How To Make Lasting Changes in Your Life

April 27, 2013

What is  the biggest part of your life that needs change? Most of us can easily and quickly answer this question. What they can’t easily answer is how to do it.

The following is a quote I read recently, and it really had me thinking…”The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind”. William James

It’s simple. What we think about, we bring about. It’s amazing how much control we have in the fate of our lives. However, it’s amazing how little we focus on and use this control. I speak for myself as well, because I did it often in the past, and still catch myself doing it now sometimes.

The key is to keep your mind focused on the highest possible thoughts. Envision the absolute ideal life in all areas. Then, as often as possible, keep focused on the details of that picture. Enjoy it in your imagination as much as possible. You will start to believe it, and eventually live it.

Keep this simple fact in mind today. Alter your thoughts and attitudes, and you alter your life. See beauty and positivity and you will experience it. Think success and you will live it. Think happy thoughts, and your reasons to smile will increase. The list can go on and on. The bottom line is that your thoughts and attitudes make a difference, and you have full control over it. Exercise that control, and live the life you want to live. Enjoy the blessings : )


How To Gain Ultimate Success

March 23, 2013

“The value of the individual life is not measured by the quality of possessions, but by the quality of existence”.

The above quote is by Christian Larson in his book “The Ideal Made Real” (p. 109). It is easily one of the best of many books I’ve read on personal development. I’ve read it several times, and it seems like each time, a different part of it catches my attention.

What is the significance of the quote? Based on the other information in the chapter, he is saying that instead of striving to achieve “things” and material success, it is far more important to strive to be the absolute best you that you can be. We are all blessed with different personalities. Knowing this, let your unique personality shine as brightly as it can.

I will share more quotes from the chapter that I believe can bring the point across far better than I can…”to find your personality passing through a transformation process, bringing out into expression the finest and best that you can picture in your ideals is something that will add immensely to the joy and worth of living. In fact, this alone would make life not only worth living, but so rich that every moment would become a source of unbounded satisfaction itself” (p.110).

I will add one more…”the average person usually asks himself how much money he can make during the next ten years, but why should he not ask how much happiness he can enjoy during those same years, or how much brilliancy he can develop in his own mind or how much more beautiful he can become in body, character, and soul? He would find that by living for these latter things, he would not only perpetually enrich his life and live a life that is thoroughly worth living, but he would find that the earning of money would be much easier than if he simply lived for material gain alone”(p.110-111).

Once again, the message is this. Focus on being the best person you can be at all times. See the beauty in the unique personality God has given you. Constantly remind yourself that His perfect and loving spirit is a part of you. Be love, beauty, kindness, joy, and all of the other fruits of that Spirit.

When you are the best you that you can be, you are setting yourself up for success. You are more attractive and positive, and you will be drawn like a magnet to positive and successful situations. You will have the confidence to act and take full advantage of the opportunities. Most importantly, you will enjoy a life of happiness, satisfaction, and success. That’s a life we all strive to live. Enjoy those wonderful blessings : )

As a footnote, an acquaintance of mine provided me a free copy of the e-book I mentioned above. If you would like a free copy for yourself, leave a comment or contact me, and I will be happy to share. The book has helped my life immensely, and I believe it will help you in the same way : )


Let God Handle It

March 20, 2013

Why do we often struggle through our day, trying to do everything ourselves and stressing about all of the obstacles we face? It’s a battle I faced for a long time, until I realized the value of surrender. I realize that I often have very little control of some of the obstacles that enter my life.

I can certainly control how I handle the difficult situations. But why should I? There is a God who is more than willing to handle the difficulties, obstacles, and whatever negative situations enter into life.

I was reminded of this fact after reading a quote in a Wayne Dyer book. He said there is a sign in his house which says the following: “Good morning. This is God. I will be handling all of your problems today. I will not need your help, so have a miraculous day”.

I am fully confident that God keeps His promises, so why not just step out of the way and let Him do His thing. Let go and let God. Go where you feel like He is leading you, but leave the stressful details to Him. It’s a great way to remove stress and get things done. In fact, much more gets done through His power than trying to do everything on your own. Not only will you will be less stressed, but you will be more blessed!

I am thankful for this quote, because there are still days where I forget, and I try to do too much. If you do too, remember to leave the problems and difficulties to God. They will soon disappear, and you will be very thankful for it. Enjoy the blessings : )


A Quick Recipe For Success

March 9, 2013

“You can move much more swiftly and effectively toward the joyous success you seek in life by giving your attention and emphasis to the way you want to feel, or to your state of being, rather than to the action”. – Jerry and Esther Hicks.

As I asked for divine guidance for my day today, I was led to this quote. And it’s amazing how, when I am led to a particular quote, it’s along the same lines as other quotes I’ve been led to. In other words, God is trying to tell me something!

For several years, I have read about the importance of monitoring my feelings and my state of being. I strongly believe in this philosophy. It’s a simple fact that the more positive you feel, the more you open yourself up for blessing. When you feel negative about something or someone, the negativity only increases, and things get worse. I completely understand that you can’t have positive feelings all of the time. You can’t be expected to. Bad things happen, and it is natural to feel bad or sad when they do. However, the key is to replace the negative thoughts with positive as soon as possible.

I often share in this blog how important it is to maintain positive thoughts. Your feelings and emotions are the indicators to use for how positive your thoughts are. If you are feeling good and happy, you are thinking positive thoughts. If you are down and out and not feeling well mentally, it is an indicator that you need to change your thoughts.

Another part of this quote I find important for success is about state of being. When you feel the state of being you would have if you already reached your goal, you are helping to bring it into your life. For example, if you are seeking greater health, be healthy. Deliberately eat more healthy foods, do more exercise, and feel the extra energy. If you want more wealth, feel wealthy. Treat yourself to something good and be thankful for all the things you already have. If you are seeking a new relationship, be the ideal partner that anyone would want to be with. Whatever it is you are seeking, be the person you would be if you already had it, and act like it’s already yours.

The part of this quote that may bother some is the part that says to feel and be rather than acting. I can certainly understand that because many people feel like they have to do something all of the time. It’s also true that, if you want to accomplish something, you have to take some action. I believe the authors of this quote are not advising you to avoid action. Instead, they are saying to feel and be first. When your emotions are as positive as they can be, and you are being the person you desire, it is much easier to take action, and the action you take is so much more effective.

I will provide a short example. Let’s say you have a goal to lose 20 pounds. You will not accomplish it by just sitting around and thinking about it. However, the first thing to do is to picture yourself at the ideal weight. Think of how much better you look. Reflect on how much better you will feel about yourself. Imagine doing things you want to do that you can’t do now. When you do that, your emotions automatically become more positive. At this point, you begin attracting success to you. Now, look in the mirror and see yourself as healthy. Repeat to yourself how great you feel. Even though you’re not there yet, your subconscious mind starts to take hold of it. Now you believe you can lose the weight and be healthier. When this happens, you are driven to take actions to match the picture in your mind. You automatically think, “what I can I do to get me to my goal”? You think of eating healthier, going for a walk, taking vitamins, or whatever. Since the picture in your mind has changed, you take the actions necessary to make it come true. So you do eat healthier, exercise, etc. Then when you see the weight coming off, you are only inspired more until it happens.

I challenge you to focus on the aspects of feeling and being. Feel as good as you can as much as you can. Be the person you want to be, living life as much as you can as if you already have what you want. Then take any necessary action you are inspired to take. If you follow this formula, you will see the blessings in your life multiply, and you will continuously reach your goals. As always, I invite you to share your success stories here. Have an awesome day!


How Far Can Clear Vision Take You?

February 15, 2013

Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. – James Allen

It helps to have good clear vision in life, doesn’t it? It’s logical that you can accomplish more in broad daylight, being able to see well than stumbling unclearly in the dark.

The opening quote is a strong reminder of the benefits of clear vision. When you envision the successful completion of a goal clearly in your mind, you eventually live it out. This is because your subconscious mind picks up on the visions and feelings of faith, and you act accordingly.

Use these words as inspiration today. Take time to envision the success you are seeking. See it. Believe it. Make it happen. Have faith as you hold the vision in your mind, and feel the positive emotions you know you will feel when the goal is realized.

Tell me what you see. How good is it? You will one day be what you are seeing. It’s in your control. Make it happen, and enjoy the blessings : )


From Mind Success to Life Success

January 9, 2012

One of the most powerful quotes I learned last year is from Joseph Murphy’s book, “The Power of the Subsconscious Mind”. He says..”Any thought fixed firmly in the mind, backed by faith will come to pass”.

The above quote came to mind recently as I had a conversation with my parents. We recalled a situation that came up during a family visit in Florida last year. My father is 68 years old and plays in a softball league with men his age, and some who are 10-15 years older than that. The quality of play in this league is top notch. I was invited to play. I consider myself a fairly good softball player. However, I was nervous about this opportunity. It was February, and I hadn’t played since July. And I didn’t play too well during that season. I was looking forward to playing, but I was also nervous that I would be inferior and embarrass myself in front of these players that were 25-30 years older than me.

I decided that, in order to do the best I could and avoid embarassment, I needed to do two things. One was to pray. The second was to fix my mind on success. What I did was imagine myself catching the ball over and over again. Fly balls, ground balls, line drives, etc. I then imagined myself continually hitting the ball solidly. In my mind I didn’t even imagine hitting the ball over everyone’s head, but just solid, hard hits.

What was the result? From the time I took the practice field, I caught every ball. I ended up having  one of the best softball games of my life. I felt very confident, caught every ball, and even hit a home run! It wasn’t a far home run, just a  solid line drive that got past everyone. It was the same type of hit I imagined!

I share this to discuss something I wish to make a main theme of this blog, and my life this year. That is, the power of our mind to help us succeed. This was done in a simple softball game. If it enabled success there, it could do so anywhere. Whatever area of life you are looking to succeed in, see yourself doing it and doing well over and over again. Watch it happen, and feel how good it feels. You will experience the same success I had during my softball game. I made no extra efforts to succeed. Instead, I was confident because I had already “experienced” success. Everything on the field seemed so natural, and I just went about doing things that way.

When you experience success in your mind, you will live your life confidently and naturally. Then you will continue to build on that success. Once that happens, you will look back and be amazed at the trail of victories you encounter. Enjoy the blessings : )


Everlasting Faith

September 21, 2011

Is your faith lacking these days? If things are difficult and you are facing many obstacles, it is often easy to lose faith.

There are times in my life where my faith is not as strong as it could be. When this happens it is alarming to me because there are many verses in the Bible that stress the importance of faith. According to your faith it will be done for you. Anything is possible to him who has faith. Without faith who can expect to receive anything from God? Those are just a few of them. These verses are great when our faith is high. With great faith we can experience miracles in our life. However, what if we lack that miracle working faith?

I read a very re-assuring Bible verse the other day. It is from 2 Timothy 2:13. It says, “if we remain faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself”. This verse tells me several things. First of all, God expects that there will be times in our life where negative circumstances cause us to lose faith. He understands. Also, the last part of that verse reminds me that He has a plan for our lives. He has a will that He will not allow to be denied. Even though our faith may be low, He will still remain with us and will never turn His back on us.

This idea reminds me of a young child learning to ride a bicycle. At first, the child does not have the faith to ride by himself. What a good father or mother would then do is guide them along. Have the child do the work of pushing the pedals and balancing the bike while they assist by holding on to the bike. After all, they understand the child’s fear, and they wouldn’t want them to fall because they were not ready to ride on their own. However, if the child keeps working at it, they eventually develop the confidence and faith to ride without the guiding hand of their parent. Their faith has increased to where they know they can complete the task.

I believe this same scenario is true in our daily adult lives. As long as we make the effort and persist, God will lovingly guide us. Eventually, we will get to the point where our faith grows, and we can complete those tasks that we originally didn’t believe we could. As we continually test our faith for greater things, we will be blessed more and more. We will see greater success and enjoy a more joyful, rewarding life.

It is important to have faith if we want greatness in our lives. However, when it is difficult to believe, know that God is still there with us helping us get to where we need to be. There aren’t many things more assuring than that.

Have an excellent day : )