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Permalink 04:08:56 pm, by Ramone Email , 460 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Background

Appreciation adds Value Part 1


Appreciation adds Value

Part 1 of 2



The Attitude of Gratitude is probably something you have heard of before. That is because a bunch of professional speakers, including me, have used it in presentations or done entire presentations on the topic (I have). What is it and how does it work?

Appreciation as Value

The attitude of gratitude is a state of mind and a way of thinking that has you focus on what you are grateful for. Our conscious mind focuses on one thing well at a time. If you are thinking about why what is happening is great, or that a person you know is awesome you are not focused on why what is happening or that person is bad.

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This reminds me of what Einstein said, “You can not simultaneously prepare for and prevent war.” How that translates is “you can not simultaneously appreciate someone or something and depreciate it that at the same time”. There has been research on optical illusions where two images are contained in the same picture. A classic one from the early 1900’s is below.

Appreciation as Value

W.E.Hill 1915 Pluck Humor Magazine

Before you read any further look at the picture. What do you see? If you already see an image look and see if you can find another image before you read any further.

What did you see?

An old woman?

A young girl?

Appreciation as Value

Try this experiment if you can see both women. Focus on just one image, first the old woman. When you focus on the old woman the young girl disappears. The opposite is true also. If you focus on the young girl the old woman fades out. You see only one image at a time.

Once you know what you are looking for you can switch back and forth quickly. You can get to the point where you let your eyes go out of focus and from a less focused place you can recognize features of both. Yet as soon as you focus on one, that image becomes more prominent and the other fades out.

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  • What we notice and focus on about people and situations is a choice. If you do not like what
    you are seeing you can change it.

    • You can have a better life.

    • You can have a better attitude.

You can focus on appreciating whatever you are looking at and your mind will find good.

It sounds simple, appreciate what you are looking at then things look better. Choose a positive appreciative focus and you improve your life and the lives of those around you. Be a value adder.




A Good Resource on Creating More Joy


Permalink 04:07:41 pm, by Ramone Email , 254 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Background

Be Happy Now Part 2


Be Happy Now

Overcoming the habit of postponing happiness.

Part 2 of 2

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As I write this I am not waiting to be done writing to be happy. I am in a very curious and satisfied space. I love the creative process. I like being in the process and I like completing articles too. I allow myself to be happy in all phases of the project. The opportunity is to be happy with whatever phase of a project you are in. Yes I will be happy when I am finished because I choose to be happy now in this moment and when finishing the article gets here I am confident that I will be happy in that now moment.


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When I asked my friends mother what she enjoyed most about raising her daughter she said “each age brought it’s own challenges and rewards and I saw it as my job to appreciate and find maximum joy in each age.” Yes we can find joy and happiness at each age and in each moment. You can appreciate and add value now. When a new moment arrives choose to Be Happy in the new Now.


  • Asking good questions can direct your attention in a positive direction. Here are a few that can get you started.

    • What do I like now?

    • What is good about this?

    • How does this serve me?

    • What is fun or funny about this?

    • How can what is happening right now and right here lead to my brighter future?

    • How is this the best thing that can happen now?


Be Happy NowThis serves you for creating your better life right now by using better questions and choosing happiness now. In my book, “Enjoy The Hell Out Of Your Life” I write in the chapter on acceptance about how everything is designed for your growth and benefit. How you react to anything is up to you. You can find the good, or what I call in the book “Blessings in Disguise” in anything you are involved in. You can pay attention to and change your self-talk as you choose a positive attitude.

When you catch yourself using negative and limiting self-talk that postpones happiness decide that you will stop and choose to Be Happy Now. Use this new habit to replace the habit of postponing happiness. You immediately will have a better life now.

Turning "I will be happy" when into ‘I am happy now’ is good for your health too. Thanks for playing, now you can move on to the next level. You may pass go and collect 200 happiness points.



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Permalink 04:06:26 pm, by Ramone Email , 202 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Background

Be Happy Now Part 1


Be Happy Now

Overcoming the habit of postponing happiness.

Part 1 of 2



I will be happy when I finish this article. This is how it starts, it seems simple enough that we do not see we have robbed ourselves of happiness in this moment. We always have someplace we are trying to get to, or something we need to do or finish that when we get there or we complete the task we will ALLOW ourselves to be happy.

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Allow is the key word. It is a decision you make, without realizing that youBe Happy Now made a decision to limit your happiness. If you start to feel good you may not allow it because you are not there yet. Wherever “there” is? Be aware of the words you use, it may not be the word happy, it may be relieved, comfortable or secure. An example is,"I will feel secure when I get that promotion". What other things are you waiting for?


  • Check and see how often you say things like I will be happy when

    • I get a new car

    • I finish finals

    • I have an intimate relationship

    • I get a raise

    • I make my first million

    • My team wins

    • I drop 10 pounds

    • The weather changes

    • I am someplace other than here

    • It is Friday

    • So and so stops doing such and such

    • Someone you are close to drops 10 pounds

    • I figure out Internet marketing

    • My cash flow exceeds my expenses

    • My spouse wants sex

    • My spouse stops bothering me for sex

    • The list goes on and on

    • Etc…


You can be happy right now. Nothing needs to be different. I have been to several lectures given by Ram Dass. He is a spiritual teacher who wrote the book “Be Here Now.” Some of what I learned from his book forms the basis of “Be Happy Now”. You can choose to be happy and have a better life now.


Check out the book “Enjoy The Hell Out Of Your Life”.


Years after his book “Be Here Now” Ram Dass had a stroke. He survived and I saw him speak post stroke. He spoke a little slower and he said it was so we (his audience) would have an easier time keeping up with him. He wrote a book after the Stroke called “Still Here.” It is apparent to me that not only was he “Still There,” he was continuing to find joy and humor in whatever he was involved with. He seemed quite happy even as he shared his new challenges.

Choose to make your job description, finding joy and humor in what you are involved in right now. You do not need to postpone your better life. You can choose to ‘Be Happy Now’ and have a positive attitude that is fun to be around.



Permalink 05:29:19 pm, by Ramone Email , 242 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome


"I harness the power of my mind by choosing where I place my attention". What you focus on increases and shapes your experience. How you use your mind creates the results you experience in the world. -Ramone (Third Principle from "Enjoy The Hell Out Of Your Life")

"It's not what's happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it's your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you're going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny."
Anthony Robbins

"When you write down your ideas you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few if any of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools."
Michael Leboeuf

Consciously choose to focus on joy, appreciation and what feeds your passion. Pay attention to self-talk* and use words that empower, inspire and create the world you want to play in. Use the power of the pen to focus your energy. Write your desires and goals and read them daily. Do not ignore problems or challenges yet in every situation spend more time focusing on your strengths and what is working and with that focus as a lever your challenges will be easier to deal with.

*( Self-talk is when you talk to yourself. If you are asking do I talk to myself? That is it.)


Permalink 08:46:50 pm, by Ramone Email , 155 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome



I accept my life as it is (as if it is perfect). I embrace everything in my life as a gift that is designed for my growth and benefit.- Ramone (First Principle from Enjoy The Hell Out Of Your Life)

"Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgment of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you're going to do about it."
Kathleen Casey Theisen

"The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are."
Goldie Hawn

Accept that today is an opportunity to participate in a magnificent creation that is your life. That you are here now is a mystery not a mistake. Accept other people and all situations today in the unique way they show up.Train yourself to find the good and the benefits in everything. Celebrate your passion and share your gifts. Tomorrow rinse and repeat.

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