Monday, June 29, 2015

Why getting specific about your goal is so important

                                              "A goal without a just a wish"

Most of the time we have very vague plans or a very unclear vision of what we want. Most of us want something to change or something to happen, but we don't sit down and actually decide on what we really want.

I want to lose some weight.......I want another job......I want to start saving some money.....I want to become healthier and more fit.

I know these are all good intentions but they won't get you very far. You have to become specific of what you want. Just wanting something is not enough for taking you all the way.

A lot of times we might have a lot of commitment, but we don't end up reaching our goals.

Commitment is great but there are a couple of things that you need to go along with your commitment.

A specific plan of action.
How are you planning to reach your goal. You need a "road-map" that will take you from where you are to today, to where you want to be in the future. Put in writing and also put a specific time when do you want to have this goal accomplished. Just having a finish date will put the pressure on you to start working on your goal.
Also seizing the opportunity to take the action is a very important step. Being ready to seize the opportunity when it happens.

If you have vague probably will have vague results!

How are you going to be able to go from just wanting something to happen........ to actually making it happen?

Be Specific....Write it down....Take action and get started.....TODAY!

                                             Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Friday, June 26, 2015

Want More Happiness in Your Life?

                                          "The person who knows how to laugh at himself
                                                      will never cease to be amused."
                                                            - Shirley MacLaine

Want more happiness in your life?  Make sure that you hang around positive, happy people.

Find humor in everyday situations.

Happiness is contagious.

                                                            Recipe for happiness

                   2 heaping cups of patience                                  I head full of understanding
                   I heart full of love                                                A dash of laughter 
                   2 hands full of generosity

                             Sprinkle gently with kindness. Add plenty of faith and mix well. 
                             Spread over a period of a lifetime and serve everyone you meet.

                                                                                             - Author Unknown

So.....What makes you happy????

Leave me a comment below this blog and let me know what makes you happy.

Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Expect Obstacles

                                         "Strength doesn't come from what you can do. 
                       It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't."

                           "I believe obstacles are put in my way to teach me how to climb......
                                                         Not to tell me I should stop."

In life we have to get used to obstacles appearing on our path. We are never going to be able to cruise through life without any hick-ups.

Sometimes no matter how hard we try, how hard we work at creating something, our lives don't seem to move at all. Most of the times it will take a lot longer to create something new and some struggles will take years to win.

But as long as we refuse to give up, and continue to take daily action......some kind of victory is always possible.

Refuse to give up.....Endure discomfort.....Persist no matter what.....Constantly keep at it.

              "If "Plan A" didn't work....the alphabet has 25 more letters!!! Stay Cool."

Turn your obstacles into lessons that you must learn in order for you to grow.

Believe that you can handle any obstacles on your path and that you can turn them into a possibility for transforming your life into something bigger and better.

Believe that any obstacle that you are afraid of, will eventually make you more courageous, stronger and of course will make you grow.

So when everything seems hopeless and you want to give up.... no matter how much others doubt you or you may doubt yourself......quitting is not an option.....obstacles are never on our path to stop us....only there to see how badly we want to succeed 

So....keep on going, and always enjoy and celebrate every tiny bit of progress.

Remember life must be a challenge - Only then is it exciting.

                                              Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Monday, June 22, 2015

You Are Beautiful and Perfect in Your Imperfection

                                   "The thing that is really hard, and really amazing,
                                              is giving up on being perfect
                                and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
                                                                - Anna Quindlen

                                   "Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect.
                           It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections."

While having my morning tea today I noticed that my favorite cup was chipped. And I wanted to throw it away.

It's not that is was such a big chip - not really. It's more like a small, tea-stained, crescent-shaped crack, just inside the lip of the cup.

In fact, you can't even see it from the outside.

But the chip still bothers me. I Don't like things that are damaged and flawed - I want them perfect.

The cup is like me - Chipped, cracked, stained and imperfect.
And I want to throw ME away.

My imperfections seem glaring (even if others don't see them). I try hard to be kind and generous, patient and thoughtful, compassionate and caring.

But every day - every hour - I fall short.

I want so much to be perfect - and I am not. Tears of disappointment well up. I take my sadness to meditation.

And in my quiet time the wise words of a good friend come to me:
"God doesn't make junk."

I open my eyes and see the trees.....with their crooked branches, rough bark, and lack of proper pruning. They are perfect in their imperfection.

I look around at the plants and flowers.... with their uneven growth, lopsided blossoms, and bugs on their leaves. They too, are perfect in their imperfection.

I look at the clouds, the mountains, the shoreline, and the skyline. I see that they are all perfectly imperfect.

Then I pick up my teacup - cracked, chipped, and stained - and now I see that is perfectly imperfect, too.
So I think I'll keep it.

                                                                           The Chipped Cup by BJ Gallagher

Isn't is about time that we stop dislike and  hate what we are not...... and start liking ourselves for who we are.

You don't have to be perfect.

You are Enough.

Remember you are beautiful and perfect in your imperfection.

               "I feel when we really love and accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are,
                                                then everything in life works."
                                                        - Louise Hay

                                              Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Friday, June 19, 2015

Record your Daily Successes

I am sure you have heard about a gratitude journal!!!

Every day at the end of the day to write down five things that happened during the day that you are grateful for.

How about a success is the same thing. At the end of the day you write down 4-5 things that are great successes or wins that happened during the day.

Most of the time we are so focused on what didn't work out that we forget about all the things that did work out.

                             "The road to success is always under construction"

A lot of times it is great to write down what did work out during the day.

                                                 Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Don't Forget to Appreciate Yourself

David Casstevens, formerly of the Dallas Morning News, tells a story about Frank Szymanski, a Notre Dame center in the 1940s, who had been called in as a witness in a civil suit in South Bend, Indiana.

"Are you on the Notre Dame football team this year?" the judge asked.
"Yes Your honor."
"What position?"
"Center, Your Honor."
"How a good a center?"
Szymanski squirmed in his seat, but said firmly; "Sir, I'm the best center Notre Dame has ever had."
Coach Frank Leahy, who was in the courtroom, was surprised. Szymanski had always been modest and unassuming. So when the proceedings were over, he took Szymanski aside and asked why he made such a statement.
Szymanski blushed.
'I hated to do it. Coach" he said. "But after all, I was under oath."

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves
WHO AM I BE, brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be."
                                                                                          - Marianne Williamson

When was the last time you allowed yourself to shine?
When was the last time you owned the magnificent being that you are, all the positive qualities you have, and all the great accomplishments that you have achieved.

                                            Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Monday, June 15, 2015

Have You Developed Your Intuition?

                            the GPS of the soul..... Is yours turned on???

                                                    "You must train your intuition.
                                             You must trust the small voice inside,
                                which tells you exactly what to say, what to decide."
                                                             - Ingrid Bergman

Intuition is not something regarded to certain people or to psychics. Everyone has it and everyone has experienced it.

Have you ever been thinking of your old friend Cindy, and then the phone rings and it's Cindy on the line.
Or maybe you have had a moment where you felt as though something wasn't right? perhaps stopping into a parking garage late at night, or feeling negative around someone without knowing why?

Maybe you have experience this before, have you shrugged it off, dismissing it as just nonsense?

We have all experienced this kind of intuition. The trick is to learn to tap into it at will to achieve greater level of success.

As a culture we have learned to believe that rationality is what should prevail when making decisions about anything from starting our own business, what to eat for dinner, or what to wear today.
But what is that "inner voice" or gut feeling, that little nudge from within that tells us how we feel beneath those layers of logic.

Here are a few ways to listen to that internal voice and allow it to guide your everyday life

1. Meditation

The regular practice of meditation will help you clear out distractions and teach you to recognize subtle impulses from within.

2. Spending time being quiet

It is important to make time to listen to your intuition. Your most valuable intuitive wisdom often comes when you are relaxed and open to receive it.
ex. Sitting by the ocean, a walk the in the woods, staring into a fire, yoga, listening to inspirational music or jogging.

3. Silence your inner critic

Often times we rationalize away those voices within. This time, listen without judgment.

These three exercises will assist you in creating a new, deeper relationship with self, help clarify that inner voice.

                                        "Voice that doesn't use words. Listen."

                         "Intuition will tell your thinking mind where to look next."

Make sure to immediately write down any impressions, you receive.
Intuitive impressions are often subtle and therefore disappears quickly.
So make sure you capture them in writing as soon as possible.

                                              Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Friday, June 12, 2015

Take Action and Develop Better Habits Now

Psychologists tell us that up to 90% of our behavior is habitual.

Whatever habits you currently have established are producing your current level of results.

If you want to create a higher level of success, you are going to need to drop some of your bad habits (not exercising, eating unhealthy food, watching too much TV, smoking or drinking too much) and replace them with more productive habits.
               "To change bad habits, we must study the habits of successful role models."
                                                                              - Jack Canfield
  "All habits start slowly and gradually and before you know you have the habit, the habit has you."
                                                                              - Zig Ziglar

Your habits determine your outcomes. Getting to the top requires focused action, personal discipline, and lots of energy every day to make things happen.

The habits you develop from this day forward will ultimately determine how your future unfolds.

So what habits do you need to drop right now?

And what habits do you need to start that you can have a better future and life?

A lot of times the results of our poor habits usually don't show up until much later in life.

Take Action Today To Develop Better Habits Now

              "Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of."
                                                                               - Anonymous

Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wake Up & Be Awesome!

In my blog this past Monday, I was writing about how important it is to spend the last hour before you go to bed on something inspiring and empowering instead of watching the late evening news and go to bed feeling scared, angry, worried and bent out of shape.

How are your morning rituals?

Are you turning on the TV as soon as you get out of bed, or check your cellphone or other social media?

If you want to have an inspiring and empowering day you also have to start doing something in the morning that will make you feel good and ready to get out of bed and start the day on the right foot.

Here are a few tips for you to get your day started off right!

                                               Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Monday, June 8, 2015

Do You Want to Sleep Better - Turn off Your TV

                     It's easy to be negative and unmotivated, but it takes some work to be
                    positive and motivated. While there's no off button for those relentless
                       "tapes" there are things that you can do to turn down the volume
                                and shift your focus from the negative to the positive.

An important part of any focusing regimen is to set aside time at the end of the day - just before going to sleep - to acknowledge your successes, review your goals, focus on your successful future, and make specific plans for what you want to accomplish the next day.

Why do I suggest the end of the day? because whatever you read, see listen to, talk about, and experience during the last 45 minutes of the day has a huge influence on your sleep and your next day. During the night your unconscious mind replays and processes this late-night input up to six times more often than anything else your experience during the day. This way cramming for school exams late at night can work and why watching a scary movie before bed will give you nightmares. this is also why reading good bedtime stories is so important for children - not just to get them to get them to fall asleep but because the repeated messages, lessons, and morals of the story become part of the fabric of the child's consciousness.

As you drift off to sleep, you enter into the alpha brain wave state of consciousness - a state in which you are very suggestible. If you drift off to sleep while watching the 11 PM news, that is what you'll be imprinting into your consciousness - war, crime, automobile accidents, rape, murder, executions, gang wars, drive-by shootings, kidnappings, and scandals in the boardroom and on Wall Street.

Think how much better it would be to read an inspirational autobiography or a self-improvement book instead. Imagine the power of meditation, listening to a self-help audio program, or taking the time to plan the next day right before you go to sleep.

                                                             Jack Canfield from The Success Principals

So how are you spending the last 45 minutes before you go to sleep?

Are you watching the news? Surfing the Internet? Checking Facebook or any other social media?

How about starting a new habit of reading something inspiring and motivating before you go to sleep?

Maybe you will sleep better and also wake up more motivated and ready to go the following day.

And how about skipping the late evening news? I stopped watching TV, several years ago.....and honestly.....I haven't missed it!!!

                        "Do something today that your future self will thank you for"

So leave me a comment and let me know what you are planning to do before you go to bed!

How about leaving the TV off and pick up a good book!

Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Friday, June 5, 2015

I Am The Star in My Own Movie

Are you comparing yourself to others and to their success?

It he answer is is time to STOP........right now.

We are all unique individuals and we all have our own path to the life that we want. We are all the star in our own movie and the important thing is to stay in our own movie or on our own path.

Stop comparing yourself to others.......they are not on your path or in your movie. They have their own path.

Also don't wait to celebrate until you have achieved all the things that you long for. Celebrate every day for what you have accomplished already.

Always cheer yourself on for the acts of courage and bravery that you do to help yourself grow and to get closer to the life that you truly want and that reflects your definition of success.

Getting out of your comfort zone can be very scary but  at the same time, also a very rewarding experience.
Every time you ventured out in the unknown, did something that you had never done before.......CELEBRATE!!!!!

Be grateful for the gifts from the Universe that show up all the time and support you.

Hang out with positive, happy and like-minded people who will understand you dream and vision and that will be supportive of you when you climb the mountain and sail the seas in search of your dreams.

                                                          "Life is like a movie
                                                         write your own ending
                                                              keep believing
                                                             keep pretending." 

                                                              - Jim Hanson

Remember you are the star in your own movie. Claim it and fill it up with things that bring you joy and happiness and keep on creating new and wonderful scenes from your movie and make time to celebrate the previous one.

So what are you waiting for?

Don't start creating the scenes from your new movie...... it today!

                                       Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

You Must Face Your Fears

                Anthony Robbins says, "If you can't, you must, and if you must, you can."

It is those very things that we are most afraid to do that provide the greatest liberation and growth for us.

What scares you the most in life?

Are you afraid to take action and move forward on your journey from where you are to where to want to be?

Some people will do almost anything to avoid feeling uncomfortable and feeling fear.
If you are one of those people, you run an even bigger risk of never getting what you want in life.
To reach our goals and create a great life for get to the good stuff, will require some risk-taking.
The nature of risk is that is doesn't always work out. But as the old adage so wisely tells us, "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."

                 "We come this way but once. We can either tiptoe through life and hope
                that we get to death without being too badly bruised or we can live a full,
                   complete life achieving our goals and realizing our wildest dreams."
                                                                   - Bob Proctor

I know I rather be fully alive and bruised at the end of my life, than living a life filled with regents and a lot of what ifs..............

What if I would have tried that new job, what if I would have moved to another city/country, what if I would have started my own business, what if I would have dared to go skydiving, what if I would have asked John out for a date, what if I would have traveled the world.

What if I would have__________________________________Fill in the blank

I know I rather be uncomfortable for a while and face my fears, rather than have regrets at the end of my life.
What about you? What fears are you facing right now? Do you want to move forward but just feel that you are NOT courageous enough to take a leap of faith?

Did you know that courage is a muscle? you can increase it by working it on a daily base.

In the coming week try to do something that scares you...every day, it can be a small step, but something new-something that makes you get out of your comfort zone, and see how you feel at the end of the week. I bet you will feel great and also more courageous.
Every time you face your fear and do it anyway, you build up that much more confidence in your abilities.

Great Tips!
One way to actually disappear your fear is to ask yourself what you are imagining that is scary to you, and then replace that image with its positive opposite.

Another tool you can use for relieving fear is to focus on the physical sensations you are currently feeling - sensations you are just identifying as fear. Next , focus on those feelings that you would like to be experiencing instead - courage, self-confidence, calm, happy.
Fix these two different impressions firmly in your mind's eye, then slowly shuttle back and forth between the two, spending about 15 seconds in each one. After a minute or two, the fear will dissipate and you will find yourself in a neutral, center place.

Acknowledge that fear exists but don't let is stop you!
Feel the fear and do it anyway!

Let me know what fears are you facing right now and what are you planning to do about it?
Are you going to try the tips in this blog to deal with your fears?
Or have you used some other tools in the past?

Leave me a comment below!

                                            Karin Glannstam -Personal Success Coach

Monday, June 1, 2015

Do You Want More Happiness in Your Life?

                                     "Happiness is dependent on self-discipline.
                             We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness.
         It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature."
                                                                                        - Dennis Pager

Are you an obstacle to your own happiness?

Do you blame society or someone else for your level of unhappiness?

I once had a friend who blamed her job and her co-workers for being overweight and unhappy.
Instead of dealing with the weight-issue herself and getting more disciplined in her own life by eating less, becoming healthier and exercising, she decided to blame someone else for her problem.
This is a for sure thing for remaining unhappy in your life.

If you want more happiness in your life.....then you have to increase your discipline.

Self-Discipline: Controlling your own behavior and action responsibly without being told.

Discipline and happiness  are linked together.

Where in your life are you the most disciplined? Work, health/fitness, finances, spirituality?

Where would you like to increate your happiness? In what area of your life would you like to be more happy?

So....what do you need to do?

You guessed it.....increase your level of discipline in that are of your life.

                            "Discipline is choosing between what you want now
                                                  and what you want most."

The good news is.....No matter what your current level of discipline, you can build your willpower/discipline muscles.....and create the happiness that you want.

                                             Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach