Identifying The Source Of Our Limiting Patterns with Chris Salem

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Bad things can happen, even to people that are in a good place. What’s important is how we respond to it. Life and business strategist Chris Salem believes the problem and the solution are in the same place – within ourselves. Chris advocates going within to identify our limiting patterns that are the root cause to many issues and problems in our business and personal lives. Chris adds that we then need to resolve the root cause at the source. He explains that once you truly release it from your system, you will have the ability to find a real solution, adopt better habits and disciplines, as well as create a specific life or business strategy that takes you to where you want to go. Learn more about Chris’ process to identify our limiting patterns and finding your true purpose.

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Identifying The Source Of Our Limiting Patterns with Chris Salem

It’s a beautiful day to be alive. I feel blessed and in deep gratitude to be here with all of you. I hope that you are in a place right now that whatever you’re doing, you are able to appreciate the surroundings. We’re always multitasking. Whatever it is that you are up to, I want to start this episode as I always do by bringing our attention to gratitude, bringing our attention to our breath because I don’t know that there’s anything I personally could be more appreciative of than my breath. By that, I mean in this very moment where I’m breathing, where we’re all breathing, there are people who are going to be receiving their last breath. It is indeed something really important that we are grateful for something that’s not a guarantee to any of us. Death is a great teacher. I know it sounds a little more, but I suppose that’s one thing we all have in common. Whether we’re rich or wanting to be rich or not feeling very rich at all or we are male or female or some other distinction that we have for ourselves. Wherever we are and whatever we are feeling in the moment, we all share this breath in common the fact that it is not guaranteed forever. I am incredibly lucky. I feel very blessed and happy that I get to spend this time this way and also to have somebody on the show, a guest who is a leader in the space of personal and business transformation.

I will say that Chris Salem is somebody that I respect. I got to meet him and he’s a good guy. Somebody that is worth listening to and definitely somebody we feel quite blessed and honored to have on our show. Chris Salem is an accomplished life and business strategist. A world-class speaker, award-winning author, certified mindset expert, radio show host and wellness advocate. Partnering with corporate leaders, entrepreneurs and sales professionals to have sustainable success at the next level by resolving the root cause of mindset barriers. He has a special passion for empowering them to take their businesses game in life to another level by operating in the solution rather than the problem.

Chris shares from experience what has worked successfully for him through understanding the root cause behind the effects of limiting patterns in our business and personal lives. He is the originator of the term, crosspreneur. An individual’s health and wealth are in alignment in a way that leads to true prosperity. His book, Master Your Inner Critic: Resolve the Root Cause Create Prosperity addresses this. It became an international bestseller in November 2016. He also co-authored the edition to Mastering the Art of Success with Jack Canfield. His weekly radio show, Sustainable Success is part of the Voice America Influencers Channel. I want to welcome you, Chris, to the show.

Adam, it’s a pleasure to be here.

What’s something that’s not in the bio that you would love people to know about you?

I would say that I’m also a youth coach. I say that in terms of sports. I spend a considerable amount of my free time coaching youth sports and football, baseball and basketball. It’s something very passionate to me because my son is ten years old, going on eleven, and I have been involved in his sports now since he was four years old. I have been not only a part of that through those years working with him but also with other kids his age. It’s something I love to do and I gladly give my time for it.

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What’s something that you’re grateful for in this moment?

I’m grateful for being in the moment itself, like you have talked about my breath. That I have another breath I can breathe. I’m grateful that I can serve my true purpose in providing value to other people to be their better selves.

You have been a part of a book with Jack Canfield, who is somebody we get to spend some time with each year and he’s a nice guy, a good man and a pleasure to know him and learn from him, etc. You have done a part of a book called Mastering the Art of Success. How was that for you? What was that experience like for you?

The experience was great. There were several different contributors to the book. It’s something that Jack puts out every few years and they saw the fact that when you look at success, success is up to the individual. It’s not how much money you make, it’s how you live your life. Do you live a happy, prosperous life? It’s having that balance between your life and your business. The book is geared towards that. It looks at success at different angles and, in this case, I was looking at getting to the root cause of the limited beliefs that hold people back. To have success, you want to be able to operate within the solution rather than from the problem when embracing the process towards success.

Chris, this is a show about pivots and our audience wait with bated breath for the moment, the dramatic moment, the magic moment. Where did you screw up?

Many of them, in terms of if I could go back to my childhood. This is where it all started and then right to the point I turned 30 and everywhere in between. I grew up with this disconnection from my father. My father was present but not emotionally present. It was more or less, if you need something, “Here you go,” but he was never there. At the time, I didn’t realize that they had an effect on me, but I knew I grew up a very angry individual. I acted out. I got involved in certain things that I shouldn’t have, adopted certain types of behaviors that did not serve me well and affected other people, including certain habits.

All of this led to an addictive personality. I used my anger and then I would medicate with certain types of addictions like alcohol, drugs and sex. It didn’t matter. It was to cover-up that anger that I could not understand where it was coming from. I thought it was something that was normal to young men but it persisted into my twenties, right until the point when I turned 30. It affected many different situations, losing jobs, losing business ventures, losing engagement. Instead of coming from the victim role, which I was, when my father developed cancer, I knew at that point enough was enough. The only way this was going to turn around completely is that I had to take responsibility. I could not point the finger at anybody anymore. I had to make amends and forgive the source to my anger, which at the time, I was still unclear and that being my father.

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What was that process like for you? Was this a training? Was it a book? I’m sure it was a series of things.

It was a series of things. I had two near death experiences in my late teens and one in my twenties. That was not the turning point for me, however. You would have thought that would have been, but it wasn’t. It was my father developing cancer, but it was a combination of finally saying, “I’ve got to take responsibility.” It was a twelve-step program and it was also Eastern meditation and Eastern philosophy and I took a blend of both to adopt a process that allowed myself to go through this and to heal myself and that’s what I did. This is what’s led up to where I am today with Master Your Inner Critic: Resolve the Root Cause Create Prosperity, working with individuals from either a business and a life perspective, to get them operating in the solution rather than the problem.

A lot of people have challenges with anger. I believe in many ways, it’s the results of stress and there are lots of different things that might define what stress is. How did the anger manifest for you? What were some of the symptoms and the signs? You and I are simpatico on this topic. When we first met, we had a conversation about this. I was a lawyer and I hated what I was doing. Mostly, what I hated about what I was doing was that it fueled my anger. It gave me more fuel for the fire. I was already an angry person. I don’t want to be mistaken when I say this. Being a lawyer didn’t make me angry. I came in angry already. It became like squirting the lighter fluid on what was already raging. What did it look like for you to be angry?

It was very easy for me to get angry. I grew up with loud music that was a way to escape. For me, certain triggers. It could be working for somebody that would end up being like my father. It would trigger this rage and it wasn’t my father. It was like a boss or it could be a colleague but behind the scenes, I didn’t realize it, but it was like I was looking at my father. It could be road rage. I had a bad issue with road rage and in a couple of cases, I had gotten into a fistfight on the side of a highway twice. Thank, God, knock on wood I was not arrested but I should have been. Every time when I thought that that’s what fueled my anger, that person cutting me off in traffic, it was only a trigger. That’s what it is. What you talked about the profession of law was a trigger, but it wasn’t the actual source of your anger. Mine is every time when I got into a confrontation with road rage, it was like I was looking at my father, the other person was my father, but I didn’t realize it.

It’s interesting and I don’t know whether the exploration took you here but for me, it did. Ultimately, when I was breaking through anger, I remember being at a personal development training event that I’d never been in one before. It was not something my family did. None of my friends had done that, but somebody invited me and I went grudgingly. I remember having this opportunity to think about something that was an obstacle in my life and something that felt true as being in my way. I wrote anger on an arrow, then there’s this whole exercise. We break this arrow with your neck. I never forgot that. We took that arrow and put it in a box frame and it’s hung on the wall for a long time.

It’s interesting because anger is the root cause of many illnesses and diseases in our body. It’s the cause of so much dysfunction in our relationships and all kinds of things. When I started to look at the root cause of my own anger, I realized that anger was a part of the blueprint for what love looked like in my house. I grew up in a loving home. My mother and father both were loving and they were also volatile at times. Anger intermixed this angry words and angry actions, was a part of the fabric of the loving environment. As a kid, we don’t know anything and we think everything’s about us anyway. We put the responsibility for everybody in your home. If your parents didn’t get along or if they fought, it’s always about us as a child. You think you’re the cause. That anger was intermixed with my own definition of love. As you said earlier, your dad was the root of your anger. Did it have something more to do with love or the lack of love or what was that like?

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I would say at the time, it was lack of love. Now that I look back, it’s different because my father didn’t know how to be the father that I wanted him to be. He came from a family where his father didn’t pay attention to them. There was no father-son bonding. Going through that and not knowing as a child, “Why is my dad not at my ballgame? Why is my dad not once in a while give me a hug or tell me that I’m doing great?” He didn’t know how to do it. At the time, you don’t know that and you internalize it. At the time, I looked at it as a lack of love but I began to see in his own way when I had a back operation towards two years before he died and passed away from cancer that he made the attempt to show that he cared.

Now that I looked back, I know he loved me but he didn’t know how to show it. He never said it but I know it was there. He proved that the two years before his death when he was at the hospital every day, when I went through my back operation, when I was in another hospital for six months. That was during a time where he was trying to get his company sold and there was a lot of stuff going on. The fact that he sacrificed that for me, which he had never done before, was a turning point for me.

Now you have a son and you spend a lot of time on the ball field and coaching. It’s interesting the way we respond to things that happened in our lives.

I said to myself, “I will be the complete opposite.” That’s what I have done. I put my son first, but at the same token, I want to empower him with certain things that I feel that will help him develop to be a better man than I was so he doesn’t have to go through that process as I did.

Resources are always great and I love it when I get good referrals and resources. One of the books that is worth reading, and I’m sure most of these two books I’m going to mention, you may have already checked out. Hale Dwoskin wrote a book called The Sedona Method, which is very impactful on the side of how do you release things and how do you let go of things. My people realize maybe I have got something I’m hanging onto, some little resentment, whether it’s anger or it’s shame, sadness or guilt. There are a lot of these emotions and the emotions in and of themselves are not bad. People will judge whether emotions are good or bad. Joy is good but resentment is bad and I don’t think it’s good or bad. It’s not a judgment.

The emotion is a thing itself and if we sedate it, which is part of addictive challenges. We’re sedating it in some way, we’re trying to control it in another way. In essence, we’re shooting the messenger or pushing the messenger away and saying, “I’m not going to deal with this emotion. I don’t want to deal with my anger. It would be crazy. If I opened up that can of worms, God knows what would happen.” It’s this idea of keeping it away. The pressure, the strain, the work involved in keeping that away from you is like, have you ever seen sometimes a beach ball in the pool or at the ocean or something and tried to press that beach ball underneath the surface of the water? We know you can do it for a while. You can hold it down for a little while but it gets to be a challenge. It gets to be a lot of work and ultimately, the beach ball always wins out. You get the same thing with a lot of these emotions that we want to keep at bay.

You have to be aware and acknowledge it and accept it where you are to move forward. A lot of times, we’re in denial of what that is. That was a good analogy where you’re pushing it down. You could keep it down for a period of time, but it’s going to eventually take over and come to the surface and sometimes you don’t know when that’s going to be.

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You’re driving on the highway and somebody cuts you off. The next thing, you’ve got your window down and you pulled up alongside them and you have given them the bird and saying maybe a couple of other choice words. The next thing, that guy is doing the same thing and we go, “Pull over. Let’s discuss this like animals.”

It was like yesterday, but that was twenty-something years ago.

When Randi and I first met and were married, this summer will be 29 years, we know each other longer than that, there were times when I would do the same thing. I was getting an altercation, pull off the side or something but for the grace of God, I’m still alive because you can get dead quick or there are a lot of things that can happen from that out of control state. The Sedona Method is a great book on that. The other one that I discovered is called The Presence Process. Michael Brown wrote The Presence Process. It’s a beautiful and incredible book. While I’m at the Michael’s, I always recommend the Untethered Soul, which is Michael Singer more well-known. Michael Brown’s work, The Presence Process, almost nobody I mentioned it to knows about it. The guy is from South Africa and it’s truly a remarkable book on this topic. You’ve got through a pretty serious challenge and it started to inform what you were doing for a living as well because you become a speaker, a coach and an author. What was it that drove you in that direction?

I had spent the majority of my career in sales. I spent a number of years in aviation media, selling media programs. I’ve been around digital agencies. I broker aircraft. That was something I knew very well. It reached a point where I felt like it wasn’t something coming from the heart. It was something I knew well. I was able to do good with my skillsets of doing presentations and connecting with people, but it wasn’t heart-centered at that point. My son, at the time, was around four years old and I have been coaching people on the side for several years with what I do now. I said, “I’ve got to do this full-time and I have to design this particular coaching career with my speaking around my son so I can be the father I always aspire to be so he could have me when he has his game, join his practices and I can contribute to the other kids.” That was another turning point or pivot for me, to go from high octane where I was traveling around the world. I was working eleven hours a day to throttling back where I had more balance now. I was getting back where it was more time to spend with him and then not as much time at work. Even though I do spend time at work, it’s not what it used to be back when I was on the road selling.

You went to your heart. If we’re creating your pivot recipe, what would be involved? It’s been successful for you. You have been able to, as you say, throttle back but not necessarily moved from being in a house to living in a box or something.

Nothing like that but certain sacrifices. It comes down to when you look at what success is. Success at one point to me was all about how much money. I was making a lot of money. Money is important, don’t get me wrong but it’s also making sure that your wellness is at the highest level possible. That my relationships are being nurtured on a daily basis with my wife, with my son, my family, my friends and having time for myself. I can’t empower or be of value to someone if I’m not being the example or taking care of myself. You have so many hours in a day that you have to do your best to strike and find that balance. When you’re able to do that, for me, that is what true success is all about. It’s not necessarily I have to be making as much money as I was. It’s being grounded and centered and serving my purpose. That defines my success.

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What would your pivot recipe look like now?

My pivot recipe would be to be aware of where you are and where you want to be. I don’t know if you want me to use ingredients but that would be awareness.

In your experience, what were some of the ingredients? I use the first one is you went to your heart.

It’s going into your heart and being aware that it’s okay to be where you’re at, even if you’re struggling somewhere, you hit rock bottom, whatever the case may be. Just to be aware and accept where you are right now. Make a commitment to the process to find the root cause of the problem so you can then operate from the solution from within. The problem and the solution are in the same place and you’ve got to go within. This is where meditation and journaling play an important role.

Certain types of habits that are going to serve you, that are going to get you to the place of where you can identify where the problem is at the source and then the next final ingredient for me would be forgiveness. Forgiveness is powerful. Sometimes people say they forgive, but I don’t know if they truly forgive. When you truly forgive, you could feel it from every cell in your body. It’s not just the words. It’s something that you could physically feel coming out of you. It’s a release like I have never experienced.

What I got from this was the recipe that looks like coming from your heart and going to your heart, one. Number two, being aware of what’s going on in your life and not trying to candy coat it or avoid it.

It’s being transparent. Transparency is important.

That’s the acceptance piece. Number three, problem solution. I love that problem and solution are in the same place. You find them in the same place. I’d love to hear a little bit more about that. That makes sense to me. Number four was true forgiveness. I want to also understand, is there a process that you have used for forgiveness? That’s what people hear a lot for sure.

When we talked about the problem and solution being in the same place, this should involve your subconscious mindset and your conscious mindset and sometimes a lot of people are blind to the subconscious mindset. They can’t understand why maybe certain things are going on in their lives and how those things that are going in your life could tie back to what has happened in the past. It goes back to your childhood and that a lot of the things that happened, you have a role in it. Your energy attracts different situations but then yields the same results. You wonder why you’re experiencing anger over and over again, why you’re experiencing shame or guilt or jealousy or envy or any combination thereof. We all have a part in it.

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It’s not like life happens to us. Bad things can happen even to people that are in good place, but it’s how we respond to it. When we come from the solution, we’re able to see certain setbacks as opportunities in disguise to take us to the next level of our true essence and our true being. For me, where the problem and the solution is, we have to be able to resolve the root cause at the source. To truly forgive the source, not only for the source itself but also more importantly for you. At that point when you truly released it from your system, you have the ability now to be looking through the same process of meditation and journaling to find the solution, find your purpose and then adapt better habits and disciplines in a very specific life and business strategy. That’s going to take you to where you want to go, what your true purpose is, your true calling and whatever your duty is to serve others.

My wife, Randi, loves this question and questions are powerful especially at places where we’re uncertain of the direction, whether it’s a mindset direction or it’s physical direction, etc. Her question is, “What is the creative opportunity?” As part of our recipe for pivoting, we always ask that.

The creative opportunity is that you get to start all over, clear the cluttered foundation and establish a clear foundation. Not necessarily that you’re reinventing yourself completely but you’re aligning with your true self, your true being that is filled with love, joy, happiness. That you have the choice to live that way but you have to have the right tools, habits, disciplines and a game plan to make it sustainable. It’s not something that you do once in a while. It’s not something that’s automatic. It requires work and it’s ongoing, like with anything. Nothing is on autopilot.

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The forgiveness side, what’s the process you have used there?

Forgiveness there is if the source is still present, is absolutely going to the source and having that heart to heart conversation and not releasing the expectation because you don’t know how the person’s going to react. They may be responsive in a positive way or they may not. It’s not about them. It’s about you in this case. It doesn’t matter how they respond. That’s their choice. You have to release all expectations, but you have to come from the heart that you’re truly releasing. You’re forgiving at the heart level. It’s not just words being said, it’s that you mean it. You want this person or what they did, whether it was intentionally or unintentionally, does not have control or power over your state of being any longer. You can only allow that. When you release it and forgive truly from the heart, you’re releasing that power of control that that source has over you.

It is truly the case that forgiveness is the magic key. Can’t say it enough. One of our students from years ago wrote a book, which I love and every opportunity I get to prop her and her book is a great opportunity for me. Her name is Juliana Ericson and she wrote a book called The Other F Word and that F is forgiveness. There’s an incredible forgiveness process in there as well. I always think of these two things like brother and sister, releasing and letting go on the one side of the coin and forgiveness on the other.

It’s this willingness to let things go at the same time that we’re willing to forgive. The letting go process that we have taught for a number of years are these statements that we can answer for ourselves in the moment where you feel tension or any of those old familiar feelings. This all start from childhood for the most part. These are things that were ingrained and we learned in the part of our being from long before there was cognitive development going on. This is happening from birth until seven, eight years old before our minds are even developing.

This is some of the software, if you will, that’s running us on a continual basis. When stuff comes up and you know that stuff comes up, that feeling of shame or sadness or resentment or anger, you can ask yourself some of these questions. The first question is, “Do I like feeling this way?” In the moment you ask yourself, “Do I like feeling this way?” the answer is yes or no. “Do I want to let it go? Yes or no. Am I willing to let it go? A little different, yes or no. When am I willing to let it go? The answer is either now or not now.” Those four questions, when answered for me in the moment, allow me to process a feeling, not ignore it, not sedate it, control it, whatever, shoot the messenger kind of thing.

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Deal with it and process it in the moment. Then there’s this added piece, which is to say is there something to forgive? Is there a creative opportunity right now in front of me to forgive this thing that comes up from time to time? It was not coming up every minute, but it’s coming up from time to time. Yes, I love to release it and now I’d also love to forgive it because true forgiveness means that it might not have to come back again, you may not have to feel that again. Any way that you can do that, whether it’s through the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono, which is a beautiful practice for forgiveness. It goes something like, “Please, forgive me. I’m sorry. I love you. Thank you.” I may have gotten the order of those four things but it’s that idea that I’m asking for forgiveness. I’m wanting them. I’m seeking forgiveness, that I also am expressing love and that I’m expressing gratitude, whether it’s that practice or it’s some other forgiveness practice. It’s powerful. Was that way for you because you forgave your father?

It’s such a huge release to the point where it felt like there were tremors. That’s how powerful it was. I never experienced anything like that in my life. It felt like a weight. I felt like I lost eight pounds. It was literally carrying that weight from it. It transformed my life completely in terms of how I looked at life. I no longer since that time played the victim role. There’s something that I had responsibility over my life. I had to learn how to be in the flow, see the blessings in the setbacks and challenges because that’s how life is. To just operate from within, from who I truly am and not trying to be somebody I’m not.

Chris, what’s a ritual or something that you do as part of your practices to keep you in a great state of mind?

Besides meditation and journaling, the first thing I do when I wake up at 4:30 AM or 4:45 AM, and that’s something that I do religiously every day, no matter what time I go to bed, is I make my bed. Making my bed, I wasn’t in the military, was something I learned in the twelve-step program. What it is, is it helps the mindset get organized so that whatever you’re going to do for the day, you feel like you accomplished something. It’s something so small like that, it’s not a major accomplishment by any means, but it’s something that gets the mindset focused so that you can focus on the priorities that matter. When I couple that with my meditation, my journaling, my workout routine, reading a chapter out of a business or personal development book and eating a healthy breakfast, it all sets me up for that recipe for sustainable success in my business and in my personal life.

It’s interesting you say that. I’m realizing now that I make my bed and I feel good about it because it is a victory. It’s not like you win the Olympic gold medal, but it is a victory. There’s no question that successful people, that part of how they create success and sustain it is that they celebrate it. They acknowledge that there’s something they have done that’s worthy of some praise, because if you won’t praise yourself, who will? A lot of people don’t praise themselves and they’re always looking for other people’s praise. Even when they get it, it doesn’t make them feel good.

It’s not enough. The only person that you should be judging is yourself, no one else. Nobody else can be judging you or you go allowing them to judge you. It’s yourself, that’s where your solution is. That’s where the problem is. Go with them.

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Do you know what’s your next pivot is?

I’m not there yet, but I’m feeling like I have a calling towards being part of a solution with youth. With all the school shootings going on and bullying, I’m beginning to see that a lot of times these kids, because they watch a lot of video games, there’s this disconnect. Even if they have come from loving families, especially boys and it can be for girls. That the communication is not what it should be. What could be the difference where a kid could be healthy at an emotional level versus not healthy at an emotional level? I feel while we have a lot of great resources out there, if everyone’s not taking responsibility, and I feel that it’s just a Band-Aid, they’re managing the problem and there’s no one stepping up or an organization that’s helping to solve the problem. I’m feeling a little calling towards there to start doing something in that area.

Chris, it has been a pleasure to have you on the show. You have said many things that are beneficial for people to think about where it is that they could be doing some things even better, whether it’s on the emotional side or about taking time for yourself. How important it is when you model that, when you take care of yourself, it’s easier for you to be a good model for what that looks like. We call it, “Just for me time,” JFMT. I certainly support your next pivot. Anything that we can do there as a community to support you might choose to step into theirs. It’s wonderful.

For our audience, we want to remind you that we love your feedback. If you have enjoyed this episode, leave a comment. Whether you loved it or you didn’t love it, we want your feedback anyway. We love to get a review from you on iTunes as well. Subscribe if you haven’t done that. If you haven’t checked out the Conscious Pivot, I want to say it’s our sister community on Facebook, which we call the Start MY Pivot Community on Facebook. You can get to the front door of that community by going to PivotFB.com. It’s a simple way to get in there and you will answer a couple of questions and then we will let you join.

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We curate the community, so it’s definitely all about being both a great giver and a great receiver. A lot of incredible resources there and folks that are supporting at a very high level as well as being open and willing to receive that support, because we all need it. We’re all built the same way. Sending all of you a ton of love at this moment and want to bookend the way we began with the way that we will transition from this podcast into the next. That is to remind us how important it is that we are in a state of gratitude. I don’t think there’s anything that’s more important to me in my daily practices than to be grateful.

I want to set out the intention that tomorrow that you all wake up, Chris, you’re in there. I’m in there. We get to wake up because there’s no guarantee that that will take place and the fact is that you’re here, you’ve got to wake up. Regardless of whether it was an easy day or a tough day or you needed to hear, be inspired by what you have heard or you’re in a position right now where you’re able to inspire others. It was a blessing that you got to wake up. I wish and I pray that you get to wake up again tomorrow.

That’s step one, and step two is as you are waking up and taking that first breath of the day, realize that there are people who will be taking their last breath. There will also be babies born and new life created that will be taking the first breath and it is truly a sacred moment, a holy moment. I don’t mean in a religious way, although that’s fine too. That is important and regardless of whether you know what your assignment is on the planet at the moment or you’re curious or you don’t know, whatever it is, it is special and something to be grateful for. Wake up and be in gratitude, that’s step two. Step three, if you’re willing to say it, say these words out loud, “I love my life. I love my life. I love my life.” Have a blessed and beautiful rest of your day and we will catch you again soon. Ciao for now.

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About Chris Salem

PR 82 | Limiting PatternsChris Salem is an accomplished life & business strategist, world-class speaker, award-winning author®, certified mindset expert, radio show host, and wellness advocate partnering with corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and sales professionals to have sustainable success at the next level by resolving the root cause to mindset barriers. He has a special passion for empowering them to take their business, game, and life to another level by operating in the solution rather than the problem. Chris shares from experience what has worked successfully for him through understanding the root cause behind the effects of limiting patterns in our business and personal lives. He is the originator of the term Prosperneur™—an individual whose health and wealth are in alignment in a way that leads to true prosperity. His book Master Your Inner Critic / Resolve the Root Cause – Create Prosperity addresses this and went international bestseller in November 2016. He also co-authored the recent edition to “Mastering the Art of Success” with Jack Canfield. His weekly radio show Sustainable Success is part of the Voice America Influencers Channel.

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