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How to Accomplish Big Things

Want to know how to accomplish big things? Here’s a lesson from history on how…

Whether you’re LDS or not you probably have seen one of their 155 temples. “The Mormons” are known for their gorgeous temples. But do you know the story of the first one?

Back in the 1830s God told Joseph Smith to build a temple. Joseph shared this with the people. They owned a piece of land in Kirtland, OH they would use. Three months came and went with no work on the temple. And the Lord started to chastise Joseph for not acting on this project.

When I read this I thought. “That’s a huge undertaking for a small new denomination. They didn’t even know what it really was for or what it was supposed to look like. You’d think God would cut them some slack. Give them more information.”

Have you ever felt God tell you to do something that seemed huge? So you waited for more instruction but all you got in time was a feeling of “why haven’t you done anything with what I told you to do?”

When the Lord sort of fussed at Joseph and the people about this, Joseph’s brother Hyrum Smith went out to the property and started digging. He had no idea what the thing was supposed to look like, but he knew it needed a foundation. So he started digging that.

accomplish big thingsOnce Hyrum started digging, God sent a revelation to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery of what the temple should look like. They saw a full holographic image over their heads. They saw the dimensions, the completed exterior and interior.

But the details weren’t revealed until Hyrum did the only thing he knew to do — dig.

What is the first baby step you know to take toward your big dream? Or big project? The secret to making big things happen is to stop concerning yourself with all the steps you don’t know yet, and focus on the one right in front of you.

It’s been my experience that once you take that step, the next will reveal itself. Do the next, and the next will follow. “Line upon line, precept upon precept.” This is how God instructs you to build big things.

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About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

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Be Proactive, Not Reactive

When I talk about A.C.T.I.O.N., I’m saying be proactive, not reactive. There’s a big difference between reacting to circumstances and proactively taking action. In this segment of Marnie’s Motivational Moments, I talk about the factors in our lives that contribute to our success or failure versus those that actually determine our success or failure.

Knowing the difference and acting accordingly can make the difference in you achieving your aspirations or not.

Be sure to join me for my next Marnie’s Marketing Mondays if you’re ready to achieve the aspirations you have for your business.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

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Act NOW on Inspiration

The secret to achieving your highest aspirations is to train yourself to act now on inspiration when it strikes. In this short video I illustrate how I get so much done in a real example.

If you want to know how to make your dreams come true, watch this video and master this critical secret to success.

 

Act NOW!

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About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

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Recognize Inspiration: How Does It Feel to You?

When you are aligned with personal and universal truth, you open yourself up to a channel of inspiration. Inspiration looks and feels different for each person. That’s why it’s important to learn to recognize inspiration and how it shows up for you.

Some people hear a phrase in their minds. Others see a vision of clarity. Others have a sense or a knowing that they need to do something. It can come as strokes of ideas accompanied by a great feeling.

In this segment of Marnie’s Motivational Moments, I talk about I for Inspiration in the A.C.T.I.O.N. acronym.  I share the way inspiration shows up for me and how it is married to action.

How does inspiration feel to you?

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About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

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The Truth Will Set You Free

Jesus said that the truth will set you free. Why is this?

In this vlog I share the concepts of personal and universal truth and how they play into the type of A.C.T.I.O.N. that leads to your greatest aspirations being fulfilled.

What Is Truth?

Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” That’s a very important question! There are two types of truth. First there is universal, absolute truth based on universal laws. The Law of Sowing and Reaping (aka Cause and Effect), for example, is a universal truth. What you send out, eventually comes back to you and rarely from the place you sent it.

The second type of truth is personal truth which has to do with your life purpose, your path. What works for you may not work for someone else. What’s right for you  might not be right for someone else when it comes to your  life path and purpose.

The Truth Will Set You Free

When you align your personal truth (your highest purpose) with ultimate universal truth, you put yourself on a channel of inspiration. If you follow the instructions from the inspiration channel, it will lead you to take actions that lead to ultimate freedom. Aligning yourself with your personal and universal truth opens doors of opportunity, raises up friends, and pours out peace.

This ultimate freedom creates an environment where the fulfillment of your highest aspirations is possible. Remember “aspirations” are more than amassing fame or fortunes. Aspirations are higher objectives that involve you becoming the person you’re here to be, being of service to your fellowman, and experiencing joy in your life.

It’s been said, “Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy.” That means that the object and design of our existence as men and women (children of God) is to experience joy! That happens when we align our personal truth with universal truth and live in harmony with both.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

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Releasing the Outcome: Care, But Don’t Care

We’re going through the A.C.T.I.O.N. acronym. If you missed A, go here.  Today is the letter C for “Care, But Don’t Care.” In other words, you need an aspiration you truly care about, but releasing the outcome is critical.

What do I mean by that? Watch this video, because I’ll share an example of a time in my life where I had to learn what it means to care, but not care. I think it will help you see what I mean.

releasing the outcomeReleasing the Outcome

The key is to set a clear intention for something you truly care about, take inspired action toward it, and then let go of the outcome.

Remember that you can’t control other people. You want an outcome, but who else is involved is not your call to make. Other people have their own freedom to choose.

Also, you can’t always choose which opportunity will be the one to materialize. That’s something else you need to release — when, how, or where your pieces come from.

So,s care about your big aspiration — care big about it — but don’t care whether this person or this opportunity is THE ONE to make it a reality.

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About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

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Aspire to Become: Becoming Precedes Achieving

 

Welcome back for another Marnie's Motivational Moment. We're going through the A.C.T.I.O.N. acronym. Any goal, dream or aspiration requires ACTION. In this segment we're talking about A for Aspiration. Aspire to become more!

When you take action based on your highest aspirations, you tap into a power to achieve great things. When all your actions are performed with your highest aspirations and big dreams in mind, there isn't much that can stop you.

Aspire to Become More

In this segment of "Marnie's Motivational Moments" I share insights on the first step to inspired action.

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About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

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How to Make Your Dreams Come True

 

achieve your dreamsDo you have big dreams? Do you have something that your heart longs for? Is there something you've always wanted to have, do or become? If so, this series of Marnie's Motivational Moments is for you.

I am a firm believer in the fact that we create our realities. We play a significant role in the things that happen in our lives.

Sure, there will always be surprises, challenges, and setbacks, but they are all part of the process of helping us become who we desire to be on the most deepest of levels. It's the becoming that allows us to achieve the results we seek.

Yet, we can desire all day long, but if we don't take action, nothing is going to happen.

It's like the prosperous farmer who was told, "God has really blessed you with an abundant piece of property. The farmer replied, "Yes, but you should have seen it when God had it all to Himself."

God gives us the raw materials to work with, but it is up to us to take action on those materials to transform them into what we envision.

The great thing about action is that all of nature responds when you go into action toward your heartfelt desires.

So, I ask you, "Are you taking A.C.T.I.O.N?"

In this segment of Marnie's Motivational Moments you'll discover what it means to really take inspired action that makes your dreams a reality.

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About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

What Do You Do When A Dream Dies?

I’ve heard people say “never give up on your dreams” but in my experience dreams change and some dreams we lose or they become obsolete.

Perhaps you swap one dream for another because one dream is more important to you than the other. In choosing the better dream, I think it’s important to allow yourself the space to grieve the loss of the old dream. Especially if it was something you worked for and fought for long and hard. Losing a dream is like losing a friend. Grieve.

The Chickamauga Creek that borders our property

The Chickamauga Creek that borders our property

My Lost Dream

For many years I’ve had a dream to transform my property into a retreat house with horses and a place for women to come and be spiritually nourished and taught practical concepts that enrich their lives.

I’ve had a visual of the house remodeled, the red barn, the white picket fence, the labyrinth, and the benches and flowers along the creek for reflection time. I even visualized the man who would come into my life and help make it all a reality by working alongside me on the project.

My nephew Jon wading out our flooded road to go to college.

My nephew Jon wading out our flooded road to go to college.

Perpetual Fly In the Ointment

The challenge all along has been a pot-hole ridden road that floods multiple times a year. In fact, the road and the field surrounding it becomes a lake. When this happens, you have a choice to evacuate immediately and find somewhere to stay for a minimum of 3 days or be prepared to be stranded on an island.

Due to something we think TVA is doing differently with the Chickamauga Dam, it’s actually flooded 5 times since Chris and I married in September of last year, usually with only a day’s worth of rain to cause it. This is unheard of, even for us.

This, of course, is not conducive to the idea of a retreat location. Who wants to plan a big retreat, have people make travel arrangements; and then it flood and guests can’t get in or out?

People have suggested building a bridge, building up the road, or buying a boat. These solutions are either expensive or impractical. Even the boat option isn’t an effective solution because the flood waters are always different. You’d need docks on either end, and you can’t guarantee whether the water will reach the dock or run past it.

Bottom line, I didn’t have the resources to fix any of this. But I held onto the vision and hoped one day it would resolve itself when my kids were grown and I was ready to create this retreat property with my dream husband.

Dream Husband Arrives On the Scene

So when my dream husband arrived — someone who could easily help me create my dream — I got excited. Of course, God would give me the rest of my dream – right? Nope. Dream man doesn’t want to live here. Who would? The road tears up our cars. Nobody even wants to drive up our road to visit us, much less attend a retreat here! In fact, I believe my poor faithful Nissan has had all it can take (as of yesterday).

My husband also doesn’t want to live in a house where I lived with my ex husband. Who am I to judge that? I wouldn’t want to live in the house he remodeled for his ex wife. How can I blame him? Honestly, I’m looking forward to building a new life in a new place that is just ours.

grieve your lost dreamsWhat he or I want now is really irrelevant because due to a tangled financial mess with my divorce, I don’t own this property anyway. I won’t go into details, but bottom line, this land can’t be mine any longer. Time to walk away.

Even though I’m looking forward to a new adventure, I did build an entire life in my mind around this place. I am allowing myself to grieve and say goodbye. Not only am I saying goodbye to a home I reared my six children in, but it’s also the end of having my sister’s family as neighbors. My kids and her kids are like siblings. They love each other and are extremely close.

Most of all, I say goodbye to a dream that was all tangled up in my plans for the future. In many ways for reasons too lengthy to enumerate, I feel as if I’m saying goodbye to me.

Yes, before anyone writes me to say it, it’s possible I might be able to pursue my idea somewhere else — if my husband is game for it. I think he’d only go for it if it was a beach property and he got to give our guests rides on his dream charter boat. Hmmm… I think he might just go for that.

As we create a new life together in a new place, I trust that new dreams will materialize … ones I can share with this man whom I love more than I love this land — more than I love the old dream.

In the end, I’m realizing I’m living the ultimate dream — which is to have a connected, loving relationship with a good man. That was the big WHY behind all of it. It was never really about the house, the property, the barn, or the retreat location. It was always about having a relationship with a mate I could work alongside to co-create a life with. That, I have. That is the door to endless possibilities. The dream continues…

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About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.

Are You a Flake or a Fraud Because You Have to Change Directions?

Someone recently accused me of lacking integrity because I have offered various products and services over the last 3 years. She saw my offers as disjointed and unconnected. Of course, I see the connection, but she doesn’t.

Just to give you a little backstory …

When I lost my multi-six figure business literally overnight due to Google changes, I was left to reinvent myself. To be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what that was supposed to look like. I doubt there are many people whose careers became obsolete overnight who immediately assess a market and instantly create a thriving new business.

Over the last three year…

  • I have consulted people on book publishing (having written/published 25 books I know the process inside out). I still consult people on book publishing and information product creation.
  • I’ve consulted people on business. I have 25, going on 26 years as an entrepreneur and have actually been offering business­-tech consulting for over 20 years.
  • I obtained my SimplyHealedTM Certification before my business setback happened because I wanted to help entrepreneurs with mindset. As I consulted clients, I became very frustrated when clients couldn’t move forward because of emotional and mental blocks that held them captive. SimplyHealed gave me a way to help them swiftly make progress.
  • Recently, I announced a 6-step system I used to find the man of my dreams. I decided to offer this because I had so many people telling me I should. And I’m trying to do what I tell my students… “let your story lead the way.” I’m not a therapist, and I don’t claim to be a relationship expert, but I did learn a lot about what to do and what not to do. I used the SimplyHealed MethodTM to work on myself and clear past traumas and limiting beliefs that tripped me up.

Bottom line, this person who sent me a critical email accused me of lacking integrity because I have offered this variety of services and products over the last three years. She accused me of “doing anything to make a buck.”

I am totally aware that I’ve been tweaking and adapting.  I know that when you aren’t clear about what you offer, there’s no way for your prospective clients to figure out what you’re offering.

The fact this person couldn’t see the connection in my offerings hit a nerve with my own fears and frustrations with the process of tweaking and adapting to find what people need.

I’d been pushing that fear down and ignoring it, but this person forced it to the surface. I’m publicly thanking this person for her criticism because it allowed me to address something important that could be sabotaging my success.

I think you may have experienced similar feelings about yourself. When you put yourself out there (or are thinking of doing so), it’s rare to succeed right out of the box.

It’s easy to let those inner voices (and perhaps outer ones) tell you that you are a fraud or that you are a flake because you have to try so many things to find what works. Or maybe you’re concerned you will come across as lacking integrity because you have so many different interests and are good at a variety of things.

I want to assure you that you are not a flake or a fraud. If you’re like most of my readers or clients, you are highly creative. You possess diverse talents. You could go in a lot of directions successfully.

business is aboutBusiness is all about testing, tweaking and adapting. It’s about experimenting and seeing what works and what doesn’t. It’s about being vulnerable, getting knocked down, getting back up again, falling, staggering to your feet, tweaking your approach, and trying it again, and again and again. It’s continuing even if people judge you or criticize you.

Yes, there will be naysayers or people who want to pull you down like crabs in a bucket. Crabs latch onto any fellow-crab who is about to escape to freedom. People who are too scared to try are all too eager to pull you down.

Don’t listen to them! Don’t listen to that voice in your head that’s telling you that what you have isn’t good enough, or isn’t complete enough, or that you can’t get up one more time. Never say die. Even Edison had to try a thousand variations before he got a light bulb that worked.

When you do find your winning light bulb creation, people will most likely call you an overnight success. They rarely see all the failures, persistence, adaptation, and determination it took for you to wade through a thousand “mistakes” to find your winning combination.

In the meantime, remember you and your gifts are valuable. If you have to put your various talents out there in assorted ways to earn a living for your family, don’t let anyone tell you that you are anything but a hero for doing so. Don’t let anyone tell you that your talents aren’t worth the money customers pay to benefit from them.

In my experience, nothing is wasted. It all comes together in a beautifully orchestrated symphony that brings help and healing to those you are here to serve.

About Marnie Marcus

Marnie (Pehrson) Marcus is a best-selling author and marketing and social media consultant specializing in digital content creation and Facebook Ad Management. Get a FREE 20-minute strategy session with Marnie here.