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Sneak peek into my and Oprah’s gratitude journals

Hello world!

Having decided to keep a gratitude journal, I have downloaded an app called “Gratitude Journal” and below are my first two entries.

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And while looking for instruction for keeping a gratitude journal, I run into Oprah’s post on gratitude journal. So below, I would like to share that post with you in its entirety. Enjoy!

What Oprah Knows for Sure About Gratitude

For years I’ve been advocating the power and pleasure of being grateful. I kept a gratitude journal for a full decade without fail—and urged you all to do the same. Then life got busy. My schedule overwhelmed me. I still opened my journal some nights, but my ritual of writing down five things I was grateful for every day started slipping away.

Here’s what I was grateful for on October 12, 1996:

1. A run around Florida’s Fisher Island with a slight breeze that kept me cool.
2. Eating cold melon on a bench in the sun.
3 . A long and hilarious chat with Gayle about her blind date with Mr. Potato Head.
4. Sorbet in a cone, so sweet that I literally licked my finger.
5. Maya Angelou calling to read me a new poem.

A few years ago, when I came across that journal entry, I wondered why I no longer felt the joy of simple moments. Since 1996 I had accumulated more wealth, more responsibility, more possessions; everything, it seemed, had grown exponentially—except my happiness. How had I, with all my options and opportunities, become one of those people who never have time to feel delight? I was stretched in so many directions, I wasn’t feeling much of anything. Too busy doing.
But the truth is, I was busy in 1996, too. I just made gratitude a daily priority. I went through the day looking for things to be grateful for, and something always showed up. ‘

Recently, in the process of building a television network, I got so focused on the difficulty of the climb that I lost sight of being grateful for simply having a mountain to climb. Only when I began feeling gratitude for the opportunity to serve a new audience in a new way did a shift happen. Viewers started saying the most amazing things—things that aligned exactly with my vision of what OWN can be.

My life is still crazy busy. Today, though, I’m continuously grateful for having the stamina to keep going at this pace. Nothing I do can be “phoned in”; when I show up, I have to bring 100 percent all the time. The week I did this month’s interviews with the Obamas and Romneys, I was in eight cities in seven days (from Santa Barbara to Chicago, with Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, and Sun Valley, Idaho, in between).

The difference is, I’m back to journaling—electronically—and whenever there’s a grateful moment, I note it. I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you’re aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots.

In the next few weeks, we’ll all be getting ready to cast a vote for the candidate of our choice. But I’ve learned from experience that if you pull the lever of gratitude every day, you’ll be amazed at the results.

(Source: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/oprahs-gratitude-journal-oprah-on-gratitude/all#ixzz4JUOVEFwa)

So you see, I have immediately jumped into action with my gratitude practice. And I trust that you will do so too!

Feel wonderful! 

Bella

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The Day I Became Wealthy

Below video is a must watch for everyone, who doesn’t carry around a wealth mindset!

In case you didn’t know for sure like me before that your thoughts create your life happenings, in this video, Tony Robbins demonstrates that the moment a shift occurs in your mindset (which is a firm belief created by constant thoughts), your life happenings change reflecting the changed thought patterns.

So watch it & enjoy!

And if you are convinced, now your job is to find ways to change your thought patterns for the better. So find them & enjoy the riches!

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Feel good! 

Bella

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Passion and Enthusiasm

enthusiasm“Lessons for Success” book, a sharing about Passion and Enthusiasm:

  1. Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they’re great because their passion. —Martha Graham, founder,  Martha Graham Dance company (1894-1991)
  2. I don’t sing a song unless I feel it. The song don’t tug at my heart, I pass on it. I have to believe in what I’m doing. —Ray Charles, singer, songwriter (b.1930)
  3. If you’re passionate about something, then you should pick up your flag and run with it. —Bette Midler, actress, singer, comedian (b.1945)
  4. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. —Vince Lombardi, football coach (1913-1970)
  5. We could hardly wait to get up in the morning. —Wilbur Wright, pioneer in aviation (1867-1912)
  6. Life loves the liver of it. —Maya Angelou, author and poet (b.1928)
  7. One of the things I learned the hard way was it does not pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of live can restore your faith in yourself. —Lucille Ball, comedian, actress, head of Desilu Studios (1911-1989)
  8. Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp–or what’s a heaven for? —Robert Browning, poet (1812-1889)
  9. Enthusiasm moves the world. —Arthur James Balfour, British statesman, philosopher (1848-1930)
  10. I believe you have to make your own opportunity. You really have to get going. Get out! Find ’em! Set ’em up! Do ’em! —Diana Ross, singer, actress (b.1944)
  11. Passion is the trigger of success. —Anonymous
  12. We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility. —Albert Einstein, physicist (1879-1955)

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Hold Fast to Dreams

Found this treasure when my spouse and I were reorganizing and looking through boxes in the garage.

… Hmm… “Lessons for Success” book “Is this yours?” my spouse humorously asked :D. Of course, it was not mine, but I took it to read. And I also want to share what is inside of this treasure.

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Let’s get some inspiration from whom has already succeed and succeed together.

Today’s sharing is “Hold Fast to Dreams

  1. Cherish your vision and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. —Napoleon Hill, speaker, writer (1883-1970)
  2. Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seams to me, can be summarized in four Cs. They are curiosity,confidence, courage, and constancy, and the greatest of all is confidence. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably. —Walt Disney, film producer, entrepreneur (1901-1966)
  3. A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. —Denis Waitley, speaker, writer
  4. To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only dream but also believe. —Anatole France, writer (1844-1924)
  5. You need to have dreams. Everything starts with a dream. — Sheila Douty, Olympic medalist in softball (b.1962)
  6. I always have to dream up there against the stars. If I don’t dream I’ll make it, I won’t even get close. — Henry J.Kaiser, founder, Kaiser Steel (1882-1967)
  7. When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes. — Oprah Winfrey, television talk-show host, (b.1954)
  8. Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil. —James Allen, novelist (1849-1925)
  9. To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed. 
  10. When a man has put a limit on what he can do, he has put limit on what he can do. —Charles M. Schwab, CEO, Bethlehem Steel (1862-1939)

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Show honest and heartfelt appreciation

… Since he soon had to give a speech professionally on how he applied the principles of appreciation, he thought he would gain some worthwhile experience talking with the elderly lady. So he looked around the house to see what he could honestly admire.

“This house was build about 1890, wasn’t it? he inquired.

“Yes,” she replied, “that is precisely the year it was build.”

“It reminds me of the house I was born in,” he said. “It’s beautiful. Well built. Roomy. You know, they don’t build houses like this anymore.”

“You’re right,” the old lady agreed. “The young folks nowadays don’t care for beautiful home. All they want is small apartment, and then they go off gadding about in their automobiles.

“This is a dream house,” she said in a voice vibrating with tender memories. “This house was built with love. My husband and I dreamed about it for years before we built it. We didn’t have an architect. We planned it all ourselves.”

She showed Mr. R — about the house, and he expressed his hearty admiration for the beautiful treasures she had picked up in her travels and cherished over a lifetime –paisley shawls, an old English tea set, Wedgwood china, French beds and chairs, Italian paintings, and silk draperies that had once hung in a French chateau.

After showing Mr. R — through the house, she took him out to the garage. There, jacked up on blocks, was a Packard car –in mint condition.

“My husband bought that car for me shortly before he passed on,” she said softly. “I have never ridden in it since his death … . You appreciate nice things, and I’m going to give this car to you.”

“Why, aunty,” he said, “you overwhelm me. I appreciate your generosity, of course; but I couldn’t possibly accept it. I’m not even a relative of yours. I have a new car, and you have many relatives that would like to have that Packard.”

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What is your Signature?

s-w300We should be aware of the magic contained in a name and realize that this single item is wholly and completely owned by the person with whom we are dealing … and nobody else.

The name sets the individual apart; it makes him or her unique among all others. The information we are imparting or the request we are making takes on a special importance when we approach the situation with name of individual. From the waitress to the senior executive, the name will work magic as we deal with others.

“Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

And your signature is your power, your approval, your image and your reputation. Constitution_signed

Be a SIGNATURE. 

 

And then make your signature to an Autograph. 

Success is when your signature turns into autograph.” — Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam

Can I have your Autograph? …

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Magic of remembering and honoring names

What was the reason for Andrew Carnegie success?

He was called the Steel King; yet he himself knew little about the manufacture of steel. He had hundreds of people working for him who knew far more about steel than he did.

But he knew how to handle people, and that is what made him rich. Early in life, he showed a flair for organization, a genius for leadership. By the time he was ten, he too had discovered he astounding importance people place on their own name. And he used that discovery to win cooperation. To illustrate: When he was a boy back in Scotland, he got hold of a rabbit, a mother rabbit. Presto! He soon had a whole nest of little rabbits – and nothing to feed them. But he had a brilliant idea. He told the boys and girls in the neighborhood that if they would go out and pull enough clover and dandelions to feed the rabbits, he would name the bunnies in their honor.

The plan worked like magic, and Carnegie never forgot it.

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Whatever I desire, I can Acquire … (TiGer 14 of 365)

A lesson from “The teachings of Abraham”‘s “Getting into the Vortex” collection. Card 3:

“The Eternal Laws of the Universe steadily hold the promise of expansion and joy. Understanding the Laws will reawaken within you the knowledge of your purpose and your own personal power as you remember how to access the power of the Universe that creates worlds.

If this time-space reality has within it the ability to inspire a desire within you, it is absolute that this time-space reality has the ability to yield you a full and satisfying manifestation of that same desire. It is LAW.” 

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Dream and dream – (Tiger 13 of 365)

Sanje_razlaga_Astrohisa“We must realize that all who have accumulated great fortunes, first did a certain amount of dreaming, hoping, wishing, desiring, and planning before they acquired money. You can never have riches in great quantities, unless you can work yourself into a white heat of desire for money, and actually believe you will possess it.

If you do not see great riches in your imagination, you will never see them in your bank balance.”

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Six practical steps to riches – (TiGeR 11 of 365)

The method by which desire for riches can be transmuted into its financial equivalent, consists of six definite practical steps:

First:      Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. (Do you remember Jim
Carry’s ten million dollar bill story?)

Second: Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you desire.
(Basically what you are going spend for.)

Third:     Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you desire.

Fourth:   Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

Fifth:      Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend to
acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to give in
return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you intend to
accumulate it.

Sixth:      Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring at night, and once after arising in the morning. As you read – see and feel and believe yourself already in possession of the money.

 

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Father of Money-making secret (TiGeR 9 0f 365)

Our guiding star to wealth, “Think and Grow Rich” book:

“This book conveys the experience of more than 500 men of great wealth, who began at stretch, with nothing to give in return for riches except thoughts, ideas and organized plans.

It describes what to do, also, how to do it! It presents complete instructions on how to sell your personal services. It provides you with a perfect system of self-analysis that will readily disclose what has been standing between you and “the big money” in the past.” by Publisher.

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Money-making secret led by Andrew Carnegie. It was his idea that the magic formula, which gave him a stupendous fortune, ought to be placed within reach of people who do not have time to investigate how men make money, and it was his hope that Napoleon Hill might test and demonstrate the soundness of the formula through the experience of men and women in every calling. He believed the formula should be taught in all public schools and colleges, and expressed the opinion that if it were properly taught it would so revolutionize the entire educational system that the spent in school could be reduced to less than half.

Napoleon Hill analyzed hundreds of of well known men, many of whom admitted that they had accumulated their vast fortunes through the aid of the Carnegie secret; among these men were:

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