Stories from Life

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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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ArleneAre you standing on the edge of abundance?
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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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ArleneHave you put yourself in a jail of limiting beliefs?

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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ArleneConquer your inner gremlin by being your authentic self

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?
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Don’t give up: sometimes the answer is so simple!

During a business workshop I took part in, we were given a 12” x 12” board and some markers, with instructions to draw our present situation on one side of the board and our desired future on the other. Yippee! I love drawing and went to it immediately. The board was square, so it mattered little to me which way I oriented it. (That turned out to be important later!)

Once we had our drawings done, it was “break through” time: break the board with our bare hands (karate style!), which represented breaking through our limitations

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ArleneDon’t give up: sometimes the answer is so simple!
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But who are you?

Are you so focused on telling people what you DO, that you forget to talk about who you ARE?

Yes, you have a story and it’s okay to tell it. In fact, it’s important to tell it. People want to know who they’re doing business with. How did you get to where you are now?

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ArleneBut who are you?