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There’s an urge. A calling. An impulse that sleeps inside of you. Whispering. Nudging. Pushing. Constantly reminding you of something that takes titanium like courage to remember.

It knows you want to acknowledge it’s calls. It’s far wiser than you. It sees potential where you see failure. It knows only triumph while you brood over imagined defeat.

It bears witness to your flailings, tantrums and doubts.

But it still beckons you to see what it sees. To know what it knows. And to join its quest. A journey of pure potential. An adventure beyond anything that you can imagine.

We all know that it’s there.

And sometimes we listen. Sometimes our fears are sleeping but for a moment. And we hear the quiet call of our heart.

And in that brief moment we move forward. We take a tentative step toward a vision. A view of ourselves that sparks in us a desire – to be more, do more and see more.

It’s not easy. Fear wages a war against us. It knows that it must move fast. Because if we continue, if we but claim that new vision as our true self, it will have lost its power.

But if we break free from fears talon’s we will discover the miracle of beginning.

There’s magic in that moment when we step forward. When we move toward a greater aspect of ourselves. Unseen forces gather around us. Empower us. Fill our sails. Point us toward an un-chartered direction. And give our dreams flight.

“All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his or her way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” ~ W.H. Murray

So listen. Eternity’s calling you. Is it time to answer? Is it time to begin?

Ian

It’s 6am and I’m thinking of you. Wondering how your year was? Curious to know if it ended the way you wanted it to?

2011 was a year where I began to measure my life in different ways. Trying to get to the core of what truly matters in life.

* How many little perfect moments did I experience with my family?

* How much impact did I have within the world?

* How aware did I become to the unskillful patterns of behavior in my life?

* How often did I speak my truth?

* How much of my time was spent pursuing my passions?

* How many adventures did I go on?

* How many moments did I spend with good friends?

So many of us are living lives of silent suffering. We suffer because we’re not true to ourselves. We don’t take the time to get to know who we are, what we want, and what we’re here on this earth to do.

Makes me think about regrets…

Did you know what the top 5 regrets of the dying are? Well according to Bronnie Ware who worked for years in palliative care, she found that over and over again people at the end of their lives had the following 5 regrets:

The 5 Regrets of the Dying

1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2) I wish I didn’t work so hard.

3) I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

5) I wish that I had let myself be happier.

So as this year comes to a close and you prepare for the next, take a little time to reflect on what matters most to you.

Try to answer the question…

“What does a good year look like for me?”

And once you know – start to create that year bit by bit, thought by thought, action by action.

Thanks for a great year.

Ian

“Prepare to be amazed”
Michael “Goob” Yagoobian (The Bowler Hat Guy) From Meet The Robinsons

2011 has been one of the best years of my life. And if there was one word that would some up how I’m feeling right now it would be blessed. The four best things that have come out of 2011 have been:  

* The chance to work alongside International Bestselling Author and Leadership Expert Robin Sharma

* Having a million perfect little moments with my childrean Eavan and Shea this summer up north

* Meeting Tabitha – an amazing woman whos mere presence in my life has inspired me to be more, do more and experience more.

* Writing from the heart and connecting with my readers from all over the globe. I am humbled and honored that I can be of service to you.

So with all the reflection and warm fuzzy feelings floating around my brain I got to wondering…

“I wonder what were the most popular posts on the site for 2011?”

Below you will discover those posts for yourself. A simple offering from me to you. It’s my hope that in some way these words will help YOU be more, do more and experience more.

The Top 10 Most Awesomest Posts of 2011

1) Attraversiamo – Let’s Crossover (171 Shares)
The middle ground of life is a double sided coin. On one side is the comfort of the familiar. And on the other the fear of the unknown. We sort-of crave and are repulsed by both. We hate being in the gray zone. That in between place. Stuck between worlds. Not sure where we’re going. And a little hurt by where we’ve been. Click here to read more…

2) Stop Working and Start Wondering (167 Shares)
It’s time to stop working. Stop answering emails, putting out fires, creating to do lists, finishing those to do lists, and going to meetings. It’s time to stop everything that makes up an average day in the “working” world. It’s time to put on the brakes. Click here to read more…

3) You’ve Got To Own Your Life (110 Shares)
We were standing outside the Indigo bookstore down at Bay and Bloor in Toronto after sharing some great conversation and chai. She was telling me about her past and some of the really tough challenges she’s been through. And you could see something in her eyes…Pain. Click here to read more…

4) Daring To Dream (93 Shares)
It takes a lot of courage, a big heart and a dash of insanity to go for your dreams. But every truly happy person that I know is doing what they love. Be it as a career or as a business. Daring to dream again is no easy task. It’s not like we’re taught how to do it in school. Click here to read more…

5) 3 Keys To An Awesome Life From A Zen Master (90 Shares)
Life flies by. And the older we get the faster it seems to go. There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything done. Let alone squeek out a moment of peace for ourselves. So with all of responsibilities and obligations is there something that can help us? What can we do to not feel overwhelmed, overworked, or overtired? Click here to read more…

6) Going Beyond (79 Shares)
Sometimes you have to go beyond. Go beyond the norm. What you usually do. What your friends think. What your family says you should be doing. What society says is the right way for you to live your life. Sometimes you have to go beyond the point of no return. You have to start something. Commit yourself. Jump into the unknown. Take a risk. And make something happen. Click here to read more…

7) Richard Branson’s Keys To Success (78 Shares)
In an interview for CNNMoney.com Richard Branson, the charismatic founder of Virgin Group and author of several books including one of my favorites, ‘Screw It Let’s Do It.’ had this to say about having a burning desire to follow your dreams, Ideally, since 80 percent of your life is spent working, you should start your business around something that is a passion of yours. Click here to read more…

8) Find Your Passion (62 Shares)
You ever notice that the coolest and most energized people to talk to and hang out with are ones who are living their passions? They’ve taken something that they love doing and turned it into a career or business. They’re fired up. And even if it’s not something that you’re into you still find yourself mesmerized by them. Click here to read more…

9) My Journey To Hell And Back or How I Quit Smoking (56 Shares)
This month sucked. My Dad had just come out of the hospital after having triple heart bypass surgery. One of the biggest operations out there. And as soon as he got some color back in his cheeks and we stopped being scared that he was going to die because of something stupid like sneezing too  hard we were blind-sided in the early evening with a phone call from the hospital. Click here to read more…

10) How To Discover Your Gifts & Talents (37 Shares)
Do you know that you have a gift? There’s something special that you need to share with us. There’s a problem out there and your life’s the solution. Each and every one of us has some talent for doing something. Like it’s hardwired into you. And you can do this something better than anyone else you know. A thing that if you were allowed to, you would do it all day long. Click here to read more…

So there you have it – 2011 in a nutshell. Thank you for being a part of the journey with me. 2012 is going to be amazing. I can feel it in my bones. If there’s anything that you’d like to see me write about here on the site please let me know in the comments below.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Ian

Can I Ask You Something“Do you think you are being true to yourself? Do you think you are leading the life you are meant to live – the one that most honors the real you, celebrates your deepest values and respects your highest dreams?”

This by far is my favorite part of Robin Sharma’s new book, “The Secret Letters of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari“.

It’s a tough question. One that so many people are afraid to answer. Why? Because it hits us right at the core of our being. Making us seriously look at our lives. Seeing them for what they are. Asking us if we are truly living our passions, following our dreams and using our gifts and talents in such a way that we do what we can to make a dent in the universe.

When we’re not being true to ourselves we suffer. When we’re not exploring who we are our lives become lifeless. If we don’t take the time to discover what we’re all about, what our hopes and dreams are, what we’re passionate about, and what is truly important in our lives we go through life in a haze.

I believe that each and every one of us has something that we’re meant to do. That the world needs us to share the best of ourselves in some way. That our story can and will inspire others to live their best lives. That by not sharing the best of ourselves we are robbing the world of a precious opportunity.

So how can we start to live our best lives?

There’s no easy answer to this. If there was we’d all be out there crushing it. But I do think if you’re willing to carve out a little time to really dig into the essence of yourself you’ll be amazed by what you’ll discover.

To make things a little easier here’s 5 Questions To Ask Yourself:

1) What is most important in my life?

2) What are my gifts and talents?

3) What activities do I love to do?

4) What comes naturally to me?

5) What kind of problems do people always ask me to help them with?

Block off some time on a Sunday afternoon and really think about these questions. Answer them as honest as you can. Then compare your answers to how you’re currently living your life.

If you’re miles away from being true to yourself – well then you’ve got yourself an opportunity there. One that will lead you to your own adventure.

Have fun. Make money. Change the world.

Ian

P.S. Please share this with your friends and family to help them live their best lives. Thanks!

Get Ready For It…

Ian Paul Marshall —  October 13, 2011

Get Ready For It“Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it’s more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.” ~ Michael Johnson – The winner of 4 Olympic Gold Medals and 8 World Championship Gold Medals for running.

We’re funny creatures. We create little fantasy worlds for ourselves. Where golden riches fall magically into our laps. Hoping and praying for a lucky break. Dreaming of a better job, financial freedom, or whatever else may be on our wish list.

And we know it’ll come. We know that perfect moment will find us.

But then it doesn’t. And we resign ourselves to mediocrity. To just getting by.

Maybe we’ll even blame someone or something for our misfortunes.

Shifting responsibility away from ourselves. Giving away our power. And never really tapping into our full potential.

Conrad Hilton, from the worldwide chain of Hilton hotels said that, “Success seems to be connected with action.”

That people who reach their goals and find the success they desire are always on the move. They’re hustling.

They’re churning it out. Studying. Practicing. Preparing. Planning. Networking.

They’re getting ready for it…

And that’s when opportunity comes. That’s when you’ll hear the knock. That’s when you’ll get that lucky break. When you’ll meet the right person. Close the big sale. Be at just the right moment at just the right time.

Why?

Because you’re ready. You’ve paid your dues.

Blood, sweat and tears are the sirens call. Luring opportunity to crash into your life.

Are you ready for it?

Have fun. Make money. Change the world.

Ian

(Photo Credit: Gunnar Berning/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bigger Than OurselvesYou ever been swept up in something so big it really breaks you free from the person you were before? Maybe you’ve experienced that feeling from a movie, a concert? Maybe during a rally or march? Or maybe even from love itself?

Something that touches a deeper part of you? That moves you? Connects you to the world in a such a way that you no longer feel alone?

It’s happened to me in several different ways. All of them special and unique. All of them connecting me with the greatness that lies within. And revealling to me that we all are bound together in oneness.

There’s one such moment that I’ve been honored to help champion over the years. A movement that I am humbled and grateful to be a part of – and that’s Peace Day.

I have the privilege to stand with people from around the world raising their voices for peace. An effort spearheaded by my dear friend and inspiration Lynne Hazelden of Peace In Our Lifetime.

This year she has amassed a huge community of people from around the globe to celebrate peace.

Wanna play with us?

Here’s what you can do…

Click here and check out everything that’s happening worldwide…you may be surprised by what you find.

Peace!

Ian

WORLD PEACE PRAYER

& MEDITATION

© Ian Paul Marshall

There Is One Peace, One Power, One Presence that permeates and penetrates all the universe. It is a Force for Good. It is the Source of all Existence. It is alive in all things. It is an Energy available to all humanity and is present now in this very moment.

I realize now that I am a pillar of Peace. I know that I am one with this Power. This Glorious Presence is the very foundation of my being. This Cosmic Energy flows through me and connects me to all humanity.

I choose now to use the mighty power of my mind to create a world worthy of us all. I steer my thoughts toward Peace, Love and Co-Operation and I can see all the people of the world joined together in a Joyful Celebration of Life.

This energy that I release transforms this moment and all eternity. Generations to come shall be blessed with a world founded upon Peace. For I know now that Peace begins with me and is Humanities rightful legacy. A legacy that I live out daily with all my thoughts, words and actions.

Peace is here now!

Peace is here Forever!

I give thanks for this sacred moment of Peace. I give thanks for an eternity of Peace. I give thanks for my global family who lives in Peace. I give thanks for the bonds of love that bind us together and give us strength and courage to create the world of our dreams.

A Peaceful World.

A Loving World.

A World Full Of Infinite Possibilities.

I am One with all of Existence. I am One with the Source of Life itself. I am One with the Presence of Peace and I share these blessings with all the world.

I know that my words are filled with Truth and Power and I release them to the Universal Law of Life. I know that as I have said it so shall it be.

And so it is.

Peace. Peace. Peace.

OM

Going Beyond

Ian Paul Marshall —  September 6, 2011

Going beyondSometimes you have to go beyond. Go beyond the norm. What you usually do. What your friends think. What your family says you should be doing. What society says is the right way for you to live your life.

Sometimes you have to go beyond the point of no return.

You have to start something. Commit yourself. Jump into the unknown. Take a risk. And make something happen.

Sometimes you need to have your heart race, your palms sweat, and your logical mind scream, “You’re crazy!”

Sometimes you need to be pushed past your limits. Forced to go beyond what you thought you could be, do or have. Where every atom of your being feels like it’s going to split apart and you’ll be left in a million little pieces.

And when you do go beyond, when you cross that invisible threshold within your mind, you’ll thank yourself.

What do you need to go beyond?

Remember to have fun, make money and change the world.

Ian

Richard Branson's Keys To SuccessIn an interview for CNNMoney.com Richard Branson, the charismatic founder of Virgin Group and author of several books including one of my favorites, ‘Screw It Let’s Do It.’ had this to say about having a burning desire to follow your dreams,

Ideally, since 80 percent of your life is spent working, you should start your business around something that is a passion of yours. If you’re into kite-surfing and you want to become an entrepreneur, do it with kite-surfing.

Look, if you can indulge in your passion, life will be far more interesting than if you’re just working. You’ll work harder at it, and you’ll know more about it.

But first you must go out and educate yourself on whatever it is that you’ve decided to do – know more about kite-surfing than anyone else. That’s where the work comes in. But if you’re doing things you’re passionate about, that will come naturally.

Richard Branson’s motto is “Live life to the full.” and in his book “Losing My Virginity” when he was asked about maybe retiring and having a little fun now that he had sold Virgin Music to EMI he said,

Times had changed and we had 500 million pounds in the bank. But I didn’t believe in leaving it there. At this point I could of course have retired and concentrated my energies on learning how to paint water colors or how to beat my mum at golf.

People asked me: ‘Why don’t you have some fun now?’ but they were missing the point. As far as I was concerned, this was fun. Fun is at the core of the way I like to do business and it has been key to everything I’ve done from the outset. More than any other element, fun is the secret of Virgin’s success.

So if we follow Richard Branson’s lead, the question to constantly  ask ourselves would be, “Is this fun?” or “Am I having a good time doing this?”

And if you answered “No” then it may be time to try something different – maybe kite-surfing.

Have fun, make money, change the world.

Ian

Robert Kiyosaki Keys To SuccessRobert Kiyosaki, author of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series of books which have inspired people all over the world said, “The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”

Let me break out those keys for you below…

The Three Keys To Success:

1) Have a strong desire.
2) Dream big.
3) Learn to handle disappointment.

According to Kiyosaki these three simple concepts can and will lead you to amass great wealth and fortune. They will spur you on when times are tough and help you through whatever difficulties you may face. And we all know that there’s bound to be some trouble lurking around a corner somewhere out there.

Let’s look at the three keys to success a little more…

Understanding The Three Keys To Success

Success Key 1 – Have A Strong Desire
Robert Kiyosaki teaches us that our success will be directly influenced by the strength of our desire. That if we have weak a desire we’ll have little success. But if we have a strong desire to achieve something then that passion will give us a sure path to success.

Why is that?

Say you want to start a business, what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve that goal?

Are you willing to stay up late and get up early to work on it?

Are you willing to drag your tired butt to networking meetings so that you can build up your business contacts?

Are you willing to knuckle down and hit the library to do some research in order to find out if your business idea is financially viable?

Are you able to live modestly for a couple of years while you build the business?

Heck, are you OK with eating macaroni and cheese diners for months on end because that’s all you can afford because you’ve socked away all your money into getting your dream off the ground?

Now can you see why all the great inspirational business people all throughout time will tell you to make sure that you have a burning desire to achieve that dream.

They know that if you don’t, at the first rough patch, you’ll bail on your dreams. Frustrating the potential that seeks to express itself through you.

Success Key 2 – Dream Big
Success is going to be measured by the size of your dream according to Mr. Kiyosaki. Now what could he mean by that?

Our dreams need to rip us from the current comforts of ourselves and hurl us into unknown worlds. That way we can be challenged to grow. We can be forced to bring out the best of ourselves.

Big dreams motivate other people as well. They draw them into your life. Inspiring them to help you with your quest. Giving them a chance to express their own gifts and talents through your vision.

But even more importantly, having a big dream should really motivate and inspire you. Your dreams should lift you high. And when you reach and achieve those heights all of existence is made better by your efforts.

Success Key 3 – Learn To Handle Disappointment
Now the last thing that Robert Kiyosaki wants to do is discourage you. That wouldn’t serve any real purpose for him or you.

All the great leaders and motivators within the world want you to go for it. They want you to live your best life.

But they want you to know that there’s going to be some hard times. You’re going to get knocked down, beat up and face your fair share of disappointment. And they want to make sure that you’re ready for it. That you’re going to dust yourself off and try again. That you’re ready and willing to tap into the immeasurable power that is within you and use those resources to give it your best shot.

Will you be able to pick yourself up and dust yourself off to face yet another challenge? Or will you crumble and fall under the pressures of the world and what you’ll inevitably face to achieve your dreams?

Your success will be determined by how you handle disappointment and defeat. Handle it poorly and your world will be a reflection thereof.
But if you can handle defeat well and still hold your head up high after being thrown down to the ground, you will achieve the heights of which you set your sights upon.

So there your have it. Three keys to success: 1) Have a strong desire. 2) Dream big. 3) Learn to handle disappointment.

Now go out there and create your own success.

And remember to have fun, make money and change the world.

Ian

You ever have one of those moments where you just come to a screeching, fishtailing, full-on stop?

You’ve been working on a project, campaign or something that you’ve been pushing forward and putting your time into. And all of a sudden you’re just dead in the water.

And no matter what you do, you can’t move it forward.

Happened to me recently. And it drove me crazy. Then I did something that changed everything. I asked myself “Why?”

Why had this happened?

What was I missing?

Was there a better way to do what I was trying to do?

I looked at it from a bunch of different angles. I stepped back from the project and gave myself some breathing space.

And about 24 hours later the answer hit me like a ton of bricks. It was slick, easier to implement, would save a bunch of money and reduce the risk involved as well.

So the next time something you’re working seems to be going nowhere ask yourself “Why?”.

You may be surprised by the answers you find.

Remember to have fun, make money and change the world.

Ian