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    Posted on Timeless Kathy Sammons 36 comments

    Do You Have A Personal Theme?

    What do you use to get yourself back on track?  If you are in a funk or if something happens that takes you off your game, what do you use to bring yourself back to your sweet spot?

    I learned this technique from Vanessa Duplessie who did a session for Johnathan Budd’s Life Transformation Now program.  The lesson was about having a Personal Theme.  Do you have a personal theme or mantra?  Well, this is how you can get one.

    Personal Theme

    A Personal Theme is a 3-5 word statement.  This statement is used to bring you back on track.  How you develop this theme is through deep thought and mediation about where you are, where you were and where you want to be.  This process can take little effort, or depending on the transformation that you are going through, a considerable amount of time.

    It is not a good idea to live in the past, but to use is only in times of conscious reflection.  So, when developing your theme look back over the past year: what did you accomplish, what did you not accomplish?  What worked last year, what did not work last year?  What do you want next year?  What do you want to be?  What is your driving purpose this coming year?

    Examples of Personal Themes

    Here are some that have been used by others which you can apply to yourself.  But remember, we are all different so if you can think of one that applies more to you that would be great.

    • Make It Matter
    • Think Big
    • Now Is The Time
    • Just Do It

    So the next time you are going it to a sales meeting, a meeting with your boss, a new client or even a friend in need or a family member, remind yourself what your personal theme is.  Take a few deep breathes, and repeat 2 or 3 times.  This should feed your soul for whatever arises in the near future.  Remember to keep it top of mind and use it every day.

    One other idea is to change your theme from time to time.  Things do not stay the same and neither do we.  You could have a yearly theme, such as an overall theme, and then one for each month.  You could change it based on the holidays of the month, such as in May you may want to have one that reminds you of your Mother or being a Mother.  You can change it or leave it the same, whatever suits you the best.

    When I was developing my own, it came pretty quickly.  One of the ideas that motivates me is the feeling of Love, pretty common I am sure.  The other idea I had was that I wanted to find success in my new venture and I thought about how that made me feel.  What came out of that was my new theme: Love is Success.  I will find success when I love what I do, love the people that I meet when doing it, love my clients (even the seemingly unlovable :) ), love my life!!

    I wish you the best in your journey and would love to hear what your themes are.  Please take a moment and leave me a comment on what you are thinking about using.

    Peace…

    Kathy Sammons

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    • http://www.belinda-cunningham.com Belinda Cunningham

      KathynWhat a great idea to have a theme to lead to success in 2011. I love it, I will be finding one for sure as I find short little ‘mantras’ quite powerful and easy to remember especially in times of stress or under pressure.nThanksnBelinda

    • http://www.belinda-cunningham.com Belinda Cunningham

      KathynWhat a great idea to have a theme to lead to success in 2011. I love it, I will be finding one for sure as I find short little ‘mantras’ quite powerful and easy to remember especially in times of stress or under pressure.nThanksnBelinda

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      I am so glad that you stopped by. I hope you find something that help propel you in the coming year!!rnrnKathy

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      I am so glad that you stopped by. I hope you find something that help propel you in the coming year!!rnrnKathy

    • http://www.imahotmom.com Young And Fabulous

      This is new to me, I haven’t heard of Personal Theme but it sounds good! I do quotes on a daily basis which probably serves as my theme for the day, depending on how relevant it is to me. Yesterday’s quote was “Destiny is not a matter of chance but of choice. Not something to wish for but to attain”, which I like a lot. My quote for today is “When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile”, funny, but could be true, too! lol!nnAnyway, is Personal Theme different from affirmations? Just wondering. Thanks for this informative post, Kathy! — Cherrie D. Bautista

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Those quotes are great, I think the difference is that a theme is something that is short that you can remember at anytime you need to bring yourself back to center. It is also a great way to remind yourself of what your focus is. Does that help to show the difference?rnrnKathyrnKathy Sammons Dot Com

    • http://twitter.com/AngelaArnold AngelaArnold

      Hi, Kathy,nMy mantra is from Les Brown.nThere are 2 rules in life:n1) Don’t sweat the small stuff.n2) It’s all small stuff.nThat has gotten me through everything so far.nAngelan

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Great idea and yes I love that mantra!!rnrnKathyrnKathy Sammons Dot Com

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Great idea and yes I love that mantra!!rnrnKathyrnKathy Sammons Dot Com

    • http://neotrainingnetwork.com David H. paul

      Hi Kathy,nnHere is just one of my Themes:nn”Could you just let it go? Would You? When?”nnI have a ton more, literally :D nnTalk Soon,nnDavid H. Paulnthe Follow Your Bliss guy

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      That is great David. I actually saw your Youtube video on the Sedona method where you showed us how to do that. I really like that one.rnrn”Could you just let it go? Would You? When?” Love it!!!rnrnThanks for coming over,rnKathyrnKathy Sammons Dot Com

    • http://www.forevercourageouswoman.com Denise

      Hi Kathy,nnI have never heard of this idea before but it certainly sounds like a good one; something short and sweet to be remembered easily which will help to keep me on track….hmmm, i’m going to work on that one. It shouldn’t take too long to come up with something perfect for me!nnThank you for sharing this great info :) nnDenise

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      I had not heard of it either, but I thought it was a great idea. Have you figured one out yet? I am looking forward to hearing about it. Kathy Kathy Sammons Dot Com

    • http://ChristineCaseyab.com/blog Christine Casey

      Hi Kathy,nnAlthough I knew the importance of having an online theme and branding, it took me a while of being out there in the online world before I had become comfortable enough before I figured out what it should be ~ In the past couple of months, I’ve begun the process of adding personal theme touches no only to my blog, but also to my Facebook Business/Fan page. I believe this only occurred because I finally figured out what direction I wanted to pursue, and once this happened, it was as if everything came together for me ~ which is a great feeling! I enjoyed reading through your post, and you give excellent examples of how to design a theme for your business ~ thanks for sharing :-) nnChristine

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      So great to have you come by and check out this post. Branding online I have understood for some time, however a personal theme is one that I had not really heard of. It make sense that they go hand in hand, but with a personal theme it is a good way to keep ourselves focused and moving forward.rnrnThanks for coming by, here is another post that talks about online branding that you might be interested in:rnOnline_BrandingrnrnThanks again,rnrnKathy

    • Anonymous

      Hi KathynI really like this. I have one, which is “I’m a Believer”!! It always brings me back to center, I have always loved the word BELIEVE. As far as us as a couple, if you go to our blog, our personal branding theme is “Live Outside The Box”.(a step beyond thinking outside the box). Thanks! Laura Morris

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Wow, those are great themes. I really like the one about “LIVING outside the box.” I look forward to checking out your site. Are you with TSA? Here’s to a successful 2011.rnrnKathyrnKathy Sammons Dot Com

    • Miss Leslie

      Hi Kathy. I see you are from Colorado and live in St. Louis. I’m from Colorado and live in Central Missouri. What a coincidence! I appreciate this post and plan to sit down and think about a personal theme. I can see how it would help one become more focused and centered. Thank you for sharing. nnWishing you a song in your heart, n”Miss Leslie” Denningn

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      That is great… where are you from in Colorado? I am from the western slope by Grand Junction, however I lived in Lakewood for about a year and worked at Coors in Golden.rnI am glad that you got something out of this post, let me know what you came up with.rnrnKathyrnKathy Sammons Dot Com

    • http://numisreviewgold.com Numisreviewgold

      Hey Kathy, you are on to something here. Thanks for this post. I will need to come up with my theme soon.nnThanks againnJim

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Thanks for stopping by. I thought it was a good idea. Let me know what you rncome up with.rnrnThanks rnKathyrnrnConnected by DROID on Verizon Wirelessrnrn—–Original message—–

    • Anonymous

      Kathy interesting concept. And you are right it could take some time to boil down the essence of what I want to accomplish this year. But I agree with you on following your feelings these are our best indicators.nnSteve

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Steve thanks for coming by, I hope you find something that makes a difference in you year and in your life.nKathynMobile Media Marketingn

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      I like that mantra too… thanks for your recognition of the fact that people have more control over their reactions that they think. Not to say that it is not a process, but it can be done and peace prevails.nnThanks,nKathynKathy Sammons Dot Com

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Lloyd your comments are very welcome and thought provoking. The questions are very pertinent:n”What will it take?”, What must I do?”, and “What must I become? To get all that I want from my life.”nnI agree that you have to stay focused on “the prize” whatever that is for each person. When looking at the 5 factors you have stated that effect our lives, our view of the future or even the now, I believe is the most important. All of the other factors can be dealt with fairly easily if our view, our way of seeing things is in the right place.nnI look forward to us reaching out to each other and learning more,nnThanks,nKathynMobile Media Marketingnn

    • http://homebizmentoring.com Jamie @ Home Biz Mentoring

      Hey Kathy,nGreat stuff. I really enjoy the stuff coming from Life Transformation Now, I plugged in a little while ago and if anyone needs weekly inspirational messages, that’s one place you can find them. Building your mindset is one of the more important things to finding success, especially in home biz. Now, I’m off to create my personal theme (BTW, I’m behind on my LTN videos, so I haven’t seen this one yet myself, thanks for sharing).n

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      I love Life Transformation Now!! I am also behind. There is such great value on that site.rnI sent you a link privately to your email, one of the teachings that Jonathan did that was really great. rnGood luck with your personal theme.rnrnKathy Sammons

    • http://twitter.com/misslesliemusic Leslie Denning

      Hi Kathy. I got my theme from some else: Nurturing the Song in Your Child’s Heart. She suggested it, and I ran with it. It does keep me on task and in focus. I didn’t realize it was a personal theme until I read your post :) Thanks for sharing.nnWishing you a song in your heart,nMiss Leslie @ Music with Miss Leslie.com

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Wow that is such a good theme we all need to reach down to that level and remember the simplicity of what makes us happy.nThanks for sharing,nKathy

    • http://www.personal-success-factors.com steveborgman

      My theme for this year is to manage my money wisely. When I first got into real estate investing, I was enthusiastic, but did not pay attention to the need to bootstrap effectively. It’s taken me a couple of years to get back on track with tracking and spending effectively. And I’m now big into bootstrapping and reinvesting my profits :)

    • Anonymous

      Hi Kathy,
      I think having a personal theme is a great way to stand out on the internet. Your blog should show your personality and let people know who you are. If you’re into “attraction marketing” (and who isn’t nowadays) you’ll definitely want to connect with people on a more personal level. Having a personal theme is a cool way to make that happen.

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Hey Dave thanks for coming by my blog. I really think that a personal theme is a good idea too. What is your personal theme? Did you come up with one for yourself?
      Take Care,

      Kathy

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Wow, that is a extremely important theme to have. Sometimes we get some money coming in and we think we have “made it” and just spend whenever we want on whatever we want. Great theme and thanks for sharing this with us.

      Peace…

      Kathy Sammons

    • Ralph

      Dear Kathy,

      Nice post and ideas for keeping what is important at the forefront of the mind. I have had a personal mantra for meditation, but not for anything else. I think that my curent theme is along the lines of “No one said this would be easy.” This is not taken a negative, but rather that most acts of worthwhile creation take time and effort. (It’s not like eating an ice cream cone!)

      Warmly,
      Ralph

    • http://www.kathysammons.com/ Kathy Sammons

      Hey thanks for stopping by, I like your theme because it is so true. There are a lot of people that when they see what they have to do to succeed they bail out. So if you already know what it is going to take then you are half way there.

      Take Care,

      Kathy Sammons