Archive for August 2007

Focus on the Good Stuff – Launch

My new book, FOCUS ON THE GOOD STUFF: The Power of Appreciation, officially came out last week! It has been a very busy and exciting time (hence I have not posted to this blog in a few weeks).

Today, 8/28/07, we are running a special online launch campaign! When you purchase Focus on the Good Stuff online today, you can receive free bonus products from great authors like Marianne Williamson, Jack Canfield, Jeffrey Gitomer, and about 25 others.

For specific details about this launch campaign and to receive your free bonuses, visit www.focusonthegoodstuff.com/launch Check it out!

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When we step back and pay attention to all of the “good stuff” around us, in others, and within ourselves – our life and our world begin to transform. The more we focus on gratitude, the more we have to be grateful for. This is what my book and my work are all about.

Writing and this book is HUGE for me on so many levels. At this moment, I am feeling an incredible amount of gratitude for all of the wonderful teachers, mentors, and coaches I have had throughout my life. Specifically, I am grateful for my dear friend and mentor Richard Carlson who not only wrote the foreword to this book, just three weeks before he passed away, but taught me so much about being an author, a father, a man, and more.

I miss you Richard – but you are with me today and always!

I hope you enjoy my book and that this is the first of many that I am fortunate enough to write and share with the world. Thank you for your interest in my work, for reading this blog, and for doing your own internal work to make your life and this world work beautifully.

With Love and Gratitude,

Mike

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Be Yourself

From time to time I find myself “trying” to be some way I think I am supposed to be. Whether it is as a father, a friend, a son, a husband, a speaker, a citizen, or any other “title” I have for myself in life, I have struggled at times in my life and still do figuring out the best way to be. As I talk with and work with people, I see and hear this same phenomenon. Many of us are walking around in life being who we think we should be, instead of just being who we really are.

On our refrigerator we have a magnet that says, “Friendship is knowing everything about someone and liking them anyway.” What a great quote.

I think we are afraid of our darkness or worried that if we were truly ourselves, people would not like us. Ironically, most of us resonate with people who are more themselves than anything else. Authenticity is attractive and it is also visceral…you can feel it. In addition, being ourselves, while it may be scary for many of us, is ultimately a lot easier. We don’t have to spend so much time pretending to be someone we aren’t.

Each of us has many gifts, talents, and contributions to make to others and to the world. However, when we put all of our energy and attention on fitting in, being liked, and not messing up, we take away a lot of our natural power, creativity, and joy.

I was in Jamba Juice this weekend with my daughter Samantha. There were two beautiful young women in line in front of us. They were both very well dressed, with lots of make-up on, and they looked very nice. However, as I looked at them both I had an intuitive hit that they were very scared and unhappy. I could relate and had a lot of empathy. I then thought to myself, “how ironic that these two young women put all of that energy into making the outside look so nice when it seems that what is on the inside needs some of that love and attention.”

When we appreciate and celebrate who we are, we aren’t trying to impress others – only ourselves. As Oscar Wilde brilliantly said, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

Love,

Mike

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