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Better Way to Live: TCC Episode 29og_mandino1

Today's Episode:

  • A Better Way to Live
  • 17 Rules for a Better Way of Life

A Better Way to Live Revisited

Jim Rohn said the same wind blows on us all and the difference is how we set the sails to take us to  our hopes and dreams. I decided to draw a line in the sand and set sails towards happiness, health, and wealth. My mission is to help other people everywhere and if I can help you realize some of your dreams then mission accomplished.

In my blog post, Better Way To Live, I mention a book I pulled off the shelf A Better Way to Live by Og Mandino. I started reading it and decided that it was time to apply the principles in this book. I will blog about each rule and discuss them over the next several weeks.

Mr. Mandino was talking right to me. He invited me into his writing sanctuary and gave me a personal tour. I have worked to create a similar work space because it sounded warm and inspiring. He also talked about his background where I found a few similarities especially finding out the same winds had blown on his life. Then he turned and told me his solutions.

Mr. Mandino's solution have become my goal; to take my own life and apply the rules found in the book. Mandino (1990) gave us the 17 Rules for a Better Way of Life and the descriptions for each.

 17 Rules for a Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

  1. Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life that God intended for you...with grace, strength, courage and confidence.
  2. Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra miles, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!
  3. Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
  4. Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.
  5. Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider defeat again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!
  6. Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.
  7. Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a better way.
  8. Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busywork. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
  9. Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find "tomorrow" on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats, and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, "If I had my life to live over again..." Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!
  10. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
  11. Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat of the moment. Banish tension and concern and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
  12. Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
  13. Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a selfstarter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
  14. You will achieve your grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day-not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal-to do the best you can, enjoy this day and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.
  15. Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the faultfinding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.
  16. Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble? There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
  17. Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

References:

Mandino, O. (1990). A better way to live. New York: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1984). The choice. Toronto: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1968). The greatest salesman in the world. New York: F. Fell.

 

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17 Rules for a Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

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Better Way to Live

I walked to my bookshelves in my office looking for something to read. Since I have been focused on personal development, I found three books by Og Mandino: A Better Way to LiveThe Greatest Salesman in the World, and The Choice. I pulled all three off the shelf and tucked them into my book bag. One day I head out for a weekly coffee meeting to help my business.

The presenter suggested reading A Better Way to Live: Og Mandino's Own Personal Story of Success Featuring 17 Rules to Live By  and talked about each of the 17 Rules to Live By. 

I will be discussing each rule on The Coffee Couch and as blog posts over the next few months. My goal is to take my own life and apply the rules found in the book. Mandino (1990) gave us the 17 Rules for a Better Way of Life and the descriptions for each. Each week I will talk about how I applied these rules.

 17 Rules for a Better Way to Live by Og Mandino

  1. Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play and you will finally be able to move forward toward the life that God intended for you...with grace, strength, courage and confidence.
  2. Today, and every day, deliver more than you are getting paid to do. The victory of success will be half won when you learn the secret of putting out more than is expected in all that you do. Make yourself so valuable in your work that eventually you will become indispensable. Exercise your privilege to go the extra miles, and enjoy all the rewards you receive. You deserve them!
  3. Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don't look back at it too long. Mistakes are life's way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
  4. Always reward your long hours of labor and toil in the very best way, surrounded by your family. Nurture their love carefully, remembering that your children need models, not critics, and your own progress will hasten when you constantly strive to present your best side to your children. And even if you have failed at all else in the eyes of the world, if you have a loving family, you are a success.
  5. Build this day on a foundation of pleasant thoughts. Never fret at any imperfections that you fear may impede your progress. Remind yourself, as often as necessary, that you are a creature of God and have the power to achieve any dream by lifting up your thoughts. You can fly when you decide that you can. Never consider defeat again. Let the vision in your heart be in your life's blueprint. Smile!
  6. Let your actions always speak for you, but be forever on guard against the terrible traps of false pride and conceit that can halt your progress. The next time you are tempted to boast, just place your fist in a full pail of water, and when you remove it, the hole remaining will give you a correct measure of your importance.
  7. Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a better way.
  8. Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busywork. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!
  9. Live this day as if it will be your last. Remember that you will only find "tomorrow" on the calendars of fools. Forget yesterday's defeats, and ignore the problems of tomorrow. This is it. Doomsday. All you have. Make it the best day of your year. The saddest words you can ever utter are, "If I had my life to live over again..." Take the baton, now. Run with it! This is your day!
  10. Beginning today, treat everyone you meet, friend or foe, loved one or stranger, as if they were going to be dead at midnight. Extend to each person, no matter how trivial the contact, all the care and kindness and understanding and love that you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
  11. Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat of the moment. Banish tension and concern and worry with laughter at your predicaments, thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
  12. Never neglect the little things. Never skimp on that extra effort, that additional few minutes, that soft word of praise or thanks, that delivery of the very best that you can do. It does not matter what others think, it is of prime importance, however, what you think about you. You can never do your best, which should always be your trademark, if you are cutting corners and shirking responsibilities. You are special. Act it. Never neglect the little things.
  13. Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a selfstarter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don't waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
  14. You will achieve your grand dream, a day at a time, so set goals for each day-not long and difficult projects, but chores that will take you, step by step, toward your rainbow. Write them down, if you must, but limit your list so that you won't have to drag today's undone matters into tomorrow. Remember that you cannot build your pyramid in twenty-four hours. Be patient. Never allow your day to become so cluttered that you neglect your most important goal-to do the best you can, enjoy this day and rest satisfied with what you have accomplished.
  15. Never allow anyone to rain on your parade and thus cast a pall of gloom and defeat on the entire day. Remember that no talent, no self-denial, no brains, no character, are required to set up in the faultfinding business. Nothing external can have any power over you unless you permit it. Your time is too precious to be sacrificed in wasted days combating the menial forces of hate, jealousy and envy. Guard your fragile life carefully. Only God can shape a flower, but any foolish child can pull it to pieces.
  16. Search for the seed of good in every adversity. Master that principle and you will own a precious shield that will guard you well through all the darkest valleys you must traverse. Stars may be seen from the bottom of a deep well, when they cannot be discerned from the mountaintop. So will you learn things in adversity that you would never have discovered without trouble? There is always a seed of good. Find it and prosper.
  17. Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

References:

Mandino, O. (1990). A better way to live. New York: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1984). The choice. Toronto: Bantam Books.

Mandino, O. (1968). The greatest salesman in the world. New York: F. Fell.

Books:


How to Resist Temptation: TCC Episode 26resisttemptation

Today's Episode:

  • The Temptation
  • How to Resist Temptation

The Temptation

I love my coffee business and what it has done for  me physically and financially. This last weekend my buddy, while helping his coffee business, kept referring to other network marketing programs he was involved in. After the event was over he told me about his success at losing 19 pounds over the past few months and made me one of his shakes to try.

I said, "I've lost 83 pounds with my coffee and capsules (danhansen.com/13) since the beginning of June 2014", which is very significant since I don't work out or starve myself. I realized I was very happy and grateful for my coffee company and the benefits it provides me and my family. My buddy was trying to get me to be a customer for a product that I have tried in the past without the success I'm having now.

Shakes are good, they provide nutrients and stuff, but I forget to make one as I'm running out of the house with my coffee. I have to ask why should I buy another shake product when I have several in my house that have probably expired like my stationary clothes hanger.

I probably should have said no but he said to get his coffee in, he adds it to the shake. I thought, "how interesting make me one of those". I tried it both ways and loved the one with the coffee. Gee! it tasted like my mocha only cold with a teaspoon of peanut butter. I feel a new coffee recipe coming on, peanut butter mocha.

How to Resist Temptation

  1. Just say NO - For some that could be difficult especially if you work real hard to help others. Clear (2014) suggested that learning to say no should be a developed skill to help you in any endeavor. I have to agree.
  2. Remember Your Goals and Dreams - Ask yourself will this take me away from or toward my goals and dreams
  3. Who are you listening, What are you reading - if you hang around and listen to people who are living your dream, you'll more then likely succeed especially if you imitate them and do what they do. Hill (1937) suggested that you should have a mastermind alliance and surround yourself with people who will help you reach your goals and dreams.

References:

Clear, J. (2014). How to say no, resist temptation, and stick to your health goals. Retrieved from http://jamesclear.com/how-to-say-no

Links:

Coffee Recipes - http://recipes.organogold.com/

Books:

Tools for the Scholarly Journey: TCC Episode 22writing tools

By Daniel Hansen

Today's Episode

  1. Project Management
    • Microsoft Project
    • Microsoft Outlook - Tasks Feature
  2. Editing
    • Grammarly
    • WhiteSmoke
  3. Citations and References
    • Citation Machine
    • EndNote
    • Zotero
  4. Productivity
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking
    • Scrivner
    • Copernic Summarizer
  5. Collaboration
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • Skype
    • FreeConferencing.com
  6. Tools
  7. Books

Project Management

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project delivers a visually enhanced way to effectively manage a wide range of projects and programs. Each milestone at Walden can be captured to help you be more productive and visualize your path.

Microsoft Outlook - Tasks Feature

Consider Tasks as your To-Do list. As you work on Tasks in your list, you can update the percentage of work done on each project.

Editing

Grammarly

Grammarly is an automated grammar and writing revision tool for academic writing. Grammarly will not edit your work for you; it is up to you to incorporate Grammarly's feedback and decide what suggestions are most appropriate.

http://www.grammarly.com/

WhiteSmoke

WhiteSmoke corrects and enhances your English writing. It allows you to perform advanced grammar checking, style checking, and spell checking on your texts, in a single click.

http://www.whitesmoke.com/

Citations and References

Citation Machine

Citation Machine uses an easy to use 3 step process to create your citations, 1) Choose your style, 2) Search, and 3) Edit and Create. Citation Machine helps you properly credit the information that you use in your research.

http://www.citationmachine.net/

EndNote

EndNote for Windows and Apple is a valuable all-in-one tool that integrates your references into one program. EndNote searches databases on the Internet and organizes all your images, PDFs and other files as you write.

http://endnote.com/

Zotero

Zotero is reference management software. Zotero is used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. Works with Mozilla FireFox.

http://www.zotero.org/

Productivity

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Tell your computer what you want to do, such as "Delete line," "Copy that," or "Open Microsoft Word," and Dragon will complete the task. The Dragon Sidebar lets you see helpful voice commands and tips at anytime without interrupting what you’re doing. You can also convert voice file to text.

http://www.nuance.com/dragon/index.htm

Scrivner

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allow you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents, including the dissertation and . While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php

Copernic Summarizer

Copernic Summarizer analyzes text and creates a document summary as short or as long as you want it to be. Simply drag a file, text selection, or hyperlink onto the Floating Bar bar and it will be summarized quickly and easily. When you insert a website link, Copernic Summarizer is able to summarize the page according to your specifications. A file (word, pdf, etc.) can be inserted as well. Copernic Summarizer is able to summarize the page according to your specifications

https://www.copernic.com/en/products/summarizer/

Collaboration

Dropbox

Store your stuff anywhere. Free 2 GB of drive space. Easy to share files.

Dropbox.com

Google Drive

Store and Share your files. Free 25 GB of storage. Easy to share files.

http://drive.google.com

Skype

Calling, seeing, messaging and sharing with others – wherever they are.

http://www.skype.com/

FreeConferencing.com

Free full-featured conferencing. Call, see, message and share with others

http://www.freeconferencing.com


Technical Toys


Books

Dissertation And Scholarly Research: Recipes for Success: A Practical Guide to Start And Complete Your Dissertation, Thesis, or Formal Research Project by Marilyn K Simon Ph.D. and Jim Goes Ph.D.

The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation by Carol M. Roberts

Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral by Joan Bolker

Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond by Patricia Gosling and Lambertus D. Noordam

Download:

Tools for Your Scholarly Journey

Why I Decided to Write This BookThe Scholarly Way

I have way too many book and screenwriting projects started and not finished. I'm also working on my dissertation. The dissertation was the primary reason for writing this book. I want to help students like me get through the PhD program and the dissertation process. I'll be looking at best practices, risks, risk mitigation, personal development, health, faith, and how I'm making it through the dissertation process.

I have never been the best student in traditional learning environments. It wasn't until I went to DeVry University and Keller Graduate School that I realized that I excelled in courses that were hands-on. I always thought I had a learning disability. In high school I had counselors that suggested that I'd never get into college, especially after my ACT scores came back.

My ACT's we dismal a whopping 13 and even worse the second time. The one thing I had going for me was my passion for technology and the way the mind worked; even though I didn't see my first computer until my sophomore year in college. I got a minor in psychology and became a certified clinical hypnotherapist in 1988.

In 1991 I left my father-in-laws investment firm and opened my hypnosis and wellness center. Seven months later I lost that and was forced to go back to work in the real world. During that time I was also the first hypnotist that I knew to own a computer. I then went back to school in 1993 part-time at DeVry where I got my Bachelors in Computer Information Systems.

I received my Masters Degree in Network & Information Management focusing in e-Commerce from DeVry University. The focus of my studies were online collaboration, social networking and database management. I decided to get my doctorates degree after giving presentations on network protocols, kiosk design, wireless communications, and teleconferencing at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, Thailand. While there, I consulted with the university on a kiosk design to be used for processing government forms filled out by citizens faster from the various provinces.

This experience has changed my life. That is why I decided to write this book.

5 Ways to Tune Into Abundance: TCC Episode 17abundance

This Episode

  • What is Abundance
  • Dreams and Goals
  • 5 Ways to Tune Into Abundance

What is Abundance?

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.

Abundance (2014) a large amount of something. That something could be anything from money to possessions, to love, or even happiness.

The movie, The Secret, helped me understand the Law of Attraction and creating abundance.

Dreams or Goals

I want to do is make a difference in the world and let people know I was here. I have a financial goal to reach a level of income of over $1,000,000 a year in Organo Gold as a Diamond, called the number one lifestyle in the world. I want to lose weight as well. I see what that looks like.

What does that look like?

  • I see myself getting knighted
  • I see myself with the sword and shield
  • I have a picture of a million dollar bill so I can see it everyday
  • I see myself sitting in the front with the other Diamonds
  • I see myself sitting on an airplane without a seatbelt extension

Why do I want to do it?

  • To improve my mothers living conditions
  • Own my own lighthouse
  • Change my address I like Maine and Hawaii
  • Freedom to travel all around the world
  • Financial freedom and time to finish my dissertation and do more research
  • Financial freedom and time to write books and screenplays that entertain and inspire.

What will I gain?

  • Accomplishing something greater than myself
  • Become Dr. Dan by completing my Ph.D.
  • Become an author and screenwriter, who writes books and movies that entertain and inspire
  • Saving kids’ lives by supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through Extra Life at http://danhansen.com/extralife
  • Helping Native Americans decrease diabetes with a healthier coffee

5 Ways to Tune Into Abundance

  1. Think Big - Write down your dreams and goals
  2. See Big - Picture it in your minds eye or theater of the mind
  3. Speak Big - Say it outloud in affirmations or I'm happy and grateful statements
  4. Believe Big - Start putting big emotion or feeling behind what you are saying
  5. Doing Big - Do the activity that will get you where you want to go.

References

Abundance. (2014). Retrieved, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abundance

Links

Dr. Wayne Dyer quote http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/waynedyer154383.html

Books

 

 

Day 31: Just Show Up

Today Is a New Day. All it takes is 30 days to create a new habit.
Today Is a New Day. All it takes is 30 days to create a new habit.

Eighty percent of success is showing up.
Woody Allen

 

  • No TV
  • No Newspapers
  • Read 15 minutes/day of a Good Uplifting Book
  • Listen to Personal Development Audio
  • Associate with positive people
  • Drink water & take Organo Gold (Nutraceuticals) Capsules
  • Exercise
  • Reflection Time

Just Show Up

This last week was all about just showing up. You can up that number to 100% and apply it to anything from success to life. I decided to take my International Gourmet Coffee Business to the next level. I did this by getting up at 5 am to set up a coffee tasting station at the school that laid me off. It was the best thing to happen to me by getting into the business, developing the podcast, and focusing on my dissertation.

I was told no one would be there last Friday. One person asked if I would be there. Of course, I said yes. It was the best day ever. Not only did I sell some coffee & tea but also showed the coffee opportunity in Spanish. Way outside my comfort zone. With a little help from some school support staff and Organo Gold's success tools. I made a new friend and business partner.
The Coffee That Pays - Holton Buggs

OrGano Gold | El Cafe Que Paga | Ganoderma | Jose Ardon

It has also been said that "Showing up is half the battle." Just showing up can really make a difference. Same with this blog and podcast, as long as I persist and show up people will come.

30 Day Mental Fast

The 30 day mental fast came to a close yesterday and I didn't realize it. The fast freed up so much time and gave me so much drive that I didn't even post. I was having so much fun doing the coffee business, I forgot about the fast even though I was still doing it. I can hardly wait for Weigh In Wednesday. I have been challenging everyone on social media to take the 30 Day Coffee Challenge.

30 Day Coffee Challenge

Drink one box of Organo Gold Gourmet Black Coffee, there are 30 individual servings per box. Then contact me at http://danhansen.com/contact to let me know how you liked the taste and how did it make you feel.

No TV or Newspapers

No newspapers or TV.

Read 15 Minutes a Day of a Good Book

I'm reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.

Personal Development Audio

This Morning I listened to Robert T. Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules

I start the day with Grapeseed Extract and Mycelium great for arthritis and mental clarity. Midday, I take the Ganoderma capsules for overall health and body detox. Just before bed I take the Spore Powder. All I know is I get a better quality of sleep. Looking forward to Wednesday weigh in.

Exercise

Decided to walk the mall sampling people since it's raining.

Reflection Time

Just went deep and pictured all those things I want. I think it's about time to do some guided meditations.

Books:



Audio Books:


Day 18: Getting Over The WallDay 18: All About Family

  • No TV
  • No Newspapers
  • Read 15 minutes/day of a Good Uplifting Book
  • Listen to Personal Development Audio
  • Associate with positive people
  • Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules 
  • Exercise
  • Reflection Time

This is the theme for tomorrow's Podcast at DanHansen.com

The Wall

What is the wall?

  • In a house it divides rooms.
  • In your yard it could provide privacy by blocking a view or keeping people out.
  • In this case, it's a barrier (2014) an obstacle, imagined or real, that keeps people or things apart, prevents communication, or slows progress.

The wall to me is the third definition. I had this habit of sabotaging myself. I'd come up to the finish line and pull a hamstring, trip over my shoelaces, or just plain stop.

I got so stuck on the how-to that I forgot to get to basics, the want-to. I had to ask better questions. How can I turn this around? What can I do to get over this wall?

Getting Over The Wall

These are some of the steps I took to get over the wall

  • Ask Better Questions: I had to ask better questions to myself like "How can I turn this around?" or "How do I improve this or that?"
  • Take Action: Schwartz (1987) suggested to overcome obstacles you must take action
  • Baby Steps: Kiyosaki (2000) suggested that you take baby steps
  • Picture It: Picture in your mind overcoming the obstacle

No TV or Newspapers

No newspapers or TV.

Read 15 Minutes a Day of a Good Book

I'm reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.

Personal Development Audio

This Morning I listened to Robert T. Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules

I start the day with Grapeseed Extract and Mycelium great for arthritis and mental clarity. Midday, I take the Ganoderma capsules for overall health and body detox. Just before bed I take the Spore Powder. All I know is I get a better quality of sleep. Looking forward to Wednesday weigh in.

Exercise

I walked for 45 minutes. WootSauce!!!!

Reflection Time

Just went deep and pictured all those things I want. I think it's about time to do some guided meditations.

Books:



Audio Books:


Day 12: A Brand New DayDay 12: Change is an Inside Job

  • No TV
  • No Newspapers
  • Read 15 minutes/day of a Good Uplifting Book
  • Listen to Personal Development Audio
  • Associate with positive people
  • Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules
  • Exercise
  • Reflection Time

A Brand New Day

It's a brand new day everyday. I had an epiphany today, all I have to do is show up. Every morning is a chance to get things done. I accept responsibility for those things I did not accomplish or hit my goal. As long as I know I gave it my all.

Today wasn't one of those days. I fell way short. Today is gone all I have is tomorrow. I will make adjustments and move on. I'll have to make up for lost time and work twice as hard. 

This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24). I made some mistakes and forgive myself. I've had some successes as well. I will start tomorrow focusing on those successes and move forward.

No TV or Newspapers

No newspapers or papers. Woo Hoo!!!

Read 15 Minutes a Day of a Good Book

I'm reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz highly recommended read.

Personal Development Audio

This morning I continued listening to Tony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within.

Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules

I start the day with Grapeseed Extract and Mycelium great for arthritis and mental clarity. Midday, I take the Ganoderma capsules for overall health and body detox. Just before bed I take the Spore Powder. All I know is I get a better quality of sleep. Looking forward to Wednesday weigh in.

Exercise

I walked for 45 minutes. WootSauce!!!!

Reflection Time

Just went deep and pictured all those things I want.

Books:

Audio Books:

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The Game of Life: Episode 9The Game of Life

Today's Episode:

  • Meet Florence Scovel Shinn
  • The Game of Life

Meet Florence Scovel Shinn

I was introduced to the complete writings of Florence Scovel Shinn in 1991, when I opened my first business. It was a gift to launch that my Wellness Center. I use the book when I am looking for an answer. I do this by randomly opening a page and read it. It's one of those books you might keep on your desk to gain inspiration from.

Florence Scovel ShinnFlorence Scovel Shinn (1871-1940) was an American artist, book illustrator, and a true visionary. She was a spiritual woman and discussed the wisdom in the bible. Just 5 years after the 19th Amendment was passed allowing women to vote.  In 1925 she wrote the Game of Life and How to Play it. 

Wrote four books:

  • The Game of Life (1925)
  • Your Word is Your Wand (1928)
  • The Secret Door to Success (1940)
  • The Power of the Spoken Word

 

The Game of Life

The invisible forces are ever working for man who is always ‘pulling the strings’ himself, though he does not know it. Owing to the vibratory power of words, whatever man voices, he begins to attract.

 ~ Florence Scovel Shinn, The Game of Life

Shinn (1925) suggested that life was a game and the quality of life depended on how well you played. Her underlying philosophy was that Jesus taught that life is a great game of giving and receiving. All the rules can be found in the Old and New Testament.

The philosophies are not new and have been expressed many ways by many people and religions:

  • What so ever a man soweth that shall also reap - King James Bible
  • Sir Isaac Newton's Law of Cause and Effect 
  • The belief in Karma
  • John C. Maxwell: The Law of Attraction
  • Napoleon Hill: Think and Grow Rich

Parting Thought

If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal.

Norman Vincent Peale

Links:

Florence Scovel Shinn

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence_Scovel_Shinn
  • http://florencescovelshinn.wwwhubs.com/
  • http://www.florence-scovel-shinn.com/

Florence Scovel Shinn picture from http://florencescovel.blogspot.com/

Women's Suffrage - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_suffrage#United_States

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