The Importance of Mindset, Meditation & Mastermind

I attribute much of my success to the importance of mindset, meditation, and masterminding. They have contributed much to my life and you too can enjoy their benefits as well with a little effort.

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Changing your mindset and the way you think about the world around you will open you up to new possibilities happening all around you. Meditation will help increase your self-confidence and expand your awareness among many other things. Masterminding will help hold you accountable for your own personal growth and development.

1. Mindset: The Importance of Mindset

Study after study has shown that the mind is an extremely powerful instrument. Things most people thought was impossible were later achieved by scientists, athletes, businesspeople and everyday individuals, simply because they believed they could and they persevered.

You may have heard the famous quote from Napoleon Hill – author of the classic personal development book, Think and Grow Rich – who said:

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

That belief, by the way is a choice. It’s simply a thought you decide to think over and over again until it becomes automatic.

Scientists know that our belief about whether something is possible is a byproduct of our life experience. Through a lifetime’s worth of events, our brain actually learns what to expect next. Since our brain expects things to happen a certain way, we often achieve exactly what we expect.

This is why it’s so important to have a believing mindset. Believe it’s possible to achieve something in your life and things will often turn out exactly as you believe they will.

Of course, there’s a negative aspect of belief. Believe that failure or disaster will befall you – and guess what… it usually will.

Positive AND negative outcomes are why it’s so important to hold positive expectations in your mind.

When you replace your negative expectations with positive ones and begin to believe that what you want is possible, your brain will take over the job of accomplishing it for you.

2. Meditation: A Powerful Success Tool

Today, I am going to be a participant in a 5-day meditation retreat in Santa Barbara.

I always like to take a couple of weeks a year to spend in stillness and silence. It helps me to relax, de-stress, go deeper into my essential self and open myself to the inner guidance that I receive during these times. Once I catch up on my sleep after the first two days and enter into a deep state of peace, the insights, ahas, and breakthrough ideas that come to me are usually very profound and useful in my daily life and work.

The title for Chicken Soup for the Soul®, which has become a brand worth hundreds of millions of dollars, came to me after three days of meditation.

The idea for creating the Chicken Soup for the Women’s Soul book came to Marci Shimoff, who became the coauthor for that book, came to her during a silent meditation retreat. That book was the catalyst for all of the other more than two hundred targeted Chicken Soup books that followed.

Another reason I attend meditation retreats regularly is that I drop into a deep space of unconditional love for myself, my wife, the fellow participants at the retreat, and for people outside the retreat—my family, friends, staff, students and humanity in general. Living in this state of unconditional love and acceptance is one of the most fulfilling experiences life has to offer.

While I am of meditating for the next week, I encourage all of you to add meditation to your daily practices, even if for only 20 minutes a day. I promise you both the internal and external rewards will be worth it. 

You can learn more about how to meditate from my meditation guide. It's a downloadable PDF that teaches you an easy meditation that you can do at home.

Guided Meditations and Visualizations

When I lead meditations at my training events, I use a process called guided meditation. I help my attendees meditate in a deeply relaxed state. They visualize the images, scenery and emotions they’ll experience once they’ve achieved the lifestyle they dream about.

Meditation and visualization has been repeatedly proven to :

  • Enhance self-esteem
  • Expand awareness
  • Increase memory
  • Facilitate optimal performance
  • Evoke a more positive attitude
  • Accelerate the learning of difficult subject matter.

Here is a video that walks you through a 4-part guided meditation for beginners.

In one of the most well-known studies on creative visualization in sports Ohio State University divided 15 basketball players into three groups of five players each. They tested each student to establish their average free-throw percentage. They asked:

  • Group 1 to practice shooting free-throws everyday for 30 minutes.
  • Group 2 to not touch a basketball for 30 days.
  • Group 3 to not touch a basketball for 30 days, but instead visualize shooting free-throws and to see each shot going into the basket perfectly.

At the end of the study they had the players shoot free-throws and compare their results.

  • Group 1, which had practiced 30 minutes a day, showed a 24% improvement.

  • Group 2, which had not touched a basketball for 30 days, showed no improvement which is not surprising.
  • But Group 3, which had only visualized shooting perfect free-throws, showed a 23% improvement without any practice.

The body literally cannot tell the difference between a real event and a vividly imagined event.

The point is that you can literally build skills, improve performance and actually program yourself to do the things necessary, see the opportunities available, and create the ideas necessary to achieve the goals you want.

3. Mastermind: The Power of a Mastermind Group

And the final success strategy is one of the most powerful tools ever used by successful people. Whether it's the world’s richest people from the early 20th Century or today’s modern icons of business. It’s called the mastermind group.

Napoleon Hill first talked about mastermind groups in his book Think and Grow Rich. It’s the one concept people most reference when they credit any one thing with helping them become a millionaire.

Andrew Carnegie had a mastermind group. So did Henry Ford. Ford would mastermind with brilliant thinkers like Thomas Edison, Harvey Firestone and others in a group they held at their winter mansions in Coral Gables, Florida.

Mastermind Groups Focus a Special Energy

They knew, as millions of others have discovered since, that a mastermind group can focus special energy on your effort, in the form of knowledge, resources and spiritual energy, too. While you must always do the work of becoming a great success, a mastermind group can harness and maximize the spiritual focus behind your success.

It’s this spiritual aspect that Napoleon Hill wrote about extensively. In fact, he said that if we are in tune with the mastermind—that is, God, the Universal Power or whatever term you use for the all-powerful life force, we have significantly more positive energy available to us. We can focus this power on our success.

In short, “mastermind” is both that power coming to us from above—from the God force—but also that power which comes to us from each other. Together, we know more and can focus more energy than any one of us can alone.

Assemble Your Own Mastermind

To assemble a mastermind group, choose people who are already where you’d like to be in your life, or who are at least one level above you.

If your goal is to become a millionaire, you won’t get much help if everyone in your mastermind group is making only $60,000 a year.

Of course, you might ask, “Why would anyone want to be in a mastermind group with me if I’m only making $60,000 a year?

The answer is that you’re the one putting the group together. You’re the one providing the arena. You're organizing, supporting and building a forum for other people’s growth.

The truth is many people at a higher level will want to become involved simply because they then get to play at a game they might never organize for themselves.

The other people you’re going to invite are people they would like to be around, too. So make a list of ideal candidates and start asking.

If your goals center on a specific subject like starting a new business or investing money, you might start a mastermind group centered on entrepreneurship or investments.

You can always launch a general mastermind group plus a second mastermind group centered on a certain topic area where you invite people from the same field.

The ideal size of a mastermind group is 5-6 people. If it is too much smaller, it loses its dynamics. If it's bigger, it becomes unwieldy, meetings take longer, some needs go unmet and personal sharing is minimized.

Take Action and Start a Mastermind

Is starting or joining a mastermind group something you’d like to try?

Think about 5-6 people that you know who may want to start a mastermind with you. Think of people who are already where you want to be in your life. Ask them about joining. Leave a comment below of which one of these 3Ms had the greatest impact on your life, and I’ll be sure to follow up with you.

I’ve got a free download to help you get started in forming your own mastermind group, conducting the meetings and planning the best outcome for yourself from the masterminding process. It’s a comprehensive guide for inviting others to join the group, plus an agenda and tutorial on exactly how to conduct the meetings so everyone benefits.

Soon, you too could be assembled with people who are at the top of their game and who are eager to help you improve, too.

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Using the Law of Attraction for Joy, Relationships, Money & More

The Law of Attraction is the most powerful law in the universe. Just like gravity, it is always in effect, always in motion. It is working in your life at this very moment. You are always in a state of creation. You are creating your reality in every moment of every day. You are creating your future with every single thought: either consciously or subconsciously. You can’t take a break from it and decide not to create because creation never stops.

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Understanding just how the Law of Attraction is a fundamental key to your success. If you want to change your life, and empower yourself to create an amazing future, then you need to understand your role in the Law of Attraction.

Expect miracles. 

The Law of Attraction allows for infinite possibilities, infinite abundance, and infinite joy. It knows no order of difficulty, and it can change your life in every way.

In order to really understand how the Law of Attraction works in your life, we need to look at a few things. I will explain the Law of Attraction, how to use it in your life to attract success in many areas, a meditation technique, and some tips for abundance.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Learn how to use the Law of Attraction from my FREE guide. Click here to get it.

What is the Law of Attraction?

Simply put, the Law of Attraction says that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on. Whatever you give your energy and attention to will come back to you.

So, if you stay focused on the good and positive things in your life, you will automatically attract more good and positive things into your life. If you are focused upon lack and negativity, then that is what will be attracted into your life.

Here’s how it works:

Like attracts like. If you are feeling excited, enthusiastic, passionate, happy, joyful, appreciative, or abundant, then you are sending out positive energy.

On the other hand, if you are feeling bored, anxious, stressed out, angry, resentful, or sad, you are sending out negative energy.

The universe, through the Law of Attraction, will respond enthusiastically to both of these vibrations. It doesn’t decide which one is better for you, it just responds to whatever energy you are creating, and it gives you more of the same. You get back exactly what you put out there.

Whatever you are thinking and feeling at any given time is basically your request to the universe for more of the same. Because your energy vibrations will attract energy back to you of the same frequencies, you need to make sure that you are continually sending out energy, thoughts, and feelings that resonate with what you want to be, do, and experience.

Your energy frequencies need to be in tune with what you want to attract in your life.

If love and joy are what you want to attract, then the vibrational frequencies of love and joy are what you want to create.

How to Use the Law of Attraction

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Once you understand the Law of Attraction, and how it works, you can begin to consciously and intentionally create a better life.

You can choose to respond differently to the situations that arise during your day.

You can choose to think differently.

You can choose to focus and think about the things you want more of in your life.

You can choose to experience more of the things that make you feel good.

You can choose to deliberately participate in the creation of your future by managing your thoughts and feelings.

Using the Law of Attraction is a three-step process: ask, believe and receive. Let’s go into detail on each aspect.

1. Ask for what you want, not for what you don’t want

Every day, you send out requests to the universe—as well as to your subconscious mind—in the form of thoughts: literally, what you think about, read about, talk about, and give your attention to. Unfortunately, what we give our attention to is often random and not deliberate, you simply respond to situations.

Because the Law of Attraction states that you’ll attract into your life whatever you give your energy, focus, and attention to—wanted or unwanted.

You must become more deliberate about what you think and feel.

To become more intentional about the thoughts you offer the universe, you’ll need to decide what you want—but also practice feeling those emotions you’ll experience when you have it.

Perhaps you want to change career, move to another state, win a major professional award, have your own TV show, or recover from a major illness.

  • How would you feel once you’ve “arrived” at your goal?
  • What would you be doing throughout your day?
  • Who would you be spending time with?

The more you focus on and talk about what you DO want (instead of what you don’t want), the faster you will manifest your dreams and goals.

2. Believe that you’ll get what you want, then take action

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It means maintaining a positive expectancy, going about your day with certainty— knowing that you’ve put your future in the hands of powers that are greater than yours. It’s deciding with conviction that what you want will absolutely happen.

This is not always easy. 

Many people have limiting beliefs which keep them from allowing abundance and happiness into their lives. If this describes you, realize that you must first change your limiting beliefs into thoughts that you are deserving, worthy, lovable, desirable, and capable—as well as smart enough, strong enough, attractive enough, rich enough, good enough, and “enough” in every other way that matters to you.

Once you believe that you’ll get what you want, the second part of the equation is to take action.

Taking the actions that would create your desired result affirms your belief that what you want is within reach.

3. Receive what you want by becoming a vibrational match for it

In order to receive that which you are intending, you must become a “vibrational match” for what you want to attract into your life.

The easiest way to become a vibrational match is to focus on creating positive emotions of love, joy, appreciation, and gratitude throughout your day. You can also practice feeling the emotions you would be experiencing if you already had what you wanted. You can also create these emotions through the thoughts that you think. In fact, your thoughts are creating feelings all the time, so it’s important to catch yourself when your emotions turn negative and turn them to positive emotions.

As with everything, this takes time and practice. However, the more you put a conscious effort into attracting what you want, and following these steps, the easier it will become.

You can begin to expect miracles. 

Money and the Law of Attraction

If you want to create financial abundance in your life, then start by focusing on prosperity and money flowing into your life.

Envision the checks coming in the mail. Write yourself a check for the sum of money you wish to manifest this year, and post it in a visible location. Every time you see it, believe that it is possible.

Remember to take a moment to be thankful for everything that you already have. By doing this, you are creating a vibrational match for the financial abundance that you want to attract into your future life.

The Law of Attraction in Love and Relationships

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If you want to create an abundance of love in your life, then focus on love. Be the love you want to attract.

Become more loving and generous with others and with yourself. By creating the vibration of love, you will automatically draw more love into your life.

Focus on whatever it is that you want to create more of in your life, and remember to be grateful for that which you already have.

Gratitude itself is a form of abundance, and the vibrational frequency of gratitude and appreciation will automatically attract even more to be grateful for.

A Law of Attraction Meditation for Guidance

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Take time each day to step away from the clutter and the noise. A daily commitment to spend time in this still, quiet place is a commitment to clarity and inner peace.

We need this time and space in our lives in order to remember who we really are, what’s important, and where our personal truth lies. It is our time to calm the spirit and soothe the soul.

You can learn how to meditate in many different ways, but in general, they consist of simply being still and quiet for a period of time and focusing your attention on either your breath or a mantra of some sort.

If you are new to the practice of meditation—your thoughts will drift, and your mind will wander at first. Remember not to be hard on yourself when this happens. This is just part of learning how to meditate.

If you have never meditated before, here’s a simple structure you can use to begin.

  1. Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and focus on slowing down your breathing.
  2. Repeat an uplifting word or phrase.
  3. Move into a state of quiet.
  4. Imagine yourself surrounded by a sphere of light.

The regular practice of meditation will help clear your mind of distractions, cleanse your thoughts, and enhance your spiritual connection. It renews the spirit, relaxes the body, and calms the soul.

Law of Attraction Success Stories

The Law of Attraction states that you will attract into your life whatever you focus on. There are thousands of stories of people using it to achieve success, miracles, and things that they never though possible.

Let me tell you my story...

My mentor was a man named W. Clement Stone, who was worth $600 million when I worked for him.

He coached me about the Law of Attraction when I was a teacher in Chicago making $8,000 a year. He told me, "I want you to set a goal that's so big that if you achieve it, you'll know it's because of the secret I am teaching you."

I decided that that goal was to make $100,000 that year. I created an image of a $100,000 dollar bill and hung it on the ceiling above my bed. Every morning I'd see the image. I'd visualize what it would be like to have $100,000. Everything I did was to achieve that goal. At the end of the year, I had made $97,000. This would never have been possible without the Law of Attraction, these visualization techniques, and meditation.  

I have since gone beyond that goal by using The Law of Attraction, in my life.

Watch this video for some other Law of Attraction Success Stories:

Law of Attraction Quotes

Throughout history, the greatest minds and spiritual teachers and leaders have been pointing to this simple truth. These people knew the power that our thoughts have over our lives. Here are 10 Law of Attraction quotes for some added inspiration.

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“Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow.” - Robert Kiyosaki

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.” - Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” - Anthony Robbins

“To let life happen to you is irresponsible. To create your day is your divine right.” - Ramtha

“You are what you think about all day long.” - Dr. Robert Schuller

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.” - Buddha

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I admit thoughts influence the body.” - Albert Einstein

“It has been proven now scientifically that an affirmative thought is hundreds of times more powerful than a negative thought.” - Michael Bernard Beckwith

“What the mind of man can conceive and believe, the mind of man can achieve.” - Napoleon Hill

3 Law of Attraction Tips for Letting it Work in Your Life

blog-sidebar-250px-width350pxNow that you understand a little bit more about how you participate in the process of the Law of Attraction, you can begin to take responsibility for everything that you are currently in the process of attracting into your life.

Now that you are aware of the role you play in creating your life, you can no longer create your future accidentally or by default!

Take this to heart, because this is your moment, your time to begin consciously, intentionally, and deliberately participating in the creation of the future you desire.

1. Your Thoughts Determine Your Desires

Your thoughts are powerful. They are real, they are measurable, they are energy. Every single thought you have is a statement of your desires to the universe.

The thoughts you think today, feelings you feel today, and actions you take today will determine your experiences tomorrow.

So it is imperative that you learn to think and behave in a positive way that is in alignment with what you ultimately want to be, do, and experience in life.

2. Dream Big

Don’t censor your dreams or vision with practicalities and probabilities. You don’t need to know every single step that it will take to achieve your goals. Just decide what you want. Know that you deserve it.

Believe you can have it, then release it, and let it go.

Open yourself up to infinite possibilities. Watch the miracles unfold. Now, consider this possibility—if you can figure it all out on your own, then your dream may not be big enough!

3. Use Positive Affirmations

Affirmations simply affirm your positive beliefs about yourself and about life. Every thought you think and every word you say is an affirmation. Your thoughts and words are declarations of who you think you are and how you perceive the world to be.

Strong, positive affirmations are powerful means of self-transformation and they are a key element in the creation of the life you desire.

They work by purposely replacing the limiting ideas, negative beliefs, and self-talk that you have taken on and internalized over the years with positive statements that assert who you want to be and how you want to experience life.

4. Clarify Your Goals

There are no limits on your dreams and goals. The whole world is out there just waiting for you. This is an inspirational technique that you might want to try as well.

A great process for clarifying some of your more long-term life goals and dreams is to make a list of 101 goals that you would like to accomplish before you die—101 things you would like to do, be, or have.

I wrote my life goals list in 1989 and you can read my personal life goals list for inspiration.

Take Positive Action!

Start by opening your mind and your heart.

Strive to become more aware of the amazing synchronicity that already exists in your life. Sweep away any lingering negative thoughts or emotions.

Sweep away any doubt. And then take actions each and every day that will move you toward your purpose and the fulfillment of your dreams.

The Law of Attraction allows for infinite possibilities, infinite abundance, and infinite joy. It knows no order of difficulty, and it can change your life in every way if you let it. Download my free guide to learn more!

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5 Things to Help Spruce Up Your Morning Routine

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The way you start your day from the moment you wake up sets the precedence for how the rest of your day, and ultimately how the rest of your life, will go. This is because creating a morning routine is a healthy habit that benefits both the body and mind.

Sometimes it is difficult to have a positive attitude first thing in the morning. Especially when you have a hectic day before you. It is easy to slip into a worried mindset when considering your to-do list. For this reason, I have come up with five tips to help you spruce up your morning routine and cut the negativity.

1. Eliminate Negative Thoughts

The first thing you should do in the morning is absolutely eliminate is your negative thoughts.

You should eliminate them from your life entirely, but again, it’s best to nip this in the bud at the start of your day. They’re not going to get you to where you want to go.

Instead, always look for a better feeling thought.

Become a “Vibrational Match” for the Things You Want

Everything on Earth vibrates at a specific frequency, and you must become a “vibrational match” for the things you want.

Think of yourself as a radio station. If you want to listen to jazz, you have to tune your dial to a jazz station, not a heavy metal one. Likewise, tuning your thoughts and feelings to a positive frequency will bring you positive things.

2. Don’t Think About What Could Go Wrong

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Don't dread having to find a parking space or think about being late to your appointment.

Instead, I want you to close your eyes for a few moments every morning. Visualize your day going exactly the way you want it to go.

You’re going to find a parking spot. You’re going to make your appointment. Your meeting is going to go well. You are going to make that sale and you are going to finish that project.

Every single thing is going to go exactly the way you want it to.

This is what I call "intending the day."

3. Start Your Day With a Purpose

The third thing you shouldn’t do in your morning routine is start without a purpose.

What is your bigger purpose?

Know why you get out of bed in the first place.

So after visualizing your day, visualize your bigger, long-term goals coming true. And take a few moments to say your affirmations, too.

Describe Your Goals in a Completed State

Try statements that describe your goals in their already completed state. Things like, “I am celebrating feeling light and alive at my perfect body weight of 135.”

I keep each of my goals and affirmations handwritten on a 3x5 index card. I read them after I wake up in the morning and before I go to sleep at night. Doing this consistently will activate your subconscious mind’s power to fulfill the achievement of your goals.

Your subconscious will look out for anything — people, opportunities, activities, and events — that can help you achieve your goal.

4. Remember to be Grateful

Next, remember to be grateful.

It’s easy to get up, jump right into working on getting things done, and take for granted the things that brought you to this moment. Take a few minutes to write down what you’re grateful for, that’s what I do every day.

I promise you that this simple technique will work miracles in your life.

A state of appreciation and gratitude puts you in one of the highest emotional states possible.

Remember, the Law of Attraction states like energy attracts like energy.

Our thoughts are made up of energy. If you think that way, you’ll attract more abundance, which will give you more to be thankful for.

5. If You Get Inspiration, Act Immediately

The fifth and final thing you should not do in your morning routine is ignoring your inspired actions.

If you get an inspiration to do something...

Act on it immediately.

As opposed to “obvious actions,” like changing your diet if you want to lose weight, “inspired actions” are more intuitive. Like a hunch or gut feeling.

You know, those random thoughts you have? Things like “I don’t know why, but I have this urge to call my college roommate” or “I have a strong feeling that I should attend that event tonight.

You may be presented with an opportunity you would never have imagined by taking that action.

Listen to Your Gut

Most of the time you won’t see the whole plan, but if you get an inspiration, act on it!

Don’t put it off or let it go. Pick up the phone and make the call, go down to the coffee shop, or go to the event that you thought of.

I remember being at a conference in Connecticut with my wife. I felt attracted to go to a session on doubling your income. My wife questioned my decision because service, not money, had always been my primary motivator in life.

I told her I didn’t know why, but I felt compelled to go it.  When I arrived at the session, I sat down next to a woman and introduced myself. It turned out she was a veterinarian, and she had just discovered a cure for feline leukemia.

My cat had recently been diagnosed with feline leukemia. Because I had followed my inspiration to go that session, my cat went on to live many more years.

See a Positive Difference in Your Day and Your Life

I’m going to leave you with a homework assignment. Eliminate at least one of these 5 things from your morning routine and replace them with their opposite. Positive thoughts are greater than negative thoughts.

Remember to visualize your day going well instead of badly. Focus on your larger purpose and your long term goals. Take a few moments to focus on what you are grateful for.  Act on your inspirations.

If you do, I guarantee you’re going to see a dramatic, positive difference in how the rest of your day, and your life, plays out.

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How to Believe in Yourself & Change Your Life in the Process

Learning how to believe in yourself will open up endless possibilities in your life. At times you may find this difficult to do. The truth is that we’ve been conditioned throughout our lives to doubt ourselves. We must retrain ourselves to get rid of our fears and self-doubt in order to build self-esteem and self-confidence.

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Everything you have in your life is a result of your belief in yourself and the belief that it’s possible. Here are the four most important steps to learning how to believe in yourself. Practice them and you’ll be amazed at the results:

  • Believe it’s possible. Believe that you can do it regardless of what anyone says or where you are in life.
  • Visualize it. Think about exactly what your life would look like if you had already achieved your dream.
  • Act as if. Always act in a way that is consistent with where you want to go.
  • Take action towards your goals. Do not let fear stop you, nothing happens in life until you take action.

Let’s take a look at each of these steps...

Believe it’s Possible: You Always Have a Choice

In order to believe in yourself, you first have to believe that what you want is possible.

Scientists used to believe that humans responded to information flowing into the brain from the outside world. But what we now know is that instead, we respond to what the brain -- based on previous experience -- expects to happen next.

In fact, the mind is such a powerful instrument; it can deliver literally everything you want through the power of positive expectation.  

This is why it's so important to always hold a positive expectation that what you want is going to happen.  It is simply a choice and a discipline of the mind.

CASE STUDY: Zander Fryer and The Power of Believing It’s Possible

Zander was an ordinary person, but he made the extraordinary decision that has led to him leading an extraordinary life. Zander worked for a large tech company whose technology was used by Disney, Facebook, NBC, Directv, and at 27 years old he decided to quit his job.

After reading the Success Principles, Zander realized that his job really wasn’t for him. His mentor asked him, “What would you do if you couldn’t fail?” Zander immediately said that he would be a trainer and a mentor to others.

Watch Zander’s powerful testimony below.

Does Zander’s story sound like you? Do you know that you need to make a change? Do you feel like you’re stuck in your job or feel like you’re unfulfilled in what you’re doing in your life?

Zander believed it was possible first, leaned into his dreams, and his path to success created itself.

During my 5-day Breakthrough to Success Live Training Event I’ll teach you how to believe that whatever you want it possible. I’ll show you how to live your purpose and fulfill that empty feeling you may have been experiencing.

Visualization: See What You Want, Get What You See

By adding a visualization practice to your daily routine, you will naturally become more motivated to reach your goals. You’ll start to notice you are unexpectedly doing things that move you closer to your ideal life.

Suddenly, you find yourself volunteering to take on more responsibility at work, speaking out at staff meetings, asking more directly for what you want, and taking more risks in your personal and professional life – and experiencing bigger pay-offs.

One way to do this is with a vision board. A vision board is a graphic representation of exactly what you want in life. You look at it every day. Use it to visualize exactly where you want to go.

Acting as if: Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?

One of the most effective ways to establish a success mindset is to act as if you are already the kind of person who has created the ideal life you want to live. Ask yourself:

Ask yourself: If you had already achieved your dream, what kind of person would you be? Who would you have as friends? What type of clothes would you be wearing? How would you act? How would you treat others? Would you tithe a portion of your income to your church or favorite charities?

Whatever actions you identify, start taking them now. By acting “as if,” you will become the kind of person who is capable of creating the kind of success you want – and this will trigger your subconscious mind to find creative ways to achieve your goals. You will start noticing anything that will help you succeed. Best of all, you will start acting on this opportunities, because you will have the confidence that your efforts will yield great results.

CASE STUDY: Jake Heilbrunn and the Power of Acting as if

Jake realized that he had chosen a path that didn’t align with what he really wanted. He decided to take a leap of faith and pursue his dream of traveling the world and helping people. Jake hopped on a plane to Guatemala and spent four months teaching English to children. He found a sense of peace and purpose within himself.

Listen to his testimony here:

Take Action Toward Your Goals

I’ve noticed this is where a lot of people get stuck. You can understand all these principles, and you can set your goals, and say your affirmations and do your visualizations, but ultimately nothing happens if you don’t act on them.

The biggest reason most people don’t achieve their goals and realize their dreams is that they don’t take action, and the number one reason people don’t take action is fear. And, what I tell them is that fear is normal, and as soon as you experience fear, you need to take action.

CASE STUDY: Austin Bauer and the Power of Taking Action

Austin was living a pretty good job and had a good life. He realized he was in a career that he didn’t want to be in. His mentor told him that he couldn’t run from his problems, what he realized was that he needed to find a community of like-minded people and attended Breakthrough to Success. Ultimately Austin was empowered to be himself and live a life that made him happy. Listen to Austin’s story here:

Take Action and Join me for my Live Training

Now is your chance. If any of these stories inspired you, it’s time for you to take action. I want you to join me for my Breakthrough to Success Live Training.

Remember, when you believe in yourself and believe success is possible for you, and take action on that belief, your life will begin to magically unfold. And you’ll discover that the universe will guide you and support you.

Consciously and subconsciously you’ll begin to recognize opportunities that you would have normally not seen in the past. I want to tell you about an opportunity that can help you jumpstart that breakthrough in your life.

Now it’s your turn to experience those same breakthroughs for yourself. I want to strongly encourage you to take the next step today and join me for this live training.

I will personally be leading every session of this experiential training. It’s not a pitch fest or sales seminar disguised as something else. It’s truly a unique, 5-day live training with me, where I’ll take you in-depth through all of the concepts and strategies we barely scratched the surface of today.

At Breakthrough to Success, you’ll learn how to take control of your life and inject it with unprecedented levels of clarity, confidence, joy and abundance. This is what you’ll walk away with after 5 impactful days with me.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT YOU’LL LEARN DURING BREAKTHROUGH TO SUCCESS

If you have put your passions to the side for too long, or you have yet to find them, at Breakthrough to Success you’ll learn how to align your passions with your personal and professional life.

With my help you’ll begin to create new successful habits that replace the ones that no longer serve you.

And by learning how to more skillfully apply the Law of Attraction and taking more inspired action, you’ll attract the people, wealth, and abundance you deserve into your life.

Most importantly, you’ll learn to listen to your intuition, be more positive and mindful each day, and have the power to ask for what you want, making you unstoppable in any situation. Thanks for reading about how to believe in yourself and for more information on Breakthrough to Success, click the button below.

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4 Things Holding You Back From Greatness

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We all aspire to do, be, and have great things. Defining greatness is difficult because it encompasses not only how others view you, but how you view yourself.

Yet, it is easy to identify the things thwarting your self-development. Today, I want to touch on four things that might be holding you back from greatness, and how to correct them.

1. You've Surrounded Yourself With Negative People

First, you need to understand that you are strongly influenced by the people you surround yourself with and spend the most time with.

Without your being aware of it, being a member of the “Ain’t it Awful” club can hold you back from true greatness.

You know what I’m talking about!

Are there people in your life who are always complaining and blaming others for their circumstances? Who are always judging others, spreading negative gossip, and talking about how bad life is?

Do they constantly attempt to bring you back down to their level? Are they dream-stealers who try to dissuade you from believing in and pursuing your goals?

Surround Yourself With Encouraging People

Until you reach the point in your self-development where you no longer allow toxic people to hold you back with their victim mentality and their mediocre standards, you have to disconnect from their negative influences at all costs.

If you are going to be great, you have to start spending more time with great people.

I want you to make a conscious effort to surround yourself with positive, nourishing, and uplifting people. People who believe in you, encourage you to go after your dreams and applaud your victories.

2. You're Holding on to the Past Hurts

The next obstacle that can be holding you back from greatness is holding on to the past.

Most people go through life as if they are dragging a big anchor behind them that is weighing them down. They’re holding on to past hurts, past incompletes, past anger or fear.

Releasing this anchor in the present is the final step to embracing the future.

I have students who forgive people, and a few months later double their income. They also double their productivity and double their ability to accomplish important goals.

Forgiveness Puts You Back in the Present

In any relationship, you need to make the choice to come from a place of love and forgiveness.

You don’t need to condone their past actions or even ever trust them again. You do need to learn whatever lessons you can take away from the experience, forgive the other person, and move on.

When you forgive, it puts you back in the present without all the emotional baggage you’ve been carrying. You can now forge ahead and create the future you want.

3. You're Not Accepting Change

Another key concept I want you to get is that creating your future means dealing with change.

If you don’t embrace change, you’re also holding yourself back from greatness.

Let’s face it. Change is inevitable.

The Earth, the weather, the economy, technology, our leaders, even the cells in your body are constantly changing. You can either resist change and eventually get run over by it or choose to cooperate, adapt, and enjoy it.

Surrender to the Change

Think back to a time when you experienced a change and thought it was the worst thing to ever happen to you. Things like a move, a job transfer, getting fired, a divorce, or a disruptive change in technology.

What happened once you surrendered to the change?

I bet you can look back now and say, “Wow, I’m glad that actually happened. Look at the good it eventually brought me.”

Expect the Best Rather Than the Worst

Perhaps it required you to grow, to develop qualities like courage, assertiveness, creativity, asking for help or perseverance. Maybe you ended up in a better career. Or maybe you ended up in a much more positive and nurturing relationship.

Remember that you’ve been through changes before that have ultimately worked out for the best. Approach change with the excitement and positive anticipation you should.

Expecting the best rather than the worst is a mental choice that you are in charge of.

4. Your Limiting Beliefs are Destructive

Lastly, limiting your beliefs about your own capabilities or what it takes to succeed could be holding you back from greatness.

One of the most destructive beliefs you can have is that you are not capable of accomplishing your goals. You might be thinking, “I can’t do that,” “I don’t know how,” “There’s no one to show me,” “I don’t know the right people,” or “I’m not smart enough.”

Many people don’t believe that they are competent to handle life’s challenges or that they are worthy of love. These two beliefs are the two main pillars of high self-esteem.

These are just beliefs. Beliefs are just thoughts you think over and over and over. You can consciously choose to think a different thought.

Believe You are Capable of Greatness

Use the power of habit to consciously keep thinking that new thought by repeating it as an affirmation. Post it on your bathroom mirror or your refrigerator. Make it into your screen saver. All it requires is consciousness, intention and the power of repetition.

Believing that you are capable of handling anything that comes up in your life will make you fearless.

Consider this:

Haven’t you handled everything that has ever happened to you so far?

You’ve been through the death of a loved one, a divorce, being broke? Maybe the loss of a friend, your job, your money, your reputation, your youth?

These were all temporary, and no matter how painful or challenging, you survived them. You are still here, and you have the time and the resources to achieve greatness.

You Have the Ability to Create Your Life

Once you believe you deserve better and that you DO have the ability to achieve greatness, your confidence will begin to soar. You will do whatever it takes – one step at a time - to create the ideal life for yourself.

I want to leave you with a bit of homework. Identify one of your limitations, and make a change. See how much further you’ll go toward greatness.

To help hold you accountable, take a moment to comment below on what you plan on changing. I’ll make sure to follow up with you to keep you on track.

If you are looking for a roadmap to achieve any goal and create the life you want, look no further than Your Extraordinary Life Plan Program. 

This powerful, brand-new, video course is my ultimate training program in setting and achieving your biggest goals. I’ll walk you through the steps needed to create a crystal clear vision of what you want, choosing a BIG, ambitious goal, and putting together a complete plan of action and achievement. 

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Here's How to Make More Money

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There are really only two ways to earn more money.

One, you can spend less. Two, you can make more.

Personally, I’m a fan of making more. I would rather earn more money and have more to spend than always be denying myself things I want.

Think About Earning Money Differently

In our lifetime many of us have been confronted head-on with having to figure out a way to spend less money. In school, you learn how to set and live off budgets.

You think about what you can cut out here or what you can cut back on there. You’re constantly focusing on what you have to “get rid of.”

But what if you thought about money differently? What if instead of focusing on how to cut back, you focused on how to make more?

There are many possibilities to do so.

The first step in making more money is to decide how much more you want to make. 

Develop an Idea that Generates More Money

Once you have decided how much more you want to make, ask yourself “What product, service, or additional value can I deliver to generate more money?”

What does your employer, your customers, or the world need that you could provide?

Once you’ve identified that, it’s time to develop and deliver that product, service, or extra value.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

5 Ideas to Earn More Money

1. Become an Intrapreneur

Today, many of America’s biggest and smartest companies are cultivating entrepreneurship amongst their employees and executives. Companies such as Google encourage their employees to spend up to 20% of their work week to pursue projects of their choice.

They are encouraged to “think outside the box” and come up with new ideas and innovations.  

Intrapreneurs are the ones who created the Post-It note for 3M, the Java programming language for Sun Microsystems, and even Yahoo's Search offering.

Does your company have customers it isn’t selling additional goods to? Maybe there’s a piece of machinery, a vendor relationship, or an overlooked marketing idea that your employer isn’t taking full advantage of.

Can you create a plan to turn this asset into cash? Approach your employer with a proposal to work on an asset-maximizing project off-hours for extra pay.

This could even garner you a well-deserved promotion.

2. Identify a Need and Find the Solution

Many of the most successful people throughout history have identified a need in the marketplace and provided a solution for it.

If you want to earn more money, identify a need that isn’t being met and determine how to meet it.

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A panel of five investors listens to pitches for some of the best business and product ideas from some of America's brightest entrepreneurs. The ideas come from stay-at-home moms and dads to students, to people who want to be their own boss. They present innovative ideas covering children's products, music, sports, cars, and even the nightclub scene.

Though some of the ideas are kooky (hey, it is television, after all!) there are also a handful of brilliant ideas coming from people who have found a need and filled it.

On a recent episode, two ambitious college students created a successful “coffee of the month” business. They realized there was a market for people looking to sample coffee from around the world.  In turn, they capitalized on that using a subscription-based model. They found a need and filled it.

They received the capital to start their company with a successful Kickstarter Campaign and have now solidified themselves as coffee connoisseurs with a taste for unique blends found all around the world. Their company is a “wine of the month” club for coffee lovers.  

There are always needs you can find to create a business or service around you.

Many of these former “met needs” are inventions and services we now take for granted.

The fact remains that people discovered something needed in their own life, or others', then created the gadgets and services we enjoy today.

3. Do Some Out-of-the-Box Thinking

When Dave Liniger, founder, and CEO of RE/MAX, was a successful young real estate agent, he grumbled about paying 50% of his commissions to the broker whose office he worked in. 

As an out-of-the-box thinker be began to look for a better way to sell homes and keep more of what he earned at the same time.

He could have rented a desk in an office building for $500 a month.  But, that didn’t offer outstanding management, a large brand name, lots of offices, or the ability to share expenses across thousands of agents.

He thought, why not create a hybrid? A firm that offers more independence to agents and lets them keep more than 50% of their sales commissions.  But, still, provides more support than going at it alone.

And from that, RE/MAX was born and is now one of the largest networks of real estate agents in the world.

Liniger’s out-of-the-box idea was backed up with hard work, perseverance, and passion, and it met a need for thousands of real estate agents. His dream has grown into a billion-dollar-a-year business.

How far might you go if you were willing to do some out-of-the-box thinking?

4. Create Your Own Internet Business

Today, an internet business is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get started, even while keeping your current job.

You can find a need and fill it for thousands of people with that interest across the world.

If you are creative and artsy, Etsy.com is a fast-growing e-commerce website where people can sell photography, artwork, jewelry, quilts, knick-knacks, and toys to people all across the world.

If you have great information to share with others, you can sell e-books, audio files, training materials, how-to courses, and other informational products online easily, without needing to ship a single box. Website platforms like WordPress.com make it easy to have a website up and running in no time.

If you have clothing or items around the house that you are no longer using, start a small business and sell them through Ebay.com.

If you enjoy bargain shopping, I know a woman who made her entire living off of purchasing children’s clothing and toys from discount stores and selling them on eBay to make a profit.

You don’t need to have a big marketing machine behind you to successfully sell through the internet.

Hundreds of websites, blogs, newsletters, and clubs already have visitors, subscribers, and members who could be perfect prospective customers for you. Talk to the site or blog owners and offer them a percentage of anything you sell to their readers or members.

This becomes a win-win for everyone involved.

5. Join a Network Marketing Company

There are more than 1,000 companies who sell their products and services through network marketing and direct sales.

From health and nutritional products to cosmetics, cookware, toys, educational materials, and phone services there is something for everyone!

I've been a consumer, representative, and trainer to many great companies. Companies who not only have amazing products to offer but great compensation plans and training programs to support you. There is an unlimited opportunity for growth and compensation.

The sky's the limit!

Find a company that has been around for a while and has a good reputation. Try the products and make sure you love them.

If you are passionate about the products and the people, you can earn more money through the leverage that building a downline provides you.

Act on Opportunities That Feel Right For You

Just remember, wherever you decide to put your energy, the key is to become more valuable to your current employer, customer, or clients. You can do this by getting better at solving their problems, delivering products, and adding services that they want and need.

Make it a part of your vision and your goals. Visualize and affirm that you earn more money from your ideas because they provide value to others.

Start reading books and articles about it and talking with your friends about it. You will start attracting all kinds of opportunities and ideas.

Then, act on the ones that feel most right for you. You will earn more money in no time. 

Make More Money By Training Others

Are you good at teaching others how to do something? Or leading groups?

Would you be interested in teaching my Success Principles to others to make more money? Could you teach seminars locally? Can you offer a class at the local high school or community college? Could you lead a workgroup at the office to incorporate these principles on the job or in your department?

Or could you boost your existing career as a professional trainer?

If you can envision yourself as a dynamic and powerful presenter you should watch my free webinar The 7 Pillars of True Life Transformation. In it, I'll show you how you can transform your life and your career, by training others. 

You don't have to be a master of implementing these principles to lead a group, since I’ll help you become a master trainer as part of this immersive professional program.

Imagine the workgroups, clubs, sales teams, women’s groups, entrepreneurs, or companies where people could be working together to support each other in actively living these principles. The results would be miraculous. And YOU can be the person that makes that happen. Click the button below to learn more.

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The Importance of Networking & Masterminding

While you may be able to create tremendous success on your own, traveling the path of success through networking and a mastermind group makes the journey more enjoyable. Plus, the added accountability will propel you to success faster and further than you originally envisioned. This is where the importance of networking and a masterminding comes into play.

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It’s Not Just What You Know, It’s Who You Know

Success is a team sport.

It’s not what you know, it’s also who you know.

In my career, success in any undertaking has come down to not just who I know—but also who I have on my team.

Along the way, I’ve learned many success principles that can help you build your own network of influencers, mentors, and experts. Developing a business network of people can help you succeed.

Nurture Your Network

One of the most important skills for success in today’s world, especially for entrepreneurs and business owners, is networking.

In my life, this has proven to be true.

The more time I have spent consciously building and nurturing my business network of advisers, colleagues, clients, students and fans, the more successful I have become.

Businesses and careers are built on relationships. Relationships form when people meet and interact with each other in an authentic and caring way.

Effective Networking is Dependent on Trust

Statistics confirm over and over that people prefer to do business with people they know, respect, and trust.

"Effective networking is all about developing relationships."

In creating your own personal network groups, your job is to seek out people who know things you don’t. These people can help you connect where you can’t.

Developing Relationships Takes Time

Initially, your goal shouldn’t be to make a sale. Instead, it should be to seek advice, connections, recommendations and insights. To the extent that you can provide something in return, do so.

Remember that developing genuine relationships takes time and consideration.

It requires careful thought and a mindfulness for others.

Three Steps to Building a Reliable Networking Group

Think of these three steps:  

  1. Visibility
  2. Credibility
  3. Profitability

First show up, participate, and get seen,

Second, ask others how you can help them and then deliver on their requests if you can.

Then, when you have developed a relationship of trust and service, you can ask for referrals and assistance.

Two Heads Are Better Than One

Networking and building meaningful relationships with others brings success quickly.

This is where mastermind groups come in.

We all know that two heads are better than one when it comes to solving a problem or creating a result.

Imagine having a permanent group of five or six people who meet once every week or two to problem solve, brainstorm, network and motivate each other.

This is masterminding.

The Basic Philosophy of Masterminding

The basic philosophy of a mastermind group is that more is achieved in less time when people work together.

A mastermind group is made up of people who come together on a regular basis (weekly, biweekly, or monthly) to share ideas, thoughts, information, feedback, contacts, and resources.

Getting the perspective, knowledge, experience, and resources of the others in the group greatly expand your own view of the world. It can also advance your own goals and projects more quickly.

Find People Outside of Your Field

When you form your mastermind group using your networking skills, consider bringing in people from different professional arenas.

Find people who are “above” or “ahead” of you professionally or financially. These people can introduce you to a network of people and resources you normally wouldn’t have access to.

Though the benefits of masterminding with people outside your field may not seem obvious now, the truth is that we all tend to get stuck in our own field of expertise.

We see through the same narrow lens and do things the same way everyone else in our industry does.

Build Your Own Mastermind Group

When you assemble people from different industries, professions, or fields of study, you get lots of different perspectives on the same subject.I don’t know anybody who has become super successful without employing the principles of both networking and masterminding.

I don’t know anybody who has become super successful without employing the principles of both networking and masterminding.

This is because building meaningful relationships with others both inside and outside of your field of expertise forms valuable connections and expands your resources.

You never know when these connections will come in handy on your journey to success.

Take Action

Make a list of 5-6 people who you know that you could potentially build a mastermind group with, and ask them if they are interested. 

One of the most powerful ways to learn anything is to teach it to others. That's why having a mastermind is so important.

Teaching forces you to clarify your ideas, confront inconsistencies in your own thinking, and more closely walk your talk. But most importantly, it requires you to read, study and speak the information over and over again. The resulting repetition reinforces your own learning. I've created a free webcast for people who want to learn to train others, lead mastermind groups, and conduct powerful learning sessions with others. 

If training and empowering others is something that inspires you, click the button below to watch my webcast The 7 Pillars of True Life Transformation.

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How to Use Your Tax Return to Invest in Yourself

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Tax season is right around the corner, which means you may be getting a tax return. It may seem like a good idea to invest your refund into a dream vacation or a shopping spree, something you deserve after all your hard work. Instead, I urge you to invest in yourself, a pay off much greater than a week in the sun.

If you have ever wanted to become more financially responsible, this may be the perfect time to start. I want to discuss the best ways that you can invest in yourself this year.

Change The Way You Think and Act With Your Money

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The truth is that being financially healthy is an essential part of a well-balanced life.

You may be saving your money for several reasons. Maybe for a dream vacation, expand your business, buy your first home, or simply have peace of mind.

No matter the reason, you first need to assess, diagnose, and cure your financial health.

Take the time to meditate and reflect on the limiting thoughts and beliefs that you have about money. You may experience fear, hopelessness, shame, or even guilt.

What are the attitudes that are holding you back?

Confront, Release and Replace Negative Feelings

Once you have identified the root of your early programming, it’s time to let go.

A very effective technique I teach is to experience the negative feeling, confront it, and release it. Finally, replace it with a powerful affirmation. The affirmation will drive your everyday actions and motivate you to keep striving forward.

It is also very helpful to visualize your dream life with a vision board. Feature images of what your life will look like when you create financial success.

Make a complete and honest assessment of your current financial situation.

Just as your physical health is critical, your financial health is also vital in many aspects. Especially in simply giving you peace of mind!

Identify Where You Are Now and Where You Want to Be

Take the time to identify where you are now, and where you want to be.

If you’re at the beginning stages, maybe you’d like to learn how to set and keep a budget.

You might have already established your net-worth by now. You may need additional resources to assess your business’s financial statements.

It’s crucial to have clarity about the condition of your financial health.

We are creatures of habit. You’ll need to make the conscious decision to change whatever is necessary to achieve your next goal.

Focus on Your Relationship With Money

Use visualization techniques to focus on the relationship between money and you.

This might mean adopting a debt reduction plan, establishing a family savings plan, or figuring out the next steps to reduce your expenses and increase your cash flow.

If you are getting some money back on your tax returns, this may be the perfect time to save it.     

This is possibly the most important step of the process to create financial success.

Determine the “How?”

You have determined the “Why?”, the “What?”, and the “When?”  Now you have to determine the “How?”

Establish a step-by-step plan to reach your immediate goals.

Ask yourself some of the following questions: What is the next step? How long will it take until it’s completed? How will I monitor my progress? Do I need to seek additional resources to help myself?  When will I start?

Don’t worry about getting it “perfect” the first time. It’s an ongoing process and you will undoubtedly make adjustments as you move along.

Invest in Others to Invest in Yourself 

No matter what your goal is, if you drive your results with an attitude of service, you will absolutely receive success.

Acting from a place of service will complete your journey towards creating good and sound financial health. It will also make others happy in the process.

These are the perfect ways to invest in yourself this year.

So I want to leave you with a bit of homework, ask yourself the following: How can I help others? How can my product help others? Could I volunteer my time and help a great cause? What principles am I teaching my children? What will my legacy be?

In order to receive, you must first give.

Answer some of my questions in a comment below, and I’ll be sure to follow up with you! Get my free Daily Affirmations for Success Step-By-Step Guide. Discover how you can use affirmations to change your self-image, replace your limiting beliefs, and achieve success. Use this guide to elevate yourself to new levels of happiness and success in every area of your life.

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Powerful Goal-Setting Tips for Creating Your Extraordinary Life

Goal-setting is an absolute must for people who want to succeed, find their true purpose, and create joy in their lives. Without clear goals, you will not have a clear direction on where you're heading in your life. When you know your life purpose, determine your vision, convert your desires into achievable goals and then act on them, you're virtually guaranteed success.

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"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes." - Andrew Carnegie

When you're finished reading this article you'll understand the importance and science of goal-setting, how to set goals, and how to achieve the goals you've set for yourself.

Goal-Setting Theory & Science 

After decades of research into how the human brain works, scientists now know that for our brains to figure out how to get what we want, we must first decide what we want. Once we lock-in our desires through goal-setting, our mind and the universe can step in to help make our dreams a reality.

Experts on the science of goal-setting and success know the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever goal you give to your subconscious mind, the brain will actually start looking for information, for resources, and for opportunities and other ways to achieve the "want" you have identified. While this may sound like an impossibility given your current situation or circumstances, we've seen countless individuals "suddenly" get what they want -- often from a source or opportunity that already existed in their life or sphere of influence, but that they had never instructed their brain to find it before.

Learn 6 steps to achieve ANY goal during my webinar. Start creating the life you want.

Now to effectively engage the powers of your subconscious mind, a goal has to be specific and measurable. How much, by when. When there isn't any criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want... we call it a wish, a preference, or a just good idea, but it does not register in the mind as a goal.

Some people call specific, measurable goals SMART goals.

What is a SMART Goal?

No matter what you call your goals, they must be specific and measurable. One of the best methods of goal-setting is setting SMART Goals. Ensure that your goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bounded. You have a bigger chance of achieving SMART goals than those that are vague and too broad or don't have a specific target date for completion.

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S- Specific

When goal-setting, your goal must be very clear and defined not only to you but to others as well. It should be precise, detailed, and capable of answering questions instead of creating more.

M- Measurable

Include dates, exact financial numbers, and amounts in your goal. Your goal shouldn’t be, “Make more money,” it should state a specific amount, by a specific time. “I will make $10,000 extra dollars by January 1st, 2018.” If the goal is broken down into steps, each step must be measurable, as well.

A- Attainable

Your goal must be achievable. You should be able to accomplish it within the constraints of time, money, environment, as well as your skills and abilities and other important factors. I do however, recommend you set a couple goals for yourself that I call “breakthrough goals” or a goal that is really going to push you to attain.

R- Realistic

Goals should be in line with the direction that you’re heading in life. Keep your goals in line with your true purpose. Don’t waste time with unrealistic goals.

T- Time-Bounded

Always set specific deadlines for the completion of your goal. Creating a target date of completion creates accountability and gives you more motivation. If you don’t achieve your goal by your specific date, that’s ok, adjust and keep moving forward. Always set a date to your goals.

How to Set Goals

The first step to goal-setting is to decide exactly what you want.

  • What do you want to accomplish?
  • What do you want to experience?
  • What do you want to acquire?
  • Who do you want to be?

One of primary reasons most people don’t get what they want is that they aren’t clear about what they want. Others will recognize what they’d like to have, but when they can’t see how it’s possible to get what they want, and they dismiss their desires as foolish and unattainable.

Don’t sabotage yourself this way!

1. Set Goals in Important Areas of Your Life

We start the goal-setting process by getting clear about what you want in order to create the life you want.

What do you want? To create a balanced and successful life, write down a minimum of 3 goals in each of the following 7 areas:

  1. Financial Goals
  2. Career/Business Goals
  3. Free Time/Family Time
  4. Health/Appearance Goals
  5. Relationship Goals
  6. Personal Growth
  7. Making a Difference

If you have more goals than this, don’t limit yourself – write them down! On the other hand, if writing down 21 goals seems like a lot, remember that we can have a mix of long-term and short-term goals.

For a goal-setting example, in the financial area, you may have a short-term goal of paying off a $5,000 credit card balance, as well as a long-term goal of amassing a net worth of $5 million dollars.

You want to keep both goals present in your mind, even though you’ll be working more actively on the short-term goal first.

2. Set a “Breakthrough” Goal

When setting goals, it’s important to include a few that will make us stretch and grow to achieve them. These might be learning a new skill or trying something that is uncomfortable and maybe a little frightening, such as public speaking. It also helps to set a breakthrough goal that would represent a quantum leap.YELP_Webinar_Blog_Sidebar_250x300

Examples goals that require a breakthrough include: publishing a book, starting a business, getting on Oprah, winning a gold medal at the Olympics, or getting elected president of your industry association.

Material goals are important, but the ultimate goal is to become a master at life. In the long run, the greatest benefit we receive from pursuing our dreams is not the outer trappings of fulfilling the dream, but who we become in the process.

The outer symbols of success can all be easily lost. Houses burn down, companies go bankrupt, relationships end, cars get old, bodies age and fame wanes, but who you are, what you have learned, and the new skills you have developed never go away. These are the true prizes of success.

Motivational philosopher Jim Rohn advises that:

“You should set a goal big enough that in the process of achieving it, you become someone worth becoming.” - Jim Rohn

Once you are clear about what you want, write them down and turn each item into a measurable objective.

3. Decide How to Measure Your Goals

Measurable means measurable in space and time – how much and by when. You cannot set goals without a proper way to measure it.

As soon as you commit to a big dream and really go after it, your subconscious creative mind will come up with big ideas to make it happen. You’ll start attracting the people, resources, and opportunities you need into your life to make your dream come true. Big dreams not only inspire you, they compel others to want to play big, too.

You’ll also discover that when your dreams include service to others – that is, accomplishing something that contributes to others – it accelerates the accomplishment of that goal. People want to be part of something that contributes and makes a difference.

4. Work on Your Goals Daily

To keep your subconscious mind focused on what you want, read your list of goals every day. For an even more powerful approach, close your eyes and focus on each goal and ask yourself, "What is one thing I could do today to move toward the achievement of this goal?" Write down your answers and take those actions.

As the old joke goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Steady progress in bite-sized chunks puts even the most audacious goals into reach.

Create Your Own Life Goals List

One of the most powerful things you can do is create a life goals list for yourself. This is a list of all of the things that you want to accomplish in your lifetime. It always changes, it's always updating itself BUT you must write your most important goals and dreams down.

Goal-Setting Examples

Let’s go through some goal-setting examples to explain why your goals need to be specific.

For example, "I want to lose weight" is vague. But it might become... "I will weigh 135 pounds by August 1st at 5 PM." Or "I will increase my income to $80,000 year by December 31st at midnight." Or I will live in a 35,000 square foot home, as big as the one Bill Gates has, by December 31st at midnight." Now, notice in these examples, they all stated how much, by when. A specific amount that you can measure by a specific time that can be measured.YELP_Webinar_Blog_Sidebar_250x300

For instance, if you were to tell me that you wanted more money, I might pull out a dollar and give it to you. You would probably protest, saying “No, I meant a lot more money, like $20,000!” But there is no way I’d know how you’d define “more money” unless you tell me, right?

Similarly, your boss, your friends, your spouse, your brain, God, and the Universe can’t figure out what you want unless you tell them specifically what it is. What exactly do you want and when do you want it by?

Now an easy place to start when you're setting goals is to simply look at one area in your life that you would like to be different. It might be where there is something that is negative or disturbing that you'd like to eliminate, or it might be where there's something missing that you'd like to create. Something you'd like more of...more money, more love, more time.

Now once you've decided what you want you can either do something about it...or not. It is your choice and you have responsibility for your choices.

But bear in mind that you have to be willing to change your behavior and do something different if you want to create a different outcome. You have to be willing to take whatever risks are necessary to get what you want.

A Goal VS. A Good Idea

When there are no criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want, a wish, a preference, a good idea. To engage your subconscious mind, a goal or objective has to be measurable. Here are a few examples of good goals to give you more clarity.

Setting Personal Goals 

Good Idea: I would like to own a nice home on the ocean.

Goal: I will own a 4,000-square-foot house on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Califonia, be noon, April 30, 2018.

Setting Goals For Weight Loss and Health

Good Idea: I want to lose weight.

Goal: I will weight 185 pounds by 5PM, January 1, 2018.

Setting Leadership and Business Goals

Good Idea: I need to treat my employees better.

Goal: I will acknowledge a minimum of 6 employees for their contributions to the department by 5PM, the Friday.

How to Achieve Goals

Setting goals are only the first piece of the puzzle. Once you’ve set goals you must take immediate, everyday action to accomplish them. Sometimes, when things don’t happen for you as fast as you’d like

1. Check Your Expectations

When we admire someone's success, we tend to focus on the end result and overlook the time and effort it took to get there. This can cultivate unrealistic expectations and lead to the idea knowing how to be successful happens overnight.

But the thing is, overnight success is a myth. REAL success typically follows a series of small events and achievements that can seem to take an eternity, include a number of disappointments along the way, and challenge you to the core: your stamina, courage, integrity, and even your willingness to keep going.

So if you’re feeling particularly challenged right now, don’t worry! It’s all part of the process. The important thing is to learn the lessons you need to learn and keep moving forward.

2. Focus on What is Working – NOT on What Isn’t Working

When you’re frustrated because you’re not progressing as quickly as you’d hoped, it can be easy to focus on the negative instead of the positive.

You may even find yourself entertaining self-destructive thoughts like "I'm not good enough," "It will never work," or "Something must be wrong with me."

But one of the great laws of the Universe is, you get more of what you focus on. So if you pay more attention to the things that aren’t working, you’ll encounter more negative experiences, people, and results. And there’s not much success in that!

On the flip side, if you focus on what IS working, you will be able to see where you’re getting the best results for your efforts, and will start identifying new ways to get even better results! 

3. Keep a Written Record of Success

YELP_Webinar_Blog_Sidebar_250x300Humans have a built-in negativity bias. It’s an evolutionary thing – it helped us stay alert to danger back in the prehistoric days when everything was out to kill us!

In modern times, this negativity bias causes us to feel and remember the bad things much more powerfully than we feel and remember the good things. It really helps to have a written record of what’s working so you can keep track of your positive achievements and remember them at the end of the day.

That’s why I recommend you keep a daily success journal. It’s a great way to focus your attention on the positive and continually stay on track with your vision for your ideal life.

Spend a few minutes each morning writing a list of what you’re grateful for in your life. Then, at the end of the day, write some notes on what went right that day. Be sure to write down everything, no matter how small it may seem. When you train yourself to recognize and acknowledge your own achievements, you are guaranteed to attract even more success into your life.

4. Use Meditation to Cultivate a Positive Mindset

Meditation can be a powerful tool to help you find solutions to problems and shift your attitude so you can attract success sooner rather than later.

Meditation shuts down your judgmental, highly critical brain and allows your unconscious mind to take over – so you can enter a deeper state of inner peace and joy and tap into a higher level of creativity that will help usher in the results you want.

(NOTE: If you’re new to meditation or if you’ve struggled when meditating on your own, Awakening Power is a step-by-step guided visualization and meditation program that will provide you with a deeply satisfying experience.

5. Use the Rule of 5

My favorite way to get more done every day is to follow the Rule of Five. Here’s how it works: every day, identify 5 specific things you will accomplish to get closer to your goal – then don’t call it quits for the day until you cross each one off your list.

Not only will this give you a proven structure to ensure you get more accomplished every day, it will also give you a clear sense of what’s actually achievable in a day – and you can round up your goals or scale them back so they help you move forward consistently without exhausting yourself by working until midnight every night.

6. Don’t be Afraid to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone & Take BIG Action

Let's say you're doing ALL these things, but you still aren't happy with your results...

Here’s a question to consider: have you taken any BIG ACTION to launch yourself out of your current situation and closer to the life of your dreams?

You may be taking action – but it might be the same kind of action you’ve ALWAYS taken. If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting the same results you've always gotten.

If you want to create a new life for yourself, you have to practice some new behaviors. Shake things up a bit and see if you can take new actions or modify existing ones. And don’t be afraid to do something BIG.

Setting Goals Can Change Your Life

You see, it's very liberating when you finally realize that you have the power to make your life whatever you want it to be. It's a wonderful feeling knowing that your success does not really depend on anyone else.

So if you're looking for one thing to do different today than you did yesterday, make it this: Commit to taking 100% responsibility for every aspect of your life. Then choose what it is you want. Decide what actions you're going to need to take to create it and then take those actions one step at a time.

There are a lot of things you can learn to do to accelerate your success.  But the basics that will move you from where you are to where you want to be are simply this: Decide what you want, take control of your thoughts, visualize what you want, make a plan and then take action. Start with these simple steps and I promise you that you'll start seeing the results you want.

If you're committed to goal-setting and truly want to achieve I teach a free webinar where I'll show you 6 steps to achieve any goal. I want the true goal-getters on the webinar and we can learn to achieve success together. Join me in creating Your Extraordinary Life Plan here!

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Are You Lying to Yourself?

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The person most likely holding you back from success is you.

How? Self-deception. Lying to yourself is the simplest way to ignore the challenges and situations that push you to achieve more.

Today, I’m going to talk to you about how to get out of denial and come to terms with the things that are holding you back from success.

Face What Is Not Working in Your Life

If you are going to be successful, you have to get out of denial and face what isn’t working in your life.

Do you make excuses for the lack of results in your business or your career? Do you defend or ignore how toxic your work environment is?

Maybe you make excuses for a bad marriage? Are you in denial about your lack of energy, your excess weight, your ill health, or your level of physical fitness?

Successful people face these circumstances head on. They heed the warning signs and take appropriate action, no matter how uncomfortable or challenging it might be.

How to Recognize Denial

What does denial look like?

Though some situations in our lives can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, and painful, we often live with them. Worse, we hide them behind myths, accepted views, and platitudes.

We don’t even realize we are in denial.

We use phrases such as, “It’s just what guys do.” “You can’t control teenagers these days.” “He’s just venting his frustrations.” “It’s got nothing to do with me.” “It’s none of my business.” “It’s not my place to say.” or “I don’t want to rock the boat.”

Lying to Yourself is NOT the Easy Route

Occasionally, we'll even pretend a situation is working when it isn't. We don't realize that if we acknowledge the bad situation sooner, it is often less painful to resolve.daily-affirmations-for-success-guide-2

Acknowledging the situation is cheaper, and the circumstances might be more beneficial. Likewise, the problems would be easier to solve and we could be more honest with everyone concerned. In turn, we would feel better about ourselves, and we would certainly have more integrity.

The problems would be easier to solve and we could be more honest with everyone concerned. In turn, we would feel better about ourselves, and we would certainly have more integrity.

But in order to accomplish this, we have to get past our denial.

Acknowledge the Bad Situation

Successful people are more committed to finding out why things are going wrong and fixing them. They do not defend their own position or maintain their ignorance.

A big part of not lying to yourself is recognizing bad situations and then doing something about them.

Often denial is the notion that something even worse will happen if you stop lying to yourself and take corrective action.

In other words... We’re afraid to face the truth.

Solutions Do Not Always Require Drastic Change

Therapists can tell you that in spite of overwhelming clues that their spouse is having an affair, many patients will not confront their cheating partner.

They simply don’t want to face the fact that the marriage might be over.

It could be they don’t want to deal with the emotional stress and the physical inconvenience of a divorce. Or they don’t want to deal with the financial upheaval or the possibility that they might have to move or get a job.

Many of the situations I described may require drastic changes in how you live, work, and relate to others. Remember that the solution to your problems isn’t always to quit your job, get a divorce, fire the employee, or ground your teenager.

It may be more productive to choose less extreme alternatives.

These alternatives can be a discussion with your boss, marriage counseling, setting boundaries with your teenager, coworkers, friends and family, scaling back your expenditures, or seeking competent professional help.

Face Your Fears and Take Action

Of course, these less drastic solutions still require you to face your fears and take action.

But you have to face what isn’t working first.

The good news is that the more you face uncomfortable situations, the better you get at it. When you face one thing that isn’t working, the next time you face a challenge, you are more likely to take immediate action.

And the sooner you take action, the easier it is to handle.

Choose an Area of Your Life to Improve

As usual, I want to leave you with a bit of homework to complete. Take the time right now to make a list of what isn’t working in your life.

Start with the seven major areas where you would normally set goals:

  1. Financial
  2. Career or Business
  3. Free Time or Family Time
  4. Health and Fitness
  5. Relationships
  6. Personal Growth
  7. Contribution or Making a Difference

Make a Plan 

Ask yourself:

“What’s not working? How can I improve it? What requests can I make? What action steps can I take to get each of these situations to work out the way I would like them to?”

Do you need to talk to someone? Call a repair person? Ask someone for help? Learn a new skill? Find a new resource? Read a book? Call an expert?

Just choose one and make a plan to fix it. Hold yourself accountable, and leave a comment below of at least one thing you’re going to fix right now. I’ll be sure to follow up with you.

Affirmations can help you to improve all areas of your life. They will help you attract into your life all the love, appreciation, success, and abundance you desire and deserve. Learn more from my step-by-step affirmations guide to replace your limiting beliefs and achieve success. Click below to learn more. 

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How to Meditate for Clarity, Intuition & Guidance

Learning how to meditate can help you to achieve success faster, because when your mind is clear and focused, and your body is relaxed and calm, you can access information, both internal and external, that can help you make better decisions.

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Do you ever find yourself irritated and it gets in the way of your performance? Are you ever so stressed out that you can't sleep at night? Are you ever so overwhelmed you just can't seem to stay focused? Do you ever have to make a major decision and just don't know which way to go, or you're looking for a solution to a problem and you just can't find it? Meditation can help with all of these things.

The more you meditate, the more access you have to your intuition. Keep reading and I’ll show you how to meditate with a guided meditation exercise that I enjoy using. This is something that even beginners can use.

What is Meditation?

block quote, meditation is a powerful tool Meditation is a practice where you train your mind or induce a state of consciousness. You can meditate to realize some benefit, such as relaxation, stress reduction, healing, or strengthening your life force. Or for developing certain qualities such as love, patience, generosity, and forgiveness.


Focusing on breathing, visualizations, mantras or meditation music can help bring mindfulness to the present moment. This sets the stage to calm your mind.

Meditation can also be used to access inner wisdom and insight from your own higher unconscious or from a Universal power often referred to as God, infinite Intelligence, Universal Consciousness, or Source.

It is also a powerful tool for accessing your creativity, your inner wisdom, and developing your intuition.

For most people, this means to close your eyes, slow down your breathing, focus your goals by repeating a phrase without being distracted by anything else.

Does Meditation Work?

Most people have a resistance to meditation. They think it's too weird at first. Or they say they're too busy to take the time to learn how to meditate.

After reading this post, and discovering the simplicity, and many benefits of meditation, my hope is that you will try it in your own way.

Three of the sources of my greatest successes came to me while I was meditating – the title for Chicken Soup for the Soul, which has become a brand worth several hundred million dollars and the inspiration for the creation of the Transformational Leadership Council and for our Online Train the Trainer Program which teaches people how to teach the success principles.

There are many different forms of meditation that have been developed over thousands of years in many diverse cultures. I teach several of them in my Awakening Power audio program and you can learn one technique from the guide below.

Learning to meditate is a journey, this guide will help you take the right steps. Download my free 4-Step Meditation Guide.

The Benefits of Meditation

In general, through meditation, you can do many things better. You make better decisions. A few of the mental health benefits of meditation include greater productivity and focus, less stress throughout the day, anxiety relief, and better sleep at night. Meditation helps reset your hormones, promotes faster healing, and getting sick less.

It can help create longevity for a better life, build intuition, and discover your higher purpose.

Some of the spiritual benefits of meditation include, greater awareness of the world around you and a deep connection to yourself and your purpose.

All those things sound pretty great, right?

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What Happens During Meditation?

The reality is that you're focusing on one thing so that everything else begins to drop away. During meditation, your mind quiets. You’re able to access your subconscious mind.

When you first start meditating, you may notice that your mind begins to wander. If you sit with your eyes closed, trying not to think a thought, you’ll probably end up pretty frustrated, because your mind will tend to wander and you’ll think you’re failing. This is ok.

Remember: Meditation takes practice.

It's much easier when you have a guidance, when there's meditation music, when someone's voice is guiding you through the steps.

Your mind doesn't wander as much, and it's much easier to follow along and not get lost in all the stories and the to-do lists and the thinking about the past and worrying about the future that we normally do.

That’s what I want to do for you.

The Best Meditation Positions

Let’s start by getting into a position to meditate.

What are the best meditation postures for success? It’s much simpler than you might think. You can meditate while sitting naturally in a chair.

You can meditate sitting on the floor. You can even do it lying down. If you lie down you have the tendency to fall asleep, but do whatever is most comfortable for you.

Benjamin Franklin used to meditate holding a hammer about half an inch above his head so that if he fell asleep the hammer would hit his head and wake him up. He didn’t hold it so high that it would hurt him, but he was that committed to meditation.

How to Meditate: The 4-Part Meditation Technique

There are hundreds of different forms of meditation.  I have explored in depth at least 20 different forms of meditation, including 10-day silent meditation retreats. I now practice 3 or 4 different forms on a regular basis.  Each of the meditation techniques accomplish different things in my experience.meditation-guide

Some are calming and centering. Some energize and analyze the body. Some develop neutral witness or allow insight and wisdom to emerge.

There is a form of meditation that combines all these into one that I teach in my Breakthrough to Success Training.  

I call it the Betty Bethard’s 4-Step Meditation. Since I learned it from Betty and have been teaching it in my groups ever since.

I find this technique to be one of the most simple ways to meditate.  It is also, profoundly effective.  May it support your inner peace and wisdom.

Let me talk to you about what each step entails, then I’ll guide you through the entire meditation.

Step #1: Preparing to Meditate

Physical Preparation: Avoid meditating on a full stomach, when overly tired, or while wearing restrictive clothing.  Do not meditate while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Use your own judgment when using prescribed medication.

Mental Preparation: It is helpful prior to meditation to prepare yourself mentally.  For example: you may read, discuss, or listen to or think about something of an inspirational nature.

Environmental Preparation: Find a quiet time when you will not be disturbed by the telephone, doorbell or other interruptions.  When you have moved into the inner stillness, all your senses are heightened, and a sudden noise can be a shock to your system.

This meditation can be done sitting cross-legged on the floor, or as most people find more comfortable, sitting in a chair. Keep your body erect, feet flat on the floor, hands together in your lap. Let your hands touch together, fingertip to fingertip.

Relax.  It is helpful if your spine is straight. It is surprisingly easy to relax in an upright position. Imagine a string tied to the top of your head pulling straight up toward the ceiling.

Take several deep breaths through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Then let your breathing become steady, rhythmic and relaxed.

Imagine a pure white light coming up through your left foot, up the left side of your body, all the way to the top of your head, across to the right side of your body, and down the other side. Do this three times.

You can also ask to be shown the way to truth, wisdom, and understanding.

Step #2: Repetition

Repetition is simply the focusing of your mind on a single point. It is an essential part of meditation. It clears away the mental cobwebs and stills your active conscious mind.

You can do repetition with your eyes open or closed, whichever proves better for you. If you use the eyes open method, fix your gaze on a single object.  

A tiny light or candle in a darkened room, a picture, a religious symbol, a mandala, the word Love. These and many other things have been used successfully as the focal point of repetition.

A great many people, including myself, have better success in concentration with their eyes closed, visualizing a word, face, object or symbol in their mind’s eye. It can be a religious symbol, a mandala, a flower, or a peaceful scene in nature such as a still lake.  You may wish to focus on a word, a seed thought, or a phrase that has special meaning to you.

There are many, many phrases that come from different spiritual traditions. If you don't want to go into that, you can simply imagine inhaling the sound "re," exhaling, "lax." Like "relax." You're giving yourself a subliminal command.

Ones that I have used, with great success, are “I Am Love, or Sat Nam," or simply, "Re-lax”. You can just inhale as you say to yourself "Re" and exhale as you say to yourself "lax."

Repeat the phrase over and over without letting any other thoughts come into your mind.  Whatever focal point you choose on which to concentrate, let it represent your highest spiritual idea, never something materialistic.

At first, your mind will quite likely want to stray. Bring it gently back to the focal point of your concentration.  As it strays again, bring it back again. Almost everyone finds their mind much too active to settle down to a single point at first.  But, soon you will find your ability to discipline your mind to one point growing stronger and stronger.

Step #3: Receptivity

meditation-guideAfter a few minutes of repetition, you shift gently to receptivity for the next few minutes. Separate your hands and turn them palms upward in your lap. Keep your body erect and relaxed.  

Now let the mind you have been disciplining so vigorously relax. Do not exert any conscious effort to think about anything.  

Just set your mind free. If you did repetition with your eyes open, you must close them as you go into meditation. You have opened the various consciousness centers of your being.  Remain relaxed and passive, yet alert.

Thoughts and mental images may cross your consciousness.  Examine them placidly as they come and go.  You may “see” images and scenes or “hear” mental messages.  

An image that helps me is to imagine I am standing on the bank of the river simply watching boats fly by.  I am just watching the thoughts and sensations that arise.  The trick is to "watch" the thoughts and sensations as they arise.  

If you get lost and suddenly realize you are thinking rather than watching, just "climb out of the boat", get back on the bank and become the watcher, the observer or the witness once again. It takes a while to develop this witness position, but the rewards of peace, calm, and insight are well worth the effort.

Step #4: Closing Down from the Meditative State

At the end of your meditation, close both hands into fists and imagine a luminous white light surrounding you, filling, you and protecting you.

The main idea is that you are learning to place yourself in an environment of protection, guidance, and control. This can be done in a variety of ways. For example, imagine yourself in a ball of white light, or in a white balloon, just so long as the white environment totally surrounds you. This procedure will close down the centers of your consciousness that you have opened during concentration and meditation, leaving your inner being protected from outside influences.

Use this phase to visualize yourself achieving any goal you might choose. You could simply visualize yourself whole and healthy, or you might visualize yourself having achieved a particular goal. If you use an affirmation during the repetition phase and do a related visualization during this phase, this is very powerful.

Your Inner Wisdom: After a while of meditating you will begin to discover that you have a great deal of wisdom inside. It is simply a matter of taking the time to listen to what is within, and your intuition, sensitivity, and alignment with the universe all begin to grow.

It is as though all the powers of your mind and the secrets of the universe start to become available to you. You will grow in strength in these gifts so long as you seek them for service to your fellow man rather than for selfish, material ends.

How Long Should You Meditate For?

You can divide any amount of time into these 4 segments.  I usually meditate for about 20 minutes during the week and for 40-60 minutes on the weekend. On a 20 minute session might look like this: Preparation (3 minutes), Repetition (7 minutes), Receptivity (7 minutes), and Closing Down (3 minutes).

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Summary of The 4-Step Meditation for Beginners

1) Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and focus on slowing down your breathing

First, find a quiet place, close your eyes, focus on slowing down your breathing by taking four long, deep, slow breaths, and then imagine white or golden light starting in your left foot slowly moving up through the entire left side of your body and then down your right.

2) Repeat an uplifting word or phrase

Repeat an uplifting word or phrase such as "re-lax," "so-ham," "I am love," or, "I am in the universe and the universe is in me," silently over and over, for about 3 to 4 minutes.

3) Move into a state of quiet

Third, you stop the repetition of your word or phrase and just move into a state of quiet, receptive observation, just noticing any thoughts, feelings or physical sensations that arise in your consciousness.

4) Imagine yourself surrounded by a sphere of light

Fourth, spend a few minutes imagining yourself surrounded by a spotlight or sphere of white light. After a minute or two of that spend the remaining minute or two visualizing your life goals as already achieved.

Learning How to Meditate Effectively Takes Practice and is a Natural Progression

The thought of learning how to meditate can be intimidating to some beginners as there are several types of meditation, such as Mindfulness, Concentration Transcendental, Kundalini, Qi Gong, Zazen and Vipassana... but new practitioners should not get lost in complicated details. What I’ve just taught you is a combination of all of these meditations. It is extremely simple to learn and practice so you won’t become overwhelmed.meditation-guide

Just focus on improving one session at a time.

Whatever form of meditation you do, remember that you can’t do it wrong. Whatever you are experiencing is fine. Don’t expect to have a totally clear mind or to achieve enlightenment overnight. Meditation is a daily discipline that you practice for years, but the benefits are so profound.

When you first start, a few minutes is plenty. Over time you will find that you will want to meditate longer. It is a natural progression. I usually set the timer on my iPhone for 20 minutes.

If you don’t have 20 minutes, just 5 minutes of concentrating on the sensation of your breath either by focusing on the sensation of the air coming in and out of your nose or the sensation of the rise and fall of your chest is better than nothing.

Eventually, you will notice these instructions become second nature and your mind will be easier to calm by using the exercises. Be sure to focus on your breath and the sensations of inner peace and relaxation will follow closely.

Meditation Will Help Calm Your Mind

Try it for yourself. Get into a comfortable position and focus on your breath. You can focus your mind on one of your personal affirmations.

Another way to calm the mind is by visualizing a peaceful scene such as clouds floating by or the waves on a windy lake growing calmer and calmer. Start by doing this for at least 5 minutes every day, then build on the amount of time you spend meditating, and in a few weeks, reassess how you feel mentally and physically.

In addition to peace of mind, I guarantee you’ll notice increased clarity and energy in your life when you figure out how to meditate.

Leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve ever tried meditation and, if so, in what ways it has it benefited you?

Learning how to meditate is a journey, this guide will help you take the right steps

The process of figuring out how to meditate correctly doesn’t need to be overcomplicated. Due to its simple nature, the proven psychological benefits will gradually grow stronger and stronger, improving your emotional and mental health with every session. As a result, you will make room for more success in your life by removing mental clutter that weighs down your cycle of completion.

If you would like to start practicing meditation, then I strongly encourage you to download my free 4-Step Meditation Guide. It will help you understand the techniques used to reduce stress, overcome anxiety, clear your mind and listen to your intuition so you can tackle any challenge in life with clarity and ease.

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