• It's time to take out the garbage!

    From the Desk of Diana Nightingale

     

    I saw a TV commercial the other day for garbage bags and as I watched I couldn’t help but compare what they were trying to sell us to what we do in our daily lives with our thoughts and circumstances.

     

    In this commercial, the TV family had collected copious amounts of garbage, and were, from what we were being shown, storing it in their kitchen. They went on to suggest that the manufacturer of the bags acknowledged that this created a horrible odor – which they now compensated for by adding a stinky disinfectant smell to the bag– and, that this huge amount of garbage would burst through all over your floor, unless you bought this extra heavy duty, scented garbage bag.

     

    I’ve never been a fan of storing garbage in my kitchen and don’t have a stinky trash can emitting bacteria into the air of the room where I cook. I take my daily trash outside to the garbage can - sometimes twice a day if I’m busy cooking or cleaning and am always amazed at how much trash one person can make; then Wednesday evening, after the truck has been by, I bring my trash bins back into the garage, and usually already have another bag to throw into it.

     

    One evening as I was taking out the garbage, I had a thought about how it would be nice if, each day, each evening, we would determine what was healthy to keep in our lives and our minds and be able to just throw out the rest; but we don’t.

     

    For several years I offered Life Coaching and one of the things that I found to be very frustrating was how tightly people held on to the toxins in their lives and in their minds. I remember asking one client if he ever ran after the garbage truck and asked them to return all of his garbage so he could hang on to it a while longer? He looked at me as though I were crazy and said, “Who would do that?” I just smiled.

     

    One time I was in New York City; it was the day after Earth Day, one of those celebrations where thousands of people gather to protest and point fingers at others, whom they hold responsible for what’s wrong in the world, and challenge those others to make it right. Ironically, when these thousands of people left, they also left behind – that’s right - - an enormous pile of their garbage – more than there would have been in downtown New York, had they stayed home. To make matters worse, the New York City Sanitation Department was on strike, and garbage bags were over-flowing the streets and the stench was quite remarkable.

     

    I remember thinking how, being aware of the existing challenge of the Sanitation strike, each of the “protestors” could have taken their personal trash with them, but instead added to an already bad situation by leaving their mess behind for others to clean up. I wondered then as I wonder now, “What’s wrong with this picture?”

     

    I had the same thought when I lived on the Monterey Peninsula, where every weekend you could see protestors rallying together for one cause or another. One time I happened to be walking through a parking lot where a bus was unloading a large number of people and as they got off, each was handed a sign of protest. I heard one person turn to another and ask, “What are we protesting today?” That’s when I learned that there are those who get paid to “protest”. It’s a fun day for them. They need the money, the social interaction and couldn’t give a rat’s ass what’s really going on in the world. They have personal issues of their own that they need to deal with that would make their lives and the lives of those around them better, but instead, ignore their garbage and point their fingers at others and say, “They are the ones making the mess and contaminating the earth - not us.”
     

    Each of us, makes our own garbage and it’s up to each of us to be responsible for getting rid of it and making the world a cleaner place in which to live; but what about the little, individual world we make for ourselves? What about the garbage we keep in our minds that taint our own personal environment and adds to the grief and perhaps suffering of others?
     

    We live in an age where people will drive out of their way to buy Organic vegetables, free-range chicken or eggs and grass-fed beef and work out at the gym or run miles to provide those things that make for a healthy body, and yet will fill their minds with thoughts that are destructive and ultimately make them, ill.

     

    All things enter into our lives first as thought; a hope, a dream, a new person coming into our lives, a child, a job, an expectation that all of these will add to the quality of our lives, bring us joy or love or more money and will sustain us; but when these things don’t come to pass or have an unexpected, unhappy ending, these lingering memories, become decomposing energies that can make us sick. These hopes, dreams, expectations lose their form over time and become sadness, disappointment, anger, resentment, jealousy, insecurity, and most of all - fear.

     

    Earl Nightingale’s quote, “we become what we think about” is true! This truth applies to every aspect of life. Healthy food makes us healthy. Food that has passed it’s prime time to be eaten will turn bad, and if we consume it, will make us sick. Thoughts, expectations, people, hopes, dreams - any situation that is no longer healthy for us to think about, or have in our lives will ultimately make us sick.

     

    We cannot ever become anything other than what we think about and then, take action.

     

    Now, might be a good time to think about what you are holding on to that is keeping you from living a healthy and prosperous life. Prosperity means an abundance of any source – not just money, but life, and health and love and joy and hopes and dreams. All of these things still exist in the world and are waiting for you to bring them into your life -all you have to do is - choose.

     

    I know that what I'm saying is easier said than done; we all have things we need to make decisions about and holding on to some things is just easier than letting them go.

     

    Need help with this process? Here’s a suggestion; why not try, The Strangest Secret’s Complete Coach, Guide and Journal. It will help you clear out the outdated, toxic stuff in your mind that’s holding you back and will set you on a course to a healthy, happy life. It’s new on the market, not offered before or anywhere else but here.  In it, Earl wrote: “Start today, you have nothing to lose . . . but you have a life to win.

     

    Until next time – may your journey be Blessed.

     

    Diana Nightingale

     

     

     

  • The 5%

    By Diana Nightingale

    FROM THE DESK OF DIANA NIGHTINGALE The 5%

     

    In Earl Nightingale’s, The Strangest Secret, he points out that the problem with people is that they – conform, and he goes on to say that conformity is the reason that only five-percent of any given group of people become successful in their life’s efforts.

     

    I have found this to be true when it comes to the people I’ve met in my lifetime – most consider themselves to be successful if they just fit into the particular segment of the population of which they wish to be a part. In other words, they conform – they fit into the behavior, standards and conventions, which are believed to be socially acceptable. If, everyone’s doing it – they do it, too.

     

    There’s nothing wrong with being one of the 95-percent population - there are millions upon millions of people in that group who lead very happy lives; they make worthwhile contributions; are good and loving people and make up a wonderful and very important segment of our society.

     

    But, do you do when deep inside, you just know that it simply isn’t enough, or right for you, or that you just don’t fit in or are uncomfortable, when trying to conform, with the majority of people around you who think and behave so differently from you and content themselves to being like everyone else?

     

    Well, for some, we may worry that there’s something horribly wrong with us – and there is – we’re going down a path to which we’ve been directed by others and are following the followers instead of making our own way in the world. We’re letting others map out the course of our lives. In my books I refer to this life-time as our, “journey” and like the physical journeys that we take, we should be allowed to plot our own roadmap when it comes to the life we lead; following our own True North Compass and blazing our own new trails, rather than jumping on the closest Interstate with the rest of the crowd that just wants to get to the end of the ride as fast and as un-enjoyably as possible.

     

    Progress, in all areas of society, is made by those individuals - that 5% - who step outside of the comfort zone of - conformity. They look at things from a different perspective; always asking, considering, and believing that there may be a better, different or new way; they go about taking the risks to find out and then . . . they make it happen.

    In today’s world they’re often called, “Nerds” who grow up to be multi-billionaires!

     

    I could go on - - which I usually do, but I’ve chosen this topic as an introduction to something exciting that I want to share with you:

    For years and years, I’ve been asked when I was going to come out with a coaching program that can be used along with Earl’s, The Strangest Secret. Millions of lives have been changed as a result of just listening to the message and I’ve wondered how many more would have benefited in a more positive way, had there been such a program. It’s one thing to understand it – it’s difficult to know how to do it and then, make it work in our lives! Maybe, the real changes have occurred for the 5% who, “just got it” and made it work in their lives?

     

    You know, whenever someone claims that they’ve just found some lost treasure that has been hidden away for centuries and has just been found, I always smile, and even if I’m alone, say out loud: “Yeah, right!”

     

    Well, it’s time for me to eat my words because this actually happened to me.

    A couple of years ago, I moved into the home I am living in now and finally have the space for all of the books that have been stored away for years. I recently brought a box out of storage that had larger books in it and while unpacking it, I found what appeared to be a notebook of some kind. When I opened it, it turned out to be something that Earl had written and published in 1958 – a guide and journal for use along with, The Strangest Secret recording – exactly what people have been asking me for – and I had it all along!

     

    Keeping it exactly as Earl created it, I began to transcribe the text while I listened to, The Strangest Secret for the thousandth time, and as I did, I was amazed that by doing what Earl outlined to do in this program, I was completely transformed, as though I were learning this for the first time and I just knew that I had to share this with others . . . but how?

     

    Well, I’ve gotten lots of advice on how to make a kazillion dollars by offering it over a protracted length of time as a coaching program. I’ve even been shown the crazy high prices that unknown entities are offering their coaching programs for that require monthly commitments, high dollars, only to receive coaching from trained, paid employed who make the calls. “Are you kidding me?” I asked.

     

    Not being a conformist, and remembering the advice my husband always gave - “Find out what everyone else is doing and then, do the complete opposite!” I’ve decided to do just that!

     

    I’ve learned through the years that you really can’t teach someone to do anything – no matter how long or how hard you may try - or how much money a person pays . . . unless, they are ready to make a change and only then will they be open to how to make positive changes work in their lives, and, when they realize that it is, they who must be willing to do the work.

    The secret that lies at the heart of, The Strangest Secret, is that no one has the power to change the quality of your life or the direction you travel, except - You; And that while everyone has the power to achieve whatever they set out to achieve, no one, no matter how much money you pay them, can achieve your goals for you – you are the only one who has controlled your past, controls your present and determines your future – but, you will only be able to do this, once you discover - how and then are willing to do the work it takes to achieve the life you’ve imagined. It’s all possible – if you are willing to do the work!

     

    In the beginning of the Guide and Journal Earl wrote:

    “The completion of this guide and journal, which you have in your hands, will indicate that you have the ability to select a worthwhile goal; also, that you have sufficient will power to achieve your objectives. If you do not exert sufficient effort to complete this course, you will probably not complete other worthwhile objectives”.

     

    While those are pretty strong words, they inspired me to create, The 5% Club for that 5% of the population that will strive to become all that they are capable of becoming and wish to lead more successful lives . . . and then – are willing to do the work to achieve it!

     

    This is a complete coaching program – accompanied by one of the world’s leading success authorities – Earl Nightingale, as the personal mentor and coach!

     

    This is a powerful course! It was written by Earl Nightingale, as he became aware of how many people’s lives were being positively impacted by just listening to the recording of, The Strangest Secret and realizing that even more would benefit - if only they knew how to make the “strangest secret” work in their lives! So, set about and created, then self-published the mentoring/coaching program in 1958. Earl, believed that if, one followed the Guide and Journal as outlined and presented – the method would, without fail, provides one with the ability to change his or her life for the better.

     

    Little did he know that in his desire to share the greatest discovery of his life – discovering why people turn out the way they do – live the lives they do - that he had unknowingly planted the seedling from which the personal development industry would grow or that it would change, for the better, the lives of people all over the world – Or – that he would become a legend in the world on the subject of, Success.

     

    Through The 5% Club, I am finally able to offer what so many people have asked for all of these years – "How, do you make the information contained in The Strangest Secret really work in the lives of individuals?"

     

    The Strangest Secret Guide and Journal, offers you the opportunity to -learn what you must do in order to direct the course of your life, and sets the method for what you must do and then shows you how.

     

    At the end of, The Strangest Secret recording, Earl Nightingale says this:

    “Start today . . . you have nothing to lose, but you have a whole life to win!”

     

    In closing I want to share a poem that I also found tucked away in my filing cabinet – It’s called: The Calf Path and was written by Sam Walter Foss, and it’s worth pondering.

     

    One day, through the primeval wood,
    A calf walked home, as good calves should;

    But made a trail all bent askew,
    A crooked trail as all calves do.

    Since then two hundred years have fled,

    And, I infer, the calf is dead.
    But still he left behind his trail,
    And thereby hangs my moral tale.

    The trail was taken up next day
    By a lone dog that passed that way;

    And then a wise bell-wether sheep

    Pursued the trail o’er vale and steep,

    And drew the flock behind him, too,

    As good bell-wethers always do.

    And from that day, o’er hill and glade,

    Through those old woods a path was made;

    And many men wound in and out,
    And dodged, and turned, and bent about
    And uttered words of righteous wrath

    Because ‘twas such a crooked path.
    But still they followed -- do not laugh --
    The first migrations of that calf,
    And through this winding wood-way stalked,

    Because he wobbled when he walked.

    This forest path became a lane,
    That bent, and turned, and turned again;

    This crooked lane became a road,

    Where many a poor horse with his load

    Toiled on beneath the burning sun,

    And traveled some three miles in one.

    And thus a century and a half
    They trod the footsteps of that calf.

    The years passed on in swiftness fleet,

    The road became a village street,
    And this, before men were aware,
    A city’s crowded thoroughfare;
    And soon the central street was this

    Of a renowned metropolis;
    And men two centuries and a half

    Trod in the footsteps of that calf.

    Each day a hundred thousand rout

    Followed the zigzag calf about;

    And o’er his crooked journey went

    The traffic of a continent.

    A hundred thousand men were led

    By one calf near three centuries dead.

    They followed still his crooked way,

    And lost one hundred years a day;

    For thus such reverence is lent
    To well-established precedent.

    A moral lesson this might teach,

    Were I ordained and called to preach;

    For men are prone to go it blind

    Along the calf-paths of the mind,

    And work away from sun to sun
    To do what other men have done.

    They follow in the beaten track,
    And out and in, and forth and back,

    And still their devious course pursue,

    To keep the path that others do.

    But how the wise old wood-gods laugh,

    Who saw the first primeval calf!
    Ah! many things this tale might teach --

    But I am not ordained to preach.

     

    Diana Nightingale

     

    If, you wish to learn more about Earl and me, visit: www.diananightingale.com & www.holidayonearth.net & earlnightingale.com

     

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  • Earl Nightingale's

    Pumpkin In A Jar Story

    Autumn. Where for free, we get to see, Natures Finest Art Show presented by Mother Nature and Father Time, with late afternoon lighting by the Sun’s Golden Glow. Featuring Colored Leaves scattered about with surprise visits from, Jack Frost nipping at your nose.

    Not sorry! It’s my favorite time of the year and I may have gotten carried away just a bit; but this time of the year stirs thoughts and memories of a year soon to end, mixed emotions of days gone by with feelings of excitement and hope for the holidays and a new year soon to come.

    It’s also harvest time when visits to roadside stands to buy home-pressed Apple Cider and squash; and where pumpkins are carefully selected - some will be made into holiday pies, but perhaps more importantly in weeks past, especially to young people - the search for the perfect pumpkin to be carved into a Jack-o-lantern.

    Each year, as talk about pumpkins and reflecting about the past and being hopeful for the future occurs, it reminds me of my husband’s story about “pumpkins” and this year I'd like to let him share that story with you. Click on the video below and enjoy!

    ‘Til next time …may your journey be blessed.

    Diana

  • Success, Or Failure?

    By Diana Nightingale

    Success – Failure, two descriptive nouns. Just words - words used, without thought or complete understanding of what they really mean and yet these 2 nouns have the power to direct the course of a life or the future of mankind.

    Do you ever think about the fact that we use words every day to convey our thoughts and intentions to others, while not really knowing what those words mean? I do. It’s a blessing and a curse for me because I am always wondering, questioning, asking myself, “What does that mean? Does that make sense?” I can’t let go of a thing until I find the reasoning, and the sense behind it, and that can be challenging in today’s world where the majority questions nothing and follows anyone without knowing why or where they’re going.

    If, asked where they’re going and why, we would most likely hear that the majority is hoping they will be led to, Success and happiness. Which raises the question: What is Success?

    Even if you’ve never given any thought to what success means, it remains true that when we speak or think, in either positive or negative terms, about ourselves or others, we often label those thoughts – those conclusions, those, judgments as either those of being a, Success or a Failure.

    Exploring the ideas, and myths surrounding this concept we call, Success I want to know whether being, successful is the same as being a, success; and I, as have so many, decided to check with an expert on the subject.

    My late husband, Earl Nightingale is hailed throughout the world as one of the mostly highly respected authorities on how to live life successfully and his recording of, The Strangest Secret, has been credited by people from around the world, as having changed their lives for the better.

    So listening to Earl’s, The Strangest Secret for the umpteenth time, I here him say that, “SUCCESS...is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”

    I think you’ll agree that Earl’s definition of, success, as used here is very different from what our society holds up as, Success, in today’s world, and just how misleading, confusing and sometimes devastating the idea of reaching success can be.

    Earl tells us that, “Success, is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal”. As stated here, Success is defined as the attainment of an aim or a purpose. It’s the accomplishment of the goal that’s the success, not the one accomplishing it. One might say, “He was successful in reaching his intended goal.” Not, “He became a Success, as a human being just because he reached his intended goal.”

    But then, Earl goes on to say something that proves me wrong:

    “If a man is working toward a predetermined goal, and knows where he’s going, that man is a success. If, he’s not doing that he’s a failure. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”

    Seems like pretty strong language to me, and it’s no wonder people are made to feel as though they are failures if they don’t measure up to the standard of what it means to be a success in today’s world.

    Again, we come back to understanding what words really mean and how they are used or can be used or should be used in order to convey exactly what is intended, so, to stir the pot even further, I looked up the definition, of, “ideal” which adds even more confusion to what’s really meant here.

    The definition of, Ideal is: “A person or thing regarded as perfect. Existing only in the imagination; desirable or perfect but not likely to become a reality.”

    So, back to Earl’s definition - Success, as defined the first time, “is the progressive” – or the moving toward – “realization” – or the obtaining of - -“a worthy”, worth investing your time, talent and efforts of every kind – “ideal” to achieve what you have imagined in your mind that is, desirable.

    I smile and think, “it’s like playing golf”. In your mind you see the perfect shot. You’ll hit the ball and it will soar high and long and land on the green and roll, kerpunk and into the cup. Ah, perfection! Then in reality, you swing, you hit the ball, it soars high and long and lands in a sandtrap. Do you quit the game or keep on playing?

    That’s the second part of Earl’s definition - as long as you are still in there, playing the game, working toward or – the progressive realization of your ideal or goal - You are a success – at playing the game. IF, you become discouraged and never play again, you, are a failure when it comes to playing golf – not a failure as a human being. And that’s where a careful choice of words comes into play. Words can encourage and inspire or they can hurt and cripple ones mind and efforts forever.

    I find life is easier to live when we compare each day, each trial, each victory with some physical thing that we do – whether it’s a road trip or sport or game of some kind – we know what we want to achieve and we want to win and be the Winner but it takes time and skill and tenacity in order to be successful at it and be a true Success in that endeavor.

    I think we can agree that Thomas Edison succeeded in making major contributions to society with the invention of the light bulb. As an Inventor, he had a “Worthy Ideal” in mind that to most people of that time, seemed impossible to achieve, and as he tried 39,999 times without successfully realizing his goal, people ridiculed him and called him a failure. However, Edison saw each effort that failed, as a success, knowing now what didn’t work and believing that with each effort that failed he was

    coming closer to succeeding in reaching his ideal goal, which made him a Success, as an Inventor.

    I don’t know what went on inside of his head during those 39,999 times the light didn’t come on, but I doubt that he would have continued to try again and again and again, had he thought of himself, as the human being, the man, as the, Failure; it was his approach, his method, the material he used that failed when all the while, he was successfully progressing toward reaching his goal, and then, he tried one more time and the lights came on!

    Success, in any endeavor calls for tenacity – trying 39,999 times and then once again before the light comes on in our life.

    Benjamin Franklin wrote: “There is no such thing as a, failure, just those who quit too soon.”

    Again, it’s the effort, the method, the approach, the substance being used that, fails, not the person. He or she may say, “I failed to achieve or reach my goal”, and that’s true. Failure to reach a goal, means the effort put forth wasn’t enough, or the method used, but does not make the, Person a failure!

    I could just end here and ask everyone to think about that for a week or two but I’d get even more emails than I do now, so let’s go on.

    Success and happiness are closely linked and Earl tells us that we are successful and happiest when we are working toward a worthy, ideal. And the great thing about that is, because achieving that perfection, that ideal we may hold in our minds, - which in reality will be all but impossible to be exactly achievable as imagined, we are driven to constantly strive for that perfection and will in the effort, become far greater people and reach even higher goals than the ones first set.

    Further in to the recording of The Strangest Secret, Earl tells us that to reach our goals or our ideals we must first be willing to pay the price – do the work and to stay with it.

    People used to tell us how, “lucky” we were to be living in Carmel, California and Earl would say, “Luck, has nothing to do with it! We choose to live here and I am willing to work hard to earn the money it takes to do so!” He used to say, “Those people who fail to see what it takes to live well, are the same people who look at other’s accomplishments and call them, an overnight success, when in reality they’ve worked 20 or 30-years to reach their goal.” He’d point out that, in keeping with his definition, because they had been working for years toward the realization of their goal, they had been a success from the very beginning.

    Earl, recorded, Albert E. N. Gray’s essay called, The Common Denominator of Success, where he reveals that the only difference between those who become successful and those who do not is, “Successful people do what unsuccessful people don’t want to do.”

    And therein lies the secret of success that all of the Sages since the beginning of time have written about. It’s “the road less traveled by”, that attracts a select few, and those who discover that the “journey is better than the, Inn”.

    Statistics show that only 20 percent of any group of people achieves success in whatever the endeavor may be. The other 80 percent sits back and gives “luck” the credit for their achievement or criticizes what others achieve, while doing nothing constructive themselves.

    It’s a lot like the percentage of those in the world who dedicate their lives to governing our planet and striving for peace while the vast majority sits in front of their televisions and finds fault with everything they say and do and judge them as, failures.

    So then, let’s take a look at what, Failure really is. Is it the opposite of, Success, the other side of the coin? Does it mean we are Failures if we are not progressing toward a worthy ideal or goal? We’re talking about goals and Ideals here – things we set for ourselves, like buying a new car, or losing 20 pounds or flying to the Moon. Actions, wants, desires – goals and destinations and are not, successes or failures in themselves, they are things! And in our world it seems like the acquisition of stuff and things is a measure of success and wanting more stuff and getting it, is viewed as being success driven, a real go-getter!

    Here’s a possibility to ponder - Maybe doing nothing, wanting nothing, not working harder than you are comfortably able to get or achieve something means you are, simply...content with what you’ve already achieved and successfully acquired! And as far as I’m concerned that’s okay, too, because nothing remains the same, and I’ve found that after a period of contentment there comes what I call, a “natural period of constructive discontent” and we feel a need, an uneasiness to move forward once again and make some kind of positive change in our lives, and we do. It’s that way in all of nature and the universe.

    The Bible tells us in Ecclesiastes: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”

    Earl, is considered a success in his professional life, and a success as a man. Did he live with constant goals? No more than the average man. He set high ideals for himself in his business life toward which he worked very hard, every day, but at the end of the day, he enjoyed watching football or golf and when he wanted to, he took time off to go fishing. His success as a man was earned by how he led his life, which was with integrity in all he endeavored.

    Success and integrity can both be defined as – what we do, how we conduct our lives, when no one is looking or will find out!

    Here’s a thought – think about what I’ve talked about today and how it fits your thinking and your definition of, Success, write it down and then, think some more.

    Until next time, may your journey be blessed!

     

    Diana Nightingale

     

    If, you wish to learn more about Earl and me, visit: www.diananightingale.com & www.holidayonearth.net & earlnightingale.com

     

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