Life is Meant to Be Fun and Easy

laugh-oftenLaugh, play, and enjoy your life.
When you are seeing the grand scheme, the bigger picture of it all, you understand that life is the greatest game you will ever get to play! Seriousness is a disease that can cripple your soul. Drop this overly serious self who has such a tight grip on you!  Your desires will manifest soooo much faster! And it feels much better to be playful again…

Give yourself permission today to have a good long laugh at all your seriousness. Add just a tad of lightness into your agenda and see how good it feels! You’ve been carrying enough weight on your shoulders and you deserve the feeling of letting it all go!  Your only real job in life is to enjoy each moment that you are alive.  This includes allowing others to do whatever they want to do, whenever they want to do it!  This means that you can do the same! Enjoy hanging out with your super vibrant fun self today!

A big belly laugh at it all always serves as the best guide…

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Karma: Are we missing the point?

karma-cleanseWhat do we really understand karma to be?

Are we misinterpreting it in our lives and thus missing the point completely?

Karma is ‘the law of cause and effect’.

Many people believe it comes about as a result of our deeds or actions, ‘what goes around comes around’, and it does.

However, have you ever considered that it is not only physical deeds and actions that activate the law of karma, but also your thoughts?

Is a thought not a deed or action? Quantum theory is indeed proving now that thoughts have a physical effect on everything we experience. Thoughts are causes which produce physical effects, or manifestations. If a person thinks positively, they produce positive experiences in reality. Likewise, somebody who thinks negatively experiences negative results.

A conscious thought is indeed an action to think that thought.

Many people, when observing somebody doing what they perceive to be a negative deed, will comment, ‘I’ll let karma take care of that’, ‘C’mon karma, do your stuff’, or ‘Karma can sort that one out’. Well here’s the kicker – doesn’t that thought in itself indicate that the one ‘wishing for karma’ is having negative thoughts towards the perceived wrongdoer, and in itself constitute a negative deed?

We can do little to control the behaviour, actions or thoughts of others, and it’s rarely our place to do so. Everybody is on their own path, with their own lessons to learn. We can only have direct influence over ourselves.

 

The Science of Happiness – An Experiment in Gratitude

Who influenced you the most in your life?

Could you call them and tell them? Or even tell them face-to-face?

Do you realise what a precious gift that would be?

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I Can Do It!

I-can-doThe Hay House ‘I Can Do It’ World Tour 2013 is in full swing.

Now you can spend the weekend listening to some of the most inspiring authors of today in a unique setting, the Hay House I Can Do It! Conference.

You can meet your favorite Hay House authors and see them live. You will enjoy the opportunity to listen to them speak in either keynotes or workshops, for either one day or an entire weekend event with optional pre-conference workshops.

With such inspiring authors as:

… they promise to be truly inspiring events!

This annual conference gives you the opportunity to relax and enjoy a forum where each speaker offers the opportunity for spiritual and body enlightenment. Don’t miss this highly recommended and unforgettable experience at the venue of your choice. We are looking forward to meeting you there!

What’s the next best thing to being there? Discover and experience the event through the Live Video Stream. We are excited to offer a Live Video Stream viewing option for select I Can Do It! Conferences. Join us and others from around the globe and watch the Live Video Stream Online.

Conferences still to be held are:

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Self-publishing Success Story

self-publishing-successA couple of weeks ago, I reviewed Julie Flygare’s book, Wide Awake and Dreaming.

What I didn’t know then, and have found out today, is that Julie self-published this book. I would never have guessed. I have read it and it was perfectly proofread, the story flowed as well as I would expect from any memoir, and it has an attention-grabbing title and cover.

For such a long time, self-publishing has been considered the poor relation of ‘traditional’ publishing by large publishing houses. Granted, some self-published books I read in the past would have benefitted from some editorial input and proofreading, but the content was great, and I have been happy to overlook a few spelling and grammatical errors for the pleasure of reading such a good story. The early feedback generated to those authors and the self-publishing world has led to self-published authors upping their game and now many are giving the big publishing-houses a run for their money.

So how do literary agents feel about the rise of self-publishing? Well Kathryn Beaumont is a literary agent who has also featured Julie’s book in her blog which you can read here.

Kathryn followed up that article with a really useful guide to choosing whether to self-publish or not.

I asked Julie if she approached, or considered approaching, a conventional publisher with her book at all before making her decision to self-publish, and I am thankful to Julie for her rapid reply, “Yes I spent a year and a half dealing with a literary agent who approaches the publishers. I came very close to a publishing deal at a few publishing houses. All said how well written the book was, but ultimately that no one cares about narcolepsy. Which was obviously the stereotype I was trying to fight in writing the book. So ultimately, after getting very close many times and dedicating so much time to the traditional publishing process, I had to self-publish.”

What Julie has also shown is that self-publishing is a valid and convenient option for somebody who self-manages a health challenge too, particularly when the subject-matter is something a publisher will probably have no experience of, and considers it such a small niche market. Obviously, a lot of people care.

wide-awake-and-dreaming-narcolepsy-memoir-julie-flygare-book-release-1024x1024Julie’s successful efforts have led to her becoming the ‘voice’ of people with narcolepsy. It has propelled her into tireless (perhaps an ironic choice of words for a person with narcolepsy) campaigning for narcolepsy awareness.

You can purchase Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

5 Easy Steps to Start Writing for Fun and Profit

writing-blogging-clipart1Every writer dreams of the day when they can profit from their writing. While income opportunities abound for writers, each method has drawbacks.

Newspaper and magazine reporters can make a good living but their subject matter is often closely regulated and directed. Corporate writing can be even more lucrative but even more tightly controlled. Freelance writing offers more freedom but is also more uncertain. Publishing books is even more uncertain. So what is a writer to do?

Forget all those old-school writing methods and focus on the internet. Don’t write for anyone but yourself. You really can profit from writing only about what interests you. Don’t worry about the market or the editors. Write for yourself. Not only will it be more fun and rewarding for your soul but for your checking account as well.

I am going to share an easy (and cheap) 5-step formula that can help you start your own writing business today, but first I want to share one important fact.

This is not a get-rich quick scheme. It will take some time to earn, perhaps as long as several months to begin turning a profit, but if you keep working at it you should see your income grow exponentially each month and you should be able to count on that income and know what you have to do to increase it. You will have total control over your income and that is very powerful. Most of all, if you are doing what you love, that is a reward in itself, and often financial reward comes off the back of that.

1. Create a blog account at one of the free blogging sites available online (I use WordPress but there are many other good options). This will serve as your internet base. It really is the cheapest and easiest way to get online today. Yes, you could create a free website at one of the many available, but blogs are more attractive to the search engines. Plus they offer you the ability to personalise it but most of your energy will be spent on content which is the king of the internet and the real reason you want an internet presence.

2. Now sign up for a free ClickBank affiliate account which will give you immediate access to something to sell.

3. Sign up for a contextual or pay-per-click advertiser such as Google, Yahoo, Revenue Pilot, or SearchFeed and you’ll start earning from visitors as well as customers.

4. Develop your blog. Make 10 your immediate goal then work your way up to 25, 50 and 100 and so on. Your entries can be your opinions, thoughts, or ramblings; poems or short stories; or articles.

5. Promote your blog through article marketing, link development and submitting your blog feed. I would suggest you primarily focus on article marketing as it offers the ability to not only develop links but also delivers traffic, plus as a writer it is easy for you to create articles or use a selection of the material you’ve already created for your blog. Also, a great method of promotion is by connecting with other bloggers, through Facebook groups and other forms of social networking, and also by commenting on other blogs.

Yes, it really is that simple and while you can later grow by buying your own domain name (or names) and publishing your blog on your own site, you do not need (and likely should avoid) investing money in expensive tools

Getting started on the web can be free (as you see above) or inexpensive if you concentrate on what you really need. The simple truth is that you don’t need a lot of fancy, expensive tools and programs. In the long run a domain name is a good investment. A domain name will cost you between £5/$5 and £10/$10 a year depending on whether you go .com or .info (or one of the many other options available). You don’t need to find a web host or create a site. Simply use web-forwarding to point the domain at your blog for now and continue with the development and promotion of your blog. The advantage of owning your own domain name is simply that later when you have the money, time, and knowledge to develop your web site that domain name will already exist and have filtered through the search engines. It also offers some marketing advantages that a free blog cannot.

At some point you may decide you want more flexibility and control than a free blog can offer and that is when you will want to run your own site. You can find a good web host for as little as £5/$5 a month and shouldn’t pay more than £20/$20 a month for a reputable host that offers all the tools and utilities you might need for your current site – including blog software. Maybe down the line you’ll need to upgrade but by then you’ll know your income and your needs.

Really the only other regular expense that you might consider to make your internet business complete would be a mailing list tool. You can do this for just $20 a month and it will be worth every penny for sales, customer service, and promotion. But this is not necessary to start out and you may decide that it isn’t important to your efforts so you can skip it entirely.

Once you have your blog set up and monetized (by offering ClickBank products, advertising, and/or selling text links) then you are in a position to begin profiting from your writing. The way to profit is to increase your traffic so you need to get serious about your article marketing efforts because each article you distribute will generate immediate traffic and create back links for search engine optimization. Also you need to continue to grow your blog by adding fresh content regularly. This will create repeat visitors as well as bring the search engines back again and again. Simply publishing new articles and new blog entries each week will increase your traffic. The more articles and entries you create — the more traffic you will generate.

Once you have found your rhythm with your existing blog you may well decide to branch out and create a second blog on a different or related topic. Now you should be able to work even faster because you are more experienced but likely more motivated as well because you can see just how rewarding it can be to write for fun and profit.

7 Ways to Manifest Faster Results

Abstract earth hovering over an open hand with sky backgroundThe whole idea of the Law of Attraction is to be a co-creator with the Universe, God, your source, whatever energy force you believe created us, in manifesting the things that are deepest to your heart. When you use the Law of Attraction in the right way you can experience manifesting your desires at a much faster rate than you ever would have had you not made the effort to use it correctly.

You can use the Law of Attraction to manifest faster results by taking the following steps.

1. Be Grateful Now

Gratitude can dramatically change your life but best of all it gets the Law of Attraction to give you more of what you are feeling grateful and happy for. When you are feeling frustrated and down the Law of Attraction gives you more reasons to feel down. You manifest more situations that make you feel unhappy. So as the first rule to manifesting faster results, begin to see all the things in your present life that you are grateful for no matter how simple it is.

In practice:

a) Keep a gratitude journal

My personal favourite is The Secret Gratitude Book.

Each night before sleeping, think back over your day and write down at least 5 things you are thankful for, starting with “Today I am thankful and grateful …” and evoke that grateful feeling inside you by saying or thinking “Thank you” several times as you read it back to yourself. Examples may be:

– that my children are safe, happy and healthy

– that I had a lovely coffee and chat with my friend

b) Say “Thank you” more often. We often take for granted when people do little things for us, like a partner doing the laundry or making us a cup of tea.

Gratitude generates positive energy, and what we give out, we get back.

2. Speak of It

It may seem hypocritical at first when you learn of the Law of Attraction to speak of your desires as if they are already here. In reality all things are already created. The moment a thought is conceived you have brought it into your reality. The more you speak of that thought the stronger it becomes and the faster it moves into your state of being. Think of a child who becomes eager about the thing he or she wants. See how eager they are about it? They look up pictures about it, they speak about what they will do when they get it. They don’t worry about how or when it will come, they just know and above all they are excited about it. Speak with joy about what will come into your life because your words and thoughts about it feeds that creation and brings it to you faster.

3. Surround Yourself With The Things You Desire

You may be asking, how can I surround myself with the things that I want if I don’t have it? It may not be yours at the moment but you can borrow, you can visit, above all you can place yourself in the environment and among the people who are closely linked to the things you desire. The successful application of the Law of Attraction depends on you already being in that energy of what you want. It is up to you to create the state that you want to attract and you do so by being among the things that you want until it is fully yours. The Law of Attraction will give you quite easily what you bring into your focus, whether you are speaking of it or observing it. You get more of what you surround yourself with.

Several years ago, my friend owned a beautiful car. I admired it so much, I told her if she ever considered selling, I would like first option to buy it. One day, a year or two later, we went to the Royal Ascot races in her car. She fancied having an alcoholic cocktail or few, so I offered to drive her car back home. Oh I relished that journey so much, and reminded her if she were ever to sell it, I wanted it. A couple of weeks later, she called me and said she was ready to upgrade to a new Toyota Celica so was selling her old one. I jumped and said “I’ll have it. It’s mine!” and got the money the next day to buy it. That was 6 years ago, and I still love my 18-year-old Celica as much as the day I bought it.

4. Let Go!!!

Let go of what you want. Yes, let it go. Know that you desire to experience a particular thing but don’t hold on out of fear of doubt. The more you cling on to the needing or wanting feeling the more disastrous your manifesting will be. You will only succeed in feeling more needy. Allow yourself to feel full and confident. Those who understand how the Universe and the Laws of Attraction work easily understand the power of their intention and don’t feel stress or needy. They create and know that the Law of Attraction is working for them and what they create will soon manifest. They create then let go and move into the state of receiving.

There is a great paradox that comes with letting go because a very large part of manifesting requires that you give a lot of focus to your desire but there is a delicate balancing act of focus without feeling needy or being clingy.

dream jarSomeone I know has a great way of manifesting. She keeps a beautiful jar, into which she pops pictures of things she would love to have: home furnishings, appliances, holidays, etc. She pops in the picture with the thought “Wouldn’t that be lovely?” and then lets it go. Around New Year, she goes through the jar and is always amazed and thankful for how many of those things have manifested. She is one of the luckiest competition winners I know.

5. Learn to Receive

To activate the Law of Attraction you must move into the state of receiving. This is something most people cannot do. Many people say that they want certain things but few people know how to receive those things that they are asking for. Most people feel doubtful or unworthy about what they want. Deep within they feel that they do not deserve nor will they get what they are asking for. Those tiny feeling of unworthiness are giant blocks in the manifesting process and can only serve in destroying what you are hoping to attract. The Law of Attraction is a science that takes you deep into your inner nature and allows you to see where you are feeling disconnected as a co-creator with God and the Universe. Become worthy and allow yourself to receive.

Some people find it very hard to receive a compliment. This is a sure sign of a sense of unworthiness. A typical one for a woman: someone says “Oh what a lovely dress.”, and the woman will reply “Oh this old thing, I’ve had it for ages”, rather than simply saying “Thank you, I like it too”.

If someone offers to buy your coffee, allow them to. By not receiving gratefully, you are not only stemming your own flow of abundance energy, you are also not allowing the other to give you a gift, which would be good energy for them too. You know how good you feel when you give a gift? Allow others to feel that good feeling by accepting their gifts, whether they are material or compliments or good deeds.

6. Become Worthy Now

Become worthy by recognizing that you can manifest anything that you want because you are Gods and Goddesses and what you desire is only a tiny speck in the Universe. You deserve to manifest what you want because when you are rich you influence those around you in positive ways. When you use the Law of Attraction to manifest a better life you are in the flow and in a better state of adding value to the world. The faster you can feel worthy of what you desire to manifest the faster it will come.

One of the biggest blocks in manifesting is the feeling of unworthiness that most people feel. God wants you to have, the Universe is great enough and there is more than enough for you and everyone else. You are worthy!

7. Give What You Desire Most

You may not have all the money in the world for yourself but you do have something of value and that thing which is of value to you may be in scarce supply to someone else. Give to others and you will be stunned and amazed by how fast the Law of Attraction will manifest abundance in your life. You do not have to give money to give value. You can give in the form of voluntary services, a listening ear, visiting an elderly neighbour, random acts of kindness.

There is a natural flow in the Universe and in order to manifest more you must also be in the flow of giving. Give to others as long as you do not give more of yourself. There are many flawed concepts of giving more than you have, this is very faulty. Give only what you can, never ever deplete yourself. Give what makes you feel happy to give. Give with love on a regular basis but also be aware of conserving your own and the Law of Attraction will bless you by bringing to you much more than you give. As you give you will get and you will manifest much more than you could ever have imagined and much faster too.

Manifesting takes a delicate balancing act. The Law of Attraction requires a look inside of yourself to gain more harmony with the universe. The moment you discover the steps everything flows faster and greater.

Count Your Chickens Before They’ve Hatched

count chickensAt some stage in your life, you’ve probably been told not to count your chickens before they have hatched. You were probably told to not get your hopes up and to not expect too much – just in case you might be disappointed. For most of us this, or some variation of it, was told to us over and over again by well-meaning, but ill-informed people. From an early age the idea of staying in an emotional “safe zone” was instilled in most of us until it eventually became belief systems that now control our behaviours.

We live in a culture were the predominant psychology is based in fear. The fear of loss drives and motivates most people’s decisions and behaviours. From this mindset the subconscious invented mechanisms to protect itself and a saying like “don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched” is but only one illustration of how the culture prepares and “grooms” us from an early age to settle for the lowest denominator. “Go for the lowest and easiest to make sure that you at least get something.” “Don’t expect too much, just in case you don’t get anything at all.” From this mindset we lose all our power; the power that is born in the belief that we are indeed worthy of all the success and all the abundance that we can possibly dream of.

Expectation is one of the most powerful resources that you possess. An intense anticipation can transform possibility into reality. One of the biggest reasons why most people never get to live their dreams is because they lack the motivation to follow their dreams. The real purpose of a goal is to act like a directional compass that guides your life in a specific direction. A strong and exciting goal has the power to motivate and inspire you. When you fuel this goal with expectation you set in motion an unstoppable force that will give you that internal drive that will enable you to create virtually anything you desire. When you count your chickens before they’ve hatched you create a sense of excitement and enthusiasm that has immense power to motivate you. Success and achievement are rarely the result of your ability but rather the product of your motivation; of your ability to consistently take action on your dreams and goals.

Expectation is not the same as hope. Most people hope that one day they will get what they really want or that one day they will get lucky and all their dreams will come true. Hoping is nothing but a weak prayer. Hoping always includes success and failure while expectation is solely fixed on one single outcome. When you count your chickens before they’ve hatched you nurture your expectation; you make it stronger and most importantly, you make it real. It is a fixing of purpose where no-one or no-thing can throw you off course. When you create that intense feeling of expectation you not only imagine having what you want but you start to create the feeling of already having it.

Whatever you expect with certainty will become your own self-fulfilling prophecy. We all long for certainty on some level. For most people certainty comes from seeing and experiencing things before they “believe” it. This is why they keep re-creating and experiencing the same old things over and over again. When you use your mind, your emotions and your imagination to create the certainty within you, then anything is possible. Expectation goes beyond hoping. You want to be like the little kid on Christmas who knows that he’s getting a new bike, but he has to wait until Christmas morning before he can actually feel and touch it.

Have you ever ordered something really exciting and then had to wait for it in the post? You knew you were going to get it and you anxiously await the moment of delivery. You anticipate the moment where the image in your mind’s eye becomes real and where you can touch it, even though the imaginary experience felt just as real. This is what expectation really is. It is getting excited in advance. It is feeling the feelings in advance. It is the most powerful motivator there is. Expectation, fuelled by emotion, acts like a vacuum within you. It is like a thirst that forms a burning desire that you will do anything to fulfil. This is when your “should’s” become “musts” and when it is a must you will get it.

With expectation you can start to transform your perception of life, especially your life. Because you no longer hope for what you want, you expect it to come along any second. There are no more doubts and no more hoping. There is only a knowing and a feeling of certainty. When you know something you can stop doubting and questioning. Now, every situation becomes an opportunity to receive your goal. Every person becomes a player in the process and every problem becomes a stepping stone towards the realization of your dreams. You have that certainty that the outcome is resolved and that you are merely in the process; waiting for “Christmas morning” to come.

You have to let go of the mentality that is based on the fear of loss; the mentality that is grounded in the belief that you are not worthy of having it all. Let go of the beliefs that you might be disappointed when you give it your all and it doesn’t work out. All they do is to lock you up in a world where you never even “try” just because you might not make it. If anything, you want to overestimate your abilities. Overestimate your capability. When you feel like you are running up a hill that is too steep, don’t turn back and run down hill. Instead, up the prize for getting to the top. Make the reward more compelling and you will find within yourself a strength that was previously unavailable. This is how you access your real resources, those resources that lie asleep within you waiting to be called upon. Nothing of significant value has ever been created without enthusiasm.

Do whatever it takes to “count” your chickens; whatever it takes to create the feeling of already having it. If you have goals you need to start living them and the way you do that is to build your expectation. Do whatever it takes to create the feeling of already having it. Make it real. The legendary musician, Jackson Browne once said that whenever he gets nominated for an award he always expects to win, even when he is the underdog. He always prepares a victory speech. What is your victory speech? How can you prepare for what you desire most from life? What can you do to make it real? Most people plan to fail by never expecting to succeed. Remember that your results will rarely exceed your expectations.

Jim Carrey, when he was broke and poor, would go and sit looking at the Hollywood sign. He wrote himself a cheque postdated 3-5 years ahead, for the sum of $10 million for ‘acting services rendered’, and just before that time expired he was offered $10 million for his role in Dumb and Dumber.

4 Simple Strategies for Supreme Self-Confidence

self_confidenceWouldn’t it be great if we could just wake up in the morning, brush our teeth and put on our confidence for the day?

“No matter what a woman looks like, if she’s confident, she’s sexy” – Paris Hilton

Well, for those of us who don’t have a drawer full, here are 4 simple strategies that will help you build confidence.

1. Accentuate the positive

Be your own best friend. What do you tell a friend who’s tried something new, whether or not it turned out well? At least you tried something new- good for you!

Accentuate the effort it took in doing something, rather than the final outcome. (You’d do it for your best friend, wouldn’t you?) We all have limitations. The key is to accept that you have them without dwelling on them.

2. Don’t be afraid to take some risks

When you are about to embark on a new experience, do you spend your time worrying so much about the outcome you aren’t enjoying the moment? If you look at new things in your life as a chance to learn something, it opens up the possibility of you becoming good at that something.

“The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.” – Bette Davis

If you spend your time dreading the outcome, you’ll turn any opportunity there might have been into a failure. What’s more, we can’t grow when we are frozen with fear. Don’t set yourself up to fail. If you do, look at number one, again!

“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

3. Use self-talk to keep assumptions away

We all use self-talk. The key is to use it in a way that we don’t form bad thoughts that can lead to permanent doubts. Catch yourself using negative self-talk and cancel it with something positive and not based on assumptions!

Build confidence by not expecting perfection from yourself at all times. You can only do your very best at something. Nobody can do everything perfectly, so why do you assume that you should be able to?

“Stop comparing yourself with others. If they are good at something, you too are good at something else. Self-confidence is not measured by your own capabilities versus that of others, but by your own needs.” – Stephen Richards, Develop Jedi Self-Confidence: Unleash the Force Within You

4. Learn to rely on your self-evaluation

If you always rely on the opinion of others, you’ll always be wondering what they think! That does nothing to build confidence – it tears it down, by giving away your personal power to others.

Focus on the real you, inside, to find out how you feel about your own actions, how you’ve been doing your job, etc. You’ll be developing a strong sense of who you are.

It’s important to remember that no one can be self-confident all of the time. In fact, you’ll build confidence faster and easier once your realize that.

Most people with low self-esteem or who lack in confidence are that way because of unrealistic expectations. They expect more from themselves than they do others.

A person with low self-esteem will think nothing about calling him or herself a ‘stupid idiot.’ They wouldn’t dream of saying that to someone else. To build confidence it’s a good idea to be your own best friend.

Elephants and Doors

So don’t get upset by the closed door, move on until you find the door that says ‘Elephants Welcome’ that’s where you’re s’posed to be 😀

Elephants

Picture courtesy of Sun Gazing