Nov 19th

Secret To Stepping Up and Owning Your Big Ass Vision – aka What Are You Supposed To Get Out of This Post

By ling wong

I wrote about feeling crappy about “unsubscribes” but it doesn’t mean I avoid looking at my numbers. A couple of weeks ago, I checked the stats and saw an interesting comment from an unsubscriber.

She wrote, “I am not sure what I am supposed to get out of this.”

Maybe she was expecting “7 easy tips to xyz” or “5 simple steps to abc” – then sorry, I am not your gal. I truly believe our business can embody flow and ease… but only if we are willing to sit through the fire and uncover our Truth, and how we choose to express it. There is no free lunch.

(By the way, you get what you want to get out of it – we all have different frames of reference. In my world, you are NOT “supposed” to do anything.)

True, I do write about my experience often but it’s no ego trip – after all, I am sharing with you my own evolution – heartbreaks, tears and sweat – real time.

I write about it when the wound is still raw and the emotions are still flowing. I am not sitting pretty on a pedestal and showing off a sterilized version of  “how I made 5 figures last month.”

Every time I sit down to write something so vulnerable, I want to puke.

I don’t do it just for kicks.

My experience may be individual, but the undercurrent of emotions, fears, desires, is not. They are universal.

They are human conditions.

Unless you are some alien species, these stuff will come up in your life and business in one form or another, as your own individual expression. I am hoping you can relate to my experience, and cultivate the awareness to realize where in your life that these blocks and hurdles are happening too.

I am hoping that you can cultivate the awareness, so you can be intentional when choosing your actions, instead of being swept into the “should’s” of the world.

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In an earlier article, I wrote about discovering a part of me that was holding ME back from stepping up and owning my big ass vision – my next chapter. There was a wall blocking me from seeing it.

I realized I have an expectation/disappointment issue. My way of dealing with disappointment has been to walk away. I have been protecting myself from being hurt by “walking away” from flakes and situations that I believed would let me down.

It’s ok when dealing with other people, but it becomes problematic when I am dealing with myself this way.

If I declare my big vision and then default to my “walk away” M.O. then I will really disappoint myself for being a flake… and I can’t handle that. It would feel like the ultimate failure.

Instead of forcing myself to “visualize” some outcome or reciting some affirmation that I cannot yet fully believe in, I need to first demolish that wall so I can claim every part of this big vision.

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When I “agreed” to release this fearful part of me, I came upon a realization that could possibly crack this whole thing open (I am trembling as I type this…)

One early morning as I was half awake, I encountered a part of me that was curled up and dark (think Voldemort in Harry Potter 1.)

It was about refusing to trust, receive and accept. It was not confused. It was not fighting or screaming. It was dark, quiet, curled up. A dark crescent shape in my upper chest, wanting attention.

This time, instead of avoiding the feelings and distracting myself with busy work, I am going to sit with it, feel it and listen to it so I can finally demolish/desolve the wall and see what’s on the other side.

Come with me, you have the front row seat.

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(So let me spell it out… here is what you can get out of this experience of mine…)

We have all been hurt, let down, disappointed by others (or even ourselves) in one form or the other. Even though an incidence may seem insignificant when you look back, if you have not addressed the sadness, anger, and emotions fully and completely, it is driving (sabotaging) you subconsciously in some way.

When the hurt happened, when the disappointments piled up, we tend to build a wall to protect ourselves.

We fence ourselves in, and with that,

fence our potentiality and possibilities out.

Our Heart got callused, and our Guts got numb. We can no longer FEEL what is right for us, or use our intuition to guide our decisions.

We fall into the illusion of safety created by following what other people tell us, so we don’t have to walk out of the fence to face our own Truth (and risk getting hurt again.)

Dig into that hurt, address it, feel it and let it run its course, so you can melt that fence fully and completely.

Ask that part of YOU – what does it need to know to release its grip on you?

This is not about doing that website, building that list or giving that workshop.

It is about CLAIMING YOUR BIG VISION, LIVING YOUR FULL POTENTIAL and EXPRESSING IT THROUGH YOUR WORK in the world.

Are you holding yourself back from claiming your big-ass no-compromise vision because you are afraid of letting yourself down?

What do you get to lose if you flunk? Oh boy, you have to once again deal with that itty-bitty-shitty committee in your monkey mind. What do you gain if you make it happen? Everything.

You got to claim it, own it, before you can make it happen.

You gotta be in it to win it.

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Leave a comment below, tell me – what do YOU get out of this article? What do you want to get out of my posts in the future?

Nov 14th

Your Time Management Problem May Not Be About Managing Time

By ling wong

I often hear people say they don’t have enough time to do the work. They complain social media being a time suck. They can’t fit in the time to do a newsletter. They are not even sleeping enough. They wish they could get the unfair advantage of having a 28-hour day.

Tardis-300They have tried paper calendar, planners, sticky notes, online calendar, scheduling software; they have tried apps to track their time spent online; they have tried chunking, batching, delegating… but they still feel like time is slipping through their fingers. They are still running around like a chicken with its head cut off. They are still spinning their wheels doing busy work and not knowing where it’s leading them.

The problem is, they are not attacking their problem with the right tool! Their “time” problem is not a “time” problem, so using “time management” tools and methods is not going to get to the bottom of the issue.

So let’s get to the bottom of it and solve your TIME problem: (without calling Dr. Who)

Root Cause #1: You Have a Clarity Problem

Without a clear vision/objective/goal, you don’t know what you need to do to achieve what you want so you try to do everything everyone tells you because they “sound good”. Without a Conviction, everything sounds like the right thing to do – yeah, they may be “right” but are they right for YOU? What is YOUR priority?

The CureGet clear on what you want your business to do FOR YOU. Design your business based on your passion, conviction, superpowers and vision. Map out your fastest path to cash that is in alignment with your Truth. You will know what you need to do next. Then make that ONE thing the non-negotiable item in your day.

Root Cause #2: You Have a Boundary Problem

Of course, we need healthy boundary with other people so you don’t say “yes” to taking on other people’s shit; say “yes” to opportunities that are not aligned with your value and big vision; say “yes” to arrangements that infringe on your money boundary (time = money).

But we often overlook the boundary we need to establish with ourselves. It can be much harder because it is much harder to realize that we are infringing on our own boundary. We can always come up with some excuses and get away with it.

If you set “rules” and then break them, you are infringing on your own boundary. If you let your monkey mind take over and derail you with negative thoughts, fears and distractions, you are infringing on your own boundary. If you let yourself do things that don’t serve your big vision, you are infringing on your own boundary.

Nobody is holding a gun to your head and make you read every Facebook group notification, scroll through your Twitter feed 20 times a day, or linger on Groupon for 2 hours. You are doing it because you don’t have the discipline or awareness so you let fears and emotions take over (more on that soon.)

There is no one else to blame if you don’t hold up your own boundary. It is YOUR own boundary crime to commit.

The Cure: let’s help you figure out what to say “no” to – both to others and to yourself. Imagine you have only 16 hours in your day, and you still have to sleep 8 hours (no cheating!) How would your day look like? What can you realistically accomplish (i.e. the important stuff that will make you feel that the day is well spent) and what can be dropped without a hint of guilt (because it would be humanly impossible to do 24 hours worth of tasks in 16 hours)?

Root Cause #3: You Have a Fear Problem

Not managing our time well often means we don’t get to the important stuff. If we know the stuff is important, why can’t we get to it? Are we using “time” as an excuse so we don’t have to look at something more scary?

Because, very often, those important stuff will move the needle and rock the boat… but our caveman (subconscious) brain doesn’t like that. Change is scary… even though that’s what your conscious mind want.

These important things also often require us to put ourselves and our stuff out there. That can trigger the Fear of Inadequacy (what if I/my stuff is not good enough?) and the Fear of Being Vulnerable (what if I get criticized?) To avoid these fears, weprocrastinate – aka spend time doing things that don’t matter – so we can delay putting ourselves/our stuff out there.

The Fear of Missing Out can also get the best of us – what if I miss a very important Facebook post? If I don’t read all the tweets I am going to miss something…

The Cure: when you find yourself procrastinating or doing “time suck” stuff, see if it’s a reaction to an underlying fear – e.g. instead of reaching out to potential clients you dawdle on Facebook because you are afraid of rejection.

Cultivate the awareness and acknowledge the fear, then try this 5-minute 6-step processto release it.

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Ready to nail that clarity and wake up knowing – with confidence, conviction and certainty –  what you need to do to get where you want to go? Stop spinning your wheels… Hit me up.

Nov 13th

Is Being “Responsible” Costing You Big Time?

By ling wong

A while back, I wrote about how “Being Responsible” may be crimping our creativity. My bone with “responsibility” doesn’t end there. It has become apparent to me, as I work with clients who have more of a “nurturing” inclination, “responsibility” can be costing them financially in their businesses.

Do I have your attention now?

Let’s start with our conditioning, what we have been told as “good”, and how we try to get approval and acceptance by doing what others are considered to be “good.”

Even though we were conditioned to consider “being responsible” as a “virtue”, few were taught where to draw the line. What responsibilities do we pick up? Where do we draw the line? How to discern the “should’s” from what truly comes from our heart, that we really do want to take on?

We got slapped with the big words “responsibility” and were left to figure it out on our own at some tender young age. (How Irresponsible was that??!)

We were praised for taking on responsibilities, so in order to gain approval and acceptance (we all do, to a certain degree, that’s human nature) we sometimes say “yes” to things that are not ours to take on.

What have you taken on that are NOT yours to bear? Look at the baggage you are dragging around… are you carrying other people’s crap mistaking it as your own? 

“Responsibility” and Codependency

Being “responsible” out of “being good” or “being approved/loved/accepted” may set off thebooby trap of codependency that will cause you not just your sanity but also potentially your business.

People with a predisposition to be a codependent enabler often find themselves in relationships where their primary role is that of rescuer, supporter, and confidante. These helper types are often dependent on the other person’s poor functioning to satisfy their own emotional needs. Codependency often involves placing a lower priority on one’s own needs, while being excessively preoccupied with the needs of others. (Wikipedia)

In the context of business and money mindset, codependency can show up as:

  • Undercharging – you feel responsible for giving everyone access to your service and you have the belief that you can “help more people” by charging less. (You are trying to give everyone your stuff whether they want it or not – and this, is a violation of the other person’s boundary.)
  • Over-delivering (e.g. going overtime or providing “out of scope” deliverables without being compensated, writing pages after pages of support emails, “throwing in” extras) – you feel responsible for your clients’ results even though they need to do the work to succeed. Because you feel responsible, you would bend over backwards – compromising your own boundaries in order to “help” that person with the misconception that somehow, you can do the work for your client (Remote kale-eating, anyone?) (By the way, the client may or may not want to be helped, so in a way, you are violating that her personal choice.)
  • Constantly discounting – you buy into the client’s money stories and somehow made felt responsible that your fee will turn into the cause of her distress so you discount to make yourself feel better. (By the way, you have no rights to decided for the other person what she can or cannot afford… it’s her priority and her decisions to make.)
  • Giving away services for free – this is martyr mentality and can turn into victimhood that kicks you off the driver’s seat altogether.

We all know that just reading about “charging more” doesn’t get you very far. If so, we would all be doing it already. It’s one thing to learn about “how to charge more” but it’s another thing to actually DO IT. To state your fees confidently and stand by it.

What’s in the way? If we know the “how” intellectually, why do we still fall into the codependency trap?

Poor Boundary and Disempowered Voice Rooted In Fears

Simply put, if we don’t get good as saying “no”, we are going to take on everything others lay upon us. We hold ourselves back from speaking up because we are afraid of:

  • Rejection or disapproval
  • Losing love or not being liked
  • Being judged, criticized or exposing our vulnerability
  • Being worthless if we don’t constantly “prove” or validate our value
  • Ending up with nothing – money, relationships, respect etc.

Understanding why you are afraid of speaking up can help you cultivate the awareness to break the pattern. You can try this 5-minute 6-step process to help overcome your fears so you can empower your voice and reclaim your boundary.

Our Nurturing Nature

We are genetically programmed to be nurturing – particularly for women and anyone who are empathic and choose to work in the “helping profession.” There is nothing wrong with that and I don’t believe we have to “suit up” and “act all Type A” to succeed in business. However, this nurturing instinct may drag us into codependent relationships if we are not mindful of our boundaries.

(If you score high as “Nurturer” in this Sacred Money Archetype Assessment (it’s free!), you may want to pay special attention to the following exercise.)

Of course codependent relationships can take the form outside of money, but I am going to use financial codependency in this exercise because frankly, numbers don’t lie. You can also equate time with money, especially when it comes to your business and your relationships with your clients.

Answer these questions to help you acknowledge and embrace your nurturing nature, without compromising your boundaries:

  • If giving money were not an option for you, what other ways could you help the people who are important to you?
  • What are 3 relationships that (often) require your financial support and what would these relationships look like if you were not involved financially? (Watch out for your fears and the assumptions you make.)
  • What would your life be like in 3 years, 5, years and 10 years if the support you provided others was not financial?

Now Be Honest…

  1. Where in your relationships with your clients are you exhibiting or encouraging codependency?
  2. What are you secretly afraid of may happen if you cut the cord?
  3. What if answer for #2 is no longer important – what would you do?
  4. How much time and money is this codependency costing you? How many more clients can you have and how much more income can you generate if you recoup that time and/or revenue?

For more Money Mindset goodness, download this free Sacred Money Archetype Assessment.

Ready to bust through your mindset blocks once and for all? Hit me up.

Jun 2nd

Join our Virtual Lifesytle Party with Soul Purpose products.

By Carla Shoates-Smith
Our Virtual Lifestyle Parties are promoted online through our webform, which includes a video with a display of Soul Purpose products and a Self-Care survey for visitors to complete and submit.  Based on the answers received, we will promote products that can enhance your bath & body experience.  If you want to participate in our Virtual Lifestyle Party with Soul Purpose products, visit our webform,  complete and submit on the dates listed below.  We will only e-mail you once a month to promote products based on what you indicate on the webform.  Any purchases that you make will add to our commission.  We appreciate your support.

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Jan 16th

What you don't know yet about the new Affordable Care Act 2014 health insurance plans

By Jeanine Kinzie

ACA coverage

Seems like most everything has changed this year.  Here's a list of benefit changes that you may not be aware of:

1. New Networks & Directors - HMOs have made a huge comeback due to the maximum out-of-pocket being capped for a single at $6,350 and $12,700 per family plan per year.  This also means no out of network coverage is available on most plans.  Primary Care Physicians are the service directors and are already in short supply, so make sure you have one if you don't already. 

2. One deductible per family plan - Most plans have a copay for Doctor and Prescription only after the deductible has been met.

3. Generic Prescriptions Required. 

4. No Prescriptions Allowed for Over the Counter Medicines - EG Ibuprofen, Prilosec, and the like were sometimes cheaper with prescription.  This also means the cost of these won't go towards your deductible.

5. Pediatric Dental and Vision are typically covered only after deductible so don't rush in thinking you have free benefits to use.

6. Clinical Trials - Not all are covered, just specific ones related to life extension with already proven results.

7. Platinum Plans not available on the Marketplace.  If you'd like to have a $750 deductible and an out of pocket maximum of $1,500 you'll have to pay the full premium.  Carriers on the Marketplace were afraid of adverse selection, so they decided not to offer this plan.

8. Off the Marketplace Carriers and Plans - Talk with an agent to see what additional plans are available in your area.  Sometimes there's no substitution for an experienced agent.  Navigators have little experience and have occasionally & inadvertently given inaccurate advice.

9.  To avoid a penalty, you must enroll by Valentine's Day.  This is because the penalty is for not having insurance more than 9 months of the year.  If you don't enroll until March 15 for April 1st effective date, you've missed the cut off for the minimum coverage period to avoid the penalty.  The IRS may change this, but it's a technicality which may cost you $95.

10. You won't be able to buy health insurance after April 1st unless you lost it elsewhere.  Yes, it's true; the next open enrollment period will begin in October for coverage to start 1/1/15.  If you find yourself without coverage and needing insurance this summer, you'll need to buy a short term plan which doesn't cover pre-existing conditions, get married to join your spouse's plan, get poor to join Medicaid, or get a job with group insurance.

by
Jeanine Kinzie
 is a Licensed Health Insurance Agent, Licensed Life Insurance Agent and a Federally Facilitated Marketplace Enroller from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dec 10th

URGENT: Why You Should Purchase A Health Insurance Plan BEFORE December 15th

By Jeanine Kinzie
If you know anyone who does not have health insurance and wants to avoid ObamaCare mandates, penalty taxes, and rates, they need to purchase a plan before December 15 in order to get it effective 12/31/13.  The carriers require 15 day's notice to start a plan for someone who isn't currently insured.  It's truly the only way to control one's budget.  We can scale a plan to desired budget and help you avoid the chaos with medical underwriting.  Once this year is over, medical underwriting will be gone forever.  If you are healthy, this is the last chance to set your own budget.  Next year, you lose that freedom.  Rates for young people will have the largest increase.

Our website www.glibrokers.com shows instant online rates for this year and 2014.  Subsidies need to be calculated separately for now.  Rates are high and the deductible & out-of-pocket maximum for Bronze & Silver is $6,350 single and $12,700 for more than one on a policy.  There are not 2 deductibles on a joint policy; no benefits are paid until the entire deductible is met.  Many people aren't going to be able to afford to use these plans.  It's such a shame.  The system is destroyed instead of improved.

Please encourage those you know who need help to take action before it's too late.  The primary benefit of the Affordable Care Act will be those just a step above Medicaid eligibility and those with major health issues.  Most will pay a high price to cover the cost of the fraud and waste to build www.healthcare.gov and funding the subsidies.

The application deadline for Golden Rule is 12/15/13 and Humana is 12/31/13.  If you're looking for the most inexpensive option, Golden Rule offers the lowest premium for the value of the benefits for most people.   Don't delay, carriers are very busy and processing times for approvals are slower than usual. 

Contact my office for personal assistance at 888-883-5290.

by Jeanine Kinzie is a Licensed Health Insurance Agent, Licensed Life Insurance Agent and a Federally Facilitated Marketplace Enroller from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Nov 20th

What The President's Announcement Means For Michigan - Blue Cross Blue Shield & Anthem

By Jeanine Kinzie
President Obama announced that Americans that currently have individual health care policies can keep the policies for a period of one year. The decision is designed to ease the impact on individuals who have received cancellation notices from their health insurance company because the policies do not meet essential health benefit requirements under the Accountable Care Act (ACA).

Health Insurers will be required to notify individuals that have policies that predate the ACA that other benefit alternatives are available under the ACA and also must specify the areas of their current plan that fall short of ACA essential benefits.

The President’s announcement does not impact employer sponsored health care benefit programs.

Blue Cross Blue Shield & Anthem are currently reviewing the details of the President's announcement.  We expect they will make an announcement within a week.  There are logistical issues involved.  The internal software system for 2014 may not allow for the compatibility of current plans and new PPACA plans since it wasn't designed to.  In addition, the upcoming holiday closures create a short time frame for which changes are to occur.

If this decision of the Administration was made earlier in the year, it would have avoided a lot of headaches.  We have been fighting for your rights to keep your current plan and shop for something better.  Freedom of choice has been your right and we advocate personal decisions for highest satisfaction in using health insurance benefits.  

We will keep you updated to the options available. We anticipate resolution by mid-December.
Thank you for your patience during this time of transition.
 
Nov 11th

Seven Simple Strategies for a Healthy Holiday

By Laurie Morin

Fotolia_4838588_XS.jpgDid you know that the average American gains between 3-5 pounds of unwanted fat during the holiday season?

The holiday season is a wonderful time to share love, laughter and lots of good food with friends and family.

But you don’t have to resign yourself to a month of over-indulging, being a couch potato, and putting on the pounds.

With only two weeks to go until Thanksgiving, and seven weeks until we ring in 2014, I thought this would be a good time to share my top tips for navigating the holiday season. 

Yes, you can stay on track with your fitness goals without sacrificing the joys of fun, friends and your favorite holiday treats.

Here are my top 7 strategies for staying healthy during the holiday season.

1. Abolish all or nothing thinking. If you over-indulge one day, you don’t have to punish yourself with guilt or slide down the slippery slope. Just enjoy the moment and get back on track at the very next meal.

2. Have a plan for parties, family dinners and other tempting occasions. Offer to bring tasty, healthy appetizers or snacks that everyone will enjoy. You are more likely to avoid temptation if you have thought ahead and set your intention to choose healthy options. 

Lot of your favorite holiday recipes can be “made over” to trim unnecessary sugar and fat.  Click here for some great ideas from the Mayo Clinic.  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/holiday-recipes/NU00645

Eating well also has an entire page devoted to healthy Thanksgiving recipes.  http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/collections/healthy_thanksgiving_recipes

3. Eat a high-protein snack (such as a handful of almonds), smoothie or nutrition bar before heading out to your event. If your body feels full and well-nourished, you are less likely to over-indulge.

4. Choose your treats wisely. Aim for around 400 calories 4 times per day. If you choose healthy snacks, you can afford larger portions. For example, at a cocktail buffet, you can have 1 ¾ cups crudités with ¼ cup hummus, 10 shrimp with cocktail sauce, and 5 crackers with 1 oz. of low-fat cheese for a total of only 341 calories.

Prevention Magazine’s 400 Calories Fix has tons of great ideas for 400 calories snacks and meals that won’t leave you feeling deprived.  http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/diets/400-calorie-snacks-low-calorie-meals

5. Sip sparkling water with lime to join in the holiday spirit without adding unwanted calories. If you choose to indulge in cocktails, a white wine spritzer with fruit is a festive option that only adds 60 calories to your total. You can also alternate your chosen cocktail with sparkling water to stay hydrated and cut calories.

6. Focus on all the things you CAN eat instead of the things you should avoid. The season is full of healthy super-foods such as anti-oxidant rich pumpkin and sweet potatoes, cranberries and apples. If you don’t slather them with butter and sugar, they will provide your body with the extra nutrients it needs to keep up with the busy holiday rush.

Fitness magazine has a great list of holiday superfoods to get you started.  http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/healthy-eating/superfoods/healthy-holiday-superfoods/?page=1

7. Find ways to celebrate that get you up and moving.   Go ice skating, dancing or hiking with friends. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen. Connect with the true spirit of the holidays, and observe how much joy there is to be found in simple pleasures.

The holidays don’t have to be a recipe for disaster for your health and fitness, but advance preparation is the key. Get started now experimenting with healthy holiday recipes, stock up your cupboard, and share the gift of health with your family and friends this holiday season.

You may just start the New Year in better shape than you could have imagined!

What is your favorite healthy holiday tip?  Leave a comment to share your favorite tip, resource or recipe. 

Oct 15th

Turn Your Passion Into Profit

By Leslie Traill

Turn Your Passion Into Profit

Turn Your Passion Into Profit… doesn't sound difficult, does it? So why do so many individuals struggle with it? ...the reason; they do not have a schedule.  

You come up with a great idea for a business - your passion! - You take the courses that you need to be qualified in your chosen field and you start your business. So, Why Does It Fail? Well, it is because taking your Passion and making it into Profit not only takes education it also takes commitment to a schedule. When you become your own boss you think that you can make your own hours, come and go as you please and play President. Your business is your Job and when you start looking at it that way, you realize that you need to show up every day on time and put your hours in as if you were going to a 9 to 5 job.

Here is my suggestion; sit down with a piece of paper and a pen, start your schedule from when you wake up in the morning and plan it from there, putting in times, etc.

It may look like this for example - my schedule:
  1. 6:30 - Wake Up
  2. 6:30 to 7:15 - Coffee and do some reading and check e-mails
  3. 7:30 to 8:30 - Workout
  4. 8:30 to 9:00 - Meditate
  5. 9:00 to 9:30 Shower and get ready for work
  6. 9:30 to 12:30-  In my office, seeing clients, answering emails and writing blogs
  7. 12:30 to 1:30 - Lunch
  8. 1:30 to 4:30-  In my office seeing clients, answering emails and writing blogs
  9. Now this is where my schedule is flexible; if I have clients in the evening, then I see them or go to networking meetings, or spend time with my husband, my grandchildren and friends.

When you adhere to a schedule and actually work at your business, treating it like your Job, you WILL succeed. Being self-employed does not mean going shopping when you please, going for long lunches with friends and watching T.V. during the day. Unless it is business related, you have to say "NO" and leave your social time to the weekends or the evenings.  Turn Your Passion into Profit and you will feel like going to work each and every day with lightness in your heart and a burning desire to succeed because you will see results!

Did you know that Astrology is a Business Tool used by many highly successful people? Get an Astrological Reading to help you Turn YOUR Passion into Profit:
Business by Start-Up Date and Location Chart: Clients who are looking seriously at beginning a new business venture can have Leslie determine the possibilities for success, the ideal location and more.

Business by Birth Date: Need to know what career path to follow and when to make the right moves? Then this chart is ideal for you.

Schedule your reading today!

by Leslie Traill 
Oct 15th

Astrology - Fact Or Fiction? What Does History Think?

By Leslie Traill

Plato

Perhaps there is a pattern set in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself - Plato
A friend of mine suggested that I do some research on Astrology and Famous People and I came up with some incredible information. What prompted this was the negativity that is sometimes associated with Astrology with really no founding in fact.
Here is some great information that is founded in fact, I was aware of some of it and then other things just amazed me.  I found it when I did a search of Famous People and Astrology and I have quoted directly from the reliable sources that I found.1. "All of the U.S. Founding Fathers were Masons and Astrologers.  (Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and the list goes on."

2. "All important events of the U.S. Government were timed to Astrology.  The country was founded in the sign of Cancer; Election Day is in Scorpio and Inauguration day used to be in Pisces until FDR (an Aquarian) changed it to Aquarius."

3. "Nancy Reagan used Astrology, after the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981, to determine when the best and worst times were for the president to do everything from signing bills to foreign travel.  The media made fun of Nancy Reagan at the time but, President Reagan was the first president since Jefferson elected in a year ending with "O" that was not killed in office."

4. "T.S. Eliot's epic poem The Waste Land is full of astrological references.  Not only that, the four sections are named after the astrological elements, Earth, Air, Water and Fire."

5. "The Three Wise Men were Astrologers.  Some believe that they heard that the Christ child would be born at the time of a conjunction of planets - two planets appearing in the same place in the sky at the same time - that was to signal the arrival of a new age.  The two planets involved in this conjunction were Jupiter and Saturn. Both planets were bright, but this wasn't something that the average eye could notice.  Even though they were trained Astrologers this took The Three Wise Men some time to find Jesus in Bethlehem."

6. "Before the advent of the pharmaceutical industry, astrology was a required course in medical school."

Here is a list of what just a few famous people have said about astrology:

Plato - Philosopher said: "Perhaps there is a pattern set in the heavens for one who desires to see it, and having seen it, to find one in himself".

Albert Einstein - Physicist said: Astrology is a science in itself and contains an illuminating body of knowledge. It taught me many things and I am greatly indebted to it".

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Poet said: "Astrology is astronomy brought down to earth and applied toward the affairs of man".

JP Morgan - First Billionaire said: "Millionaires don't use astrology, billionaires do."

Sir Isaac Newton - Physicist said: (Said in defense of astrology to skeptic Edmund Halley) I have studied the matter. You sir, have not."

Robert Heinlein - Best Selling Author said: “A touchstone to determine the actual worth of an "intellectual" find out how he feels about astrology."

Hippocrates - Father of Medicine said: "A physician without the knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician."

DH Lawrence - Author said: "Who knows the power of the Saturn has over us, or Venus?  ...But it is a vital power, rippling exquisitely through us all the time."

Louis Pasteur - Scientist said: "The controls of life are structured as forms and nuclear arrangements, in relation with the motions of the universe."

Pythagoras - Mathematician said: "The stars in the heavens sing a music; if only we had ears to hear."

Benjamin Franklin - A Founding Father of American said: "Astrology is one of the most ancient sciences, held in high esteem of old, by the wise and the great."

Donald Reagan - Formerly Ronald Reagan's Chief of Staff said: "It's common knowledge that a large percentage of Wall Street brokers use astrology."

Famous Historical People Who Have Used Astrology As A Life Tool:

Ronald Reagan....U.S. President

Boris Yeltsin....Russian President

Indira Gandhi....India Prime Minister

Francois Mitterrand...French President

Margaret Thatcher....U.K. Minister

Carol Jung....Swiss founder of psychotherapy

Teddy Roosevelt...U.S. President 

All of the above were considered highly intelligent people. These famous people were also creative types who used whatever tools they could to get answers to questions they couldn't find elsewhere.

by Leslie Traill
 

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