A Life Lesson From Candy Land

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candylandHere’s a Fun Friday post in honor of next week’s sweet and spooky holiday.My daughter received the board game Candyland for her fourth birthday a couple of weeks ago. And since then, just about every night before bed she wants to play it.

But after a few nights of playing by the rules, she’s discovered that she doesn’t like playing that way. (I can’t imagine where she gets that trait from!)

Instead of picking a card and going where it tells her, she prefers to decide where she wants to go and then find the card that will take her there! For example, if she feels like going to the space with the lollipop, she’ll search through the deck until she finds the lollipop card.

Personally, I like Ella’s method much better.

And, in addition to being a fun way to play the game, it strikes me as a very effective approach to life.

Let’s face it, you can accept the “card you are dealt” and go where it takes you, or you can choose where you want to go and find the card that will get you there!

Your choice!

Fun Friday: I’m A Purist Expert Socialite Blogger

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Charlene at Essential Keystrokes just reminded me about Blog Action Day. If you haven’t already heard of it (where have you been?) it’s a virtual gathering of blogs that’s going to happen this coming Monday.

“What would happen if every blog published posts discussing the same issue, on the same day?
One issue. One day. Thousands of voices.”

The issue is the Environment. So if you’re a blogger, consider linking up to the Blog Action Day site and posting something about the environment on Monday.

And in the meantime, go take their fun little quiz to find out what kind of blogger you are. I’m a Purist, Expert, Socialite. But of course you already knew that!

The Problogger Contest Is Still Going On

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Just in case you haven’t heard, the birthday party is still happening over at Problogger and there are some truly amazing prizes up for grabs. There are over $50,000 worth of prizes available.

You don’t have to be a blogger to win most of them. So go head on over to Problogger and see what you can win!

What Does Evolvelocity Mean To You?

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What would you think if you saw the website www.evolvelocity.com?

And how about a company named Evolvelocity Training? What thoughts and feelings come up for you?

Leave your honest comments below. And thanks in advance for helping me do a bit of informal market research!

How to Install Love

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What if we could, as in the Matrix for instance, install “programs” into our personal “operating system?” What if we could accelerate our personal growth by uninstalling non-supportive programs like Low Self-Esteem and Resentment, and replacing them with Total-Self-Acceptance and Love?

Well various versions of this imaginary tech support call have been floating around the web and/or email for years.  But I Stumbledupon one version again and it just hit me in a different way than in the past. So I thought I would put my own little touches on it and share it with you.

Many thanks to the wise, apparently annonymous author who created the first version of this story. (If there is someone to credit for this, please let me know and I’ll update this post).

And Enjoy:

Tech Support: Thank you for calling tech support for HOS – that’s Human Operating Systems. How can I be of assistance?

Customer: Well I’ve had this Love Program sitting around for a while and finally decided to install it. But it seems a bit complicated and I don’t want to mess it up. Can you guide me through the process?

Tech Support: Absolutely. That’s why I’m here. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: I think so.

Tech Support
: Great. Let’s go. The first step is to check for any potentially conflicting programs that might be running in your heart .

Customer: Sounds good. How do I do that?

Tech Support: First hit Ctrl, Alt, Delete all at the same time. Got it?

Customer: Yes.

Tech Support: Great: Now click on the tab that says Heart Applications. Do you see that?

Customer: I do. Got it.

Tech Support: Perfect. What applications are running.

Customer: I see Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge
and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, we’ll have to uninstall the Grudge and Resentment programs. They prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off?

Customer: I don’t know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and click on the Forgiveness program. You may need to do this several times in order to completely erase Grudge and Resentment from the system. In fact, I recommend that most people run their forgiveness program at least once a day.

Customer: I can see what you mean. It feels like this might take a while.

Tech Support: I can wait. Take your time…

Customer: Okay, done! And it seems like Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, “Error – Program not run on external components.” What should I do? *

Tech Support: Don’t worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer: So, what should I do?

Tech Support: Go to the Start Menu again and click on the Self-Acceptance program. Got it?

Customer: Yes. It’s running.

Tech Support: Great now go to the modules drop-down menu and check the boxes next to: Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer: Okay, done.

Tech Support: Perfect. Now, click on the box that says “Copy new modules to Heart Directory.” And then click on the “OK” button. Once you do that, the system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming.

Customer: Done… Hey! I can feel my heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up. Love is Shareware. And the interesting thing is that the more you share it with others the more stable your personal installation will become. So be sure to pass it along to everyone you meet.

Customer: I’ll definitely do that. Thank you so much,.

Tech Support: Thank YOU for installing Love!

A Positive Personal Growth Application For The F-Word

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In addition to the powerful branding work that’s happening at the BrandU seminar, I’m gaining lots of other interesting insights.

Yesterday, in the midst of a particularly frustrating and uncomfortable exercise, one of the participants blurted out the f-word. This, of course, brought a round of laughter to the room as most of us recognized and shared some level of frustration and discomfort as we pushed through the edges of our respective comfort zones.

But after the laughter died down, she quickly reminded us that the f-word is really an acronym for:

Future
Understanding

of
Conscious
Knowledge.

I love that. And it’s so true. Unless you’re someone who throws that word into every sentence for emphasis, when you reach the point of frustration that catalyzes the use of the f-word, it usually comes out at a time when you’re on the verge of accessing some new knowledge consciously, although for the moment the full understanding of it remains unconscious.

So the next time that F U C K blurts out, smile and feel grateful that you are on the verge of Future Understanding of Conscious Knowledge.

And The Grand Prize Winners Are…

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The Law of Attraction Carnival Contest has ended. And what a ride it’s been! I’ve learned a lot about how to run blogging contests, as well as how to NOT run them! ;)

Overall it’s been an amazing experience and I want to thank all of you who participated in the celebration and the contest. It’s been great fun playing with you, and I truly wish I could give you all a prize.

Actually, you can all get a prize! if you haven’t subscribed to the Evolving Times feed, go ahead and subscribe now and look down at the bottom of your feed for instructions on how to get your free e-report, The Three Master Keys to The Secret, from Andrea Conway. You’ll also get access to a free 20-minute Brainwave Entrainment Session that you can download and use to experience the power of brainwave entrainment.

And now, it’s time for the moment you’ve all be waiting for…the grand prize winners!

Drum Roll Please…

The first grand prize winner, coincidentally or not, was the very first person to submit her official email entry form. I guess it’s true that the Universe Loves Speed. Cheryl Murphy wins a complete Simpleology package including Simpleology 101, 102, 103 and the 7-Day Business Turnaround Program! from Mark Joyner! Congratulations Cheryl.

(I have one more Simpleology package that I really really want to give to someone who really really wants it and is going to use it! So, if you’ve been using the free Simpleology 101 system and would like to get 102, 103 and the 7-Day Business Turnaround programs, watch for the announcement tomorrow on how you can win them).

Next we’ve got the The Guerilla Marketing Toolkit from Mitch Meyerson which goes to Aaron Potts of Today is That Day. Congratulations Aaron! I’m sure you’ll make great use of this powerful resource.

Next up, the Weekend Getaway for 2 at the 5-seasons resort in Guerneville, California from The Secret Ring, goes to Terry Tenzing. Congratulations Terry! My wife is just a little bit envious!

The second copy of the Intuition Medicine Package – The Science of Energy Book and 8 CDs – from The Academy of Intuition Medicine goes to Patricia Singleton at Spiritual Journey of a Lightworker. Congratulations Patricia!

Then we’ve got the Make a Statement Bracelet from Barb Lattin. This awesome prize goes to my new friend, Jeannette Maw, at the Law of Attraction Playground. Congratulations Jeannette!

And speaking of Barb Lattin, she and Zoe Routh at Law of Attraction for Inspired Living both won the entire 12-month Law of Attraction Toolbox Audio Series. Congratulations ladies!

And Radine! at Unreported News is the winner of The Inner Audio Series from Adam Kayce!

Congratulations to this round of winners! You were obviously sending out some pretty attractive vibrations!

And in case you missed the earlier announcements, here’s a recap of the previous winners:

Mike Dewitt, Ambrachid, Char Polansky, Ria Kennedy, and Daniel Sitter all won copies of the anthology, Healing the Heart of the World!

David Airey and Adam Kayce each won a copy of Mark Joyner’s book,Simpleology: The Simple Science of Getting What You Want.

Christian Petre and Rick Cockrum won a copy of T. Harv Ecker’s Secrets of The Millionaire Mind.

Julie Feldman and Cardin Lilly won, 10 Ways To Make It Great by Phil Gerbyshak.

Bev Brewer won A Guide to Getting It: Purpose and Passion and A Guide to Getting It: Creative Intelligence, From Laura Young at the Dragon Slayer’s Guide to Life.

Andrea Hess won a copy of Intuition Medicine – The Science of Energy Book and 8 CDs by Francesca McCartney.

Gleb Reys won a copy of Energy Harmonics by Aaron Potts of Today Is That Day.

And finally, Vick Kohli won a copy of Growing Toward Balance by Mary Kearns at Becoming Your Stellar Self.

I’ll be contacting all of you winners soon to get your contact information or to connect you with your prize provider.

I really do wish I could have given every one of you a prize. And I really do mean it when I say that you are all winners!

And finally, I want to give a huge wave of appreciation to all of the amazing people who contributed prizes to this celebration. The response I received when I put out the call was incredible! And I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

And now, maybe things will get back to normal around here….

Nah.

Blogger Mad libs And Some Creative Link Love

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Liz Strauss sent out a fun assignment to the blogosphere for last week’s holiday weekend. Since I opted to spend the weekend on non-computer-related fun (gasp, there is such a thing?) I am just now getting a chance to join in.

After reading Aaron Pott’s 7 Steps to Personal Development with the Meme Dream Team I took a second look at the game and asked myself if it is a meme that will take me towards my goals.

After a long look I decided it is. Here’s why: It’s so easy, for me at least, to fall into the trap of taking this blog thing far too seriously. This character trait seems to mirror my approach to personal growth. A bit of lightness now and again is good for me.

Liz’s game definitely brings some lightness and it also gives me a chance to feature some of the blogs I like to read in a creative way. The most difficult part of this assignment was making sure that the blogs I’m linking to in the story are truly blogs that I enjoy and would love for you to go check out. There were moments when I was tempted to pull in some blogs just because they had a name that would fit!

But much like the intrepid hero in our story, I did not succumb to the temptation! So be assured that every link in the following story is to a blog that will enlighten, awaken, entertain, inform or inspire you in a positive way.

If you want to play, you can find the original version (with the mad lib blanks at Liz’s place).

So now, without further ado, on to our story!

 

Title: The Dragon Slayer’s Guide to Life

The Monk at Work was on A Quest for Personal Freedom, when out of the blue Centripital Notion. You might think this is strange, but in The Fast Lane such things happen all of the time. Our brave and quirky hero knew exactly what to do — blogtipping, but our brave and quirky hero had no Mom Gadget.

The road passed three creatures — each of them was more interesting than the next. The first was The Viral Garden. The second was The Glittering Muse. The third was A Rain of Frogs. Our brave and quirky hero ran the rest of the way, and when he got there, he got another surprise!

Today is That Day!” our hero exclaimed.

Live the Power!Diginatti answered.

“I was on A Quest for Personal Freedom, when out of the blue Centripital Notion.” our brave and quirky hero said, knees shaking. “Could you spare your Shards of Consciousness?”

And so it passed that Dan & Jennifer gave our brave and quirky hero Essential Keystrokes AND Zen Habits and all was well.

You might think this is strange, but in the Law of Attraction Playground such things happen all of the time.

Week 4 Contest Winners – Sort Of!

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I woke up early this morning so that I could post the final winners in the Law of Attraction Blog Carnival party contest before heading off to my first-Saturday-of-the-month drop in Law of Attraction group. But when I went to check the Top Commentors list, I discovered it was gone! I’m not sure what’s up with that. And I don’t have time to troubleshoot it right now.

(If anyone has any idea why the list might have disappeared I’d love to hear from you. It may have coincided with the addition of the “add to technorati favorites” button that I added yesterday but have since removed).

So I took that it as a sign! And, since I was already thinking that the Saturday of Labor Day weekend (here in the U.S.) might not be the best time for a major prize announcement, I’ve decided to hold off and award the grand prizes next week.

In case you don’t remember, the grand prizes include:

Also included in next week’s giveaway will be:

Now, I know that there are a bunch of you out there waiting to see what you’ve won today! And I don’t want to disappoint you. So I’ve come up with a few extra books to give away today as “bonus” prizes.

I’ve got two copies of T. Harv Ecker’s book, Secrets of The Millionaire Mind that I had picked up at The Millionaire Mind Intensive. And I’ll give two more copies of the inspiring anthology, Healing the Heart of the World.

Ok. So let’s get on with it and find out who the lucky Attractive winners are this week!

Since I can’t pull from the Look Who’s Talking list, let’s begin with someone from the RSS subscriber list. (remember, to qualify for a prize you have to send an email to contest at evolvingtimes dot com with the secret subscriber code in the subject line. Subscribe now to get your code!)

So our first winner of a copy of Secrets of The Millionaire Mind is Christian Petre.

And, also from the subscriber list, Ambrachid, wins a copy of Healing The Heart of The World.

Now, from the list of incoming links, a copy of Secrets of The Millionaire Mind goes to… and we have our second two-time winner, Rick Cockrum at Shards of Consciousness. Rick will have to choose between T. Harv Ecker’s book and my Law of Attraction Toolbox Audio Series which he won last week. (Let me know if you need a hint about which one to choose Rick…) Congratulations Rick. You must be putting out some seriously high vibes!

Now, becaue Rick can only get one of these prizes, that means that someone else will get the other one. And who will that be? Let’s find out! It’s Lisa Gates at Design Your Writing Life. Thanks Lisa for including the truly awesome list of Personal Development Bloggers on your site! (I’ll let you know which prize is yours after I hear from Rick).

And finally, also from the incoming link list, Bill Mize of William Mize included a link to the post 16 Personal Development Lessons from Harry Potter in his Tumbler Miniblog. Bill wins a copy of Healing the Heart of the World.

Congratulations and thank you to all of the winners this week. I’m getting all excited about giving away the grand prizes next week! (Yes, you can still get your entries in). And I’ll figure out how to get the Look Who’s Talking list back up before then.

And The Week Two Winners Are…

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In case you’ve just returned from a two-week silent retreat in a cave, August marks the one-year anniversary of the Law of Attraction Blog Carnival, and to celebrate, we’re having a big party here at Evolving Times.

This week we have four winners.

If you didn’t win this week or last week, don’t worry, there are still two weeks left to win a prize, and the best prizes are yet to come!

Again, I used the Research Randomizer Form to pick the winners.

Our first winner comes from the list of talkative folks or top commentors. Char at Casual Keystrokes wins a copy of the book Healing the Heart of the World.

Next, from the folks who are subscribed to the Evolving Times RSS Feed, Bev Brewer wins two books – A Guide to Getting It: Purpose and Passion and A Guide to Getting It: Creative Intelligence, both from Laura Young at the Dragon Slayer’s Guide to Life

From the growing list of incoming linkers, Cardin Lilly of The Optimist Lab wins a copy of Phil Gerbyshak’s book, 10 ways to make it great.

And finally, also from the incoming link list, Aaron Potts of Today Is That Day wins a copy of Simpleology: The Simple Science of Getting What You Want.

Now remember winners, you’re still in the running for a grand prize. But if you do win one of the bigger prizes such as one of the Simpleology packages, the Guerrilla Marketing Toolkit or the Wine Country Weekend Retreat, you’ll have to pass your weekly prize onto someone else. But you probably won’t mind!

Now, if you haven’t won yet, don’t worry, there are still two-weeks left in the party and the prizes. If you want to be eligible here’s a recap of how to make sure you’re entered:

1. Link to Evolving Times. If you have a blog or website, add a link to the Evolving Times blog, the Law of Attraction Carnival Homepage, the Party Announement, or another post that you want to share with your readers during the month of August and you’ll automatically be entered to win both the weekly prizes and the grand prizes.

To be sure that you’re added to the list, I would encourage you to also send me an email or leave a comment since some incoming links seem to get lost in the shuffle over at Technorati.

You can send an email to contest at evolvingtimes dot com.

If you are linking from a website [non-blog] you must send me an email or leave a comment because Technorati does not track your links. (You only need to link in once to be eligible for the remaining weekly prizes as well as the bigger prizes at the end of the month).

2. Subscribe to the Evolving Times Feed. Everyone who is an active ET feed subscriber will be eligible to win prizes. (Every subscriber will also receive a special link to the Subscriber Bonus Package which includes some great free gifts and special offers). Again, subscribers will be eligible to receive weekly prizes as well as the bigger prizes. At the bottom of your feed you will find special instructions on how to enter.

You can subscribe to the feed here.

3. Leave a comment or lots of them. You may have noticed that I reset the top commenters list in the sidebar. (I’ve also added the do-follow plugin, so every comment you leave from now on will be an active link back to your blog or website). Each week one of the top ten commenters listed in the sidebar will be chosen at random to win one of the weekly prizes. And at the end of August, the top three folks on that list will be bigger winners. So come on and join the conversation

4. Join my Email subscribtion list. In the spirit of inclusiveness – it was pointed out that not everyone knows what an RSS feed is much less how to subscribe – so you can also enter the contest by joining my email list. Just fill out the simple form below, confirm your subscription and you’ll go directly to the Subscriber Bonus Package page in addition to being entered to win one of the other prizes.

 

Name
Email

And, yes, if you haven’t already figured it out, doing more than one of these things DOES increase your chances of winning!

Thanks everyone for joining me here for the party. I hope you’re having as much fun as I am!

[Ed's Note]  After choosing this week’s winners I discovered that my feed service was wackydoodled (that’s a technical term). A big thank you goes out to Steve Johnson at The Fast Lane, who, in addition to being an excellent personal growth blogger is also a top-notch web developer and troubleshooter. He came to my rescue yesterday and got the feed working again. So if you’re in need of some quality web work go check out Sawtooth Graphics Web Design and get him on the job!

If you tried, and were not able to subscribe during the past few days, I apologize. It’s working now, so get your name into the feed and follow the “secret” instructions at the bottom of your feed posts to enter the contest.

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