“If you don't know where you are going,
you'll end up someplace else.”
Before retirement I worked in marketing for a major corporation. The fourth quarter review was twofold, and the process took an entire day. We first had to report on year-to-date sales. If the numbers were less than the forecast, we were expected to justify the decline in shipments. We then had to submit an estimate on projected sales for the following year. Management always pushed to get us to exceed our own estimate. There was something about this process that succeeded. Top performers always met and often exceeded their goals.
For those of us eager to achieve our goals in life, we are now in the last quarter of the year. This is a good time to review your goals and achievements for this year. This could also lead you to initiate ideas and set your sights on what you would like to accomplish next year. As I stated in the beginning of this year, most New Year’s resolutions fail within the first 60 days of a new year. If they are thought out in advance with an action plan and determination to meet the 90-day challenge, the goals will be achieved.
I have covered many topics since the first of the year. The goal is to enable each of us to live life to the fullest. To do that it is essential that we seriously examine the major areas of life that tremendously influence our success or failure to experience abundance and fulfillment on a physical and spiritual level. The major areas are finances, relationships, optimal wellness of body, mind, and spirit. I truly believe positive thinking, goal setting, and personal growth resources greatly influence the success in these areas.
The following topics have been covered in my blog this year to help the readers achieve their dreams and goals in life.
If you want to get a jump start on achieving your New Year’s goals start now by selecting one or two of the above topics and make a 90-day resolution to Implement the practice into your life now. If you would like recommendations on resources in any of these areas that I covered in my blog, you can send me an email at email@example.com or in the comment section below. I will give you information on resources I have personally used with success. For example my Dream Board is something I have been doing for years. This year’s results have been amazing. My fourth quarter personal review of this one tool of goal setting indicates that 80% of what is posted has been achieved.
“All you need is the plan, the road map, and the
courage to press on to your destination.”
Who is driving your car and what happens when the road you are traveling on comes to a dead end? Today we depend so much on technology that often making a choice from our own life experiences becomes a challenge. This happened to us when we were going to a funeral in an unfamiliar area. Before technology we would have attained accurate directions before we left home. But we never gave it a thought. We just assumed our GPS would get us there with no problems. The dependence on this technology failed us. It led us to a rural road and an impassable bridge that was being rebuilt.
When I have such an experience, I am drawn to recall aspects of my life that reflect similar experiences. I have to ask myself who is in the driver’s seat. Am I habitually allowing outside sources to direct me to my desired destination? Am I prepared to get past the dead end should it happen? Have I strengthened my inner resources on a daily basis?
My resources are quite varied. My curiosity has led me to much research and discovery of tools to expand my horizons and strengthen my ability to move forward to achieve my goals in life. Since I started this blog, I have received inquiries about finances, budgets, helpful books, and many other avenues for personal growth opportunities. I have been blessed to receive many success stories. In most cases interest in creating a positive change occurred when faced with a roadblock or dead end.
The one common factor to achieve our desired destination is to apply the 90-day rule. Try a new practice or discipline for 90 consecutive days and then it becomes a habit in your life. Fifteen years ago I started a daily grateful journal. My notebook and a cup of coffee are the first things I grab in the early morning.
The first 90 days it seemed like another discipline. I had to get up a little earlier and put aside the daily newspaper. It is now something I look forward to doing to get my thought process focused on the positive things happening in my life.
I suggest you spend some time this week working on your road map and your plan to get to your desired destination in life. It could be in the area of finance, budget, spiritual growth, career, family life. Give it a try; you may be surprised with the results!
“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.