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January 30, 2009

Believe in Yourself - Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic was born without limbs, missing both his arms and legs. Growing up he was faced with countless challenges and obstacles. Most of what we take for granted were daily struggles for him. Through his darkest moments, he found his strength and his life's purpose. His story is truly inspirational. It's a story about faith, hope, love and finding the strength to get back up when you fall.

This video will move you. It will embrace you in a way that's unexplainable. You'll feel Nick's love and passion fill your heart. We all deserve to have Nick Vujicic in our lives.

Be prepared to be truly inspired.

Believe in Yourself
Never Give Up
You Can Do Anything

"There's some times in life when you fall down and you feel like you don't have the strength to get back up. Do you think you have hope? Because I tell you, I'm done here, face down and I have no arms, no legs. It should be impossible for me to get back up, but it's not. You see, I will try 100 times to get up and if I fail 100 times...if I fail and I give up, do you think I'm ever going to get up? NO! But if I fail, I try again, and again and again. I just want you to know it's not the end, it matters how you're going to finish. Are you going to finish strong? You will find that strength to get back up...." ~ Nick Vujicic

To learn more about Nick Vujicic, visit http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/

Many Blessings....
Hugo and Roxanne
~ Believe Achieve ~

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January 29, 2009

The Persistent Decision - The Traveler's Gift 7

The Traveler’s Gift
by Andy Andrews

Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success 7

© 2002 Andy Andrews


I will persist without exception.

Knowing that I have already made changes in my life
that will last forever, today I insert the final piece of
the puzzle. I possess the greatest power ever bestowed
upon mankind, the power of choice.

Today, I choose to persist without exception.
No longer will I live in a dimension of distraction, my focus
blown hither and yon like a leaf on a blustery day. I know
the outcome I desire. I hold fast to my dreams.
I stay the course. I do not quit.

I will persist without exception.

I will continue despite exhaustion. I acknowledge the fact
that most people quit when exhaustion sets in. I am not
“most people.” I am stronger than most people. Average
people accept exhaustion as a matter of course. I do not.
Average people compare themselves with other people.
That is why they are average. I compare myself to my
potential. I am not average. I see exhaustion as
a precursor to victory.

How long must a child try to walk before he actually
does so? Do I not have more strength than a child?
More understanding? More desire? How long must I work
to succeed before I actually do so? A child would never ask
the question, for the answer does not matter. By persisting
without exception, my outcome—my success—is assured.

I will persist without exception.

I focus on results. To achieve the results I desire,
it is not even necessary that I enjoy the process.
It is only important that I continue the process with
my eyes on the outcome.

An athlete does not enjoy the pain of training;
an athlete enjoysthe results of having trained.

A young falcon is pushed from the nest,
afraid and tumbling from the cliff.
The pain of learning to fly cannot be an enjoyable
experience, but the anguish of learning to fly is
quickly forgotten as the falcon soars to the heavens.

A sailor who fearfully watches stormy seas lash his vessel
will always steer an unproductive course. But a wise
and experienced captain keeps his eye firmly fixed
upon the lighthouse. He knows that by guiding his ship
directly to a specific point, the time spent in discomfort is
lessened. And by keeping his eye on the light, there never
exists one second of discouragement.
My light, my harbor, my future is within sight!

I will persist without exception.

I am a person of great faith. In Jeremiah, my Creator
declares, “For I know the plans I have for you, plans
to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you
hope and a future.”

From this day forward, I will claim a faith in the certainty
of my future. Too much of my life has been spent doubting
my beliefs and believing my doubts. No more! I have faith in
my future. I do not look left or right.
I look forward. I can only persist.

For me, faith will always be a sounder guide than reason
because reason can only go so far—faith has no limits.
I will expect miracles in my life because faith produces
them every day. I will believe in the future that
I do not see. That is faith. And the reward of this faith
is to see the future that I believed.

I will continue despite exhaustion.
I focus on results.
I am a person of great faith.

I will persist without exception.

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January 28, 2009

The Compassionate Decision - The Traveler's Gift 6

The Traveler's Gift
by Andy Andrews

Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success 6

© 2002 Andy Andrews


I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.

For too long, every ounce of forgiveness I owned was locked away,
hidden from view, waiting for me to bestow its precious presence
upon some worthy person. Alas, I found most people to be
singularly unworthy of my valuable forgiveness and,
since they never asked for any, I kept it all for myself.

Now, the forgiveness that I hoarded has sprouted inside
my heart like a crippled seed yielding bitter fruit.
No more! At this moment, my life has taken on new hope
and assurance. Of all the world’s population, I am one of the few
possessors of the secret to dissipating anger and resentment.

I now understand that forgiveness only has value when
it is given away. By the simple act of granting forgiveness,
I release the demons of the past about which I can do nothing
and create in myself a new heart, a new beginning.

I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.

I will forgive even those who do not ask for forgiveness.
Many are the times when I have seethed in anger at a word
or deed thrown into my life by an unthinking or uncaring person.
Valuable hours have been wasted imagining revenge or confrontation.

Now I see the truth revealed about this psychological rock
inside my shoe. The rage I nurture is often one-sided, for my offender
seldom gives thought to his offense! I will now and forevermore
silently offer my forgiveness even to those who do not see
that they need it. By the act of forgiving, I am no longer consumed
by unproductive thoughts. My bitterness is given up.
I am contented in my soul and effective again with my fellow man.

I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.

I will forgive those who criticize me unjustly.
Knowing that slavery, in any form, is wrong, I also know
that the person who lives a life according to the opinion
of others is a slave. I am not a slave. I have chosen my own counsel.
I know the difference between right and wrong. I know what is
best for the future of my family, and neither misguided opinion
nor unjust criticism will alter my course.

Those who are critical of my goals and dreams simply do not
understand the higher purpose to which I have been called.
Therefore, their scorn does not affect my attitude or action.
I forgive their lack of vision and forge ahead. I now know
that criticism is part of the price paid for leaping past mediocrity.

I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.
I will forgive myself.

For many years, my greatest enemy has been myself.
Every mistake, every miscalculation, every stumble I made
has been replayed over and over in my mind. Every broken promise,
every day wasted, every goal not reached has compounded
the disgust I feel for the lack of achievement in my life.

My dismay has developed a paralyzing grip. When I disappoint
myself, I respond with inaction and become more disappointed.
I realize today that it is impossible to fight an enemy living
in my head. By forgiving myself, I erase the doubts, fears,
and frustration that have kept my past in the present.

From this day forward, my history will cease to control my destiny.
I have forgiven myself. My life has just begun.

I will forgive even those who do not ask for forgiveness.
I will forgive those who criticize me unjustly. I will forgive myself.

I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit.

Further reading:

The Traveler's Gift 1 - The Responsible Decision
The Traveler's Gift 2 - The Guided Decision
The Traveler's Gift 5 - The Compassionate Decision

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January 27, 2009

The Joyful Decision - The Traveler's Gift 5

The Traveler’s Gift
by Andy Andrews

Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success 5

© 2002 Andy Andrews


Today I will choose to be happy.
Beginning this very moment, I am a happy person,
for I now truly understand the concept of happiness.

Few others before me have been able to grasp the truth
of the physical law that enables one to live happily every day.
I know now that happiness is not an emotional phantom
floating in and out of my life.

Happiness is a choice.

Happiness is the end result of certain thoughts
and activities, which actually bring about a chemical reaction
in my body. This reaction results in a euphoria, which,
while elusive to some, is totally under my control.

Today I will choose to be happy.

I will greet each day with laughter. Within moments
of awakening, I will laugh for seven seconds. After even such a small
period of time, excitement has begun to flow through
my bloodstream. I feel different. I am different!

I am enthusiastic about the day. I am alert to its possibilities.
I am happy! Laughter is an outward expression of enthusiasm,
and I know that enthusiasm is the fuel that moves the world.
I laugh throughout the day. I laugh while I am alone,
and I laugh in conversation with others. People are drawn
to me because I have laughter in my heart. The world belongs to
the enthusiastic for people will follow them anywhere!

Today I will choose to be happy.

I will smile at every person I meet. My smile has become
my calling card. It is, after all, the most potent weapon I possess.
My smile has the strength to forge bonds, break ice, and calm storms.
I will use my smile constantly. Because of my smile, the people
with whom I come in contact on a daily basis will choose to
further my causes and follow my leadership. I will always
smile first. That particular display of a good attitude will
tell others what I expect in return.

My smile is the key to my emotional make up. A wise man once said,
“I do not sing because I am happy; I am happy because I sing!”
When I choose to smile, I become the master of my emotions.
Discouragement, despair, frustration, and fear will always
wither when confronted by my smile. The power of who I am
is displayed when I smile.

Today I will choose to be happy.

I am the possessor of a grateful spirit. In the past, I have found
discouragement in particular situations, until I compared
the condition of my life to others less fortunate. Just as
a fresh breeze cleans smoke from the air, so does a grateful spirit
remove the cloud of despair. It is impossible for the seeds
of depression to take root in a thankful heart.

My God has bestowed upon me many gifts, and for these I will
remember to be grateful. Too many times I have offered up
the prayers of a beggar, always asking for more and forgetting
my thanks. I do not wish to be seen as a greedy child,
unappreciative, and disrespectful. I am grateful for sight
and sound and breath. If ever in my life there is a pouring out
of blessings beyond that, then I will be grateful for
the miracle of abundance.

I will greet each day with laughter.
I will smile at every person I meet.
I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.

Today I will choose to be happy.

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January 26, 2009

The Certain Decision - The Traveler's Gift 4

The Traveler's Gift
By Andy Andrews

Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success 4

© 2002 Andy Andrews


I have a decided heart.

A wise man once said, “A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step.”

Knowing this to be true, I am taking my first step today.
For too long my feet have been tentative, shuffling left and right,
more backward than forward as my heart gauged
the direction of the wind.

Criticism, condemnation, and complaint are creatures of the wind.
They come and go on the wasted breath of lesser beings
and have no power over me. The power to control direction
belongs to me.
Today I will begin to exercise that power.
My course has been charted. My destiny is assured.

I have a decided heart.
I am passionate about my vision for the future.
I will awaken every morning with an excitement about
the new day and its opportunity for growth and change.

My thoughts and actions will work in a forward motion,
never sliding into the dark forest of doubt
or the muddy quicksand of self-pity.

I will freely give my vision for the future to others,
and as they see the belief in my eyes, they will follow me.
I will lay my head on my pillow at night happily exhausted,
knowing that I have done everything within
my power to move the mountains in my path.
As I sleep, the same dream that dominates
my waking hours will be with me in the dark.

Yes, I have a dream. It is a great dream,
and I will never apologize for it. Neither will I ever
let it go, for if I did, my life would be finished.
My hopes, my passions, my vision for the future
is my very existence. A person without a dream
never had a dream come true.

I have a decided heart. I will not wait.

I know that the purpose of analysis is to come to a conclusion.
I have tested the angles. I have measured the probabilities.
And now I have made a decision with my heart.

I am not timid. I will move now and not look back.
What I put off until tomorrow, I will put off until the next day
as well. I do not procrastinate. All my problems become smaller
when I confront them. If I touch a thistle with caution,
it will prick me, but if I grasp it boldly,
its spines crumble into dust.

I will not wait. I am passionate about my vision for the future.
My course has been charted. My destiny is assured.

I have a decided heart.

I am a person of action.

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January 25, 2009

Positive Thought of the Day

"Vision is not enough,
it must be combined with venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps,
we must step up the stairs. "

~Vaclav Havel

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January 24, 2009

The Active Decision - The Traveler's Gift 3

The Traveler’s Gift
by Andy Andrews

Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success 3

© 2002 Andy Andrews


I am a person of action.

Beginning today, I will create a new future by creating a new me.
No longer will I dwell in a pit of despair, moaning over squandered
time and lost opportunity. I can do nothing about the past.
My future is immediate. I will grasp it in both hands and carry it with
running feet. When I am faced with the choice of doing nothing
or doing something, I will always choose to act! I seize this moment.
I choose now.

I am a person of action. I am energetic. I move quickly.

Knowing that laziness is a sin, I will create a habit of lively behavior.
I will walk with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.
The lifeblood rushing through my veins is urging me upward
and forward into activity and accomplishment. Wealth and prosperity
hide from the sluggard, but rich rewards come to the person

who moves quickly.

I am a person of action. I inspire others with my activity.
I am a leader.

Leading is doing. To lead, I must move forward. Many people
move out of the way for a person on the run; others are caught up
in his wake. My activity will create a wave of success for the people
who follow. My activity will be consistent. This will instill confidence
in my leadership. As a leader, I have the ability to encourage
and inspire others to greatness. It is true: An army of sheep led by
a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep!

I am a person of action. I can make a decision. I can make it now.

A person who moves neither left nor right is destined for
mediocrity. When faced with a decision, many people say they are
waiting for God. But I understand, in most cases,
God is waiting for me!

He has given me a healthy mind to gather and sort information
and the courage to come to a conclusion. I am not a quivering
dog, indecisive and fearful. My constitution is strong and my
pathway clear.Successful people make their decisions quickly
and change their mind slowly. Failures make their decisions slowly
and change their mind quickly. My decisions come quickly,
and they lead to victory.

I am a person of action. I am daring. I am courageous.

Fear no longer has a place in my life. For too long, fear has
outweighed my desire to make things better for my family.
Never again!

I have exposed fear as a vapor, an impostor who never had any
power over me in the first place! I do not fear opinion, gossip,
or the idle chatter of monkeys for all are the same to me. I do not
fear failure, for in my life, failure is a myth. Failure only exists for
the person who quits. I do not quit.

I am courageous. I am a leader. I seize this moment.
I choose now.

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January 23, 2009

The Guided Decision - The Traveler's Gift #2

The Traveler’s Gift
by Andy Andrews

Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success 2

© 2002 Andy Andrews


I will seek wisdom.

Knowing that wisdom waits to be gathered, I will actively
search her out. My past can never be changed, but I can change
the future by changing my actions today.
I will change my actions today!

I will train my eyes and ears to read and listen
to books and recordings that bring about positive changes in
my personal relationships and a greater understanding of
my fellow man. No longer will I bombard my mind with
materials that feed my doubts and fears. I will read and listen
only to that which increases my belief in myself and my future.

I will seek wisdom.

I will choose my friends with care. I am who my friends are.
I speak their language, and I wear their clothes. I share
their opinions and their habits. From this moment forward,
I will choose to associate with people whose lives and lifestyles
I admire. If I associate with chickens, I will learn to scratch at
the ground and squabble over crumbs. If I associate with eagles,
I will learn to soar great heights. I am an eagle.
It is my destiny to fly.

I will seek wisdom.

I will listen to the counsel of wise men. The words of a
wise man are like raindrops on dry ground.
They are precious and quickly used for immediate results.
Only the blade of grass that catches a raindrop
will prosper and grow. The person who ignores wise counsel
is like the blade of grass untouched by the rain
—soon to wither and die.

When I counsel with myself, I can only make decisions
according to what I already know. By counseling with a wise man,
I add his knowledge and experience to my own
and dramatically increase my success.

I will seek wisdom.

I will be a servant to others. A wise man will cultivate
a servant’s spirit, for that particular attribute
attracts people like no other. As I humbly serve others,
their wisdom will be freely shared with me. Often, the person who
develops a servant’s spirit becomes wealthy beyond measure.
Many times, a servant has the ear of the king, and a humble servant
becomes king for he is the popular choice of the people.
He who serves the most grows the fastest.

I will become a humble servant. I will not look for someone
to open my door—I will look to open the door for someone.
I will not be distressed when no one is available to help me—
I will be excited when I am available to help. I will be
a servant to others. I will listen to the counsel of wise men.
I will choose my friends with care.

I will seek wisdom.

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January 22, 2009

The Responsible Decision - The Traveler's Gift 1

The Traveler’s Gift
by Andy Andrews

Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success #1

© 2002 Andy Andrews


The buck stops here.

From this moment forward, I will accept responsibility for my past. I understand that the beginning of wisdom is to accept the responsibility for my own problems and that by accepting responsibility for my past, I free myself to move into a bigger, brighter future of my own choosing.

Never again will I blame my parents, my spouse, my boss, or employees for my present situation. Neither my education or lack of one, my genetics, or the circumstantial ebb and flow of everyday life will affect my future in a negative way. If I allow myself to blame these uncontrollable forces for my lack of success, I will be forever caught in a web of the past.
I will look forward. I will not let my history control my destiny.

The buck stops here.

I accept responsibility for my past. I am responsible for my success.
I am where I am today—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially—because of decisions I have made. My decisions have always been governed by my thinking. Therefore, I am where I am today—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially—because of how I think.

Today I will begin the process of changing where I am—mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and financially—by changing the way I think. My thoughts will be constructive, never destructive. My mind will live in the solutions of the future. It will not dwell in the problems of the past.

I will seek the association of those who are working and striving to bring about positive changes in the world. I will never seek comfort by associating with those who have decided to be comfortable.

When faced with the opportunity to make a decision, I will make one. I understand that God did not put in me the ability to always make right decisions. He did, however, put in me the ability to make a decision and then make it right. The rise and fall of my emotional tide will not deter me from my course.

When I make a decision, I will stand behind it. My energy will go into making the decision. I will waste none on second thoughts. My life will not be an apology. It will be a statement.

The buck stops here.

I control my thoughts. I control my emotions. In the future, when I am tempted to ask the question “Why me?”, I will immediately counter with the answer: “Why not me?”
Challenges are a gift, an opportunity to learn. Problems are the common thread running through the lives of great men and women. In times of adversity, I will not have a problem to deal with, I will have a choice to make. My thoughts will be clear. I will make the right choice. Adversity is preparation for greatness. I will accept the preparation.

Why me?

Why not me?

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January 21, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - Transformation

Tighten your grip on your dreams

Reach within

Ask for guidance

Note your progress

Sing the truth of who you are every day

Focus more on what you want than on what you don't

Open yourself to new possibilities and opportunities

Release limiting beliefs

Move forward with faith

Align with your Higher Self

Trust the inspiration you receive

Indulge yourself while you're in this process

Ongoing support network

Nudge yourself out of your comfort zone

How will you transform yourself?

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January 20, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - 5 Reasons Why Public Speaking Helps Your Personal Growth

Public speaking is probably one of the biggest secret fears known to man. There's something about speaking in public that makes us tense up, breathe irregularly (or breathe at all, lol), and makes us perspire like mad.
Why is public speaking so feared? And how can learning to speak in public create huge leaps in our personal growth?

Hugo and I just returned from the most incredible marketing seminar hosted by Craig and Giovanna Garcia of the Executive Development Center. We not only came home with countless "Million Dollar" tips to soar our business, but we also learned the importance of public speaking and how learning to do so can bring more into our lives. Here are our 5 reasons why you should add public speaking into your journey of self-discovery.

1. Get out of your comfort zone! Standing in front of an audience will surely get you out of your comfort zone, let alone speaking in front of one. But in order to expand ourselves, it's imperative to step out and try something new.

2. Relax and breathe. It's difficult to speak in general if we aren't breathing and relaxed. Speaking in public teaches us to breathe deeply and "go with the flow." This allows us to relax. Being relaxed allows us to not over think so much, because it's the over thinking which makes us nervous.

3. Overcome your fears. Because many people are simply terrified of speaking in public, more reason for us to just get up and do it! The first step to overcoming any fear is to expose ourselves to it. With practice and exposure, it gets much easier.

4. Speaking from the heart. When you have passion for what you speak and you speak from the heart, there is no need to fear how the audience will react. The heart only speaks one language and everyone understands it. You'll never fail when you speak from the heart.

5. It's Liberating! It truly is liberating! It gives you a great sense of accomplishment because you didn't let fear or your nervousness take control. You'll feel like you've taken over the world. You're unstoppable! :-)

We definitely encourage everyone to try it. Start off by doing introductions and sharing a little about yourself. And soon you'll be sharing your life adventures with ease. The first steps are always the most difficult, but none the less, baby steps are still steps in the right direction. It will surely help you in gaining more self-confidence, higher self-esteem and you'll be so proud of yourself. We'll be proud of you, too!

Many Blessings....
Hugo and Roxanne
~ Believe Achieve ~

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January 19, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - Do You Know Where You Are Going?

Life Explained

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."

The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."

"And after that?" asked the Mexican.

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the Mexican.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

And the moral of this story is: ......... Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.

Many Blessings....
Hugo and Roxanne
~ Believe Achieve ~

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January 17, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - Change Your Perspective In Less Than 5 Minutes A Day

Another wonderful story we wanted to share with you.....

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family. On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"

"It was great, Dad." "Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.

"Oh yeah," said the son. "So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered:

"I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

The boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are."

Isn't perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don't have. Today, we want to inspire you to change your perspective. Start by expressing gratitude to what is right under our noses. Start today and begin every morning counting your blessings. You'll see a change in perspective in a matter of minutes. Tell us 3 things you're most grateful for today. We can't wait to hear from you!

Many Blessings....
Hugo and Roxanne
~ Believe Achieve ~

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January 14, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - Share Our Strength!! Bloggers Unite!!

We're calling ALL fellow Bloggers
and Social Media users
to UNITE in this incredible cause!

Share YOUR strength with Share Our Strength to END childhood hunger for Good! Let's speak and stand together as ONE on this important issue! With the power of the Internet, we know we can mobilize a community much larger and faster than any other method! Together, WE Can Make a Difference! Use your voices on your Blog, on Twitter, in Facebook, on YouTube and other social media sites to help spread the word!

Share Our Strength has launched a brand new campaign to raise funds to help end childhood hunger. "Operation No Kid Hungry" responds to President Obama's call to action to end childhood hunger by 2015. Joining together, WE Believe WE CAN Achieve this much sooner!

Share Our Strength has partnered with AT&T to offer two great ways that you can support and participate in "Operation No Kid Hungry":

1. Donate by text: Simply text "SHARE" to 20222 on your mobile phone and donate $5 to our fight to end childhood hunger in America. All major wireless carriers are participating, and AT&T will match ALL text donations up to $100,000 in text!! Help us meet this challenge grant! Find out more here. Text now until March 1st.

2. Hold a food drive: Beginning January 19th, a national day of community service, help feed those in need by holding your own community food drive. Visit http://www.strength.org/ to find a food bank and a list of the most needed nutritious foods.

For more information about "Operation No Kid Hungry" and how you can help end childhood hunger, visit Share Our Strength's website: http://www.strength.org/ .

Join us in spreading the word! Do your part by blogging about this campaign, featuring it on your website, sharing it with all your Facebook friends and through email, or even making a YouTube video! You can also raise awareness by including banners to your blog and social networking pages. Every bit of our efforts, time and generosity will positively affect a life of a child. No one is too small to make a difference. Our joint efforts will show how we can Achieve anything we put our hearts and mind to.

Together, let's truly make a difference. Doing so will surely bring more into our lives and guarantee a brighter future for our children.

Many Blessings....
Hugo and Roxanne
~ Believe Achieve ~

More Ways YOU Can Make A Difference:
Giving this Holiday Season and into 2009

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January 12, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - Believe In Yourself

We found this uplifting video and song on Youtube. Special thanks to Rachel Mayes for making the video. We promise you'll be up and out of your chair dancing. Or at least tapping your pen or your foot to the beat. :-)

From the Chorus:
I Believe I Can, I Believe I Will
I Believe I Know My Dreams Are Real.
I Believe...I'll Chant...I Believe...I'll Dance
I Believe I'll Grow Real Soon,
And That Is What I Do...BELIEVE.

Do you have a favorite song you sing and dance to, to uplift your spirits? We want to know about it! Using music is a great way to bring about Positive energy and enhance the quality of our days.
Let's get our groove on!!

Many Blessings....
Hugo and Roxanne
~ Believe Achieve ~

Further Readings:
Music To Your Ears

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January 11, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - Positive Thought and Affirmation

Believe in Yourself and All that You Are.
Know that there is Something Inside You
that is Greater than any Obstacle.

~ Christian D. Larson

Today, I give myself permission to be Greater than my fears.

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January 10, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - The Power of A Choice Part Two

Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact. The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow groundball right back to the pitcher. The game would now be over.

The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game. Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first! Run to first!'
Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.
Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball. The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay!'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third! Shay, run to third!'

As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!' Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

'That day', said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, 'the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world'.

Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

Everyday we have choices. And it's our choices, along with our thoughts which lead us to our circumstances. We all have thousands of opportunities every single day to help realize the 'natural order of things.' A wise man once said every society is judge by how it treats it's least fortunate amongst them. Let's all CHOOSE to make a difference today.

Many Blessings....
Hugo and Roxanne
~ Believe Achieve ~

Click Here to view Part One

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January 9, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - The Power of A Choice Part One

"From the moment you wake until the moment you sleep, everything in between is your choice." ~LaVonne

Our wonderful friend, Traci, and member of our Believe, Achieve, Succeed Personal Growth Club for Moms, sent this beautiful and heart-warming story to us. We wanted to share it with you. You'll see why at the end of the story.

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities, the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question:

'When not interfered by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do. Where is the natural order of things in my son?'

The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued.

'I believe that when a child like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat that child.'

Then he told the following story: Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball.

Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?'

I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps. I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play.

The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'
Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

What do you think happens next? Stay tuned for Part Two. It truly will warm your heart.

Many Blessings....
Hugo and Roxanne
~ Believe Achieve ~

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January 8, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - 6 Principles To Abundant Living Part Two

1.) Begin with GRATITUDE. Gratitude helps us realize we are very rich indeed and wealthier than we ever thought possible. Take a few moments everyday to do an inventory for all that you have. Doing so, you'll see you're rich in good health, a loving family, caring friends, sunshine and even the rain. Gratitude paves the way for.....

2.) SIMPLICITY. Simplicity, along with gratitude helps us realize what is actually essential to truly living well. You'll soon begin to realize the big screen T.V. , the luxury car, the designer shoes and purses are not contributing to your pursuit of fulfillment. Think about clearing out and unclutter your life. Doing so will bring about.....

3.) ORDER. Having order in our homes will also lead to order internally, particularly in our heads. With less clutter in our lives, more order will lead to.....

4.) HARMONY. Harmony provides us balance and the inner peace. It's needed to truly appreciate everything around us. It opens our eyes of eyes to all the.....

5.) BEAUTY around us. There is such an incredible amount of beauty surrounding us, that without having truly awakened, it all remains a blur as we hurtle through life. And when we open up to see all the beauty around us, it brings us......

6.) JOY. True Happiness and True Fulfillment.

You see, the abundance is already yours. All we need to do is become aware of all that we have and possess. You alone can make the changes. You possess the personal powers to live the life you've imagined. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams." - Henry David Thoreau

Begin by bringing the 6 principles into your life today. It will surely pave the way to an abundant tomorrow.

Many Blessings....
Hugo and Roxanne
~ Believe Achieve ~

Click Here to go back to Part One

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January 7, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - 6 Principles to Abundant Living Part One

According to author, Sarah Ban Breathnach of Simple Abundance, there are six key principles which will lead and guide us through our journey of self-discovery. Each element, when working together, will lead us to contentment, well-being, happiness, inner peace and a sense of security.

The challenge most of us face is the lack of awareness of already possessing an unlimited source of personal power through our inner strength, our wisdom, and our creativity to make all our dreams and aspirations come true. Most of us are so deeply buried under external events and sources such as the mortgage, the car payments, the PTA meetings, the business trips and even the dirty laundry that it has become difficult to access our personal powers and use it into our daily lives.

Breathnach says, "When we can't access our inner resources, we come to the flawed conclusion that happiness and fulfillment come only from external events."

When the mortgage and car payments are made, the PTA meetings and business trips are attended and the dirty laundry is caught up, it actually gives us a false sense of happiness. The false sense of fulfillment is because it brought about some sort of change. But the following month, we're once again buried under the bills, the meetings, the trips and more dirty laundry. What's truly happening is we've become dependent on the outside events and circumstances to helps us move forward and backward through our lives.

Today, we challenge you to learn to be the catalyst for your own change! With Breathnach's principles, your authentic awakening awaits. It's time to open your eyes and your heart to the abundance which is already yours.

Continue on to Part Two.

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January 5, 2009

BELIEVE ACHIEVE - A Twist On New Year Resolutions

Welcome to a Divine 2009!!

A fresh start. A new beginning. A new chapter in your journey of self-discovery and personal growth. Your new chapter, the story of your life, is waiting to be written.

Today, put a twist into your New Year resolutions! Instead of the traditional list of "to-do's", start this incredible, transformative year to indulge and embrace into your most private aspirations. You know, the ones you keep thinking are too far out of your reach. Or you've kept tucked away until a more opportune time. Because this year, no one and nothing will be standing in your way! This is the year, you'll Believe and Achieve!

Dig deep. And ask yourself, "What are your hopes for the future? What would you do if you could not fail?" Imagine, a year from today, you'll be living the most fulfilling life. "What would it be like? How and where would you begin?"

With pen in hand, give birth to positive changes, wondrous new beginnings, and abundance in all areas of your life. Now is the perfect time. Have faith and BELIEVE in yourself! Your dreams are waiting to be answered!

To a wondrous New Year!!

Many Blessings....
Hugo and Roxanne
~ Believe Achieve ~

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