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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).

Idea Gratitude

“I am grateful to the idea that has used me.” Alfred Adler, Psychologist

When I first heard this quotation, I thought, “what does this mean?”  I was confused. An idea that ‘uses’ me?

If you’ve been following Drops of Awareness over the past several years, you likely already know what it means. And because you have been growing since you ‘knew’ (or did not) this, it bears repeating as “repetition is the first law of learning” and when we hear something again, we hear it differently. It becomes more robust for us.

There are two kinds of seeds: 1) physical seeds that grow in the ground and 2) spiritual seeds which are ideas. Ideas are thought energy and are always moving to and through us. We get ideas all the time and let them go. You could be waiting for a big one as you drive, think of it, and then get cut off by another driver, refocus on the driver, and ‘poof,’ the idea is gone. Where did it go? It circulated through you and back out into the universe and on to the next person. That is why it is critical to practice recognizing those ideas you want to reach your dreams and NOT let them go!

The physical seeds we can watch grow and even calculate how many days it will take for the seeds to sprout through the ground and into the light. But spiritual seeds – cannot be measured this way. They are governed by the law of gender or gestation. Our job is to hold the idea with desire and consistency so the universe can send us via attraction that which we have asked for. This is intentional or by default thinking.

Only humans can take a spiritual seed – and idea, and change that energy into physical form. The process is called the law of perpetual transmutation of radiant energy.

So here are the steps – the HOW an idea we get actually ‘uses us’ to move into physical form.

Step 1: We get an idea we love and we think about it a lot. We must do this consistently in spaced intervals over time and pepper it greatly with emotion.

Step 2: Over time the idea moves into our subconscious mind where it has an associated vibration to attract to you whatever is required to move it to physical form. In our subconscious mind it is hidden and reflects perfect faith in the idea.

Step 3: We take action toward what we want and what we want is now moving toward us at the same time. Our job is to ‘tune in to’ people and things that meet our wants for this goal to manifest and then act.

Step 4: Creation of physical form of the idea takes place.

So ideas are energy that change form, not unlike water boiling, that turns to steam and then dissipates. The steam still exists even though we cannot see it any more. So ideas are ‘given’ to us so they may use our bodies in action and our intellect to recognize what we need, and bring the idea to form. Without human beings all our planet would hold is animal life, plants, and water.

The big takeaway I had when I first learned this is to NOT WAIT to be grateful on Thanksgiving day, but to be grateful when I get a new idea that I love! Gratitude begins there and then and will actually bring about the idea in physical form … faster because of your love of that idea!

Gimme the 7 ‘HOWs’ to Change … right NOW!

As I was looking through my FaceBook updates, I noticed so many people sharing wonderful things we can, might, and should do to be happy, wealth, healthy, in pictures, poems and phrases.

Rarely, however, do I see the “HOW!” I see why and what to do, yet for myself, I’m interested in the HOW, when I am inspired or motivated.

How much ‘stop doing this and stop doing that’ can we manage?
When does it become time for action?

Okay, we get it. I get it. According to you,  I ‘should’ stop this or that. So let’s say I AGREE! I do want to make a change!  Now what? Cat got your tongue? Easy to say — people should and shouldn’t — but where’s the MEAT? Or the juicy bits of the orange (per my friend Olalah Njenga).

Here’s the 7 HOWs  — your first few ‘get moving’ steps — whenever you are inspired to make a change.

  1. Start with identifying ONE behavior you will change. One small step is all you need to take.
  2. Jot down in a few words that particular behavior. i.e., “I am going to the gym three times a week starting today.”
  3. NOTICE when you find yourself ‘not wanting’ to go to the gym. i.e., it may sound like “I’ll start tomorrow,” or “no one else will know,” or “one day won’t make a difference.”
  4. Go anyway (or do it anyway). Just try it this once.
  5. Jot down what stopped you and the experience AFTER you made yourself go or do.
  6. Pat yourself on the back! You did it.
  7. Repeat the process.

It took years to develop habitual behaviors. Do we really think we can change overnight? Think about HOW you got that behavior. A little bit at a time.

Take smoking. You start with one. It tastes horrible. Then the next (regardless of the reason), and the next, consistently over time, until you have a full blown habit (mental and physical). Start small. You can climb to the top of a mountain using baby steps … you just can’t stop moving your feet!

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