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Lao-tzu: change your beliefs, your perception, your thoughts and transform yourself, your life and your finances

Change your beliefs, your perception, your thoughts and transform yourself, your life and your finances

”If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”

Lao-tzu

 

This may be the most appropriate quote for my website because my work with clients is all about working with them to become aware of and ultimately changing their thinking, their beliefs and their perception of reality and of possibility.

It’s both my opinion as well as my personal experience that when we become aware of and endeavor to shift our beliefs and perceptions that total transformation becomes possible.

My own thinking and perception today is soooo different than it was 20 years ago.  As a result, my experience and my behavior are quite transformed and I’m much closer to realizing my full potential.  My teenage daughter even thinks I’m totally awesome.  How rare is that?

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This recession is a great opportunity for transformation, pursuing your life purpose, and shifting your relationship with money

This recession is a great opportunity for transformation, pursuing your life purpose, and shifting your relationship with money

Many people are highly stressed by current circumstances. Others are rolling with the circumstances and using the inherent opportunity to re-craft their life to their specifications and values, to make their life and their work congruent with their values, to move toward having more fulfillment, more freedom, more satisfaction, and perhaps more income as well. They see this as an opportunity to launch their dreams. They may feel they have little to lose at this point so why not go for it.

I’m reminded of a news story I read in the mid-1990s when a lot of middle-level managers were losing their jobs. The article interviewed a number of these out-of-work people. Some of them were very stressed, worrying about making ends meet. Some of them, however, were very happy and seemed to exhibit no stress at all.
People in this latter group experienced being fired or laid off as an opportunity to do something they had always wanted to do and had never done because they were “stuck” in their jobs. They either created one-person consulting firms, opened some type of retail store, or went back to school and changed professions entirely.
If losing your job means you will never find another way to make money, you will be very stressed. If losing your job means you can now do something even more nurturing, self-expressive and satisfying, you will be excited about the same event.  If you see it as an opportunity to pursue your life purpose and shift your relationship with money, you may be thrilled (even while being a bit nervous).
You see, events don’t have any inherent meaning. Circumstances don’t mean anything until you give them a meaning … and one meaning can be stressful while another might be enlivening. Stress is caused by the meaning we give to events-which in turn comes from our negative beliefs and feelings about ourselves, our relationship with money, people, and the world we live in.

What do you choose? What is your dream? What do you have to lose? Are you willing to risk it? If so, what’s the first step? Take that first step. The rest will follow.

Food for Thought

Here are some quotes that inspire and remind me to be on purpose:

Between stimulus and response is our greatest power- the freedom to choose.

Stephen Covey

Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re usually right.

Henry Ford

Because we are, by nature, proactive, if our lives are a function of conditioning and conditions, it is because we have, by conscious decision or by default, chosen to empower those things to control us.

Stephen Covey

Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.

Will Rogers

To freely bloom- that is my definition of success.

Gerry Spence

You can’t have the fruits without the roots.

It’s the principle of sequencing: Private Victory precedes Public Victory.

Self-Mastery and self-discipline are the foundation of good relationships with others.

Stephen Covey

Full effort is full victory

Stephen Covey

The more aware we are of our basic paradigms, maps, or assumptions, and the extent to which we have been influenced by our experience, the more we can take responsibility for those paradigms, examine them, test them against reality, listen to others and be open to their perceptions, thereby getting a larger picture and a far more objective view.

Stephen Covey

Between stimulus and response is our greatest power- the freedom to choose.

Stephen Covey

Because we are, by nature, proactive, if our lives are a function of conditioning and conditions, it is because we have, by conscious decision or by default, chosen to empower those things to control us.

Stephen Covey

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.

Your attitude plays a critical role in success, fulfillment of your goals or dreams, etc… You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you as well as your response; in this way, you master change, growth and yourself.

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