Colleen Barentsen Hermansen, A Blessing
This short post is to celebrate my Mother-in-laws life, as she just passed away this past weekend while we were traveling back home from Costa Rica.
She will be missed beyond comprehension. I do believe that she was greeted by family members who have lived here previously including her husband and also the ones that will come here like grandkids and great grandkids. I know she met the Savior and he said, “well done thou good and faithful servant and embraced her. She will live in our hearts and minds forever until we meet again.
We are all God’s spirit children no matter where you live in the world or whatever your skin color or beliefs are. We are all God’s children.
We should have each others back on our journey here. I believe her life has taught me some great life lessons that can be applied in business and in over coming all that life will throw at you along the way.
I first met Colleen at a dinner while Gina and I were dating. She was everything I had imagined when I met her, a small town farm girl and mother. Strong, intelligent, loving and caring and a God fearing person in the sense that she was like our Savior as he has asked all of us to follow him. She did follow him to the end of her earth life and was a great disciple of pure charity which is the love of God. The greatest of the gifts.
A salt of the earth type of person. We all know someone like that. She literally shared food when she and the kids did not have much. Things were tight financially raising a family of four in a small rural town. She scrubbed the turkey plant floors of blood and guts to help out with money, before Morris her husband took over and turned around a bankrupt company and made it a success in town. She also worked at the college in town.
She feed the hungry, clothed the naked and lifted the hands that hung down in life. She gave when she had nothing to give. She acted as a second mother for many in the town she lived in.
She did not give lip service to serving others as she walked the walk until MS, COPD and a string of other things took her legs and her mobility and strength. Still in immense pain where drugs would not help much she made sure each nurse took candy from her candy dish that she made sure was full of the best candies that could be bought. All visitors were ask to take candy.
Some of the assisted living employees had their bills paid by Colleen. In town it was the same thing. She would not want me to tell anyone this, but it is my story to tell. Sorry, please forgive me Colleen!
Colleen won hearts everywhere she went and with everyone she came in contact with. She was generous with her time, talents and financial resources even to perfect strangers.
She treated me and my kids from a previous marriage as one of her own. There were times she felt so helpless, wanting to help others and not being able to. She was use to serving and helping others. As she was lying in bed asking God why am I still here, I feel useless. I know why, she remained with us, she was teaching me and the rest of us how to endure all things and to stay true despite what trials and challenges fall your way.
She stayed true to herself and God and family through the years of pain and despair and remained a follower of God remaining true to who she was, a wonderful servant to her family and humanity in her circle of influence You will be missed , but not forgotten Colleen.
Love you Colleen until we meet again!
****Appreciate those around you, let them know they have worth and let them know how they have influenced you to be a better person by their examples. Forgive any one you feel the need to. Tell those around you you love them and then serve them.
Taking 100% responsibility for all your decisions is critical in making changes to your life. Your life simply will not change enough to have an impact if you make excuses. It is a roadblock.You cannot expect others to live your life. Who would want that anyway?
There is no other way to get the things done in your life. You have to buy into what you have committed to do. It is insanity to have a weak mindset in this regard. Guard your thoughts.
You install the software in your head for success. Do not let other peoples programs in your head if it does not help you keep your commitments and have success. You have to lock onto your commitments like a pit bull locks on to something it bites. It is almost impossible to get them to let go. Run your own thought programs.
Many clients would sign up excited to change certain aspects of their lives and then not be prepared for our next session. It is hard to keep commitments if you continue to make excuses for not following through on what you said you would. This is a very dangerous program.
Our society has not helped in this area, as it seems many blame others for where they are in their life. Stop this immediately. Reprogram your mind. Do not except this anymore.
The kids, wife, husband or partner cannot stop you if you want it bad enough. Sure if your child is bleeding and needs to go to the hospital, take care of it, and then do what you need to do to completed your assignment. You will always have stumbling blocks to over come.
Do not get me wrong somethings will need to be cared for. I saw a pattern with some clients just making excuses every week. It was like they were addicted to whining and making excuses for not working their plan, that they helped design. It was like they found joy in not completing their tasks. They were addicted to excuses. It gave them a rush of familiar feelings. Be aware of this. Create in the unknown, or unfamiliar.
The mind body connection is strong. They have wired their brain for so long that they just except this aspect of their life. Promise and then not perform. Promise then not perform. They justify why they cannot get something done, and to them that is okay. This has to change, if you want change.
A good coach will try to break their pattern. Their behavior needs to be pointed out. They first have to admit they have a problem, like many addiction programs their brains need rewiring so they wire and fire differently to see that change can only happen if they can see it differently now. Spending even 10 minutes a day can have lasting impact for the good. Of course, you then have to take action.
Some might need to use visualization techniques in seeing themselves making change in completing and following through on their goals and assignments. This worked great with some and others just quit on themselves. Many clients had signed up for other programs and did the same thing quit. You would of thought that spending big money would have helped leverage them. They would want me to do it all for them, Yes, I could of done that , but then they would never learn to do it for themselves.
Yes, I did help some buy properties and pretty much did everything for them. They were happy, but I knew it was more detrimental for their personal growth and long term education. They could not go get another one on their own then. I guess if they only wanted one property then I truly helped them find a winner and they were very satisfied.
Stay committed to working your plan. You will have ups and downs. Setbacks are a part of life. The biggest thing one needs to do is to know that it is up to you to make things happen in your life. Have faith in yourself to push through challenges. Blame no one, but yourself. Hold your self accountable, so you can build credibility with yourself. Keep your commitments to your self first and foremost. Enjoy new results by keeping your commitments.
Water,Thoughts And Words
A quick new look at water and thoughts and its impact on you and the world.
Water covers about 73% of the earth, and is 60-75% of your bodies make up. Depending on your bodies hydration level it varies in each person. Your brain and heart are around 73% water. Your blood is around 80% water.
Water is made up of 2 hydrogen molecules and 1 oxygen. Water is all over the universe and plays a big role in our lives in our success and health. Water and oxygen are critical to life.
Your DNA and RNA are surrounded in water which is a super conductor of light, and energy and sound,
When our creator created this universe and others, along with the earth and other worlds, he spoke life into existence which is a vibration and sound into the water filled universe, and it started the creation process in motion.
A whale in California can communicate to a whale in South Africa. They can have conversations thousands of miles away in water. How does that happen? Sound waves which are vibrations in water. Water is a super conductor of light and sound.
Water is a conduit to help facilitate communication within all things living. Water in your body especially around your DNA the double helix helps with cellular up-regulation. It is an antenna to the creator. It is a way we communicate with our creator and others. Our thoughts are energy, light and vibrations and they can create just like our creator as we grow and develop over time.
Dr. Emoto from Japan has written a few books about water and his discoveries. “Messages From Water And The Universe” is one of them. It is very exciting research.
Water has a memory. It acts on suggestions or vibrations from sounds which are bioacoustics and electromagnetic which are full of light and energy. Yes, you heard me right. Studies from Dr. Emoto of Japan and others have proven this concept that water that was prayed on can change from unhealthy and toxic, to clean and healthy just by prayers being offered even hundreds of miles away.
Words that were written on a glass of water like gratitude and love produced beautiful water crystals that are vibrant and clear. Words like hate and envy and anything negative produces murky water crystals, that are not very clear compared to the ones with positive loving thought. They lose their power and energy.
How do these discoveries apply to us? What we say to ourselves and others really do matter as we are filled with water. It will spread everywhere in your body and others. The most damage that can be done to oneself is to constantly be thinking negative thoughts about self and others. Disease happens in this manner as stress plagues the body and its functions. Words change your chemistry. Success happens when we live in the present and create with love and gratitude. Leaving the past in the past.
As you try to improve yourself and your results in life, remember that what you think and say and do has a huge impact on whether you are filled with more powerful energy and health being filled with light. You are stopping or damning your life and progress and health by the negative and destructive thoughts and words you talk to yourself all day. Your body responses to your thoughts. Your thoughts are commands.
Be cognizant of your inner and outer thoughts, along with your words so you can create exactly what you are wanting to create. Guard what comes out of your mouth and what remains in your thoughts.
Stop yourself when you go down a path of negative thoughts and words to yourself and others. It is doing more damage then you know. Do not beat yourself up. It takes time and patience. More on this subject another time.
Prayer and meditation help calm the waters that surround you daily. Casting upon the water brings joy and good upon all who use it wisely. It brings back what is cast out in abundance.
Picture or goal boards are not new in the area of self improvement or goal setting. It is a tried and true practice that gets results for those who use it as a tool. It should help you get to where you want to be faster if used daily. View as much as possible and become obsessed.
I have used a picture board with great results in my life, so I share this with you. I feel it could be of great value to you.
I just accomplished one of my goals of surfing in Indonesia that was in my picture goal book. I reviewed my book daily. I was not going to be denied.
Many of my clients were introduced to this tool by me in our coaching times together in the beginning of our sessions.
Some clients did not want to try this, as it seemed childish to them. Some felt like they were wasting time and taking time away from finding properties by doing the exercise.
Clearly many needed this exercise. It is always a clients choice what they will do or not do. With some we moved on and focused on what was important to them if they did not see a need.
It all starts from your mental exercises in the quantum field of possibilities. Light and energy needs to be focused. Thoughts have waves of energy that vibrate and have frequencies. The mind can hardly tell the difference between your thoughts when playing a movie in your head over and over and the actual action or event.
My surfing trip to Indonesia was first a mental exercise as I lived far away from the ocean.
I only spent a little time in the ocean before hand. I did a lot of mental preparation by watching others surf the spot using my computer. I visualized myself surfing the spot in my focus time.
You have to first see yourself doing it, over and over in your mind. It has to be a possibility or you will never take the effort to make it happen with a plan and action.
I first was introduced to the vision or goal boards from Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen many decades ago through the power of focus book. I am grateful I took it to heart and put it to use. I was doing that as a youngster growing up drawing things and dreaming and visualizing my success in all areas of my life.
I encouraged my clients to use this tool. Some of my clients created picture boards and others did not. I believe the ones who created a picture board and read it daily were more successful in accomplishing their goals.
I do not have the hard numbers or data to back that claim up. I base my opinion on what was said by my clients and from my personal use. It really helped many of my clients achieve some of their goals while I was their coach and mentor. It is worth a try for sure. Many thought it had a huge impact on them and changed their success rate by implementing it into their lives. They felt better focused and aware.
Most people’s mental game needs an upgrade and a major tune-up. For many of us a re-model is needed. Be open to new possibilities. It is something that needs daily work watching and guarding our thoughts and refocusing them on our goals.
Do not focus on the past but the present in your life. You create in the present.
In order to have the picture board be effective you need to read and look at the pictures that represent your goals daily. Do not forget to this. I would put my picture board or book in my briefcase and I took it to work. I read it on my breaks and at lunch. I really wanted them to come true. Many goals have already been realized and many are on their way to being realized as they are lifetime goals with different time frames.
If you do not want to carry it with you, put it in your car so you can look at it more often when you are out and about. It is a great reminder of your goals and what they look like. It will keep you focused
Many of you are visual like myself. I love using picture/goal boards and looking at them daily. It keeps me working on what is important to me while I was working for someone else like most people are doing. It kept it in my thoughts and increased the power and energy of being present in the now creating.
- Cut out some photos from a magazine or print some photos from the internet.
- Get some cardboard poster boards large enough or a composition book to write your goals out and then glue or tape your pictures right by your goals.
- Take action. Start working your plan.
- Read them twice a day minimum.
- Never stop reviewing them until accomplished.
You can add goals and pictures any time to your picture or goal board.
An Inner GPS
Please experiment upon these words.
If you need to make decisions and we all do, consider following this course of action in all things you do. It is solely your choice. Whether it be business, family time, spiritual work or adventure.
Light is truth and pure energy. This light brings life to all things. Light is in all things and it’s the power source of all things. Light is not darkness it is truth. We all have this light within us, therefore a potential powerful energy source of truth to be tapped into. As you choose this light you will be a great source of positive energy for the world. This light is the power of the sun, moon, stars and the earth we live on. It is what powers us, and all things seen and unseen.
Thoughts are energy. If followed with action it can produce beautiful things like art, products, services and companies and places to live. Society is built around our thoughts. The list goes on and on. Thoughts produce the kind of life you will live. Thoughts create energy and then we take action and then we will enjoy the fruits of our labor or the outcome. This pattern repeats itself over and over in peoples lives all over the world.
We need to be able to harness our thoughts that move us in the direction we want to go. Be exact in your thoughts. You are in charge of your thoughts. Do not let others control your thoughts. Guard them like your life depends on it. You will recognize who to talk to, what direction to go in, your next step. Have faith and trust this source. Be patient in the timing it will be right. It may not be the timing you were looking for, but it will be right.
Make sure you align thoughts and actions to be with the pure light as much as possible. It is not easy to be patient. You will become better and better over time at it. Do not give up. You will learn step by step. The light will guide you.
Protect your thoughts as an entrepreneur, business person, husband, wife and individual in all you do. Tap into the source of all knowledge. This light emanates from the source of all life from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space. It is the law that governs all things everywhere. Why would you search anywhere else? Once you have found the source of all truth seek it daily, hourly and every minute of the day. Stay in its influence as long as you can. Be grateful for it.
If you want to change the world stay in the light and you will change first. Then you are in a position to help change your community and then world.
Do not let the media pollute your thoughts and shape your opinions. This light will tell you what is right and true. You have to ask and listen and wait. It is a still small voice that brings a good warm familiar feeling. It will bring strokes of genius and understanding will come to you.There is no better feeling in life.
Be wise and seek that light for clarification and guidance. When we quite the mind and listen and ponder we draw closer to this light and power and we become a tool for good in the world. This light energy is extremely powerful and it can quicken your understanding and expand your vision and outlook. It reveals things you never had imagined before.
This force can bring love into all your creations from thought if you follow it. You will want to serve others only because it feels like the right thing to do. You will desire to feed the hungry, clothe the naked and look after the elderly and oppressed and one another.
You will forgive yourself and others. It feels natural to keep expanding and growing and serving. It is the driving force for good in the world. It is the force that is holding the world together through these troubled and trying times now and in the future. Listen and learn and be thankful and obey and you will recieve knowledge from the pure source.
Love is extremely high energy, the highest form. Charity will not fail you. The light and energy of charity will change the world if we let it. It will transform it. It will put us into the frequency to receive more light and energy. Charity is the right choice in our actions. It does the most good.
All inventions and good that has come into the world has come into the world this way.If you follow this light or energy you will make it back to the source of all things.Drink from the source, not down stream in all of your doings.
We all have been given a gift in life and if we do not use it we would be very unwise and unprofitable stewards. Let’s be wise and use this great gift that has been given to us, it is like a GPS for life, do not forget to thank the giver of the gift.
Be grateful in all things, give thanks. Choose your source wisely!
Identity and Values
The difference between a life that is full of meaning and fulfillment and one that is not,has to do with two crucial things I believe. Identity and values.
Identity is who you perceive you are. Am I smart or Am I dumb? Am I ugly or Am I beautiful? Who do you tell yourself you are? You can choose what to see yourself as.
Am I happy and hold out hope in all circumstances? Are you patient or impatient? Strong emotionally or weak? Depressed or happy? Do you live in fear or are you optimistic and hopeful?
Make sure you are setting yourself up for good things. Make life easier by seeing yourself as one who identifies as one who can change how they see themselves and the things you identify with. Do not leave it to someone else. The past does not equal the future. You have a choice in this. Do not listen to the voices shouting in your ears from the noise of the world. Chart your course for meaning and fulfillment.
You are the captain so you call the shots on these things.
Values drive what is important to you. Honesty, being kind, being on time to all your meetings or appointments. Never late for work. Values drive behavior and what ranks high in your life and what matters the most to you. Love over who has to be right in an argument or do you value peace more than having to be right?
Intelligence,education,money,love,health,harmony,giving and peace. What are your values and in what order?
Write down your indentity and what your top 5 values are. You might start to understand where you are at and why by these two things.