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Accountability Challenge Week 17: The Power of the Self-Image Part Two

Posted by admin on April 27, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

Accountability Challenge Week 17: The Power of the Self-Image Part Two.

“Change your Self Image and you change your life”.

In last week’s Accountability challenge we discussed the importance that a healthy self-image has in impacting the quality of our life, and specifically in the achievement of our goals.

We had several terrific comments in response to the lesson. As I was contemplating the lesson I knew that we had touched upon a critical topic, one that demanded an even deeper review. I personally believe that the Self-Image we hold of ourselves is the dominant factor in the level of fulfillment and success that we experience in every area of our lives.

A lot of what is written and taught in the area of goal achievement focuses on the “no pain no gain” mentality. We see it when we go to the gym, we hear it in clichéd interviews with the celebrated sports and entertainment stars of the day. We are fed a steady diet of “if you have the will you will find the way” slogans, mantras and diatribes.

Now, I definitely believe that will power, discipline, persistence and focus are important to achieving our goals. However, what I know in my heart to be true is that how we feel about ourselves in any particular area of our life plays a much more important role in the success we achieve. I would like you to revisit the phrase that started last week’s lesson. Take a few moments to let the depth and significance of Dr. Maltz’s words resonate with you.

Self-image is the premise, a base or foundation upon which your entire personality, your behavior, and even your circumstances are built. We act, behave and feel according to what we consider this self-image to be and we do not deviate from this pattern,” Dr. Maxwell Maltz.

Change

Here’s what these words mean to me: let’s say I have a goal to earn $250,000 per year in my business. Further let’s say that the most I have ever earned in one year is $100,000. I can write the goal out in vivid detail, repeat to myself every day, attend sales and product training sessions. I can even attend motivational workshops designed to inspire me and motivate me toward my goal.

However all of my previous conditioning: my experiences, thoughts, actions & beliefs tell me that I have only ever earned $100,000. In other words my current Self-Image is at odds with my desired results. What ultimately happens is that my old conditioning-my old self-image wins out and I fall short of the goal, again and again and again. This reinforces the limits that have been programmed into my Self-Image in this area of my life, and the vicious circle continues.

Until we re-condition our old self-image no amount of self-discipline, will power or positive thinking will work in leading us towards our desired results.

Now that’s the bad news. The good news is that we are fully capable of re-conditioning or re-programming the faulty old self-image right here and right now.

Last week we gave you a wonderfully powerful exercise to help you to begin to re-condition your current Self-Image. Perhaps you completed the exercise, perhaps you didn’t. Either way your homework exercise for this week is to repeat the challenge from last week with one small change.

I want you to take 5-10 minutes every day this week to rewrite your Ideal Self Image. If you are truly serious about making significant changes in the results you desire in your life, I challenge you to complete this exercise every day for the next 90 days. I guarantee you that if you do (and I know by experience that very few people will do this-except for you) then the results you experience will appear to be miraculous. You will be re-conditioning your new self-image and the old faulty Self-Image will be a thing of the past…

Yes it will take some level of persistence, commitment, and focus, (don’t worry we will talk more about your specific actions next week) however you will be pleasantly surprised at “how little pain and how much gain” you will enjoy.

Brian Tracy

Accountability Challenge Week 17: The Power of the Self-Image.

1. Take out a 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper and write out in full detail a description of the image of the person you are about to become:
• Pay particular attention to the areas of Health, Wealth and Happiness.
• Clearly describe how you desire to see yourself in each area- The idea behind this exercise is to focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.

MY NEW SELF-IMAGE:

☺ ‘I am so happy and grateful NOW that I…


















Expect Success,
Mark,

Thought for the week: “Change your Self Image and you change your life”.

Mark Hudon, CFP™, CCS™
Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™
Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™

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Accountability Challenge Week 16: The Power of the Self-Image

Posted by admin on April 19, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

Accountability Challenge Week 16: The Power of the Self-Image. 

“We act, behave and feel according to what we consider our self-image to be and we do not deviate from this pattern,” Dr. Maxwell Maltz.

If you haven’t heard of or read the book Psycho-Cybernetics, by Dr Maxwell Maltz, I highly recommend you go out and get it. This book first came out on print in 1960, yes wellover 50 years ago.

Yet it remains to this day one of the most influential and ground breaking resources in the field of personal development, particularly as it relates to the concept of the self-image and its role in closing the gap between our potential and our performance in all areas of our lives.

Psyco Cybernetics

Maltz boldly states the “self-image” is the key to human personality and human behaviour. Change the self-image and you change the personality and the behaviour.

When you change your behaviour that is when your results change. Truth be told, the whole purpose of this Accountability Challenge that we have committed to complete is to change our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviour so that we will enjoy the results that we desire. I agree with Dr Maltz that the “Self-Image” that we hold in each area of our own lives is the key.

I realize this is a strong statement but fortunately we can easily prove it to be true or false by looking at our own experiences. Look at your own life; are there areas where you feel extremely confident, capable, and skilled? Take a moment to write them out. I’ll wait for you….

For me I’ve always felt confident in my abilities as an athlete-As far back as I can remember I’ve enjoyed playing sports. I enjoy participating in baseball, football, hockey, basketball, golf, and later in life endurance sports like triathlon-swimming, biking and running. I’m by no means a world class athlete in any of these fields, but I’ve always held a strong “self-image” of myself when it comes to sports and being fit and active.  Because my self-image is healthy to this day Icontinue to participate in, enjoy and occasionally excel in these fields.

Now, ask me to fix anything mechanical, or do any kind of home-renovations that require anything more complicated than the use of a screw driver, or a hammer ( and even that is a big stretch) and my abilities, and my self-image shrinks to the size of a pea.

We all have areas in our lives where our Self-Image is positive and other areas where are self-image is negative. If you are struggling to achieve better results in any area of your life, then you need to take a close look at your self-image, because just like a thermometer controls the temperature in your living room, your current self-image is governing the results that you are allowing yourself to receive.

“Whether we realize it or not each one of us carries about with us a mental blueprint or picture of ourselves. The self-image is our own concept of the “sort of person I am”. It has been built up from our own beliefs about ourselves. But most of these beliefs have unconsciously been formed from our past experiences, our successes and failures, our humiliations, our triumphs, and the way other people have reacted to us, especially in early childhood”. (Page 2 Psycho-Cybernetics)

So the core message that I want to convey this week is first one of self-awareness of where you currently see your own self-image. Yet it is also one of tremendous hope and possibility. If the results you are striving for in any area of your life are currently less than what you desire, than the main reason is that you are holding a faulty self-image. To change the results you desire, change your self-image.

Self Image

Accountability Challenge Week 16: The Power of the Self-Image.

  • Take out a 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper and write out in full detail a description of the image of the person you are about to become.
  • Pay particular attention to the areas of Health, Wealth and Happiness.
  • Clearly describe how you desire to see yourself in each area- The idea behind this exercise is to focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. 

 

 

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE, DO OR BE: 

Expect Success,

Mark,

Thought for the week :“We act, behave and feel according to what we consider our self-image to be and we do not deviate from this pattern,”           Dr. Maxwell Maltz.

 

Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™

Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™

Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™

Check out our exciting new Website, Radio Show, & Cash Flow Planning tools:

 http://www.coreconditioningprogram.ca/

 http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/financially-fit-for-life/

 http://cashflow-specialist.com/

 

4 Questions Everyone Must Ask Their Retirement Advisor

Posted by admin on April 19, 2015  /   Posted in Advisor Stream

I trust that you have been enjoying our recent run of glorious spring weather.

It’s always a very good practice to check in on the people who are providing you with professional advice to make sure that you are getting full value for the price that you are paying.

This practice also applies to the financial advisor community of which I am a proud member.

Here is an an excellent article that outline 4 terrific questions that everyone must ask their retirement advisor.

I’m happy to share my own answers to those questions if you like.

Cheers,

Mark Hudon, CFP,.CCS

Certified Financial Planner, Certified Cash Flow Specialist.

4 Questions Everyone Must Ask Their Retirement Advisor

​In honor of National Retirement Planning Week, now is a good time to take a step back and think about who is helping you with your retirement planning. A financial advisor can be a powerful resource for those heading down the road to retirement. Whether you already have a retirement advisor or you are considering one, there are certain things you should know about a professional before engaging him or her to act as your retirement advisor.
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Accountability Challenge Week 15: The Power of Gratitude

Posted by admin on April 12, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

In the pursuit of our goals we often focus on our actions, or the things that we need to do to move us closer the attainment of our ideals.

While action is an absolutely essential ingredient in our success formula, it is important to remember to appreciate all of the challenges as well as victories that we experience along the way.

One of the most useful, rewarding and uplifting activities that we can engage in is the daily habit of BEING GRATEFUL. The best part of this process is that is simple-and we can participate in the act of being grateful wherever and whenever we are.

There are days, and even weeks where we feel a sense of struggle. Unchecked, these feelings can stop us in our tracks, and will hold us back from making progress on our goals. In fact if we allow these feelings to continue they may even permanently derail and cause us to give up on our goals. I know this is true because I have experienced it first-hand myself.

This week I am offering you one simple but highly effective antidote which is guaranteed to completely shift your energy and emotion from a negative place to a much more positive and productive one, right here, right now.

Gratitude

Accountability Challenge Week 15: The Power of Gratitude:

Take 5 minutes right now to write out a list of at least 5 things that you are grateful for today. It could be as simple as noticing and being thankful for a ray of sunshine that breaks through an otherwise cloudy day. It could be being grateful for the opportunity to practice patience and restraint when you held your tongue and your temper at the breakfast table despite the chaos of bickering young children. It could be a smile that you passed along to a stranger as you stopped for your morning coffee.   When we consciously choose to be appreciative and grateful in this moment, we can’t help but change our sense of direction from that of struggle, frustration and even resentment to one of harmony, peace, and power.

If you don’t believe me give it a try. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to complete your list again tomorrow, and then the next day….

I am Grateful For:

Expect Success,

Coach Mark

Thought for the week“I am deeply thankful for all that I’ve received, and I enjoy giving to others in the spirit of love and service.”  Wayne Dwyer

Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™

Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™

Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™

Check out our exciting new Website, Radio Show, & Cash Flow Planning tools:

 http://www.coreconditioningprogram.ca/

 http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/financially-fit-for-life/

 http://cashflow-specialist.com/

 

 

Off The Beaten Wine Path: 5 Tips For Traveling In Lesser-Known Wine Regions

Posted by admin on April 12, 2015  /   Posted in Advisor Stream

For this week’s featured article, I thought I would give financial topics a rest, and instead touch on a subject that I know many people are very passionate about-the love of wine.

I am by no means a wine connoisseur, but one thing I do enjoy when it comes to wine is exploring new and interesting wines that are off the beaten path.

For the wine lover in your family, here is a great article called 5 Tips For Travelling in Lesser-Known Wine Regions.

Have a fabulous day.

Cheers,

Coach Mark

Off The Beaten Wine Path: 5 Tips For Traveling In Lesser-Known Wine Regions

Visit a Winery Near You! If there was a slogan for the entire North American wine industry, that may be it. That’s because few experiences enhance the pleasure of wine like visiting the place it’s produced, whether you walk through the vineyards, or peer into the barrel room, or wander through the production area itself. With the travel season just around the corner, here are five tips for visiting those lesser-known wine areas that are available to us all.
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Accountability Challenge Week 14: Why Goals Fail?

Posted by admin on April 06, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

Accountability Week 14:  13 Reasons Why Goals Fail?

I thought we would spend our time this week addressing the major reasons why the majority of people fail to achieve the important goals and dreams in their lives.

The source for this week’s lesson comes directly from one of the many encouraging and instructive audio programs that I frequently listen to while driving, exercising or just sitting in silence.

If you haven’t already created your own “University on Wheels”, or in my case on my MP3 player-I highly recommend it.

One of my favourite teachers is Bob Proctor who you may know from the movie The Secret.  Bob has been an icon in the field of personal development for over 50 years now. He has many wonderful programs-which I encourage you to check out.

In this particular lesson Bob identifies the 13 reasons why goals fail. Go through the list and identify for yourself which of the 13 reasons may be standing in the way of your own goal achievement.

Thanks Bob.

13 Reasons Why Goals Fail:

1. Failure to set goals.

 2. Your personal values don’t support your goals.

 3. The goal is not your own-it is been set by someone else for you.

 4. Not being absolutely passionate about your goal.

5.  Your Goal is not important enough to you to take the risk to achieve it-you play it safe.

6. Not prioritizing your goals.

7. Focusing on too many goals at one time.

8. Lack of clarity and focus-no crystal clear picture in your mind.

 9. Attached to Limiting beliefs.

10. Poor attitude.

11. Failure to Implement-having great ideas but not doing anything on your goal.

12. Giving up too soon.

13. Failing to measure your progress and make necessary adjustments.

mistakes in setting goals

Now let’s reverse the wording so instead of having 13 reasons why goals fail and we now have 13 rules to follow that lead to an abundant life.

13 Rules to an abundant Life:       

1    Keep setting goals.      

2.    Make sure your personal values support your goal.

3.   Make sure the goal is your own not someone else’s.

4.  Go after goals that you are truly passionate about.

 5Goals that require risk on your part create magical endings.

 6Prioritize your goals until you fix on your A Number One goal.  

7.   Focus on achieving just one goal at one time. 

8.  Paint a crystal clear, brilliant picture of the goal’s result in your mind.

 9Consciously choose the thoughts that support your goal.

10. Control your attitude. Choose to make it a good one every single day.

11  Plot your initial plan and Implement.

 12 Keep going no matter what. Never give up on your goal.

 13. Take measurements of your progress and adjust accordingly.

I would like to leave you with some simple final words…”trust yourself and believe in yourself”.

Keep your core strong

Coach Mark,

Thought for the week: “You can do it and you know you can”.

Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™

Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™ 

Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™

Check out our exciting new Website, Radio Show, & Cash Flow Planning tools:

 http://www.coreconditioningprogram.ca/

 http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/financially-fit-for-life/

 http://cashflow-specialist.com/

 

How to keep from spending a fortune on kid’s sports

Posted by admin on April 06, 2015  /   Posted in Advisor Stream

First off, I want to wish a very Happy Easter weekend to you and your family.

The arrival of Easter, also coincides with the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures on the horizon. I know that we could all use some sunshine and warmth after a cold winter.

One of the biggest challenges that many families face (mine included) is how to balance the inherent benefits of putting our kids in sports or other activities against the high cost that these activities entail.

In our house, we have two boys who are actively involved in a number of sports including hockey, rep baseball, swimming, basketball & soccer.

 Each of these sports requires a serious commitment of both time & money.

 My wife and I both see the benefits of raising healthy & active children, but at times we struggle with where to draw the line.

Here is a great article that sheds some very much needed insight on how to keep from spending a fortune kids’ sports.

Be sure to pass it along to someone you know who shares this same dilemma.

Happy Easter.

Cheers,

Coach Mark

How to keep from spending a fortune on kids’ sports

​After much thought and consideration, my husband and I decided that it is finally time to get our kids started in a few sports and activities this year. Although I enrolled my children in their first sport willingly, I didn’t take this decision lightly. As we all know, getting children involved in sports and activities can be expensive in both time and money, and it can be a slippery slope that can escalate over time and last for years. Since my kids are still young, I want to take a thoughtful approach now — before things get out of hand. I want my kids to learn and grow. I want them to get involved and stay active. What I don’t want is to go broke doing it. Here are some tips on how to keep from spending a fortune:
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The Best Way to Invest for Retirement

Posted by admin on April 01, 2015  /   Posted in Advisor Stream

There are copious numbers of articles and information written on how to invest your money-and specifically how to invest for retirement.

I come across them everyday and I know that my clients and contacts do as well.
While some are useful, many provide contradictory advice that just leads to confusion for many investors.

I do my best to seek out and find articles that will provide you with a core approach that when implemented will help you to achieve your long term goals, and dreams, and help you to build funds for retirement that will stand the test of time.

Here is an excellent article, that is in line with my own core philosophy.

Expect Success,

Coach Mark

The Best Way To Invest For Retirement

Turn on CNBC for two minutes and it’s easy to believe you need to stop everything and invest in the hot stocks the “experts” are recommending and get out — NOW! — of the ones they’re bearish about. Chris Minnucci, author of the ironically titled The Death of Buy and Hold: How Not to Outlive Your Money — Investing for, and in, Retirement, says do so at your own peril. Minnucci, an early retiree and self-taught investor, says you’ll be far likelier to make your retirement money last if you take a more cautious, deliberate approach to investing, using diversification using what he calls “the principle of correlation combined with the complementary principle of compromise.”
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Accountability Challenge Week 13: The Power of Now

Posted by admin on April 01, 2015  /   Posted in 52 Week Accountability Challenge

The Power of NOW                                    

Welcome to lucky week 13 of our Accountability Challenge. I know it’s going to be a fabulous week with tremendous breakthroughs for a lot of people. I can feel it.

We’re getting terrific feedback from people who have committed to participating “full on” in our 52 Week Power of Persistence Accountability Challenge.

Congratulations to you and keep up the great work!

If however you are not as fully engaged in the challenge as you would like to be, I have some simple words of advice for you. START NOW.

Now

The Power of NOW!

Do you ever find yourself mentally dwelling in the past, or in anticipation (or dread) of the future?

Do you replay past failures, or challenges, over and over again in your mind?

Do you indulge in memories of “the good old days”. Harking back to simple times, when life was somehow better or less complicated?

If you do engage in these activities, you are not alone, however it’s important for you to recognize that the only time that is relevant to us in the pursuit of our goals and dreams is NOW.

When is the best time to create a plan, and take action toward our goals? The answer is of course right NOW.

Let’s say that you are in the habit of putting off exercise or healthy eating till the beginning of the week, the month, or the New Year. When you do get around to taking the appropriate actions, when are doing them? The answer is always NOW. Now is the only time that exists in our world.

Our EGO likes to dwell on the past, or in anticipation of the future. The ego does that for its own self-preservation. Remember that the ego’s (Resistance) main job is to stop us from doing our work, and it does this by tricking us into dwelling on the past or the future .

 Accountability Challenge Week 13: The Power of Now:

List 3 things that will do today (not tomorrow or any other day) that will move you closer to achieving your definite purpose:

 

 

 

Expect Success,

Coach Mark,

Thought for the week: P.S. “The only time that truly exists is NOW”

Coach Mark,

Mark Hudon, CFP™CCS™

Financial Fitness Coach, Certified Cash Flow Specialist™

Creator of The Core Conditioning Program™

Check out our exciting new Website, Radio Show, & Cash Flow Planning tools:

 http://www.coreconditioningprogram.ca/

 http://webtalkradio.net/internet-talk-radio/financially-fit-for-life/

 http://cashflow-specialist.com/

 

 

 

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