This week, 80 underprivileged youth from the Bay Area are attending summer camp at PSI Seminars’ High Valley Ranch. This summer camp however, is unlike any other camp out there…. Camp Choice builds self esteem, leadership skills and enforces the power of a positive community. Kids get the chance to be a kid again in a safe environment which isn’t always what they are used to.
Here’s a look at last years’s Camp Choice:
A shout-out to Camp Choice attendees from Hannah Montana co-star Shanica Knowles:
And a shout-out from one of this year’s attendees:
Thanks to all the volunteers and donors for making this possible, year after year!
This month we are changing things up a bit by providing you with a review of a recently published book, Poke the Box by Seth Godin. The book has an overall theme of Taking Initiative. It is all about taking action now! Do not wait to be chosen. Choose yourself and start moving. Seth points out the (dying) manufacturing mindset in the US has led many to wait for approval, wait to be chosen, wait for someone else to initiate and then dive in. There is less risk associated with letting someone else jump in first. This way the responsibility lies with others. In this book you will find Three Easy Steps to Get Started: 1. Don’t think about it 2. Just Start and 3. Keep Starting.
This book is a quick read and has several insights into what stops people from taking action. We would recommend it to anyone who wants to get out of their comfort zone and is ready to have their goals and dreams!
There is a free workbook companion available for those risk takers who want to get started ~ Click on the Book & Get Started NOW!
As human beings, it is in our nature to risk. The challenge is that we have been conditioned by our environment to play it safe. While the internal part of us needs to test ourselves and grow, our belief systems attempt to offset this desire to take chances, resulting in inaction. The more conditioned we are by people and things around us the bigger challenge we face to break away.
Your comfort zone is the lifestyle that you have become accustomed to. It is where you feel safe and “comfortable.” Anyone who has studied physics knows that it takes much more energy to get an object moving than it does to keep it moving. Once we fall into our personal comfort zone, we cease moving. We get used to our surroundings and actively choose not to leave. We reason that it’s better to play it safe rather than step out into the great unknown. We worry about what other people will think about it if we risk and fail.
The Law of Polarity states that there are always two sides to the same thing; there wouldn’t be a top if there wasn’t a bottom. There wouldn’t be an inside to something if there weren’t an outside, and there wouldn’t be something good if there wasn’t something bad with it. If you come across an opportunity that is in harmony with your purpose, look for what’s positive and what’s good with it, and you will find it.
Don’t worry so much about what other people think. As a matter of fact, it doesn’t matter what other people think. Most of the time they don’t really think at all, and in many cases they are just regurgitating their preconceived ideas and training they have received throughout their lives. Most people are just reflecting where they currently are in their lives and it has nothing to do with you or where you want to go.
Once we understand that risk is natural, and to risk intelligently is what we are supposed to do to have a fulfilling life, we can be more consciously aware of, and ignore, the external forces that will hinder us. It takes a shift in our thought process to create enough desire to move beyond the safety of what we have known.
If you search for reasons why a particular endeavor is not wise, you will certainly find plenty of them. Conversely, if you search and focus on the rewards, your mind will find plenty of benefits. You must focus on the rewards. The more you hold the images of the reward in your mind, the more you silence that inner cynic called fear.
You can have fear without risk, but you cannot have risk without fear. With this understanding, know that fear is natural and even healthy, as long as it does not paralyze.
Utilize fear as your ally. Use it in such a manner that it compels you to do your due diligence. However, also realize that the stars will never line up perfectly. If you are waiting for this, you will be saying, “If only I would have” many years from now. After you have done your homework, you must trust your intuition and take decisive action.
Therefore, if we truly seek rich rewards in all areas of our lives, we cannot follow the crowd. We must be uncommon in our philosophy and approach. The uncommon understand that nothing is impossible, if backed by a definite desire and on purpose with what you want for your life. Risk is not an issue. As our desire and passion increases, what may appear as “risk” to an outsider is not risk at all. It is moving forward with confidence and decisive action, as we visualize the rewards that await us. This will allow you to keep moving, taking risks, and to stay far away from that comfort zone.