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Rich Minds, Rich Rewards

52 Ways to Enhance, Enrich, and Empower Your Life

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On Sale: December 19, 2001
Pages: 192 | ISBN: 978-1-58836-071-7
Published by : Villard Ballantine Group
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A rich mind nourished with positive thoughts, learning, and encouragement can indeed reap rich rewards, writes dynamic author Valorie Burton as she offers 52 simple but powerful ways to enrich your everyday life and do those things that will bring you the rewards you so richly deserve, such as:

• Count Your Blessings

• Change Your Ways to Change Your Life

• Create a Vision Statement

• Mind Your Own Business

• Create Your Own Opportunities

• Listen to Your Inner Voice

From the Hardcover edition.


Count Your Blessings

"The difference between ‘not enough’ and ‘more than enough’ is your attitude,” noted Bishop T. D. Jakes at a conference I attended in July 1999. As we live our lives from day to day, it can be easy to take so much of what we have for granted. For example, when we are unhappy in a job and we are looking for a new one, sometimes the last thing that we think to do is to thank God for the job that we dislike. When we want to purchase a new home, it is too rare that we stop to appreciate the roof we currently have over our heads. When we are working out to get a “new body,” we should not fail to be thankful that the one we have right now allows us to walk, talk, and breathe. We can get so wrapped up in trying to get what we don’t have that we don’t take time to appreciate what we do have.

I know these things may sound very basic, but it is the most “basic” aspects of our lives, those things that we often don’t even give a second thought to, that we should be most grateful for. It is these “basic” things—people, places, our well-being—that it would be most devastating for us to have to live without. When you come to understand what is most important to you, and make it a priority in your life to honor and take care of those aspects of your life, then you find your center. Your center is that place you discover when your life is healthy and balanced. It takes some true soul-searching to find it, and it takes practice to maintain it. But once you find that peaceful, joyful place called your center, you’ll always feel off balance when you leave it.

One way to stay centered is to count your blessings every day. Why every day? Because it can be too easy to fall into the habit of taking life for granted and feeling sorry for yourself when things don’t go the way you had hoped. By counting your blessings, you remember just how rich you are—in spirit, family, friendships, health, career, education, personality, and the list goes on.

Count your blessings in the mornings. It is a very uplifting way to begin the day. After all, a new day is one more blessing for which you have to be thankful. Try this exercise: Turn off all the noise around you and go to a place where you can find as much solitude as possible. Close your eyes. Breathe deeply and slowly. Now think about all that you have to be thankful for. Stay in this quiet state for at least five minutes. When you finish, write down everything that came to mind.

My Blessings:

It’s a pretty good list, isn’t it? When you find yourself feeling down or sorry for yourself, take out your list. Read it and be thankful for what you do have instead of focusing on what you don’t have.
Valorie Burton|Author Q&A

About Valorie Burton

Valorie Burton - Rich Minds, Rich Rewards

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Valorie Burton is a personal life coach and motivational speaker, and the author of Listen to Your Life, What's Really Holding You Back, Why Not You? and Rich Minds, Rich Rewards. She has served clients in more than thirty states and seven countries and appeared widely in the national media. Visit her at www.valorieburton.com.

Author Q&A

Q: Why did you write this book?
A: After I had the epiphany about my life purpose that I described in the introduction, I thought and prayed about what type of first book to write. I felt led to write an easy-to-read, inspiring guide to living a more fulfilling life that was geared toward people from all walks of life.

Q: What is your writing process?
A: When I write, I imagine that I am writing to a friend. It makes the process more relaxed, and, hopefully, the reader feels that I am writing directly to him or her. I wrote the entire book in longhand. I find that the words flow more easily for me when I write with pen and paper rather than at a computer. Also, I want to be used as a vessel to deliver messages of divine inspiration. So each time I sat down to write the mini-chapters for Rich Minds, Rich Rewards, I prayed for wisdom and that I would write words touching readers in such a way that they would feel empowered to make positive changes in their lives.

Q: Who inspires you the most and why?
A: God inspires me most because the abundance of His grace and blessings never ceases to amaze me. I am also inspired by everyday people who make their mark on the world by making a positive difference in the lives of others and by those who have the courage to live their dreams.

Q: What is next for you? Are you writing another book?
A: I am writing my second book now. It’s called Shifting out of Overdrive. It is about slowing down, finding joy, and doing the things that matter most. I believe it will strike a chord with a lot of people.

Q: You are a Life Enrichment Specialist. What is that exactly?
A: Through my workshops, speaking engagements, website, articles, and books, I teach people simple yet powerful ways to enrich their lives. “Life Enrichment Specialist” seems the best way to describe what I do.

Reader's Guide|Discussion Questions

About the Book

The issues in Rich Minds, Rich Rewards lend themselves to exciting conversation. The following are topics and questions that you can use to facilitate a discussion for book clubs, discussion groups, social gatherings, or parties.

For your book club or discussion group, it is helpful to choose a moderator who can read excerpts from the book aloud to the group and then ask questions for discussion. Or you may simply want to have a casual discussion among friends. The idea is to exchange ideas and opinions and, hopefully, to encourage one another.

Discussion Guides

1: Discussion Topic 1: Personal Fulfillment and Money
See the mini-chapters “Do What You Love and the Rewards Will Come,” “Don’t Downsize Your Dream,” and “Change Your Ways to Change Your Life.”
Does society teach us that work should be hard and that what we love should be just a hobby? Or do we learn that in our families? Can you really make money doing what you love? Why do people often settle for doing work that they don’t love? Are you doing what you love for a living right now? What keeps you from pursuing what you love?

2: Discussion Topic 2: Life Purpose
See the mini-chapters “Have a Mission” and “Create Your Mission Statement.”
How do you know when you have discovered your mission or life purpose? Did you stumble upon your mission or have you always known what it was? Are you still trying to discover your mission?

3: Discussion Topic 3: Communicating with Others
See the mini-chapters “Personal PR” and “Write Handwritten letters and Make an Impact.”
Is letter-writing a lost art? Is it better to receive a handwritten note or an e-mail? Does it matter? Has technology taken the personal touch out of communication? If so, how?

4: Discussion Topic 4: Forgiveness
See the mini-chapter “Forgive and Let Go of Grudges.”
Is it more stressful to hold a grudge or to let it go? Should we forgive in every situation? Should we not only forgive, but forget too? How do you know when someone is holding a grudge against another person even though they say they have forgiven the person?

5: Discussion Topic 5: Money
See the mini-chapter “Take Control of Your Financial Life.”
Why are so many Americans in debt? Should money management be a required course for high school and college students? Where did you learn your money-management skills? What could you do to increase your income in the near future?

6: Discussion Topic 6: Decreasing Your Stress Level
See the mini-chapters “Cure Yourself of the Overdrive Syndrome,” “Meditate,” “Allow Peace to Guide Your Decisions,” and “Stress: Less, Not More.”
Does society pressure us to be busy all of the time? Why do Americans seem to always be in a hurry? Have the technological conveniences that are meant to save time (such as pagers, mobile phones, and e-mail) made people more overloaded? Does a healthy spiritual life help a person create a less stressful lifestyle?

7: Discussion Topic 7: Being Good to Yourself
See mini-chapters “Pamper-ize Yourself,” “Reward Yourself!,” “Spend Time with Yourself,” “Love Yourself First,” and “Visit a New Place at Least Once a Year.”
What keeps people from pampering themselves on a regular basis? How do you like to pamper yourself? Do you find solutions to problems more easily when you are able to spend time alone? What new place would you like to visit and why?

8: Discussion Topic 8: Creating an Inspired Environment
See mini-chapter “Make Your Home Your Sanctuary”
What makes a home warm and inviting? How does clearing clutter from your home affect your mood? How does the presence of clutter affect your mood? How can couples and families compromise to make their home a sanctuary for everyone who lives there?

9: Discussion Topic 9: Learning from Mistakes
See mini-chapters “Use Failure as a Learning Tool,” “Don’t Make Excuses,” and “Don’t Play the Blame Game.”
Have you ever failed at something that led you to a better opportunity? Is failure God’s way of moving you in a new direction? What is the best way to handle people who always blame others for their problems? Are there instances in which it is okay to make excuses?

10: Discussion Topic 10: Making a Difference
See mini-chapters “Do Nice Things, (But Keep Them to Yourself!)” and “Volunteer.”
Have people become more or less compassionate in recent years? How has volunteering or making a difference in another person’s life impacted your life?

From the Hardcover edition.

  • Rich Minds, Rich Rewards by Valorie Burton
  • December 19, 2001
  • Self Help; Religion - Spirituality
  • Villard
  • $13.99
  • 9781588360717

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