What Legacy will YOU Leave?

blog - making the world a better placeMost of us know the value of clearly defining our goals for the success and fulfillment we want to achieve in our careers, relationships, health, and personal growth.

Yet there’s another area of goal setting we sometimes overlook—our legacy.

Your legacy goal is one that defines the kind of lasting contribution you want to make in the world. As you grow personally, you increase your ability to transform the world around you. Have you considered how you might want to do that?

Maybe you can’t donate $100 million to one of the nation’s worst performing school districts like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg or contribute billions of dollars to help solve the world’s health and humanitarian challenges like Bill and Melinda Gates.

But one motivated person with a singular intention can do much more than you might imagine.

In my Effortless Success course, I tell a story of a woman inspired to help feed starving children.

One day the woman decided she was going to somehow manifest $30,000 in 30 days. While meditating the next morning, a voice inside her said, “Your goal is not big enough.” So she upped her commitment—to $300,000 in 30 days.

During the next morning’s meditation, the voice repeated its message. So she thought, what if I raise $3 million in 33 days and feed 3 million children?

The next day the voice inside was silent, and the woman started the “Feed 333 Project.” Now this woman had never raised a dollar for anything in her life. She didn’t know where to begin or how to collect the money.

But she did have a very clear intention.

When she told a friend about her goal, the friend jumped at the chance to help. Another person quickly agreed to build a website to promote the project and collect the donations, and within a few days a whole team was in place to help.

I had met the woman several days into her project and agreed to do a special teleconference to assist.

Those who listened in contributed whatever amount they wished.

In 33 days, the project raised $150,000. Now that may seem like a long way from $3 million, but when charitable organizations informed the woman she could feed 1.4 million children for $150,000, she was delighted.

Here was a woman who had never done anything philanthropic in her life. Yet by setting this huge intention, she attracted the resources and people she needed to raise enough money to feed nearly half of those 3 million children. And you can bet she didn’t stop there.

So let me ask you…

In your ideal life, what kind of contribution would you make to the world?

How do you want to make a difference?

Will you plant a hundred trees in your local park? Work to end poverty and hunger? Be a big brother or sister to a child who needs a parental figure in their life?

After you take some time to consider these questions and meditate on your intentions, write your legacy goal on paper. Then share it with someone close to you, and see what happens next!

It may surprise you how quickly you start attracting the support you need to make the world a better place.

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Make a Bigger Impact by Be-ing Yourself

Businessman Delivering Presentation At ConferenceWhen you ask most people what it would take to become better teachers and trainers, it’s normal for them to jump straight to critiquing their skills…

“I’d have to get over my fear of public speaking.”

“I need to get better at organizing my presentation.”

“I have to gesture more and learn when to incorporate humor.”

And the list goes on and on…

There’s no question that technical skills affect your ability to impact an audience, whether you’re working with one or thousands of people at a time. But the most powerful changes come when you focus first on how you are showing up in the world. 

The Importance of BE-ing

It’s a normal part of human development to try to “fit in with the crowd”. Children hit their pre-teen and teenage years, and suddenly their most pressing desire is to be just like everyone else in their circle.

Unfortunately, this behavior often carries over to adulthood. We see other people who are more successful, more confident, more beautiful, more outgoing or who possess some other quality we desire, and we try to model their behavior. We try to turn ourselves into replicas, thinking that this is the path to the success we want.

But just as there are no two snowflakes alike, every single person is a unique being. You are here to experience the game of life in your own particular way. The key to success in any endeavor is to love and accept yourself unconditionally and then express yourself with 100 percent authenticity.

The more you are able to be yourself, the more you will affect the world around you and the people with whom you interact — particularly in the role of a trainer or coach. 

The 3 BIG Reasons Authenticity Matters:

1.) Your students will be more engaged. Human beings crave connection with each other. Being authentic is like opening up a superhighway for connecting with others. When you are fully expressing yourself, your students feel deeply connected to you. 

However, when you’re busy acting like how you “think” a successful trainer or speaker would act, your students’ minds might be engaged by what you’re saying. But their hearts won’t be connected to you or the material you’re presenting.

2.) You’ll feel more natural and relaxed. The fear of public speaking is one of the most common in the world, and it keeps many people who have important messages to share on the sidelines of life. Usually this fear stems from being concerned with what other people will think about you while you’re speaking or teaching. A common way that nervous speakers address this fear is to script what they do or say on stage. They try to replicate what they see other speakers doing and lose themselves in the process.

When you are fully comfortable with being yourself, your mind isn’t preoccupied with trying to remember the role you’re supposed to be playing or the rules you’ve set up for how you are supposed to think, feel and act. Instead, you can simply enjoy the experience of facilitating other people’s growth.

3.) You’ll be more effective. With your mind clear, you’ll be able to live in the moment. This allows you to more easily tune into exactly what you need to say or do to help your students shift. Although being well-prepared is a professional way to approach your business, experienced trainers know that their best results often come when they go off-script, adjusting their presentation, delivery and exercises to suit what is happening in the room.

I once conducted a week long training for 120 school administrators in Bergen, Norway. We were about to start our afternoon session when someone announced that one of the workshop participants had been killed in an automobile accident during the lunch break. Trying to proceed with the planned agenda would have been disastrous. Instead, I added a small-group process that allowed participants to express their grief, shock and feelings of mortality. Once these feelings were cleared, we were able to resume with the planned material.

Of course, not all situations are as dramatic. Sometimes the only clue you’ll receive is a simple comment or question. If you’re open to the feedback you’re getting, you’ll be able to shift gears to better serve your students.

Develop Greater Authenticity

Learning to be yourself is a process. You’ll need to practice self-acceptance and love, embracing the knowledge that you are perfect and worthy of love exactly as you are. You’ll need to find and let go of the limiting beliefs you hold around your worthiness and your abilities. And you’ll need to practice revealing yourself in your truest form.

Everyone can be a teacher, whether in a formal capacity as a trainer or speaker or in a less formal role, as a supervisor, parent or friend. There are people who are waiting for you to appear as their teacher, people whom you are meant to serve. The more you strive to simply be yourself, the more they will be able to connect with you … and the more easily you’ll be able to serve as a clear channel for the wisdom that you are meant to deliver.


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Embody Your Dreams

Happy kid playing with toy airplaneIntention is a powerful force. Fueled by imagination, it brings to life the dreams of champion athletes and best-selling authors alike.

  • Tara Lipinski was just six years old when she decided to be a figure skater while watching the Olympics on TV. When her mother saw Tara standing on a chair and asked what she was doing, the future champion replied, “I’m standing on the podium at the Olympics receiving my gold medal.”
  • For years college students Jim Nantz and Fred Couples role-played the same scene: greeting each other in Butler Cabin at the Masters Golf Tournament for the awarding of the championship green sports coat. Every Saturday Nantz, the would-be sports reporter, interviewed Couples, the would-be golf champion. Several years later the scene played out for real.
  • I had not written a single word of my first book when I walked into a party pretending to be a best-selling author, fake books in hand. Since then over 100 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books have sold.

When you visualize and affirm your goal, you give it a dynamic power that sets the stage for success. As I explain in my Effortless Success personal learning course, this focus actually trains your brain on what you need to make it happen.

The human brain has this amazing tool called the reticular activating system. It operates full-time to let in the information appropriate to our current intentions.

When you’re driving and feeling hungry, for instance, what do you notice? All those fast-food billboards. If you suddenly realize your gas gauge is on empty, your focus changes to finding a gas station.

When you form inspired intentions linked to powerful emotions, the reticular activating system filters out what you don’t need and lets in those resources you do need—the people, ideas, and possibilities. Those resources were there before, but you weren’t seeing or sorting them, because you were focused on fast food, gas stations, or something equally mundane.

Now, however, you see the valuable resources that match your beliefs and align with your goal. You start to perceive opportunities, attract supportive people, and take actions that accelerate your success.

If you want to seriously energize your dreams, consider this fun exercise from Effortless Success. Host a Come-as-You’ll-Be-Party:

  • Invite a group of your friends or colleagues to a personal gathering or a business get-together.
  • On the invitation write, “Come as the person you will be five years from now when you have achieved your goals.”
  • Date the invitation five years from the time of the party.
  • Encourage people to bring props and to dress as their vision of themselves in five years.

Then, celebrate your success! Spend the evening bragging about your accomplishments and talking about how happy you are. Embody your dreams and you’ll attract what you need to bring them to life.


 

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Amplify the Power of Your Thoughts

NotesYour thoughts have a lot more substance than you might think.

Researchers found that when people wrote down their thoughts on a piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the thoughts as well. But those who tucked the paper into their pocket were more likely to use them when later making judgments.

The findings suggest that people can treat their thoughts as material, concrete objects, said Richard Petty of Ohio State University, co-author of the study recently published in Psychological Science.

“At some level, it can sound silly. But we found that it really works,” Petty said. “However you tag your thoughts—as trash or as worthy of protection—seems to make a difference in how you use those thoughts.”

In one experiment high school students wrote about what they liked or disliked about their bodies. Half of the participants were told to contemplate their thoughts and then check them for grammar or spelling mistakes. The other half were told to contemplate their thoughts and then throw the paper away in a trash can.

Those who physically hung onto their thoughts were more likely to use them in forming judgments later when asked to rate their bodies on various scales (bad-good, unattractive-attractive, like-dislike).

“As would be expected, participants who wrote positive thoughts had more positive attitudes toward their bodies than did those who wrote negative thoughts,” reported the Association for Psychological Science. “However, those who threw their thoughts away showed no difference in how they rated their bodies, regardless of whether they wrote positive or negative thoughts.”

A similar experiment found that people were even more likely to rely on their thoughts when they placed them in a safe place like their pocket.

“This suggests you can magnify your thoughts, and make them more important to you, by keeping them with you in your wallet or purse,” Petty said.

That’s not surprising. When you write something down—whether it’s a thought, intention, or goal—you put your energy into it. It’s like writing a contract to yourself.

And, as Feng Shui Master Marie Diamond would tell you, it’s like sending a message to the universe, telling it exactly what you want.

Committing your goals and intentions to paper is a key aspect of nearly every self-learning program, because of how effective this simple act is in achieving successful outcomes.

In Diamond Feng Shui, you write your intentions on what Marie calls “activation cards.” You then place them in specific directions to activate the flow of positive energy in your environment to support your success, health, relationships, and spiritual growth.

In Effortless Success, I stress the importance of committing your life purpose, goals, and dreams to paper. Writing about what you want is a way to gain clarity and form intention, which in turn activates the Law of Attraction.

Journaling can play a critical role in enhancing your ability to see energy and benefit from your meditations.

Writing your intentions initiates the remarkable goal-seeking capabilities of your brain. So as you approach the last quarter of your year, think about what you want to create in your life. Then write it down. Be very specific, and be positive.

When you’re done, place your goals in a location important to you. Or, carry them around in your pocket or purse to amplify their effect!


 

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