Ignite Your Personal Power!

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Where your focus goes, your energy flows”… Walt Emerson.  I have experimented on his words and can attest they are true!  Could this be the reason we seem to be short of energy most days?  Because it is constantly flowing out of us in a million different directions?  personal power

I believe that we as women are constantly receiving the subtle message that more is required from us.  In many cases we are managing the finances, have primary responsibility for the care and nurture of the children, planning the family vacations, keeping the house, doing the laundry, the grocery shopping, tending the pets, preparing the meals, the yard work and in some cases even running a home based business!

When is enough ever enough?  When we recognize and mobilize our own inner voice that’s when!  Now I’m not talking about selfishness; I’m talking about high levels of achievement on your own terms!

Everyone’s definition of success is different. To some it may be becoming a New York Times best-selling author.  To someone else it may be being a good mother.  To yet another it may be living an authentic life or being a good daughter to aging parents.

My definition of success is achieving your goals (whatever they may be) on your own terms with an authentic expression of who you are.  With so many voices talking to us; it is sometimes hard to hear the most important one… the one who really does have all the answers… our own voice!

It is possible to live a joyful energetic life; counter balancing the myriad of responsibilities we have.  We can even make more money in our businesses if we choose to!

The secret is living a life by design!  A life YOU design and that’s what igniting your personal power is all about!

I’m sharing my journey and the way I achieved my life by design at the upcoming Interactive Women’s Conference at Boise Centre on the Grove, May 11, 2013.  Boise Idaho.  I hope to meet you there!

Until then, Onward & Upward My Friends!  Lisa

Old Japanese Philosopher

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japanesephilospherThere was an old Japanese philosopher who would go up into the mountains every day to study nature.  At the end of each day, he would come down and teach the people in the town what he had learned. One day as he headed toward the mountain, three men were waiting for him at the base.  The first man asked him to bring him a Rose when he came down that evening.  The next man asked for a Lillie and the third man asked if he would bring him a Hawthorne branch.  The men desired to have these things so they could study them.  The old Japanese philosopher happily agreed.

That evening when he arrived back in town he had with him a Rose, a Lillie and a Hawthorne branch.  When the first man received the Rose, he immediate complained that it had a thorn, the second man, upon receiving the Lilli said “Oh look it has a dead leaf on it.”  As the third man received the Hawthorne branch he was put out by all the dirt on the roots.  As they complained  the old philosopher quietly took each of the treasures back.

He took the thorn from the Rose and gave it back to the first man, he removed the dead leaf from the Lillie and gave it to the second man, the dirt from the roots of the Hawthorne branch was given to the third.  Upon completing this he looked at the men and gently said:  “I will keep the beauty I have seen and you can keep that which you have seen.”

The first time I heard this story it stuck a cord in me.  Truly this is the way it is in life.  We get to keep that which we see and all the rest we miss.  This small story has served to increase my awareness of all that I have, all that I am and all I can become.  I hope it does the same for you.

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Accidental Compliment

Yesterday as I was leaving Moxie Java, my best friend said to me “Scheduling is awfully important to you isn’t it Lisa?” I stopped reaching for my bag for a moment and turned thoughtfully to look at her.  I said: “Yes it is!”  I wasn’t sure what she meant by her observation.

On the drive home I thought again and again about her statement and began to feel as though she had paid me a great compliment (accidentally.)  Several years ago I completed a class with Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad Poor Dad.  One of the things he said time and time again was:  “The biggest difference between the rich and the poor is how they spend their time.”  As I continue to move through my 2013 Productivity Challenge I am gaining a deeper understanding of his statement.  There is such wisdom in it.

Now that I am moving into stage 5 of the full implementation of living a highly productive life, I am realizing again how imperative it is for us to really guard our time.  If we are to complete the daily action items associated with accomplishing our “high level activities” (HLA‘s) we must be fierce about our time.

We must DO the things that will bring us closer to the achievement of our goals and we must associate with people who can help us advance in our vision.  In this way we stay in full alignment with our purpose and avoid all digression.  I’ll keep reporting my progress and look forward to hearing yours!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

Pulling It Off!

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No MediocrityHave you ever reflected on what your life looks like the day before you leave on a vacation? I bet you were highly productive! You got everything done didn’t you? You even watered your house plants!

It seems we can always pull it off when we have to. Have you noticed? How do we do it?

Well I don’t know how you do it but this is how I do it:

1.  I make a list of everything I want to accomplish in the order of its importance.

2.  I get up early the next day and I hit it hard!

3.  I limit all distractions and I stay on it no matter how long it takes!

A few years ago as I was reflecting on my “day before vacation”  I decided to live each day like I was leaving for Maui tomorrow and guess what?  My increased productivity has gotten me more trips to Maui!  I know it can do the same for you!  I hope you try it and I hope it does!

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa