Into the Fire

Into the FireMost of us avoid the heat and fire at all costs.  When it’s hot outside, we come in to get cooled off.  When we’re standing too close to the fire, we back up so that we don’t get burned.

But, what if someone asked you to jump into the fire, what would you do?  Most of us would look at them like they had a screw loose.  Who would willingly jump into the fire?

At times it’s necessary to add a little heat to get your warmed up, inspired and moving toward your goal.

You either move into the refining fire of your own accord, or stay languishing in your comfort zone.

Take for example blown glass. Hot molten glass is put into a 2000 degree furnace to be heated up, and then is shaped and refined, with sheers, paddles, or blocks, until it reaches is desired form, and then it is left to cool.  Watch the video below.

It takes these means, fire, heat, pressure and manipulation, to mold and shape the ordinary into the extraordinary. None of us want to be thrown into the fire, but we also don’t want to live lives that are not congruent with our dreams.

So how to do we accomplish this?  By deciding to discipline ourselves with daily habits that will turn us into the people we want to be,  and by finding others who will help us in the molding process.

First, make a decision to train yourself.  The military trains by repetition, and if it’s good enough to train an elite military, then it should be good enough for us. Choose to set up a disciplined schedule for yourself, write it down, and have it within hands’ reach at all times.  Include all of the things that you want to work on for your first 30 days, and then go from there.  Make yourself accountable to someone else so that you will not falter. Once you’ve mastered these, move on to the next set of disciplines.

Find a mentor who will help you see the obstacles you may encounter. They will not only help you through the roadblocks, but give you insight as to what you may encounter next.

Make sure you get enough rest, quiet time, and family time.  This is about having a balanced life, as well as successful one.

Track your progress and tweak as needed, then continue on.  Once you’ve developed habits from your first attempt, the heat from the fire won’t feel as hot.

I remember a quote from Tony Robbins from years ago, that points to this process.

C.A.N.I- Constant and never-ending improvement.                                                                      -Tony Robbins

We may have to be cajoled to the next level, just like the molten glass, but if your look at the beauty from the end results, it will be worth it to jump into the fire.

So now, lets jump together… into the fire.

Into the Fire

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Get Focused

Get focusedHow many times have we been told to get focused, and we thought we were focused…then we set off on our course only to learn later that we weren’t focused enough.

When starting off with anything, no matter what we are doing, there is a learning curve.  We may think we have put everything in place correctly the first time, but as any business owners know, there’s always adjustments to make, and tweaking to do.  Even after this is done, you may find more adjustments are needed.

So, what do you do?

See it. The clearer you can make that image, the better off you will be.  Patti Dobrowolski explains it so well here is this Ted Talk. 


Believe it. How will anything work if you don’t believe that you can accomplish what you’ve set out to do?  You have to believe.  Otherwise,  you will not accomplish much at all.  

We used to have a quote when I was growing up that said, “Seeing is believing.” If you actually flip that quote around to “Believing is seeing,” it makes the quote much more effective, because before you see it, you must first believe it.  Every dream starts with a picture in your head, and if you don’t believe in the picture, the dream will fade.

“All things are possible for him who believes.”  -Mark 9:23

Take Action.  Begin by taking action immediately to make your dream possible. Expect to evaluate, and tweak, your drawing and plan as needed. Do not become frustrated with this process.  It may be necessary to re-draw, or add more elements to you picture, to get you where you want to go.  Keep believing, and taking action, until you’ve arrived at your destination.

Even Walt Disney knew that power of the imagination and hard work.

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Review the above video again, and put into practice what Patti Dobrowolski is demonstrating.

Then, let’s get focused…you need to see the vision, so get out your colored pencils and draw it.

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In the Cocoon

In the CocoonHave you ever felt trapped like you were a caterpillar wrapped in the cocoon, and couldn’t break free.  Many of us feel that way when we’re learning to fly, or going to the next level.

We believe that if we’re still for a moment things will pass us by… and in some circumstances they may if you don’t take action. However, you must also take time to grow yourself through education and implementation.

Most people forget that in the cocoon the caterpillar is growing and changing, like we must do.

So, if we are still in the cocoon, or development phase, are we consistent in applying techniques?  Are we teaching what we’ve learned?  Are we reading to fill our brains with positive thoughts? Do we have positive influences?  Are we growing, or are we stagnating?

From the cocoon to the next level takes work.  

This development stage cannot be temporary, it has to be a constant in  your life when you’re learning to fly. You must always be growing and changing for the better.  Yes, change is uncomfortable, but it is necessary if you want to move forward and succeed.

According to Sham Helmstetter, Ph.D. you have to understand the physiological process of the brain by considering how the brain responds to data, and then directs and controls us. Without this understanding, Dr. Helmstetter feels that it would be difficult to build a good success plan for the long-term.

Not only do we have to understand how the brain works, we must begin re-programming those things we’ve learned that are holding us back by replacing them with things that will help us grow.

My friend gave me this quote last night…

 

“Saturate yourself with positivity, and grow what you know.”

-Marquel Russell

The task to remain positive may include getting rid of negative influences.  Focus on those things, and people, who inspire you.

The little caterpillar sitting on the lampshade in the photo above was a gift from my daughter.  I look at it everyday in my office, and know that in my cocoon, I have someone inspiring me to grow.

Tell me, who and what inspires you in your cocoon?

 

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Creating a Book Cover on Canva

Creating a Book Cover on Canva (2)Creating book covers has become very important to me, and Canva is the best opportunity for me to do so at the most reasonable cost.

Though I use Canva, I am still honest enough to say that I am not a pro, but have found so much value in Canva for everything that I do.  A few months ago, Monna Ellithorpe, told me about a book that a young woman in our writing group had just published. Lillian De Jesus, and I, had not formally met, but I had seen her around the group.  After purchasing Lillian’s book,  “How to Use Canva Like a Pro for Business,” I went through it and decided to venture into Canva a bit. I found that I loved it.  After seeing all of the great things that Lillian was doing with Canva, I decided to revisit her book, and found that I had missed some important demos that Lillian had placed at the end.

One thing led to another, and then Lillian become a go to person for many of us on Canva.  I would encourage you to go to Amazon and find Lillian’s book if you need graphics for anything in your business.  There is so much inside of Canva, that you just cannot pass it by.  You will begin to love it.

After, talking with a friend yesterday, I decided to do a small tutorial on how I used Canva to do a book cover.  Though, I’m still in the process of learning more about Canva, I hope you find this video useful.  I did not do my cover as a professional… but as a tutorial to help my friend learn more about it. This demo was originally done to help one person, and I hope that you can still find some tips within which encourages you to check out your options for Canva.  It is quite reasonable.

 

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How Young Is Too Young for Affiliate Marketing?

How Young is Too Young for Affiliate Marketing?How young is too young for affiliate marketing?  Apparently, there is no age limit.

Kyle, a 15-year-old from Wyoming, is teaming up with JVZoo to introduce his Rapid List Commissions  list building product for email marketers.

Kyle takes you step by step, and video by video, to show you how he created his product on Warrior Plus.  This product is an amazing feat of ingenuity for this young affiliate marketer.  He demonstrates that no matter how old or young you are, you can succeed in affiliate marketing.

You can watch HERE as DWayne Golden, CEO of Ingreso Cybernetico, interviews Kyle about his success in affiliate marketing.  This young man is teaching us all that persistence pays off.

 

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All That is Gold

All that is goldWhen we look at the stanzas of J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem, “All that is gold,” you see his perspective on gold. Sometimes you have to dig for gold, and it isn’t always readily available at the surface level. Sometimes it takes your ashes, shadows, deep roots, wandering and brokenness to bring the gold forward, and even then, it may not be bright and shiny.  It may have to be refined. Then, when it’s refined, you may be able create a circle of infinity; a partnership with other like-minded individuals, who with you, will hear the melody which connects you.

Most of us can remember our first love, and the song that was ours alone. There was a melody in this relationship which filled us to overflowing.  Finding that gold with business partners can work also, and work well if you’re willing to lay your story on the line, and dig deep for the gold.

Yes, I love poetry, and Tolkien’s poem speaks to me. (There is a message in this mess.)  Oftentimes, from your message, or story, you can create a connection that shines through to someone else. Someone who understands, and has a rapport with you because of your story.

If you wondering what prompted this post today I watched this wonderful video about telling your story.  Many of us think we don’t have much of a story, or wonder why anyone would want to listen.  But within everyone is a story, or golden nugget, that will inspire someone else.  Listen to your call in life. Dig for your gold. Dust off your nugget, refine it, and authentically tell your story.  You hold more gems and precious metals than you know.

“All that is gold does not glitter,” sometimes you have to mine it and shine it.

Here is the video which prompted this post for today.

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Tools for Network Marketing

Tools for Network Marketing

If you’re an online networker in today’s world and trying to make an income from your online efforts, you know how important it is to have your “Tools for Network Marketing.”

So many things are important to your success in the online world, and your tools are one of them.  If you were a carpenter and didn’t have a hammer where would you be?  Or an artist without a paintbrush?  It’s important to be equipped for whatever endeavor you’re taking on.

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Want to Write a Book?

want to wite a bookWant to Write a Book?

Many of us do want to write a book, and may let fear, or lack of information stop us. That driving passion for your written word to be in print is much more attainable and affordable in today’s world. Self publishing is on the rise. You can now obtain your writing goal a lot easier and more quickly than with the former methods. The standard publishers are still there, but you now have the option of self publishing.

With self publishing you can have a book on the market in as little as 30 days. Publishing through a company like Amazon’s Createspace is much more affordable, and Amazon is a major player in the book selling market. Your chances of being published are a lot greater through this type of venue. Plus, Createspace is not your only option. There are many self publishing companies out there, and many courses online that will teach you how to get published.

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I’ve taken a few different course…and I have to say, this is one of my favorites. Publishing for Profit Mastery, created and developed by Marquel Russell, is a comprehensive study which guides you through the publishing process, and hosts a couple of published authors who will help you navigate the field. After you take this course, you will definitely see visions of your book out there in the market and in people’s homes. But of course, you have to put the work in to make it happen.

So, if you want to write a book, and are looking for a way to get your story out there, I encourage you to take this course.

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My Path is Not His Path

 

 

 

 My Path is Not His Path

 My PathWhy do I become concerned with what a colleague thinks when my path is not his path?  One reason is that it’s good to take the advice and considerations of those we love and respect.

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.  -Proverbs 15:22

Consider the advice from a wise man, however, it’s a consideration, not a determination.

I have to be willing to blaze my own trail in order to live my dreams.  My friend, and I, may start at one road and then it twists and turns into others. That doesn’t mean that I can’t take his advice, but it does mean that I need to follow my course.

One for All, and All for One? 

When it comes to life, and business, this may not work the way we think.  At the start of a venture with my colleague we may work together well and create a lot of synergy- then we come upon that “path” -the one which separates us. Along that path, my friend discovers shrubs… Mountain Cedar.  He loves them! There are stars in his eyes.  He sees the benefits and possibilities because Mountain Cedar is dry rot resistant, great for fence posts, and plentiful! Everywhere we look- Mountain Cedar.

But me, I’m allergic. Mountain Cedar causes him to thrive but, I can’t function. I can’t stand up. I can’t catch my breath. There is no inspiration. The sight and smell of Mountain Cedar disgusts me.  So, he takes one path and I take another. We part as friends. We can still work on projects… just not on the Mountain Cedar path.

It’s important for me focus on what I want, and where I’m going.  My vision has to be clear. We may start at the same place, and end in a different one.

My friend and I learn and agree…

“To thine ownself be true,”

Because, my path is not his path.

 

Be Genuine.

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Anything is Possible

Anything is Possible

A friend of mine first posted one of this group’s videos on his Facebook Timeline and I feel in love with it.  The talent and creativity is what many of us shoot for.  This is the type of inspiration that many of us need to set the creative juices flowing. Whether young or old, we can all appreciate that if we believe in our gifts, Anything is Possible!

 

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