A New Conversation About Dreams - The Power of Intention

Written by Marcia Wieder

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People set intentions on all kinds of dreams; to get married or have children, to get a job or make a career change, to write a book, lose weight, or move to a foreign country. When you set an intention and then act on it to demonstrate your commitment, amazing things occur. Intention can also give us fortitude for dealing with tough times. I am currently rebuilding my home. I simply wanted to add on a new bathroom, but with allrepparttar surprises an old (and charming) house can offer, every turn has been a shock, sometimes even a nightmare. It looks likerepparttar 138525 entire building may need to be rebuilt. My intention is to live through this process with dignity and grace. I am tested daily. It’s often not easy, but this intention has helped me maintain composure, sanity, and on a good day, a sense of humor. Intention can be used for community or social issues, global events or (literally) in your own backyard. For example: • Before you get out of bed, you can intend to have a fun or productive day. • Before you leaverepparttar 138526 house, you can intend to have quality time with your family or roommate. • Before you start your car, you can intend to have a safe ride to work. • Before you enter your workplace, you can intend to learn something new or be helpful. • Beforerepparttar 138527 meeting begins, you can intend to be brilliant or calm. First Steps: 1. Get clear about something you want and write it down. 2. Share your intention with someone in a way that will supportively hold you accountable to taking action. 3. Do something today to demonstrate your commitment to your intention. 4. Acknowledge that you did what you said you would and then, takerepparttar 138528 next step. By setting an intention, you make it clear to yourself and others, just what you plan to do. Set an intention to redefine what it means to be serious about your dreams.

Marcia Wieder, America’s Dream Coach, is a best-selling author and speaker known for giving inspiring and moving talks to AT&T, The Gap and American Express. To experience a Powerful Weekend Designed to Help You Exceed Your Expectations & Achieve Your Dreams, visit http://www.dreamcoach.com/dream_weekend.htm

How to Put Fear to Work for You

Written by Shawn Driscoll

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Finally, reflect on this question: Who would I be without these messages?

Take your fear torepparttar end

Recently, I discussed fear with a budding entrepreneur. I asked him what his biggest fear was and he said “fear of failure”. What is failure?, I wondered. He explained “losing all my families money, savings, home, and being bankrupt.” “And, what if you failed? What would you do?” I asked. He thought for a moment and said “I’d start over…plus, I would never let it get that far. I would get out way before losing my house and all my savings.” Ok, then “what do you have to do to safeguard you and your family against losing everything?” And, after a few minutes of listing what had to be done, his fear was settled. It had been heard, responded to, and taken to it’s natural conclusion. No more mystery. His coin could now flip to courage because he knew, once and for all, that he would be OK if his business did fail. Failure, for him, wasn’t about whether this particular business stayed afloat or made a ton of money…he could always try something else. Instead, it was keeping his family afloat that mattered most. And that requires something different from him…something he knows how to ensure.

It’s really that simple to be on friendly terms with your fears. Take your fears out ofrepparttar 138343 dark and examine them inrepparttar 138344 light. Ask them what they want you to know, and/or do. Carry them to their natural conclusion—keep asking “what if that happens” and quickly you will haverepparttar 138345 answer. You will know what to do. You will have responded torepparttar 138346 fear rather than reacted to it. You will have a new friend in fear. Now, go flip that coin and start acting out of courage with your friend fear right behind you!

**************************************** Parting pearls of wisdom:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It’s our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serverepparttar 138347 world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifestrepparttar 138348 glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to dorepparttar 138349 same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”. --Nelson Mandela in his Inaugural Speech.

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(c) 2004 Shawn Driscoll, Succeed Coaching and Development. Success coaching for career, life, business. For more information on Coaching and Development programs visit www.succeedcoaching.com or email Shawn@succeedcoaching.com

Visit us onrepparttar 138351 web at www.succeedcoaching.com and get your FREE personalized goals report.

Shawn Driscoll, owner of Succeed Coaching & Development, is a Career and Business Coach, trainer and speaker. For over 14 years Shawn has advised, coached and developed Executives, Managers, Supervisors and their teams to achieve greater results. Her mission is to inspire and motivate peooplle to achieve success on their own terms, and in a way that fully expresses their values, passions and priorities.

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