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The power of a list, we make list for everything

·         Shopping

·         House work

·         Honey do

·         Need to get

And so on, you get the idea, we make list to help us organize our days. People have become millionaires just by teaching us how to make and follow our lists. Think about that for a second, people make millions teaching us how to organize our lives, to list in out and to follow it. What a concept.

I have told you in different blog postings to make list, to organize your life your thoughts and your dreams, to list them and organize them and then to execute them.

List work, it’s that simple. The list provide us with a non-cluttered view of our day, work, life, whatever the list if for. It gives us a direction to follow, top down, and a sense of completion when we cross it off as done.

List allows us the freedom to complete a task and move on to a new task; they allow us the freedom of celebrating small victories in our daily grind. With a list in hand, we seem to have power, control over our own lives. We list everything, sometimes we even make list of list.

What is the hidden power of a list, why do we love them so? I can only speculate but I would have to say that the power of the list is the fact that list are linear, they flow down, they are clean and crisp. Our human nature looks for order in life and in nature. We are drawn to crisp clean lines, and unobstructed views. Lists provide that for us. They are our way of making our day crisp and clean, our way of making a straight line out of all the twist and turns our life brings us.

Some people create calendars or plan every second of their day. Everything must be on the list, or calendar or it’s not done. The day must be planned; they must have every second penned in, no pencils that indicated uncertainty, a chance that things may change. Other pencil in only a few items, leaving the rest of the day to chance, allowing for the ebb and flow of life.

Lists… Good or Bad?

Yes to both, a list can be good and it can be bad. Depending on how the list is used, and more importantly how the person using the list reacts to it. If the list becomes the end all and do all to their lives, that that list is a very unhealthy thing. The list should not control you but you should control it. Now remember I am a strong believer in list. I recommend them, but not as a control factor, but as a way to help you prioritize or view your life. A list should never be considered the master of your life.

So keep making list, allow them to help guide you, but never allow them to control you. Remember the list was created by you, so you have the ability to change it as needed.

Lists are our friends, as long as they remember their place in your life.


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Before I start my blog let me ask you a question:

Why do you want to change?

What are your reasons for wanting to change?

Ok, so that was more than “a” question, but in truth both will get to where I want to go. Now, once again before we start in on the body of the blog, respond to the above questions, list your reasons for wanting to change, for wanting to become “A New You”. I’ll wait…….




Ok, got your list? If the “Because it will make me happy” is on your list, or if “I don’t know” is on your list cross them off. If your list contains any ambiguous reason like the two above, cross them off, now be honest, I’ll wait…..



All set? Got your list, or did you end up crossing everything off? If you did, don’t worry, most people have very ambiguous reasons. That’s what this blog is all about…


If we look at the number of people who are trying to change their lives, the number of books sold and seminars attended and the number of blogs written and read, it is staggering. But if so many people are in the process, why do only a select few make it? What is the secret, what do they have that we do not? We read the same books, say they same catch phrases and sometimes even emulate all their actions. But to no end, we still are stuck in our old life, striving to get to the new one. What do they have that we do not?

The question is simple and the secret is really not a secret, but we fail to see it. It’s our reasons, it’s our why we want to’s. What motivates us to work hard at our goal, why do we get up in the morning to read the newest self help book, or log on to the computer to read our inbox or the latest blog entry.

If our reason is week, so will or resolve be. We need a strong reason, something to push us beyond our limits. A week reason serves no purpose; it does not push us, or motivate us to work harder. An ambiguous reason will lead to an ambiguous response. So before you read your next self help book or start down a new path to a new you, sit down in a quiet place, close your eyes and relax, place yourself in a meditative mood and reflect on your reasons for wanting to change. Make a list, and check it twice. Remove any ambiguous reasons. Prioritize them and relate them to tangible goals, with realistic time lines.

You need to find the motivation in yourself, and that motivation comes from the reason for the need to change. Change for change sake never last, it is built on shaky ground, but change for a reason will last, for it is built on solid ground.


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The List

What is your battle, what are you willing to fight for? May seem like a silly question for a site dedicated to helping you improve. But part of becoming a better you, is making sure that you are focused on serving others. Yes others… We cannot be truly happy unless we are in-service of others. It is in our DNA, it is who we are.

So what are you willing to stand tall for, who are you willing to lift up? What gets you going, and makes you charged up?

Stop reading this blog and make a list of five (5) issues, people or things that get you going, that you are willing to fight for… I’ll wait….



2. ___________________________________

3. ___________________________________

4. ___________________________________

5. ___________________________________

Ok, got your list? Good. Now look it over, make any quick changes needed. Got it, good, let’s move on.

We all have our “cause” or “issue” we are willing to stand for. Here are mine:

1.      Youth

2.      Faith

3.      Freedom

4.      Equality

5.      Life

These are the issues that get me going, issues I am willing to fight for. They are part of my make-up, they define me. They give me energy, and purpose.

So pick one issue off your list, and make it your project for the week, choose to fight the good fight, devise a plan, and execute it. Become active, become involved, give of yourself and see what you get back.

Giving of yourself is the greatest gift you will ever receive. A gift that will define you and make you, a gift that will change your life forever.


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Ten steps to a better you… Well at least a start to a better you… Read and enjoy the road you are on…

The key to success is change, we all must change and grow, never becoming static on our path to a better life. 

1. Go Past

It happened, learn from it, and move on

2. Success is remembered

We all to often only remember what went wrong, also remember what went right

3. Realize it to being

You can do what ever you want, you just have to start

4. Big Dreamer

Dream big, and go for it..

5. Thinking Change

You must change the way you think… No matter what oyur actions are, if your thought is the same old defeating thought, you will not change… Think yourself new…

6. A Daily Habit Starts Today

They say it takes 28 days to form a habbit, make this day one… Pick one new healthy habbit to start today

7. A Team Sport

Find support, friends, family, Church or Community. We are people who need others to help us along our way

8. Get Excited

You must want what you are doing, you need to see it, and be excited about it

9. Higher Standards

You will only achive what your standards will allow, so set them high, and reach for them daily…

10. Enjoy Life

If it’s not fun, it’s not worth it. Yes it  may be hard work, but it still can be fun. See the challange and see the fun!


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With spring on it’s way, and it is time to think about spring cleaning, not only your house, but also your soul. We all to often collect spiritual junk through the year, bad memories, bad relationships and habits that leave us a little cluttered. The clutter of life can and does get in the way of life itself, so take out your spiritual window cleaner and wipe your view of the world clean of all the clutter.

Take time to make a list of all that is in your life, the good the bad and the ugly, bit don’t forget to add the beautiful to the list. Start by removing the ugly from your life. It can be people, art, music or any other ugly in your life. You may not know this, but ugly art, music and such do effect your life, they bring you down. So remove all that holds you down, and replace it with the beautiful of live. Get music that is uplifting, read a book of hope and love and find friends who will lift you up, not hold you down,

I would recommend a day of contemplation is added to your schedule. Just one day of thinking deeply about your clutter and what needs to go… Then let it GO! As the old saying goes, Let go and let God! There is truth in that statement…

Below is an article I found on the web, I thought it may help you with your spring cleaning of the soul…

Try some of these “Life Cleaning” tips:

Start with one drawer … Then a closet. Next, a whole room. Rampage through your physical space, one step at a time, as a symbolic gesture of cleaning up your life and making room for love. Take a big black garbage bag — or 10! –and dump things. Give anything you don’t need any more to the Garbage Goddess or to charity.  Or sell some stuff on e-bay (but if you are never going to get around to that, give it way!).

Let go of memorabilia from past or failed relationships. This includes anything that ties you inappropriately to the past, or to a love affair that is long over. Naturally you want to save anything that is valuable or sacred, but pack it up and place it in storage — at least for now. You should not be looking at pictures of your old loves on the mantle, or stuff that reminds you of that person, while trying to get ready for the new. Keeping a photo of your ex on display energetically keeps him or her around your house!

Make cleaning up your life a fun and rejuvenating ritual. Play music, such as “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta Hair,” and dance around as your ditch the old the make room for the new. Music and dance is like a moving prayer that helps generate good feelings and hope.

Write an elimination list. Jot down thoughts, items, relationships, “things” you know are in the way of your soul mate success. List things you choose to release or transform for the highest good.  When ready to let things go, or at least reach the next level of willingness to let go, rip up your list and flush the pieces, symbolically releasing the things that have kept life messy, out of balance and at a standstill. Say a prayer for the highest good of all involved.


© Copyright 2006 Reverend Laurie Sue Brockway  All Rights Reserved.



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Are you being served.. That was a grate old BBC TV show, I love the humor, silly and very deep. But it’s a good questions to ask yourself

Are you bign served?

We all need tings in this world, we all need to be served and we all need to serve,  its a two way street. I have a built in need to help others, but I also have a need to have others help me. So am I being served? and am I serving others?

Today take some time to make a list of who is serving you and who you are serving, then rate the value of each. Use a scale of 1 thru 5, with 5 being the beat and one the worst.

Once the list is complete, remove the people or service that have a rating of 2 or 1. Why waste energy on something that is of no value to you. Now I don’t mean you can’t remain friends or that you should just shut then out, but reallocate the energy to where it is needed. Use it to bring a 3 rating up to a 4 or 5.

Take stock every so often, and see if your rating changes for any one thing, and then reallocate the energy where it’s needed. And make sure to remove the 1’s and 2’s…


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We all love tips, the ten steps for everything, so I thought i would do a little research for you and give you The Ten Tips to be a better person….

So here are ten tips from Pope John XXIII about how to live a better life, day to day:

1. Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

2. Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

3. Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

4. Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

5. Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

6. Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

7. Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

8. Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

9. Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

10. Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for 12 hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

So if we take each day as only one day, we can manage that. It’s when you try to take all days on to yourself in one day that we crash and burn.

We all need to learn to slow down and take life as it is.

As the old saying goes, let go, let God… I think thats great advice!

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