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HOW TO KEEP HOPE IN THE MIDST OF SO MUCH TURMOIL

There are so many reasons to be afraid today, especially with natural disasters flaring up all around the world recently. It’s understandable if the demolition from all these earthquakes, storms and tragedies stir up fear within you; fear which can rob you of peace, productivity and happiness in life. Always remember however that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Meaning that the fear you feel right now can be eliminated by an equal and opposite emotion if you channel your will to reflect hope.

There are two main motivating forces that we confront on a daily basis, namely; fear and hope. Fear is a defensive emotion. Consequently it yields an energy that can be used to protect. Unfortunately fear also has a way of debilitating people through anxiety and apprehension. Fear does indeed have a place in our lives, but it doesn’t need to control us. The healthy way to experience fear is to actually feel fear, without letting fear consume us. Don’t allow fear to dictate how you choose to live life. In order to overcome fear, we must first face it. Many avoid and ignore their fears, because it takes courage to face them. Facing your feelings is the first step toward gaining control over the situation and pressing through to success.

When we are afraid, we pull back from opportunities, and from life overall. When we have hope we become open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. Shining stars are only visible in the dark of night. Although you never asked to be mired in your darkest fears, accepting, confronting, and overcoming your fear is the only way to learn, grow, and survive the difficulties you are going through. Feeling fear is uncomfortable, but I assure you conquering it will make you feel empowered, courageous, and proud.

3 Steps to Overcome Fear and Live in Hope

1. The first step to eliminate unnecessary fear is to evaluate your fears. What are you afraid of and why? Be brutally honest with yourself when facing your fears and decide what fears are necessary, and which ones are limiting.

2. The next important step is learning to trust yourself. Trust in your abilities, skills, knowledge and talent. You must be able to trust yourself before you can fully decide to overcome that fear. If you do not trust, then you will continue to allow fear to rule your life. You are powerful and filled with greatness and potential. Now it’s time not only to believe in yourself, but to live like it too!

3. We need to quit worrying about things we can’t control. You have control over yourself and what you do. However you don’t, and will never, have control over others, or natural disasters that happen in the world. It’s wise to prepare for the worst but, if doing so interferes with your peace of mind to the point of causing constant anxiety it’s not healthy. You must become fully solution-minded and potential-minded. Learn to focus on doing your very best and learning from mistakes. All that matters in life is that you give it your very best and live life to the fullest. Holding onto worry or fear does not allow you to do that. Overcome fear and worry be creating more HOPE in your life. Hope is a CONFIDENT EXPECTATION OF IMPENDING GOOD FOR YOU AND YOUR LIFE. You can create hope by having a clear vision for your life. You can create hope by strengthen your fait! h. You can create hope by meditating on all that you are thankful for. You can create hope by remembering all the times in the past where trouble came, and you survived to emerge better and stronger. You can create hope by connecting with nature and its beauty. Lastly, you can create hope by surrounding yourself with people of hope because hope is contagious. That is where RISE Programs can help. Join us to RISE to new levels in life. We are a team of hope-filled people!

Richard Martinez
Transformation Expert

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LOOKING FOR THE STRENGTHS AND POTENTIAL

People have a variety of treasures within themselves. These treasures include limitless strengths, talents, gifts and abilities. In my experience, most people don’t even truly know who they are. As a result, they don’t even know they have inherent treasures let alone how to use them or recognize them in others.

We need to cultivate a way of life that draws out these treasures and potential from the hearts of people. Calling out the greatness in others will also call out your own! Learn to communicate like this and watch how it changes your life.

Commit to speaking only that which builds and brings life. This will produce two very powerful outcomes:
1. It changes the way we see people and situations.
2. It changes the way we treat/respond to people and situations.

Let me explain how this powerful truth works. I’ll use my own life as an example. I truly have committed to exclusively think and speak edifying words. This is to say that when I interact with people, I intentionally look for the treasure within them.

I’ll be honest… it isn’t always easy to do this especially when I encounter hostile people. However hostility could signify that someone feels broken inside. That they live their life in such an unhealthy way that their choices would affect or even hurt me personally. When this happens, it takes eyes of love to be able to see past the dirt, and into their destiny. Past their problems and into their potential.

I intentionally search for the strengths, gifts and talents in people. Then I show them what I’ve found so that they can rise up to a new level. At first this required me to be very calculating. But now my mind automatically goes searching for those qualities. I am no longer focused on people’s problems and issues. I instinctively search for their treasure and potential.

Can you see the possible benefit of this for my life and others? Wow! It’s huge! I no longer need to react to problems because I have conditioned myself to see potential… I am now solution-oriented!

Speak Life, to Enrich your own Life

Here are some guidelines to help teach you how to use powerful words to create more abundance in your own life as well as others’. When you speak, let your words be words that accomplish at least one of these three things:

1. Edify
Edification is the act of building up. Edification builds up a person’s heart. Its root word goes on to explain ever more: “the act of one who promotes another’s growth.”

2. Exhort and Encourage
Exhortation is to call to one’s side. Exhortation tells us we are not walking alone. Exhortation helps others to rise up so they can find their place and potential. To encourage is to inspire and cheer on.

3. Comfort
Comfort implies closeness, calming, and consoling. Comfort relieves pain and provides relief.

If you learn how to speak from these three motives, you will truly begin to value not only your own life but also the lives of those who hear your words.

Richard Martinez
Intl. Transformation Expert

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THE ROOTS OF OUR PERSONAL PROBLEMS

Life is not always fair. It’s often filled with real and perceived injustices which hurt all of us. The pain we struggle with everyday pours from a range of experiences such as body-image, poor health, child abuse, or racial prejudice, just to name a few. The harsh reality of life is that in some way or another, every one of us will go through some profound pain at least once in our lives. Take the time to listen and you will discover that each person has a story about wrestling with spiritual, mental, emotional, physical or sexual trauma.

The irony of it all is that when we get hurt, we end up hurting others as well through real or perceived injustices. This vicious cycle compels us to develop strongholds. A stronghold is a state of emotion that manifests as unhealed internal pain. Strongholds come about when we develop social defense mechanisms to protect ourselves from being hurt again. These strongholds exist to protect ourselves from pain, yet it also hinders us from receiving the love and truth that we want and need to heal.

Anger, for example, is often used as a defense mechanism to try and hurt the other person before getting hurt. Other ways to deal with pain are more self-destructive, like gluttony, substance abuse and drunkenness. These are just a few methods people use to numb their pain. They are compensations we use to keep ourselves from hurting.

Examples of Defense Mechanisms:
Anger, doubt, unbelief, hatred, unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, guilt, shame, condemnation, self-hatred, unhealthy passions, envy, jealousy, pride, selfishness, gluttony, drunkenness or substance abuse.

How we deal with the injustice and abuse in our lives is vitally important. Whether we react and become defensive or we learn to respond with forgiveness and healing informs the relationships we establish with others.

We can either choose to become a victim or a victor because how we deal with these emotions will determine what kind of life we will experience.

Richard Martinez
Intl. Transformation Expert

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