by Jack Canfield
“Environment is stronger than will-power”
- Paramahansa Yogananda
The environments that we live in—all nine of them—either inspire us or expire us. They facilitate our success or they detract from our success. They energize us or they drain us. They relax us or they stress us. The good news is that we have a lot of control of the environments that affect us. We can de-clutter our office, create better filing systems, paint a wall, redecorate a room, clean out the garage, join a health club, hire a personal trainer, buy a treadmill or some free weights, join a yoga class, join a mastermind group, move to a new area, take walks in the park, schedule more time with friends, stop hanging out with negative people, hire a coach, hire a financial planner, join an investment club, feng shui your home or apartment, or subscribe to a positive magazine. While it is true that our environments exert a lot of control over our feelings and behavior, we have the power to create environments that positively impact us.
The only thing you can do to transform an environment is to add something (a new person, a new piece of equipment, a new belief), delete something (a negative person, the TV from your bedroom, a self-limiting belief, clutter), or modify something (paint a room, set a boundary with a family member, change where you eat dinner).
As you review the nine environments (listed below) that constantly surround you in your life, ask yourself “what could I add, delete or modify in each of these environments that would contribute to my success or enhance the quality of my life?” Usually we are unconscious about the effects that our environments are having on us. Now you can be aware of each of these environments and choose to consciously design them to support you in creating and maintaining the life you wish to experience.
So as not to overwhelm yourself, start by picking three of the nine environments to actively change or modify, and once you see some results, work out from there. You will eventually discover that changing any one environment will begin to affect all of the other environments.
Here are the Nine Environments:
- Ideas- Opinions, Concepts, Thoughts, Beliefs, Paradigm, Styles, Usages
- Information / knowledge you receive = these coaching calls, books, tapes, seminars, media, magazines, articles, TV, Internet, Radio
- Passed down from generation—language patterns
- Your physical body (hair, skin, nails, posture)
- Your primary energy source (adrenaline vs. inspiration/choice)
- Psymatic (Observer of our own body)
Self / Intangibles
- Skills and unique assets
- Heart Gifts
- Amount of space in your life
- The outdoors-parks, outdoor sporting event, camping, animals, the zoo
- Geography (Southern Ca vs. North East)
- Seasons – each have a different energy and influence on
- Spirit / Connections to God / Divine / Higher Power
- Spiritual Practices (Prayer, Meditation)
- Family, Friends, Colleagues, Neighbors, People you connect with daily
- Staff / Assistants
- Mentors /Coaches
- Customers / Vendors
- The Internet / Web
- 6 Degrees or Separation
- Communities you belong to – Church, dojo, schools, Children’s sports teams, associations, charities, meetings,
- Mastermind groups
- Money, investments, stocks, bonds, insurance
- People who support your financial well being (CPA, employer, lawyer, real estate attorney, financial advisor)
- Tools that support you in wealth (budget, P&L, Quicken)
- Home, Office / Desk, Clutter
- Tools (Phones, pagers, computers…)
- Possessions (Car, Artwork, Toys, Boats, Accessories)
- Gym & Equipment
I wish to thank Jim Bunch at The Ultimate Game of Life, who first made me aware of the Nine Environments and the tremendous power they exert over our lives.
Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, is founder of the billion-dollar book brand Chicken Soup for the Soul®and a leading authority on Peak Performance and Life Success. If you’re ready to jump-start your life, make more money, and have more fun and joy in all that you do, get FREE success tips from Jack Canfield now at: www.FreeSuccessStrategies.com
Do you juice?
I have a juicer. One that was packed away for a long time. After watching “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” a couple of weeks ago, I dug that sucker out of the moving box and sat it on the counter.
When I first started juicing, I was saving my money to buy one of those really expensive ones. I mentioned this to my hair stylist who is very healthy and he advised me to go to Target and get a Jack LaLanne Juicer.
His reasoning for this advice? He had bought one of those really expensive juicers and it was so much trouble to clean it and remove all the parts, he never used it. Someone suggested to him that he should by a LaLanne Juicer for $99. He did and never looked back. He told me he kept the juicer on the counter and used it every day. The really expensive one was sitting up in a cabinet and is never taken down.
So I drove to Target and bought a Jack LaLanne juicer. He was right. It was $99. It’s easy and it works great!
I used to juice often, but then I was reading a book by Jackie Warner and watching her show and she said something along the line of, “Blend don’t juice!” Her reasoning was you were missing out on all that fiber when you juice and the fiber was good for you and helped to keep you feeling full.
So I stopped juicing and started blending.
Instead of jamming carrots and spinach through my juicer, I was throwing them into the blender and liquifying them with some added coconut water.
I was happy with it.
Then, I took a part-time job at a locally owned health food store. They had a cafe in the back of the store that was run by an amazing man named Michael. Michael had been a vegetarian nearly his entire life and had owned several successful vegetarian restaurants.
The cafe offered both juices and smoothies, so one day I asked Michael, “What’s the difference between juicing and having a smoothie? Is one better for you than the other?”
Here’s what Michael told me.
Juicing is like getting an intravenous shot of all the nutrients in the plant. It is absorbed more quickly into the blood stream.
Smoothies fill you up because of the fiber and it is a slower process of nutrients being absorbed into the body. Because it’s a slower process, some of the nutrients you would get from juicing are lost.
According to Michael, it would be good to both juice and have smoothies. So now, I do both.
Regardless of which method you choose, and even if you do both like I am, make sure you choose only organic produce for your juices and smoothies. You don’t want to be giving your body a “shot” of chemicals with your juice!
If you’re not quite ready to start juicing for yourself, but would like to have a ready-made one at your fingertips, Food Babe did a great article on which grocery store juices were the best and why. You can read that HERE.
Need help finding a good juicing recipe? You can find that here.
Of course, I love to add a few drops of my favorite Young Living essential oil to my juice or smoothie. Usually it’s something citrus like Lemon, Lime or Orange.
I hope you have a great day and don’t forget to have your juice and/or a smoothie today!
Hate bugs? Me too!
Living in the south, we a lot of humidity, which usually means a lot of bugs!
As I want to try and keep my home as chemical-free as possible, I faced a dilemma when a wasp got into our house. Why a dilemma? I had no bug spray! I had no fly swatter. I had nothing.
Except my Thieves household cleaner spray that I’d made up to clean our home. Going with the motto, “Use what you have!” I grabbed it and sprayed the wasp with it. It got dizzy. I sprayed it again and it fell to the floor.
Yes, it was dead Jim (for those of you watch Star Trek or live with someone who does!).
That was an eye-opening experience for me.
So, when we moved back to Tennessee from Virginia two weeks ago, I had flies all over the house from where the movers kept the doors open while bringing in furniture and boxes. Once they left, I grabbed my Thieves Household Cleaner and started spraying.
Sometimes I would get them on a window. Sometimes on the counter. My favorite was spraying them in mid-air and watching them drop to the floor.
I know. It sounds sadistic. I can’t help it.
Remember. I hate bugs!
The flies were gone within 30 minutes and all that was left was this nasty wasp that kept flying too high for me to reach it. Eventually, it landed on one of the windows. That’s when I got it. That is the photo I have at the top of the page.
So, not only did I have a great wasp and fly killer that was non-toxic, I had some great looking windows and counters from all of that wiping down with the Thieves cleaner!
I thought I was done. Then it happened. Ants! One morning we got up and they were all over. We had not left any food out, so I’m not sure where they came from. The only thing I can think of is that it was raining pretty hard for several days and drove them to look for a drier abode.
I remembered reading that bugs hate peppermint, so I made up a fresh bottle of my Thieves cleaner and this time, I added 25 drops of Peppermint. The verdict? It kills on contact!
I sprayed this concoction around every door and window in the house. I sprayed anywhere I could think of where an ant or spider might enter. And guess what? I have a lovely house that smells like peppermint and no bugs!
So again, here is the recipe I formulated for the BEST (in my opinion) non-toxic Bug Spray on the planet:
The BEST Non-Toxic Bug Spray
Empty Spray Bottle (I used an old plastic spray bottle)
4 capfuls of Young Living Thieves Household Cleaner
25 drops of Young Living Peppermint essential oil
Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water
Shake and spray to kill those nasty bugs and keep them away for good!
If you would like to order some Thieves Household cleaner for yourself, you can visit my essential oil store and pay retail. OR, you can become a wholesale member with Young Living and purchase these great products at wholesale prices and ZERO obligation to every purchase anything again.