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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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.
Then about five weeks into the process I actually heard the words he had been saying all along. "We'll get there." Huh? What?! I had to pause for thought. What does he mean we'll get there? Are you kidding! Look what just happened to me! I'll never be the same again. How in the world will anyone ever fix this mess!! Then I heard it again. "We'll get there."
I sat there with a million questions racing through my head, and it was at that moment I realized I couldn't see the forest through the trees. Thankfully my plastic surgeon could see the entire forest. Heck he probably planted the trees himself. He knew every path, trail, and obstacle for miles around. Dr. Mark Goan of Finesse Plastic Surgery knew how to get me out of the scary dark place that had been thrust upon me.
Wow that one realization made the entire journey so much easier. From that moment on, I knew there was a plan. I still didn't have the answers but I no longer had to stress over every little detail. All I needed to know was that, yes, there was a way out so have patience and "we'll get there." How comforting is that.
I suppose this is where faith comes in. It was time to accept the circumstances at whatever stage I was at and trust that there was a way out. I have to allow the unknown to exist and be okay with not having all of the answers. And isn't that what faith is really all about? Trusting in the unknown. I never thought I would have to face any thing like this so of course I don't have all the answers! Not even close. The unknown is so rampant in my life right now, all I can do is stop the brain from getting lost in that deep dark wilderness of negativity and what if's scenarios. I must actively look up and begin to see the bigger picture.
Isn't this a fabulous life lesson!
Just because we can't imagine a solution or see a way out doesn't mean it's hopeless. Too often when we don't understand something we give up or assume it can't be done. I am amazed at the number of hours wasted in panic, stress or worry simply because, at that moment, we are faced with unanswered questions. Yet it happens all the time. When we are in unfamiliar territory we tend to focus on the problems instead of the solutions. We want answers and we want them now.
Unfortunately life doesn't always work that way. I realize that not worrying about unknown situations is easier said then done, so it is one of those lessons we need to learn over and over again. Yet it really is quite simple. When life doesn't go according to plan we must learn not to panic. We must accept our temporary current situation and trust that there is a solution that we simply cannot yet see. You'll get there!
Wait. I got that wrong. It's not you will get there. It's we will get there. The we is the most powerful part of that phrase. Of course "You'll get there" is a very supportive and encouraging thing to say and I'm sure doctors, coaches, managers, parents, and friends use that phrase all the time. However the negative imagination of the brain can be overwhelming when we go down the path of the unknown. Even being told that "you will get there," just doesn't cut it. Dr. Goan says "We'll get there" and by changing just one single word, at least to me, that makes all the difference in the world. It brings in a whole new light to the situation. I could not see a way out but together maybe there is a solution. Whatever difficultly, problem, challenge, or limiting belief you need to over come, remember that the unknown is not a permanent situation. I encourage you to put on your rose colored glasses, find a recipe for lemonade, and realize that sooner or later questions are answered and we get there.
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"
"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 story of the scary jellybean?)
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!
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 18
"Visualization is the grown-up word for imagination"
30 days of life lesson quotes. I cannot begin to explain the importance of connecting to the positive thoughts and feelings that will become the vision of your dreams. Finding that first spark or seed is vital to allowing your brain to create the pictures of your future. I get excited when a stubborn grown-up finally decides to put on those rose colored glasses and take a peek at the possibilities of things they may not have been ready to see before. I know if they can find just one tiny speck of something different, then there is unlimited potential for their future.
The key is to create new mental images, paint fantastic scenes of the future, and think in a world where anything is possible. Your brain has the power to construct your ideal vision and that is nothing but pure childlike thinking. Your thoughts will shape your future but you must find that mind-altering form of energy that will shape your happiness and success.
Everything and I do mean everything, starts with a single thought in your head … but what I don’t understand is why adults are so stubborn and set in their mature ways of thinking they insist on calling this powerful technique visualization. Why can’t they just call it what it is - Imagination. A world of make-believe!
This life quote is the basic foundation for both "A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses" and "Grown-ups Don't Skip"”Read-more...”
"It's not the fear of failure that holds us back...
it's the fear of rejection"
30 days of life lesson quotes. In my books I talk a lot about fears and I think I am beginning to understand why there is such negativity associated with failure. It's because losing is emotional! It hurts. Failure is not really about the defeat - failure is about how we feel about it afterwards. We put our valuable time and energy into something and if we don’t win or our ideas don’t get picked, we feel rejected. No one wanted us. It’s like being the last kid standing in the playground. Rejection feels awful.
Whoa! That is a reason to be afraid. No one wants to be a loser so setbacks and failures become associated with feeling unwanted and unloved. That sounds just terrifying. We fell short of our goal, made a mistake, or came in second and somehow we feel like we are wrong, stupid, or no good. Failure does not make you a loser but, unfortunately it can sure make you feel like one… and that can lead down a really bad path full of guilt, insecurities, doubts, and unworthiness. Failure I can handle. I tried and it didn’t work. No big deal. Try again. But rejection is downright frightening. Who would want to try anything if we feel that we will be condemned for our efforts, or if making a mistake is wrong!
Logically we know we are not failures, but the defeat feels very personal so how are we supposed to handle the emotions? The result is that we learn to avoid the feelings associated with failure at all cost. That means we simply cannot try again. We avoid risks or don’t take chances because another rejection is just too painful.
This life quote is from the chapter on fear of judgement in my book "A White Hat and Rose Colored Glasses"”Read-more...”
White Hat Awareness Quote: Day 16
"Live like and adult and PLAN but think like a child and DREAM"
30 days of life lesson quotes. When was the last time you felt excited enough to skip? Did you embrace the moment and feel the joy, or did you refrain and act like the responsible adult you are supposed to be? The purpose of everything I do is to help adults shift their thinking and try to remember and connect with just one tiny bit of the courageous and joyful little being we once were.
Of Course we must ACT and live like responsible adults but why can't we also embrace the simple mindset of a child and dream. It's not an either or choice. I have a fantastic list on my website that compares the responsible grown-up world we live in now compared to a kids positive outlook on life that we started out with. For example:
Kids are full of imagination - Adults are full of reality
Kids are curious about things - Adults become overwhelmed by things
Kids focus on the positive - Adults get caught up on the negative
Kids have acceptance for others - Adults try to change others
As we get older imagination and dreams are replaced with pressure and responsibility. Playtime becomes work time, and there is no place for the seeds of success and happiness to grow. Again, my message isn't about denying life as an adult, it's about changing your thoughts and reconnecting with the dreams and positive emotions that are usually reserved for the very young.
Unfortunately life happens and responsibility and pressure take over, time and money become involved, and friends and family can get very complicated. As a result we learn about fear, hate, and jealously. We do our best to be kind, but criticism and judgment creep into our lives. We put our needs in front of others, and too often we end up on a different path than we expected.
Now imagine what your life would be like if we could bring back just some of the traits and feelings from that magical age. There is some unlearning to be done but once you begin to THINK (not act) like a four year old, you can then start building a life full of fun, success, enthusiasm and joy.
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