Motivation From the Masters

The I Can Do It Conference in Pasadena was a wonderful time to be held by all!

Do you have limits in your life that prevent you from making changes or achieving your highest goals? Do you love what you do, and do what you love in life? Are you impatient, waiting for good things to happen?

Dr. Wayne Dyer opened the night and reminded us that if you want something from life you must first expect it from yourself. Meaning that if you want people to act in a positive way – you too must be positive. If you want respect from others – you must show respect. He talked about the miracle of healing ourselves with belief and in order to take yourself to a higher consciousness must detach and rise above the ordinary expectations of life.

Christine Northrup asked us to decide what will not move forward in our lives for 2012 and quoted Abraham Hicks on how the cycle of life should be. Happy Healthy DEAD!

I love watching Louise Hay up on stage pulling items from her bra to give to Motivational Speaker Cheryl Richardson. No reason to have a purse when everything fits nicely next to your heart! She shared how to create affirmations for our self and to talk differently. Instead of “Don’t forget” say “Please remember…” “I can’t wait” becomes “I am looking forward to…”

She told us to breathe in the word “Life” and breathe out “Loves me.” Life… loves me.
She also taught us to say thank you to our bed in the morning for a good nights rest and for taking care of us in our dreams.

Our group learned about the changes on the planet and in the universe and that everything needs to go through a transition of change. We raised our vibration with music and sent it around the world then explored our past lives to find a deeper meaning to our habits and patterns.

We left realizing it is never to late to have what we want in life.

I am looking forward to what 2012 will bring.
I feel it will be a great year of awareness for those who are ready to embrace change.

So You’re Going To A Seminar…Open Your Mind!

Open Your MindSeminars are one of the most convenient outlets to expand our knowledge, network with other professionals and learn new skills. I, myself, am not only a professional speaker but a seminar junky! Have you ever noticed how many adults attend a motivational seminar with a closed mind and full of complaints?

It is as though they already have a pre-determined way of doing things and are just looking for a place to qualify it. They see other people as the ones who need to be “fixed,” and only want to learn how to get somebody else to “change” their behavior.

Seminars are open forums of communication. They offer a great opportunity to try on new viewpoints and get a positive mindset on personal and professional growth. When you are at an event, you do yourself a disservice by not joining in with the games or exercises and throwing away your notes at the end of the day.

Find out how you can get the most of the event by talking to the trainer before, during, and after the seminar. Trainers are more than happy to share their knowledge and do some life coaching to assist you in reaching your goals. Raise your hand in the seminar, ask questions, and be willing to talk to fellow attendees about current issues. They may have a new approach that you’ve never heard of before!

I have always reminded myself that even if I attend a training and I know most of the information that is delivered, if I can walk out of there and take with me at least 1 or 2 new strategies for success it was well worth it.

So, the next time you attend a seminar please remember to come with a smile on your face, an open mind with a pen and paper to write on. You might hear one tidbit of information that just may change your life…

Communication Strategies From A 9 Year Old

Close communicationIn my private practice as a Hypnotherapist I encounter many amazing people. All of which are searching for answers. All wanting to know when I will wave the magic wand and make their life better. The funny thing is… I wish it were that simple.

Although I do not have a wand, I do have helpful advice and effective tools to make the path of success, happiness and prosperity easier for you. When you really break it down it is all about how we communicate in this world.

Here’s a therapy story to ponder in your adult mind for a while…

A few years ago, a lady from one of my conflict management seminars called my office with a request to bring her young son in for counseling. “He is acting out in school, being mean to his siblings and is very disrespectful to his family,” she expressed. “He needs some serious help and I want you to fix him right away!”

His name was Chris and he was only 9 years old. We booked an appointment and they came a few days later. As mother and son sat on my couch, I began with the usual questions to find a strategy for his therapy. I asked Chris what was going on. With tears in his eyes, he told me that his father was in jail, kids were being mean to him at school and he was upset that he had to be the man in the family now.

I understood his anger and said we needed to establish some ground rules for our therapy sessions together.
Upon saying the word “rules” I saw a little flinch from Chris. Very observant of behavior, I quickly adjusted my thoughts and said: “I don’t know if I like the word rules, do you?” He said he didn’t.

“Well, we need to call them something… What else could we call these rules.” I asked.
Chris sat up in his chair, thought very carefully and said: “Let’s call them Strategies!”

“Great!” I said, “What are some Strategies we need to have for good communication?”
“We need to Listen to each other”, he said, “And when one person is talking the other person should be listening,”

Hmmm. That is very good! What else do we need to have? I asked, very amused.
“We need to have really good Eye Contact.”

Eye Contact! Well, by now my ears perked up and I started taking notes from this intelligent child!
“Can you think of anything else?” I asked excitedly!

“Yes,” we need to have Respect for each other’s feelings and remember to be nice.”

I was floored! I asked his mom if she taught him the tools from our last seminar she attended. She said no. Then I turned to Chris, “Did you sneak into one of my seminars last week? Was that you hiding under the table?”

He giggled and said no. I asked him where he learned to be such a good communicator. “It’s just the way it should be,” he replied.

Just the way it should be… This young boy understood the key factors of communication at the age of 9 that usually takes most adults years to figure out! And isn’t it funny- it wasn’t the boy who needed the guidance that day. It was his mother. He was aware there was a problem in the home, but didn’t know how to handle his emotions so he acted them out.

That was the most inspirational sessions I ever had over 20 years of doing therapy. It validated the fact that all we really want in life is to be listened to. To feel important at home, in our relationships, at our jobs, as customers and as people! All we want to know is that we “DO” matter.

So, take a moment out of your busy schedule today and make someone you know feel special. Go ahead and be a great communicator by listening, having good eye contact and showing respect in the world. Chris would be proud of your new strategy for life!

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