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Unlimited Possibilities

Neissa’s Dream Board- “A look into my heart and mind.”

People get what they want in life when they reach the point at which they can see themselves having what they seek.
— Thomas D. Willhite

Action Item:
Combine your dreams, goals with strategic planning and faith and enjoy a life of enthusiasm!

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

As I’ve written in recent journals I love being inspired. When I get inspired my mind fills with new and larger than life ideas and at the drop of a hat I have fairy tale visions. From vacation homes, television shows, and extravagant trips that all involve my family, friends and iGnite, I fantasize about magical moments that make life-long memories.

Being inspired lifts my spirits and I’m always reminded that life is filled with unlimited possibilities. In fact, this is why I created my dream board four years ago. My brain and heart were overloaded with thoughts and ideas and the dream board helped me visualize the enthusiastic life that I was passionate about creating. While my dream board needs updating, it lives in my office and continues to inspire me everyday. Incredibly, many of my goals and dreams have come true and I am confident this happened because of the daily visual reminder.

Just the opposite is true of my husband Russell, who is very logical. Fortunately when I bombard him with my wild ideas he doesn’t criticize them, even though I know that his head is spinning. Instead, he patiently listens and asks critical questions about the process in which I will make these visions come true. Sometimes his ultra-organized thinking drives me crazy because strategic thinking is not my forte. However, I’ve come to realize that in order to take a step toward seeing my dreams and goals become a reality, regardless of their size, strategic planning is necessary.

iGnite members creating ‘Dream Boards’ at the 'New Year, New You' Retreat

iGnite members creating ‘Dream Boards’ at the ‘New Year, New You’ Retreat

Experience has also taught me that when combining dreams and goals with strategic planning and faith, anything is possible! And, in order to see your dreams and goals come true you must use your imagination to generate ideas and believe in life’s unlimited possibilities, as this combination creates an enthusiastic life!

As we approach our Goal Workshop which takes place this Tuesday and Wednesday, take the time and answer the following ten questions and watch this weeks video below. The result will be inspiration, clarity and giant step towards living an enthusiastic life!

  1. What does your best physical life look like?
  2. What does your best spiritual life look like?
  3. What does your best family life look like?
  4. What does your best personal life look like?
  5. What does your best professional life look like?
  6. What does your best philanthropic life look like?
  7. What are you willing to do to achieve your goals or connect to your dreams?
  8. What attitude do you have in your head?
  9. What obstacles are you willing to rise above?
  10. Are you willing to be committed for the long run to have what you want so badly?

JOIN THE DISCUSSION- Which question above was easiest to answer? 

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The Power of Now

Lady Bird Lake- Grace and inspiration in our back yard. Wow! We are blessed. This week we celebrate the life birthdays of Leslie P, Kelly G, and JoAnn H. Happy Birthday to each of you and we wish you a week filled with all things wonderful!

Doing just a little bit during the time we have available puts you that much further ahead than if you took no action at all.     — Byron Pulsifer

Action Item:
Consider your goals and dreams, or something you have most recently wanted to accomplish, and take action now. Cut out a picture that inspires you, buy a book on the topic or tell a friend who will hold you accountable… But most importantly use your enthusiasm today to get you to tomorrow.

Use the Weekly Intention Guide (PDF) of the week is the perfect tool to do just that…build enthusiasm to focus in on what you can accomplish this week!

by Neissa Springmann

by Neissa Springmann

I am confident you’ve figured out that I’m a sucker for inspirational stories, quotes and moments. I love to be wowed by words, pictures and courageous people, as they always set my mind into a tailspin of can-do thoughts and ideas. From inspirational leaders like Abraham Lincoln who overcame extreme and adverse life situations yet persevered and never lost faith in his dream and hearts calling, to a regular person such as Jesse. Jesse is a janitor at the University of Texas, who despite his house burning down and living a not-so-easy life, he is never without a smile and or a positive and grateful attitude.

I have decided that I am attracted to these kind of people and stories because despite circumstance, they are enthusiastic! They go about their daily tasks with continuous vigor and despite abundant hard knocks, they never give up and live life enthusiastically.

Don't walk toward your dreams...Run!!!

Don’t walk toward your dreams…Run!!!

Inspiration feeds my mind and spirit, and without it I am easily distracted. Therefore I have filled my office with inspirational pictures, quotes and books, and filled my life with inspirational and uplifting people. I subscribe to multiple inspirational emails and receive daily newsletters, Bible verses and quotes. I unfortunately do not get a chance to read them every day, but when I do I am re-energized to live life enthusiastically and motivated…and then to take action on one or more of my goals or dreams. A recent newsletter by Jim Rohn, a motivational speaker, did just that!

Engaging in genuine discipline requires that you develop the ability to take action. You don’t need to be hasty if it isn’t required, but you don’t want to lose much time either. Here’s the time to act: when the idea is hot and the emotion is strong.

Let’s say you would like to build your library. If that is a strong desire for you, what you’ve got to do is get the first book. Then get the second book. Take action as soon as possible, before the feeling passes and before the idea dims. If you don’t, here’s what happens…You fall prey to the law of diminishing intent.

We intend to take action when the idea strikes us. We intend to do something when the emotion is high. But if we don’t translate that intention into action fairly soon, the urgency starts to diminish. A month from now the passion is cold. A year from now it can’t be found.

So take action. Set up a discipline when the emotions are high and the idea is strong, clear, and powerful. If somebody talks about good health and you’re motivated by it, you need to get a book on nutrition. Get the book before the idea passes, before the emotion gets cold. Begin the process. Fall on the floor and do some push-ups. You’ve got to take action; otherwise the wisdom is wasted. The emotion soon passes unless you apply it to a disciplined activity. Discipline enables you to capture the emotion and the wisdom and translate them into action. The key is to increase your motivation by quickly setting up the discipline. By doing so, you’ve started a whole new life process.

Working out in classes can help keep members like stay motivated to act...NOW!

Working out in classes can help keep members like Jenni T. stay motivated to act…NOW!

Here is the greatest value of discipline: self-worth, also known as self-esteem. Many people who are teaching self-esteem these days don’t connect it to discipline. But once we sense the least lack of discipline within ourselves, it starts to erode our psyche. One of the greatest temptations is to just ease up a little bit. Instead of doing your best, you allow yourself to do just a little less than your best. Sure enough, you’ve started in the slightest way to decrease your sense of self-worth.

There is a problem with even a little bit of neglect. Neglect starts as an infection. If you don’t take care of it, it becomes a disease. And one neglect leads to another. Worst of all, when neglect starts, it diminishes our self-worth.

Once this has happened, how can you regain your self-respect? All you have to do is act now! Start with the smallest discipline that corresponds to your own philosophy. Make the commitment: “I will discipline myself to achieve my goals so that in the years ahead I can celebrate my successes.

Last week during class we passed out new note cards for you to begin writing your short term goals and dreams (August 22-Dec 17). One of the reasons I believe having goals and dreams is important is because of the enthusiasm that is generated from taking action. As we enter week two of our 17-week Journey, I encourage you to take action now. From adding to your goal/dream card in class, to cutting out inspirational pictures, do it now and enjoy a week of enthusiastic living! And while accomplishing our goals and dreams can sometimes feel difficult, there are so many wonderful inspiration tools like this video of the week, “Never Give Up!” to keep us on track when we inevitably fall off!

JOIN THE DISCUSSION- What successes do you want to look back on? 

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