportunity to earn $75 extra dollars that I hadn’t planned on receiving. Another powerful part of the Law of Attraction is gratitude. Believe me, I expressed major gratitude after this which continued the positive feelings.

So why not try it? You don’t have to do it exactly like this, but why not have fun in proclaiming a victory you are looking for, whether it be financial help, better health, more fulfilling relationships, or anything. Before it happens, give God the credit, and tell as many people as you can either for real or hiding in your car. Enjoy proclaiming victory, create positive feelings, create faith, and be ready for opportunities to capitalize on making it a reality. Be thankful for every small victory, you will see your success accelerate, and your desires will manifest rapidly.

There was an old song that asked…aint it great to be crazy? I say sometimes it is. Enjoy the blessings : )

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The Power of Mental Clarity

April 7, 2012

What is one of the best ways to live the best life possible? The most common answer I am always given is….know EXACTLY what you want to accomplish.

It’s a simple guideline, yet many people do not focus on a clear goal. Some people want more money. Others want to lose weight. Others want the ideal job or relationship.

It is ok to want those things. I think everyone wants all of those things at some point. The key is to be as specific as possible. For example, instead of more money, you instead focus on a specific dollar amount. For example, you say “I want to make $100,000 in 2012”. Instead of just losing weight, say “I want to lose 30 pounds in the next 6 months”. With anything we are seeking in life, we must be as specific as possible with exactly what we want.

Why is this necessary? When our mind is focused on something specific, our subconscious gets a hold of it, and we are directed towards it whether we realize it or not. This is not possible with a non specific goal. I also believe in the power of prayer. When we pray for specific scenarios, I believe it helps develop the necessary faith to accomplish the task, and we will see God’s work in it. It also makes it easier for us to play our part because any action we take is made easier because it is focused on the desired result, ultimately getting us there sooner.

The bottom line is we need to be clear and specific with the outcomes we are seeking. I found an article that explains this in greater detail, especially how the subconscious mind takes a hold of specific requests. I will provide a link to that article. In the meantime, don’t just hope for a great day. Think of exactly what would make it great, let your mind take hold of it, and take the steps to get there. Enjoy the blessings : )

http://www.mindpower-info.com/?p=5971


A Short, But Powerful Word

November 17, 2011

When you ask a question, what is usually the answer you want to hear? It is almost always, “yes”. I thought about the power of this word again today. Just the sound of the word brings an air of positivity. There are several reasons for this. One is that it symbolizes the affirmative. It also means our goals have been acheived. How did you feel when someone asked if you got the job you were seeking, and you could proudly answer yes? Or when someone looked at you and asked if you lost weight and you smiled and said yes. I think you get the picture.

I am realizing again that, to live a successful life, this yes word needs to be a regular part of our vocabulary. Assume the yes in all areas of your life. Believe that, yes, I can earn that promotion; yes I can improve that relationship; Yes, I can be more positive and energetic. Think yes only, and don’t even think about no. If for some reason God’s answer is no for something, then stop and follow for a better way. Otherwise, live with an attitude of yes, that your goals can and will be accomplished.

One can even use the yes to prove a point. In the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, Dale Carnegie says that an effective way to influence others is NOT to force your views on other people. Instead, he suggests asking a series of questions that will provide a yes response from the other person. By doing it this way, you are more likely to get the other person thinking towards your point of view instead of completely rejecting the ideas you forced on them. I use this method in teaching adolescent students, as well as working with adult customers. I can say from experience it is very effective.

I recommend that, on a regular basis, you repeat this short, powerful word to yourself often. Again I will say that, even just hearing it brings to mind thoughts of positivity, power, and accomplishment. Make this yes word a regular part of your language and attitude, and you will experience many yes moments in your life. Enjoy the blessings : )


A Powerful Self-Talk Technique

November 14, 2011

It’s always funny when we see someone talking to themself, isn’t it? I think this is mainly because we all do it, and we can all relate. On several occasions I have mentioned the importance of self-talk on this site. As much as we joke about it, I believe it is very important to make a habit of deliberately telling ourselves great things about ourselves. The more our mind hears it, the more it believes it, and the more we act in confidence and faith.

I would like to take this self-talk technique a step further. I read this on a website recently (as well as other places before) and decided to try it. After only a few days, I can already see some dramatic positive effects. The technique is this…instead of just affirming great things, ask yourself a question. That powerful question is, what can I do TODAY that will bring about the desired result? For example, at this time in my life (my mid 40s), I am seeking to be in the best shape of my life.  Instead of just affirming that I am strong, healthy, and in great shape, I need to ask myself what I can do this day to make that happen. I am seeking to be the best husband and father I can be. Instead of just affirming that throughout the day, I can take it a step further by asking what I can do, ALL I can possibly do that day, to make it happen. I am looking to double my income in 2012. Instead of just affirming it, praying it, and visualizing it (all important steps), I need to ask on a daily basis what I can do to make it happen.

This may seem like an overly simple process. However, here’s the cool thing. When we sincerely and prayerfully ask that question, the answer ALWAYS comes. The key is to act on it as soon as it does. Also, there are many occasions where the actions we need to take are very small. We may hesitate when we receive a small answer, and even possibly dismiss it because we are looking for great solutions right away. However, the small action, such as a phone call to reach out to someone, filling out an application, looking up a Bible verse, or doing a small favor, can do wonders and have great impacts. Whatever it is you are inspired to do just do it!

The only drawback I’ve heard from this is that we are doing the work and not allowing God to do His. Yes, I know that sometimes people (definitely me) try to do too much and get in God’s way. Remember though, that although God wants us to faithfully rely on Him, He also expects us to act in obedience to Him. When we ask the question of what we can do to achieve our goal, and listen attentively for the answer, we will receive it. When we act on it, it is simply us doing our part as we pray for God to do His. It’s also a kick in the butt for people like me who are sometimes slow to act, to just do something, and then let God use it for His good.

I challenge you to ask yourself this question daily for whatever goal you have…What can I do TODAY to realize my goal? When you challenge yourself this way, the answer will come. And when you act on that answer, you will see fast results. I’ve seen it myself already after a short time of using this technique. I strongly recommend you try it. Enjoy the blessings : )

P.S. I wanted to share the link where I was presented with this challenge. The information on that website mainly deals with using this technique to increase your income. It will certainly help you do that. However, you can use this technique for any area of your life, whether it’s improving relationships, health, finding a job, or simply enjoying life more. The author also presents another process for helping reach your goals that I also recommend you try. In both cases, I believe this can be a great help to anyone. Enjoy!

http://www.nelsonberrysubliminalblog.com/4-free-subliminal-messages-video-downloads/


Is It Right To Live For Today?

November 10, 2011

You’ve heard the phrase “live for today” many times. This phrase has always created controversy. Why? Because living for today is often associated with disregard for the future. There are many that live their lives this way. They live their lives recklessly with no concern about how their actions will affect their future. We see the negative results, and draw the conclusion that it is wrong to live for today.

There is also the opposite extreme. Many people don’t enjoy the present day because they are too worried about what the future may bring. They miss out on so much in life because their fear of the future prevents them from taking present day steps towards their goals and the life they want to live.

So what’s the answer to the article’s title? I believe it’s a matter of combining the information presented so far. I strongly believe we DO need to live in a present moment mentality….with an eye on, but not fearing the future. Why it is important to live in the present moment? Because the present moment is all we have. The past is gone forever. So many times we don’t move ahead because we are still caught up in the mistakes of our past. We need to learn from those mistakes, but we cannot spend our present days living in the past. As mentioned, we must spend some time planning for our future, but we cannot fail to act in the present because we are worried about something in the future. Just as we can’t live in the past, we also cannot live in the future. Jesus Himself stressed that we are to avoid worrying about the future. In Matthew 6:34 He says..do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

The bottom line is that the present is the only time where you have complete control of the outcome. Can we change the past? Sorry, but that’s a no. Are we in the future yet? Not unless we are talking about the past, and again, we can’t live in the past. We have full control of the present. And here’s a great thought. The more you take advantage of your present day opportunities, the better your future will be! So spend time perfecting your relationships; going after your dream job; taking care of your health; and doing anything that will help you get to the person you want to be and life you want to have.

 I will conclude by saying again that, as long as we don’t completely disregard our future, it is right, and I believe necessary to live for today. If we do all we can possibly do each day to be a better person, to serve others, and to make this world a better place, we will find life more rewarding than ever before. We will enjoy the present moments to the fullest, and we will have no reason to fear our future. That’s the type of life I want to experience. Enjoy the blessings : )


A Positive Way To Get Noticed

November 6, 2011

There are many people in our world that do things to get noticed. It happens in different ways. It could be the middle school student acting out to get the attention he or she craves. It may be a musician or actor trying to make it big. Perhaps it could be the average worker in corperate America seeking a promotion.

After some conversation and reading, I have found a sure way to get noticed. It seems like a simple, common sense method, but it’s amazing how many people know this and still don’t do it.

So what’s the magic formula? It is simply to do your best. I’ll say it again. DO YOUR BEST. Wait a minute, that’s it? I’ve been told that all my life and it hasn’t taken me far. I understand. The key is to do your best in every situation, in every place. Every time. That’s what separates the average from the extraordinary. When you put your best effort into everything, that’s when people take notice. Here’s another key. Don’t do it to please others. Don’t do it just so people hopefully notice. Do it to please you. Do it so you can sleep at night knowing that you were your best and did all you could possibly do that day. Do it also to please the God that created you, and will bless you abundantly for it.

When we do our best in every area all the time we take the next step to experiencing greatness in our lives. We don’t do it to get attention, but we WILL get attention. We don’t do it to get blessed, but we WILL get blessed. God says that faith without works is dead. Well, these  are the works He is talking about. And when we do our part as well as we can, do you think God will hold back when its our time to be blessed? No way!

Whether you are seeking a great family, superior health, endless work and income opportunities, many friends, or whatever you are seeking in life, do everything wholeheartedly. Even if you are not where you want to be at the moment, you will get there if you do things right. For example, you may desire to be a corporate executive, but right now you are a shift worker on an assembly line. If you are the best assembly worker you can be, you will be promoted to supervisor. The best supervisor you can be then results in another step up. This continues until you eventually get to where you want to be. The more effort you put to being your best, the quicker you get there. There are many stories of this occurring in the lives of ordinary people who ended up with greatness.

Doing our best in everything is not a difficult thing to do. Also, make sure you are trying to be YOUR best, not THE best. We are not competing with anyone. It’s just a fact. When you do your best at everything, doors open and opportunities that you could have never imagined are presented to you with regularity. Make that happen by doing and being your best today. Enjoy the blessings : )


How To Be In Demand

October 10, 2011

Are you ready to re-live an elementary school moment? For some of you this might be a pleasant memory, for others it may not. It’s about choosing sides. In my day, whether it was kickball, football, or any team sport, there were two captains who chose teams. It was an honor to be chosen first. It felt good to be wanted. Not that I would know, because I would usually be chosen later, almost at the end. That wasn’t such a good feeling as it hurt to know that I wasn’t wanted or needed.

This does not change in the adult world. We feel great when we are in-demand and people want us and our contributions, while we feel hurt, discouraged, and un-wanted when people are not calling on us. The big question is then, is there a way we can control this? If so, what can we do so we are the ones people want to be with, people want to hire, people want to assist them?

The answer to the above question is yes. I’ve read this information in several books and articles lately, and it has become very obvious to me. The key to being a “in-demand” person is to do this…know what people want and show them how to get it. It’s as simple as that. So simple that I will say it again…know what people want and either get them there or show them the way to succeed.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine how true this is. Think about it in your own life. If someone can bring you closer to achieving your goals and help your dreams come true, aren’t you attracted to that person? Wouldn’t you want to spend as much time as possible with that person? I see it in many areas of my life. I wanted to feel loved and be happy. I was lucky enough to have parents that were good at that, so I loved to spend time with them. I still do today.

I would like to remind you that you could easily be an in-demand person. You can be someone that many people want to spend time with. Also, if you follow the simple guideline of knowing what people want and showing them how to get it, the level of success you can achieve is without limit. For example, let’s say you are seeking the right job. On your next interview focus less on your achievements, and discuss more how you can help the company reach their goals. Know what those goals are and tell your prospective employers what you can do to help them get there. You will have a major advantage over the other interviewers. You will never be short of friends or signifcant others if you can be a person that can help them realize their life goals.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what people need. What then?You don’t have to do a whole lot. Anyone likes to smile or laugh right? Even a few words to put a smile on someone’s face can do wonders. Don’t you like to be with people who can do that for you? As you get to know people better, then you can better figure out other things that will benefit them and help them there.

This information may seem very simple and easy. Yet it is often un-followed. I can vouch because it has taken me several reminders over a long period of time to help me realize its importance. It is very easy to get caught up in our own lives and think about how things will affect us. As a result, we don’t always think about the needs of others. Since many don’t often take this time, you are at an extreme advantage if you can take the time to help others get to where they want to be. So be the first person picked for the team, job, party, or anything in life. It’s a wonderful feeling you can experience continually. Not only will you be on the team, but you will be a winner as well. Enjoy the blessings : )