Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Developing a Personal Growth Plan

One of the things it takes to make a great success of our lives is a plan for personal growth. After all, who we are today is the result of who we were and what we did yesterday. What we have is an exact reflection of our past efforts. If we expect things to change in the future, then we will have to change today.

If there are six frogs sitting on a log in a pond and one decides to jump off... how many frogs are left on the log?





The answer is six. The frog only decided to jump, she did not take any action on her decision. Wanting to change, deciding to change and making a change are three distinct and separate events. Only the third event results in change.

Developing a Growth Plan

Do you have a plan for personal growth? Are you doing anything intentionally and strategically to better yourself? Growth is not automatic. You have had some success, but that doesn't mean you've reached your highest potential. There is always room for increase.

There are unknown places to visit, oceans to cross and mountains to climb in your life. Many of us fall into "destination disease" where we think we have arrived at the summit just because we have reached a certain goal.

We accomplish something... we get a promotion we sought; we earn a degree at school; we marry our soul mate. Now we think all we have to do is kick back and coast on what we've already learned.

But, in order to advance in our lives we need to take the responsibility for our own growth. Me for mine and you for yours. Our attitude has to be, "How can I improve?" "What can I do to make myself better?"

We need to stir up our desire to learn. Our goal must be to grow and learn something new every day.

Maybe every day you should get up and go for a walk. Maybe I should take ten minutes each morning to speak my affirmations for my better life. Maybe we should listen to a CD that teaches us something as we commute to work. Maybe we should turn off the TV earlier in the evening and read a book for half an hour. Maybe we should hook up with a mentor twice a month and go for lunch.

It is your choice. It is my choice. I choose to grow. I choose to press "Play" on my CD player. You choose to read.

As we take responsibility for our personal growth we are honored for our efforts. We will get the right breaks and have the right opportunities. And we will rise higher and higher.

If you don't know how to start developing your personal growth plan, send your contact information to me and we will get started together.

[First published on Qassia -]

You Can Create Anything

Sometimes we have an experience that confirms without a doubt that our reality is created in our own minds. If we say we can or we say we can't, either way we are right. I invite you to read this excerpt from the book Concious Women - Concious Lives Book Two by Darlene Montgomery.

A New Way Of Seeing by Andrea Leake

I was a single parent, living in Toronto with one son, and working full time at The Canadian National Institute for the Blind as a Social Worker. I'd always had perfect vision until one day, while sitting at my desk, I was shocked when my central vision started to blur in my left eye. Over that day, my vision worsened, so much so that before the day was over, I had an appointment with the eye doctor.

The tests showed nothing seriously wrong, nevertheless within two days I could see only blackness through my left eye. It was December 15, 1990 as I looked into the mirror and said out loud, "What is happening to me?"

A friend suggested I get the tapes for
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay and listen to them for three months. With real skepticism, I bought the tapes and began listening to them each night. I started paying attention to the thoughts and words I chose. Prior to my vision loss, I remembered saying things like "I don't want to 'see' this anymore," and "I can't do this anymore."

I wondered, 'Have I created all of this?'

'Yes,' I realized. I was responsible for my vision loss!

I then realized that I could manifest the power to heal myself. I researched hands-on healing techniques and learned that placing my hands over my eyes every night could provide a healing energy.

My thoughts had changed, and my vision was returning gradually. Three months passed when I suddenly, with no prior art lessons, began to skillfully draw, first a blue heron, then an eagle, and other wild birds. This urge to draw poured through me effortlessly onto paper. Everything I sketched became alive on paper!

The more I sketched, the more my vision improved until after two years my eyesight was fully restored.

Today, I am a commissioned artist living on magical Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. The gift in losing my vision was in truly learning to see.