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Life is filled with twists and turns. Taking small actions toward what you want to achieve can create a new perspective on how you go about achieving your hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Have you or someone you’ve known ever challenged you to create goals beyond what you had imagined you could do? I know I have, and it’s made all the difference in my life! Goal setting is not rocket science but why go about it the same way over and over again? One of the best approaches I’m learning to help you succeed is to focus on improving your weaknesses so they become your strengths. You can do this by putting a plan in place that will keep things fresh and will help you feel renewed. Start by deciding that during this process of growth you are going to have fun, choose to be happy and do what your heart wants you to do. Life is short and can pass us by pretty fast so you want to take care of yourself and not spend too much time sweating the small stuff.

If you find yourself needing to pull yourself out of a funk, you can do so by changing your mindset and by shifting the language you use. It all starts with you accepting things for what they are.  Seeing life with all its ups and downs allows you to make better decisions about your plan of action. This small exercise will unlock your inner peace and is a great way to center your thoughts so you can begin finding the answers that will turn your weaknesses into new strengths, and also allow you to enjoy each day. 

When I started on my well-being journey I never imagined what an impact a change in perspective could be. The power to believe, added with simple consistent action steps has lead me to discover new strengths which had been hidden from my view.  The writing was never my strong point, math was. I didn’t even have to write a business letter in my corporate job, and my boss would put together the proposals to prospective clients so I didn’t get much practice. I do remember as a child that I did love writing letters to my teachers, friends, and family thanking them for their love and support.

As I grew life changed, I found other interests, that didn’t include writing.  A breakthrough appeared when one of my coaches gave me the assignment to write a poem. I wrote back to her expressing my apprehension with a big “Are You Kidding Me?” She wrote back and said, no she was not kidding and that I could do it. Yikes! I remember the fear and worry that filled my spirit. It was crazy that my coach had more belief I could write a poem than I did in myself. Instead of saying “I can’t” (one of my favorite answers before I started coaching), I dug deep and found the courage to move beyond my comfort zone and I started to write.  

Little did I know how much fun the process would be. It has opened up a new set of possibilities both personally and professionally. I learned when you find the courage to do something and continue to do it you gain a sense of confidence that spills over into all areas of your life. When I grow hesitant about trying something beyond my comfort zone, I do my best to remember back how fear used to fill me and how the flood of overwhelm would be so strong it would leave me paralyzed. Then I remind myself how I overcame all of that by finding the courage within myself to push through. This is something that has helped me time and time again. We all need a bit of encouragement and to help you make the shift take a moment and read my poem The Power of Inner Peace is Within Reach. My hope is you will realize all you can accomplish by changing your old way of thinking so you will explore new opportunities.

Putting myself out there in such a way was quite a challenge, especially since I knew that writing was not a strength I possessed. It was five years ago when I wrote that poem and had the courage to share on my blog. It taught me a valuable lesson in trusting myself and in the process of cultivating my untapped abilities. It goes to show you the power of how one thing can lead into another so that you can grow into who you are meant to be. Which, by the way, later on, another seed was planted by my mentor, when she said to me “you have a book in you.”  What? Writing a poem was such stretch that I laughed at the idea of writing a book. It was only with the support of my coach and working on having a positive mindset that I was able to discover that there really was a book in me when I published “Journey to Wealth”.  It took time and plenty of revisions but I’m proud to say it’s published and available on Amazon. Who knew? I didn’t, that’s for sure! Don’t doubt yourself. Your thoughts and perspective make a huge difference in what you do, Unlock the strength inside of you and take the steps needed so you can move forward today with a healthy outlook. 

How to Turn Your Weaknesses into Strengths

  1. Realize the impact of attitude on life. Raise your awareness to what your weakness might be and accept them, instead of going to the place of frustration.
  2. Ask someone you can trust for help that has done what you want to do.
  3. Start with doing one simple step. Practice to gain confidence and get better and better each day.
  4. Don’t take criticism or feedback personally. Not everyone is going to like what you do. Ask yourself what you can learn from the feedback that has been given to you.
  5. Change your thought process to think solutions. Focus on how to fix the problem, not on the obstacle. Don’t stay in a place of anger and keep focusing on what is negative, focus on what is positive
  6. Believe in Yourself. You are ready for unexpected challenges that arise. Think back to those challenges you already have handled in your life.
  7. Learn from your past mistakes, don’t beat yourself up, press on.

Start today by doing something you have never done before. The time has come for you to break through your challenges and gain a new perspective that will empower your new way of thinking. Do this by creating a plan and make it simple enough for you to follow. Revise as needed so you will stick with it. When you put in the effort to master a new skill, you will become excited again. The energy and revitalization you feel inside as you chart a new course in your life will become the foundation that will enable you to do even more. An opportunity exists at every turn. Take advantage of it. Create change in your life with small actions steps that move you closer to increased wealth and well-being. Living inside your comfort zone is not a good option if you want to find the fulfilled happiness you deserve. When you start to turn your weaknesses into strengths there are brighter days ahead so you can experience all richness life has to offer. 

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Investing in YOU is something to do all year long, not just for a holiday, or a week or just once in a while. Yes this might be challenging sometimes, but in the long run taking care of your health and well-being helps everything and everyone around you. I hope you enjoyed the holiday season being with family and friends. A new year approaches and a new beginning. Keep taking small strategic steps toward your goals and desires. Each success brings you closer to a life of tranquility instead of a life filled with stress and worry. You will become happier, healthier and more content if you work toward your dreams in a slow steady pace. Doing more doesn’t always make things better, and you will be surprised how relaxing life can be once you begin to focus on what you are passionate. You will feel a true sense of renewal and begin to finally live the inspired lifestyle you desire.

Tranquility is defined by Dictionary.com as a “quality or state of being calmness, peacefulness, quiet, and serenity.” This is exactly what I wish for all of you!

Whether it’s during the holiday season, the start of a New Year or just another normal day making well-being a priority is essential. Did you ever notice how some days are super busy and other days are quiet and peaceful?  Sometimes you may even feel a little anxious and uncertain. Wouldn’t it be great if you could jump start your day on your terms and be full of energy and unstoppable happiness? You can have this once you decide to create a real change in your life with some simple action steps that will bring you to the next level and beyond. To follow are some systematic steps toward a lifestyle of peace and tranquility as you move ever closer to successfully doing what you want to do.

Easy Steps To Improve Your Well-Being With More Well-being-this-way1Tranquility and Less Stress

  • Start your day an hour earlier and finally create some private time for you. Once you do so you will be pleasantly surprised just how much you  get done during this peaceful time of the day. Mix it up a bit and add some of your favorite music while enjoying the beauty around you. What a great way to start your day!
  • Choose something that you like to do and that you are passionate about. This could be writing, prayer, meditation, or even exercise. It doesn’t matter the activity as long as it’s whatever you like to do and will shift your thoughts into a more positive frame of mind. (I love my time for writing, exercise, and researching information about fantasy sports with music in the background)
  • Do less. I’m sure you have heard of the K.I.S.S. principle- Keep it simple stupid. Do you use this principle? If not, why? Stop now and make the decision to remove one item that you do often and are not getting the results you desire, and simplify it. By using this principle you will get more done, be happier and less stressed.
  • Set goals for 3 months, 6 months and a year. Enjoy the journey. Pick one to start working on in the short term that will move you towards your longer-term goal. Choose one thing at a time, focus on it, and make it happen.
  • Create a morning and evening routine to start and end your day on a positive note.
  • Empty your E mail inbox and clear your desk regularly. This will help you if you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • Respond to others without reacting. Raise your awareness to your surroundings. If someone says or does something to you that you don’t like, say and do nothing. Count to 10 before you respond. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t!
  • Be kind and compassionate. Be thoughtful of how others feel. Think about what the other person might be going through. Don’t judge them. Remember there are two sides to every story.
  • Be patient, kind, not hard on yourself.  If you had a little too much to eat during your day, or at a party, don’t beat yourself up. This will get you nowhere fast. Give your body some love, create time into your schedule and go for a walk. Clear your mind from the stress and think positive thoughts.
  • Move your body. Exercise. See if you can make this a daily habit. Get into the habit. Start simply with 5 minutes each day. Expand the time with what works for you. Exercise not only helps you lose weight but it could make you feel so much better like it has done for me.
  • Find your passion. Do what you love to do regularly. Let your creativity shine through. You will be happier, more tranquil and less stressed.
  • Be held accountable. Find a coach or partner who will support you to on your journey in life.
  • Review and write down your financial plan to simplify your finances as you focus on growing your wealth.

You really do have the power to jump start your day and be full of energy and unstoppable happiness! All it takes to get started is choosing one action step and following through with focused attention. You will create real change once you start. Remember to believe in yourself because you can do anything that you set your mind to. Let today be the day that you make the decision that will lead you toward less stress and more tranquility as your dreams become reality.

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Bonnie 

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~Bonnie

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Will you be in the same place as you are five years from now? Are you happy and enjoying your life? Focus on what you desire as if it is yours now. Visualize your success and have positive thoughts.

Experiencing challenges teaches you many invaluable lessons.   The number of times you succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times you fail and keep trying. Don’t give up.  Doubts and fears might pop up however they are temporary obstacles.

Be persistent. Focus on one step at a time to reach your goal. You will have a great feeling when you successfully meet the challenge. All great achievements require time, endurance, and a push to get through to move towards your goals.

Surround yourself with others who support you and are positive and avoid the people who give off negative energy or put you down. Openly share your talents with others.

You don’t need to know all your answers in advance.  Have a clear idea of the goal you desire to reach. Take one step at a time and be patient with yourself. Once you muster up the courage to begin, you’ll find the courage to succeed.  If you can believe it you can achieve it.

Share your own formula for creative success.

Bonnie Gortler

The Inspired Wealth & Well-Being Coach

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Do you believe that news reports are a dependable source for investment advice? There are many experts and websites over the internet with different information. At times it can be quite alarming.  Are you feeling confident that your stock market investments will hold up when the market feels as if you were on a roller coaster ride? Think about the review process that you currently have in place for your investment portfolio, if you are managing your own investments. It’s wise to have an investment strategy that is flexible and allows you the ability to exit quickly in order to reduce your exposure if the stock market is not performing well. You can reduce some of your uneasiness by seeking the advice of an investment professional that can answer your specific questions one-on-one when you are feeling unsure.

It’s wise to review your portfolio and lower your Risk by avoiding big losses. You want a portfolio to suit your needs within a certain time frame depending on your goals and objectives. If you are feeling stressed about your investments here are some ideas to follow that will help you in meeting your investment goals.

Simple Tips to Navigate During Stressful Stock Market Times

  • roller coaster stock-market-cartoons-5-300x2021Watch your investments to make sure they are doing what you expect.
  • No matter the strategy you choose, it’s a good idea to measure the returns and risks compared to a benchmark index for comparison.
  • You could be over weighted in a particular sector under pressure.  It’s a good idea not to have too many of your eggs in one basket.
  • Review your investment to see if any individual stock, exchange traded fund, or bond position exceeds 5% of your overall portfolio.
  • Prepare your plan with an exit strategy to allow you to bounce back before something unforeseen occurs.
  • When altering a security keep the whole portfolio in mind.
  • Individual stocks are volatile; you can make money fast or lose money quickly.
  • If you are investing in individual bonds review the credit rating to see they are good quality bonds.

It’s crucial that you set clear goals and objectives for your success.  Keep an eye on your portfolio so that you will know what is or isn’t performing well.  Be ready, flexible, willing, and prepared to make a change when and if you are feeling stressed by about your investments. Your future finances depend on it!

stock market roller coasterYou can feel good today about putting into motion a plan to build wealth without stress as you move even closer to a life of wealth and well-being.  You want to have a clear plan as you embrace change with new eyes and a renewed commitment toward your future.   Take time to do what is necessary in discovering ways to become more at ease with your finances.   Make the decision to live a healthy wealthy lifestyle filled with less frustration so you can enjoy the life you want.  As you continue your journey forward, remember to always place yourself in the best possible situation for success when creating a life full of wealth and well-being.

Let’s talk.  You are invited to set up your Free 30 minute Wealth and Well-Being Discovery session with me by calling 516-778-8714 or by clicking here or send me an email at Bonnie@BonnieGortler.com. I would love to connect with you.

Wishing you health, wealth & happiness,

~Bonnie

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You can change your life for the better with one kind word of encouragement. Did you know a smile or the smallest donation can make a huge difference in someone’s life? You just never know what others may be going through and how your kindness can impact the life of another. Think about what and how you are expressing yourself as you move through each day. Do all that you can to make today the day you decide in your heart and mind to reach out and help someone by giving them them hope, a reason to believe and the power to decide for themselves that they should never give up!

Be the one to share positive encouraging words of wisdom with others as you help to lift their mood and spirit. Your life can serve a higher calling by creating the intention for yourself to always be kind, gentle and caring.  Think of the pure joy you will bring others and the satisfaction you will feel within yourself as you open your own heart by giving freely to others.

What can you do to make someone’s life better? Let me know below! I hope you will enjoy the video and it will inspire you.

To your health, wealth, and happiness,

 Bonnie

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When was the last time that you did something different to increase your knowledge to grow personally and professionally as you moved out of your comfort zone? What would it be like to take steps towards fulfilling your dreams, expanding your growth, and to begin living the lifestyle you desire? It’s normal to feel fear when you try something new. Remember to always push yourself beyond your comfort zone and remain open because that’s when great things begin to happen.    Sheri colorado mountains 2

Recently I had an incredible four days traveling to Colorado by myself (a real stretch for me) to attend a 16 hour coaching/training event with my coach Sheri Kay Hoff while also incorporating a visit to meet the Schwab trading team in person that I work with in my corporate job. I wanted to use the time to further develop our relationship and also enhance my knowledge of the computer operation for placing of orders for trading thereby learning first hand how this technology could benefit my clients. What a great experience and I will remember it always. After a full day at Schwab I went back to the hotel and had dinner with a friend, and then rested up for my upcoming 2 days of training.

What attracted me to Sheri’s coaching/training event was my desire to further master my inner game. I feel it’s important to have a strong mental mindset. When your inner game is strong you are confident and can make a difference in the lives of others. When done right there is also a feeling of being unstoppable. Being around like minded individuals also helps in keeping you on your toes. What I enjoyed most were the exercises and coaching methods shared by Sheri during the session. Each were impactful and created energy shifts that caused so many breakthroughs.

Sheri and Bonnie 2014The theme of the event was “Be the Inspiration”. The conference guests were all amazing. The environment felt safe, everyone was fully engaged and committed to working through whatever was holding them back. They were open, vulnerable and shared their heart. It was a weekend of community, planning, and expansion. People shared skills and talents that had been buried. Periodically we would all be in a circle put our hands together and say “Be the Inspiration” How empowering! I could feel the connection we had with one another when saying the words. There is an untapped power that comes to life when we really connect with one another. Who have you inspired lately? Take a moment and call a friend just to share some encouraging words and put a smile on their face. You will definitely lift their spirit and discover that yours will be lifted too.

Breaking through your barriers can leave you feeling empowered like never before. You will find as you share in the breakthroughs of others you can’t help but feel enlightened by the entire experience. I had quite a few of these breakthrough moments myself; but the highlight that I treasure was when I faced my fear of public speaking. I stood up in front of the room and read a poem to the group called “She Let Go” (by Rev. Safire Rose which I’ve shared below). May it inspire you the way it has inspired me!

When I was called on to share my poem I was full of fear and could feel the butterflies in my stomach, and despite these overwhelming feelings I did it anyway. I went up said a few words first that I thought would enhance the presentation; however, I received feedback that this was not the case. I was asked to go back to my seat and do it again, but this time go right into the poem. What a great and powerful lesson taught by Sheri. The energy when I did the reading the second time was electrifying! I was truly inspired by the moment and know someday soon I will do even more speaking.Sheri denver sunset 2014

We all should all feel the fear and learn to do it anyway. I am now re-energized by having had time away, in meeting with my coach and business associates, and also in making new friends. It’s difficult to put into words how seeing the mountains, the sunsets, and embracing change was so soothing to my soul. It is an experience that will forever keep me moving beyond my comfort zone.

What would it take to move your out of your comfort zone? Would it be an adventure or simply time focusing on your personal growth? Decide today is the day for you to be bold and adventurous as you reach out to embrace what you really want. Get out of your comfort zone. Is there a project or task that keeps pulling at you and that you can complete? What one action can you take that will create your breakthrough over the next month? Let today be the day you create a new stronger inner game and finally break through the barriers that have been holding you back. You can start by simply telling yourself a new positive story. You must begin to believe you can do anything that you set your mind to. This is only the beginning and if find yourself still unsure where or how to start I invite you to schedule your “Inspired Wealth and Well-Being Free 30 minute Discovery Session.”

In this session you will…

  • Create a sense of clarity about the wealth and well being you want.
  • Find out the possibilities for planning the result about money and well-being for you to fulfill your dreams.
  • Discover what is stopping you from being able to be more comfortable to grow and sustain your wealth
  • Identify what action steps will move you towards living the happy healthy wealthy lifestyle you desire.
  • Complete the discovery session with the enthusiasm of knowing what to do next to create change to growing your wealth and increasing your well being.

Beginning a new path can be intimidating and a even a bit overwhelming. You have the power to create wealth and a sense of well-being by implementing simple action steps in your health and wealth plan. You will discover that each step forward will bring you even closer to fulfilling your dreams.  You can do anything that you set your mind to, so let today be the day that you make the decision to live the healthy wealthy lifestyle that you desire. You can do it!

As promised, here is the poem. Hoping it will be just as inspiring within your journey.

She Let Go

by Rev. Safire Rose

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear.  She let go of the judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go.  She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go.  She let go of all of the memories that held her back.  She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.  She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

She didn’t promise to let go. She didn’t journal about it. She didn’t write the projected date in her Day-Timer. She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper. She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope. She just let go.

She didn’t analyze whether she should let go. She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter. She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment. She didn’t call the prayer line. She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.

No one was around when it happened. There was no applause or congratulations. No one thanked her or praised her. No one noticed a thing. Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.

There was no effort. There was no struggle. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. It was what it was, and it is just that.

 

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Take the time to think about what you could achieve today if you decided to be brave. These are just a few questions to ponder. What has been burning inside of you just waiting to come out? Ask yourself what is holding you back from going after your dreams?  Decide you are going to take a few minutes  now to do one important goal on your list that you have been avoiding. Choose something that would be fun and you love.

YOU can do anything you set your mind to.  Even if you have feel some fear, the courage is within you. Decide to make it a point every day to take one action step  to what your heart desires.  Never give up on your dreams! Believe in You… I certainly do!

Create an excellent week ~Bonnie

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It’s time to visualize your success, have positive thoughts and be who you desire to be.  Have you asked the question where will you be five years from now? Please don’t ever let anybody tell you that YOU can’t do something. You can do anything you set your mind to. A great reminder to myself too!

Realize failure is part of success and understand mistakes will happen. To be a winner you don’t want to be overly scared to lose. This is a hard lesson to have to learn and I’m still grasping this concept as well. Decide now YOU will feel great when you go out of your comfort zone. Be gentle with yourself. Know you will rise to the occasion and successfully meet the challenge. Go for it, and act on your dreams! Keep your dreams alive and dream big.

Take a small step forward each day and share your wisdom with others. Be kind to yourself.  You don’t need to know all your answers in advance. Focus on what you desire just as if it’s yours NOW! Be YOU!  Be the best and don’t settle for less.

Begin today by surrounding yourself with others who support you and are positive and avoid the people who give off negative energy and put you down.

Once you find the courage to begin, you’ll find the courage to succeed.  If you do happen to fail, pick yourself up and keep trying. Choose the path to move forward, no matter what other people think. What are your thinking about? Don’t quit. Choose to persevere! 

Listen to your heart. YOU ARE A TRUE SUCCESS!


 

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Conquering fear and overcoming anxiety can mean less stress with life’s challenges. Let go of your fear and begin to reduce the stress in your life so your body, mind, and spirit can experience the FEELing of simply FEELing good.

Learn to walk through your fear, don’t hold on and continue to be stuck. You can make a change to gain clarity by releasing the past. It’s up to you to choose to be happy, so start with a new beginning and enjoy life to the fullest.

Do something for you today by forgiving and accepting yourself for who you are. Let go of your old beliefs and remember to always dream big as you move forward in creating an excellent week. ~Bonnie

 

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Are you a new home buyer? The home buying process can be a bit complicated; a Realtor like me can assist you in making the process smooth and enjoyable. In this article I will go over the basic steps in the home purchase process. You can easily write individual articles about each step in the process, so this is that you have a basic understanding of what goes on each step of the way.

It all begins with the selection of a Real Estate salesperson. You should select someone who will listen to your wants, be attentive to the things that are important to you, and most importantly someone you feel you can have a good working relationship with. The next step in the process is getting a preapproval from a Mortgage lender (your broker should be able to recommend good people for you to work with all throughout the process) Most buyers will not entertain offers unless they know the bank will in all likelihood give you a mortgage, or you are going to pay cash and supply proof of funds. It is now time for that realtor to help find you that home you love. You will then make an offer and he or she will negotiate an accepted offer.

Once those negotiations are complete a vital part of the process is the home inspection. This can be done by either building inspectors or engineers. Most inspectors are either certified to do, or work with termite inspectors who will check for termites or termite damage. Once the inspection report is reviewed by you and your attorney it is time for the formal contract. You should have an attorney selected, his name number and email available any time prior to the inspection.

It is now time for the bank to do their work if you are getting a mortgage. They will need a copy of the contract signed by both parties. They will then order an appraisal making sure the value of the property is in line with the money they are lending you.  The bank and your attorney will now check for clear title of the property, check the survey and make sure there are no outstanding liens against the property. Once all your personal information is verified the bank will issue a commitment letter. This process usually takes 30-60 days.

It is now time for your final walkthrough before closing. This is typically done the day of or the day before closing. You will use this time to insure that things are still in the same condition as they were in when you negotiated the purchase. If you were to find things in disrepair (different condition than when the purchase was made) your attorney will hold money in escrow so you can have them fixed or an amount will be agreed upon prior to closing. It is now time for the formal closing. This usually will take place at the bank attorney’s office.

Congratulations you are now a homeowner. Enjoy your new home!

Neil Gortler is a licensed real estate salesperson with Douglas Elliman real Estate. He has advanced certifications as a SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) and CBR (Certified Buyers Representative). Contact Neil for all of your Real Estate needs.

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Neil Gortler, CBR
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

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