Change Your World, Make a New Friend

Posted February 16, 2013 by Clifton McKnight
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Want some deep and fun at the same time?  Feaured from Oprah Winfrey’s “OWN”  network, check out Soul Pancake.  You deserve it. .  Sometimes all we have to do is be willing to relax and open up a bit.  Not so keen or this- or inspired by this? Maybe you can create your own experiment.  Go ahead, “Change your world.”

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at  motivision.net.

Bereavement, Sickness, Unemployment, Divorce… and Rebirth

Posted January 4, 2013 by Clifton McKnight
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Struggle, illness, loss… death.  Pain, frustration, unemployment, uncertainty… Where does it end???  Have a care.  You do not live there.  You are just passing through. Peace, love and joy may soon come to you… probably before you know.  Take heart, give hope a start- and let the pain go.

Not ready to let go, but you want to know what can be done to help ease the pain?  Here are a few thoughts for your consideration.

1. Recognize that life events need not remain the focal point. They come to pass.  They do not come to stay.

2. Persist,  project and pray your pain away.  When that is not immediately effective, persist, pray some more, then CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE.

3. Jump ahead, step back, reflect, review the past.  a] Jump Ahead so you can look back to the event and see yourself well past it all.  b] Step back, and see what others have overcome. c] Reflect on the things you are thankful for and d] Review the Past to acknowledge the challenges you made it through to get to tflamingo waterfalloday.

4.  Take a break.  Do something good for yourself.  Things often look better when you are in a better state of mind.

5. Consider seeking counsel.  If you cannot afford to pay for it check your local Mental Health Agency. You might do an online search  to help you get started.  For example, I conducted a search using “mental health hotline number” and HealthyPlace.com came up with a number of great resources.   How about this? Ask your physician if you have one.  Also, some clergy have formal training.  If you are under 18, even if you are not, you may want to confer with a parent or loved one to support you as you seek assistance from someone educated and experienced that you can be comfortable with.

6. Sometimes you do ALL, or none of the above.  Just “Being ” can have it’s place too.

All that occurs in life can help you know your self better and help you better understand your place in the scheme of things. It may help you find your power.  In the book, IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES – HOW TO SUCCEED IN TURBULENT TIMES, Mark Holland said the following:  “I think the greatest challenge of my life to date occurred for me when my sister Bestsellers on desktook her own life.  She had a long battle with severe depression.  ”  While discussing strategies, including that of helping others when Mark suggested, “Seek to know God, seek to know yourself.  Be true to that first. If you let your vehicle fall apart because you are too busy transporting everyone else, sooner or later, nobody rides.”

Another of those interviewed, Ruth Norris said “If you want to scream go ahead and scream… If you want to be angry, even angry at God, go ahead and be angry.  Just don’t let go of God’s hand.”

Just to remind you, YOU are a miracle.  In the vastness of the Universe, here you are, thinking feeling, growing, day by day knowing.  And the pain you are going through? Yes, you are ‘going through.”   See peace, love,  prosperity too.  See all these things coming to you. ” This to shall pass.”   Soon you will know what to do.

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– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at  motivision.net.

 

Access Higher Education FREE and Get Free Tutoring

Posted December 30, 2012 by Clifton McKnight
Categories: Happiness and Success, Resources

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More possibilities exist FREE if when you are ready to capitalize on them.  Between free courses on sites like Coursera and free tutoring on sites like Khan Academy you can really improve your ability to LEARN.  See Khan Academy explained by the founder.

  So all you really need to do now is schedule your learning time like you have a fixed schedule.  Don’t worry you can adjust it as needed.  The benefit in scheduling is that you must then make a conscious decision to switch the time encouraging rescheduling over cancelling.

Go for it.  You can even host a class at your home or in a library room and work together.  Have fun with it.  Start a Learning Club.  To get actual college credit, after completion, some institutions will consider the certificate given upon successful completion as validation.  Other courses may provide the knowledge so you can take the CLEP test.  College Examination Program offered by the College Board, the same organization that provides the SAT (Standard Aptitude Test)

So what are you waiting for?  Just have fun with it and start now.  You can transform your life by continuing to learn.  The possibilities are endless.

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at  motivision.net.

Clarify Your Purpose

Posted December 29, 2012 by Clifton McKnight
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We each make a difference, through our presence and our absence, through our actions and through our inaction.  By clarifying our purpose it becomes clear how our existence contributes to the betterment of life, When we clarify our goals our priorities are made clear. Inspired meaning infuses our lives.  Breathe in new possibility.  Embrace Divine Purpose.  It will help you calm the waters or ride the waves.

Image  Consider the thoughts below from Chapter One of IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS, LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES – HOW TO SUCCEED IN TURBULENT TIMES.  For more and to order, click this link and use discount code D6BTQE42 at check out for 30% off.

  • You are the offspring of those who persevered through trepidation, trials and tribulations. Not only can you make it, it is your legacy.
  • Sometimes we have to “restart and reset.”
  • We have the power to define our experience; indeed, that is what we do.
  • Remember to embrace “Inspirational dissatisfaction.” Be grateful yet discontent enough to be inspired to make a difference.
  • Think you can or think you can’t. Either way, you are right.
  • “Cherish the moment… [Do] not waste precious life worrying.” – Mark Holland
  • Creative possibilities emerge as we interpret and respond to the same stuff with anticipation.

So find a quiet or inspired space and ask yourself, “What is most important to me?  How can I make a difference while loving life?  How can I use my divine gifts?  Write your answers.  Get input and reserve your right to filter and assess.  Choose, act, adjust and enjoy.  You have already begun.  Thank you for BEING the difference you want to see in the world.

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at  motivision.net.

Knocked on Course

Posted December 26, 2012 by Clifton McKnight
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Sometimes in the midst of a mighty effort we may find ourselves derailed.  The wind knocked out of us, disappointed and disillusioned, disgusted with ourselves or/and our situation, we become disoriented.  Okay, this is undesirable to most of us, extremely uncomfortable at the very least.

Consider another possibility.  Consider the possibility that the very thing that is hindering you is also assisting you in building your strength, your resolve and your insight.  It can provide motivation.  Further, the challenge may clarify for you how much or how little you want it.  Things that come too easily sometimes tend to be valued less.  It comes so fast sometimes we think it can come again just as quickly and then, we squander it.  cherish the “easy comes” else they become “Easy go.”

Here is a third possibility, one that may really make you say “Hmmmm.”  What if  you are not being knocked off course but being knocked on course?  Ever hear someone say, “In retrospect, losing that job was the best thing that could have happened to me”,  or, After I let go,  my whole life turned around.”  Check out what Tyler Perry has to say."Sometimes your meant to be hidden." “Sometimes your meant to be hidden.”[/caption]

Maybe being unemployed will lead you to starting your own business or going back to school.  Maybe, just maybe, there is something more for you than what you lost.  You may have heard the saying, “some people are with you for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.   We don’t know which it is, we can only make the most of it.

Sometimes you have to be knocked on course to get it right.  Sometimes we are held back only to find a better path.  Tyler Perry, producer, director and philanthropist says that because doors were closed,  it forced him to create his own access way, to own his own path.  Think about this in your life and recognize your opportunity.  Set your goals to live in Divine Purpose.

 

– Clifton McKnight is an author, educator, counselor, personal coach and keynote speaker. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and other (social) media. Visit his site at motivision.net.

Help Paddle Someone Else’s Boat

Posted October 26, 2012 by Clifton McKnight
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Help Paddle Someone Else’s Boat(Excerpt from IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES – HOW TO SUCCEED IN TURBULENT TIMES

What a splendid concept this is.  Take your eyes off you and focus on making someone else’s day, goal, dream come alive.  Helping others solve their problems allows them to experience empowerment while also experiencing connection, community, and comfort.

Something happens to you, too.  Your problems are no longer a focal point, freeing your creative juices from the paralysis of fear and worry.  Your hopes and dreams begin to gestate since you are not anxiously and prematurely pulling up the desired end to inspect the roots.  Without a doubt, working toward the benefit of others serves the server as well.

On still another level, you are experiencing the joy that comes with making the world a better place.  You have helped someone live well.  Remember how it feels to see the joy on someone’s face, knowing that you put it there?  Think back and re-experience it.  Great feeling, isn’t it?  You can visit that memory and sit there long enough to put a BIG smile on your own face AND you can do it again for someone else.  Mahatma Gandhi said,“Be the Change you want to see in the world.”

Do what you can, when you can, for who you can, while you can.  When you want to see a difference, simply be the difference. 

Win the Fight Against Cancer? Yes we Can Sir!

Posted October 2, 2012 by Clifton McKnight
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I’d been “writing” my book for years, telling everyone about it so much that years later I’d see someone and they’d ask, “how’s that book coming along.”  I wanted to write something that everyone could read and be

inspired by.  I came up with just the right title, albeit a bit long, IF YOU CAN’T CALM THE WATERS LEARN TO RIDE THE WAVES -HOW TO SUCCEED IN TURBULENT TIMES. Over the years I did write but then, 2 life altering experiences hit me, losing consciousness behind the wheel – and a bout with cancer.

Life’s twists and turns had taken problems and challenges and

transmuted them into unplanned and unanticipated detection, early detection.  The organic response to these experiences was to re-write the book before the first printing.  It [the book] really isn’t for every body, but very little in life is.  It’s more for those who could use “the gift of a lift” and who are willing to venture, even a little bit out of their familiar (dis)comfort zone.

I chose to treat my cancer and I have been privileged to meet others who address their disease in a variety of ways.  For prostate cancer there is even this thing called watchful observation or something like that so I say, “Live with cancer?  Yes we can sir!”   at least until we no longer have to.

We will win the fight against cancer.  And to those who have lost

Do all you can and expect success.

someone, don’t live with the loss, live with the LOVE.  Do, be, and carry the legacy through your life and please, do it your way.  There is A LOT OF LOVE OUT THERE.  LET IT IN.  THERE IS A LOT OF LOVE IN THERE, LET IT OUT! In the words of the late Stephen Covey,  “Laugh, Live, Love, Leave  a Legacy.”


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