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Thought-Provoking Questions that Can Transform Your Life

Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers. ~AnthonyRobbins~

Life is comprised of endings and beginnings; the good and the not-so-good. Joy and pain. “When we learn to distinguish between pain and suffering, we discover that sometimes pain is a call to action. At other times, we must simply accept our losses and tragedies. In either case, pain comes and goes. Suffering grows out of our reaction to the original pain”, writes Jack Kornfield, author of A Wise Heart. When I first read the above passage, it evoked several memories of past experiences and how I prolonged mental and emotional suffering because of my reaction of resistance to the truth of my reality and the “clinging” to beliefs about how I thought the situation “should have been.” Reading this book the first and every time since then continues to bless my heart and stimulate Aha! Moments.

I have always been fascinated with the power of questions. I ha…

Occupy Your Strength Zone

A man is but the product of his thoughts, what he thinks, he becomes.
~Mahatma Gandhi~
It’s never too late for you to become the person you were designed to be. One of my favorite quotes is by Dr. Martin Luther King, he said, “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” When you engage life with openness and a willingness to adapt to what is happening now in your life, this attitude of mind can help to create the energy that attracts more of what you desire to experience in life. On the other hand, when your heart is hardened by mental and emotional suffering from your life experiences, it is often difficult to attract new possibilities for happiness and success.
Your thoughts are creating energy of emotions and behaviors that are like magnets, attracting to you what your thoughts are transmitting in your life. Dr. Caroline Leaf writes in her book, Who Switched Off My Brain? “A thought may seem harmless, but if it becomes toxic, even just a thought can be…

It’s All Good and It’s All God

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.
~Psalm 107:1~
Happy Thanksgiving, As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends we are reminded of the bounty of blessings that abound in our lives as a result of the grace of God. It is my prayer that all is well with you and those connected to you and that each of you are, as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit (3 John vs.2). May the peace, power and provisions of God overflow in your life, today and every day. Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to connect with me on this blog. I am humbled and grateful for each reader. You serve as an inspiration for me. Sharing information that I pray reveals to you God’s will for you to champion the seeds of greatness within you. I will continue to serve you by sharing information and resources that will help you do just that and be the change that you want to see in your life and in our world.

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

9 Simple Truths for Living Wise, Part 8

1.Proverbs 1:7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.
2.Proverbs 1:17-19 If a bird sees a trap being set, it knows to stay away. But these people set an ambush for themselves; they are trying to get themselves killed. Such is the fate of all who are greedy for money, it robs them of life.
3.Proverbs 2: 2-5 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Search for them as you would silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord.

4.Proverbs2: 6-8 For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.
5.Proverbs 2: 9-11 Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with …

Makeover My Attitude Challenge: Live Strong, Wk. 6

You don’t know you can do something difficult until you do it, because it’s in the doing that you find your strength. ~Sherri Shepherd, co-host of the View~

We assume that the way we perceive ourselves, abilities and experiences as the way we and they are when the truth is, we see ourselves, abilities and experiences in relation to the mental and emotional state we are in at the time. In her book, Transformational NLP, Cissi Williams writes, “As human beings we can never experience reality as it actually is, since we have to experience it through our five senses and our senses are limited in how much information they can receive”. Williams points out that, “our unconscious mind screens out most of the two million “bits” of information streaming through our senses and nervous system. We don’t react to reality only our perception of it”.

The perception you have of yourself, ability, and life experiences create the story line of your life. These stories are reflected in your self-talk relat…

8 Power Moves to Boost Your Emotional Energy

Energy is equal to desire and purpose. ~Sheryl Adams~
You are not alone in wanting more energy. Millions of people are experiencing an emotional energy crisis. Every day they confess things like, “I feel so tired”, “I feel older than I am”, “I barely have enough energy to do what I need to do on an everyday basis”, and “I could get a lot more done, if only I had more energy”. Emotional energy fuels our inner-drive to overcome setbacks, set goals to experience better and enjoy our life.

You have probably made the effort to boost your energy level by increasing your physical energy and found that the pop of physical energy isn’t enough. “You’re not just your body”, says Mira Kirshenbaum, author of The Emotional Energy Factor: The Secrets High Energy People Use to Beat Emotional Fatigue. “You are a whole person. The emotional side of you is just as important as your body”.“So it makes sense, she says, there’s another energy source. It’s emotional energy”.
Kirshenbaum defines emotional energy…

9 Simple Truths for Living Wise, Part 7

1.Circumstances do not make the man [or woman] they reveal him [or her].
~James Allen~
2.God’s word is true regardless of how we feel, who believes in it or not, and the current state of our life.
3.Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)
4.You cannot speak defeat and at the same time expect to experience victory in your life. The power of life and death is in your tongue. (Proverbs 18:21)
5.Fact of life: Everything that you pursue in life will not be attained. How you live with defeat and loss shows your character just as living with success.
6.Who says that you cannot be all that you believe that you can be? Stop listening to the opinions of those who haven’t attempted, or is capable of doing, what you desire to achieve.
7.Seek advice from those who have accomplished something similar or what you are in the process of making happen. They can help you avoid the pitfalls and advise you how to navigate the inevitable roadblocks you wi…

8 Reasons You Feel Emotionally Exhausted

If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.
~ Oprah Winfrey ~

How often have you thought, “Where’s my get up and go? I’m tired all the time. But it’s not my body that’s tired. It’s like it’s me that’s tired inside my body.” So many of us are caught up in an energy rat race”, according to Mira Kirshenbaum, author of The Emotional Energy Factor: The Secrets High Energy People Use to Beat Emotional Fatigue. She says, “The demands of life, if not managed, will exhaust our emotional energy.” Emotional energy is defined by Kirshenbaum as “the preconditions for everything we care about. Everything worth doing that’s difficult gets lost without it. Marriages fail when we run out of the emotional energy to reach one more time across the divide of anger and silence. Dreams die when we lack the emotional energy to hang in there in the face of all the obstacles.” In my blog post, Simple Steps to Mana…

Makeover My Attitude Challenge: Express Your Personal Best, Wk. 5

The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but that we aim too low and reach it.
Millions of people every day defy expert statistics and succeed in life, not in spite of the odds but because of them. Marcus Lattimore, pictured to the right is USC-Gamecock star running back. He continues to defy the odds as he has had to deal with back to back injuries that prevented him from finishing out the past two seasons. Fans of the football team expected Marcus to return next year however he has chosen to enter into the NFL draft. Marcus and his family recognizes that he has proven himself at the collegiate level and this preparation positions him to take on new challenges and receive different rewards from playing in the NFL. Fans were saddened by the news, yet they recognize the importance of Lattimore using his God given abilities at the next level in his professional career. Gamecock fans continue to pray that he experience a greater measure …

9 Simple Truths for Living Wise, Part 6

1.The path to awakening is possible when we dedicate our lives to a noble way of life.
~Jack Kornfield, A Wise Heart~
2.Concentrate on the value, the righteous, the truth of the work itself. By aligning our dedication with our highest intention, we chart the course of our whole being.
~Jack Kornfield, A Wise Heart~
3.If our actions do not come from a kind heart, from loving courage and compassion they are deluded.
~Jack Kornfield, A Wise Heart~
4.Find a meaningful purpose in the experience and you will get through and be better, stronger, and wiser as a result.
~Jackie Capers-Brown
5.Practice loving kindness toward yourself- the traditional ground from which all loving kindness is developed.
~Jack Kornfield, A Wise Heart~
6.Loving kindness Daily Affirmation:
May I love myself just as I am
May I sense my worthiness and well-being
May I trust the world
May I hold myself in compassion
May I meet the suffering and ignorance of others with compassion
~From the book, A Wise Heart~

7.Letting go sometimes s…

Makeover My Attitude Challenge:Honor the Sacred Ordinary,Wk. 4

Life is a spell so exquisite that everything aspires to break it. ~Emily Dickinson~
There is so much magic in the sacredness of our ordinary life. We just have to wake up to what we have and nurture a heart attitude of gratitude for the life that we are living and the many blessings that are present in our life, right now, today.

The happiest people I know are those who are fully convinced in their own minds that honoring the sacred ordinary gives them a reason to rejoice and be glad in the blessings of each day. The most significant gifts in life are often those easily overlooked. These gifts that I call “grace-filled moments” are reflected in the blessing of good health, music that stirs our soul, laughter that swells our heart with joy, good times with family and friends, and the ability to start over with second chances.

We are able to initiate these “grace-filled moments” in many ways, from giving someone a bear hug when they’re feeling down in the dumps, smiling at a stranger to ac…

A Simple Truth for Living Wise – Part 5

Consider a time when you and a bunch of friends went to see a movie and afterwards several of you held different perspectives of the same movie. You may have interpreted certain scenes in the movie as the best, while other friends considered other scenes as those that truly made the movie worthwhile to see. This experience is an example of how our perceptions shape what we believe about our life xperiences. Our perceptions about our life experiences is based on the “why” beliefs and emotions we feel at the time of the event. Our perceptions create the “story” or meaning that we tell our self and others about an experience. In the case of the movie, you and your friends shared the same experience, yet the "story" that each of you told about the movie came down to each individual's perception of the movie.

The Power of Re-Scripting Our Personal Stories
The perceptions that you have about your life experiences is directly linked to the “meaning” that you have attached to them…