How Big Is Your Goal?

December 17, 2013

“Set a goal so big that if you achieved it, it would blow you away” – The Secret

Why is it that when many people set goals, they simply shoot for the bare minimum? For example, they set financial goals to “just get out of debt”. Or career goals to simply “find a job better than the one I have”.

I can certainly relate because even now, that I know much better, I still find that I often sell myself short based on my expectations. I have taken it upon myself lately to follow the philosphy from Rhonda Byrne’s wonderful book. I am done shooting for the bare minimum. Instead, I want to be blown away. And I want to take as many people as possible with me.

Together let us take our level of expectation to a much higher level. Let us enjoy and not take for granted the small victories on our way to the goal. However, let’s not go one step above. Let’s go ten, a hundred, or better yet, not set limits at all.

I also find that when you increase expectations and shoot extremely high, you still grow even if you don’t reach the highest point. You end up much futher than if you would have kept your goals small.

I am not talking about being unrealistic. I know there are talents that I’ve never had and never will. I won’t be going in those directions. However, I have dreams and goals that I know I can achieve if I aim high, pray, think positive, and take the action necessary to get there.

The same is true for you. If you can see  yourself as perfectly fit, watching tv in your $2 million oceanview home in Malibu, doing your dream job, playing games with your dream spouse and kids, traveling to your dream vacation spots, or whatever, then go for it! Who says you have to limit yourself? Who says you can only have enough to get by? Whoever it is, I suggest you listen instead to the faithful voice inside that says your dreams can be reached and WILL be reached.

Ok, so I rambled. Again, as always. My point is that the bigger the goals you shoot for, the more likely you are to live the life you are dreaming of. The cool thing is you have full control of your thoughts and taking the steps to make it happen. You can  start at this moment, and be blown away. Enjoy the blessings : )

A Thanksgiving Reflection

November 29, 2013

Here in the U.S. we celebrated Thanksgiving on November 28. It’s a day to pause and give thanks for all of the blessings we have in life and enjoy the day with people we are thankful to have in our lives.

I always reflect on things to be thankful for on this day and the ones after it. Many other people do the same. However, this year I am doing some extra thinking about things to be thankful for. This is because I have learned more than ever before about gratitude this year, mainly due to a book I read by Rhonda Byrne called, “The Magic”. The book takes the reader on a 28 day journey on being grateful for all of the blessings in all areas of life now, and those yet to come. The goal is that it becomes a regular habit to be thankful each day.

For me, the book has for the most part accomplished that purpose. Sure, there are days where I forget to thank God for my blessings, and others that I complain about injustice or what I don’t have. For the most part though, gratitude has become a regular part of my life, and  I am thankful for that in itself.

I have come to realize that the more we appreciate the small things in life, the bigger blessings we receive, and the more reason we have to be thankful. I especially reflect on that this Thanksgiving season.

I share this to portray my own thinking, but also challenge anyone else to strongly consider the blessings you have in all areas of your life. As I mentioned before, this will not only add more joy and happiness to your life now, but will provide more reasons to be thankful as you continue to make gratitude a regular habit.

As long as I am being thankful, I will thank all of my wonderful readers from the bottom of my heart. I have received a far greater response in this space than I could have ever imagined, and I thank you all for visiting, spreading the word, and sharing your input. It means the world to me. Have an excellent day : )

Steps Of Gratitude

June 23, 2013

I recently read a book by Rhonda Byrne called “The Magic”. If you haven’t read it, I strongly suggest you do. The book is about gratitude, and helps you take steps to be more thankful in life and explains the benefits of doing so.

In one part of the book, the author talks about Albert Einstein. She says he demonstrated gratitude to people and for his circumstances hundreds of times a day. She expresses her belief that his immense gratitude is one of the reasons he was so successful.

I am a firm believer that, the more we express our gratitude, the more reasons we will be given to be thankful. Here’s a suggestion from that book that works very well for me, and I wanted to share it with you today. There’s an action plan in the book called steps of gratitude. The author explains that the first thing she does after waking up in the morning is say thank you for each step she takes from her bed to the bathroom. One foot is thank, and the other is you. Another suggestion is that if you walk anywhere throughout the day, say thank and you for each step you take. As you do this, think of something or somebody specific to be thankful for.

You may ask, what if I can’t think of specifics? In that case, just say thank you. As you continue to say thank you, even in general, you develop the positive feelings of gratitude. As you do, you will be prompted with something specific to be thankful for. It works every time.

What are you thankful for today? Focus on it with each step you take. On these beautiful summer days, I recommend you take a deliberate walk, and with each step say a simple, heartfelt thank you for even the smallest blessings in your life.

As I mentioned, the more thankful you are, the more reasons you will be given to be thankful. I’ve seen it in my own life, and it only makes me want to express my gratitude even more. When you are thankful, you will feel more positive and happy, and you will have greater impacts on others. It’s a win-win situation. It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure that out. Thank you so much for reading. Have a wonderful day : )