Resolute Ideas

I’m life coach and star maker Peter Winslow. We’re well into the year 2017 now, and it’s an ideal time to take stock of what moves and motivates us. In the spirit of transition, I thought I’d send this along to you:

20 THINGS TO CONSIDER IN 2017

  1. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a dieter.
  2. Drink more water
  3. Eat more plants and foods that grow on trees, less food that is processed and manufactured.
  4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm and Enjoyment.
  5. Make time to meditate and pray regularly.
  6. Play more games.
  7. Read more than you did in 2016.
  8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  9. Sleep at least 7 hours each night.
  10. Take a brisk walk daily and smile while you walk.
  11. Cease comparing yourself to others. You have no idea what their life is really like.
  12. Let go of negative thoughts about things you cannot control.
  13. Invest more energy into being present in the moment.
  14. Don’t take yourself too seriously, because no one else does.
  15. Don’t waste your energy on paying attention to what others say and do.
  16. Dream while you are awake.
  17. Stop reminding others of their mistakes.
  18. Make peace with your past.
  19. Realize that your challenges are important teachers.
  20. Life challenges come and go, but the lessons can last a lifetime.

Be sure to stay tuned for 20 More Things to Consider in 2017 coming soon to a device near you.

–Peter Winslow

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October 31st

I’m life coach and culturalist Peter Winslow, and thank you for joining me. We’re headed into Hallowe’en and the moon grows pale as the last gasp of summer’s sun acquiesces to winter’s chill.

Once upon a time, long before the Christian festival of All Hallow’s Day, most Europeans observed a much older tradition. It was at this time of year that people began to celebrate the memories of their deceased ancestors, and some even invited the spirits of past generations to return and offer guidance.

From this tradition we get the image of ghosts, frequently mentioned in the holy scriptures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and widely recognized by many cultures around the world.

What (or whom) is haunting you? Could it be… an aspect of your self? It’s time to stop struggling and make ready for a shift. Now is the time to acknowledge the hidden underbelly of your sequestered sub-persona and bring it to the light of day.

The reason many people dress as goblins and demons, devils and fiends, and other characters of dubious virtue at this particular holiday (read: “holy day”) is to play and frolic with the shadow self within them. Their “dark side” must find a healthy outlet of expression, lest it never cease to haunt and to hound them.

Truth be told, the shadow has a purpose and a mission: to assist with our spiritual ascension. It’s cathartic and cleansing to end the battle we fight with the part of ourselves we keep hidden, and develop inner peace through self-acceptance. Oftentimes and amazingly, what is revealed, is healed.

–Peter Winslow

A Timeless Nugget of Wisdom

Hello, I am life coach and counselor Peter Winslow. In my capacity as a teacher of personal empowerment I am often reminded of a famous man who famously said:

“To he who has everything, even more shall be given; and to he who has nothing, even that which he has shall be taken away.”

This enlightened speaker taught that people who focus on the abundance of their surroundings are by this simple act calling into their lives even more abundance—and the same holds true in reverse: those who consistently focus on what they lack shall find themselves lacking. The speaker quoted here is known to us as Jesus of Nazareth, and now is as good a time as any to contemplate and reflect on this cryptic example of his teachings on abundance and joy.

In my online life coaching group we recently had a lively discussion that suggested a fresh perspective on this timeless nugget of ancient wisdom. By acknowledging the subconscious creative mind which consistently provides an outpouring of ideas, we recognize that from our ideas come our words, and from our words come actions. This sequence begins the process by which we produce and enjoy our lives.

As human beings we constantly manufacture what happens next, and the thoughts we focus on give rise to that which we experience. How critical it is to be impeccable with our thoughts, words and deeds, and to maintain these things in alignment with our highest aspirations.

– Peter Winslow

Truth Be Told

Hello, I’m life coach Peter Winslow. Recently a client of mine asked me if I believe there are people who never lie. Immediately I recognized her question as the basis for an ancient and ongoing philosophical debate in the discipline of Epistemology.

Are there people who never lie? Depends on what your definition of “lying” is.

One of my first and foremost teachers of self-empowerment, a man named Marshall Silver, once told me that in fact, everyone lies. Whether it’s a little “white lie” used to spare someone’s feelings, he said, or a giant-sized whopper intended to manipulate the masses—everyone has stretched the truth to some degree in one way or another.

More than that, when we promise more than we can deliver, hide from the consequences of our actions or even doubt ourselves and our abilities, does it constitute a breach in honesty?

In his seminal book titled The Four Agreements, author Don Miguel Ruiz admonishes us to “Be impeccable with your word. Speak with integrity; say only what you mean. Avoid using your word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.”

It can be very challenging to maintain this level of integrity, especially when you realize your honesty doesn’t always endear you to others. There will always be those who fear the truth, and think nothing of holding it against you.

When you endeavor to be impeccable with your word, you impact the people around you in a myriad of ways known and unknown to them. As a life coach I have consistently seen that honesty, openness and sincerity form the basis of all stable relationships, and your word is your most precious and powerful possession. It continues to create outcomes long after you’ve left the conversation.

When we cultivate honesty, we find our experiences in alignment with our deepest aspirations and intentions. People seek our friendship and connection, often willing to collaborate with us on projects of great importance. They instinctively sense that through the example of our integrity, their hopes and dreams can and will be realized.

–Peter Winslow