THE UPSIDE OF BUILDING A LIST

I can barely believe I am saying this. If there is any topic I have resisted, it is lists. To me, they represent cold bulk emails that overfill my email inbox. They are time consuming and require purging periodically or (with Gmail) relocation from one category to another. For me, the day of the long sales letter is gone along with the teasing video that drones on forever before you learn exactly what is being offered. However, now that I want to reach a larger number of people to provide them with information, products and services, I am more sensitive to the online dilemma. The world may be at your fingertips, but it doesn’t mean they are listening or getting your message. To reach your audience, you have to get more efficient in how you send out announcements and invitations. Right now, I have a larger number of email contacts than social media followers, and my “List” is tiny. Because of the regulations on Internet marketing, no one can “blast” their email contacts as in the Wild West days of the Internet. Instead, we must contact each and every person one at a time or in very small groups. It…

MAKING IT REAL

It’s official! My podcast series is live – and the first 3 episodes are available. AND I have a One Sheet to start promoting it. That’s the document that tells people about the show, especially publicists and potential guests. Our Home and Family publicist read it for me and gave it his blessing – thank you, Alfred – so I’d like to share it here first, for you. “REBUILDING YOUR LIFE: MOVING FROM DISASTER TO PROSPERITY” with Susan Sherayko is a podcast where we help you transform your life by changing what you’re telling yourself. We engage in discussion with those who have experienced a disaster, as well as those who help us come through the experience. We look at what they did to heal, rebuild, and where they are now. REBUILDING YOUR LIFE… will share stories with you, bring in experts in contemporary brain research and various kinds of positive self-talk, and provide action steps that can help you discover the truth of this information over the course of this series. Natural disasters such as fire, flood, earthquake and landslides; financial disasters where we lose everything; lost relationships; bad marriages and business failures — What they all seem to…

Get Ready to Meet Sandra Daly

Hi!  Within days, my podcast series “Rebuilding Your Life: Moving from Disaster to Prosperity” premieres and I will get to introduce you to Sandra Daly. I mention her briefly in my book, but this conversation is an opportunity to spend an extended time with her. I first became aware of Sandra when I was studying with Bob Proctor. She had just published her second book, “Pop Your Paradigms,” and there was a great deal of celebration at LifeSuccess. Mary Manin Morrissey, one of Bob’s close colleagues, had been an integral part of the story that helped Sandra put 9 months into the personal inner work that gave her the courage to remove herself from a violent family situation. As Sandra wrote about that experience, I was amazed at how vividly she had captured the way we listen to positive and negative voices in our heads. Over time, she came to embody the word “escape, rescue and recovery” (one of my chapter titles in Rainbows Over Ruins). She climbed off a Greyhound bus with a backpack, a duffel bag and $80.00 in her pocket. She had no job and no job prospects. She didn’t know a soul in Arizona and was…

Advance Notice – Get Ready to Meet Noah St. John

As you know, I’ve been focused on the 30-Day Podcast Challenge these past few weeks. It’s been a great experience to learn these techniques and record my first episode. However, before releasing that show, I’m putting together two additional shows about which I am very excited. Anyone who knows me will not be surprised that I’d like to invite you to meet Noah St. John, author, coach and mentor, with whom I have been privileged to work over the past few years. I’ve taken his trainings and participated in his mastermind group. Last July, we appeared together on Home and Family to discuss his latest book, Afformations: The Miracle of Positive Self-Talk which has just been released in soft cover. If you’ve read my book Rainbows Over Ruins, you know that I devoted over a full chapter in it to my experience with Afformations. They provided the necessary impetus and support for my shift from increasingly negative circumstances to what has grown into an incredible opportunity. I became aware of Noah when he did an online interview that I chose when the headline grabbed me. He was talking about getting unstuck – and I was the poster child for being…

In the Spirit of a Contemplative Retreat

Earlier this week, I awoke thinking about Ash Wednesday. I had no idea why.  I just had a feeling that it had some meaning for me as part of the spiritual calendar. I remember that as a child, it meant we would have to give up something until Easter Sunday. Forty days was a very long time then.  More often than not, it meant giving up chocolate. But what could the following 40 days of Lent mean in our modern world? I found an article by Father Thomas Keating who is a leader in Centering Prayer and the Contemplative Outreach group. Since I wrote about centering prayer in my book Rainbows Over Ruins, I paused to read his thoughts. He calls Lent a contemplative time and suggests that it was meant for communal retreat in preparation for transformaton and holistic health.  We become ready to make changes when we deliberately go into the desert – to experience the lack of the most basic human needs, security, power, control, affection and esteem. Father Keating states that Lent is about the temptation of the unconscious mind and how it influences our conduct all our lives unless we keep working with them. Keating…

I’m Flying

Look at me, way up high…., here am I, I’m flying!
This spontaneous, enthusiastic Peter Pan outburst is the result of completing my first podcast. It took a bit of work to get the intro and outro outsourced, the podcast written and recorded and then stitched together on a hosting platform. Not bei…

About the Book

Rainbows Over Ruins focuses on both an inner and outer journey, providing insights on how we transition through phases of our lives as Susan presents the creative process that can change your life and raise your awareness. She believes we can all realize our creative dreams. You can accomplish your goals. You can choose rainbows over ruins. Rainbows Over Ruins may have come out of a life altering crises, but you do not have to be in crisis to benefit from Susan’s story. Together, the book and companion reader gifts can help you define where you are and where you want to be, and show you how to put together a plan to get there. Author Susan Sherayko invites you to follow her journey and gain insights into fundamental success principles along the way. Workbook – Utilize exercises to work through the process while you are reading the book. Available as a reader gift to accompany the book Rainbows Over Ruins. Purchase Book Now – click here Special Autograph Copy Inscribe book to:

Working with Susan

Whatever the circumstances in which you find yourself, there is a way to get through the situation and improve your life. Whether working 1-on-1, in a small group, even in charrettes among co-workers and communities of interdisciplinary contributors, you can find solutions when you learn to look as problems as creative opportunities to talk through your needs as well as your desires for any given project. Author of Rainbows Over Ruins, Susan Sherayko believes that everyone is creative and by using the creative thought process with its daily prescription for success, you can choose rainbows over ruins. If you change the way you think, you can turn disaster into opportunity and become the most successful person you desire to be. Utilizing her training in psychosynthesis, as an empowered spiritual life coach, LifeSuccess consultant and afformer, as well as her experience that has led her to become an Emmy nominated producer and television executive, Susan leads others through a creative thought process that yields successful results for individuals and organizations. Susan trains, mentors and speaks on specific techniques that help you access the power of your mind to achieve your goals: The Power of Why – How to Ask Better Questions…

The Joy of Learning Simple New Things

For those of you who take to graphics like a duck takes to water, you may find this very silly. I had my own version of the flu this week and did not feel up to much of anything. So I took a stab at creating a graphic that could be posted somewhere. I’ve been tweeting some quotes from my book, but I’m sure you will agree that they can all be enhanced with some graphic assistance. Fortunately, for me, D’vorah Lansky sent a post about a site called picmonkey.com in which inexperienced folks like me can create little photos. At first, I thought it would be next to impossible, however, surprise of surprises, I created something using one of my quotes. So there. I have acquired a new, if untried, ability which I hope will make Tweets more interesting. In the process, it will also give me an opportunity to extend my artistic wings as well. You just never know when that will come in handy. I’ll be learning something else new this month as well. I love to talk about the power of positive self-talk, the inner and outer game, and brain re-training. Since it’s helped me so…

The 30-Day Podcasting Challenge

Do you like to try new things? Have you got a message you’ve wanted to send out to the world, but don’t know how? I’d like to invite you to join me as part of a group of folks who are going to spend the next 30 days learning how to do podcasts. Podcasts are empowering. So many people have access to them at the time and place of their choosing – the car, their headsets while out on a run, in bed. Most of you probably don’t remember when I started a little show on BlogTalkRadio. It’s archived there, but I rarely do those shows any more. Time issues, technological restrictions and where people could listen, all got in the way. So several weeks ago, I listened to a discussion about podcasts. It intrigued me. Another good friend, Reko, was very enthusiastic about listening to them. He enjoyed sharing links to them with me. So when D’vorah Lansky told me that she was going to do a 30-Day Podcasting Challenge, I was primed to get involved. (By the way, if you followed my Blog Tour earlier this year, D’vorah is the person who shared how to make that happen….

WHAT CAN POSSIBLY STOP YOU?

Pursuing our dreams, goals and action steps is such a personal endeavor that it’s challenging to speak in generalities. Unless you stay focused and resolved to stick to it, distractions will steer you off track repeatedly. That’s why it’s important to first write down your plan in as much detail as you know at this point, then develop a daily routine and mental mind jogs to help you keep your vision in mind. If you’ve been doing your action steps over the past couple blogs, you’ve taken significant steps to help you keep those “resolutions” we first started discussing. You’ve made a list and prioritized it so you can hold a steady course on the most important goals for the year. You’ve broken your goal down into manageable steps and identified which have to be taken first. That is your plan. Once your plan is in hand, your ability to continue doing whatever it takes to achieve your goal hinges on your feelings about it. Did you remember to create that C.R.A.P. sheet? If you’ve continued to write on it since I first mentioned it, you may have quite a list of negative comments by now. All this negativity is…

WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN FOR YOU TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS?

Napoleon Hill is known for his great quotes about achieving success. One version I like is that success is persistent, organized effort around a purpose and a plan. Another is “anything the human mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” So, our goal this weekend is to build your awareness of your resolutions to a point where they help you meet Hill’s requirements for success. If you pulled together your list of goals, added the reasons why they are important and prioritized them, you are well on your way to conceiving and defining your purpose as Hill suggests. This purpose keeps your goal on simmer as long as it takes to achieve it. Believing you can achieve a goal is also critical. If you don’t believe you can do something, you will either not start or give up quickly. Therefore, let’s start by asking: what has to happen for me to reach my goal this year? Is it possible? For instance, if you’ve set a goal to become a doctor, chances are that it will take longer than one year to attain your goal from start to finish. You will need to find out what the typical candidate has…

NOW ABOUT THOSE RESOLUTIONS

It’s that time of the year and my email inbox is filled with messages from folks in the self-improvement field telling me how to keep to my resolutions or choose another word like “commit” or a word other than resolutions. They are hitting a nerve. We want to do whatever we can to avoid what we b…

Celebrating Darkness and The Light

Happy Winter Solstice! We are celebrating the shortest night of the year with festivals of Light. Ever notice how much we crave Light. It brings us hope and security. But have we overdone our dependence on light? I happened to catch Clark Strand’s opt-ed in the New York Times that suggests we have forgotten what darkness is for. He suggests it was once the “hour of God.” If Wayne Dyer is right, it is also the time to connect to Divine inspiration, and the whisperings of the creative muses. Like many others, there have been times when I would awaken at 3:00am, tossing and turning for hours before dawn freed me from the pressure to stay in bed and sleep. After all, how could I possibly meet all the demands on my life without enough sleep? I tried herbal remedies and listened to audio tapes, all in the hope that this problem would go away. Ultimately, I discovered that Dyer is right. He suggests that when the Strand’s “hour of the wolf” comes upon you – do not go back to sleep. The morning breeze has messages for you. Sit up. Put your feet on the floor and grab your…

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