Turn Your Thinking into Action for a Brighter Future

Think about this scenario: Would you sit on your couch sipping a cup of tea and eating a shortbread cookie while your house burned around you? No, you would run out into the street as fast as you could, and you would not stop to think about it. Your purpose and intention would be clear; you would not care what you looked like, what you left behind, or which door led you to safety.

With many situations in business, we take too much time considering all the options and “getting ready to get ready” before we get busy with the action we need to take to make things happen. Reflection, contemplation, and planning are important—very important—and yet they are useless if not followed by action. Action is the power tool that builds hope and desires into reality. Don’t get stuck in the quick-drying cement thinking phase; get into action.

Recognize that it is action that gives you evidence that something is right for you. Make sure you are chipping away at your action items, checking tasks off your list of things to do, and consistently taking steps toward your desires. Build your dream business one brick at a time, one day at a time—with actions, not only with thoughts. Make action a priority and watch your brighter future emerge.


To Your Brighter Future,

 Caterina Rando, Publisher

Where to Focus When

You can achieve anything you want when you focus your energy and passion. Your passion may be about your business, but your focus may be on responsibilities: your day job, your partner, your kids or your parents.

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Envision Your Dream Business with Ease

Have you ever dreamed of working with clients like fortune 1000 corporations, big institutions or government agencies? Did you immediately reject it because you had no idea where to start? Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” It can be fun to step back and imagine working with a big company. Often, business owners forget to envision their dream business. Now is a good time to create a vision.  

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Embrace Happiness to Brighten Your Future in 2017

Did you ever take a class about “Happiness?” I wish it had been offered in my high school or the college I attended.

In 2011, someone I knew and cared about killed herself and it was a shock to me. I realized how unhappy she had been. Because I knew I never wanted that to be me, I began to focus more on my happiness. I brought a happiness coach into my life and took classes to learn that happiness is a choice. It is. We can choose to be happy or not. I began to offer classes to my team to share happiness with them too. Some of them told me that it made a profound difference in their lives at work and at home.

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Get R.E.A.L in 2017

Hello 2017. It’s that time of year where you can wipe the slate clean and start fresh without punishing yourself for all the things you didn’t get done in 2016. This is the zero-guilt zone.

Like most people, you start off the year with so much motivation, so much hope, so much certainty that this is going to be the year when you lose weight, get organized, get your business off the ground, or fill-in-the-blank with your own.

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Create Change with Vision and Action

Any meaningful change requires both a compelling vision and a plan of action.

To create a future that makes you excited and proud, you first must get specificaboutwhat you want your life to look and feel like. Once you can vividly feel your vision, you can get to work on transforming that vision into reality. This requires an action plan that sets you up to win and anticipates the challenges that might arise.

When these challenges appear, most people tend to use willpower to keep their vision alive. With New Year’s resolutions, for example, it’s common to hear things like “No pain, no gain” or “I can DO this.” Unfortunately, our willpower is destined to fail over time. As humans, we are wired to avoid pain. This means our resolution eventually fails, and our vision doesn’t materialize.

Instead, focus on changing your environmentand setting yourself up to win. Your environment impacts everything.

If you’re trying to lose weight, would you put cupcakes on the counter, and stare at them all day saying, “I’m not going to eat those,” OR would you not bring cupcakes into your house at all?

If you are looking to reduce clutter in your life and create more peace, calmness and happiness, change also begins with your environment.

Why not immediately remove the “stuff” that is cluttering up your life and blocking your vision? Is junk mail piling up? Try placing a recycling bin right where you enter your home. Immediately throw out any mail that you don’t need. Cabinets overflowing? Reduce the number of place settings in your kitchen cabinets from 16 to 8.

Get rid of these “cupcakes” from your environment and you’ll have a better chance at turning your vision of your dream home and life into a reality.

Love the Life You Live, Live the Life You Love

At first our dreams seem impossible, then they seem improbable, but when we summon the will, they become inevitable.”

-Christopher Reeve

Are you living the life of your dreams? Are you leaping out of bed every morning, ready to seize the day and enjoy the journey called your life? Or are you dragging your heels, feeling resigned and unfulfilled in your business or your life?

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Liberate Your Soul through GLOW

I’ve had so many conversations with people looking for that magic bullet outside of themselves to fix the pain in their lives. Truth be told, there is no magic bullet. In order to get to where you want to go, it takes hunger-hunger for change, to stand in your truth and to get off being “RIGHT” about your beliefs and assumptions. Hunger to be authentic and to live a much bigger life in which you can see, feel and own your gifts, and then contribute them to humanity. 

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Experience Freedom in 2017!

I hear so many of my healing clients and voice students yearning for freedom in their life. They have freedom as a value in their life but somehow are not fully embodying that value. They are, in a nutshell… Stuck.

I talk a lot about this in my latest blog entry on How to experience freedom by setting your authentic self free.

Authenticity is often underrated. It’s more than being honest with the world or speaking your mind. It’s about being honest with yourself and who you are and how you are being. There are many advantages to being authentic. Most importantly, you’ll no longer feel the need to change your words and actions to impress others. Being in authentic is EXHAUSTING! What other people think of you is none of your business. You can relax and be yourself.

Before you can be completely authentic, it’s important to know yourself. Who are you really? You need to develop a certain level of self-awareness. This includes clarity around your values and goals. This also includes developing a relationship with your higher self. Developing communication with your inner self and tuning into your body consciously on a regular basis. Authenticity becomes possible when you know what’s truly important to you as a person and as a spirit.

The first steps to take to experience freedom by setting your authentic self free are:

  1. Give up the need to appear perfect. When you don’t need to appear perfect, you’re in the position to be honest. If you are spending to much time thinking about this you are in your head or listening to you negative ego. If you are in your heart and doing what is authentic you are not hiding or covering up anything. You are transparent. No one can be perfect and honest at the same time. Avoid putting on a show for the rest of the world. You’ll only feel bad about yourself later. It’s okay to be less than spectacular. Be the best at being yourself.
  2. Know your values and live by them. If you know your core values and live by them consistently, you’re already doing well in the authenticity department. More importantly I want you to embody your values. When you are congruent with the energies or your values you actually begin to emit those energies to others. You can only do this my writing them down and referring back to them on a regular basis. Make it part of your daily practice. For myself some of my values include: Freedom, Self-Expression, Creativity, Light-heartedness, Love, Authenticity, Compassion, desire to learn and my list goes on….
  3. Notice when you’re not being authentic. It’s not easy to be authentic all the time. You might find yourself transforming based on the situation. A first date is a good example. Or going into a networking event trying to size up a new group. Are you being authentic or pretending to be someone you’re not? Are you able to share what you are about or do you clam up?

Give some serious thought to the tips above if you are ready to experience freedom by setting your authentic self free. Be willing to look deeply inside and know that you are the only one who can make the changes you desire to free yourself. To learn more about how to experience freedom by setting your authentic self free please visit my blog and begin your self-transformation today.

Here is wishing you a wonderful and prosperous 2017!

 

Giving Back to Make a Difference  One Child at a Time

benita-ibrahim-digital-image-6Years ago, I was having girls’ night out with friends to have fun and catch up. We went to dinner and a movie. While in line to purchase movie tickets, we noticed that two young men further up in line kept looking back at us. It appeared that they were talking about us.

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