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Welcome to Dr. William G. DeFoore's Monthly E-Newsletter  W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. June 2009 Vol 3 Issue 6   

Learn "Asset-Based Thinking"

Since you're reading this newsletter, I know you will love this book: Change The Way You See Yourself by Kathryn Cramer and Hank Wasiak. The authors will take you on a journey into your own worth and value, emphasizing that you've got what it takes every step of the way.  These authors really get it, and they offer "it" to you in a very readable, fun and beautiful format. The book is full of pictures (actually more than text) that inspire and uplift you as you learn that you are amazing.

What they're teaching can be summed up in their byline, Asset-Based Thinking. Their books and programs teach you to move from reactive to proactive, unleash your power, expand your influence and maximize your potential. They use terms like your signature presence. I love that. It is so refreshing and encouraging to me to see the success of such fine materials being made available to everyone. Your assets far outweigh your liabilities--learn to focus where the real value is, inside your very own self.

A Great Goodfinding Exercise


Since I wrote last month's newsletter focusing on "Gratitude, Appreciation and Optimism," I have been trying a new exercise I want to recommend to you. If you do this for at least 3 weeks, I think you will notice a big difference in how you feel about yourself and the world around you. Try this writing exercise for 10-30 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week, ideally in the morning:

  1. Get comfortable in a private place, with a journal and your favorite morning beverage--and maybe some relaxing music.
  2. Write about what you're grateful for from your past. Think of all of the times you have felt peaceful, loved and joyful. Remember the fun you've had, and the times you've been inspired. And list the people you're grateful for, and what they have meant to you.
  3. Then shift your focus to the present, and write about what you appreciate about your body, mind and soul right now. Then think of what you appreciate about your home, your possessions, and your relationships.
  4. Finally, write about what you're looking forward to, and what you are optimistic about in your future. Stretch your imagination a little (or a lot, if you're brave) here. Let yourself imagine that things will just get better and better for you, in many different ways. Picture good health for yourself and your loved ones, and see things working out in those areas where you have concerns.
It is very important that you write these thoughts down. The act of writing your ideas on paper (better than a word processor) slows down your brain and activates creative emotional processes that make it more likely that you will benefit in the present and future. Oh, and by the way--keep doing it! A lot of times, these exercises feel great at first, then the newness wears off and you might think it doesn't work any more. This will always work--persistence pays!

  What Is Your "Signature Presence?"


Let's explore this idea a little further. Cramer and Wasiak define your Signature Presence as the unique set of assets that make you stand out. If you have low self-esteem like a lot of amazing, stellar human beings, you may feel that you don't have many assets, or that nothing makes you really stand out. Look again--this time through the eyes of those who love and adore you. Your spouse, your best friend, your mother or father, your cat or your dog--whoever it is that seems to see you as amazing and absolutely fabulous. Now write down what they see, or what they would say about you. When you get going on this, you'll find it just goes on and on. Your assets include everything that is good, right and working about your body, mind and relationships--as well as your skills and abilities, talents, interests and passions. The world of self-appreciation is a vast and beautiful realm, that holds gifts beyond measure for you and everyone who knows you.


  Goodfinding Videos

This month we'll start with a "One Minute Shift" from The Institute of Noetic Science (IONS). It features--you guessed it--The Institute of HeartMath. I think you probably know by now that they are one of my favorite organizations, and IONS is right up there at the top of the list too! Watch it now!

Now here's a chance to learn even more about Asset-Based Thinking. In this video, you will see and hear Kathryn Cramer and Hank Wasiak talking about their book, Change The Way You See Yourself. Check it out, and enjoy!

Finally, if you've every had the thought, "I can't..." about something you really want to do, watch this video of two amazing dancers showing you that you can--because they did!

 Quotes from Great Goodfinders


"What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

--Saint Francis of Assisi

"Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power."
--Humberto Maturana

"My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together."
--Desmond Tutu

"Adventure is not outside man; it is within."
David Grayson




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