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Six Ways You Can Be Extraordinary

“Self confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. How can anyone see how awesome you are if you can’t see it yourself?” – Author Unknown

Start by introducing your mind to the way you see yourself. Without realizing it, you may discover you have a hidden talent or two. The fact that your very nature is unique is a gift. It came with your birth.

Your nature is made up of a lot of memories, ideas, facts, fears, doubts, impulses, and desires. Whatever takes place in your life is based on your own choices.

Your nature doesn’t know when you make a bad choice. Yet, you have an inner voice directing those thoughts and choices. And based on your thoughts, you can choose your own destiny.  How extraordinary is that!

Here are six tips to guide your mind and make your life as extraordinary as you choose to do and be:

  1. Be patient with yourself. It takes time and continuous effort to learn anything new. Test your inner strengths. Does it feel right? Successful people do this all the time. It establishes an ongoing pattern of great behavior that you never know you have until you try it.
  2. Develop a value system. Know what’s important to you and treat yourself accordingly. This doesn’t mean that you must become self-centered.  Remember the “Golden Rule.” It works! When you do what is true to your inner self, you win and others around you win.  Success comes more quickly to those who give rather than to those who always expect to get.
  3. Be silent. Your mind has a relationship with a higher power. It is naturally curious and enjoys being given directions. When you wish to know the power that moves freely through your mind, you must be silent in order to experience it. With a quiet mind, you discover practical instructions that serve you well in opening up your thoughts and feelings. Remember the saying: “Silence is Golden.”
  4. Be aware.  This is the most dominating part of your nature. And to be aware, you must think, act, and live in the present moment.  Physical awareness at all times increases your desire to reach your goals. When you are completely aware of yourself and your thoughts and feelings, you can control your experiences. .
  5. Look for opportunities everywhere and in everything.  When going about your day, slow down and become aware of all possibilities that may turn into a creative money-making project. Don’t rush through life looking in only one direction.  Make yourself step out of the ordinary. This is the kind of power that leads to extraordinary adventures.

    Never limit yourself to old patterns created by any doubts your thoughts and visions may lead you. New choices are born everyday. For instance, when watching television, tune into educational channels. Study the crafting networks. Historical and other instructional programs are great learning tools. Read newspapers and magazines not only for the news, but with an awareness of what other people are doing.

  6. Challenge yourself.  When you think you can do something better than what is already in the marketplace or, if you can offer merchandise that is not now available, pursue it. Do not be discouraged if your mind doesn’t cooperate on the first try. Quiet your mind and keep challenging yourself. You may even find another hidden talent. This is extraordinary power

The gift of nature that came with your birth is already extraordinary. As long as you exercise your power to be unique and make choices that are based on your true feelings, nothing is impossible. Stay aware, take time to be silent, and seek opportunities for new ideas to pursue. Then make a commitment to be extraordinary.

Summary

Silence, awareness, and opportunity are a part of your true nature. Here are six practical guides to your becoming extraordinary. Challenge your mind to discover your uniqueness, self-confidence

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Gerri D Smith, author, entrepreneur, and fashion expert gives you encouraging words to enhance your everyday life to be more positive, fulfilling and special. How often do you set aside time to read a good book filled with inspirational words? Reading inspirational and/or motivational books adds to your knowledge, and creates different views of life. Reading is also a challenge. It forces you to respond to life with confidence and gratitude. In doing so, you are more than willing to learn, to support, and to help others. By giving your best to others, you also benefit. To give is to love, and to love is the true spirit of the universe. Be bold! Be beautiful! Be extraordinary! Above all - Be good to yourself and read! Go to, http://www.gerrisdistinctwearables.com.

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The Legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune Is As Necessary Today As It Was 50 Years Ago

"God holds the only key that opens the door to true joy." - Mrs. G. Barnett 

It is so moving and inspirational to read of history as it was made many years ago. I find it so true today as when it was written in 1955 by one of the nation’s African American leaders and symbols of power. Upon her death in 1955, Mary McLeod Bethune left a legacy to the nation in her last will and testament which became one of the great documents of our times.

In her testament she states: 

"I leave you love. Because it is a positive and helpful trait to develop, it builds friendships, relationships, families, and more. Love is more beneficial than hate, injuries are quickly forgotten and healing comes faster. Bethune’s aim was that we must create a world of fellowship and justice where no one’s skin color or religion is held against them. And to love your neighbor not only paraphrases the Bible, but it means to love across the board - - inter-racially, inter-religiously, and internationally. 

"I leave you hope. In order to direct our economic growth, awareness, and political strength toward winning more prosperity and abundance for all, there will be un-going struggles and years of ceaseless striving to do better and to bring about a better world. Bethune believed with all her heart that the Negro race would face a better world.

"I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. Along with prejudice and pressure, minorities are often prevented from accomplishing economic goals by racial blocs and taboos. It became necessary for them to band together for their own economic survival and benefit. Bethune’s confidence was important in getting the necessary pressures removed so that economic separatism would not be tolerated. To this end, and even today, we must help each other as we go along the road to recovery. 

"I leave you a thirst for education. Knowledge is the foundation and criteria of all human beings. We must take full advantage of opportunities for learning and make it the highest priority in our life. Continuing this trend increases untold numbers of strong, purposeful, men and women who are able to see the future with mental clarity.

"I leave you a respect for the uses of power. The world we live in respects power above all things. When directed intelligently, the use of power can lead to more freedom. Yet, if directed unwisely, it leads to destruction. During her lifetime, Bethune saw the power of the Negro grow enormously. However, it was always her first concern that this power be used in human justice. And when some of the barriers were broken it was her hope that man not give support to any groups of people that sought to destroy democracy. We must educate and produce more men and women who are qualified to not only work for themselves, but also for others. 

"I leave you faith. With faith , anything is possible. God makes it so, and He is the greatest power. But also, faith in yourself is the measure of your progress. Some of the greatest figures in the Negro race have been endowed with faith and held together by our leaders. In the 50's it was Frederick Douglas. In the 60's, it was Martin Luther King, Jr. Today, there are many, but not so great or well remembered as leaders of the Negro race. Times of struggle never cease and progress is often slow, yet today as in the past, faith was and is the constant factor. 

"I leave you racial dignity. This is applicable to all races. We must maintain our human dignity at all costs and at all times. We are all keepers and heirs of a great civilization. We must be proud and fully aware of our place in the world and its continuation. We must make a great effort to share and mix with all races of people. We must make a concentrated effort to be less race conscious and more aware of individual values and human differences. Never let anyone destroy your self-respect, nor must you disrespect another person. 

"I leave you a desire to live harmoniously with your fellow men. In the 1950's, Bethune recognized that the problem with color was worldwide from Asia to South America, and prayed that men would unite to solve them. She wanted to see people conduct themselves naturally in relationships with all races. To understand other races and learn to deal with their different cultures. It is an individual and positive good today, as well as it was in the 1950's. Though, we must not forget our own heritage. 

"Finally, I leave you a responsibility to our young people. The young will have to take over the future management of the world around us. To this end, we must not let them lose their passion for building a world they can live and be better in. They must not be discouraged from setting goals for greatness. And, they must never forget that they will be the leaders of tomorrow. Yet, they will not have learned anything if they do not acknowledge that there is still poverty, that people are still underprivileged, and still live in ill-housing. There is a strong need to change old ideas and ways of doing things, so that our youth are directed to use their future power to bring about good results. 

Mary McLeod Bethune left a legacy to her people that was a philosophy of living and serving. She prayed that her philosophy would be helpful to those who share her vision of world Peace, Progress, Brotherhood and Love. Never is this more important today.

About the Author

Gerri D Smith, author, entrepreneur, and fashion expert  gives you encouraging words to enhance your everyday life to be more positive, fulfilling and special. How often do you set aside time to read a good book filled with inspirational words? Reading inspirational and/or motivational books adds to your knowledge, and creates different views of life. Reading is also a challenge. It forces you to respond to life with confidence and gratitude. In doing so, you are more than willing to learn, to support, and to help others. By giving your best to others, you also benefit. To give is to love, and to love is the true spirit of the universe. Be bold! Be beautiful! Be extraordinary! Above all - Be good to yourself and read! Go to, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1588982653

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The Power of Enthusiasm

“Enthusiasm powers successful living.” - Norman Vincent Peale

Where do you suppose the word ‘enthusiasm’ gets its meaning? It comes from two Greek words EN and THEOS. EN means ‘IN’ and THEOS is the word for ‘GOD.’ So actually the word enthusiasm means IN GOD, or FULL OF GOD. 

Then, the power of enthusiasm may mean, “ being full of God and staying that way.” Whenever you go through misfortunes in life, your enthusiasm may shatter for a moment or two. If you don’t have the power to confront misfortune, it’s difficult to bounce back.

The smallest hurt can cause great harm. It can affect your health and well-being. It may shut you off from family and friends. And it may affect your business relationships.

The lack of enthusiasm works against you. When you have it, it works magic. Enthusiasm is best when you let it come naturally and from your heart. It makes you feel powerful. Try it! Wouldn’t it be nice if it could be bottled? Or made available in prescription form? 

Enthusiasm is an acquired skill, so a prescription isn’t necessary. It’s available to everyone. If you want it to work for you, you must work on your spirit and stay in touch with God. This simply means that all of your power comes from God, the source of your being. 

Therefore, when God is in you, you have the meaning of life and the power to live successfully and enthusiastically. The power of enthusiasm can get you through many problems, ill-health, worry, and disappointing experiences. It increases your physical vitality; it keeps you  going when you think you haven’t  any strength left. 

Have you ever noticed that when you are enthusiastic, it’s contagious? Many times when you are pleasant, upbeat, excited, or express passionate behavior, you pass it on to others, too. You stimulate and attract others to you--which are good behaviors to pass along. For a successful business and a successful personal life, decide to be enthusiastic. Make yourself enthusiastic by affirming it, thinking it, creating it, and continuing  to express it. You become a different person because of it.

Where does this source of enthusiasm come from? Enthusiasm starts from having a healthy soul. With a healthy soul your outlook is calm, and not easily disturbed. You express good will instead of hate. You are outgoing and not selfish, you are positive and not cynical.

When your faith is unwavering, you are rarely doubtful. You can tap into this source by your achievements. Whether small ones, big ones, or monumental achievements, they are all a cause to express your enthusiasm. Learn to appreciate everything you do along the way to your achievements or your successes. This is where you receive the most pleasure.

Enjoy your successes one at a time. Then plan for your next journey to achievement - and while on your journey choose to be enthusiastic, passionate, and fascinated about your life. Being enthusiastic is a special challenge. You can gain new levels of self-awareness. 

It has the power to change your life. Not only is it beneficial to your happiness, it develops your spiritual well-being. If you’re in business, go out of your way to make sure your customers, your clients, and others you come in contact with have a pleasant day. 

Think happy thoughts. Make it a daily habit to practice being enthusiastic. So go ahead, express your joy - it heals the pain of sorrow, worry and misfortune. It limits the need to feel sad, depressed, or disappointed. Practicing enthusiasm even in the most ordinary things releases its magical power.

Try it - it may work wonders in your life.

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Gerri's inspirational articles, words of wisdom, quotes, and her first romance novel titled, "A Challenge of Love," based on her true experiences, invites you to challenge and push your comfort level to a new high. Gerri weaves words into emotional triggers that give you hope, make you dream, and may change your life. Her words can lead you to a vision of your next great accomplishment. Words can change the way you think, act and feel about yourself and others. Visit, http://askdavid.com/explore-books/A-Challenge-of-Love.

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A Challenge of Love

Read! Encouraging words can enhance your everyday life to be more positive, fulfilling and special. How often do you set aside time to read a good book filled with inspirational words? Reading inspirational and/or educational books adds to your knowledge, and creates different views of life. Reading is also a challenge. It forces you to respond to life with a positive, confident, and grateful purpose. In doing so, you are more than willing to learn, to support, and to help others. By giving your best to others, you also benefit. To give is to love, and to love is the true spirit of the universe. Be bold! Be beautiful! Be extraordinary! Above all - Be good to yourself and read!

http://askdavid.com/explore-books/A-Challenge-of-Love

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