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Creating New Habits Takes Vision

In Goals, Success, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2016/11/21 at 10:48 pm

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I read an interesting quip on the internet: “Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.”

What can you train yourself to do between now and the end of the year? We have just under six weeks left in 2016, so if follow the path of the dolphin, you could train yourself twice over to do something new.

Here is what I am thinking about doing with these last productive weeks…

  • I think about re-establishing my habit of going to the gym at dawn.
  • I think about creating the habit of spending 45 minutes planning at the end of each workday.
  • I think about being ‘the one’ to take our dog for her two-mile walk each day.
  • I think about stashing $10 each day into a sock in order create a stock fund.

There are multiple benefits to any of these choices, yet making the choice to create a habit of any of these doesn’t move me to action until I envision myself engaged in the activity.

I review each of the habits I am considering and I do a bit more visioning. I think about both success and challenge. In most cases, the challenge is circumstances that might get i the way of follow-through. If I can see myself overcoming the interruption and carrying on until a firm habit is established, I am most likely to succeed.

I know who I am up against, when I undertake a new venture, so I often put picture to paper and create a themed vision board to strengthen my resolve.

Want to learn more about vision boards? Click Here for a primer on my Building A Powerful Vision process. You can also visit http://www.tessdenton.com to find Building A Powerful Vision products.

Happy Holidays and Happy Habits!

As always, I welcome your comments. Make it a great week…

Tess

Copyright 2016

http://www.tessdenton.com

 

 

A “Building A Powerful Vision” 5 Minute Jump Start…

In Abundance, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2016/10/17 at 11:57 pm

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” –  Peter Drucker.

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My takeaway from Peter Drucker’s statement above is: “Create Your Future”. These three words are remarkably empowering. To me, these words are a command, permission, a gift and a nudge. Like our DNA,  the statement “Create Your Future” has a different message in it for each of us.  No two futures are alike. The future I choose to create will be entirely different from yours.

When I repeat the words “Create Your Future”, I feel an internal shift. When I add a deep and resounding voice to the statement, a command comes alive.When we embrace the command, we can cut through all of the busy work that impedes our progress. We can start making significant strides in toward creating a future we adore.

For the reader whose life is filled to overflowing, I offer an easy 5 minute activity for this week that will help you Jump Start your Powerful Vision. Simply print, post and ponder the two following quotes:

“Live a life you weren’t going to live anyway”.  ~

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” ~ Robert Frost

Then, watch what happens.

When you are ready to explore ways that you can Build a Poweful Vision for your life, visit www.tessdenton.com to look at my books!!

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

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

 

 

Blog Talk Radio: Building A Powerful Vision for 2014

In Abundance, Career, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2014/01/26 at 2:35 pm
Tune-in for a Tune-up!

Tune-in for a Tune-up!

I’ve just launched the new season on BlogTalk Radio: Building a Powerful Vision for 2014. Click here to listen to the episode.

Each month, we’ll be focusing on one key benefit of Building A Powerful Vision: Clarity, Hope, Confidence, Momentum and Happiness.

I’ll have special guests joining me here on the my blog and on air all through the season to share inspiration and practical advice. Enjoy!

As always, make it a great week.

~ Tess

To find all of the tools I use to help people build their powerful vision, visit www.tessdenton.com. The site is a gateway to Pinterest, books, planners, podcasts and one-on-one mentoring, all designed to help you create a life you love.

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

Mark The Day… Declare Your Vision

In Abundance, Career, Goals, Hope, Prosperity, Transformation, Vision Boards on 2014/01/20 at 8:33 am
Have A Dream!

Have A Dream!

Today, we commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.  This is a perfect day to declare your Vision and begin creating a life you love.

  1. Find a quiet spot.
  2. With pen in hand or at the keyboard, begin your statement with with “I have a Dream…”.
  3. Write for ten minutes about what that dream looks like.
  4. Post it in prominent places and live it

Make yours a great LIFE!

~ Tess

Copyright 2014

Destiny Rising, LLC

Taking Your Vision and Success to the Next Level

In Abundance, Career, Coaching, Destiny, Goals, Hope, Mentoring, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2013/09/14 at 9:42 pm
Daily Schedule - Ben Franklin

Daily Schedule – Ben Franklin

In looking at the calendar today, I realized that I am nearing the 1,000 day mark for stepping into a more flexible lifestyle to support my goals in life. I calculated just how much time has passed since I started this journey. From and including: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 to and including: Saturday, September 14, 2013, 984 days have passed. I am reflecting on what I’ve accomplished in  2 years, 8 months, 10 days and what I need to illuminate, elaborate or eliminate in order to speed my journey and take my performance to a higher level.

I know that achieving a new level of success generally doesn’t happen on its own.  The “doing” in doing whatever it takes to succeed includes creating some new daily practices, even better planning and consistency of effort.

As is true of any endeavor I undertake, I research the habits of notable success figures to determine the ways in which I need to change my habits  to achieve more. As I’ve thought about this discipline thing, a Kahlil Gibran quote from The Prophet keeps popping into my head: “Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself”. The message in this quote for me is to create practice, habit and discipline, but not get so entrenched in the discipline that I drive others away or miss the joy of the journey.

Today’s blog photo is useful. It is one that I found on a blog post titled, “The Daily Routines of Famous Writers” (Blog title is  Brain Pickings). It is a picture of Ben Franklin’s daily routine. Since I was very young, I have been amazed by at Ben Franklin’s diversity, brilliance and zest for life.  The following is a list of Franklin’s accomplishments and areas of contribution  (compiled by Ralph Archbald,  famous for portraying Ben Franklin):

SCIENCE – Noted 18th Century Scientist

INVENTOR – Stove, lightning rod, bifocals and many others…

MEDICINE – Founded 1st U.S. Hospital

BANKING – Well known for maxims on thrift

AGRICULTURE – Introduced several crops to U.S.

PRINTING – Noted Colonial printer – “Patron Saint of Printing”

ELECTRICAL – Experiments and theories – Kite & Key

INSURANCE – Started 1st insurance company

HEATING – Franklin stove

COOLING – Had three methods of cooling

OPTOMETRIC – Bifocal glasses

POSTAL – First postmaster

LIBRARIES – Started 1st circulating library

PUBLIC SAFETY – Started 1st police department and fire department

MUSIC – Invented musical instrument – glass armonica

GOVERNMENT – Held numerous positions: Clerk, Postmaster, J.P., Alderman, Governor, Ambassador

MILITARY – Colonel in Militia

DIPLOMAT – Ambassador to England Minister to France

COMMUNITY SERVICE – Street lighting, paving and cleaning

UNIONS – Started Leather Apron Club

BUSINESSMAN – Owned and operated several businesses

PHILOSOPHER – Started American Philosophical Society

ABOLITIONIST – Started Society to Abolish Slavery

MERCHANT – Operated store as part of printshop

HUMORIST – Considered America’s 1st writer of humor

FORECASTER – Published Poor Richards “Almanack”

FUND RAISER – Originated matching contributions idea

SAILING – Designed “sea anchors”

CARTOONIST – Drew 1st cartoon in an American newspaper

LINGUIST – Studied several languages and designed a phonetic alphabet

CARTOGRAPHER – Mapped the Gulf Stream and Routes for the post office

MENTOR – Acted as a counselor and guide to many of his contemporaries

In Franklin’s time, days were counted in 24 hours, just as they are today. Excellent use of time and building in time for enjoyment were a priority for him.

My lesson for today is that time-blocking is not something that was introduced in the twentieth century.  Using Franklin’s example  I am examining  the ways I schedule my time, and making note of gaps between planning and actual use of my time.

This will be particularly useful, because I am in the midst of a new publishing project focused on Taking Performance To A Higher Level. I’m looking at elements of high performance from a variety of perspectives. Along the way, I am sharing some of my own practices for health, wealth and wellness. I welcome your contribution to this study. If you have practices you follow from which you think others can benefit, feel free to comment or contact me!

In the coming weeks, I’ll be posting ideas about  achieving new levels of success and speeding your way to your Vision. As always, I welcome your comments.

Make it a great week!

~ Tess

Copyright 2013

Destiny Rising, LLC

Reminder: Stay Alert, Awake and Alive On Your Journey

In Abundance, Career, Career Coaching, Destiny, Goals, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Vision, Vision Boards on 2013/06/09 at 7:19 pm
Ways To Stay Afloat

Ways To Stay Afloat

This week, I’m sharing an article written by Regina Brett, a columnist for the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio . She writes: “To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come…

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Inspired? Terrific. Now may be a great time to find your path to what you want to achieve in life. Here’s a link to Building A Powerful Vision Board.

As always, I welcome your comments. Make it a great week!

~ Tess

Destiny Rising, LLC

Copyright 2013

Change and Transformation – Elements of Success

In Abundance, Career, Coaching, Destiny, Goals, Mentoring, Prosperity, Success, Transformation, Uncategorized, Vision, Vision Boards on 2012/10/27 at 1:29 pm

I came across two very powerful phrases while at a business retreat last week: Change is doing things differently. Transformation is being differently.

The “change” statement  refers to activity or behavior and is something that can generally be outwardly measured.  The “transformation” statement refers to an internal shift and may not be visible to the naked eye, yet it is palpable – not only to the individual is being different, but to those around them.

Have you ever seen someone after weeks or months of being separated, and notice they are somehow different when next you meet?  In trying to pinpoint he change, we tend to work from the outside in. We begin by taking note of possible changes in surface elements, such as appearance. We slowly work our way inside – to the essence  or the aura, or the way the individual carries herself. While changes to our shell, our appearance are most evident, change in our attitude and demeanor are equally noticeable.

There are three key types of change:

  • Developmental Change
  • Transitional Change
  • Transformational Change

Developmental changes are those you make to improve procedures or activities that will complement your current lifestyle. Think of your exercise program. If you want to improve your upper body muscle tone, you add weight conditioning to your workout. Simple examples: If you think about diet, if you want change the percentage of your diet that is made up of an additional 25% raw foods, add a salad at two meals daily. Development changes generally cause little stress and distress.  In professional settings: Learning new skills that will improve your performance or prepare you for promotion are good examples of developmental change.

Transitional changes are those you make to replace existing approaches or activities with new ones. A replacement example: use olive oil rather than butter in cooking. Eat celery and carrots rather than potato chips. You’ll retain the enjoyment of something crunchy, but it will be a healthy change.   Instead of sitting down and eating ice cream each evening right after dinner, take a twenty-minute walk and reward yourself with a cup of tea.  You’ll be changing you diet and your lifestyle.  In professional settings: If your company has become part of another organization, learning a new software system or learning how a new supervisor wants reports and information communicated are examples of transitional change.

Transformational changes are those you make to completely reshape your life. It is this level of change in which we create sustainable momentum toward getting the life we want. When you’ve achieved transformational change, you have grown, you have stretched, and you will not be reverting to your former way of looking at or approaching life. It is at this level that people often develop the ability to take the long view on life and business, on action and consequence.

Many people arrive at the threshold of transformational change after attempts to transform their lives through changes in surroundings, friends and activities, with little significant result. They discover that a quick fix will not fundamentally change your life. They discover that  transformational change is a journey, not an activity.

Awakening to your transformational journey is refreshing. It’s like opening the windows and doors to let the fresh air circulate through your house after a long winter.

I am in the midst of some self-reflection and examination. I’ve spent the past year and a half “reinventing” my professional focus. I can tell you what I’m doing differently, but that is all information about what has changed on two levels: My business activities and my lifestyle activities (travel, workout, diet). It’s time for me to pinpoint fundamental changes in my way of being to determine whether I’ve just been on a whirlwind trip or if I am on a journey – a path toward transformational change.

If you are asking yourself similar questions, I have three books I’d like to recommend. The first two were published a number of years ago. The books are: The Four Agreements (Don Miguel Ruiz), Women Who Run with the Wolves (Clarissa Pinkola Estes) [2 of my sisters just returned from a 5-day retreat with Clarissa and simply raved about her insight and authenticity), and my own book Building A Powerful Vision Board: A Path To Achieving Your Goals and What You Want In Life [This book leads you through a process of clarification, creation and action to advance on your path to fulfilling your personal/professional goals].

I’m enjoying my journey and making plans to focus on the transformation and not just the action elements of my life in 2013.

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

~ Tess

Copyright 2012, Destiny Rising, LLC.

This Week: What Inspires and Moves You?

In Uncategorized on 2012/09/08 at 2:20 pm

This is the Optimist Creed

A Blogger’s call to action… “Energy Response System” – Pinterest

On an amazingly perfect late summer Saturday, I am indulging in some time on Pinterest. On my boards, I am asking questions: “What Makes You Happy?”, “What’s Your Picture of Success?”, “What does HOPE look like to you?”, and other such questions. I notice that I my blog posts receive a comment here and there. I want more! Specifically,  I’d like to get a dialogue started with a broader audience. So, I am performing a test of my own”Energy Broadcast System” – Pinterest. If you are signed up for Pinterest, this call to action is is especially for you. Head to my Pinterest site, browse my boards and comment on boards, quotes, thoughts and questions. This is a new experiment. I want to see if Pinterest is a good forum for dialogue. If you like what you see, please share this post or my site with your friends.

Here you go! Tess’ Pinterest site:  https://pinterest.com/DRTessDenton/

Make it a great week!

~ Tess

Copyright 2012

Destiny Rising, LLC

http://www.tessdenton.com

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