Visualize Your Dreams – Card Making Activity
In this vision card, free activity we’ll create individual collages representing long-term personal, educational and career goal setting. Every DREAM CARD is different and may have images and words representing different life areas.
Consider the following aspects of your life:
- Hobbies / Toys
- Job / Contribution
- Your WHY
- Giving Back
- Other ‚Ä¶
Search for images on the internet or snap photos of the items you‚Äôd like to attract into your life. Place the images on a card using your card sending account. If you don‚Äôt have one, text me for a complimentary code to send two free greeting cards with postage paid. 705-358-3396
Personally, I position Spiritual image(s) in the middle of my vision card or vision board. Spirituality is the core of my being, so I put it in the middle of everything else. I also put Relationships in the top right corner, because that is the highest point and starting point of my circle. I group images together that represent the aspects of life that are important to me, moving clockwise around the canvass.
Mail the card to yourself or make it a campaign and send a copy to the people that matter to you, your up-line and /or accountability partner.
Keep your DREAM CARD in your view.
When you look at it, feel the feeling of having life the way you are designing it.
Don‚Äôt underestimate the visions and feelings of having them, of what you want in life. You‚Äôll be amazed at how this tool works when you have high intention, and low attachment to the results.
Call me if you have any questions, or to bring this workshop activity to your group.
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I’ve been basking in gratitude this week for all that I have, including the people in my life, and in my business.¬† I feel so blessed to have great clients.
Yesterday I had a request from an international journal to re-run an article that I’d written for them years ago, because they feel it’s still so relevant to success. It too is about gratitude, specifically by thanking customers.¬† Although it’s written for a certain industry, it’s relevant to all.
Here’s the article download.¬† Read, do, and be rich in stronger more profitable relationships.
I once heard a great statement from the CEO of the Union of Ontario Indians.¬† While speaking to his team about staying committed he said, ‚ÄúIf I‚Äôm not doing my job, please let me know, but don‚Äôt let it stop you from doing your job.‚ÄĚ¬† I will always remember this piece of wisdom, and I‚Äôve shared it with so many audiences since.
People resonate with this because they form teams, agreements, pacts, set goals or create dreams together, but if someone falls out of commitment, sometimes everyone comes to a halt, blames those who quit and remain frustrated failures at what they had committed to.
I‚Äôd say this scenario is a reasonable excuse to quit, give up, or return to the status quo.¬† People often don‚Äôt realize the underlying reasons they have for buying into others‚Äô lack of commitment, but they are definitely getting something out of it, for example, it’s a good excuse to not put in your best effort because others aren’t.
Twice this week, I chatted with clients who‚Äôve been challenged with the commitment of a team. A community leader spoke of his disappointment in a group that had a great idea and implemented it, but after a few roadblocks, people started wavering on their commitments, and the project fell apart.¬† I suggested to the leader that he not quit.¬† Others may quit, but that doesn‚Äôt mean he has to.¬† His satisfaction should not be at the mercy of other people‚Äôs decisions.
Another commitment conversation I had was with a group of First Nation Youths who had been fundraising for a trip to explore the West coast of Canada,¬† when some of their adult resources hadn’t honoured a commitment.¬† I told the youths that this was the time for them to step up, take the lead, and win that race.
If we let others determine our destiny, we will most often be disappointed.
When helping a team stay committed, you can hold people accountable, but in order to be in the place of doing so, you‚Äôve got to be holding up your end of the agreement, too.
Commitment is continuing to do what you‚Äôve said you‚Äôd do,
long after the feeling you had when you made the commitment has gone.
Commitment is not a feeling.¬† It’s a decision!
If you‚Äôve been married or in a long-term relationship, you can certainly relate to that definition of commitment.¬† I‚Äôve learned that when you fear someone is not remaining committed, you can stay committed regardless.¬† I didn‚Äôt learn it the first time around, but I‚Äôm learning it now.¬† My soul knows when I am all in, and I feel steady despite any wavering of others.
The key to staying committed is to not quit.¬† Try this statement over and over again.
I commit ‚Ä¶ I will not quit!
I commit ‚Ä¶ I will not quit!
I commit ‚Ä¶ I will not quit!
Your satisfaction depends on you, and no-one else.
p.s.¬† As a follow up to the group of First Nations Youth fundraising for a trip to Vancouver, they re-committed yesterday despite the low funds raised, NOT TO QUIT.¬† They have a dream, to explore another part of the country and to prove to themselves and their community that anything is possible with commitment.¬† If you’d like to read about their progress or help out, check out their CBC news coverage.
I’ve always said that when two people WANT to do business together the details don’t stand in the way.¬† Businesses of all sizes rely on relationships with their prospects and existing customers to prosper.¬† If you think that you have a good relationship with customers just because you’ve done business in the past, think again.¬† The good news is that you can retain and grow your existing customer base with relationship marketing.
What is Relationship Marketing?
According to businessdictionary.com, relationship marketing is “marketing activities that are aimed at developing and managing trusting and long-term relationships with larger customers”, and I’d like to add, smaller customers too.¬† I’ve tested relationship marketing out for years, and it’s been my golden ticket.
Here’s an example of no relationship – no future business.¬† In the mid 90’s I bought a home.¬† I spent hundred’s of thousands of dollars through my agent, and he and I were pretty close during the transaction.¬† Three years later it was time to sell, and I couldn’t even remember his name, or brokerage.¬† So I called another agent to help me list and sell.¬† No relationship, no future business for him.¬† Had he stayed in touch, or created a lasting impression, he’s of had my future business, but I couldn’t even remember him.
If you’re a business owner or professional, you want to make sure people remember you in a good way, so that you’ll be the first one they think of when they’re ready to buy again, or they have the opportunity to refer clients to you.
It’s All About Relationships
To help with this concept, I’m hosting a complimentary two hour lunch and learn to demonstrate how to keep costs down and existing customer engagement up.¬† You will gain tips to increase referrals by 30% in the next 90 days, and have past customers remember and rave about your service.¬† Learn secrets of the top 3% in your industry and strategies to improve and secure profitable relationships for your business.
The session is complimentary but only limited seats are available, the purchase of lunch is required, and you must register at this link.¬† Register One or More Guests
- Cecils Eatery & Beer Society – Map Room – 300 Wyld Street North Bay, ON P1B 8K3 CA – View Map
We’re already half full, so register and commit to learning a few tips that will ensure best relationship marketing practices.
Here’s to bigger and better business!
Are you ‚Äėliving the dream‚Äô?¬† Do you jump out of bed to dive into your awesome day?¬† We‚Äôre just one thought away from living at the top of our game.¬† The thought of believing you can, believing you‚Äôre able, capable and deserving.¬† You‚Äôre never to old to recreate yourself.¬† Have you ever thought ‘I need a new me’? … you can create a new you.
I love nature‚Äôs lessons.¬† Here is one I came across that I thought was amazing.¬† It‚Äôs about the Eagle, and how it transforms itself later in life, to be new again.
When eagles get older and weak because of worn out feathers, which slow down flight speed and¬†manoeuvres, the eagles retire away in the rocks and will pluck all their old feathers until it is completely bare. It waits until a new set of feather grows and comes out of his body. It stays in the hiding place until all the new feathers comes back to make it fly dynamically and royally again without much effort or toil. This happens at about the age of 30. What happens is that when the eagles reach the age of 30, their physical body condition deteriorates fast making it difficult for them to survive. What is really interesting is that the eagle never gives up living, instead retreats to a mountain top and over a five month period goes through a metamorphosis. It knocks off its own beak by banging it against a rock, plucks out its talons and then feathers. Each stage produces a regrowth of the removed body parts, allowing the eagle to live for another 30 ‚Äď 40 years, regaining its full potential.¬† Source
We can decide to reinvent ourselves and return to our full potential, or create a whole new life.¬† Transformation is within our reach, and similar to the five months that the mature eagle spends, can happen quickly.¬† Who would you be if you could reinvent your career or personal life?¬† Eagles symbolize power, freedom, beauty, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination and grace.¬† Let their ways be an inspiration to you.
Another remarkable story is Jenni Byrne, a young woman from Eastern Ontario, recognized today as Ottawa‚Äôs most powerful woman, who left nursing school without graduating to rise to become the ultimate alpha in a political environment dominated by middle aged men with advanced degrees.
As I pack my suitcase and briefcase for Harvard Law School’s program Advanced Mediation, I am including my own beauty, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination and grace.¬† I’m reinventing myself, but I’m keeping all my feathers of Workplace Relationships training, because they’re still young, current, awesome and shifting lives.¬† I’m just adding to the toolbox.
Wishing you lots of great thoughts, especially the thought of believing in yourself.
I‚Äôm gardening in a different way this year.¬† I‚Äôve completely turned over what used to be my garden beds, and laid new beds down elsewhere to yield a different result.¬† It‚Äôs been a family separation, and there are two gardens now.¬† The perennial children have been offered an opportunity to split themselves and plant themselves in two places.¬† Personal growth can be a struggle, as witnessed in human and plant life.
I can control my own flowerbed, and I use the word ‚Äėcontrol‚Äô very lightly.¬† I‚Äôve planted new seeds for my harvest to be full, and I‚Äôve tried to create a fertile soil (soul) for my growth and the growth of my offspring. The best gardens grow when sprinkled with manure and tended to with love and encouragement.
Some sh*t happened the other day, it ruffled my leaves and temporarily upset the vision I had for the way my garden should grow and flow. I was in earshot of a social worker in my training session that day, so I asked her for some advice to cope, and to do what‚Äôs best for my young sprouts.¬† She confirmed that every garden needs manure, and that the longer effects of willingly receiving the smelly situation would ¬†improve my soil (soul) and ultimately provide the best building blocks and nutrients for everyone‚Äôs growth.¬† I was able to see the need for manure in my garden of life and embrace it.¬† I was immediately able to cope with the ‚Äėaroma‚Äô of decaying matter, (the old ways of the relationship) and believe that the manure gives the greatest nutrients that will bring bigger blossoms and colourful appeal in its own time.
Did you ever wonder why manure continues to fall into your lap when you have the purest and cleanest intentions to grow? Perhaps because it‚Äôs fertilizer and needed, just as the sun is needed, the rain is needed, and the storms are needed for the complete cycle of life to transform.¬† Celebrate your manure, and also, the manure that is spread by other farmers over your garden.¬† Look at it as a contribution to fertile grounds for improvement.
In my theme of my new book, Give and Be Rich ‚Äď Tapping the Circle of Abundance, the chapter on RECEIVING everything that comes your way has once again been tested and confirmed this Spring.¬† Sometimes the greatest gifts come wrapped in the smelliest packaging.
The lesson — every garden needs manure to grow.¬† May all your gardens be seen as meaningful manifestations of a beautiful life, and may your own leadership be blessed by the lessons of Mother Nature.
Dedicated in appreciation to Joanne K.
Want to increase your self worth by giving away something you already have?
In this enlightening interview hear how Sherry Simms, a young successful volunteer, shares an experience of giving blood consistently to reach her 100th donation, and the riches she received as a result of her generosity.
- Find out about a different way of giving of yourself, that can save up to 4 people‚Äôs lives
- Learn the value of perseverance, that when we stay committed to something, even small random acts of kindness, they add up to be a huge accomplishment
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