It’s a Wonderful World

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Over the Rainbow It's a Wonderful WorldIt’s been 8 years today, September 18th, since my late husband Gregg and I married. At the GOMF French Meadows Summer Camp in 2003, Gregg and I sang the first song we ever sang together–Over the Rainbow/What’s a Wonderful World. It became our song, with Gregg singing the lead and me harmonizing, and we sang it at our wedding two years later. Here’s the video of that special moment for me at Camp two months ago when I could finally sing the song by myself without crying. The clouds are indeed far behind me. Jason King of Portland Oregon is playing the ukelele. We’re at the campfire. Happy Anniversary, Gregg. I am so glad our paths crossed.

© 2013 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Autumn Equinox & Rosh Hashanah – A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf

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Renewing Intentions Mary LoreIt is the sweet new year for our Jewish friends and the autumn equinox. It is a time of thankfulness and farewell for what has been, a time of balance between darkness and light, and a time of maturity and coming wisdom.

At this time, I am reminded that I am always changing. I am always turning over a new leaf. I am always creating the next version of the highest vision of myself.

It is the perfect time to review and re-affirm my intentions for my life, my work, and my world service.

I invite you to watch a video I prepared with my intentions, resolutions, affirmations, and powerful statements for a life well-lived.

I invite you to watch it with family and friends to start the process of self-awareness and conscious, meaningful, purposeful living. I use it for daily inspiration and as as gentle reminder to help me be inspired and impactful in everything I do.

 

 

What’s one thing you could practice to refresh, renew, and create your life well-lived?

 

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Being vs. Doing

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Mary J Lore Being vs DoingIt’s self-awareness month and with the recent celebration of Labor Day, I am reminded that we are a nation of laborers. White collar, blue collar, working, not working—we labor. We are busy, busy, busy, doing, doing, doing.

When we find ourselves with a big challenge or facing a difficult situation, we have taught ourselves to labor, to do, do, do. We cancel vacations, skip lunch, work on the weekends, stay late, and force ourselves to think until we have our answers, solved the problem, put out the fire, accomplished the result.

We believe that doing, laboring – force – brings results. We do in order to be.

What if we started with being?

Think about it—when do you get your best ideas? When I ask this in a Managing Thought® workshop, most people say – When I am in the shower.  When I first wake up.  When I am on a walk. When I am exercising.  When I’m driving. When I am relaxing. When I’m on vacation. When I am meditating. When I’m having fun and doing something I love to do.

What’s in common with these responses? You got it — we let go of our thoughts! We’re not forcing ourselves to think our thoughts. We’re not doing. We are being. And because we are being, we gain access to our highest awareness and creativity and what inspires us.

When our channels are open, our minds are clear, the world changes, and remarkable things start to happen. Creative ideas emerge when we give our minds a rest, when we do what we love to do. We don’t waste time, energy, or money. Gone are the constricting feelings of heaviness, burden, and stress and the thoughts of struggle, striving, obligation, overwhelm and being a victim.

When we are being, we focus on what is significant. We start being who we wish to become and what we wish to create. What we do naturally follows, naturally flows. Our work becomes effortless and we become energized because our decisions and actions are inspired.

So the next time you notice that your thinking and doing is labored, instead, wonder what the solution could be, wonder how you could be who you want to be and what you wish to create. Then take some time to be quiet, take a walk, get some fresh air, exercise, do what you enjoy, and see what happens.

We all have the ability to ask ourselves questions, wonder and listen for the answers. We discover the right thing to do and how to do it.  We find a power within that indeed transforms us. We become inspired and inspire others.

What if you could BE who you truly are? Learn how at http://www.MindfulnessMonday.com

 

For daily self-awareness thoughts and inspiration follow Managing Thought on Twitter or “like” Managing Thought on Facebook to receive them as they post.

For additional ideas on cultivating your life-well lived, check out this inspiring video: Resolutions, Intentions and Affirmations for a Life Well-Lived.

© 2012 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

What Inspires You?

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What Inspires you?I am so fortunate in my work. I get to travel to such beautiful places and meet with amazing people who make such a difference in this world.

My next series of daily thoughts and inspiration are photos I took during my travels in the last few months with my accompanying thoughts of vision and purpose, wonder and possibility, thankfulness and celebration.

I make it a practice to pause throughout my day, take in my surroundings, and breathe life in fully.

I find myself inspired by everything around me.

I invite you to pause, breathe, look at all that is around you — what inspires you?

Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter or “like” Managing Thought on Facebook to receive my daily inspiration shares as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on the Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.

© 2012 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Are You In Alignment with Your Truth? Is it Time to Press the Reset Button?

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Groundhog Day was last week and it got me to thinking. First, there’s the groundhog, who chooses to return to his hole or stay above ground dependent on whether he sees his shadow. Then there’s Groundhog Day, one of my favorite movies featuring the amazing Managing Thought tool–the do-over! The character Bill Murray plays, Phil, is forced to live Groundhog Day again and again until he is living in integrity, and makes choices that are in alignment with who he truly is and what he truly wants in life. (If you haven’t seen it, check it out!)

Do you feel like the groundhog – with limited choices dictated by forces outside of your control? Would you like to have Phil’s opportunity to have a do-over, press the reset button on your life and work, and have a fresh start?

I am betting that you do.  There’s so much unrest. If you thought it was just you, it’s not. We are entering a new age, more like a new stage, in our evolution.  2012 is the year of new beginnings. We want a fresh start!

We REALLY want to be happy and healthy. We REALLY want to discover and fulfill our purpose. We REALLY want to make a difference. We REALLY want to be inspired and impactful in everything we do.

I capitalize REALLY because that is who we are — REALLY. It is our true nature to be happy, healthy, creative, expansive, inspired, loving, purposeful, and make a difference.

We are all becoming keenly aware that we’re out of alignment. The stories we have created for ourselves and our organizations no longer fit and, with everything moving at such a rapid pace, our brains are not sure what to do about it. They can’t handle the truth (another great movie!)

It’s my honor and mission to help with this shift, the shift to stop relying on our brains for answers, stop re-acting our past, start remembering who we truly are and what we truly want, and creating the next highest vision of ourselves – as individuals and organizations.

I invite you to watch this YouTube video that I prepared. This beautiful, inspiring video sets forth powerful resolutions, intentions, invocations, and affirmations to create a life well-lived and live in integrity. This is an excellent video to watch with family, friends, and team members to start the process of conscious, meaningful living, and living with purpose. I personally watch it for daily inspiration, as a ritual to inspire me to keep my resolutions and remain on purpose with what truly matters to me.

I invite you to read or listen to the Managing Thought book, attend a workshop, or watch the workshop DVD. It’s time. If you have, I invite you to do it again.

There’s a reason that the book received so many best book awards: Two Nautilus Medals, one for Conscious Business and Leadership and one for Enlightenment and Inspiration; The Axiom Business Book Medal for Communication Skills; The Eric Hoffer Award for Philosophical Thought Leadership and two USA News Best Book Awards for Business Motivation and Self-Help. There’s a reason that previous winners of the most recent awards include The Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, and Deepak Chopra.

There is a reason that, in industries that have suffered great loss in the last two years, organizations that practice Managing Thought have achieved record growth.

If you would like to bring Managing Thought to your organization or sign up for Individual Coaching or be a part of a Mastermind Group email me at Mary@ManagingThought.com

At right are links to my latest writings, audio, and video and all the ways you can connect with me for ways to help you put Managing Thought into practice. Choose whatever works for you.

It is time to think differently, think powerfully and live the life we imagine, a life of joy and aliveness, filled with peace, prosperity, abundance, love, health, purpose, wonder, and possibility.

Are you in alignment? Are you ready to press the reset button and begin your fresh start? How can I be of service to you?

 

© 2012 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Resolutions, Intentions and Affirmations for a Life Well-Lived

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I am delighted to share this YouTube Video I prepared as a gift to my friends, family, clients and colleagues.

I hope you enjoy it, share it and view it again and again as you continue to sculpt the work of art in progress that is you.

What one thing could you practice to create your life well-lived?

 

The next series of blogs and daily thoughts and inspiration are powerful statements, intentions, resolutions, affirmations and questions on creating a life well-lived. There are three posts a day.

Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter or “like” Managing Thought on Facebook to receive them as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on the Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.

If you would like to help me help others create their life well-lived, go to Mary’s PBS Pledge Special to learn four ways you can help.

© 2012 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Resolving Balance? Here’s How to Make That Goal Stick!

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Resolving Balance Mary LoreI will be more balanced.

Does that sound familiar? It may be one of the most popular resolutions made among those who are busy at work and in life. Many of us make this resolution year after year and some of us have gotten to the point where we don’t even bother.

We say life happens or that other priorities get in the way. Thankfully, these are NOT the reasons that this resolution doesn’t work. It’s how we’ve framed the resolution and evaluate our progress that’s the problem.

We are torturing ourselves!

We instruct our brains to point out every time and every evidence that we are not balanced. So they don’t point out any of the times we are balanced and they certainly don’t give us any ideas on how to be balanced or point out any opportunities to practice being balanced—because that isn’t what we instructed our brains to do.

At the end of the day, when we reflect on how we did, we instruct our brains to focus on everything we did wrong, so we don’t see anything we did right. We feel like failures and berate our selves for not being balanced. We’re not in a state of thankfulness, wonder, vision, purpose or possibility (which brings about transformation) The whole process is a downward spiral and uninspiring.

It is when we are inspired that we achieve significant results. It is when we are inspired that we transform.

If you really want balance in your life, there are some specific ways to powerfully re-frame your resolution.

  • Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
  • Focus on the NOW.
  • Describe the ripple effect – the difference you’re making by fulfilling your resolution of balance.
  • Tell the story.
  • Acknowledge your progress and do do-overs.

For specific tips on how to re-frame your goals and resolutions to achieve balance,  Click Here to read, print or listen to my full Forward ThinkingTM Reminder, How to Resolve Balance and Make it Stick.

More resources to create balance in your life:

© 2012 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Reflection is a Powerful Action

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Power of ReflectionMany of us don’t have much patience for the process of reflection. We say we want results, yet what we’re really saying is that we want speed.  Einstein said, “There is more to life than increasing speed.”

We’re also saying that we want action. We believe that if we’re not busy doing, then nothing is happening, which is not true. We get our best ideas when we are not busy doing – when we’re driving, showering, running, playing, meditating, relaxing, waking, or falling asleep.

We get our very best ideas when we’re inspired. And one of the most powerful ways we become inspired involves the process of reflection.

Reflection is an action, a very powerful action. Taking a moment to reflect not only brings invaluable learning and opportunity for growth. Reflection invokes a power within ourselves to expand upon what really matters, on what is significant to us, as organizations, families, and human beings. When we know who we really are and what we really want, as organizations, families, and human beings, we become inspired, and our goals and action plans become inspired, meaningful, and purposeful. We stop wasting time, money and energy living each day as we did yesterday, wondering what the heck happened, not noticing the difference we are making, and not experiencing the joy of our work.

When we take a moment to reflect, without blame or judgment, and in a state of wonder, on significant events, triumphs and challenges we experienced during the year, we often discover we’ve accomplished so much more than we have given ourselves credit for.  We discover how much strength we have and we see the values which we embody. We realize the valuable lessons we have learned. And in these moments of acknowledgment and celebration, we receive ideas on how to build upon and expand these strengths and accomplishments.

When we take a moment to reflect, without blame or judgment, and in a state of wonder, upon how we spent our time and money, and what and who influenced us (the economy, a customer, a family member, a friend, a book, an advisor, a competitor, fear, worry, creativity, inspiration…), we see very clearly what we focused on. We then discover we are in alignment with what truly matters – or not –and we receive ideas on how to move forward in a way that serves our purpose.

When we take a moment to reflect, without blame or judgment, and in a state of wonder, on what happened with our relationships with customers, suppliers, the community, family, friends, and co-workers, we can see the difference we have made – for better or worse -and receive ideas on how to move forward in a meaningful way.

And when we step back, reflect upon the reflections, and notice what we are thankful for, we become truly inspired-in touch with our highest awareness and creativity. Our vision and purpose becomes clear and we develop goals and action plans that are inspired

I invite you to include reflection in your family life, in your work life, and for yourself, at the end of the day, so you can begin to see difference you make, move powerfully in alignment with who you truly are what you truly want, experience the joy of your work, family, and friends, and be inspired.

It is when we are inspired that we are unstoppable. It is when we are inspired that we achieve significant, long-lasting results.

 

If you would like to help me help others restore their sense of purpose and reclaim their peace of mind, go to Mary’s PBS Pledge Special to learn four ways you can help.

If you’d like to reflect on living a life well-lived, take the free How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World?® Self-Assessment at www.managingthought.com. For daily inspiration and more ways to practice Managing Thought, follow Managing Thought on Twitter or “like” it on Facebook.

 

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

We All Want a Life Well-Lived

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A Life Well LivedWe all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. – Anne Frank

In my Managing Thought® workshops, whether I am with 6th graders, teenagers, college professors, CEOs, soccer moms, life coaches, spiritual teachers and people of different religions and ethnicities – everyone comes up with the same list of thoughts that aren’t working for them and the same list of what they truly want from a life well-lived.

Most everyone is surprised by this. Anne Frank would not have been surprised. And I am not surprised.

We are like snowflakes. We are each unique AND we are all snowflakes.

The next series of daily inspiration thoughts of the day are powerful statements and questions on creating a life well-lived.  There are three posts a day.

Follow or visit Managing Thought on Twitter or “like” Managing Thought on Facebook to receive them as they post or come back to this blog daily and view the Daily Inspiration on Twitter feed in the right-hand menu bar.

If you want to focus on creating a life well-lived, feel free to take the Managing Thought® How Do Your Thoughts Rule Your World? ®  Self Assessment. You can store your results, re-take the assessment, and do side-by-side comparisons to see just how much you have changed. You can also set a reminder to take it again, see how you are doing and choose what you want to focus on next.

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.

Special thanks to my FB Friend, Linda Swindling, Negotiation and Bargaining Expert, Author and Speaker extraordinaire, for posting this quote by Anne Frank.

The Power to Choose Significance

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Mary Lore and Gregg Simmons 9-18-2005On September 18, 2002, I was in Taos, New Mexico for a week-end retreat. At the time, I was in the process of dramatically changing my line of work, transitioning from the world of finance and crisis management to the world of Managing Thought®. I had never been to a retreat before and the only reason I went was to meet Taoist Master Ni Hua-Ching. He had fully dedicated himself to help people raise their consciousness and bring about a better world and I wanted to learn first-hand how he had constructed this life for himself.

As it turns out, Master Ni didn’t show. He returned to China and put the retreat in the hands of his two sons. My first thoughts and emotions were of disappointment. I wanted to speak with Master Ni. Only Master Ni could make this retreat worthwhile for me!

I quickly recovered and with full faith that something valuable and meaningful could be gained, I wondered what it could be. I went to breakfast, sat down and looked across the table into the eyes of an amazing man who I married three years later, on September 18, 2005 – Gregg Simmons.

During our time together, I gained so much.

  • He helped me expand my capacity to love deeply, laugh heartily and live life fully.
  • He saw the love and light in me, held up the mirror so I could see it too, and he encouraged me to share this light with others.
  • He introduced me to his friends who are now my friends.
  • When he died suddenly just three months after our wedding, friends and family said it was a shame that our time together was so short. Because we were so in the moment in each of our moments, it felt like we were together forever. He helped me experience the true power of being in the moment.

As I reflect on this, I find a valuable and meaningful lesson.

On the surface, it seems that September 18th is a day of great significance for me.

To me, the real significance is in the moment, in the choices I made when I learned that I wouldn’t be meeting Master Ni. In that moment, I could have chosen to remain disappointed or get angry, leave the retreat or skip breakfast. I could have been so caught up in my emotions that I didn’t notice Gregg, or listen to him, or caused him to be disinterested in me.

Because I chose to wonder how I could gain something valuable and meaningful from the retreat to help me be of service to the world, I met the man who helped me to do just that.

I have the opportunity for significance all day long every day. As “stuff” happens, I always have the opportunity to choose who I wish to become and what I wish to create in this world.

I have the power to choose significance.

How can you choose significance today?

For more on this, read or listen to the Forward Thinking™ Reminder, Choosing Intentions.

P.S.  Gregg Simmons, it is my honor and joy to have been your best friend, lover, confidante, teacher, student and fellow adventurer.  Thank you for introducing me to carrot cake. I am enjoying a piece as I write this and I raise my plate to you!

© 2011 Mary J. Lore and Managing Thought LLC All rights reserved.