“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Do you often dwell on the reasons why you can’t do something? You might contemplate why you will never get a better job or be a loving relationship, improve your health or otherwise.
By dwelling on these things, we become convinced of their truth. But you mustn’t let your thoughts dictate your reality, because you have the power to change and guide your future.
I realise it may not always seem that way, especially if you are plagued by constant problems and setbacks. …
“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” ― Samuel Johnson
Achieving goals is often lined with detours and setbacks, however this should not deter you from awakening your potential.
Forming new habits is challenging, since it disrupts your natural state of equilibrium. While the rational mind is quick to embrace the new habit, the emotional brain is not as enthusiastic to your plans.
With any luck, you’ve given it considerable thought, along with your strong emotional desire to make the change.
Often, we have little idea of the journey…
“The wise person doesn’t ask, “What have I achieved?” but rather, “What have I contributed?” — Marianne Williamson
Are you contributing to this experience called life?
Allow me to explain myself better. Contribution requires us being of value and service in some way.
It needn’t be on a global scale but embodied through your thoughts, actions or non-actions for the betterment of humanity.
I’ve had the privilege of meeting some amazing people over the course of my professional life and was astonished by their journey.
Moreover, their exceptional attitude towards selfless contribution is worthy of mention.
Similarly, I’ve met people…
“Be observing constantly. Stay open minded. Be eager to learn and improve.”–John Wooden
Do you consider yourself to be open-minded?
Do you objectively listen to other people’s views and opinions without reacting with your own biases?
To be open minded means being mindful of our thoughts and emotions. To harness our inner wisdom beckons us to connect with our heart and mind.
As we call on our inner wisdom, cultivating open-mindedness becomes an extension of our inner state of being.
To reveal our inner wisdom, we must be willing to cultivate a state of open-mindedness, rather than remain ill-informed.
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” — Lao Tzu
It’s not the size of our bank account, nor our status or achievements that matter in the end.
What truly matters are our relationships and the lives we touch along the way.
Material possessions are vehicles to help us fulfil our life’s purpose. …
“Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open.” — Pauline Kael
History shows there were countless people who overcame insurmountable obstacles and setbacks to succeed.
You might be surprised to learn many successful entrepreneurs have a developmental reading disorder dyslexia, including well-known Virgin founder, Richard Branson.
Dyslexics have to overcome enormous odds to succeed which indicates a strong…
“You can experience the magic of turning toward yourself when you get triggered and listening to what is being revealed, giving your reactions the accepting attention they need to transform.” — Mary O’Malley
Take a moment to think of someone in your life that triggers negative emotions within you.
I realise it may be unpleasant, but notice the emotions that arise when you think of this person.
Whilst it is difficult to understand, this person is pointing you towards your healing. They are a messenger to help you identify emotional wounds that require healing.
I too have such people in…
“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” — Buddha
It’s safe to say everyone has a past and in that past lies painful memories, disappointments and frustrations.
This journey of life is not guaranteed to be a bed of roses, since everyone experiences painful times.
Many people can cope with negative emotions, but many don’t cope well. Some people stuff the pain where it gets stored in their subconscious mind and they don’t realise it.
This negative energy buried deep down may stay there for a while, but eventually resurfaces to be dealt with.
“You don’t need to change the world; you need to change yourself.” — Don Miguel Ruiz
Everyone desires to be happy because life is empty if we are unhappy. But we needn’t place happiness above our personal growth, and here’s why.
The primary function of the universe is growth and expansion. I mentioned this recently in an article titled Why You Need To Be Flexible, To Survive And Thrive, in which I wrote about developing an open mind.
This article follows the same path, where I propose life is more invested in our personal growth than our happiness.
“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.” — Ernest Hemingway
If you let your defeats conquer you, they will penetrate your psyche and erode your character.
Setbacks are unavoidable in this journey called life and none of us are immune to them.
If you are reading this now, you no doubt live in the Western world and have access to technology which makes you more privileged than millions of others living in poverty.
I mention this because life in the Western world comes with its privileges and its downsides.
Defeat is sewn…