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Are you a Planter, Chanter or Ranter?

FieldofDreamsYou can choose to plant seeds of greatness in your mind and in your life today with the thoughts you think and the activities you do or you can chant and rant about what's wrong with "your field/life", "the weather", etc.

To achieve your goals you've got to learn to become a better planter than you are a chanter and a ranter.

Earl Nightingale wrote, “You become what you think about.” In the Bible it says that, “Whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap.” And this law of sowing and reaping refers to mental states; to your thoughts.

Of course, there is a potential danger in the use of your superconscious mind. It is like fire...a wonderful servant, but a terrible master. If you use it improperly, and think negative, fearful thoughts, your superconscious mind will accept your thoughts as a command and go to work to materialize them into your reality.

What is the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people? It is as simple as this: Successful people think and talk about what they want, and unsuccessful people talk about what they don’t want.

So here is a 7-step plan to achieving your goal(s). Make this plan a regular habit, and you will be astonished at the results.

1. Decide exactly what you want. This is usually the biggest problem that people have. They don’t know what they want and then they’re surprised when they don’t get it.

2. Write your goal clearly in every detail. A goal that is not written down is merely a wish. When you write it down, you signal to your superconscious mind that you really want to accomplish this particular objective.

3. Write your goal in simple, present tense words on a three-by-five index card and carry it with you to read and re-read throughout the day whenever you get a chance.

4. Make a list of everything you can think of that you can do that will move you toward your goal. Making a list intensifies your desire and deepens your belief that the attainment of the goal is possible for you.

5. Organize the list by priority. What is more important and what is less important?

6. Resolve to take action every day on one of the items on your list. Do something every day that moves you toward your goal so that you can maintain your momentum.

7. Visualize your goal repeatedly. See it in your mind’s eye as though it were already a reality. The more clear and vivid your mental picture of your goal, the faster it will come into your life.

Practice these steps continually until you succeed in achieving your goal. By doing so, you will move from the “positive thinking” of the hopeful person to the “positive knowing” of the totally successful person.

The Fun Theory on Activity and Exercise

An active lifestyle and regular phyiscal activity help you live an extraordinary life. Don't allow your dreams and goals to be put on hold or become dusty because you weren't in shape to fulfill them. This video is a great reminder that life is short and we should live it to the fullest every day.

Remember as Professor Harold Hill said in the play/movie "Music Man" - "Too many tomorrows and all you'll end up with is a bunch of empty yesterdays."

Here's a list of more fun ways to increase physical activity this summer:

At home:

• Join a walking group in the neighborhood or at the local shopping mall. Recruit a partner for support and encouragement.
• Push the baby in a stroller.
• Get the whole family involved — enjoy an afternoon bike ride with your kids.
• Walk up and down the soccer or softball field sidelines while watching the kids play.
• Walk the dog — don't just watch the dog walk.
• Clean the house or wash the car.
• Walk, skate, or cycle more, and drive less.
• Do stretches, exercises, or pedal a stationary bike while watching television.
• Mow the lawn with a push mower.
• Plant and care for a vegetable or flower garden.
• Play with the kids — tumble in the leaves, build a snowman, splash in a puddle, or dance to favorite music.
• Exercise to a workout video.

At work:

• Get off the bus or subway one stop early and walk or skate the rest of the way.
• Park farther away than you need to and get in a few extra steps.
• Take the stairs vs. the elevator whenever possible.
• Talk on the phone standing up vs. sitting down.
• Replace a coffee break with a brisk 10-minute walk. Ask a friend to go with you.
• Take part in a light exercise program at work or a nearby gym.
• Join the office softball team or walking group.
• Walk during your lunch break.

At play:

• Walk, jog, skate, or cycle.
• Swim or do water aerobics.
• Take a class in martial arts, dance, or yoga.
• Golf (pull cart or carry clubs).
• Canoe, row, or kayak.
• Play racquetball, tennis, or squash.
• Waterski
• Play basketball, softball, or soccer.
• Hand cycle or play wheelchair sports (if applicable).
• Take a nature walk.

Most important — have fun while being active!