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Questions?

You know, it  just occurred to me that the greatest way to learn how to help others get to where they want to be is to, quite simply, ask what they want and need.

See? I’m brilliantly observant! Okay, so I heard it from Eben Pagan, sue me!

So, instead of rambling on in this post, I’m going to ask something of you. Will you help me find the correct tools for that area of your life you want to change?

I’d like to know the fundamentals:

  • What are your concerns?
  • What do you feel are your stumbling blocks?
  • What would you like me to share?
  • Anything else you may have on your mind.

I may be asking for it, but without ado, I’m opening the door.

Come on in.

-Jim

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Strength, Perspective, Action, Emotion, Heart

Today I was able to listen to Tony Robbins give a short but amazing talk on five ways you can turn your life around. It’s on his blog and I’ll share the link, don’t worry.

Since my focus is on tools that can make your life better, I thought his video was perfect. It’s wonderful how the universe allows our thoughts to coincide with others at times. By sharing his thoughts here, I sort of see it as borrowing his lawn mower. I hope he doesn’t mind. Jeez, Tony, I’ll give it back… Someday.

In this presentation he opens his heart for us to see the human being inside. Many may perceive him as this giant businessman who is impervious to the “little guy”, but I assure you, it’s simply not the case. You’ll see.

He shares five areas to focus on and if you stand back a bit and look at the big picture, it’s easy to see how they mesh. Take some time, write them down and refer to them often. I’ll just mention them as points and let him fill you in on the rest. They are:

  • Take control of your mind
  • Feed and strengthen your body
  • Find a role model
  • Get a plan and take massive action
  • Feed your spirit

So please, navigate away on the link below and you’ll be truly blessed by a man I see as one of my role models. Then come back and share your thoughts.

http://tonyrobbinstraining.com/378/5-keys-to-thrive/

You won’t be disappointed.

I promise.

-Jimmo

To Bonsai Or Not To Bonsai?

Restrictive roots cause stunted growth in both humans and plants…

A tree, when left to the tenets of nature, will grow large and full, depending on its variety and location. Some bear beautiful, supple leaves, such as oak and maple and others have sharp, unfriendly needles, like the pine family. They are extremely tenacious and even cling to vertical rock surfaces in their effort to survive. Every place on earth has them with the exception of Antarctica and I’m fairly certain I wouldn’t want to live there either!

One thing they all do is to stretch themselves into the sky in search of life giving sunshine and carbon dioxide (You know, the stuff we aren’t supposed to be creating, but that’s another story for another day). If you’ll forgive the pun,the upshot is, they survive and flourish.

Does this sound like any other species we may know? Humanity, perhaps?

We stretch ourselves into the sun and absorb the crucial D vitamin and inhale the incredibly important oxygen that the trees have traded us for that nasty old carbon dioxide. Not a bad deal, huh? Sort of symbiotic wouldn’t you say?

Of course that’s not the main topic and I’m digressing a bit. What I’m trying to say is this. We’re similar in many regards, trees and us.

Take for instance… the art of Bonsai. We’ve learned to take a tree from early in its life and bend it to our will. It’s housed in a small pot where the root system is restricted, prohibiting its physical growth. With constant attention to what we want, we bend, prune, restrict and shape the tree into our vision. It really has no choice in the matter. Sometimes turns out beautifully and other times it, quite tragically, fails.

So, let’s take a human child and figuratively put him in a pot consisting of restrictive thoughts, bad judgments, poor ideals and negative behavior. This severely constricts the roots of his (or her… sorry ladies!) personality. This allows family, friends and society at large to shape the child’s behavioral patterns into a mirror of themselves. In short, it can stunt the mental and emotional growth as sure as if it were physically bound in a real pot.

But, what if we allowed the child to undertake an expedition into life and seek out the sun? What if we nurtured and taught him how to prune the weeds that caused the choking of his ego and the withering of his esteem? What if we encouraged success instead of saying “settle for what you have and be grateful for it!”? What if we showed him how to give himself permission to succeed? What if we allowed him to see that the universe truly is a friendly place and is deserving of all the success it will give?

And, just as importantly, what if we did this for ourselves?

It’s not too late to step out of that Bonsai pot and take root in a very friendly universe!

Not too late at all.

-Jimmo

Little Dogs and a House Full of Mirrors

This blog is the beginning of what I call “Some Tools For Life”. Like any good tool chest there will be many and varied things to choose from depending on what the circumstance requires.

Abraham Maslow said, “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”

Now, that said, you can’t go through life whacking every issue with a roofing hammer, can you? Okay, some will, but I believe most will look for the right tool for the right job.

So, without further ado, here’s a very nice tool I think you’ll like. It’s an old Japanese Folk tale about the House of a Thousand Mirrors.

Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of a Thousand Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced cheerfully up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked inside with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at a thousand other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with a thousand great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself, “This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often.”

In this same village, another little dog, who was not quite as happy as the first one, decided to visit the house as well. Upon arrival he slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he peered through the door. When he saw the thousand unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see a thousand little dogs growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, “That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again.”

The universe is filled with mirrors of all types. There are situational mirrors, emotional mirrors, physical mirrors and, oddly enough, all the people in the world are mirrors. What do you see reflected in the faces and mannerisms of the people you meet? Are they happy? Miserable? Cruel? Generous? Playful? Fearful?

What you see and feel depends on you. Your spirit, aura, feelings, or whatever you choose to call it, create a reaction from everything and everyone you encounter. Make a decision of how you want to be. It really is as simple as that. Take a look at the mirror in your bathroom in the morning, or now, if you want, and see what sort of face is looking back at you. If it’s grumpy, smile and tell it, “Hey, knock it off! You have more important things to do than be miserable today! Besides, I love you anyway!” If it’s already smiling, you’re on your way!

But don’t forget to brush your teeth!

“What sort of tool is this?” It’s a tool of choice. Pack it in a readily available place as you are going to be using it quite a lot.


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