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by May McCarthy
Can you remember the last time that you reached a goal or something turned out the way that you wanted it to? I imagine that you felt happy, grateful, and even powerful. I want everyone to experience that feeling more often with less of the work to get there. I know that we live in an abundant universe and all of us can learn to create the lives that we love by incorporating more gratitude into our lives along with the use of simple spiritual tools.
I decided to write my latest book, The Gratitude Formula: A 7-Step Success System to Create a Life that You Love after spending the last 5 years traveling the world teaching goal attainment systems to corporations and thousands of people. What I learned is that many people feel that big success is unattainable; that there’s a secret others know that they don’t. I want you to know – that’s a lie.
Success is a system, not a secret. The same system applies no matter the size of the goal.
Anyone can use a simple system for success to achieve whatever they desire in life. If you want harmonious relationships with others or to have that special someone to share your life with – you can have it. If you want terrific health in a pain free energetic body – you can experience that, too. If you want fulfilling and satisfying work or a full bank account and the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want – that can be yours. And, if you desire a deeper spiritual connection with an all-knowing power in the universe at the source of your intuition and ultimate advisor – you can enjoy that experience as well.
You’ve already proved how powerful you are in using systems for success. Remember learning to read, or ride a bike, or drive a car? You used a system for success to master these skills. And, what about typing on that strange keyboard that’s not even in alphabetical order? Maybe your mastery of that skill now allows you to type faster that I can talk. You have already proven that you know how to succeed. The Gratitude Formula shows you how to achieve even larger goals in seemingly miraculous ways. The best part is that it’s really simple and gets easier to do over time – just like reading or driving a car.
I’ve proven that this success system works in growing seven companies to as large as $100 million in annual revenues and being led to great and perfect health after being diagnosed with cancer. Each goal that I created was bigger than the last, and I achieved them. You can too! Success is a system, not a secret. The most important step is to make the commitment to use the daily system.
The Gratitude Formula shares the importance in using spiritual and practical tools along with the practice of gratitude to magnetize you to receiving more of what you desire in life. As Oprah Winfrey said, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” As you use the system outlined in The Gratitude Formula, good things will multiply in your life!
There are three important elements of this system for success:
- Hold a daily goal planning meeting with the source of your intuition, who I affectionately refer to as the Chief Spiritual Officer or CSO. In your daily planning meeting, use powerful word statements that describe your goals as completed with gratitude. Write down, speak out loud, and imagine what you want, not what you don’t want. For example, I know a saleswoman who often says things like, “I really hope that I’m not late for my appointment with ABC Company on Tuesday.” Most likely, she’ll be late for her appointment because that’s what she’s focused on. A better way to phrase that would be, “I’m so grateful that I am always on time or early for my appointments and easily facilitate a fair exchange of value with my customers.” With statements like those, she might feel inspired to check the traffic report or get ready earlier.
- Make what you desire familiar and welcome into your life by learning more about other people who have achieved the kind of success you desire. This shifts your beliefs to possibility which is required to achieve any goal. For example, a man named Harold wanted to be a successful real estate agent in Southern California. In the first eight months of his new job, the few clients that he worked with ran him ragged for very little money in commission. Harold couldn’t rationally see how he could ever be a successful, well-paid agent with great clients, and started to consider other lines of work. But before he gave up, he committed to creating new goal statements and using them in the daily practice as part of his system for success. He described his perfect clients and his desired amount of money with gratitude as though he had already achieved his goal. He also took steps to make the success that he wanted welcome by reading about the journeys of successful real estate agents and going to networking events to meet some of them and hear their stories. As he did his daily practice and met other successful agents over several months, his beliefs shifted. Harold started to believe that it was possible to experience the same kind of success. He didn’t know how it was going to happen; he waited for his CSO to illuminate possibilities through intuitive leads. A short time later, he got a strong thought to call surfing shops and corporations who had surfers as part of their executive teams to see if they’d like him to come in and speak for free about the risk-taking characteristics that surfing and business have in common. Since he had been a competitive surfer, he could discuss that topic. He was invited to several places to speak, met lots of new contacts, and received a substantial increase in business that surpassed his original goal. Make what you want welcome to shift your beliefs to possibility.
- Watch for intuitive thoughts, gut feelings, and signs throughout the day, and have the courage to take the steps that you are guided to take. This builds confidence so that you can manifest your goals sooner. As Harold got the intuitive thought to call surf shops and corporations, he “had courage to follow his intuition” as Steve Jobs advised. Remember, if you don’t feel comfortable taking the step that your CSO gives you, just ask for another lead. Eventually, when the same intuitive message has repeated itself over and over, you’ll feel more confidence in taking the step. There are dozens of stories in my book that will illustrate how you can recognize your intuition as a spiritual success tool to achieve greater levels of health, happiness, abundance, and freedom.
The Gratitude Formula fully explains all of these elements and will show you how to use them to achieve more of your dreams. I’m so excited about the wonderful experiences that will soon be yours as you make a CHOICE to use gratitude as part of your system for success and create the life that you love! I’m grateful for you! For more information about me and my work, please visit www.maymccarthy.com.
About the author:
May McCarthy is a successful entrepreneur, investor, business strategist, speaker and author. For the past 32 years May has used sound business practices and spiritual principles to grow several successful multimillion-dollar companies. Now, she travels the country and teaches people how to use these same principles in order to help them achieve greater levels of financial abundance, success, and freedom!
by May McCarthy
Every New Year, the topic of resolutions comes up. That is the time of year when people are fired up and optimistic about achieving their goals. I hear friends powerfully proclaim, “I want to lose ten pounds” or “I want to get out of debt.” I even heard one friend say, “I hope that this year Uncle Bob isn’t a pain in everyone’s neck at the family reunion.” One thing that all of these resolutions or goals have in common is that they’re going to produce more of what these people don’t want in their lives.
Our subconscious is designed to help us achieve whatever we put our attention on. To make the statement “I want to lose ten pounds” true, you always have to be wanting to lose and never achieving. A better way to describe the desired outcome that you want is to say with gratitude: “I am so grateful that I have a physically fit, trim, toned, and energetic body that is pain-free and easily able to go on walks with my family and friends. We have so much fun together!” With a goal like this, your subconscious and your intuition are going to show up more often, and in more obvious ways, to point you toward steps you can take to make those statements true.
Our words are powerful tools that help us to receive whatever we describe. Unfortunately, we often give voice to what we don’t want instead of what we do want, and then we’re surprised and disappointed with the results. For example, I know a saleswoman who often says things like, “I really hope that I’m not late for my appointment with ABC Company on Tuesday. They are a huge potential customer and I don’t want them to buy from my competitor.”
Do you see anything out of the ordinary in these statements? Perhaps not, since many of us have learned to speak like this. We spend time talking about what we don’t want as a normal part of our speech. Then, we’re surprised with the results. In this example, the saleswoman is most likely going to be late for her appointment with ABC Company since that’s what she’s focused on, and she may lose the sale to one of her competitors. Her subconscious recognizes that she’s focused on being late and her customer buying from a competitor. Accordingly, she may act in a way that makes those statements true. This is not what she really wants to happen.
To enable her subconscious and intuition to help her, a more powerful statement would be, “I am so grateful to be on time and early for my appointments. I’m going to arrive at ABC Company 15 minutes early for my meeting, and I’m excited for the opportunity to sell our products and have my customer receive great value in return.” With statements like these, her subconscious and intuition will show up in a more obvious way to help make those statements true. She might get a strong, unexpected thought to check the traffic report before she decides on a route to the appointment and avoid a terrible accident and backup. She may feel an intuitive nudge to get ready sooner than she normally does so that she can leave earlier. She might receive an email or phone call that gives her insight into her customer’s needs so that her presentation can be designed to be more valuable.
We can choose to use our words to achieve more of our goals in 2016. To do this, follow the three simple steps below:
- Rewrite your goals daily with gratitude as though you’ve already achieved them.
Describe the outcome that you want to experience and be grateful in advance for the achievement. For example, “I am so grateful that I am living in a beautiful new home that allows my family and me to feel comfortable, safe, and happy,” or “I’m delighted to receive a minimum of $____ that easily affords all of my living, giving, and entertainment expenses. I use my talents and skills in fulfilling and satisfying ways.” Rewrite your goals daily to keep them at the forefront of your thoughts and enable your subconscious and intuition to help you notice more possibilities throughout the day to make your statements true.
- Read your goal statements out loud with emotion.
The practice of reading your goal attainment statements out loud anchors the meaning more fully within you. This tells your brain that you’re serious about your goals manifesting so you can begin to notice more opportunities to take steps toward achieving your goals. Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s greatest boxers, said, “It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” Speaking your goal statements out loud daily with emotion helps to convince you to believe that achieving your goals is possible. Once you believe, you can receive.
- Imagine yourself achieving your desired outcomes.
As you create a clear picture of your realized goals in your mind, you are creating new beliefs to make those goals manifest. Visualizing the successful completion of a goal is a powerful method that many professional athletes, musicians, and businesspeople use daily as part of their preparation and training for success. Four-time Mr. Universe and seven-time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger has not only used mental imaging for athletic success but also credits it for his success as a Hollywood actor: “When I was very young I visualized myself being and having what it was I wanted. Mentally I never had any doubts about it.” Well-known author Robert Collier puts it this way: “Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.” As you begin to see and feel yourself in your realized goals, you’ll welcome your achieved goals into your life sooner.
Set aside 20 minutes every morning to repeat the steps described above. The key here is to spend more time focusing on what you want to achieve rather than on what you don’t want or what others tell you that you can’t do. You have the freedom to choose! As you focus more of your time on your achieved goals, you will manifest more of them into your life. Earl Nightingale, a respected author and motivational speaker, said, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” Repetition changes your beliefs; and once that happens, you will achieve your goals sooner and the results will last longer. 2016 can be your happiest New Year of all time, and your well-worded resolutions can help you to reap the rewards that you want!
About the author:
May McCarthy has cofounded and helped to grow six successful companies over her thirty-two-year career, with the largest growing to over $100 million in annual revenues. She credits her success to the principles described in her new book, The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance and she firmly believes that financial success and freedom are available to anyone who is willing to apply them. Visit her online at www.maymccarthy.com.