Saturday, August 12, 2017

What Story Are You Living?

What Story Are You Living?


By Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman
The author of Is Anybody Listening? And Embracing Life’s Lessons
www.champagneconnection.com  ·  www.asipofinspiration.com


     Throughout our lives, we will all experience successes, over-comings, and breakthroughs.  We will also experience disappointments, challenges, and setbacks.   Because society uses our failures to determine the quality of our lives, we often allow ourselves to become immersed in our failures, making it difficult to move past them.  It is at this point that you must remember that failure is not fatal or final and if handled properly what you learn from failure can become the ladder to your success.
     When we are living the story of failure we are allowing what we think we believe to determine our success.  Proceed with caution when depending solely on your thoughts.  We have all allowed an assortment of characters to take up residence in our minds.   If you actually take a little time to acknowledge your thoughts, you will find that you think thoughts that you do not believe or believe things that are not true and many of us do not know the difference.  Taking steps daily to purify your thoughts is paramount.
     Our life is a living example of the story we are living now.  Are you living a story of love, a life that is demonstrated as a life with peace, joy, harmony, laughter, prosperity?  Or are you living a story of fear, a life filled with envy, jealousy, victimhood, lies, and lack? 


     Moving from a story of fear to a story of love requires you to shift through your thoughts and transmute the negative thoughts to positive thoughts and to answer the questions” what would I do if I knew I would not fail” and create a plan to make your answer a reality.  Then when you and others look at the story of your life, the chapters will be filled with triumph, victory, celebrations, abundance, and love.    

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.champagneandbeyond1.com, and Ezine Articles.  Her Super Power:  Transforming Lives.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Changing Your Focus

Changing Your Focus



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
Email:  nspire@champagneconnection.com

     Lately, television and newspapers have been saturated with so much sadness.  Stories of people making their transition before they have had a chance to live; tales of wonderful people bought to their knees by illness; recent events involving hard-working couples’ falling prey to mortgage foreclosures are running rampant throughout our society.  These are the events that have hypnotized us into believing that we are victims, unwilling partners in a game headed for destruction.  Feeling powerless, we keep telling “stories” of lack, impending doom, and financial destruction and if we are not the ones telling the stories, we certainly are intently listening to them and willingly passing them on.  We unknowingly weaken our beliefs, our consciousness every time we participate, actively or passively, in these kinds of conversations.  Beliefs are just a set of opinions that we regard as factual.  Our “facts” or beliefs about escalating prices, economic disasters and impending illness are the key that activates the various laws of cause and effect.  We must learn to change our focus and tell different stories.  I often say our conversations, our thoughts must mostly consist of what is right with our lives and less of what is wrong.  If you are finding this difficult to achieve, then you must look at what you believe.  If you are always sick, every supervisor you have had treats you unfairly and you are constantly robbing Peter to pay Paul, then your life is speaking volumes about what you believe.  It is time for you to focus your attention on your negative parent thoughts and eliminate them; not gradually, but with deliberate and purposeful intention.  



     In order to live the life we were created to live, we must start to tell different stories, have different conversations.  We all have the same amount of time, how we utilize our time determines our success.  The difference between people living their best lives now and people, who are not, is consciousness.  Because we do not have any time to squander, start right not to think about something that made you feel good.  When you awaken every morning, think of something that happened the day before that made you feel good.  Before you fall asleep at night, always think of something that happened during the day that made you feel good.  As you begin to focus on good things, you will attract more good things, thereby, giving you material for telling better stories. 
Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne.  Dream Big! Life the life you have imagined.  

"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 & Transformational Specialist, 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 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.
Stephanie has an insatiable appetite for helping others achieve the impossible. She lives her inspiration as the founder of The Champagne Connection, Inc., www.champagneconnection.com, the author of 3 books and the Host of the television show "A Sip of Inspiration", www.asipofinspiration. 





Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Let Freedom Ring - The Power of Choice

Let Freedom Ring - The Power of Choice


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

     I am fixated with freedom, but with freedom comes the power to choose.  The freedom to choose love or hate; move forward or stay stagnant; to be victorious or be a victim; to laugh or cry; to see good in every situation or not.  You choose.  Without the power to choose, we are not free; the power to choose requires responsibility.  Choice is like breathing; you cannot avoid it.
     When everything is working in our lives, we proudly take the credit.  But when the events in our lives are forcing us out of our comfort zone into a growth zone, we blame everyone and everything surrounding us.  We are quick to blame that “big bad Goliath”   for causing our problems.  Often in the midst of trouble, we see our inner David as being small and unprepared for such a great challenge.  We tell ourselves that after all 1 Samuel 17 really does not have anything to do with us.   So exercising our power to choose, we choose fear.  When we do this we have actually underestimated the strength of our inner David. 
   When life forces us out of our comfort zone, we are forced to come face to face with all that needs to be healed in our own lives.  The murkiness that we have covered up for such a long time begins to ooze into our world requiring us to finally conquer it before we can move toward our goals.




     Coming face to face with what we fear is hard work but it is necessary if we are going to fulfill our destiny.  Where to start is what causes the most angst.  So I advise starting where you are.  Using the power of your inner David is a great beginning.
     First, make the decision to do whatever it takes to conquer your fear.  Without out a decision to move forward, no matter what, you will never meet your success. 
    Then create a plan for your new life.  How many hours, days will you work?  How will you spend your evenings and weekdays?  What are your new friends like?  Where will you vacation?  If these images are difficult for you to maintain, then create a Vision Board, but remember Vision Boards are no substitution for taking action.  Vision Boards are useful for helping to organize your thoughts and ideas. 
     Next, identify all the things you have for which to be grateful.   When you are in the midst of a challenge, we complain about what is wrong with our life.  It is doing this time of crisis that we must remember just how many good things nestled in our life.
     Forgiveness is one of the most precious gifts we can give ourselves.  Before we can move forward negative emotions must be resolved.  Come to terms with any anger you feel about any event, circumstance or person.  This is a radical step, but choosing to find the good which is the lesson buried in the midst of your anger will reveal what story to which you are tied.  Once identified, you can take the steps to unbind yourself from the worn-out story. 
     Now move your vision into action.  Make a list of actions that must be taken.  You must take 3 to 5 actions a day to achieve your goals. 
     Now untie yourself from anything holding you back.  Go forth and create.     
     Remember, life is too short to drink cheap champagne.  Live the life you have imagined.  Dream Big!       


Stephanie E. Wilson-Coleman, Ph.D
The Empowerment Doctor
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.champagneandbeyond1.com, and Ezine Articles.  Her Super Power:  Transforming Lives.






Saturday, May 13, 2017

No Days Off


No Days Off




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


     Making positive changes in your life is a serious endeavor, never to be taken lightly.
Putting off until tomorrow what needs to be done today is not only self-defeating, it also complicates your life, making it harder and harder to experience permanent, positive change.
     In this world of instant breakfast, miraculous cures, mail order brides, wonder drugs and overnight healing, we begin to believe that achieving success and changing our lives can be instantly accomplished with a set of rote prayers we rehearse daily. When we are unable to manifest change, we ask why.  After all, we said our affirmations and prayers; we asked for help with our forgiveness issues; we listened to our “positive thinking tapes”. Nonetheless, we often neglect to finish the task at hand.
     Change is never easy.  However, it is necessary if we are to survive. 
     Identifying existing weaknesses is not enough. We must take positive steps to correct all errors.  If you are having trouble relinquishing debilitating behavior patterns, come to terms with this and seek help. Perhaps, the real problem is the inability to recognize that in spite of our perfection, this world is not an island. From time to time, we all need a helping hand. This does not take away from our true nature.
     Changing your life requires honest confrontation with uncomfortable issues on a daily basis.
     Prior to taping an alternative lifestyles segment for my television show, the staff and I enjoyed an amicable relationship, but suddenly, members started to drop out. I later discovered some were uncomfortable with the topic.


     Insisting upon remaining in the places we feel the most comfortable, makes any new growth impossible.
     Not being willing to extend the same respect we expect to receive to others, regardless of race, creed and sexual orientation will build an insurmountable wall that retards prosperity and intensifies turmoil.
     Infinite Kindness uses every circumstance imaginable to highlight our growth areas.
Everything we experience has nothing to do with others; it is our lesson, our moment of truth.
     Being dedicated to your true development will lead you into many uncharted waters. It is up to you. At every point during this journey, we make choices. We choose love or fear. Choosing love guarantees we emerge a new person. Shedding behavior patterns that are no longer for our highest good, will be the hardest, most difficult road to travel, but it will by far be the most rewarding.
      Several years ago, I developed the habit of complaining. No matter what happened—good or bad—you could count on me to find the bad. I would always be the first to find the “buts” in any situation. Over time, this behavior alienated me from my good. It became impossible to attract prosperous people and/or circumstances. For years, I wondered why everything in my life was going wrong. Once I realized I was responsible for this chain of events, I vowed to change. Changing was not easy, but change I did.

Now, I am conscious of all my thoughts, every word I utter and every action I take. At times I amaze myself at all the good things I continually attract. 
     If your most inner desire is to be as the Creator sees us, there are no days off. You must begin now to polish your most prized possession—YOU.
      Dream Big!  Life the life you have imagined.
      Remember life is too short to drink cheap champagne!
"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, and Ezine Articles

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Tribute to Mothers

A Tribute to Mothers


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


     For centuries the month of May has been filled with continual celebrations of Motherhood.  Retailers have noted that during the last hundred years, this is the most celebrated holiday of the year.  Our guidance for Mother’s day is often traced back to the sixth commandment, Honor your Father and Mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.  (Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16).  Because of this, we adorn our Mothers with gifts, flowers, and dinners.  At the end of the day, we are convinced that we have somehow, extended to our Mothers the same measure of love they have given and continue to give to us.
      Because the Bible is told in parables, we must train ourselves to find the deeper meaner of the words spoken.  The key ideas in this commandment are Motherhood, days and land.  Motherhood represents the nourishing element of Spirit, in which spiritual ideas are brought to fruition; day represents the state of mind in which intelligence dominates, understanding; land represents the consciousness of the physical body. 
     As I write this column, my mind is filled with questions, anxiety, and uncertainty.  I wonder if I ever thanked my Mother for giving me life, a sense of adventure and a love of Spirit.  While growing up, my Mother was truly Spirit embodied.  Because my Mother fervently believed in the power of positive thinking, I was constantly encouraged to step outside of what I believed possible and allow myself to “daydream” about what could become, not just what was.  Then I was challenged to “make it so.”  This allowed me to explore the magic in what would appear to be ordinary moments.  I became comfortable creating in my mind, a life filled with health, success, and prosperity.  Undoubtedly, this is one of the habits, visualization, and imagery, that created the ladder for the multiple overcomings’ and resurrections in my life. 

     As I contemplate the vast meaning of Motherhood in my life, I become cognizant that my life has been filled with a variety of people who have provided me with nourishment, guidance, and love; however, not all have been women.  Through my grandparents, aunts, cousins, uncles, friends (female and male), and my spouse, I have learned impenetrable trust, absolute honesty, unlimited joy, unquestionable friendship.  At the core of these relationships are sanctuaries where I experience unconditional love; the expectation to feel safe enough to be myself; a place where I am expected to discuss my feelings of blissful jubilation and explore any feelings of woeful dismay.  And this is just the beginning. 
     My meager benevolence of dinner, flowers, and gifts will never match the characteristics and attributes my Mother careful blended in the blueprint of my soul, for my Mother carefully constructed my life with a foundation strong enough to withstand the storms that would truly appear.  The surrogate Mothers in my life have aided in preserving my Mother’s investment, me. 
     So this Mother’s Day, I will continue to be grateful, for this is the well from which I freely drink.  I can only hope I have done half the job for my children as my Mother did for me.  To all, Happy Mother’s Day. 
     Live the life you have imagined.  Dream Big.

      Remember life is too short to drink cheap champagne!


"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 people 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.champagneandbeyond1.com, and Ezine Articles.  

Friday, April 14, 2017

One Easy Step to Changing Your Life





One Easy Step to Changing Your Life



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

 
       Ellen DeGeneres once said:  “I am saddened by how people treat one another and how we are so shut off from one another and how we judge one another, when the truth is, we are all one connected thing. We are all from the same exact molecules.” 
     This is not a new belief.  The Buddhist and Hindus believed this also.  They believed that your actions were responsible for the type of life you have, in that your life is the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
     Biologist, Bruce Lipton, author of the Biology of Belief, demonstrated in his research that a person’s perception, not genetic programming, is what spurs all action in the body: It’s actually our beliefs, or our assumed truth, that select our genes which select our behavior.  Human beliefs choose to perceive a positive or negative environment.  If we are victims, we are victims to our beliefs. 
    Recently, Quantum Physicist Bryan Cox, demonstrated, the Non-locality Theory in which a particle really can be in several places at once and moves from one place to another by exploring the entire Universe simultaneously. 
     So everything is connected to everything else.
     Happiness and sadness are different sides of the same coin; so is prosperity and poverty; sickness and health.
     So if your life is not filled with the things you want to experience, the solution is to change your beliefs.
     Romans 12:2 says, “do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
     In order to transform your mind, you start by re-thinking what you believe to be impossible.
     How do you re-think the impossible?
     The First Step according to Arnold Patent, author of The Journey and You Can Have It All, is to make a list of your personal beliefs about the experience you want to change.  It is your beliefs that are clouding your acceptance of the Truth that You are the Power and Presence of God.  Every thought, action, feeling event and circumstance in your life tells you what you believe.  You are to simply feel love for these feelings, and feel love for yourself feeling these feelings. 
      Dream Big!  Life the life you have imagined.
      Remember life is too short to drink cheap champagne!


"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 people 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.champagneandbeyond1.com, and Ezine Articles. 

What Story Are You Living?