Basic Reminders...

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This weekend was really jam-packed and my mind is still swirling, surrounding some of the events.  In fact, I was knocked off-kilter a little bit.  One of those bittersweet events, torn... and still need to process some of that.

But that isn't what I will talk about today.  Like I said, still processing!!

I do have some BASIC lessons to share that came up over the last two days, and while they are simple, sometimes things we forget about...  they are keys in life.


You need to rely on YOURSELF for motivation moving forward.

Seriously.  Figure out what drives you - I know you all have that inside of you.  If you rely on someone else, you will be sorely disappointed.  It MUST come from within.  Everyone has their "why," their driving force...  you need to KEEP IT REAL and figure it out!  

Because if you haven't defined that, you will find yourself faultering on those tough days.  If you do not have this figured out, what will PULL you through it toward the future you desire.

You may be currently lying to yourself and lying to others - and that will only hurt you and the relationships that are important to you.  That's just not worth it.  BE HONEST. 

Don't kid yourself - there IS something that is RAW & REAL inside of you and is your driving force.  It may be uncomfortable at first to come face-to-face with it, but it's worth it in the end.


Be true to yourself!

There are some things you need to do that other people JUST WON'T UNDERSTAND.  Whether it's being in a relationship with someone that your friends and family don't "get," or working your hiney off on a business that most people you know don't support...  and the list could go on.  

I was chatting last weekend with a friend and was smack-dab in the middle of this major enlightened moment - choosing my words carefully to best convey my thoughts as clearly as I could.  In those words, I included that even my significant other did not fully understand nor support what I was doing.  

And do you know what?  

This friend - with whom I haven't had a LOT of really deep, meaningful conversations with - looking me intensely in the eyes, said...

"I support you."

I was a little bit speechless, honestly.  He repeated that statement.  

"I support you."

It really blew me away.  Unless you say something out loud, you will never know the support and opportunities there are.  People cannot read your mind.  

Hearing that statement was liberating and proved to me that you never know where support may come from.  It might not be someone close to you, that you would think would support you in anything!  But don't let that stop you!

If you need to do something - do it with all of your heart and soul, EVEN IF others aren't supportive and even try to keep you from it.  There's someone out there that DOES support you.  Probably many someones.  

When you are at the end of your days, and you look around - who will you have to answer to?  Someone you're trying to please right now?  Chances are they will be long gone and you only have yourself to answer to - don't be left with regrets.    


HAVE FUN! 

This is something that came up a couple of different times!  I have a tendency to really focus on the "task at hand" and then get so immersed in that - it's fun to ME.  😁  (nerd alert!)

1) I've been making an effort to spend more time, undistracted, with my significant other.  Not just with one ear listening while I am busy with my business!  Allot time to and have fun with your loved ones.  

After all...  that's why we're here.

2) Each year, I dedicate time to getting together with a group of musicians - in order to perform at an historical Opera House.  We have two rehearsals (second of which was yesterday) and then a performance, all one week apart.  

It feeds my soul to get together with other high-caliber musicians to gather and create beautiful music.  Expand your horizons in your current talents/hobbies or go dive into new endeavors!

3) Saturday night, we attended a 50th birthday (costume) party!  This was for a gal that is ALWAYS true to herself, something I continually work on and aspire to!  It was a time of fun and celebration.  

As someone that falls to the side of the chart labeled "Introvert," the thought of going to a party can sometimes be a mixed bag.  BUT, as I also work on skill to become more comfortable meeting new people, it becomes easier.  Met a bunch of new people that night and had a good time & laughs!  Don't ever let fear hold you back from introducing yourself to others - after all, they're just humans like you!  (mostly 😁)

(The photo below is from Saturday's birthday bash/costume party!)


Living in abundance and moving toward your goals and dreams DOESN'T mean life will always go perfectly!  It DOES mean you have invested in yourself enough that you have gained the tools to be able to work through adversity and keep moving toward success.  

That may include (but is not limited to!) mindset, meditation, breathing techniques, building your Vision, and other skills.  It's an amazing journey and well worth traveling.

Additional blog posts you may find helpful:

Contemplating Meditation

Meditate on This

How to Create an EMPOWERING Vision Board

Inner Peace

Reading for Life: 10 Titles to Build Mindset

Harvest Series Recap And... Two Days of the Week We Shouldn't Worry

A Goal is a Dream with a Deadline


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The March King

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In 1906, John Philip Sousa and his band graced the stage of the What Cheer Opera House, What Cheer Iowa. 

Actually, his band spilled out the back door, as they did not all fit on stage! 

In his honor, a group of musicians in Eastern Iowa assembled one hundred years to perform a concert on that very stage, on the same date he and his band were there one hundred years prior.  We are comprised of professional musicians, including many band directors, and those of us that play just for fun!  Through the past ten years, we have had various themes for concerts, under the direction of Gary Huxford, but the first was dedicated to the same music played by Sousa’s band.

John Philip Sousa (11.06.1854 – 03.06.1932) was an American composer best known for composing and performing marches, giving him the name “The March King.”  His most famous were Semper Fidelis (the official March of the United States Marine Corps) and The Stars and Stripes Forever (the national March of the United States).

Click below to hear a recording of the Stars and Stripes at the Opera House!

http://whatcheeroperahouse.com/media/

Sousa was a very gifted musician, and able to play multiple instruments from the age of 6 through growing up into his teen years.  At the age of 13, his father (who played trombone in the Marine Band) recruited him into the US Marine Corps band to stop him from joining a circus band.  After leaving the Marine band, John assembled The Sousa Band, which toured 1892-1931.  They performed 15,623 concerts at home and abroad, talk about dedication!

The What Cheer Opera House was built by the Masonic lodge and completed in 1893.  Later, the Masonic lodge decided to build a new temple – with the potential there to destroy the building, it was saved by a movement of those that researched its history and restored the building to its original style by 1973. 

The Opera House was home to many performances by national performers, including Hank Williams, Jr., Guy Lombardo, and Porter Wagoner.  Lawrence Welk and the Glen Miller band played there on a regular basis, and now it is used primarily for local talent. 

At the annual concert in 2015, “the John Philip Sousa Foundation will present a historical marker to the opera house as a memorial to the John Philip Sousa band. These markers have been places in more than 75 Sousa band concert locations. This is the first Iowa site to be designated.”

http://www.dailyiowegian.com/news/lifestyles/what-cheer-opera-house-receives-sousa-historical-marker/article_9e5f93b8-dcb1-11e4-a1d0-c33a280d6d29.html

I believe to be successful moving forward, we do have to have a foundation in history.  It makes life a richer place as this is passed on to future generations.  


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Hi, my name is Chondra Rankin!  My passion is teaching and inspiring YOU how to become prepared to grasp the luxury of designing your life well - so you can live your life... your way!

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Inspiring Women... 10 Quotes from Angela

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Angela Merkel was born in Hamburg, West Germany, a typical German child but with family ties in politics.  As a youth, she was a member of the Free German Youth, a movement of the young people sponsored by the Socialist Unity Party.  

In 1990, Merkel was elected for constituency, which was followed by six more federal elections.  Quickly, she was appointed to the Cabinet, serving as the Minister for Women and Youth.  She continued to grow in public opinion and challenged the existing government.

In 2005, Angela Merkel assumed the office of Chancellor of Germany - serving as the first woman in that role.  She has remained in that role, despite challenges through the years.  Merkel has been described as the leader of the European Union, and been noted by Forbes magazine twice as the world's second most powerful person.

Chancellor Merkel graced the cover of Time as the Person of the Year in December 2015, which declared her to be "Chancellor of the Free World."  She has continued to be spoken of as the "leader of the free world."  

Angela has accomplished much - and I'm sure there will be more to be seen from her!  Please join me in appreciating 10 quotes from this accomplished woman below:

I am thankful for the way I was raised, to be positive. Even when times have gotten rough I have always tried to look on the bright side. Even when I was put down, yelled at and made feel insignificant, I still thought things were alright. I did realize when enough is enough.

A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.
One can remain more sure-footed by taking small steps, but perhaps achieve greater speed by taking bigger steps. Of course, one also runs the risk of setting out in a completely erroneous direction. Surely the important thing isn’t the length of our steps, but that the objective is clear.

Ordinary people regard a man of a certain force and flexibility of character as they do a lion; they look at him with a sort of wonder, perhaps they admire him; but they will on no account house with him.
I might bend, but I will NEVER break because it’s in my nature as a strong woman.

Look forward to the future and look forward to the unknown. Nothing stays the same and people change. One day that hurt and pain will be a distant memory.

Take whatever life has given you and create the best life you possibly can - you have no excuses, nothing can hold you back...  but you.  Don't give yourself the time to be scared... and settle for nothing less than giving it your all!

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Theory of the Five Elements

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The Taoist Chinese philosophy of the Five Elements has been in use for over 2,000 years as a vehicle of diagnosis and treatment in the Chinese culture.  As the building blocks of all energy create, these are not only applied to addressing disease, but also applied in feng shui, or geomancy, and in cuisine.  In terms of acupuncture, the concept is that every human being is born with an imbalance in the Five Element system, and in turn, these imbalances cause illness in the body, mind and spirit.

The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Fire.  Within each element, there is a relationship to a color, an emotion, a direction, etc.  (See chart and table for further listings.)

Some of the Elements are yin, or female and others are yang, or male.  These are interconnected yet opposite, or complementary, forces.  We strive for a balance of the two in an ideal situation. 

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Cycle of Generation

Wood feeds Fire.

Fire creates Earth.

Earth produces Metal.

Metal enriches Water.

Water nourishes Wood.

 

Cycle of Overcoming

Wood penetrates Earth. 

Earth absorbs Water.

Water smothers Fire.

Fire melts Metal.

Metal chops Wood.

 

WOOD ELEMENT

Wood is yang, or masculine, in nature.  Predominant attributes are strength and flexibility, generosity and idealism. 

FIRE ELEMENT

Fire is yang, or masculine, in character and is associated with expansive energy, strength and persistence, but can also produce restlessness.

EARTH ELEMENT

Earth is a balance of yin and yang and is centering.  Being present in the space you are in now.  Its energy is stabilizing.

METAL ELEMENT

Metal is yin, or feminine, in nature and has inward motion with contracting energy.  The metal element is the breath of life.

WATER ELEMENT

Water is a yin, or feminine, element and is representative of intelligence and wisdom.  There is a balance between water qualities being fluid and weak and the great power when water may flood the surrounding land.

 

 Table of Element Relationships

There is a thought association between each element and nature.

The combinations of the Five Elements you strive for and display will be your manifestation.

Think of the attributes you typically display and which attributes work toward your success? 

What are things you can do, if you are a specific type of person , to bring your outlook to one of abundance and positivity? 

Fill yourself with the qualities and attributes you desire. 

Surround yourself with the type of person you would like to be.

Listen to people you would like to emulate.

Read about the philosophies of those you admire.

Feed your mind.

#cognitiveshift


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How to Build Rapport in Life & Your Biz!

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I have ONE simple tip to help you build rapport in your life and business!  ONE TIP!  It's so simple, yet crucial to creating a full and lasting connection.  Check it out in the SHORT video below!  

I'd love to know if you do this, and how you utilize this tool to create and maintain rapport!


Are you now in a position to achieve the mindset of a champion??  To Step into the Shoes of Success???  Become a part of a community that is a great support on this journey and will give you a WEALTH of tools to use to improve yourself and your business!  This will give you the ULTIMATE in building your business!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, my name is Chondra Rankin!  My passion is teaching and inspiring YOU how to become prepared to grasp the luxury of designing your life well - so you can live your life... your way!

CLICK HERE to kick-start your life!