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Health & Fitness

Face Yoga; Exactly Like the Law of Attraction

Car face yoga, gotta love it.

OK so I really love a good analogy or example. I’m kinda simple when it comes down to it, so I appreciate when I’m taught something in a language I can get my head around. Which leads me to the conclusion that the Law of Attraction is exactly like Face Yoga.

Stop laughing. (Well actually keep laughing because it works well for both).

No but seriously, they are really the same thing.. OK maybe not, but face yoga is the perfect example to use when trying to explain how to apply The Secret. 

Case in point: A few months ago I saw this wretched picture of me in my “relaxed face”.  I was at a UCLA basketball game that just happened to be the national ESPN featured game of the week (I had no idea!).   When the game was over my phone and FB blew up with everyone wanting to know why I was either:
A. Constipated.
B. Pissed off, or
C. Would smiling brake my face?

Sarah Centrella on ESPN
My famous “relaxed face” yeah um it had to go!

 

Sarah Centrella face yoga
Face yoga saves the day!

This all came as a cruel shock to me because I had no idea that’s what my “relaxed face” actually looked like.  I was appalled and devastated and immediately made a spa appointment for a facial. I told the chick rubbing oil on my face what had happened and that my face was suddenly feeling like an anchor was pulling it to the floor.  She explained that this sensation is called aging. I told her to fuckoff and that I’m NOT old.

And then I went home and goggled how to lift this bitch without surgery! Which brings me to face yoga…. I found this amazing technique where you literally train the mussels in your face to turn that frown upside down! I could care less if it looked ridiculous on the YouTube videos, or if I felt stupid doing it.  I fully believed that, at worst it couldn’t hurt my falling face, and at best would do what it promised.. lift it back up.  So every day in my massive commute I could be seen making crazyass faces to myself  in the rear view mirror.  I’d smile like a cracked-out prom queen at truck drivers, in this exaggerated ridiculous smile (see photo of today’s practice). It felt soooooooo idiotic let me assure you!!! I felt probably more stupid doing face yoga then anything I’ve ever done, and I do stupid shit regularly!
face yoga
“cracked out prom queen” action

But everyday my face started feeling better and it felt less sore (yes your face actually gets sore from working out!).  And then I took it a step further and started catching myself whenever I was in a “relaxed face mode” to turn that into a regular smile.  And then you know what?… about six weeks after starting, my son says to me tonight “Mama you always looked mad before, so why are you smiling all the time now?” I had to explain that this was just my new “relaxed face”.  “So you don’t think I am always mad at you”. Which he is smart enough to totally appreciate.

OK this is just getting more humiliating all the time

Then I realized that it’s the exact same process with the Law of Attraction.  You start with what looks like a hopeless situation, something that seems impossible to fix with something as small as “doing the opposite” but you do it anyway.. and little by little you see the change.  Until it stops becoming work, and you realize that your automatically doing it without even trying and that you actually changed your outcome.  I call it fake it till you make it.  This is the most exact example of that. I’ve been faking a hugeass smile for six weeks, and then tonight without even thinking about it, I naturally was wearing one with no thought or work involved.  It just happened.  See how that works? Same concept with the LOA, always.

If you want to test this theory out, and see for yourself what a difference your thoughts make and how you can become conscious and aware and change behavior patterns I challenge you to do face yoga.  It’s easy, you can do it anywhere and anyone can do it.  No excuses (and your face will thank you).  It’s a great physical example of what we are trying to mentally achieve when we play soccer with our thoughts.  Plus you do feel better when your smiling all the time, I mean how can you not?

So the point my long story and moronic pictures are trying to make is that sometimes to change a habit you gotta be willing to look like a total ass. You gotta do it even when everyone around you is probably gonna make fun of you to your face or say your crazy behind your back.  You’ve gotta be willing to just put in the work, every day. Start being aware, and when you are then it’s so much easier to correct your bad habit and soon the new one will take it’s place.  And then you can tell them to kiss your ass, because who’s smiling now???

it’s a work in progress…

Get my drift?

Yep this is what I do everyday!

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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Hustle.Believe.Receive. Motivation & Inspiration Your Life Coach

Light-Bulb Moment Anyone?

The power of realization.

Light-bulb moment anyone? I have a little test for you.

Have you tried to apply The Secret but it doesn’t seem to work? Or do you believe the whole Law of Attraction thing is a big crock of shit? I feel you… that’s why I’ve been identifying my own definition, called Hustle Believe Receive.

Do this for me:

Take a critical look at your life the past say 3-5 years. Get out a pad of paper and pen and start with a list of all the things that are total shit in your life.  All the things you hate about it; no money, bad job, bad relationships, your weight… whatever it is that’s making you stressed and miserable right now.  Write all those things down.

Then look at your list.  Think about everything on it for a while, pull up all the emotions that come with each of those items and start retracing your steps over the last few years.  What got you to the place you are today? Really ask yourself what was I thinking about a few years ago or maybe my whole life about X?

Example: If your overweight, have you spent years telling yourself how disgusting you are? That you’re worthless, unattractive… etc. All those crappy voices that we have running through our brain, all day, every day.  What was your outcome? Did you magically lose the weight? Or did you quit working out and start eating more, and now you’re heavier then ever? This is the perfect example of how our thoughts predict our futures.

Do that with all the items on your list.  Ask yourself; what is the story/thoughts you have always told yourself with each item? If it’s money, do you always say you’re broke and don’t have enough? Doesn’t matter the item, you get the drift.

When you’re done you will have in your hot little hands a case study on the #HBRMethod.  You will have PROOF that it works!! It’s been working in your life all along, just negatively, and without your awareness.  Believe it or not that’s the GREAT news!!!

Why? Because we are all simple beings when it comes down to it, and it’s easier to start believing in something when you have concrete PROOF it works! So now you do.  Now all you need to do is turn all that power around and get it to start working the way you want it to in your life. And honestly it’s really not that hard.  There are lots of books and theories on this topic, that make it so much more complex then it actually is. In my mind, it’s simple: Your thoughts today predict your future (whether that’s tomorrow or five years from now)

If you just did that exercise and the light went on in your head, to the point that now you REALLY GET THIS, than you are there! If you can believe that it worked in a negative way then it’s easy to believe the opposite is also true.

But how, you ask, do I turn it around?

It’s like playing soccer.  And no I don’t play soccer, haven’t ever even watched a game, other than my sons, so I know nothing about it. But I do know this much, if someone kicks the ball towards me I’m going to kick it back in the direction of MY goal, right? Simple enough.

That’s all I want you to do.  When a negative thought pops into your head about anything on that list, any of those thoughts that are so comfy in your brain they are subconscious at this point, those little bastards… when they pop into your brain I want you to kick them back in the direction of your goal.  Tell yourself the opposite of that negative thought.   

Example: “I’m fat and ugly.” Kick it back: “I’m healthy and beautiful”.  That’s it. That’s all you need to do to get started using Hustle.Believe.Receive. to change your life.  Just do that little exercise with EVERY SINGLE one of those crappy thoughts.  Find the quick opposite mantra, and say it to yourself ten times, then dismiss the topic in your brain and move on. Like kicking the ball. You’re not gonna kick it and then stand there for an hour dwelling on it, kick it and move on.  It’s the dwelling on the negative that becomes our stress.  That’s where all those horrid stressful feelings come from. So if you’re a beginner, just say the positive thought in your head and then move on to the next thought.  Doing that tells your brain, “yep I am beautiful and healthy. Next?”

Your brain at first will try to argue. It will try to be all; well that’s hilarious because you clearly haven’t looked in a mirror.  But you kick it back; “I’m healthy and beautiful. Next?” And your brain still might be all; well you would be if you quit eating crap all day and watching reality TV on the couch.  And you kick it back “I’m healthy and beautiful. Next?” And that’s when you drop something on your foot, so your toe hurts more then your super slow brain.  But it’s really not that hard. I mean if I did it  anyone can!

That’s the first and most basic step needed to be successful using  Hustle.Believe.Receive.  It’s the “holding pattern” you will need to return to every time you get tempted to dwell on what you DON’T want out of life.  It’s your “resting posture” for those of you who do yoga, you know what I mean.

It’s pretty powerful and easy when you think about it. Do it every day, all day, for a month.  Then tell me how you are feeling. It’s like exercising any muscle of your body, it takes conscious effort. But pretty soon you’ll start being aware of your thoughts and it will get easier and easier.  Until one day you wake up and realize that you actually believe for real, the new voices you’ve been laying down in your head.  You look in the mirror and see a beautiful person looking back.  You walk down the street like beautiful people walk down streets, because you really do feel beautiful.   And that’s when magic starts to happen, or in most cases already has started happening.

So don’t beat yourself up if your not manifesting a car! It’s not about that. I manifested a new mind before I manifested a single object. I manifested peace, and happiness, and a total release of stress which was eating me alive before.  I manifested confidence and self-esteem by doing what I just described.  And let me tell you all of that is worth more than any amount of money.  All of that is what changed my life.

*(But just in case your wondering if this works to manifest your dream life too…. read My Story and you’ll see dozens of actual examples of tangible manifestations too.)

This little concept has the power to change your
outlook on everything in your life. Then the other Steps to Success will start to
fall into place, as you start believing and seeing results.  You don’t need to go out and change
your life tomorrow
, for your life to change.  So relieve yourself of that pressure and the self-loathing that comes with failing at that never ending goal.  Let it go.  Just start playing soccer with your thoughts… the
rest will come naturally.

Light-bulb anyone??

Click here to read the follow-up post.

*If you’d like to learn how to change your life using the #HBRMethod sign up now for my #HBRBootcamp!

 

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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My Stories

Losing Oxygen

In the beginning when it looks easy, everyone shows up

Oprah called it “Losing oxygen”.  When the people you’ve known and loved throughout your life, be it family or friends just can’t make the climb with you to the top… it’s like losing oxygen.

That struck me like an avalanche off the mountain I’ve been climbing.  Because it’s so true. There’s a time in your life when your young and you want to be surrounded with tons of people, so your never alone.  You rely on them and your family to carry you, or to keep you from the reality of dealing with yourself.  But then as we grow and evolve into the people we are truly making a conscious effort to become, that’s when the ones who matter make that climb with us and the others fall away.  Each time it’s hard to lose people we’ve loved and trusted but it really is just part of the journey. It’s part of the growth we have to make to get were we want to go.

I know that’s been so true in my life.  It’s been something I’ve beaten myself up about constantly the past few years because when it happens it’s so hard not to want to fix it.  To make it work, to chase after those people and be all, but it’s me! It’s still just me! Come back. When the reality is that if someone is disloyal to you once, they will be again.  If they are when the chips are small they will be even more so when the chips are bigger.  So it’s best to let them go and look around at the ones still standing because it’s those guys who are your ride or die crew. Those are the ones who love you, and are loyal and supportive no matter what. In good times and through all the shit.  And quantity is not whats important in life, its the quality of those who stand by you that matters.

climb higher
Losing Oxygen…

This weekend I spent time with my three great girlfriends in my home town of Portland OR.  I’ve missed having them physically close by and loved just getting the chance to catch-up and realize that I’ve picked an amazing group of people to surround the kids and me, and to be part of our family, and what a blessing that is.

Life is so short. If the people who are in your life are poising it and you, then let them fall off.  Chose instead the ones who, like my girlfriends did for me this weekend, recharge you.  Refresh your spirit and make you grateful.

Who recharges you?
Have you also experienced this as you grow and evolve towards your goals?

 

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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Motivation & Inspiration

Best Advice Anyone Ever Gave Me..

Here is some of the best advice I’ve ever received.  Things that have always stuck with me and have helped shape my view of life and who I am.

Oprah's advice
Define your goals, visualize them and display them proudly.

When I took my first real job out of college, my aunt (who’s a very successful business women) told me that the first thing I needed to do in my new job was map out my goals.  Get to know them intimately.  The long term (buy a house)/short term (pay my bills) /fun ones (buy a Louis Vuitton bag).  Then once I’d defined them, put the pictures of those goals on my office walls.  Back then no one was calling that a Vision Board, but that’s exactly what it was.  And it worked even then, I did all three of those things my first year on the job. That has remained with me and every job since I’ve had a vision board on my office wall.

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. 
~Noni~ (My beloved grandmother)
 

I had always hated doing this. It always seemed A. Selfish and B. Humiliating (I’m not sure why).  But if I ever hinted that I wanted something to her, she would always say “come right out and say it. What do you want? Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want!”

This has helped me succeed in business 100 fold.  If you dont ask for what you want you will never get it.  Ask with confidence.  It works in relationships too (but you gotta ask a little nicer).

 

If you’d be embarrassed of something you did being on the cover of the newspaper, don’t do it. 
 ~My Mother~
 

This may of been the best lesson my mother has ever taught me.  And one that at the time I was pissed as hell to learn.

I’d heard through the grapevine that she’d mentioned to my future in-laws (at the time) some rather unflattering things I’d done (in retrospect no big deal, but when your 21 and engaged, everything is a big deal!).
I was so mad at her for relaying this information, and she said “don’t blame me for something YOU did. I just relayed the information, your the one who did it.  Never do anything you’d be embarrassed or mad that someone said about you, when it’s true.  If you did it, own it good or bad.”  I’ve never forgot that lesson.

We all have things we don’t want the world to know, but if they do, it’s our responsibility to own them.  But the bigger lesson that has always stayed with me is… before you do something stupid, think: “would I be OK if this was front page news in my home town (or Facebook!)”.  Enough said.

Sooooo life changing!
Surround your self with smarter, more successful people than you. 
 ~Oprah. Aunt Anna. My former CEO, pretty much all the successful people I know…

This is honest to god the key to success people.  I swear to you.  Rid your life of the people who are “haters” or who bring you down, and instead always look for the ones a few “rings” above you, the ones who will push you and keep you on your toes just by being around them.  You will learn so much from them, and success brings more success so it will put you in an entirely different place personally, socially and in business.

 

Use your head, but follow your heart. 
~Client Paul~

This came at a time when I needed to hear that BOTH are important in the same decision making process and enabled me to make the right one.

 

Just go for it! What are you afraid of? 
~Client/friend Bill~

This statement of encouragement, slash question is responsible for making the blog and my story public 18 months ago.  Without that push and question I would have hid behind the armor of obscurity where it’s was open to no one reading it… That was the push I needed to fall off my most terrifying cliff, which has changed my life.  I plan on living the rest of my life with this motto.

 

 Take responsibility for your life. Own your choices.
What a shocking revelation the first time this statement REALLLLLLY sinks in. The moment you realize that EVERYTHING good or bad is a result of a choice YOU made and need to be held accountable for.  But how liberating in the end. It is the sentence that freed me.
Change your thoughts.  That will change your world.
Read any post on my blog to know how impactful this statement has become in my life. 
You can do this.  It’s just another “thing”.
~Miss Sarah (one of my besties)~
So very true. No mater WHAT your facing in life, it’s just another THING you need to get through. And you really can do it.  This kept me from going to a very dark place at a very low point… and I call it up all the time remembering if I made it through that, I can make it through anything.

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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Books I Love

Adventures in Manifesting: My Story

adventures in manifesting
I’m now a PUBLISHED AUTHOR!!! WHOOOHOOOO!

I’m so excited and honored to be part of the international best selling series Adventures in Manifesting! This series has had contributing authors like Bob Doyle who contributed to The Secret movie, it’s a huge honor!

When Sarah Prout asked me to be apart of the series and their new book Love and OnenessI jumped at the opportunity.  But I was totally surprised and delighted to learn this week that my contributing chapter about my story is the final chapter in the book, this is the most ideal placement for a co-authored book.

I just wanted to remind everyone to never give up on your dreams. This opportunity literately came to me, (the very meaning of The Law of Attraction), and is further proof that we really do manifest our future.  Hustle.Believe.Receive. people!!! It works!

The book is now available on Amazon

Thank you for your love and support it means the world to me and the kids.

 

 

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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Motivation & Inspiration

Reader Law of Attraction Success Story

*This is a reader success story on manifesting your desires written by Mollie Player, I thought it might inspire you!

“When I first started applying the law of attraction to my life in January, one of the first affirmations I said had to do with work. And guess what? It worked. (Read that story here)‘ But I wanted more. Previously I had asked the universe for “steady work,” but now, I was going for an upgrade. This was my revised work-related affirmation, said in late February:
“I make X dollars per week.” Better, huh?

Now, I didn’t sit down and do the math to try to figure out a reasonable financial goal. I just came up with a number that sounded great while still being in the realm of possibility (i.e. faith), and went with it.

And whaddya know: This one worked, too. The same thing happened.

I have reached my weekly earnings goal every week since.

I finally did do the math just the other day, and this is what I came up with: On average, my income more than doubled to meet the new quota and–here’s the funny thing–I came within $50 of that new
goal–the one I set arbitrarily, not based on anything more than instinct.

Lesson? Time to upgrade again.

Blessings & love,
Mollie Player

Mollie is the author of the Law of Attraction blog “Stories and Truth”
mollie player

~Posted by: Sarah Centrella for Thoughts.Stories.Life.
*This is an interactive blog please leave your comments and thoughts, I will respond 🙂

Motivation & Inspiration

Happy 4th!

Izzy last 4th of July

I’m antsy.

Like the way you get while standing in line waiting for your turn on the roller coaster at Six Flags.  Like you know the ride you’re about to get on is going to be terrifying, but in an awesome way.  You know it’s gonna go fast, and you’ll feel out of control, but you’ve been preparing yourself; you know what to expect. You’ve talked it up in your mind, convinced yourself you got this.  Now it’s just time for the damn line to start moving so you can get on, strap your ass in, and commence the ride of your life.

That’s how I feel.

Like I’m standing in line for the roller coaster of my life.  In the rain.  By myself. But at least the ride is open and it’s accepting riders, I just need to be patient and wait my turn.  I want my turn.  I want the ride to start.  I’m ready. I promise. I’m sick of waiting!

This year, me home alone…depressing! Firewroks anyone?

This is the calm before the storm.  I feel it in my being.  I know it, and trust my instincts, and am doing all I can to be ready.  I know I’m going to look back a year or two from now and dream of quiet days like today when I just lay in the (rare as hell) sun all day and burn my pale skin.  I know I will.  But I don’t care. I want it now!  A fast life has always suited me, and kept me focused and I’m ready. The quiet calm is killing me!

Bring it.

I just know that this time next year I’ll spend the 4th of July like a normal person should, surrounded by friends, fun, water, sun and fireworks.  And not alone on my porch writing my blog, like a total fucking loser.  I have FAITH!!! Let’s get this damn show on the road!

Happy 4th everyone!

fireworks
View from my chair in the back yard, hard not to be grateful for that!

 

 

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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Motivation & Inspiration

Paris in December? I Think I MUST!

paris
I have a dream. Well let’s face it I have like a billion dreams, but one that’s my favorite. To go to Italy and Paris.  I’ve had that dream since before I understood the concept of travel or that a passport was required. I’ve always wanted to stand under the Eiffel Tower, and drink espresso while writing in a cafe. Drinking wine and eating cheese in some overpriced French bistro. Exploring the markets, museums, and meeting the locals.

eiffel tower paris
Eiffel Tower… make a wish
This is my dream.
This year I won’t have my kids for the week of Christmas (their father and I alternate every year), so I’m thinking this might be the perfect way to spend a kid-less Christmas… in Paris. 
December in Paris? I think I MUST.  Time to believe in a little magic.
paris
I like this dream

 

Sarah Centrella is the author of the book Hustle Believe Receive which teaches you how to apply the #HBRMethod to change your life and live your dream.

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