My Wish For You…

Guys, you know how much I love inspiration and motivational literature, videos and trainings. Well, this My Wish For You is one of those videos I wanted to share with you and I hope you’ll share it with others as well.

Always feel good about yourself, others, what you’re trying to accomplish in this life, and how you can make a difference whether it large or small if you’ll only believe…

Try making it a daily practice to take a couple of minutes and ask the universe how you can be a blessing to someone’s life.

It will change you, the person you’re blessing and the entire world will be a more peaceful place.

This short video is my wish for you today and everyday…


May you always be Blessed…
Love you guys!

Leave a comment on how this touched you…

Life’s Little Irritations…

Hello Income Insider’s readers!

Today I want to share a quick – personal story with you all about a little irritation I can’t seem to move passed…(I know, silly…)

Lifes Little IrritationsAnyway, I have an 11 year old neighbor boy who really has been through the ringer since his short life on this earth.

I won’t go into the details, but trust me on this one.

He’s an only child and let’s just say he doesn’t have much.

My husband and I have helped him from time to time with money – food – clothes, etc..

He came riding up our drive this past week on his bike which had no back tire and the actual metal was cracked in half. I couldn’t believe he could safely ride that thing on the street.

In a panic, he told me he needed $50.00 for a new bike he saw at a nearby store. Mind you – he didn’t ask…he told me that’s what he needed.

I proceeded to tell him I didn’t have that kind of money laying around just to give away to him. Well, he started to cry a bit.

One major detail:

This kid knows everything about everything and he can do anything better than anyone else…you know, a snot nose in my opinion. Believe me, we’ve had our moments.

So I got to thinking; Okay. To an 11 year old boy, your bike is everything. So I made him a deal…

I told him if he’d do some odd jobs around my house, work for the money, I would buy him that bike.

It felt good to me to be able not only to give him something he desperately wanted, but I was teaching him if you want something…it doesn’t come free.

It was a deal but he said the store only had one bike. I figured at $50 it wouldn’t last long.

It was supposed to be a beautiful weekend so I thought I’d just go purchase the bike and surprise him on Saturday with it for him to ride. I was so excited, feeling like I was making a difference in his life…

He came over after school that next day, ready to work. We started talking about the bike – the color – the make…guess what? It wasn’t the bike he had seen.

I was devastated. However, the bike I bought was really cool. I thought for sure for a kid who didn’t have much, he would absolutely love it. Any kid would.

Feeling like I should show him before he started to work, I uncovered it in the garage for him to see.

His reaction?

He started to cry and told me that was not the bike he wanted. AND…this one was junk!

My heart fell to my feet…at first. Then, I got pissed.

I was trying to tell him that sometimes in life you have to work your way up…right or wrong, that’s what I was taught. I was also taught to say thank you and appreciate things people do or give you.

But I didn’t get either one. In fact, he rode off on his dilapidated bike like it was my fault I didn’t get to the store sooner…

I didn’t see him at all that weekend…

Tuesday he shows up at my door wanting to work for a different bike he had seen. Let me say we had a very – different – short conversation…

He proceeded to tell me as he was leaving that “staring at a computer screen all day isn’t work”…nothing like manual work like he does.

Talk about high blood pressure! At that point, all I could do was tell him to leave…

I guess the moral of this story is that there are times in our lives when we choose to get involved in other people’s lives not knowing what the impact will be if any.

I hope years from now he will look back on this with a different set of eyes, realizing what a snot he really was.

Also, for parents; Do your kids a favor and teach them the value of appreciation and gratitude. Start young until they learn it and live it. They will carry that virtue throughout their lives both personally and professionally…

Not everyone is kind-hearted, but for those of us who are, we might think twice the next time…I know I already have. However, I will still pray for him that he learns a few of life’s lessons before it’s too late.

Please leave your thoughts below…

The Optimist Creed…Are You under Positivity Illusion?

Between April and September 2011, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported that small businesses in the US became less optimistic about future prospects. This was visible in the Small Business Optimism Index that fell 1.8 points from 89.9.

positive illusionsThis lack of optimism was due to small businesses weakening expectations in the coming few months. The chief economist at NIFB, William Dunkelberg said that “with such a dim outlook, owners are not going to do a lot of hiring or expanding”. Not only the NFIB, the Grant Thornton Business Optimism Index also shows a similar result based on three criteria –US economy, business growth and employment.

If you are in the US and a small business entrepreneur, you are perhaps going through a similar situation yourself. With the US credit rating deflated and the debt situation equally worse, small businesses are finding it harder to sustain themselves.

In this situation, when people were asked whether you are optimistic about the future, I think they are primarily asking two questions:

  1. Is there a place for optimism in our present condition?
  1. Where do you stand in the optimism index?

Again, in conditions like this, people often become a victim of “positivity illusion” or “optimism bias”.

Optimism bias is a condition where people measure their chances of experiencing a good outcome or bad outcome against others. By a good outcome, one generally means getting a job, financial security, healthy kids and a successful marriage.

By a bad outcome, one generally means health problems, loss of jobs, marriages breaking apart and other things.

SO, when people ask what you think about the future, they are measuring their own chances of faring either good or bad against the other person’s chances. It is natural human behavior to think like this; however, in the long run, it will create problems.

Whenever there is any problem, a person first thinks of securing themselves and then thinks about the well being of other people.

In an economy that the US is facing now, it is necessary to give up this positivity illusion, that is, worry less about how you as an individual is faring and be more concerned about the community you live in… because if the community is prosperous, you are prosperous.

I know that it is difficult for small businesses to survive in a turbulent economy but one does have to make the best of what they have; however, one should never be overoptimistic. It is good to be optimistic, but you should never be under the illusion that everything is fine nor should you be overoptimistic – either way, you will have a false sense of well being.

Then, let me ask you —

Do you have reasons to be optimistic in the current economic downturn?

There are, according to me. Even though there are many empty glasses strewn around, there are glasses that are half-full, which should be inspiration enough for you. The glasses half-full teach a very important lesson – the possibility of improvement.

The present recession is a major indication of how human folly can be very dangerous for us. Economic projections of the last few years have done us more harm than good.

It is not that today’s economic conditions will have a cataclysmic effect on us and we will change for the better suddenly, but there is always a tiny light of hope. HOPE is what we humans survive on.

We can only learn from our follies and learn to change.

What can we change?

  • We can learn to be positively optimistic, without being under illusions.
  • We can learn to live frugally.
  • We can learn to save money.
  • We can learn to volunteer for the betterment of the community.
  • We can learn to use sustainable goods.
  • We can learn to use natural sources of energy.
  • We can learn to become more financially responsible.
  • We can learn to care for others.

If you think optimistically, it is good for you. Just make sure your optimism does not rub others the wrong way. Don’t be overoptimistic and optimistically illusioned. Keep your thoughts balanced and try to analyze your conditions intelligently.

Know what optimism is and how your perception defines you here.

She’s Not Disabled…We Are

I’m always scouring the Internet in search of anything inspirational to keep me somewhat grounded.

So many times we can feel a bit…or a lot sorry for our circumstances – experiences we’ve been through – troubling times etc…

She's Not DisabledDo you realize how many people in this world live day-to-day with disabilities and yet, never admit or consider thinking in terms of being “disabled?”

Many people…hundreds…thousands…

If you ask me, we are the ones who are disabled at some point. We make excuses for not being able to accomplish our dreams and goals; not enough money – not enough time – I don’t know enough – I’m not smart enough…

So let me say this. While we are coming up with a hundred and one reasons why we CAN’T do something, people with apparent disabilities come up with thousands of reasons why they CAN. And they DO!

They don’t make excuses. They go for all they can get. They live life to the fullest.

They don’t understand the “able” people not taking their God given talents without restrictions and making something of themselves or going for that dream they so desire.

For example in this short video clip…

What could Jessica do more of if she had arms? She’s already living as though she does. She has 2 black belts in Karate, she’s an awesome motivational speaker who loves to get up in front of the crowd and too boot…she’s licensed to fly a plane! She drives a car…She dances.

Boy, what a lesson for me and all of us to learn.

Excuses vs. action…Hmm. Think about it.

This video honestly puts things into perspective for me…what say you?

The Optimist Creed…Your Perception Defines You

Mike and Jake were two agents working in a shoe manufacturing company. One day the boss called them to his cabin and asked them whether they would interested to visit Africa for few days and prepare a report analyzing the business opportunities in Africa. Both Mike and Jake were brilliant marketers and they readily agreed. They spent 30 days touring the tribal areas and in the end, both presented different marketing reports.

  1. Mike concluded that there is no market for shoes because the tribal people don’t wear shoes.
  2. Jake concluded that there is a huge potential for shoes because the tribal people don’t wear shoes.

The Optimist Creed Your Perception Defines YouYou see, even though Mike and Jake agreed on one common thing, that is, the tribal people don’t wear shoes, their perception of the situation is altogether different – Mike says there is no potential, while Jake says there is huge potential. Who is the optimist here?

If one is so naïve to follow Mike’s perception, the business is doomed.

The success of a business lies in your perception. The difference between a successful online home based business and a non-successful one will always depend on your perception to identify opportunities. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking!

Positive thinking makes you competent. A not-so-positive thinker simply does not have the drive and perseverance to handle business. When you have a positive perception, you can actually visualize the path to success and you are able to identify advantageous opportunities.

A positive thinker is also an optimist. Seeing the bright side of things is not everyone’s forte.

As a newbie in a home based online business, you have to readily face the demons of your own creation. This means you should not treat your business casually and work really hard to make it a success.

  • Your positive thinking will motivate you to attain goals and ambition you never thought was possible.
  • Your positive thinking will get you through bad days.
  • You positive thinking will always motivate you to see the brighter side of things.

When you are able to identify the streak of positivity, the dash of optimism and calculative perception, you can automatically make your home based online business dream come true.

Further, building a positive perception is not only about YOU; your positive perception will reflect and benefit your business decisions as well. Like you, there are thousands of small business owners trying to establish their foothold but the only factor to distinguish between them and you is your personal and business perception.

As in the story above, you need to have the perception and optimism of Jake to succeed.

Every minor and major decision you take about your business is the result of your perceptions that define you.

The Optimist Creed

There are many times in one’s life when just a little, quick “pick-me-up”can go along way.

Starting a business – growing it – maintaining it and trying to “make it” sometimes can become difficult, frustrating and lonely.

The Optimist CreedMany people in our inner circles have no idea what we, as entrepreneurs are doing, where our ideas come from and why we have so much drive to succeed.

That’s why this “Inspiration” category is so very important too me and like wise for you.

I love to read other inspirational stories or quotes from time to time because it allows me to realize we are not alone in our quest to make some kind of difference in this huge – ever- changing world.

Sometimes I feel lost. Sometimes I feel self-doubt. But when you read a quick pick-me-up verse, quote or story, seemingly enough, it embeds itself in the heart…not just the mind.

It just feels good – gives a lift – inspires and grounds your intentions.

So I’m encouraging you, my reader, to find time to read the posts in this section while learning your way through all that Casper and I have in store for you with Income Insiders.

We are not just teaching the mechanics of how to build – grow – maintain and become successful in your business, but also how believing in yourself, building confidence and giving back to others is such a critical part in that success.

The Optimist Creed is a great place to start. I have it printed out and hung on my board where I can see it and read it in a matter of minutes every day. I encourage you to do the same. So…

Promise Yourself:

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make optimism come true.
  • To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

For all you readers who love inspiration, please leave a comment about what inspires you below so we can all share them together!