In a little less than a week, Jack Canfield will be welcoming Breakthrough to Success 2013 participants to the powerful "heavy mental" music and messages of Jana Stanfield.
Although I won't be in the training room this time around, I can still remember the excitement I felt on that first day. Little did I know that BTS would transform my life, providing me with a set of tools and a network of support to overcome fear, clarify my passion and purpose and reframe old beliefs that no longer serve me.
It all began with a very powerful song; in it a couple of powerful questions that I reflected upon, journaled about and made a commitment to work on.
I journaled about writing a book and sharing my story. I journaled about incorporating Jack's powerful work into the work I do with teens. Three years later, my book is a published best seller, my story is impacting my readers in huge ways and I am in the process of lining up collaborative partners to expand my Pathways to Success curriculum pilot to students and teachers across the country.
It's a never ending process, a sometimes arduous, slow journey riddled with old fears I thought I had already released. ... but it's a magical one fueled by passion and purpose that continues to reveal the next right step, the lesson that lies within the struggle, and the transformational power behind the fear.
I invite you to watch Jana perform the song that continues to inspire me as I press forward, step by step towards my goals and stirive to live my best life. and I invite you to reflect on your answers to her questions:
What would you do today of you were brave?
What would you do this year if you had no fear?
Of course, if there's anything I can do to support you or the young people in your life with classes, coaching or resources, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you ready?
What do Vernon Davis and Tia Torres have in common? Both have a unique expression for what they are called to do AND they’re living their life’s work.
Top-ranked NFL tight end and 49ers star Vernon Davis, owns Gallery 85, an exclusive art gallery in Santana Row in San Jose, California. Gallery 85 offers a wide range of visual artists a venue for high-end exposure for their work while raising funds for the Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts, which promotes arts education and art appreciation for at-risk youth and awards college art school scholarships for talented inner-city youth.
Some would say Vernon’s life’s work is to be a great tight end, while others would say it is running his nonprofit organization. Another perspective is that both are part of his life’s work.
Then there’s Tia Torres, an iconic figure who rescues pit bulls. What started as a part-time interest in rescuing dogs has become Tia’s life’s work. Having worked as a gang counselor at one point in her career, her passion for rescuing animals turned into what is now known to millions as the TV show Pit Bulls and Parolees.
In the late 1990s, during a visit to a local animal shelter, Tia met a four-year-old pit bull, which made a huge impression on her. She touched Tia’s heart and was instrumental in Tia’s pursuing her new calling. The journey to save pit bulls was a rough one with many obstacles along the way. But with her big “why” always in the forefront of her journey, Tia overcame incredible obstacles to become known as one of the most powerful dog rescuers of all time.
Because of Tia’s work, thousands of pit bulls destined to be throw-away dogs now live in loving homes. Her work not only saved these amazing creatures, but she has transformed the misunderstanding people had about pit bulls into love.
It is now easier to get the word out about what Tia and others like her are doing to make a difference in the world. There have been amazing advances in communication technology since the time when she first began her rescue mission.
Whatever your calling, what is your bigger “why?" Certainly there are times when things get really tough for Tia Torres and her pit bull rescue program. What allows her to stay the course is that her commitment is bigger than she is.
It’s the same with Vernon Davis. At times there are likely challenges he must overcome to stay the course. Yet, he does. And through Internet and social media marketing he has been able to raise awareness about the needs of talented inner-city artists in a much bigger way.
We are often led to believe that there should be no struggles, no hardships, no obstacles in pursuing our dreams. Give me a break! There will be times when things are a challenge, and it is often the challenges that inspire us in our true calling.
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It's amazing how I always get exactly what I need if I am paying attention! I've had a few challenging days ... difficulty staying focused, procrastinating on one of the items on my to do list that is a major priority, and letting some things slide that fuel my energy and keep my space and my head clear.
When I'm in that place, I go to the Coach's Coach ... my teacher and mentor Jack Canfield. He always has something that can get me out of my funk and get me back to focus. Today is no exception.
Good or Bad, Habits Always Deliver Results
By Jack Canfield
You are an accumulation of your habits. From how you get out of bed, how you shower, how you dress, how you walk, sit, and talk, how you respond to the world, how you act in front of others, and how you think; you're living out your habits.
Habits are necessary.
They free up your mind so you can concentrate on how to survive day to day. You don't have to think about how to drive your car so you can be on the lookout for danger while you are driving. You don't have to think about how to walk so you can concentrate on where you're going.
Unfortunately, habits can also keep you locked in self-destructive patterns, which will limit your success.
Is there something you want to accomplish in life that requires you to up-level your game? Whatever it is that you want to achieve, you will need to drop those bad habits that are lead to a dead-end and develop new ones that are in alignment with the life you want to live.
People don't suddenly appear in the life they want to live... their habits play a large part in determining their outcome.
What are the habits you have that are keeping you from achieving your goals?
Really be honest with yourself here...
Are you always running late?
Do you return phone calls within 24 hours?
Do you get enough sleep?
Do you follow through on your promises?
Do you plan out your day?
Imagine what your life would be like if all your habits were their productive counterparts!
I'd like to help you get moving toward creating more successful habits, so I'd recommend you develop four of your new success habits each year, one for each quarter.
Once you pick the new habit you're ready to adopt, next you'll want to create a method that will support your new habit.
Here are some ideas... You could write it down on a card that you keep with you and read several times a day. You could make it a part of your daily visualization. You could also enlist the help of an accountability partner who has habits to change, or work with a personal coach who can keep you on track.
It's important to make a 100% commitment to your new habit, so be specific about the steps that you're willing to take in order to drop an old habit and adopt a new one. Don't be vague about how you will change your habits. Spell it out for yourself so you can recognize situations that motivate you to act out your new habit.
Just developing four new habits a year will dramatically shift your life to be more in line with your vision. And the more in line it becomes, the easier the other habits are to replace because your perspective is shifting and you can see more clearly how your old habits aren't serving you anymore.
Make the decision. Make the commitment. Then watch your new, positive life unfold!
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Over the past few years, I have fully embraced Jack Canfield's work and explored my passion and life purpose, developed goals based on my passion and purpose, take daily action toward achieving those goals and work with an accountability partner and a mastermind group to keep me on track. The results have been phenomenal, my energy has shifted and my life has literally become magical. There is positive evidence of the Law of Attraction present in my life every day as I move towards my goals and I have learned how to be in tune to divine guidance along the way.
The best part of it all is that through my teaching, coaching, mentoring and writing, I am able to teach others how to do the same! My dream is to bring Jack's work to teens and young adults across the country and ultimately to have a retreat center that is based on Jack's Success Principles and attracts people who are in search of their passion, purpose and best vision for their life and want to learn the entrepreneurial skills and tools and connect to a network of support to help them create it! What could be better than that? In my mind and heart, there's not much.
Every once in awhile I get sidetracked from my goals and vision. Actually, quite often if the truth be told. Perhaps it's part of my creative process ... or sometimes it's simply procrastination. Or is it something else?
Something happens that gets distracts me and grabs my attention. Often times I have no idea where a particular thought came from, or why I followed the impulse to make that call or go to that place or what that dream meant, or why I had that conversation with the stranger, or why I landed on that webpage.
Until I get goosebumps. That's when I know I'm onto something. That's when I know it's time to pay close attention. Goosebumps are one of the ways the Universe gets my attention to move in a direction I might never have gone on my own.
Check out this goosebump story ... perhaps you will help me see where it goes!
As you may know from reading my posts, I published a book titled Match Meets the Metaphysical: A Transformational Journey to Light and Love. It was released on June 12, 2013 and became a best seller overnight!
I set the goal to write a best selling book back in August 2010 while attending Breakthrough to Success, my first Canfield event. Apparently, according to the Universe’s plan, that was just the beginning of my bigger vision!
I was inspired to write my story after a pretty significant sequence of metaphysical experiences that literally rocked my world. I needed some help sorting it all out and consulted with the White Mountain Center for Creative Development and the Hypnosis Center. I received support and guidance from their hypnotherapists and psychic mediums which helped to clarify parts of my story as it was unfolding.
Once I got clear and was ready to write, I connected with the founders of the Center, Penny and Michael Hathaway, who provided me with some coaching on the writing, editing and cover design of the book. I am forever grateful for the encouragement, support and guidance I received throughout the process, but I am beginning to think there's something even more to our connection.
The morning after I hit "Approve" and sent the final proof to the publisher, I woke up in the middle of a wild dream. I was on a movie set, sitting in a director's chair, beads of sweat on her forehead from the bright lights, watching the film crew shoot a scene from her book while the Blues Traveler lyrics "Hollywood's calling for the movie rights" ran through my head.
I couldn't fall back to sleep. I got up, made coffee and went online to check email. I was a bit surprised to find an email from my mentor Jack Canfield’s publicist inviting me to learn how to prepare my book manuscript to be turned into a movie. I was struck by the synchronicity ... and immediately got goosebumps.
Goosebumps make me pay attention. I have learned that when I get goosebumps, I need to look for signs that will lead me to the next right step ... and often to amazing connections, synchronicities and magical opportunities!
I followed the link and it led me to a program designed to help authors get their books ready for the big screen; guiding their projects through the process of getting them ready for a producer, getting the project into the hands of at least two producers, and coaching authors on meeting with producers about movie options.
I could barely catch my breath. For a minute I imagined what it might be like to made my book into a movie. I could clearly visualize the story on the big screen. I also knew that this program might very well be the next step to take to make that happen, but, up until now, I didn’t see what this was really all about.
Unfortunately, publishing the book has been a costly process both financially and in terms of time, so I decided to set a long term goal to bring the book to the screen over the next year or two when funds loosened up.
Fast forward a few weeks after my book was released … positive reviews have been pouring in from readers from all directions. I am especially excited and overwhelmed with the feedback from readers telling me that the book is impacting their lives in a big way; helping them to see things from a whole new perspective and giving them tools to fuel their personal journey towards a life of passion and purpose. Several readers have suggested that the book would make a great movie! And the majority of the people giving me the positive feedback are precisely my target audience for my retreat center! Hmmmm ...
Enter ... The Universe!
A few days ago, I had a repeat of the movie set dream and woke up to the same lyrics … and goosebumps!
Again I couldn't fall back to sleep. I signed onto Facebook just in time to see a status post by one of my friends that included a link to an article by Jack Canfield (my mentor) about his success principle "Ask! Ask! Ask!" ... followed by another friend's post about GoFundMe ... followed by a whole bunch more goosebumps!
I read the article and checked out gofundme and the goosebumps quickly led me to the next right step.
The Universe is calling me to take big action. It's calling for a big ASK … and it doesn’t seem to want to wait for my long range timeline. This is not really about making my book a movie for the purpose of fame and fortune ... it's about raising money to support my ultimate goal of bringing Jack's amazing work to lots of people!
I approached the White Mountain Center for Creative Development and asked them to help me raise $5000 to cover the cost of the book to movie program. They were happy to support the fundraising campaign ... so here we are ASKing for your support to bring my story to the screen.
Specifically, your contribution will support me in working directly with a publicist and screenwriter to develop the screenplay vision, logline and treatment (Hollywood lingo) for my book, get the project in front of at least two Hollywood producers over the next several months and coach me about meeting with producers to discuss and negotiate movie options.
Should I get a movie contract, the money would go towards developing programs and physical space for my bigger goal!
You can visit the project page at http://www.gofundme.com/3ltzi8 to check out the donation incentives!
Feel free to share this blog post on Facebook and pass itt on to to your contacts who might want to learn more about paying attention to their own goosebumps and letting the magic of the Law of Attraction flow through their lives!
Match Meets the Metaphysical: A Transformational Journey to Light and Love is a profound story that touches upon a realm that is often experienced, but is not often given a voice. The book is based on a true story about a young woman going through major life transition while developing her intuitive and psychic abilities, exploring past life connections and learning to trust guidance she gets from the other side.
This movie, if brought to the screen, will entertain a wide range of viewers while opening up an important dialogue about life that goes well beyond our five senses and providing insight about our purpose for being on the planet.
Based on the work I do with kids and the kinds of questions and stories I get from them about their metaphysical experiences, I believe that the timing is perfect for this project to come to fruition.
Clearly the Universe does as well ... thus all the goosebumps.
Best case scenario is that the movie will be one way to help adults open up to possibilities and support their kids as the veil continues to get thinner ... and help my big dream come to fruition.
Worst case scenario is that I will have what I need to continue to pursue movie rights with additional producers and the book will continue to entertain readers and provide insight to anyone looking for ways to go through transition, reduce fear and expand their capacity for unconditional love. Either way, it's a win!
For more information about the book or to order it, visit www.matchmeetsthemetaphysical.com
Please tweet and post this link http://www.gofundme.com/3ltzi8 Facebook and share this request with your email lists. The Universe certainly brought the project to this step … I hope you will help me take it to the next step!
Please note that donations are tax deductible.
Contributions received in excess of specific project expenses will go to the tuition scholarship fund for classes and programs offered at the White Mountain Center for Creative Development and the White Mountain Hypnosis Center.
And when I make the movie deal, the mone will go towards funding my ongoing big audacious goal to bring Jack’s Success Principles to young people all over the country and to create a space where people can come to immerse themselves in this transformational work and create the life of their dreams!
Check out the gofundme page at http://www.gofundme.com/3ltzi8
Wow ... what a whirlwind this past month has been! I've spent alot of time standing fully present in the magic of the moments ... looking back in order to move ahead to what's next. Exciting times for sure!
I published my first book and, with the help of my teachers, mentors and coaches, launched it into best seller status. My own transformational story is now out there and my past is serving as inspiration to my readers to take new steps towards discovering their own magic. The feedback I am getting from family, friends and new followers is amazing. You can check it out here.
I am getting requests for media interviews, to teach live classes and to do personal coaching. I am even being encouraged and led to explore the possibility of turning my book into a movie to further expand my message.
As I look back on the process of publishing my story, I can now see clearly into the future of possibilities that I couldn't see when I was living it. Such a cool perspective!
Looking back to move ahead ...
After the launch, I traveled to Long Beach, California for another phenomenal week in the training room with Jack Canfield at his Success Principles Train the Trainer event; witnessing, experiencing and helping to facilitate the training of the next generation of human potential leaders. I was so excited to hear Jack and Patty, President of The Canfield Training Group, announce their commitment to train ONE MILLION people with Jack's Success Principles work so the trained could, in turn, train even more people. Based on my experience with Jack's work, the commitment to this goal would, indeed, create a ripple effect that has the potential to transform the planet!
As they made the announcement, I found myself back in the room at my first Jack Canfield event, Breakthrough to Success in 2010, when I knew that I needed to bring what I was learning to the teens and young adults I was working with. Since that day in 2010, I have further expanded my own breakthrough goal and taken steps to develop and pilot curriculum in several target groups. The results have been amazing and it is clear there is more work to be done to further spread the magic of this work.
I have a call with Jack's company to talk about how I can help train teachers and youth service workers to help bring this amazing work to young
Looking back to move ahead ...
And finally, I spent the July 4th holiday in the midst of the festivities, conversations and connections with the people and places where my story began and unfolded. I was able to gain even more resolution of my past, get more clear on the direction for my future and fully embrace what I need in order to support my day to day connection to the source of my inspiration.
Looking back to move ahead ... helping people find their magic!
Transition on Purpose