Creating All That You Need…John Page Burton

Have you ever asked yourself the question “how can I create all that I need?” Have you wondered if it was even possible? I believe that not only is it possible to create all that we need but that each of us can create so much more. To create true abundance we must focus on five things…

1.SHOW UP…You can’t create anything of lasting value if you are not in the game. You must stay in the PRESENT moment. We create in the PRESENT moment, we problem solve from our past.

2. GRATITUDE…Gratitude allows the universe to OPEN the door to opportunity.

3. BELIEF IN YOUR SELF…You will not be able to create anything of value if you don’t believe that you are worthy. Take the time each day to affirm your greatness and you will begin to see what God sees.

4. LISTENING…Learn to listen to your inner voice. Listen to your body, listen to what others are saying to you. Listening is the most important skill that you can develop.

5. LEARN TO RECEIVE…Most people love to give, however it is equally important to learn how to receive. Compliments, wisdom, advice and ideas will flow your way as you become open to receiving them.

My hope is that these tips will help you on your journey. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on this message.

Is Your Fear Greater Than Your Dream?…John Page Burton

If your FEAR is greater than your dream you will always struggle to create anything of significant value. On the other hand, if your DREAM is greater than your fear you can dramatically change your life. Are your dreams big enough to motivate and inspire you to do whatever it takes to create an empowering legacy for your family?  By honestly answering the questions below you will gain a much deeper understanding of the relationship between your dreams and your fear. If the path we are on is not getting us where we desire to be, it behooves us to CHOOSE a different path.

QUESTIONS

*How do you speak to yourself and to others? Is it uplifting or negative?

*Do you have discipline?

*Do you feel guilty when you see yourself becoming wildly successful?

*What do you focus on? Do you focus on your problems or do you focus on finding solutions?

*Do you surround yourself with positive, uplifting people?

*When your in social groups are you more prone to discuss concepts and ideas or are you more likely to gossip about other people?

*Do you readily seek the advice of people who have created success in their own lives or do you value the opinions of people who are underachieving?

*Do you quit easily and blame others for your “failure” or do you take responsibility and keep pushing ahead?

*Do you view your life from a place of scarcity and lack or do you expect and embrace abundance?

What we think about we bring about ! Conducting an honest evaluation of our current reality will allow us to make the changes necessary to move us closer to our dreams and further away from our fear.

As always your feedback is appreciated!

The “Grass Is Greener Syndrome”(GIGS)…..John Page Burton

I love getting older! I never thought I would say this, but it’s true. One of the benefits of getting older is that we tend to view just about everything from a more mature perspective. “We have been there and done that” which allows us to react to life events in a calmer manner. I have adopted the mantra, “this to shall pass” and I know that getting worked up will only rob me of the energy I need to ride out a storm.

The majority of my coaching clients hire me because they feel “stuck” in a specific area of their life. Over the years, I have been able to identify certain patterns of behavior that keep the majority of us from experiencing a much deeper quality of life.  Most of the time I am able to identify the cause of a clients discomfort as being what I refer to as GIGS. (Grass is Greener Syndrome) More than likely a person will not die as a direct result of GIGS, but if left untreated it can cause a person a significant amount of anxiety and discomfort. During the initial client consultation, it is relatively easy to spot the warning signs of GIGS.  I have taken the liberty to compile a list of the most common traits found in a person who suffers from GIGS. These traits have proven to be very reliable for the the early detection and subsequent treatment of GIGS. Here is the list of traits common to a person who suffers from GIGS.

*Impatience. Things are not happening fast enough for them.

*They are intolerant of others.

*They have an insatiable need for instant gratification.

*They crave constant recognition. They must be acknowledged for everything they do or they feel undervalued.

*They have extremely rigid expectations. Everything and everyone must conform to these expectations or they become very uncomfortable.

*They rely heavily on routines. Spontaneity is very challenging for them.

*They take people for granted.

*They lack a true sense of gratitude.

*They desire to fix others rather than look at themselves.

*I will just go/be somewhere else is their predominant mindset. They are willing to “bolt” if things don’t work out exactly as they envision them. This will often include work, relationships, friendships, marriage and geographical locations.

Once we recognize the traits associated with GIGS, we are able to make a course correction and get “unstuck”.

Don’t let GIGS take away from the quality of your life! YOU deserve the best life has to offer. REMEMBER…The grass is not greener on the other side of the fence, it’s greener where you water it!

As always I welcome your thoughts and comments.

5 Tips For Taking Massive Action…John Page Burton

I believe that most of us have a strong desire to improve our lives and to play a much bigger game of life. With the best of intentions, we establish our goals and begin taking the first few steps toward their achievement. Shortly thereafter, we realize that life and it’s many distractions continue to happen around us and before we know it we have put our goals on the back burner and we are back to business as usual.  Here are 5 tips for taking massive action.

*Be Decisive. The ability to make a decision is an action step. Indecision keeps us from achieving anything of significance. When we are indecisive we are giving away our personal power.

*Start A Project. By starting a project we create forward momentum. For example, most of us have put off cleaning the garage. Once we get this project started we summon the energy to not only clean the garage but to also organize it and set aside everything we plan to sell in a future garage sale!

*Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone! “A mind expanded never goes back to it’s original size”. Being uncomfortable simply means that you are experiencing something new or different. This is a good thing. Anytime we leave our comfort zone we are giving ourselves permission to conquer our fears.

*Take Risks. You have probably heard the phrase “no risk, no reward”.  It’s true. Each time you take a risk you are building muscles of courage.

*Manage Your Mental State. This may be the most challenging task of all. We must not allow our emotions to govern our decisions. We must become masterful at quieting the voices both internal and external that want us to believe that we don’t have what it takes to succeed.

Remember…Success at anything beings with the decision to get started!  I welcome your feedback and your success stories.

What Is Your Story?…John Page Burton

At one time or another most of us have been in the presence of someone who is stuck in the past, bitter about the present or dreading the future. Conversations with them are always laced with a heavy dose of “I could have done this” or “I should have done that”. They routinely blame others for their “misery” and they never seem to acknowledge that they have played any part in their life drama.  They recite their VICTIM STORY so many times that eventually it becomes how they IDENTIFY with themselves. They resist solutions and if you try to inject something positive into a conversation they will usually bristle and retort…”that’s easy for you to say”

Conversely, have you ever been around a VISIONARY? They talk about the opportunities they have had, the failures they have LEARNED from, the sacrifices they have made and they seem quite EXCITED about what lies ahead.

What is your story? Are you a victim or a visionary? Are you writing a NEW story or are you regurgitating the same old one? Are you open to taking risks or do you find yourself clinging to your comfort zone? Are you fearful and angry or are you bold and happy?  We all have the opportunity to author a new and exciting story..The decision to do so rests with us.

I welcome and appreciate any thoughts you would like to share.

Are We Dying To Work?…John Page Burton

I love to work! I enjoy reaping the rewards that come from my consistent efforts. I am willing to get up early and stay up late in order to reach the goals that I establish for myself. I also take pride in going “the extra mile” for my clients and the organizations where I volunteer my time. I also enjoy playing hard! I relish hanging out with my friends and family, hiking, biking, skiing, traveling and sometimes even “partying like a rock star”. I have become quite adept at losing my cell phone at 5pm on Friday and I usually can’t seem to find the power button on my laptop until sometime early Monday morning.* I must note that it hasn’t always been this way.

What I believed was true…

Many years ago, I bought into the concept that true success only came to those who put in the longest hours and made the biggest personal sacrifices.(Working smarter, NOT harder was rarely discussed) While functioning in this delusional state, I routinely gave up weekend activities, sabotaged intimate relationships, put on weight, developed several unhealthy habits and managed to completely disconnect from the majority of my friends and family. I was able to develop an exceptional income but I was physically and emotionally bankrupt! When a close friend suggested that I create more”balance” in my life, I jokingly responded that “balance” is more applicable to those who perform high wire routines in the local circus.

Life is an amazing teacher…

Today I embrace balance and make a concerted effort to achieve it in all corners of my life. I realize that “all work and no play makes John a dead boy”. I focus on creating a healthy balance between work and play. I allocate time each week to volunteer in my community, I set aside time each day to focus on my spiritual studies, I make time each day for exercise and I look for opportunities to spend quality time with friends and family. Establishing a “date night” each week has done wonders for my relationship.  I continue to be amazed by how much my life has changed since I began to focus on creating work-life balance.

I did say “focus” on creating work-life balance. I recognize that it can be quite  challenging to create balance all of the time. My “focus” on creating balance, combined with my desire to always be moving towards achieving it, have brought me a deeper level of inner peace and a greater sense of control over my life circumstances and experiences.

Your thoughts on creating your own life balance would be greatly appreciated.