10 May 2016
real secret of happiness is simply this: to be willing to
live and let live, and to know very clearly in one's own mind that
the unpardonable sin is to be an unpleasant person.
those moments when we forget ourselves-- not thinking, "Am I
happy?", but completely oblivious to our little ego--we spend
a brief but beautiful holiday in heaven.
is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no one can
sincerely try to help another without helping him- or herself.
Five Barriers to Asking
Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
of us don't know what to ask for. Either we
don't know what is available to us because we have
never been exposed to it, or we are so out of touch
with ourselves that we no longer are able to perceive
our real needs and wants. Some of us have become
so numbed out that we are simply unaware of our
natural yearnings and desires. We no longer know
what we really want.
of us don't know how to ask. We have never
learned the technology of making an effective
request. We have not seen these effective
communication skills modeled in our homes and we were
not taught them in our schools or at work.
of us don't know whom to ask and when to ask. We
have not learned how to identify likely prospects who
can deliver what we ask for whether it be a hug, sage
advice, or an order for something we are
selling. And many of us have never learned to
read the nonverbal cues that people send us that tell
us "I'm with you" or "not now."
Limiting and Inaccurate Beliefs
second barrier to asking for what we want are the
limiting and negative beliefs that have been
programmed into our subconscious and which now
silently control all of our actions.
are born with an empty data bank that has to be
programmed. Many of us are hindered in our
asking for and getting what we want by the negative
and limiting beliefs we have taken on from our
parents, teachers, churches, peers, and the
media. We can become constricted and even
paralyzed by this parental and cultural conditioning.
are taught that it is better to give than to receive;
that if he really loved me, I wouldn't have to ask;
and that being needy is a weakness. We have
learned from our failures and our traumatic
experiences in life that if you don't want too much,
then you won't be disappointed; don't expect too much
from men like your father; and it is safer to keep
your mouth shut and appear the fool, than to open it
and remove all doubt.
a result of the negative, painful, and shameful
experiences of our childhood, we become afraid to
participate, afraid to go after those things we truly
want and desire. We become afraid of rejection,
looking foolish, losing face and being vulnerable and
hurt by others. As a result of those fears, we
become passive. We settle for less than we
really want and we sit in judgment of others who are
getting what we want. We don't have the courage
to ask for or the self-discipline to create. We
end up using all of our energy to protect ourselves
against boogey men we have created in our minds
instead of using those energies to create what we
face fears such as the fear of rejection, the fear of
looking stupid, the fear of being powerless, the fear
of humiliation, the fear of punishment, the fear of
abandonment, and the fear of endless obligation.
to several recent studies, only one out of three of us
has high self-esteem. "Look to your right
and look to your left. Only one of you is
okay!" is the standard line we use in our
seminars. One out of three! We are
suffering from a national epidemic of low self-esteem.
of us feel unworthy of love, happiness and fulfillment
and inadequate to create the kind of life we
want. We suffer from inferiority complexes,
neurotic guilt, and a lack of self-confidence.
As a result, we don't believe our needs and wants are
important and worthy of pursuing. We become
codependent from our belief that other people's needs
are more important than our own--especially the needs
of men, our children, our aging parents, our boss, the
homeless, and the needy. We sacrifice our own
fulfillment on the altar of taking care of others.
of us, especially men, get stuck in our pride.
We become too arrogant to admit we need anyone or
anything. We will not stop to ask for
directions, advice, or help. We are convinced we
need to do everything ourselves--usually perfectly and
usually on the first try--or we risk the loss of
respect, friendship, and our own sense of adequacy.
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of the benefits of knowing how, when, and whom to ask
for everything you want: fewer disappointments
in relationships, more effective team efforts at work,
cleaner negotiations at the bargaining table, the
money you need to start a business, fewer fights with
your parents and children, the extra instruction and
support you need, less suffering in the silent despair
of loneliness, and the causes you support receiving
funding they need to continue their good works.
Literally a whole new world can open up to you and
everyone you care about.
can ask for a hug, comfort, listening, forgiveness,
attention, time, intimacy, caring, respect, love,
nurturing, a massage, healing energy, prayers, an
explanation, loyalty, sexual fidelity and a 100
can ask for a helping hand around the house, a favor,
someone to keep a secret, help with your homework, the
loan of a sweater or jacket, private tutoring,
information, help with a project, your kids'
cooperation, someone to baby-sit, swimming lessons,
money for the movies, participation in a car pool,
help with a flat tire, the loan of the family car or
compliance with rules.
wait until everything is just right. It will
never be perfect. There will always be
challenges, obstacles, and less-than-perfect
conditions. So what? Get started
now. With each step you take, you will grow
stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and
more self-confident and more and more successful.
you want is out there waiting for you to ask.
Everything you want also wants you. But you have
to take action to get it. The time for dreaming
is over. It is time to get up and start asking
for what you want. Start slowly and build up;
jump right in and start with bold and outrageous
requests. Either way is fine. Do what
feels right for you. Just get started.
happiness. Creative fulfillment. Professional
success. Freedom from fear--and a new promise of joy
that's yours for the asking. We have the ability at
our fingertips to achieve these things. It's the
Aladdin Factor: the magical wellspring of confidence,
desire--and the willingness to ask--that allows us to make
our wishes come true. The Aladdin Factor helps us by
pinpointing the major stumbling blocks to asking--and
teaching simple techniques to overcome them. With
inspirational stories about people who have succeeded by
asking for what they want, this book shows us how to turn
our lives around--no matter what kinds of obstacles we
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Signals You're Not Living to Your Fullest Potential
Louise Morganti Kaelin
talk a lot about living life to our fullest
potential, about being our best self. For many of
us, it's the primary goal and focus of our life, to
be the absolute best we can be, right here,
right now. The most intriguing part of the process
to me is that it is a moving target. As good as I am
right now, and in fact, I am the best I've ever
been, I know I can continue to evolve and be even
in the journey, we get stuck at a particular place.
Here are 10 signals you're not living to your
fullest potential right now and some ideas for
moving out of these "stuck" places.
You find yourself using phrases such as "I wish
I could," "If only," "I really
ought to," "I should do," "As
soon as (I lose weight, find another job, find a
mate)." If thoughts control who we are,
then words are the primary tool we have to redefine
ourselves. The more you repeat the phrases above,
the less energetic and more powerless you feel.
Find new, powerful words to replace the ones that
are bringing you down. A very powerful phrase is
"For whatever reason, I am currently choosing
to (or not to) xxx." No matter what the
action you are doing or not doing, the moment you
acknowledge it's a choice, you put yourself in a
position of power. You also put yourself in a
position to make a new choice.
You feel overwhelmed, overworked, undervalued and
under-appreciated. In fact, you feel like a
victim. It seems like things are being done
(or a group of people you belong to) and
nobody appreciates you.
These feelings springs from a sense
of scarcity, so the best antidote is to start feeling
grateful. Once you begin to feel truly, sincerely grateful for
all the gifts you do have in your life (and everything in
your life is a gift), your energy levels increase and you
start enjoying your life again. Don't forget to feel grateful
for yourself, your strengths and abilities, what makes you
You need to buy a new bookshelf just for
your self-help books. I smile as I write this, since I probably have
one of the best collections around. It's not so much that
you have a large library, but that you are constantly
seeking for a magic answer, for the one single piece of
information that is going to lift you up and put you back on
the road to being your best self.
Go within. Use meditation, journal
work and prayer to seek the answers that are already within
you. Use the writings of others as starting points if you
will, but recognize that their writings are the answers
they came up with when they went inside themselves.
with five minutes twice a day if that's all you have, but the
peace you are looking for already exists within you.
friends with it once again. The easiest tool I can
recommend for this is the 3-Breath Miracle. Engage your mind in
following your breath for three long, deep, slow breaths, holding
them as long as possible and expelling air when you exhale.
Pay attention to how you feel once you do this completely.
This is the energy you are going for.
The only reason you go to work is to keep a
roof over your head and food on the table.
This has nothing to do with the nature of the
work you do, but with how you feel about how you are using
your gifts and talents, and whether or not you feel you are
doing the best job you possibly can. Do you feel respected at
work? Do you respect the work that others do around you?
Remember that people around you
primarily serve as mirrors for how you feel about yourself.
you start giving 100% of yourself at work, when you
strive for excellence in all you do, and when you value
your contribution to the team/effort, others will
start reflecting that back. You cannot find work
that you love if you can't find the joy in the work that you
currently do. Again, it starts from within.
You don't have a clear sense of who you are
or what you stand for. You find it difficult to make choices and you
feel like you are drifting from one life situation to
another. What seems important one day seems inconsequential the
Identify your values. When you know
what you truly hold important in this life and allow yourself
to make choices in alignment with those values, you
gain tremendous freedom in your life. Being true to what you
believe in is very liberating. A simple way to get some
clarity is to ask yourself "What do I want to role-model for
If this confuses you because you thought you
were clear about your values and what is important to
you, you may be in a transitional mode where the priorities of
your values are shifting. This happens at different times
in our lives as we mature, get older and experience
different life events. For example, having children is a time
that many of us experience a shift in our priorities, as is
getting older and experiencing health problems.
As a rule,
allowing yourself to be "in the present" and seeing
that you are not giving up on a value, but reassigning it a
number will do much to let go of the confusion.
You are more worried about being right than
about being happy. This is an easy game to get caught up in.
often look for life experiences that vindicate our opinions,
and not the other way around. The lure of being
very seductive and it is very easy to sabotage
yourself with this game.
Ask yourself "Where in my life am I
letting my need to be right to take over? Am I willing to
let go of being right? Am I willing to be happy?
would it look like to be happy instead of being
key point here is being willing to choose being happy over
being right. Once you make that choice, you will start to
notice where your need to be right is getting in the way.
Before you go to sleep at night, you find
yourself wishing you had spent your day doing something
other than what you did. If you find yourself doing this on a
consistent basis, it's time to look at the choices you are making.
Also, this is different from not getting to something you
meant to do because something else required your
attention. This is about doing non-productive things on a regular
basis, then wishing we'd done something else.
There are two suggestions for this
item. The first is to not wait until you go to bed to review
how you spent your time. Look at what you are doing on an
hourly basis. The other suggestion is, once you are looking
at this hour, make a conscious choice about what you want to
be doing. You can choose to watch TV or play on the
computer, but at the end of the day you will be able to honestly
say you did what you wanted to do. You can also try to spend
five or ten minutes of each hour doing something that will make
you feel good to get done. Allow yourself to build on small
You spend a lot of time doing things that
keep your mind occupied (so you don't have to think about
you). While related to number seven, this is the actual
activity that keeps you from producing your best effort.
When we are really determined to sit on our greatness, we
usually don't get to the point of wishing we'd done
something different. The primary focus of this activity is to not
think about you or your life. Therefore, it must engage our
mind and keep it occupied. It might be TV, the computer, the
news, what the neighbors are doing, anything that can grab
us and keep us.
Many of these activities are
designed to deaden the thoughts that make you uncomfortable (see
number one). Often, when we get tired of the negative
messages, our first response is to try to stop thinking.
we don't think, the more energy we need to spend on not
thinking. Some down-time is good, even essential.
key here is when big chunks of time are lost to these
activities. The first thing to do is to give yourself permission to
do the activity you are doing. Again, it's bringing
it into the realm of choice. Then, let yourself make
different choices from time to time.
You feel an underlying sense of sadness
(when you let yourself feel). Part of the reason
we don't want to let ourselves think or feel
is that we are afraid we will be overwhelmed by the sadness. We are petrified to go down that
If you feel sadness, something is
going on and it is critical to release the tears.
yourself an opportunity to cry in a safe environment.
example, although we may not be able to give ourselves
permission to cry about what we need to cry about, we can
cry while watching a sad movie. One of my favorite
movies to use for this purpose is "Pay it
Forward," but you
probably have your own favorite. It's really important to free
yourself from this emotion, and allowing it out is actually
the way to not being overwhelmed by it. Once you allow the
tears, don't be surprised if you have a real burst of energy.
10. You keep all conversations at a
superficial level. Safe topics are the weather, the news, TV and
movies. If you find yourself steering all
conversations away from you, you may be in emotional hiding.
Find an outlet so that you can allow
yourself to go inwards safely. Try journal writing,
writing a letter to God, or some other format for getting in touch
with what's going on.
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means love for another self not because of any lovable qualities
he or she may possess, but purely and entirely because
it is a self
capable of experiencing happiness and misery
and endowed with the
power to choose between good and evil.
The love of humans is
thus more than a feeling, it is a state of the will.
life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air.
You name them Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit, and you
are keeping all of them in the air. You will soon understand
that Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce
back. But the other four balls--Family, Health, Friends and
Spirit--are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they
will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even
shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that
and strive for balance in your life.
undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is
because we are different that each of us is special.
set your goals by what others deem important. Only you know what
is best for you.
take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them
as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or
for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live
all the days of your life.
give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really
over until the moment you stop trying.
6. Don't be
afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is the fragile
thread that binds us each together.
Don't be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that
we learn how to be brave.
Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to
find. The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way
to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep
love is to give it wings.
Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where
you've been, but also where you are going.
Don't forget that a person' s greatest emotional need is to feel
Don't be afraid to learn. Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you
can always carry easily.
Don't use time or words carelessly. Neither can be retrieved.
is not a race , but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.
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is the privilege
of adults to give advice.
It is the privilege of
youth not to listen.
Both avail themselves
of their privileges, and
the world rocks on.
May your joys be
as bright as the morning,
and your sorrows merely be shadows
that fade in the sunlight of love.
May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet,
Enough trials to keep you strong,
Enough sorrow to keep you human,
Enough hope to keep you happy,
Enough failure to keep you humble,
Enough success to keep you eager,
Enough friends to give you comfort,
Enough courage and faith in yourself to banish sadness,
Enough wealth to meet your needs,
And one more thing:
Enough determination to make each day
a more wonderful day than the one before.
take care that
their neighbor shall
not cheat them.
day comes when they begin
to care that they do not
cheat their neighbor.
Then all goes well. They
their market-cart into
a chariot of the sun.
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