If you have never heard of keynote speaker Janine Shepherd and her inspirational story, it’s high time you did.
Janine Lee Shepherd, AM was a champion Australian cross-country skier until she suffered major injuries when hit by a truck during training. Near death, Janine overcame many adversities as you will hear in her recent Ted talk.
Laugh, cry and be truly inspired by Janine’s courageous and inspiring story, “You Are Not Your Body”.
Please leave your comments and let me know how Janine’s story inspired you.
An Inspiration from the past the turned my day around!
My day didn’t really get off to a great start. Which I suppose is really par for the course when you have two boys one 10 years old and the other bording on Adolescents! Someone Help Me! However, I have the mindset of a rock and nothing will stop me especially when it comes to helping others and sharing what I learn. This truely is a great inspiration for me.
I share with you today an email I recieved from Diana Nightingale, inspirational Author and the wife of the late legend Earl Nightingale.
Every year in March Diana shares some inspiration of her late husband on the anniversary of his passing. This was the first thing I read this morning in Diana’s email to me.
It’s been 21 years since Earl Nightingale completed his “holiday on Earth” and begin his eternal life!
Each March since Earl’s passing I have brought out new programs or messages of his as a tribute to his life and his work. This year, however, I have been overwhelmed with a move from one location to another and suddenly this date was upon me with no new message to offer.
While mostly alone in my efforts these past weeks, I have felt the very strong presence of Earl at my side and this morning I was surprised and delighted to receive an email from someone which contained “a message from Earl”. “Now I have something to share with the others,” I thought. So here it is – a message from Earl reminding me and you what we need to have in order to carry on from day to day in this, ever-changing world.
For me this message was a reminder that Yes, we change and that raising my children is just a part of this change and sometimes a lot to endure. However, a message that reminded me why I do what I do, why I share with others that are just waiting for that heat to apprear from the fire. We all have the fuel inside us hiding somewhere and if you start throwing large quanties of fuel on the fire you are sure to find that spark within you that will make your fire blaze!
Until next time……
Are You Married To Your Mind?
An Affirmation for 2010
You make your New Year’s resolutions, but who really sticks with them? Perhaps they last for a week or two or maybe ever a couple of months.
Then what? Most of you will fall back into your old ways having forgotten about all the great things you are going to achieve this year.
Today I share with you one of the most powerful tools for your business and how to keep it in check.
It will work for you too…. give it a try. I am keen to hear your comments about how this extraordinary method of affirming your goals to change your business.
Of course this is only part of my business building strategies but one that works the best for me and keeps me on track throughout the year.
My Six steps to writing your affirmation.
Grab yourself a pen and paper and write down these 6 steps.
1. Write down exactly what you desire or would like to achieve this year. Be exact because it is important. It could be money, a new car, to take your business to the next level or even to give your boss the boot and start your own business online or off.
2. What will you give in return for the above, i.e. I will work harder with my business by starting my own blog and posting to it 3 times a week. Or, I will spend more quality time with my children.
3. Set yourself a specific date/month you will achieve your desired goals or things.
4. This is the most important part. You need a plan. Write down the exact plan you will use to do all of the above. It might be that you spend 2 hours a day writing your blog post and you will stop working when your children are around and read to them for an hour. Maybe you take them for an outing once a week. It’s all up to you the action you decide to take to meet your goals, but you must write it down.
5. This step involves all of the above in order so you read it back and it tell you exactly what you want, when you will get it and what you will do to get it.
6. Once you have completed these actions, stand in front of the mirror and read your affirmation out loud. Once in the morning and once at night.
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Here is an example:- Wealth Affirmation: (Resource: T. Harv Eker)
Attitudes of Wealth by T.Harv Eker)
Winning the Money Game
I AM AN EXCELLENT MONEY MANAGER
I ALWAYS PAY MYSELF FIRST
I PUT MONEY INTO MY FINANCIAL FREEDOM FUND EVERY DAY
I EARN ENOUGH PASSIVE INCOME TO PAY FOR MY DESIRED LIFESTYLE
I AM FINANCIALLY FREE. I WORK BECAUSE I CHOOSE TO, NOT BECAUSE I HAVE TO
MY PART-TIME BUSINESS IS MANAGING AND INVESTING MY MONEY, AND CREATING PASSIVE INCOME STREAMS
Although this technique seems so simple, it is easy to overlook. However there is magic that manifests from this simple daily routine. By marrying your positive desires with your wants and requirements for the coming year, will be the most positive step you can take towards converting your goals and desires to your deserved reality.
Until next time……..
P.S. Feel free to leave your comments below and let me know if making affirmations is your thing and what you do everyday to confiirm yours?
Breast cancer, I know this is off topic, considering my usual topics are about online marketing and related topics. I’m taking advantage of this platform (my online office) to reach as many people as possible about this very important topic.
Before I tell you my story I want to tell you why I am sharing this with you. For those of you, who know me, know that I am my own boss and have been for over 3 years now, full-time. I help businesses gain a presence on page one of the search engines using some amazing free strategies and dabble in some affiliate marketing on the side. I’m a solo parent and have two gorgeous sons that I adore.
I love my life!!!
First of all, I’m not looking for your sympathy.
I want to make everyone more aware of breast cancer.
It can happen to you, your wife, girlfriend, mother, your sister, your friend, your aunty, your mother in law, your next door neighbour.
Breast cancer does not run in my family…… I am the first one.
Breast cancer can touch anyone and everyone, even men.
One in Every Nine Women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer
According to the Australian Government, Cancer Australia website
One in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 85. I am one of these women and I’m 51.
I have Breast Cancer and I am Grateful!
Ok, so you are probably thinking….. Sandy, why are you grateful?
Here’s my story.
The way I look at this situation is with an open heart and an open mind. My life has been a picture of good health to date and I am grateful for this. It’s this good health that will get me through this journey, I feel strong!
This is How I Found out I Had Breast Cancer
Like I said earlier, I’m 51 and grateful that Australia is my home and breast cancer awareness is paramount in this country. From the age of 50 every woman is offered a complimentary mammogram through the Australian government breast cancer awareness program.
On the 14th February, 2012, I had my first mammogram. A few days later I received a letter to say I’d been recalled to have more test as there were suspicious lumps in my breasts. My mum eased my mind by telling me she had also been recalled on her first test. I wasn’t at all worried until I arrived at the next appointment where more images were taken of my left breast, followed by an ultra sound.
I took my girlfriend Tracey with me who is an amazing woman and support for me. When the nurse said “if the ultrasound proves positive you will be here for about 3 hours because we’ll then carry out a biopsy” my girlfriend and I just looked at each other and said that won’t happen. Lol…….
Sure enough I stayed for a double biopsy. They had discovered 3 lumps (in their words, bad looking lumps). A week later I was back to hear the results….. Malignant or benign? The result was Malignant!
Funnily enough I stayed so positive for the next week and simply continued to live my life with my 2 beautiful boys, who have both been so strong. Children really keep you in the here and now.
You Have Invasive Breast Cancer Sandy
A week later, sitting in the specialist’s office, I was calm, positive and smiling. I had been told the week before at the breast screening clinic that the malignant lumps will be removed including a small amount of surrounding tissue. In my mind this was a great result, everything was going to be fine…… so I thought……
Five minutes later I was being told I had grade 3 breast cancer and my left breast will have to be removed along with all the lymph nodes under my left arm. He must have seen the look on my face, because he then said “You look shocked, is this the first time a mastectomy has been mentioned to you?”
I was shocked and yes, no one, until now had mentioned breast removal. Tomorrow, Wednesday 14th March 2012, exactly 1 month to the day from my first mammogram, I will undergo a radical mastectomy.
I’m not too sure what lies ahead, however I am 110% sure I will be victorious in my battle with breast cancer… I have so much support from people reaching out to me and my family, it is truly overwhelming.
Not only do I have the support of my Mum, my 2 boys and my good friend Tracey, I have friends and colleagues worldwide praying for me and sending me their wishes and thoughts every day.
Word travels fast when you have the support of the most amazing group of people online, through Facebook and Skype etc. What touched me the most was when I found out my Mums neighbour has started a prayer chain for me and there are groups of people praying for me all over the world.
Knowing I have all this awesome support simply blows my mind.
I urge you to please share my story and share your story with me and my readers in the comments below. Early breast screening could save your loved ones and by sharing my story you will make more people breast aware.
Early breast screening is paramount to the survival of breast cancer patients. 🙂
Forget Making New Year Resolutions Goal Setting Works Best!
I mean it! Why bother making a New Year resolution which you probably made after midnight when you had way too many French bubbles. You know you will never stick to a New Year resolution and giving yourself a year to do it is a little to open ended for my liking. “Did you really say you were going to lose weight?” What were you thinking that made you make that unthinkable resolution in the first place? You might be very keen in the first week or two or even for a couple of months. A year just seems like such a long time. Wouldn’t you prefer to see your goals become a reality in a shorter amount of time? By setting smaller goals your target will seem a little easier to reach and not seem like such a big event to tackle.
For instance instead of saying “I will lose all my excess weight by 2012” try chopping it into smaller sections and setting smaller goals and then reach for those goals by your given period of time… say in 90 days I would have lost 10 Kilo’s or whatever you think is achievable.
I have never in my 50 years made a New Year’s Resolution. Not that I don’t love a good challenge…. I just prefer to set my challenges into small chunks so they are easier to reach. No matter how large or how small your goal is, if you set yourself smaller achievable time zones you are sure to make your goals a reality. So, setting your goals in smaller segments and reaching them within a certain time period will help you manage your life throughout the coming year, with an open heart and an open mind and no restrictions. Reach your goal, set a new one and so on… will find yourself achieving right throughout the year which means you will be more productive in your business.
The New Year’s Resolution Alternative – Goal setting
As a rule, I set a group of small realistic goals to reach within a 90 day period and I recommend you try this yourself as an alternative to a pressure laden New Year resolution. You can use these goal creation strategies or just bits and pieces of them or of course create your own strategies. You must have specific goals that you can work towards because if you aim at nothing, you’ll accomplish nothing.
#1. Write down your 90 day goals, where you are going to be by April 2011. You should write down different types of goals such as monetary goals, skill goals and personal growth goals.
#2. When writing down your goals write them in the present tense, e.g. SKILLS – By April 1st I have learnt to generate 15 leads a day using banner advertising. Or, I have 10 new videos up on Youtube….. Monetary – I am making $5,000 per month in my primary business. Personal growth – By April 1st I’ve read e.g. The E-Myth, The Travellers Gift Or by April 1st I have mustered up the confidence to hand in my letter of resignation to my boss.
Put a plan into action where you spend a set amount of time each day working on your goals. For instance, don’t check your email first thing in the morning, instead make this the time to work on your goals. Once this is done first thing in the morning you will already feel you have achieved and will set your day off to a great start.
Your goals can be adjusted during the 90 day period if needed. Perhaps you bit off more than you can chew with your goals or didn’t make your goals large enough. Things happen in life as you go forward, so adjust your goals to suit your life.
Be sure to continuously take action, step by step, day by day following your goals exactly as you planned them……. this way you WILL reach your goals, guaranteed!
May you have a wonderful 2011!
What strategies do you use for setting and reaching goals throughout the year?
Share your own goal setting strategies with my readers in the comment box below.
To change one’s life, start immediately, do it flamboyantly, no exceptions. – William James
You might think this is rather a strange post for me to put on my business blog, there was something on my mind I just had to share. I hope you get where I’m coming from.
A lot happens in our life where we make choices that don’t always turn out for the best at that particular time. I’m talking about the choices we make in business and our personal life. e.g. why do some people keep going from one bad relationship to another, is it because this is all they know? There must come a time in your life when you realise that this is just leading you to something better, so you change what you do in regard to making better choices for yourself. Sometimes it takes years to get these things right in our life and for some it just never happens at all.
When your life doesn’t turn out the way you think it should, why do you think this happens? Because you haven’t made the right choices on the way through that would have bought you to where you wanted to be today. Truthfully, you don’t really ever know if the choices you are making at the time are good ones or bad until you actually get there. However, if you believe in yourself and have faith things will turn out, because of the choices you make in your life.
I believe our life is mapped out for us and we are in control of the steering wheel. Depending on which way we turn when the time comes, results in the wrong or the right choices for us. If you make these turns in life relying on your values, ethics and beliefs you will nearly always end up just where you want to be or are supposed to be.
Why am I telling you this? Well at the ripe young age of 50 my life is exactly where I want it to be and I’m truly grateful for the wonderful people in my life, personal and business. No, I haven’t made my first million yet but am proud that at least I know how to make my first million. I am surrounded by my two sons, my wonderful partner and a wonderful entrepreneurial mother that has been such a great support to me over the years.
Two years ago I made a choice that I never wanted to work for anyone ever again. When people don’t share your ethical values in your workplace it really does make it difficult to keep getting out of bed each day just for the money. Most importantly, you should never compromise your own ethical standards and the values you hold most important to you. When you surround yourself with people that have the same standards and ethical values that you share, this is when you really start seeing results in your business and personal life.
When I made that choice 2 years ago, I joined a group of entrepreneurs that have totally changed my life and who are totally in tune with my ethical values. You know, this business is not all about the money, it’s also about gratitude, sharing, growing, support, building great friendships while at the same time building your business and knowing that there is always someone there that has been where you are.
It is truly possible to have what you want when you make the right choices and steer yourself in the right direction, stand by your values and ethics and empower others to make the right decisions, you can’t go wrong.
There is no link for you to click and no optin box to fill in.
Just know that the decisions and choices you make today are the ones that will change your future path in life… so make your decisions wisely and don’t be afraid of change. Remember it’s your choice!
Happy Christmas from my family to yours and here’s to a prosperous 2011!!
I have a feeling it’s going to be a great year. 🙂
P.S. I would love to hear your thoughts on this post in the comments below and feel free to share it with your team via facebook and twitter.