I am a big fan of stopping… and breathing… allowing your heart rate to slow down a bit… relaxing your shoulders… softening your brow and jaw… and again, breathing.
There is so much going on all around us all the time. There’s always something more to do. There’s always someone else to tend to. There’s always some place you need to go next. But do you ever pause and rest and allow yourself to simply be? To be present in the moment? To allow the fears and worries of tomorrow to wash away, even just for a time?
It’s so important to give your body and your mind and your spirit the time and space to rest and heal.
I’ve gotten better at this, I think. Sometimes, in the rush of the moment, I wonder if I really have, but truthfully, I know I am in a better place in my life than I have ever been. Most mornings (when I’m not on the road), I get to wake up next to the ocean, in a beautiful home, with the peaceful sound of...
I have been reflecting on the idea of community this week. In our Empowerment Mentoring Tribe, we held a “Let’s Get To Know Each Other” Facebook Live and Sharing Call this week, and I got to spend 3 hours talking to people from all around the world, hearing about what’s going on in their lives, what their goals are, what challenges they’re facing… so many interesting and incredible people in this community.
As I think on this, a famous quote that comes to mind is the one by Eric Hoffer:
“No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.”
It was so good to hear people talking about themselves in a genuine and authentic way! Isn’t it true that, by and large, we are programmed that it is wrong or bad to...
Up and down… and up and down… and up and down… and up and down… Over. And over. And over again. Stair-climbing is a beast. But I’ve also heard it is one of the most efficient and effective ways to burn calories and to keep your cardio health strong.
But it sucks. And it hurts. And it’s onerous. And every day when I wake up, it’s back on my list of things I have to do. Every. Single. Day.
I just wish I could do a power session of steps for an hour or two, and that would be it for at least a week. C’mon that’s not too much to ask is it?
Apparently, it is. That’s just not how it works.
About 4 or 5 years ago now, I was 65lbs overweight. I was not taking care of my health; my diet was terrible; I wasn’t exercising; and my energy was low. I was FAR from thriving. When it came to my health, I was really just squeaking by, just surviving. And that’s not how you want to live, is it? At least it...
I want to share with you a story. This is a story of triumph and accomplishment. It is a story of humility and servant leadership. It is a story of taking the next step toward the impossible.
Let me preface this story by sharing a very wise and aware statement that was made by our Teaching Partner in Romania, Daniela Nica, when she was speaking on stage at our Live Empowerment Mentoring Workshop last month.
Daniela was sharing a piece of her own story, and she said something incredibly profound, which was this: “The way you do the impossible is you take the first possible step in front of you.”
And this thought captures the essence of the story I’m about to share with you. This is a story about my dear friend, Alice Givens. Alice is a very active member of the Empowerment Mentoring community, and someone that I want to honor and celebrate for who she is and all that she brings to the table. I have had the privilege of working with Alice closely over the past couple...
The second highest vibrational frequency in this world is that of gratitude, second only to love. Love and gratitude – the two greatest forces in this world, forces for good, forces for empowerment, forces for healing, forces for inspiration, forces for freedom and liberation.
But let me ask you, how often do you actually operate from a conscious state of love and gratitude? In your day-to-day life, how often do you intentionally express love and gratitude, towards yourself and to others? It takes time and effort to train your mind and your heart to be able to calm your physical body temple to enter into a state of love and gratitude. But as you practice making this your default state of being, everything in your life will change. So, let me ask you, today, in this very moment, as you read this message, what are you grateful for?
Roddy and I were doing a drop-in Facebook Live earlier this week (it’s still up on our Empowered Living facebook...
I love this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt and I wanted to share with you some of my musings on the topic: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Hmmmmmmm… that’s good, isn’t it!
It also brings to mind the passage in James Allen’s book, As a Man Thinketh… “The dreamers are the saviors of the world…”
When I was in my late teens, I got a job as a roofer. Every day, I would go to work, I would climb that ladder, and I would sweep gravel on the flat roofs of the buildings of Pittsburgh. I did this every single day. And sweeping was my sole task. From morning to night, I swept gravel. Not too inspiring, right?! My mind would wander and it’s a good thing those buildings had parapet walls, or I probably would have walked right off the edge.
I was making minimum wage and I was petrified of heights. But at the level of awareness at which I was operating, this was the very...
Have you heard the idea that you should be thankful for EVERYTHING in your life, good or bad?
I would beg to differ!
I don’t think we should be thankful for, and celebrate, bad things that happen in our lives.
I think back over my life, and I go back to my childhood.
I grew up at 430 Coolidge Ave. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
430 Coolidge Ave. was a terrible place to live. It was a scary place to live. It was a place of nightmares.
You see, I grew up a child of abuse at the hands of my mother – terrible physical and emotional abuse. I don’t tell this story often. But if you’ve been to my Turning Point seminar, you would have heard more about it there, as I teach what I’ve learned about the process of forgiveness.
I’ll spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say I got out of there as soon as I possibly could.
I don’t think anyone can truly understand the effect of abuse unless you have gone through it yourself. But it...
I’m just sitting here thinking about how people are funny! Not in a “ha ha” way, necessarily… but in a way that makes me think, “hmmmm, isn’t that interesting.”
Sometimes we get our minds set on a certain idea. We hear something from somewhere about what we can do to further ourselves and to further our growth. And we filter the idea through our current beliefs and programming, and might I suggest, we put our own little spin on it based on our own perceptions. And this spin might just end up throwing the whole thing off, and distorting the original purpose of such an idea.
What am I talking about, you might be asking?
Well, let me give you an example, because I think there’s a lesson here for all of us.
If you’ve been in the personal development realm for any amount of time, you might’ve heard this idea… that one of the ways you can grow and one of the ways you can increase your connection to those who can help you...
Susan Galbraith is one of the most resilient people I know. I seriously don’t know how she does everything that she does. She is incredible!
Susan and Roddy have 4 children: Amelie, Eliza, Leon, and Louis. On top of the regular demands and busyness of a family of 6, sweet little Eliza has special needs that require extra attention and focus to make sure she is getting the care that she needs to grow and develop.
Susan also manages and runs the back office and member services for Empowerment Mentoring, which is a full-time job in and of itself, not to mention the 100-mile school run that she drives every single day during the school year.
She pours into her marriage with Roddy, very intentionally keeping that relationship vibrant and full of life, which also takes time and effort.
Susan Galbraith is my definition of Wonder Woman!
What you might not know is that Susan fractured and dislocated her shoulder back in May, jumping from the very top of a 30-foot telephone pole...
Have you ever noticed that it’s not convenient to intentionally be a positive influence in other people’s lives? But it is one of the most rewarding things you could ever choose to do.
I don’t have kids of my own and so I have made the decision to pour into the lives of the kids around me, those of my closest friends. This really started for me back 20 years ago, when my siblings were having kids. My brother David's kids would come down to Florida every summer for a week, so they could have some “Uncle Paul time.”
I wanted to show them another way of life. I wanted to show them the possibilities that were available to them if they chose to go for it. I wanted to show them that you could have it all – you could have financial success, while having great relationships, great health and being happy and fulfilled.
It was never convenient for me to have my brother’s kids down for a visit, but I was invested in them and I was committed to their...