Being Independent, Not Keeping Down with the Joneses

Written by Debbie O'Meara

Most of us are fortunate enough to live in places where we’re free to choose how we live. What we think, what we do for a living, how we spend our time – forrepparttar most part, we choose all of those for ourselves.

“Independence” can refer to so many things. When we talk about our prosperity, what do we want to be independent of? From what must we declare our freedom?

Here’s a big one: independence fromrepparttar 147355 limitations ofrepparttar 147356 opinions of others. Many of us feelrepparttar 147357 conscious or unconscious need to live up – or down – torepparttar 147358 expectations of others.

We’re playing roles in our families that we’re reluctant to break out of. Maybe our parents set parameters for our lives – big ones or small ones – and we’re afraid to burst through those boundaries and “disappoint” them.

We’re uncomfortable if we rise above our current peer group. That’s not just because we want to fit in, but also because our peers make us feel uncomfortable if we don’t. Many ofrepparttar 147359 people who are inrepparttar 147360 same situation we are don’t want us to break out of it. If we do, it reminds them that they could too, if they wanted to. But they haven’t maderepparttar 147361 decision to do what it would take, and that’s not a good feeling. Even if they don’t actively hold us back, they don’t encourage us to breakrepparttar 147362 mold.

I’ve heard it said that where you’ll be in five years can be predicted by looking atrepparttar 147363 five people you spend most of your time with. Why would that be? Because that’srepparttar 147364 mindset you build around yourself. That’srepparttar 147365 energy you spend your time in. If you consistently surround yourself with people inrepparttar 147366 same circumstances you’re in, you’re not in an environment that will help you generate new ideas that would move you beyond. And if you do come up with these ideas, you’re not supported in developing and pursuing them.

Inspired Action: An Amazing New Short-Cut to Make All Your Dreams Come True

Written by Joe Vitale

Ever since my book, "Spiritual Marketing," became a #1 best-seller at Amazon, people have been writing me. Most ofrepparttar time people are just praisingrepparttar 147291 book. Sometimes people have questions aboutrepparttar 147292 five-step process inrepparttar 147293 book for creating wealth fromrepparttar 147294 inside out. By farrepparttar 147295 most common question is about step five,repparttar 147296 one called "Let go."

"But what do I DO if I let go?" isrepparttar 147297 question I getrepparttar 147298 most. "If I let go, don't I just sit there?"

What I didn't fully explain inrepparttar 147299 book is that you usually still have to do something to achieve your dreams. That something might be as little as answeringrepparttar 147300 phone. Or making a call. Or buying a book. Or joining an association. Or answering an email. I have no idea what that action will be for you regarding achieving your dream. But you usually have to do something, however small or large a step.

Butrepparttar 147301 magic answer torepparttar 147302 question of what action to do next is this:

You want to take what I call "Inspired Action."

Inspired Action is any action you take based on an inside nudge.

In other words, an Inspired Action is when you suddenly get a desire to drive torepparttar 147303 store. You may have no idea why you need to go torepparttar 147304 store right now. But something within you is urging you outrepparttar 147305 door. Follow that hunch. It may lead you to your goal. Atrepparttar 147306 store, you may meetrepparttar 147307 right person. Or findrepparttar 147308 right product. Or pick uprepparttar 147309 right magazine that will lead you to completing your dream.

For example, in "Spiritual Marketing" I talk about how I managed to get into Nightingale-Conant with my own tapeset, called "The Power of Outrageous Marketing." I had tried to get Nightingale-Conant to pay attention to me for over ten years. (Ten years!) Nothing I did would ever work out. Yet I was doing allrepparttar 147310 "right things" people said I should do---make calls, send letters, follow a plan of action, etc.

Nope. None of that ever worked.

So I stopped all that planned action. I didn't stop wanting my goal of being inrepparttar 147311 famous Nightingale-Conant catalog, of course, but I did stop struggling to make it happen. I, in short, let go. I waited for divine inspiration to tell me what to do next.

And then one day I started to get emails from someone asking questions about my book on P.T. Barnum, called "There's A Customer Born Every Minute." My gut said to answerrepparttar 147312 questions. So my Inspired Action was simply to write back to this stranger. That's what I felt guided to do.

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