Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Powerful Daily Habits That Will Make You Happy

                                         "Happiness is not something ready made.
                                               It comes from your own actions."
                                                            - Dalai Lama


We will never discover our true greatness and we will never become truly happy until we start taking care of ourselves.

We do so many things for others and we give our time away to others until we don't have any time left for ourselves.

We seldom take time to do the things that we want to do. And any time that you put yourself on the backburner for another day, week, month, year or 5 years the more unhappy you will become.

Is there something that you want to do, you have to start doing it NOW.
Don't put it off. There will never be the perfect time.

Here are a few simple things that you can do on a daily base to make yourself feel happy.


1. Love Yourself
Make caring for yourself the highest priority in your life. Take care of you. Look out for what truly satisfies you. We are taught to not love ourselves, to take care of ourselves and to look out for ourselves.
Become sensitive to your needs, your wants and your desires. Make a conscious effort to make YOU number ONE.
Your peace of mind is more important than your family,  anybody, because if your don't have peace of mind and your health you can't serve anybody.

2. Take Care of Your Health
Taking care of your health is absolutely a must. Without your health you don't have anything. You must have your health and your energy to do anything and everything in life.
Eat a well-balanced diet and make sure that you get plenty of exercise. Be willing to move your body
Create a health plan and start treating you body as a temple.

3. Get Enough Sleep
You can train your body to get less sleep, but you can not train it to need less sleep.
Sleeping around eight hours a night is a must if you are going to be able to live a happy and productive life. Your brain needs this time to go through everything that happened during the day and either store the information and the events or get rid of them.
Make a commitment to keep all electronics out of the bedroom. Especially your cellphone.

4. Read or Listen to Something Inspirational
Take at least 30 minutes per day to read an inspirational book or listen to something that will make you feel happy and empowered. This could be a great thing to do right before you go to bed. It will help you sleep better during the night.

5. Take Time to Do Something You Enjoy
Take some time to nothing. Or turn on some relaxing music, meditate, go for a walk in nature, a nice relaxing bath, dance around your house to some music you love or sing out loud. Take 30-60 minutes and do something that will make you feel good and happy.
Take some time for you.

6. Draw The Line
There are some things in your life that you are not going to accept any longer. Enough is enough.
Learn to use the word "NO". You cannot grow with certain things and people in your life.
If you don't draw the line and allow things to happen in your life that you don't feel good about, then you won't feel good about yourself. Your image of yourself will erode.
You have got to draw the line

7. Stay in Touch with Family and Friends
We have gotten a little lazy lately. We think that a text or an short email is a great way of staying in touch. It's NOT. Make an effort to call someone on the phone. Take some time to actually get together in person. And when you do put your cell phone away and be there. Be 100% present with the person in front of you. There are so many people in this world that are feeling isolated and alone and a simple phone call can make a huge difference in someone's life.
Take some time to connect. You are never too busy to do this

8. Pursue Your Dream
Have you buried your dream? Time to get it out and dust it off.
Don't remain where it is familiar. Get out of your comfort zone.
You know....in the end we will only regret the things that we didn't do in life.
As women we have been groomed to sacrifice our own dreams in favor of our children's dreams, our husbands dreams or the family's dreams. We forget about ourselves. Then we become resentful, angry and bitter.
Never have regrets because they will weigh you down and make you very unhappy.
Go for your dream. It is important!

9. Smile!
If people don't have one.....give them one of yours.



                                                           www.karinglannstam.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

Learn To Say "No" - Withour Explaining Yourself

                                            Say "no" to things that won't serve you,
                                       will allow you to say "yes" to things that will


Are you having a heard time saying NO?

Do you take on more than you can handle even though you know that you should say no?
In other words..... do you let your mouth overload your back?

Maybe you don't want to do something, but on the other hand you don't want anyone to get mad so you agree to do this "thing" that you have no interest in doing. And maybe you don't actually have enough time to do it, and now you have to cancel something fun that you have planned to do..... just so that you can help someone else out?
How is that going to make you feel?

It is very important to set limits and especially women are having a hard time learning how to say no.
Both at work and at home. With their families and also with their friends.

There are usually two reason that makes a lot of women say "Yes"..... when they actually want to say "No"



We are afraid how other people will react when we say no.

We want to be kind and helpful.


Often we feel selfish when we say no, but we must learn to set limits otherwise we will feel drained of our energy and it might eventually lead to burnout.

A lot of times we feel that we give more that we get back and we often feel that people don't appreciate what we do.

If we continue to help people that we feel don't appreciate our efforts we will eventually get very angry with that person(s).

But remember.....in the end....we were the ones that offered our help and our services and we have made other people used to expecting and getting our help.

It is time to put your foot down and start to set limits.

Will it be easy?

Actually I don't believe that people will be as upset as we think that they are going to be.

By setting limits you will get more respect from others and you will eventually have more respect for yourself and that will in the end give you..... peace of mind.


A Few Tips!

Now if you are not a person that are used to putting your foot down.....it might take a little practice and it will feel uncomfortable for a while. But the longer you keep on doing it, the easier it will get and the more confident you will feel.

When you start saying no to people, you never have to explain to them why you can't do it or don't want to do it. A simple and kind "no"..... is a perfect answer.

Just remember when you have put your foot down and said "no".....keep your foot down. Don't allow other people to talk you into changing your mind.
Be kind and clear..... but be firm.

Tell the person "no" right away. We don't do this because it is hard to say no.
But it won't be any easier to say "no" tomorrow or the next week.
Or you can tell people..... "No! But if I change my mind I will call you and let you know."


Just remember that you don't owe anyone an explanation why don don't want to do something.
That is your business and no one else's.

Your needs and wants are important too..... and you don't need anyone's approval. Only Yours.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Why Having A Healthy Brain Is Very Important

                                   If you don't take time to take care of your health now,
                            you're gonna have to make time for feeling sick & tired later


We hear and read a lot about why we should have a healthy heart.

But we seldom hear a lot about having a healthy brain. Especially when we are getting a little older.

It really doesn't matter if your body and your heart is in excellent shape, if your brain isn't working properly.

In this blog I want to talk about a great book that I just finished reading.....
Your Miracle Brain.....written by Jean Carper

In this fantastic book the author will go over just about everything that will improve the quality of your brain. Everything from activity to the food that we eat.

In other words we are what we eat and we can make sure that we take good care of our brains so that we can live a healthy and fulfilling life.

We can prevent or slow down the aging process of the brain, and we can also prevent some of the brain diseases like early dementia, Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's and stroke.
The book also talks about how dangerous diabetes is for the brain. Something to think about as so many more people develop this disease sometime during their lifetime.

Being both physically and mentally active is very important for our brain and it will also make us feel a lot happier and healthier.
Make sure you learn something new, once in a while. Like taking up a new hobby, maybe learning a new language. Get out of your comfort zone and meet new people with different ideas and interests from yours. Always read books.
Your brain needs to be stimulated with new experiences..... and make sure that you don't isolate yourself too much.
Your brain is like a muscle. The more you work it....the better it gets.

Make sure that you move physically. You have to move your body no matter what is going on in your life and how old you are. It is not good for a body to be inactive. Make exercise part of your daily routine. A 30-50 minute walk..... five times per week is a great option.

Also the food that we eat will make a huge impact on our brains. The book will tell you all the do's and all the don't. If you are not a fish eater you might want to start being one, right now. Or make sure that you are taking Omega3 supplements.
And if you don't like fruits and vegetables, you are probably going to be in trouble later in life if you don't eat them.
After reading this book you might want to rethink some of your food choices that you are making right now.

Another thing this book talks about is the importance of taking daily vitamins to improve you brain health and to prevent future damages.

It is always a lot easier to be preventive that to actually treat the disease after it has happened.

The book also talks about why sugar is both good and bad for the brain.
How to increase the serotonin level in the brain. (Serotonin is the happy hormone. It helps regulate your mood).
Why we love our coffee and our chocolate.
How a little bit of red wine is a good thing and why black tea is something that we should also drink.
It also mentions that eating too many calories will age your brain.

Check out this book!
A lot of useful information on how to have a healthier brain, body and mind.





Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Monday, August 7, 2017

Progress Is Messy

                                                        All change is hard at first.
                                                           Messy in the middle.
                                                        And gorgeous in the end.


I remember back in the early nineties when I was in the process of building my very first house together with my now ex-husband.
We had picked the perfect lot in a small subdivision outside Houston. The lot was almost one acre and it had a lot of trees on it.
We had also decided on what the house was going to look like. It was going to be a two-story Country-Victorian house. Three bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath, nice size kitchen and a three car garage.

We were very excited about the house and our plans..... but then the construction started.
Excited days got replaced with days filled with frustration, worry, anger and disappointments.
Progress is messy.



Some days some of the workers didn't show up and the whole project got delayed because you can't start putting the roof on if the framing isn't done. A lot of things has to be done in a specific order.
Some days the material didn't get delivered and we had to wait on it. And those days we had to be flexible and work on some other things that needed to be done. Maybe just a clean up day.

Talking about cleaning up. Many of those days. It could be perfect and cleaned up one day and then the next evening we had to do it all over again.

The project took a lot longer that we expected and it also cost more money than we had planned for in the beginning, because we added and changed some things as we went along. Things that we were not aware of when we started the building of the house.

Can anyone relate to what I am talking about?

Don't get me wrong there were a lot of absolutely fantastic day. Being able to be part of the construction of my own home was a great experience. I learned so much during this time. Things that have been very useful for me during my life.
The house turned out beautifully. We loved living there. I have a lot of fun and wonderful memories from my nine years of living in that house.

I guess by now you are wondering where I am going with this story?

Isn't it true in life that it doesn't matter what we are trying to do, especially if it involves making some kind of progress..... it is going to be a little messy, talking a lot longer that we first figured and also it will cost us a little more than we first intended. A lot of days will be filled with doubt, fear, frustration, worry and anger but in the end it will always be worth it because the experience will benefit us for the rest of our lives.

Anything you do in life is a lot like building the house I was talking about.

Have you have ever started a business of your own?  (It's a lot like building a house)
First you have to decide on what kind of business you want. Then you must also create a game-plan or a blueprint of what you want your business to look like and how to go about creating it. You create an action plan and then you make a decision what you first step is going to be. And then the next step and then the next.
In the beginning everything is great. Especially during the planning days. But it does get a little harder when you must start taking daily action steps and then all of a sudden your plan falls apart due to things you could not have anticipated and planned for.
Maybe you ran out of money half-way through the project? A friend had promised to help you, and she/he didn't show up. The person you hired stole from you and you had to fire them. Everything took a lot longer because you had to learn to do a lot of new things that you had no idea that you had to learn when you decided to start the business.
Does this sound familiar to someone?

I can absolutely relate to all of the above in my own business. Many days can be very frustrating and many days..... I don't know what to do. I don't have all the answers. I have had to learn a lot about being patient. Patient when people don't do what they promised you, that they would do. Patient when other people that you are depending on are delaying your project(s). I have had to learn things that I never thought I could do. I have had learn to do things that I really didn't want and still don't want to do.....but who is going to do them when you can't afford to pay anyone and the "free help" suddenly decided that they didn't want to help anymore? I have had to ask a lot of people to help me and to show me how to do things. I have read a lot of books, articles and listened to YouTube.

How about personal development?
We want to better ourselves and our lives. We want to drop a few bad habits and add a couple of new ones that are better for us in the long run. It is very exciting and we feel extremely motivated when we are planning to get in better shape, both mentally and physically.
But what happens when the alarm goes off at 4.30 in the morning and you are suppose to either hit the gym or go jogging before going to work? Well, then we need a new kind of excitement.

The planning phase is always more exciting than actually taking action on our plans. And I guess that is why a lot of people will have great plans but no execution.
How about those days and you have been working very hard for a very long time and nothing happens? Those days are very difficult and during those days it is easy to get discouraged and feeling like you want to quit.

But if you go back to building the house......you can't quit halfway through the project. You can't live in a house without a roof.
Same thing with a business. It will take a while before you will see some results and you might have to alter you game-plan many times because it just didn't work. You might have to do a few things that feels very uncomfortable to you. But no one else will do it, or you can't afford to pay anyone else.

Same thing with the house. You will realize after a while that you rather have a bigger window in the kitchen or a larger/smaller garage.
Maybe jogging at 5 am in the morning isn't your thing and you have to try something new that will better fit you and your lifestyle. Maybe jogging in the evening with a group of people will better fit you. Or maybe playing tennis or going swimming.

In the end we must all realize that progress is messy. It doesn't matter what we are trying to do.

First we have to learn to be patient with ourselves. Usually it will take a longer that we think it is going to do and most of the time it will require a lot more work that we thought in the beginning. Growth is not that easy..... but it is always possible, and at any time of our lives.
We are never too old or too young to start.

It doesn't matter what you are trying to do. Building a house, building a business, building a healthier body/mind, building better relationships or a better financial future. It will take time. It will require a game-plan, action on your part and it will include a lot of messy days filled with confusion, fear, doubt and worry.

But in the end it will all be worth it. Just think about all you have learned in the process and also think about the person that you now have become due to these experiences. A New You.

PRICELESS!!!


                                          Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach
                                                         www.karinglannstam.com
              

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fantastic Book About Self-Control - The Marshmallow Test

                                                              "Self-Control
                                                  What lies in our power to do,
                                                  it lies in our power no to do."
                                                               - Aristotle


                                       "Self-control is a key factor in achieving success.
                                                We can't control everything in life,
                                             but we can definitely control ourselves.
                                                       - Jan McKingley Hilado



If you want to learn about self-control and how to master it, I have the perfect book for you.....

The Marshmallow Test......written by Walter Mischel.

A child is presented with a marshmallow, eat this one now or enjoy two later. What will she/he do? And what are the implications for his/her behavior later in life?

The ability to delay gratification is critical for success in life.

Is willpower prewired or can it be taught?

In this book Walter Mischel explains how self-control can be mastered and applied to any challenge that we are facing in our lives, from breaking bad habits like smoking, overeating or overspending to overcoming heartbreak, making major decisions and to planning for our retirement.

This book will make you think about who you are and what you can be.


If you were presented with one marshmallow and told that you could eat this one now or wait and you can have two later.....

What would you do???



                                        Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach
                                                         www.karinglannstam.com





Monday, July 31, 2017

Don't Judge Me, Until You Know Me

                                                          Don't talk about me,
                                                   until you have talked to me.
                                                        Don't underestimate me,
                                                        until you challenge me.
                                                             Don't judge me,
                                                           until you know me.


When we start something new in your lives, it is always going to feel a bit scary in the beginning.

We are going to wonder if we are doing the right thing
If it is going to work out
If we are starting a new business, we are probably going to think about if we will be able to make any money doing this
If our friends/family are going to like it
Are people going to approve of what we are doing
Are they still going to like us and support us

All these questions can create a lot of worry. And a lot of times this worrying will turn into doubt. After a while, doubt will turn into questioning ourselves..... if we are actually doing the right thing. And then sometimes after worrying and doubting ourselves for a while we decide not to go ahead with doing this "new thing".....whatever it is.

I have talked to some people lately, and also during these years that I have been coaching people and I see a familiar pattern showing up.
They are afraid to take the first step. They are afraid to be seen.They are afraid to go out there in the world and share their message with other people. This happens a lot when it comes to people wanting to start some kind of business in which they are intending to help other people to improve their lives, through sharing their own experiences and their knowledge. Most often these people don't think that they are good enough and they are often afraid that somehow other people won't like and approve of them anymore, if they pursue their dream.

It doesn't matter what you are trying to do in this world. There are always going to be some people that are going to hate you. Some people won't understand why you want to do what you want to do. And some people will shake their heads at you, and they will tease you and make fun of you. Some people will doubt you and your abilities and they will talk behind you back.
This is always going to happen. But this is never about you. It is always about them.

When we start something new we want our friends/family to like what we are going to do. And we want their approval. But I have news for you.....it won't always happen.
There will be people that are going to judge you, criticize you and disapprove of you. So what!!! let them.
But just make sure that it won't stop you from pursuing your dream.

If you don't want anyone to ever judge you or criticize you, then you have to
Do Nothing.....Say Nothing.....and Be Nothing.

If some of your friends won't support you and they decide to walk away from you. Let them. You don't need those kind of friends anyway. And the good thing is that when some people leave your life..... you will have room for some new and better friendships to show up. Some that will better match you and what you are trying to accomplish.

I remember back in 2012/2013 when I was just getting started with trying to create my own coaching business. I only had a personal FB. I hadn't posted much on it,  just a few personal stuff. But then I decided to start posting some more spiritual, inspiring and empowering messages. Messages that were suppose to make you think in a new direction and with a new mind. I was scared to death that I was going to offend some of my old friends. I remember sitting in my living room and debating with myself if I could or rather dared to post certain things on FB.
Would someone get mad? Maybe they would confront me? And worst of all.....maybe they would not like me anymore? And if they didn't like me anymore....maybe they would leave me?
But I decided to go ahead with pursuing my dream of helping people and one day having a coaching business.
Yes.....I was scared a lot of times and I was doubting myself often, but I didn't allow that to stop me. I believed that I had something valuable to teach and to share with the world.

So what happened back in 2012/2013?
Nothing. Nobody did anything to me or said anything to me. They might have said a few things to my friends, but not anything to me personally. And if they didn't agree they just silently just went away. If you lose one, two or a few.....you will get some new ones that will better fit you and your new way of thinking and being. Sometimes we try to hang onto old stuff and people, way to long. Let them be a part of your past and not your present. Sometimes a very important part of you past, but often we must learn to let go. If people don't want to grow you might have to let them go for a while and sometimes forever. Some people you just have to continue to love from a distance.

During all these years since I started my business in 2012, new people have come into my life. Some are still here. Some stayed for a while. Some stayed for only a couple of months and then they left.
I used to always try to hold onto people and I always wanted to be friends forever with everybody. But I have learned that that is not the way life works. People come and people go. We must learn to recognize when it is time to let someone go.

Some people will be in your life for a lifetime. Some people will be in your life for many years and some people will only be there for a short period of time. Every person that you cross paths with are there to teach you something. Sometimes it is a big lesson and sometimes just a smaller one. But after you have learned the lesson it might be time to move onto the next one. Don't hang onto people that don't need to be in your life. Sometimes they only came along to teach to a valuable lesson about yourself or about life.

The good thing is that I still have some friendships in my life that I have had for 20-35 years. They have been with me for a long time. They are very supportive and they believe in me and that is the kind of people that you must have in your life.
No matter what happens they see something in you, they know the real you and they believe in you. They might not always agree with you but they support you and whatever you decide to do.

I am still scared from time to time when I am writing some of my blogs and now also my books. What are people going to think about me? about what I have done? and what I am sharing in my writing? Can I really write about this? Do I have enough knowledge when it come to this topic? Am I good enough to do this?
But I also know that I am trying to inspire, uplift, empower and educate others to live a better life through sharing what I have learned by going through my own lessons in life, good or bad. But also from what I have learned from others and from all the knowledge that I have accumulated from books, seminars and webinars.


Here are some of the most common things I hear from people that are trying to start something new.

I am not ready yet. I need to attend some more courses

I must have another degree before I get going

A lot of other people are already doing what I am trying to do. The world doesn't need another______________ (fill in the blank)

I don't know how to do it. I don't even know where to start

If I do this I am afraid that my spouse/family/friends won't approve of me and what I want to do

I don't think I am good enough. Other people are a lot better than I am

How am I going support myself doing this?

I am too old/young/man /woman

I don't have any resources to pursue my dream

I don't have enough time/money

I can't ask others to help me, because then they will realize how little I know


A lot of people are suffering from excuseitis. Inflammation of the excuse nerve.
They are afraid to step into the light and to be seen by the world due to being afraid of judgement, criticism and also feeling that they are not good enough.




So I suggest that you start listening and trusting yourself.
Turn down the noise that comes from the outside world. Trust your ideas and your instincts. Listen to that small voice within you.
Nobody needs to approve of your dream. It was given to you. The reason other people won't and can't see and understand your dream is because that they can't actually see it, since you were the person it was given to, only you can see it.
Hold your dream. Cultivate it, nourish it and work it.

Don't give up because things are hard. You are never given anything in this world that you can't handle.
You are capable of so much more that you can imagine.

Give us what you've got.
Don' hold back.
The world needs your gifts and talents. Start sharing TODAY!


                                            Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach
                                                             www.karinglannstam.com

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Is It Time to Do a Little House Cleaning When It Comes to Your Relationships?

                                          Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,
                                           but the companion of fools will suffer hard.


Is it time to do a little house cleaning again and toss away some things that are only taking up space and are not making you happy?

After you clean out you house you might also wan to take a good look at the people that you surround yourself with.

Is it time to let a few friends go?

Maybe you even have some toxic ones around..... but you are having a hard time letting them go?

We all have to realize that some people are simply not good for us.
They might not be toxic, but they are not having the best attitude.

Here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself before you decide on who gets to stay and who gets to go.

What kind of person am I becoming because of this relationship?

Does this relationship help me grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually?

Am I becoming a better person because of this relationship?

Do they bring out the best in me?

Do they inspire me?

Do they encourage me to develop my greatness?

Do they make me stretch?


Birds of a feather flock together.....
In other words.....people who have something in common feel comfortable together.


                                            Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach
                                                         www.karinglannstam.com


Monday, July 24, 2017

Have An Open Mind

                                               The purpose of education is to replace
                                                 an empty mind with and open one


Every day as I take my dogs out on our daily morning walk we always walk past this small and beautiful pond. On this particular day that I am going to talk about in this blog, we ran into some women that were feeding the fish in the pond. I stopped and talked to the ladies for a few minutes as we were all watching the fish eat.
After a while we all mentioned how brown and cloudy the water was in the pond. You couldn't see anything below the surface. So I said "well..... no wonder the water is cloudy and brown, there is no new fresh water coming into the pond (except for when it rains)..... and there is also no water leaving the pond."

I guess you are wondering where I am going with this story about the pond?

Think of your mind as the pond in the story I just told you. A lot of times we will allow or own mind to get cloudy and brown. We don't allow any new ideas to enter our mind. We do the same thing every day. We eat the same food. Hang out with the same people and we have worked with the same people for years. We have become rigid in our thinking and the sad thing is that we won't even entertain any new ways of thinking. The people that we spend most of our time with the majority of them think like we do, and that is why with spend time with them in the first place.
Nothing new is happening in your life and in their life and therefore.....no new thoughts.

In our spare time we create small groups of friends that we spend time with and maybe do a few activities with. But the majority of the time they are always the same people that we have spent time with for last 5-10 years maybe even longer than that. They have the same ideas, the same way of thinking and most often there isn't anything new happening in their lives. We don't allow any new people to come into our groups.

No..... we want to do the things that we have always done, telling ourselves that this is the way we have always done it and this is the way it is going to be. We are afraid to let any new people join our group that might have some different ideas, a different way to of thinking and maybe has been brought up in a different part of the world. We often stay away from those people and we call them weird and what they are doing and the way they are thinking is wrong.

Where and when did we come up with the idea that whatever we are doing or thinking is always right?

Most often the way they are makes us feel uncomfortable for some reason. The sad thing is that we will never learn anything new by staying with the same routines and doing and thinking the same thing over and over again. Eventually it will make us very bored and not satisfied with our own lives. And eventually complaining becomes a new bonding ritual that we engage in with our small group.

I remember back in 2012 when I was back in Sweden for one year. One time I went to a small party where I only knew one woman. I found the conversation very interesting because one of the women at that particular party talked about how no one would invite her into any groups. She had moved to this city several years ago but had a hard time making any new friends or meeting new people.
Maybe this sounds familiar to you?
It doesn't matter where you live but a lot of people have a tendency to not welcome change and also new people into their lives. They want things to be the way they have always been.

I have news for you.....the only thing that is constant in life is change. And only when we learn to sometimes let go of old things and "old thinking" and welcome change, embrace learning new things, new people, new experience and growth.... only then will we feel truly happy and fulfilled.

For me personally..... I feel that it would be terrible if things stayed the same way that they are right now. If no new change was ever possible.....I believe life would be very gray and boring. There are so many more things that I want to learn, places I want to go to and people that I want to meet. I want to continue to develop my coaching business, help more people, learn more about myself, write more blogs, newsletters and books. I also am looking forward to creating new friendships and relationships where I can grow as a person. So many things to do and so many places to go in life.

My suggesting to you is to not become like the pond or maybe like the Dead Sea. Open yourself up to new possibilities. Open your tight closed group up to some new faces. You never know what you may learn and experience. Maybe something new and even better?

Always have an open mind when it come to everything. Learn new things. We are never to old to learn. And when you learn something new, share it with friends and tell them about it. It might be information that they didn't have and it can be a game changer for them. This is exactly why I am writing this blog today and hopefully it will make you think about your own life a little and maybe do some changes?

When you open yourself up to new things and people in your life make sure that you share with the world. If you don't you will also become stuck and cloudy .....just  like the pond I was talking about. If you never let anything go you will eventually feel constipated. You have to empty out your new ideas so that you can make room for some new ones. Any new idea will stay on your mind until you release it.

"When you learn, teach. When you get, give."   Maya Angelou

When you learn.....you must teach someone else. And then they will teach another person and yet another person and another person.

Our bodies couldn't survive if we didn't take in any food. We could survive for a while but eventually we would die. The body also has to eliminate what we have eaten or we will get constipated.
Same thing with our minds. We have to always feed our minds with good nutritious thoughts, ideas and experiences.

You only live once so make sure that you actually lived.
Don't sleep-walked through life.


                                          Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach
                                                         www.karinglannstam.com

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Great Book About Creating Financial Freedom

                                "The financial goal the wealth-minded persons pursue is,
                                                              FREEDOM,
                                                               not riches."
                                                        - Felicia Woodside


Is one of your goals in life is to create financial freedom?
If it is..... I have a great book that I want to recommend.

It is ....The 9 Steps To Financial Freedom ....written by Suze Orman

This book has a lot of useful advice and inspiration from one of the leading voices of personal finance.
It is combining real-life recommendations with the motivation to overcome financial anxiety.

The book includes.....
Seeing how your past holds the key to your financial future
Facing your fears and creating new truths
Trusting yourself more than others
Being open to receiving all that you are meant to have
Understanding the lessons of the money cycle


     If you saw a quarter on the street, would you stop to pick it up? Of course you would - we all would. Would you throw a dollar on the street for someone else to pick up? I doubt it. Yet without even knowing it, you may be throwing away hundreds of dollars in found money for you and your future just by the way you're dealing with your financial life.
     Most people try to set up their lives for convenience, to make things easy. But easy can be costly. Respecting yourself and your money means wanting to put every penny you can to work for you. Respect attracts money, remember? You might have "found money" right now, a few hundred dollars a year here, a few hundred there, or more. Wouldn't you like to find it? You can if you are willing to look. If you're willing to re-arrange the pieces of your financial life just a little, you'll be able to see the solution to the puzzle - and find the money.

From the book.....The 9 Steps To Financial Freedom.....by Suze Orman



                                         Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach
                                                          www.karinglannstam.com

Monday, July 17, 2017

Don't Sit On the Sidelines Of Life

                                           Struggles are required in order to survive in life,
                        because in order to stand up, you got know what falling down is like.


Can you remember when you were a kid playing on the playground with all your friends?
You were doing all kind of things. Playing, laughing and also falling down. What happened after you fell down? You got up, brushed yourself off and jumped right back into the fun and the game.
Did you think that you were a failure because you fell down? Or didn't know how to do something right away? No....you didn't.
You just laughed together with your friends and you tried again. If you didn't know how to do something you asked your friend to show you how and then you tried.
And your friends did the same thing.....if they fell or did something funny or silly.....they got back up and you all laughed at it. No big deal.
Did you sit on the side of the playground not participating in the fun? I am sure you didn't. Who wants to sit and just watch other kids having fun and not joining them?




So when did we decide that falling down equals failure?
And if we fall down, we now stay down instead of getting back up and we decide that we can't do it.

When did we decide that we can't ask for help from our friends, family members or from a mentor?
Ask for help and have them show us how they did something that we would like to do?
Instead we have decided that asking for help is a sign of weakness.

At what point did we decide to just remain on the sidelines instead of playing and having fun , like we used to do when we were kids?

Did you know that the majority of people won't even try once to do something new?
They talk themselves out of doing something before that have even tried it and they tell themselves that they can't possible do it, or make it happen.
People are so fearful of failure that they won't even try.


They tell themselves things like.....

"I can't possible be able to create financial freedom in my life. I am thousands of dollars in debt right now and my job doesn't pay very well"

"I am way to old/young to start my own business. No one that I know has done it so who is going to be able to help me and show me how?" 

I have had this extra weight since I was a teenager and now I am forty so I guess I will be like this the rest of my life. I have tried every diet there is and I guess I am just not suppose to be thin and fit"

My dad/mom was an alcoholic so I guess I am just stuck in this addiction for the rest of my life like they were"

In my opinion there is no such thing as failure. It is only feedback.
What you did wasn't working for some reason.

Failures or setbacks can also be viewed as steppingstones to success. In order to be truly successful at something you must know how it feels to fall down.

Sometimes I believe it is more like a lesson that we needed to learn. An important life lesson and if you really look at the lesson it will probably give you some valuable information that you didn't have before.

Be more like the kid you used to be playing on the playground. When you fall down, get up and brush yourself off.
Sometimes laughing at yourself when things happen is a great way of turning something unpleasant into something more pleasant. Tell a friend about and then laugh together.

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly until you get there. Until you get better at it.

Don't sit on the sidelines of life anymore. Get on the field and start playing.
And if you fall down, you just get back up, brush yourself off, laugh and then jump back into the game again.

Remember to bounce and not break when you fall.
Because you will fall down in life. We all fall....but don't stay there. Get back up.
Ask for help if you need it.

               
                                        Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach
                                                       www.karinglannstam.com








Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Fantastic Book - The Millionaire Next Door

                                   "A big part of financial freedom is having your heart
                                and your mind free from worry about the what-ifs of life."
                                                             - Suze Orman

                                   "Too many people spend money that haven't earned,
                                                     to buy things they don't want,
                                                 to impress people they don't like."
                                                               - Will smith

Here is a fantastic book.....
The Millionaire Next Door.....by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

You must read it!
It is filled with fantastic insight on wealth in America and it lets you know that nearly anybody with a steady job can accumulate financial independence in their life.

Who are the rich in this country?
What do they do?
Where do they shop?
What do they drive?
How do they invest?
Where did their ancestors come from?
How did they get rich?
Can I become one of them?



The Seven Factors

Who becomes wealthy? Usually the wealthy individual is a business-man who has lived in the same town for all of his adult life. This person owns a small factory, a chain of stores, or a service company. He has married once and remains married. He lives next door to people with a fraction of his health. He is compulsive saver and investor. And he has made his money on his own. Eighty percent of America's millionaires are first-generation rich.
Affluent people typically follow a lifestyle conclusive to accumulating money.
In the course of our investigations, we discovered seven common denominators among those who successfully built wealth.

1. They live below their means.

2. They allocate their time, their energy, and money efficiently, in ways conductive to building wealth.

3. They believe that financial independence is more important than displaying high social status.

4. Their parents did not provide economic outpatient care.

5. Their adult children are economically self-sufficient.

6. They are proficient in targeting market opportunities.

7. They choose the right occupation.

In The Millionaire Next Door, you will study these seven characteristics of the wealthy. We hope you will learn how to develop them in yourself.

From the book.....The Millionaire Next Door


Maybe you are living next door to a millionaire right now?



                                         Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach
                                                            www.karinglannstam.com



Monday, July 10, 2017

Stand Up For Yourself, Your Dream and Your Life

                                                    "How am I going to live today
                                                    in order to create the tomorrow
                                                                I'm committed to?"
                                                                - Tony Robbins


I don't know what your dream is.

I don't know what you are trying to accomplish in your life right now.

But one thing I do know is this....
If you are going to make it happen for you and your dream..... you sometimes have to say NO to doing things and to do what other people want you to do, and say YES to yourself and to your dream.

No.....I can't go out tonight. I have to be at a workshop at eight in the morning.
No.....No I am not spending money on entertainment this month because I must buy some new
          books.
No.....I can't work overtime this month. I have to work on my dream.
No.....I am going to read a book instead of surfing social media.
No.....I don't want to listen to your complaining and gossiping anymore.
No.....You have to learn to take care of yourself. It is not my job to save you.
No.....I can't work this weekend. I am attending a seminar in another city.
No.....I am going to the gym in the evenings instead of watching TV.
No.....I don't want to listen to your sad story over and over again. Nothing has changed since
          the last time you told me about it.
No.....I am going to save my money instead of wasting it on impulsive purchases.

You must learn to say no to other people's agendas, urgencies and drama in order for you to have some time to work on yourself, increase your knowledge and your skills so that you will be able to live your dream.


Other people can't see your dream nor do they care about your dream. Everyone has their own agenda and most people want to make it easy as possible for themselves. And if you are continuing to say yes to certain people you will eventually wake up one day realizing that you are behind on your dream. You have constantly put other people and their demands of your time, before you and your dream.

It takes a lot of courage to go against other people.
It takes courage to walk your own path and to say no.
A lot of people will constantly keep you busy with every day demands of your time, pointless drama in their own lives, complaining, gossiping and tremendous negativity. And if you allow their urgencies to become your emergency, you will lose valuable time that you must invest in yourself and your dream.

Your time is valuable. Don' let anyone waste it. Once it is gone or lost you can never get it back.
You can get you money back if you lose it. You can get you car or your house back if you lost it.
If you lose a friend you can make some new friendships.
But it's different with your time. It the most valuable thing that you have got. Learn to say no to other people's demands on your time.
Besides that ....it is not your job to save everybody.

Great Tip!

Before you commit to something or somebody ask yourself..........
Do I really want to do this?
How much time is this going to take?
Do I have this time to give away?
Always sleep on a decision because it looks very different in the morning than it did the night before.


I was talking to a good friend the other day about this exact topic and I said to her....."Do you realize that every time I say .....Yes to certain people, giving them my time.....I am saying..... No to myself and my dream?"
I am the only one that has to live with the consequences of saying yes to others and no to myself. Other people don't care. They just want you to do what they want you to do.

To go against the dominant thinking of your family, friends, co-workers and people that you associate with on a daily base is no easy task.
It is probably the most courageous act you can perform.

When you have your own dream for your life, you will have your own agenda. You will have something that you are doing on a daily base. And if other people can put you on a guilt trip, they will. They will use you and abuse you over and over again and you must learn to draw the line.

You are very powerful and you have to use that power to put your foot down and to change things.

When you are committed to dance to the beat of a different drummer you must learn to except that most people won't understand you.
Don't expect your dream to make sense to anybody but yourself.
You are doing if for you..... and it doesn't matter if others won't understand or support you.
You have a calling on your life and you are doing it for you.

You have made a different kind of commitment for your life and this is something that you have to do. You have to go and to do what you were put on this earth to do.
Being committed means taking a stand for you.

Stand up for yourself, your dream and your life.


Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach
                                                            www.karinglannstam.com



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Do You Feel Excited About Your Goals?

                                        "Reasons come first - answers come second."
                                                             - Tony Robbins


Most people have a very vague plan or a very unclear vision of what they want in life.

Most of us want something to happen in life. Something new and exciting, but unfortunately we don't take time to actually sit down and become clear on what we really want.

What kind of change are you looking for? What will actually make you excited about your life?



Just wanting something isn't enough for taking it all the way to accomplishing a goal. We must decide on what we want, create a plan and then take action on that plan on a daily base.

A lot of people will talk about goals but very few actually set them. I believe that  it is only around 5 percent of  people that have goals in writing..... for all areas of their lives.

Sometimes we might have created some goals but the goals are so lousy that they don't get us excited and we quickly abandon them.

Is your goal that the only thing that you want in life is to pay the lousy bills?....I can understand your excitement on a Monday morning. "Yeah....I am getting out of bed today so that I can go to work and make enough money to pay the lousy bills!"

How about "I just want to lose a few pounds so that I can gain it back during the holidays because I really want to be able to eat then." Sounds really exciting!!!

Your dream and your goals will work as a giant magnet. It will pull you through anything that is going on in your life right now. The bigger and stronger that your vision and your goals are, the stronger the pull will be.

How can you create some great goals for yourself.....something that will make you hop out of bed every morning of your life (or almost every morning)?

A lot of people won't act on their goals because they have no idea how they will ever be able to do it.
If you can inspire yourself to act on your goal, the how will take care of itself.

In other words we must create important and exciting REASONS why we want to accomplish our goals.

The stronger the reasons..... the easier it will be to take the right action and stay motivated to continue until you have reached your goal(s).

First you have to decide what is that you do want? Then you must be clear about the "WHY" behind the goal(s).

Why do I want this for myself?
When you have figured out the WHY.....the How will take care of itself.
                                            ______________________________

Great Tip!

Take some time to sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and write down you answers to these questions.

- Find 5 reasons why it is important that you will be able to accomplish your goals and live your dream. (Maybe you can find more than five. Write them all down).

- What are another 5 reasons that you won't give up on your dream and your goals.

                                            ______________________________

What are you planning to do about your goals and your dream?



                                            Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach
                                                      www.karinglannstam.com







Monday, July 3, 2017

How Are You Coming Along With Your Goals For 2017?

                                        Climb mountains not so the world can se you,
                                                   but so you can see the world.

How are coming along with your goals for this year?

Six months of 2017 are already gone and there are only six more months left for you to accomplish those goals that you set out to accomplish and the beginning of this year.

What was the goals you decided that you wanted to make your reality at the beginning of this year?

Was it to finally leave a dead-end job and start your own business? Or maybe start a new healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating healthier? Maybe it was to leave a relationship that was leading to nowhere? Maybe to start dating again after being single for serval years? Or starting a new hobby?
What was it for you?

One of my goals for 2017 was to read at least two books per month.
And I am not talking about just any kinds of books. I am talking about educational books that will make me learn, stretch and improve myself and my skills so that I will be able to create more value for my coaching clients and also in writing my books, newsletters and blogs.
I have read books about personal development, leadership, financial books, relationship books and books about spirituality.
I want to constantly grow, expand and learn new things.

So how am I doing on my goal?
So far I have read 16 books so that leaves me with 8 more to go. I believe that I will reach my goal at the end of this year.
Eventually I want to be able to read a book per week. Maybe that will be my goal for next year?


Books are a great source of inspiration and motivation on those days when doubt, fear creeps into our lives and on those days when our self-confidence takes a deep dive.
Books will keep us motivated to keep on going and they will remind us that anything is possible for you and me .....if we continue to work on ourselves, our skills and our talents.


Goals are like magnets. They will pull us through almost anything that is going on right now in our lives and they will pull us towards a brighter and better future. Make sure that you have a clear vision of where you want to go in life or you might find yourself driving around in your car not having a map and not knowing where you are going.

Unfortunately a lot of people won't reach their goals or live up to their true potential.
And here are a few reasons why.


A lot of people will allow fear to stop them dead in their tracks. Almost all fears are fears that we have learned and picked up on our journey called life. Sometimes we might even pick up someone else's fear if we spend a lot of time together with them. Fear of failure is a big one and also fear of success. We are afraid that we won't be able to handle it.
What would you attempt to do if you knew you couldn't fail?

Some people will get too comfortable. They stop growing. They stop wanting anything and they become satisfied. People will stop looking for new ways that they can improve themselves.
Progress and growth = happiness. If you keep on growing you will live but if you stop growing you will eventually die. Maybe not physically but you will die spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

A lot of people will not feel worthy of having their goals so as they get closer to accomplishing their goals they will unconsciously start sabotaging their own success by destructive habits like procrastination and also by wasting and spending time on things that will eventually prevent them from reaching their goals.

People will also complain and blame everyone and everything. They are not hurting bad enough yet to do something about their situation, they just want to constantly complain about it.
They constantly moan and groan about their job, their finances, their health, their spouse or their friends but they don't do anything about it.
They haven't yet gotten to the point that they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. Complaining takes a lot of mental energy that these people could instead use to better themselves and their situation.
Actually a lot of people think that complaining is equivalent of doing something about it.

Another thing that will prevent people from reaching their goals is their circumstances and their environment. Just because they haven't seen it modeled in front of them, they don't think it is possible for them to change themselves and their environment.
Where they are right now is all they know.


You can always become more by having goals and work towards them.
In life we usually don't get what we want - You get in life what we are. We can always become more by working to develop ourselves.

This is the reason why a constantly work on myself and reading insightful and inspiring books of what is possible.....is one way of accomplishing more in my life.
If other people can do it - so can I and so can you!!!

A few TIPS!

Start by looking at your life. Where are you today?
Look at your strengths and weaknesses. (If you can't figure it out ask a trusted friend or family-member.)
What will give your life meaning, fulfillment and a sense of joy?
What does a meaningful and rich life mean to you?
What can you love and can see yourself doing seven days a week?

Think about those questions when it comes to all areas of your life.
Your personal life, professional life, financial life, family life and spiritual life.

In Wednesday's blog I am going to talk about the next step in accomplishing your goals.....
REASONS..... Why do you want to pursue and accomplish your goals?

What is it that you would like to have in your life?


Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach