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The Ms. Reason Show – January 9th, 2014 Interview

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Jan 09th at 6:30pm EST and join me on the Ms. Reason Show as I reveal the key to Understanding How You are Wired so You can Achieve Your Desires In Life!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/themsreasonshow/2014/01/09/understanding-how-you-are-wired-so-you-can-achieve-your-desires-in-life

To Listen: (Monday – 6:30pm EST) – Jan 9th, 2014

Guest call-in number: (714) 464-5207

To catch the recording: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/themsreasonshow/2014/01/09/understanding-how-you-are-wired-so-you-can-achieve-your-desires-in-life

Letting Go – Increase your happiness.

Letting Go – Increase your happiness.

Letting Go

Have you ever wondered why you hold onto emotional and physical pain longer than needed? There is a belief that we create and maintain problems to give us a sense of identity – to define who we are – to give us purpose.

Do you know of anyone who creates problems and then swoops in to save the day? Or someone who creates problems to then play the role of victim for sympathy and attention?

These behaviors, whether in ourselves or around us are due to the need to replay our past mistakes like a broken record in our minds which in turn builds feelings of shame and regret. Carrying these burdens dictates the actions we take in the now. In addition, we hold onto worry and frustration about the future creating unnecessary stress. Stress has been linked to numerous health issues and the majority of us live with this fabricated stress every day treating is as our normal state.

We all know that if we put a little energy to something we get a little out… the same holds true for letting go. By letting go just a little of your past and future regrets, you obtain a little peace in your life but if you let go of a lot, then you will bring in a lot of peace. More peace equals less stress! Isn’t that the formula we all desire?

Here is a sampling of actions you can take today to begin to let go of the pain and allow peace into your mind and body:

  1. Meditation/Yoga
  2. Physical Activity
  3. Learn a new skill
  4. List out your accomplishments and continue to add to the list daily
  5. Focus your energy on that which you CAN control and not that which you CAN’T control
  6. Engage in a creative project (painting, crafts, gardening, book club)
  7. Write a letter to whomever you hold your anger for, then burn the letter
  8. Take responsibility for you could have done better
  9. Wear a rubber band on your wrist and pull it every time you begin to obsess on the angry thoughts
  10. Have gratitude for the positive memories and know that life is a learning experience
  11. Visualize how you were before the event and know that you now can be that again
  12. Take deep breaths and focus on your breath when you feel angry

And lastly, fill a backpack with rocks representing your past hurts and take a hike. When you are ready, remove one rock at a time, naming the rock with a specific memory or person or event that has brought you pain and release it. You may find that you have packed more rocks than actual pains!

Letting go allows you to make space in your life for new and exciting adventures, experiences, loves, memories. Letting go brings you inner peace and reduces stress. Letting go allows you to view the world with new eyes ready to create, build and live that life you have always dreamt about.

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Intuition – trust your gut.

Intuition – trust your gut.

Intuition

My gut is telling me… I got a funny feeling about… My intuition says something isn’t right… Have you heard this before? Some of us have well developed intuitions that we trust and use to make decisions and some of us don’t trust our intuition any more than we would knock on wood.

But what is intuition? Intuition is your brain on autopilot. Think about when you take a shower. Most of us don’t think. We are on autopilot. We start with our hair and work our way down or however you do it. You do it the same every day and your brain takes in information while you are probably still waking up. Your brain is functioning outside your awareness, which is called nonconscious thinking.

It is safe to rely on nonconscious thinking for tasks such as showering, preparing that morning cup of coffee, walking or even driving to the office. These are routines that your brain is capable of handling without you getting involved in the process.

But your brain is also functioning in this capacity during complex processes that you think you are fully aware for. Our brains are capable of very complex tasks and when we involve the subconscious mind, sometimes we lose those sound judgments our intuition has processed as we begin to overthink a situation and question ourselves. We dismiss our intuition. All of the factors that influence our reactions are always available to our conscious minds.

My mentor says that spirit is our intuition and therefore is always right. In my own experiences, I have found that before I understood this concept, I questioned or flat out ignored my intuition and made some pretty bad decisions and when I accepted this thought – I found that my intuition has been spot on.

Many people believe that God speaks to us through our intuition and yet we still ignore all the signs and overthink something to disaster. Test your intuition for the next 30 days. Keep a journal of when you get a funny feeling and write down the circumstances and then the outcome. Be sure to go back after the month and review whether or not you followed your intuition and how accurate it was. It may just surprise you.

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Motivation confidence self-esteem – these can be yours – today! Learn the secrets on how to get and stay motivated, be confident in any situation and gain the self-esteem everyone needs to succeed.

Motivation confidence self-esteem – your keys to overcome any fear. How many times have you thought or been told you weren’t good enough? How many times have you wished you would have the courage to fire back at someone and say – yes, I am good enough and I’ll show you. These are skills you can learn – and I can show you how. I teach people all over the world how to get and stay motivated, gain the confidence they need to succeed and improve their self-esteem.
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Why is understanding how you are wired critical? | Chris M. Sprague at jvAlert Live Philadelphia

Why?

Why are some people successful and others are not?

Why are some businesses successful and others are not?

How have some people who have absolutely no reason to be rich, famous and successful, reached e top of their profession while others who have been given seemingly every advantage continue to struggle?

How do celebrities like Oprah Winfrey start out with nothing and go on to become one of the richest and most powerful people in the world?

How do people like Mario Andretti go from being born in a small town in Italy to becoming one of the greatest race-car drivers of all time?

How does a 6th round draft pick like Tom Brady go on to become one of the best quarterbacks of his generation?

Why do some people rise to any challenge and others shrink into the background?

How did Nelson Mandella survive being imprisoned only to go on to become the leader of his nation?

How did people Victor Frankl survive the horrors of war and the concentration camps?

How does The LinkedIn Diva Lori Ruff continue to push on and succeed day after day?

Why has Ken McArthur been the incredible success he’s been year after year?

What makes one company skyrocket while another one fizzles out?

What is the one main difference between Southwest Airlines and all of their competitors? What has kept them in business while many other airlines merge or go bankrupt?

What keeps Apple at the top of the charts when it comes to successful companies year after year? What caused them to rise to great heights, fall and then rise again?

What is it that your competitors have figured out that you haven’t yet?

What advantage do the successful players in your market have over you?

Most people usually say money, connections, power, the right strategy, a plan and many of the other standard things you are taught in business school. While it’s true that those things can help, they are NOT the one key. The driving force behind all people who are success and people who struggle is…

Mastering How You Are Wired.

Think about this – how much different would your life be if you increased every positive action and its result by 1%? How about by 10%? How about by 50%? How about by over 100%? Yes, how much different would your life be if you could double your productivity while decreasing your stress, decreasing your frustration and most of all, decreasing the amount of effort you have to put not get positive results?

This is a video of my presentation at Ken McArthur’s jvAlert Live in Philadelphia and it goes into why it’s important for you to understand how you are wired.

If you don’t you could lose everything.

Watch the video and find out why.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqy1ORIq6mQ

Integrity – Let it be your guide.

Integrity – Let it be your guide.

Integrity

Integrity is based on what that one person perceives another with integrity really means. Each of us has our own set of values and beliefs and therefore defining ones’ character as having or lacking integrity is subjective.

With that said, however you define integrity, I believe we all can agree that determining ones’ having integrity relies mostly on them standing for something and then staying on purpose with whatever that something is. When one sways from that purpose and behaves in a way that is no longer in alignment with what they previously stood for, they can become labeled as being out of integrity.

Have you heard – Do as I say, not as I do? Prime example of someone who does not stay on purpose with what they stand for and believe in. If they did, then the saying would be do as I say and as I do. If you are a parent, this is crucial. Parents are modeling behavior for their children. Actions speak louder than words. Children pick up on those subtle behaviors and ignore lip service.

The same holds true with adult relationships. Work or personal, it doesn’t matter. People are savvy and see right through smoke screens. Some may not be sophisticated enough or have the confidence to call another on it but when people exhibit a lack of integrity, out goes the trust factor too. You can’t trust someone who doesn’t do as they say. What they are telling you is that they don’t believe their own advice either.

In the Personal Development industry, when you are seeking help from a coach or mentor, it is important to interview and get to know the person who will be advising and guiding you through a process. Ask questions about how this has helped them. Find out what their values and beliefs are so you can match yourself with someone who has similar values and beliefs as you.

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Inspiration – Be Inspired, Be Empowered, Be Transformed

Inspiration – Be Inspired, Be Empowered, Be Transformed!

Inspiration

Where does your inspiration come from? Does it come from your family? Is it passed down generation to generation? Is it your grade school teacher? Your big sister? Your relationship with your creator? Where do you get your inspiration and how do you channel it?

We all hit a block at some point in life – sometimes more than we care to talk about and we need a little inspiration to relight our fire and let our creativity flow freely again.

This morning, do you remember waking up and what you did for that first hour? Can you recount all the motions you went through? If not, then you need some inspiration. You need to mix up your routine and throw some spontaneity into your life. Stop and smell the roses.

The older we get, the busier our lives become and we take for granted all those little things that we were in such awe of as a child. It’s time for a life reboot – to untether ourselves from our everyday doldrums and take a moment or two to see what we have been missing for a long time now. It is time to get inspired!

  1. Have a plan – not a detailed plan – but something that you would like to stop and do for a moment that you have either wanted to do for a long time and couldn’t find the time or something that you used to do that you miss very much. But not too planned – in the event while executing your plan you find yourself wanting to do something else, be flexible and go with the flow.
  2. Pay attention to your surroundings. Smell the flowers, notice the older couple holding hands, see the children running through the park, smile at the dog with the pink studded collar… don’t follow the tour guide at the museum – be your own tour guide and spend longer at an exhibit really taking in the intricacies of the piece.
  3. Document your experience. Bring your camera and whatever else you need to capture these moments.
  4. Bring a friend. Take the time to explore somewhere with someone you care about and share this experience. Create memories.
  5. Stay away from subways. Sounds odd but if you are travelling underground how do you get to enjoy what is happening? Walk if you can and then when you need to rest – find a place to sit and people watch. Recharge your internal batteries and then go again.

Don’t look for inspiration. That sounds funny but this is an exercise in creating inspiration through your environment and not by creating false inspiration through planned events. Be free and enjoy what is already around you!

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Information – Use it to grow!

Information – Use it to grow!

Information

Information is crucial for everything. Can you think of an instance where you don’t need information? It’s like going on a trip without a roadmap or through life without goals. We need information to help us get from A to B and all points in between.

With the Internet, we have information almost instantaneously with a push of a button. Do a search on any topic and there is flood of websites to tell you all about whatever you are searching for. Sometimes the search is spot on and other times it is completely off base but the beauty is you can search again and again refining until you get it right.

With that, why are so many people still ill informed There has never been a time like now with access to so much information through our phones, homes, cars, cafés, libraries… even restaurants give free access. And yet you hear people say the craziest things and have outlandish opinions based on no facts you are aware of.

This is partly due to the other form of information – the media. The media has its own agenda and long gone are the days of unbiased news outlets. But this isn’t about the media. It is about information and how to obtain useful information that is both accurate and proven to be true.

When it comes to personal development and growth, there are many people who claim to have the secrets to success. And from appearances, they sure do look successful. But their success may not equate to your definition of success so my advice to you is this

Define what you think makes a person successful. Not how to be successful. Illustrate through words what a successful person is – from relationships to material goods. However you define success. And from that – match up those who claim success to see if they fit your description, which is based on your values and beliefs. If they don’t, then pass on their advice. If they do, then find out how you can work with them or someone associated with them to mentor you and help you to achieve success.

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Importance of Belief – To achieve it, believe it can happen!

Importance of Belief – To achieve it, believe it can happen!

Importance of Belief

It is essential to have an attitude of believing the best in others; understanding this concept can have its challenges.

The self-fulfilling prophecy refers to the idea that when someone creates a belief in something that is not yet true, and expects something with certainty, it will become true. With people, it suggests that as we communicate our expectations, they will conform and deliver the appropriate results.

When working with people, this is critical. When you express a lack of confidence in someone, it is returned with mediocrity, however if you believe in them and expect them to do well, research has shown that they will live up to that expectation.

What we expect, all too often, is exactly what we get.

The four key principles of the self-fulfilling prophecy

• We form certain expectations, or beliefs, of people or events based on our own perceptions and experiences
• We communicate those expectations through our behaviors in a way that we would not have done without the belief
• People generally respond by adjusting their behavior to match
• The result is that the original expectation becomes reality

Based on these principles, we can conclude that the expectations leaders place on their team determines the quality of the teams’ output. A study of 100 self-made millionaires has shown that the most common characteristic in the group was the desire and ability to see the good in others. They were people builders, not critics. They empowered and supported their team to be their very best through positive means.

Believing the best in people is a critical piece of building successful viable relationships.

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Imagination – an idea and so much more!

Imagination – an idea and so much more!

Imagination

Imagination is defined as the act of forming a mental picture of something that is not present to the sense or has never been completely perceived in reality. Every thing around us started as an idea stemming from someone’s imagination.

Think about the computer, cell phone, bed, airplane, fork… no matter how insignificant or complex something may seem to you now, it started as an idea formed from an imagination.

Imagination is what allows us to have plan Bs for survival. We can imagine all sorts of scenarios and possibilities and then develop plans. Through discovery, we get ideas no matter how fantasy or reality based they are. Then through justification, we assemble objective evidence to formulate possibilities. Therefore, imagination not only creates ideas but also justifies them to allow action to be taken.

Imagination contributes to knowledge growth through learning from mistakes. When we make mistakes and take a moment to reflect on what happened, we then begin to imagine what could have happened if we had taken a different action.

Imagination is what allows us to create a life we wish we had. By exercising that magnificent mental muscle, we can change the outcome through our creative imagination by taking a moment and really imaging what it is we want – with clear details and practicing this everyday until what was once an idea becomes our reality.

Without imagination we wouldn’t have all of the things around us. Take the light bulb; Thomas Edison worked diligently on perfecting a commercially manufactured light bulb. He imagined that it was possible and eventually achieved success. He has been quoted as saying “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” What if he had not used his imagination and believed in the possibility?

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A note from Chris…

Motivation confidence self-esteem – these can be yours – today! Learn the secrets on how to get and stay motivated, be confident in any situation and gain the self-esteem everyone needs to succeed.

Motivation confidence self-esteem – your keys to overcome any fear. How many times have you thought or been told you weren’t good enough? How many times have you wished you would have the courage to fire back at someone and say – yes, I am good enough and I’ll show you. These are skills you can learn – and I can show you how. I teach people all over the world how to get and stay motivated, gain the confidence they need to succeed and improve their self-esteem.
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Humor – makes the world a better place.

Humor – makes the world a better place.

Humor

How important is humor? Don’t ask a humor researcher because they are already fighting an uphill battle to get the respect they deserve.

Laughter is one of the first things a newborn exhibits. Try going an entire day without even a small laugh and see if you can – I bet you can’t. People don’t avoid pleasure which is why many of our decisions are made based on the level of pleasure we will benefit.

Laughter is the best medicine. We have all heard that saying and we know that when things are looking down, we want someone positive in our lives to lift us up out of our rut. Laughing not only improves our mental state, it has been proven to benefit our circulation, lungs and muscles.

Going through life with a cup half empty or half full, most of us point to the half full cup because if we aren’t already there, that is a goal to get there. Positiveness, happiness, laughter, fun… we want our lives to be rich full and worth living. We want to be remembered in a positive light and most of all we want to be loved. We all know it is much easier to love a funny happy person than it is to love a sad, miserable person. Happiness, laughter, humor – they just make a relationship easier don’t they?

Inject some humor into your life today. Don’t take things so seriously. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy life.

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A note from Chris…

Motivation confidence self-esteem – these can be yours – today! Learn the secrets on how to get and stay motivated, be confident in any situation and gain the self-esteem everyone needs to succeed.

Motivation confidence self-esteem – your keys to overcome any fear. How many times have you thought or been told you weren’t good enough? How many times have you wished you would have the courage to fire back at someone and say – yes, I am good enough and I’ll show you. These are skills you can learn – and I can show you how. I teach people all over the world how to get and stay motivated, gain the confidence they need to succeed and improve their self-esteem.
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