“First we make our attitudes.  Then our attitudes make us.” – Denis Waitley 

Well, it’s finally done!  I am pleased to share with you that, after FIVE re-starts, I managed to turn the “21-Day Challenge” into the “63-Day Challenge,” but I finally completed it! 

You will recall that the 21-Day Challenge was first introduced to me by the noted prosperity teacher Edwene Gaines.  She has lived such a fulfilling, successful life and is such a renowned Master Manifester, I knew I had to try the Challenge myself, if I wanted to gain the personal power that she said would come from going 21 days in a row without uttering aloud a single word of complaint or gossip. 

When I began this personal challenge, I have to admit I was pretty cocky.  As a coach, it’s basically my day job to be keep a positive outlook and help my clients learn to view life’s ups and downs from a positive, empowering perspective so they can reach their goals.  But as I began to really pay attention to everything I said aloud, I quickly realized that I was just as prone as anyone else to making disparaging comments about people on reality TV shows, gossiping with friends, and venting my frustrations with banks, politicians, terrorists and cell phone providers aloud to my spouse.  To tell you the truth, I was pretty shocked at just how negative I could sometimes be when I was not being “coach.” 

Edwene Gaines says that this kind of negative communication drains us of the energy and power needed to create the things we want.  The Law of Attraction states that “energy attracts like energy,” so it makes perfect sense that when we criticize, complain and gossip, we are sending a negative energetic vibration out into the universe that is going to attract back to us MORE of the same stuff that we found objectionable in the first place! 

So this last 21 days, I was very, very careful to think before I spoke.  I won’t claim that I didn’t THINK any negative thoughts, but I made sure to bite my tongue before I spoke them!  After my many re-starts, what helped me finally conquer the urge to make gratuitous snarky observations was STOPPING before I spoke, and asking myself this  three-part question that my mother had urged me to use when I was a typically mouthy teenager: “Is it True?  Is it Kind?  Is it Helpful?”  

 When I remembered this, I vowed that if what I was about to say didn’t elicit a clear “YES” to all three parts, I would NOT say it – even if I thought it was oh-so clever and would surely prove once and for all what a master of witty repartee I am! 

Well, I can’t promise that I will never again make any sort of negative remark aloud to anyone else.  But the unexpectedly great effort of taking the 21-Day Challenge has really taught me a valuable lesson that I believe will stick with me.  That is, when I am busy thinking up something (negatively) clever to say, I am NOT busy focusing on the GOOD, the VALUABLE, the TRUE things I could say to or about someone.  

If I now spend more time consciously looking for the GOOD in my fellow human beings (and in myself), and then share those positive thoughts, I will not only be increasing my own power to create the life of my dreams, but I will be contributing to the positive energy of the entire PLANET, too.  Just as the “Green Movement” has made us aware of how we can waste precious natural resources unless we take specific steps to conserve energy, the 21-Day Challenge makes us aware of how we can waste the opportunity to raise our own prosperity consciousness and that of everyone around us unless we make the effort to acknowledge the GOOD, instead of the BAD.  

Which brings me to my prosperity-raising recommendation for this week:  Take a simple, enjoyable little step each day that will make a BIG difference for you and those around you by repeating aloud the “Promise” created by Christian D. Larson, which was adopted long ago by the Optimists International club as the “Optimist’s Creed.”  I was recently reminded of it by “The Secret,” which published it in a slightly updated form.  

I now repeat this “Promise” aloud every morning, as a reminder that simply refraining from negativity isn’t enough.  We must replace our negative thoughts and words with POSITIVE ones, in order to put the Law of Attraction into action and attract to us the positive people, things and circumstances that will make our dreams a reality:

 I promise myself 

To be so strong that nothing can disturb my peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person I meet.

To make all my friends feel that there is something worthwhile in them.

To look at the sunny side of everything and make my optimism come true.

To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as I am about my own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful expression at all times and give a smile to every living creature I meet.

To give so much time to improving myself that I have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds.

To live in the faith that the whole world is on my side, so long as I am true to the best that is in me.

— by Christian D. Larson (modified by The Secret 2007) 

P.S. If you like this, just email me and I’ll send you these words on a beautiful “scroll” that you can print out for yourself!  Here’s to our next big challenge: to strive to actually LIVE by these words!

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How Are Your 2010 Goals Coming Along?

Remember all those big, wonderful New Year’s resolutions and inspiring goals you set for yourself with such enthusiasm and optimism back in January?  Well, how are you doing on fulfilling them?  

Coach Sue Koch and I recently presented a F.R.E.E. 60-minute Tele-class entitled June Re-Start: It’s Not Too Late to Reach Your 2010 Goals!  In one powerful hour, we demonstrated that it’s NOT TOO LATE to wipe the slate clean and get a Fresh Start on your 2010 Goals!  

And now it’s not too late to hear the REPLAY of the call!  If you couldn’t be with us live, just go to http://timeforafreshstart.com and listen to the streaming audio of this powerful call! 

Don’t miss this opportunity, if you are ready to…

  • Clean out the “junk drawer” of your past to make room for exhilarating new possibilities
  • Discover the biggest goal-setting mistakes and how to eliminate them forever
  • Learn the secret to making your Big, Juicy Goals turn out successfully – with ease
  • Crash through the roadblocks to success once and for all
  • Find out how to make your Big, Juicy Dreams come true and have FUN doing it! 

Here’s what a few past participants in our Fresh Start 2010 Tele-seminar have to say about what they got to help them reach their Big, Juicy Goals this year: 

“I got a lot out of this course.  It made me realize what my true goal is and to start creating from that to get what I want for my family and myself… I will definitely use the tools from this course moving forward.” – Marci Ginger 

“This course made me realize what I was hiding from myself and my dreams behind my escape mechanism of self-induced clutter…” – Toni Federe   

In the past, I’ve had issues with saying I will do something and then letting it fall by the wayside. I am confident that with the Action Plan and accountability structures that this course helped me create, I will complete my journey to fulfilling my dream!  Thank you for getting me into action — FINALLY! ” – Penny Kempfert 

IMPORTANT BONUS OPPORTUNITY

 The five-week Fresh Start June Jumpstart Tele-course begins on Tuesday June 1, and if you register by Tuesday, May 25, you can make 2010 the BEST year of your life yet – at a $50 savings off the regular tuition!  

ALL the information about the upcoming tele-course is also on the same web page as the F.R.E.E. call replay, so don’t delay!  Listen to the F.R.E.E. call replay and decide for yourself if the June Jumpstart course is the answer you have been looking for to make your dreams a REALITY – this year, right NOW!  But Hurry! The price goes up on Wednesday! 

Your questions and comments are always welcome!  Please contact me at: caroll@practicalprosperitycoach.com.