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MKE 2019 Lesson 24— How to Change Your Life?

 

Paul Coecho reminds us in this quote, “The world is changed by your example not by your opinion”.  In this blog let’s look at things you can do to help change the course of your life.

First, you need to discover your passion.  Quit drifting through your days with a lack of purpose or a sense of nonfulfillment.  Instead stimulate your routine by concentrating on what it is that would make you feel happy and fulfilled.  What are your dreams, and what makes you want to get out of bed in the morning? What makes you feel beyond a doubt alive?  Anticipate the activities that you have experienced that have made you feel this way or even the ones you would like to experience in the near future. Design a way of doing these intentions and incorporate these desires into your life.

Second, take a first step.  As stated by the Lao Tzu,“A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step”. No matter how overwhelming the journey may seem you will never achieve anything unless you take that first step and believe you have got this.  For example, doing a photo shoot, taking a art class or walking a half marathon, whatever it is make up your mind to pursue your dreams and do it now.

Third, sign up.  Due to procrastination, a lack of time, or inspiration you end up putting off your dreams and goals for another time, which seems to never materialize.  To help boost your ambition make a commitment to do something life changing by a certain date, be accountable for it by actually signing up and then paying for it.  By doing this you’ll feel more obliged to go through your plans.

Fourth, chat to someone new.   Your relationships with people have a huge impact on your happiness and quality of life.  Therefore, it is important to take advantage of every opportunity you have to expand your circle of friends and make new ones.  You never know the impact someone could have on your life.  By being friendly and kind you open the door to meet new people.

Fifth, make a decision.  If you’ve been putting off a decision make today the day you take control of it and decide.  Give yourself a deadline and spend some time contemplating your choices, weigh the implications of each outcome, ponder the pros and cons along with seeking a second opinion.  Once your deadline is up, go with what you discover, your gut instincts and start preparing for the decision you have chosen.

Sixth, clear out the clutter.  Your life has a tendency at times to be filled with clutter, negative thoughts and other junk.  In order to help make room for positive new things you need to get rid of the things that weigh you down.  You need to eliminate the stuff you no longer need for instance, bad language, judgmental thoughts or adding to your plate things that don’t pertain to your well-being.  Also, you might need to remove unhappy relationships or unfulfilling jobs that drain the joy out of your life.  Finally  declutter your mind by letting go of all the negative emotions you may be harboring.

Seventh, change your mindset. You can do this by adopting a more positive outlook on life.  Try creating a happiness diary, where you write down the positive things that have occurred each day, no matter how little they may be.

Eighth, break a bad habit.  You need to schedule a date to dispose of the bad habit and replace it with a good habit.  Set yourself a specific and measurable goal which can be broken down into small steps.  Then tell someone about your goal to help you be accountable and to make you motivated to see it through.

Ninth, write it down in your journal.  It is important to write your plan of action down, making it clear and concise which helps you to follow it and it helps you feel like you are already on the way to achieving something. Along with doing this design a definite major purpose paragraph which spells out what your dreams, goals, desires, and aspirations are with a date in which they are to be accomplished by.

Tenth, learn to enjoy being you.  Often one of the biggest mistakes you make is relying on external things to make you happy which means putting our happiness in the hands of fate or other people instead of being a self-directive thinker. In a journal write down all the good qualities you have to offer, the good things you have accomplished and all the reasons you are completely lovable.  Then read them daily or whenever you need some encouragement.

Jim Rohn says it like this, “Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change”. Madonna expresses it this  way, “No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you’ve come from. You can always change and become a better version of yourself”.

By reading this blog you have gained some new tools to change your life.  The only question you need to ask yourself is are you going to use them? The answer is your decision.

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MKE 2019 Lesson 23 How Do You Become a Money Magnet?

If you are saying, “I want to become a money magnet” then this is a blog you’ll want to read this week.

Many people struggle with this idea because they are caught up in their negative beliefs about money.  Here are ten steps with the help of the Law of Attraction that will assist you to allure more wealth and prosperity.  These steps came from an article that I read by (AJ Awesome) and it inspired me and hopefully you’ll be influenced too.

The first step in wanting to become a money magnet is to be aware of your negative beliefs about money.   Money is not the root of all evil, but the lack of it can be.  Other negative beliefs about money are money doesn’t grow on trees.  Money is filthy and dirty.  Money is just a piece of paper.  You need money to feed others only.  Money goes out faster than it comes in.  I’m always in debt.  Only people that cheat make money.

The second step in wanting to become a money magnet is to admit that you deserve to become one.  The moment you settle for less than you deserve, you will get even less than you settled for.  The obstacle that faces most people in life is they believe that they can not get more in life because they don’t feel they deserve more in life. The reason for their attitude is their current state of life.  You have to understand that only when you feel deserving for more money is when more money will flow to you.  You may not know how it will come to you, but you know according to the Law of Attraction the “How” is not your worry.  You have to first feel deserving and then it will come to you.  The universe will make the plan for you to grow your income.

The third step in building your money magnet mindset is with positive affirmation.  Your power of attracting money depends on the beliefs you have about money and your thoughts on how to acquire money.  Also, your money magnet is a reflection of your thoughts of prosperity.  Only thinking of prosperity is not going to make your money magnet.  It depends on the type of thought you have whether they are positive or negative. You need to change your focus on the lack of money and to zero in on positive feelings about money.   The simplest way to do this is to use positive money affirmations.  By reciting positive affirmations, you remove old and negative beliefs.  You need a set of affirmations that actually create a money magnet mindset.  To do this you must affirm that: “I am willing to change and I am willing to release all my past negativity.” Once you’ve done this then you are ready to begin saying out loud the money affirmations each day. Here are just a few of many that you can say:

  • I am a magnet for success and good fortune.
  • I release all my fears and resistance to money and open myself to the possibilities of abundance.
  • My wallet is always overflowing with money and I am spending happily.
  • Subconsciously I love money and money flows easily into my life.
  • I am open and receptive to new avenues of income.
  • Whatever I do, I give my best and I attract abundance to me.
  • When I spend money or give it to a worthy cause, it comes back to me in multiples.
  • Money falls like an avalanche over me.
  • I am consciously happy and positive about money.

(by AJ  Awesome)

The fourth step in building your money magnet is to love your bills.  This means to be grateful that you have the money to pay your bills and be happy to do it.  As you are happy about doing this you change your feeling of uncertainty and it builds a peaceful security.

The fifth step in building your money magnet is to rejoice in others good fortune.    Too many times you’ve been trained to envy others or focus on your own lack which has a negative energy.  Try instead to use a positive attitude of celebration towards the wealth of others.  By doing this you also realize that you too deserve the same.

The sixth step in building your money magnet is to visualize your abundance.  Create your perception of your ideal life.  Make sure your thoughts are clear on what you want with happiness, success, abundance, desires and make sure you realize that you deserve it.  In your visualization see yourself living the life of your dreams.  Feel that you are a money magnet and are able to attract money from many resources.  If you can see it in your mind, then it will become a reality.

The seventh step in building your money magnet is identifying prosperity everywhere you go.  Be a good observer, notice the beauty around you.  The more you pinpoint prosperity the more prosperity you will attract into your life.

The eighth step in building your money magnet is the principle of giving more to receive more.  When you give to others it’s always a magical experience and it makes you feel incredible inside.  Giving doesn’t always mean giving money.  You can give your time and support.  When you give more than what is expected you receive more automatically.  The key to giving is always give with zeal, happiness, willingness and with a purpose.

The ninth step in building your money magnet is the receiving mode.  Be open to receiving more. For example, when someone wants to pay for a meal or gives you a gift of money receive it with grace and happiness. Sometimes you may deny their gift of kindness, but if you do, you have taken their joy of giving away and you are then not in the receiving mode.

The last step in building your money magnet is to practice gratitude.  Whoever has gratitude will be given more money and will have abundance.  Money has a relationship with gratitude.  The more you are thankful about your money, the more you’ll be able to attract as much as you want.  Having gratitude is the most powerful influence of changing feelings which in turn alters your life.

So, start being grateful for whatever money you have, apply these steps and you’ll become a money magnet.

MKE 2019 Lesson 22A The Importance of Silence….

“Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers”. (unknown)     In this blog let’s look at the importance of silence.

Silence promotes self-reflection, which is important to human development and learning. John Dewey, a renowned psychologist & education reformer, claims that experiences alone were not enough. You need to have the ability to perceive and then weave meaning from the threads of your experiences. The function of self-reflection is to make meaning and to discover your unique identities. Silence is needed to uncover who you are as an individual, what kind of relationships you desire, what you value and believe about life.

Silence teaches us self-control. It teaches us to calm down and re-examine your thoughts to make sure your emotions don’t lead to an outburst of anger or hurtful words, which you may say in the heat of the moment. Using a time of silence helps you to make more rational decisions and avoid unnecessary conflicts around you, which achieves nothing but spreading unhappiness.

Silence teaches us concentration. Mediation is a tool where you train yourself to silence your mind and have control over your body movements. This is a useful technique and helps you to achieve mastery over your thoughts and channels your energy into beneficial activities. This technique also helps prolong your attention span and develops our discipline to complete daily goals by not giving up when things get rough.

Silence teaches us empathy and understanding. You do this by not expressing your opinions but using that time to be silent and focusing on their conversations. By doing this you become exposed to the viewpoints of individuals, acquire empathy toward their circumstances that they had to face, along with learning about other norms in other societies.

Silence teaches us to be self-directive thinkers. When you are alone with your own thoughts you are able to determine which ones are your original thoughts from those of others. Silence allows us to hear our inner personal voice without being swayed by the thoughts of others. In silence you are able to foster brilliant creativity which you might not be able to around other people, media or technology.

Silence allows you to truly appreciate the things around you without the distractions of T.V., cell phones or people. I went through 48 hours of silence and the experience was truly an awaking. I found so many answers to so many of my questions about myself. I became aware of some of my gifts and why my confidence wasn’t at the level I felt it should be. It also made me be more in tune with God’s creation. Silence as far as I’m concern is the only way to discover answers to what your purpose in life is, answers to big decisions about your career, relationship issues and the skills needed to develop the beautiful person that lies within you.

In closing Francis Bacon expresses the importance of silence by his quote, “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom”. Also, Albert Einstein expresses silence like this, “I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me”. Hopefully from this blog you’ve seen the importance of silence and how it isn’t empty but it’s full of answers. So, don’t hesitate but plan your silence and watch what you too can experience. Remember silence is golden and the key to incredible answers.

MKE 2019 Lesson 22 What Snow Can Teach You….

Pausing to find joy wherever you go or what you experience even in heavy snow is the key to the lesson that is there to learn. In this blog let’s look at five lessons that snow can teach us.

The first lesson you can learn while trudging through snow is the importance of persistence. You can’t give up while walking in snow no matter how tired you are. Your thoughts must be focused on the snowy path ahead, observing the surroundings and each step you take. If you allow other things to distract you like birds chirping, snowflakes falling or the urgency to hurry you might easily find yourself tripping and landing on the snow surface. Yes, it can be funny but you need to get up as quickly as possible so you don’t get too wet, too cold or doubt if you can get up. Persistence is not giving up no matter how difficult the task may seem.

The second lesson that snow teaches you is determination. In order for you to get through the depth of the snow or the challenges it may cause, you definitely need determination, which includes a fixed purpose or intention. A fixed purpose in trudging through heavy snow is to prepare to do so by having warm clothes on, insulated mittens, a warm stocking hat, warm boots and snowshoes with poles. This equipment is important so that you can walk on the surface of the snow and not sink down to your knees. An example of intention is to have a plan of how you are going to fix the damage done by the snow and perhaps away, of preventing this type of damage in the future. Recently this snow experience became a reality to me as two of my storage tents collapsed by the weight of heavy snow. My husband and I were traveling, and a heavy storm hit our place. The plan is to use the parts we can and replace the tents with a stronger roof along with more insulation. Also, to schedule our traveling for another time of year, so we are home for the snow storms. Keeping up with the snowblower and using the tractor to shovel snow to other parts of the property is a great preventive for being snowed in.

The third lesson you can learn from snow is patience. It doesn’t do anyone any good to be restless or be annoyed as they watch the snow fall or have to work in it. Instead having patience and an even temperament helps everyone to endure the challenges of snow. Being kind to one another helps too.

The fourth lesson you can learn from snow is the importance it offers in exercising your body. Learning how to bend with your knees and use your arm muscles to shovel the snow is essential and helps in being more productive. It teaches you the importance of being faithful at doing exercises to strengthen your back, legs and shoulder muscles. Shoveling snow gives a new image to the importance of exercising and it can make exercising seem fun.

The fifth lesson you can learn from snow is to enjoy your emotions in relationship to the sense of beauty. Snow falls often together in a cluster or mass like a snowflake. It can even fall in a hexagonal form. The color of these flakes are white and feel soft to the touch. Snow brings a playful spirit back into your life by going sledding, making snow angels and the fun of designing your own snowman or woman. The snow clinging to the trees make it a magical land of dreams, hopes and beauty beyond words.

As Aristotle put it, “To appreciate the beauty of snowflakes, it is necessary to stand out in the cold”.
Carol Rifka Brunt expressed it like this, “There’s just something beautiful about walking in snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you’re special”. So, don’t complain about the snow, but apply the lessons it can teach you and celebrate its beauty.

MKE 2019 Lesson 21 The Excitement of Traveling

Traveling is taking a journey either by plane, car, train or ship. It is something you plan for or even do on a spur of the moment. On this blog let’s look at the importance of traveling.

First, traveling improves your health by cutting down the stress in your life, which can eventually lead to health issues. By traveling you usually include more walking to various sites which is sure to make your body feel better. For some people traveling to other countries or visiting new areas in their own country can help give them a possible cure for depression and anxiety. Of course, it’s not a foolproof cure but it can at least help you feel better both physically and psychologically. Traveling can have an impact on your mental well-being too. It can take you out of your comfort zone and show you new things about yourself and life.

Second, traveling disconnects you from your daily life. By doing the same routine every day, it can cause you to become stagnant and inundated with the pressures like your boss, your kids driving you crazy, your parent’s expectations and the various  “needs to” of life. We all need a change in pace and traveling is just one of the solutions. So take a step back, a deep breath and do something like take a selfie at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s definitely a trip you won’t forget.

Third, traveling makes you smarter as you pick up new words in different languages. You learn new history and all sorts of new ideas which will improve your brain capacities.

Fourth, traveling improves your understanding of other cultures. You become aware of the type of jobs that they do, how they dress and the different types of food they eat. You acquire a respect, an understanding and become more tolerant about a culture that is different than yours.

Fifth, traveling makes you more interesting. Mentioning something that most people aren’t familiar with or bringing a new perspective is always a good way to shine in a social situation. Just think who you would like to listen to, a person who has traveled to a foreign country or a person who spent their vacation at home fixing up their house.

Sixth, traveling allows you to try amazing food. I remember when I went to Bangkok, Thailand. I had to take off my shoes before being seated in the restaurant. It was fascinating to see the hostess bring everyone their shoes when it was time to leave. Also, the meal was served to each individual in four bowls which you then dished yourself from to a plate and ate the food with chop sticks, hands, or a fork. The more you belched the more the food was considered delicious. The meal was ended with a huge cigarette that looked more like a cigar. Trying new foods is an experience that broadens your taste buds and opens your eyes to new things.

Seventh, traveling makes you feel like an adventurer. There are still places that are little known to people or tourist. Setting up a list of places you want to visit helps you get motivated and sparks enthusiasm in fulfilling your life. Also traveling to new places forces you to face the unknown and to think differently. Just going on a hike over the weekend will make you feel energized. Adventures require originality, so get out of your comfort zone, put your fear on the shelf and just do it.

Eighth, traveling creates lifetime memories. It helps to be an amazing story-teller by sharing the stories of your trip along with your magnificent pictures. Traveling makes a real impression on your mind and an excitement in your heart. Traveling creates memories that you’ll remember for a long time.

Ninth, traveling makes you love your home country even more. Wendy Wunder expresses this feeling in her quote, “The magic thing about home is that it feels good to leave and it feels even better to come back”. The neat thing is that you aren’t the same person; you’re new, full of new knowledge and ideas!

There is a quote by Saint Augustine that sums up everything up that this blog has shared, “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. So, get out of your comfort zone and experience the excitement of traveling.

MKE 2019 Lesson 20—- What Does the Rainbow Mean?

Have you ever wondered what the colors of the rainbow are, how the rainbow came about, what the colors of the rainbow mean, and how the rainbow personally affects you? In this blog let’s discover all of these answers.

Jacob Olesen did some research about this topic and by weaving his discoveries along with other information the above questions shall get resolved.

Every rainbow has seven colors beginning with red, then orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and ending with violet or purple.

Next just how did the rainbow come about? In the Bible, the rainbow is mentioned in Genesis, Ezekiel and Revelation. In Genesis, it is described as a sign of God’s mercy as well as a covenant between God and Noah. This covenant was an agreement that Noah and his family would not experience a flood like they had ever again. In Ezekiel the colors of the rainbow are compared to the glory of God while in Revelation the rainbow colors are compared to the glory or power of God.

The rainbow colors also refer to Angel colors. Many people believe that angels were sent to earth to guide us. The seven Angel colors include: (1) blue which presents the Angel Michael, who is the leader of all the angels. The color also means spirituality.
(2) yellow, which refers to the Angel Jophiel, who deals with thoughts & wisdom.
(3) pink, which refers to the Angel Chamuel, who handles relationships.
(4) white represents the Angel Gabriel, who oversees revelations.
(5) green represents the Angel Raphael, who attends to healing issues.
(6) red represents the Angel Uriel, who takes care of wisdom or energy.
(7) purple represents the Angel Ezekiel, who is the angel of mercy.

Now let’s look at the significance of the rainbow colors in modern philosophy. Today there’s a great deal of research that has been done on colors such as, different colors symbolize different personalities and reveals various moods. Crystals, gems, and other items use the rainbow colors for attaining spirituality, good health and wisdom. Here are the 7 colors of the rainbow and what each color means:
Red- This is the first color of the rainbow starting at the top. Red signifies passion, vitality, enthusiasm and security. It has the longest wave length.
Orange- This color is the blending of yellow & red. It is a dynamic color representing creativity, practicality, playfulness, equilibrium and control.
Yellow- This color is the color of the sunshine. It represents clarity of thought, wisdom, orderliness and energy.
Green- This is the middle color of the rainbow. It symbolizes fertility, growth, balance, health and wealth.
Blue- This is the fifth color in the rainbow which makes us think of the unknown. This color has been associated with spirituality and holiness.
Indigo-indigo is mystical as it bridges the gap between finite and infinite. Indigo colored gem stones are used for spiritual attainment, self-awareness and enhancement of intuition.
Violet/ Purple- Is the last color of the rainbow and is a mixture of red & blue. It is considered the highest element of spirituality. It can ignite one’s imagination. Dark tones of violet are associated with sorrow. Deeper shades of violet or purple stand for high spiritual mastery.

The last question to examine is what does the rainbow mean to you? The rainbow means to me the following things. It is made up of seven colors, it appears usually after rain, or thunderstorms. It displays a beauty that seems to take your breath away. You stand in a state of surprise, astonishment and wonderment. You are stunned and marveled at the rainbow’s elegance. The rainbow seems to draw your attention to carefully observing all its physical attractiveness. While visiting Kauai I saw so many beautiful rainbows. They took my breath away and made my heart fill with joy in gratitude for God’s wonderful creation. Gloria Gaither has a great quote that in closing I had to share. “We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the gems about a rainbow, and that you take the time to enjoy rainbows as I have this week. Remember to cherish the moment of a rainbow.

MKE 2019 Lesson 19 What is the Benefits of Optimism?

Helen Keller once described Optimism by this quote, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” In this blog let’s analyze the definition of optimism and the benefits that optimism can have on your life.

Optimism is a tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome. It leads to hope and hence life. The best part of optimism is, you forget the negativity and don’t even let it get close to you. Optimism teaches us to see good in every situation.  It enhances positivity  and self encouragement, leading to a happy and healthy life.

Now let’s look at the benefits that optimism can offer as long as we chose to accept the betterment. The first benefit is that optimism plays an important role in reducing depression and chronic stress. For example, people who are optimistic are relaxed and don’t seem to see any negative in any situation. They also seem according to Purl & Robinson to live longer and to increase their enjoyment in life. The second benefit discovered in a study by Sheler & Carver is that optimism doesn’t put people in a frailty state but empowers people to do things that seem impossible. Optimism is a powerful tool when dealing with health issues such as lowering your blood pressure, boosting your immune system, and protecting us from infectious diseases. The third benefit is that optimism helps people cope better with life and take more direct action when facing adversities. When something bad happens, their positive habits of thinking kick in. They bounce back from setbacks and their setbacks become easier to handle. They have a positive anticipation of the future and it gives them a reason for living. It also enables you to handle and put your emotions in check. The fourth benefit is that optimism helps people experience more happiness. The reason for this, according to Tali Sharot, is that optimistic people imagine positive events more vividly and expect them to occur sooner. This boosts the delectable feeling of anticipation, which means that the more pleasurable the event, the more vividly you can imagine it and the more happiness seems to evolve. The fifth benefit is that optimism creates a better performance, because optimist are more likely to exert effort toward their goals and forge persistence, which is an essential trait for achieving success. They have a stronger commitment to their goals and are more likely to achieve their goals. The sixth benefit is that optimism gives people the feeling of being more satisfied with life. As Dalai Lama said in his quote, “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” By having optimism, you are able to complete the goals that you value and propel yourself forward. It increases your level of productivity. It also promotes self-respect and integrity. The seventh benefit is that optimism allows you to develop the attribute of patience. For example, waiting at a red light, you can choose to fume over having to wait so long for the light to turn green or you could use this time in a fruitful way by flashing affirmation cards. Basically, learning patience by strengthen your attitude in a positive manner. The eighth benefit is that optimism increases the likelihood of effective problem solving and also uses the tool of masterminding with people who have similar goals in life. It enables you to generate an alternative for various challenges that might interfere with your success journey. It promotes bonding between individuals. The ninth benefit is that optimism promotes laughter and builds resilience in the face of adversity. Having a good laugh sometimes is just what you need when a storm hits in your life. The tenth benefit is that optimism promotes forgiveness and the ability to make a compromise as needed to prevent a disagreement. It also enhances effective communication through being a good listener, being open for self-expression and flexibility.

Roy T. Bennett summaries my blog quite well when he says in his quote, “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make, makes you. Choose wisely.” Optimism definitely has a lot of benefits, so receive the benefits and learn from them to manifest the success you desire.