Written by: Betsy Karp
The Colour Coach
I cannot stop playing and replaying the YouTube video of Candice Glover’s American Idol performance of “Love Song”. In this sultry, seductive version of The Cure’s iconic song, Candice knocks it out of the park. It is a powerful performance of her believing in her voice and in herself. The confidence that she exudes is STELLAR!
At the end of Candice’s performance, Mariah Carey, one of this years judges and one of the most successful female vocalists of all time; throws glitter dust around her, while Keith Urban bows at her feet. The red undertones and visuals on the set emphasize the passion, power and fire within her. Wearing or surrounding yourself with the color red sets one up for sky rocketing success and victory.
What I love most about Candice’s story is that she did not give up on herself or her dreams. When she was not picked to move on as a contestant in last years Las Vegas audition, she knew that she had to change one major thing; she had to shift her mindset and believe in herself. The hardest part of achieving success in anything, is truly believing, from your core, that YOU CAN DO IT!
As I watched Candice perform from week to week, I felt her passion, beauty and magical light glowing from within. Candice is the real deal. Once she began to value her own self worth she was able to make a true connection with the audience. From there she was able to share her exceptional voice with the world.
We all have something special to share. Life is about believing in oneself and trusting that YOU can achieve your dreams. It takes PERSISTANCE, the right attitude and believing in you.
When you BELIEVE, there isn’t anything that you cannot do! We all need to get out of our own way, look inside, trust ourselves and take action. So do you believe that you have what it takes to make your dreams come true? It is all up to YOU… So take the first step and BELIEVE!
Written By: Betsy Karp
The Colour Coach
I have this thing about ladybugs; I have always been attracted to them. I just love them and they always seem to bring me good luck. This past weekend I went to the West Side Arts Fair with my mother. We found a booth with beautiful bracelets and she graciously offered to buy me one. There was a choice between a dragonfly and a ladybug bracelet. The beautiful lucky ladybug bracelet was the easy choice. I’m a believer.
A few days later I was at a party with Lauren, a colleague from my Mastermind group. She introduced me to a woman by the name of Tiffany, who works for the famous Tiffany & Co. I thought that was pretty funny, so I started laughing. She asked, “What’s so funny?” I said, “Do other people find it amusing when you tell them your name and where you work?” She replied, “Oh yes. I get that all the time!” Tiffany turned out to be quite a lovely woman and in the middle of our conversation Lauren shouts, “Oh my god, you have a real, live, ladybug on you. That’s such good luck. Look at it. It has so many dots!” I just stared at it for a minute. It was so pretty. I was so excited, because I know if a ladybug lands on you it will bring good fortune within days. Also, the more dots it has on it, the luckier it is and mine had a lot of them.
Many cultures view ladybugs as lucky and there is a great deal of superstition surrounding them. The main explanation for the hype is their diet. Ladybugs eat harmful crop pests and are welcomed by gardeners and farmers. Because Ladybugs save our food from other pesky bugs, they are viewed as a blessing. Some cultures also link sightings of ladybugs with future luck in love, good weather, a financial windfall or the granting of wishes (especially if it lands directly on you). The more I researched the history of ladybugs the happier I got that one had landed on me.
When the ladybug landed on me, it gave me so much hope about my life. Some people believe that we create our own luck. Some people believe that you are either a lucky person or not. I believe it’s a bit of both. We need to put ourselves out there and create our own luck. Then, when a synchronistic landing like this happens we can believe! Do you?
Written by: Betsy Karp
The Colour Coach
I have gotten used to the wrinkles that keep appearing on my face, to my right and to my left. For a while, I was so upset when I would look in the mirror and see more and more pop up every day. Now I just look at them and smile. They are lines of life, love, laughter, sadness and me. They are what I call “character lines.“ So try not to hate them, and instead embrace them. The lines represent the new and improved you…showing you…that you are living your life!
I have learned to become kinder and less judgmental of myself and it’s a good thing. I am more comfortable in my own skin than I have ever been before. I enjoy spending time with myself. I used to feel sad if I didn’t have plans on a weekend, but now I enjoy the quiet time at home. I have seen too many wonderful people leave this world way too soon, before they were able to understand the great freedom that comes with aging. To feel that inner calm with one-self is the truest gift of happiness. What do you love about your age?
Now that I’ve gotten older, I do what I want, rather than what I thought I was supposed to want. Whose business is it anyway, if I choose to write, play on the computer until 3 AM, or indulge in a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Health Bar Crunch ice cream directly out of the container, spoon in hand? Or sleep until noon for that matter? Which I just did this past weekend and it felt incredible!
Emotionally, I have figured out how to let feelings bubble up and just be. I choose to loose myself in sadness over something that didn’t go my way. I have learned to let my feelings come, to experience them, not fight them, not brush them under the carpet and let the emotion be there. It is okay to feel sad, not have everything I want and to take responsibility for how I feel. It has made me stronger, wiser and more grown up.
Mentally, I have started having “My Senior Moments,” a lot and it is making me crazy. I have so much trouble remembering names, even the ones I know I know. Finding my house keys takes forever even though they are always in the same place…go figure. But if this is the worst of it, so be it!
Physically, I have grown to love the body I have now. It’s curvy; it’s mine, with a few bumps and more wrinkles, and the not so pretty cellulite that has come with age. I don’t feel self-conscience walking along the beach in a swimsuit, I dive into the waves with abandon and it feels so good! Even with the disapproving glances from the perfect Hampton jet-set crowd, I manage to loose myself in the waves. Who the hell cares what they think anyway? It’s my body and my life. If they feel the need to judge me, I say, let them have fun and talk away. It’s so funny because their turn will come only too soon! We all age and that is the beauty of life. As my mother says, “the alternative to aging stinks!”
Just this past weekend, I was complaining to my colorist, Mike, how often I have to cover my gray now. Mike said to me, “You are grayer, so what! If this is the worst thing of you getting older, than you are in good shape.” He’s right. Except it’s not the worst thing. Needing reading glasses with me everywhere I go, nothing irritates me more.
Spiritually, my heart has been broken over the years and even that is okay. “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. “How can your heart not break when you loose a loved one, a relationship fails, or when somebody’s beloved child or animal passes away? It is, however, mending the broken hearts that give us strength, empathy, understanding and compassion. As the saying goes, “It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” A heart that has never been broken is so cold and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect. To love and be loved is the greatest gift of all. I love people who are open and want to share and communicate what is going on inside of them. I value Intimacy, feeling vulnerable and letting go more than ever before. Communication is the key to life; I work on it every day.
As I age, it has become easier to be more positive. I have learned how to get out of a bad state much easier and more quickly. I care less what other people think. I don’t question myself as often, I earned the right to be wrong and I trust myself more. Being older has set me free and turned me into the person I have become.
Objects don’t matter as much to me anymore, it’s how I feel, the choices I make and the people I surround myself with that really matters. As we age we need less and less to make us happy. I am not going to live forever, so I will not waste time lamenting what could have been. Nor will I spend so much time worrying about what will be. I shall eat dessert, have two glasses of wine and dance naked in my living room every single day, if that is what I feel like doing.
Stop sweating the small stuff and enjoy all of who you are… Wrinkles and All! Getting older is good for the soul and just think how much wiser you are now. That alone is worth its weight in gold. Live it up, soak it up and enjoy each and every day. Aging is all about feeling great and embracing the improved, older and BETTER you!
One of my earliest teaching positions was at a Public School in New York City. I taught over three hundred and fifty students a week, with 32-35 students assigned to a class. I was the head of the Theater Department and the only Drama teacher on staff. After the first couple of weeks, I realized that memorizing hundreds of names and faces would be just one of the many challenges I’d face every day.
My classes were held in an auditorium, which housed the main stage. I referred to it as the sacred space, which prompted all who entered to lower their voices. Attendance was well received, because I sang my students names out loud (which in turn embedded them into my long term memory). For example, one of my student’s names was Roland. I would sing “Roland, Roland, Roland by the River!” Surprisingly, the kids laughed every time I attached music to their name.
Yet, the most magical part of my teaching experience was the warm up. I began every class with shavasana (“corpse pose”). The students quietly arranged themselves in a circle on the stage with just enough space to stretch out, palms open. After the giggles and anxious chatter subsided, I would guide them through a visualization and breath work. Then, we would all sit in some variation of lotus pose and collectively meditate. It really didn’t matter if the student was in 6th grade, 8th grade or a second semester senior. They wanted to be there. They looked forward to being still. One 6th grade boy, who was sent daily to the office for acting out in his other classes, sent me a letter. He wrote: “Dear Jackie, Thank you for letting me quiet the dragon inside of me long enough to see the peaceful me resting there all along.”
I have incorporated meditation, breath-work and mindfulness techniques into my work for many years. I have observed my students and clients connect with a part of themselves that is already healed, strong and aware. When our minds are at peace, our work and our intentions are genuine. As we become internally quieter, our capacity for self-observation deepens. We then have the capacity to tap into our own reset button.
We live in a world that wrestles with time and the pressures of being productive and successful, and we forget that through our breath and awareness, anxiety loses its weight. We can choose to simply surrender, to practice and to gracefully change.
So much is possible when we are able to be still, quiet our minds and communicate from the center of our existence. May we all open our minds before opening our mouths.
The Colour Coach Turn the key to your life and open up to all that is inside of you.
Listen, listen and LISTEN more to your inner voice. Follow your heart, your passion and your dreams and you will find the success you are truly looking for. It’s all right inside of you.
Don’t be afraid anymore. Do you have thoughts that keep running through your mind over and over again, like a broken record? Is it that you feel you’re not talented enough, smart enough, pretty enough or worthy enough to do or have what you desire? Well, it’s time to get out of your own way and stop the self–bullying. It’s spring and new beginnings are here for you, so follow your heart and that inner voice and let it guide you right to where your new ventures and opportunities are awaiting. Take it slow, step-by-step and you will get there.
Surround yourself with the color EMERALD GREEN. It helps with overcoming fears and blocks, and creates calm to your inner being. It also helps to increase your self-esteem; it attracts abundance and restores healthy energy. Spring is here, so get outside and go to a park or a lush garden and take in all of the beautiful greenery around you. When you’re not outside, imagine yourself in a field of lush grass just playing, being free and wandering and let go of all of the self–doubt. Feel the GREEN lift your spirits. What else can Color do for you? Click here to learn more.
So are you ready to do it? It really is as simple as believing you will be successful. It’s a shift in your mindset, of feeling worthy that you can have it all and that you deserve it all. There are many forms of success. One can say that success is about having a good paying job, owning a home, having a large family and a few vacations a year. Another might say success is solely about how much money they have. To me, success is more spiritual. It’s about owning my self worth and living as it has already happened.
It’s not about how you appear to others that makes you successful. Not to your family, not to your friends, not even to your boss. It’s all about how YOU feel and what moves and truly inspires YOU…your being! THAT is success.
I was at a dinner party the other night and I asked everyone at the table, “What is success to you?” One person answered, “Success is paying my bills and feeling good about what I do every day.” Another replied with, “Success is the creation of my child.” Still, another responded with, “Success is my way of being.”
My life is now filled with connection from so many different venues. I feel successful in who I am… just as I am. To me success = being peaceful inside and I am peaceful right now. It’s taken me a while to get here and it is a daily journey. I don’t feel this way every day, but I appreciate the days that I do. I revel in them. Every day is a gift and a new beginning for success! Life wants us to thrive, so it’s up to us to choose to believe it. Do you?
Share with us your idea of what success has been to you up to now and how this article will shape your view of success for the future. Turn the key, unlock the blocks and find your success. It’s right there; it always has been.
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Have a Colorful Day,
The Colour CoachOver 28,000,000 people have watched this video, it will be worth your time. It is a beautiful reflection on why we have to say and feel...i adore me.
The Colour Coach A good vibration is a feeling you get when things are going well. Color can shift your vibration. People can also shift your vibration and so can nature. A simple, happy smile attracts a like vibration to someone else. It is very contagious and very healthy. It is a positive force, vibrating on a cool wavelength. Just like the waves and the water ripple vibrating energy, so do people. When we are happy we feel good, peaceful, free and content, vibrating on a higher plateau. It only takes 16 seconds to change your vibration, so follow these simple steps below and see how great you begin to feel!
5 things you can do to raise your vibration:
1. Put some Coral in your day. The color Coral restores your physical vitality with its grounding properties, releasing all of your stress, worry and anxiety. It helps you to see things from a different perspective and it also heals a broken heart. Visualize yourself dropping CORAL Rose petals on a road that leads you to a beautiful path of new, restored love for yourself. To learn more about COLOR and how it can make a huge impact in your life, click here.
2. Listen to music. Every time I listen to music it changes my state and relaxes me, making me feel happy and raising my vibration. Whether you like classical, rock, pop, jazz or folk, chose one and feel that healing musical vibration. Yesterday, I blasted Chaka Chan and had my own dance party. It was so much fun and it really shifted my vibration. I was in the best mood. Try it and see how you feel!
3. Get out of your space (and/or the mentally negative place you are in) and take a walk. Soak up nature, looking at all of the green around you. Go to a park, a beach or the mountains. Just be in nature, experiencing the colors, smelling the fresh, spring air, absorbing all the sunshine, vitamin D and natural beauty all around you. Appreciate nature, letting it give you a high that only being outside can do.
4. Connect and play with children and animals. They are the most joyful creatures. They have no radar. Children say it as it is and animals are pure, unconditional love. Both are real and innocent, simply wanting love and affection. So vibrate with kids and animals. It will put you on a new vibrational plane.
5. LAUGH until it hurts. Laughing is the best medicine there is and has been proven to heal almost anything in life. Sometimes I have laugh so hard I can’t move…nothing feels greater. Life stops for that moment and you are on a really high, wonderful frequency, attracting more good vibrations.
Now that you have 5 ways to raise your vibration, aren’t you ready to feel great today??? Shift that VIBRATION!!!
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The Colour Coach
Written by: Betsy Karp,
The Colour Coach
Are you speaking your truth, walking the walk and talking the talk or are you hiding behind your truth?
I was having coffee with a friend and she asked, “How do we find that confidence in ourselves when we don’t feel it?” I said, “I believe that confidence is a mixture of competence and trust in who you are and what you know. It’s stepping outside of your comfort zone.” When we play in the arena of life, it gets messy and we screw up. The answer is in NOT being perfect, which is what makes you REAL. It’s being authentic and just being who you are, as you are.
Confidence is the quieter you. It’s not boasting or bragging. It’s being humble. It’s living life, experiencing everything…most importantly, being OPEN. Let go of the way you want it to turn out. It’s funny, but sometimes we really don’t want to admit how much we like surprises. If we knew it all we would be so bored.
I find when I surround myself with the color ORANGE
everything shifts in my world. I feel happier and more grounded. I bought a card today for ME, which was odd and funny but felt great. This gorgeous, hand painted, orange card says, “Courage (small steps, big heart)” on the outside. On the inside it says, “As you move forward, know that I am here for you.” I inscribed it, “To Betsy, I believe in all of you just as you are,” and I signed my name. I read it when I’m feeling alone, frustrated and wanting answers. It helps me to just be and appreciate who I am. It was an act of love for myself. It makes me smile every time. Orange is the color of courage...to learn more about Orange, click here.
Getting out of our own way challenges us to grow and learn, experiencing it all. When we break down the barriers of fear, isolation and shame, we move forward and grow in our lives. It’s saying, “I’m ok in my own skin. I like me.” When you truly like you, you are the real deal!
The biggest relationship we have in life is the one we have with ourselves. Yes, we have mothers and fathers and brothers and sisters and lovers and children and friends, but we are brought into this world alone, as one, and we go out as one. Along the way we share it with many people, but when we really get down to it, the relationship that makes our lives work is the one we have with ourselves.
If you are true and honest, not only talking-the-talk but walking-the-walk (because only you know when you aren’t really being honest with yourself), well, then you are
the real deal. You kind of know it when you are. Anyone can become the real deal. So speak your truth and live your truth!
Another way I live my truth is by reading and re-reading Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements.”
The agreements are:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.
These agreements are something I practice and preach every day. It’s not about gaining the approval of others, but learning to love and approve of oneself.
So where do you fit in this picture? Do you see yourself as the real deal? If not, be honest with yourself. Take time for you and make yourself happy. Relax and don’t be so hard on yourself. Learn to meditate, breathe, let go and accept yourself for who you are! This makes you the real deal! It’s okay to just be YOU… Say out loud to yourself, “I am ready to live, learn, screw up and just be ME!”*Please comment below and share with your friends.*
Have a Colorful Day,
The Colour Coach
Written by: Betsy Karp, The Colour Coach
My friend Lainey called me yesterday and told me how happy she was that she took my advice, seeking some therapeutic counseling. She said, “You know what Betsy? I’ve always had these expectations of my relationship with my mom. I was blaming her for many things, but they weren’t all her fault. I was at fault as well and I have to learn to accept her as she is. By doing this, we have created a great, new relationship. I have no expectations; I just have a mom that I love. So thank you for pushing me to see Kathleen. She has helped me salvage the relationship with my mom, as well as many others.”
Don’t you think it would be better to just live life, experiencing it as it happens? By taking this action, you really don’t have expectations; you’re just experiencing something as it unfolds.
In my experience I have found expectations to be happiness killers. The times in my life where I just followed my heart, doing what I was good at, everything turned out to be great. It was only when I started having grand expectations of myself and not looking at it from my higher-self that life started throwing me curve balls, one after the other. I asked myself, “How can I serve and give my talents in a helpful way by just being me and giving all that I know?” Expectations can really hurt us, because we can’t predict an outcome. All we can do is do our best, living in the now and staying present.
What is it that we expect from others and ourselves? Expecting too much sets us up for disappointment. So many relationships fail because of expectations we put on other people and ourselves. Possibly try and let go of the word “EXPECTATIONS” and replace it with the word “ACCEPTANCE.” I love this word.
Words are very powerful. They can make or break us! Accept all that is, as it is, because this is reality. When we fight against reality, we get pain, messes and problems. Another way to let go is to be grateful for all we have and for who we are at this moment, because that’s all life is anyway. When we do this, we let go of our expectations. Living in the now let’s us be more aware of the present moment, experiencing the event.
My really good friend Ria took me out for my birthday and gave me the most beautiful soft, cuddly, YELLOW
, cashmere scarf. It’s so funny because when I saw the yellow I shouted, “Oh my god, how did you know that I needed to start accepting some of my male energy and start tapping into all of my strengths? Yellow helps you to do that!” She replied, “Not really sure…I didn’t know. I just thought you would like this!” I love the synchronicity of how the universe works and brings you what you need. It was the perfect YELLOW gift.
Yellow helps you to be more present. It’s bright, it’s cheerful and it warms you up, bringing you a strong energy. Sometimes we need “male” energy to give us power and strength to create action and move forward. Yellow brings this out from our solar plexus. To learn more about the benefits of yellow, click here.
I must tell you that when I started letting go of all the high expectations I put on myself, everything became lighter for me. My walk, my body, the way I dress with COLOR and how I speak. As you become more grounded and clear with who you are, your voice drops and you speak from a deeper place within yourself. You begin to speak your truth. Being all that you are is ENOUGH. I even received a phone call from an old friend wishing me a happy birthday and he said, “Wow. I don’t know what you are doing right now, but you seem very grounded and peaceful.” He is right. I am! It was because I let go of my expectations…for today anyway!
Live for today and IN today! It's all we really have. YES, you should still set goals for yourself. Those are healthy. It’s the expectations
that aren’t. Let them go to see if you feel better, lighter and more peaceful, and you’ll find out if these expectations help or hurt you. I’ll bet you’ll feel freer having let go of your expectations. Accepting what is and just being YOU! Now doesn’t that feel good! Please comment below and share with your friends.*
Have a Colorful Day,
The Colour Coach
Written by: Betsy Karp, The Colour Coach
March is all about spring and new beginnings…and it’s my birth month. It is a renewal of our spirits, our bodies, the clothes we wear and the food we eat. It’s a time for clearing, cleansing and preparing for greatness. Try putting some white clothing on, because it will give you a fresh new take on things. White is the color for wiping the slate clean and for new beginnings. Clear out the clutter in your mind, your closet and your belly. Spring is here and it’s time to let it all go.
Winter is notorious for gaining that extra 5, maybe even 10, pounds. Come March, we want to shed that extra weight. At this time of year we are also eager to shed the heavy BLACK coats, gloves and boots for lighter, more COLORFUL jackets and open toed shoes. Preparing for these clothes and our well-being, there are some wonderful foods to help us lose those unwanted pounds, getting our bodies ready for the spring and summer months. Click here to find out what colors will help you make a seamless transition from Winter to Spring!
Detoxifying your body is a great way to begin your Spring, because we need to rid ourselves of all the fattening and warming foods we’ve been consuming these last few months. Now is the time to start adding cooling foods. We want our bodies to acclimate to the coming warmer, summer months. One cooling food to eat is alfalfa sprouts. But there are so many more cooling foods to add to your diet...click here to find out what they are.
Enjoy the beginning of your renewal
by shedding those extra pounds, eating alfalfa sprouts and other cooling foods. I offer wonderful cooking classes through Amazon Local, teaching you how to use colors purposefully while cooking and preparing meals.
You can also go outside for a walk, soaking up the warmer weather. Did you know that just 30 minutes of exercise a day brings longevity to your life, lowering your cholesterol and blood pressure? It also changes your state of mind, making you feel great, and as we know, the mind is the key to it all. It’s time to get rid of that fear and worry and let go of that BLACK, heavy self-doubt.
You know what they say? “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.” So let the air of spring flow into your body, mind and soul and bring in some COLOR. That's the preparation. Have fun and play around with yellow, green and orange. Feel the Renewal
of your energy and spirit. You deserve it!
Happy Spring!!!Have a Colorful Day,Betsy Karp,The Colour Coach
Written by: Edwige Gilbert
Every year on December 31st, people all over the world make New Year’s resolutions. Millions of people wake up thinking, “This is the day I am going to do things differently!” They yearn for a new beginning and hate themselves when, after a few weeks, their resolutions fail.
Why do they fail? Because in trying to bring about change in their lives, people reach for the only tool they think they have: willpower, forcing themselves to change. Most often, unfortunately, the will fights back…and wins.
Look at dieting for example. In America, about 109 million dollars are spent on dieting and on diet products every day (Us department of Health and Human Services). Nearly two thirds of Americans are overweight. 25 percent of American men and 45 percent of American women are presently on a diet. Sadly, only 5 percent will lose the weight and keep it off.
What is wrong in the picture? Why is it so difficult to change?
Change is only possible when we begin to understand that it is futile to willfully struggle against our habitual patterns of behavior. You see, we are creatures of habit. Our mind does anything it can to keep us in our comfort zone, away from the unfamiliar and the uncomfortable. This is known as the ”pain/pleasure principle,” which is being experienced when the mind automatically moves us away from pain and toward pleasure and ease. When we tell ourselves, “I should go on a diet,” “I must…," or "I have to...,” immediately, our minds perceive it as painful and react by effectively stopping us from making our desired change. In other words, it is the mind’s protective mechanism that seeks to return us to our comfort zones, even when that acquired comfort zone is unhealthy and potentially harmful in the long run.
So what are we to do? Are we doomed to remain prisoners of our unwanted habits and behaviors? Not at all. The secret is to make our minds enjoy what we desire to change.
Change your focus and you shall change your reality. Simply choose to focus on your desired outcome, engaging the power of your imagination and of positive emotions. This means picturing having reached your desired goal, feeling good about yourself, feeling proud, in charge of your life again, liberated from the past and victorious.
It is strongly believed that the mind does not know the difference between what is real or just imagined. So take advantage of this, and begin to “think yourself changed!" The actual process is simple and is divided into three components:
First, develop a deep state of relaxation, called “Alpha,” an indispensable state to access the subconscious, which is also considered to be the only part of the brain where the seed for a new desired habit can be planted.
Second, in this peaceful state, get ready to project on an imaginary mental screen, which I call the “screening room,” all the vivid details of your new desired behavior. The more specific your visualization is the better. It will ensure the success of this practice.
Finally, in the last stage, remember to include powerful, positive words which I like to consider “declarations," that when repeated will not only create a hypnotic response, but will also, in the future, activate the memory of this joyful experience. The words I recommend to use are: “I choose to create this experience, I believe that I can, victory to me, victory is mine."
Be aware that repetition is critical to the success of the “screening room” practice. Neuroscience tells us that daily repetition for 21 days is what is recommended to create a new pathway to the brain, responsible for our new habitual pattern of behavior.
No doubt, this is powerful material to absorb and can be challenging at first. Realizing that transformation begins in our minds, knowing that thoughts create our destiny and that we have the power to become the master of our lives, can also be the ideal way to begin the year. For a change, prepare yourself to throw out the “gotta, oughts, should’s” part of your resolution, and instead decide to embrace the “I choose.. I desire... I can… I do...”. This will lead you to victory and success in your life.