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I learned a long time ago that to build your success first you must look at the overall picture, have the vision to see what is needed.  If you want to lead with success, marketing is a critical component.  Then it is all about finding the right person that can take you where you need to go. This world is filled with many ‘so-called’ experts, but it is takes more than having the skillset.  It takes Relationship Building, strong customer service abilities. Someone you hire must have the ability to pay attention to your needs and criteria, and must have an aptitude to be flexible and put your needs first, and by all means, ‘Go the Extra Mile’.

I know one special person who fits the bill, my partner and wife, Caryl Loper. 
She is extraordinary in my book.  Besides being a talented graphic artist, she has exceptional customer service qualities, always placing the other person first, meeting deadlines and delivering exactly what is needed and requested.  Throughout the years I have watched her create magic with incredible marketing pieces, from aesthetically beautiful designs to exemplifying what is an ideal marketing piece.

Her clients have been with the university medical school, faculty and staff, as well as working for corporations, smaller businesses and entrepreneurs. In recent years, she had to leave the workforce due to a neuromuscular disease, but continues to freelance in graphic design. Her focus has been on others rather than her challenges. She looks for opportunities to help small businesses, entrepreneurs and coaches with their success.

I am now reaching out to all my connections.  If you happen to know someone who may need Caryl’s services, please have them contact her at caryl@garyloper.com

What’s more, take an opportunity to view her portfolio:

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As you know, I am all about ‘Building Better Relationships’, so if you need an exceptional graphic artist, why not choose someone who has the same philosophy?

 

Have you ever wondered why some people achieve goals, dreams and aspirations, and others do not achieve their heart’s desire? Are there times in your life when things show up unexpectedly like a phone call from someone you were thinking about? Would it surprise you to know that your mind has the ability to attract into your life what you think about? The tricky part is getting your thoughts and your desires synchronized so your achievements, your dreams, and your aspirations materialize out of your own thoughts.

The first step in changing our life patterns is to realize we are responsible for our own thinking, both negative and positive. Earl Nightingale once said, “You are where you are in your life because this is where you really want to be, whether you realize it or not.” This is a powerful yet scary statement.  How can I be here, if this is not what I want?  Here is where the personal responsibility comes in.  You have free choice!  Knowing that your life reflects the sum total of all your previous choices, create your thoughts to create a new reality.  If you do not like what you see in your life, take full responsibility for your thoughts, make different choices and realize your dreams.

The next step is easy.  Remove all your negative thought patterns that sabotage your goals.  Remove all the “not’s” from your thoughts as well as from your vocabulary.  Send clear and concise messages to your subconscious.  As a body worker and personal coach, I have found that many people do not realize how negative their statements are, and how much this negative thinking interrupts their ability to achieve success.  For example, when asked about what they want in a relationship, they will start by telling me what they do NOT want.  “I don’t want a jerk.” Or, “I don’t want a drinker or smoker.”  What kind of people do you think usually come into their lives after making such statements?  That’s right.  All the types of people they so fervently stated were not the ones they were looking for.

Be careful What You Ask For

What they don’t realize is that anything following an “I” or an “I am” statement is considered a command to the subconscious.  The message the mind hears is, “I want a jerk, drinker, and smoker”.  The subconscious mind does not differentiate the negative from the positive.  It remembers whatever is introduced.  When we bring into our minds contradicting statements, we create a reality that contradicts our desire.  When we say such things as: “I want to be well.  I’m so tired of being sick”; or, “I want to lose weight.  I will never be a size 8”; or, “I want more money.  I do not want to work that hard”, we are sending out conflicting messages.  No matter what we do, our reality does not change.

As human beings we limit experience based on our ability to describe the experience.  Because we ask for things we want, it is important to be clear in our messages when asking for something to come into our life.  I heard of a woman who asked for a husband.  She attracted other women’s husbands!  Perhaps if she had asked for someone she could marry and share a life with, she would have brought into her world a different reality.

We have control over our conscious thought.  The old adage that you are what you eat, can truly be applied here.  YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK. The way you see yourself has a lot to do with the way your life is.  While we usually are our own worst critics, it is wise to remember not to be so hard on ourselves.  Remember that nature created you perfectly, and YOU have talked yourself out of it.

So, in order to start changing your life, you must first change your thoughts and words.  The subconscious mind will create whatever you think about, just as a garden will grow whatever you plant.  The garden does not care if it produces weeds or flowers.  If you choose to plant flowers, here is a formula for creating your desires.  Envision something other than your own current reality.  Simply create a clear picture in your mind of what you want.  The clearer you can be, the easier it will be for your dreams to become reality.  Get all your senses involved in the process – vision, touch, taste, sound, and smell.  How will this reality look? What will be the taste?  What sound will I hear?  What are the smells?

Stay away from the negative images

Try these steps. 1) From what did not work in the past, try to discover what you really want.  In other words, discover what would be the opposite of your present created experience.  For instance, if you are now meeting jerks, your opposite reality would mean that you want the opposite of a jerk, a gentleman. Turn your thoughts upside down for a new perspective. 2) Look around for examples to define more clearly.  Remove the negative images, people, movies, advertising and jobs.  Stay away from the negative images and the bad news that feeds our negative thoughts.  Emulate friends and family who have achieved goals.  Seek examples of positive relationships and events all around us that can spark a glow and desire in us.

In every aspect of life, studying past performance helps to develop plans for the future.  As in the computer technology, “garbage in, garbage out”, our subconscious mind is our hard drive and keeps exact records of past events.  If you do not like the recurrence of past events then you can do something different.  It is useless to do the same thing over and over again, and expect different results.  Our desires are budding realizations of who we really are, and what we really can become.

I challenge you to start doing something different to move towards your goals. Take small steps, but do something every day that will reprogram your hard drive.  Little by little you will see your thoughts bring a new reality into being. The Universe will then be working in harmony with you to bring you all you deserve.

*** Take responsibility – you have made all the choices so far.

*** Take the “nots” out of your vocabulary – think only of what you want.

*** Get in touch with all your senses to describe what you want.

*** Realize that you are entitled to fulfill your dreams and desires. When your thoughts match your desires it becomes much easier for the Universe to bring you its gifts.

*** Take steps – a little every day to move closer to your realizations.

*** Trust that the Universe will bring it to you in a way that is a win-win for everyone

(Let Go, Let God)

(Note:  This article was written over 18 years ago.  Gary’s 1st published article, leading-edge material before other publications on Changing One’s Thoughts, Changes One’s Life.)

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This article was originally posted in Bellésprit magazine. The magazine content features topics of inspiration, guidance, personal experiences, and spirit messages all leading our diamond in the rough to healing and growing into the best ‘diamond’ we were meant to be. Be sure to subscribe to Bellésprit Magazine, a wealth of information.

 

Certainty and Confidence, Part 2

To build my daily certainty and confidence, I began writing every day in my gratitude journal. I heard this suggestion from Oprah, probably back in the 80’s when there was a big push for gratitude journals. At first I resisted it, thinking I was well centered. Then, at some point, I was gifted a beautiful, handcrafted journal. That began my journey in gratitude journaling. I started to observe each day, discovering five things to be grateful for, finding appreciation in the small things and writing them down. I noticed things like the rain, how the plants were nourished, how it cleaned my car, and all the different aspects in life that I found gratitude for.

Coupled with whatever you focus on, you are going to gain more in your life. The more you can find gratitude in, what is already working in your life and what’s around you, you are going to attract that into your life.

For me, it almost became a compulsion that I needed to fill up my journal every day. These habits work well with my body. When I am feeding that part of myself, my confidence is boosted up. All of this leads into that we are much more than what we give ourselves credit for. I don’t think we see what other people see in us. Sometimes what other people see in us scares them because it forces the individual to be more, to change and grow, and they do not want to move out of their comfort zone.

Write EmailOne of the other things that built my certainty and confidence was a fascination email project, fun thing to do. You write an email. You write a couple of words, send it out to 6 – 20 people and say something like this:
“I have a passion and a gift that I really want to take out into the world. I am curious and I respect your opinion … What do you think my gifts are? What do you think my talents are? What do you find fascinating about me?” When I did this project I was absolutely floored. I did not realize that anyone saw me in that light.

In the past, I didn’t get the results that I wanted as far as feedback from family, friends, and customers. Since I didn’t receive that validation, there was always a lingering doubt. My recommendation, put that message out, ask people that you are close to and can trust with that information. This is your new story, your definition. You will be amazed. Most people reply within 2 – 3 days, and take action with it.

I do not believe that people recognize the things in their lives that they have already accomplished. With working entrepreneurs or budding entrepreneurs, or people who are straddling, they do not think they have accomplished much in their lives. In my coaching practice, I challenged them to write down 100 things that they did in their life. I recommend that you spend some time and list 100 things, and give yourself credit even for the small things. If you have been depressed and blue, and locked onto the couch for the last 6 months, and you got up and went for a walk, then that is an accomplishment in my book.

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Look at your skills. If you are a stay home mom, look at the skills in taking care of your family. For example, you have 4 or 5 kids: you are team building, problem solving, developing communication skills, working within a budget, looking at schedules and organization, cooking and cleaning. That is 8 things, and I haven’t scratched the surface.

In order to create a shift and build that certainty and confidence, you have to realize where you are at and know that you want something different. In one of my first personal coaching sessions, I couldn’t define what love was or what success was, until we did an exercise.

I chose the word, ‘success,’ one that I was uncertain about and lacked confidence. I wrote the word, ‘success’ down and went to the thesaurus, which we called the Book of Miracles. And then I looked up the word, ‘success,’ and found other synonyms I resonated with. Success could mean accomplishment, triumph, winning, achievement. Success Key White border on topI created a flowchart with success at the top and then wrote the synonyms underneath. I looked at each word and kept expanding the list to a point of overwhelm, either by repeating the words too often or I could no longer do anymore. I took all of those words and created a story around it. The story did not have to make any sense, but I had to use every single word. Subconsciously that programmed my new definition of what success was. If you don’t know the meaning or what you want, then your confidence waivers.

You can apply it to values. We get our opinions basically through absorption, whatever the family does or the way they did it. If it is not feeling right, we need to look at it as … is this something I am doing because I believe it or is it something I have picked up along the way from friends, family or other organizations that I have been a part of?

I picked this up from the Millionaire Mind, by T. Harv Eker, where he had talked to millionaires and successful people and he found that successful people had more of an attitude of ‘ready, fire, aim.’ As opposed to non-successful people who are in that ‘ready, ready, ready’, aim, aim, aim and never take a shot’ mindset. This is the parallel I saw in the ‘Do, Be, Have,’ you get ‘ready, fire’ – you gather the information, you get around people that have had success, and it shortens your learning curve, shortens your risk potential.

the-secret_sealIn the ‘Secret’ a lot of people forgot about the ‘Do’ part, taking that action. I don’t know if they were waiting for the magic bullet, or they thought that it was going to show up on its own. Even as much as I am connected to the computer and people are active on the computer, new customers are not going to show up at my front door because I am sitting at my computer. There are still some action steps I need to do to be active, to get results. I really like that … To ‘Do,’ to act as if, to go out and get results and experience. With the experience, you build confidence. With the confidence, you get even bigger and better results.

It is not that optimistic people never fall down again. When successful people fall or they get a result that is less than what is desired, they know they can get back up, readjust and go again. They do not stop the process. It gets easier when you get yourself around people who are optimistic and are looking to move forward, to have the results of what you want.

So, first start with something small and build on those daily successes that will gradually nudge your certainty and confidence. With your faith, with your daily habits, like journaling, meditation, prayer connection, recognizing that source is bringing opportunities to serve the world in a much bigger way, you will build your certainty and confidence.

Read Certainty & Confidence, Part 1.

Also read my blog: The Keys to Developing a Conscious Business, more thoughts on Certainty and Confidence.

If you want to work with Gary to create your own personal successes, write him at gary@garyloper.com.

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This article was originally posted in Bellésprit magazine. The magazine content features topics of inspiration, guidance, personal experiences, and spirit messages all leading our diamond in the rough to healing and growing into the best ‘diamond’ we were meant to be. Be sure to subscribe to Bellésprit Magazine, a wealth of information.

 

Certainty and Confidence, Part 1 updated

Before you can build with certainty and confidence, you need to recognize what your self-perception, self-esteem or even your thoughts are on failure. One of the things that is powerful is to look at how to redefine failure.

For example, in my circumstance, there were things in my personal relationship with my parents that were missing. They were not able to reaffirm and give me what I needed. With everything I tried, I didn’t get the recognition. I sensed it as part of a failure. At the time, I did not realize that they were not able to do it. I needed to
re-write that story. If you really look at failure, it is just a result.

colonel sandersThat is one thing I learned along the way –
it is a result of what we have done. Thomas Edison was a great example. Ten thousand examples of how not to make a light bulb. Colonel Sanders drove around in his car, slept in his car for months, and collected over 1,200 rejections when he was trying to sell his chicken recipe. Or, even if we think about how many attempts a baby tries while learning how to walk before they give up. A failure may just be a way to measure yourself on where you are now, as opposed to where you want to go.

If you look at how many times you apply for a job; or, if you look at an attractive person you are interested in and think you are going to be rejected, you may automatically talk yourself out of it because you do not have that certainty and confidence. For example, in the movie, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ – he had a very interesting dating style. This guy was brilliant, but a few things were not lined up with him – he would ask a woman right off the bat if she would sleep with him. All of his friends were laughing at him because he wasn’t getting dates. The numbers will happen, and he wound up meeting the love of his life. It happened right away.

One of the other lessons I learned was to embrace the chaos that goes along with not getting those immediate results. My biggest lesson I learned over time is to embrace those non-results, because we do not grow in our comfort zone and we need chaos. We need something going on around us. I think many of the people who surround us may think, look at it, and see it as failure. Far too many people have given up on their dreams; or, they have been beaten into submission by programs, institutions, schools, or churches by not being allowed to dream.

So, when you try to see your life differently, and you want to move forward and you run into a result that you need to re-calibrate and the people around you are giving you negative input, how does that make you feel?

All great changes are preceded by chaos Deepak Chopra 2That is a chaotic part of healing. There is a chaotic part of situations going on in our life. If everything was normal and everything was sort of nirvana, then there is not an opportunity to grow. To embrace that we really need to have those contrasts in our lives. For me, the definition of chaos is that in contrast, the results I am currently having have stirred up a reaction in me … “No, this is definitely not where I need to be. And, I am going to do something right now, fast, to be able to move to a different direction.”

I believe emotional issues are really based on low self-esteem. This is another part of how we need to change our conversation. Here is a perfect example: Little kids, especially little girls, like to play dress up. I think it was Carolyn Myss that had mentioned that she was dealing with a woman that when she was 4 or 5 was all dressed up, had the high heels and the hats, the dresses and the makeup, and everything else, and thought that she was just like Mommy – gorgeous. She walks out and Dad says something like you are a ‘tramp.’ That woman’s soul was crushed for 30 – 40 years from one comment. Some people might think that a small comment would not affect the person. But, people are looking for that approval, looking for that connection. This is especially true if you are in that idolization stage, especially for kids, they are modeling you, watching everything. That is something I think we need to do – change our conversation because we could be responsible for building up somebody’s self-esteem as well as being able to take it down. With that, one phrase could take the person down.

I heard another story about a speaker who was loved by his audience, and he got evaluation forms. He got 99 positive responses; he got 1 negative response. Which one carried the most weight on him? The negative one. He focused on one thing, the negative. If you look at 1 out of 99, just think about how you can focus on one comment and tear yourself down. It’s getting back into the conversation and telling ourselves a better story. We cannot overcome an objection that on some level we believe is true. So, we need to look at who we are, the best right now. How do we start developing that certainty? It’s daily confidence building. Give yourself some small wins, and celebrate the small victories. I am a big component in journaling, writing everything down. It’s a celebration of what you have accomplished during that day.

Man-doing-yogaDeveloping daily habits really anchors everything else in your life. I did a presentation on the ‘Richest Man in Babylon.’ One of the premises is that you pay yourself first. So, I started to take it beyond the financial aspect. I am going to pay myself first with everything I get. So, if every day I get 24 hours, I am taking 10% of that, so I can fill up my bucket. Subsequently, I will start my day in a positive way, so it will give me strength to do the things I need to do as far as building my business, coaching people and being able to have a full bucket. For me, what that entails is I spend 15 minutes with our cats listening to Abraham’s Vortex. It is a way to get into that loving energy, and get a clear direction for the day. I practice my yoga, I do at least 30 to 45 minutes, another 20 minutes of meditation, have breakfast and usually watch one of the motivational, inspirational shows I recorded off of Oprah’s network or something inspirational. Consequently, the first appointment of the day is at noon. This is my structure. This is what I need to do to fill my bucket up. I have found by developing that I have reconnected to my sense of faith, and connected with the Universe. I know that there are new opportunities and people that are coming into my life that are a direct result of the meditation, of that connection that I am asking for.

Read Certainty & Confidence, Part 2.

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This article was originally posted in Bellésprit magazine. The magazine content features topics of inspiration, guidance, personal experiences, and spirit messages all leading our diamond in the rough to healing and growing into the best ‘diamond’ we were meant to be. Be sure to subscribe to Bellésprit Magazine, a wealth of information.

I am always looking for ways to add more value to the people I serve on Twitter.
An often overlooked method of adding more value to your community is something so simple; yet, it is massively powerful in creating goodwill. Build trust and rapport, and establish a positive mental image in the minds of everyone reading your tweets.

One way to build trust and rapport is by using the person’s name.  It’s been said that a person’s name is ‘to that person’ the sweetest and most important sound in any language.  When someone uses your name in a conversation with you, it creates a bond, shows respect, provides validation, and instills a general sense of well-being.

On Twitter, it can be extremely easy to have chats with people, and never think about using their name, rather relying on their Twitter handle.  In some cases, their name and handle are the same or a variation of their name.  But, as Twitter grows, most of the common names will have already been taken, forcing new accounts to create a unique handle that may represent their company or mission.

Leran people's names on Twitter

I challenge you to explore the person’s account information or website to learn their name.  Many of the Twitter applications will include the name of the account it was created with, or was included in the User Name in their Twitter Settings.  Then begin to refer to them by name in your conversations on Twitter.

In addition to learning the names of the people you may already be chatting with and not using their name – start using their names in every tweet between the both of you.

Undoubtedly, this would be a good time to review your own Twitter Profile, and determine if you made it easy for people to know your name.  If they can’t find it, you’ll miss out on the opportunity and the good feelings discussed above when someone mentions you by name.

Here’s a beneficial assignment:

1) Search out people asking questions that your services can provide a solution.

2) Start a conversation using their name – without pitching, to build trust and
rapport.

3) Allow them to discover naturally what you do, and how you will be able to
serve them.

Go boldly into the Twitterverse, and create even better relationships by remembering and referring to the people you are chatting with by name.  When you give respect and validation first, you’ll be amazed on how much more will be returned to you from unexpected people, at unexpected times.

Happy Tweeting!

Schedule a Twitter Strategy Session with today, to learn how you can be an even better Twitizen.

 

Are You Tweeting Enough?

Are You Tweeting Enough updated

One of the most asked questions I hear from clients and in my Twitter Stream is:
How much should I be tweeting every day?

Every time I tell them a story it always helps them understand my suggested number of daily tweets.

A number of years ago, my kids would mumble about our ‘aimless excursions to
no-where’
.  We would get in the car and drive aimlessly across the country trunk roads in rural Wisconsin, simply exploring, taking in the scenery and autumn colors.

restaurant

After a while we would get hungry, and begin to search for road signs for the next restaurant.  On many an occasion we would come across an ad for a diner or restaurant, and start to think about what to eat.  When we pulled into the parking lot, sometimes we would notice that there were no other cars parked there. To many of us, the sign of an empty parking lot at lunchtime is an indication that the food or service is not good enough to be eating there.

I want you to think about the tweets on your www.twitter.com page. They are your parking lot.  People will come across your page looking for information or knowledge to consume, and to solve their problems.  If you are not tweeting with consistent consistency, they will take this as a sign that there is nothing good here and will continue their excursion across the Twitterverse to find answers to their questions and needs somewhere else.

In my eBook, Master the Twitterverse: Guide to Getting More Followers, I share the importance of filling your tweet stream with good tweets before you begin to follow others.

To expand on this idea, think about all those people driving by your Twitter page and not seeing consistent daily messages.

Would you like them to stay and check out your messages?  Would you like to create a relationship with Tweople through those messages that will invite them to read more of your tweets and click the follow button?

In just 15 minutes, twice a day – you’ll fill up your tweet stream and turn on the follow magnets.

I suggest that a new Tweeter with a purpose of building their community and business post 20 messages a day.  It is really much simpler than you think.

* First, from your list of great tweeters, industry leaders, authors, etc. –
scan through and find 5 to 10 messages to ReTweet (RT).

* Next, across the top bar, select > Notifications. Then select > Mentions.
Scan through to find tweets from people who’ve commented to you about
a previous tweet, or who are reaching out to connect with you.  Answer all
these every day.

* Pick up to 5 people a day, reach out and start a conversation.  Go to their
Twitter page, web site and learn something about them. Begin your
conversations by complimenting them on something you’ve discovered.

* Subscribe to services such as: Ezine Articles or Stumble Upon to find and
share articles, topics of interest to your community.

* Once a week share your blog posts. Remember it takes time to build rapport
and trust on Twitter, so don’t try to sell anything until 2K tweets & followers
(more info on this in Master the Twitterverse eBook).

These are just a few of many possible methods of creating 20 tweets a day.

By doing so, you’ll show the people you follow and who stop by your page that you are on Twitter to connect with others and provide value – all of which invites them to stay and want to learn more. There are far too many accounts that have been neglected or look abandoned. Keep your tweet activity consistent, and in time your following and engagement will dramatically increase.

Need additional help?  Sign up for a 30-minute Twitter strategy session for ONLY $25, $100 VALUE ~ to help you with the one thing that you can change today to improve you or your business, to help you Master the Twitterverse!

Gary Loper Life Business Social Media Coach Happy Tweeting

Who, What and Why --- The 3-Step Approach to Embracing Twitter

We all have seen a shift in our own patterns or in those of the people around us,
from a small interaction, a scene in a movie or television, a song at a specific time,
a memory of something someone said to us years ago, even a tweet. To an outside observer that little ‘nudge’ appears to be almost nothing. But when we are open to receive the messages, the universe will use any and every source of media to bring
the message that the soul needs its carrier to hear, in order to continue its journey
of growth and expansion.

  1. What does that say? Messages we share can have a massive impact in the lives of people anywhere in the world. By sharing those messages that are a part of our mission and purpose in life on earth and using Twitter as a delivery system, we all can fulfill one of the intents of why we became an entrepreneur, or have had dreams about helping others and changing the world.
  1. Who will be changed by our messages? We never know who will be changed by our message, and I am going to strongly suggest – that the ‘who’ is not as important as developing a ‘serve others’ first mindset. In developing this,
    your mission – if you choose to accept it – to knowingly go forward into the Twitterverse: share positive messages of hope, joy, kindness, growth, change, spiritual development, inspiration, motivation and peace.
  1. Why should you share your messages? The beauty is that we all are coming from different experiences, occupations and backgrounds, and those uplifting messages combined with your unique perspectives are just what is intended for you to share with the world. There are people waiting to connect with each of us. And because of those unique circumstances, it will create a bridge of trust with them that you know their pain and can relate to what they are feeling – even if you never actually speak to them in person. By not digging deep into yourself to discover your true passions and the messages you were meant to share with the world, you are depriving those individuals the opportunity to better their life through your story of lifting yourself through the tough times.

The remarkable thing you will experience is that by embracing this approach (combined with a sound marketing plan) to contributing to the greater good of others in the world, first you will attract the attention of new business opportunities, partners, and customers. We don’t know who knows who, and who is watching for incredible new projects and people to work with.

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Gary’s article originally appeared in Small Biz Social Hub – Expertise + Insights Contributed by Social Media Pros, Exclusively for Small Businesses.

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Also, you may be interested in listening to Gary’s interview:

How To Utilize Twitter For Your Business

Hosts Robert Palmer and Caleb McElveen of Search Talk Live interview Gary on how to utilize Twitter for your business.

“Every tweet is an audition” ~ #GaryLoper

“Twitter is a long-term relationship that you want to build and substantiate overtime” ~ #GaryLoper

 

What Does Freedom Mean To YouFreedom is personalized, different for each of us.

Or, perhaps not.

Ask a room full of people what it means. And, you will notice that some people can’t answer until other people start sharing what it means to them. Suddenly they have several new definitions of freedom.

A good way to find the meaning, and get clarity is to use the Book of Miracles exercise. Let’s apply it here.

What is freedom?

  1. Begin with the word ‘freedom’.
  2. Identify your meaning of freedom.
  3. Go deeper than the symbolism.
  4. What is the connotation?
    Freedom to pursue Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
  5. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.
  6. Also, freedom is . . .
    To create love, to love, to express, to provide for yourself and others, to travel, to create businesses, and so on.

What is financial freedom?

  1. For many financial freedom is to dream, a dream to retire.
  2. What is the true definition of retire?
    It is an equine term – to put to pasture and wait to die.
  3. Is that your idea, waiting to die? Or, are you looking for ways to
    have financial freedom, to be able to fly high in anything you choose to do?

What are the principles of financial freedom?

  1. Financial mindfulness, to see a bigger, promising world for yourself.
  2. Remove yourself from the dream stealers, and upgrade your associations.
  3. Have a definite plan, and amount in mind.
  4. Uncover your passions, discover your whys, and your plan will emerge from digging deeper.
  5. Prepare your desired lifestyle upgrades, and what they will cost you every year: housekeeper, lawn work, handyman, personal assistant, travel, dining out, shows, etc.
  6. Find out your financial freedom level. Do some math work:
    Let’s use 100k as starting point, which isn’t as unrealistic as you may think. Divide 100k into the # of weeks you want to work each year. Then divide that into the # of days you want to work each week. 100,000 / 45 = $2,222 per week. $2,222 / 4 = $555 per day.
  7. Develop your mission. Complete your 6-month goals.

Need help? Schedule a 30-minute strategy session call! One of my brainstorm ideas potentially could increase your business by thousands of dollars. You have absolutely nothing to lose, and have everything to gain, so take advantage of my 30-minute coaching call for only $25, valued at $100.  Schedule a call now.

Also, you may be interested in listening to Gary’s interview: ‘Learn from People Who Are Already Successful’. Gary was interviewed by Neil Ball on The Entrepreneur Way, the podcast show with successful entrepreneurs.

 

July 4th, Think Freedom


On July 4th most people are awestruck and captivated by the festive celebration
of fireworks, often foregoing the true meaning of Independence Day. Its symbol represents what was strived for, to protect our independence. So long ago our founding fathers risked being hung for treason by the leaders of Great Britain to defend our liberty and freedom. They fought wholeheartedly to keep their ideas alive. So, every time you see a starburst in the sky, remember how much courage it took to stand up for their ideas and beliefs!

Celebrate July 4th honoring our country in the true sense of freedom. Its significance can inspire us and be translated to our daily events. Honor its meaning by examining what freedom looks and feels like to you. To live your life free of limitations and boundaries is a psychological and spiritual state. When fully embraced it will build confidence, enthusiasm and motivation to act on your purpose and vision. It is the commitment and drive, the courage to stand up for your ideas and beliefs.

 

Conversely, the greatest oppression of freedom is that you must create restrictions to manage and control your life.  Control simply is another form of fear, playing it safe and never stretching yourself or looking for opportunities for growth. Growth is imperative to live a powerful and prosperous life.

 

Living a limitless life empowers and liberates us. When we have the fortitude and limitless ability to achieve our own destiny, we take the lead in our achievement and reach our own personal victory.

As Elbert Hubbard stated, “Freedom cannot be bestowed – it must be achieved”.

 

Slavoj Žižek maintained, “True freedom is not a freedom of choice made from a safe distance, like choosing between a strawberry cake or a chocolate cake; true freedom overlaps with necessity, one makes a truly free choice when one’s choice puts at stake one’s very existence – one does it because one simply “cannot do it otherwise.”

 

We must never play it safe. We must get out of our comfort zone and jump in the deep end. It is a true leap of faith, conviction and belief that we are capable of more than we ever expected.

Whether you are seeking financial independence or freedom in another aspect of your life, live your life to its full potential!

 

As expressed by Albert Einstein, “Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom”.