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a monthly newsletter from Crystal Communications March 2006

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Events to Help Your Business Grow

Living the A+ Life

Puzzle Results and a New Puzzle


Events to Help Your Business Grow
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Big changes at The Chamber, so I'll just suggest you go to their site, and click on the month in the Chamber Events box.

Probably the best way to find networking events in the area is to visit Joel Christopher and Terry Negley's Networking Calendar. Just about every event is listed there.

Are you a local, minority, or woman-owned contracting company? Do you want to increase your chances of getting business? Sign up by March 3 for The Basics, sponsored by Bexar County and the Association of General Contractors. More info and an application are available here.

Prepare to be Transformed!



March - a month of celebrating Celtic heritage and my birthday month.

  • Living the A+ Life
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    I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
    - -Henry David Thoreau

    Last month, we explored creating your own dreams instead of the ones that have been pushed onto you. The next step is to commit yourself to those dreams by writing them down.

    When I do my "Living the A+ Life" workshops, I have the participants write down their dreams as if they have already been achieved. It’s always amazing how much resistance I get to this suggestion. We’ve been so conditioned to tell the “truth” that we find it almost impossible to write down goals or dreams in anything but future tense. “I will make $100,000 this year,” is easier to write than “I make $100,000 annually.” I asked one participant if she thought God would punish her for writing something that wasn’t true yet. We laughed, certain that God would understand that this was an exercise.

    The amazing thing is that what you focus on expands. The more you concentrate on the dream being something of the future, the more the universe works with you to make that true. The dream or goal always stays in the future. The secret lies in writing those dreams down as if they are already happening. Once you accept that, you start to make them come true.

    We do not yet understand how the mind works, but there is enough research now to believe that when you “act as if” you are achieving, happy, capable, your subconscious starts to incorporate those qualities into your personality. My mother often reminded me that what you say about yourself becomes true, even if you are just joking. Your subconscious doesn’t have much of a sense of humor and so it doesn’t quite get the “Gee, I’m such a nitwit,” comment. It actually starts to act on the comments you make to turn them into reality.

    If we write our dreams down, our subconscious – and the universe – conspire to make these dreams come true. Even if you can’t quite believe this, you’ll agree that writing down your dreams gives you a chance to keep them foremost in your mind.

    Think about the major areas of your life: career, family, spirituality, health, as well as any others that are important to you. Then write three major goals for each of those areas.

    Here are some of mine – and they are actually posted on my wall so I won’t forget them.
    “I am at my ideal weight.”
    “I am connected to my source.”
    “I am doing what I was meant to do.”
    “I am refreshed and alert when I awake.”

    The next step is to write down three or more steps to make each of those dreams come true. For instance, on my ideal weight goal, my steps include:

    1. I visualize myself weighing a healthy 145 pounds.
    2. I exercise every day – at least 15 minutes of yoga, stretching, walking, weights, swimming, and/or biking.
    3. I keep my sugar intake at a minimum.

    Notice that these steps are written in present tense, and you have only to look at me to know that I don’t follow these all the time. (A word of warning: word these carefully. It’s easy to get to a particular weight if you don’t care about being healthy.)

    One of the interesting things that happens is that you start to achieve the dreams that are most important to you. The one about “doing what I was meant to do” has been the one I have spent the most time on and I am well on my way to achieving it. (The weight had to wait. But it’s time now to take care of that one.) We can do everything we want to with our lives; we just might not be able to do all of it at the same time.

    Act as if you have already achieved these dreams. Believe that you can do it.

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  • Puzzle Results and a New Puzzle
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    Last month's creativity exercise was to come up with an explanation of the origin of the phrase "gone with the wind." Chickie Backhaus was the winner of the gift certificate to Entree's . Here's Chickie's entry:

    This is a medical term describing the emission of bodily gasses and the particles and molecules of those gasses. Since the gasses have an unusual odor you usually wish "they had "gone with the wind" that brought them!

    I think Chickie was just daring me to post that.

    This month, a word puzzle. In honor of one of the patron saints of Ireland, send me all the words you can make out of the letters in St. Patrick's Day (just the letters, not the punctuation) that have at least 7 letters in them. Ready? I have a gift certificate from Entree's just waiting for the winner.

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