10 Thoughts You Must Leave in the Past

10 Thoughts You Should Leave in the Past

A new way of thinking has become the necessary condition for responsible living and acting.  If we maintain obsolete values and beliefs, a fragmented consciousness and self-centered spirit, we will continue to hold onto outdated goals and behaviors.
-Dalai Lama

If you want to move forward, you must change your way of thinking and leave these thoughts behind you:

  1. “I don’t have a choice.” – You write your own destiny through the choices you make.  You become what you repeatedly do.  It is more important to know where you are going and why, than to get there quickly.  Do not mistake activity for achievement.  Every time you are tempted to react to the same old circumstances in the same old way, ask yourself, “Do I want to be a prisoner of the past, or a pioneer of the future?”  Read As a Man Thinketh.
  2. “Life is easy.” – Life is NOT easy, it IS difficult.  That’s the greatest truth there is.  It’s great because once you understand and accept this truth, you can move forward with your life.  Once you thoroughly know in your heart and mind that life is difficult, then life gets a lot easier to deal with.  Because once difficulty is accepted as a foundation, it no longer surprises you or stops you from building a lifestyle that rises above it.
  3. “The way it is now is the way it will always be.” – Don’t confuse your path with your destination.  Just because it’s stormy now, doesn’t [Read more…]

19 Signs You’re Doing Better than You Think

19 Signs You’re Doing Better than You Think

Even in uncertain times, it’s always important to keep things in perspective.

True wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
– Henry David Thoreau

  1. You are alive.
  2. You are able to see the sunrise and the sunset.
  3. You are able to hear birds sing and waves crash.
  4. You can walk outside and feel the breeze through your hair and the sun’s warmth on your skin.
  5. You have tasted the sweetness of chocolate cake.
  6. You didn’t go to sleep hungry last night.
  7. You awoke this morning with a roof over your head.
  8. You had a choice of what clothes to wear.
  9. You haven’t feared for your life today.
  10. You have overcome some considerable obstacles, and you have learned [Read more…]

9 Good Decisions You’ve Waited Too Long to Make

9 Good Decisions You Have Waited Too Long to Make

As you’re moving at the speed of life, it’s easy to overlook the basics – the simple, good decisions that make life sweeter.

Regardless of how we advance and grow as a society – with new technologies, skills, and ideals – the fundamentals in life haven’t changed.  It’s still best to be cordial and kind, to keep an open mind, to make the most of what you have, to work hard for what you believe, to stand strong and learn from your mistakes when things go wrong, etc.  If you aren’t doing so already, you’ve waited too long.

It’s time to…

  1. Be present. – Being completely present is extremely important – being actively in the ‘here and now’ for yourself and for the ones you love.  Fortunately, doing so is an easy thing to accomplish.  It’s enough to simply take a few deep breaths, pay attention, and let go of thinking and planning for every other time and place.  Just come back to where you are, breathe in, breathe out, and smile.  You are right here, right now in this moment we call life, which is in itself a miracle worth paying attention to.  Read The Power of Now.
  2. Leave the past behind you. – You act like it’s you against the world, but it’s really just you against yourself.  You become a prisoner in your own mind when you cling to the pains of the past.  Instead, be free and [Read more…]

15 Gifts You Can Give Yourself for Free

15 Valuable Gifts You Can Give Yourself for Free

The best things in life aren’t things.  So next time you want to give yourself a gift, save your money, and consider gifting yourself one of the following instead:

  1. The freedom to be unapologetically YOU. – Wearing a mask wears you out.  Faking it is fatiguing.  The most arduous activity is pretending to be what you know you aren’t.  Trying to fit some idealistic mold of perfection is a fool’s game.  It’s much wiser to just be yourself – faults and all.  Take off your mask and start being unapologetic about who you really are.  Remember, imperfection is beauty; madness is genius.  It is better to be ridiculously you, than ridiculously boring by trying to be the same as everyone else.  Read The Mastery of Love.
  2. An uninhibited imagination. – If we’ve learned anything as a society over the past few decades, it’s that life is changing faster and faster with every passing day.  The world tomorrow looks nothing like the world today.  And the people with big imaginations are the ones not just living it, they are creating it.
  3. An open mind. – Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t; everyone can teach you something new.  The purpose of keeping an [Read more…]

10 Happy Habits You Should Start Now

10 Strategies for Being Positively Happy

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;
it’s something you design into the present.

Nobody can pull you down if you raise your awareness to your own inner strength and positivity.  You are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life.  You can either give negativity power over your life, or you can choose to be positive instead by focusing on the great things that are truly important.

Here are ten simple strategies for doing just that:

  1. Nurture your inner child. – You need to put your own fulfillment and needs at the top of your priority list.  There’s an inner child within you who needs your love and patience.  If you’re always telling her to quiet down, to sit still and stop that bouncing… if you’re always reminding her that her thoughts aren’t real, just pretend, and that good girls do what they’re told… how will she ever be able to imagine a fulfilling life for herself as she grows, or be able to jump for joy when she finds it?
  2. Let loose and be a little silly. – Sometimes a little silliness is all you need to get a better perspective of life’s challenges.  Silliness is the carefree, sometimes crazy, and often misunderstood stepsister of happiness.  May you be a friend to both, and smile your way through life’s twists and turns.  Read The Happiness Project.
  3. Mind your own business. – Those who accept you are your friends.  Those who don’t are your teachers.  If someone calls you something and [Read more…]