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





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

 

 





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





“Living the Law Of Attraction” Book

6 10 2008

For those of you who love the “Chicken Soup” series of books I’ve got a great one for you!  Rich German and Robin Hoch have put together “Living the Law of Attraction.” 

A book of stories of real people who have used the Law Of Attraction in their own lives and how it has dramatically changed them.   Definitely a must read for those who believe, those who want to believe, and I dare say those who “don’t” believe in the universal law of attraction.

Read it and let me know what you think!

You can find the book at http://www.richgerman.com/law-of-attraction.html

heather browning





When Darkness Hits Do You Still Shine?

3 10 2008

Interesting thought for you…..

“People are like stained glass windows.  In the light they shine with multiple colors and beautiful shapes, but when the light dims they are dark unless their internal light shines within.”

I was sitting in the beauty salon the other day having a nice chat with my hairdresser.  Then out of no where we start to hear this other customer complain about the haircut she had just received. Not only did she not like her cut, but proceeded to yell at the woman claiming she had “ruined her hair” and how badly she now looked.  This proceeded louder and louder until I finally couldn’t contain myself and I said to her “look, you must find the solution.  Have someone else finish the cut.” 

Well this didn’t sit well at first because she didn’t want someone she didn’t know cutting her hair. Oddly enough the woman who did cut her hair was her cousin!  FAMILY! She finally conceded and had another try and fix it.  All of a sudden this eratic person was smiling and laughing and really conversing with this new stylist.  Her hair did look better and she got what she wanted.  But at what price? Certainly everyone in that place did not look at her as the “nice person” she really was because of her display of uncontrolled emotions.  She apologized to everyone, which everyone said in turn “that’s okay”, but really was it okay?  I beg to differ!  When she came up to me afterward to apologize my only response was “you had better apologize and no one should treat family or anyone that way.”  She just smiled at me and left the salon as if nothing had happened.

So I started to wonder….most of us are great people. Happy, smiley, joyful, kind when life is going good.  But we were never promised a bowl of cherries each and everyday of our lives.  When those days or times hit and the “light” quits shining what do we become?  Are we different? 

I had to stop and think about myself.  It is true that when I am stressed I get a little more testy.  I recognize this and try to control it. It was such an eye opening experience to see this “nice” lady turn into someone I would never want to deal with.  People who become totally different at the slightest complications are those who wouldn’t make good business partners.  I don’t believe I’d even like to be in any type of relationship with them.

When times go dark in your life what are you like?  I find it difficult to think that a life full of apologizing for the way we act would be a life that is satisfying.  If we are always apologizing how are we growing? As we each strive for more personal development it is such a great opportunity to let our inner light shine when things start to darken on the outside.  Life is so much better when we are able to seek solutions while still maintaining our tongues and integrity.

My hope for all is to let our lights within shine at all times and in all things!

 

 





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!