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Happy Sunday readers,

I’ve been thinking about Apollo 13 recently.  Rent the movie for the complete story.  Here’s the synopsis: Three astronauts traveling to the moon have a series of problems while on a space mission.  They had to use their wits, and through the power of logic, come up with some creative solutions quick.

Recently I’ve been counseling someone with a “big problem.”   Everyone usually has several problems which they encounter daily, but there is one (or several) with a lot of juice.  Something that stops them in their track, and keep them up at night.  I like to think of them as Apollo 13 problems.  Most of them are related to money, health or relationships.

This individual was frozen by one of the big three problems, and he couldn’t see any solutions.  He had tried “everything” to fix his problem.  I asked him if he’s tried “everything” which he sheepishly said not everything, but it sure felt that way.  I pointed out if Edison failed 10,000 times to create the lightbulb do you think he tried the same solution 9,999 times and succeeded the last time?  Not likely!

So my suggestion – write down three new solution to this Apollo 13 problem everyday for two weeks.  That would offer him 24 new solutions.  Do it for a month and you would have 90 options.

Now I warned him – don’t filter the suggestions your brain comes up with.  Some of your suggestions are crazy, even illegal, but several of them will turn out to be really creative.  All he needed was one or two great solutions and he was set.

Once he had his list I wanted him to check each solution on a scale of 1-10.  One for minimum effort, ten for maximum effort.  Finally I wanted him to rate his enthusiasm for each solution on the scale of 1-10.  He finally began to see several solutions naturally rise to the top.

You might ask – why would I want him to rate effort and enthusiasm?  Enthusiasm will carry people over the hump of effort, but they might give up if the effort is too difficult when enthusiasm is so low.

In the case of the client he wanted to fix a money problem.  I had him do my Apollo 13 exercise – what he realized was astonishing.  He saw in black and white that his usual solution wouldn’t get different results, but adding a list of new potential ideas he had new possibilities.  He began to feel hopeful he could get new results.

So what are your mission critical problems?   Start with a piece of paper and begin brainstorming to get some new ideas.

I don’t want to give away the story, but in the end everything worked out.

Have a great week from your Mompreneur

Christine

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P.S. – RIP Whitney Houston…may you sing on forever.

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I began thinking about belief last night during the Superbowl.  Anyone who is not a football fan, or doesn’t know the Giant’s motto – Believe.  That’s what they did in spades – Eli and team knew in their minds it was a fact they would come home with the Lombardi trophy.  Congratulations to Big Blue

You can work that same magic in your own life.

Today I had a wonderful lunch with a person who keeps me grounded.  She said “I just don’t get mad anymore – I just believe that the right thing is waiting for me.”  She’s one of the most positive people around.  She’s not a Pollyanna, and thinks that everything is perfect.  Rather she just has an understanding that what is the right path will appear.  She doesn’t stress – rather just plugs along – and amazing things happen for her.

I’ve seen it happen in my own life – especially when I step out of the way.

I had a mission to date this one person.  Every single day I said with conviction it would happen.  I didn’t give up for a long time.  Finally when it happened and this person stepped back into my life (moving into my neighborhood from another state) I was elated.  Then after spending some time with this person I realized I could have used my belief powers for a higher purpose.  The relationship was a disaster.

I came to realize that belief can be a double edge sword.  Especially if your focused on another person, place or thing.  Sometimes you need to shoot your arrow a little higher.

I notice when I force things into my own “plan” they usually go haywire.  Then when I step back and just let the flow happen, miracles present themselves. You need to focus your belief onto yourself first, then the right person, place or thing will present itself – not the other way around.

So today the message -”Believe” is a vital part of the success formula.  You can believe in the final outcome, but you can’t direct every piece of the plan.  Rather you just need to believe this is where you’re supposed to be.  What has been given to you is part of your creation.  Finally don’t ask for something without conviction.

Enough for Monday -

Make it a wonderful week – Christine

Your Mompreneur Coach

 

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Today I gave someone a task – for the next 30 days think of three things everyday you want to do to have more abundance.  While I wasn’t the creator of this exercise I think it is extremely valuable.  I have to give credit to other personal development coaches such as Tony Robbins and Jack Canfield.

Still, I didn’t give this task lightly…

This important task was given to someone who is planning to retire, but they don’t know what to do with their post 9-5 freedom.  How many people would be thrilled with having all the time in the world to do whatever they choose?  The only problem… this person doesn’t feel abundant.  Even though they have a nice nest egg to retire with they feel everything is “too big” of a cost.    They live in a perpetual state of lack and fear.

Here’s my big secret – you’re wealthy beyond measure if you have your health, family, and friends.  Once you get past a feeling of lack you begin to see possibilities.  You need to stop looking at the glass half-full.  Ask yourself do you want the inert paper called money or what it brings and offers your life.  I’m willing to bet it is the emotions and possibilities money represents.

How about the next time you get bills in the mail think “Wow I was able to buy X, or I have electricity to run my house, or thank the universe for the ability to have a job to pay these bills”  Whatever it takes to start to feel graced and abundant.

You will be amazed how positive you feel.  Feeling positive is sunshine in a gloomy day.

Now don’t get me wrong – if you want more abundance you need to ask for it.  You need to believe it’s possible, and take action.  Still you can start feeling abundant today.  Give a dime if you have a dollar.  The open hand receives – the grasped fist deters success.  You decide if your a conductor or a resistor.

You might not get the positive results from the immediate future, but I can assure you what you do today will come back threefold.  Patience and persistence is the leverage which moves mountains.

Now I hope that you take on the exercise – think of three things daily that make you feel powerful, graced and successful.  Do you want more money – think of three things you can offer each day that increase your abundance.

Not every idea that comes out of your head will be a winner – but after 30 days you will have 90 ideas.  All you need is a single idea to make a big difference in your life.

Live well and open your hands to success,

Blessings,

Christine
Your Mompreneur Coach

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