Review: Walking Through Illusion

December 29, 2010 by · 2 Comments
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Walking Through Illusion –
By Betsy Otter Thompson

 

“All my decisions had brought me growth in one way or another. I learned that taking responsibility for the love, or the lack of love in my life, was the tool through which to create a different experience.”

“Where once I’d been dealing with guilt, I was finding growth; where once I’d been dealing with hate, I was finding compassion; where once I’d been feeling resentful, I was feeling autonomous.”

When I first picked up this book, my first thought was “uh oh”… I often shut down when I hear or see something I consider “religious”. This is something I am learning to be more open minded and tolerant of.  Reading this book gives me even more evidence that I should be more open and and a push to be less judgmental!  Had I missed out reading this book because of an initial judgment that it was religious I would have been the one that missed out.

As my aim is to do things Right From the Heart, her preface captured my full attention with the first sentence. Betsy Otter Thompson’s first words of the Preface are “The heart is a magical organ.” She goes on to describe how she feels our hearts work independent from our body system. This book is basically her conversation with Jesus made through her heart. She indicates that she “opens her heart, receives a feeling, and lets that feeling express.” Do not expect the book to be historically accurate as that is not the purpose. The book takes and discusses topics; twenty-three of them in total. At the end of each chapter there are a set of questions that deal with the topic just read often leading you to think through something about yourself. After these questions there are some more that lead you to evaluate yourself even more. And at the very end she ends with her own personal insight and what she learned working through the particular topic. This book takes you on an internal spiritual journey that provokes emotions, thoughts and an analysis of yourself.

The title: Walking Through Illusion; refers to the idea that all we have around us is an illusion. It is a life we are living; but we only experience things as we assign meaning to it and that’s it… by changing the meaning we assign the experience we can completely alter our lives. This makes whatever we are dealing with – only an illusion. As she (and Jesus) describe in her book, we are actors working through lessons that we chose to learn and work through prior to entering this specific life. “They were illusionary experiments to expand our hearts so that when we left these dramas, we had the needed emotion for the next performance taking our hearts even deeper.”

I loved all of the chapters, they were all thought provoking; however, I thought I would discuss at a high level a few of my favorites.

Obstacles: What obstacles stymie growth?

“Obstacles enter your life when you deprive others of what you think you deserve.”

This chapter deals with obstacles, whether that be illness or lacking – basically any dis-ease. The key is to realize that all obstacles, no matter what they are – are emotional. This gets back to the illusion again, they aren’t something “out there” they are “in here” and all obstacles offer some type of personal development. Everything offers some type of positive outcome in the end.

Opinions: Can we control our opinions?
Bottom line, this chapter says you respect other’s opinions when you respect your own. As one fault finds; this puts our focus on the thing that is negative and it hurts and it also will cause the mirror to reflect on ourselves what we are inflicting on others. If we find ourselves in judgment it is important to focus on finding who it is we ourselves are judging. This chapter also dealt with blaming; how we often blame our parents. We can’t change our past, but we can change our future thus it is important that we look and decide where we want our future to go. Even if those we are blaming change that will not change our problems, it will improve their life, not ours. We can only deal with us, our emotions and what we-ourselves are dealing with.

Advice: Whose advice is worthy?

“Trust that you are everything you need to be. Trust that life has meaning. Trust that goals have purpose, trust that ‘being’ is enough.”

Because I often get defensive when others try to give me advice (more so for those that are closer to me – like my husband!) this chapter hit home. This chapter points out that we are always mirroring our own behavior. Thus I was urged to look at my own life and understand how often I offer unsolicited advice. Understanding that if I focused on giving others support and only offering advice if asked that I would break through the illusion of having others offer their unsolicited advice. I now see a very interesting illusion in our family. Between my daughter and husband, they are both telling each other how and when and why to do things and I am left out of most of this interaction.

Hearts (of course!): What constitutes a big heart?

“An obsession with the picture to the exclusion of his heart created a mind out of sync with its purpose. A mind out of sync with its purpose created a body out of sync with its purpose. A body out of sync with its purpose had no reason for being.”

This chapter spoke to purpose and legacy, which, is at the top of my list of topics (am teaching it at CFU) so this chapter also resonated with me. It is important to look at the different legacies we want (and perhaps do not want) to leave. I took away from this chapter that it is important to appreciate life and that our bottom line purpose is to look for personal growth and development within our own lives.

Betrayal: Why is betrayal so painful?

“Betrayal is an act of doing in a way you’d hate to be done to.”

My notes from this chapter: If I am resenting others, I am resenting myself. If I resent myself others will resent me. If I resent myself resentment poisons the mind. If it poisons the mind it will poison the body. Basically outward actions reflect an inward action. Betsy’s personal notes captured much of what I felt as well. When you hear the word betrayal you picture something quite bad, but betrayal is basically doing things to others that you do not want done to you… thoughts, judgements, laughs, snickers and any other minor offense counts.

Bottom line – READ THIS BOOK!!!!

About the Author: A native Philadelphian with a B.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Betsy worked as an account executive for WFIL radio in Philadelphia, and from there went to radio stations WPEN and WFLN. After that, she became a commercial print model and acted in television commercials in New York and Philadelphia. For seventeen years, she worked in Los Angeles at the motion picture and television company Castle Rock Entertainment as the Assistant to the Chairman and CEO. In August ’99, she followed her boss to Warner Bros. as he took a new position there as President and COO, and became his Executive Assistant. She is now writing full time. Betsy’s writing began unexpectedly while going through an especially difficult time in her life. She believes that her books were the answer to her prayers.

Crush It – A Review

November 9, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Crush It – Gary Vaynerchuk

Ever since I saw one of Gary’s video’s and heard him on one of the Success Magazine CDs; I had wanted to read his book: Crush It

Although it doesn’t make my tip top favorites, I did enjoy it. I enjoyed it because I love reading about others who are living their passions and Gary is definitely doing that. Not only is he doing it, this is one of his rules.   I also admire those that are living authentically and he isn’t out to impress anyone and he walks his talk.   He is an early social media adopter and when he doesn’t talk about the three rules he is talking about how to use social media to your advantage. 

Gary starts out by talking about passion and how it is everything; he mentions his three rules and advises that everyone adopt them: 

  1. Love your family.
  2. Work super hard.
  3. Live your passion.

He explains that he measures success by how happy he is not how big his business is or how much money he has.  He said by following these three rules he is 100% happy. Loving your family and working super hard doesn’t take special skills or knowledge, these two rules are about just doing.  As you move into the third rule, this is where many people need the direction. 

Identify and Test Your Passion

This is about recognizing things that you love and because you love it you know tons about it.  Find this thing.  Find your passion.  Then test it.  Can you think of many topics to write or talk about?  Are you double sure that what you think is your passion is your passion?  [His book doesn’t clearly help here – but there are other ways to work through this!]  Lastly ensure that you know about your passion, that you are an expert on it. 

Branding

Find your brand.  Your name or some other nifty, catchy phrase.  He advises that even if you use a catchy phrase, brand yourself (your name) as well. After you have determined this then you need to ensure that you start assigning this to social media sites, domain names, blogs, etc. Anything that you can think of; make sure you sign on and grab your name.

Social Media

Start getting involved in social media.  Use Facebook Connect, Facebook and Twitter.  Use tools that allow you to post to these sites like ping.fm or TubeMogul.

Start Communicating

Create your content. Write, blog, shoot video, make podcasts – whatever you feel you can do well, start doing it. Get a blog – he recommends WordPress or Tumblr.  The one place he recommends you spend some money is on the design of your website.  Everything else he talks about is very inexpensive and he says that the reason for spending money on the design of your website is due to ensuring that the first impression people get is a good one. 

Make Friends – Make Community

Search for and find like minded people, people talking about your passion.  Create a community – offer your expertise, share your knowledge and make friends with other that share your passion and those that are looking for answers.

I think that this was a good book and would like to have all the folks that are out there “spamming” others with posts about themselves and their businesses take some time and read how social media should really be done.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Review: The EMyth Enterprise

April 14, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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“An e-myth enterprise is a business that takes personal responsibility for the condition of the world it finds itself in; for the condition of the people with whom it interacts; for the condition of their children and their children’s children; for the condition of the very quality of life itself.”

 

This is the second book I have read by Michael E. Gerber. I can say that reading his books makes me want to meet him and buy him dinner so that I could have some time to hear his thoughts on how I might do what I am doing better. He is very accomplished and as I read his words; I feel myself becoming hypnotized or mesmerized by his words and writing. The way he writes pulls you in, it entertains, it builds a picture, it brings feelings to the surface, it brings questions to the forefront. I have gone through the process of re-evaluating what I am doing based on what I have read within the pages of Michael’s books.

Michael is founder of E-Myth Worldwide. E-Myth Worldwide was created in 1977 as a coaching, training and education company. It is now in its 32nd year and has helped more than 65,000 businesses in over 145 countries. His program is used in 118 universities in the world. He has authored 13 business books and founded 11 new ventures in the last four years. Michael is writing from a place of experience and from a place of caring about us making it work so that we can make the world a better place.

In this book he describes what an E-Myth Enterprise is; the essential ingredients. There are four; the visual, emotional, functional, and financial. These four ingredients work together to create an exceptional business. The first thing to realize is that a business exists only as others observe it. A business can not be without employees, customers, suppliers and lenders and they all have perceptions. Their perceptions count and Michael explains that businesses need to step up and DO MORE. They need to be cognizant of these four distinct group of interactions – the employees, the customers, the suppliers and the lenders all play a large role in how successful the company will be. A business needs to understand that these four groups have essential needs, perceived preferences, and unconscious expectations and the business must DO MORE to satisfy these. They satisfy them by paying attention to the visual, emotional, functional and financial ingredients. They need to have 5 basic skills in order to satisfy these ideals.

  • Concentration: Provides energy and attention needed for the right action to take place.
  • Discrimination: Provides us with intention and standards that help us know which action needs to be taken.
  • Organization: Important to realize that people can not be organized; time, space and work are the things that can be organized. Organization provides room for the right action to take place.  Time is the utilization of energy; Space is having the right tools in place in the right quantity to support the right action; Work identifies the natural way to take action, and the relationships between functions and the coordination of action and functions.
  • Innovation: Is about effectiveness. Doing things faster, cheaper, smoother and softer. Watch the child – they do it all the time.
  • Communication: Channel through which life is conveyed. Ideas and the energy of ideas are transmitted and how mind, spirit and body converge into a force for the right action.

I loved how he describes the process of getting more life in a business. The process starts with the development of standards and that develops discipline which results in the development of patience which leads to development of vision, which gives insight, which inevitably leads to the development of conviction, which leads to awareness, where you can’t help but develop empathy, which obviously creates deeper and real relationships which – the ultimate end of having more life.

The ideals by which to create the E-myth Enterprise are the ingredients to a successful idea and business.

Visual: Our first impressions are made visually. It is important that a business pay attention to leaving a good first impression; customers, employees, suppliers and lenders will create a perception based on what they see of your business thereby affecting the resulting relationship. Pay attention to your logos, your colors, scale, order, and consistency. Ensure that information is being transmitted visually.

Emotional: It is important to connect to the emotional side of people, to leave a mark. People need order, to feel heard, connected to something bigger than themselves, a purpose, to feel that what they do has moral weight and is important and that people they associate with love them. In order to reach the emotional side of people it is important to always ask questions – be like a child. A child always challenges the boundaries and asks questions and they keep going. If they get a no or fall down, they keep going, they keep asking.

Functional: As I read on what the functional ideal is, it reminded me of what I learned in Emyth Revisited (LINK TO THIS POST). For a company to be functional it needs to act great and to act great it must think completely different about what it does and how it does what it does. They need to focus on processes rather than the people. If great processes are put together than you don’t need to hire (and pay for) the best. Analyze what employees, customers, suppliers and lenders want the business to do and whether it makes sense to try and incorporate that in the way the business operates. Try and find out the most frustrating thing to these key stakeholders and then see if you can guarantee that this most frustrating thing will not occur.

Financial: Michael insists that you do need to worry about money, that it isn’t all about doing what you love and letting the money come. He writes that money has no meaning without people, that you must take care of it because it will not take care of itself and he stresses that you must have integrity when it comes to money.

The final chapter of the book will challenge your thinking and will test your defensiveness. I found myself having to read this chapter a couple of times in order to really GET what he is working to say here. To me, what I feel he is trying to get across is that we have fallen into a trap because we often forget to think. Actually, really, truly THINK. We fall into doing things, wanting things, that are the newest trends or hot new tools to improve our lives. He gives advice on how to get out of this – he says that we need to

  • Admit to the fact that we have fallen into a programmed trap
  • Be more interested in far more than just business; we must be interested in the dignity of ones own life and those lives around us; must set very high standards;
  • Be interested in how things look and how things feel and how things work and then finally in the money.
  • Realize that the economic model is a myth
  • Pay attention to people; what is imprisoning them, what is frustrating them, what is inhibiting them, what is restraining them, what is depriving them of a rich forceful life.
  • Be conscious of oneself
  • Be honest with oneself
  • Continually watch oneself

I highly recommend reading this book; it will make you really think hard about what you are working to achieve in your endeavor.

Rework – A New Release

April 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

This new release that is for anyone who wants to be in business for themselves.
Seth Godin reviews it:

This book will make you uncomfortable.
Depending on what you do all day, it might make you extremely uncomfortable.
That’s a very good thing, because you deserve it. We all do.
Jason and David have broken all the rules and won. Again and again they’ve demonstrated that the regular way isn’t necessarily the right way. They just don’t say it, they do it. And they do it better than just about anyone has any right to expect.
This book is short, fast, sharp and ready to make a difference. It takes no prisoners, spares no quarter, and gives you no place to hide, all at the same time.
There, my review is almost as long as the first chapter of the book. I can’t imagine what possible excuse you can dream up for not buying this book for every single person you work with, right now.
Stop reading the review. Buy the book.–Seth Godin

E-Myth Revisited

February 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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I had someone that I admire recommend reading this book and I picked it up without knowing exactly what to expect. I had heard it mentioned before, but beyond that had not understood what it was about.

After reading this book, I have quite a few ah ha’s — and this, along with going through a Goals Development Program by Darren Hardy and success.com, I am now looking at my business in a different way. This book is a must read for anyone going into their own business. The book was written michaelgerberby Michael E. Gerber, who is the founder of E-Myth Worldwide. E-Myth Worldwide was created in 1977 as a coaching, training and education company. It is now in its 32nd year (if that isn’t something amazing to anyone trying to start their own business then nothing is!) and has helped more than 65,000 businesses in over 145 countries. His program is used in 118 universities in the world. He has authored 13 business books and founded 11 new ventures in the last four years. I have ordered his most recent book; however this one was absolutely awesome.

The most impacting realization I took away from this book is that all Entrepreneurs have started a business due chaosto the chaotic world we are living in. They are looking for order. Our world is a place of constant change and our corporations and larger companies (and smaller companies) are doing their best to keep up with all the changes; however they are failing miserably (80% of new businesses fail within 5 years). Due to the chaos and never ending change, the individuals working in companies are feeling discomfort; they feel no order, no real reason for being and they feel they are working hard for companies without any real satisfaction. The realization that this book led me to is that the reason that these businesses are failing are because we are bringing the chaos from the world and our companies with us and opening up businesses that result being ran on the basis of chaos. What Michael Gerber is teaching in this book is that we need to change ourselves in order to not only run a successful business, but to also help the world start to run without the state of chaos we seem to be in constantly.

multiple personalitiesThe other thing that the book points out is that each of us is a person with multiple personalities. For instance, we all have a skinny personality and fat personality. The skinny person gets motivated to exercise and diet to get healthy; the fat person is comfortable hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep or opening the fridge for that second helping of ice cream. We also have three personalities that come into play when starting a business; a technician, a manager and an entrepreneur. The technician likes doing the work; they are good at the work and they like being left alone. The manager likes order and process and tries to minimize as much change as possible. The entrepreneur thrives on chaos and constant change. Each of these personalities needs a chance to survive and thrive. If any one of these personalities takes over, the business will die.

Most small businesses have been started by the technician in us. The person who knows they can start a business doing what they know best and they feel they can do it so much better than the company they are working for. The entrepreneur steps in momentarily (in what the book calls an “entrepreneur seizure”) and the person is off to start their business. The problem then becomes that the technician steps back in and neither the manager nor the entrepreneur steps back in to balance the business out.

The book discussed 3 stages: infancy, adolescence and maturity. Infancy is the technician stage – it isn’t looking for growth and change, it is a time for work, work, and more work. Infancy ends when the owner realizes a change is needed and it is at this point that many businesses fail. This is where the entrepreneur and manager must be allowed in to move the business into the next stage and if this doesn’t happen the technician decides to either close its doors, goes for broke (hires people but doesn’t manage) or succeed in spite of it all (and will work until they literally can’t any longer). Adolescence needs a manager. A small business will stay in adolescence until the owner can’t work the business any longer or if it had been planned correctly enters maturity. Every business reaches a point where it goes beyond the owners comfort zone. Mature companies typically start out as a mature company; it is the owner that goes through infancy and adolescence to enter maturity. It is important to prepare yourself and your business for growth; by continuing to educate yourself so that your business can grow.

mcdonaldsThe turnkey revolution is what we saw when companies began to be ran like McDonald’s is ran. It was the start of the franchise. A franchise is either a trade name franchise or a business format franchise. The business format franchise runs by a system, the product is the system not the actual consumable good. This is where the owner works ON the business not IN the business.

The rest of the book discusses how an owner needs to innovate, quantify and orchestrate. These three things dance together in order to create a successful business. The business development program includes contemplating your primary aim, the strategic objective and strategies for the organization, management, people, marketing and systems. The book discusses the process of prototyping each position that will be done, or could be done within the business. Management development is discussed and how the system becomes your solution. They go through people management and discuss how to get employees motivated – it makes a point on how the owner creates the environment where the employees WANT to work for the company. Lastly the systems strategy is discussed – how to bring the hard systems, soft systems and information systems together.

I loved this book for what it has done to the thoughts for my own business; however I am feeling a bit cheated. I am looking for more thorough details and examples of the business development process; however there is enough information included that with a bit of research and time the details should become accessible.  To spite feeling cheated, I highly recommend reading this book if you are looking to be in business for yourself or if you are in business for yourself!

Defy Gravity!

November 9, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Defy Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason by Caroline Myss

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New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss draws from her years as a medical intuitive to show that healing is not only physical; it is also a mystical phenomenon that transcends reason.
Inspired by ordinary people who overcame a wide array of physical and psychological ailments—from rheumatoid arthritis to cancer—Caroline dove into the works of the great mystics to gain a deeper understanding of healing’s spiritual underpinnings. Based on these studies, she demonstrates how conventional and holistic medicine often fall short in times of need. Both systems rely upon a logical approach to curing illness when there is nothing reasonable about the emotional, psychological, or spiritual influences behind any ailment.
Integral to this mystical healing approach is the engagement of the soul, which we experience through exploring our seven shadow passions, building an empowered inner self around our seven inherent graces, and learning how to work with the mystical laws that govern it. This knowledge holds the key to understanding what it means to defy gravity and break through the boundaries of ordinary thought. You can heal any illness. You can channel grace. And you can learn to live fearlessly.

About the Author
Caroline Myss has been in the field of energy medicine and human consciousness for 20 years. Since 1982, she has worked as a medical intuitive, providing individuals with an evaluation of the health of their energetic anatomy system. She specializes in assisting people in understanding the emotional, psychological, and physical reasons why their bodies have developed an illness. Her New York Times bestsellers include Anatomy of the Spirit, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, Sacred Contacts, and Entering the Castle.

Do You Have a Million Dollar Idea?

October 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Before You Quit Your Job; 10 Real Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar BusinessBy Robert T. Kiyosaki (and Sharon L. Lechter)

I usually start my reviews with a summary of who the author is and what they have done. In the case of Robert Kiyosaki, most people have heard about him. Robert Kiyosaki is just about a household name, and if by chance you have not heard of him, you have more than likely heard of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. This was his first book and is what his business has been built on. As I have been working through my own moving from my corporate job to my own business the title of the book attracted me. Robert Kiyosaki has had a life that gives him the knowledge and an authority on this subject. He was in the Marines; he worked at Xerox, started a business that hit a level of high success and then within a short time failed. He started another business that was successful in promotional material for Rock Bands and radio stations, taught business seminars and then most recently and very successfully started the Rich Dad, Poor Dad company work where he teaches millions of people about money through his lectures, books and also through the CASHFLOW 101 game.

This book, Before You Quit Your Job; 10 Real Life Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Building a Multimillion-Dollar Business; goes over 10 lessons about starting a business. I was attracted to the title as I am working through a change in my own career of moving from a corporate job into my own business. This book definitely had some pearls of wisdom and it did create some self-talk within myself questioning whether I was really ready to take on this transition. In the beginning of the book Robert discusses some of the traits that are required for an individual who is moving from a corporate job to that of entrepreneur. The following is what he laid out – indicating that in order to make the transition an individual must have the following specific traits

1. Ability to change philosophy from security to freedom
2. Ability to operate without money
3. Ability to operate without security
4. Ability to focus on opportunity rather than resources
5. Having a different management style to manage different people
6. Ability to manage people and resources they do not control
7. Team and value oriented rather than pay or promotion oriented
8. Active learner – no graduation day
9. Generalized education rather than specialized
10. Courage to be responsible for the entire business

The rest of the book then wove these traits into 10 lessons that Robert teaches by utilizing the story around all of the steps he went through in his life, starting in high school and moving to his current success. Each lesson incorporates his examples and word of advice. Each lesson also pointed out 5 areas that one should have covered either within themselves or with partners or paid consultants. The 5 areas are product, legal, systems, communications and cash flow.

Lesson 1 A successful business is created before there is a business
Lesson 2 Learn how to turn bad luck into good luck
Lesson 3 Know the difference between your job and your work
Lesson 4 Success reveals your failures
Lesson 5 The process is more important than the goal
Lesson 6 The best answers are found in your heart…not your head
Lesson 7 The scope of the mission determines the product
Lesson 8 Design a business that can do something that no other business can do
Lesson 9 Don’t fight for the bargain basement
Lesson 10 Know when to quit

Something that is really great about this book is that Sharon Lechter, one of Robert’s partners finishes each lesson with some words of advice around the same lesson. Having a different perspective from a different point of view, helps teach the lesson in a different way – which can help reaffirm the lesson.

Some of the information is repetitive (quadrant and B/I Triangle) and I would say there is A LOT of tidbits of very useful information throughout the entire book. It is one to read, highlight and then pull that information out for future use. The information in the book showed me some reality around starting a business but was more than that as well. There were suggestions on how to start the business and what a business needs to have in order to be successful. It opened my eyes to some of the hard work and some of the gaps in my own knowledge and expertise and was also helpful in shining some light on reality. The only thing I can think of that would have been nice was to have some more suggestions on what to do in the certain areas if you weren’t strong enough.

New Release from Deepak Chopra

October 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul by Deepak Chopra

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“Alternative medicine guru Chopra, author of more than 50 books, argues that the bond between body and soul has been severed; it’s his hope that humankind is about to embark on a restoration project that will give the soul the attention it deserves. Chopra presents five ‘breakthroughs’ that address the body and five that address the soul. He also walks readers through a fascinating discussion of how energy affects spiritual and physical health, and includes a scored personal energy efficiency quiz. According to Chopra, when ‘subtle energy’ becomes blocked, awareness can act like an invisible force that turns unhealthy energy around (he also explains how the expression of genes can be altered by lifestyle changes). Chopra encourages readers to follow their inner guidance, to embrace a journey to higher consciousness, to expand awareness through meditation and other methods, to ask for guidance and then wait for it to appear, and to trust their instincts. By accepting the over-arching power of the ‘invisible’ or non-physical world, Chopra maintains that we can begin to nourish a state of wholeness in which there is no longer a disconnect between body, mind, and soul. Though Chopra offers 10 ‘simple steps’ to wholeness (including focusing on relationships instead of consumption), this is a multilayered text to savor and study; readers will continue to contemplate the author’s message long after the final page is turned.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Dr Chopra moves us from the mundane lives that trap many of us to the sacred insights offered by our souls.”
Mehmet C. Oz, bestselling co-author of You: The Owner’s Manual

“Health and disease often begin in our consciousness, so awareness is the first step in healing. In Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul, Deepak Chopra eloquently and beautifully describes how to enhance our awareness and transform our health more dynamically and powerfully than had once been thought possible.”
Dean Ornish, M.D., founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute; clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; and author of The Spectrum

Find A Way To Say – NO MATTER WHAT!

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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No Matter What…I will get out of debt; No Matter What….I will become fit and healthy; No Matter What…I will break free from the corporate J.O.B. and own my own business; No Matter What…I will start balancing my life so I can spend more time with my family. No Matter What…I will live my life doing what I love.

I was introduced to Lisa Nichols first in The Secret and then as speaker at a Lifepath Unlimited Personal Development event which drove me to pick up her book to learn more about her and how she overcame the many obstacles in her life to find the ability to be so true to herself and finding a way to do exactly what she loves. Lisa Nichols is extremely authentic in her book No Matter What! 9 Steps To Living The Life You Love She goes back to her young years of being bussed to a racially integrated school; coming back to her neighborhood school only to face the gang pressure – her experience going to College and finding that she was there to help the team but once she was hurt and couldn’t do that any longer she lost her scholarship, a molestation, having dealt with a weight challenge, raising a child she had with an individual involved in fraud, working to free herself from relationships that were unhealthy and during her early years realizing she had the ability and love of helping young teenagers break free from some of the cycles that keep them trapped in worlds that aren’t good for them and then moving into helping anyone overcome their obstacles. For one person she had so much thrown at her to overcome; perhaps it was so she could move into shoes where she can authentically and successfully help so many others avoid and work through their own obstacles.

In the book, No Matter What! 9 Steps To Living The Life You Love Lisa refers to developing certain muscles to overcome obstacles and although there may be others beyond what she refers to in the book; she describes her very personal experiences associated with the following:

1. Your Understanding Muscle
2. Your Faith-In-Myself Muscle
3. Your Take-Action Muscle
4. Your-I-Know-Like-I-Know Muscle
5. Your Honesty Muscle
6. Your Say-Yes Muscle
7. Your Determination Muscle
8. Your Forgiveness Muscle
9. Your Highest Choice Muscle

For each of these sections she provides examples how she developed the muscle and then exercises to help you strengthen your own muscles. You find you get to know her intimately through how she works through the obstacles that arose in her life which helps you apply these exercises to your own life. So many times I have read a book where they give you steps however sometimes you have a hard time breaking through your own noise to get your own answers. She helps you through this – by describing how she did it and then her exercises build on that. She opens herself up to help us!

If there is ANYTHING in your life that you feel needs to be improved whether it be health, finances or relationships I highly recommend picking up this book and working through the exercises!

The Hidden Secret – Think & Grow Rich

August 18, 2009 by · 4 Comments
Filed under: Book Reviews 

I have read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich three times now. This book seems to have been the motivation behind many of our personal development gurus out there today as they all mention it on their required reading list. Lifepath Unlimited, the company I am now a wholesale distributor with, also has it on their list. I have actively used the book as I have worked on my own development and working to set goals. Napoleon Hill mentions that there is a secret in his book; as a matter of fact, he mentions this several times. As I read the book and later listened to it on audio CD, I often found myself wondering what THE secret is. I finally came to the point where I figured it was like Curly said in City Slickers about that ONE THING.

Then entered Brian Kim; he wrote a book called The Hidden Secret in Think and Grow Rich. Brian Kim is a writer and has an uncanny ability to inspire and motivate others. His blog is ranked in the top 5% of 1% of all blogs on the Internet. I ran into him surfing the Internet where I found many of his posts resonated with me. He has a way of simplifying things we hear often as advice in a unique way that quickly impacts your head and heart. He clearly states the Hidden Secret right off the bat in the very first chapter of his e-book to kill the suspense and resolve all the ambiguity once and for all. Sorry Curly! He also backs it up by offering detailed evidence based on the clues Napoleon Hill provided and points out exactly where it is in every chapter of Think and Grow Rich, just as Napoleon Hill said where it would be, along with plenty of examples and logic and reasoning to support up the validity of the Hidden Secret.

The book comes with a workbook that allows you to work through the Hidden Secret process. After reading it I felt an “ah ha” moment and an OF COURSE comment in the back of my head. Once you read it and you are familiar with Think and Grow Rich; you will see it clearly as well. I started using the process laid out in the book immediately to work through the process of setting and achieving goals. I started with “releasing” extra pounds. (If you “lose” something aren’t you obligated to find it again?) I have released 20 pounds using the process laid out in this book! I have also used the same process laid out in The Hidden Secret in Think and Grow Rich in order to achieve other goals in my life. I recommend reading this book and working through the exercises if you have had trouble reaching your goals in the past and have not found that ONE THING to help you yet.

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