Thursday, August 2, 2012

Getting out of 'I Don't Know'

I'm about to start work on my Young Adult Novel tentatively entitled 'Dillon's Dilemma' which I've been reluctant to do because I've been having a case of writer's block.

I'm at one scene where the hero is being chased through a parking lot, except, in my research I've discovered where the characters must be, in order to maintain real world accuracy there is no parking lot.

So now I must rewrite but I'm feeling stuck because I'm walking around in a state of 'I don't know'.  That is to say, I can't yet envision how the scene will work without the features I originally wrote in.  However, it just occurred to me that I never write in a state of 'know', I write all my books and articles like this, in a state of 'faith'. I just trust that as I start writing, the exact 'how' will be revealed.

Friday, March 2, 2012

25 Principals of Enduring Success

People are often confused and confounded about why they aren't further ahead in some aspect of their life.  We tend to think of 'success' as something elusive or something for someone more talented, richer, better-looking or lucky than ourselves.   As if 'success' was handed out by life like a lottery.  'Oh, you're talented, I'll give success to you'.  In real life there are a great many talented, rich, great looking and 'lucky' people who are in the exact same boat at least in some aspect of their lives. 

Success is achieved through certain specific mindsets and actions.  There's no magic to it, only a matter of determining what those mindsets and actions are and then adhering to them religiously.

Here are 25 principals that are foundational in achieving and maintaining the lifestyle you want.  We will look at them all in depth over the coming weeks but for now lets just do a quick overview.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Made Perfect in Weakness

I was listening to an inspirational audio recording yesterday with my wife when I heard something that really resonated.  It's not a particularly new idea and in fact I've blogged on this here already but simply the way the speaker put it struck a cord.

The idea is fairly simple.   We get too caught up in trying to be perfect when it's our imperfections that give us character.  

He gave the examples of wood, marble, and jade.   You don't look at the lines on a wooden surface and think 'Oh, those should be straighter' or that the lines on a marble counter should be more equally spaced.   Of course not!  There's beauty in it's imperfection.  

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Your Time is Worth Money

By Preston Squire 2012

Yesterday my wife, Cathy Morenzie, had one of her clients cancel (she's a personal trainer) so she did what any number of women would do - went shopping!

Initially she went for a necessary specific item but then got to browsing.   She felt bad afterwards, as her time could have been better spent but she did find an awesome deal - classy napkin holders for a mere $.59! Only problem is the store didn't have enough to complete a set.

So, knowing I work near another location of the same store chain, she asked if I'd mind taking a look for more to complete the set.  Always happy to please my wife, I agreed.

So there I am on my lunch going through a store that encompasses an entire city block looking fruitlessly for these napkin holders and a thought comes into my mind.

'This is not a good investment of my time.' 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Put Money Where Your Mouth Is

by Preston Squire 2012

Do you know someone who always talks a great talk, but never seems to be able to walk the walk?

We all do and we all do it, at least in some aspect of our lives.  Either always talking about what you're going to do - someday, but certainly not today - or constantly acknowledging that you need to work on some aspect of your life, maybe promising to change, but instead of actually changing, you just end up acknowledging you're still committing the same behaviour later on.

Understanding why we fall into this pattern and understanding how to break it are key to finally stop talking about being successful and actually starting to 'put money where your mouth is'. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

There's Magic in the Air!

There's magic in the air!

At least that's how it feels.  Like God's favour is just on everything we're doing.

Being a personal fitness trainer, January is usually a slow month for my wife as many of her clients go south for the winter months.  However, without offering any deals or special promotions, she has been blessed with a rash of new business - several from referrals, some from her online presence and others from long term prospectives finally coming for fruition.  It's turned into a very good month indeed.   Of course, as her regulars return from their winter hideouts, that will only increase even further.

We've had new sign-ups for our Isagenix business and more interest of her e-book and online programs - again, without us doing any special promotions at the moment (although those are in the works).   Two people have come forward to promote her e-book through their channels as well as part of campaigns they are doing which should just escalate the numbers further.   It's just amazing!

Friday, January 27, 2012

My Centennial Post - What I've Learned

This is a momentous occasion for me.

There is a certain satisfaction that comes from having achieved this milestone, although this is not the first of my blogs that I have achieved it on.   It shows conviction and stick-to-it-tiveness.   Key ingredients for success.

When I first began planning for this centennial post I thought I'd plot out the next 100 blogs and what direction I'd want to take.   Problem is, I change over time and the nature of this blog has changed along with me.  

Unless I decide to 'clean' it up at some point, you can go back and find some posts where I talk about the future of this blog.   What it is now isn't what I had envisioned then.   Know what?  That's okay.

I do have a plan and this blog is just one part of that.   However the great thing about a blog is it's a part of a journey.    It's always a reflection of where I am now.   In general, I get wiser and better as I go along.

So, after 100 posts - what have I learned?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Isagenix - Is It For Real?

I'm going to do something a little different today.

If you're a follower of this blog, then you know I normally discuss self-motivation, Law of Attraction or perhaps God and Faith. Today though I thought I'd share on one of the things I'm doing to improve my life and why I've stuck with it.

For those who may be have found this on a Google search, this is not an advertisement, I'm not interested in selling you on Isagenix. If you're researching it, almost certainly someone has brought Isagenix to your attention and I wouldn't want to try to 'scoop' their credit.


What is it: Isagenix is a multi-level marketing company that sells health products, with a primary focus on cleansing and longevity.

Now before you start rolling your eyes over another 'sucker' caught up in MLM schemes, here's a few facts to consider.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

You Are Exactly Where You Choose To Be.

Do you look at some aspect of your life and wonder why you're there?   Or perhaps there's all sorts of reasons why you're there.   People and circumstance have conspired against you to put you there.

That may be true in the short term, but if you're still there a year later, you've only yourself to blame.

Some will accept that with a sad sort of resignation, others will openly refute it but it's still the case 99% of the time.   

You are exactly where you choose to be.  

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Stop Reading - Start Doing

Here I am staring at a blank white text box, slowly watching letter after letter appear as I ponder what to write about in today's installment.   The trouble with being a blogger of an inspirational site is having some fresh inspirational thing to say every time.

As I think about it, all the inspiration quotes in the world did not make a whit of difference in my life, except to maybe temporarily brighten my mood (and take up some memory space).  For that matter 25 years of studying about success did little to help me either.

In the end, it's not about the 'knowing'.  It's about the 'doing'.   Fact of the matter is a lot of people who are doing right now, what you want to be doing, didn't get there from reading any inspiration material like this.  They simply took the necessary actions.  But how did they know what actions to take you ask?   They didn't!  Not initially.  They either figured it out through trial and error or sought the advice of those who had carved out the path ahead of them.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Doing it - God's Way

One of the realization's I've had is that my life runs best when I get in line with God's plan for my life.

I find there's three ways of running your life.

Doing it MY Way:

This is of course a very popular option, especially in today's day and age of independent, agnostic, thinking.   It also feeds one's pride and ego to say, 'I did it - myyyyyy wayyyy'.   I certainly was a follower of this phylosophy myself up until late last year.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Love Yourself

He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" ~ Luke 10:27

Ever notice that before you can truly love your 'neighbor' (and be loved by them), you must first have a healthy love of self.