“Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” — Napoleon Hill
Do you believe life is meant to be difficult or that tough times come to teach us valuable lessons?
Think carefully about your answer because it will reveal whether your pain and suffering can become a doorway into self-discovery.
We seldom gain fulfilment when we’re within our comfort zone, since our biggest accomplishments arise from exploring new horizons.
Humans are creatures of comfort and will do anything to maintain balance in our lives because being safe is fundamental to…
“You begin to fly when you let go of self-limiting beliefs and allow your mind and aspirations to rise to greater heights.” ―Brian Tracy
Your beliefs create your destiny because they are the imprint upon which the future is cast. Take a moment and reflect on your current beliefs.
Think about how you acquired them and whether they have changed over time?
Many of us form beliefs when we’re young and hold on to them with strong conviction. If our beliefs are challenged, we respond angrily because of their importance in our lives.
But what if our beliefs are not…
Do you get excited about being wanted by others?
Perhaps it is evident in your career or within your personal relationships?
How does it make you feel?
Reflect on the feelings of as we delve deeper into this topic.
There’s no denying it, being wanted can boost our self-esteem and self-worth. We may feel better for it, but it is a false sense of worth manufactured by the ego to convince us of our worthiness.
But let’s be clear, being wanted is not the same as being appreciated or valued, as I will outline below.
Consider this for a moment…
“The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.” — The Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman
Do you ever feel things aren’t going to plan?
Perhaps you wish you had taken a different path in life?
Or stuck it out at that job or stayed in that relationship?
I have experienced this on many occasions throughout my life. However, this way of thinking shows up when we face inner turmoil.
Our ego believes it knows what’s best…
“There’s only one reason why you’re not experiencing bliss at this present moment, and it’s because you’re thinking or focusing on what you don’t have…. But, right now you have everything you need to be in bliss.” — Anthony de Mello
Precious moments are the fertile seeds life embeds into our now experience.
It is difficult to stay in the present moment when bombarded with the avalanche of outside noises that compete for our attention.
Mobile phone devices and other electronic gadgets prevent us from opening to the present moment because our attention span is limited.
The need to escape…
“Humans believe so many lies because we aren’t aware. We ignore the truth or we just don’t see the truth. When we are educated, we accumulate a lot of knowledge, and all that knowledge is just like a wall of fog that doesn’t allow us to perceive the truth, what really is.” — Miguel Angel Ruiz
Why are you here on this earth?
What is your purpose, if you associate yourself with one?
Rest assured, this is not an existentialist treatise but something simpler. These types of questions are popular in every culture.
The journey called life with its twists…
“A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that your decisions cause your rewards and consequences. You are responsible for your life, and your ultimate success depends on the choices you make.” — Denis Waitley
Whilst we’re not always in control of the currents of life, we have the power to direct our reaction to what takes place by greeting life’s changes with openness.
We have limited control over certain aspects of life, but by casting the arrow, we surrender to the forces of life and the unfolding of events — that is…
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” — Reinhold Niebuhr
Think of a current problem upsetting you right now. It may be a relationship, your finances, career, health or otherwise.
Try to get a sense of how it is affecting you. Now hold that thought in mind as you read on.
The idea of acceptance is difficult to grasp for some because it implies resignation or apathy.
In fact, acceptance means letting go of worry, fear, anger and negative emotions and…
I want to introduce you to an idea that may change your attitude towards desire.
Before we begin, think about something you’ve been striving for. It may be a new career, improving your financial situation, being in a committed relationship or something else.
Close your eyes and think about your desire before you continue reading. If you haven’t already manifested it, what do you think is the primary reason?
Similarly, why do you want it?
What will it bring to your life?
Here’s another provocative idea: Most of us don’t really know what we want. We think we know; our…
“The moment you’re about to quit is the moment right before the miracle happens. Don’t give up.” — Anonymous
Quitting is easy, though we rarely achieve anything when we abandon our goals.
Knowing that, take a moment to reflect on something you’re contemplating giving up on right now.
Why do you want to give up?
Is it the only way?
Have you considered other options?
Once you’ve had a moment to reflect on it, think about why you undertook the goal in the first place?
Having a passion or purpose makes it harder to quit because of the emotional investment…