Help Chinese Orphans: Walk the Wall to Give Life & End Abandonment

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In the spirit of this blog providing value that matters to you, I offer you this opportunity to join me in supporting a cause that I am passionate about.  But if you’re not passionate about it, that’s totally cool, no pressure and no big deal :).  But if you’re curious, feel free to read on…

As I have done annually for the past few years, I’m part of a team walking in Walk the Wall, a fundraiser for International China Concern (ICC) http://www.chinaconcern.org/.  Walk the Wall Vancouver is happening tomorrow, September 27, from 9am-12pm around the seawall in Stanley Park.

ICC is a registered charity providing full-time care in China for hundreds of Chinese children and adults with disabilities. Walk the Wall is a 10km walk-a-thon being held around the world in September 2014.

I invite you to help ICC meet its fundraising goal and help to transform lives by joining with me in the following ways:

* Register to walk on our team: http://walkthewall.kintera.org/faf/r.asp?t=12&i=1111091&g=6093873&faf=1&e=7908488767
 * Make a donation (link may not work in IE, so try Firefox or Chrome): http://walkthewall.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1111091&lis=1&kntae1111091=EE816CFD123B4AA7AB7F96BDF54FEF3C&supId=392807775

International China Concern already provides full time care, therapy and education for hundreds of disabled children who have been abandoned. And ICC wants to do so much more.

Funds raised through Walk the Wall will allow more therapists to be hired and trained to work with the children. It will enable ICC to continue working with an ever-increasing number of families who have children with disabilities, providing the supports necessary to prevent abandonment.

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Create a Vision for Your Life

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In the last post I said that to get where you want to go in life, it’s necessary to create well defined goals, and a plan to achieve them.  But I also gave you the news that goals and plans alone aren’t enough to get you there.  If you want to achieve your goals and make your world bigger on the outside, you must get bigger on the inside.  Relax, I’m not telling you need to gain weight.  This is all about your internal mental mojo, or your mindset, also known as a vision.

You won’t be able to create a vision by doing the things I mentioned in my previous post, such as defining specific goals, an action plan, or a daily routine.  All of those things are important, but they are not sustainable in the chaos that ensues when “life happens”. A vision pulls you through the tough times, such as when you’re too tired to continue (like I am right now), when emotional trauma hits, or when you feel like kicking back, drinking a friendly glass of red wine and watching TV when there’s a world out there you want to change.  A vision will create a calling within you to get out there and make big things happen.  Some think this is a “Why”, also known as our reasons for wanting to create a better life, but it’s not.  It’s much much bigger than that.  If you ask most people what their “Why” is, they will say things like it’s to spend more time with their kids, retire their spouse, travel the world, make their parents proud or spend more time with favourite hobbies.  But most people have had their “Why” for a long time and have not seen it come true.  This was my story for many many years. This is because a “Why” is external to us, consisting of things we want to have or give to others, but a vision is extremely internal.  It has to be created and installed on the inside, deep in our subconscious mind.  Creating a vision is formulating, answering and internalizing questions like these by our conscious mind, so that they transfer to and become actionable by our subconscious mind:

Who do you want to become?
Who do you want to represent?
What social causes do you want to be associated with?
How do you want others to see you?
How will others react to you?

For example, maybe you want to impact the world in areas you’re passionate about.  Part of my vision is that I want to create a huge amounts of value to help people like you reach their full potential, unlock their greatness and get all their dreams.  That vision pulls me to write these blog posts, talk to people about what’s important to them, and use my considerable creative power to design ways to help them get what they want out of life, turning their dreams into their living reality.

You must create and see your vision in your mind before you can actually create a new reality.  Create a vision of who you want to become.  Consider the part of my vision where I see myself creating value that impacts people deeply and challenges them to take action to improve and become more.  So in my mind I vision myself being on stage speaking to large groups of people, and speaking with them one on one. Thoughts are strengthened when associated with strong emotions, so I visualize the great positive feelings I will have when I am speaking to those groups of people, then how it will feel having them come and see me after to tell me that what I said impacted them positively and that they want to make changes in their life that will bring about lasting, positive change.  This process is also applicable to other areas of life such as relationships or weight loss. Weight loss is actually a great example.  The first part of the vision is the benefit of the weight loss, such as looking better, feeling better, and turning heads.  The second part is the benefit of the benefit, such as people complimenting you on how good you look, the doctor telling you how healthy you are, and people treating you with more respect because you look so good.  Your vision must be a “you” that’s bigger and better than where you currently and you must feel the associated emotions as if it has already happened, in advance of it happening. Then your subconscious will create the inner motivation to pull you to do the things that you know you should be doing to achieve your goals.  You may be someone who says, “That’s just the way I am.  I tell it like it is”.  Well, if you tell it like it is, it will stay the way it is.  Your vision must portray the you “to be”.

So if you got value from this post, and you want to create your own personal vision, get alone and clear your mind of all other thoughts for a new minutes and dedicate some time to thinking deeply about the components of your vision in the manner I’ve described above, creating your own specifically personal set of questions.  Write your vision down and post it somewhere prominently where you will see it often and recite it to yourself at least once daily.  When you’ve defined your vision, share it in the comments below and invite our personal development community to help you make it clearer.  If you continue this day by day, over time it will become part of you and your actions toward your goals will become automatic.  It requires a little work and dedication, but will pay you huge dividends with a life that exceeds your dreams.  Don’t worry, any negative comments posted will be deleted.  This is a safe place for you to explore how to bring out the big, unique, wonderful person inside of you, and I am dedicated to partnering with you to help you get there.  If you would like to have a more private discussion about vision, please feel free to email me: mike@michaelrbarnes.com.


Are You Achieving Your Goals?

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You can take anything you do to a fundamentally higher level where it makes more money, impacts and inspires more people, or creates a healthier environment.  The key to begin to unlock the potential for this quantum leap lies in my first two words “You can”. If you believe you can do something before you start, there is a much higher probability you will take the actions necessary to make it happen.  Some might say you can get it done even with a negative attitude and low belief, but that would be an act of the will, like continuing to run when all the energy is gone, rather than a motivation of the heart and mind through positive thought and reinforcement.  Belief starts with desire and decision.  Once those have been established, it becomes necessary define specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound goals, then insert those goals into an action plan with a results section used to track progress.  Sounds great, right?  Sounds highly organized, right?  Just work the plan and you get there, right?  No problem sticking with it because it’s so well defined and organized, right?  Nope, didn’t work for me!  Often we all start out with great intentions and great plans, keep at it for a few days, and then life “takes over” with a long list of demands from brushing our teeth to taking out the garbage, and suddenly a few weeks later we don’t even remember having a plan or goals.  What was it I decided and believed I was going to do?  What’s the missing ingredient?  More determination and grit applied to our plan and goals?  Focus on the embarrassment pain of not reaching our goals?  I hope not.  I don’t like pain.  Nope.  Something much bigger is needed…
Michael Beckwith says “The pain pushes you until the vision pulls you”.  What exactly is a vision?  Come back for the next post to find out…