Monthly Archives: December 2011

Where’s My Fortune?

The other day, I was enjoying some chinese food with my Dad and husband.  My favorite part of ordering chinese is cracking the fortune cookie at the end of the meal.  I’ll take tidbits of wisdom and inspiration whenever I can, even if it’s from a cookie.  Plus they’re just plain fun.

Anyway, I crack open my cookie and guess what?  No fortune!  I broke the cookie into more pieces (where the heck I thought the paper was hiding, I don’t know).

“Where’s my fortune?”  I asked the boys.

My Dad, the pessimist said, “Your number’s up, Pal.”

My husband, Bill, said, “No.  Let’s see what it means.”  He pulled out his iPhone to google “what it means when a fortune cookie has no fortune.”  He will find any reason to play with that phone.

I few taps and  Bill had found an internet answer.  “Something completely amazing is about to happen to you.  So amazing, that not even a fortune cookie can contain it.”

Ok, so he got this from answers.com.  Maybe not the most reliable source on the Internet, but as you know I believe in divine guidance. I believe that the universe is always sending us signs; we just have to be open to hear them, see them and feel them.  And I felt that this was, is, my fortune.

So I walk into 2012 ready to be amazed!

Happy New Year!

Holiday

We are in the midst of the “Holiday Season.”  I hear that on TV, the radio.  Read about it on every type of ad imaginable this time of year.  What does “Holiday Season” mean to you?

Are they about family get togethers, religious services or maybe that the cool present you hope to get?  Are they about good will and cheer?  This time or year is more often then not associated with stress and pressure. Did you ever really look at a person’s face as they search for a good parking space at the mall?  The frustration.  The concentration.  You’d think they were looking buried treasure.

I think we forget why we have holidays.  It is to celebrate something.  So I recommed we rotate a new song into the holiday playlist, “Holiday,” by Madonna.

If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
Just one day out of life
It would be, it would be so nice

Everybody spread the word
We’re gonna have a celebration
All across the world
In every nation
It’s time for the good times
Forget about the bad times, oh yeah
One day to come together
To release the pressure
We need a holiday

[chorus]

You can turn this world around
And bring back all of those happy days
Put your troubles down
It’s time to celebrate
Let love shine
And we will find
A way to come together
And make things better
We need a holiday

[chorus]

Holiday Celebrate
Holiday Celebrate

So whatever holiday you will be celebrating in the next few weeks remember to release the pressure and celebrate.

 

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success

The book Change Anything:  The New Science of Personal Success was authored by researchers and leaders of the training company VitalSmarts.

The goal of the book is to get people out of the willpower trap.  We’ve all said it and we’ve all heard a million times when someone doesn’t lose the weight, succumbs to an addiction or spends more than their budget;  “I guess that I just don’t have the willpower.”

These researchers specialize in the science of human behavior and in this book they want to teach you to be a researcher as well.  They want you to research yourself and determine what type of “Change Plan” will work best for you.  Meaning what things, tools, tricks will influence you to make the change you desire.

The components of a Change Plan are:

  1. Goal Statement
    Your must develop a clear, measurable statement with a definite due date.
  2. Identify Crucial Moments
    Determine the moments that create “the greatest temptation for you.”  For example, do you sabotage your diet at 3:00 at the vending machine or are you a night eater?
  3. Vital Behaviors
    “A vital behavior is any high-leverage action that will lead you to the result you want.  Crucial Moments tell you when you’re at risk.  Vital behaviors tell you what to do.”  So if you are a night eater, you might establish a vital behavior of going to bed earlier.
  4. Utilization of the Six Sources of Influence
    The researchers have established six sources that when used together has shown to motivate and even enable change.

For more on the book and a list of the Six Sources of Influence, check out ChangeAnything.com.

Rocky

As I was preparing for this month’s movie post, I was thinking back to the movies that inspired me as a kid.  Immediately a theme song started playing in my head and my SOUL felt fed.  I’m talking about Rocky!

I remember seeing Rocky with my family as a kid in 1976.  We didn’t go to the theater that much, but my Dad really wanted to see this movie.  He was a star athlete in high school and the idea of this guy, this unknown, getting a shot at the heavyweight title of the world really hit home with him.  By the end of the movie, the whole theater was going crazy.  Everyone was standing, cheering and even crying.  Rocky went the distance with Creed and we were all proud.

I haven’t watched the movie for a long time and I’m real glad I watched it again.  This time I cheered for Rocky for tapping into his heart.  Rocky is guy with low self-esteem. Mickey thinks he’s a bum.  His friend’s sister, Marie, calls him a creep-o.  He’s a good-looking guy and he can’t even get the girl he likes to go out with him.

To even stand in the ring with Creed, he has to dig deep.  He knows he can’t beat Creed, but he knows he has the heart, the will, to go the distance.

This is a great movie to watch if you are thinking of started something new or embarking on some sort change.  Not sure if want to start a business or write that book?  Take some time watch Rocky and ask yourself if you have the heart to go the distance.  By the end of the movie, you’ll be cheering for Rocky and maybe even yourself.