James H. Carpenter Barnes, Ph.D.

Life-Imagined, LLC - Author - Personal Development Speaker & Coach - Radio Talk Show Host

Free Self-Improvement Speaker in Chicago

  • The Journey to Manifestation.

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self-Improvement

    On the journey to manifesting a goal, a dream, a vision whether small or great there will be three steps one will encounter. Depending on previous experience or preparation, we may encounter one or all three. It is important to remember that when these things happen do not become discouraged, instead recognize them as signs posted along the way that you are on the right path. MORE >

    1. The loss of something. Often when we are in the sequence of the 3 phases of pre-manifestation... (Desire, Declaration and Expectation), we will often experience the loss of something often related to the object of our desire. This is to make room for the new energy to pour into your lives. Here we must resist moving into negative states (resentment, bitterness, anger, jealousy of others, or frustration). Also remember things that matter to us be they people places, or things all are made up of energy, and therefore are never really lost. Energy never dies... it transmutes into new manifestations which we may or may not recognize.

    2. Unusual request, invitations or opportunities are presented to us. The creator uses other people places and things to bring us the things we desire. There is a spiritual principle which states that when we give, it (what we have given) shall be given unto us pressed down, shaken together, running over shall men (from the kingdom of mankind) give into your storehouse of abundance.

    3. Difficult Challenges, when the desire of our heart is manifesting there will be a period of adjustment or adaptation. This is a period where we must train and enlarge our minds, preparing ourselves to receive the expected increase. For example, if we are desiring declaring and expecting a promotion on our jobs, an increase in our incomes, a new automobile, there are changes or preparations we must execute. For example, an increase in knowledge, or a sharpening of skills is often required. With the acquisition of an increase there is also an increase in responsibility. To whom much is given much is required.

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  • Look Within to Execute Your Possible

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self-Improvement

    Look Within to Execute Your Possible MORE >

    Many of us who experience self limiting mindsets are aware that something is holding us back from being the extraordinary we person desire to be. Unfortunately, most do not understand we are trained to be limited in our thinking from the time we begin pre-school. Color inside the lines, sit on the circle, and so on. It's the nature of humanity to create and innovate, not live life as a pre-programmed robot. Shifting the way we think, speak and act frees us of pre-set... ingrained limitations. This is the first step to breaking the chains of fear and mediocrity; liberating us to experience life in the extraordinary. This is explained in detail in my Best Selling book, Looking for God? Look No Further-Look Within.

    In 1982 I was a musician using and selling illegal substances. I eventually wound up living in a car the entire summer of that year. It was at this point I began the journey seeking the extraordinary life. Over time I found the principles which have enabled me to lived an extraordinary life. It all begins with reprogramming who we are, it's simple but it's not easy. Giving up familiarity and comfort are never easy, but it is worth it.

    We are the only species on the planet with the ability to shift who we are intention and purpose. The ability is already encoded into our DNA.

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  • Building From the Inside Out.

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self-Improvement

    The key to successfully creating anything in life begins with working on the inner-man first. This approach establishes a solid foundation on which to accomplish our goals and build our vision. Here we present three simple but powerful steps to laying this foundation for success. MORE >

    1. “Taking Control of Your Mindset” - It is vital that we get this first step right. This can be viewed as a method for house keeping of the mind. Henry Ford said “thinking is the hardest work we can do”. To think creatively and effectively we must take control of your thought patterns and the images that flood the mind daily. Filter out every thing that runs counter to your vision/dream/plan, replace it with positive thoughts, images and energy. See it as daily mental health cleaning or maintenance.

    Eliminate all language of complaining and thinking either in yourself or others around you. Sometimes to build we must separate from people, places and things which have a nature which opposes your vision. Success results more from who you are, ones state of being - than what you do (the actions we take). Be unique and single minded. Be willing to swim against the tide of traditions, willing endure being ridiculed and judged for your idea(s). Remove competitive envy from your mentality, setting the ego aside; this includes Fear, Resentment, Excuses, Envy

    2. “Creating Winning-Problem Solving Ideas” by spending time connecting to the source of all wisdom through prayer, reflection, and meditation. Schedule some quiet time; especially in the early morning hours. It slows our brain down to be able to hear our own creativity. It is here we receive Direction, Inspiration, Revelation.

    3. “Surrendering to the Creator's for the Execution of the Plan”. It is written, “I always do the things I see the creator do”. During the quiet time always be prepared to take notes when God begins to respond to your communication, this where the partnership begins to become a tangible reality. Then taking the revealed idea, writing out a plan and executing that plan, taking action, step by step (no matter how small) as it develops into a reality. Taking time to create an actionable but practical plan goes a long way to making it happen. Making it a part of your life experience.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson said, A mind once stretched to a new idea can never return to its former dimensions.

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  • Sticks & Stones – How Our Words Frame Our World

    TOPIC CATEGORY: Self-Improvement

    Sticks and Stones – Using the Power of Words to Frame Your World MORE >

    In a single moment of time we can speak words which can have an impact for the next 10 years, positively and negatively. This isn’t a new discovery. For years I spoke without regard for the far-reaching consequences attached to what I said. Whether out of foolish jesting, or raging anger. Negative destructive words cut two ways… going into the life of the hearer and when they come back to the life of the speaker. This workshop answers these questions:

    Where does the spoken word gather its power?

    How can I use the language of the physical realm to my advantage in life?
    Why is it difficult to put emotions such as love and hate into descriptive terms.

    We explain that the language of the mind is thought, while the language of the body is an experience. How both work together to advance or hinder success in ourselves and others. This is explained in detail in my Best Selling book, Looking for God? Look No Further-Look Within.

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