The Impression of Increase

In the book “The Science of Getting Rich”, author Wallace D. Wattles speaks about Man (and Woman) being a creative center and because of our God given resourcefulness, increase is given off to all. In fact, the universe is constantly advancing, as is the natural inclination for all living things.

Wattles also says that we should convey an impression of advancement or increase in all that we do so that everyone we come into contact with will have the impression that we are an advancing person.

In social situations and in business we should give off the idea of enhancement so that each person we connect with will be given the thought of increase in dealing with us. They will feel their own advancement through us.

The best way to do this is by letting our faith inspire us and infuse every action we take.

When I read this I was blown away. This idea also correlates with many biblical principles. However, sometimes we have to see something more than once, and in a different way, for it to have an impact.

I realize that using our faith to show that we are constantly advancing and using that faith to help others also feel their advancement, is a powerful approach to move our society forward one person at a time.

Can you imagine a world where everyone is having a positive impact to the improvement of everyone they come in contact with? I’m not talking about just passing out money.

In fact the impression of increase is an idea or feeling that someone is better off after their interaction with you.

Think of the intense force this could have on our nation and the world?

How can we do this?

I believe we each can make an impact as individuals if we do our best on a daily basis to make our world a better place. We’re human so there will be times when we fall short. However this should not stop us from continuing to attempt to
have an impact.

It could be the lady in line at the supermarket that doesn’t have her money out, or the person on the subway whose bag keeps hitting us. It’s quite hard many times to stay calm and positive. In fact, I’ve seen many fights break out due to these types of situations.

We’re only human right? Yes we are. However is it possible for us to convey that feeling of increase to every individual?

What do you think? Is it worth trying?


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How Gratitude Impacts Your Life

In the past I would make assumptions about what I should be grateful for as it occurred in my life. There were times when I was unhappy about situations that had happened and other times I was quite pleased by my state of affairs.

I judged things as good or awful, and I felt accordingly based on my own conclusion.

In fact, it took me many years before I understood that everything that happens in life is for the overall good.

However, it can be quite challenging to find the good when we’re in the midst of what we may deem a difficult state of affairs.

I now understand that the tough situations that I believed were horrible at the time have helped to give me strength, tenacity and perseverance.

It took a moment for me to wrap my mind around this idea. How could everything that happened in my life be for the good?

The careers that I had, the relationships that did not last, every experience has actually made me a better person.

Of course if I had a choice, I wouldn’t wish for everything I had to experience. However, I do know it has added to the complexity of my life and added enrichment to the person I am today.

In fact, if I hadn’t had that difficult boss or the challenging co-worker or the love of my life that was truly wrong for me, I wouldn’t be the person I am or have the life skills or experience I have today.

Gratitude can be defined as the acknowledgement of a benefit that one has received or will receive.

Gratitude helps us to keep a positive outlook on life, expecially when we experience challenging times. the act of giving thanks has an effect on how we view our life experiences.

So today I give thanks for everything that has happened in my life.

The things I judged as good or bad or wrong. It has all served its purpose to make me a better person and I am grateful for it all.

In the Bible, I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

What are you grateful or thankful for today?

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Moving Forward

Have you ever felt the need to make an adjustment in your life but there is something holding you back? If so, you’re not alone.

Lately I haven’t felt the ambition to do some of the daily tasks that I know I need to do to move forward. I felt I wasn’t seeing the results I wanted to see as quickly as I wanted to see them.

I had to do some soul searching to understand what caused me to slow down. What I realized was that I was expecting to see the rewards on my own terms and not when they are ready to show up.

So much of what we want is tied to our efforts and if we don’t see the results immediately we feel we’re not making an impact.

However, any time we take action there is always an impact. Sometimes our human desire for quick results impacts our ability to understand that just because we can’t see the results; it doesn’t mean the universe in not feeling the effect. And it will respond in kind.

We must have faith in our ability to realize whatever dreams we want. Our faith is what we have to rely upon to keep the forward momentum. Faith is the assurance and conviction that we’re here to achieve our innermost desires and the belief that we can realize those desires by staying focused on what we intend to achieve.

In fact, our desire is the first sign that we have an ambition to achieve something. In order to achieve our aspirations we must have faith and then that faith needs to lead to inspired action.

Inspired action moves you in the direction of what you want in an easy and effortless manner. Focus on what you want until you feel positive energy. Then take action. You never want to take action when you’re stressed, angry or unsure. Positive energy will help you make the right decisions for the situation.

We all have moments when we’re unsure and not as focused on what we want to achieve. It’s just a part of life.

However, we can’t allow those moments to stop us from achieving our goals. We must move forward.

So I’ve made a decision. I’ve decided to get off my butt and take consistent action to move forward.

And as I become more inspired my actions are becoming increasingly easy and effortless. I’m moving in the right direction.

In what area of your life do you need to take inspired action? When will you begin?

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Do you remember when you learned how to ride a bike? I must have been 5 years old. We were visiting my grandparents in South Jersey and I was riding a brand new bike with training wheels.

My Dad decided to take the training wheels off, but I was too afraid to ride, so Dad told me he would hold the back of my bike steady while I rode.

I jumped on and he held the back of the seat running behind me. At some point he let go, but I had no idea. When I turned around and looked back to be sure he was there, he was half way down the block looking at me with a smile on his face.

I was riding on my own. It was an exhilarating feeling. I felt like I could do anything. I felt and believed then that I had endless possibilities. In fact at the time I was sure of it. There was nothing I could not achieve.

Fast forward to junior high school, it was probably one of the toughest times of my life. I was a quiet kid and had a hard time talking to people or speaking up for myself. I had friends, but I was definitely not considered one of the popular kids.

In fact, it wasn’t until high school and then college that I began to believe once more that I could do or be anything I wanted.

For some reason I just started believing. I believed the possibilities were endless. And they were. Anything I set my mind to do, I made happen.

And as I moved into my college years, I ran for president of the Black Student Union and won. I ran for Vice-president of the Black Caucus and I won. I joined Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity which opened up endless possibilities socially, scholastically and professionally.

I was thoroughly engaged in the experience. However, as I moved through life, it took its toll. As I worked harder and harder to succeed and improve professionally, I eventually realized I didn’t feel as if the possibilities were endless.

In fact, I believed that there were no more possibilities for me. I couldn’t see further than what was right in front of me. I was stuck and couldn’t see my way out.

I couldn’t figure out what possibilities were there. I lost my vision. I began to wonder what caused me to feel so different about my options at various times in my life.

What happened to the idea of endless potential I knew I had?
I realized my thoughts had changed. During the times I felt anything was possible I truly believed that they were.

And when I stopped accepting the idea there was still much for me to accomplish, my actions changed.

Many times when we reach a certain age we believe there is nothing left for us to do. No more mountains to climb. No more races to run.

However, our belief allows us to stay stuck in a rut. Who says because we are now adults life is done and we can continue to coast along?

Who says that we have no more to achieve?

Now I understand the key is the belief that anything we want to bring about is possible. However, an important component to that belief is taking inspired action.

Without taking action we can believe all we want, but we will remain exactly where we are.

Inspired action is motivated, enthusiastic accomplishment. Our action then activates our faith and faith is everything when we want to realize a goal or create a completely different existence.

Assurance and confidence that we are still here to live life to its fullest and enjoy all that we can in the process. We can still make a difference.

So what inspired action will you take today? What do you believe you can achieve?

Remember….you have endless possibilities.

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Personal Responsibility

Personal accountability is an attribute that shows how we honor ourselves by taking responsibility to achieve the goals we’ve set and the determination to realize our aspirations.

However, personal accountability is not always so simply accomplished. Many times other people’s agendas can get in the way of our own. We may feel obligated to our family, friends and colleagues.

By making their priorities more important, we do ourselves a disservice by not realizing the importance of our own needs. Sometimes even daily interruptions can stop us from being accountable to ourselves. Things like emails, phone calls or someone stopping by the office have a direct impact on our ability to accomplish our goals.

Your actions also have a direct impact on your ability to be personally responsible. When setting goals think about obstacles that may get in the way and how you intend to handle them.

For example, if you know you have a project that needs completion by end of the day, decide how you intend to handle any interruptions beforehand. When that person walks in your office to chat, you’ll be prepared to say you can’t handle any interruptions at the moment. Set a time to follow up if it is a business related issue.

This keeps you responsible to your true goals and prohibits any delay in achieving your individual goal of completing the project on time.

As you become more comfortable taking full responsibility for your actions, you’ll notice that you’re gaining more control of your day. In fact you’ll feel the power you have over events. And you’ll also feel great about what you’re accomplishing on a daily basis.

In addition to feeling great, managing your responsibilities will help you become more successful and personably responsible for achieving all that you’ve set to complete.

Be Well!!

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Are You Ready For 2012?

It’s amazing how quickly the year has gone. As 2011 comes to an end, now is the time to strategize for 2012.

You don’t want to wait for January 1 for New Year’s resolutions. By then it’s too late. The year has already started and your plan is not in place.

In fact, I recommend that you complete your 2012 prior to Thanksgiving. Once the holidays start it’s probably too late to get anything completed.

Here is an easy process that I use.

To begin, sit down with a pen and paper and visualize what you want to achieve in 2012. You want to brainstorm as many ideas that come.

Write down every idea that comes up. During the creative process put down everything no matter how silly it may seem. Remember you’re just trying to get all of your ideas and thoughts down on paper.

Once you’ve exhausted all ideas, the next step is to write down three columns on a second sheet of paper.

At the top of the columns write Personal at the top of the first, Professional at the top of the second and Financial at the top of the third.

Now, go back through your brainstorming list. The goal is to highlight the three most important professional, personal and financial goals that you want to accomplish for 2012.

In each category you want to number them one, two and three in order of importance to you.

Place those three goals in each respective column. You should now have 3 professional, 3 personal and 3 financial goals that you want to accomplish for 2012.

To get even more detailed, you then need to break each goal into steps that you will accomplish during the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th quarter. The timeline is important.

Each step will bring you closer to the end result you want to achieve in 2012.

Now you may be inclined to include some of the additional ideas you’ve brainstormed. However I believe the nine goals you have listed for 2012 will be strenuous enough for you to focus on. The goal is not to become overwhelmed.

The goal is to move yourself forward in major areas of your life. The sense of accomplishment is important.

You need to place the deadline for each goal in your planner, Blackberry, iPhone or whatever it is that you use as your calendar.

I recommend that each Sunday evening you track exactly where you are and what you need to achieve for the upcoming week.

You now have your plan for 2012 that is broken down into monthly and quarterly goals for what intend to achieve professionally, personally and financially for the entire year.

Stay focused and committed to achieving what you want and deserve for 2012.

Be Well!

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The Winds of Change

Can you feel it? Sit still for a minute in complete silence. Are you completely still? Now can you feel it? Are you sure?

If you can, what you’re probably feeling are the winds of change sweeping across the planet. You’ve probably felt it for some time. You probably just didn’t want to admit it.

Some people say the Earth’s vibration is changing. That it is increasing. And this change is having an impact on our overall fabric of life. If you stop to think about it, there seems to be major upheaval happening in the world. Economic systems are changing. The United States is pulling out of Iraq. Political situations in the Middle East are changing rapidly.

The world around us is changing at a tremendous rate which can be a cause of uncertainty in our lives. What do we do now? How do we handle this? I believe now is the time to stop and pay attention. Instead of working nonstop, maybe it’s time to stop, look up and take stock.

Think about it. So many of us have our eyes down, focused on the job or career we are trying to hold onto. And for some of us that can be a major source of stress. In fact, with so much happening in this era of uncertainty, many people are afraid to make a move or to do anything different.

But maybe, just maybe, there is a different lesson. Maybe it’s time for us to stop and take a look around.
Look up and take inventory of our lives and decide what really matters. Maybe it’s time to make some very important decisions based on what it is we want to do with our lives.

It could be small. It could be huge. You know what it is. You just have to be still and listen.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not encouraging anyone to take an unrealistic view of what it is they can do to make their life a better one.

However, I am encouraging you to take a look at some new possibilities. You would be amazed at what can happen when you go from feeling you have to hold on; to feeling you have endless possibilities to make your life better.

So I encourage you to do the work if you feel that now is the time. Trust in your instincts to guide you.
And if you are afraid to make a move, that’s ok. You still owe it to yourself to at least listen and hear where you are being guided in your life.

I bet you’d be surprised at all of the infinite potential and magnificent changes you can make.

Be Well!

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Implementing Your Plan

Implementation is the process of moving an idea from concept to reality. Another definition would be to put something into effect or action.

In business, engineering and other fields, implementation refers to the building process rather than the design process. Implementation is a key method in achieving any long or short term goals you have in life.

Planning must be done before you begin the implementation process.

Preparation requires a step by step approach to reach the specific goal or goals you want to accomplish. You should have the primary objective as the end point and then break it down into small chunks or steps to get there.

Implementation is your personal map. Some important considerations are:

• How you will achieve your plan

• What is the time-line for accomplishing your desired goals

• How to break down your needs and goals into smaller objectives and tasks

• As you begin to understand each step of the implementation process you’ll become clearer on the amount of effort required to achieve what you’ve set out to do

• While going through the process you should be compiling feedback on how effective and functional your goals are. You may need to tweak and readjust your plan as you move through it

By breaking down large goals into achievable steps your plan becomes easier to accomplish. You want to keep the end goal in site; however the small steps are the ones you want to keep your focus on completing.

Each step should have an expected completion date. This will help to keep you on task and move you closer to what you intend achieve.

In coaching sessions with my clients, we always break large goals into easily manageable steps. This helps the client gain a sense of accomplishment as each step is reached.

It also reduces the fear and feeling of being overwhelmed by believing a particular goal is unachievable or too large. Just like climbing a ladder, each rung gets you closer to the top.

I recommend celebrating every step of success. Doing so helps you to continue building momentum and creates excitement as you realize what you’ve achieved.

Enthusiasm and momentum will help you to accomplish more than you can even imagine. There is nothing you can’t accomplish if you have a good plan and stay on track.

What will you begin to implement today? I’d love to hear your story.

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Philosopher Thomas Hobbs said that human desire is the fundamental motivation of all human action. Are you in tune with your desires? What do you want out of life?

I’ve found so many of us live life by default. We go to college or not. We get a job and start a career. We may get married and have children. In the midst of all of the many things we do, we haven’t stopped to intentionally decide what we want out of life and how we intend to achieve it.

In fact, we take whatever happens to be right in front of us. Occasionally we may feel certain desires or an idea to do something different, but we’ve learned to dismiss what we don’t believe is possible.

I know because I am actually describing myself. It took some time for me to literally stop what I was doing and change course. I had to change my way of thinking in order to do what I wanted.

Know that your most intimate desires or dreams can be realized. I believe we’re all placed here for a reason and given special talents to help make our world better, to lift our consciousness.

How is it possible to even know what you want?

One best way is to spend quiet time with you. Turn off the TV and iPod. Find a quiet space. When you’re silent you begin to hear your own internal voice. You notice your thoughts.

Some of the easiest and best ways to do this is through, meditation, yoga and Tai chi in; in fact meditation can easily be done anywhere. Just sit with your eyes closed and focus on your breath. I suggest setting a goal of a minimum of fifteen minutes daily.

Take note of the thoughts that come up. Stay in tune with the ebb and flow. No attachment or judgment. Just awareness. You can even do this on a daily basis.

You’ll be amazed at the clarity that will begin to slowly take over. It will help you to become calmer and more aligned with your desires. Write down what comes up. Keep a journal. Pay attention to what resonates with you.

And trust your desires. They’re the key to your happiness.

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The dictionary defines roadblock as a temporary installation set up to control or block traffic along a road. As I was reading this the primary word that stood out to me was “temporary”.

Many times in our lives when a roadblock stops us from moving ahead we tend to believe it’s a permanent situation.

What would happen if you decided that a barrier you are currently experiencing is temporary? Looking at a roadblock as a transitory state of affairs gives your mind the opportunity to start thinking about different solutions. In fact the mind is always trying to find answers to problems.

In the early 90’s I found myself in a tough situation and I was about to be evicted from my apartment. I truly felt there was no resolution. I saw roadblocks all around me, including my finances and my career.

I eventually had to sit down and make sense of the role I played in my condition. As I became clear on some of the steps I’d taken to get myself into this circumstance, I also began to come up with solutions to resolve it.

The eviction never happened. I found the resources to get caught up financially and even moved to a better apartment.

Be encouraged to identify temporary roadblocks as they delay your progress. Use these situations to strengthen your resolve to find answers. You’ll find that your mind will become better at searching for resolutions to keep you moving forward.

Know that your faith is always a keystone of support as you take the detour around those temporary roadblocks.

And remember, you have the power to create the life you want.

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