Monthly Archives: February 2014

Simple Stuff-Challenge

(Simple Stuff is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff..)

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Death is a challenge. It tells us not to waste time… It tells us to tell each other right now that we love each other.-Leo Buscaglia

I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.-Tony Robbins

When you challenge other people’s ideas of who or how you should be, they may try to diminish and disgrace you. It can happen in small ways in hidden places, or in big ways on a world stage. You can spend a lifetime resenting the tests, angry about the slights and the injustices. Or, you can rise above it.-Carly Fiorina

As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.-Amy Poehler

There’s always a backlash when you challenge people’s convictions and their heroes.-Pink

The trials on the road to world harmony are no greater than the courage of those who accept the challenge.-Carl Lewis

If danger arises in the present moment, there may be an emotion. There may even be pain. But that’s a challenge, not a problem. For a problem to exist, you need time and repetitive mind activity.-Eckhart Tolle

I challenge you to be dreamers; I challenge you to be doers and let us make the greatest place in the world even better.-Brian Schweitzer

The secret of concentration is the secret of self-discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.-Arnold Palmer

Charity 2 FYI

Access to clean water is a basic human right.

Clean water transforms lives. Our projects are designed to end the walk for water for women and girls. Clean, convenient water saves lives, improves health, allows girls to go to school and women to earn an income and to care for their families.

Invest in people. Every poor community is rich in the most valuable resources: human intelligence and strength of spirit. Our projects thrive because they are independently owned and operated by community members themselves, and they place women in key leadership roles.

Offer solutions that last. Every project we have embarked on is still in operation. We have this 100% success rate because we prepare communities to manage their own water and sanitation systems in perpetuity.

Charity FYI

Featured Charity
Rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator
(who are they? Charity Navigator is America’s premier independent charity evaluator.)
Founded in 1987, the mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. RedRover accomplishes its mission by engaging volunteers and supporters, collaborating with others and maximizing the use of online technology.

RedRover focuses on bringing animals out of crisis and into care

RedRover is committed to:
preventing animals from being in crisis by:

strengthening the common bond between people and animals
helping children explore the bond between people and animals through stories and discussion
helping children share information about animals, reflect on the roles of animals in their communities and determine our responsibilities toward them
bringing animals out of crisis and into care by:

caring for animals displaced by natural disasters or rescued from mass cruelty situations
providing financial assistance to pet owners and animal rescuers to obtain urgent veterinary care
mitigating situations of animals in crisis by:

connecting volunteers and rescuers with opportunities to help animals in need

Wanna write a book?

This is a great one from Jack Canfield

Jack has an inspiring new video that tells the story of how he overcame time pressures, self-doubt, rejection by 144 publishers and other obstacles plus how becoming a bestselling author has changed Jack’s life.

Because it’s resonating with so many people, he is getting incredible feedback.

Have you seen it yet?

Almost everyone has at least one good book inside them and I’ll bet you do too.

If you want to discover how to get started as an author … sell a lot of copies … perhaps even one day see your book on the New York Times Best Seller List — check out a series of free training videos Jack’s friend Steve Harrison and Jack has acreated for anyone who’s written a book or wants to someday.

From Jack:
“In the first 7-minute video, I share tips for authors as well as how becoming a bestselling author changed my life in ways I could have never imagined

In today’s free video, you’ll hear me share:

My journey from inner city high school teacher to launching 47 New York Times Bestsellers with over 500 million books sold.
What I tell new authors about writing their first books and how to make your book a big success.
The real payoff to writing a book (hint: it’s probably not what you think).
A super-simple way to get started writing your book.
How to get 3 additional free training videos on becoming a successful author.
.. and MUCH more so go here now:

To your success,

The Canfield Training Group
*Maximizing YOUR Potential*

The Canfield Training Group
P.O. Box 30880
Santa Barbara, California 93130
United States
(805) 563-2935

Simple Stuff-Destiny

 (Simple Stuff is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff..)


Destiny has two ways of crushing us – by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.-Henri Frederic Amiel

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.-William Shakespeare

The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.-Albert Einstein

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.-Steve Jobs

It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.-Winston Churchill

Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.-Bob Marley

Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.-John F. Kennedy

What if every shortcoming, slip, or bobble you noticed in another person was choreographed by divine intelligence to be delivered at exactly the right time, as a cleverly veiled invitation for you to wonder, ask, and think about how you might increase your own awesomeness? –  (www.tut.comM. Dooley– The Universe

Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.-Charles Reade

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.-William Jennings Bryan

Control your own destiny or someone else will.-Jack Welch

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For my daughter’s 9th grade community service project, she is collecting blankets (used or new) for Action for Animals. If you wish to help please contact me…

Resolve to Get Real

Totally a ‘reblog’ from Wayne dyers website blog….

Resolve to Get Reall

1/29/14 at 6:45 am | 6 Comments by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
Dear Friends,

Forget about those New Year’s resolutions in which you decide on the first day of January how you will be conducting your life in September, some nine months later. Here’s why: any resolution that involves you making decisions about long-range upcoming behavior reinforces the self-defeating notion of living in the future rather than in the present moment. In fact, you can go about resolving until the cows come home, and you still have to live your life just like everyone else on this planet—ONE DAY AT A TIME. The important questions to be asking yourself are “How am I going to use my present moments this year?” and “Will I waste them in reviewing to myself how I used to behave, or how I would like to behave in the future, rather than resolving to live each day to the fullest?”

What you can do is set up day-to-day goals for yourself, and then resolve to begin living with present moment awareness for the rest of your life. For example, instead of deciding you are going to give up sugar for a year, resolve to go one day without eating sugar. Anyone can do virtually anything if it is for only one day. When you go for one whole day without eating sugar (or any other new behavior), you are a totally different person at the end of that day. Learn to let that totally different person decide on the second day whether he or she wants to do it again on this new day, rather than letting the same old person decide that it is only going to be difficult in a couple of days anyhow, “so what’s the use.” Always let the new you make the decision, and then you’ll be living your present moments.

You know how easy it is to give up on a resolution, and you may have attributed this to some character flaw or personality weakness. Not so! You give up on your resolutions because your mind resists the notion of trying to live your life in long stretches, when it is patently impossible to do so. It is simply a matter of asking yourself at the beginning of the day, “How do I want to conduct my life today?” Then very directly begin to carry out your goals for the day. When you get good at living your present moments one day at a time, you’ll see yourself changing right before your own surprised eyes. Remember, anyone can do anything for just one day, so tune out the sentences that keep you locked into your old self-defeating ways and begin to enjoy each day of your bright new year.


I AM, Wayne

Words to Live by- Self Talk

(This is one of a part of a series of WORDS TO LIVE BY. This series grew out of a workbook I first made for my young daughters and discussed at the dinner table. These Words include values, good ideas, and Words to aspire to….and learn from….enjoy!)lenticular-clouds_1307_600x450

Earlier last year, about 12-14 months ago, I noticed that I was focusing on, and generally talking to myself (self-talk) in a less than empowering way. You know, I was asking poor questions – “what’s wrong with me?” “Why can’t I do that?” etc. Or I would say “He makes me mad” “that bothers me” , “that’s just a bad situation”.

Many wise people, coaches, etc. encourage us all to improve our questions and we’ll improve our perspective. So, for the past couple of months, I have been really trying to focus on my self-talk, my focus, my thoughts, my feelings, etc. Trying to be good in all respects – not ask, think of, focus on what isn’t working.

I also asked a friend and former coach, who I respect, etc. I used to work with him (he was my coach). I still visit his website.

One of the great things that I learned from him, and I still refer to is Dave’s WWG…..

It stands for:

What do you Want?

What is Working for you?

What are you Grateful for?

Simple thoughts that have really helped me.

Furthermore, I personally asked Dave for his thoughts. You see, my whole family is compassionate and wanting to help. A good thing. But sometimes our thoughts about it are NOT empowering.

Here’s what I mean….my late mother, my sisters and I still say “I feel bad for”…. people and animals. In other words, when we see an animal struggling, we might say; “I feel bad for that puppy”, or if there is a child struggling or a friend facing a challenge, we’ll say, ” I feel bad for him.”

Like I said, I am looking at all words, however seemingly small. When we say “I feel bad” we are essentially programming or telling ourselves to ‘feel bad’. Sure, it is nice that we have compassion and care for another person or animal, that’s all good, but when we say “I feel bad for…” we’re not helping that person/animal and we’re encouraging ourself to ‘feel bad. So I asked my friend Dave about it.

Maybe you don’t say “I feel bad for….” like we do. But I bet that you say or ask something else that is not empowering to yourself? Think about it. What things do you say or ask yourself that could be improved or changed?

Here are Dave’s thoughts, paraphrased. I thought they were meaningful and helpful enough to share with you.

I suggest taking words like bad, good, negative, positive out of your self talk by simply stating what it is without labeling it. For example: you may feel emotional inside where your energy is low in a situation, ask yourself if that feeling is serving you and if it is, ok…if not, choose to change to another feeling state by using WWG.

In your example when you say “I feel bad”, you can change it to “I have empathy/compassion for that person/animal” and if you want to do something for the person/animal then do, maybe sending them love or supporting them in some way, (or say a prayer?).

When you simply feel “bad” for something is that really doing anything for you or them? Yet If you have empathy/compassion and want to do something (even if it’s sending love or compassion from your heart) that offers something for that person/animal to help Empower them to move forward…use your feelings to help in some way instead of simply feeling “bad” which usually ties to guilt and is a mind and time waster.

Hope that helps you out 🙂 – From Dave Blomsterberg –

Also, suggestion for the book: “Untethered Soul” by Michael Singer
It’s amazing how he looks at our thoughts simply being a thought and not tied to us and how to be an observer of our thoughts in order for our ego’s to stay out if our way…a must read! You can also go into Oprah’s OWN network on line to see if you can find episode where she interviewed Michael for some more insight from him.

Simple Stuff – love and caring

(Simple Stuff is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff..)

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.-Lao Tzu

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.-Oscar Wilde

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself – and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.-Jim Morrison

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.-Bruce Lee

Where there is love there is life.-Mahatma Gandhi

I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.-Mother Teresa

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.-Albert Einstein

Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.-Barbara de Angelis

The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving.-Paulo Coelho

The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance.-Brian Tracy

Love does not dominate; it cultivates.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The more one judges, the less one loves.-Honore de Balzac

If you want to be loved, be lovable.-Ovid

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.-Jesus Christ


+This week is dedicated to my wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters.+



What if you gave your loved ones a list of 5 or 10 reasons why you cared about them?


From brendon burchard

Too many people have lost all grand ambitions for change and greatness by heeding the advice of the “realists” and the standard bearers of the status quo, who tell us to set ‘smart’ goals.

But smart goals almost always end up being small goals, utterly predictable and absurdly measured small plans for small people who need certainty and safety to such a degree they cannot wade into the wide territory of the unknown where real vision and progress lives.

No great innovation or human leap forward came from a predictable path or an idea that was immediately ‘attainable’ or ‘realistic.’ It’s rare that these types of goals ever spark the imagination or fire the will of the human spirit.

We are now a culture flooded with tasks and spreadsheets and work plans that inspire no heart, no drive, no courage. I say, you want to change? Then do not, under any circumstances, allow yourself to settle on a vision or a calling or a change in any arena that is uninspiring.

If you’re going to have clarity on something in your life, make it something so big and bright and meaningful that you will get out of bed and chase it until you grasp it or die.

Bring forth a desire that is unbounded and even scares you a little bit, that will demand all the best that is in you, that takes you out of your own orbit and into the stratosphere of the remarkable. That kind of desire changes your life, and it changes the world.

From THE CHARGE by Brendon Burchard
Get it free here:

What is your vision?

I’ve written about having a vision before. I have used it and have gone without a vision, and I recommend having one no matter what!

Here is an author from – he has some good ideas.

He may or may not be selling things in the links, I don’t know. It is not an affiliate link.

Check it out.

Why do you need a vision in the first place?

Because, you must have a vision before you start strategic planning.
After all, you can’t give directions without a destination, right?

By creating a vision for YOUR American Dream, you create a
destination. Not only that, but if you have a Vision AND Core
Values, you have everything you need for an Employee Handbook
in just 1-2 pages.

You really won’t need a 120-page binder full of lawyer-speak if you
have a clear vision and a concise set of core values. These will help
you make the right decisions, the important decisions.

And you don’t have to limit your vision-writing to just your business.
You can envision your family, a charity you run, or even how your
slowpitch season to go. Apply visioning to anything you want. You’ll
be amazed at how close to reality you will get to your vision if you
stick to it.

Watch today’s video on how to create your personal Vision.

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But first, let me give you a preview on the easy 3 step process…

Step #1 – Pick a time frame. It could be 1 year, 5 years, or 10 years.

Step #2 – Use the question below to help you write a first draft

  • What does your organization look like?
  • How big is your organization?
  • What is your organization famous for?
  • How do you measure success? (Be specific)
  • Why does anyone care about what you do?
  • What do you refuse to do?
  • How do people who work here feel about their jobs?
  • What is your Mission and Movement?
  • How do you, the founder, feel about the business?
  • What are the 3 most important things you offer your clients?
  • What’s your role in the business?
  • How do you find prospects?
  • What kind of people will you need to hire? (skills, attitudes)
  • What are everyday tasks?
  • What do employees, clients and peers say about your biz?

Do NOT reject any ideas. Instead, come up with a Big Hairy Audacious
Vision (a BHAV), and be as clear, concise, and specific as possible.
Write from the future, as though you had already achieved your vision.

Step #3 – Get feedback, re-write, and then share. Share your vision with
those who will implement it — and then move on to the next step, which is the
“how” of strategic planning that will lay th e path to help you reach that vision.

Watch this video now – What’s Your Vision?

Craig Ballantyne
Early To Rise
Financial Independence Monthly Monthly

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