Lisa Ryan

“Whether You Think You Can or Can’t, You’re Right,” Henry Ford

"Whether You Think You Can or Can't, You're Right," Henry Ford

Several years ago while in the business of selling welding supplies, I took up welded art as a hobby.  I loved going to the local scrap yards and finding unique pieces of metal from which I could create my beautiful art.  From a five foot high praying mantis to a Kokopelli wine rack, I was Read the full article…

The Ladder of Life

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“The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.” Thomas Henry Huxley After my brother graduated from college with an accounting degree, he opened an eyeglass store with a partner. They had an ophthalmologist working Read the full article…

Give The Present of Expressing Your Gratitude

Give The Present of Expressing Your Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward We have no idea the power we have when it comes to taking the time to express gratitude for a job or a service well done. After several positive experiences with a waiter at a local restaurant, Read the full article…

Gratitude turns what we have into enough

Gratitude turns what we have into enough

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and Read the full article…

The Language of Gratitude

The Language of Gratitude

If you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness. – Unknown   In Marci Shimoff’s book, “Happy for No Reason” she talks about a woman who had just gone through a painful divorce and was forced to move in with her elderly father, whose wife had just died. They Read the full article…

Life happens because of you

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“Life doesn’t happen TO you. Rather, it can happen BECAUSE of you. You have far more power and influence than you can possibly imagine. And once you decide, you can use your power to affect your own life as well as the life of the people around you.” Dick Sutphen   Although we sometimes don’t Read the full article…

Reflect upon your present blessings

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some. Charles Dickens   Did you ever have one of “those days?” You wake up on the wrong side of the bed, stub your toe, trip over the cat and then it gets worse Read the full article…

What You Focus On Expands

Vision Board

“What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.” Oprah Winfrey

Every month at the Positive Thinkers Network, we close our meetings with the affirmation, “What you think about, you bring about.” Whether we want to create positive relationships, brilliant opportunities or flowing finances, we need to take the time to envision ourselves having exactly what we want. One helpful method is to find pictures detailing the specifics of what you want out of life and pasting them on a large sheet, thereby creating your own vision board. (Make sure you put a picture of yourself in the midst of all that goodness). Place the board where you can see it every day and imagine yourself in possession of the items pictured.

We can all agree that Oprah is a pretty successful woman, and yet when you read her story, you realize that she was certainly not silver-spoon fed. Oprah made a decision to concentrate on the goodness that she had in her life, and by starting there, she was able to create an empire.

Maybe we won’t climb as high on the financial ladder as the Oprah’s of the world, but we can all learn the lesson of focusing on the goodstuff. Any type of vision board will work – I happen to have mine on PowerPoint and I have pictures of it on my phone. Gives me easy access, anytime, anywhere!

Have fun,

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A Consistent Gratitude Practice

“When you are consistent with your gratitude practice, you will see positive, powerful results.” Lisa Ryan   In October of 2009, I started keeping a gratitude journal. Every day I wrote down 3-5 things for which I was grateful. Overtime, it became a habit. It takes 66 days for form a habit – and the Read the full article…

Trust Your Gut

“You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” Steve Jobs   When I lost my job in October of 2010, I had a choice: I could pound the pavement, searching for a new sales Read the full article…