Last week every ezine I recieved had an article about gratitude in it. Being that last week was Thanksgiving in the US many people were thinking about being Thankful for what they have. This is a very good thing. However it isn’t limited to one day or even one week out of the year. Gratitude is a powerful concept that can make a big difference in your life all year long.
In the book, “The Science of Getting Rich” by Wallace Wattles, he dedicates a chapter to the concept of gratitude and weaves this premise throughout the book. According to Wattles, “The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal and in opposite directions. The grateful outreaching of your mind in thankful praise to the Supreme Power is a liberation of expenditure of force; it cannot fail to reach that to which it is addressed. And as a result, God responds with an instantaneous movement toward you.” In other words the more you show gratitude for what you have the more you get.
There are various degrees of gratitude. The first is when we get something we want and we are grateful. The second is we don’t get what we want but we are grateful anyway. Example, you don’t get the promotion but you decide to be grateful for having a job. The third and most powerful degree of gratitude is to just be grateful. Make gratitude a way of life and a part of who you are.
Here’s to taking action
My friend Alyson Stanfield shared with me that today, Friday November 28th is National Day of Listening. I always say you can learn more by listening than talking and you can make deeper connections with the people in your life when you listen. So celebrate and listen to someone today.
“StoryCorps is declaring November 28, 2008 the first annual National Day of Listening.
This holiday season, ask the people around you about their lives — it could be your grandmother, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood. By listening to their stories, you will be telling them that they matter and they won’t ever be forgotten. It may be the most meaningful time you spend this year.”
I have shared with you the first law of spiritual prosperity from Edwene Gaines book “The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity – A simple guide to unlimited abundance” Now for the second one which I must say took me back. Not because I don’t whole heartily support and believe in it, I just never associated it with Prosperity. At least not directly. The second law is Goal setting.
There certainly is nothing new there. For year’s success Guru’s have been touting the importance of goal setting. However I have never actually heard anyone connect it directly with prosperity not to mention calling it a law. It makes sense though.
What I love most about Edwene’s book is it practical. This isn’t some airy fairy just contemplate your navel and you’ll get rich book. This is about what you can “do” in order to increase your prosperity. The key word is “do.” This book is about taking action and you know I am all about that!
So how does Edwene say to use goal setting as a prosperity tool. She gives eight steps to her goal setting process. To boil it down what she advises is to get crystal clear on what you want, set your intention and then take the necessary steps in order to get it. I would add to do daily action, something every day towards your goal.
What I think is most important about what Edwene says it that you have to get crystal clear on what you want. She uses the example that you wouldn’t call a catalog company and say “Send me something I would like.” I like to use the example of going into a restaurant and saying, “Bring me something to eat.” The very first crucial step in goal achieving is to know exactly what you want.
This may sound obvious but my experience as a coach tells me most people know what they don’t want but are not so clear on what they do want. If you don’t know what you want, or you have some vague idea of what you want, you will have a challenging time getting it.
According to Wallace Wattles in the book “The Science of Getting Rich,”
You must have it before you can give it, and many people fail
to impress thinking substance because they have themselves only
a vague and misty concept of the things they want to do, to have,
or to become.
It is not enough that you should have a general desire for
wealth to do good with. Everybody has that desire.
It is not enough that you should have a wish to travel, see
things, live more, etc. Everybody has those desires also. If you
were going to send a wireless message to a friend, you would
not send the letters of the alphabet in their order and let him
construct the message for himself, nor would you take words at
random from the dictionary. You would send a coherent sentence,
one which meant something.
When you try to impress your wants upon the thinking substance,
remember that it must be done by a coherent statement.
You must know what you want and be specific and definite. You
can never get rich or start the creative power into action by sending
out unformed longings and vague desires.
How has goal setting worked for you? How important has it been in the process for you to know exactly what you want?
Here’s to taking action,
I am currently listening to Edwene Gaines book “The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity – A simple guide to unlimited abundance.” I have been aware of Edwene and her teachings for years and was thrilled that she had written a new book. I got the CD version of the book out of the library and began listening.
The first Spiritual Law of Prosperity wasn’t a new concept, just new in that I hadn’t connected it to prosperity. After all it seems a tad odd to tell people who want more prosperity in their life to start giving away their money.
Actually I have heard this said many times. Whatever you want more of in your life give it away. According to Joe Vitale in his book “The Greatest Money Making Secret In History,” “Give time and you’ll get time. Give products and you’ll get products. Give love and you’ll get love. Give money and you’ll get money.”
The first Spiritual Law of Prosperity is tithing. And Edwene makes it very clear that this isn’t just about giving your money away. Edwene promotes the concept of giving 10% to the place where you receive spiritual support. Although this could be a church it doesn’t have to be. It could be any person or place (not just a church) that provides you with spiritual support. Ernest Holmes agrees with Edwene and promotes the ideas of giving 10% of everything you make to your spiritual home.
Years ago my dear friend Mary shared with me her concept of tithing. She tithed 10% of everything she made before taxes. This was important to Mary because she said God deserved the full amount. She kept a record of how much she tithed each month. Next to the amount she tithed Mary kept a record of how much money she was able to put into her savings account. She shared with me that no matter what she did or didn’t make the amount she was able to save always equaled or exceeded the amount she tithed. In fact at the end of the year she had saved equal or more than her tithing. Mary didn’t make a lot of money but she said she always had enough and she credited that to tithing.
What do you think of the concept of tithing as it relates to prosperity?
Here’s to taking action,
The current book I am listening to on CD is Edwene Gaines “The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity – A simple guide to unlimited abundance.” I became acquainted with Edwene years ago when I attended a talk she gave at a local church. I was touched by her commitment to prosperity. It wasn’t until recently that I reconnected with Edwene’s teaching through an ezine I get by Tanna Boran called Prosperity Digest. Tanna mentioned Edwene and her olive story, my favorite Edwene story.
When I heard Edwene speak years ago the olive story stuck with me. Edwene tells a story about a time when she was poor and she was instructed by her teacher to find something that made her feel rich. What she came up with was a bottle of olives stuffed with almonds. She used these olives to help manifest a trip to Mexico. Since hearing this story years ago I have often looked for things that helped me feel prosperous. My husband also does this. What works for my husband is the largest jar of peanut butter one can buy in the store. He says it just makes him feel abundant to have that big jar of peanut butter in the pantry. One day I came home with a small jar of peanut butter. They were all out of the large jars and I really didn’t think it mattered. My husband saw the jar and asked, “Are we okay?” I said “yes why do you ask?” He said “You got the poor jar of peanut butter.” After that I have always bought the large jar of peanut butter.
I too have a symbol for my abundance that I keep in the refrigerator. When I want to feel abundant I buy the largest jar of olives I can buy. When I open my refrigerator and see that jar I just feel prosperous. I also like to keep a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator. I do this for two reason. One is you never know when a celebration will break out and two it just feels rich to have a bottle of champagne chilling in the refrigerator.
Your symbol of prosperity doesn’t have to be food related. It can be anything that makes you feel wealthy, abundant and prosperous. It also doesn’t have to be a thing. It could be an experience such as getting a massage, a manicure or taking the afternoon off. Whatever makes you feel prosperous is what you need to add more of to your life.
So what does make you feel prosperous?
Here’s to taking action
I mentioned a few post ago that two of my young neighbors were launching an Entrepreneurial venture. They were selling Pumpkin seeds that they had scraped out of their pumpkin, baked and packaged up. I saw one of the girls today and asked her how it went. It appears I was the only one that bought any. I asked her what she had learned from the experience.
I was impressed that she obviously had been thinking about this. She said she learned that they needed to put more seeds in the bag (thus make it a better offer), that they needed to perhaps sell something more people liked and that she and her partner should have discussed how they would divide the profits (partnerships can be tricky).
Although the venture was not as financially successful as they might have hoped it sure yielded many lessons that the young entrepreneurs can take to the bank.
Every experience you have is a successful one if you learn from it. When you take the lessons you learn and apply them to your next venture you will be well ahead of the game.
Here’s to taking action
I thought we should do a little review about how to keep the holiday spirit.
Although the holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends, they can also be a very stressful time. But they don’t have to be. With just a little planning the holidays can be jolly and festive.
Planning helps to decrease the stress. Following the plan guarantees that the holidays will be a special time with family and friends without the feeling of pressure. Decide now what activities you want to participate in. Keep in mind that the holidays are not something you do instead of your regular routine they are in addition to your already loaded schedule. Be strategic about what you will and won’t do. You don’t have to go to every event, select only the ones you want to participate in, say no to the rest, and leave room to enjoy the season.
Create a budget for how much you will spend and stick to it. Make a commitment not to use credit cards or at least set yourself a limit. It is nice to have reminders of the holidays, but bills aren’t necessary the kind of reminders you need. Limit your gift list and come up with creative gift giving ideas. Your friends and family may decide to pick names and buy a gift only for the person selected. Homemade gifts provide a way to save money and give gifts that aren’t costly but will be priceless with love and sentiment.
Don’t feel like you have to do everything. The holidays are a great time to practice asking for help. Instead of preparing the big dinner yourself, ask friends and family to bring one of their favorite dishes to share. To make holiday gift giving easier friends and I select several food items to make. We take one weekend and create large batches of our treats, package them up and we have our gift giving taken care of and I have spent quality time with my friends. Another great idea that I have done is hired help. Having someone to come in and clean before the event or even help with the parties and dinners can be an amazing stress eliminator. I have also have had my meals catered and had flowers and decorations delivered.
Whatever I can do to make enjoying myself a priority I do. It’s no fun for anyone if the hostess is preoccupied with doing all the work. By planning ahead, doing a little less, and enlisting the help of others, everyone can have a peaceful and enjoyable holiday.
Tis the season to enjoy the holidays by not overdoing it and planning ahead. Make enjoying yourself a priority. By planning ahead and asking for help, the holidays can be an enjoyable time for everyone.
To this today:
Start your plan for your holiday season. Check your gift list, decide which activities you will and won’t attend and how you can make the event you host less stressful. By creating a plan and working your plan, you can create a holiday season that will be remembered for years to come.
Here’s to taking action,
Yep I said “Carpoll” on Tuesday. If you haven’t voted yet get together with a group of friends, co-workers, neighbors, family and carpool to the polls. I got this idea from one of my favorite ezines, Idealbites.com. The ezine is filled with great green information.
According to Idealbites, “In August, Lifetime TV asked viewers which presidential candidate they’d rather car pool with; 51% said Obama, 31% said McCain.” I am guessing the candidates have already voted, or at least are not undecided so don’t hold out hoping to carpool with one of them. Just get your group together and vote. After you cast your vote go celebrate, you earned it.
Here’s to taking action
I bet if you look back throughout your life you will remember people who gave you a helping hand. I know I do. Some of those people are the ones that helped me when I was a budding Entrepreneur selling cookies or raffle tickets to raise money for my school. Other people hired me to babysit or mow their lawn or saved their newspapers and soda cans for me so I could recycle them and make money. All these people contributed to my Entrepreneur spirit.
I felt obliged to do the same when two of my young neighbors came knocking on my door. They were selling pumpkin seeds. They had cleaned out the pumpkin and baked the seeds themselves. Each little plastic bag had about 12 seeds and they were selling them for $2.00 a piece. A tad pricey however I thought it demonstrated that they valued their effort. They explained to me how much work had gone into cleaning the pumpkin and roasting the seeds. I bought five bags from them.
Now you might think I love pumpkin seeds. No not really. In fact after buying them I promptly emptied all of the bags of seeds into my birdbath. I figured the squirrels would enjoy them. I made sure to buy the unsalted variety.
The reason I bought the seeds was to encourage my little Entrepreneur’s. I was the first person that had bought any seeds and I could tell they were getting discouraged. After I bought five bags they started selling more. I think it was because their confidence had increased.
Whenever possible help the budding Entrepreneur in your neighborhood. You never know what difference your support will make.
Here’s to taking action
I have spent a lot of time on the blog talking about what you can do to stay positive in these gloomy times. I also wrote an upcoming Day that is going to point out another activity you can do to help you stay positive. That is to stop talking about how bad things are! The more you talk about how challenging the times are the more challenging they will become. Talk about what you can do and not what is out of your control.
There is nothing you can do about what is going on in the world. However you can do something about what is going on in your world. If you are worried about your financial situation don’t talk to your friends, family and neighbors about it. Call your financial planner and set up an appointment. If you don’t have a financial planner find one. Or call your banker or other financial support person and talk over your options with him or her. Action will cure fear every time.
I had a client that was worried sick about her investments. She called me to talk it over. I recommended she talk to a financial planner and get recommendations on what she should do. She followed my advice and emailed me back that she felt 100 times better about the situation.
Don’t just talk about it do something about it. And if you are not going to do anything about the situation the least you can do is stop talking about it. Talking about the situation with people who can do nothing about it isn’t going to help you and actually it will just make things worse.
Wallace Wattles, author of the Science of Getting Rich, advised, “guard your speech. Never speak of yourself, your affairs, or of anything else in a discouraged or discouraging way. Never admit the possibility of failure or speak in a way that implies failure as a possibility. Never speak of the times as being hard or of business conditions as being doubtful. Times may be hard and business doubtful for those who are on the competitive plane, but they can never be so for you. You can create what you want, and you are above fear. When others are having hard times and poor business, you will find your greatest opportunities.” So go out and find your opportunities.
I would love to hear about what you are doing to stay positive in these challenging times.
Here’s to taking action