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On this Thanksgiving Eve in the US and first night Hannukah for my family and many of you, I’ve compiled several of my blogs on the topic of “gratitude”.  As you will see, and may alreadyn know, gratitude is a necessary component of happiness.  Enjoy!

Gratitude is important to happiness.  Studies show that consistently grateful people are happier and more satisfied with their lives; they even feel more physically healthy and spend more time exercising. It’s impossible to feel stressed or angry in the same moment that you feel grateful! Gratitude fosters forbearance- it’s harder to feel disappointed with someone when […]

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Are you ready to live a life full of joy?  Transform your, relationships, finances, health, body, career… Join Us in this one of a kind event to Get Your Gratitude on & Infuse your life with Happiness When: Friday December 7, 2012 at 2pm (EST) More Info: http://youtu.be/dVD9AM2iKy0 What can you expect? Three interviews a week with […]

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There is an abundance of research on happiness and gratitude.. I’ve made a personal study of it and here are some of my favorite facts  on happiness and gratitude.  Enjoy!: Happy people generally are more forgiving, helpful, and charitable, having better self-control, and are more tolerant of frustration than unhappy people. A 30 percent increase […]

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On the Hebrew Calender, in the Jewish religion, Yom Kippur, a day of atonement and fasting concludes the week starting with Rosh Hashanah , the Jewish New Year.  It is a week of prayer and celebration, introspection, forgiveness and gratitude the last day of a week of introspection, forgiveness and gratitude concluding with  fasting and […]

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“..The Whale… If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She […]

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Happy people generally are more forgiving, helpful, and charitable, having better self-control, and are more tolerant of frustration than unhappy people.

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“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”  – Brian Tracy Gratitude has been getting a lot of press in self-help/development curriculums because it is essential to acknowledge personal gratefuluness in several […]

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Well, for those who know me well I only complain when there’s really a point- like holiday shopping help that doesn’t know a thing about…!!
I was in a big chain store (not my fav thing:)) since there was a free deal on a great phone upgrade that I was about to pay for (at least in my Prosperity Game recent experience).


OK- so I purchased it (a few charges for a few things even though “free”) and had to leave in the middle of “syncing” with my old phone for a client meeting: they informed me I had to take the phones; I could not leave them and come back since they would not be responsible- OK- no biggie I was thinking. Later I came back gave them my syncing wares and then to my dismay over one hour and forty minutes later- had a true waiting experience in a media store with friendly and incompetent help. They synced- I was told there were 4,000 contacts syncing- no way!! and it would take a while (and I could not leave and had no laptop or reading material with me, and needless to say, no phone). So…I paced around for a while, asked many questions and then was gently guided to the reclining chairs at the big TV area. I watched a clip of Spiderman (looped) and then put in makeshift earplugs – tissues- to block out the sound of 3 football tv’s full blast behind me- and tried to relax. That didn’t last long. Later I went through a big writing pad in my bag, pulled out a few pages to follow-up with and threw out the rest. Yay! Letting go & productivity for a short time..then onto wandering and reading the backs of dvd’s and tv series I haven’t seen. I called home from their phone. I found another, quieter TV experience, that made me feel good and wonder perhaps that’s why this happened- to hear classical music and see a great scene from “Black Swan” and then a wonderful concert clip of Peter Gabriel. OK- I had my moments of Zen and was truly ready for this experience to close. My phone wasn’t ready yet. I checked with security for my lost glove; no luck. I was pacing again, and then, finally it was ready!! I had a quick tete-a tete with the very young man in charge of my operation, and he said, “this would have taken only 30 minutes if you had bought an inexpensive..SIM card. I said, “I did- it’s there-just look”. So it was, so it goes…

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The Zen philosophy of being detached from outcome may be difficult to attain when you have very real goals.

The next best thing can be change your expectations – or perhaps your perspective!

For instance:

  • A full week getaway on a tropical beach is not looking possible, so rethink it to 2 weekends away  at a lovely local resort
  • Working out five days a week isn’t happening.  Three days a week with a good buddy is entirely possible!
  • Repainting the kitchen by the end ofthe month.: Possible; hire someone!
  • Posting three times a day on all social media while moving forward on projects.  Not possible.  Get real help or an app that helps.
  • Lose ten pounds this month.  How about five?
  • Hire a coach and/or enroll in an online course to up productivity.  Doable!  Just do it:):

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How to Use the Zen Way of Life for Creating Peace in Your Business

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Yay! After spending several hours (yes, I persevered!) on the website, and several calls to the help desk- you may find my spiral bound interactive book for overcoming obstacles and achieving success  formatted and illustrated by James Rutnam of webtimegraphics.com and motivationalwhisperers.com. Now I’m working on uploading the digital-kindle version.  check it out: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0615341810 .  Dawn Abraham, CEO of motivationalwhisperers.com comments: ” Eileen’s interactive book is both enlightening and motivating.  Eileen truly partners with you as your Peak Performance Success Coach as she takes you step-by-step through her process of achieving success.”   Thanks, Dawn!
Great 4 Father’s Day!

More about the book:

This powerful interactive book will change your life! At last there is a book that interactively takes you through all the components of success. Eileen Lichtenstein waves a wand of magic with this inspirational book & it will leave you spell bound! A must read for anyone struggling to take their personal or professional life to a higher level of success and satisfaction. Eileen has created a book where she is “your” business, life, parenting or transition coach – partner! Eileen takes you through her personal journey of accomplishment while showing how you too can achieve the same peace and balance she has achieved in her own life. Her inspiring book gives you real life examples of how she guides her clients to success through her own experiences and years of training as a successful life and spiritual coach. As if that’s not enough, this amazing book is chock full of inspirational quotes from some of the top self help guru’s of our time. Eileen’s interactive exercises that are sprinkled throughout the book are delightfully easy to follow while guiding you step by step through her process to success. Eileen made sure she left no stone unturned in the area of dealing with stress. She gives you several very effective techniques to deal with stress in your life. What You Will Gain: * Increased Self Confidence * Peace of Mind * Balance * Higher Income Potential * A Feeling of Well Being and Improved Health * A Better Understanding of Your True Capabilities Don’t wait to start turning your ailing business – or life – around. Be proactive: If you’re doing well, SOAR! will propel you to a higher level of success and happiness! Thinking about becoming an entrepreneur? Looking for a career change, a reinvention? And if you are simply feeling overwhelmed with life, “sandwich generation” or parenting issues, this book will help get you get unstuck, be fearless and SOAR!

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SOAR! with Resilience: The Interactive Book for  Overcoming  Obstacles & Achieving Success



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It’s tricky to know when to let go and  make confident choices to continue, restart or  toss.  Below are four strategies to attain and maintain emotional flexibility:

  • Non-attachment to outcome (Zen philosophy) is as important as getting started and doing our best on the path to reaching desired outcome-goals.
  • Practice detachment so that you will see when things aren’t worth pursuing, when it’s time to release and let go.
  • EFT (read morehttp://www.balanceandpower.com/eft ) is an enormously helpful tool in mastering these often challenging processes.
  • Seek support and a brainstorming-venting soundboard to explore your choices-prioritizing-focus issues.  I offer a FREE twenty minutes phone consultation to create a customized coaching program with you.  My coaching is via phone-email or face-to-face one to one and small group sessions in Baldwin, Long Island, N.Y. and groups on your site.  eileen@balanceandpower.com 516 623 4353.

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I’ve always been persistant and persevering and know these qualities have helped me follow through on projects and with  important relationships. However,  sometimes folks dont get that – or strongly disagree on issues in question (a dispute or arguement) – and call it being stubborn, inflexible, “not seeing the forest for the trees”, obsessive…The tricky part is knowing when to let  go when things  really arent working out,  making the choice to continue, restart or  toss.  Non- attachment to outcome (Zen philosophy) is as important as getting started and doing our best,  so that we can be somewhat detached and be able to  see when things aren’t worth pursuing, when it’s time to release and let go.  That can be quite challenging!  EFT (read more: http://www.balanceandpower.com/eft ) is  an enormously helpful  tool in this process.  If you need support, brainstorming-venting soundboard and exploration of your choices-prioritizing-focus issues  contact me for a FREE twenty minutes phone consultation  to find out about different coaching packages and a create a customized coaching program for you (via phone-email or face-to-face and small group sessions in Baldwin (Long Island) N.Y. ) Contact me:  eileen@balanceandpower.com   516 623 4353. 

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