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The 4th Grade Expert

edisonRemember when we started school? Remember how we looked up to the older kids? I do.

I remember being ‘in awe’ of the older kids and how they seemed to navigate through school, classes, students and teachers with ease, while I never seemed to know which way to turn.

We are all experts (to a degree) … the 4th grader is an expert in all things … to the 3rd grader! Picture of Thomas Edison … who didn’t manage well in public school and was taught primarily by his mother!

The question is this … will YOU seek the advice of the 4th grader, the high school grad, or the college grad? Will you do your ‘homework’ to find out who is the best?

Experts are people who have done deep study in an area over time, who have embodied that study, live it, walk it and talk it, and now teach it to people who get consistent results, measurable, over time.  Leslie Flowers

I don’t confuse having a college degree with affording someone expert status in that field. They are not necessarily synonymous.

If I need heart surgery, not only had there better be a big fat degree on the wall, but he/she also must have done hundreds (if not thousands) of these surgeries and have consistent measurable results over time.

So it’s not about degrees. Jobs that require saving lives, require degrees and certifications.

There are however many industries that do not require degrees or certifications to be an expert.

Speakers, authors, coaches, facilitators, and online product marketers do not need a degree or a certification. Some coaches as example have certifications. Some do not. The certification does not make the expert coach. It is via the application of the ‘art’ that expertise arises.

Because a coach paid and passed written work, does not mean they engage well with human beings. Or that they practice their craft. It only means they took and passed a course.

In the same light, a person can learn to coach without getting a certification and become a world class expert!

You can also look at cub reporter Napoleon Hill who was engaged by Andrew Carnegie (steel magnate) almost 100 years ago to interview successful members of our society. The reporter became an “expert in success.’ He studied it, lived it, walked it talked it, and wrote what most consider to be the greatest contribution to the 20th century Think and Grow Rich.

Don’t hold yourself back in stepping out in your field because you don’t ‘think’ you are, or could be, an expert!

You are an expert if your area of expertise is one that people gain consistent measurable results over time when learning with you! If you love the field you are in — really LOVE it — take the time and revel in the results of those you teach. For their results constitute your expertise.

If this topic interests you, you may wish to review this BLOG.

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Think of Yourself as an Expert?

expert-1Even with a university degree in your hand, please don’t consider yourself an Expert! You are NOT!

NO ONE IS with only a degree in hand! Even with an M.S., Ph.D. and M.D., expertise comes much, much later.

It takes dedication and practice of your craft over time to attain Expert status. And you don’t need a university degree to BE an Expert either!

You could look at young Napoleon Hill, a cub reporter, when he met Andrew Carnegie and was engaged by Carnegie to do what is considered by most as THE most important piece of work in the 20th century, hands down. Find out what successful people do … that the unsuccessful fail to do.

Hill became a Success Expert by interviewing more than 10,000 people over 20 years, including consistent, repeated progress reporting during that time with 500 of our country’s happy, healthy and wealthy individuals, and documenting the findings in Think and Grow Rich almost 100 years ago. To this day you will see threads of Hill’s work in all the greats in personal development. If they say not … I purport they are fibbing.

1.       Gathering and studying in-depth over time, with results to match.

Hill was not a journalism expert. He became a Success Expert because he made it his business to immerse himself as no one had ever done before over time with ‘living successes.’  Degree? Meaningless, really. Hill learned quickly that what we believe we will achieve. Six beliefs that could limit your success articulated in this blog.

You?  You can be a reporter in a field you adore and are inspired by and then BE an expert in that field!

2.       Maintain consistent positive results over time.

Experts not only have done in depth study in their field, they have been practicing it, teaching it and have documented measurable results of their work over time.

Jumping from one field to another – chasing the dollar – does not make you an Expert – well maybe in chasing the dollar, you are.

3.       Best-selling author?

Unfortunately there is now a system that a smart person can figure out (or pay to learn) that will FORCE their book to have ‘best seller status!’  Yes, that is correct. Anyone with money can BE a best selling author!

That does not mean the author is an Expert in anything! It means they are smart enough to USE the system so they ‘look’ like a best-selling author. Their book does not have to meet any standards of excellence and rarely does.

It does not mean categorically either that the author is NOT a good writer. It simply means if you are a smart cookie and/or have enough gumption or money to hire someone, you can manipulate the system for this status. And it can never be taken away from you.

If you have established yourself as an Expert in one field and jump around to similar ancillary fields, chasing the almighty dollar – this doesn’t make you an Expert in the new field.

4.       Pushing Products.

If you are also smart enough to ‘buy’ online product marketing expertise, or figure it out for yourself, it doesn’t mean that your materials are Expert. In fact if you USE this system of manipulative influence, you really are doing those purchasing your product(s) a disservice. Just because you know the ‘systems’ and have bought ‘lists’ and affiliation relationships, these things do NOT make you an Expert in your field.  Pedaling products that are untried with no consistent measurable results, IS the disservice.

5.       Certifications rather than Degrees.

There are many money-making, certificate giving, coaching institutions that teach you to be a coach. Just because you paid and did the written work, does not mean you are an Expert coach. You may not even be a decent coach! It means you took the courses. You would need to gain consistent results over time, that are measurable and sustainable, to reach Expert status. And the best coaches in the world have no certification from these organizations! If you are a coach or want to be one, you may enjoy this post about coaching excellence.

  • It’s easy to assume best seller means Expert.
  • It’s easy to assume that coaching certification means Expert.
  • It’s easy to assume if you are an Expert in one field, that you can jump to an ancillary one and still maintain that status.

For consumers … be weary of where and how you spend money with Experts.

ASK them for the results of their current programs and products, before you spend one dime. Remember that smart ‘rats’ who are after money first and serving people second, will sell you down the river to feed their own bank accounts. A bit of due diligence on your part will yield your investing smartly in your own growth with true Experts … not with smart folks who know how to manipulate the systems in place to make money.

Side Note:

In 2011 the Experts Industry Association was formed for coaches, speakers, authors, trainers, and online product marketers by Brendon Burchard. Members promise to work transparently and with integrity, no matter what. I am proud to be a member of this organization.

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The Art of Setting Intentions

Art of Setting IntentionsWe do this all the time … set ‘intentions.’ It’s like breathing! It’s not unlike walking from here to there. Because we walk from one room to the other (and have done so all our lives), does not mean walking is an ‘art’ for us. Those who practice ‘walking’ and use it as a tool for health or sports, as example, can really get in the flow and turn ‘walking’ into an Art.

Setting intentions is typically done by default and without distinction of the process. And it is not done with any consistency, so consistent results are not reaped. When intention setting is done ‘on purpose,’ and with clear use of the distinguishable process from beginning to end, the result, which very few enjoy, is the ability to establish true Faith around setting any intention or experiencing it as an ‘art.’ And from Faith comes our Belief that whatever intention we set, we get (without violating the rights of others, of course).

Default, unintentional, intention setting occurs when you plan a birthday party. What is it we do when we plan a party? We begin with the end in mind, first (thank you Stephen Covey for you 2nd habit of 7). We picture the party, set the date, pick the location, choose the decorations, the food, the music, the gifts, and the attendees. The clearer the picture of the party, the closer to fruition it will come. We planned it!

Then of course we work ‘backward’ to the present, figuring what has to be done when and where to ‘pull it off.’ It’s fun. When we are doing something we love, the intentions are more likely to show up. Why? Because the emotion, feeling or vibration of happiness and love, is the precise context and vibration required to make a connection with the universe.

Whatever we are intending (on purpose or by default) is already on its way to us, as we move toward it! If we aren’t paying attention to what we are intending, we get what we get and it is based on how we are feeling, which sets our attracting vibration. So if ‘it’s a poor economic market’ is what we think of most of the time, our personal results are proof that it IS a poor market. We can however think the opposite as based on the universal law of polarity, while it is a poor market, it also must be a great market. If we believe WE are the right person and people are ‘looking for us’ with our skills, when we look for positions, they are right there in front of us. So both exist simultaneously.  A good incentive to start really ‘thinking’ about what we are thinking about!

The visualizing of the ‘end’ is a key in artful intention setting. The more specific, the more detail, the more sure you can be of it happening the way you see it. And above all, the intention to be ‘artful’ must be ‘seen’ as though it already happened – in present tense!

So we do it and absolutely could easily be an expert at it. Without consistency and distinction, however, Faith in the process is not built. From Faith comes BELIEF that we can set intentions and have them show up at will. We never out-perform what we believe we are capable of achieving, so if we don’t ‘see the process’ and ‘measure it’ for ourselves, we don’t believe it works … and what we believe … we get.

To be artful in any endeavor we must have perfect Faith in the process and we achieve that when we do things on purpose and intentionally. We hear ‘have Faith,’ yet does anyone every say HOW to develop
Faith?
Rarely, so I will.

Developing Faith in intention setting (and getting) comes in three distinct phases. You can ‘build it’ on purpose for whatever you want to ‘believe’ you are capable of achieving.

Repetition is the 1st Law of Learning. That means we learn by hearing and addressing material in spaced consistent intervals over time. That’s how we learned out multiplication tables, remember?  We didn’t review them only on Mondays. We did it every day or every other day, at the same time, the same way, for months. Now if I’m asked to this day what 9×7 is, I know 63 without thinking. So do you.

When you set an intention and think about it, laugh about it, visualize it, add color, form, weather, etc., over time, you begin to expect the intention to occur. Expect means you now believe it is ‘likely to occur.’ This is phase 1 of building perfect Faith.

As you continue to visualize the outcome or intention over time, you then believe it will happen … that is you now have a ‘firm opinion’ that it will occur as you have intended. That is phase 2 of building perfect Faith.

And finally with this continuation of behavior, you will develop perfect Faith that your intention will occur. That is you don’t need any measurements of proof … you KNOW that it will happen and no one can change your mind. That is phase 3.

Setting intentions is a process and the final result – perfect Faith in making intention setting an Art – does not show up like the proverbial ‘light bulb’ moment. No. It sneaks in and nips you on the heel. You now have set so many intentions and followed the process of developing Faith in the universal process and your ability, you know that you know it works … and are enjoying ‘playing’ with your life design.

7-Step Process for Setting Artful Intentions for Consistent Manifestation:

  1. Set the intention or outcome you desire.
  2. Be very specific about the intention with lots of details. [I want money vs. I want $10,000.]
  3. Picture it already a ‘done deal.’ How great does it feel?
  4. Get excited when you think about your intention. It’s that vibration that begins the process.
  5. Write out your intention in long hand and review and add to it every week.
  6. Make a 10 minute appointment with yourself a few times a week (and keep it) to review your written statement of intention.
  7. Keep your intention to yourself until you have perfect Faith in the outcome.

This is not a challenging process, so try it on. You can start with intending you get a good parking spot at the mall. Do this consistently, and when spots begin to show up consistently for you, you are already on your way to believing you are capable of co-creating with the universe and its consistent laws via Artful Intention.

Goals- Intentions- or Resolutions?

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Goal: the end toward which effort is directed
Intention: a determination to act in a certain way
Resolution: the act of determining or solving

As we again turned the corner on another year – 2013 – we are faced with these three words: goal, intention, and resolution. Note that they are distinct from one another. There is no need to be confused. Because the opposite or confusion is Order; and order is the first Law of our universe, we take action when we are clear and thoughts are orderly; and we tend to do nothing when we face confusion.

1. Goal setting works. It works when you have accurate information on the how to’s. Since we have never been taught those how to’s in school, what little information we have about setting goals, rarely leads us to experience reaching them, as most information is inaccurate. There simply is not enough information available to be effective. Those who seek to learn what the 3-5% of folks who DO set and reach goals know, can easily join that group with a little learning.
2. Intentions are always top of mind. When I intend for example to see the ‘greatness in others,’ it is a reminder every day so it soon becomes a habit.
3. Resolutions follow evaluating or determining an issue or challenge. I resolve to do this from now on; or that.

This is the time of year when the smartest of the 95% of those who are unaware of the facts around setting effective goals and do not thrive or live abundantly, come up with excuses and justifications to NOT set goals. You’ll hear ‘goal setting doesn’t work’ as example, and for that person, they do not! They really believe it and so they live in a state of survive in lieu of thrive. They want everyone to think that way … as there is comfort in numbers.

I am reminded of the phrase “the masses have always been wrong about everything, and always will be.” It takes a bit of courage to step into the 3-5% … courage to step away from the crowd, to have faith, and to be in action, rather than sitting around, one more year, complaining how goal setting doesn’t work.

When you are ready, the right teacher will be there to take your hand and teach you the universal truth about setting goals. Proper goal settings is in perfect harmony with universal law and living in abundance! Reach out and accept their assistance so you are not one of the masses, living one year 90 times, rather than 90 consecutive years.

If you are ready and in the Raleigh NC area on Friday Jan. 11, from 9-1 pm, you can have your mindset on goal setting completely transformed in 4 hours. Is that all you have to do? Of course not! You have some upkeep after the workshop, but it is easy. DETAILS  (click).

Shift-Ware

las-mananitasWhat if there was a technology that measured your growth and shifts in conscious awareness? How wonderful would that be? Well, in fact, there is such a thing! Let me tell you about shift-ware!

I am talking about self monitoring and measuring when practice of a new habit or way of being that you have intentionally improved, actually ‘takes over’ – that is, it now has the weight and intensity required to be the ‘habit of choice.’ The old ones (habits/beliefs) have had their teeth into us for so when a new habit actually ‘over writes’ an old habit (none of them ever disappear of course as you cannot erase matter and thoughts are things) is quite an undertaking and worth noting.

I have taken to looking at my own behavior as either from the ‘head’ (ego/belief driven) or the ‘heart’ (faith/intuition driven).  Both are available to us at all times, however, only ONE is prevalent in any given moment. And the most powerful one is typically the behavior or belief that limits our reaching our potential.

What better example of self monitoring shift-ware than in myself to explain?

Last week I was attending a wedding of a dear friend in Mexico.  Amid all the hub-bub (and believe me a Catholic wedding in Mexico is serious and has lots of lovely details) I found a two hour slot to nap. I needed it. On that Friday afternoon I crawled into my bed and closed my eyes. Situated at the end of the property, there was construction going on in the next building.

My old way of being would be to think “I’m going to call the desk and get them to stop hammering! How dare they disturb my nap time!” That’s the head, the ego, still showing up as the world revolves around me. Know the feeling?

What happened was astounding and instantaneous. What I heard myself thinking was “how wonderful that these people are working! They are blessed to be able to feed their families.”

With eyes closed, every time I heard the banging I smiled and the noise became the music that settled in my heart … and off to nap land I went!

When I woke up I wrote this down (while I have a perfect memory, sometimes I do forget) I saw that now my ‘heart’ was in charge, not my ‘head!’

I win! I thought! After 5 solid years of using the work I teach around living a principled life, what it takes to do that, how universal law plays a part, and understanding precisely how the mind works when it comes to personal results, here was an example … a great one!

There have been many others over these years … this was not the first, but it came with a cluster of other new habits that took ‘hold’ on that trip. It seems that all the work and practice is ‘popping’ left and right for me and I know it can for you.

You can operate your own ‘shift-ware’ by starting right now, regardless of your current circumstances. It costs nothing to do this. It takes time, yet it is not hard at all. Takes a bit of desire and persistence is all.

In January I will be conducting training online/conference that will provide an overview and deep understanding of how to begin the shift-ware process personally, and I’ll be the first to use an online support tool that has never been used in the corporate world before. It is in use by 10k students in universities only thus far. Besides the training calls, there is a highly interactive online classroom with deep analytics to capture your own shift-ware potential. Watch for details. It will be the first so will be at a very low price as I want to see the results, of course!

In the meantime, dear readers, I wish you a warm and wonderful holiday season, and I lift my glass to your prosperity burgeoning in 2013!

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