Friday, November 2, 2018

Gratitude in Action

Gratitude in Action


By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman, Ph.D.
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com

     The month of November kicks off the season of giving while leading the way to the month of December where thirty percent of all given occurs.  Homeless shelters, food banks, and soup kitchens will be inundated with volunteers, and an enormous amount of groceries will be donated.   The eagerness to demonstrate our gratitude and to reach out to provide a helping hand to those less fortunate is commendable.  Statistics have revealed that the joy experienced when helping others during “the season of giving” has resulted in Americans ranking this time as the happiest day of the year.  Sixty-eight percent of Americans state they feel happier, free of worry and experience less stress when focused on giving.  Giving allows us to put gratitude in action.  Melody Beattie said, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
     Recent research has proven consistent practice of gratitude will improve your physical health, emotional health, self-esteem, mental strength, help you sleep better, and reduce aggression.  Also, Abraham-Hicks said, “because the vibration of gratitude/appreciation is the most powerful connection between the physical you and the Non-Physical You, this process will also put you in a position to receive even clearer guidance from your Inner Being.” 



     The reason the “Season of Giving” means so much to us is that it provides the “reason” for us to slow down long enough to express our gratitude and to help others.  To keep this cycle of giving, receiving and giving active, here are a few steps that will help you experience the joy and excitement of giving every day while improving your health and your life.    

1.      Write a gratitude letter to a person who has had a positive influence on your life or who has helped you in ways that were beneficial.  If possible, read this letter to the person.  If you are unable to write a letter, you can send an email.  Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter a month.  Periodically, write a letter to yourself and mail it.
2.      Send a token of appreciation to the person who has had a positive influence in your life.
3.      If you do not have time to write a gratitude letter or send a token of appreciation, send the individual a mental thank you.  Think about the person and say “thank you for…”
4.      Send postcards to sick children.  For example:  Cards for Hospitalized Kids will deliver the cards to children in the US Hospitals. 
5.      Be an active listener and give out compliments.
6.      Daily, list 3-5 things for which you are grateful in your gratitude journal.
7.      Apologize to people you have caused harm and forgive those who have harmed you.  
Here’s to living in a constant state of thanksgiving. 
Dream Big!  Live the life you have imagined. 
Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne. 


Stephanie, the “straight no chaser” Empowerment Doctor, has the uncanny ability to help others break through toxic emotions and heal the residue left from traumatic experiences that are causing them to sabotage their success.   She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration.”  She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine and Ezine Articles.   Her superpower:  Transforming Lives

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Friday, October 26, 2018

A Sip of Inspiration TV Show November 2018 Air Times:


A Sip of Inspiration TV Show November 2018 Air Times:

Caryn Curry, M.A., a Mental Health Consultant, discusses Social and Emotional Development and how it affects our ability to build relationships with others; create self-awareness, and control emotions.





Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Host, A Sip of Inspiration TV Show
Social and Emotional Development

Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Overcoming a Poverty Mindset

Overcoming a Poverty Mindset


By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com

     In today’s high-tech, low touch society filled with an overabundance of stories about the rich and famous, we are hypnotized into believing that success and wealth are achieved by “get rich quick” schemes or “being” discovered on social media.  We never hear the stories that most of the overnight successes were twenty plus years in the making.  The long road to success often leaves us believing that dreams do not come true.  It’s not long before we are submerged into a poverty mindset. Thinking that no matter what we do, unless a Star spots us, the road to success is limited to a few. 

     During my life, I have overcome teenage pregnancy, gang rape, sexual molestation, homelessness, and financial ruin.  The process I used helped me complete high school with honors, to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, cinch an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Executive MBA program, become an ordained minister with a Ph.D. in Holistic Counseling.  I even studied economics and finance in Singapore and Barcelona, Spain which created a desire to travel the world and experience other cultures.   Since then, I have visited over ten countries. 

     If someone with my background and experiences can breakthrough poverty, you can too.  The tools I used to overcome a poverty mindset and embrace a prosperous mindset are below.  These are tools that everyone uses.  How you use them is the key.  



Boost Your Imagination to Rethink the Impossible – When everyone and everything around you amplifies poverty, food desert, high crime, noisy neighborhoods, and violence; it becomes next to impossible to find a role model or mentor.  I often teach to start with what you have.  Everyone has an Imagination.  Using your imagination will allow you to create, in your mind, the world you desire to experience.  The mind has the tremendous ability to help you achieve your dreams.  As you shift your time living in your imagination you automatically decrease the amount of time you spend “living in your nightmares.”  We attract that in which we think about.  This allows us to see possibilities that we could not previously see because you were focused on what we do not want.

Change Your Environment – Spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day in a quiet space.  If you can visit a park.  If it this is not possible, create a space in your current environment that is quiet.  This will you time to clear your mind and relax.  It also gives you space for meditation.  It is this relaxed mood that thoughts and ideas reach out to you.

Gratitude: Find something to be grateful for – Melody Beattie said, Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.”  Gratitude reminds you that regardless of what you are experiencing you have something for which to be grateful.  Daily write down a list of three to five things that you are grateful for.  Keep your focus on the list and not on your problems.  Saadi Shirazi says “I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”

Watch Your Conversations – You can never outlive your conversations, so watch what you talk about.  A recent article stated we spend approximately 80% of our time in idle conversation such as gossiping, social media, they did me wrong stories, discussing what other people should do or say.  What you think about and talk about you create.  By eliminating idle conversations, you will be able to keep your mind on your dreams, and your dreams on your mind. 

Forgiveness - Forgiveness is often a concept that is very difficult to grasp and at times more difficult to understand and consistently put into action than tithing.  Forgiveness is not about forgetting the event occurred; it is about refusing to re-live the pain of the past in your future.  Life will present opportunities to forgive.  Refusing to heal your heart will keep you from establishing a mental equivalent for the success we all crave.  If anyone is having any problems in life, especially financial issues, then they have some forgiveness to do.

Take Steps to Improve Your Health – improving your health is paramount.  Drink more water, eliminate one food at a time that is not good for you such as sugars and salts.  Exercise.  Walk 20-30 minutes a day.  Your body will need to last long enough for you to achieve your goals.

Take Action – Do not wait for motivation before you take action.  Action creates motivation, not the other way around.  Decide on an action to take.  If you are new at taking action, start with one small goal.  Set a clear reason for the goal.  Look at several outcomes and chart your progress daily. 

Believe in Yourself – Your voice is the most important voice for you.  Because of this talk to yourself like you are a champion.  Remember in are you star player.  Remind yourself just how good you are.  Make a list of the things you absolutely love about yourself and read it daily.  


These recommendations are not the only things you can do to change your poverty mindset. If you have no idea how to start, give these a try.

Dream Big!  Live the life you have imagined. 
Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne.  



Stephanie, a Success Mindset Mentor, has the uncanny ability to help others transform their emotional and mental obstacles into stepping stones to living their dreams.  She has an insatiable appetite for assisting others to achieve the impossible.  Stephanie works with others to recognize, uncover and reconcile painful feelings, hidden secrets and memories that are affecting their financial health and the health of their families. She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration,” www.asipofinspiration.com and www.champagneconnection.com.  She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine, www.champagneandbeyond.com, and Ezine Articles.



Friday, August 24, 2018

The Secret Sauce – Psst, it’s Not a Secret

The Secret Sauce – Psst, it’s Not a Secret


By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com

Since Jack in the Box advertised it added a “secret sauce” to its burgers, advertisers have taken the concept of the secret sauce to a new level.  The term now has a life of its own, lending itself to developing a variety of meanings, while simultaneously oozing into the empowerment and self-help arena.  It is infused in just about every conversation, and we are always urged to discover the secret sauce.

Many successful entrepreneurs and writers have stated that the secret sauce is a myth. 

I am often asked what my secret is.  What is my secret sauce?  My secret sauce, like Jack in the Box, is not a secret at all.  The term secret sauce most likely derived from the term “saucier, which is a culinary term for the expert use of b├ęchamel, veloute, espagnolo, hollandaise and tomato to create an unlimited number of other sauces.  Even though it is not a secret, it is a discovery.




Photo by Kristina Flour on Unsplash

During my life, I have overcome teenage pregnancy, homelessness, and financial ruin.  The tools I used to overcome this turmoil and adversity was not a secret.  It was a discovery.  I was given the choice of living a life filled with poverty and crime or create a life filled with abundance and happiness.  As far as I was concerned, I was not given a choice.  The only acceptable outcome for me was abundance and joy.   I said yes to success. That meant I had to get out of my way.  So the question is what did I do daily to create an abundant life? 

I accepted the fact that I was responsible for my successes and my failures. I clinically dissected my failures not to allow the negative emotions get in the way.  Like when you treat a cold.  You don’t waste precious time trying to figure out “why me,” instead you start to look for solutions. 




Secret Ingredient #1 - Re-evaluate Your Plan - I reevaluated my plan.  I asked myself fundamental questions.  How much time did I spend planning?  Did I include the possibility of obstacles?  Did I consider what I would do if things went well?  What would I do if things went extremely well? What would I do if everything went as planned? 

Secret Ingredient #2 - Set Goals - I learned to set goals and milestones and to plan for things not going as I may have hoped.  Science has proven that 92% of people do not achieve their objectives because they did not set goals. 

Secret Ingredient #3 - Work Your Plan - Working your plan requires commitment.  Do not trust your success to the daily whims of life.  I recommend the Jack Canfield’s Rule of Five.  Do five things daily toward achieving your goals.  Some days will be tedious, but it will always be worth it.  In spite of how you may feel, do it anyway.   Keep a list of your daily activities so that you can review your plan and your action steps regularly. 

Secret Ingredient #4 - Gratitude - Science has proven that people who are grateful are happier, healthier, and earn more.  Daily, list five things for which you are grateful.  If writing them down does not work for you, think about them before you go to sleep.  You will find that you may sleep better also.

Secret Ingredient #5 - Spiritual Practice - This practice will allow you to delve deeper into who you really are and connect you to your Higher Power, your Divine Self.  You can sit quietly and meditate, listen to music, read something inspiring, practice forgiveness (this is a must).  Consistent spiritual practices will lift your mood; expand your mental clarity, quiet mental chatter to allow answers and information to flow to you quickly.

So just like the “Saucier” it only takes a few ingredients, and you can create the secret sauce for your life.

Dream Big!  Live the life you have imagined. 

Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne. 

Stephanie, a Success Mindset Mentor, has the uncanny ability to help others transform their emotional and mental obstacles into stepping stones to living their dreams.  She has an insatiable appetite for assisting others to achieve the impossible.  Stephanie works with others to recognize, uncover and reconcile painful feelings, hidden secrets and memories that are affecting their financial health and the health of their families. She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration,” http://www.asipofinspiration.com and http://www.champagneconnection.com.  She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine, www.champagneandbeyond.com, and Ezine Articles.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Invisible Backpack

The Invisible Backpack


The Invisible Backpack
By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  · www.asipofinspiration.com

     Cesare Pavese says, “If you want to travel far and fast, travel light.  Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, and fears.” 


          We all travel through life with memories, experiences, and stories that serve as the backdrop of our lives.  We approach each new encounter carrying an invisible backpack filled with everything we believe we need to successfully navigate through life.  If we took a careful look in our backpacks, we would find joyful memories, satisfying aha moments, financial successes, hopes, and dreams.  These are packed side by side with sadness, unforgiveness, losses, and fears.  Even though our lives are filled with a cornucopia of experiences, often we discount the good and amplify the bad.

     Psychologists have discovered that in spite of the good things we have accomplished, negative emotions are processed in a different hemisphere in the brain than positive emotions.  Because of this, negative emotions require more thinking and more information to resolve.  In addition, Professor Roy Baumeister, co-author of Bad is Stronger than Good, discovered that bad experiences have more impact on us than good ones.  This makes it easy for us to forget the things for which we are grateful. 

      To lighten our bags and empty our invisible backpacks so we can travel fast, we must unpack the negative beliefs, unforgiving attitudes we have justified hanging onto and the “they did me wrong” stories.  We must eliminate as many of the things that weigh us down as we can. 

     Start transforming your life and unpacking your backpack by doing the following:

Remember the Good that happens to you.  Five (5) good things will change one (1) negative experience.  This is an excellent time to start a Gratitude Journal or a “Daily Miracle Journal.” List five or more things for which you are grateful.  In gratitude, there are no limits; there are no big or small miracles.  There is only gratitude.  In a year, you will have from 365 – 1,825 “daily” miracles. 

Brag Lists. Create a list of things you have accomplished that you can brag about.  Try to list seven things.  Keep this list readily available and review it weekly at a minimum.  Your brag list will remind you that in the midst of every new storm that you are pretty amazing and have already conquered many storms. When life whispers “You cannot withstand the storm.”  You reply, “I AM the storm.”

Identify the Miracle.  Each experience brings with it a litany of lessons and blessings.  List the lessons learned, the insights gained.  If you cannot change the situation, use the lessons learned and the ideas gained so you can change how you think about it.  Asking yourself how you can grow from this experience will help you find the golden nugget in the midst of what you perceived to be darkness.

           Now your bags are lighter.  What is your next stop?
          Get on-board.  Your dream is waiting.
          Dream Big!  Live the life you have imagined. 
          Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne.  



If you’re ready to identify and heal the emotions that are keeping you broke,
join us for the 2018 Ignite Your Inner Millionaire Conference, September 7-8, 2018, Hyatt Lodge McDonalds Campus, 2816 S. Jorie, Oak Brook, IL.  For additional information visit www.igniteyourinnermillionaire.com


Stephanie, a Success Mindset Mentor, has the uncanny ability to help others transform their emotional and mental obstacles into stepping stones to living their dreams.  She has an insatiable appetite for assisting others to achieve the impossible.  Stephanie works with others to recognize, uncover and reconcile painful feelings, hidden secrets and memories that are affecting their financial health and the health of their families. She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration” 







Sunday, June 10, 2018

2018 Ignite Your Inner Millionaire Conference



2018 Ignite Your Inner Millionaire Conference



By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
Author of Be Sure You Dance:  Life’s lessons to make every moment count,
Embracing Life’s Lessons and Is Anybody Listening?
www.champagneconnection.com  ·  www.asipofinspiration.com




We’ve all heard about “that special mindset for success” often coined as the Millionaire Mindset, but does it really exist and can anyone, even the spiritual seekers, access and develop it or must you be super-smart along with being super-rich?

These are questions often asked but seldom answered. In this conference, we will go beyond answering them to give you keys and show you how and why they work. They can work for you. The first step toward unlocking that door to success is to believe it can be opened.





Most people NEVER become financially SUCCESSFUL and go through LIFE never knowing WHY They remain blissfully ignorant about their financial future, keep on working & hope they have saved enough to retire. 

The question you have to ask yourself is: Is this going to be YOUR story?
Join me for the 2018 Ignite Your Inner Millionaire Conference, 
Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus 
2815 Jorie Blvd, 
Oak Brook, IL. 60523, 
September 7th thru September 8th, 2018.




Click the link below





"Do not go gentle into that good night; find a hill worth dying for and take It; be the person you're waiting for; make today so awesome, that yesterday gets jealous and above all else do it Your way."
    
Stephanie, a Success Mindset Mentor, has the uncanny ability to help others transform their emotional and mental obstacles into stepping stones to living their dreams.  She has an insatiable appetite for helping others achieve the impossible.  She works with others to recognize, uncover and reconcile painful feelings, hidden secrets and memories that are affecting their financial health and the health of their families. 

She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration,” http://www.asipofinspiration.com and http://www.champagneconnection.com.  She is also a regular contributor to The MetaMonthly Magazine, Champagne and Beyond Magazine, www.champagneandbeyond.com



Gratitude in Action