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It’s Your Call: Obstacle or Opportunity?

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When the path to your goals is strewn with barriers it’s easy to succumb to discouragement and doubt. But there’s a better way.

Last week I wrote about the “valley of doubt” that often looms between you and the goals that matter most to you. I concluded that it is important to keep your eyes on the goal.

Today I’d like to add a tactic that will help you move in the direction of your dreams…

Life’s up and downs provide windows of opportunity to determine your values and goals. Think of using all obstacles as stepping stones to build the life you want.

— Marsha Sinetar

Hmmm.  Interesting premise – obstacles as stepping stones.  Go figure.  I tried to noodle it through and I guess I’m tangled in the muddle of a multiplicity of deadends… so I’ll defer to Continue reading » It’s Your Call: Obstacle or Opportunity?

Scared Silly and Back

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If you want to take your mission in life to the next level, if you’re stuck and you don’t know how to rise, don’t look outside yourself. Look inside. Don’t let your fears keep you mired in the crowd. Abolish your fears and raise your commitment level to the point of no return, and I guarantee you that the Champion Within will burst forth to propel you toward victory.

— Bruce Jenner

This week we’ve munched and crunched a few of our FEARs with four flexible solutions that will work for anyone who’s willing to tolerate a little silliness along the way. From research touting an unexpected Botox benefit – it’s easier to be happy when you can’t frown – to reliving a trip to the dentist in living color, we’ve jittered among our funky fears and found funny fixes for getting unstuck and for getting to fear-less.

In Monday’s post I linked to research that confirms that a smile can actually make you feel better.  And because I don’t think pasting on a forced smile will suffice, I suggested creating your very own “Grins List”…

Did you do it?  If not, what are you waiting for?  Go for the giggles now so you can produce a genuine smile when you need to fake it ’til you make it.  And if you need more reasons to crack a smile besides it’ll make you feel better, check out Top 10 Reasons to Smile And smile, smile, smile!

Then on Tuesday PattiAnn admitted that she has a “picture problem”.  Please don’t ask her to visualize desirable futures – she just can’t see them. Or at least, she couldn’t until she learned about a technique called “virtualization” and gave it a try.  But did she “try” it on a desirable future???  Oh no.  She intrepidly virtualized a couple of her fears.  So, in addition to threatening to vividly virtualize her fear of flying for us, she regaled us with a 5-Senses visit to the dentist in Getting to Fear-Less.

Read it and then rescue your runaway hormones by “imagineering” a happy time in your life – pretend you’re in a Star Trek-like Holodeck and, using the 5-Senses virtualization technique, create some good happy-times “memories”.  In other words, add more to your Grins-List but this time, see it, hear it, smell it, taste it, and feel it.  It’ll make you happy-more and fear-less.  And if you’re having a hard time with this virtualizing technique, take a look at one woman’s Wednesday afternoon… or savor a clever bunch of kids’ cool apple poems.

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Getting to Fear-Less

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Years and years ago (synonymous with I don’t really know when but it was a looong time ago), I heard Jack Canfield speak.  He is co-author of the Chicken Soup books.  He said that his ideal job would be to get paid to learn about stuff and then teach it to others.  When he said that, I thought “THAT’S what I want to do.”  One of the best things about writing a blog is that I get to do that.  I read and learn new stuff and Presto Change-o, I get the opportunity to share the new things that I learn.

Recently, I was reading about visualization.  I’m an auditory person and if by visualization you mean building pictures in my mind, good luck.  My unique talent is being able to rewind what someone has said – that I didn’t catch – in my head, and figure out what it was.  I don’t know how I do this, I just know that before they can respond to my “excuse me,” I’ve figured out what they said. (This is probably not unique; it’s possible that lots of auditory people can also do this.)

Continue reading » Getting to Fear-Less