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Will You Give 29 Gifts?
I just had to tell you about this – a Facebook friend of mine recently started a challenge whereby she decided to give a gift every day, to any person, for 29 days in a row.
I became increasingly intrigued by her Facebook updates each day, and so I looked a little further into why she was undertaking this challenge.
She had supplied links to her inspiration – to a website called 29-Day Giving Challenge – so I clicked on through and had a look.
There’s SUCH an amazing story behind how all of this started. Watch this video for an inspirational overview:
Cami, the lady who began it all, has also written a book – 29 Gifts: How a Month of Giving Can Change Your Life – that explains even more (there’s a Kindle version available, for instant download).
Putting our focus on how much we have to offer, on how much we can contribute to the joy and wellbeing of others, is SO powerful. It really does make you feel good to do something surprising or lovely for someone, doesn’t it? Win-win, I say!
I was so inspired by my Facebook friend’s creativity, and her obvious delight with the challenge, that I’ve decided to undertake my very own 29 Gifts challenge! From Wednesday 1 May I will be giving a gift every day, and I’ll be posting my progress on Facebook.
How about you? Do you feel drawn to join me? Gosh, imagine the ripple effect if we all did this, and our friends and family saw us and became inspired and THEY did it, too…
PS These gifts don’t have to cost money (although they can) – they can also just be acts of love! If you decide to take up this challenge, let me know in the comments below!
Money’s Deeper Purpose
Have you ever read Lynne Twist’s book called The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources?
It’s such a beautifully written, articulate, passionate book (I swear she’s channelling God), with such a powerful message. If you haven’t already read it, then you MUST do so.
Until then, I thought you might like to see the above 10-minute video (watch it while having your lunch!), which outlines some of the philosophies that appear in the book.
I’ve chosen some quotes from the video that especially spoke to my soul:
We can give soul to money in the way that we earn it, in the way that we spend it, in the way that we save it, in the way that we invest it, in the way that we contribute it.
We can move money… and keep it flowing towards the good, towards the highest, towards the deepest commitments of the human family and of all species.
You don’t need to have piles of money to be a philanthropist… we can use our financial resources to nourish the world in which we live.
‘Sufficiency’ is the exquisite experience of ‘enough’.
You can’t reach prosperity or abundance through the doorway of ‘more’. ‘More’ will always give you lack and make you want more, and then you’ll get it and it will suddenly become not enough and then you’ll want more. More always generates lack in your experience.
When you make a difference with what you already have, it expands.
Gratitude, gratefulness, thanksgiving, appreciation… and in that grace and space, everything expands before your very eyes.
The word prosperous comes from ‘hopeful’ and ‘full of possibility’ – pro-sperity.
If you struggle with money, you’ll love Lynne’s approach. We don’t need to chase money, nor should we squander it or hoard it. And money (a concept created by humans!) can be such a wonderful spiritual teacher.
What are you waiting for? Watch the video, and invest in the book!
Millionaire Mentors Share Their Wisdom
The process of creating and attracting money is actually a process of personal growth.
But, being a regular reader of the Rich Radiant Real blog, you already knew that, didn’t you?!
The million-dollar journey can be long and winding (if we choose it to be), but if we’re smart, we’ll follow the guidance of others who have gone before us. We’ll learn and apply some of their shortcuts, all while knowing that it’s OUR journey and we will still make ‘mistakes’.
I recently came across a phenomenal series of books called ‘The Millionaire Books’. These books follow the stories of ordinary Australians who have ‘created extraordinary lives for themselves and their families’.
I’ve loved reading this particular book (I’ve yet to try the others), because it chronicles the journey of each millionaire in their own words, giving us the ‘warts and all’ version of what they experienced along their journey, along with heaps of wisdom and guidance.
Do you know, a regular habit that cropped up frequently throughout the stories was that of people using vision boards and affirmations. See! They really work!
I think I’ll read the ‘Ms Millionaire’ book next – how about you? Do you spot any that pique your interest from The Millionaire Books’ series?
It’s so exciting to share finds like these with you. Hope you like this series!
Making Money with a Meaningful Business
If you’re anything like me, you love discovering how to make life even better.
You love learning from mentors who’ve achieved what you want to achieve, and who are generous in sharing their knowledge.
So, if making six or seven figures (that is, from $100,000 to many millions of dollars) in your business is something that you’re working towards (much like moi), and you’d love to discover how to do that on the fast track, then please do consider learning from mentors of mine, Fabienne and Derek Fredrickson, from Client Attraction.
Fabienne and Derek will be hosting a brilliant three-day event in May called Monetize Your Message, and it’s perfect for heart-centred entrepreneurs.
Also, if you would rather not travel to Florida to attend, you can attend ‘virtually’, via a livestream video hook-up!
These guys really know their stuff, and they truly walk their talk (or ‘talk their walk’, as Fabienne says – meaning that they live successfully first, and then teach what they live).
I know that not all of my followers and clients own their own businesses, but many do… and this three-day event could be just perfect for them (or perhaps it’s you that I’m talking about?!).
Go check it out, and let me know if you decide to attend, OK?
PS There’s even a very, very generous 3-pay option available, to make it even easier for you to say ‘yes!’ to yourself and your business.
The Happy Movie
I recently heard about this movie – have you?
Imagine it. An entire movie about happiness. Love it! Watch the clip and soak in the happy vibes…
It looks fab, but it isn’t currently available in my area for viewing online. Have you seen it? If so, let me know what you think, won’t you?
Your Wish has Been Answered
It’s on again, and it’s for the last time.
Tera Warner is hosting the final WISH Summit (starting next Friday), and it promises to be full of inspiration and information that will help you become happier and healthier!
This summit started a few years ago in partnership with my friend Shakaya Leone, of Earth Empress, and since then Tera has continued to provide – for free – 40 days of wisdom every year, in the form of downloadable interviews with personal development luminaries.
I love plugging these MP3s into my iPod and soaking up the wisdom of these interviews while I tidy up around the house, hang out washing, go for a walk or drive to pick up my children from school. Perhaps that’s how you love to learn new information, too, fitting it neatly and easily into your life?
Speakers this year include:
- Lynne Twist
- Mary Morrissey
- Ocean Robbins (of Baskin-Robbins fame)
- Daniel Vitalis
- Nadine Artemis
… and so many more!
Topics covered include how to:
- have those ‘big conversations’
- look after your breasts
- empower the next generation
- create super-natural environments
- awaken your arousal
- breathe effectively
- get fit quickly
- go on the perfect ‘UN-diet’
- practice self-defence
- know which foods to eat to improve your mood
And the above is just a sample. I mean, really, there are 40 CALLS!
Remember, it’s the last time the WISH Summit will be held, so make the most of receiving the gift of this amazing, free information. I’ve already signed up! If you’d like to join me, head here to register.
Breakthroughs for Everyone!
I don’t often watch TV on a weekend afternoon, but I recently heard that Tony Robbins (the high-energy, big-heart, personal development guru who pretty much started the life-coaching industry) had a show on Sunday afternoons called ‘Breakthrough’.
So, of course, I had to watch.
And it is sensational. I LOVE it.
Have you seen it? Ordinary people who may have been suffering from an extraordinary, negative event in their lives are taken under Tony’s wing and given opportunities to have major, major breakthroughs. There’s quite a bit of tough love, but sometimes you need a little tough love in order to realise how strong you really are.
I think that everyone who watches this show can take away a fresh perspective that they can then bring into their own lives. I highly recommend treating yourself to an inspirational hour of TV by watching this show – just search online for your local TV guide and see when it’s on in your area.
Thank you, Tony, for bringing such amazing stories and inspiration to mainstream TV. (I believe Oprah’s OWN station is now running it? Go, Oprah!) Thank you for showing that WE are the responsible for the results in our lives, and that life can be phenomenal.
8 Ways to Actually Receive Your Goals in 2013
For those of us who like things organised into neat, orderly packages, there’s something special about being able to ‘contain’ our goals within the span of a year.
We get excited at the start of a crisp new year when we can say, ‘this year I will…’ or ‘this year I will not…’. And, at the time, we really mean it.
But please raise your hand if you’ve heard the depressing statistics revealing that most people fall off their resolution wagon before the end of January.
Don’t let that happen to you this year.
I’m going to give you eight golden tips that reveal how you CAN receive the goals you set for yourself.
But, you’ll ‘actually’ need to apply the tips! The word ‘actually’ features a lot here — you may already know a lot of these tips, but do you ‘actually’ apply them? (The act of ‘application’ could be the thing that makes all the difference for you this year.)
Here we go…
1. Actually realise that you’re worth it.
To quote Desiderata: ‘You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here’. You really are worthy. Believing this is at the core of your ‘receiving’ success. If self-worth is an issue for you (and it is for many, many people), then ‘actually’ spend time doing inner healing work.
2. Actually write down your goals.
This is a biggie. If you’re a self-development junkie you probably already know the anecdote about the Harvard grads who wrote down their goals being a gazillion times more likely to achieve them than those grads who didn’t write them down.
Writing down your goals takes them a step closer to arriving in material form. It really works. Have courage, and actually do it!
(Check out Jack Canfield’s fab book The Success Principles(TM): How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be for goal-writing tips.)
3. Actually make a commitment and stick to it.
Look, resistance is GOING to show up. Just expect it, face it, thank it and then push on through it. You already know that long-term change is going to be a bit uncomfortable. Or even a lot uncomfortable, for a while. But if you make a commitment and then actually stick to it, come hell or high water, you can’t help but succeed. Cultivating a high ‘EQ’ helps – see Daniel Goleman’s seminal work on this, called Emotional Intelligence: 10th Anniversary Edition; Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.
4. Actually practise extreme self-care.
As advocated by life coach extraordinaire Cheryl Richardson (this concept is also known as ‘exquisite self-care’, the latter being a term coined by Earth Empress Shakaya Leone). If you know you need more rest time, more reflection time, more yoga time, more nutritious food and more healthy boundary-setting, then actually make that happen. Again, you ARE worth it. How are you going to have the energy to take action towards your goals if you’re burned out?
5. Actually keep a gratitude journal.
Please do this. It makes such a difference to your vibration. Be inspired by my blog’s Gratitude Friday (or Saturday, or Sunday) posts, and gently begin to cultivate gratitude as part of your everyday life, in your regular self-talk. When you’re honestly appreciative of all that you have, watch the magic begin — even more ‘good stuff’ (including opportunities to receive your goals) starts to show up.
6. Actually create a vision board.
For many years I was afraid to create a vision board (also known as a dream board – but you can always create a booklet or scrapbook, instead), because I thought I’d feel crushed if I put my dreams out there in my field of vision and they didn’t come true. But I can’t tell you what amazing things happened once I finally got over my fear and actually created my first vision board.
7. Actually measure your progress.
This sounds a bit linear and boring, but it really works. And it can be hugely motivating. I recently gave up all forms of sugar for a period of time (including all fruit, which was a challenge), and every Sunday morning I recorded my weight and body measurements. I didn’t have a particular weight-loss or health goal, because it really was just a curious journey to see what effect sugar had on my body. But measuring results helped keep me on my sugar-free track, and spurred me on when I saw real progress being made. Sure, measuring takes a little discipline, but the payoffs are huge.
8. Actually declutter your home and workspace.
It’s such a relief to declutter even a small area. If clutter is a problem for you, actually make time this month to create headway. Positive energy will soon fill the space, and you really will find that doors will open at every turn when it comes to the other goals you’ve set for yourself. Head here for help, at a limited-time reduced investment.
So, there you have it. Eight golden tips. Will you ‘actually’ apply them? Will you ‘actually’ do what it takes to receive your goals this year? (I think it helps to start thinking of yourself as an ‘implementor’, as someone who just gets on it with it.)
The difference between a person who receives their goals and a person who doesn’t comes down to the simple (but not always easy) act of taking action, even when their resistance is strong.
You are bigger than your resistance, and I know you can do this. I want to hear all about your successes at the end of the year, OK?!
© Joanne Newell, 2013 Would you like to use this article in your ezine or on your blog or website? You certainly may, as long as you include the following at the end of the article: Joanne Newell, of Rich Radiant Real coaching, publishes the Your Abundant Life free monthly ezine, designed to inspire you to create the life of your dreams. For even more inspiration, head to www.richradiantreal.com to grab your complimentary guide called 7 Ways to Recharge Your Vibration & Attract the Riches of Life.
What Will You Give YOURSELF This Christmas?
- Movie vouchers for cinema-loving Aunt Rachel. Check.
- Scrabble tea-towel and new limited edition Scrabble game for Peter’s Mum. Check.
- Cute organic-cotton onesie for new baby Anastasia. Check.
Excellent! Time to dust off our hands and celebrate yet another successful Christmas of choosing thoughtful, meaningful and high-quality gifts for our loved ones.
Hold on. Wait right there. Isn’t there someone you’ve forgotten?
What about you? What are you giving YOURSELF?
If the thought of doing this seems faintly ridiculous, let’s just sit down and have a heart-to-heart chat.
I mean it! Sit yourself down, right now. Put your feet up, even. Take a deep breath, relax and let me enlighten you.
If you celebrate the Christmas season (even if just seeing it as a season for love and giving) then it’s quite possible that you’ve been spending a lot of time lately considering the needs or wants of others.
Bending yourself to fit. Outdoing your own expectations of what you can ‘deliver’ in terms of experiences for others.
If that’s you – how’s that workin’ for ya? (In the immortal words of Dr Phil.)
You may well feel satisfied and full of the goodness of the season, but I bet there’s also a part of you that wishes you’d lavish the same amount of love and care on yourself.
That you could get to Christmas Day without feeling exhausted, run-down and depleted.
You DO deserve to take care of yourself this festive season (in fact, all year round). Not just so that you can serve others better, but so that you feel good! This could be just making sure that YOU make it onto your Christmas shopping list by purchasing something special you’ve had your eye on, or it could be something a little different.
Read on, my friend!
Self-care should be a very high priority for you this month. In case you’re too frazzled to think of a few ways of doing this for yourself, here are my ideas:
- Be OK with sometimes taking the ‘low road’ and giving some time-consuming holiday traditions a miss this year. Replace them with traditions that are easy to implement or that you can ask others to do.
- Actually USE that bath of yours! Fill it with warm water, pour in a fragrant oil, and melt into it. Even if just ONE evening this month, OK?
- Try nine nights of going to bed at 9pm (I call this my ‘nine for nine’). Believe me, you’ll feel as though you’ve been reborn. And it’ll give you the stamina to bounce through the occasional late-night festive event.
- Keep a notepad beside your bed so that you can jot down any ‘to dos’ that crop up while you’re drifting off to sleep.
- Eat really, really well and keep chugging back water. This will help counter the effects of any deep indulging that you choose to do. I mean, wouldn’t you love to feel fabulous, come Christmas Day?
So, there are a few self-care tips that are guaranteed to ease you through the Christmas season with grace and joie de vivre.
But what if you could give yourself some other very special gifts this year? What about the gift of time to contemplate the year that was, and to get excited about 2013? What about the gift of booking yourself into a ‘Create Your Dream Life’ VIP Day with me, to be experienced in January? (Talk about setting yourself up for success!) What about the gift of a phenomenal, unique, supportive decluttering-for-prosperity program that helps you clear your home’s energy and herald in a fresh New Year?
Whatever you do, please give yourself a gift this Christmas. Be it a special wee treat for yourself, be it self-care, be it the gift of time for dreaming or planning, be it a decluttered home… just do it!
The Raw Food Traveler
What you may not know is just how profound raw food (and yoga, and meditation) can be. It can change your life. Seriously!
Just ask Jimmy Gilker. Jimmy is my web programmer, and he’s been a raw foodist for many years. Before raw food, he didn’t exactly follow the best of eating protocols and he was unhappy with certain aspects of his life. But he was always searching for answers.
When he heard about the raw food way of living, he gave it a try. In a pretty big way. And he combined his raw-food experiment with travel.
I’ve just finished reading Jimmy’s account of his raw food and travelling adventures, in his mighty tome called The Raw Food Traveler (I’ll forgive him the spelling error in ‘traveller’ – tee hee!).
At a whopping 580 pages, Jimmy’s book deeply explores his past, his feelings and his experiments. It reveals his journey of reflection and enlightenment in a frank, often humorous way. If you’ve ever been curious about what a raw food diet (including periods of fasting) can do for a person’s body and soul, you MUST read this book.
I love that Jimmy reveals how he became much more in tune with Spirit, and that his vibration raised higher and higher as his body offloaded years’ worth of toxins. As his vibration increased, he became more attractive to serendipitous events and opportunities, and to receiving and giving love. Life just flowed, and he felt almost indescribably blissful.
As Jimmy says on the back cover:
Ever certain that Peace could be found within, one person is driven to quest. Psychedelic voyages, human relationships, and spiritual and physical purification lead him to believe that it is, a Truth.
If you have some time over this upcoming Christmas break, I HIGHLY recommend spending a few days with Jimmy’s story, joining him on a songthaew ride to self-acceptance and one-ness.
Head here to find out more about this very personal, inspirational book. What a great Christmas gift for yourself (or for someone you love who’s curious about raw food, travel and enlightenment)…
However, be warned: if you’re at all squeamish about references to sex and drugs and rock’n'roll (and bowel movements), you may want to avoid this book, or at least brace yourself for a wild ride!