3 Bullet Points That Express A Lot

insightful-guyI love finding short, simple ideas that express so much. Rick Cockrum has a very interesting post entitled Three Laws of Beliefs that captures a great deal in just a short space:

The way beliefs work in the human world are remarkably similar to the way Newton’s three laws of motion work in the physical world.

His Three Laws of Beliefs really resonated with me, and I’ve thought about that short post quite a few times today. Short, simple, and so very insightful.

Good stuff, Rick.

The REAL Secrets of Success – Abundance and Gratitude

horn-of-plentyWhen you look around at the world do you see abundance or lack? When you think about your own life, are you mostly grateful for what you have, or focused on what you don’t? The answers to these two questions will have a tremendous impact on your life – and your success.

I Do Believe in Abundance, I Do, I Do…

Do you believe in abundance? I mean, really believe that the universe is infinitely abundant, and there is plenty for everyone? It’s easy to not buy into that, when you look around at the vast poverty around the world. But abundance is real – it’s humans that tend to try and squeeze the life out of it. If you focus on lack, lack is all you’ll ever get. Focus on abundance, and it will flow to you naturally. The real root cause of lack is lack itself – along with a healthy dose of fear. By always focusing on getting and keeping “what’s mine,” the flow of abundance is stifled. Now this may sound like a bunch of hippy-talk to you. But like I always say, don’t believe a word I tell you. Try it for yourself.

I’m serous. Think of this a shareware advice. Try it free for 30 days. If it doesn’t work, uninstall it. But when it does (notice I didn’t say if), you’ll be amazed at what changes can occur.

Count All Your Assets

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” – Robert Quillen

If you’re reading this, chances are you have a computer or at least access to one. You’re most likely in a comfortable building, and have recently had a pretty good meal. Even if you’re homeless and reading this on a library computer (and it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve advised a homeless person about starting a business), just because you have the opportunity to read this, you’re better off than a large portion of the world.

Here in the U.S., this season of fall is a time for celebrating abundance (the bountiful harvest) and gratitude (Thanksgiving). As you look back over the course of the past year what are you grateful for? Name it, focus on it, really feel the gratitude for what you have.

This is my favorite time of year. Something about the fall inspires me and lets me reflect on my own good fortunes. As the Quillen quote says, “…count all your assets.” Spend time focusing on what you have, as opposed to what you don’t.

Ride the circle of success – because just as abundance creates gratitude, gratitude creates abundance.

Oh, and if you need more proof – just read some interviews with one of the world’s richest men (second to only Bill Gates as of this writing) – Warren Buffet. This one is my favorite. Be sure to check out item one on the list.

Over at the Balanced Life Center blog, Nneka Kelly is running A Season of Gratitude group writing project – which inspired this post. There are some really great contributions, well worth a read.

Are You Ready to Work from Home?

Wendy over at eMoms at Home has a wonderful post entitled 10 Signs that You are Ready to Start a Home Based Business. She highlights one of the many joys of being a work at home parent:

It’s days like today that I am MOST happy, thrilled and excited about the fact that I decided to run my own home-based business again. It’s been years since I was able to go to my kids’ Halloween parade at school. And I’m so excited for the rest of the holidays throughout the end of the year – I haven’t been able to bake cookies, do early Christmas shopping, or host Thanksgiving in years as well.

info-guyShe goes on to outline the 10 signs, including “You have a dream that has become an obsession,” and one of my favorites “You are getting little hints from the universe that it is time to put up or shut up.”

There comes a point where you just can’t deny it anymore. You’ve reached a stage where you are willing to do what it takes to make a go at living your dream. When you get there, it’s amazing how things seem to fall into place. You’ll know at a gut level if what you’re doing, or about to do, is in line with your dreams and values. You’ll also start noticing how opportunities start to flood in.

Though following your passion is hard work, it’s not hard. That may seem like a paradox, but it really isn’t. Going to bed exhausted at the end of the day, but wonderfully fulfilled and proud of what you’re accomplishing, is entirely different then just going to bed exhausted.

Are you ready…?

What Are You Working For?

Rosa Say has a wonderful post over at lifehack.org entitled Why Work?:

Imagine something with me for a moment. You are unbelievably wealthy and debt-free. You don’t have to work for the income it brings you, but still, you do work. Because you aren’t concerned with the amount of your paycheck, you are able to choose the work you want to do for the pure joy and pleasure of it. What would you choose? What would you do?

reader-guyThis type of exercise is a great way to get a handle on where you are, what you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and what you’d like to be doing. So many of us wait for some future time and circumstance to choose to do our ideal work. Unfortunately for most of those waiting for the perfect time to take the plunge, that time never comes.

We all have a choice, whether we believe it or not. There are no wrong answers, and no one to answer to but yourself.

Take some time over the weekend and ponder Rosa’s questions. Think about the type of work you’d choose to do if there were no other concerns. If you didn’t have to work, how would you spend your time and contribute to the world. The answers to those questions, will tell you a lot about yourself, and what you might be missing.

Looking for Signs in All the Right Places

If that is OK, please give me absolutely no sign. OK, deal. In gratitude, I present you this offering of cookies and milk. If you want me to eat them for you, give me no sign. Thy will be done.” – Homer Simpson

pondering-guyI am always in awe at how the universe works. If you are looking for a sign, you’ll find it. That’s just the way things work. Call it coincidence, happy accidents, synchronicity, or whatever – it doesn’t really matter. The point is that when you are focused on finding an answer, things will start pointing the way.

I have consistently seen the power of synchronicity. You don’t have to be spiritual or even spiritual-leaning to grasp it. Whether you view it as a sign from God, the Universe, your Higher Self, or a psychological connecting of patterns to manifest your subconscious desires, it just works.

I’m not big on the “how,” in most things I do. Some things I want to know all the answers about, but on most, not so much. When you are looking to start a business, or follow your dream, there are much more important questions than how. What, when, and why, come to mind. Wasting time on the how just breeds indecision. The how will come, once you know the answers to the other questions.

Which Brings Us Back To Synchronicity…

I know, this may sound all weird and New-Agey to you. That’s fine, I’ll give you that. I don’t expect you to take my word for it – actually I severely hope you don’t. You should never take anyone’s word for anything. Try it yourself and see if it works for you.

Get some clarity on what it is you want to know, such as:

  • What do I want to do with my life?
  • How can I make a living from something I love to do?
  • How can I best be of service to others?
  • How can I connect with my kids?
  • Arrested Development was canceled and The Simple Life was renewed? Come on! (Okay that’s not really a question.)

The goal is to have a very clear idea of what you are looking for (and I really would like to know about that last one). Then just ask. Ask it out loud, to yourself, or write it down.

Then watch for the answer. Listen for an inner voice or wait for a gut feeling. It may be an obvious thing, or it may be subtle. The key is to be consciously aware of looking for your answer, and being open to accept it. It works. I’ve seen it happen consistently in my own life and in the lives of lots of others.

Ultimately it’s about getting clear on what you want, and looking for input and pointers that help gain that clarity. You don’t have to have any lofty beliefs in order to gain direction.

You believe in you don’t you? Isn’t that enough…?