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The sun crept over the horizon and lodged itself above the coastline, bathing the beach in a comfortable, morning glow.
Solitary clouds dotted the backdrop, lazy lollygaggers moseying across the sky, unhurried, white-haired philosophers gazing down at the busy-ness below.
I raced a pair of dragonflies down the road, glanced at the workers finishing the roof of another million-dollar home, noticed the new fishing boat parked in the driveway of one of the waterfront rentals.
Abundance everywhere, abundance of beauty, abundance of fortune. Another day in paradise.
For me, this poses a disturbingly fascinating question. Why some yes and some no?
Why do the builders of luxury high-rise condos live in dilapidated trailers?
On the other hand, why does material wealth cause such lack in relationships?
No one can deny our universe's resilience, its amazing regenerative powers and continued ability to provide. Flowers grow, vibrant, colorful, glorious, mere minutes after the tornado blows through or the floodwaters recede.
We live surrounded by an endless fountain of plenty.
How does it all flow?
Can the person that makes $25,000 a month be ten times smarter than a $2,500 earner, and the financier that brings in $250,000 in the same period ten-fold wiser yet?
That makes no sense.
How does a crammed household full of hand-me-down furniture and kids piled upon kids, share joyous meals of Mac and Cheese seasoned with laughter, even though the rent deadline has long since passed?
The mind boggles and scrambles.
Let's look at the environment.
The tide ebbs and flows.
Winter turns to spring.
Summer crops become fall plantings.
The moon comes out at night and has since time immemorial.
Let's look at the money thing.
Some of us have a bunch, some of us don't.
Some of us make a lot, some of us barely scrape by.
Unless you live on a mountaintop, a quick spin around the neighborhood reveals varying bank account sizes without much of an impact on the happiness quotient.
Those who sit in first class more often seem grumpier than the rest of us in coach.
Without positing a solution, let's at least state the obvious:
Prosperity, in all its incarnations, comes from the inside.
How it shows up and decorates our world, well, that depends on us. I believe that we can learn the skill sets to create wealth, though the discipline must come from inside.
Most of us have the muscles to wear a smile, though the impetus emanates from inside.
Trappings bring only fleeting glee, while lasting joy grows from the heart, a living, breathing, active organism that can only survive in one place-inside.
How much effort do you put into your inner life, seeding, nurturing, cultivating, harvesting and celebrating your own bounty? If we judge our tree by the fruit it bears, then only you decide whether your current harvest matches your expectations.
If not, you know where to turn.
That's A View From The Ridge?
Who Else Wants to Keep Failing?
Who wants to carry on being a failure?Failure. Not a great word is it? It is a very negative word, it says nothing good happened at all.
The High Cost of Doing Nothing
Cost is sometimes a difficult term to define. Here, we are not simply discussing cost as it relates to selling price, but rather opportunity cost.
Evaluating Your Associations (Part Two)
Two weeks ago we took a look at the power of influence in our lives and how it is possible to be nudged off course a little at a time until finally, we find ourselves asking, "How did I get here?"We then asked three key questions:1) "Who am I around?" You've got to evaluate everybody who is able to influence you in any way.2) "What are these associations doing to me?" That's a major question to ask.
Unlocking Human Potential
Before we can unlock human potential, we need to know what it is. Human potential is defined as an unexposed ability and hidden power.
Top 5 Sources of Energy Drain
Along with time and money, energy is one of your most valuable resources. And if you're a professional woman, it's a resource that's most likely in short supply.
Nine Sure Fire Ways to Boost Your Career
1. Differentiate yourself using a Personal Value Proposition.
Personal Excellence: Whats Your Motivation? (Part 1 of 3)
I was in the gym, pushing my adolescent muscles to their limit. The other dudes where there too, getting their various degrees of "pump" on.
Are You An Expert At What You Do?
One of the most common refrains I hear from people is, "I can't create information products?I'm not an expert!"Yet what is expertise?Many organizations have tried to pin down the exact criteria that make an expert. They talk about university degrees earned and awards won and how much you're quoted in the newspaper.
Persist Until You Succeed
The start of a new year is a good time to review your dreams and goals. I am not asking you to make another new year's resolution you are going to break in a few days or weeks but to think of what is important to you or what you want to achieve or work towards in the months to come.
Thoughts on Successful People
I was hired to do some training for a sales team from one of the largest companies in America. There were 16 people on this team.
Why Balancing Your Polarity Can Make Life Better
Driven by cultural imperatives and inner promptings, we drive ourselves into a frenzy of action day after day.The urgency of what needs to be done and the limited time we have to do it excites us to become excessive in our activity.
Reach Your Goals - Delegate Your Life
Delegate your life If you're having problems finding the time or energy to handle your everyday activities, let alone getting to your goal, "hire out" the other stuff in your life to clear up mental and physical energy for the sole purpose of reaching your goal. Assign distractions that don't require your personal involvement - like dinner-making, house-cleaning, errand-running and phone-and-door duty - to other family members.
Expect Success to Stay Self-Motivated and Get Great Results
If you called my office you will hear my voice mail message that ends with the words "Expect Success."There's a important intent behind that.
Success = Prosperity
Material or physical success is often measured by the level of prosperity achieved.We can define prosperity as having or owning all that we idealize and desire.
Can Anyone Become A Successful Business Person?
Can anyone become a successful businessperson? I am asked this question many times after I have given a speech on business procedures and strategies. The answer is not that simple.
How to Always Get Whatever You Want
Do You Know You Have the Power to Harness Huge, Hidden Powers of the Universe?First there is your mind:- your conscious mind: ideas, thoughts, emotions, attitudes etc. you can directly perceive or conceive.
Seven Character Traits of Successful People
1. They are hard working.
Transform Your Fear Into Focus!
The greatest deterrent to success in life is fear. It drains our ambition, denies us power, and strangles our ability to overcome the challenges we face in our personal and professional lives.
Dare to Dream Again
Do you remember when you were a child and no dream seemed too big? Some of us thought we would walk on the moon; some dreamed of riding with Roy Rogers; others imagined stepping to the plate in a big-league game. Every one of us, when we were young, had a common trait - we were dreamers.
Finding Your Purpose
What is success? As author and speaker Earl Nightingale said, success is the steady progression toward a worthy ideal. Success is the ability to love, enjoy your work, and have fun in your life.
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