Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Year End Practices

Celebrate Your Victories and Give Thanks
by Jack Canfield

Research has shown over and over again that the more you acknowledge your past successes, the more confident you become in taking on, and successfully accomplishing, new ones.

As you stay the course and begin to realize your goals, you need to do two very important things:

1.) Celebrate your successes, and ...

2.) Express your gratitude to everyone who has helped you along the way.

Let’s look at a few of the ways you can acknowledge your positive past.

Celebrate Your Victories

In order to justify all your sacrifice and persistence that is required to create the life of your dreams, you have to enroll your family, your friends, your colleagues and co-workers, your employees, your clients and, most importantly yourself, to pay the price.

In order for them to do that, there need to be payoffs along the way. Every time you reach a milestone on the path to ultimate success, and every time you achieve a major goal, you need to celebrate by doing something fun and nurturing.

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Take the time to thank everyone that has helped you achieve your goals. Write them a letter, call them, send them an e-mail or send them a present. It can be as simple as a hug and a thank you — to something as elaborate as letting someone use your summer vacation home for a week.

The Power of Acknowledgment

When you take the time to thank someone, they feel acknowledged for their contribution and will be more likely to want to help again.

Your Inner Child

A big part of creating more success in life is rewarding yourself when you succeed. So, it’s important to reward your inner child as well. Every time you work hard to meet a goal, the part of you that just wants to have fun has to sit still and be good. However, just like any kid, if it knows it will be rewarded later with a treat, it will hang in there with you.

How can you reward your inner child?

• Take a 20-minute walk after an hour or two of concentrated work
• Go for walks in the morning with your spouse, friend, or significant other
• Take 20 minutes to listen to music and daydream
• Take most weekends totally off
• Take several weeklong vacations throughout the year
• Get regular massages
• Engage in daily meditation, exercise and yoga
• Take music lessons
• Go to movies, concerts and plays
• Listen to comedy tapes and watch the Comedy Network
• Listen to motivational audio programs when driving

Thank Your Higher Power

Finally, it is important to thank God, or however you perceive the Higher Power, for all of the abundance that comes into your life. Start with the little stuff — another day of life, healthy children, a sunny day, people who love you, family and friends. Be thankful for the birds, your pets, the clothes you have and the food you eat.

And be especially thankful for any additional blessings that come into your life. Take time each day to say a prayer of thanks when you first arise, before meals, and again at night before bed.

Having an attitude of gratitude opens up the channels for even more abundance to flow into your life.

The more grateful you are, the more you will attract things to be grateful for.

© 2006 Jack Canfield ***reprinted with permission --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Jack Canfield, America’s Success Coach, is the founder and co-creator of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul and a leading authority on Peak Performance. If you're ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get your FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com

More tips for ending 2010 with a bang and a great foundation for 2011!

Coach Renee

Friday, November 19, 2010

Season of Gratitude Week 3

This week is a great week to remember those around you who somehow make life easier. -
-Utility workers who are out in all kinds of weather doing their best to keep your lights on, your water flowing, your telephone available, your roads passable.
-Emergency workers who protect and serve- Police, Firefighters, Ambulance or Emergency Service personnel, Hospital staff from the cleaning crew to the administrators.
- Sanitation personnel, politicians, parking lot sweepers: all of us!

Until we need something, we may not think about the pieces to the puzzle of our perfect world. Without each of us contributing our part, the picture is incomplete.

Please watch this video, courtesy of Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood,Co-authors of the NY Times Bestseller,"The Passion Test - The Effortless Path
to Discovering Your Life Purpose". I think it demonstrates the one thing we should all take a moment and be thankful for: each other!


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Season of Gratitude 2010

A Season Of Gratitude
11/5/2010 –11/25/2010
This invitation is reprinted from www.unityofames.com

I am excited to have found this gratitude practice from Unity of Ames, a non denominal place of growth and transformation. The physical location is in Ames, Iowa. The "universal" place begins on their website and is spread through gratitude, appreciation of others, and respect.

Please read the invitation below and share your thoughts and experiences as you practice and spread gratitude in November.

*************************************************************************************Join us as we participate in the practice of gratitude. The Season of Gratitude is a 21 day practice that culminates on the Feast of Thanksgiving. In 2010 it begins Friday November 5th and goes through Thanksgiving November 25th.

Develop the act of being thankful and being in gratitude by sending a thank you card each day of the season to someone or something that has blessed your life. The first Week we focus on family. The second week we focus on our friends and coworkers. The third week our focus is on businesses, groups or organizations and those that run them.

We are confident that practicing the act of being grateful WILL have a tremendous impact on your life and those around you. ****

Click here to go to our Season of Gratitude Page
Please make gratitude a priority this season. Remember, we can choose to be grateful for things that may seem less than perfect. Each circumstance or situation brings with it opportunity and gifts.

Coach Renee, The Mindset Coach

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Eldon Taylor Mind, Meaning and Mysteries Seminar

I am grateful that NY Times Best Selling Author and Hayhouse Author Eldon Taylor is sharing a free online seminar with millions of people. I watched his video presentation and want to share a few things that I teach or was reminded of during the viewing.

1. Everything we know, we know in a context. Unless we expand our context, our knowledge is limited.

Try this exercise: in 2 minutes, write down everything you can use a paperclip for. GO!

2. Research shows that our brains will "make up stuff" when we have holes in our thinking; incomplete ideas. Our minds fill in the blanks when there is a dissonance between our programming (set of beliefs) and what we deem to be reality.

Have you ever been at an accident scene or a witness to a crime? How many versions of the events are there? Usually as many as there are witnesses. We "see" things from our context and our brain interprets the information. When it is incomplete or memories conflict, we make something up to fill the gap.

3. Question "common knowledge". When the masses of society know something, take time to pause. How do we all know the same thing?

Example: In the 1400s people "knew" the world was flat. They could not see "over the edge", so they assumed the world ran straight ahead until it ended at the horizon.

Example: The world knew that man could not fly. Until the Wright Brothers took flight in an airplane they built from imagination. Now, we are in outerspace, although that once was a commonly known IMpossibility.

What is possible that the masses currently believe can't be?

4. We disregard experiences that do not fit our paradigm. Those of us that were raised ,for example, to look down on those more wealthy than ourselves begin to suspect ideas that are contrary to our experience of being in "lack".

How do you explain why you are not making more money? Having more fun? Enjoying better relationships?

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In Gratitude,

Coach Renee

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Bernie Siegel Quotes

I recently listened to an interview with Bernie Siegel,MD from Windows to Wellness (www.windowstowellness.com )where he shared many wonderful insights. I am so grateful for the impact they had as I listened, I want to pass them on to you.

Think of your experiences when you ask someone "How are you?" Many times they mumble "fine" or "ok" or "Don't ask". Bernie's recommendation when someone asks you this questions is to respond, "I have no complaints whatsoever". This is gratitude at work. If you complain, you are missing the opportunity to be grateful for what you do have. It doesn't mean everything is great all the time:it focuses on gratitude and brings your thoughts to something better.

In a conversation with Norman Vincent Peale, Norman explains "It's not about quiet or noise..It's about finding your rhythm, the harmony in your life."

A few weeks ago here in Maryland, we experienced a 3.0 earthquake at 3:30am. When I opened the door to see what it was that had happened, I noticed that there was no sound-No THING. Bernie says, "Silence is the loudest noise". I understand exactly what that means.

If you want more of Bernie Siegel, MD visit his site: www.berniesiegelmd.com

Coach Renee

Monday, August 9, 2010

Daily Energize by Rich German

I subscribe to Daily Energize by Rich German. Today's messgae is one I'd like to share with you. You can find him

Think about these 2 facts and then answer the question:

1 – If you have a roof over your head, food on your table, and
clothes on your back, you have it better than 75% of the planet.

2 – 50% of all human beings live on less than $2 a day.

How big do your ‘problems’ seem now?
Moral: Be grateful for what you have!

Thank you, Rich

Whatever problems, challenges or difficulties you face today, counter it with thoughts of something you are grateful for. Rich's exercise gives you a good vantage point from which to start.

More and more research shows that changing the direction and focus of your thoughts to a more positive perspective increases your awareness of what is right and will eventually reduce the amount of misfortune, stress and misery you experience. Give it a try. And when you are ready to give up, do it for another month consistently. Let me know how you are doing/ do.

Coach Renee

Sunday, August 8, 2010

It's Been a Long Time

It's been almost a year since I have shared my gratitude and gratitude messages. I haven't taken the time to blog but I have taken time often to show my gratitude and celebrate the gifts I have received in my life.

My immediate family is celebrating the birth of the first grandchild, Isabella Marie. My husband continues his employment and his parents seem to have overcome some hurdles-constant health issues, moving and stroke recovery.

I continue to discover ways in which I can grow and learn. Love has been an essential ingredient in my ability to move forward. Have you listened to Shawn Galloway's You Tube "I Choose Love"? I found it to be very moving when I first heard him perform live at the I Can Do It Conference in Tampa this past November. Please be sure to visit his site (Personal recommendation, not a paid endoresement).

I, too, gave birth this year- to a new book "Life As An Onion: The Journey Back to Your Core". It will soon be in print but can be found as a download on my website. This book was finally brought to the surface when I had the opportunity to sit next to Lynn Lee who had also attended the I Can Do It Conference. We had not met at the event but synchronicity brought us together on the plane home. She was still dealing with the death of her daughter who had passed away when the driver of the car she was in fell asleep at the wheel. As Lynn shared with me her daughter's death and it's affects on the family, I realized (more clearly this time) that we all have layers of experience, thoughts, beliefs, pains and triumphs. Those unresolved issues and deep wounds expose themselves when the layers of our lives wear thin. Thus, the birth of the book.

So today I am grateful that I am back blogging and connecting to millions of hearts. I hope you will share your gratitude and love through this blog or in your own way. Just share.