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Intent of the Day: Something Amazing


When was the last time you took a risk?
We’re not talking about the kind of risk where you know it’s guaranteed. That, by definition, is not a risk, but we fool ourselves into believing that we’re daring when what we really are is taking calculated steps in a certain direction.

But what about when you have no promises? What about when failure is just as much a possibility as success? How do you gauge when it’s worth taking the leap?
The relationship of your dreams.
The business of your dreams.
A trip, a home, a new chapter?
What is the thing standing between you and the future you dream of?

Our intent is to take a risk on something amazing! You too? Here are 3 things to help: Continue reading

Are You at Risk? The Top 8 Uncontrollable Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Here’s a pop quiz:

1. Are you a woman?

2. Do you keep getting older?

If you said yes to both, then yes, my friend, you are at risk for breast cancer. Understanding which risk factors you cannot control empowers you to take a stronger stance on what you can control. You should know these facts, so let’s start with the risk factors you can’t do anything about:

The Top 8 Uncontrollable Risk Factors for Breast Cancer: 

  • Being female: One in 8 (12.5%) women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.   
  • Aging: The older you get, the higher your risk. One in 234 women will be diagnosed by 35 years old; by 65, the rate increases to 1 in 28.  
  • Race: Whites have the highest breast cancer rates, but African Americans and American Indians are more likely to die from it. 
  • Menstruation/Menopause: The earlier you started monthly periods, and the later in life you stopped, the higher your risk. 
  • Pregnancy: Having your first baby after 30 years old, or having never been pregnant, increases risk. 
  • Personal History of Breast Cancer: There’s usually a 10% recurrence risk in the breast you had cancer in, and 1% per year for the opposite breast (20% chance in 20 years). 
  • Family History of Breast Cancer: Especially if your have first-degree relatives (mother, sister) who developed cancer premenopausally. 
  • BRCA: This inherited genetic mutation increases lifetime risk up to 85%. 

Now the good news: You can prevent breast cancer — to the best of your ability — when you recognize risk factors you can control, and then adjust your life choices accordingly.

The Top 8 Tips for Stopping Breast Cancer Before it Starts: 

  • Reduce alcohol: Keeping your alcohol intake to seven or fewer drinks per week helps your heart and won’t hurt your breasts. Two drinks per day increases your risk 30% over that of a teetotaler; add 10% increased risk per additional daily drink.  
  • Increase folate: If you do drink, be sure to take the supplement folic acid (600 micrograms per day), to fight against the alcohol-induced increase in breast cancer risk. 
  • Lose weight: Overweight and obese women (body mass index over 25) have a 50% to 250% increase in risk over normal-weight women. Lose weight and you’ll also shed some of your risk! 
  • Get more exercise: Getting in three to four hours a week at moderate to vigorous levels reduces risk. Get moving! 
  • Eat better: Think high-fiber and low-fat; veggies and vitamins; and lean meat and other sources of protein.  
  • Know the risks of hormone replacement therapy (HRT): For every 10,000 women taking HRT (yes, even the bio-identical kind), eight preventable breast cancers occur. Understand your personal risks versus benefits before popping that pill. 
  • Consider medication: For those at seriously high risk (where their lifetime risk is greater than 20%), it’s probably worth considering the anti-estrogen pills Tamoxifen and Evista; they do have undesirable side effects, but absolutely reduce risk by at least 50%. Two aspirin or ibuprofen a week for over 5 years reduces breast cancer by 21%. 
  • Get your mammograms: I know they hurt. I know there’s radiation. But mammograms save lives. If every woman over 50 got her mammogram every year, the breast cancer death rate would drop 35%. Start at 35 years old, and always ask for digital mammograms. 

Limit the uncontrollable by arming yourself with knowledge, and taking steps toward early detection and prevention.

Wishing you the “breast” of health always!

Kristi Funk, M.D. is director of patient education and a surgical breast specialist at the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center, A Project of Women’s Guild, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles. For more on Dr. Funk, go to www.pinklotusmedical.com 

 Originally published in October 2008

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Debbie Ford: Are You Ready To Make 2012 The Best Year Of Your Life?

January is a month of big change, and some of those changes are a work-in-progress. I know that you can create 2012 to be one of the best years of your life, and I’m committed to supporting you to stay in action. By tending to your inner world with care, compassion and love, you won’t be able to stop yourself from taking action in the outer world!

In order to help you stay on track and inspired this week, I thought I’d use a lesson on Risk from The Best Year of Your Life online courseon the Daily OM website, a course based on my book by the same name. I invite you to dive into this lesson with the intention that it bring your life to the next level. 

Risk: The Lesson

To move forward powerfully and achieve quantum results, we have to take risks. We must be willing to look at the ways we keep ourselves small and confront the resistance we have to entering the unknown. In other words, we have to do something different. Attaining the next level of success, fulfillment, intimacy or passion requires us to face our fear and risk appearing foolish, making a mistake, or asking for help. Remember the old saying, “Of course you have to go out on a limb sometimes, that’s where the fruit is.”

If you are one of those people who talk themselves out of taking risks because they are so scary, just think of the alternative: You could continue to create the same predictable results.

Risk: The Assignment

1. This week, identify one place in your life where you are not getting the results you desire. Maybe it’s in your career, with your family, with your health or in your intimate relationships. Allow yourself to see the approaches you’ve used to try to achieve your desired result.

2. Now, write down three actions you could take that would be outside your usual comfort zone that would produce quantum results. For example, could you ask someone for help? Do you need to hire a coach or put a structure of accountability in place?

3. Lastly, approach three people this week whose opinions you respect and ask them how they would go about achieving your goal. Remember, breakthrough results occur when we are willing to give up the old and embrace the new. This week, exercise your muscle of taking risks.

I know that when you complete this assignment, you will find the motivation and a big boost of energy to carry you elegantly through the week ahead.

With love and blessings,

p.s. Share with me on Facebook and Twitter about the risks you are taking this week!

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / ooberayhay

Do I Dare Disturb The Universe?

I just attended ACT II, a biannual gathering of entrepreneurial leaders from across the Aspen Institute’s global network of fellows. The theme for this year was “Stepping Up” – i.e. how to use our creativity, energy, and resources to make a big dent in the world. I was asked to open the luncheon on Saturday with some poetry. This definitely rocked my world.  

I began by reciting excerpts of T.S. Elliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, in which the speaker leads the listener through a purgatory of existential wanderings, what-ifs, an
d hints of an overwhelming question yet to be revealed. But the answer to how should we presume and where should we begin – these and all other answers – are left to Elliot’s audience. Just as, ultimately, each of us must face our own inner doubts, fears, indolence, and disillusionment, in the course of our wonderings, before deciding “Do I Dare Disturb the Universe.” 

I finished with a recitation of Rilke’s Dove that Ventured Outside, which also squeezes the universe into a ball and rolls it towards the question of how boldly to live and courageously to act. It suggests that tenderness and satisfaction can only come when one has flown beyond the safety and security of our own personal borders. It is in some way a love poem, but one much broader than a simple romantic tale. I hear it as a story of humanity, and a challenge for us to win back each other’s hearts by venturing out, stepping up, disturbing the universe, and working for something greater than what we see in front of us.

As we arch ourselves across the vast abyss of our days and ways, what can we do to impact the lives of others? Are we content to measure out our lives in coffee spoons or will we give more generously of our time, our capacity, our curiosity? As an old friend used to say: you don’t have to be a rock star to change the world. Action over entropy. The choice is yours.

Ah the ball that we dared, that we hurled into infinite space,

Doesn’t it fill our hands differently with its return;

Heavier by the weight of where it has been.

Here’s one place to start choosing more consciously: http://www.facebook.com/FromGoodForGood


Taking the Risk: Permission to Be Real

People who keep it real present themselves as they truly are, the good parts and the parts most of us would rather hide.

Most of us are familiar with the idea of keeping it real and have an intuitive sense about what that means. People who keep it real don’t hide behind a mask to keep themselves safe from their fear of how they might be perceived. They don’t present a false self in order to appear more perfect, more powerful, or more independent. People who keep it real present themselves as they truly are, the good parts and the parts most of us would rather hide, sharing their full selves with the people who are lucky enough to know them.

Being real in this way is not an easy thing to do as we live in a culture that often shows us images of physical and material perfection. As a result, we all want to look younger, thinner, wealthier, and more successful. We are rewarded externally when we succeed at this masquerade, but people who are real remind us that, internally, we suffer. Whenever we feel that who we are is not enough and that we need to be bigger, better, or more exciting, we send a message to ourselves that we are not enough. Meanwhile, people who are not trying to be something more than they are walk into a room and bring a feeling of ease, humor, and warmth with them. They acknowledge their wrinkles and laugh at their personal eccentricities without putting themselves down.

People like this inspire us to let go of our own defenses and relax for a moment in the truth of who we really are. In their presence, we feel safe enough to take off our masks and experience the freedom of not hiding behind a barrier. Those of us who were lucky enough to have a parent who was able to keep it real may find it easier to be that way ourselves. The rest of us may have to work a little harder to let go of our pretenses and share the beauty and humor of our real selves. Our reward for taking such a risk is that as we do, we will attract and inspire others, giving them the permission to be real too.

FEAR: Shall I Roller Skate?

Fear is our protector. Fear teaches us to look both ways before crossing the street.  Fear is our unhealthy friend who talks us into avoiding situations we could cope with. 

Eckhart Tolle in his book The Power of Now states " The reason you do not put your hand in the fire is not because of fear, it’s because you know that you’ll get burned."

Fear teaches us to take care of ourselves.  When we are small children our parents have to teach us to fear that which could harm us.  And as we grow up and mature, we learn how to tell the difference between healthy fear/protection and unhealthy fear.

Fear can be unhealthy when we allows fearful feelings to keep us from doing the things in our lives that we both need and want to do.  Those of us who develop irrational fears, which we call phobias, need to seek treatment from a medical professional. For instance, those who fear leaving their homes are in serious trouble, and need help. 

Most likely we will not conquer all of our fears.  At some point in life, we have to make decisions as to which fears it is important to conquer and which to leave alone. For instance, I do not need to conquer my fear of sky diving or scuba diving as I do not have a strong need to do either of those t things.  On the other hand, roller skating means a great deal to me, and as an older person perhaps it is something I should not do and so I am fearful of going to a roller skating rink . But because it means alot to me it would be good for me to check with my doctor.   Maybe I can safely roller skate!

Let us each look at our fears and make decisions about which fears to conquer and which fears to leave be.   In doing so, our lives will be more exciting and we will do many more of the things we long to do.

Psychic Medium and Inspirational Author Carole Lynne


Photo: Flickr CC//cheesy42

Do You!

Dare to be large. Risk big. Be authentic.

Starting today, ask yourself, where in my life am I playing small? Where can I dare to express my true self bright and in Technicolor?

Express yourself in ways that is authentic, positive, challenging, affirming and needs to be heard. Share it and inspire others by your audacity.

You don’t need much more than words. If you are up for the challenge, wear your pink fedora, voice an opinion, and get started on that new venture! It’s your call! Put your name on it.

Put your best and most beautiful self forward, today! See if you can inspire others to do the same. It can be a simple, but bight “Hello” for the guy at your local coffee shop. Do you and share it.

Take stock at the end of your day. What was left unsaid? How can you be bigger and more authentic? Be that bright light that inspires others to be the same.

Take on the challenge; share your thoughts and comments with Sandra at info@sandradaley.com. Sandra A. Daley is a life and career coach in NYC. Visit her at http;//www.sandradaley.com If you liked this article, you may also enjoy “Let Go. Let God."

Anais Nin: There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

Get Out There!

A successful business consultant recently told me that intelligent people oftentimes do nothing, they are too busy waiting for the “right” time, the “right” place, the “right” everything. There is none of that. You have a great idea? Get out there and put it into action!

Wow! It’s that simple. There’s a lot to be said for planning… building your website, for example, getting the message just right, your business cards…but at some point, you have to leap and get your product out there. Get ready to be wildly successful! It’s only out there in the world, that will you hone your skills, focus your message, and understand what it really takes.

A friend turned me on to serial entrepreneur Peter Shankman, founder of HARO. He was the keynote speaker for the Affiliate Summit East 2009. Check it out: http://shankman.com/affiliate-summit-east-2009-keynote/. Lots of great lessons. When you are inspired, get into action, and figure it out on your feet. Worry about all the details later. The answers will come and your business or idea will morph itself into what it needs to be.

Sometimes fear and insecurity can keep us inactive and looking for a partner or someone to validate our message. I would be first to suggest a consultant or coach, but fling the doors open and ask questions later. There is no “perfect” moment.

If you have questions or comments about getting out there contact Sandra A. Daley at info@sandradaley.com or visit her at http: www.sandradaley.com. If you liked this article, you might enjoy “Boy, Is My Job Stressful!”


QUIZ: How Big a Risk-Taker are You?

 1) If I had enough money to live on for a year, right now, I’d . . . 

a. Quit my job and take off for a year because I may never get that chance again. 
b. Keep working and spend the extra cash on fun stuff. 
c. Try to save most of it. 

2) I would change jobs if . . . 

a.I thought the new job would be something I would like to do more and would be much better at. 
b. The new job title would sound cool to my friends, even though the money is no better. 
c. The new place offered me more money, even if I didn’t really like the job. 

3) I envy people who are richer than I am and I want to be one of them one day.

a. Strongly agree.
b. Not sure.
c. Disagree.

4) I planned a great vacation and then find out I lost my job. I . . . 

a. Go anyway because I figure I’ll feel more like looking for a new job after I’ve had some fun.
b. Go on a vacation that doesn’t cost as much but still will be fun.
c. Cancel the vacation plans and start job-hunting.

5) Here’s how I feel about debt:

a. All my friends have some, for college loans and stuff, so it doesn’t bother me.
b. I don’t want to have credit card debt but I realize that sometimes that’s what happens in life.
c. I don’t like the idea of owing anybody anything.

6) If I see something I like, I . . . 

a. Try to talk myself out of it because I often regret buying stuff afterward.
b. Shop around to see if other stores have the same thing for less.
c. Buy it — it’s not worth the time to come back later and it might be gone by then.

7) When I am facing a big money decision, I . . . 

a. Do some research on the Internet, call friends, and even see what my parents or some other expert-types have to say.
b. Call my friends to see what they would do.
c. Flip a coin — these things even out.

SCORE: Count up your points

 a. 3; b. 2; c. 1
2) a. 1; b. 2; c. 3
3) a. 3; b. 2; c. 1
4) a. 3; b. 2; c. 1
5) a. 3; b. 2; c. 1
6) a. 1; b. 2; c. 3
7) a. 1; b. 2; c. 3

What your score means:

If you scored between 19 and 21 points, you are willing to take a lot of risks. Sometimes risks pay off — but if you don’t also start trying to weigh your choices more carefully, you could find yourself in financial trouble.

If you scored between 11 and 18 points, you seem able to balance some risk with common sense. That’s just what you’ll need to succeed in your career.

If you scored between 7 and 10 points, you don’t seem comfortable taking a lot of risks. While you don’t want to play it completely safe all of your life, you’re probably on the right path to financial security.


Copyright © 2009 J.R. Parrish, author of You Don’t Have to Learn the Hard Way: Making it in the Real World: A Guide for Graduates

Author Bio
J.R. Parrish, author of  You Don’t Have to Learn the Hard Way: Making it in the Real World: A Guide for Graduates, went from being a milkman to a multimillionaire. In 1974, he founded J. R. Parrish Inc., a commercial real estate company in Silicon Valley. He ran the company based on the premise that to succeed in life, you must treat people with fairness and respect, a premise that not only won him friends, but made him a fortune. J.R. spent the next 25 years studying and teaching his employees and brokers about human relations. The company grew to be a huge success and one of the premier real estate brokerage firms in Silicon Valley. J.R. retired in 1999. Today, he and his wife Lisa live in one of the most idyllic spots in the Hawaiian Islands, on their own coffee plantation. He continues to support the ideals he believes in through his foundation. 

For more information please visit www.parrishonline.com


Do You Have a Fear Hump?

 Have you heard of a “fear hump”?

No…it’s not a dance….or a sexual deed…..geez.

It’s the little energetic block that prevents you from taking risks, and as a result, keeps you playing at a small level.

It’s the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach right before you try something new that stops you from taking the next step.

It’s the little emotional speed bump that you have to get  over to create the life of your dreams.

The bad news about the fear hump is that the longer you wait to get over it, the harder it becomes to move in the direction of your desires.

The good news is that it really is just a little hump, and once you go over it, you start picking up some great momentum and things start to happen fast.

During the Step Up & Lead Now Program, I will be sharing with you some very powerful strategies to help 
you immediately get over your fear hump.  

But to get you started, embrace this now:

The fear you feel isn’t real. 

In fact, psychologists say that we were only born with two fears: the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. This means that all of your other fears have been learned….which means that they can be un-learned.

To start the un-learning process, feel your fear, notice the sensation, and then move forward regardless! New 
experiences create new impressions in the mind, which translates to a new life….which is what you want. 

One of my favorite teachers, Jack Canfield, has a special mantra that I have used many times in my life. It goes like this: 

“Oh what the heck, go for it anywase!”

Today, do something that scares you….and then share your experience with me here.

I would love to hear your story.

Much love,

Max Simon
Founder & Chief Enlightenment Officer (CEO)

PS: In my upcoming Step Up & Lead Now Tele-seminar Series, I will unveil my signature four steps process for 
moving through the fears that hold you back. This program starts next Thursday and there are still a few 
spots available. Would you like the tools to become a world-changing leader? I will give them to you in this 
special private program. Enroll now and watch how fast your life (and finances) transform. 

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