Oct 012014
 

How To Live A Life Of Abundance

The Value of Your Time, Money and Health

Reflecting on time gone by helps me to realize my value to society and my worth to myself. Not the tasks I completed or the purchases I made, but the time I have spent with my family and what I have done to increase my value as a person. I also consider the value that I have created for others, and what I have traded my precious time for… Because once the day is gone, it is gone forever, so I must strive to live an abundant life today and every day.

“Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate
until they have been depleted.” ~Denis Waitley

As I grow older I have learned to appreciate my time and my health more and more. Fortunately, I have been blessed far beyond my expectations with spiritual, physical and material gifts. I can use my time and these gifts to share and benefit others or I can waste them. I’d like you to consider the value of your time and the impact you have on others lives.

“Time is more valuable than money.” ~Jim Rohn

All of our lives we have been told that in order to increase our success and material worth we should trade our time for money. We’re told to go to school and to work hard. And, once we achieve “success” we’re told that we should turn our money over to the financial institutions, but only after the government takes their share… for the betterment of society of course.

Our minds have been brainwashed into believing that the accumulation theory of compounding in retirement plans will create financial success. When you follow this way of thinking you are devaluing your importance and decreasing your self-worth by basing your beliefs on economic models that are dependent on opinion.

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Our mental attitude is power we hold within us.

Our human life value, as described by the late Solomon Huebner, is the capitalized monetary worth of the earning capacity resulting from the economic forces that are incorporated within our being: namely, our character and health, our education, training, and experience, our personality and industry, our creative power, and our driving force to realize the economic images of the mind.

“It isn’t a coincidence that governments everywhere want to educate children. Government education, in turn, is supposed to be evidence of the state’s goodness and its concern for our well-being. The real explanation is less flattering. If the government’s propaganda can take root as children grow up, those kids will be no threat to the state apparatus. They’ll fasten the chains to their own ankles.” ~Lew Rockwell

Our schools indoctrinate our children from a young age with biased information and fictional characters instead of focusing on history and learning from our past. Case in point, my children participate in an accelerated reading program at their elementary school. Their available literature is almost entirely fictional consisting of fantasy and witchcraft. The problem is over time fallacies and falsehoods develop into myths. And, myths destroy our confidence by instilling our minds with doubt and fear.

“Myths which are believed in tend to become true.”
~George Orwell

Myths are based on a scarcity mindset and can be perpetuated from generation to generation. When we embrace the scarcity mindset we buy into the belief that our resources are limited. Scarcity fails to account for self-worth and further limits our opportunity for ownership and growth.

As you can see these myths can destroy your ability to create real wealth and your value as a person. Instead when you follow your purpose and focus on creating value in yourself and others, you can live a life filled with abundance and prosperity.

“Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.” ~Albert Einstein

We must breakthrough the boundaries of traditional thinking and challenge our minds if we want to achieve our maximum potential in life. An abundant life is developed by practicing our talents and abilities and taking action. When we take action on our thoughts and ideas, based on our knowledge, we increase our worth. As we increase our knowledge, we also increase our confidence and ability to follow our free will, and make our own choices.

By living a life of abundance you can follow your soul purpose and increase your value to others. You are free to focus on God’s work and your personal passions without the limits and confines of a scarcity mindset. You create value in others by sharing your knowledge and developing their abilities. You are free to live a life of prosperity.

God has blessed us with an abundant supply of spiritual and material gifts. Our challenge is to utilize these blessings to honor God and fulfill our purpose as Christians.

For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Matthew 13:12

Many believe that the end of time, as we know it, is near. In essence, your future resides in your hands. In the coming months your world is going to change… the question is, will you be ready for what’s next?

In closing, I’d like to encourage you take a personal inventory by asking you a few questions. Ask yourself what’s really important to you? Why do you do what you do? Are you spending your time with the ones that matter the most? When you make investments, consider if you are investing in yourself as a person. Will these investments increase your value? Are you expanding your knowledge? What are you reading and whom are you listening to?

“You are the same today as you will be in five years except for two things: the people you meet and the books you read.” ~Charlie ‘Tremendous’ Jones

Until next time,
Live a Life of Abundance!
Barry Page

Barry Page is a recognized author and publisher of multiple blogs, websites and videos. He is an expert on private banking and specializes in showing families how to increase their happiness, health and prosperity. His business is based in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and he services clients throughout the country.

Mar 312014
 

With PMA or a Positive Mental Attitude, dreams are realized, motivation is improved and greater confidence is created. You can learn how to program your mind to achieve success with positive input that will motivate you to achieve your goals.

Your vision of your world is created by your attitude. In other words your outlook on life is determined by how you approach things mentally. By programming your mind to think positive thoughts you can change the picture in your mind and increase your control over the outcome of your actions.

How can you program your mind to think positive thoughts? Over the years I have personally experimented with a multitude of ways to control my attitude, and some work better than others. You’ve no doubt experienced the uplifting feeling of being in a room full of people who are all chanting, yelling or singing; perhaps at church or a pep rally. On the other hand you’ve probably been surrounded by negative people, complaining or arguing, leaving you feeling mentally drained.

Unfortunately, our minds are bombarded constantly with negative information. The television is just one example of this, but probably the best. Today’s programming is filled with news stations that run 24/7 broadcasts of the latest travesties. And, we eat it up even though we know that we shouldn’t. It’s like a drug that we can’t get enough of. And, of course nowadays we have our mobile devices and social media that follows us wherever we go.

Curiosity can work for us in different ways, but often it encourages us to drag ourselves down. The rush of adrenalin you feel when you suddenly find yourself in a pressure situation is similar to the rush of endorphins that flood the mind when you think positive thoughts. Our decision to fill our minds and thoughts with positive, truthful information is a hard one. Partly because of peer pressure and partly because of the curiosity we have.

How many times have you been seduced today? It would be hard to know the answer because it is the job of advertisers to arouse you without your knowing. Today, and every day, that you turned on the TV and watched a commercial, picked up a magazine and saw a print ad or simply logged on to your favorite social media or opened your email inbox, you have been assaulted by mind altering advertisements that your mind may not detect.

As adults we can train ourselves to avoid these ads and to simply turn the channel, but they are becoming much more sophisticated. Advertisers purchase your demographics from sources that you thought were protected to send you targeted messages. Spammers use complex algorithms to fill your email box with sexy solicitations and trash. Avoiding this negativity is becoming much harder.

We will delve deeper into ways to avoid the rubbish later, but for now let’s focus on the positive. Obviously not all advertising is bad, sometimes it’s just hard to interpret. For instance, you’ve probably been touched by ads from charitable organizations that urge you to donate, or insurance companies that encourage you to protect your family. Perhaps these types of ads will leave you with a feeling of hope or accomplishment, because they have touched you in a way that inspires you to do what you feel is good.

Throughout every day we have to decipher the good from the bad. In order to focus on the good it is important to avoid the clutter and pay close attention to our surroundings. Just as our parents warned us to watch who we were friends with, the same applies as adults. We as humans are likely to read, watch and use the same materials as our peers. So, what are the people you spend your time with doing? Is that congruent to what you want for yourself? If not, then you have some important decisions to make.

It’s easy to get caught up in every day life and avoid the things we know can improve our lives. You may want to ask yourself, what was the last book I read? Perhaps you already read motivational or inspirational books. Books and quotes are my favorite way to clear my mind and replenish it with positive thoughts. You may even listen to positive or educational tapes or cd’s in your car, if so you are on your way to a better life.

The Bible is a great source of inspiration and one that can provide hope and instill faith. Attending Church will allow you to surround yourself with others that also have a desire to improve their lives. Inspirational music can fill your heart with love and open your mind to hope. And prayer can provide you with strength in any situation. (NKJ) Psalm 28:1, “To You I will cry, O Lord my Rock: Do not be silent to me, Lest, if You are silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit.”

Keep reading and keep learning. Inspire hope and faith by surrounding yourself with positive and uplifting people. You have what it takes to be successful in whatever you choose. And until next time, whatever your dreams are, Go For It!

Barry Page

Feb 072014
 

It’s never too late to set a goal. Did you set a New Year’s resolution or goal, only to have it fade away? Every year people all over the world set new goals and make resolutions for the new year, unfortunately most will never fulfill their promises.

In the following text I’ll outline how to achieve your goals and keep your resolutions this year.

Maybe you’ve already set your goals, now you must act on them. If you haven’t set any goals, now is the time, the New Year offers the perfect time to set new goals! Often, many people set goals or make a resolution to overcome bad habits or negative behavior. Your goal may be to achieve more success or increase your income.

Having a goals system will ensure that you focus your efforts to achieve success. Remember, a ‘goal’ is different from a ‘wish.’ You may wish to be rich, but that doesn’t mean you’ve taken any practical steps to make that ‘wish’ come true.

Why should you set goals? Setting goals is the best way to improve your life. The most common reason for not setting goals is procrastination, but there are lots of other excuses. Ironically, stopping procrastination is one of the most popular goals. So, why not get started now?

When goal setting there are about 8 categories that most goals come from, there are many more, but most can be put into these categories:

Primary Goal Categories

  • Financial
  • Physical
  • Spiritual
  • Mental
  • Social
  • Family
  • Career
  • Habits

Common Personal Goals

  1. Lose weight
  2. Stop smoking
  3. Increase income
  4. Vacation
  5. Get out of debt
  6. Finish school
  7. Learn a trade
  8. Write a book

So, now that you have an idea of the more common goals, why don’t you set your own? It can be as simple as getting out a piece of paper and a pen. The most important thing is to get started now. The goals you choose are the ‘what’ you would like to accomplish. Simply choose 1 or up to 5 goals and write them down. You may want to do this in a journal or notebook or pin them to the refrigerator.

Be specific with your goals and be careful to keep your goals simple and to the point, listing only what is important and realistic to you. If you make too many, you may get discouraged or have problems focusing.

Once you have your goals written down, you’ll want to determine ‘why’ you want to accomplish your goals. This is simply the purpose for accomplishing your goal. Your ‘why’ is imperative and will keep you motivated when you run into roadblocks or get sidetracked. Be honest with yourself about why these goals are important to you and why you should do them now.

To summarize, the Goal is ‘what’ you want to do and the Purpose is ‘why’ you must do this now. Once you determine mentally what you want to accomplish, you will subconsciously start taking on behaviors that will bring you to your determined result.

Here are some examples of goals, specifics, and purposes:

Goal (What) Specific Purpose  (Why)
Stop Smoking Decrease gradually and No cigarettes after 6 months To breathe easier and live a longer life with your family.
Lose Weight Lose 24 lbs. this year So you can be more physically fit and live a healthier life.
Write a Book 200 page “how to” book To promote a cause and teach others what you have learned.
Save Money $40,000 over 10 years To pay for your children’s college, so they will be able to get a higher paying job.
Give to Charity 10% of your earnings To give back and help others because you have prospered.

You should now have your goals and your purpose written down. Continuing to take action is vital at this point. If you break your goals down into short steps they will be easier to accomplish. For example, if you want to lose weight, be specific. Let’s say you want to lose 24 pounds this year, you could break that down to 2 pounds per month. Or if you want to write a book, you may write a chapter a month or 2 pages a day.

Getting started requires action steps. So, you may want to journal or keep track of your daily accomplishments. By tracking your successes you will build confidence.

If your goal is to stop a bad habit, you will want to think of ways to interrupt your negative pattern. You will want to create a positive reinforcement for the negative one. Create a new association that will provide pleasure for the success.

Over the years I’ve put together a common sense approach for setting goals and broken it down into easy to follow steps.

Steps for Achieving Your Goal(s):

1. Write down your specific goal and purpose for achieving your goal. First, handwrite your goal, this will cause you to think and visualize your goal. Later you may want to type or print out your goal

2. Plan your goal setting. Set a specific date for accomplishing your goal. Break your goal down into easily attainable steps

3. Take action toward accomplishing your goal. Work toward your goal daily. Practice discipline until you form a habit

4. Visualize yourself achieving your goal. Play a movie in your mind. Watch the movie at night and in the morning

5. Verbalize your goal. Say “I choose to earn $ (your financial goal here) per year.”. Say “I will do this through (your specific plan or job here).”

The most important part of any goal plan is taking action. So, start now! Keep your mind focused on the above steps and start working towards your goal.

Close your eyes picture yourself in the place you want to be.  Don’t worry about whether or not it’s working or over analyze what you’re doing.  Just keep your mind focused on your goal and discipline yourself to do the steps above on a regular basis.

The following steps will allow you to “really” accelerate your results:

  1. Are you going to dream about this or really do it?
  2. Really print this out right now.
  3. Really paste this next to your computer right now.
  4. Really follow the steps once a day for 30 days.
  5. Do it now and don’t let anything get in the way of you accomplishing your goal.
  6. Take action and you will feel better about yourself and others. You will achieve success!

Until next time,
Barry Page

Barry Page is a recognized author and publisher of multiple blogs, websites and videos. He is a leading expert on private banking and a Registered Financial Consultant. He specializes in showing families how to increase their happiness, health and prosperity. His business is based in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and he services clients throughout the country.

 Posted by at 12:41 am
Jan 092014
 

Maintaining a Positive Attitude

To be successful in life you need  have and maintain a positive attitude. When you view life with a positive mental attitude, you are leaps and bounds ahead of the rest.

PMA101 is the class you never took in college. Our classrooms today teach us theory and concepts on getting a “job”, but mention little if anything on what it takes actually be successful.

Most of us were never taught why it is important to maintain a positive attitude. We go through life with no idea why.

Sure you can be successful with a negative attitude, but for how long? And, for what price? When you change your attitude, you change your life.

 Posted by at 8:39 pm