“The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice….its conformity”- Rollo May

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Ok so before I begin, I feel the need to just throw out another disclaimer regarding the purpose of this here blog. About a month or so ago, I had a rough week. Not a rough day, but a whole rough week; looking back, I can’t really say what triggered it….I was just feeling down and out about life, I hit a stressful parenting roadblock, and I was just in a complete and utter funk. What brought me out of said funk, which ironically was the same day that I decided to start this blog, was that I realized that I could be an inspiration to others who may experience, or have experienced, the same feelings and emotions that I had. Even if I never get a chance to meet them, I know that I would be honored to be someone’s inspiration story  and the reason that they kept going. And that my friends, is what I hope to accomplish here! So there will not necessarily be any type of structure to this blog…just whatever I feel may be helpful and motivating to others:-)

So, with that being said, I read The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale the other day (for the 17th time) and I felt that it would be a great topic for my next post. In a previous post, I confessed my prior “personal” perception on what I considered to success to be…simply put, I used to believe that success was automatically equated to money, and at the time I believed that the only people who made real money were athletes, lawyers, CEOs, and Beyonce:-) However, this perception was obviously wrong and was changed dramatically, thanks to The Strangest Secret. Success, as defined by Earl Nightingale, is “the progressive realization of a worthy ideal”. Although this is obviously a very simple definition, it was a fairly difficult concept for me to grasp. What exactly constituted a worthy idea?? The cure to cancer? Developing flying cars?? I had no clue so I read further….magnify-question-mark-1

“A success is the schoolteacher who is teaching school because that’s what she wanted to do. A success is the woman who’s a wife and a mother because she wanted to become a wife and a mother and is doing a good job of it. Success is the man who runs the corner gas station because that’s what he wanted to do”. What does all this mean?? It means that success is considered to be anyone that deliberately dos a predetermined job because that’s what he/she wants to do. I believe this is where society gets confused. As Nightingale states, you can ask most individuals today “Why do you work?” and most will not have a clear idea as to the answer. Sure, they will say, “To pay bills, provide for my family, etc.” but in reality most will really not have an answer to why they are doing a job that they really do not want to do…or why they are doing any job for that matter.

Nightingale asserts that there is one key to success or failure, (depending on the individual) and this is simply: “We become what we think about”. I’m sure this is familiar to some, right? The Secret? Law of Attraction? I’m sorry to all my non-believers (it took me a while myself), but there is nothing you can do to convince me that we do NOT become what we think about. This is something that I personally have realized, both in terms of the positive and the negative, and it was four simple steps that brought me to these realizations (similar to the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, but more straightforward).

One: You will become what you think about (good and bad)

Two: Imagination…let it soar!! Always!!

Three: Make sure that you concentrate on your goal, whatever that may be, every single daythe_strangest_secret_to_success

Four: Save 10% of what you earn (even it may not be much, start somewhere!)

And that folks, sums it up!! Now just let me say, in previous posts I went over the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success…I am not saying that you HAVE  to apply all these laws in your life in order for you to see change within your self, however you will begin to notice that they all kinda tie in together….just different titles:-) Either way, follow these steps…remember that nothing happens overnight, but notice the change that will begin to take place in your life, on both the outside and the inside:-) Before I say goodbye, however, I just wanted to direct you guys to the links below as a reference to where I purchased my own copy of The Strangest Secret, as well as The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, in case you would like to do the same!

The Strangest Secret
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams

*Note: I do receive a small commission for all purchases through Amazon.com, however I will not recommend an item to anyone that I have not personally viewed myself*

Be blessed! Til’ next time….

-Me

“Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom…our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves”.

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*struts onto stage sexily*

Happy Thursday Facebookers and fellow blogsters!! So, I would have to say that it was a pretty good day today here in Greensboro….sunny and just a little too hot…dealing with runny-nosed children and shedding golden retrievers….random question: have you ever turned on the front burner of the stove, thinking it was the back one, and proceeded to go about your evening until 30 minutes later the smoke alarm starts blaring as a result of the smoke that is emanating from the now, extremely hot burner, because of the food particles that fell in the burner weeks ago? No? No one? Yea, me either…..

Now that that crisis is averted, I can get back to telling you good folks about KARMA…yep that good ol’ friend that comes back to either bless us or kick us in the a$$, depending on the circumstances. So, with that being said….

*steps back and pulls curtain aside Vanna White style*

Day #3: Law of Karma

Now, what exactly is karma? (Just for the folks who may not know) Chopra defines karma as “an action and the consequence of that action; it is cause and effect simultaneously, because every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind”.

What goes around comes around………..yep, we all heard that infamous line at least some point of our lives….repetitive line, but oh so true. I have both experience and witness karma…been on her good side and bad side, and it were these moments in life that made me totally revamped my thoughts and actions. This was achieved by simply asking myself, “What are the consequences of the choices I’m making”? And from there if the consequences will not bring happiness to me or those around me, it is not the right choice for me.

Once you begin to ask yourself this, you will bring nothing but good energy not only to yourself, but everyone around you!

Keep this in mind ladies and gents…til next time….

-Me