Rainy Days

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It has been raining in our area for the past month or more.  It seems ever since the snow left we have had rain with only one or two sunny days.  It has gone past the point of being good for the ground as we have had floods and more floods and the water is still higher than it usually is at this time of year causing many disasters and loss of homes and furnishings.  I am grateful that I have not been in an area where I have been flooded this year although it has happened to me in the past.

For many areas this rain would be life giving, it would end a drought, allow crops to grow, but we can not control where the rain will fall and who will be blessed or not.

Depending on your circumstances, a rainy day may be a blessing as it allows you to sit and relax and contemplate your life.  To have a quiet cup of coffee or tea and think about the direction your life is heading.  Perhaps you have been extremely busy over the past few weeks, with many trials and tribulations seeming to overwhelm you and the rain helps you to think about your next steps.

If you are a farmer, you are probably unhappy, thinking about the crops that you are not able to get into the ground, wondering when you will be able to do so and how long it will be til harvest, how good the harvest will be, will the crops be ruined by the rain, will it EVER stop raining.

Each of us has choices to make as we face the rain.  We can curse it or love it, but we can’t change it, so we have to accept it and decide what to do with our day.  Perhaps it is a time to catch up on those inside chores we have been putting off.  Cleaning out the junk drawer or our closets.  Throwing away paper and boxes that have been accumulating.  Reading a good book that has been waiting for you to have the time.  The latter would be my choice on a rainy day.  As a matter of fact, I think I will go brew myself a cup of coffee and grab a good book….  Catch you later.

BANABU – one day at a time.

Fran Watson

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Four Letter Words

The Power of Four Letter Words
By MaryEllen Tribby

Recently my friend Ryan Lee wrote a wonderful essay on the words we choose and the connotation they hold. And as a parent, it was extremely synergistic with my philosophy on child rearing. And as a human being, it is something I implement in my business and everyday life.

Ryan’s words poignantly reminded me of my childhood. You see growing up my dad had a saying that went like this “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”.  I have repeated these same words to my kids many times, as they never had the opportunity to meet my dad. But I like to think that through his teachings that I have handed down to my children connect them to my dad on a daily basis.

It also made me think about the fact that we tend to lock away certain words. We put them in an imaginary vault and rarely use them. And these jettison-unspoken words are ones that should be shared on a regular basis. Words that if used more often could change our businesses, our relationships and our overall happiness.

This epiphany was so strong; I needed to make a list. By the time I was done, I knew I needed to share that list with you.

So here are the ten words that go unspoken far to often. But if incorporated regularly starting today could change your life for the better:

The Ten Most Powerful Four Letter Words

Love: When was the last time you told your kids, spouse and customers (yes, I said customers) you love them. I know you feel it, so say it. And according to experts, people who express their love are healthier and live longer!

Hope: By talking about hope you are actually verbalizing what you want. Verbalizing is the first step. The second step is actually doing, hence making your dreams come true.

Good: There is good in all people. And this is something we should focus on more. Tell your kids that they did a good job. Tell your clients that are doing good work. The more you use this word, the more good will come into your life.

Feel: Ask others how they feel and make sure you ask yourself how you feel about a situation. To often, we keep things bottled up. When we ask the question, we often find answers that remove roadblocks.

Kind: Telling others that they are kind is like a chain reaction. When you acknowledge and encourage kindness, it actually become the norm.

Live: If you ask a terminally ill person what they want more than anything in the world, hey will most likely tell you they want to live. We need to share with everyone that they should live their life to the fullest, and not waste time.

Joke: Ask someone if they want to hear a joke and you will see an immediate smile. As a matter of fact, when I speak in public I usually ask the audience if they want to hear a joke. Just the word joke lightens the atmosphere and creates a better learning environment.

Gift: Whenever you say the word gift, something great is bound to happen. It could be an actually physical present or it could be the gift you hold within. The more we talk about these gifts, the more we share and spread happiness.

Life: This is one of the most precious words. When we ask someone about their life, we should do so with gracious intent. We should honor this word, as it is the key to our being.

To-be: Ok, so to-be is a compound word. But nevertheless, it is so incredibly strong. We should always be bringing up, not only want we want to-do and accomplish, but want we want to-be! This helps us strive for greatness.

The Number One Worst Word

Of course we could make a list of obvious “bad” words. But in my view there is only one word that is so heinous and that is  . . .

Hate: Now here’s the reason this is the worst word in the world. When you actually say you hate someone or some group of people, you are actually destroying yourself.

And this word in fact encapsulates all the other bad words.

You Are What You Say

There is an old saying “You are what you eat”-which of course is true.

Well I would like your help in making “You are what you say” a new saying, a movement in fact.
You see the more you say the ten most powerful four letter words, the more you will live them!  Soon you will see this affect every aspect of your life. You will notice a difference with your children. And how they communicate with others.

You will notice a difference with your colleagues, business associates and customers. They will flock to you instead of fleeing.

You will notice a difference with your significant other and close friends and family members. The time you spend with each other will be exponentially more enjoyable.

But mostly, you notice a difference within!

And by eliminating the “bad” word, the freer you will literally become!

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BANABU

Fran Watson

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Hope to see you soon.

To your success – BANABU

Fran Watson

 

 

 

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Perspectives

I am a Career Counsellor and one of the things I suggest to my clients is to do a video interview so that they can see themselves as an employer sees them.  It is helpful as you can see yourself from a different perspective.

This morning I went outside to take a picture of the snow on my car (yes snow, on May 8th) and when I came in I looked at my kitchen through the lens of my camera and took a video of it.  I was amazed at what I saw.

You get used to living with “things” in your house and you no longer “see” them, but when you take a picture (or a video) it becomes real.  I saw my kitchen as others see it and realized I had do do something about the accumulation of “things” in my kitchen.

I tackled the spot you see when you walk in the door and then washed the kitchen floor, so the first impression is better.  Once I put away my dishes, that will help clean up the counter area.

I thought about how often we fail to “see” the people around us as well.  When was the last time you really looked at your partner/spouse/family members?  I mean really looked at them and realized how much they mean to you?  Have you told them?  Do you tell them on a daily basis?  Do you appreciate what they bring to your life?  If you haven’t told them lately, why not do it today.

Change your perspective…see what is around you…change it if it needs changing, appreciate what you find out.

BANABU

Fran Watson

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Expectations of Life

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“We must realize that the subconscious mind is the law of action and always expresses what the conscious mind has impressed on it. What we regularly entertain in our mind creates a conception of self. What we conceive ourselves to be, we become.”
-Grace Speare

“You create your life with your thoughts.  All thought is creative.  Your thoughts make things happen.  A single thought in your mind is the seed for everything you do, feel, say or make.” – Liah Kraft-Kristaine

 

BANABU

Fran Watson

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Learn and Earn

The great Albert Einstein once said,

“Learning is the beginning of wealth. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins. The great breakthrough in your life comes when you realize it that you can learn anything you need to learn to accomplish any goal that you set for yourself. This means there are no limits on what you can be, have or do.”

We couldn’t agree more.  In fact, It’s frankly ABSURD to think you can succeed in SFI–or any business for that matter–if you don’t also commit to learning all about the business you’re in.  Every day, you should be absorbing new information and adding to your knowledge about SFI.  Indeed, there is no other path that will help you achieve success faster.

With SFI you’re going to quickly discover that you have at your fingertips an absolute WEALTH of knowledge, information, and world-class training resources.

Check it out here

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Fran Watson

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Live Each Day

THOUGHT FOR YOUR WEEK

The Art of Living Each Day

By Wilferd A. Peterson

 

Each day is a lifetime in miniature.

 To awaken each morning is to be born again, to fall asleep at night is to die to the day.

 In between waking and sleeping are the golden hours of the day.  What we cannot do for a lifetime we can do for a daytime.

 Anyone can hold their temper for a day and guard the words they speak.

 Anyone can carry his burden heroically for one day.

 Anyone can strive to be happy for a day and to spread happiness around.

 Anyone can radiate love for a day.

 Anyone can rise above fear for a day and meet each new situation with courage.

 Anyone can be kind and thoughtful and considerate for a day.

 Anyone can endeavor to learn something new each day and mark some growth.

 The supreme art of living is to strive to live each day well.

 When we fail and fall short, let us forgive ourselves and consider the words of Emerson:  “Finish every day and be done with it.  You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.  Tomorrow is a new day; you will begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered by your old nonsense.”

BANABU

Fran Watson

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SFI – What is it all about?

Strong Futures International – SFI

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SFI stands for “Strong Future International Marketing Group,” and it’s one of the fastest growing companies of its kind in the world.

Starting with just one product, sold only in the United States, SFI has grown to more than 88,000 products and services (and growing daily) sold in more than 190 countries around the world.

SFI was created to allow anyone with a computer and Internet access the opportunity to tap into the worldwide e-commerce revolution. Anyone of legal age in his or her country can become an SFI affiliate for free by filling out an online registration form. There is no obligation or purchase requirements of any kind.

Once registered, affiliates are provided with professional Websites for marketing SFI’s products on the Internet. SFI also provides all necessary sale support services, such as customer service, payment processing, and product shipment – all at no cost to the affiliate. For each sale generated, SFI pays the referring affiliate a commission. Additional commissions can be earned by building and leading affiliate groups.

The mark of a successful company can be seen in its track record. SFI is now in its 19th year, with millions of dollars in annual sales and millions paid in commissions to thousands of affiliates around the world. SFI’s parent company, Carson Services, Inc., is now in its 32nd year of business and is registered with Dun and Bradstreet. SFI affiliates operate with the peace of mind brought about by associating with a proven, debt-free organization with a long, successful history.

Come and check it out…see if it is what you have  been looking for.  Click here

Fran

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Best Before Date

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Best Before Dates

Are you like me?  Do you have some spices or other things in your pantry that have passed their “best before date” some time ago?  How long has it been since you looked at them?  Well, if you are anything like me it could have been as long as, dare I say it, 24 years for one of the spices, 17 for another and 7 for another. 

When you see a price tag of 27 cents on the bottom of a spice jar, you know it’s been around much too long.

It got me thinking about all the PLR I have on my computer.  How much of that is something I don’t use, am not going to use, and it is just sitting there on my computer.  How much of that is past its “best before date”?

With PLR as with spices, it is important to use them when they are fresh – fresh in your mind and fresh with regard to product.  Today I threw out all the old spices and now I start on all the old PLR.

I recently read Sue Fleckenstein’s report on “How to put your PLR to use”, instead of leaving it collecting dust on your computer –  which you can view here at my affiliate link 

It’s important to be aware of what you have so that you can use it to the best advantage, whether in cooking or in internet marketing.  Sue also has a 30 Day Challenge where she teaches you various techniques for using your PLR to your benefit. 

Why not “spice up your life” by checking out her site and seeing what else she has to offer that you can use.  Click here.

BANABU

To your success

Fran

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Have You Ever “Hit The Wall”?

Have you ever hit a wall in your life?  It might have been a literal wall that you punched when you were upset.  It might have been a wall that you hit when running a marathon.  Or it might have been an event in your life that caused you to “hit the wall”.  The one thing that all these events have in common is pain – LOTS of pain.

Sometimes when we hit the wall we may lose consciousness for a while.  We become disoriented, unable to focus or to move forward.  It may take a little time to become clear headed enough to tackle that wall again, but once we know it is there we can begin to put into place what is needed to overcome it.

The tools we need depend on the wall we face.  If it is the runner’s wall, we may need to reach deep down to access the needed extra energy to carry on.  If it is a wall of heartache we may need some time to cry and process and then let friends help us through.

Perhaps some of you can relate to some of my stories.  You lose your lovely 3 bedroom bungalow in the city due to a business bankruptcy and have to move to a small house in the country.  A wall!

Your husband leaves you for another woman, leaving you with a 6 year old, a 4 year old and a 6 month old baby girl…plus frozen plumbing and an oil stove for heat.  A wall!

You apply to get mother’s allowance, but they won’t even give you enough to cover the cost of the mortgage, let alone the heat and groceries and car and phone – they didn’t consider the car and phone a necessity…A wall!

You get back together with your husband and have another child, but when he is 3 years old, you decide that you have had enough of your husband’s cheating, hit the wall and say “no more”.

Perhaps you have walls that are blocking you right now. High hydro bills on a fixed income, expensive repairs to your home or being part of a sandwich generation with parents and kids or grandkids.  You don’t have to be trapped behind them.  You just need some special tools.  I have found that the following tools are helpful:  patience, persistence, love, friends, determination, change of perspective, positive outlook, optimism, and hope.

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These are the tools that helped me get through the situations I just mentioned. My father in law put a chemical toilet in the bathroom and I pumped water from the outside well for 2 months.  My in-laws let us shower and do laundry and fed us weekly until my pipes thawed.  I went back to work for my ex during tax season to have money to pay the bills, and I started my university degree after he left for the last time.”

Have you noticed that in military training there is always a wall that must be climbed.  I think it’s because they have recognized that this is an important lesson for life – there are always walls to be overcome!

As we begin to gather the tools we need to tackle the wall, we may decide to scale it, however when we look up it seems to reach to the sky and we get discouraged and give up.

But what if we look at it from a different angle.  A different point of view.  What if we back up and look at it from a distance?  You may remember the TV show where they used to close one eye and pretend to crush people’s heads?  “I crush you.”  When you are far enough away you can crush that wall. “I crush you wall.”  Or you can look at it through the reverse end of the telescope or binoculars and it shrinks into submission.

You can also picture the wall turned sideways and walk beside it or you can push it over onto the ground and stomp on it.  The important thing is to not let the wall control your actions.  You are the person who controls your reaction to the wall and you are the one who can overcome the wall.

When we look at the lives of those we consider heroes, we see some of the walls they have overcome – illness, loss of limbs, paralysis, and more.  But every person has walls to tackle.  Ill health, marital breakups, death, accidents, loss of parent or child, failure of a business, disappointment in a job, disillusionment with some aspect of your life.

It’s how we deal with our walls that counts.  It’s developing the tools we need to chip away at what is holding us back, be they low walls or high walls.  We can sit at the bottom of the wall and crumble into tears, or we can break out the block and tackle and tear it down.  Sometimes it just takes a few good whacks to get it to fall.  Other times it may take a while to chip away a big enough space to pass through to the other side.

Marcus Aurelius, a Roman Emperor in 180AD said: You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. 

It’s all about choices.

You just need to be creative and make the choices that work for you, whether it is a chisel or a sledge hammer or a whole crew of friends to knock that wall over.

Show that wall who’s the boss.

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BANABU

Fran Watson

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