Faith is a choice…

6 11 2008

Have you ever had a time in your life when life seemed to be crashing down?  Nothing was going your way and no way out was apparent?  We’ve all had times like this.  The saying goes “When it rains it pours.” Sometimes it’s true and somtimes we reach that point where our faith is tested, our belief in ourself is tested and the very foundation of our souls is tested. 

What do you do?  Have faith? Faith that things will work out?  Faith that there is always a silver lining? Faith that all things happen for reasons.

These are all great things, but may I suggest something even greater.  The best thing happens when at that breaking point where you could do no more…you CHOSE to have faith.  You made a conscious decision to let the dice roll and ride the wave.  Making that choice is so powerful!  You at that moment opened up to the universe and surrendered control, became as a humble child and allowed what may happen, happen.  Once you reach this point magic begins to happen.  Things begin to go your way, the silver lining appears. And in the end you’ve realized you’ve made it through yet another experience with renewed energy and knowledge.

May we always choose to have faith in all our difficulites in life.  Life becomes much simplier when we do and the burden becomes lighter.

heather browning

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Committment…

28 10 2008

Committment….  There is a great quote that in part reads:

“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back…”

I was struck with the profoundness of these words. They hit deep into my heart and thankfully me head!  There is that old saying that when the student is ready the teacher will appear. Well, sometimes for me those teachers are words of wisdom.

Life is one of those things that can absolutely be engaging, thrilling, extraordinary, accomplishing, etc.  But if you think about it, Life can only be those things if we have committed to something.  A new career path, a new relationship ( a current relationship!), a new idea, a committment to success, etc.  If there is no committment there is only mediocre, stagnancy, sameness.  The quote continues with:

“the moment one definitely committs oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.”

What kind of things in your life would truly come to pass if only you would committ?  And not just committ, but definitely committ?  Can you think of things that maybe didn’t happen and once you look back you realize there was a lact of this type of committment?

I don’t know about you, but reading this quote makes me want to make even more committments to test the end result!  Will unforeseen forces move me onto greatness?  Will incidents and meetings appear that I would never have come across if I hadn’t committed?  Will events arise in my favor?

How fun is that to think about!  Jack Canfield says that we all need a “Big Old Hairy Audacious Goal!”  One that makes our toes leave the ground at the thought of achieving it.  One that will propel ourselves into our next state of being. One that will create such a state of change that we could never even dream of going back to the way we used to be!

Do you have one of those goals?  Wouldn’t it be great to form a group that we could hear about those goals and then support you while you achieve it!  Or if you have experienced such a feeling of attainment and committment wouldn’t it be great to share it?  I love to hear about success stories! What fun it is to hear how your goals have been accomplished and just how much “Providence” did step in and make things happen because you did committ!  So if anyone is interested drop me a comment and we can definitely start something! 

Let’s all be committed!

heather b

 

 





Extraordinary Living….

24 10 2008

Do you know what is so great about extraordinary living? 

It’s that it is not easy!  What?  Explain!

Okay, so for a moment remember a time in your life when what you did came easily.  Whether it was when you were young and on a team sport where you were clearly more experienced— was it fun? Or maybe it was a time when on the job the projects you were assigned to you had done so many times before that you could do it in your sleep— was it engaging? 

This life is all about changing and growing and experiencing new things!  When life gets complacent or mundane we tend to lose focus on being extraordinary!  And that means taking on new challenges that aren’t easy! Revitalizing our need for new learning, new skills, new accomplishments!

Plato had said that if we are not growing we are decaying!

Are you growing? Or decaying? Are you living extraordinary? Or ordinary?

I just returned from an intense seminar in Tahoe.  I was challenged, engaged, and continually told to stretch further.  Was it uncomfortable?  You bet!  Outside my box? You bet!  But returning home I am now revigorated and re-energized and ready to take on the next stage of my life.

I challenge you to stretch further, reach further, get out of the ordinary, feel the uncomfortable and look for the uneasy things!  LIVE EXTRAORDINARY!

heather browning





Change or Mediocre?

15 10 2008

“Rapid changes call for individuals to constantly adapt through personal development, positive motivation,building self confidence and increasing self esteem.”

– Robert White

I believe we are all on a search to live an extraordinary life.  Do you ever find that once the obstacles we face along our journey are over you realize the lessons learned have propelled you one step closer to extraordinary? I talked to a friend of mine last night who is struggling financially and with her relationship within her marriage.  As I listened to her I kept thinking “Oh, I have been there!” “When it rains it pours,” she said and I added “Yes, but the sun always comes out shining.”

I love the quote above by Robert White.  I feel it is fitting to describe life in general.  The key word in the whole quote is “constantly.”  WE ARE constantly being challenged.  And we always have the opportunity to adapt. Through personal development, positive motivation,building self confidence and increasing self esteem we rise above the obstacles and always become better off than before. 

This week I am about to embark on a journey that will take me WAY into the realm of “Can I really do this?” I get excited to look into the future at the person I will become with increased capacities, motivations, esteem, and abilities, but at this moment even my own “doubt” starts to creep in. At times complacency and meidocrity feel better.  And yet, I too am on that journey to live extraordinarily and give extraordinary service to others. With this in mind may I add to Roberts statement:

Life is exciting! Live it up!

I plan to.  How about you?

heather browning





Vacations…can you relax?

27 09 2008

Because I live in Hawaii I tend to get a lot of visitors.  My family and close friends know that they have a place to stay to save on expenses.  This past Tuesday I went to the airport to pick my parents up for a three week vacation.  Now I absolutely love being around my parents, but I wondered how I was going to keep up my writing and work hours.

Isn’t that a funny thing?  Here I am surrounded by my family and I am worried about working? 

I took my parents to the gym yesterday with me and afterwards we just wondered around a few stores.  By the time we were sitting eating a bite of lunch I had this little anxiousness come over me as if to say “you are spending too much time doing nothing!  Get home and work!”  How crazy is that! When I noticed it I just let it go and realized I really didn’t have any place to be, but in the present place and I could stay as long as I wanted!

It was so freeing to realize that!  Being an at home entrapraneur you really get to have this freedom. But sometimes we lose sight of that and work just as long and just as hard forgetting that we can live our life with the ability to take a vacation and RELAX!

So I ask you.  First of all, when was the last vacation you took?  I don’t know the exact percentage, but I know it’s high of people who do not take their vacation time each year.  And for those of us who do, can you relax?  Can you be totally in the present moment with no thoughts as to what is going on back at the office?  At the exact moment that I let that anxiety go I felt such freedom!  Freedom that I could then enjoy a day of absolutely no work and just being around family!  It felt so good!

The cool thing is I’ve been able to play in the morning and evenings and still do my things in the afternoons!  Life does work out!  Enjoy every moment and when you have time to take a vacation whether just around town or beyond do so and relax!





Persistance…Staying the Course

23 09 2008

There is much to be said for staying the course. 

I love listening to individual stories of how people made it big in the business they are in.  Some in the food business start out with street carts, some working as a dish washer, others as stay at home moms catering school lunches.

There are those who open franshises hoping for “the American Dream.”  Whether the business is food, or banking, or automobiles, there is one thing that they all have in common.  PERSISTANCE.

I watched my little team of 10 soccer players take on a team of 11 saturday and with so much persistance and playing as a team they almost tied. I was so proud.

I believe that everyone at some time in their chosen careers will reach a point where the only thing you can do is stay the course.  Keep believing. Keep moving. Keep progressing.

Lately I have seen this in my own endeavors.  I’ve realized I have slacked off a little.  And it is time to get back on course.  I’ve been re-reading “Think and Grow Rich” again.  What a great book to slap the slackness out of me. 

Keep the faith my friends, life is so worth it and with persistance you can create an extraordinary life for yourself!





Extraordinarily different from me…

20 09 2008

One of my greatest pleasures in life is talking to people about how to live extraordinary lives.  I love to help them dig deep down and really come alive with the things they truly love to do.  One thing that comes up all the time is just how different our extraordinary lives are.

We all have different beliefs about what makes our lives extrordinary.  For some it may be money, for others spending all day with children. I’ve known a few dare devils in my life who couldn’t live without that adrenaline rush.  This is also evident when you think about third world countries.  Some of the people are truly happy!  They may only need a new water pump to make their lives great.

How cool is this that we all can live such different lives and yet all live extraordinarily. I read today in someone else blog such a great reason for this.  The bottom line to living an extraordinary life is having total personal integrity.  Think about this.  When you are in alignment with your heart, your soul, and your mind you are living with integrity.  The best thing we can do is to be honest with ourselves, keep promises made, and really give ourselves the freedom to live the way we know we should.

I love personal integrity.  Taming our thoughts and our mind that would have us undermine what we know to be true is a work always in progress.  And yet, personal development leading to full integrity is such a fabulous journey.  We become more confident individuals ready to take on new challenges.  Living an extraordinary life means we always get to improve our capacities in what we see fit.  In essence we are not stuck in the mundane, ordinary way of life.

There is such a huge world out there!  Live it extraordinary…by whatever means you decide!