Monday, August 31, 2009

Mindset Monday - Self Limiting Behaviors

These are notes based on the August 31 Mindset Monday show "Self limiting behaviors". The full show is archived for your listening pleasure at


Thank You to my Million Mind March colleagues
from whom I learn on a daily basis. I am so privileged to be able to tap into the wisdom of such great people as Cathie Heath, Shana Prince, Jason Nagel, Ray Tamayo, Don Cox and the other purveyors of prosperity who are following the principle of achieving greatness through empowering others.

Thank You to my Leaders Club mentors, Andre Vatke, Molly Stevens, Diane Hochman and the other contributors to our Leaders Club Mastermind Group - who are sharing the teachings from their experiences and study to allow for the development of success patterns in those who we serve.

Thank You to John G. Miller
, whose simple book 'The Question Behind The Question' can provide you with additional food for thought about our attitudes and how they bring about beneficial change in ourselves and our environment when they are properly trained. This book is featured on our program page for today's show.

And thank you to Herr Gutenberg for his invention of the printing press - the best weapon of mass communication ever created. I love being able to take up a book and read the wisdom of people who were documenting character and situations between 1880 and 1930.


I chose self-limiting over self-defeating because you are never defeated unless you quit on yourself
. However these behaviors do limit the size and the speed of our progress. So let's think about self-limiting behaviors, what kinds or categories there are and how we might overcome them.

All self-limiting behaviors have a single source - your attitude.
Your attitude towards yourself. Your attitude towards what you are doing. Try to make new habits - to squeeze out old ones. Every cell of our body, I have been given to understand, dies off and is replaced by a new one within 21 days. So it does not take long to do new things on a repeated basis to create a new habit - to replace self-limiting old ones.

We will consider 4 types - 4 categories.





Any of these can destroy your motivation and leave you perpetually frustrated and discouraged.

Your goal should not be to get rid of these altogether, we are human beings. These are there but you have to recognize them. These become a problem when they undermine your success.


Is this the doubt of your ability to get done what you want to get done. Why would that be? Do you have a lack of confidence in your ability? Or is it a lack of self-esteem? Is it rational? Is it irrational? Self doubt can stem from a fear of the future? or a fear of the unknown?

We all start from the same place. So instead of the doubt why not just - Stop - analyze - realize confidence increases with understanding - when you understand, do - build experience.. Address your doubts by obtaining experience. We are all on a path.


Procrastination is a type of avoidance behavior - as a mechanism for 'coping' with anxiety. Why? Because doubt or pain are involved. We think we do won't accomplish the desired outcome. BEWARE: what you focus on becomes your reality!

Another reason people procrastinate in today's get it now, fast-paced, minute-rice society - is because we are overloaded . We have too many stimuli. Here prioritization helps. Improve your results by prioritizing important things that will have outcomes!


How can it be self-defeating? Because it constricts people, it doesn't allow them to grow. You can never be satisfied, which in itself is self-limiting.Perfectionism reduces innovation. You don't have to get it perfect. It creates a focus on yourself, where success depends on working with and for other people.

Perfectionism is a focus on your failure, where success hinges less on getting things right - it's more about how you handle things when you get them wrong.

In short, perfectionism keeps people from doing things. Instead focus on excellence. Challenge yourself to creativity, to innovation.


This always starts with absolutes. Always. Never. "She's always wanting things". "I'll never get that done". Instead try to be specific about a specific action.

Negative self-talk is always based in the negative emotions: fear, jealousy, hatred, revenge, greed, anger or superstition. Limit your negative emotions and you will reduce your negative self-talk.

What can you do? Start each day with a positive exercise. A positive quote. A positive message. Do something for a relationship.

Best of all - take a positive action to be a positive influence on someone else during the day. You will get positive talk-backs to increase your positive self-talk.

Make an effort to find a solution instead of finding the blame for a problem.

Focus on the process and the effort rather than the reward. Find a way to build your motivation to where you enjoy what you do. Ask when things go well why they worked out so well. Then you will be equipped for it to happen more and more often.

Consider Relaxation Exercises. Although these can be scary because of the many stimuli to which we are exposed they can be very beneficial. De-stress and visualize success.


There we have it. Be on the look-out for behaviors that are possibly preventing you from being all that you could be, slowing down the journey on the path to your success.

Lessen your self-doubt, understand why you procrastinate, strive for excellence before perfection, and change your self-talk.

Because you are so much more than you usually give yourself credit for.

The way I see it "God didn't create no duds"

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For myself,

I am Peter Pocklington
I am a Good News Merchant
I am a purveyor of prosperity, and
I am my own personal guarantee.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening

Invest in yourself, YOU ARE SO WORTH IT.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wellness Wednesday - Your Potential For Health

This is a textual version of components from the August 26 Wellness Wednesday show. The full show is archived for your listening pleasure at


Coming as it does on the day of the sad news of his passing, Thank You to Ted Kennedy, for his years of service, his ideals, his intellect. Since Health Care, affordable Health Care, was one of his many causes, I find it a shame that he passes while this national debate is going on about that issue. Ted Kennedy would have been valuable through his ability to forge alliances, his person, his passion. Let me hope he is watching as this debate continues and that the financial side of this so-called Health Care crisis will receive some sort of resolution. That this great nation can move forward and that there is universal coverage for each one of us.

Thank You to Dr. Sheryl Duchess, whose teachings and seminars have been so valuable to me and so many of my Wellness Warriors. I got to see Dr. Sheryl recently at the Market America convention in North Carolina and if there was ever a testimony to walking the talk - there it was.

Thank You to Christopher Vasey, whose book 'The Acid Alkaline Diet For Optimum Health' is on today’s program page. It can provide you with material you can use to reinforce the principles covered in today's program.


I would like to cover today the basic principles of Natural Health. About the root cause of many diseases: arthritis, gout, osteoporosis, allergies, sinus congestion, migraine headaches, high blood pressure, ADD & ADHD, High Cholesterol, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Hormonal Imbalance, Prostate Disease, Weight Management, Heart Disease, Flu and Colds. The list goes on ....

What is the difference between naturopathic medicine and traditional medicine?
In traditional medicine we diagnose a disease and usually recommend a pharmaceutical or surgery. Naturopathic Medicine looks to the root cause of the disease - where did it come from? Why did the body start to go out of balance? This is so important.

Understand - both forms of medicine have their place.
When the body is way out of balance it takes traditional medicine - many times we do need surgery.

But we should watch out for over medication.
In fact, there are many people who have dies from over prescribed medication. So it is really time to educate ourselves. To educate ourselves on wellness, on disease prevention.

There are two basic principles in Natural Health, in Naturopathic Medicine.

One: that we need to feed and nourish the body.

This becomes most evident when we look at the Structural System.
For example, look at your bones. If they don't get sufficient calcium, vitamin D, and magnesium they become weak and you get osteoporosis. If you don't get enough vitamin C you'll develop scurvy.

In nature, when we want to grow anything we dig up the soil, we put good nutrients and fertilizer into the soil so that the plants pick these up to produce good vegetables and fruits. If they are not nourished they are more prone to disease. So it is with our bodies.

The second basic principle in natural health is to cleanse and remove toxins from the body systems.

We live in a toxic world and our bodies are affected by these toxins.

Just think of your life for a minute. When you take a shower you are exposing your largest organ - your skin - to many of the toxins in the water supply. For example, chlorine, which was used in World War One as a killing agent - a weapon of mass destruction, as it were. Remember, if you are not using a filter, you are the filter!

After showering, perhaps we use a deodorant. Does your deodorant contain aluminum - which has been shown to contribute to Alzheimers?

Next we get something to eat. Usually from a packaged food, which is full of preservatives. I was surprised to learn that there are over three thousand different preservative chemicals used in our food source - and we absorb about ten pounds of these chemicals each year into our body systems.

So next you go out to do something healthy - exercise. And as you drive to the gym (which is almost an oxymoron) you are behind the school bus, spewing out exhaust gases entering through your air conditioning system.

If these environmental toxins were not enough, our own bodies, under stress, produce metabolic toxins.

So the more we can learn how to detoxify, remove toxins, from our environment and our internal systems, our liver and our lymphatic systems, the better.


One of the simplest principles of naturopathic medicine is that it's all about pH. You might, indeed, benefit from this as a mnemonic for 'POTENTIAL for HEALTH'. My pH controls my potential for health.

The ideal pH for saliva, for our tissues, lies between 6.8 and 7.2 . Now, in most people the problem is when we are too acidic. However, we should remember that too alkaline is also a problem. So, again, 6.8 to 7.2 is ideal.

Isn't it funny how we hear of the importance of pH balance in our shampoos, our cosmetics, even our hot tubs. Not about its importance in our internal organs. Once you understand its contribution to disease the more you can look to control your health challenges, to increase your wellness.

Now, what is pH?
It is a symbol for the degree of acidity or alkalinity is a solution. It stands for particles of hydrogen.

The maintenance of a stable hydrogen ion concentration in the body fluids is essential for life. Note - not recommended - ESSENTIAL.

Now you can actually test your pH. Buy some litmus paper and test it on an empty stomach. It should be between 6.8 and 7.2. Then if you re-test after a meal it should go alkaline, if your body has good alkaline reserves and is in good health. But most people are unfortunately not in that state - and something needs to be done to improve that situation.

So what causes a pH imbalance?

  • One cause is a high protein diet. 80% protein and 20% carbs can cause acidity.

  • Another cause - high levels of stress. Stress can throw your body pH totally out of balance. Many serious illnesses can be traced back to a time of stress in people's lives - the loss of a job, a divorce etc. We have to learn how to control stress.

  • Diseases such as diabetes, emphezema, prolonged vomiting etc. can cause pH imbalance.

  • Highly processed foods are another cause. Chemicals in our food will throw off pH.

  • High amounts of sugar - which is highly acidifying

  • High amounts of alcohol.

So these are some of the causes our pH may go out of balance.

Let's look at some foods that can affect our pH level

Alkaline forming foods - which should make up 80% of our diet - are:

* Fruits

* Vegetables - especially green vegetables

* Brazil nuts, coconut and almonds

* Soy beans

* Lima beans

* Sprouted grains and seeds.

The other 20% of our diet, acid forming foods, could be:

* Grains

* Poultry, fish, meats and eggs

* Sugar and Syrup (not honey)

* Nuts

* Legumes

That 16oz. steak and 3 little string beans just doesn't cut it guys!

So what have we covered?

We talked about the difference between the approaches behind traditional (western) medicine - treating symptoms and effects. Versus Naturopathic medicine - looking for root causes.

We talked about the two basic principles of Naturopathic medicine. That we need to feed and nourish the body, and that we need to cleanse and remove toxins.

And we talked about the importance of pH - Potential for Health. What causes an imbalance and what you can do about it, by considering what you are eating.

For me,

I am Peter Pocklington
I am a Good News Merchant
I am a purveyor of prosperity, and
I am my own personal guarantee.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening

Invest in yourself, YOU ARE SO WORTH IT.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Wellness Wednesday - Take Care Of You

This is a textual version of components from the August 5 Wellness Wednesday show. The full show is archived for your listening pleasure at


Thank You to my Wellness team at Market America, both the Corporate staff who are always on the look-out to improve the training and the products, and my local crack team - Anita Trump, Melanie Vicker, Sharon Lawrence and Renee White.

Thank you to the fellow practitioners in the wellness industry - the chiropractors, alternative medicine practitioners, fitness clubs, fitness trainers, nutrition specialists, educators and developers, weight management practitioners and everyone who is involved in proactively increasing the health wealth supply as opposed to reactively "managing sickness" - which is the traditional role of the so-called health care industry.

A great thank you today to my guest Lucy DelSarto.


Peter: My guest today is luminescent Lucy DelSarto. Lucy is the CEO of TCOY (tecoy) Wellness - that's "Take Care of You". Hi Lucy.

Lucy: Hi Peter.

Peter: Lucy has many accomplishments. I could go on for the whole program just listing them all. She was ranked in the World Top 16 in the heyday of womens' racquetball. She coached at Stanford University and took her team to a third place finish in the inter-collegiate nationals. But, probably not the least of her accomplishments - she is the survivor of a ten child family (all of the same parents, I might add) and she is the Mom to one teenager and two older step-daughters.

Hey, Lucy. You are so accomplished but let me start. As you know the mission of the empowerment network is to promote people who promote others. I'm curious, what is your passion?

Lucy: Well Peter - thank you for having me on the show - it's quite an honor. I have many passions but I believe one of my biggest ones would be - life! I'm very passionate about life and making a difference while I'm here.

I'm here to mentor and assist others on improving their quality of life - to be a leader by example.

Peter: Absolutely. And I know that this could just as easily be a Spiritual Sunday call. I know that you know that Jesus led by example, for example. And it is for us to take his example and lead others.

Lucy: Absolutely. I consider him my pilot and I'm just the co-pilot.

Peter: Co-pilot and pilot of the airplane 'Wellness'.

Lucy: That's right. Well, of life in general, to be honest with you. He can lead me anywhere and everywhere I want to go.

Absolutely. Now you have a major cause - Wellness - which is today's topic. What specifically made you take up wellness as a cause?

Lucy: Well. I've been aware of wellness my whole life - but inspiration or desperation really gets your attention to change. My motivation was to be there for my daughter. Once you have a child, you know you have a legacy and you want to give it the best you possibly can. So it heightened my awareness. I also don't look at sickness as an option. That's a failure if you ask me. So my goal is to do everything you can to be the best you can, and take care of yourself. My goal is WELLNESS.

Peter: Your goal is Wellness, and failure is not an option!

Lucy: Yes. Not at all.

Peter: Failure is actually a lack of attention to detail, possibly?

Lucy: Exactly.

Peter: You are a wellness coach, I saw in your resumee. Thinking about the role of coaches and what I've heard of how people try to 'do it themselves'. There is the old truism that people who go to the gym regularly avoid gyms in January - becaus ethat's when the 'New Years Resolutionists' show up - and theyre going to be gone by February.

As a coach have you any tips how people who really want to get it done - they didn't join a Gym for no reason - can avoid this drop-off?

Lucy: Absolutely. THe 'New Tears Resolutionists' is a perfect example. People believe that a certain day of the year is going to change everyting. It's not one day of the year. You can do it on August 1st. You can do it on September 30th - whatever day. Make it happen.

But my two biggest things I would emphasize are:

* Forget the word exercize and just think of movement. Movement - it's fun - it can be walking, it can be exercizing, it can be competing, it can be numerous different topics for yourself. But think of movement.

* And along with that make it FUN. If you are having fun doing something you are going to do it. Which is what racquetball was to me. It's a no-brainer. I go there when I want to get rid of stress, when I want to have a good intense work-out. If it's not racquetball for you, find something that's fun.

And right in there with that, find somebody to engage in it with you. Have a buddy system. Accountability. A friendship. When you walk in find somebody at the gym, a co-worker, a family member. If you are doing it with somebody else ou are more accountable.

You know, it's easy to say "It's raining today. I'm not going to go for a walk. It won't matter." But if it's fun and you have a partner to do it with you are more likely to stick with it.

Yup. That is so true. SO then, having fun is what its all about! We tend, I've noticed,back to your coaching experiences, that people tend to look on it as a displeasurable thing that they 'have' to do, not a fun thing that they 'want' to do because it increases their capacity to live.

Lucy: Right. You don't have to do anything in life. You choose to do it. ANd what those choices are will come about to show what your life is about. ARe you choosing to do it because you want to be healthy or because you have to - and then it is a negative.

Peter: Choose to do it. THe words you choose depend on what you do really.


So, OK. Now we've got to the point. Choose. Use good words. Movement rather than exercise. I love that concept, I really have to train my mind in terms of more movement. Because every time I move I'm actually, technically, exercizing.

Lucy: Uh, huh.

OK. So talk to myself, move around, have fun.

Now inertia tends to stop people from doing things. ANd most people just have trouble getting started. They like the idea, but ....

What about getting started. Any advice you can give the listeners here?

Lucy: Yes I have. I think fear keeps people back a lot. They think "Well I'm not in great shape so I'm not going to go to the club because a lot of people are already in shape that are there"

But, you know, everybody starts somewhere. You have got to look at any professional in any area of your life. They started somewhere.

You just need to start!

The little things that you build on, over time, will make you more confident, and those little things will matter.

There is a great book out there that I use in my presentations. It's called "The Slight Edge" - Jeff Olson is the author. "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson. Basically he is saying "it's easy to do, but it's also easy not to do"

I mean, it's easy to walk a little bit - that's not going to kill you. But if you don't do it over a number of years it's going to show up. As you get into your 40s, 50s and 60s it shows up.

So, easy to do, easy not to do. SO just go do it. Just get started. ANd don't put some huge goal out there.

Again, that's the New Years Resolution. People want to lose so much weight. Or they want to do this or that.

Make it a realistic goal and see past the goal. Attach it with an emotion. Create a dream board and visualize yourself living it before you are there. You have to be there mentally before you can get there physically.

Peter: Um, OK. So little things take you beyond what you think you can be. So think about what you want to be. Take little steps to get there and its amazing how quickly one can get there. Is that what I'm hearing?

Absolutely. And I would recommend doing a journal. Doing a wellness journal so that you can see the progress. Because when its the little things you think its insignificant and it doesn't matter. But it does matter. And you keep doing it and doing it.

Look at a toddler. When they're learning to walk. How many hundreds of times they fall, but they keep getting up. They keep getting up and eventually they are walking. That's what you want to do. Just realize, just keep getting up. And if you are going to fall, fall forward because you just made six feet. Now you're closer to your goal. Just keep going. It's OK.

Peter: Oh, wow! You have so many great word pictures. I guess I need to call you and have you coach me. Tiger Woods has an even better coach. The top people have the top coaches. I'm going to have to get your services.

Hey, I love that word picture of the little child. I happen to know, as we said going on, that children mean a lot to you. That the obesity epidemic, the problems we are having with sports programs being cut, all of those types of things.

I'd love you to share a little advice with regards to children. The example we are setting for children. And your thoughts on children and wellness.

Lucy: Oh, there is so much I could go into with that. One thing I would like to stress. Even having been a professional athlete, and I love sports, I think that schools need to focus on P.E. - Physical Education - versus Sports.

Because when you do just sports there is only a few people who will make the team. And how many go on to College. And how many will play professionally.

We need to make it a mindset, a lifestyle, for every child in school. We need to think physical exercise - not winning or losing. Because you are a winner if you are exercising. That's one aspect.

And acting as a role model to every child out there. They are a sponge. They are soaking up what you are doing. So you want to do habits that will increase their likelihood.

So what are you doing? What are you eating? How are you exercising? How do you handle stress? All those things are pigments that they are soaking up. And they are watching you. If you are sedentary they are going to be sedentary.

If you are drinking sodas - which are ridiculously high in sugar content - it impacts them. Their attitudes and energy levels are affected by that. That's going to affect them!

Stress levels - same thing. If you are woring out you are releasing those endorphins. Get the kids to join you. It's a huge thing. I love it and I want to emphasize we are human be-ings.

Peter: What a great thought!

Lucy: We don't need to 'do' 24 x 7. We are on an adrenalin rush all the time. Be a human be-ing and enjoy what God gave us, every minute of every day.

Peter: Yep. We are all beings and we are designed to be well beings.

Lucy: Absolutely, the body wants to be well.

Peter: Yep. I guess I could go on forever. I am enjoying so much the advice. But in the interests of time we should probably schedule a follow-up show, Lucy. You bring out the creativity in me. So let's just finish with the important message

Let's all BE well BEINGS.

Hey, Lucy, how can people stay in touch with you?

Lucy: There are a couple of ways. They can get on my website, which is [Take Care Of You]

or I have a blog -

I write a newsletter every month with little inspirational tidbits and some good wellness information. Go into my website, send me an e-mail. Go into my blog, send me an email. See some past newsletters.

I'd be more than happy to use social media.

Peter: O.K. everybody. So we know know how to learn from Lucy. Hopefully today's program has given you some encouragement to start moving yourself.

For myself,

I am Peter Pocklington
I am a Good News Merchant
I am a purveyor of prosperity, and
I am my own personal guarantee.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening

Invest in yourself, YOU ARE SO WORTH IT.


Friday, August 7, 2009

Mindset Monday - The 6 Ps of change

This is a textual version of components from the July 13 Mindset Monday show. The full show is archived for your listening pleasure at

Attitude of Gratitude

Thank You to Greg Kraer, a founding father of the Siemens Toastmaters in Malvern, PA.

Thank You to Keith Straw, who first introduced me to the meeting.

Thank You to Alex Lawes, my Toastmsters leadership mentor.

Thank You to all the Presidents I have known that have stepped forward and helped so many people, and to the current President, Ellen Hennesey for what she is about to do to change so
many peoples' lives.

The 6 Ps of Change - Interview with Pat Rocchi

Peter: My special guest today is Pat Rocchi. In addition to his toastmasters activities that I have already spoken to, Pat is a professional communications consultant, a speaker, an author, a singer with the A-capella Pops vocal ensemble. Pat recently spoke at the Toastmasters Region 7 Conference in New Brunswick, Canada, which represents ten thousand toastmasters, all the way from Canada south to Washington, D.C.

Pat was speaking on how to communicate in today's business World. Hey, Pat. Good Morning.

Pat: Good Morning, Peter. How are you. It's great to be with you.

Peter: I'm doing great, as always, Pat. Now that speaking engagement sounds daunting to me.

Pat: It was terrific Peter. I had the opportunity to present on my experience of communicating change, mostly for Corporations.

For example, I opened with the story of how General Electric transferred me from the nice warm climes of Daytona Beach, Florida to their power generation business in up-state New York.

After I accepted the job and moved my family,and that included a new born son, I learned that my main responsibility would be to announce the layoffs of 13,000 employees, internally and externally.

Peter: Wow! I bet that experience helped you formulate some of the mindset and principles that have carried you forward since then.

Pat: Yes! It pretty much inspired a book I wrote recently called "the Six P's of Change" - a handbook to help people guide themselves through the experience of change.

Peter: That is something I've heard said - the only constant is change.

Pat: We're seeing that all the time. Alvin Toffler said that probably about thirty years ago and it's something we can depend on every day.

Peter: Your book actually opens with the somewhat comforting thought from John Simone SR. "If you are in a bad situation don't worry. It will change. If you are in a good situation don't worry. It will change."

Pat: Yes, Peter. I've found that that's the case, that you should always be prepared for change. If you are in a bad situation - there is a way of getting out of it. But if you are in a good situation, don't get too comfortable in it - because things are just bound to change for you.

I just read in the newspaper this morining - The Philadelphia Inquirer - that there was a conference just for people who were laid off from HR jobs. Human Resources people, who probably thought they would have jobs in order to process employees through the layoff process - let alone the hiring process. Now they are the people who are looking for jobs.

So hopefully they were prepared for such change,and they weren't too terribly comfortable with themselves.

Peter: Yeah, I guess change is really the only constant. From what you said, it seems like the audience for this book is -- EVERYBODY!

Pat: I wrote it for everybody, because we all have to deal with change. If somebody were to look for me on Amazon they'd see the very nice reviews I've received.

These are people in very different walks of life. And personally I receive positive feedback from people who are adjusting their lives after a lay-off. I had feedback from a woman who is about 86 years old and who is about to go into assisted living and she said,"this is about me too. I'm going through change"

They all said the principles, the 6 P's that I cover, are all important to them.

Peter: Hey, I read your book first. I noted that the 6 Ps of change are Perception, Perspective, Prognostication, Pro-active Preparation, Planning, and Performance.

Now by my count that's seven, but I'll forgive you for that. Which, to you, is the most important of all?

Pat: I get asked that quite a bit. It's a little bit like asking which of my fingers is the most important. I believe you should always start at the beginning. So I really think that it's the first P - Perception.

That is, you have to develop the perception that change is a reality in our life. We can't ask whether we will deal with change but when we will deal with change. It will happen to us.

Peter: OK. As you heard in the intro to the show, I am personally a purveyour of prosperity. I have to ask. How have you benefited personally, apart from the book sales, from applying the principles that are taught in the book?

Pat: Well, before I wrote the book it was something that I lived. Let me review these real fast. It is that you have to: perceive that change is neither all positive or all negative; you have to learn the art of prognostication - which is about predicting the future; have proactive preparation for whatever you see is coming; plan; and then perform that plan - execute.

Once I started adopting these principles I found myself in a constant state of preparation for change - not a state of paranoia.

I have really come to believe that I have developed the skills to handle most of the changes that come my way. There are some changes - let's be honest - that are very, very difficult - life changing.

But, generally speaking, the changes I think are insurmountable. It's the same kind of positive thinking that Napoleon Hill espoused in his book - Think and Grow Rich.

Peter: Now you're talking about one of my favorite authors of all time. Isn't it great how "Think and Grow Rich" has two action words, a conjunction and just a state. I guess action is really important. And Positivity, another 'P' word.

I love the way you tied everything together from the beginning - from Perception. I also think that finishing at the end is important.

That leads me to Performance. That's also a key - right?

Pat: Yes. It's very interesting. I found out as I did research, and as I read many books, that there is lots of advice out there about how to plan your life - but very few people spend time on execution - which my performance section is all about. I think that there are landfills all around the world that are littered with plans that either were not executed properly or never even saw the light of day.

A few years ago, a man who I admire very much - named Larry Bosity - wrote a book called "Execution". This is a man who lived this. I knew him from General Electric, Jack Welch's right hand man. He left GE late in his career to become the President of Honeywell, and the President of Allied SIgnal. He turned both companies around and he found that it was a subject long overdue. So he was pretty much the correct person to write about that.

Peter: Oh man! Another book for me to read. I guess leaders do read and readers do lead.

Pat: Yes. I really do recommend that one. It's a subject that is often overlooked and I think it is appropriate for all of us. But I agree with you on that. It's all part of my proactive preparation. There is so much information out there that it can be difficult to keep up.

There is no excuse any more - with the proliferation of information that we have - of being uninformed in this world.

Every time I am with you, you talk about something that you have read. Some new idea that you have.

Peter: Yes. That's what feeds these programs. And the people that listen to these programs speak to me.

Reading alters perceptions, perceptions give you perspective - the allow you to prognosticate and prepare you proactively. And then you eventually perform.

Pat: RIGHT! I think so. It's all very regular. One follows the other. And one of the things that I think works about this book is that you can pick it up at any point and get into the process at the point you need to.

For instance, you might be having trouble dealing with change - well read the second chapter on perspective, and understand there is great opportunity very often in change.

Or you may say, "OK. I accept change. I know it is going to happen to me. What's my next step.?" Then read about proactive preparation and get your life in order.

Or maybe you have created the plan - so you can put the plan together and perform it.

I always end my talks with everybody with this little mantra - you have your, I have mine - "Always wish people a change filled life. Change that will make you happy. Change that will make you feel fulfilled. But, most importantly, change that you will make."

Peter: Wow. Hopefully today you will have changed some lives and some minds. I know that the people are listening.

May I just thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope people reflect on the information shared.

For myself,

I am Peter Pocklington
I am a Good News Merchant
I am a purveyor of prosperity, and
I am my own personal guarantee.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening

Invest in yourself, YOU ARE SO WORTH IT.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Mindset Monday - Daily Acronyms Of Positivity

Monday - Move Over Negativity - Didn't Ask You

Sure beats "Manic Monday" - although I loved that song - and also reminds us of the need to just say "STOP IT" to our internal (and external) negativity

Tuesday - Take Up Every Sinew (to) Develop (the) Achievable You

Alfred Lord Tennyson in his epic poem "IF" refers to "if you can force your heart and nerve and sinew; to serve your turn long after they are gone". Now I just have to find mine!

Wednesday - With Each Day New Encounters Slay Dragons, Achieve Yearnings

This is a reminder to me that as we address our fears on a daily basis we move forward closer to the realization of our desires. It also sure beats 'hump day'

Thursday - Take His Unique Rewards Sent Daily As Yours

In my life the HE referred to is the Christ, whose gifts were given to all for all to use. But we all, atheists, christians, budists, agnostics alike have our own him or her from whom we have received - haven't we?

Friday - Friends Remain In Discourse All Year

Seems like a good day to reach out to your friends - old and new - to see how they are doing, to lighten their burdens just be feeling your presence and knowing you care

Saturday - Such A Tremendously Uplifting Reward Deserves A Yell

What is your reward? Not going to your daily 9-5, sleeping in, playing with your children who are not at schhol, avoiding your children because they are not at school. Whatever you see as an uplifting reward, yell a thnak you in your bathroom mirror.

Sunday - Soak Up Nutrition Develop Active Youth

While this is inspired, I confess, by the many Wellness Warriors I am hooked up with, and from whom I have heard the nutrition message - it seems an appropriate reminder for THE day that has historically been one of over-indulgence and less than positive nutrition.

Have fun. Look forward to reading your acronyms and the reasons.