Inspiration

A Little Inspiration for You…

journeyI ran across this little message this morning and just had to share with you guys. This one really touched me as there is just SO much truth to it and it very much applies to our journey here in the home based business world. ENJOY and have a very Happy Friday!!!

It is easy to come up with reasons why you aren’t where you want to be.

It takes work and discipline to push yourself a little every day until one day you are where you want to be.

The amazing thing for those that have done it, you look back and realize somewhere a long the way, it stopped feeling like work.

Somewhere along the way a weight was lifted as you moved closer to your dreams.

You realized you were tired of focusing on what wasn’t working and you were excited about what was.

… For those that the rest of the world sees as “Lucky” those individuals had doubts, fears and missed opportunities just like us. For those that the rest of the world sees as “Lucky” those individuals had doubts, fears and missed opportunities just like us.

Yet, somewhere along the way they decided to change their attitude, their approach and ultimately their life…

Start your journey today. ~C.Nordyke

MAKE TODAY GREAT!!

How to Get Out of Your Funk!

gratitudeI’ve been noticing lately by the stream of negative and discouraged posts on Facebook, that a lot of the people in my life are in a funk! This does not sit well with me as you all mean a lot to me and I want so much more for you!! So a little advice for you today… You have to have an attitude of gratitude! I say this to my kids from time to time when life’s challenges come up and they get down on themselves or discouraged about a situation that arises. And my little guy, who is in second grade, will say all proud “Mommy, attitude and gratitude rhyme!” It’s no wonder the words rhyme as they go together hand and hand because when you have a grateful heart, you will have no choice but to have a positive attitude!

People ask me all the time “How do you stay so happy and positive, Kristie?” Well, I certainly do have my down moments, as we all do, but for the most part I remain in a positive, happy state. It’s a big part of who I am, what I stand for and who I will become. I do this by always focusing on what I am grateful for…everyday! It is impossible to feel down when that is your focus.

A little skeptical? I have a little mind exercise for you today. Place yourself in a setting where you can really reflect on everything you have to be grateful for. It can be sitting on your back porch enjoying the cool morning air, listening to the birds chirp, enjoying a cup of coffee or tea, just sitting with your eyes closed thinking about all the things in your life that you have to be grateful for. Just breathe…in and out….and make a mental list of positives.

Or if you’re in more of a get up and go kind of mood, put that iPod on and start walking or running. I do this many times a week. I have my iPod loaded with songs that really make me feel blessed and help me to reflect on all the good stuff in my life. A few songs off the top of my head that I have on there, “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson, “Anyway” by Martina McBride, “Live High” by Jason Mraz and the list goes on. I cannot come home from that walk without feeling energized, rejuvenated and most importantly…grateful!

Whichever setting you choose doesn’t matter. Just put yourself there on a daily basis and watch your attitude transform and your life change for the better! No matter what situation you’re in, you have a lot to feel grateful for. The first being that you get to be here today to read this. With just this moment, be grateful you can read, that you have your sight, that you are breathing, that you woke up today…you have so many things to be grateful for, you just have to recognize them.

Sometimes when I do this exercise, I’m so overwhelmed with gratitude that it brings tears to my eyes. Why are so many of us focusing on the bad when there is so much good?

Yes, this world has gone crazy, there is so much negative out there trying to drag us down. BUT, you have a choice!! Are you going to let it drag you down? Or are you going to fight it and BE the change you want to see in the world? Seems like a simple choice. But I tell you, it’s MUCH easier to fall victim to the negativity. That’s why there is much more of that out there in the world. The staying positive and being the change takes work!! It will not come easily, you will have to work at it everyday. The old saying we all know…anything in life worth having, takes work. But you can do it…and it’s worth it:)

Grateful for this day!

10 Things I’ve Learned on My Journey to Success at Home

1. You WILL fall down and hit obstacles in your home business…    BUT you WILL have team members that care about you and will help pick you up!!

2. You WILL have MANY people that do not want to join your team or buy your products/services…    BUT you WILL find MANY that will say yes and will be lifelong business partners and friends!!

3. You WILL have marketing strategies that will fail or stop producing…    BUT you WILL find that one ad that will produce incredibly and will help build your business to the next level!!

4. You WILL have people close to you that will doubt you and think you’re a dreamer and crazy for doing “one of those work at home things.”    BUT you WILL have a WHOLE tribe of team members and leaders to help you prove them wrong!!

5. You WILL get discouraged that your business isn’t growing fast enough…    BUT you WILL reach the top of that hump and start moving at an amazing speed, just like a roller coaster!!

6. You WILL have people rudely ask you to remove them from your email list…    BUT you WILL have people that will respond and enroll and thank you over and over again for blessing their lives and remembering them!!

7. You WILL have team members quit…    BUT you WILL have MANY that will stay and not only pay you for the rest of your life but will become dear friends!!

8. You WILL get tired and wonder if it’s all worth it…    BUT you WILL remember that working at home for a few years for yourself versus working at a job for 40 years is your driving force!!

9. You WILL doubt yourself and your ability to reach success…    BUT you WILL remember your WHY and keep pressing forward!!

10. You WILL feel guilty about not spending as much time with your family as you’d like while you’re building…      BUT you WILL remember that you’re doing all of this for THEM and it’s only temporary!!

For every negative that you experience, there is a positive to get you back on track. Your home business is a journey and there will be MANY emotions involved. You’ll experience the good and the bad. But that’s what makes it great! It allows us to reach inside of ourselves, toughen up and GROW! Let’s talk about perspective…you know, that glass of water, will you focus on it being half empty, or half full?? It’s your choice and an extremely important one. So reflect on it, who do you want to be? Someone who looks for the good stuff or someone that dwells on the negative and sets themselves up for destruction. Choice seems easy, huh? Well, the choice IS easy! Following through is the tough part. Get your support system in place, your team, your mentors, industry trainers and turn to them when you need them! That’s what they’re there for!!!

Focusing on the good stuff,

Daily Mindset Check!

mindset-iconHello Savvy WAHMs!!!  I hope you are already having a VERY productive and beautiful day!!

How is your mindset today? Something that has always helped keep me in the right mindset to work my business is constantly working on personal development. We can have all the skills in the world, but if our mind isn’t in the right place, we’re not going to reach long term success….period.

I set aside a minimum of 30 minutes per day to put something good IN! Right now I am currently working on reading “Awaken the Giant Within” by Anthony Robbins. I read a chapter a day and I am absolutely LOVING it!!! Here is a part that I read this morning that I want to share with you:

One of the most important decisions you can make to ensure your long term success is to decide to use whatever life gives you in the moment. The truth of the matter is that there’s nothing you can’t accomplish if:

1. You clearly decide what it is that you’re absolutely committed to achieving.

2. You are willing to take massive action.

3. You notice what’s working, or not, and

4. You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way. “We will either find a way, or make one.” ~Hannibal

What type of personal development are you working on right now?

Many blessings,
I Met an Angel Last Night…

heartLiving life with a positive attitude is a big part of who I am. Its how I have gotten through just about every obstacle I’ve come across over the years…and there have been some enormous ones. But every now and then, even I can fall victim to letting the stressors of everyday life affect me in a negative way. Yep, even I have little slumps; I’ve been in one for a couple weeks. Crazy but true. But it’s so incredible to me how I can snap out of a slump and move right back into a grateful heart and positive mentality with just one instance, one tiny moment can snap me right out of my funk.

I was at Landon’s (my little boy) advanced baseball practice last night and I met, who I didn’t realize at the time was, an angel. He is one of the kid’s dads on the team and we were just small talking and laughing about some of his funny comments to his son. He had such an amazing energy about him. I had never seen or spoken to him before and he was just so friendly. The kind of friendly and kindness that you unfortunately don’t see as often as you’d like to these days. I noticed that he was limping and had a big bandage wrapped around his knee that was bleeding through a little. I just figured he injured himself. Boy was I wrong…

Practice ended for the advanced team and I packed up my things and moved over to the other field for Landon’s recreational team (Yes, he’s on two teams and yes we live at the baseball park…lol). I was talking to a friend, one of our coaches, and he brought up this guy I met and he told me something about him that instantly made my heart hurt and tears come to my eyes. That bandage on his leg was not for an injured knee. This friendly, kind hearted man has Stage Four Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. And once it reaches stage four, there’s not much more anyone can do, that’s it. Hearing that someone has cancer is always devastating to hear but this one touched me on a deeper level. I lost my little sister, Dawn, to Melanoma in 2009. She was only 28 years old. She fought and suffered immensely, like no one should EVER have to, for 10 months until it took her away from me, her parents, her friends and the worst of all…her two children.

I can’t think of anything worse than someone receiving a terminal prognosis. Especially for this man who was watching his eight year old play baseball. Knowing that he will be leaving this earth and his kid behind…wow, makes me tear up just thinking about it. But he still had a smile on his face and kindness to share. What I noticed with this man and my sister is that they are/were literally living each day like it was their last. Appreciating every moment, appreciating every breath. I hear people all around me complaining every day. I complain from time to time, we all do. But what do we really have to complain about??? Is it really THAT bad??? What my sister and eventually this man would give to be here to have all these problems that we sit around and complain about. Food for thought…

I believe that man was the angel that I needed last night. Thank you Dawn for sending him my way. I love you baby girl.

As I sit here marveling at the events that took place last night, I am grateful and no longer have any reason to be in a funk. Life is good…

Appreciating EVERY minute,

Two Words that Can Change Your Life!!

positive2As I was going through my son’s school folder this morning, I ran across a local kid’s newspaper that is sent home periodically.  I started quickly browsing through it to see if there was anything interesting and I ran across an article that I felt was so necessary to share with everyone I know this morning.  These are rules in which I live my life by and have helped me to live each day with a grateful heart.

I so often hear people around me complaining on a daily basis and a lot of times I’m known as the “All sunshine and rainbows” girl as I always find a bright side to every daily situation.  I get looked at like I have two heads sometimes by the perpetual pessimists, but that’s okay. I love my positive attitude and I am PROUD OF IT!!!  It has helped me through so many difficult times in my life and I couldn’t imagine where I would be if it wasn’t a part of me.  A positive attitude is really just a choice, a mindset, and if you just change a few things around, how you speak, how you react, etc., it will absolutely become a part of who you are!  That’s when you will see your life transforming on MANY levels.  So with all that being said, here is the article:
“Have to” or “Get to”
By Jon Gordon
Who knew that two simple words could change one’s mindset, perspective and approach to work and life? Just two words have the potential to enhance joy, productivity, performance and change a complaining voice to an appreciative heart.
So often we say things like, “I have to take the kids to practice.” “I have to go to this meeting.” “I have to finish this project.” “I have to go to work today.” “I have to take care of this customer.” “I have to share this new information with my team.” “I have to see my family this weekend.”
We act as if we don’t have a choice. As if we are imprisoned by a paycheck and the expectations of a world that forces us to do thing we don’t want to do. But in reality we do have a choice. We can choose our attitude and our actions. We can choose how we view our life and work. We can realize that every day is a gift. It’s not about what we have to do. It’s about what we get to do.
We get to live this life while so many like Tim Russert and my Mom have left this world far too early. We get to drive in traffic while so many are too sick to drive a car. We get to go to a job while so many are unemployed. We get to raise our children even if they drive us nuts at times. :) We get to interact with our employees and customers and make a difference in their life. We get to use our gifts and talents to make a product or provide a service. We get to eat three meals a day while millions of people are starving. We get to work on projects, answer phone calls, serve customers, participate in meetings, design, create, share, sell, lead and suit up every day for the game of life.
Yes there will be challenges and life isn’t easy but each day we wake up we get another opportunity to make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today. We get to uplift, inspire, encourage, and impact others. We get to live this life. Let’s make the most of it by remembering that life is a gift not an obligation.
Hope you enjoyed this article as much as I did!  Please share this with anyone you’d like!  I know it will brighten their day and could help them make a positive change!
Have a blessed and beautiful day…because you GET TO!!

A Little Inspiration for You… Well Worth the Read

Wishing_Well3The Wishing Well by Anthony Fernando

On top of a hill overlooking a babbling brook stood a dilapidated stone well. The wooden frame which had once been used to raise water was broken and a discarded bucket sat on the ground nearby. The only thing that made this old well special was a small tarnished plaque that carried a three word inscription which read ‘The Wishing Well’.

One morning a young man named Richard came upon the well and read the small plaque. Richard was a cynical young man and he scoffed at the idea of a wishing well. However, he was also very greedy so he closed his eyes and wished for a large pot of gold just in case. He opened his eyes and looked around but nothing had changed.

As he prepared to leave, Richard happened to glance down into the well and to his amazement he saw a huge pot of gold floating at the bottom of the well. He immediately tried to reach down into the well but he could not reach the gold.

Next he tried to use a piece of wood to retrieve the gold but again he had no luck. After many frustrating attempts, Richard finally gave up. He cursed the wishing well and walked away. Instantly the pot of gold disappeared.

The following day a young man named William came across the well and he too read the small plaque that identified it as ‘The Wishing Well’. What William wanted more than anything else that morning was an engagement ring so that he could propose to his sweetheart Rebecca. He closed his eyes and made his wish. At first he saw nothing, but then as he glanced down into the well he saw the most beautiful diamond ring floating in an ebony box at the bottom of the well.  Like Richard, William first tried to reach down into the well and then tried to use a nearby piece of wood – all to no avail.

After a great deal of frustration, he sat back and reviewed his situation. Then suddenly, in a flash of inspiration he knew what he had to do. He picked up the old bucket and walked down to the babbling brook at the base of the hill. After filling the bucket with water, he walked back up the hill and poured the water into the well. To his delight, he noticed that the level of the water in the well rose ever so slightly.

With a hint of success to spur him on, William began transferring bucket loads of water from the brook to the well. He worked steadily all day carrying buckets of water up to the wishing well. With each bucket of water he poured into the well, the ring floated closer to the surface. Finally as the sun was beginning to set, William poured in another bucket of water and the ring came within his reach. He grasped the stunning diamond ring and with a spring in his step he set off to propose to his Rebecca.

The best part about this story is that the Wishing Well really does exist and is available to each and every one of us. Whenever you set a goal, your objective instantly becomes a ‘possibility’. It is as though it appears in the bottom of the wishing well. You can see it, but it is beyond your reach. Many people like Richard look for a quick and easy way to reach their goal but they inevitably get frustrated and walk away.

Those who achieve true success understand how life’s Wishing Well works. Like William, they recognize that they must put in the time and effort to fill their well before they can collect their prize.

Today I’d like to encourage you to decide what you really want from life’s wishing well and commit yourself to the process of filling your well in order to transform your dreams into reality.

Dare to Dream!

SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE DREAMERS

DreamBelieveAchieve_ContAnmYour dreams are your visions of where you’ll be after the battle, your prize at the end of your journey to success. Your goals are the steps you take to finally attain your prize. Unless you’re willing to work hard and establish some discipline in your life, all of your dreams will be pipe dreams, little mental fantasy trips that will never materialize. Make concrete steps toward fulfilling your ultimate dream, and start with solid objectives called goals.  Your dreams are where you want to go, your goals are how you get there. The first indispensable step to getting the things you want out of life is this.  Decide what you want. Don’t be afraid to think big and dare to be great. Dreamers are not content with mediocrity. They never dream of going half way. People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.
Have an AMAZING week and never stop dreaming and going for your dreams!

Experience and Character

flowertulips“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired and success acheived.” ~Helen Keller

We may wish for an easier life at times, but we know that the way we handle ourselves in the difficult periods is what truly shapes who we are. The people we admire most aren’t those who’ve had everything given to them. They are the people who have had to work hard and even suffer to acheive what they have acheived.
We can handle life’s tragedies and setbacks.  We don’t welcome these events, but we recognize that they have much more to do with defining our character than the happy times do.
Have a beautiful day!!!!!

The Power of a Positive Attitude

attitude“A positive Attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes.” A Positive Attitude helps to cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. It brings optimism into your life, and makes it easier to avoid worry and negative thinking. If you adopt it as a way of life, it will bring constructive changes into your life, and makes them happier, brighter and more successful. With a positive attitude you see the bright side of life, become optimistic and expect the best to happen. It is certainly a state of mind that is well worth developing and strengthening.

Positive attitude manifests in the following ways:

- Positive thinking.
- Constructive thinking.
- Creative thinking.
- Expecting success.
- Optimism.
- Motivation to accomplish your goals.
- Being inspired.
- Choosing happiness.
- Not giving up.
- Looking at failure and problems as blessings in disguise.
- Believing in yourself and in your abilities.
- Displaying self-esteem and confidence.
- Looking for solutions.
- Seeing opportunities.

A positive attitude leads to happiness and success and can change your whole life. If you look at the bright side of life, your whole life becomes filled with light. This light affects not only you and the way you look at the world, but also your whole environment and the people around you. If it is strong enough, it becomes contagious.

The benefits of a positive attitude:

- Helps achieving goals and attaining success.
- Success achieved faster and more easily.
- More happiness.
- More energy.
- Greater inner power and strength.
- The ability to inspire and motivate yourself and others.
- Fewer difficulties encountered along the way.
- The ability to surmount any difficulty.
- Life smiles at you.
- People respect you.

Negative attitude says: you cannot achieve success. Positive attitude says: You can achieve success.

If you have been exhibiting a negative attitude and expecting failure and difficulties, it is now the time to change the way you think. It is time to get rid of negative thoughts and behavior and lead a happy and successful life. Why not start today? If you have tried and failed, it only means that you have not tried enough.

Developing a positive attitude that will lead you to happiness and success:

- Choose to be happy.
- Look at the bright side of life.
- Choose to be and stay optimistic.
- Find reasons to smile more often.
- Have faith in yourself and in the Power of the Universe.
- Contemplate upon the futility of negative thinking and worries.
- Associate yourself with happy people.
- Read inspiring stories.
- Read inspiring quotes.
- Repeat affirmations that inspire and motivate you.
- Visualize only what you want to happen.
- Learn to master your thoughts.
- Learn concentration and meditation.

Following even only one of the above suggestions, will bring more light into your life!

Positive thoughts will lead you to financial success and it will help you find the true riches of life for yourself and your family. So whatever it is in life that you want, you must begin today to become a “positive thinker.” Once you do this your future success will be unlimited.

See below for some phenomenal books to help you develop an unstoppable positive attitude.

Wishing you a very Positive Day!!


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