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2016: It’s Fresh, New and Waiting for YOU!

In Abundance, Career, Career Coaching, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2016/01/15 at 4:52 am
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A Great Start To 2016

Welcome to a New Year!  Everyone is getting in on New Year’s Resolutions  – even Oprah. Her recent alignment with Weight Watchers is making health and lifestyle conscious people throughout the world take notice. Is it a coincidence that she’s featured in Weight Watchers Magazine in January I think not. January is a powerful month.

As consumers of information and media, we need to carefully filter the news and views that reach our eyes and ears. I hope that as this year unfolds, you select messages that focus on Hope and Optimism. With holidays behind us and a shiny new year at hand, this is a great month to access Building A Powerful Vision” tools designed to help you gain and maintain a positive focus as you move in direction of your personal and career goals.
Building A Powerful Vision tools on tap this month:
  • In addition to Oprah being featured this month, you’ll find my Building A Powerful Vision” philosophy and approach quoted in a featured article on Vision Boards in Weight Watchers Magazine, (Jan/Feb 2016). The article is “See It, Be It” by Cari Wira Dineen. You can purchase a copy of the magazine online or at the grocery store or Barnes and Noble. (Of special note: I happen to love the fact that Oprah is a proponent of vision boards as a way of accelerating accomplishment.)
  • Tune into my featured interview in The Millionaire Mama seminar series (begins on 1/15). This seminar series is free and designed for entrepreneurs who want to get started or move ahead. Lots of great advice and giveaways are yours for the taking.
Next up this year are two new projects; an 8-week course, ‘Back to School’ For Your Hopes and Dreams and a Vision Board Party-Pack.
So….fill your 2016 New Year’s Resolutions with Hope and Optimism, and create a year to remember!

 

~ Tess

Copyright 2016

Tess Denton

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3 Steps to Sustaining A Powerful Vision (When Life Pulls You In New Directions)

In Abundance, Career Coaching, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, s Mentoring, Success, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2015/10/18 at 10:13 am
The Puzzle of Life

The Puzzle of Life

As you may know, I frequently remind readers that the Building A Powerful Vision process provides the internal results of Clarity, Hope, Confidence, Momentum, and Happiness. The medium used in doing this work with individuals and teams is vision boards. A vision board is an external and concrete expression of the picture you hold in your mind of what you want to attract and achieve in your life. Once you’ve created your vision, you build belief through incremental successes. Early successes and commitment result in greater progress and accomplishment naturally follows (Find out more about this and find my books at http://tessdenton.com).

Once an individual creates and commits to a Powerful Vision, life becomes brighter. Good things start to happen. You get on a roll, and you feel unstoppable. Here’s the catch: As effective as my process and tools, or any tools and process you are using may be, you grow and change over time, as do the people around you. Life pulls at your plan, and you find yourself asking, “How do I keep my priorities and my plan in the forefront when new demands on my time and energies show up?” This is where Sustaining A Powerful Vision comes into play.

Sustaining a Powerful Vision and staying true to your vision is a journey, an art, and a science. I’m living the effort right now! In the time between the release of my last book, “Building A Powerful Vision Planner:  A One Year Guide To Creating A Life You Love” and now, I’ve been attending to the many moving parts of my own life. During this time, I’ve made choices about the focus of my own career. I have adjusted my targets relative to the balance of career, consulting and creativity. I have deferred or scaled back my efforts on a number of new projects in order to participate in the life changes taking place for my parents, as they navigate life at age 87.5!

The result is that I’ve conducted more workshops, created fewer BlogTalk Radio episodes, and spent more time managing the journey of life unfolding. I’m not sure about you, but I have come to appreciate that my intentions and vision impact the way that I live my life, and that what happens in life impacts intentions and my vision.

Examples of the many things that can happen on the way to your vision for life and success:

  • Families get larger
  • Parents age
  • Job transfers happen
  • Priorities shift
  • New dreams emerge
  • Health improves

You may notice that one day, you wake up and find that your priorities have changed, and that you need to adjust your vision. Naturally, when life makes new demands, you accelerate some activities, you put the brakes on some plans, you wonder if you can stay on the path of your vision. On some days, you might doubt that you’ll ever figure it out. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Today, I offer three steps to you to help you feel in control, if this is happening to you:

1: Find a quiet place, free of clutter. It is best to take a trip to a spot where you can be alone, perhaps with a cup of coffee and some great music. Step away from your home or office. Once you’re comfortable and ready to concentrate, placed a blank sheet of paper on the table. Write out the following questions and then your answers to the questions:

  • What’s been added to your plate that has changed your sense of control of your time or your freedom?
  • Is “what’s been added” draining your time or your energy or both? Write a few examples of how it is draining.
  • Is “what’s been added” a situation or new responsibility happening for the first time or is it something that you have encountered before?
  • Is “what’s been added” it temporary or permanent? How long is this new responsibility likely to stay?
  • Is your new responsibility something you selected or intended or was it thrust upon you?
  • How is it contributing to your life (for example, life lesson, additional revenue, more time to build relationships)?
  • If you have a vision or plan for your future that you’ve been working on, do you need to or want to adjust your plan, based on your new responsibilities?

2: Looking at the last question, “If you have a vision or plan for your future that you’ve been working on, do you need to or want to adjust your plan, based on your new responsibilities?”, write a few statements about how you think you can stick to your plan for your vision, As an alternative, if it appears that you need to alter your plan, what needs to change and what can remain intact?

3: Review your list of questions and your intentions to stick to or adjust your plan to achieve your vision. Spend 10 or 15 minutes settling into the feeling of being back in control of your world. Notice if you feel more at ease and at peace with the changes that life is presenting to you. Once you are satisfied with your responses and you’ve had some time to sit with them, Fold up the paper, or take a photo of it with your phone (or both), and head back into the stream of life. Keep that paper or photo handy, and refer to it often. You may find that it serves as a grounding reminder of what is happening in your life and your intention to remain centered and in control of your life during challenging times.

As always, I welcome your comments, and make it a great week!

A Wise Woman Once Said…

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2015/05/09 at 10:38 pm
Advice For Life

Advice For Life

This past week, I heard a beautiful piece of wisdom written by Mother Teresa, that I’d not heard before. I am sharing it with you, as food for thought when you set your intention to Build A Powerful Vision for your life.

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is beauty, admire it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

Life is a game, play it.

Life is a promise, fulfill it.

Life is sorrow, overcome it.

Life is a song, sing it.

Life is a struggle, accept it.

Life is a tragedy, confront it.

Life is an adventure, dare it.

Life is luck, make it.

Life is too precious, do not destroy it.

Life is life, fight for it.”

Enough said :).

Visit http://www.tessdenton.com for tools to help you live your life to the fullest!

I welcome your thoughts and as always… make it a great week!

Tess

2015 Destiny Rising

http://www.tessdenton.com

Doing It All…. At What Cost?

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Vision Boards on 2015/04/12 at 1:15 pm
That's Some  Balancing Act!

That’s Some
Balancing Act!

Let’s see… there’s a lot on your plate. You work 50 hours each week, it’s time to file your taxes, you need to clear the year of debris so that this year’s growth can peek through, not to mention the fact that it’s time for little leagues, graduations, and summer weddings. If you’re like me, you can do it all – but at what cost? Are you working your life away?

I can only assume that Building a Powerful Vision for your future includes a point at which you can stop the madness and enjoy some leisure time. If you’re waiting for someday to say no to the many demands on your time, that day may never come, unless you set the date yourself. To get you started, here’s an exercise that will take just 5 minutes to complete.

  • On a blank sheet of paper, place the numbers 1 through 6.
  • Listen to “Enjoy Yourself” – a classic recorded by Guy Lombardo.
  • List 6 things you’ll do “someday”  – whatever floats your boat: travel to Greece,volunteer at a homeless shelter, get a hot tub, coach your daughter’s soccer team, do community theater, start saving for retirement.
  • To the right of each of those items, set a date by which you will begin or complete the activity.
  • Put today’s date at the top of the list.
  • Post the list on your refrigerator, and let it be a conversation starter for the people in your life who pass through or join you in the kitchen. Your innocent list may just get others thinking about what they’d like to accomplish and by what date they will take action, jut like you.
  • Three, Six, Nine and Twelve months from now, review your list and not what progress you’ve made on those items occurring soonest.

If you’re looking for ways to put your dreams into action, consider getting a copy of either of my books on the topic of Building A Powerful Vision. You can build a vision board yourself, throw a party with friends or begin a one year journey of creating a life you love. So many choices!

What are you THINKING?

In Career, Destiny, Hope, Success, Transformation, Vision Boards on 2015/03/21 at 12:32 pm

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What We Think, We Become.  ~Buddha

What do you think about yourself – your abilities, your strengths, your best traits, your areas of brilliance? Are you treating yourself well? How important is it to you that you create a life you love?

Do you think of yourself as unstoppable, on an amazing journey, filled with potential?

I’m asking these questions of you, dear reader, because many of my clients and those who attend my workshops go are experiencing an imbalance. They are focusing all of their energies on others and they are overlooking and under-feeding their hopes and dreams.

If you fall into this category, I have some good news for you. Right now, in this very minute, you can change that. You can make the choice to make yourself a priority and strengthen the belief that you deserve the best in life. Now is a perfect time to begin. Winter storms should soon be behind us, and you can thaw out your New Year’s resolutions and make this the season to wake up your hopes and dreams!

Here is an easy recipe for making make your desires a priority in just 30 days? Let’s get started!

Find a wide mouth jar, a pad of paper and a pen.

Place the jar in a spot at home or in your office where you will see it every day.

Once a day for the next 30 days. write one thing that you would like to have or do or change on a slip of paper, and place it in your jar. These are messages in a bottle just for you.

At the end of the 30 day period, review the slips of paper. Sort them into categories and write them out (or type them) on one sheet of paper. What you will have in hand is a month’s worth of your thoughts on what will make you happy – It is literally what you are thinking that you would like to have in life.

For the following week or so, compare that list to how you are living your life. Are you moving in the direction of your best thinking or might some changes in priority, lifestyle or relationship find their way to your “what to work on”  list?

When you are ready to take on the “you” project, I invite you to consider a personal journey of transformation. To help you begin and stay on this journey, check out the tool that I use with all of my coaching clients: “Building A Powerful Vision Planner: A One-Year Guide to Creating A Life You Love“.

There is power in beginnings. Today is Day One of Spring. Let it be Day One of your adventure.

I welcome your comments, and as always – Make it a great week!

~Tess

Copyright 2015, Destiny Rising

www.tessdenton.com

Steal Away and Create Your Master Plan!

In Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2015/01/26 at 4:12 pm
Pssst! Over Here!

Pssst! Over Here!

I love technology and the speed at which new ideas, information and products come to market. That being said, the pace at which we’re living can be overwhelming. For all of our modern conveniences and advances, life still has phases – young adulthood, parenthood, vital middle age, and our senior years.  Highpoints such as first love, gaining independence, marriage, dealing with the responsibilities of family finances, etc. have been in place, in one way or another, for centuries.  Perhaps one of the key differences is that the schedule stuffing we have made habit and our desire to have the next bright shiny thing that’s being marketed has put ‘taking time to pause and reflect’ on a list of endangered species. .

More specifically – Just a few weeks ago, the calendar turned to a new year.  Thousands of us came blazing onto the scene with intentions, resolutions and pronouncements about how we will create new habits, usher in a new era and deliver results.

Now – we’re back in ordinary times – with taxes and bills to pay and Superstorms that create gridlock. Here’s an idea – How about slowing down for a spell, before we get too far ahead of ourselves this year? A critical component of Building a Powerful Vision for Your Life, whether you are seeking improvement in one or two areas or a complete life transformation, is to schedule time for Reflecting and Prioritizing.

I’m going to hazard a guess that as the New Year drew near; most of us did not pause, to map out how we might add the “new” into our already busy lives. We were busy wrapping the up the holiday season and completing projects that had to be finished by December 31st.

Relax! Your intentions are good – they deserve to produce results.  Now is a perfect time to blend your resolutions into your schedule. You’ve probably got some energy build up around your intentions and resolutions. One of the best ways that I have found get centered and create a plan is to set aside one chunk of time to get started. The chunk of time can be ½ of a day, or one full day, or one crazy morning when you set your alarm for 3AM. The secret is to steal away for four hours.  The 3AM advantage is that it’s a generally non-interrupted bit of time. You can accomplish planning and prioritizing that will pay off all year long. Select a top priority and Set 30-60-90 day goals. A couple of years ago, I recommended a one-day DND (Do not Disturb) Retreat – in town, without travel, with no fee – simply a day away from all distractions. What I’m talking about here is a variation on that theme – for those who feel that they can’t steal away for a day – because of life, family and work commitments. Whichever method you choose – just choose!

Here’s the up-front promotional piece – In the years between the one-day retreat recommendation and today, I’ve developed and published a tool that can help you accomplish your goals. The title is Building A Powerful Vision Planner – A One Year Guide To Creating A Life You Love.  I priced it under $20 and I assembled the activities in a manner that you can pick it up, put it down, plan in chunks and celebrate your successes. If you’re like me, you can spend $20 for a lunch, a trip to the movies, heck, even a trip to the drugstore to pick up Q-Tips. You can plan without a planner, but a guided journey will probably yield more results. Go to tessdenton.com and click on products. You’ll find the planner there. End of commercial.

So – back to your time just for you. I think it’s great if you find a friend who will agree to do this activity along with you. You don’t need to be in the same room, but you’ve essentially found an accountability buddy. Someone else who uses the same process you do and can serve as a discussion partner for the ideas and plans you put in place.  Debrief with your accountability partner after you’ve each conducted your planning session. Then – mark your calendar for another power session in 90 days. By that time, the days will be longer, and you’ll be ripe for a new round of goal setting, and you’ll need a get-together with your accountability partner. By then, you will have a feel for how well you’ve been able to integrate new ideas into you schedule. At the very least, you’ll know if your plans for your new intentions are taking root, and you’ll have 8 months left in the year for course correction!

That’s it for now! As always, I welcome your comments and make it a great week.

Copyright 2015

Tess Denton – Destiny Rising

www.tessdenton.com

A New Year, Coming Around AGAIN!

In Abundance, Destiny, Success, Transformation, Vision Boards on 2014/12/28 at 1:24 pm

“And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”
― Meister Eckhart

As I look at the calendar, I see that it’s time to welcome a new year. One of my favorite activities is starting anew – whether it’s in January or in June. It aligns with my philosophy that it’s never too late to create a new outlook on life and engage in course correction. As the quote above states, ‘trust the magic of beginnings’. With a fresh start mindset, decide to begin again. This decision will help you get clear about what it is that will make you happy, and focus on a positive, forward-thinking method of planning your future

For many years, I’ve been helping people transform their lives and successfully transition from one life stage to another. I help my clients clarify their intentions, create their vision, build a plan, and chart their progress toward living a life they love.

I have developed a 5-phased approach that I’m happy to share with you today. Perhaps what I’m about to share with you will help you seize the day and take the first step in creating a life YOU love. Perhaps today is YOUR day to become intentional. I’ve published 2 tools to take you in this direction. The first is Building A Powerful Vision Board – a book that guides you through the process and philosophy of building vision boards. – A Vision Board is a method of goal setting and life transformation. It is a visual expression of what you would like to see present in your life. The process of creating a Vision Board gives you an opportunity to spend focused time and energy reflecting on specific items, elements and situations you want to attract into your present and future.

The second tool is Building A Powerful Vision Planner – A one year planning tool that helps you clarify your intentions, create your vision, build your plan, chart your progress and success. From big ideas to monthly goals, the Planner provides everything you need to jumpstart your life. Both books are available on my website, and via amazon.com.

So – on today’s topic –

I call my  5-phased process “Building A Powerful Vision”. Its five elements are Clarity, Hope, Confidence, Momentum and Happiness.

  • Clarity is energizing. It is refreshing to clear away doubt about the direction you are headed.
    Hope fuels your fire. Hope is the emotional state that promotes your belief in a positive outcome.
    Confidence results from creating a realistic and well-developed plan. Once you have clarified what it is you want in your life, you can begin forging a path toward your goals.
  • Momentum increases once your vision is established, your goals are identified, and your plan is in action. Without a vision for what you want in life, you will likely be limited to motion or small movement in no particular direction.
  • Happiness is the result of the four benefits listed above. You are clear about what you want, you are hopeful that you can fulfill your dreams, you are confident that you will reach your destination, and your momentum will swiftly take you there. Happiness also results from enjoying the journey, not just the arrival at your destination.

You have the power to everything described above. You have the capacity to build a powerful vision and strengthen your vision with goals, planning and priorities. You are invited to embark on an intentional journey of personal and professional growth. You will increase your effectiveness in both areas, and you will optimize the contributions of those who are helping you achieve your dreams. You will gain momentum and fulfill your vision.

Link your impulse to “Begin Again” with tools to help you outline and stay the course toward success.

Your first step is easy.explore everything related to Building A Powerful Vision.  Visit my website (tessdenton.com).  Follow the icons on the page to jump into posts, pins and broadcasts that will help you create a life that is purposeful and intentional. You’ll find a new BlogTalkRadio episode every couple of weeks and a new blogpost a few times each month.

New strategies, ideas and perspectives will be coming your way throughout the coming year. Be safe and celebrate the New Year in style.

As always – Make it a great week!

~ Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising and Tess Denton

A Fresh Half-Year Can Yield A Bounty Of Success!

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Success, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/07/05 at 3:47 pm
Make This A Juicy Summer!

Make This A Juicy Summer!

 

Imagine the moment when you slice an ice-cold watermelon in half. You can hear it crack open once you’re at the halfway point. As you gaze at the melon on the cutting board, you appreciate the perfection of its shape. and the scent of its rind and juice fill the air. In that moment, don’t you want to claim the juiciest center slice for yourself?

July is the juicy middle of the year. Back in January, the days were cold and short and the nights were loooooooong. As we work our way toward the middle of the year, things really heat up – literally and figuratively.

June, July and August are the growing season – for crops and for ideas. What are you growing this season? Summer is a time of transition for many people. As school ends, families think about moving or growing before school starts again. Many of us decide to look for and be settled into a  new job by summer’s end. Our dreams seeds have been planted, and we are hoping that this year will have a high yield.

Sometimes, our dreams and ideas stagnate a bit. If we aren’t careful, they can dry up and wither. Tend to your Vision. Making life juicy requires planning, nurturing and a framework. Toward that end, I’ve got an idea for you. Create a virtual garden for your ideas and goals for the second half of the year.

Here’s how it works:

1. Decide if this project is just for you or for you and some others in your life (at home or at work).

2. Make a list of 5 to 7 ideas and goals you’d like to harvest this year. Set it aside.

2. Get a piece of foam board at a local office store/drugstore/grocery store (These run from $1 – $4). Buy a glue stick while you’re at it. Grab a pair of scissors out of your kitchen drawer – they’re probably not in the silverware drawer. They’re in the messy drawer next to your silverware.

3. Flip through magazines or browse the internet. Look for pictures of produce – lettuces, tomatoes, squashes, melons, beans, herbs, fruits, etc. Cut out pictures of those that appeal most to you.

4. Arrange these pictures on your foam board so that they look like a garden you’re growing. Glue them onto the foam board.

5. Grab your list of ideas and goals. match each idea or goal with a crop in your virtual garden. Label each crop with the matching goal.

6. Consider how much you will need to feed each goal in order for it to come to harvest, and make a note of this.

7. Look at your calendar and decide what sort of schedule you need to create to tend to your garden of ideas and goals. The care and feeding of ideas and goals is what will determine your harvest.

8. Tend your garden. Keep a journal of your activities and results. It can become your almanac for future goal setting.

9. At least once a month, prepare a harvest dinner with fresh fruit and veggies, and gather with friends to talk about your successes and challenges in tending to your goals. You’ll likely reap some great advice and encouragement about your goals.

10. When each of your goals is ripe, enjoy its juicy reward!

As always, I welcome your comment. and make it a great week…

~Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

Summer School For Your Hopes and Dreams!

In Uncategorized on 2014/06/07 at 10:33 pm

Summer School For Your Hopes and Dreams!

I am delighted to share my summer program: Building A Powerful Vision’s Summer School For Your Hopes and Dreams! Summer is the perfect time to treat yourself to a summer of creative and strategic thinking about living a life you love.The course is a blend of coaching, mastermind group, and individual work. Join me, from June 25 – August 6th. Click here to learn more and to register Bring a friend, and make the great price for this course even better…

Turn Delay Into Something Extra

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/04/04 at 10:48 am
Time For Improvement. A little something extra for when you're delayed!

Time For Improvement. A little something extra for when you’re delayed!

As an always traveler with little “down time”, I find myself between two cities today. I am on a 90 minute train delay. It is somewhat little sitting on the tarmac. There is no way out of this situation.
Thankfully, I’m living life as Nancy Drew would recommend. I am prepared! Last month, I downloaded a book that I’ve been waiting to read, and now, I can do so offline. This gives me the opportunity to ADD to my life while waiting for the journey to continue. I recommend having a stash of reading “snacks” so that you can feed your brain. I am hungry for some sensible reading, after a diet of online junk food. Facebook, Ancient Jewels and e-mail are all trumped by a good read. What are your healthy  “go to” habits on which you love to  feast? Answers welcome…

By the way, the book is Wealth Through Workshops, by Callan Rush.

As always, I welcome your comments!

Make it a great week..

~Tess

My book, Building A Powerful Vision Board is available on Kindle, Nook and as an E-book, if you’d like to add it to your collection of go to reads. Click Here to learn more.

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

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