You want to get ahead. We all do. You are doing more than most people though, you are taking action. That’s great! Envisioning where you want to be plays a huge part of getting there. But take a good look at yourself and accept and embrace who you are in this very moment. Accepting and loving who you are in the now will allow you to build yourself up.
Caring with Kindness
How often did you lose your temper or words didn’t really form the way they should and you looked for a way out in the intention you’ve set? The intention is valued very little if it’s not formed in an open and kind way. Love cannot be portrayed through negative attitudes as much as we like to lie to ourselves and tell ourselves that that’s alright. It shouldn’t be. Act from a place of love with kindness and you are more likely to get the response you are after.
Stressed and Confused? Only You Can Change That
Does the influx of unwanted information start to take over your life? Are you trapped between worry, stress and uncertainty? Stop. Take a deep breath. Clear your thoughts. We are all faced with a choice.
As comfortable as the victim mindset makes us feel, it’s detrimental to our wellbeing. So then what can we do? If we’d see the wave coming we most likely won’t run towards it. Similarly, facing the avalanche of bad news and misinformation, what makes us think that being swamped by negativity will have the opposite effect: positivity, regeneration and growth?
To regain calm we need to anchor ourselves into a reality that we can work towards. We can envision health and prosperity and even if these ideas are being challenged at the moment, what projecting misery achieves is only making room for misery.
We may not be able to change the world around us, but we can change the world we build and we project. Let’s make the world shine with the beauty of our thoughts and the strength of our emotions.
If MOnday Still Isn’t Your Friend, It’s Time to Change That
Mondays might have changed for some people, but the only thing that changed for me is the added stress.
For those of us who can take time off during these times willingly or imposed, this is a great opportunity to reassess where we stand and envision a life where Mondays are a reason for joy rather than despair. And instead of waiting for this dark cloud to go away and life to resume as normal, start by building yourself up.
Build an evening and morning ritual that will get you excited about the day ahead. Practice gratitude, meditate to find inner calm and put positive thoughts into the universe. Having a great day is more likely to happen if that’s the intention for the day. Let’s neutralize the negativity around Mondays and give our appreciation to time.
The Power of What You Can’t Control
I’ve let peace settle in today in a situation that usually would cause me annoyance, to say the least. It wasn’t a day any different that yesterday or the day before, and yet I had the ability to look at the beginning of an emotion and smile.
This incredible superpower came unexpectedly but looking back I can appreciate actions I took to build myself up for that moment. Here are some things that come into mind:
- affirmations of self-worth (many reactions are cause by our own insecurities)
- reading on Mindset (by Dr Carol S Dweck)
- clarifying my goals
- practicing gratitude
All these practices compound into one moment that could have turn a good day into a bad one if I allowed it to. Give yourself the power to accept what is not within your control and you’ll save yourself high amounts of negative energy.
Gratitude: the Skill of All Skills
What are three things that you are grateful for?
I remember being told ‘Don’t be ungrateful’ throughout my upbringing but I never really understood what it meant. It sounded more like a criticism than genuine advice and it probably was.
Gratitude is a concept that can be explained. When you think about all the processes that had to happen to give us rain, the inconvenience of having to carry an umbrella or getting ourselves wet diminishes. Gratitude overcomes annoyance.
The same principle can be applied to relationships, unless a relationship is toxic. In a healthy relationship, mild annoyances can be prevented by gratitude. It allows us to appreciate the other person more and to be more generous with our patience and kindness. Overall this adds up to being a better you.