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Are you standing on the edge of abundance?

Are you like the man in the red shirt and the fishing pole – standing on the edge of that ocean of abundance you envision, but not quite there yet? Here are some questions to consider:

Are you trying too hard? From a very early age, you were probably told that it is important to try hard, to try your best. But guess what?

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Are you an eagle disguised as a chicken?

Do you ever look up and wish you could fly? I read an inspiring story recently about a baby eagle who got separated from his mother and landed in a chicken farm. He was cared for there and learned to act like chickens act – that’s all he knew, because that’s all he was ever taught. Then one day he saw a big eagle flying overhead and something inside him stirred. He had always felt that there was something different about him… Now he knew: he wanted to fly, not strut around on the ground!

“Could I?” he wondered. “How do I do it? What if I fall? Why am I stuck here in this barnyard, instead of being up in those treetops?”

How? What if? Why? These questions are double edged swords:

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Money: the goal or result of your business?

Some people state very clearly that the goal of business is to make money. Others get offended by that and claim that they are in business to help people and to do what they love. What side are you on? Can the two sides come together?

The desire to make money is neither good nor bad in itself. What IS problematic is focusing only on the money: that is like saying “I want to get to New York” without having any idea how to get there. The result, too often, is that the journey is bittersweet.

“If you do not love and honor the process, you will fail before you reach the goal.

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Letter from my Ego

Dear other half,

I am having so much fun watching you achieve things. You keep doing and doing and doing more, looking for that satisfaction and happiness that you think will come. But it’s oh so temporary, isn’t it? I just love that roller coaster ride of emotions you go through. Happy and high for a bit, and then poof! It’s gone and you’re down craving that next accomplishment.

It’s so much fun watching you actually identify with your accomplishments and depend on them to make you happy!

Now I’m going to make the game even more exciting.

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Have you put yourself in a jail of limiting beliefs?

What do you see here? Are the orchids bursting out of their jail-like window, free at last? Or are they held back by the bars, unable to experience anything more than a fleeting glimpse of freedom? What you see in the world is guided by your beliefs – and many of them are limiting beliefs.

In fact this whole image is an illusion. It was constructed from two separate photos: one of the orchids I found in a hotel lobby, and the other of a street level window along an interesting graffiti –filled lane I visited one day. The marriage of the two photos took place in Photoshop. I erased the background around the orchid photo, and copied it into the window image, manipulating the layers so that it looked like the flowers were peeking out from behind the bars. Once this was done, I played with the lighting, so that the two parts of the image looked like they blended more naturally and belonged together. The result is what you see above: a believable image created entirely by my imagination

Do you do that in your life?

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Collaboration: turn a lone flower into a magnificent garden.

Collaboration is a concept that many entrepreneurs talk about, but don’t act on. How about YOU? In the name of freedom and independence, do you forget that collaboration can transform you from a lone flower into a magnificent garden?

Collaboration is vital for turning brilliant ideas into workable, doable plans.

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Is marketing really just a game?

Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, our world has become very social. Now it’s about to become a game! In this fascinating talk, Seth Priebatsch looks at the use of of behavior-steering game dynamics that are starting to reshape marketing and education. It’s about using gaming principles (like rewards) to influence client behavior.

Seem strange? It’s not – you probably are doing it already if you belong to any loyalty programs. You are in it already if you are influenced by time-limited offers or want special-colored credit cards! And the progress bars you see when you fill out an online profile or shopping cart? That’s also using gaming principles. Watch and see!

How can this apply to your marketing? Let’s share ideas below in the comments section!

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Does “power posing” work?

Body language not only affects how others see us – it may also change how we see ourselves. In this fascinating talk, social psychologist and Harvard professor Amy Cuddy talks about “power posing” – standing in a posture of confidence, even when you don’t actually feel confident.

Bottom line: Cuddy’s research reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions. The old adage “fake it til you make it” may actually be true!

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Conquer your inner gremlin by being your authentic self

Have you ever experienced a huge success, then amidst the joy comes your inner gremlin, saying “Maybe this success was just a fluke…” Well, good news: you’re not alone!

Author Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her experience with this feeling in a recent TED talk.

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Elsa let it go & she felt great! Can YOU?

Have you seen “Frozen”? It’s full of inspiration! I particularly love it when Elsa sings “Let it Go” and finally figures out that she can be herself and not hold back her powers. She sings of freedom and self-acceptance in “Let it Go”. Here’s a video version of it:

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ArleneElsa let it go & she felt great! Can YOU?