“It’s not what happens to us that matters, it’s how we deal with what happens”

You’re stuck in a dead-end job and you feel like life is passing you by. You know you’re meant to do something else that makes you feel alive, that makes your heart sing. Or, you want to leave your town and move to a new place, and start a new life. Or maybe you’re feeling lonely and disconnected. You long for a loving relationship, an amazing connection with that special someone you can romp through life with. Whatever you desire, the big question is how do you take it from a dream state to making it come true? How do you live your dream? The answer is, you must first say YES to it. And when you do that, your world starts to open up to endless possibilities, all the way to that dream becoming a reality.

Our fast-paced world (which seems to be getting faster!) where we’re constantly bombarded with problems, difficult relationships, and hourly “breaking news”, mixed in with a big scoop of constant self-loathing, is a recipe for a stressed out, unhappy life. So how do we find a concrete way to successfully navigate life so we stay balanced and centered? By shifting our “no” thoughts, words, and actions and tapping into our intuitive YES energy; the all-knowing, deeper part of us, that connects the dots to who we really are — to our soul, then empowers us to change our lives.

Switching from the limiting “NO” to the expansive “YES” on our lips and in our steps, acts as an internal navigation system, helping us to deal positively with life’s hurdles. When we are always saying “NO” (often that’s an automatic response) we’re going against the flow of life, which causes stress, anxiety, worry, anger, and frustration. It has a ripple effect, leading to more “NO” energy, sinking us into a chronically unhappy, unhealthy state. Our world shrinks get dull, empty, and listless.

By tapping into YES, it’s food for the soul, nourishing and energizing us. Just saying the word “YES” on a regular basis, (to yourself and out loud) replaces negative thoughts and emotions. It puts us on the fast track to a more positive belief system that opens us up to possibility, freedom, and a more peaceful state of mind. (No matter how chaotic life gets!). When YES (instead of NO) becomes a habit, stress and all the negative emotions give way to more positive situations and opportunities.

7 days to activate more YES results into Your Life

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.

Know that everything works for the highest good. Be aware of your thoughts, and only speak higher positive ones. Love your- self, your body, and your whole being.

Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.

Supply is directly associated with love. All life is love! Love is the essence of what we are. Loving yourself and loving life means being excited about all your ideas and experiences.

Map out a plan (for example, a mission statement) of exactly what you see yourself being and doing. Learn to ask specifically for whatever it is you desire, and know that we can improve at anything. Have a clear blueprint of what it looks like.

Trust that you are the BEST, and choose to surround yourself with only enlightened people. Make choices that move you into GREATNESS! Commitment requires that you step from “I hope it happens” to “YES, that’s for me” and “It always works.” Begin to create a list of what you are grateful for in your work and life.

Take action in creating an ongoing flow of money and abundance coming to you at all times. Give abundantly, without fear or thinking you might lose anything. Fear will stop you. Change the thought and belief. Take an action item that supports this new thought. Contribute a tithe. Recognize and appreciate individuals. It is important to appreciate others for who they are, not just what they do.

Learning to trust yourself and universal principles is difficult. But if you learn to live in this way, you will set a pattern of prosperity in all areas of your life.

Build your self-confidence and believe in the possibility of potential customers, soul mates, healing, finances, health, balance, family, and all the above. You will manifest it if you believe! If you look back at your life and make a kind of inventory of the people you have known, you may recognize a type of pattern. Either people have supported you, or they have shut down your ideas. When you think of this second group, if you look back at their reasons, it is usually not because they want to punish you or fight you or take your passion away; it is usually because, in some way or another, they were afraid “for” you, or trying to protect you in the only way they knew how which was to stop you from taking that step they themselves were too afraid to take toward their own goals. Often they didn’t have the talent or imagination, and therefore could not see your p potential. This does not mean that you don’t have it; it just means that these people are tone deaf to your abilities. Just follow your passion, and do it anyway.

11 tools and tips to activate more positive YES situations and opportunities

Keep track of your responses and thoughts. Notice how “YES” affects your energy and your entire state of being. Switch to YES, from NO (“I can’t afford that”, “I can’t do that” “that’ll never happen”) as often as you can, until it becomes a habit.

This is a powerful YES tool, a “liberating of the mind” which relieves stress and creates balance. It acts as an inner guide, helping you at any moment of the day when you get off course. Search online for a mantra that feels right for you. You can pick an ancient spiritual phrase or find a present-day passage from a poem, quote or affirmation. Memorize it and say it to yourself over and over. As you continue this practice, it will seep into your cells and become part of your subconscious. When you have a crisis, this can be your powerful tool to provide calm, as if someone is holding you in their arms, assuring you everything will be okay.
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Mania Television Network, Weekly Segment  “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Day “ with Gary Quinn
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Fox Television: True Love (Reality Television Pilot/ Life Coach Segment) Producer: Robert Lee – Bayonne Entertainment
BT Breakfast Television Toronto, Canada – Good Morning Canada – Life Coach Guest
Fox Television Morning News Segments,  FOX 40 Sacramento, Atlanta, Tampa, Florida and San Diego – Life Coach Guest
GoodDay Sacramento – CBS Affiliate Morning Show – Guest
Rai Italy – Unomattina Morning Show – Rome, Italy as Guest
Rai Italy – Storie Vere – Rome, Italy. One Hour Telecast as Guest
ABC Portland – AM Northwest KATU – (3) episodes as Life Coach Expert Guest
KOMO TV (ABC Affiliate) Seattle, Washington – Life Coach Expert Guest
Pro-Sieben Television – Germany.  Academy Awards Insight Hollywood -Host
Braveheart Television. Life Coach Guest with Mariel Hemingway – Guest
NBC Television – KCRA – Sacramento, California. (3) Segments as Life Coach Expert Guest
UNIVISION – Spanish Television – Al Did Morning Show – Guest
ITV This Morning London, England. (3) Segments as Life Coach Expert
KTLA – Tribune Channel 5, Los Angeles (2) Life Coach Segments with Sharon Tay and Kurt Knudsen
NBC -The Other Half-Life Coach Guest with Mario Lopez and Chevy Chase and Anthony Robbins
Warner Brothers: Extra Television. A segment with Leeza Gibbons.  Producer: Lisa Gregorisch Dempsey – Guest

We all know the power of meditation. But a lot of us get overwhelmed at the idea of “emptying our minds.” Eknath Easwaran’s Passage Meditation has you fill your mind with positive thoughts. First, memorize a passage that resonates for you, then “recite” the words internally over and over, focusing on the words and not the meaning. Over time, the powerful passage seeps into your subconscious.

(It can be a simple jelly jar) Every time you have a powerful, positive experience, write it down on a slip of paper and put it in your YES jar. You’re not only documenting all the great things happening in your life, but you’re also creating powerful “fortune cookie” affirmations. You can’t help but be grateful as you reread your YES slips of paper. And when you’re grateful, you’re more centered and balanced. This will motivate you to stay in the YES mode. Remember, “happiness starts with wanting what you have, not having what you want.”

One of the best ways to de-stress is to say YES by letting go and moving on. When you’re in a NO situation, either because of a big disappointment (an opportunity falls through, a relationship falls apart) or a negative confrontation (like road rage or a heated argument), Stop. Repeat your mantra 3 times slowly as you breathe. Then see yourself letting the negative experience go. Then, see yourself walking away and moving on as you say YES to your life.

Immerse yourself in YES with the senses; visual images (beautiful pictures), auditory (soothing, beautiful music) and feeling (uplifting people, enjoyable experiences). Distance yourself from those NO people and experiences that bring you down.

One of the best de-stressors is helping others. We know that giving is where the receiving is. Say YES to others as encouragement and support. Don’t rain on people’s parades. Leave them feeling great because they’ve spent time with you. Maya Angelou famously said: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

If you can (even once or twice a week) get up at sunrise. Do a meditation (even if it’s a short one). Add a couple of YES slips to your jar from the day before. Listen to the birds (they’re always up early!) and feel the quiet. Resist turning on the TV or the computer for as long as you can. Now, you can’t help but be at peace even if it’s for a short period of time. It’s a great way to start the day with YES energy.

A new experience instantly taps us into YES, because we have to say, “YES” to have it! We’re creatures of habit, which can lead us down a path of NO (“I don’t feel like it”, “I’m too tired”, “it’s raining outside”). Be willing to change your routine daily (even if it’s a new food or a new route to the store). It will energize and reinvigorate you.

When we move our bodies we reduce our Cortisol levels (the hormone that’s released when we’re stressed). That’s why exercise has a calming effect. Take a walk or even better, a hike. Do a little healthy YES multitasking by using one or two of the tips while you’re in motion; say your mantra while you listen to beautiful music on your iPod. Why not throw in a smile too? You’ll be immersing yourself in YES. Now you’ve got your new “GPS” system to navigate your life!

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