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...
We grow on the road!
I travel around the world, and as an international speaker, trainer, coach, and mentor, teaching all over the world, an idea that I often share – and something that I’ve become known for – is this idea that we grow on the road.
The more you travel, the smaller the world becomes. And as you expand your horizons outwardly in this way, it’s difficult not to expand inwardly. When you experience other cultures, other ways of living, different people, different histories, different artwork, it’s hard not to recognize the human spirit in all of it, the ingenuity of humankind. There are people all over the world, who are actually not so different from yourself as you might think, who are just figuring out how to live their lives. They all have dreams. They all have hopes. They all have fears. They all have worries.
And when you observe all these different people, all over the world, living their lives, you can see how we are each making the...
Your dream requires all of you. And it’s time to get to work.
I have a big dream. My dream is to impact the lives of thousands upon thousands upon thousands…. even millions of people all across the globe, to show them the truth of their unlimited, God-given potential. And my dream keeps expanding. It keeps getting bigger.
As I approach the attainment of a goal, the natural expression of my spirit is to expand the goal and to expand the dream. My spirit is for fuller expression and fuller expansion. And so is yours. It is in the core of our nature, in our DNA.
So, Roddy and I have spent the last month or so traveling. And some of our travels have been for pleasure, and some for work. We just got home to Florida from Romania, where we did 7 days of events back-to-back-to-back. That’s a lot of work. It takes a lot of effort, on our part, and on the part of the whole Romanian team, and all the speakers at the event.
Here’s a picture of one of the groups that we...
It’s been a while since we’ve connected. Roddy and I have been busy traveling this summer. Roddy and Susan took their whole family back to England for a month, and I have also been traveling through Europe and am just finishing up with some events in Romania before I head back to the United States.
So, all that to say, I’ve missed connecting with you. And I just thought I would drop you a quick message and tell you a little bit about what’s been going on for Roddy and I.
Back a couple of weeks ago, Roddy and Susan met me in Rome, along with some of our other friends. We had a great time. I know it was Roddy and Susan’s first time there, and it was so cool to see how much they loved the city – one of my favorite cities in the world. Everywhere you go, every street you turn down, there’s beauty and art in the core makeup of the city. Ancient ruins here, Renaissance architecture there, sculptures and monuments in every city square. Truly...
This passage is one of my all-time favorites. Not only is it so eloquently written, but it speaks truth to the highest level. It comes from the book, As A Man Thinketh, by James Allen, and it is a book I have studied hundreds, if not thousands, of times.
There have been many times in my life where I have felt like a “tempest-tossed soul.” Growing up poor. Failing out of high school. Working a dead-end job. Even after I had started my commercial cleaning business and was producing great results,...
Do you have any problems in your life?
Hey, we’re all human. I don’t think it’s possible to get through the human experience without problems. It’s part of what it means to be alive and living on this earth.
I believe that problems are a part of our experience because they in fact lead to growth and to an expansion of ourselves and our God-given abilities… or at least they COULD. But we have to be intentional about it.
What was the last problem you had in your life? What did you do about it? Did you go from one person to the next, asking “What do you think I should do? How do I deal with this? What’s the best solution?”
I know I’ve done that lots in my life. I’ve looked outside of myself for the solution. But let me suggest to you an idea… For any problem you experience in your life, you have within you the ability to discern the solution. What I’ve found is that when I would get the solution to...