Posts Tagged ‘Thinking’

If anyone out there has found a legitimate work from home opportunity where my success isn’t dependent upon me giving you a list of names or trying to sell anything to my family or friends, will you please let the rest of us know about it.

With the vast amount of information on the internet, a couple of years ago I decided to look for work from home opportunities. My search has only resulted in my spam mailbox being bombarded with hundreds of emails. Oh when will it stop! They try to sucker you in by saying you can make from hundreds to even thousands of dollars a day, yeah right — and all I have to do to get started is give them my name, email address and $49.00 (or whatever) — even though I don’t know what it is I’m buying. I’m not talking about software or books. I mean, what is the business, what will I be expected to do. Only once was I tempted enough to send away for a “free” cd — all I had to do was pay $9.95 for shipping/handling. So I figured I was willing to give up that much. I eagerly awaited the arrival of the cd only to be disappointed. Oh it came alright, only it still didn’t tell me anything. It was just a video of a guy and his wife sitting by the pool in the backyard of their dream home, talking about how great life is now that they discovered “this business.” Still no info about what exactly the business was, or what was expected of you. But to find out more they wanted money. Well that ended my curiosity. No financial freedom kit for this chica.

Ok, back to the emails. Lately I’ve been getting spam emails from the same people or companies around four times a week. I usually just delete them, but occasionally I’ll check out a few here and there –just to make sure I don’t miss out on some great opportunity. If you do actually go to the link in the email you will see a video presentation or this very, very, very long written sales pitch, interspersed with photos of a beautiful home, expensive cars, and smiling people on vacation. Some of them also include computer screen shots to prove how much money they are making, or to show you all you have to do is fill out these forms to make money. Yada, yada, yada. I think it all boils down to this — its just another sales pitch to get your money.

Becoming a day trader (stocks, and currency) is about the only thing I know of that you can do in the comfort of your own home and make money. Granted it’s risky, because you can make money but you will lose money too. Like any other profession, it is a skill that needs to be developed. Lately, I’ve been hearing of something called a “Virtual Assistant.” I don’t know much about that except it’s like a secretary/assistant who works from home for clients located anywhere in the country. So now I turn the question over to anyone out there reading this post — “Are there any legitimate work from home opportunities where my success isn’t dependent upon me preying upon my family or friends?” If so, please let the rest of us know about it by sending in your comments to this post. Thanks and have a great day!

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Thoughts are powerful! We all have thoughts running around in our head. We get upset about something and we just dwell on it. Then we tell our friends, and we dwell on it some more. But some thoughts we don’t tell others. Like the negative things we say to ourselves. How many times do we challenge our thoughts? Why do we keep dwelling on thoughts of a past event that are painful to us? The past is over but we keep reliving it, keep it alive in our mind. And it feels like the event/situation is happening to us all over again. We never let it go. You are not your thoughts. Become aware of what you are thinking. Stop yourself if it is painful, unless you just like torturing yourself. You are living in the past. Or maybe you’ve projected yourself into the future and you are worrying about something that you don’t even know will happen. Free yourself. Live in the present, in the now! How? Read Eckhart Tolle’s book, “The Power of Now.” I read the book years ago and continually practice what the author said to do and it works! I’d catch myself thinking a painful thought, or worrying about something, and then ask myself, “do you want pain or pleasure?” When my mind was insistent upon thinking a particular thought I’d just say to myself, “ok, you’ve got 2 minutes to go on with this line of thinking.” Then I would redirect my thoughts. If I couldn’t come up with something pleasant to think about, I’d think about something that wasn’t painful, like, what I was going to cook for dinner the next night. That led me down a different path of thinking. Read the book and find what works for you. It helped me immensely. Focusing on the negative only draws more of the same into your life. When you are not caught up in misery and worry, you can begin to focus on things, or the life that you do want, and make it happen.

“Watch your thoughts….your thoughts become your words,
Watch your words….your words become your actions,
Watch your actions…your actions become your habits,
Watch your habits….your habits become your character,
Watch your character…your character becomes your destiny.”
— Frank Outlaw

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Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought. –Napoleon Hill

Hubby and I were doing some cleaning in what we call “the office.” It’s actually a place for me to store my many, many books. We do have the typical office stuff in there too. I was looking through a box of papers I’ve saved and found lots of, what’s the word for it — inspirations. Here’s one I thought was worth sharing:

Life Struggles

A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of the cocoon. On the day a small opening appeared, he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force the body through that little hole.

Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. It just seemed to be stuck. Then the man, in his kindness, decided to help the moth, so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the cocoon. The moth then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and expand to be able to support the body, which would contract in time. Neither happened! In fact, the little moth spent the rest of its life crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It was never able to fly.

What the man, in his kindness and haste did not understand, was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the moth to get through the tiny opening, was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its wings so that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. Freedom and flight would only come after the struggle. By depriving the moth of a struggle, he deprived the moth of health.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. If we were to go through life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. Give every opportunity a chance, leave no room for regrets.

–Author Unknown

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The only thing in this life that we do have control over is ourselves. We can influence others in their decisions and give them ultimatums, which can leave them feeling like they have no choice. You may end up getting your own way, however, the person can end up resenting you for your strong armed tactics. Some people are very skilled at manipulating others to get their own way. I hate it when I think someone is trying to manipulate me. Don’t you?

What can you control? You can control your actions, your behavior. You control what goes into your mouth. You control what you say. You have to work hard to control your mind, and remain in control of it. Why? Because there are plenty of people in this world trying to control us and our thinking. Don’t believe me? Well, I’ve got two words for you — Commercials, News. Now think about that. What are they trying to do? Commercials are to get you to buy their company’s product. In other words, to separate you from your hard-earned money. Heck, we even go into debt just to buy stuff that we really don’t need. And they’ve done a successful head job on telling women that they are not ok just the way they are. The news broadcasts what they want you to see. Their main thing is telling you all the negative stuff, making you think a particular race is responsible for the majority of the crime, and pushing FEAR. I had to stop watching the news before going to work cause it was affecting me negatively. If you get the chance check out these two movies: “Wag the Dog” and “Bowling for Columbine.” You can view them for free at http://www.ovguide.com. You control you, that’s it. So stay in your own business, that’s a full time job. There’s been many a time I’ve seen people get all involved in someone else’s drama. Some people are just what I call “Drama Queens.” Their lives are just one drama after the next. In the end, it caused pain and drama in the life of the person who was just trying to help. It’s hard enough managing one’s own life. You can be a friend without getting sucked in. You’ll be happier and it will reduce the stress and drama in your life. You can’t be in two places at once — not physically or mentally. Ask yourself, “If I’m all up in your business, who is in mine? Maybe escaping from dealing with yourself and your life is the main point. Maybe you just want to feel in control. Or maybe you’re a closet drama junkie — if so, be safe and watch a soap opera. If you really want to help someone, to make a difference in the the lives of others, or even the in world, there are plenty of constructive ways to do it.

Wag the Dog – Robert DeNiro stars as a Washington spinmaster who needs a war to distract public’s attention from a sex scandal involving the President. Dustin Hoffman received an Academy Award nomination for his role in this biting political satire.

Bowling for Columbine – It is a film about the fearful heart and soul of the United States (words taken from the movie synopsis).

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I’m not talking about Genesis, or any other first chapter in a book or other religious doctrine.  I’m talking about your birth onto planet Earth.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t recall getting any welcome package that told me how to maneuver on this path called Life.  What I did get was two loving parents to guide me.  But at some point I did wish I knew why I was here, what was my purpose, how to deal with emotions — mine and other people’s, why people treat one another as they do, why are people mean to one another, why do some people have a lot of money, why are people poor, how can two people who make the same amount of money live very differently — one has money while the other continually struggles, etc., etc.  I am curious by nature.  Aside from the Bible, what I eventually found was a little book titled “If Life Is a Game, These Are The Rules,” by Cherie Carter-Scott.  What really struck me were her “Ten Rules for Being Human.”  You can check out the rules at this link:  http://www.bluinc.com/free/human10.htm.  She really emphasizes the point that we will learn lessons all our lives and will keep repeating a lesson until it is learned.  A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it.  And by the way, I have found that to be true.  Now that’s incentive for making sure you pay attention in life!  So stop and think the next time you find yourself feeling like you’re experiencing the same situation that you are not wanting.  Perhaps you’ll find that you need to change your thinking.  Change your thinking, change your world! 

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