I know the title to this post looks a bit odd.  It’s actually the title of a book written by Dr. Randall Bell.  I had the pleasure to meet and speak with him after he appeared on Home and Family – the show airs on Monday.    I was in my office listening to the show feed when Dr. Bell began his segment.  I had to stop and listen.

He was speaking about why some people become perpetual victims after a disaster, while some survive and others go on to thrive.  As he talked, I heard his words echo those I had written in Rainbows Over Ruins.   It felt as it Dr. Bell was talking about me!  I just had to go meet him after the show.

If you don’t know, my book is a personal journey through such a disaster experience, while Dr. Bell’s is an explanation of the rich habits that accompany the phenomena of what he calls “post traumatic thriving.”  He interviewed and studied the experiences of thousands of people to arrive at his presentation of these four cornerstones of success:

  • Me – our personal growth in knowledge and wisdom
  • We – our developing relationships with positive people
  • Do – our actions and level of productivity
  • Be – our continual journey on the path to becoming

Me/We/Do/Be is available in bookstores now.  If you are looking for suggestions on how to get past a disaster that’s affecting your life, or in the midst of building a dream project so you can go on to thrive, Dr. Bell presents some very practical ideas.  Take action on them  and you may find yourself thriving soon.

I believe in you.

To Your Success,




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So Many Faced with Rebuilding Right Now

Twelve years ago, Peter and I were faced with rebuilding our lives after a mudslide swept through our homes after an extensive period of rain.  Six months later, I watched as Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and I wept.  By then, I knew the challenge of starting anew.  It took 18 months to recover, but we did it.   We went on to find a lovely ranch overlooking a valley, enhance our careers and feel good about our lives.

Yet last week, a huge wildfire swept through our old neighborhood of La Tuna Canyon.  As soon as it was safe, we went back to see old neighbors and survey the damage.  All these years later, it made me sad to see the barren land, with only a few structural elements to show that anyone had ever lived there.  And on this day, the land was blackened by evidence of fire sweeping through the canyon.  For whatever reason, we become tied to the soil we inhabit and I hated to see it so lonely.

I cannot help thinking about all the people who are going through this now.  The news has been filled with Hurricane Harvey, the La Tuna fire, an 8.1 magnitude quake in Chiapas.  Today, we wait to hear how much damage Hurricane Irma will deliver.  It is a scary, uncertain time for everyone in the midst of it.

That’s why I’m writing today.  I’ve been writing and speaking on rebuilding after disasters ever since we went through it.  I want to help people get through the worst, get past what happens and start moving forward again.  Although my book “Rainbows Over Ruins” is for sale online through Amazon, most of my thoughts are given for free.  There is Your Survivor’s Guide: 12 Tips to Gain Inner Peace and, perhaps most apropos for the moment, a podcast series:  Rebuilding Your Life: Moving From Disaster to Prosperity.  These episodes take you from the moment when you’re packing to escape to those magical moments when you are ready to put it behind you and move toward a new future.  Once you are ready, I’ve created a course, Manifest Your Dreams, as a road map to identify and achieve the new goals that emerge after a significant loss.

The best news I can share is that you can do it.  You can recover and build a bigger and better life.

If you are in need, please check out the podcast, or if you have friends and family who are going through this right now, please share a link with them:

image-43253.jpgIt’s available on both iTunes and Stitcher, as well as my website (under the podcast tab): Susan

Whatever the circumstances for you and your loved ones, you can get through this.  Join hands with other in community and you will find a mutual support system.  Keep your eye on the future and your feet moving through the next step.  The Quakers have another suggestion: Pray and move your feet.   My prayers are with you.  You can do this.

I believe in you,







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Technical Difficulties

I just realized that the link I provided in my earlier post cuts off in mid podcast. I apologize for any inconvenience that may have caused.

The podcasts can also be heard at

Thank you.



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Maintaining Momentum While Managing Crisis


waterwheelDo you know this law of energy? “An object in motion tends to stay in motion unless a force like friction or resistance steals it away. ”  I came across this while thinking about the power of flywheels.  Flywheels?  That’s right.  I am contemplating the best ways to maintain forward momentum while managing any number of crises that may come up in both personal and professional life.

Historically, when I’ve thought about building momentum and productivity, it has been from the perspective of developing the tools and systems that support these qualities.  My own story is about surviving a disaster, a landslide, and going on to not only rebuild our lives, but to improve them dramatically.   I’ve written a book, produced podcasts and created a course designed to help people understand that they can do this as well and lead them through the process.

What has surprised me after a year of managing a series of crises is that it is as important to the long term survival of the lifestyle and businesses you create to also come to grips with how you maintain your momentum when friction and resistance occur.  And they will.  According to the laws of physics, it is impossible to build a perpetual motion machine.  Energy will bleed away unless you are actively maintaining and watching for cracks in the systems you have built into your operation.

I am still developing my understanding of how to maintain momentum and manage crisis at the same time.  However, I believe I can share a few insights that may prove helpful to you when and if you find yourself in such periods.

  1. The basic success principles hold true. Know your purpose, your why and your prime directive.  This is your GPS system to keep you on track and provide your anchor when stiff winds blow against you.   Master the art of positive self-talk.  It will give you the discipline to stay focused in a positive direction and help you be more resilient and resourceful.
  1. Plan well. Plan the intended flow of your activities, schedules and calendar.  Then go back and plan for the unexpected so you can be prepared with a Crisis Game Plan.  Buy insurance.  Stay up to date on what’s happening in the world around you.  For example, three times this year we have had to pay attention to union negotiations and determine their potential impact on the show.   Hold strategic planning sessions and build “What do we do if” scenarios.  If you have a game plan, it will reduce the uncertainty of your situation.  You will have What-If options defined.

I had the opportunity to speak with one of the producers of The Amazing Race at an Emmy event years ago.  He told me about the depth of their contingency planning for each episode.  I was impressed. It took a lot of work to anticipate all the things that could go wrong with 12 people running around the world, catching flights, losing things, missing connections or running out of money.  It’s a good lesson to apply that kind of planning in your play book.

  1. Establish systems and routines. We established regular systems and routines and each person in the company quickly learned where they fit into those systems and what they were expected to contribute to keep the daily machine running.

I am really thankful for these systems.  During the past year, the show has gone through several challenging situations.  They were unplanned and our attention needed to be focused on them.  We had to manage the crises coming from so many directions that we did not have time to be proactive.  A good team, the systems and routines held it together.

  1. We didn’t stop.  We didn’t let crises interfere with our prime directive to deliver one new 2 hour show per day, 5 days per week, 52 weeks per year.  At differing times, we were frustrated and angry, producing in spite of broken hearts, and always uncertain of the outcome.  Our professional team kept it going.  They have never failed to “get ‘er done.”  They persisted in the face of numerous personal tragedies affecting them, their co-workers and the company and continue to give their best.
  2. The show’s creator frequently spoke to me about the importance of “keeping it fresh.” During the two daily production meetings, ideas were examined from a variety of perspectives, but finding the new and unusual was important.  And I imagine that the excitement of keeping it fresh also helps us when we are dealing with problems.

What I have been writing and creating applies from a crisis management perspective in both personal and business scenarios.  If you are going through such situations yourself, feel free to download my Survivor’s Guide: 12 Tips to Gain Inner Peace and apply the tips you find there to them.  It’s available at

Personally, my goal at the moment is to keep positive energy flowing into our work and reduce friction and resistance, so that we are that object in motion that stays in motion.  Keep pushing on that flywheel.  It appears to be a key to maintaining momentum while managing crisis.  Enjoy the tips — and use them.

I believe in you,


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The Power of Positive Cash Flow

Positive Cash flowA friend phoned last night, struggling with a cash flow challenge that is all too common when starting up a new venture – or recovering from a personal life event.  Just like individuals, all businesses face such challenges periodically for a variety of reasons.  As the founder, it behooves us to find and build in a system in both our business and personal lives to help us get through these times successfully.

Cash flow represents money coming into and through our lives.  Along the way, it is the physical resource that enables us to manifest everything we see in the world around us.  If the flow “out” is too rapid, we may not have enough time to use our resources effectively.  If the flow “in” is too slow, our abilities are choked off at the start.  So, in an optimal situation, cash flows in at a strong, steady pace, is held long enough to utilize its value to us and provide reserves according to a plan, and then passed through for the benefit of all in the supply chain, as well as places where we choose to contribute to the well-being of others.

Our plan to build cash flow and use it effectively should be part of our life and business plan.  In the beginning, we may have a viable business plan – for the business – but no plan for the cash flow that sustains us personally while we build the business cash flow.

Answer this:  Do you have enough cash on hand or anticipated cash flow to sustain you for a 2 year period (traditionally the time expected to get an operation up and running)?  Do you know where you will get that cash flow as part of your business plan?  What’s your system to build your cash flow?

Obviously, I feel a cash flow system is important, however, the process begins further back than that with your idea – your vision – and why you want what you want.  Your why carries passion, energy and feelings within it.  It brings the power to stick with all that has to be done to accomplish your goals.  It brings the power of your Inner life and your link to the non-conscious mind.  The non-conscious mind links you to creative, problem solving capabilities.  It coordinates with the conscious mind to receive great, inspired ideas, set up a plan and take action.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Get clear on what you want and why. Get in touch with your feelings and passion.  Document it on paper.  Place this paper where you can go back and look at it whenever your energies ebb and your feelings sink.
  2. Make a list of your existing resources. This is more than just money in the bank.  It’s everything – skills used and acquired in school, jobs, family life, community involvement, income earned before and currently, a complete personal balance sheet of assets (stuff you have) and liabilities (what you owe as a result of the stuff you have), what you know, what interests you, people you know, and groups you align with.  Think out of the box.  Don’t forget your friends and family.  Are they in a position to carry some of your nut (monthly cash flow needs)?  Are they part of your team?  Are you supporting each other to build a better future for your family?
  3. How much cash flow do you need? When you are pulling yourself up by the bootstraps, start where you are.  What do you absolutely need to keep going right now?
  4. If you know what you want, roll up your sleeves and start to work for it. Trade time for money.  Do whatever it takes (mowing lawns, telemarketing) to get a small amount of cash flowing.  Be open to opportunities that appear out of nowhere.  In my bootstrap plan, I had to make enough to pay for food, gasoline so I could get to and from work, and a minuscule payment on my credit card debt.  My first goal was to create positive cash flow – and I was willing to do whatever it took in the short run to get that going.  The first opportunity that I found was telemarketing.  It wasn’t much – less than 30 hours per week at minimum wage, however, it gave me a cushion to keep looking and to watch for alternate income sources.
  5. The fastest way is to use skills you already have and the most basic marketing like handing out flyers. To grow beyond that, develop the skills that will serve you well in the future.  Learn to pitch and present yourself – verbally and written, through your creative expression.
  6. To keep money, learn how to manage it – spending and saving it. Spend less than you earn. T. Harv Ecker is a prominent educator on this topic.  He recommends using a jar system and regular % contributions to each jar for spending and savings.  Using this system, people count their money and keep track of where they are.  Whatever you put your attention on tends to increase so by paying attention to your positive use of money, you can make money increase as well.
  7. Focus on your business in whatever time you can give it. It is one of the best ways to build your financial future, as well as feed your soul.  As you build income stability with it, you are not dependent on someone else to give you a raise or keep you employed.  You can make the choices that work best for your future.
  8. You may find you want to throw yourself into your business full time right away. Burn the bridges and leave no possible retreat.  That is really a personal call.  I tend to follow Jim Rohn’s advice and example in this.  He built a successful business working part time until he was successful enough to have twice as much income from his business as he did from his job.  It was a great marketing story – to be able to be so successful working only part time!  And he and his family suffered far less.
  9. The ultimate goal for almost everyone is to achieve financial freedom where you can do, be or have what you want whenever you want it. Your own business, regular savings, investing and having a method to earn consistent income even while you sleep are the components of this   You can invest your money in something to rent or sell to other people.  You can invest your money in learning a skill that enables you to provide a service that others will pay you to do.  You can invest your money in someone else’s business and allow them to help you earn more money.
  10. Your goal is to maintain your cash flow while you are still growing. Get started.  Later, you can look to use other people’s money to expand, but that is the topic of another post.

What kept me going during this time of building cash flow?  Certainly, the outer game aspects were a big part of it: holding a goal as part of the larger vision, making and working a plan, seeing bits of progress and making time to keep pursuing my vision.  However, I also paid attention to my inner game.  I worked on my mindset, utilizing Afformations (positive why questions) to bring in the power of my subconscious mind as a search engine for the best solutions.

Cash flow gradually built to cover my monthly bills and provide the resources to publish Rainbows Over Ruins and start to “build a business with my book.”  To this date, I still cash flow my business from my job, however, I now have products: the book, an online course, blogs and podcasts, and I’m making preparations to take it “on the road” through speaking engagements and workshops.  Cash flow – however you establish it – gets you to this point and carries you into the future as you provide value to your customer base and develop relationships.

When you reach this point, you’ll be ready to decide if you are ready to “take it to the next level” where your business generates substantial cash flow on its own through the value of the products and services you have created.  Wherever you decide to take your journey, cash flow provides the power for you to keep doing the work you love with a lifestyle that is comfortable and brings you joy and well-being.

Pay attention to and nurture your cash flow and it will help you grow into the life you want to live.   You can do it.

I believe in you,



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Thoughts on the Power of Positive Self-talk

When I first studied the power of the mind, Bob Proctor taught that it was essential that we eliminate “paradigms” that stopped us.  Paradigms are negative thought habits.  Unfortunately, it took some time to find a technique that worked for me.  My ‘aha’ moments came when I first discovered Noah St. John.  His teachings on Afformations literally turned my life around rapidly.  Afformations are positive why questions.

There are other teachers who share the impact of positive self-talk which is based on the law of repetition.  Shad Helmstetter is well-known for his work on the subject.  So today, I thought you might enjoy listening to him talk about the power of positive self-talk .

Working with techniques like these help you get into the right mindset to change circumstances in your life and start to manifest your dreams.  To explore these more deeply, my new course is now available at CourseCraft.




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Find Joy in the Journey

My tip today is to take the time to smell the roses and enjoy the journey.  Whatever you are pursuing has a life of its own and the sooner you begin to enjoy it, the sooner you will see your dreams come to fruition. I have complete faith that you can do this.

 Exploding egg

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