Fight or Flight

What DO YOU Want? and What would you be willing to let go of to have more of what you want?

1. Is it necessary that I need to be right?

Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind? — Wayne Dyer

2. Who or what do I want to control?

By letting it go, it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. When you try & try, the world is beyond winning. — Lao Tzu

3. Whose fault is it? Is it really? Can I let go of blame and take 100% responsibility?

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. — John Burroughs

4. Would I speak to a child like I speak to myself? Am I willing to give up self-defeating self-talk? Or at least begin to change it?

The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive. — Eckhart Tolle

5. Is it necessary to limit myself? Can I give up my limiting beliefs?

A belief is not an idea held by the mind; it is an idea that holds the mind. — Elly Roselle

6. Can I give up complaining?

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. — Ziggy

7. Is it necessary to criticize?

Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. — Christian D. Larsen

8. How do I impress others? How important is that to me?

Don’t try to impress others. Let them have the fun of impressing you. — James R. Fisher, Jr.

9. Am I open to change? Am I willing to give up my resistance to change?

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls. — Joseph Campbell

10. Am I open to learn more about what I don’t really understand?

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about. — Wayne Dyer

11. What am I afraid of? Am I willing to give up my fear?

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. — Franklin Delano Roosevelt

12. What are my excuses? How important are they? Can I let them go?

99% of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. — George Washington Carver

13. Is the past serving me? Am I willing to give up the past? Am I willing to live in the present?

Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. — Christian D. Larsen

14. Am I willing to become aware of my true self? Am I willing to be my best self?

The world is a mirror and reflects back your expectations. What you get is what you see. You create your own reality. — Denis Waitley

15. How important is it to me to love myself? Am I willing to model what I want in others?

The person in life that you will always be with the most is yourself. Because even when you are with others, you are still with yourself, too! When you wake up in the morning, you are with yourself, laying in bed at night you are with yourself, walking down the street in the sunlight you are with yourself. What kind of person do you want to walk down the street with? What kind of person do you want to wake up in the morning with? What kind of person do you want to see at the end of the day before you fall asleep? Because that person is yourself, and it’s your responsibility to be that person you want to be with. I know I want to spend my life with a person who knows how to let things go, who’s not full of hate, who’s able to smile and be carefree. So that’s who I have to be.C. JoyBell C.

Your Personal Freedom coach, Kim Echols

Are you Worried?

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What are you’re greatest worries today?

It’s good to identify what is worrying you and write

it all on paper because that gives you an opportunity

to gain greater clarity.

 Make a list of all your worries.

Once you have made your complete list, what would be a solution to each worry?

 Take one worry at a time and ask yourself what needs to change to make this worry better? What can I change about me to make this worry better? What do I want? Why do I want it? And How will I feel when I have what I want?

 If you will take the time to work through your worries to gain clarity and direction those worries will change into powerful solutions and allow you to move forward. Then your load is lighter, your path is clearer, and freedom within reached. You are taking personal responsibility for your life. Worrying is a learned behavior and one that does not serve us. When we see a clear path with a solution the need to worry is gone. We can then focus on action.

We are suppose to enjoy our life, worries don’t bring joy so consider a practice of solution and move toward your freedom.

 I’m doing this today! ~Kim Echols

(PPS} Are you ready for Business?

Would you do business with you?
You can develop New Habits that will propel you to the highest level of professionalism.

Ready to do business check list:
□   My clothing is professional and appropriate for my parties or meetings
□   My clothing fits well, is clean, and pressed
□   My shoes are clean and appropriate
□   My hair is clean and in style
□   My nails are clean, trimmed, and manicured
□   I take one last look, front and back, before I walk out the door
□   My business cards are in a nice case, with me, and ready at all times
□   I am prepared with my business information, it is with me, and in order
□    I am prepared for my shows and meetings
□    My attitude for the day is positive
□   I walk into my show or meeting composed and confident
□   I stand tall and keep my back straight
□   I am open, receptive, have a smile on my face and in the tone of my voice
□   I shake hands with everyone I meet
□   I am prepared to make introductions so that everyone feels comfortable
□    Be genuinely interested in the people you meet
□   I maintain eye contact when speaking with others
□   I remember to use “thank you” freely to express my gratitude
□   I choose to make everyday a Great Day!

Remember these tips and you will be on your way to ensure your image works for you, not against you.  Bad first impressions can take years to reverse.

Your customers have an expectation of you as a professional.

By dressing to meet their expectations, you will create a more positive first and lasting impression about who you are and your abilities as a person and a professional.  When you meet your customers image expectations you establish credibility and exert a more significant influence.  Your image promotes a level of trust.

Your inner values will also show in your magnetism.  The words you use and the energy you exchange.  Personal growth, as well as your professionalism, goes hand in hand.

Success Breeds Success……..Success is a habit, so is failure and so is mediocrity.   Success can be learned when you are coachable.   Being coachable is a great gift and a tremendous asset.

Dress for the job and the life you desire.

This is your journey and I wish you success.

Kim Echols

{Quote} Leap into what is Possible

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{PPS} Intention!

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”~Pablo Picasso

 “You have undoubtedly heard the phrase, ‘Plan your work and work your plan.’ Planning is as important as purpose because it gets you where you’re going… faster. To do twice as much in half the time, you can’t approach your goals haphazardly. A well-thought plan will keep you clearly on track towards your goal; and the methods of planning are as varied as our personalities. So, what is your method of planning?” ~Amy Jones

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Each month set an intention/plan or Set of Goals at the beginning . Write down what you would like to see happen and post it on your office wall or planner to keep you focused. Set your GPS on where I want to go. Here is a list to get you started, use what works for you….

 Personal Sales $

How many parties

How many new contacts

For Leadership

Personal Sponsoring

Qualified consultants

Projects to accomplish

Team Sales

Team sponsoring

Qualified consultants

 Breaking it down in weeks makes it more specific with greater clarity. Keep last years team sales, sponsoring and your goal for the year in mind.

There is no failure, it is a measure to keep focused with your intention/plan in mind. As leaders we set path for our team.

I encourage you to set your intention, make a plan for each month and share it with your team and sponsor.

~Kim Echols

Desire is powerful!

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Take another Look at Yes

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Practice saying “YES”

Saying “YES” to New things allows Newness to be part of everyday.

“Yes I want that!” Even if you can’t have it right now or can’t really imagine ever having it. Practice saying “Yes” to all things you see or feel you like, want or desire.

Most of the time we think in terms of No or I can’t have it or I will never have that. I’m not the kind of person who gets that. That will never happen to me. How does that serve us? It creates lack in our creativeness and imagination. It doesn’t free us to dream or allow. Start to notice what you think about and say to yourself. How many times a day do you say NO to you? Our past has taught us NO…are we living in the past or are we creating our future by living in the presence of “YES”.

Start today saying “YES” to embrace New beliefs and New ways of thinking that are not limiting. Newness keeps us flexible, open, fresh and happy. Allow your future to be full of all you desire while creating happiness today by embracing the powerful word of “YES”. ~Kim Echols

What happened to my Self-Discipline?

“How to Develop Self-Discipline”

“If you do not conquer yourself, you will be conquered by yourself.” ~ Napoleon Hill

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Most people act first and think about the consequences later.  As you develop and choose self-discipline, you’re going to reverse this process.  You’ll learn to think before you act and to act regardless of your emotional state. You’ll find yourself willing to sacrifice the thrill of the moment for what matters most in your life in the long run.

It’s self-discipline that allows you to:

  • Work on a project after the initial rush of enthusiasm has gone
  • Go to the gym when all you want to do is lie down and watch TV
  • Practice, Practice, Practice
  • Say “no” when tempted to break your diet
  • Only check your email twice a day

How to Develop Self-Discipline
If self-discipline is not your strongest point, then the good news is that it can be developed!!  Self-discipline is like a muscle.  The more you train it, the stronger it gets.

This is something that I’ve worked on a lot (and I still have lots of room to improve), and one of the greatest questions I’ve learned to ask myself is:

“How Will I Feel About Myself?”

How will I feel about myself if I eat this cupcake?
How will I feel about myself if I don’t complete this project?
How will I feel about myself if I exercise today?
How will I feel about myself if I take the time to meditate this morning?

The first step in building self-discipline is to start tackling challenges that you can successfully accomplish but which are near your limit. Once you succeed, increase the challenge.

A good place to start is to do certain things that you would rather avoid doing due to laziness, procrastination, shyness, etc. This simple challenge will help you overcome your subconscious resistance, train your mind to obey you and gain inner strength.

Why Most People Lack Self-Discipline

A common personality trait is our human desire for immediate short-term gratification.  This means that rather than waiting for something to happen in the future, most people want to experience something right now without waiting. This is what keeps most people from seeing the “Bigger Picture” and instead getting lured into immediate experiences.  We have been trained from past experiences to be this way. We can choose to change  and make a conscious decision to do what it takes.

Define Your Purpose
One of the best ways to get your mind on your side is to keep it busy with a definite purpose, backed by a clear plan. Have a clear set of priorities. Without purpose or passion, it’s hard to find the energy to keep your focus.

To practice self-discipline, do what high achievers do. Imagine yourself into the future. (If you want assistance with this, let me know.)

Visualize the benefits or rewards you will receive. Imagine how wonderful you will feel once you’ve accomplished your goal or intention. See it as if it has already happened!!

Celebrate Success

Once you have evidence of your self-discipline, celebrate it! Even if it’s something little.  Like…. if you don’t usually make your bed and you finally got yourself to do it, that is worth Celebrating.

Celebrating doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be something as simple as literally patting yourself on the back and saying, “Good job, Me!” or Do a happy dance!  Be Loud and Proud!!

It is a process always unfolding!

 

Destined for Greatness

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Are you ready for change? Are you tired of just getting by?

Do you want more out of your life? Are you looking for Love? Are you willing to look at something NEW?

There are so many opportunities that are given to you throughout your day to become your Best YOU, the truth of who you are. Are you ready to know who that is?    Being fearful of the future is a good thing because it will heighten your awareness and silently prepare you.

No matter what external circumstances may look like, You are destined for greatness.
The passion you have for creating a most extraordinary life is with you every moment of your day. It is your natural state. Although you may not see it at times it is always present and always available. Contact me if you are ready for a conversation.  expandtofreedom.com

Your journey is paved with the ideas of infinite possibility.

Once you choose to take a look at a few things, add some New tools and apply, you can change your life. When your determination surpasses your doubt your success becomes absolute. LIFE is brought to you in living color always inviting you to see things from a fresh perspective each new day. Being open to change is just the beginning of change.

 

{PPS} I scare myself

fear-of-success-505x200What is Fear? Can you touch it?  Can you hold it?  Can you show it to another person?

You can’t, so the question then is, why? Why do we have fear? Where does it come from?

Fear is an emotion or a feeling that we hold in our mind. We fear either the emotional or physical pain something may cause. The challenge is, these emotions and feelings affect the way we live our lives and do our business. We fear doing certain things because we think we might fail or look bad. This may be due to past failures we have actually experienced or it may be due to failures we fear we might experience.

Choose to remember and live by the following motto.

Fear stands for:

Fantasized

Experiences

Appearing

Real

 Most of the time what we fear, we have never even experienced! Isn’t that crazy? You see, your mind has a hard time determining whether you’ve actually experienced the failure or just imagined it. Either way, you feel the physiological symptoms of the fear, such as an upset stomach.

Often, because we can imagine some sort of failure, we believe it will come true, and then we don’t even try! Really there is, no failure just experiences to give us awareness. Awareness will help us to see what we can change or see what stops us.

The question now becomes who defines what “failure” and “success” is? You do, right?  Either you create the definition yourself or you accept someone else’s definition.

Is it true then that some people create more difficult definitions of success and failure for themselves than others do? Yes, so what is your definition? What do you say to yourself?

The more difficult your definition of success is to obtain, the more fear you will attach to it. You can choose to not allow your own definitions limit you; or even worse, the definitions of others. Create new thoughts about your fear and in time as you practice those new thoughts they will become new habits of thought.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? Imagine what you can do in your life with that type of belief system. Try thinking of every “failure” as a success. That is, every time you “fail” at something, you have really succeeded because you have learned what does not work. Therefore, you are closer to succeeding the next time you try.

Remember that the past does not equal the future. Yesterday’s failure does not equal your future outcomes. Just because you believe you may have failed yesterday, or even five minutes ago, it doesn’t mean you are going to fail again. Choose to learn from what from it and change your approach and thoughts. The past is what has taught you how to succeed in the future.

 Be bold and practice success!

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
—- FDR – First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933