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Want To Live Without Fear, Trust That Every Outcome In Life Is Perfect

Life Is A Process, Not An Event

I don’t know a single person who doesn’t have any fears, do you? Knowing this, it begs asking: What are your predominant fears? Are you aware of them? In order to live without fear, we must trust whatever outcome arises in life is perfectly orchestrated for our highest good.

Most people’s fears relate to: financial matters, safety and security, relationships or career. It is natural to entertain these fears, though when they impose on our way of life, we are at the mercy of succumbing to them. This is when we stop living because we are being dictated by our fears. Allow me to explain what I mean, since it may be misunderstood. Everything that happens to us has a larger purpose in our life. I am not invoking God, nor religion but suggesting a greater plan is in order which may not be apparent at the time of the event. If we look back on our life, we would notice that every event comes together to create the rich tapestry of our life’s narrative. Because life is being experienced by us, it may feel as though our challenges are permanent. However, we’re not seeing the entire picture unfold because we’re absorbed in the drama and miss the opportunity to see how it can lead to something greater.

Are you comfortable with this so far? I hope so, because it’s worth acknowledging that life is a process, not an event. Now, sometimes horrific accidents occur where people lose loved ones and we might ask how this is a perfect outcome. That is, how is the loss of someone to illness, especially a young child considered a perfect outcome? These are reasonable questions that have plagued mankind for centuries. I don’t know why these events occur and why some people survive and others don’t. This dilemma has perplexed philosophers for ages and it’s widely debated whether there’s an all-powerful and all seeing source presiding over our lives. For now, let’s consider outcomes not as catastrophic, such as being passed over for a job promotion or your beloved no longer wanting to marry you. In these instances, there may be more that develops to unravel the story. Namely, something good can arise out of a seemingly undesirable situation if we are attentive and not consider the worst scenario.

God can help with taking our fears away if we ask him. We acknowledge whatever unfolds, we will be okay because we have survived every experience up till now. Perhaps life isn’t so much about abandoning our fears but learning to embrace them in order to live boldly. It is like living with anxiety: one never completely overcomes it but learns to turn down the volume. So, if we consider what our fears are protecting us from, as Anthony de Mello’s tale suggests, we realise our thoughts are the cause of our problems, not the events themselves. And this is within our power to revoke.

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Gratitude Really is an Attitude

Gratitude Really is an Attitude

I try to find gratitude in the everyday world and most times, I’m fairly good at it. But, like everyone, I can find myself worrying about small things and letting them cloud the good.

So, today, I’m recommitting myself to look for gratitude and goodness. I hope you will do so as well.

Steps to finding gratitude:

o If you’re having a tough day, stay in the here and now. It’s so easy to focus on all the things that have gone wrong, especially in times of struggle. When something’s not quite right in our lives, we have a tendency to remember all the other things that haven’t been right, big and small. Work hard to focus only on the current struggle.

Then:

o Focus on the things that are right in your life. It would be a rare life that has nothing positive. Write them down, over and over, if necessary. Keep the list where you can see it! Review it every time you want to wallow in the negative.

o Keep photos of your loved ones everywhere: home, office, wallet, etc. When you can see those you love, it’s hard to avoid gratitude. If they are happy and healthy, you have so much to be grateful for; the other less positive things will take a back seat.

o Share the positives with others. If you make a point of telling others what’s going well in our life, you will be more apt to focus on this. And, as a side effect, others will certainly enjoy your company more than if you are continually complaining. Both negative and positive are contagious. Choose to spread the positive!

o Smile! It’s been said that if you smile a lot, people will wonder what you’ve been up to. It will also send a message to others and to yourself that you have things in your life to smile about. This is gratitude! And Laugh alot. Because when you laugh it gives you gratitude and makes you happy more and that’s also contagious. So, stay positive and happy with gratitude.

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Don’t be a victim to Circumstances

It’s not often that our circumstances force us to face life and death situations like the rest of the animal kingdom does on a daily basis.  And when our circumstances do tend to be on the bad side, we almost always have choices that we can make to better our situation.  Remember that we truly are the lucky ones because we don’t have to be victimized by our circumstances.  If we change our thinking about something the things we look at change.

 

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Happy Hearts Day!

Valentine Photo

I personally took this photo in El Nido, Palawan, Philippine Islands. Such a beautiful place!

You are loved beyond measure…more than you ever know! Regardless of how you came into this world, how or where were you born, you are never a mistake but you are Created by a loving Maker with a great purpose!

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Motivation Problem?

Check out this little story about Motivation:

No Motivation

 

Picture this…

You’ve got a weird and twisted mind and
love to play tricks on people. (Could be true? I won’t tell.)

You’ve got a nerdy little nephew named Ned who
is in the sixth grade and weighs about 90 lbs.

Ned wants to be on the track team.

In your cruelty you load up a back-pack with 100lbs of
cornmeal and strap it on his back.

You convince Ned he must ALWAYS carry this
back-pack around with him. He can ADD more
corn-meal to it, but he can NEVER, EVER, under
any circumstances take it off or remove any of the cornmeal.

Then…

You pat him on the head and say…if you’re motivated
and try REAL HARD you can make the track team.

Ned does try out for the track team.

He fails.

You tell him “He didn’t want it bad enough.”

Ned takes this to heart…

He fires himself up. Practices for hours a day…and
is EXHAUSTED at the end of the day. He wonders how anybody does it?

He tries out again…

And still comes in dead last.

LOL!!!!…right? this is hilarious fun.

He laments how tired he is…

He doesn’t feel like practicing anymore.

He’s not even sure if he wants to be on the track team anymore.

So…

In your twisted depravity…

You give him a couple books…

101 Ways to Motivate Yourself and any
book on the Law of Attraction should put the final
nail in his little heart’s desire.

NOTE: He stuffs those in his backpack too.

He reads them.

He gets pumped up for a while.

Along the way, Ned adds a lot more to the
back-pack. The back-pack is bursting at
the seams and weighs at least 150 pounds
now…almost twice what Ned weighs.

And…

When he practices now…

His load feels EVEN HEAVIER.

As you might imagine…now…

Ned is developing a real confidence problem.

“How are others so motivated?”

“Whaaaat’s wrooooong with me?” Ned agonizes as the tears
run down his freckled cheeks.

You catch him crying and are filled with glee!!!

(I told you, you were sick in this imaginary scenario.)

You know as long as Ned…never figures out he
can take his back-pack off, he’ll always feel
unmotivated, un-confident and have the energy
of a slug on downers.

One day though…

Ned visits his Uncle Travis.

Uncle Travis takes one look at him and asks him what is in the backpack?

Ned says “All the stuff I need.”

“What do you need it for?” Uncle Travis asks?

“I don’t know for sure? People told me I needed it?
I’m not sure I can even live without my back-pack now?”

“Sure you can!” Uncle Travis says…

“Just take it off Ned. You don’t need it.”

Ned takes off the back-pack.

And likely you can guess the rest of the story.

Ned makes the track team! Discovers he never had
a motivation problem or an energy problem, but was
just carrying around a lot of weight…he didn’t really need.

Now…

If I may be so bold…

If you feel unmotivated and tapped out…

Just take off that heavy rucksack my friend.

Start with SHEDDING your identity.

Yep…

That’s at least a 100 lb weight everyone has convinced you that you should carry.

Not only do you have to lug it around with you…

You spend untold amounts of energy trying to
PROJECT and PROTECT your identity.

Think about it…

Why are we afraid to fail?

Because it makes us LOOK BAD.

So what?

Who gives a tinkers darn?

It only SOUUUUUNDS good to say…

“I’m a great business man.”

or “I’m a great musician.”

Then you spend all your time PROTECTING
that image. You become afraid to fail, because if
you fail, you’ll “lose” the image.

It’s weight my friend. Lose it. Lose it now. Be free.

I see people taking all these “personality tests”…and
then limiting the crap out of themselves…they say
“I could NEVER do this or that because I am an INTJ or an EFTP.”

The next weight you can dump now is the weight of the past.

(Shed your identity first and your past will drop so much easier.)

Regret, Shame, Guilt, and the NEED to FEEL
like it does you some good to carry them around is
where all your energy goes.

SCREW IT!

Drop it now.

Are you starting to feel a sense of lightness? a little more energy?

Now for the future.

This is my personal demon.

When my sack starts feeling heavy it’s because
I know I am adding too much weight on my
thoughts of the future.

Again…

Releasing the BS story of your “identity” is key to
releasing a lot of worry and fear over the future.

As I get lighter and lighter and lighter…

I move freer, faster and I’m more flexible.

I can handle any future that comes at me as long
as I’m not LOADED DOWN with all my shizz.

I take an action.

It goes the way I want…or it doesn’t…then I just
maneuver. It’s a fun game.

It doesn’t MEAN ANYTHING about me.

So…

Uncle Travis says…”Just take off that heavy ass back-pack
and you’ll discover all the energy and motivation you were
looking for was there already. You’d NEVER strap down
your nephew Ned, so please don’t do it to yourself.”

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10 Personal Development Quotes to Motivate you!

We could all use a little motivation in our lives! Here are 10 powerful personal development quotes to help inspire you into taking more action to get the results that you deserve!
  1. As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself in right thinking.

    James Allen – As a Man Thinketh
    “As a Man Thinketh” was written by James Allen and published all the way back in 1902, yet so many of the principles are still great today! If you get a chance to read this book, you will immediately see the value in the wisdom that is shared, and how these principles have stood the test of time, literally, over a century and counting!
  2. It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

    André Gide – Autumn Leaves
    This quote helps to remind us not to be afraid of failure, or afraid of haters, as we embark upon our journey towards success. Along the way there will be many obstacles and setbacks, and many naysayers who will steal our dreams. But if you are chasing something that you truly love, it’s always worth it in the long run!
  3. So what is the difference between power thinking and positive thinking? The distinction is slight but profound. To me, people use positive thinking to pretend that everything is rosy, when they really believe that it’s not. With power thinking, we understand that everything is neutral, that nothing has meaning except for the meaning we give it, and that we are going to make up a story and give something it’s meaning.

    T Harv Eker – Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
    We have to be careful about the stories that we tell ourselves in our own mind. We can quickly create limiting beliefs that can hold us back from our true potential. Or we can create stories that build our confidence and belief and inspire us into action. What stories are YOU choosing to tell yourself?
  4. We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.

    Epictetus – Enchiridion
    So many people are quick to complain about their situation and their circumstances, as a way to justify their lack of actions to change it. But at the end of the day, WE are the ones that have the choice to respond to these things that happen to us. Are we choosing to view things as negative or positive? Are we choosing to embrace the challenges, or let them hold us back?
  5. Be the change you want to see in this world.

    Gandhi
    This quote is so powerful there is not much that I can say about it. Except to share it with the hope that we all truly step out of our comfort zone, and stop worrying about what others choose to do, and instead focus on the daily actions that we can lead by example with.
  6. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

    Mark Twain
    This quote really resonates with me because we all live with a little bit of hindsight and regret, that we do our best to shake off. The good news is that we are in control over what we choose to spend our time on in the future, so let’s spend it doing things that we will look back and be proud of ourselves and have amazing experiences and memories that we can share with others to inspire them!
  7. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

    Steve Jobs
    It’s so easy to get caught up in what everyone else wants us to do with our lives. But what about OUR passions? What about OUR dreams? What’s most important is trusting ourselves and the direction that we are compelled to go, because our heart and intuition know us best 🙂
  8. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.

    Albert Einstein
    Risk is a major factor that can slow us down along our journey. We are creatures of habit, and we tend to fall into our routines and watch time just slip away from us. Sometimes is good to be spontaneous and try new things and live life to the fullest!
  9. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.

    Oprah Winfrey
    What if we sat down and REALLY wrote out a list of our dreams and goals and desires, and then got PASSIONATE to spend every waking hour that we could, pursuing those dreams and goals…How amazing would that adventure be? How awesome would life be if there were no limitations to what you could do?
  10. In life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.

    Tony Robbins
    I wanted to end with this quote, because reading quotes doesn’t do much for us, except make us feel good and help us with our belief. What we really need is to Take Massive Action and actually get out there and go after our dreams and goals to live life to the fullest. Are you ready to do whatever it takes to have the success that you deserve?
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