SOAPBOX of the week: varicose values

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.”    – Malcolm Forbes, publisher

So, you’re not a millionaire, not married, not famous, not a Harvard grad, not the neighborhood Martha Stewart or Ward Cleaver, not sporting a 6-pak and an Olympic Medal.  Hmm.  DO you even remember when these “line items” became the ultimate brass rings to pursue?  And what if they never do become your reality?  Would you be less valuable or treated better by those folks who really matter?  At some point, you chose to pedestal these iconic titles, characteristics and achievements, and in doing so unknowingly backhanded yourself, diminishing the quality of you!  Now, what if you are a dedicated worker bee or entrepreneur?  Are patient for just the right person to come along?  Are investing daily in your health and wellness?  Have earned the respect of your community and coworkers?  Stand wise beyond your years from the school of life?  Perhaps it’s time to reevaluate your portfolio and acknowledge the tremendous gains you have made.  Folks, set-in-stone, lofty goals can only overshadow your maturing greatness –indeed keep striving, but always celebrate the currency of your current reality.

Copyright 2000-2009 by Kimberlie Dykeman.   

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SOAPBOX of the week: Get it in gear

“You can’t push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb himself.”     – Andrew Carnegie, businessman

Picture this: it’s mealtime and Little Jimmy isn’t convinced that the spoonful of veggies is good for him, let alone not a mouthful of poison.  Determined to have him swallow it so he will grow into a healthy, well-rounded adult, the coercion, negotiating, begging and, perhaps, voice-raising, begins. A stalemate is reached, accompanied by kicking, fussing and perhaps food-splattered wallpaper.  Why doesn’t he just trust that this is what’s best for him?!  Well, just like children, many folks you attempt to “help” aren’t prepared nor willing to accept your advice, ideas, or cheering.  Now.  But just as change is inevitable, their agenda, fears, curiosities, and preferences will eventually surrender a breakthrough.  So stay tuned, close and true and be ready to dole out a healthy serving of encouragement.

Copyright 2000-2009 by Kimberlie Dykeman
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SOAPBOX of the week: plug into your own power

“There is a power under your control that is greater than poverty, greater than the lack of education, greater than all your fears and superstitions combined.  It is the power to take possession of your own mind and direct it to whatever ends you may desire.”     – Andrew Carnegie, businessman

Ok, show me your grocery list of excuses for not being as successful as you want to be.  Never enough time.  Not the right time.  Never enough money.  Don’t have the know-how.   Don’t know the right people.  It’s your boss’ fault.  Your parents’ fault.  What if you screw up?  Ugh!  Truth be told: you’re stuck in the comfortable groove of being uncomfortable…and your fearful thoughts and actions justify a perpetual life of lack.  But it’s never too late to revise!  And to do so, you must choose success.  Rise up out of that rut with a specific vision of all that success embodies. Channel your ideas and actions into a positive new groove.  The power you then radiate will attract abundance and joy…that’s all yours for the taking.

Copyright 2008 by Kimberlie Dykeman
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SOAPBOX of the week: Present-tense positivity

“Don’t worry about anything. Worrying never solved anything.  All it does is distort your mind.”     – Milton Garland, oldest working businessman

We’ve all been there: someone says, “Relax.  Don’t worry about it” and you cringe.  Easier said than done, right?  But take an honest look at the plethora of times you’ve made mountains out of molehills, only to kick yourself for the energy you wasted, the opportunities you missed out on, the people you upset.  Worrying creates a false future with a worse case scenario as the premiere outcome …and you as the lead victim.  How does that serve you?  It doesn’t.  So don’t go there!  Period.  Instead, stay here!  Empower yourself by remaining in the present and trusting the proverbial “Law of Attraction”.  Positive thoughts in your current reality will attract positive outcomes and squelch that warped image in your noggin.

Copyright 2008 by Kimberlie Dykeman 

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SOAPBOX of the week: Intentional magical mystery

“An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it.”     – William Bernbach, businessman

Ask anyone walking down the street, and they’ll insist they’ve had a million dollar idea pass them by…someone stole it or they just never got around to cashing in on it.  I’m sure you’ve got your own you’re still kicking yourself over.  I’d argue, though, that even the little specks of creative, clever, and crazy notions you cultivate could become spectacular gems.  Point is, regardless of their presumed magnitude …or money-making ability… only you can give your concepts legs to leap out of your brain and become tangible possibilities.  So, hone in on the ones that bring sparkle to your spirit.  Devote attention to creating their bright futures in reality.  Then adorn yourself in the celebration of their magical impact.

Copyright 2008 by Kimberlie Dykeman 

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