|JJ's (Jan '09) Tips in this issue:
1. No Fear in the New Year
2. JJ's Favorite Quotes
3. Tele-Coaching & Tele-Mentoring
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As my husband and I attended our first swing and country dance of the new year last evening, many of our friends expressed a fear of losing their jobs and perhaps their homes in the coming weeks and months ahead. This recession is touching everyone in one way or another.
How are you weathering the downturn? Many have never experienced a downturn in the economy like the one we are experiencing today. Fear of the unknown can raise its ugly head and stop you in your tracks during these times. The talk reminded me of an article on fear I read in Jon Gordons newsletter last week. It stayed in my mind all week and I passed it on to many of my clients, friends and relatives....so why not to you too?
No Fear in the New Year
Eight years ago I looked out into the Atlantic Ocean on New Years Day with fear in my heart and uncertainty in my life. I had been fired from a "dot.com" company two weeks earlier with only two weeks of severance, no insurance for my two young children and only two months of savings in the bank. My wife and I had just invested every dollar we had and even took out a second mortgage on our home and $20,000 on a credit card to open what would be the first Moe's Southwest Grill in Florida. The restaurant was set to open January 13th and we had no earthly idea how we would pay our home mortgage and other bills since I planned on keeping my salary and job while my managers built the restaurant business. Now, it was New Years Day and I had no job, no salary and a restaurant opening that at worst would fail miserably or at best take months to be profitable.
I thought of all this as I prepared to jump into the icy cold water-to take a symbolic plunge that this would be the year of NO FEAR. Regardless of the circumstances I was facing, this would be the year where I would trust and go for it. This would be the year I would be bold in actions and faith and humble in spirit. No longer could I do it alone. Now I needed a miracle and I would, as the saying goes, take actions as if my future depended on me and pray like it depended on God.
By jumping into the ocean I was declaring that no longer will I allow fear to cut off the flow of abundant and positive energy in my life. No longer will I allow fear to paralyze me. Instead of fear I would trust.
Now eight years later, as I write this I am preparing to jump into the ocean once again on New Years Day. It has become my yearly ritual - to remind myself to follow my passion, live life to the fullest, surrender and to stay one step ahead of the fear that hovers around me.
And as I take my leap into the ocean I want to invite you to jump in with me. Perhaps not in the ocean but in the depths of your mind. This jump doesn't necessarily require water but rather a leap of faith in your belief system and a shift in your mindset. The antidote to fear is trust and it is only a thought away. No one is going to push you over the chasm of struggle to the life that you want. God will nudge you but you must take the leap. You must make this jump in your mind and then with your actions. You must make this jump with trust, determination and faith. After all, they don't call it a leap of fear. They call it a "leap of faith" for a reason.
You will always feel fear. Everyone will. But the simple rule to remember is that your trust must be bigger than your fear. The bigger your trust the smaller your fear becomes. And the more you trust the more you become a conduit for miracles. I know. A consulting project presented itself out the blue and we were able to pay our mortgage. A check came in the mail, the right opportunities came our way and some how, some way we were carried.
We truly only have one life to live. We only have one chance. We only have one moment at a time to create the life we were born to live. All you have to do is jump in with all that you are and all that you wish to become.
Make your declaration that you will live with no fear in the New Year. Say it to yourself, say it to the world on our Blog. Share your thoughts today.
Here's to an amazing 2009!
I'm sending positive energy your way,
P.S. People often ask me what happened to my restaurant. Well, thankfully I eventually opened 4 restaurants and sold them three and a half years ago knowing it was time to focus 100% on the work I'm doing now. Thank you for your support and for sharing this message with others.
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JJ's FAVORITE QUOTES:
The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it-as long as you really believe 100 percent. It's all mind over matter. All I know is that the first step is to create the vision-the beautiful vision that creates the want power.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
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