Life Strategy 101
How to Live By Vision, Work With Purpose and Achieve More Success!
Michelle L. Casto, M.Ed.
Whole Life Coach, Speaker, and Author of the Get Smart! LearningBook Series Educate & Empower Yourself! www.getsmartseries.com Illuminate & Enlighten Your Life! www.brightlightcoach.com
This workbook belongs to__________________________________________ Why is it important to develop a Life Strategy? If life is a game, then you should be playing in the major leagues, right? Unfortunately, many people play it safe (and small) by playing (and living) their life in the minor leagues. If you want to be a STAR in your own life and want a bigger, better, more fulfilling life, be willing to play a bigger game---one that pushes you beyond your comfort zone---one that challenges and inspires you and moves you into your courage zone! You can have live a bigger, better, and brighter life by tuning into your higher self. When you are in touch with your spirit, you listen and follow your intuition, which will lead you to make the best decisions in life. When your soul is your guide you will never be lost and you will never lose. When you make the time to reflect and write about what you want, you are more productive. And you get more of what you want from life. A Harvard University study proved that people who wrote things down, got 5 times more accomplished than those who did not. Thus, when you write things down, it becomes real and you become more committed to taking action. This workbook will help you begin the creation process, and will empower you to create your life as you would like it. The Top 10 Ways to Achieve Life Success 1. Believe you deserve the best from life. 2. Write down your life vision, purpose, and goals. 3. Know and honor your values. 4. Visualize life as you would like it. 5. Affirm your intentions to yourself and others. 6. Take action daily to support what you want. 7. Measure your progress. 8. Commit to the process of personal growth. 9. Develop a support system. 10. Hire a personal coach to help keep you motivated. Let’s get you started on the path of success…….
“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” ---Carl Jung
LIFE STRATEGY 101 Contents:
What is Life Success? Whole Life Planning Discovering Your Life Vision and Purpose Values Clarification Life Vision Life Purpose Life Strategy Life Empowerment Success Tools Life Bloom About the Author Inspirational Quotes For Further Reading
This workbook is based on the book Get Smart! About Modern Career Development: A Personal Guide to Creating Your Life’s Work and is fully protected by copyright law. Life Strategy 101 Workbook, Get Smart! Publishing, Atlanta, GA. Copyright May 2001, Michelle L. Casto (All rights reserved).
So expect success! The “Law of Attraction” means that the universe attracts similar vibrations and frequencies to us through our mental and emotional tones. and perseverance than anything else. resourcefulness. making a certain amount of money defines success. What is success and how do you achieve it? Success can be defined as the progressive realization of a predetermined. You must have both a positive mental attitude combined with a solid set of beliefs about your ability to set and meet your goals.L. said that he had discovered three steps that would lead to success. Goals give life meaning. Despite what many people think. For some. we magnetize only good things back to us. doubt.“Success in life could be defined as the continuous expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. and hard work. You can’t achieve success without developing goals. according to what goals they set for themselves. When we send out positive vibrations. having a career that enables them to make a real difference in people’s lives is what makes them feel successful. It has been said that Success is a state of mind combined with a state of readiness. H. it is finding their unique life balance in all areas of their life. and attracting likewise. As humans. if you want to be successful. For others. And for many. with great enthusiasm. Act. someone once said. 3). Journal Assignment 1: I know I am being successful when………
. The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary. People who experience success in their lives know what they want and they go after it with passion. you are vibrating at a high rate and are open to the positive gifts that life has to give. it is having a happy family life. You will experience what you expect. You need to develop your own definition of success so that you will attract it into your life. who was at one time the richest man in the world. In fact. For others. If you are doing something that is bringing you joy or passion. or guilt cloud our mental frame of mind—we are sending out a lower frequency. Decide what you really want out of life. we are designed for achievement and accomplishment. Hunt. which are based on love or fear. 1).” ---Deepak Chopra What is Life Success? The definition of life success varies from person to person. This observation is especially true for living a successful life. 2). In other words. When we let fear. having a career in a particular field. This definition of success underlies the importance of having goals. Having passion for your work and your life infuses creativity into what you do. conviction. success is much more about hard work. worthwhile goal or dream. Develop a plan of action for achieving it. knowledge. you are going to have to work for it.
” I agree that Life is a Do-It Yourself project. You can do this by having a clear vision and developing strong intentions. you are going to have to be proactive so you can consciously create life as you would like it. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.
. as you dream.” he said. but he needed to retire. a day at a time. So it is with us. we’d do it much differently. The carpenter said yes. Each day you hammer a nail.“Dream lofty dreams. If you want to live a certain kind of life. Then we are shocked to realize we have to live in the house we have built! If we could do it over. “I am the master of my fate. We build our lives. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. When the carpenter finished his work.” The carpenter was shocked! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house.” ---James Allen Whole Life Planning Like William Henley who once said. You must first mentally visualize and then physically create what you want. joy. Build wisely! Build with commitment. The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. Take this story as an example of the importance of building it with excellence and pride (author unknown): An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. He would miss the paycheck. often putting less than our best into the building. Your life is your gift. how you appreciate it and use it is entirely up to you. or erect a wall. so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your attitudes and the choices you make today build the house you live in tomorrow. “my gift to you. They could get by. the employer came to inspect the house. He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. pride. You are the carpenter. But you cannot go back. and love. The captain of my soul. “This is your house. but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. he would have done it all so differently. And better. place a board.
but don’t give it power. Enjoyment is the path that leads to fulfillment. you will experience more joy and inner peace. You are meant to experience ease and enjoyment. and passions. You deserve to enjoy what you are doing and who you are being in life.k.” and by learning to listen to your intuition. life is not meant to be a struggle. One way to experience more enjoyment is to give yourself permission to be creative. Contrary to popular belief. fear is usually a sign that you are on the right track. Be the person who blazes the trail for others! Fear of success or fear of failure often prevents people from pursuing their heart’s desire. How would you feel if you were living the life of your dreams and experiencing the things you desire and deserve?
. know that it is o. this will dissipate the fear and you will soon forget what all the drama was about! When considering your dreams and goals. However. Ask yourself. Your Passions are the things in life you love. purpose. never ask yourself if you are good enough to do something. “Will I enjoy it?” By creating your life based on your vision. you feel fully alive and brightly lighted! Your aliveness meter is a 20 on a scale of 10! Journal Assignment 2: How do you feel about your aliveness scale? (1-10). purpose. when you feel fear. Your Purpose is your r’aison d’etre (reason for being). simply focus on what you want and then take action.this is your soul trying to communicate with you its deepest desires. you will make wiser decisions. Creativity leads to a deeper self-understanding and is also a way to share who you really are with the world. The word intuition is latin for “in to you. Get Smart! When you live in alignment with your vision. it is important to pay attention to your longings/yearnings--. In fact. Notice the fear. and passions.When planning the life you want to live and the work you want to do. but you have to learn to listen to what your higher self is saying to you. To be successful. Your Vision is the way you would like your entire life to be. take risks and try things that are unconventional or different.
it is through our Bodies we communicate with our Spirit. including the four L’s. Finding your unique balance will help you experience more fulfillment. Our Mind is the artist (or author) of our lives creating from the thoughts we focus on most. Thoughts radiate into the universe to find their corresponding experience. Think about your life dimensions. in a single-minded quest for success. so will be our actions. When these thoughts are negatives. Our Spirit guides our thoughts and these thoughts are translated into behaviors that produced desired results. Human beings have four main dimensions of experience: the 4 L’s: Love. it provides a strong. whether it is through a chill down our spine. so will be our actions.
. the being you are. Spirit is the essence of who we are. If our thoughts are positive. It is important that the three dimensions of our core being work together. Leisure. or a warm feeling all over. Mind and Body. Labor. we lose sight of other aspects of our lives.” ---Anais Nin Holistic Living When thinking of your definition of life success. It is our divine connection with the higher power and knows our deepest dreams and desires. are they in or out-of-balance? Or does one (the labor. Any behavior or action was first a thought. a tingly sensation in our gut.“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. for example) take up more space than you would like? To live holistically means that you integrate Spirit. When we work towards personal development nurturing Spirit. and Body. do not forget to include all of your life aspects. Paying attention to your body and how it feels is key to communicating with your Spirit and understanding the information that is being relayed. It is through Spirit that we obtain our life vision and purpose. Journal Assignment 3: Draw your life pie. Oftentimes. and Learning. Mind. balanced foundation that enables us to achieve our goals and maintain peace and joy in our lives. Your body is the vehicle for your spirit. Also.
talents. personality. Unclear About What you Want from Life-you do not know what you want to create in your personal and professional life spheres Not a priority in your life-you haven’t made room in your life for the discovery process 4 Steps to Developing Your Life Strategy 1. Your purpose is your overall reason for being on the earth. Your vision is your overall blueprint for your life. etc. and passions through the process of raising your self-awareness. Become Self Aware Raise your awareness about your strengths. 3. You can do this through writing your life vision and life purpose statements which will empower you to live your life intentionally and mindfully. Get Clear on What You Want From Life Write Our Your Vision and Purpose Statements 4. Casto If you want a certain life. etc.“You are the author of your own success story. and experimenting. Some reasons you may have not yet developed your Life Strategy: Disconnected from your Higher Self-you are not following your intuition or paying attention to the signs and synchronicities in your life Lack of Self Awareness-you are not aware of your personality. Trust that you already have the answers to your questions inside. purpose. Make This a Priority Use this workbook as a guide to get you going and hire and coach to keep you going…
. soul searching. Your passions are the fun things you do when time flies. gifts. strengths. You can discover what your vision. Get in Touch With Your Spirit Listen to your inner wisdom. talents. 2. you are going to have to consciously create it the way you envision it. gifts.” ---Michelle L.
develop it. or to choose a non-traditional path. Another idea: What is the vision or purpose for my life? Write as much as you can for as long as you can. 6. teach it. What have been your defining moments?
3. mentally.” Write exactly who you think you are. SoulScript: Write about what your ideal life and work would be like.Self-Assessment Exercises Designed to Help You Get in Touch With Your Spirit 1. Ask yourself: What would I do if I were brave enough? 7. Answer these questions: Who am I really? What kind of life do I want to lead? What kind of work do I want to do? What is important to me? (spiritually. write it. short sentences. Defining moments usually impact your life and often take you in unexpected directions. (no editing allowed). Draw: Draw a picture of who you are at your core being Exercises Designed to Raise Your Awareness 8. Draw your life map: Highlight the major accomplishments and disappointments. read what you have written. Go to bed thinking about the question you would like answered and then write about it upon waking. physically?) What are my core values/beliefs? (see values checklist) What kind of experiences do I want from my life? If I could provide one thing for the world. what would it be and why? 2. say it. Access the power of your unconscious: Keep a dream journal. And afterwards. What are the themes? What does your spirit need to say or do in this lifetime? What is the “it” that you must do? (draw it. It can be descriptive words. a detailed paragraph. 5. ask you to take a risk. Allow your writing to serve as a channel from your higher self. anything. this can be as creative as you want it to be. Define your life: Defining moments have both positive and negative effects on your life.
. What did you learn about yourself? 4. Write about it/Journal: One idea: “My spiritual self. etc).
Create: Create a symbol or logo of what your life purpose might like. Notice which areas are illuminated. weaknesses. Questions to Help Your Discover Your Passions
What am I doing when the time passes by without my realizing it? What are some of the important issues in today’s world? How can I be of service to others? What in life inspires me and makes me feel good? What things am I naturally good at? What things do I enjoy doing? (name 10) What is really important to me? What am I passionate about? What do I do that I totally enjoy? What things in life relax and rejuvenate me? People tell me that I am good at _________________________
Smart Tip Keep in mind. etc? 13. talents. you will not likely be living by your vision. Meditate and visualize what your ideal would look like: See it in your mind’s eye and then write about what you envisioned and hope to experience while on your journey. strengths. feelings. (This is your own success story.
. that when you have a clear inner vision. And if you are not working with purpose and passion.9. you have a much more fulfilling outer experience.) 12. 14. Interview 3-5 people who know you well: Ask them about you--what are your gifts. What lessons have you learned that you can share with others? 11. what do you need to keep? What do you need to let go of? 10. Know and live according to your value system: Knowing your values is key to creating the life you want and doing the kind of work you want to do. Write out your life story: Write it out and tell it several times to others. Clean out your personal attic: Go inside your heart and mind to take a good look at your past. Go inside to see what is lying dormant—what needs to be brought out to the present and properly tended to? What thoughts. experiences come to your mind? Once you have brought things to the light.
when they re-arrange the list to: Family. it makes sense to create a life that enables us to express ourselves and that upholds our value system. Values are intrinsic beliefs and feelings that develop from our experiences. and are the most powerful motivators of personal action. Upon reflection. you choose them as your guides. Balance.” ---Carl Schurz Values Clarification Values are central to our soul. but like a sea-faring man on the water. and Family. Balance. and culture. Sometimes. either physically or mentally _____ _____ _____ _____ _____
. because now they are spending more time and energy on their top value “family” instead of “achievement. personal development. following them. Values represent the organizing principle of our lives. _____Achievement -the need to set goals and meet them _____Adventure -work involves risk-taking and excitement _____Aesthetic -to perform work that is beautiful or pleasing to others _____Affiliation -to be recognized as a member of an organization _____Challenge -to be challenged on a regular basis. friends. work-related. and Achievement. lifestyle. a person whose top three values are by priority: Achievement. We need to live our lives by them or risk being disappointed by others or out of alignment with ourselves. It is important to get clear that what you value is really what you value. relationship. Since values are so central to who we are. you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. prioritize your top 3-5 values. you reach your destiny. For example.” For ex: if you had to make a decision about whether to take a job offer that required you to travel away from home a lot. On the second line.“Ideals are like stars. Much of what we value has been absorbed from others. mainly those closest to us (family. they create a very different life experience. and helps you to make important life decisions. & significant other). make a check by each value that you are seeking. Considering your life. and spiritual/religious. backgrounds. you may wish to re-evaluate your values and put them in different priority. allows you to be very clear about the standards you set for yourself. you would make it differently based on your top values. simply changing the priority of your most important values can have a major impact on how you live your life. The main reason to know and honor your value system is that it empowers you to remain true to yourself. Some categories of values include: social responsibility. Living in alignment with your values gives you an incredible sense of peace.
or structures _____ _____Diversity -to have diverse experiences. secure work environment and/or position_____ _____Support –to have emotional and/or financial support from others _____ _____Travel -to have the opportunity for travel while working _____ _____Variety -to do many different kinds of tasks on a daily/weekly basis_____ _____Unconventional -to do work that is out of the mainstream _____ _____Work Alone -to work on projects independently _____ _____Work With Others -to have close working relationship with a group _____ _____Wisdom -to learn.to be able to make personal and professional decisions _____ _____Competition -to compete with others in a win-lose situation _____ _____Contribution -to make a meaningful contribution _____ _____Creativity -to create new ideas. programs. understand. animals. people. or other living things _____ _____Knowledge -to gain or impart information _____ _____Independence -to determine the nature and direction of my work _____ _____Influence -to change the attitudes and opinions of others _____ _____Recognition -to be well-known in my field of work _____ _____Routine -to perform basically the same kinds of tasks _____ _____Physically Challenging -to perform work that makes physical _____ demands of me _____Power -to have control or dominance over the activities of others _____ _____Prestige -to have a high status position _____ _____Profit -to make a significant amount of money _____ _____Public Contact -to have extensive contact with people _____ _____Safety – to feel safe in my home and work environment _____ _____Security -to have a stable._____Choice. etc _____ _____Fun -to enjoy my life/work _____ _____Helping -to be able to help other human beings. and grow in my work _____ List others not mentioned__________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________
. and places _____ _____Freedom – to be able to create your own schedule.
think about a time when all of your needs were met and you felt at peace. The good news is that by taking this course. you can begin living and working in alignment with your true value system.Write a statement about: “what I value most” Spiritually_______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Emotionally_____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Mentally________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Physically_______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Sometimes we are doing things in life because we think they are important. But in reality. and find ourselves spending time doing things that are not as important as we thought. Journal Assignment 4: “Peak Experience Exercise” If you are having trouble knowing what your values are.
. we have not even stopped to consider what is really important to us. What were you doing? What values were being honored? Write about this experience.
and results in more fulfilling life. A well-written vision statement should inspire you. meditation. then crystallize. and feel empowered to develop a strategy. Some benefits of writing a life vision are that it identifies your direction. promotes laser-like focus. That is because they are in tune with their higher selves and they choose not to cater to the needs of their lower selves (ego). Sometimes you will feel scared. which will later help you develop a strategy on how to get there. “Vision without action is merely a dream. stretch your imagination. Believe in yourself. be clear and concrete. It is a picture of the preferred future that you seek to create. actively participate in creating the way they want their lives to be.” By writing out your life vision. you will have a clearer idea of where you are going. and support your value system. and story telling. this you will become. Living by your life vision will make it easier to stay on your spiritual path because you will know what is important to you. To build the life and career you want. You can evoke your vision with imagery.” ---James Allen Write Your Life Vision Statement When planning your future. and at those times.your life vision is your blueprint. the ideal you enthrone in your heart--this you will build your life by. encourages creative thinking. you must first have a vision--first visualize. journaling. Look at your life in its entirety and actively reflect about how you want it to be and the person you want to become. Writing a life vision will help you to recognize the importance of taking a proactive stance when designing your life. action without vision just passes the time. and situations that are best suited to you. Your vision reveals what you really want out of life and empowers you to make smarter life decisions. people. ask yourself: Is my life progressing the way I would like it?
. but instead. This will help you to choose work. she develops a blueprint first-. you are free to create your life vision however you wish it to be. People with clear life visions do not merely react to whatever life throws at them. symbols. Just like when an architect who sets out to build a house. Vision with action can change the world. uncertain. you need to tap into your intuition for guidance. To begin the process. You can do anything you set your mind and heart on.“The vision that you glorify in your mind. As Joel Arthur Blake commented. you need to look at your whole life. And remember. your vision will no doubt be what you hold closest to your heart. and each of its dimensions. Because it comes from your soul. A vision is a guiding image or blueprint of success formed in terms of how you want to live your life.
body. Edit it until it is “just right. and spirit. • I am maintaining optimum physical and mental health through daily exercises and meditations for the mind. for now focus on the “Why. my friends.Guidelines For Writing Your Life Vision 1. chosen family. Write a rough draft. Smart Tip Don’t worry about how you are going to create and live out your life vision. Mind. and maintaining positive relationships with My life partner. • I am reaching out to others so they too can achieve their goals and spiritual calling. 2. Make it personal using your own style and incorporate images or graphics. and spiritual helpers. Jot down any thoughts. Meditate about what you would like your ideal life to look like and be like. • I am developing. growing.” Robin’s Life Vision Statement I am maintaining spiritual. Include statements from the four main life areas: love.” 6.
. • I am constantly feeding my mind. labor. or images that came up during your meditation. The “How” will come later. and learning and/or the three dimensions of being: Spirit. Keep it to one page. Simply get it down on paper. 8. family. feelings. growing in wisdom and knowledge daily. in present terms. You will know you have finished with your life vision when you feel at peace with it. 4. Write your life vision statement. 9. excellent money management and investments. • I am achieving financial independence through my life mission. and physical balance in my life through active works and reaching out to others. 10. and Body. 7. Include your top three-five values. 5. 3. mental. as if it is already that way. • I am fulfilling my spiritual life purpose of educating and healing people. leisure. Sketch out a picture or symbol of something important to your life vision.
I practice patience and empathy with others. leisure. I look to my Higher Self for guidance. I educate and empower others to make conscious. Casto's
Life Vision Statement
3/17/00 In this life. and have fun. and spiritual) Balance (in my personal and professional spheres) Contribution (making a difference in the world) I operate from Acceptance. I openly express myself through the spoken and written word. believe in myself. I know that life is a gift to be unwrapped daily and that there are four main spheres of human experience: love. I take time to relax. I help others follow their intuition and trust themselves. As a spiritual being having a human experience. I overcome obstacles. and wisdom available to me from nature and other human beings while on my journey. and students. joy. friends. financial. I learn my soul's lessons so that I evolve. In love. I am willing to receive and appreciate the beauty.Michelle L. and Communication. labor. I connect with nature and animals as a source of inspiration. Authenticity. I will look upon my life with happiness. I am creative and unique in my approach to work. I am a collector and imparter of wisdom to all that surround me. love. In labor. I am a lifelong learner. and inner peace-knowing that my existence on earth held meaning for myself and others.
In learning. When confused.
. I am a positive role model for my family. I bestow loving words and kind gestures onto those closest to me.
I consciously and intentionally create my life around my core values: Abundance (emotional. When my spirit takes flight. I seek out real connections with other like-minded souls. and achieve my goals. I actively participate in healthy activities. colleagues. and spirit. I honor my mind. I take risks and do not fear failure--rather seeing mistakes as learning opportunities. body. rejuvenate. I play a dual role of student and teacher. and learning.
In leisure. smart decisions.
as you evolve and grow throughout your lifetime. A professional purpose focuses on what you want to do. aggressive qualities that exist within all humans. people need to enjoy their passions in both areas. the masculine. For our purpose.” To be the most fulfilled. “Purpose” as defined by the dictionary. It should be a sentence in length and clearly communicates to others what you want to do during your life. so you will find that it often flows into your personal life. Being “on purpose” means that who you are and what you do is intentional and meaningful. Many modern people are discovering that they can. When your work seems more like passionate play.personal and professional. Once you have the vision for your life. a poet must write if he is to ultimately be at peace with himself. nurturing qualities that exist within all humans. while you play the role of “mother. we are interested in the professional purpose. For instance. Working with purpose involves an intentional act of creation. The thing about a purpose is that you may find yourself engaging in it in and out of work.” ---Abraham Maslow Write Your Life Purpose Statement There are two basic kinds of human purpose--. Your professional (or work) purpose corresponds with yang nature. if they choose. an artist must paint. It is about the kind of work you want to do. The energy and focus of the purpose you choose to pursue may change depending on the different roles you find yourself playing in life. You can’t separate your purpose from who you are. you can move on to developing your purpose statement. Your personal (or relational) purpose corresponds with yin nature. you are working on purpose. means a result or an effect that is intended or desired. A personal purpose focuses on who you want to be. your professional purpose may be “put on hold” for many years. To find your purpose in life and live it is truly heroic and courageous. the feminine. Your purpose statement is a broad-based declaration of what you feel passionate about providing to the world and/or what you want to share with others.
. effectively balance both. as you give your time and attention to your personal purpose.“A musician must make his music. Smart Tip Remember that your vision and purpose statements may change. It is about the kind of person you want to be with others.
. Robin’s purpose is To empower people to live their vision and create the life they love. and possibility. purpose. For example: Michelle’s purpose is To educate and empower people to live with passion.Sample words for your Purpose Statement: Advance Advise Affirm Compose Counsel Create Educate Encourage Express Heal Inspire Invent Love Make Motivate Promote Raise Support Touch Validate Value
Choose Demonstrate Facilitate Involve Organize Strive Wisdom
Coordinate Develop Give Lead Perform Teach Write
Smart Tip Post your life vision and life purpose statements in your office. so you can reflect on them daily. Journal Assignment 5: Write out a rough draft of your life vision and purpose statements.
The ancient Peruvians used to draw out their goals in symbols and paint them in primitive colors on the walls of caves. most successful people have many trials and tribulations before they “get it just right. Successful people are also hopeful people. but also how willing you are to try. It is especially important to note that most success stories do not unfold overnight. you have to develop a strategy/action plan. a poet. you too can achieve and succeed in whatever you want to be or do. a writer.” Take Thomas Edison. people who sit around and dream about becoming an actor. set goals. where. but do not have the willingness and persistence to follow through and try out several ways of doing it. who tried over 2000 different experiments before he discovered the correct combination for the light bulb. As Yoda said in Star Wars. To achieve success. To live out your vision and work with purpose. a doctor. The Egyptians used to create elaborate rituals to move from one state of desire to actualization. Planning is simply thinking about your day or week in a systematic way. but who never seem to get around to putting their ideas into action. Hope is the human feeling that offers a belief in a better future state. and how long you will persist in trying. when. It’s been said that change is inevitable. Likewise.”
. and how you will achieve your dreams. Planning and prioritizing bridges the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. You need to have a vision. growth intentional. Life Empowerment Motivation is not only your desire to do something. If you are not getting the results you intended. Take notice that most people have a high desire to do things. “There is no ‘try. They believed that writing out a dream in advance would assure a positive outcome. If you choose to have high hopes. so people rarely recognize them. as it is the first step towards having the life you want. we moderns have an innate need to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. and then focus on results.’ only ‘do’.Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work. find the reason and adjust your strategy. ---Unknown Develop a Life Strategy The desire to meet a challenge and succeed has been a part of many cultures throughout history. In fact. Prioritizing is putting the many things you need to do in order of importance and urgency. A success strategy includes the who. People with hope recognize that they can create life as they would like it. Your purpose provides intention and direction for who and what you want to be and do. They are day-dreamers. what.
you will gain the momentum needed to bring about major career and life changes. you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” ---Jim Rohn Empowerment is based on having high self-efficacy and self-confidence. It is important to know that if you have a great desire to do something. People with ambition aspire to reach their dreams and bravely go after what they want. Who do you think is more successful in life? The doers. Doers go after what they want. no matter what other people might say. Remember this sentiment by James Allen. even when they don’t have all the information---they go for it! They have high efficacy and therefore are willing to persist through the personal growth process. If you can move through fear. Success is a mindset. People who are empowered are better able to take control of their lives because they believe in themselves. Dreamers dream about what they want. They take action and rarely spend time just talking about it. “You are today where you thoughts have brought you. there is a way.”
. “This is Who I Am. They are risk-takers. in that you already believe in your ability to carry out a specific task or make a dream come true. The fear will actually cancel out the desire. Empowered people are courageous and not afraid to take risks. but also have a fear of doing it you may become immobilized. They can be all talk and no action. of course. I believe that the Will is your Spirit wanting to do something that is right and true and the Way is the higher power that will support your efforts. even when no one else will. rather than “wishing” them to happen. Successful people successfully stand up to the question “Who do you think you are?” And they answer.“Success is not pursued. it is to be attracted by the person you become. They “will” things to happen. They inherently know that they can create the kind of life they want. They recognize that if there is a will. Empowered people have moved beyond survival needs and seek more selfactualizing experiences. They have a vision and then take action to create it in the real world. You have to believe in yourself. unable to make changes. Empower yourself by believing in yourself and thinking positively.” Journal Assignment 6: What is one thing that you have wanted to do but are afraid to do because of the consequences? What would be the best and worse scenario if you were to do it? Utilize Success Tools There are two basic kinds of people: Dreamers and Doers. They come from a place of empowerment.
what they plan to do along the way. Empower yourself to be BIG and to freely shine your bright light to the world. act like. What will you do to be more organized? Create space in your life to go after your dreams. Be Organized and Create Space Make sure your dreams are not lost in the chaos of clutter and confusion. consider hiring a personal assistant. The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them. so that it is a joy to “get down to work. In order to be a success. What will you do to create more space?
. you must think like. and look a success as all times. but could also be “mental” or “emotional” space. Winners can tell you where they are going. or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. such as: • writing your life vision and purpose statements (posting them where you can reflect on them) • organizing your living/working space • making to do lists • setting smart goals • taking action daily • evaluating your progress and adjusting your course as needed • using visualizations/affirmations • celebrating your successes • developing a support system • hiring a life coach. Keep your living and working space clear and inviting. it needs specific instructions and directions.” Because there are too many other things to distract you and pull you off track from pursuing your dreams.” If paper work or filing is not your strong suit. use defense-strategy tools—specific actions that will keep you on track.” “Winners” make their success a priority and do “whatever it takes. learn about them. This could be actual physical space. Successful people program themselves for success. and who will be sharing the adventure with them. “Since the mind is a specific biocomputer. Like Dennis Waitley said.Don’t let others try to take away your power or your dreams with negativity.
Have To’s Want To’s
Set SMART Goals It’s been said that a goal not written is simply a wish. One for “Have To’s” and another for “Want To’s” Too often people lose valuable energy and time on the “have to” list. This goal is fuzzy and unclear. then follow through. Smart Goal: To begin researching and writing a book about small business by June 2002. Action-oriented-the goal is something you can take tangible action on. Setting smart goals is the best way to ensure that you stay on track and continuously work towards creating your destiny. Measurable-the goal is able to be measured.actualization. SMART Goals: Specific-the goal is clear. which leaves little left over for the “want to” list. Time-limited-the goal is limited to a certain time frame. What we want to do is usually where our true dreams lie. you know precisely what you are going after. Goal-setting is the process of making a dream come true step-by-step. Reality-based-the goal is something that can be done. you will have parameters as to when you will have completed it. you will know when you have achieved it. Make time for yourself and be committed to the process of self. you will be able to do it.” ---Captain E. How will you know when you have achieved it?
. Write out your two lists. Not-so-smart Goal: To be the best writer ever. V. Rickenbacher Use a “To Do” List— Write 2. This goal meets all the “smart” criteria.“I can give you a six word formula for success: Think things through.
you create energy and momentum which moves you forward faster. Talk to five-ten people who have written similar books to get good information. etc. Go to library and online to research your topic. you will have to: a. As long as you are taking active steps in the direction of your goal. During the evaluation. “Knowing is not enough. • Re-evaluate the goal’s priority in your life. Because when you do something everyday. Etc.” Sometimes to achieve success. Break these mini-goals into “smart” steps that you can accomplish during your designated time period for achieving your major goal. Develop a writing system or process that works for you. Goals have various sub-steps that have to be completed in order for you to reach your goal. do not punish yourself if you have not completed your goal on time. For example in order to achieve your goal of writing a business book. you must start over. we must do.Sometimes our goals seem so large and unattainable that we never get started on them. • Modify your goal to accommodate changing priorities or directions. The Goal Evaluation is probably the most important step because it measures your active progress towards achieving your goals. b. Willing is not enough. “It is no disgrace to start over and begin anew. What will you do everyday?
Do a Goal Evaluation Bebe Moore Campbell once said. you are demonstrating your commitment to your success. c. By taking consistent action. no matter how small. It allows you to: • Determine your success in meeting goal timelines.” Finished items and daily projects are essential to achieving success. • Uncover obstacles or challenges that may hinder your progress. d. we must apply. you are winning!
. What goals will you set for yourself?
Take Action Daily Von Goethe once said. Set smart steps.
When using physical pictures/images.”near the book image. When will you conduct your goal evaluation?
Use Visualizations and Affirmations to Keep Your Energy Positive and Productive. put a picture of a book on your goal poster. For example. or annually). Example 2: If your goal is to buy your dream home for your family. If necessary. When meditating. phrases. Set a specific time to review your goals (quarterly. You can use meditation as a tool to visualize your goals or you can use physical pictures. June 2002. or any other place when you will see and reflect on them on a daily basis. To create a goal poster.Oftentimes during the re-evaluation. photos. This is the opportunity to get rid of these setbacks so we stay on course towards achieving our goals. gather images. 2003. set aside quiet time each day and imagine yourself going through all the actions necessary to achieve your goal. put a picture of your dream home and pictures of your family on your goal poster and write in “The Jane Jones Family Home. office. This will enable you to check in with yourself to see how you are progressing and make adjustments as needed. we find that what we thought was an important priority and goal is actually not that important to us and may have actually served as an obstacle. affirmations or other inspirational items that will help motivate you towards achieving your goals. Remember to put your achievement date near the pictures or images and place the poster prominently in your viewing area. semi-annually. pictures. Visualizing yourself achieving your goal makes it more real and allows you to use your mind/thoughts to manifest your destiny. Example 1: If your goal is to publish a best-selling book in June 2002. All things were first a thought. see and hear your conversation with the client. if you are trying to win an important sales contract. Goal posters are an effective visualization tool. Visualize the contract in front of you with the desired sales agreement and imagine the client signing his name on the contract.”
. quotes. Put your name and book title on the picture and add “Best-selling book. have a buddy or mentor to talk it over with. October 15. place them around your house.
” What affirmations will you say to keep you motivated?
Celebrate Your Successes! To stay motivated. and influential person.” “I live out my life purpose of educating and healing people through the written and spoken word. List 5-10 people and 5-10 resources that will help you.” “I am a successful non-fiction writer whose books have a positive impact on people. What will you do to celebrate your successes?
Develop a Support System Create a success system. Live in an attitude of gratitude for what you have accomplished. Changing your language to represent what you want to create in your life is very powerful. I have the tools to create whoever I want to be. effortlessly and joyfully. Give yourself permission to be creative---decorate. or write about what success looks like to you.” “I am a powerful. you will remind yourself daily of what is important to you.” “I have the power to create the life I want to live.” By creating a picture or physical structure. you will keep the fires burning. paint. A good affirmation should say what your soul needs to hear. say affirmations.” “I give myself permission to be successful.
. By showing appreciation to yourself on a regular basis. affirmations help you focus on the life success you desire. made up of people and resources that will support you.” Simply do it! Besides changing negative words. knowledgeable. symbolize. take the time to celebrate how far you have come. set in the present tense. and clearly communicate what you want to attract into your life. In addition to visualizations. use powerful words.Another excellent idea is to create a “success scene” or “success alter. Eliminate the words “I can’t” or “I’ll try. Affirmations should be positive. Sample Affirmations “I am an artist at work.
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purpose. Your values provide direction and guidance for important life decisions. Your purpose is who you want to be and what you want to share with others. Your path is the way you choose to create your life by conscious choices you make during your journey. and vision.“The most fulfilling life is one where you individually design and tailor it to your specifications. beautiful blooming flower with numerous specially decorated petals making up your unique experience. Your vision is your overall blueprint for the kind of life you want to lead. Your passions are the things you love. and things that give you a sense of balance. Your life’s work are the on-going personal and professional projects that you complete. Casto When you live by vision. Your goals are mini-steps that help support your work. Your lessons are your personal learning and growth opportunities. Your supports are the people. work with passionate purpose.
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” ---Mark Twain “Thought is the blossom. Dream.” ---Unknown “All life is an experiment.” ---H. language the bud. it is up to me. So throw off the bowlines. how resolute you are. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. Explore.” ---Peter Koenstenbaum “Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.” ----Ralph Waldo Emerson “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. The more experiments you make. not a person.” ---Dudley Martineau
.” ---Ralph Waldo Emerson “Instead of thinking about where you are. unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. It takes years of hard work to become an overnight success. Education will not. The most powerful thing in the universe is a commitment. action the fruit behind. the better. think about where you want to be.” ---Diana Rankin “We are all artists and our greatest creation is the living of our lives. sail away from the safe harbor. Talent will not.Inspirational Quotes
“Greatness comes with recognizing that your potential is limited only by how you choose. your attitude. ---Unknown “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Jackson Brown The weakest thing in the universe is a wish. how persistent you are---in short.” ---Calvin Coolidge “Failure is an event. the world is full of educated derelicts. nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.” ---Zig Ziglar
10 little words for LIFE: “If it is to be. use your freedom. Genius will not.
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Casto. Shippensburg. Harmony Books. Releasing Your Potential. New York. PA. Simon & Schuster. Shippensburg. Pursuit of Purpose. Kornfield. 1995. Inc. Destiny Image Publishers. New York. Vanzant. Charlottsville. NY. 1996. Roman. 1997. New York. 1989. VA. Michelle.. Broadway Books. 1996. Neale Donald. 1999. Carolyn. 1999. GA. II. Get Smart! Publishing. Conversations With God I. Anatomy of the Spirit. Sanaya. and III. 1996. A Path With Heart. Myss. Iyanla. 1995.
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