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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!

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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

Change versus Transformation….. Make a Choice and Make a Plan!

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/09/29 at 11:40 pm
Here - Let Me Help You!

Here – Let Me Help You!

Happy Fall! These are what I love to call “the productive months” – if you’re considering a major change or you wish to transofrm your life, you might enjoy this short post:

Change is doing things differently. Change is something that can be measured. Change is behavioral. Transformation lies beneath the surface. Looking at what happens in one’s life with greater awareness and curiosity. It means responding in new ways to opportunities and challenges.

It means being conscious and aware of your thoughts, reactions and actions. It means keeping your end goal and your vision in mind when you make choices as you work, play, invest, make career choices and spend time with people. It means keeping your end goal and your vision in mind when you experience success, disappointment, obstacles, uphill battles and incremental wins.

So, what will be your first step or your next step on the journey?

Being with a plan! Of course, creating a plan of action around a vision is not something that you are born knowing how to do. I designed and published a planner Building A Powerful Vision Planner: A One Year Guide To Creating A Life You Love. Your Building A Powerful Vision Planner will guide you every step of the way. This planning tool is designed to help you stay creative, achieve focus and engaged.

Stay awake, alert, and inspired on your journey. Whether you choose my planning tool or you find another that floats your boat,  PLAN!

As Always, I welcome your comments and wish you a great week.

~ Tess

Copyright 2014

Tess Denton – Building A Powerful Vision

www.tessdenton.com

 

 

Tune In To Women Enjoying Success

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/08/14 at 12:42 am
Tune-in for a Tune-up!

Listen In!

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on “Entrepreneurial Women Radio”, Sharon Michaels’ radio program. Sharon is an entrepreneur, business coach, columnist and author whose business acumen and wisdom draws a worldwide audience each week.

Sharon’s interviews and topics are diverse, timely and insightful.

Click here to listen to the interview.

I hope that you enjoy the interview and gather some ideas to help you Build A Powerful Vision for your life or business.

 

As always, make it a great week!

~Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

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buildingapowerfulvisionboard.com

 

 

Vacation… Local or Abroad, It’s a Life-Changer and Quality of Life Enhancer

In Abundance, Career, Coaching, Goals, Hope, Mentoring, Prosperity, Success, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/07/24 at 5:13 pm
Are You Taking Enough Vacation? (Thanks trendhunter.com)

Are You Taking Enough Vacation? (Thanks trendhunter.com)

I’m having a fantastic  summer vacation this year. I don’t know how it came to be, but I’m loving it. I have actually marked days off on the calendar to PLAY!

What’s made the difference? I can think of a few things that may be the reason:

  • The weather : Something about the Polar Vortex has created a perfect mix of sun, breeze, open-air sleeping weather and a resort-like climate.
  • I am sorting efforts into four distinct categories: My non-profit work, my publishing and production work, taking care of my aging parents, and home (I took a week off of work and truly enjoyed a staycation).  I decided to re-route the merry-go-round. I have been go-go-going on this ride for years. I am also more mindful of my pace. I am sleeping more, “doing” less and transitioning to a less impactful physical routine (outside of my weekly travel between Chicago and Central Illinois).  I’ve been pounding the pavement from a business perspective and a workout perspective for a loooooong time. I’m ready to mix things up a bit here. I’m finding myself drawn to a gentler workout routine.
  • Finally: I chose, without apology, to take a little holiday from the disciplines I’ve  developed over the past few years (the goal of blogging twice a week, hosting a radio show every other week, planning my social media marketing plan 30 days out). Am a getting a bit out of practice? Yes. Is this a chance to step back and figure out the most productive use of my time? Yes!

I laugh as I re-read what I’ve written. I call this slowing down. Some people would describe this as a crazy pace. Whether I am slowing the place or simply issuing a re-mix is not as important as feeling re-charged and refreshed.

My challenge to you this week is to take a look at your pace and the ways you choose to spend your 24 hours a day. Might you be in need of some Holiday time? Need a little convincing? Here’s a link to trendhunter.com. They’ve got a slide show that shows the health and wealth benefits of taking time off.

If you’d like to share your findings, I welcome your comments!!!

As always, make it a great week…

~Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

 

 

Make Your Summer Sizzle! Enjoy The Long Days And Lazy Nights

In Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/06/23 at 7:06 pm

 

Summer's Here!

Summer’s Here!

 

It’s officially summer – I saw my first lightning bug and the ceiling fans are on 24/7. My mind is turning to thoughts of fireworks, bike rides to the pool and Coppertone.

What are you summer signals, and how are you spending your summer?

This year, summer is particularly precious to me. The past winter in the Midwest (and worldwide, I think) was brutal. I made a promise to myself that once the winter chill was but a distant memory, that I would engage all of my senses and dive into summer.

I am doing all I can to keep to this promise. In the past week….

I have purchased two boxes of Popsicles – all red. I just finished one. I have the stained lips and popsicle stick to prove it.

I have enjoyed a bonfire in my fire pit. It lasted for 30 minutes, because a terrific summer storm came through.

I took a 15 mile bike ride and had a roadside picnic yesterday.

I went for a 2-hour scooter ride (with helmet), and stopped at the farmers’ market.

I gave up on growing my hair and cut it short, because it’s too humid.

I have compiled a “mix tape” of summer songs. I will now share them with you!

1. Beach Baby

2. Summer Breeze (this one goes out to my sister Ann for the 6,000 times I listened to this while she was in college).

3. Lovely Day

4. Groovin’

5. Stayin’ Alive

6. Summer Nights

7. Footloose

8. Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 – Mas que Nada

9. Here Comes The Sun

10. Girl from Impanema

There’s one more really important thing on my list… I’m about to begin my summer program, Building A Powerful Vision’s “Summer School For Your Hopes and Dreams”.  It’s a chance to do some creative and strategic thinking about creating a life you love. If you would like to learn more, visit: http://tessdenton.com/summer_school.php.  There’s room for one or two more in the class, if this is your summer to focus on you! We begin on 6/25, and I’m thinking of adding a second start date, so come on by and check it out!

However you make your summer sizzle, and enj0y the long days and lazy nights…

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

~ Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Build A Powerful Life By Tapping Your Way To Success

In Abundance, Goals, Prosperity, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/04/23 at 12:01 am

  Tap Tap Tap

Tap Tap Tap

On most Sundays, I host “Building A Powerful Vision” a radio show on Blog Talk Radio. Often, I offer tips on building a powerful life in 5 minutes or less.

On some Sundays, we feature a guest with inspired and useful information. This past Sunday was no exception: I think that you’ll enjoy our most recent segment: Building A Powerful Vision: Tapping Your Way to Success Interview with Cathy Huffman. Cathy explains “EFT” – Emotional Freedom Technique AND guides listeners through the process.

Enjoy the show, and enjoy your session! You can follow Cathy on Twitter. Her address is @tranquilsoul.

Make it a great week!

~ Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

 

 

 

 

Podcasts: A Way to Build A Powerful Life in 5 Minute Segments

In Abundance, Career, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/04/19 at 10:51 am
The More You Listen, The More You Learn!

The More You Listen, The More You Learn!

For a little while now, I’ve been hosting a BlogTalk Radio show. The set of broadcasts is now large enough and the broadcast occurs with enough regularity, that I’m ready to share a link to my podcasts.

As is true of most everything good in life, practice makes proficient. This is true of  my “Building A Powerful Life in 5 Minutes or Less” segments. Each one isn’t pitch perfect, but I hope that you’ll find some nuggets of inspiration.

Make it a great week!

~Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

 

Awaken Your Dream Telesummit – THIS WEEKEND

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/03/28 at 5:25 pm
Awaken Your Dream!!

Awaken Your Dream!!

Good evening. I am writing a quick post to let you know that this is the weekend for the Awaken Your Dream Telesummit. It is a free event, and we’ll be featuring talented and skilled speakers all through the weekend. Find out more by clicking here.

I will be presenting my own material on Sunday 3/30 at 1:00 PM Central time.

 

Make it a great weekend!!!

 

~ Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

 

 

Transformation: Launching Your Heart’s Desire

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/02/28 at 2:36 pm
What's Waiting For You?

What’s Waiting For You?

“Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”   – The Little Prince

Leap Day, a 29th day in February, is a rare occurrence.Leap Day comes only once in four years. In the average lifetime, we enjoy 18-20 Leap Days. The fact that Leap Day will not come around for another two years leaves me with a bit of longing for one day that doesn’t belong to anyone else – a day that I can set aside  to dream, to listen to my heart’s desire, to dare, to prepare to transform my life. But, being melancholic is not how I operate.
Creating a  transformative opportunity for people to listen to their heart’s desire is what I do 365 days a year. So, take heart! .While Leap Day isn’t coming around this year, it is possible to create space for rich and rare occasions such as embarking on a transformational journey no matter what the date on the calendar.
Finding the just right time to embark on a journey of  transformation can be  rather like trying to catching a train to Hogwart’s on Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station. Vision, belief and trust are involved. And, just as the the busy station may not be aware of the magic happening there, the people in your may be going about their lives, possibly quite oblivious to your need to take a deep breath and dive into the life you see, sense and desire for your great success or your soul’s survival.. You may be the only one who sees that the time to embark on your journey is…. NOW, and that is perfectly okay. Once you are used to the idea, you can share your news and your progress with everyone else.  Just worry about yourself for a little while.
Whatever your goals, whatever your hope for your future – everything begins with Your Vision. When you are clear about what you want in life, you can move in the direction of fulfilling your dreams.
 
If you’re ready to gain clarity about what will make you confident, happy, and prosperous – if  you’re ready for direction, wait no more – Build A Powerful Vision for your future.Today, I offer you and way to launch your desires with just the change you have in your pocket:
1. On a slip of paper, write your heart’s desire.Write one extra copy of your desire and place it in a safe place where you can refer to it in the days and years to come.
2. Roll it up into a tiny little scroll.
3. Go to a party store and purchase a helium balloon. Before they fill the balloon with helium, place your scroll of desire inside the balloon.
4. Attach the balloon to your wrist and walk around with it for about 30 minutes. You’ll certainly be giving attention to your desire. If people ask you about the balloon you’re wearing, tell them that you’re releasing your true desire today.
5. Go to a park, a lake, or a rooftop. 6. Release your balloon! (You might want to have your cell phone ready to take a picture). 
Congratulations – Your journey of transformation has begun!!!
As always, I welcome your comments. To learn more about the books in my Building A Powerful Vision Series, or to find out about Building A Powerful Vision coaching, visit www.tessdenton.com.
Make it a great week.
~ Tess
Copyright 2014
Destiny Rising, LLC
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