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Change, Choice and Decision

by Jim Rohn 

Change/Choice/Decision

One of the best places to start to turn your life around is by doing whatever appears on your mental “I should” list.

Indecision is the thief of opportunity.

Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can.  Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all or you can choose to be less.  Why not stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do?

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

Decision making can sometimes seem like inner civil war.

I used to say, “I sure hope things will change.” Then I learned that the only way things are going to change for me is when I change.

Don’t say, “If I could, I would.” Say, “If I can, I will.”

It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you get off on sometimes.  What matters most is getting off!  You cannot make progress without making decisions.

We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.

Add a comment January 12, 2008

Quick and Easy Recipes for those Busy Days!

One of the suggestions from a direct-selling expert is to use the crock-pot on those days that you will be gone or have a heavy workload.  Here are some of my suggestions and favorites that we use for days when I want/need to spend less than 5-10 minutes preparing the meal– 

Chili Soup –  Combine 2 cans of chili, 3 cans of pork and beans, and 2 cans of corn in a pot.  Heat and serve.  This is my all-time FAVORITE . . . and we could eat it several times a week and not get tired of it if we needed to, although we don’t.  Buy cases of chili, pork and beans and corn during the case lot sales and you’re set!

Taco Soup – This one involves more cans, but is still easy and delicious.  Combine 3 cans vegetable soup, 2 cans tomato soup, 2 cans kidney beans, 1 lg can tomatoes, 1 can of garbanzo beans, 1 bottle salsa, 4 cups water, 1 T chili powder and 1 pkg (3 T.) taco seasoning.  Again- throw the ingredients together and heat.  To serve you can line the bowl with crushed tortilla chips, add soup and put grated cheese on top.  My kids prefer the tortilla chips on the side.

Salmon Rice – Simply cook the rice in one pot and heat a can (or two) of salmon in a frying pan.  When the rice is done put the salmon over the rice.  I usually heat up some frozen vegetables in another pot and you have a quick, easy and balanced meal.  

Spaghetti – my kids love plain old spaghetti, even when done the easy way– boil the spaghetti in one pan, open a can of spaghetti sauce and serve it with olives and parmesan cheese (and I personally like peas on the side).

These are also easy enough that older kids can do them without much help!

Of course- the big cans of Bear Creek soup (purchased during the case lot sale) are also delicious and require nothing more than putting the mix in water and simmering. 

There are also some ready made meals that the kids love and I try to keep on hand:

*frozen, family size lasagnas – just be sure to plan in advance since they need to cook for 2 hours.

*frozen burritos.  One of my kids’ favorites, that usually are eaten as snacks almost as soon as I bring them home.  However, on occasion they last long enough for me to put them in a casserole dish and sprinkle shredded cheese over them, bake and then serve with salsa and olives.

*homemade pizza made by taking the large french bread loaves, covering with spaghetti sauce, and then put on whatever toppings- a couple of easy toppings are mushrooms and olives- and then LOTS of cheese.

Please take a minute to share your fast, easy ideas for meals-on-the-go in the comment section.

2 comments January 12, 2008

I Promise Myself . . .

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.

To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

~Christian D. Larson
(Modified by The Secret 2007)

Add a comment January 3, 2008

A New Year Wish For You–

As you go into 2008, approach it with a passion to live the life you’ve dreamed of, to accomplish the goals you’ll set for yourself and to be able, at the end of 2008, to look back in satisfaction and look forward in anticipation! 

Add a comment January 1, 2008

Beware of the Grinch . . .

(an adaptation by Denis Waitley of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas) 

This is a wonderful way to send out the old year and ring in the new—

Keep this little story in mind as you go through this coming year and as you are focusing day by day to create the life and the business of your dreams.  There are many lessons to learn from the Who’s down in in Whoville– not only about Christmas, but about life!  Enjoy– 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Now’s the time you should hear this! For very good reason!
Now, please don’t ask why. It’s not simply the season.
Sooner or later the Grinch will invite you
To give up your life’s goal as something you can’t do.

It could be his head isn’t screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that his pants are too tight.
But I think the most likely reason of all
Is that his heart is too cold and his vision too small.

The Grinch is a dream stealer of many disguises.
A friend or relation with depressing surprises.
Just when you feel that your business is booming
He fills you with thoughts that are glooming and dooming.
He whispers about the forthcoming disaster
And about the new plan where you’ll get rich much faster

When you say you look forward to earning a million.
He’ll scoff and retort: “Not one chance in a billion!”
With a stock market rising and confidence strong
You’d think he’d get real and start going along.
But he howls and he growls with his terrible frown
“Whatever goes up, has got to come down!”

Sometimes the Grinch is quick to appear.
Sometimes he shows up year after year.
But whatever your “Why” and no matter “Who”
The dream stealer, Grinch, will start hitting on You.
He’s the fear deep inside that insists you can’t sell.
He’s the voice that says, “Stop! Things are going too well!”

He especially hates Christmas and the spirit of giving
For he selfishly thinks that by “getting” you’re living.
He thinks passionate service is too big a “Why”
And that money’s the only incentive to try.
But he’s missing the point, and hasn’t a clue
That every Who out in Who-ville has a Dream to come true.

Sooner or later all dream stealers find
That they’re out in the cold and left far behind.
What they could have or might have or should have possessed
Has now passed them by and left them depressed.

As you sit by the fire and plan the new year
Surrounded by family and friends of good cheer.
Remember the Grinch, with his feet in the snow.’
Standing puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came without ribbons! It came without tags!
It came without packages, boxes or bags!”

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas… Perhaps… means a little bit more!”
It’s a spirit to treasure each day and each night
It’s the reason the American dream is still burning bright
It’s a mission of hope you can trust and believe
“The more that you give, the more you’ll receive!”

This week during the Holidays, look for ways to give more!
Denis Waitley

Add a comment December 25, 2007

Choose to Choose

Celebrate the Greatness within You! by Richard Neihart 

You’re more than your age
or an hourly wage,
You’re more than your email address.
You’re not just some size
or the shape of your thighs
or the make of the car you possess.

You’re more than your PIN
or the shade of your skin
or the place you were born or the date.
You’re not your IQ
or the width of your shoe,
your zip code, your height, or your weight.

You can’t be defined
by your Zodiac sign
or the lines in the palm of your hand.
It’s not who you know
or the money you owe,
your blood type or cereal brand.

You’re much too complex
for just race, creed, or sex,
you’re wonderfully multidimensional.
You’re one-of-a-kind
with a fabulous mind
and a spirit that’s quite unconventional,

That makes you a treasure
which cannot be measured
with numbers and checks on a chart.
You’re truly tremendous,
amazing, stupendous!
Believe it with all of your heart!

~Richard Neihart

Richard Neihart, the inspirational voice of the direct selling profession, has a wonderfully refreshing way of approaching the topic of ‘Celebrate the Greatness within You.’ He talks about the hollywood superstars (and we could add athletes and political figures) that parade through our lives leaving us mesmerized and enthralled, but feeling NOT enough– not good enough, not smart enough, not brave enough, not built enough.

Richard points out, however, that “the greatest exploits in this world are not in movies. And the greatest heroes in life are not featured on film. Real heroes are people just like you. With courage and character, you step into the role life hands you. With dignity and discipline, you play that role to the best of your ability- without the right lighting and background music. No props. No pyrotechnics. You simply walk out and give life your best performance. No stunt doubles. No stand-ins. Real life is not a 120-minute screenplay. It’s a day-by-day drama, lived out hour by hour, moment by moment. No rehearsals. No retakes.”

What a phenomenal picture that conjures up. Yes- we are in real life with no rehearsals and no retakes. While everything may look and seem so perfect in all of the media we see around us, the truth is that the REAL miracles, the REAL impact is being made by you and me. Think about the last really powerful movie you watched. Chances are that it was based on a real life story- The Freedom Writers or Remember The Titans are a just a couple of examples of movies that came from real-life. The powerful movies that really make a positive difference in our lives are based on real life- NOT the other way around!

We have everything it takes to succeed in our corner of the world. Richard refers to those who have achieved award levels in their companies and in their fields and points out that “at some point [they] made a cold, calculated commitment to create [their] future; to write and perform [their] own script; to become the star of [their] own production.  While others wished, [they] worked. While others made excuses, [they] made changes.”

Each one of us has the potential and the ability to create our future, to write and perform our own script. In fact- we can take it one more step and recognize that each one of us WILL create our future and write and perform our own script, whether we recognize that and do it with purpose and intent or allow it to ‘just happen’. Since the choice is yours- CHOOSE to be cognizant of the choice you make. Be aware of your thoughts and your choices and create what you REALLY want rather than letting your life happen by default!  With Richard, I assure you that taking such steps and acting with awareness and intent “will pay off in rewards that promise to surpass any efforts you are now investing . . . You’re smart enough and you’re strong enough to achieve your dreams. Go ahead . . . look within yourself and see just how special you are!”

Go ahead . . . CHOOSE to reach your full potential! CHOOSE to create the life and the business you’ve always dreamed of! CHOOSE to CHOOSE!

Add a comment December 24, 2007

About DSWA

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Add a comment December 20, 2007

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