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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

The Power of Prayer and of Asking for Group Prayer


Prayer is a very powerful way to be in touch with our creator and those that have gone before us. We can pray alone, pray in small and large groups and as I've learned to ask for; prayer for us or a vital cause near and dear to us. 
Sometimes the journey is more interesting
There are often no shortcuts.
Sometimes we have to take the stairs
At 27 I was challenged by my cancer. I learned days after surgery that I had cancer in four locations I felt several emotions. Anger was there at first very briefly. I did then soon feel afraid, alone at 3:30 am some mornings and in part hopeless that I had to depend on others to help me get through this fight for my life.
Then in conversations with my Mom and Dad ~ Dad asked So what else can I do son?
Well Dad how about you ask your friends via your work intranet service to put me in their faith prayer groups. I can remember that like yesterday.
Within a few days he called back and told me I was in prayer groups around the world. By end of the week he announced I was in over 60 prayer groups. Dad and Mom where very pleased and amazed.

Dad shared with me "Son you're being prayed for in Temples, Mosques, Synagogues, Revival Halls, Gospel Halls, Churches  and on every continent expect Antartica. India, Australia, Japan, England, New Zealand, France, Canada, and all over the USA and Canada including Texas, Michigan, Georgia, New York, Colorado, British Columbia, and many many other locations in North America.

I quickly started to feel uplifted. What an incredible life altering experience to have. 60+ prayer groups all asking for me to gain some wisdom from my journey and if possible a healing. So here I am 25 years later. Surprised and delighted and humbled to still be here. Three near death experiences during that 7 year battle with 2 bouts of cancer and one emergency surgery due to a failed medical procedure.

Never ever doubt that prayer can assist guide you and alter the quality of your journey and experience. Just remember what will you ask for you when you pray?
So, until next time, Imagine Yourself with more Resiliency forLife.


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I very soon started to feel uplifted. Very very uplifted. Statistically I'm 

So the next time you feel challenged and or threatened by one of life's bumps in the road don't forget the power of prayer and the power of asking others to assist with that prayer.

Michael

Friday, 11 November 2016

Lest We Forget

Today, I honour all those who have gone before us and served their country's.
Some paid the ultimate sacrifice. Some came home missing a limb, or deeply
challenged with mental health issues. Some did not serve on the front lines, yet
they served us all. Perhaps like my Grandfather Ballard one of your relatives
served in a supportive role. Grandfather Ballard served in the Merchant Marines.
He helped repair submarines from dusk to dawn working with machinists and other
metal workers repairing and or fabricating replacement parts.

His brother was killed in WWI World War One in France. That was supposed to be
the war to end all wars.
Pte. James Frank Ballard
My Grandfather was at sea during most of that war. So he was not home when the news was delivered that his brother Pte. James Frank Ballard had been killed.
Henry Ballard 1970's

Perhaps one of your relatives served in WWII or one of the countless large and small conflicts and wars this crazy world has seen over the past 100 plus years.

Regardless of who's side one is on this I know to be true, it takes courage to show up and be on time and on purpose to serve ones country. Countless hours of practise, more practise, often not in the best weather or location or with the best kit (gear). Yet they serve.
Today I pay tribute to all of my relatives and friends past and present who have or had served our nation. Lest We Forget.

So the next time you're having a less than perfect day don't forget to have some gratitude that you and I are able to have this time. They invested and paid a large price for us to have this liberty.

So don't forget to be grateful. Our freedoms come due to a very large investment from many.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Smallest Party in the World "The Pity Party"


It is a trap that we can all fall into if we are not cautious and stay attentive to our thoughts and words and the resulting feelings that can go along with it.

We've all had that "Party for One" the "Pity Party" when life seems to be going in the wrong direction! Plus how many of us have tried inviting others to join in our pity parties?  
However there is nothing wrong with sharing the cause of our pain be it health, relationships, job, school or family issues. However what does cause us grief is if we chose to live in this grief. Some live in it daily, weekly monthly or yearly. It is acceptable to visit our grief yet living in it can cause us quite a bit of harm.

Building a support team, offering support in another area to others can help us start to move forward.  So a Pity Party of One is an okay place to land after an upset. Staying there and not moving forward is the biggest issue.

Who will you offer to help to help yourself move forward and in what category?
Who will you ask for help to assist you move forward and in what category?

So there is no time like the present! Go get em! 



So until next time, Imagine Yourself with more Resiliency for Life.



Michael

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

The Power of Persistance Creating Positive Outcomes

There is strength and positive outcomes when we stay focused and persistant.
Not that we won't have to make course corrections, do some back peddling from time-to-time and on occasion take a new approach. Yet persistence to see a project to completion is a vital set of traits.

So the next time you want to walk away from an issue remember the following statistics.
80% of a sales B2B are made on the fifth to twelfth contact.



So take heart that the no's you're getting along with the, not now, it's the wrong time, we're very happy with our current situation (and there are dozens more) are delaying tactics. They aren't ready for your message, your services or products. Perhaps they are close minded, really are happy in their current situation and (I know you've heard so many of them) so, regardless a new angle, a redesigned approach, a change in approach can and will make a difference.

Don't give up on yourself.

So until next time, Imagine Yourself with more Resiliency for Life.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and NEVER give up!
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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Asking for Help

When we get weary, and we all get weary from time to time asking for help when we feel stuck at home, work, school or life is not a sign of weakness.
Where and with who do you connect and share a conversation with?

So this post is short and to the point. Who do you have in your life that you are engaged and connected with that you can share you're best and toughest moments with? Where? When? How often? Part of being resilient is giving ourselves permission to build a team that we are supported in.
We offer support and get support. Respect and boundaries are established and we all benefit.

So again, who supports you? Who do you support?

So until next time, Imagine Yourself with more Resiliency for Life.




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Friday, 22 July 2016

The Power of our Words

It happened many many years ago. Long before I was born. Yet it impacted my family in a very profound way. One nasty comment changed the course of many lives. 
It seemed one man felt superior to another. He told my Grandfather to "know his place". Ouch. Seems he felt my hard working Grandfather should not attempt to better himself and the lot of his family.

That comment along with a few other factors meant Granddad and Grandmother booked a one way ticket with their family and made their way to Canada. 


Fast forward and one of his Grandchildren (Not me) has a business that employees over 67 staff. So think of what that one hateful comment contributed to. My Grandparents changed countries in part due to that nasty rhetoric. Now his former country and part of my heritage is short 67 taxpayers. Then again on the other hand Canada is 67 taxpayers ahead from just one of the Grandkids. I know another one (Not me) who helped a firm of 25+ move from bankruptcy into profitability and they now employ over 25 people.


So, when we discuss hot button issues and topics other opinions are what they are. However when they demean, reduce, objectify, sideline (and so many other things) use caution on how you deal with them. Others are entitled to their opinion however agreeing with opinions that reduce others will in the end reduce what others think of you. In some cases they can cut you right out of their lives. Collaboration and cooperation are powerful and uplifting ways to live.


Our world is currently running on FEAR. Many when operating on feat react and reduce or stop thinking based on facts. Instead they operate far to often on feelings. Rhetoric and misconceptions become the keys to how people act and react to each other and the news of the day.


So use extreme caution when those you listen to, influence you and share time with you use hate and language that divides too build engagement with you. It tells me quite a bit about what sort of person they are and the values and morales they have. They are not using language that builds healthy countries, organizations, cities, families or individuals. Indeed image of the same language was used against them?


Yes, inclusion takes more effort, more skill, and more patience. However division is a fools game. Much easier to run, get people on board and claim victory. However at what cost? At what cost? The  quote "Those that don't know or understand history are doomed to repeat it", is used often for a powerful reason.



So until next time, Imagine Yourself with more Resiliency for Life.



Michael

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Nurture a Positive Mindset of Yourself

Developing confidence in your ability to solve problems and trusting your instincts helps build your resilience.
In that famous quote by Stephen Covey  he asked: 
At home after a media interview

 "What have you done to sharpen Saw? He meant how have you developed your problem solving skills? Have you read a book? Taken a course? Watched a video? Improved your fitness?

What problem solving books have you read? I'm a big fan of each of these four books. All of them have added to my problem solving and creativity skill set.

Six Thinking Hats and the follow up Six Action Shoes are written by Edward de Bono. In Six Thinking Hats de Bono shares six ways to consider each and every problem that we face. In Six Action Shoes he shares six ways to consider implementing each of the potential solutions we are faced with.

My next two favourite books on problem solving and creativity are:

 - A Wack on the Side of the Head and a Kick in the Seat of the Pants are two books on creativity by Roger von Oeck.
In each he offers a process to help us widen and deepen our creativity to maximize our potential solutions.

In a A Kick in the Seat of the Pants he want you to tap into and use: 

Your Explorer, Artist, Judge, and Warrior to Be More Creative

In his book A Wack in the Side of the Head Roger takes you through:
One of my ready to present looks!

Ten mental locks that block our creativity he tells us they are:
1. The Right Answer 2. That's Not Logical 3. Follow the Rules 4. Be Practical 5. Play is Frivolous 6. That's Not My Area 7. Don't Be Foolish 8. Avoid Ambiguity 9. To Err Is Wrong 10. I'm Not Creative


So I've enjoyed each of these books several times over. Each have helped me and clients many many times over.
So until next time Imagine Yourself with more Resiliency for LIfe.

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