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The Journey to Prosperity Starts Here

The world is an abundant place, waiting to give you what you desire.

Your beliefs and thoughts are the only things preventing you from receiving this abundance. To succeed in anything, you must master prosperous concepts and behaviors. This should be obvious but experience has shown that most people never consider this. They may only be aware of what they lack. But they never consider that the results of their life are a reflection of their inner state or focus.

This is your journey. My job is to give you the best trip-tic or map possible. This includes tips on the route, important steps along the way, where to stop, things to see and how to find what you are looking for.

As with any journey there are always unexpected detours and problems that are not on the map. The key is to learn to enjoy and learn from everything that happens on this journey. Everything that happens is synchronous with your inner development. Pay attention to everything that happens and use everything to advantage to move you forward. Keep your eyes WIDE OPEN!

I look forward to guiding you on your journey into prosperity. Your questions and comments are appreciated as you attain a prosperous new future.

Thank you for reading. The more prosperity there is, the more successful everyone will be.

Sincerely,

Kris Stecker, President

Spa Tech Institute Schools of Massage, Aesthetics, Polarity and Cosmetology

Massachusetts and Maine

This was the headline of an article on the CNBC site on 9/16/11. "Consumer Hope for Future Hits Lowest Level Since 1980" It's great news and here's why. In 1980 people were hopeless because:
  • National Debt: $0.914 Trillion. We are at $14.731 Trillion as of 9/16/11 but it's climbing fast. Check the National Debt Clock for updates.
  • The Iran Hostage Situation and President Jimmy Carter were in the news daily
  • The economy was melting down with 13.5% inflation and 7.1% unemployment (which peaked at 9.7% in 1982)
  • The Middle East was in turmoil and OPEC and the Oil Embargo was causing $1.25 per gallon gas
Notice the similarities? But how is this great news?

This may push a few buttons but here is an interesting thread from Facebook:

SO,LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT...If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 yrs. hard labor. If you cross the Afghanistan border illegally, you get shot. Two Americans just got eight years for crossing the Iranian border. If you cross the U.S. border illegally you get a job, a drivers license, food stamps, a place to live, health care, housing & child benefits, education, & a tax-free business for 7 yrs.

I started this post back in June of 2010 but didn't post it at the time. It felt like there was something that needed to happen before it was posted. A year later and what I started to write is truer than ever so I'm publishing it now.

Here it is. Here is what I wrote on 6/10/2010: There is no question that there is a lot of bad news about the economy right now. But what is true and what is hyperbole meant to sell advertising space? And even more importantly, what does it mean for you and your future? The answer is: A lot!

I have a question for you. You said in the post that, “When you really love what you do you have a deep passion for it that fills your imagination and inspires you to contribute.”

I have an interesting situation in that regard. When I am actively giving massage to clients and friends, I feel immersed in the healing energy, and it is a wonderful thing. When the schedule is blank, and I get days off at a time sometimes, that also feels comfortable, and although I would rather be giving massage and helping people relax and heal, I find it curious that it does not consume me that I am not bothered by it except for the financial aspect.

Any thoughts?

Great question.

Peace. Christopher

I was raised on Doctor Seuss. One of the first books I remember was "Happy Birthday to You" which is truly amazing. If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it. You deserve it. But what does this have to do with prosperity? A lot!

Your birthday is the first day of your life in the world outside your mother. It is the most important day of your life. Everything that happened sets the tone for everything that will follow. The first minutes are the most important and with every passing moment, the importance drops exponentially. How you enter the world sets the direction of your life.

Have you heard of the Flight or Fight response that is programmed into our subconscious? There is a third reflexive response that is often ignored, is the one that happens most often and is the most influential in your life. It’s the Freeze response or avoidance reflex. If you are like a lot of people who find change uncomfortable, or if someone in your life is afraid of having you make a change, the tendency is to freeze up or do nothing.

This is not bad, it just is. It has it's place but if it prevents you from moving forward then it is no longer useful.

The Summer Solstice is a pivotal energy shift that can be used to increase your prosperity. The key is to be conscious of the shift and position your energy to benefit from the shift. This is the completion of the expansion cycle and the beginning of the contraction cycle. The expansion started with the Winter Solstice around December 21st.

There is no question that there is a lot of bad news about the economy. But what is true and what is hyperbole meant to sell advertising space? And even more importantly, what does it mean for you and your future?
 
The answer is: A lot!
 
Even though the stock market is off and there is the talk of a double-dip recession, it's important to remember that what matters is how you view the future and that you are clear about what you want to create. Remember, what you focus on you will get more of. So if the news is causing you to focus on fear and a loss of faith, that is what you will be dealing with.
 
I know there are some of you who will react to this statement due to your situation and I appreciate what you are going through. I also know from experience that until I got focused on what I wanted to create, instead of what I didn't have, things stayed the same. Nothing changed which just reinforced my belief that it was the way things were. It can be difficult because our minds are very invested in protecting us from failure. As long as we treat our situation as a failure, it becomes self fulfilling.
 
It is much more constructive, and satisfying, to reboot our mind to simply say, "Wow, I'm being given a great opportunity to make changes." The two things I have found are that the people who see it as an opportunity come through it the best and often they realize that they had been asking for the opportunity well before it happened. The lesson: When you know what you want you can either go for it or wait for the energy to force you to do it.
 
That being said, the reality is that for many people, this is actually an amazing time to start a business or a new career. There are still some attractive financial resources available to people who are motivated. With the state of the deficit, it's hard to say this will remain true. It's not unusual for the government to get overextended and then pull back. I anticipate the funding may dry up as the reality of the deficit hits home.
 
If you are not convinced, consider that even though over 90% of the people are employed the news is primarily about 9.7% who are unemployed. Yes, it is hard for many of these people. But did you know that there are a lot of people who are choosing to stay unemployed because they get paid more than the jobs they are offered?
 
This is important. The argument goes as follows: I used to be paid a certain amount to do a job and I don't want to work until I'm paid that much again.
 
Reality check: What people were being paid before was financed, it was not real. This is the economy without the bubble of false credit. This is what people should have been paid but we got ahead of ourselves. Competition caused businesses to borrow to keep up. It was easy to borrow money which made it easy to spend more than they had. Consumers were doing the same things and we all went down the road together believing that it would go on forever.
 
 
. Many businesses have grown and thrived while others (the ones in the news) struggled or disappeared. The ones who have done well stayed focused on the positive aspects of what they are doing and also adapted their offerings to fit what people wanted.
During this time most people and businesses have worked hard at reducing debt and saving more. This has actually made the situation worse as people stopped spending. But this is also creating pent up demand for the future. People will do without for a while but as the money in their savings grows, so does the pressure to acquire delayed purchases.
 
The big shift we are seeing this year is with employers in this area. They are still being careful but unlike last year when things were very uncertain, this year they feel much more confident that the economy is getting back on track. When you consider that the Gulf Coast and Caribean are going to be poor destinations for months or years to come due to the oil spill, the future for the New England tourist economy looks very robust.
 
The key moving forward is to position yourself for the future. It's clear that jobs that are not location dependent (administrative, engineering, service and online sales) will continue to move overseas. As those jobs move many management jobs will also be eliminated in this country. Manufacturing is another major area that is easily moved to cheaper producing countries. The difference in payroll is much too big for businesses to ignore.
 
However, careers that require hands-on and personal contacts such as bodywork, cosmetology, spa related services, and other health-related businesses will continue to prosper. There is no way to outsource these professions and with the coming changes in healthcare, more people than ever will realize that they need to stay healthy.
 

The biggest issue is to reboot our understanding of work and careers. The myth of security (working for big employers) has been pretty much destroyed. This is going to hit the state and local government workforce next as the states and towns run out of money. What people are discovering is that the only real security comes from being able to create your own future. Entrepreneurship is already growing and will continue to be the path to true security. This may be a difficult concept for people to grasp at first. It requires a lot of self-motivation, adaptation, and self-reliance but in the end, if you work hard and pay attention to the details, you will always find a way to prosper.

Looking forward it is time to stop calling what we are in a recession and recognize that this is actually the real economy. What we had for the past 15 years was an illusion bought on credit. Now we are dealing with what is real instead of what was financed. The sooner we recognize that this is the real economy we will be free to move forward. Right now the danger of waiting on the sidelines until things pick up is to miss new opportunities.

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