Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Multiple Sclerosis and Worrying

I speak to a lot of people each week that have MS and the one thing that I here often is that they worry a lot. They worry about what the future holds or "what's next?" No matter what you are going through in your life... do you really know the answer to the question "What's next?" I don't think any of us know the answer to that question.

I have learned that "worrying" has absolutely no purpose or benefit to my life. Especially with a disease like Multiple Sclerosis -- which is a very unpredictable disease. Your own neurologist can not predict how it's going to progress in your body -- so why the heck should you worry about it and cook up all the worst-case scenarios. Give equal weight to the positive side -- it may not progress quickly at all -- it could be a very, very slow progression, you may do just fine no matter what happens with the disease -- you just don't know. So, stop wasting your energy always focusing on the negative. YOUR THOUGHTS play a huge part in how you physically feel!
If you can tell me one positive that has come out of worrying, please write to me. I would love to know. Because everyone that I speak to and work with, always tell me that worrying just makes them feel worse -- it stresses them out! Stress is simply not good for our overall health and well-being and YOU DO have a choice on what you think about and focus on.

So, stop worrying! It's not good for your health! And if you say "well, that's easier said than done" -- call me to schedule a free 15-minute Empowerment Consultation, where I will teach you a few quick strategies to eliminate the worry and bring more joy into your life!

Maria C. Lesetz,
Motivational Speaker & Life Empowerment Consultant


Monday, May 23, 2005

Do you want to be a Motivational Speaker for people with Multiple Sclerosis?

As many of you may know, I am a Motivational Speaker. I love speaking to others and feeling the energy in the room increase and shift to a high energy, uplifting, positive space! This is one of my most favorite things to do! It's fun, rewarding and effortless!

People ask me all the time "don't you get nervous?" , "where did you learn how to speak like that?", "where do you get your inspiration from?", "where do you get all that energy from?" & "how do you do it?"

Do you want to know my answers to these questions?

I decided that I am going to start a training program for people who are interested in improving their 'public speaking' skills AND a training program just for people who want to be Motivational Speakers. In both training programs, you will learn my top 7 strategies to giving an awesome presentation while maintaining a calm and confident demeanor.

If you want to improve your speaking skills or if you have a passion for speaking and want to add Motivational Speaking to your career, please contact me at to find out more about my Speaking Training programs.

Speaking is a wonderful way to connect with people and make a difference in this world!


Sunday, May 08, 2005

Patience is a Virtue!

Having patience is something that I need to still work on within certain areas of my life. I still have this "ant" problem in my home and office which is extremely annoying! I was told by the exterminator that it could take up to 60 days till all the ants are gone... 60 DAYS!!!! I want them gone NOW... not 60 days from now! I am very impatient when it comes to something like this.

A fellow Life Coach just told me the other day about something called Medicine Cards. Now I don't know what Medicine Cards are, but she said something very interesting about them.. she told me that "ants" bring a message of patience! Ah... hah... is this the overall lesson that I am supposed to learn.. the lesson of patience?! Maybe I can apply what I learn from this situation to other areas in my life that I am impatient about. Many of us want things to happen NOW (not tomorrow, not next week, not in 60 days or 1 year... NOW). But, many times the things we want to happen are not meant to happen immediately because there is a higher plan ... a raison d'etre for the situation at hand. We may not know WHY something is taking more time than we want, but there must be a reason why we must wait.. maybe something else needs to happen in order for the thing we want to happen occurs.

This got me thinking deeper about what it takes to be patient:

- you must trust (in a higher power or your higher self) that things will work out and that everything will be OK.

- you must have no fear of any outcome.

- you must be grounded in the present moment and not let your mind "cook up" all the worst-case scenarios of what "might happen" if you don't get your way or if something doesn't happen immediately.

- you must realize that every situation that presents itself in your life is there to teach you something about yourself or to guide you to a different path... each situation that arises has it's own timeframe (you can't speed up the time it takes to boil a pot of water!)

- you need to believe and say the affirmation "ALL IS GOOD!"

- you need to know WHY you want something to happen fast and ask yourself how you will feel once it happens. Then, start doing things that will make you feel that way PRIOR to the event happening.

- you need to realize that getting all upset and frustrated because something is NOT happening, can only make things worse for you. It does not help to focus on what is NOT happening --- that just brings more of the "lack" into your life. You need to focus on what is working and the "good" about the situation you are currently in.

Maybe lack of patience is correlated with lack of faith or having a fear OR maybe it's because we live in a society where everybody wants everything NOW... immediate results! But that is not the way life works. Everything has it's natural time frame... Sometimes things we want just take time ... they need the foundation and the seeds to happen.

Are you impatient? Please share your stories of patience or impatience with me. I would love to hear from you. We can all learn from each other!

Being patient can only enhance your overall life experience. Be grateful for the present moment (even if your current situation doesn't look like roses on the surface!)

Warmest Regards,
Maria Lesetz, Motivational Speaker & Life Empowerment Consultant


Monday, May 02, 2005

Tolerations be gone -- NO MORE ANTS!

This past week has been a very challenging and interesting week for me. I was in a flow, everything was running smoothly and then all of a sudden one morning I woke up and ANTS were all over (flying ones, small ones) -- they were in my office and my home! Everything had to be moved away from the baseboards, my computer had to be shut down for quite some time, I was cleaning, vacuuming, spraying, etc. I was researching and learning all about how to get rid of ants for good. An extreminator came twice to spray inside and outside -- but that seemed to make things worse. I am not fond of chemicals so I decided to research the 'natural route'. I found a few things that repel the ants (orange oil, mint oil, vinegar) but nothing that has gotten rid of them completely. I am now becoming the expert on ant colonies and different types of ants (not something that I planned on learning ... No, this is NOT going to be an additional career path ! )

Now, you may be thinking... "what does Maria's problems with ants have to do with me and my life?" Well, it doesn't directly impact your life but it demonstrates how life works and what we can learn from situations that are unpleasant or frustrating:

1) First thing I am doing is declaring this a toleration and writing it down. Once you recognize what you tolerate, acknowledge it by writing it down... it will go away (many of my coaching clients have told me that this has happened to them... they were amazed at how the things they tolerated started going away once they wrote them down!)

2) I hate bugs... I realize that there is a purpose for them and that they keep a balance in nature -- however, I do not want to live with them in my home & office. They give me a 'creepy' feeling (if you know what I mean). But what I learned from this annoying ordeal is that getting freaky or upset about it is not going to make the ants go away -- it's just going to impact my mood and how I feel. So, by the third day, I started to calm down a bit and tackle the problem with a level head.

3) Believe it or not, the visiting of the ants, forced me to take a week off from my business and go through boxes that I had from my recent move. I actually got more organized as a result of this annoying situation. So... maybe there was even a positive reason for why the ants decided to visit me this past week. My office and home are so much more organized and I feel more settled into my new home than I did before. Wow. All because of the 'attack of the ants'!

So take my frustrating experience as a lesson to approach frustrating situations from a different angle... be calm, ask yourself the question "is this really something to get upset about .. is it a life or death situation or just an annoyance that I have to deal with for a while?" Put things in perspective AND look for the positives that may have come out of a frustrating situation in your life. For me, it was a further de-cluttering and organizing that made me feel more together and settled. Organizing and de-cluttering are good for the Mind, Body and Spirit!

For those of you that are interested in the status of the ants right now... they are still surfacing in different areas. The next step is to put out some ant bait 'saw-dust looking" stuff that supposedly works extremely well as a bait that the ants eat and take back to the colony and then kills off the queen ant and the entire colony. You see, I told you I am becoming an expert in the ant department!

Have a lovely ant-free day!

your Life Empowerment Consultant,
Maria Lesetz


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