Journey to Wealth

My friend Bonnie Gortler, the option girl, a stock market professional who has been working in the investment field for over 30 years, has a brand new book coming out “Journey to Wealth”: A Practical and Mindful Approach to Growing and Sustaining Financial Well-Being.  Bonnie makes a difference in other people’s lives by taking the stress out of investing, finding ways for others to feel more comfortable with their money, and increasing their wealth.

Journey to Wealth

How would you like to improve the way you manage your money? Would you like some simple practical applications to apply now to increase your wealth?

What is it worth to you to have easy strategies that will give you the ability to successfully grow your wealth?

Bonnie created an easy acronym to remember:  “R.I.S.K.” The RISK principles will guide you to set yourself up for successfully growing your wealth.

“Journey to Wealth” is different.  It’s powerful because it combines the technical and the mental side of investing.  Whether you are a novice or an investor with experience, you will gain insight and new knowledge.

If you have struggled with your finances or didn’t know where to start when it comes to your investments, then you are not alone!  95% of people worry and are frustrated about money. Such challenges do not have to be a way of life.

Learning to master your finances is a skill that anyone can learn with the right guidance. It is possible to do anything that you set your mind to. You can be more financially aware and improve your financial situation now if you choose.

PURCHASE Journey to Wealth

If you purchase the book Journey to Wealth you will:

  • Be smarter, more prepared, and have more knowledge which can in turn, lead you to be a more successful investor in the stock market.
  • Hold practical, tips and tools at your fingertips that can be easily followed giving you more comfort with your investment choices and helps you be ready to handle the market’s unpredictability.
  • Be ready to take the responsibility to capitalize on the up and down swings in the stock market and own the power over your decisions to acquire and achieve wealth faster to accomplish your financial goals.


Grow and sustaining your wealth by managing your RISK.

Today is launch day of this empowering book.

Purchase a copy of Journey to Wealth Ebook NOW

When you purchase the book you will get Bonus Gifts such as:

1. 5 Simple Steps to Get Rid of Excuses with Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff

2. Self-audit with a 7 minute quiz on your social media manners
plus the ABCs of Netiquette by Beverly Lewis

3. The Livings Key Principles
– Creating Wholeness Peace and Health from The Inside Out! By Gena Livings

4. Pathways to Wholeness e-book by Janet Nestor

5. Listen in to this recording of a coaching session
and hear how change happens with Master Coach Pat Barone

6. Spend 20 to 30 minutes networking
and discussing possibilities with Kimyon Zari, The Diamond Coach

7. Power Productivity- An entrepreneur’s guide to
getting more done by De Harris AllBiz Web Support

8. Inspire your day looking at a motivational wall calendar
and ask for a quick computer tip by Steve Levy

9. E- Book – The Friendship Connection and Newsletter by Kathy Cobb

10. The WOW Effect – 70+ Tips to Make Your Customers Go WOW
by WOW Network Alliance


Purchase a copy of Journey to Wealth TODAY

Resist the urge to hold back and then find yourself waiting 5, 10, or 20 years to deal with your money issues because doing so will have you miss out on golden opportunities and experiences that you can have sooner rather than later.

Remember, you are able to build a solid financial future starting NOW.

You can do all this by taking action today and simply creating a plan that fits your unique needs.

Get Journey to Wealth today & all the amazing Bonus Gifts at

Learn from Bonnie and her Launch Partners.

Thank you Bonnie and the launch partners who are offering great information to supplement the value of this book.

Gratitude Book Project

THE GRATITUDE BOOK PROJECT: International Book Project Has More Than 300 People Sharing Their Stories of Gratitude, with National Book Sale Proceeds Benefiting Three Charitable Organizations


Doug Jarvie is a co-author in the 2013 edition of The Gratitude Book Project: Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude, a collaborative book sold on and featuring over 300 authors answering the question “What are you grateful for?” in 200 words or less.

The book features true stories of appreciation such as:
• The development of interactive art therapy while recovering from a stroke
• The recognition of clerks and service workers we engage with every day
• The story that Groundhog Day is a reminder that spring is always just around the corner
• The expired passport that lead to a vacation for a grandmother and grandson
• The accidental injury that causes life’s stress to be set aside and replaced with appreciation for today
• The avid photographer who retired to travel and photograph medical operations in remote clinics
• The funny bone that tells us to “Lighten up” and sends its energy to tickle the heart


And 358 more stories of stopping to say “thank you” to the good in life—and the “not so good” that makes us wiser and stronger.
Doug’s contribution to the book centers around gratitude for the changing seasons. Imagine the feelings brought out by the first snow fall of winter, and the first green sprouts of the spring flowers. Recall the sounds of a summer rain or the frogs and crickets on a warm fall evening.
This book is an ideal gift that creates gratitude every day of the year, not only for the one who receives it, but also for those who benefit from the help of the following organizations.
In keeping with the spirit of the project, proceeds from national book sales will be split among three charitable organizations: Feeding America, the ASPCA and Women for Women International.
For more information about “The Gratitude Book Project,” contact the co-author, Doug Jarvie or Donna Kozik, coordinator of the project, at or


You can have the new just released 2013 edition. Launching today on December 19, 2012.

Amazon is accepting orders for first printing at


Where do you want to go today?

When you see the question, ” where do you want to go today”, do you think of a place you want to travel to, maybe for a vacation, or do you think of somewhere you want to surf to on the web?

I’m inviting you to surf over to another site where I will be posting for the month of July. This will be my commitment to the “ultimate blog challenge” to post 31 times in the month.  There you will find my thoughts about the question “where do you want to go today?” along with a few pictures to inspire you to think about planning for where you want to go and what you will need to do  to get there.

The webpage is new and needs a few more features added to it. I would appreciate your comments and suggestions to me on how I can improve it.

Here is a picture of a mild Canadian January day with a little snow to help you think cool thoughts to escape the summer heat.  The clouds  in the upper left will bring more snow. Thankfully, that is not smoke from a forest fire.

Winter Day
Winter Day

Intentional living

Are you still looking for the one key?

That key could be intentional living if you do not already have it and apply it all day every day. Intentional is defined as: “done on purpose, not by accident”. It is about consistently making better choices. This is described very clearly in “The Slight Edge” by Jeff Olson.  Not just about the big decisions, but about every little tiny decisions that could be a simple yes this is right, or better, versus no, that is not right. The power is in consistently making more right decisions than not so right decisions. You may make the bad choice once in a while, and learn the lesson from it. Then strive to get more good than bad.  But here is a lesson that the air transportation industry teaches: learn from the mistakes of others because you will not live long enough to make them all yourself.

In his book “See You at the Top” Zig Ziglar asks “Are you a meaningful specific or a wandering generality?”

I say, live intentionally.

Coach Sheri is making this easy for you by offering a telesummit. Join her for lunch on the phone for ten days in November. Pick your days. Different guests each day. Click here for more information. Did I mention it was Free?  You can hear me on Novenber 11.

Steps to an intentional day

This is a sample application summary of the previous twenty-nine days of posts. Use it to remind yourself of the things mentioned in the previous posts.

1. Start your day on the night before with a schedule of what you will accomplish and when and how much time it will take, and who will help you. Review your plan within the last thirty minutes before putting your head on the pillow.

2. Plan your bed time. Your body requires enough rest to repair the wear and tear of each day. While your conscious mind will sleep through the night, your subconscious mind will not. Most of the time it will spend the night processing the information it has most recently received. The thoughts you have received in the last fifteen to thirty minutes before sleeping.

3. The guy in the glass, man in mirror, or lady in looking-glass (GG, MM, LL) exercise is very valuable at this time because it gives your subconscious good thoughts to work on through the night. By rewriting the events of the day in a positive light with a positive lesson and advancement toward your dream, the subconscious will continue to program itself toward achieving that dream.

4. In the morning before the conscious mind is fully awake, focus your mind on envision the way your day will play out. And focus on your dream and how beautiful it will be. Imagine yourself in the dream with the people you want with you. There is no space for anything but positive here. It is your safe space, happy place, your mental workshop. This is the most powerful 15 minutes of your next 23 hours and 45 minutes for it sets up your mental and emotional attitude that you bring to the rest of your day.

5. Visit the mirror to talk to your self before putting on the face you will show the world. It is time to do your MM, GG or LL. At this point you may get an argument from your ego who does not agree with the positive things you are telling yourself. This is good. Your ego is struggling for existence as well. Since you are so intimately connected, why fight each other, work together.

6. Feed your body the foods that will empower it to function through the day. Not only the high energy fast burning fuel, but the building materials that allow the repair of the physical plant, and the electrolytes that enable the communication of the various systems.

7. Your JOB is your joy. It is in your job description to be joyful. (You may have to check the fine print. I am sure you were not hired to be a grouch.) Stop at regular intervals to check if you are joyful. If not, make the required adjustments before getting on with the work part. Open the folder for the day and begin the highest priority job for the day. Tackle the task with a joyful attitude. It will be easier when the positive thoughts make no room for anything else.

8. Schedule meal times, and family times, fun times and work times. Interruptions, mail, calls, should be handled immediately with a ten minute do it, or a delegate it, or a delete it, or a delay it by putting it into a folder to be handled at a particular time.

9. In your schedule, leave time to be open to new opportunities. Do not allocate all of your attention units to your work. If an excellent opportunity arose, would you have the time to explore the possibilities?  You may have to say NO to some of the things that are cramping your ability to excel. The best are rewarded  much more than the next best.

The “write” way to shift your emotions.

Writing has been an effective way for some people to calm the emotional turmoil of the day, or build up the emotional energy for the day ahead.

Write, journal, blog, write your story or a book of positive aspects of you life to improve your emotional energy.

Daily habits are the easiest to develop and sustain. Try writing for a few minutes each day. You may start with only a few words like “checking in to get this done”.  The first lesson is to commit to doing a simple task that you know you can do, and then following through on what you have committed to yourself to do. What would hold you accountable, a check off list, a friend, a coach, a punishment or a reward?

When do you most need to improve your emotional state? Early morning has proven to be the best for me because my conscious mind is not as busy blocking and doing what it does best, questioning all of the thoughts of the subconscious. I have always functioned as an evening person, believing that was when I worked the best. Maybe the conscious mind was getting tired then and not fighting as hard with the subconscious mind.

Emotions are an indicator of our feelings which are the results of our thoughts. Thoughts that are in conflict with each other cannot create a feeling of peace. This is cognitive dissonance. If your writing is more like a research project searching for facts to support what you are thinking, it is just that. However; if it can be done in a free flowing manner while the conscious mind is at rest, you will get a different result. Maybe that little voice within is attached to a great heart.

Your daily blog can be hand written, an audio recording, a video or electronic note, a painting, sculpture, sketch, or any creative imaginative way that comes from the creative right side of your brain. For the logic minded left brained people, why only use part of your brain, be a whole brained person, the two halves work best when they communicate.



Principles and procedures

Procedures are many,

Principles are few,

Procedures always change

Principles seldom do.

Principles can be called the laws of the universe. Here a few examples. Gravity draws two bodies together. Electrical charges can draw them together or force them apart depending on the charges being the same or opposing. Synergy produces greater results when two are working together than the sum of their individual efforts.

One force may be stronger that the other, or an overriding principle. The thrust of a rocket engine can override the law of gravity.

Procedures are good when they make things run smoothly, efficiently, and reduce errors, injury and other undesired results. Procedures change when the expected results change. It is insane to expect different results without changing the procedure.

Procedures that work against the law of nature will continually face resistance and will have to change.

When designing new procedures be aware of the principle laws of nature (human nature and physical laws of the universe). Be aware of when you are placing opposing forces together, and the purpose and consequences of doing so. Be prepared to change the procedure if the results produced are not the results desired.

Journey to the top

Climbing a mountain like Mount Everest, requires occasional going back down for part of your trek in order to get to another place where more upward progress is possible.

John A. Stewart tells us in his book called “Journey to the Top” about climbing Mount Everest . . .

As we continued to climb towards Base Camp, I discovered that there would be a series of setbacks, that we would encounter. As we ascended higher up into the Khumbu Valley, these setbacks were in the form of elevation. As you climbed higher up the valley, following the Dudh Koshi River, the trail would periodically cross the river to the other side of the valley. When climbing these mountains, ascending fifteen hundred feet up the side of the mountain means that you have gained fifteen hundred feet of the seventeen thousand five hundred feet that it takes to reach base camp       . . .

How do you cross the river? You cross the river on a suspension bridge. But the suspension bridge is not fifteen hundred feet above the river; it might be one or two hundred feet above the river. . . We now had to descend down to where the bridge crossed the river. Going down to the bridge was not a big deal, but once you cross the bridge you soon realize that you had to go back up the other side of the valley.

John also shares two ways to stay motivated as you work toward your goal. The one that works for you will depend on your personality. The first is to keep you eye focused on where you are going, and keep moving forward. This requires an unwavering focus on your goal even when you cannot physically see it, and it may be days away.

The second way, when you are tired and feeling like you have not made any progress, is to look back at where you have come from, and in John’s words,

“Wow look at the ground I have gained since I crossed that river a couple of hours ago”.

Mountain top experiences or hill top adventures?

Are you still looking for your mountain top experience?

Do you think it will come to you while you are working in the valley? Have you made any attempt to climb the hill to see what the view is like from up there? I hope you can imagine where your mountain is. Have you been training on the smaller hills? Are you expecting a helicopter to come and lift you to the top? Would you accept a ride on a hot air balloon if it was offered to you, would you even recognize it as a way to where you wanted to go or would you reject it because your plan said it had to be a helicopter? Maybe you are afraid of heights and prefer to stay in the valley.

If you are content to be just good, then you will never take the required effort to raise yourself to great.   Good is the enemy of great.  – Jim Collins “Good to Great”

How many hills are there near you that you can climb to get a different view of where you are and where you want to go or can go? Can you even look over the fence to see what is happening on the other side? If you know a flood is coming, do you move to higher ground? Remember if you cannot save yourself, how can you save others? If you cannot help your self, how can you help others? Yesterday a man told me; when the wind blows, some people make walls, and others make windmills. What are you making?

These are questions to you from me, and the answers are for you and from you. Being a good coach is about having good questions. Being a success is about finding great answers.

Are you reading this because you are looking for the answers, or because you are bored and have nothing better to do?  I hope you are looking for the answers because they are your questions, formed from within and the answers are also within. You can find many mentors who have travelled the path and had success. You can find coaches who will keep you accountable to following your path. You can find answers about what your path is, and the answers are within you. You can find a counselor to help pull you out of the ditch when you have strayed from your path, but remember, it is your path.

“You can do this, and you know you can.”  – Vic Johnson

More attention units.

How can we get more time to do the things we love to do?

Employers expect their employees to multitask, hopefully to do two or more things at the same time. Then they wonder why your mind wanders, and you are not focused on your task and not giving good quality work or service. Usually it involves handling several projects at one time. To switch from one to another when a natural break occurs in one project or the demand or priority rises to the top in another project. As a customer do you ever feel the person serving you is trying to answer the phone and serve you at the same time, or serve two customers at the same time?

True progress is made at the fastest rate when the mind is focused on the challenge at hand. So focused that there is no attention paid to what is happening, other than on the task at hand. In this state all sense of time is lost. Several hours of uninterrupted work can seem like it has only taken a few minutes, or in only a few minutes three or four times the normal amount of work has been accomplished. This is referred to as being in the flow, or in the zone.

Coming back to attention units, your life is made up of units of time devoted to specific activities. Activities like dressing, bathing, eating, preparing meals, cleaning, driving, waiting, writing, reading, watching and listening.

There are points when there is a transition from one activity to another. This would be an excellent time to stop and measure your emotional level. Is it high because you enjoyed the previous activity in the previous attention unit, or is it low because of the previous activity? Is it high because you really enjoy the next activity and are looking forward to it? Or is it low because you real do not like to do what you have to do next. These emotional levels are traits, not states, because they can change with each activity. The state is the overall level for the day, or the level that you spent most of your day at.

Each time you change from one unit of attention to a different unit, you can choose a different level of emotion to bring into that activity. Choose a higher level, and at the end of your day, the total energy level for the day will be higher.