Letting Go

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“The Key to Happiness Is Learning to Let Go.”
~ Hugh Prather

Filled with transforming ideas that can stay with us for a lifetime,
The Little Book of Letting Go shows how to have a life that knows peace. In this 30-day
program to cleanse your mind, lift your spirit, and replenish your soul, author Hugh Prather
helps us identify and release “mental toxins.” The chapter titled Letting Go of Mental
Pollutants contains a Release (exercise) to help us eliminate worry. I found this Release
especially helpful and I would like to share it with you today. Practical, powerful, and
insightful, The Little Book of Letting Go can change your life…if you are willing to let go.

To Your Success,

Eric Harvey
Eric Harvey
 

Pulling Together  The Little Book of Letting GoIn this accessible, friendly book, Prather first explains why it is essential that readers learn to let go. He then takes readers on a thirty-day plan of cleansing the mind, releasing the spirit, and lifting the soul.
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Excerpted from The Little Book of Letting Go
by Hugh Prather
Our fear that what we said to a friend yesterday might have been misunderstood would have no meaning and be of no interest to us if we knew for sure that the person could carry no memory of our remarks into the future. If this were the case, we would know that the friendship would remain unaffected despite our comments. Our fear therefore is not about what we said, but about future ramifications. When doing this Release, keep in mind that although they have their roots in the past, all forms of fear point to the future.

  • From the time you awake to the time you get ready for bed, write down any fear that crosses your mind. Include every worry, vague apprehension, nagging suspicion, or catastrophic fantasy you notice.
  • Before you fall asleep, mark those fears you most strongly believe will come true, or if you prefer, rate each fear on a scale of one to ten; ten being absolute certainty. In other words, single out the fears you think are intuitive and predictive, as well as those you suspect are self-fulfilling because of the intensity or frequency with which you think of them.
  • Post this list where you can check it from time to time. In the weeks and months to come, see for yourself if anything happens the way you imagined it would. Also, take note of all events that conflict with what you feared, events that in some way turn out to be the opposite of what you worried would happen.
  • When most or all of the fears have had sufficient time to occur, fold the list and put it in your purse or wallet. This will be your new identity card. You are now a person who is not afraid of fear. If your ego steals your card, you can renew it simply by repeating this one-day Release.

Should you choose not to do this Release even once, you must renounce forever your right to worry out loud.

Man's Finest Hour

I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour — his greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear — is that moment when he has worked his heart out in good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle — victorious.
~ Vince Lombardi

What It Takes to Be Number One Today’s quote comes to you from What It Takes to Be Number One.
 

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Effective Communication

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide for our communication with others.
~ Anthony Robbins

Getting Good at Communicating Today’s quote comes to you from Getting Good at Communicating.

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Good News

Miracles happen every day and people need to know this…they can look for miracles in their lives. The Good News is — there still is good news in our lives.
~ Mary Ellen

  Today’s quote comes to you from Expect Miracles: Inspiring Stories of the Miraculous in Everyday Life.

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Dance

“Passion is contagious and when you have the courage to share your passion for life with those around you it can inspire others to find the path to their dreams!”
~Michele DeVille

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I’m sure you’ve seen this scenario play out many times: One person’s positive thought becomes a spark of inspiration which ignites nearby hearts and minds. Now consider what happens when hundreds of inspired minds come together…

In Live Inspired, author Michelle Sedas draws upon the inspiration from passionate thinkers across the globe as she calls us to Awaken, Explore, Dream, and Listen to the world around us. Sprinkled throughout her collection of uplifting and touching stories, you’ll find sentiments from community members who are creating their own sparks of inspiration. This powerful collaboration is the perfect kindling to ignite your internal flame. Let Live Inspired give you the courage to share your passion with others as you live the life you’ve always imagined.

Please pass this along to others so that they, too, can be encouraged to Live Inspired.

To Your Success,


Eric Harvey
Founder and President
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“Living inspired is born in the awareness that this is it! We have one chance at life.
And the wonderful gift we are given every morning is the choice of
how we are going to live that moment, that day.”
~Sally Cofer-Lindberg
Modesto, California

Dance

On that fateful day, my husband and I were staying in a hotel in Portland, Oregon, our “home” for six weeks. After the early morning phone call alerting us to the tragedy, we sat, as those all over the world, in shock as we watched the events unfolding before us on the morning of September 11, 2001. Alone in a new city, trying to gather our bearings, we lived the next few days in a fog. I felt guilty for laughing. After all, “How could I be happy when so much sadness had befallen my fellow Americans?”

Alone during the day while my husband worked, I navigated this new city by myself. The city was nice enough, but it was not my city. The people were friendly enough, but these were not my people. I was in a different place, surrounded by strangers, as questions of security, stability, and the meaning of life flooded my mind. In this adopted city, shows of patriotism were overwhelming. Flags were hung outside of buildings. People gathered for candlelight vigils. As a group, we were searching for meaning as the events replayed over and over in our minds. Adults all over the city were concerned. A change had taken place. Times were now different.

One afternoon, as I was walking around the city, I sat on a park bench. The somber mood of the city, and of the entire nation, weighted heavily on my mind. Holding my head in my hands, I began to cry for those lost. When I opened my eyes, I saw her. A young girl, probably five or six, dancing in an outdoor fountain. Seeing the smile on her face, the joy in her movements, my heart began to gladden. I was filled with a sense of calm, of well-being, of knowing that things would be okay. Here, this darling child before me was not burdened. She did not worry for her safety. She was not overwhelmed with sadness. Instead, with her childlike wonder, she was laughing, and dancing, basking in the beautiful day. This was the moment when I saw hope. Hope for our lives and for our nation.

It’s possible that when you’re feeling free and unburdened, your first reaction isn’t to dance. But picture a time when you’ve felt like this precious child dancing in the fountain; when you’ve felt light, uninhibited, inspired. I want you to describe that feeling. There is a Hopi Indian saying that says, “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” When you “dance,” what does your heart say?

“I wake up every morning and I say, “Yes!” to life, for the air is crisp, the flowers are fresh, and the birds are singing. The same power which enlivens those beautiful creatures can empower me today. For the same power which gives breath to men and a song to the birds will give me the power to achieve. This inspires me day after day…after day, to reach for the future, with hope.”
~Judith Brown-Foster
St. Catherine, Jamaica

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Success

Success, real success, in any business requires a sense of urgency, a sense of personal mission.
~ Ken Carnes

Influential Selling Today’s quote comes to you from Influential Selling: How to Win in Today’s Selling Environment.

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Your Heart's Desires

Understand your purpose in life by feeling your heart’s desires.
~ Marcia Wieder

  Today’s quote comes to you from Dreams Are Whispers From the Soul: Finding Your Purpose and Passion in Life.

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Patience is…

Patience is the ability to let your light shine after your fuse has blown.
~ Bob Levey

Wisdom of Wolves Today’s quote comes to you from Wisdom of Wolves: Leadership Lessons from Nature.
 

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LEAP

The jump is so frightening between where I am and where I want to be…because of all I may become, I will close my eyes and leap!
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Dream Big Today’s quote comes to you from Dream Big: Finding the Courage to Follow Your Dreams and Laugh at Your Nightmares.
 

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7 Moments … That Define Excellent Leaders

 
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Hi Friends…We want it, we need it, we work hard to get it. The “it” is SUCCESS – a wonderful thing that showers us with untold benefits. But along with those benefits comes one potential negative that can diminish our ability to stay successful: COMFORT!The scenario is all too familiar (and natural): We want to savor our success, so we’re tempted to slow down … just a little; we let our focus slip … just a little; we start to play it safe … just a little. Examples abound in the world of sports. How many times have we seen teams lose their momentum and then lose the game because instead of playing to win, they began playing not to lose? They get ahead and then stop playing with the intensity that earned them the lead.The same temptation can trap leaders. As we exceed expectations and hit our targets, it appears our team is cruising for its best year ever. It feels good. We get comfortable. And we find that our focus has shifted from gaining ground to merely sustaining it. Eventually we lose the momentum that got us where we are and we find that we aren’t “there” any more.

How can we avoid this all-too-human tendency? Lee Colan provides several clues in his truly inspiring book 7 Moments … That Define Excellent Leaders. Excerpted below are a few of his suggestions to help ensure that we keep earning laurels rather than resting on those we already have.

Lead well … LEAD RIGHT

Say It Right
Excerpts from 7 Moments … That Define Excellent Leaders
  • Find delight in your own discomfort. The way to keep your momentum is to actually seek discomfort – especially that which comes with change. This does not mean you are never satisfied with yourself or others. Rather it provides a healthy alertness of where you can improve. It will help you stay on the offense and thrive rather than playing defensively and merely surviving.
  • When you feel you are cruising to victory, take a look around … but not only at your opponents. Look for anyone, any team, who is the very best at what they do. Compare yourself to them. What are they doing that makes them bigger, faster, better, smarter than you? Studying those who might have better “game” than we do keeps us humble and focused on improving our own game.
  • Lead beyond the status quo. Always focus on the next level. If you can achieve your goals doing “business as usual,” then your goals are not big enough and you won’t get to the next level. Your goals should force changes, require tough decisions, and inspire bold actions.

The next time you are feeling comfortable, enjoy the moment … but for just a moment. Then, seize the very next moment to change!

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