Everyday Alchemy: Discover the Extraordinary in Every Moment

Alchemy:(n.) The power or process of transforming something common into something extraordinary. Hi! I'm Sarah Robinson, Business Coach and Resident Alchemist. Welcome to my Blog. My mission is to bring the powerful magic of Everyday Alchemy into the daily lives of Life Adventurers everywhere (especially those with an entrepenurial bent!). Let me know how this resonates with you-I am fascinated! Email me: sarah@everydayalchemy.com. Visit my website at http://www.everydayalchemy.com/

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Curveballs of Life

Okay-so I had a great week at a conference, came home with lots of work to do and......the woman who helps me with my three year-old, Thomas, landed herself in the hospital and isn't coming to work this week. That, my friends, is life throwing me a curve ball. Ranting and raving about it certainly won't help and neither will being mad and sticking Thomas in front of the TV while I act like a resentful Mommy. When Life throws a curve ball, my best defense is a graceful offense. What does that look like? It looks like me re-evaluating my to do list for the week. It looks like me re-connecting with my goals as a Mommy-how do I want to be with my son? It is handling the things that must handled, asking for help (which I am trying to get better at!) and letting go of the things that simply cannot be done this week. Do I do it well? Sometimes. Do I do it perfectly? Absolutely not. The point is that 1)I've stopped fighting the things in life that are out of my control and 2)I am making choices that give me a life that tastes sweet-however imperfect that life may be.

So, what do you do when life throws you a curve ball? Next time, try the graceful approach. Your sanity and your family will be grateful.

Find Something Extraordinary In Today!

Friday, December 16, 2005

The Year In Review

As we come to the end of another year, how perfect was your year?

One of the ways we all learn is to review our past and take not of what went well, what didn’t, and, most important, celebrate our surprise successes.

Taking this time now will help you make decisions about what you need to start, stop and continue for next year - especially if you want different results.

I also know that reviews are not everyone's favorite activity or you just won't take the time, so here is an easy step by step guide to your Year in Review from one of my favorite coaches, Beverly Hamilton. It can take you 5 minutes or 5 hours. My challenge to you is take at least 5 minutes. Make a cup of coffee, get comfy on your sofa or do it in the bath - just make and take the time.

1. What are the 5 things you have achieved this year that you are MOST proud of?

2. What positively contributed to your achievement of those 5 things?

3. What have you personally done that you feel has contributed to how your year has been?

4. What have you learnt during this year that has made/will make a positive impact on your business and/or your life?

5. What had you planned to achieve this year that just hasn't happened?

If you want to take this review to the level of Leader, here are 3 supplemental questions:

1. What did you achieve that you didn't expect/plan to?

2. How did that come about?

3. What got in the way of you having the year you'd anticipated?

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Find Something Extraordinary In Today!


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Secrets of a Millionaire Mind, Part 3

Here is the last set of notes from Harvey Eker's Book Secrets of a Millionaire Mind. As you look over the list, pick one item that really jumps out at you and one that you strongly resist. Look for ways to implement them in your daily life this week. Again, I invite youto be bold and post your choices in the comments section for all the Universe to see!

Million'aire Mind Notes - Part 3

Never have a ceiling on your income
The majority of millionaires became rich by being in their own business
When you own a business, you can save a small fortune in taxes by writing off portions of your expenses for car, travel, education, home, etc
Selling is one of the world's highest paid professions
You'll never get rich working on a straight salary for someone else
Rich people live in a world of abundance
You can be kind, loving, caring, generous and spiritual person - and be rich
The true measure of wealth is your net worth, NOT your income
The four net worth factors are:
1. Income
2. Savings
3. Investments
4. Simplification
Rich people take the time and energy to learn about investing and investments
Simplification = consciously creating a lifestyle in which you need less money to live on
Expenses will always rise in direct proportion to income
Know your net worth
To master money you must manage money
Rich people are good at managing their money
Start properly handling the money that you already have
You must acquire skills and habits of managing a small amount of money before you can have a large amount
When you begin to manage your money, you'll have plenty of it

My commitments are 1) To take the time and energy to learn more about different kinds of investments and 2)Create a lifestyle that requires less money to live on.

What will you choose to do?

Find something extraordinary in today!


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

As promised, here is the second set of summary points from T. Harvey Eker's book, Secrets Of a Millionaire Mind. Same rules: pick one of two nuggets you will commit to incorporating into your daily rounds. Be bold and post it in the comments section!

Millionaire Mind Notes - Part 2

Get in the game with whatever you've got

Focus on what you have, NOT what you don't have

The fastest and easiest ways to create wealth is to learn exactly how rich people, who are masters of money, play the game

Find as many financial mentors as possible

Most people earn within 20% of the average income of their closest friends

Make it a point to only associate with successful, positive people (and remember, use your definition of success)

Rich people hang around winners

If you don't toot your own horn, it's possible nobody else will

Rich people are excellent promoters

Rich people are skilled at packaging their value in a way that's extremely attractive

To be a leader, you must inherently have followers and supporters, which means that you have to be adept at selling, inspiring and motivating people to buy into your vision

Leaders earn more money than followers

If you really believe in your value then how could it be appropriate to hide it from others?

Grow yourself so that you are bigger than any problem

If you become a master at handling problems and overcoming any obstacle, nothing can stop you from success

If you are not willing to receive, then you are "ripping off" those who want to give to you

Money will only make you more of what you already are

Get rich by helping others

Get rich and then you can help MORE PEOPLE

Find Something Extraordinary In Today!!!


Friday, November 18, 2005

Secrets of a Millionaire Mind

Several of my coaching mentors are reading a book called "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" by T. Harv Eker. I am always skeptical of books with titles like this. Usually the secrets come from people who already had a huge economic advantage,like a rich daddy to get them started, so their "wisdom" falls flat with me. However, since my mentors seemed to find something of value from this particular book, I decided to give it a go. I must admit there are some rich nuggets of very very practical wisdom here-so I decided to share. Here is the first part of a three-part list. You may read some of them and say "Yeah, yeah...I know." So, I am going to invite you to take action. Read the list, pick two items that peak your attention and take action to incorporate them into your business and your life. For the truly bold, I invite you to make your commitment out loud and to the world by listing your choices in the comments section of this blog.

I'll start by telling you my two:
-The happiest people are those who use their natural talents to the utmost
-Entrepreneur: person who solves problems for people at a profit - a problem solver

Millionaire Mind Notes - Part 1

What you focus on expands

Stay as far away from complainers as possible

The Law of Attraction = Like Attracts Like

What do people get out of being a victim? Attention

There's no such thing as a rich victim

The #1 reason why most people don't get what they want is that they don't know what they want

If you want to be rich you have to be adding value to other people's lives

The happiest people are those who use their natural talents to the utmost

Entrepreneur: person who solves problems for people at a profit - a problem solver

The more people you help, the richer you become

It's time to start sharing your gifts instead of hoarding them or pretending they don't exist

Poor people make choices based on fear

Rich people believe that if worst comes to worst they can always make their money back

Rich people take educated risks

Poor people claim to be preparing for an opportunity - instead they are stalling. Meanwhile the rich guy got in

Rich people expect to succeed

Rich people focus on what they want

If you want to get rich: focus on making, keeping and investing your money

If you want to be poor, focus on spending your money

I must admit, the last two nailed me to the wall. I've got to get busy!

To Your Success!


Monday, November 14, 2005

A Day De-Railed

All my big plans for today (remember I am a Very Important Person!) just went in the toilet! My three year old son is recovering from a very nasty cold. Though he is well enough to run around the house, demand that someone play with him and generally be the enrgetic boy that he is, he is still sniffeling and coughing too much to send him to his school. So, what to do? As I see it I have two choices:

1)Plop him in front of the television, pray it keeps him entertained all day and feel angry and put upon whenever it fails to keep him still (I've actually tried doing that-what an exercise in frustration for all involved! And yes, there are times when I forget what is truly important in my life).


2) Make a reasonable list - say two or three small things that I can actually accomplish while he is napping or watching his beloved Wiggles and take a deep breath. I can also envision what the Best Mommy In The World might do for her little boy who doesn't feel well and take aim at being her - even if it is just for a few minutes at a time.

At the end of the day, which choice will leave me with the sweetest feeling about my life? Which choice is on the path of creating Everyday Alchemy?

I have to go now. The Best Mommy In the World would fix waffles for her sick little boy because they are his very favorite thing-I have to catch up with her!

Find Something Magical In Today!


Thursday, November 10, 2005

Hunting for Treasure

I've been on an extended vacation-that is why you haven't heard from me in so long! We were on the coast of Georgia and one of our favorite activities is hunting for shark's teeth. I remember when my husband introduced me to the art of finding sharks teeth amongst the other dark colored objects in the sand. He was describing the shape and the way they tumble in the surf when I looked down and saw just what he describing at my feet. I picked it up and said "Is this one?". At the time, I did not know that finding a tooth was considered to be a difficult task and my easy find was written off to "beginner's luck".

That was several years ago and I have to say that since that day, I have had extraordinary success as a shark's tooth hunter. I thought about this particular hobby as we combed our favorite hunting ground in the late afternoon last week. Shark's teeth come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, depending on exactly what kind of shark lost its chompers. But they have one thing in common-a special gray and black combination that is unmistakeable. They are easier to find in bright sunlight, not so easy in the long light of a setting sun. Lots of things in the sand can fool you into thinking you've found the treasure you are after, but upon examination, they are simply "fool's gold".

Isn't our quest for Everyday Alchemy a similar kind of treasure hunt? We fix in our mind what we are searching for, learning it's particular shape and feel-the way it glints in the bright sunshine. Some days, depending on the weather, we feel like we will never lay eyes on our treasure. Other days, we are fooled over and over again by Great Pretenders. Ah, but then comes a day, when we look down and there at our feet, lies just what we are searching for. All we have to do is reach down and grasp it in our palm. The thrill of victory!

Don't give up on your search. You will find what you are looking for...it is waiting for you to take hold of it and treasure it always!