Susan Sherbert Encourages You to
Discover the Power of Child-like Thinking
Imagine how powerful your life could be if you were able to THINK like the fearless child you once were. Look at the comparison below and you will be amazed at the transition we take from childhood to adult. Like this list, my stories and lesson help remove those stubborn limiting beliefs that may be holding you back. Once you become aware of the simplified mindset of a child you will begin to attract more fun, confidence, and success into your. It’s a real eye opener – or in a child’s world it would be a big WOW!
– Genuinely, Susan Sherbert
A Kid’s World verses The Adult World
Kids are Adults are
Full of imagination ………………….. Full of reality
See unlimited potential …………….. See the limitations
Curious about things ……………….. Overwhelmed by things
Energetic and on the go ……………. Needs downtime to relax
Spontaneous …………………………. Likes to plan
Enjoy the process ……………………. Wants results
Fearless ……………………………….. Fearful
Acceptance of others ……………….. Try to change others
Don’t care what others think ……… Afraid of what others think
Carefree ……………………………….. Responsible
Enjoy chaos ……………………………. Likes organization
This wonderful comparison shows the essence of what Susan Sherbert’s books, blog, and speaking is all about. She uses the rose colored glasses to help you see the things you need to see, then Susan asks you to put on the good guy white hat and do the things you need to do. When you can think like a child, but act like a responsible grown-up you will have the CLARITY and ACTION that will change your life forever. This new awareness will create better habits, give you confidence, and have you believing in possibilities and dreams that you thought were long gone. Be inspired, face your fears and enjoy life again!
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Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and
Nelson Mandela are all examples
of the courage it takes to do nothing
A phrase I really like is about not confusing kindness with weakness. Just because someone is nice and pleasant instead of harsh and aggressive does not make them weak. In fact I believe there is tremendous value in the power of knowing when to do nothing. Turn the other cheek is a good example. If someone is aggressive and attacking you, it seems only natural to want to defend yourself and do damage in return, to make the offender pay. Have the courage to stand up and fight back! I agree with standing up for what you believe in, however I don’t always agree with the methods people use. It takes a strong person, a true good guy hero to walk way.
Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela are all examples of the courage it takes to do nothing. Gee doesn’t that sound funny? These courageous men did nothing and ended up making history. They didn’t return the anger they were confronted with. They didn’t seek revenge. They were firm and did not engage. They were kind but never ever weak. This is one of those big awareness moments because sometimes one of the most courageous acts you could ever do is have the strength to do nothing.
If that insight has you motivated to go out and do nothing let me attach a little notice. Doing nothing can be a weakness or a strength. It is not courageous to avoid difficult choices, run away from your problems, or bury your head in the sand. Making no decision is not the same thing as deciding to do nothing. If you choose to avoid something that means you are giving the opportunity permission to pass, or hoping the problem will go way. Not making a decision leads to inaction and that is a poor choice. It’s the decisions behind the action that determine the impact of doing nothing.
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Halloween Happy? Heck yeah!
Halloween is one of my favorite topics to write about because it's so full of strange and crazy things that make absolutely no sense. How can we have disgusting and terrifying monsters and adorable little princesses and superheroes all sharing the same space at the same time. Yet on October 31 anything goes. The good, the bad, and the weird all coexist in peace. Again, it makes no logical sense, but here is why I think Halloween is the happiest day of the year.
1. There is no fear
Halloween is full of monsters, murderers, zombies all things dead and once a year the truly gruesome is not only tolerated but celebrated! I will never understand Halloween. Perfectly sane, non-violent people celebrate the terror of Halloween with haunted decorations including skeletons, tombstones, and totally gross body parts. Then they take those decorations down and up put up twinkling lights that celebrate joy to the world. Death, horror, blood and guts, are all symbols of Halloween yet for some reason people are not afraid. Maybe the true value of Halloween lies in the idea that we face our fears and embrace the things that scare us! No fear - I like that!
2. Dreams come true
Now we are talking. My child-like thinking absolutely prefers the dress up side of Halloween. How awesome is it that one day a year we can be anything we want! We get to use our imagination and bring our childhood dreams to life. On Halloween our inner desires get to come out and play, and not within the privacy of our home, but we actually get to go out in public dressed as a princess, a rock star or a politician. But wait it gets even better because we don't even have to restrict our dreams to the reality of the human body. We can be a bottle of wine, a pumpkin, an animal, a cartoon character, a toaster or any darn thing we want. Whatever our heart desires can be publicly embraced on Halloween. How is that for happiness!
3. Sugar is celebrated
Talk about happy! 364 day a year sweets are on our restricted list and we try to avoid sugar and eat healthy. But on the happiest day of the year sugar is handed out by the handful! People are just giving it away for free. I mean literally people are giving away candy and we send our kids around the neighborhood to collect the forbidden sweets in buckets and bags! Crazy but sweet!”Read-more...”
Stop being so color blind and VOTE!
Why has this election become such a narrow minded, black or white, all or nothing type of vote? When did we become so color blind? Wake ups folks! Take a look around! The world is not black or white. It's not even shades of grey. The world we live in is full of bright beautiful colors! When it comes to casting your all-important vote, we have the right, a duty even, to vote using every crayon in the box.
Aside from what the media wants you to believe, voting is more than a choice between Clinton and Trump. Have you looked at a ballot lately? There is more than one box we have the privilege to mark up. And look beyond the down ballot Republican or Democrat choices. There is an entire rainbow of issues on the ballot. School funding, medical decisions, environmental issues, and even marijuana are all decisions we have the honor to make. Many people fought long and hard for the freedom to put those choices on our ballot so that we have a say in how our lives are run.
Your vote matters! So make an effort to be an informed voter! I'm not asking you to read every proposition, research every candidate, or even watch a city council meeting. And how we are supposed to decide who will be a better choice for a water district, judge, or waste management I have no idea. But the least we can do is take those extra few minutes and actually read the ballot. Don't just check off a box because you think you recognize a name. That is how we get politicians in office for thirty or forty years. Drain the swamp or support the people who have done a good job. That choice is right there in front of you.
Trusting in the Unknown
"We'll get there!" I find myself repeating that phrase a lot these days. You may or may not know that life recently handed me a bunch of lemons so I put on my rose colored glasses and started the process of making lemonade. Medical issues are often private and difficult to talk about but I have decided to break the rules, face my fears and talk about my mastectomy. There are simply too many life lessons appearing on almost a daily basis - how can I keep these valuable insights to myself?
Anyway back to the power of "We'll get there!" Those are the words that my plastic surgeon says to me all the time. At first I never noticed the saying because I was overwhelmed by everything that was happening. I was in pain, there was talk of chemo and radiation, plus I no longer had a left breast. I couldn't see anything but the mental and physical scars I was faced with.”Read-more...”
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 29
"To give and receive RESPECT is the highest honor there is"
30 days of life lesson quotes. Respect it appears is nothing but good! I could not find a single negative definition or reference to the word that was not full of positive attributes. When you have courage you earn the respect of others. When you keep your promises you gain respect. When you make hard choices and do the right things, you can hold your head high and have respect for yourself.
If you hold someone or something in high regard and appreciate its value, people will respect it. Lose that respect and people are likely to treat it, or you, with total disregard. But it goes even further. We should honor our environment and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us every day. We need to be more supportive and courteous to those less fortunate, and we need to be respectful and appreciative of the possessions we are privileged to own.
To me respect is very simple. Honor and appreciate the things you value.
This Life Lesson Quote is part of the conclusion to Susan Sherbert's book a "A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses"”Read-more...”
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 28
"There is no substitute for ACTION"
30 days of life lesson quotes. Yesterday we talked about awareness so today we must talk about action. The clarity that awareness brings followed up by a physical real world action is one of the most powerful combinations we have to move us to success and happiness. In fact the only difference between being the hero in your own life or staying right where you are is that the people who truly want something better take action and get their dreams started. Let me repeat that. The people who succeed get started! They take action. That’s it.
We can talk all we want, live in the light, and be hyper conscious of our positive thoughts, but if we never do anything about it, if we never take any action, then nothing happens. Action is the white hat hero stuff I have been nagging you about. Don't let those magnificent and inspiring thoughts stay in your head forever. Do something, anything, to get your thoughts out of your head. Write your thoughts, dreams, and goals down. That puts them into the physical realm. Talk, discuss, read, or research your ideas or dreams. Those are actions too. Make a phone call, make a list, start a vision board, go outside and take a look round. Any kind of movement or physical effort counts as an action.
And if you didn't notice, those suggestions are all super tiny almost micro actions. But it doesn't matter because they are actions! They are movements that bring your desires, dreams, and conscious thoughts into the real physical world. Move the mental into the physical because there is no substitute for action. We must put some kind of physical motion out into the world or nothing happens. Period! That's it! Without action there is nothing.
This Life Lesson Quote is from the chapter on action in "A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses"”Read-more...”
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 27
"When you stir up awareness it is the beginning of change"
30 days of life lesson quotes. To me awareness is one of the most powerful assets we do not take advantage of. Using the creativity of my child-like mind, I like to imagine awareness as a light switch. With one simple flip we go from dark to light. Sleep becomes awake and subconscious thoughts speed to the surface. In that one fraction of a second everything immediately looks different. Awareness brings light. Awareness brings clarity. We finally see all of the glorious details and possibilities that have been hiding in the darkness for far too long. Pretty amazing, right?
Awareness can be grand and life changing as major "light bulb moments" or as inspiring as those "aha" moments that shift our thoughts so we can begin to see things in a fresh new light. Awareness is all about the movement from the subconscious to the conscious and that powerful transition happens in an instant!
The power of awareness or conscious thought is the clarity I have been nagging you about with all my talk of the rose colored glasses. See the things you need to see! When you get that flash of light, spark of inspiration, or feel an "aha" moment embrace it. Welcome it in and give it your attention! Your brain is trying to tell you something and it is your responsibility to keep that light switch in the on position! Don't go back to sleep or hide in the dark. Embrace bright new ideas and welcome new thoughts and images into the conscious part of your brain because when you stir up awareness it is the beginning of change.
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 25
"There were no problems only fear"
30 days of life lesson quotes. Please keep an open mind and think about fear from a very simple, childlike perspective. To me, fears are images in your head – figments of your imagination. They are nothing more then boogeymen. Yet when you mix imagination with emotion the fear can become truly terrifying. Our fears are so realistic and so frightening because imagination is an incredibly powerful force for both the positive and the negative.
Too often adults turn this imagined fear into real life problems. They imagine all of the reasons they can’t do something and focus on the negative “what ifs,” instead of seeing unlimited potential or using their creativity to find a solution. Grown-ups turn their dreams into fears, talk themselves out of countless opportunities, and allow minor obstacles to become overwhelming problems. All of this destructive behavior because the negative thoughts and images in our head can feel oh so real.
There are no quick solutions, or easy answers because our basic nature was designed to keep us safe. Unfortunately, that means our brain looks for and focuses on potential danger and turns everyday situations into places where monster and boogeymen lurk around every corner. All we can do is try to bring some awareness to our fears by adding a little positive light to the situation. Once we see that first beam of positive light the nightmares will begin to fade away and hopefully we will find the courage to vanquish those imaginary boogeymen and frightening monsters once and for all. Fear is created in the mind! And that is a hard concept to imagine.
"Imagination is an incredibly powerful force;
for both the positive and the negative"
A Favorite Quote by Susan Sherbert: Day 25
"Beauty is measured by the surface of the skin.
Youth comes from the soul within."
30 days of life lesson quotes. Living life with the passion and confidence of youth does not come from a bottle or pill. It won’t come from repeated trips to the plastic surgeon. People try to look young, because they think it will make them feel young. They spend millions of dollars in pursuit of a younger looking body when what they really should be searching for is the simplified joy of youthful thinking. Connecting to the mindset of a child has nothing to do with your physical appearance. The youth we desire comes from within.
Four year olds don’t care what you look like. Fat, thin, no make-up, or all sweaty - kids don’t see it. When a child enters a room, they don’t cling to the best looking person they can find. The youthful spirit is attracted to energy and fun, not beauty and perfection. As adults, we need to re-train our brains to look past the surface and see what’s inside. Learn to look for warmth and laughter instead of flawless skin and good hair.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all look past the outer appearance and search the faces in a crowd for a wink, a smile, or an honest laugh? Kids want to be around people who participate and aren’t afraid to get dirty. You could be overweight, have a pimple the size of a volcano, or be in the middle of a really bad hair day, and still kids don’t care. They like you for your personality and kindness, not your looks and expensive accessories. Adults could learn a lot from that.
The good news is that youth is a matter of the mind, and even though there is wear and tear on the body, we can still change our attitude and change the direction of our thoughts. Mental youth can last a lifetime!
This Life Lesson Quote came from Susan Sherbert's book "Grown-ups don't skip have FUN be happy enjoy life."”Read-more...”
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 24
"If you want to accomplish great things, get yourself a good pair of hiking shoes and start climbing!"
30 days of life lesson quotes. BECOME KING OF YOUR MOUNTAIN! If you are motivated and driven to succeed then you have already had to overcome some pretty nasty obstacles. You have climbed mountains you thought would never end, and have battled dragons you never saw coming. When you start any new project, adventure, or goal there is a ton of good positive energy. You are excited! Anything is possible! Then right on schedule the obstacles start to arrive.
People get frustrated and give up but why? It’s not like we didn’t know problems were coming. Overcoming obstacles is part of life. Challenges are part of the process. Even something a joyous as a new puppy is full of potty training and endless chewing. If you have a dream and want to live a more successful life, then it is pretty much guaranteed that you will come face to face with some pretty difficult situations. That is just the way it is.
It is time to realize that to become king of your mountain, the road is never, ever, going to be a straight and easy path. Overcoming obstacles is just another bump in the road. Successful people know that. They face their challenges and eventually reach the top. So the moral of this story is if you want to live your dream and accomplish great things, you had better get yourself a good pair of hiking shoes and start climbing.
This Life Lesson Quote comes from the chapter on obstacles and problems in "A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses"
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 23
"Don't Grease The Squeaky Wheel... REPLACE IT"
30 days of life lesson quotes. One of the biggest things we can do to change our ways and become the hero in our own lives is to get our priorities straight. Far too often we live in a reactive world where we continually grease that squeaky wheel and spend our limited time on activities that are not taking us in the right direction. Instead of working on our priorities, we are fighting fires and spending energy doing things that demand our attention.
Things that squeak and make a lot of noise are generally what get done first. The items that would make the most difference in our lives, too often get pushed aside because they don’t demand our immediate attention. And unfortunately it’s usually the negative activities that seem to require immediate attention because it’s that old fight or flight instinct once again. Negative things appear dangerous so we respond to them now, whereas the beneficial positive actions that we should be doing, are the ones that we feel we can push aside.
When we are distracted by people and projects that are leading us astray or taking us in the wrong direction, it is only natural that we want to get rid of that noise. Just make that irritating squeak go away. But wouldn’t it be a better if we could replace the wheel that is causing the squeak? Don’t reward distracting time suckers with a squirt of grease! Go out and get a new and improved wheel that will get you to your destination without all of the drama. That is why I have revised that old saying to say, “The squeaky wheel gets replaced.”
People are busy with lots of action, but the results of that action should not be more action. You should be traveling on a strong and supportive foundation, not an old and creaky wheel that is hindering your progress.
This Life Lesson Quote came from the chapter on priorities in Susan Sherbert's book "A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses"”Read-more...”
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 22
"Kids Create Visions - Not Just Pictures"
30 days of life lesson quotes. Since I was in a bit of a childish mood yesterday with my smile post, I decided to keep the whole childish theme going and go back to that all-important vision. While writing "Grown-ups Don't Skip" I found it truly surprising just how much influence reality has on the decisions we make in life. As I asked grown-ups about their dreams, I began to realize that reality kept getting in the way. As the adult mind starts to form an original thought, too often a little voice in the back of the brain can be heard saying, “that’s a stupid idea” or “that would never work.” The creative flow is stopped. The idea is quickly squashed. The dream is tossed out of our head before imagination in given time to take hold.
Adults unconsciously fit their dreams to their reality and that is totally the opposite of what dream are all about! Adults need to learn to embrace the excitement of the possibility, instead of instinctively reacting to the reality of the grown-up world. Go ahead and live in the real world, just make sure you keep a window open for the dreams to creep in.
Why not fill your mind with positive images that can lead to truly incredible things. Once you allow that little “spark” of imagination to step outside your reality based thoughts the ideas begin to flow. What a great idea! We could do this or add that. I had never thought of it that way before. Our vision goes way beyond what the eyes can see and kids are masters at this. Ask a kid to draw you a picture and you don’t get an image on a piece of paper. You get a whole story full of glorious details and endless possibility.
This Life Lesson Quote is a topic that is the foundation for both "Grown-Ups Don't Skip Have FUN Be Happy Enjoy Life" and "A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses"”Read-more...”
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 21
"Remember to SMILE every single day"
30 days of life lesson quotes. Someone once said to me that people will go to the ends of the earth for nothing more than a smile. And it's so true! A smile can change everything and you can do it without having to say a single word. And since I need to focus my life lessons more on the white hat actions we need to take, let's start with the smile.
A smile is an action! And oh what a wonderful action it is. It's not a difficult thing to do and requires virtually no effort or energy on our part. A tiny movement of our lips and "Bam!" you have magical powers. It’s not painful. It doesn't take up our valuable time. It doesn't even require that we learn special skills to use it. And best of all you can give and receive a lifetime supply of smiles all for FREE! Wow! Can it get any better than that!!
So the question is why don’t adults use this incredible asset that we have had since birth? Since my brain thinks like a four year old I could probably come up with a hundred creative reasons why grown-ups don't smile enough. But we don't have time for all that childish non-sense. I need to get to straight to the point!
Okay here it is… the Susan Sherbert theory as to why adults don't smile enough: Why? Because grown-ups tend to complicate and over think almost everything therefore a smile must just be way too simple for the grown-up mind to use.
This Life Lesson Quote is a topic that is the foundation for both "Grown-Ups Don't Skip Have FUN Be Happy Enjoy Life" and "A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses"”Read-more...”
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 20
"One of the most powerful tool we possess is the ability to acknowledge the possibility that things could be different"
30 days of life lesson quotes. As I continue to share my message I am finding that fear and change seem to be a frequent stumbling block in the grown up world. Things that are different or outcomes that are unknown bring resistance instead of excitement and joy. (Remember my )
Adults prefer predictability and certainty even if we are unhappy or uncomfortable with our current situation. We resist moving out of our comfort zone and allow fear and negativity to keep us in places we really don't want to be. Safety and comfort are powerful forces and to move beyond what we know can feel downright terrifying. I believe that once you truly begin to acknowledge the possibilities that things could be different, your life will start to change for the better.
When your total focus is on the worry and stress about the situation you are in at the moment, there is absolutely no room for anything else in your brain. We must allow the possibility of something better to enter our thoughts. Imagination is the mind muscle that will get us out of our rut or an uncomfortable situation. As adults we have forgotten about the excitement and joy that comes from change because we are too busy clinging to the comfort of now.
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 19
"If you want a better life you must live a better life"
30 days of life lesson quotes. The insights in A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses can help you shift some harmful beliefs, fuel your passion and motivate you to take action towards a successful life you will love. Yes that is all possible, I promise. But there is always a catch. And that catch comes down to a single word: ACTION.
I talk a lot, probably too much, about the power of rose colored glasses and finding your all important dream, big bold vision or clarity in your life. Even I often forget that without some form of physical action, all that fantastic stuff stays in your head. This is where the White Hat comes in. Good guys wear white - well at least that is how I see it in my simplified childlike way of thinking. Good guys put on their white hat and take action! They don't stand around thinking about saving the world. They just get moving. They take action!
There is no doubt that strength and integrity are woven into the fibers of that wonderful white hat. It is a symbol of all things good so it baffles me as to why anyone would want to wear anything else. If you want a better life you need to put on that white hat and become the hero in your own life. I want you to do the things you know you should do, and then be proud of your actions. I have chosen a white hat to represent the actions a hero takes to transform mental thoughts into positive real world results.
Your passion and purpose are within your reach so find your confidence and have the courage to move your desires forward. If you want a better life then you must take action and start living a better life. No more talking. No thinking. Now is the time for action!
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