“Remember: it is not about what happens to you, but what you choose to DO WITH what happens to you that truly defines who you are.” ― Alexandra Silber
One of the blessings in practicing what I share with others is it always comes back to me when I least expect it. I have always said never give up on your dream. That is why I have a toolbox of support material to assist me to stay focused on my dreams and aspirations to live life to the fullest.
In spite of these available resources I still have times of doubt. It is in those times I start receiving positive feedback that others are having success using some of the tools I suggest. Since my postings during the past two weeks a floodgate has opened offering me tremendous signs of encouragement.
Yesterday a young serviceman arrived to replace a piece of equipment for our Wi-Fi connection. I was his last service call so when he completed the job, he sat down to talk with me. His story is truly inspiring and supports my belief that with a positive attitude and a focused goal anything is possible.
This young man came from a home with an abusive alcoholic father who eventually left them. He had several mishaps with police, but then something happened that changed everything. He had two near-death experiences and received a very clear message that he had a mission to help young men that came from troubled backgrounds such as he had experienced.
His plan of action and the tools he uses to achieve his goals are many that I have in my toolbox. What is amazing with this young man is he developed these tools on his own. He only touched the surface of his success as we spoke. The thing that really touched me is he is accomplishing this in spite of the adversity he experienced in his upbringing. Perhaps his determination is even fueled by those early challenges.
He told me about his Dream Board and how he had manifested everything he had posted. He said his dream car remains on his Dream Board simply because it was so far out of reach for what he could afford that he always wants to be reminded of the power of this tool of manifesting your dreams. That car that is still on his Dream Board is the car he is driving today.
In addition to the Dream Board he has goals set for what he plans on doing with his life when he retires. The impressive thing about his long-term goal is he is only 28 years old and he knows exactly what he wants to do in retirement.
The third and most inspiring thing that he shared with me is how he tithes. He reaches out to young boys that come from the same troubled backgrounds that he lived in. He takes them to a movie, sports event and follows up with dinner to offer them encouragement. These young men are truly fortunate to receive the gift of his time and life experience. I was blessed by his enthusiasm, positive attitude and encouragement.
If you are not already using the tools this young man is using to create the life of his dreams with major success you may want to spend some time this week to start with at least one of them.
“You can be anything you want to be, if only you believe with sufficient conviction and act in accordance with your faith; for whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.”
Napoleon Hill, “Think and Grow Rich”
Our granddaughter was at our house a few days ago and let me know she was working on her list of affirmations. I then let her review my list. She made the comment that she didn’t know Granny and I were going to New York during the Christmas holidays. This was her response to my affirmation “I am enthusiastic about planning our trip to New York during the Christmas holiday season.”
We then discussed the whole process. I told her it is important that affirmations be written in a way that confirms the intentions will happen. Having a clear intention and elevated emotion will help you succeed in using the powerful tool of affirmations. I explained to her that we may not be going to New York this year and that doesn’t matter. It will happen in the future because I am selecting the hotel, making a list of the plays we will see, and making plans to see the Rockets Christmas show.
I continue to research credible resources to support the tools I suggest that my grandchildren use to help them release negative blocks at an early age. The following quote comes from the book "Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon" by Dr Joe Dispenza, that I am currently reading. It supports the benefits of having intentions and using affirmations to affirm them. It is amazing to realize that there is now scientific evidence that proves it works!
"Changing Your Energy: Combining a Clear Intention with Elevated Emotions. Once you’re in the sweet spot of the generous present moment, where all possibilities exist in the quantum field, how do you turn one or more of those potentials, those immaterial possibilities, into reality in the three-dimensional world of matter?
This requires two things: a clear intention and elevated emotion. Your clear intention is exactly what it sounds like—you must get clear on what it is you want to create, getting as specific as possible, and describe it in detail. Let’s say you want to go on a great vacation. Where is it you want to go? How do you want to get there? Who do you want to go with, or who do you want to meet when you’re there? What sort of accommodations do you want to stay in? What do you want to do or see when you’re there? What food do you want to eat? What do you want to drink? What kind of wardrobe will you pack? What will you buy to bring home? You get the point. Make it detailed—make it as real as you can because you are going to assign a letter as a symbol of possibility to all those conditions.
As you read in the previous chapter, those thoughts, which make up your intention, are the electrical charge you are sending out into the unified field. Now you must combine that intention with an elevated emotion, such as love, gratitude, inspiration, joy, excitement, awe, or wonder, to name just a few examples.
You must tap into the feeling you anticipate you will have when you manifest your intent, and then feel the emotion ahead of the experience. The elevated emotion (which carries a higher energy) is the magnetic charge you are sending out into the field."
Think of a special event that you love celebrating. It may be Christmas, Birthdays or any other special occasion. With that thought in mind use that excitement, anticipation and enthusiasm to write down your list of intentions that you plan on bringing into your life. Then take that list and transform it into affirmations beginning each with “I Am.”
“I can't change the direction of the wind,
but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”
While driving to the beach this weekend my wife and I were listening to a talk given several years ago by Dr. Wayne Dyer on the power of affirmations. This is a topic I wrote about in my last posting but since it keeps drawing my attention through several books, articles and CDs I feel compelled to expand on this helpful tool. One of things Dr. Dyer emphasized is that affirmations should begin with “I Am.” These words make the affirmation a present experience and even programs your mind to expect them to happen.
As soon as we came back home I spent some time rewriting several of my affirmations to start with “I Am.” The Jimmy Dean quote I used today is something I have always done when I am determined to reach my destination. The tapes reminded me of what I somehow had forgotten. Now I’m back on track! The “I Am” put the focus and the power in the present moment.
If you are a follower of my blog, you certainly know I am motivated by success. When anyone has success using some of the principles I have written about I consider that a success for me also. That is why it is important for me to share what is working in my life. When I was reviewing my affirmations, I noticed one that I had coincidentally worded as such and realized that it was already working.
“ I am confident in my ability to attract financial abundance.”
Unexpected maintenance expenses to our car surprised me but were handled with ease. Surprises of that sort can really throw me but not this time. This may seem trivial, but it was a major confirmation letting me know that affirmations work.
Another support of the value of writing affirmations of things you plan on experiencing in your life comes from a book I am reading by Dr. Joe Dispenza.
"So, when you’re fully engaged and focused, the inner world of imagination will appear as an outer-world experience—and your biology will change accordingly. That means you can make your brain and body look as if a physical experience has already happened without having the actual experience. What you put your attention on and mentally rehearse repeatedly not only becomes who you are from a biological perspective, it also determines your future." from Becoming Supernatural: How Common People Are Doing the Uncommon by Dr. Joe Dispenza
If you have not yet written your affirmations I encourage you to spend some time this week writing them down. I printed several copies so that I can have a copy available to read when I go to bed at night and one next to my computer in my office.
It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And
once that belief becomes a deep conviction,
things begin to happen.
---Claude M. Bristol
A milestone event happened on December 10, 1991. This was when we met Mary Jo McCabe https://www.maryjomccabe.com/
a spiritual intuitive for our very first reading for guidance.
We were blessed after that day to become friends with Mary Jo and participated in seminars, workshops and in-house meetings. My wife gave me a fantastic gift by transcribing the information I received from the guides over a 24-year period. These readings are in a binder that I often refer to when things occur in my life for which I need clarity or guidance.
The question I asked at one of the events may benefit many of my readers of my blog. It relates to the use of affirmations to create positive changes to create a life of abundance. “Do affirmations manifest prosperity, peace and change in our lives?”
Here is the answer I received. “You must realize that the purpose of affirmations is changing your thought plan and if it does that, then it is used in greater ways. But man must speak them from the heart. It is not of goodness to speak from his mind. If he chooses to walk a journey he has to feel the journey. No matter how much he may think it, it does not bring belief to him. He must feel it and must believe in the power of his words. Look at this as a 1 to 10 scale. When he thinks it, when he says it, it’s a 1. If he feels it and says it too, it is a 10.
It is important to understand that to create affirmations of truth and value; you must BELIEVE and have faith in what you seek. It will automatically happen if that is so. If you speak of them, that is only filling the air space between you and life itself. But if you believe what you are speaking and if you live true to them, they are powerful...almost to where they create MIRACLES!”
After reviewing this information given to me many years ago it motivated me to spend time today writing current affirmations using the principles she taught me.
Regardless of how much success I personally have experienced in the past using the guidance of Mary Jo I recently have become very lax and do not have an updated list.
I’m not sure how I allowed this to happen because two major European trips were manifested by using affirmations. At that time, I truly had a strong belief and had faith that what I was saying would manifest in my life.
Last week my bloodwork showed a slight increase in my Glucose level.
One of the affirmation I will now be saying is “I trust myself to always stay healthy by eating the best foods and exercising three times a week.”
You may want to consider writing a short list of affirmations to create some change in your life and keep you focused on what you want to manifest in your life.
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” Les Brown
We are inundated with fear-based information because it gets our attention.
A few days ago, I read an article that popped up on the screen of my computer about signs of an economic crash coming that will be worse than the one we experienced in 2007 through 2009. That got my attention because I retired in 2007 and shortly after retiring I experienced a 45% decline in my investment account.
Following the economic crash, I was in the hospital recovering from surgery. I received a telephone call from both tenants of my rental property informing me they were immediately moving out.
I always tell my wife when I receive three positive signs from my toolbox. I have even named it “the Divine Trilogy.” Well what happened next was the Divine Crisis because a third challenge happened. I called the CPA we had been going to for years and he informed me he was closing his business. Starting with someone new raised a lot of concern. Our financial planner coached us through the economic crash and we successfully worked out a plan to keep us on track for our long-term Retirement goals.
At my age I didn’t want to be bothered with the day-to-day issues with rental property but wanted to keep it as a source of one of the buckets of retirement income. I now have a fantastic property manager who takes care of everything.
Our new CPA is great with the tax advantages of operating a small in-home business. This has encouraged me to continue our small business because it pays for the products we consume with another tax savings bucket of income.
After reading the article on the next projected crash I received a newsletter from our financial planner with information on the economy with the following positive information: If you have an interest in reading the entire article I will be glad to
forward it to you. “The state of American Consumers is strong. Consumer debt remains at manageable levels. Consumers are being smarter about credit debt.”
Another article for investors looking toward the future with the potential for greater yield was on the year 2035 world economic projections: “Emerging markets are projected to account for 60% of the world’s economic activity.”
Every fear base crisis offers us the opportunity to come up with a positive solution. I will share with you in upcoming posts some of my personal guidelines for living a life of abundance with Passion, Purpose and attracting Prosperity. I will also invite professionals who have assisted me to submit an article.
Living a life of abundance is not limited to financial abundance. The following will be some of the topics I will write about:
Income Sourcing to create Buckets of Income
Wellness in Body, Mind and Spirit
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”
-- Andrew Carnegie
A recent U.S. News and World Report study shows 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Since I am a visual person my success rate of attracting what I post on my Dream Board is very high. There are ways I am able to achieve this high rate of success that I will share with you.
This year I expect to increase this success rate because I have invited my family to participate. Our eight grandchildren came over New Year’s Day. We had a wonderful lunch then worked on their personal Dream Boards. You can view this video by clicking below. It will also be shown on my Positive Pops U Tube channel.
When you have a support group talking about the dreams you have posted on your Dream Board that encouragement keeps you moving forward. In my case I now have support from my family.
Our Dream Board is a combination of what my wife and I both want to bring into our lives. We support one another in manifesting our dreams.
We have our Dream Board hanging on the wall in our office along with other artwork. That strategic location enables us to see the Dream Board several times a day which actually increases the success rate of manifesting our posted goals and ambitions. Seeing it reminds me of the commercial about the Energizing Bunny. It helps me to focus and never give up on the dream.
I encourage everyone to dream big when they post the pictures and sayings of what they want to bring into their lives. It often requires some effort to accelerate the manifestation and increase the success rate. Here is a current example. We are retired on a fixed income but two years ago we posted that we wanted to go on a first-class 21-day River Cruise in Europe for our 50th Wedding Anniversary. We planned it and it happened.
Many other great things happened without any more effort than having a picture posted. I know I have shared this previously but I believe it was so powerful in my life that it warrants mentioning once again. I was totally amazed when I was asked by the Vice President of the company to present my marketing strategies at my company’s international marketing conference in Switzerland. That in itself was amazing but they then offered the opportunity to have my wife accompany me on this all-expenses paid 10-day trip.
Two years ago I was somewhat disappointed because I posted my investments would increase by 16% but the results were 8%. Last year I decided not to aim that high so I posted my investments would increase 8% and exactly what I posted two years ago happened, a 16% gain. Another lesson learned. Do not give up on your dream even when it does not happen immediately, just stay focused on a positive outcome.
People in the Hall of Fame tend to clap their hands and say, 'OK, I've done it all,' but for me, it was a new beginning.”
This year has been exceptional because we had so many things to look forward to with the celebration of our 50th Anniversary. Many of these once-in-a- lifetime happenings were made possible by my practicing what I teach to others. That is why I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It is a time to reflect on those tools that have worked best and to consider new tools I want to have available for the New Year.
Two of the major things we experienced this year were posted on our Dream Board: a family beach vacation and a 21-day European River Cruise.
When I set up our Prosperity Budget each year I list on the spreadsheet the fixed and flexible expenses and buckets of income to source those expenses. Knowing exactly what it takes to live comfortably and debt free allows me to enjoy life to the fullest.
Being on a fixed income in retirement doesn’t offer many possibilities for new income sourcing. That is the reason I have trusted professional consultants to maximize on tax savings and financial planning. It is not always a question of how much money you make but how to maximize the savings by reducing taxes and increasing the rate of return on investments. This year I had posted on our Dream Board the % of return on investments and tax savings I projected using this strategy and it surpassed my projection.
To end the year you may want participate in an event that I have previously shared from my tool box, the Balloon Release. Write down all things you want to release that have not worked in helping you to live a life of abundance. Tape that list to one balloon. On the other balloon for 2018 attach the list of all things you want to bring into your life for the New Year.
I look forward to hearing from you on ideas that you have used with success previously or the new ones you plan on implementing in this New Year.
Happy New Year
When you believe in your dream and your vision,
then it begins to attract its own resources.
No one was born to be a failure.
Even though my grandchildren have honored me with the title Positive Pops. I still need signs to assure me that I am offering something of value to my blog readers to assist them in living the life of their dreams.
I believe in seeking guidance and signs when I make major decisions. I also believe as I focus on the positive I bring about these signs to give me clear direction.
Today I read an article “How did the wise men know to follow the star?” The reason that the wise men thought the star would lead them to a king is rooted in the ancient belief that signs in the heavens portended great or terrible things to come depending on who is interpreting the signs.
I use several techniques to receive the signs I am seeking to live a life of abundance. One is the tool I use daily. It is a deck of cards given to me by a spiritual intuitive. I use them to get confirmation and guidance I am seeking for the day. I was questioning myself wondering if my blog postings on Positive Pops really make a difference and are helpful to others. The card I drew was a powerful answer. I was the Glove. The message on the card read, “Good fit, supports your desires and offers warmth.”
Another tool I use is listening to inspirational CDs while driving. Last week I was listening to a set of CDs from Father Rohr on the life of St. Paul emphasizing that St. Paul was one of the first teachers of Positive Thinking. Even while he was in prison he focused on positive possibilities. This was another sign that same day supported by scripture that writing about positive possibilities can be valuable to others.
The Dream Board will be discussed in depth in my next posting. Ideally this is done between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I constantly receive confirmation of the power of this tool as many of the things I post come to fruition. It has proven its value to me to such an extent that I definitely want to assist our grandchildren in forming the habit of an annual Dream Board. We will have a family Dream Board gathering New Year’s Day with the eight grandchildren. They will all be putting together their personal Dream Board for 2018.
Merry Christmas and thanks to each of you for the gift of encouragement. I sincerely appreciate your confirmation that you have implemented some of the ideas I write about and you have experienced positive results.
"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”
At the age of 14, I received training for my first job in sales for which my salary was “commission only.” The lesson I learned at that young age has helped me throughout life in all endeavors I pursue.
The sales manager dropped us off in a subdivision to go door to door to sell subscriptions to the daily newspaper. Each day he would remind us that our volume of sales would increase if we would not pass up ANY house. The odds would be in our favor by not missing a potential opportunity IF we would knock on every door. I took his advice very seriously and by the end of the first week I had achieved the largest volume of sales in our group.
Sixty years later I am still knocking on doors attempting to convince others of the advantages of living life with a positive attitude. There is no commission but I am sustained by my belief that I can assist you in living a life of abundance.
I realize my personal drive for success still motivates me to want to experience that daily. The reality is that life sometimes throws us a curve ball. When I am using tools from my toolbox and they do not seem to be working self-doubt creeps in. I question my ability to sell something to others that doesn’t seem to work for me. It is during these times I have to remind myself that I cannot pass up any doors until I get a “yes.” I cannot allow even a trace of self-doubt to distract me from steadily striving to achieve my goals in life.
The disciplines I have previously discussed such as journaling, creating a dream board, having a success budget, writing affirmations and setting goals can certainly be helpful. However it is critical that a backup plan be in place when things seem to be stalled and not moving forward. I have a SUCCESS folder in which I keep every comment I have received from my postings and all notes on the goals I have achieved. This folder is readily available for my resuscitation on days that nothing positive seems to be happening. Time and again it infuses me with renewed enthusiasm as I am reminded of so many great things I have achieved.
My initial motivation to create my Positive Pops blog was to tell my story to our family, especially our grandchildren. When others started reading it and commenting, my success drive kicked into high gear. I posted a note that one day 1,000 people would view my blog.
Last week my posting was on our marriage of 49 years. Honestly I did not expect this topic would generate as much interest as some of the others. Once again I was reminded that I need to keep knocking and not allow self-doubt to control my potential for success. I just checked to see the number of people who viewed this posting as of today; it is 4724. I also want to thank the large number of readers who commented and shared their personal stories.
This week you may want to make a list of doors on which you plan to knock to achieve the life of your dreams. You may also want to implement one of the disciplines from my toolbox to initiate your forward movement. Do not allow self-doubt to distract or stop you. Remember it takes 90 days for a new discipline to become a way of life.
Great things are happening all around us. When we lose focus on our blessings we begin to magnify the negative things happening in our lives and in the world. Lately the local and world news could certainly put even an optimistic preacher like Joel Osteen in a state of despair.
Yesterday we watched our grandchildren while their parents went to the orientation for a new school their children will attend this year. When their parents came back home they were so fired up and excited it seemed as though they had just attended a motivational seminar.
All schools are confronted with the same challenges of educating young leaders who can and will change the world. The difference in their experience with this school is the positive approach by the great leadership. Teachers are inspired to be the best they can be for their students. These motivated teachers will influence their students to achieve higher levels of learning than they thought they were capable of attaining. In this kind of environment positive leaders are molded. Experiencing their excitement motivated me to reassess how I evaluate success in my own endeavors and implement the following changes in my mindset.
By doing these things I hope to become a true influence for positive change.
Inspiring Motivational Quotes on Leadership
Jeff Haden, Contributing Editor, Inc.
Here are some of my favorite leadership quotes. Tweet them, share them, but most important, use them to help you become an even better leader than you already are:
I want to thank so many of my readers who have offered me support by writing in the comment section or sending me emails with positive resource information. As a result of being given that information I have increased my resources in my toolbox that I can share with others. A recent resource I received is a guide offered by Harvard Medical on Positive Psychology. One topic of immediate interest was Feeling Young at Heart May Help You to Live Longer.
You may want to jot down your leadership attributes and how you can influence others through your example. Many of those leaders are living under your roof.