“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe” – Oprah Winfrey
The thing about beliefs though is they require some digging. It’s hard to sit there and figure out why you do something. I found a question in Tony Robbins Time of Your Life: 3 Ways to Take Control of Your Life that has sat with me ever since. It’s great to help you in figuring out the beliefs you have.
His question was “what would I have to belief to feel this way”.
It stops and makes us think about what beliefs we would have. When someone does or says something that upsets you, it’s worth taking the time out to ask yourself this. Is it what the person said or is it because you have a belief that validates it?
Our beliefs come from everything – our family, our friends, society, things we see, things we don’t see.
Delving into beliefs can take time. But it’s replacing the beliefs that can be hard too.
Which is why I’m writing this today. I found these beliefs in Jim Rohn’s program The Day That Turned Your Life Around (yes I have a slight obsession with self development programs!) to help you replace your beliefs.
I have to admit – I’ve been lazy. I’ve heard of the name Jim Rohn (I’m sure you’ve heard of him). Finally, after hearing about him many times in Todd Hermans 90 Day Year program (his course is a productive game changer by the way) I decided it was time to start listening.
If you don’t know who Todd Herman is – in short, he’s a personal development guru. Put it this way – Tony Robbins went to his seminars.
I got on to his audio program (it’s free on Amazons Audible Membership). Now I regret not listening to it sooner. If you can get past the cheesy 80’s/90’s marketing it’s honestly the best personal development program I’ve heard so far.
His self beliefs are infectious. His speaking is engaging and he’s honest. It’s stuff that can be applied easily and makes sense.
I think my favourite part is he doesn’t try to pump you up. He talks to your normally but leaves a profound impact.
If you’re having trouble replacing our negative beliefs and self talk, these are awesome self beliefs & affirmations from his personal development program. They’re great to read and are life changing once you’ve heard them.
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“Profits are better than wages” 1
Jim talks about this one heaps! He speaks about how he began a part time job on the side to focus on his “profits” while his daily job was about his “wages”. And slowly he built his part time job into a full time job.\
Basically it’s the 80’s & 90’s version of a “side hustle”.
He encourages people to focus on profits and not wages.
“Wages make you a living which is fine. Profits make you a fortune which is super fine”
With all the opportunity we have, he encourages us to find something on side that generates money, until it can replace our wage.
Claps to this guy for talking about this, 30 years before the term side hustle was even muttered.
It’s a handy belief that changed his life and is a great belief to hold on to, to remind of us how we can live our financial lives
“For things to change, you have to change” 2
A lot of business content focuses on productivity and how to make profit etc. I once heard a speaker say that if you focused on yourself and on how you can change for the better – the profits would come. Jim said the exact same thing!
And since I’ve stuck to that philosophy since and seen a huge change.
We spend a lot of time focused on making money and seeing growth financially. But we don’t give enough credit to what focusing on personal development can do. This is all in Jims speech below.
Which leads to his next few beliefs…
“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better” 3
Jim talks about how we all wish things were different – things were cheaper, taxes were lower, the Government was different. But he stresses that instead of putting energy into wishing thing were different, we should focus on how we can be better.
It ties in with his “profit are better than wages” belief. If we focused instead on bettering ourselves – creating better habits, mastering our self talk and focusing on how we can change ourselves rather than our situation, then we’d be a lot better off.
This is the kind of slap-in-your-face belief we all need to have. It’s good for when we feel like playing the victim – when things aren’t going our way. How can we adjust and better ourselves to better the situation?
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“Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills” 4
Ouch. And yes. all at the same time.
Problems are everywhere. When I’m having a shit day and wonder why “these things are always happening to me” I have to remind myself they’re not. Life without problems isn’t life. It’s unrealistic. Non existent.
Instead of focusing on the problems (which will always be there), Jim focuses on building his skills.
Skills equips us to deal and at the same time become more valuable.
This is an exceptional belief for the bad, I’m-the-vicitim days. What problems are we having? And what skills can we build to grow out of them? Or how would our problems be different if we focused instead on gaining skills?
“Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom” 5
Again back to the same theme – don’t focus on the problem focus on how you can fix it. No need to explain it here. I think we get his point!
“You can do the most remarkable things, no matter what happens, humans can do the most remarkable things no matter what happens” 6
Jim rounds of Tape 7 (Day 2) with this. Reading it doesn’t have the same effect as listening to him say it. But it’s a reminder and (Jim does through his whole tap) of what we are capable of.
Sometimes we need to hear this. The chances of us being here are slim (another point mentioned by Jim). Jim focuses on this a lot in The Day that Turned Your Life Around. We emphasises we have a great opportunity just by being who we are. Sentimental but a vital belief to have.
What beliefs do you have that you have found empowering and life changing? Or do you have a great personal development program you swear by? I’d love to know ?
Tips to pull off holiday hosting
(Family Features) With stay-at-home holidays a thing of the past for many families, they’re now busy preparing for full-blown celebrations. The return of traditional festivities brings seemingly never-ending to-do lists and pressure to be the perfect host.
From mastering a mouthwatering menu and donning your home with decadent decor to ensuring guests enjoy the evening to the fullest, hosting duties bring plenty of responsibilities. This year, though, you can avoid those anxious feelings with some preparation ahead of the big day.
To help pull off a sensational seasonal soiree, consider these tips from the entertaining experts at Sun-Maid to make the holidays brighter and more manageable so you can navigate the stresses of hosting.
Invite Others to Share Favorite Traditions
Especially with stay-at-home holidays in recent years, some friends and family members may have developed their own special traditions from new recipes and foods to seasonal games and activities. Inviting your guests to bring or share something that represents their favorite part of the holidays can help everyone feel welcome.
Take Time for Yourself
Remember to make time for yourself so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor right alongside guests. The busyness of this time of year can add stress but reflecting on the true meaning of the season and reveling in your favorite parts of the holidays can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Add New Ingredients to Your Menu
While pairing this year’s turkey or ham with the classics provides comfort and calls to mind holiday memories of the past, cooking with new ingredients and adding fresh recipes to the menu can put a fun spin on the season and maybe even create your own traditions to carry forward.
For example, baking with an option like Sun-Maid Raisins provides a whole fruit option with zero grams of added sugars per 1/4-cup serving. They’re an easy, better-for-you substitution to reduce overall sugar intake without compromising flavor or texture when compared with dried cranberries, which contain 27 grams of added sugars per 1/4-cup serving. The natural sugars of raisins make them a versatile, useful addition to a wide variety of holiday-worthy dishes.
Hop On Hot Food Trends
One of this year’s most popular trends in the kitchen is food boards, a fun and easy way to elevate flavor while incorporating favorites like cured meats, cold cuts, cheese slices and cubes, dips, nuts and more. Plus, you can keep your board balanced with nutritious items like vegetables and fruit, such as raisins, which provide sweet flavor without the added sugars.
A Time for Truce
Gathering for the holidays is about coming together with loved ones, family, friends and neighbors – and pulling it off means catering to everyone’s needs and wants. It’s a time for compromises and truces. To help add a little extra spark this year, try incorporating a theme to the party or coordinate fun activities and games that can be enjoyed by all. For example, holiday-themed charades, a seasonal “name that tune” game and gift exchanges all give guests ways to get in on the excitement.
To find more holiday entertaining inspiration and recipe ideas, visit SunMaid.com/PullOffTheHolidays .
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Why you next car will probably be electric
(BPT) – Love them, hate them, or don’t really care, electric vehicles are beginning to take over transportation conversations and roadways, and soon, boats and planes. Already, there were 16.5 million electric cars on the road worldwide in 2021, three times more than in 2018, according to S&P Global. Though still in the early adopter phase, here are four reasons your next vehicle is likely to be electric.
Auto manufacturers are phasing out the production of internal combustion engine (ICE) models. General Motors announced in 2021 that the company will only sell vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions by 2035, across all global markets. Similarly, leading companies like Ford committed to zero emissions globally by 2040 and no later than 2035 in key markets. Some states are making the same commitment. Through Michigan’s Healthy Climate plan, for example, the state is working to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050, including through electrifying vehicles and increasing public transit.
States are accelerating the push for EVs through legislation. The Air Resources Board is offering a Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, making new and used electric cars more affordable for consumers, as some states seek to ban the sale of ICE model vehicles. On the federal level, as part of a broad new Inflation Reduction Act — designed to address climate change, healthcare, and taxes — a new tax credit of up to $4,000 on used electric cars and revised tax credits of up to $7,500 on certain new EVs are available for prospective buyers to take advantage of. These legislative changes highlight the need for tangible progress in increasing the accessibility of EVs.
States are building out supporting infrastructure for EVs. All over the United States, you will find EV chargers popping up at local supermarkets, malls and sporting events. Michigan is taking it a step further by bringing chargers to state parks and working with public universities on pilot programs and research programs to improve battery design. The Lake Michigan EV Circuit Tour, for example, is a network of EV chargers that, once completed, will span over 1,100 miles of drivable shoreline around Lake Michigan throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.
“We are going to see a huge uptick in EV adoption, especially as manufacturers continue to diversify the EV models on the market, lower prices for increased accessibility, and partner with states to ensure infrastructure is catching up with the high-tech innovation happening across the country,” says Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer for the State of Michigan. “It’s only a matter of time before your neighbors are driving one too.”
Beyond incentives and legislation, we’re still human and want to keep up with our neighbors and peers. EVs have been around for almost 30 years, with the first mass-produced, purpose-built modern electric car from one of the industry’s key players released in 1996 from General Motors. Soon, EVs will make up a majority of new cars available. And, with the many financial incentives and user benefits associated with making the shift to EVs, it may not take long for you to begin reimagining how an EV could fit into your life, too.
While your next car choice will hinge on a range of factors — lifestyle, brand preference, car features, safety ratings, availability and price — you may be surprised how many boxes an EV can tick. Even without gas, there’s a lot of sustainable power under their hoods.
Help for older adults on a budget may be a few clicks away
Help for older adults on a budget may be a few clicks away
(BPT) – Food and gas prices continue to rise, on top of record-high housing costs in many cities across the U.S. If you’re an older adult who is already living on a tight budget, today’s inflation can be particularly difficult. Fortunately, there are programs available that can help you save money on health care, prescriptions, food, utilities and more.
One of the easiest ways to find out if you’re eligible for benefits is to visit the National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp.org. The free and confidential tool connects older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers to benefit programs. The site is easy to use, even for people with minimal digital experience.
“It only takes a few minutes to learn about all the programs available and how to apply,” said Ramsey Alwin, president and CEO of NCOA. “For example, there are Medicare programs that can boost your budget by helping with prescription drug costs, as well as premiums, deductibles and coinsurance.”
There are thousands of programs on BenefitsCheckUp, including:
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which can help you pay for healthy food
- The Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Programs, which can help people with Medicare afford their out-of-pocket health care expenses
- The Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing Programs, which can help with housing costs
- Supplemental Security Income, which provides cash for basic needs
- The Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides discounted internet services
- The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which can help you pay for home heating and cooling
Millions of older adults are eligible for, but not enrolled in these programs. In fact, NCOA estimates that $30 billion in benefits go unused each year simply because older adults don’t know about these programs — or how to apply.
BenefitsCheckUp.org will give you a personalized list of benefits you may be eligible for and the steps you need to apply, including links to the correct government agencies and applications. Just a few minutes could save you money every month.
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