Are you a Procrastinator?

Posted by Louise on Mar 15, 2010

Do you put off ’til later what you should be attending to right away?

These Motivational Words are aimed at those who delay some important tasks until the last moment. Motivational Words will shine a powerful spotlight on the Procrastination Disease and provide a way to ensure it no longer undermines your future.

But first things first, lets pretend we are behavioural psychologists and we are pin-pointing the characteristics of The Procrastinator Personality. If you procrastinate you will be able to place a check mark beside many of these behavioural mannerisms:

* Non-essential activities fill our waking hours while important activities get pushed out of mind.
* Missed targets and deadlines are a recurring reality.
* Putting things off is habitual behaviour for you in that it is regular or ‘normal’ for you to have  several unstarted or incomplete tasks needing your attention.
* You probably experience anxiety which you dislike and resent, yet it takes fairly high levels of pressure (i.e. a close deadline) to force you to take action.
* You may not be particularly focused and clear on what you want. This ‘scattered’ mindset allows you to lose sight of important goals and deadlines. Procrastination and being a bit of a dreamer often go hand in hand.
* Procrastination and low self-esteem are intimate bed-fellows, you can’t have one without the other.

If you recognise even two of these behavioural markers of the Procrastinator Personality, then your life is not as great as it could be. You are short-changing yourself. Instead of developing a calm, focused and persistent personality, you are allowing the procrastination habit to sabotage your chances of peace and calm as well as putting your personal success rate into the high risk category.

Congratulations then on admitting that procrastination is a self-defeating habit. Admitting procrastination is the first step in overcoming the problem. The next issue of Motivational Words will provide solutions for dealing with this nasty habit. In the meantime, take action.  I personally recommend a six-week stint of goal-setting. It takes six weeks to break a habit, and focusing on your important tasks and goals will simultaneously eliminate scatteredness and procrastination.

The next issue of Motivational Words deals with how to overcome the procrastination habit.

P.S. If you have anything to share, such as a story that illustrates the high price you have paid for procrastination, be sure to leave a comment at the end of the Motivational Words page. The best way to change is by helping someone else!

Trust God To Help Us Achieve The Impossible

Posted by Louise on Mar 7, 2010

I have chosen these inspirational Bible verses to remind us that there will be many occasions when we are obliged to face something where the odds are stacked hugely against us, or perhaps we are surrounded by hostile, threatening circumstances. Today’ s inspirational Bible verses are taken from Samuel, 14, verses 3 to 6. Jonathan faced overwhelming odds when just he and his armour bearer went into battle against the Philistines – however Jonathan put his absolute trust in God.

For me this passage is particularly relevant because we are selling our family home at a time when the real estate market is pretty sluggish. Not only that, but we live in France and our family home is in Ireland. Both geography – as in great distance – and the economy are difficult odds to overcome. However losing faith and giving into fear only makes the battle even more intimidating. It is a time for cool nerves, ABSOLUTE TRUST IN GOD, and leaving doubt out of the equation. I know that this is the wisest route for us to follow: I can panic and writhe and moan but it will not help us in the least. Or I can surrender my fears and doubts to God and allow pure trust to accompany me throughout the challenge.

Without further ado, here are those inspirational Bible verses***:

“No one realised that Jonathan had left the Israelite camp. (4) To reach the Philistine outpost, Jonathan had to go down between to rocky cliffs that were called Bozez and Seneh. (5) The cliff on the north was in front of Micmash; and the one on the south was in front of Geba. (6) “Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armour bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few.”

I can find great comfort in the idea that the Lord will help me. Furthermore, no problem is too big or too complex for God to solve. It reminds me of Norman Vincent Peale who wrote something along the lines of ‘if God is for me, who can be against me?’ (the exact wording may not be correct as it is taken from memory).

These inspirational Bible verses remind us that we never really have to go it alone. Gigantic challenges and massive odds can be overcome if we share the responsibility with God. Challenges and difficult times can be a time of learning to trust. Giving our Lord the opportunity to find the most perfect way. It is an opportunity for me to stop meddling and micro-managing and just TRUST. *

**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996, 2004. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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How Healthy is Your Environment? Are Your Thoughts Killing You?

Posted by Louise on Mar 5, 2010

Have you ever wondered why some people get cancer? Is your environment so unsuited to you that it will be your death warrant? What are the real consequences to you of negative thinking or how do your thoughts affect your cells? Bruce Lipton* has some seriously inspirational phrases that may change your life forever.

Here are the exact inspirational phrases that shook me up enough to share them with you:
“Irv Konigsberg [a cell biologist and Lipton's professor and mentor]… told me that when the cultured cells you are studying are ailing, you look first to the cell’s environment, not to the cell itself, for the cause.
….. this advice was a key insight into understanding the nature of life. Over and over I learned the wisdom of Irv’s advice. When I provided a healthy environment for my cells [stem cells he had cloned], they thrived; when the environment was less than optimal, the cells faltered. When I adjusted the environment, these “sick” cells revitalized.”
(page 19*)

This is one scientist who can really talk. I remember hearing him talking on radio last year, and after 10 minutes I just knew I had to read his book*.

There you have it. Cutting edge epigenetics, a new branch of cell biology, shatters the previously treasured view that DNA and genes control our biology. We now know that genes are not our destiny and we are not victims of our faulty genetic blueprint. Instead DNA is controlled by factors outside our cells, one such factor being thought-energies generated by the positive and negative thoughts we have.

This made me think about toxic environments. Last spring my daughter put her tadpoles in tap water while she cleaned out the aquarium. When she returned two minutes later they were all writhing as if in dreadful pain. Chlorine. It killed them all in under five minutes.  See, Mr Lipton is right, our environment counts.

What is your work environment like? Do you spend time with people who promote your well-being? And at home? How beneficial is your environment? Is clutter and an ugly outlook the first and last view of the world you present to yourself each day? What effect is your environment having on the quality of your thoughts? Are they bright, inspirational, upbeat? Or are they dark, negative, hopeless reflections which are toxic time bombs? Is it time to retrain your thinking?

*Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D, a medical school professor and research scientist, is the author of these inspirational phrases which are quoted from his mould-breaking, concept-shattering book, ‘The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles”, Hay House, Inc. (2008).

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Learn the Secret of How to Have It All

Posted by Louise on Mar 3, 2010

What’s the Secret? How will understanding the power of this secret enable you to take giant strides in the direction of your dreams? This edition of Motivational Words will reveal the power of ‘secret’ knowledge.

Everyone is using the word ‘secret’ nowadays. Advertisers love it as it magnetises customers. Personal empowerment gurus know the emotive pull of sharing ‘secrets’. It sets us apart, initiates us into special spheres of knowledge. Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” played on our desire to find out secrets that have been withheld from mainstream consumption.

So let’s demystify the word ‘secret’. First of all, there is no secret. It is a misnomer, albeit a powerful motivational word, for learning a technique, method, recipe or knowledge bite that works, that most people fail to utilise. So it remains a powerful force harnessed by a select few.

Here’s the secret: People who write goals down are far more likely to realise them than those who don’t. People who write their goals down, and then devise action steps to achieve their goals are even more likely to hit their targets. People who write down goals, take consistent action steps today and every day are almost certain to reach their goals. Add a strong motivation, a clear vision of the desired outcome and you have an unstoppable momentum.

Goal setting followed by persistent action steps is the single most important ‘secret’ you can ever learn. It is the key to living the life of your dreams. It is the key to unstoppable motivation. It is the key to unlimited success, wealth, health, happiness……. Think about this for it is true. You can achieve anything you want if you make it a goal, and take consistent, persistent steps every single day towards it.

How could such a simple concept be considered a secret? Simple. Because only about 2% of all the people on this planet will ever utilise this knowledge. The remaining 98% may set a goal or two, but they don’t think beyond that. No alarm bells ring when they fail to take consistent, persistent actions. So the powerful secret of how to be 100% successful at anything you want remains a secret.

Only 2% of us will understand the full ramifications of ignoring this secret. That 2%, armed with secret, insider knowledge will set the stage for their lives, and become the authors of their own life story. The rest of us are doomed to follow someone else’s script, because we failed to write our own.

Remember the secret unveiled to you in these Motivational Words. Set a goal and take action to achieve your goal at every opportunity. When you reach your goal, set another one. Onwards and upwards. A simple, mould-breaking secret that hardly anyone avails of. It costs nothing; it’s free.

If these Motivational Words struck a chord for you, do someone you love a favour: pass them on. Tell them the secret. Set a goal that’s important to you and then set about achieving it. A Simple Secret. It will change your life every time you use it. It is 100% guaranteed to work every time you use it.

If you want to share your goal and the steps you are taking today to achieve your first dream, tell me about it. Just write your comment in the comment box at the end of the Motivational Words page. In the meantime, I wish you great momentum with realising the life of your dreams.

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Creating My Ideal Life: An Abundance of Trees!

Posted by Louise on Mar 1, 2010

Creating my Ideal Life is so exciting. This is a time where I really sit in the driving seat. I get to choose my goals, what’s important to me, what to do and when I do it. And the really exciting thing is this: it’s working. I am actively creating my Ideal Life and abundance is raining down on me absolutely effortlessly.

I want to share this latest windfall of dazzling abundance with you. Just over a year ago my family and I moved to a new life in France. This was a planned step in creating my Ideal Life. We just love it here. The food, the weather, the people, the culture, the language. We love everything about it.

We live in a wonderful village with medieval houses (great for my husband who is a stone-carver!). Anyway, the villages here are totally self-sufficient as regards the production of wood for home-heating. Every year the glorious deciduous forests surrounding the village are scanned for trees which need to be harvested as they are either of commercial value or cut down because they are sub-standard. The resulting timber is divided out amongst the households who wish to use a renewable, sustainable source of fuel to heat their homes.

Just guess what our timber allocation for 2010 was? We were given 26 mature trees, including oak and beech plus 16 crowns (what remains after they cut and sell the valuable trunk of the tree). Such an abundance of timber. We will be able to heat our home for free for years to come AND we will season and dry the better logs to make authentic beams and flooring. All this absolutely for free. For nothing.

Of course we are going to have to do the felling and harvesting ourselves according to very strict conservation guidelines. Yet again, the goddess of Abundance smiled upon us. We have been befriended by a single man with a passion for forestry. He will fell the trees and use his tractor to transport the heavy timber down to our yard for seasoning. All this in exchange for a shared meal and a few of my famous fruit pies. He likes my cooking and we enjoy his company. Now we will learn how the French make their forests sustainable from a genuine expert.

We were expecting perhaps three trees at most. But 26. Now that is abundance indeed. A wealth of timber and a guarantee of many evenings sitting in front of a cozy log fire.

Just in case you think these trees are small, the photo above shows my daughter standing in front of a beech tree and gives you an idea of just how tall these trees are. This timber is an unplanned bonus for having the courage to create my Ideal Life.

Do you have an Abundance Story to share with me and everyone who so faithfully reads this blog? What riches are coming your way as a result of Creating your Ideal Life?

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Fear and Regret rob us of a Brilliant Future

Posted by Louise on Feb 24, 2010

Inspirational Phrases and quotations often manage to express a concept succinctly and powerfully. Today’s Inspirational Phrase deals with the concepts of fear and regret. There are two sides to the fear coin: fear can compel us to make unimaginable leaps in order to avoid some feared outcome. Fear can also hold us back, prevent us from taking rational, logical steps out of fear of consequences. Fear is truly a double-edged sword. Regret keeps us focused on the past, and allowing us to get stuck there, at the expense of building a better future.

I identify strongly with this inspirational phrase by Fulton Oursler (1893 – 1952), American journalist, author and playwright:

“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future”

His Christ-on-the-cross metaphor stems from his Christian perspective. Nonetheless, it is easy to visualise the pain of being in a horrendous situation and finding both choices for action equally unappealing. On the left (our past) hangs regret and on the right (our future) hangs an equally daunting spectre: fear.

I am not much of a regret personality. I have few regrets.

Fear, however, has a greater hold on my imagination. I fear what my life will be like when my mother’s Alzheimer’s progresses and she is 100% dependent upon me. I fear the consequences of not selling our heritage home in Ireland. These fears grip me and I get sucked in by their power. Just like a bar of creamy, luxurious chocolate, I never stop at just one square, I have to go the whole hog. So it is with fear, even a tiny taste of this treacherous emotion and we dive right in. Worst case scenarios are played out and feel terrifyingly real.

Who wants to live with fear and regret? Fortunately we humans are in a position to reflect. Both fear and regret are intangibles. They are merely the product of our imagination. Terrifying and debilitating emotions if we give in to them. I can condition my mind to be disciplined enough to recognise this evil duo for what they are: figments of my imagination.

Mr Oursler’s inspirational phrase is quite accurate: cultivating fear and regret will rob us of the motivation, courage and vision to move forwards in joy and trust towards a brilliant future.

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