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Create the Life You Want

Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe. – Oprah Winfrey

I’m a believer in the Law of Attraction, as I’ve stated many times before.  And according to the LoA, you attract into your life what you are focusing on.  Well if that’s true, why not create the life you want?  Why not create the most wonderful, amazing life ever? Create the best possible life you could ever imagine.

create the life you wantAnd what if you don’t believe in the Law of Attraction.  Hey, that’s fine.  You still should create the life you want.  If you’re happy, truly happy with the way your life is now, that’s fantastic.  I am very happy for you.  But if you’re not happy, why not take the opportunity to make some changes and start making your life better.  If you aren’t happy do something about it! If you have a job that you don’t like, first, be happy you have a job!  Having a job is kind of an important thing, but if you’re not happy, you don’t have to stay at that job.  Start looking around, hit the job sites, and network.  It’s never too late to try something new.  You may have to add to your skill set, but that’s okay.  Personally, I love learning new things.

If you’re not happy with your relationship, or your relationship status you can change it.  It’s not easy, I’m not claiming that at all, but if it’s something you want, you are worth the time and effort it takes to get it.  This is your chance to create the life you want.  It begins with you.  The first step is deciding that you want to make a change.  Then decide what you want.  Those are the easy part.  The hard part is taking that next step.  The step where you start making changes.  But you don’t have to do it alone.

Since you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume you have internet access, and with that access, you have, at your fingertips access to just about everything. And by everything I mean the information you need to make changes in your life.  You don’t have to do it alone, either.  There are plenty of groups and meet ups, life coaches, churches and support groups where you can go for help.  Back when I was a kid, we had to let our fingers do the walking in the yellow pages, now you can let your fingers do the typing.

This is your life.  It belongs to you, not anybody else.  So why not live the life you want.  Imagine the best, most wonderful life you could ever imagine.  Don’t skimp on the details.  Really put your heart and soul in to imagining it in your vision.  Create the life you want first in your mind, and then in life.

Color Outside the Lines

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up. – Allen Klein

So life is like a box of chocolates, and your attitude is like a box of crayons.  I like that.  It’s what you do with the crayons that’s important.  Are you going to be all nice and neat, or are you going to color outside the lines?

color outside the linesI’m going to talk about coloring for a bit, so hang in there.  When I was a little kid, I mean like kindergarten little, I had to bring a paper home to get signed by my mum.  She looked at the paper and didn’t understand why she had to sign it because I had done it right.  Turns out the paper had to be signed because I colored outside of the lines.  What can I say, I sucked at coloring.  I still do.

But ever since that day, I don’t color. At all. Ever.  All those awesome adult coloring books on the market do nothing but inspire fear and dread in my heart.  So for me, it’s not only a matter of gray crayons, it’s a matter of staying inside the lines.  For a very long time, I felt the need to conform and color my life picture in very drab, monochromatic colors and I was careful to conform – you know, stay in the lines.

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to realize a lot of things.  Conformity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.  Don’t just use the gray crayon, and color outside the lines.  Live your life and make it a vibrant, scribbly rainbow of color.  It’s your life, it’s your crayon box and it’s your picture.  No matter what you do, it’s going to be beautiful, and as long as you’re happy with it, that’s all that matters!

 

It’s Up To You

Nothing will work unless you do. ~ Maya Angelou

It’s true.  Think about it at the most basic levels., the tv set isn’t going to work if you don’t turn it on. If you don’t take care of your body with proper care and nutrition, it’s not going to work. It’s up to you to get it done. The other day, I wrote a blog called It Takes Hard Work, and it’s true. Doing anything requires work, and it’s up to you to decide just how much effort and work you want to put into it.

it's up to youI’ve spent a lot of time this week thinking about the changes I want to make in my life.  And I can think about them until the cows come home but unless I do the work, they’re not going to happen. It’s up to me, and it’s up to you.  If you want changes in your life, if you want things to be different, you need to put in the effort, make the changes and get it done

Why am I spending so much time thinking about the changes? Well because I want to make changes. However, I don’t know if I’m ready to put in the effort that is required.  A few years ago, I lost a lot of weight. I just one day decided I needed to do it and I was ready to put in the work. I just did it.  It was my choice, my decision and it was up to me.  I have lots of other things I need to work on, including losing more weight, but I don’t know if I’m ready to do the work.  It’s up to me, and for you, it’s up to you.  Nothing is going to work until you do. All the changes you want to make in your life, all the things you want to do, they’re not going to get done until you decide to do it. It’s up to you.

Find Your Motivation

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. ~ Ayn Rand

Find your motivation? Sometimes that is far easier said than done.  I’m not sure I totally agree with Rand’s statement that creative people aren’t find your motivationmotivated by a desire to beat others.  I think we all want to win, or at the very least, do our best, and that desire is where you find your motivation.

See winning doesn’t necessarily mean beating others.  To me, winning is doing your best.  That is where motivation comes from.  When you have a big test coming up and you are motivated to put some serious effort into your studying, it’s because you want to win.  You’re winning knowledge and the tangible letter/number grade.  And seriously, who among us wasn’t totally psyched to find they had the highest grade in the class?

So where do you find motivation.  The best place to find it is from within, of course, but from where I’m standing – or sitting if we’re being 100% honest, wanting to beat others isn’t bad. The key is to not let that be your only motivation. So sure, strive to beat others, but more importantly, strive to beat you.  Find your motivation and get it done.

It Takes Hard Work

It is well to fly towards the light, even where there may be some fluttering and bruising of wings against the windowpanes, is it not?- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

So how did I get from this beautiful quote to it takes hard work?  Well my mind works in some very odd ways, lol. When I was picking out the quotes for the week, I came across this one and honestly, I just thought it was pretty.  I didn’t think about what it meant at all.  And then last night I started writing a post that I trashed about how you have to help yourself.  It wasn’t coming together for me thought, so I gave up.  This morning, when I was posting the quote on instagram, it all came together for me.

it takes hard workTo me, this quote is talking about making a  better life for yourself, that’s the moving toward the light.  But self-improvement is hard work.  You can’t just think you want things to change or get better and poof, it’s going to happen.  It takes effort on your part, and it takes hard work.  That’s where the bruising of wings comes in.

Now, as you know, I’m a huge believer in the Law of Attraction.  There are those who feel that with the Law of Attraction, all you have to do is put out to the universe and you’ll get it.  So if you want to improve yourself, you just say “I want to improve myself,” and poof, it happens.  Man I only wish it happened that way.  I’d be a size five, I’d have millions of dollars and the love of my soulmate for all eternity, all without any effort on my part.

What you have to do is set your intention, firmly, and believe it with all your heart, and then you start doing your part.  Say you want to become a published author.  Set your intention of becoming a published author.  Put it out there to the universe.  Then believe with all your heart that it’s going to happen.  See your book in the stores, and on Amazon.  See your name on all the best seller lists, heck even see yourself being interviewed on Ellen Degeneres’s  show being interviewed about your book. But you’re not done yet. You have to actually WRITE the book. Yes, you have to work at it.  Same goes for anything else you may want to have in your life.  It takes hard work.

So what if you want to work on the inside? Maybe change your thoughts, or let go of a relationship that isn’t serving you any longer?  There are tons of books to read, there are support groups, there is therapy or even facebook groups where you can talk with other people who are working on the same things you are working on or you can find a life coach. There are plenty of great life coaches out there.  I can suggest Nicole Amaturo. She is warm and caring, and a very genuine person. She also has some self-paced courses available on her website, which are amazing. But in the end, it’s up to you. You can turn your life around, you can make any changes you want in your life.  It just takes two things, it takes a strong belief, and it takes hard work.

Rules to Live By

Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth. – Mark Twain

I’ll begin by saying though I found this quote attributed to Mark Twain, there is some doubt about who said it.  Regardless of who said it, these are rules to live bysome amazing rules to live by.  When I read this quote, all I could think about were little kids.  They really live by this quote.  They don’t care if they can sing or not, they sing at the top of their lungs.  They love just about everybody without reservation and the can and do dance with abandon.

Life was good back then, when we didn’t care about what anybody thought.  We never even gave it a thought.  We just did whatever popped into our heads.  I can remember being like this, and I can remember just being happy.  But society (read people) start telling us how we’re supposed to act, what we’re supposed to do, when we’re supposed to do it and what is acceptable and what isn’t.  And society tends to tell us that randomly singing out loud, and dancing about are unacceptable.

The thing is, they shouldn’t be.  You should be able to live life to the fullest, and for you if that involves singing, dancing, loving and laughing.  Make being happy and living life on your terms your rules to live by.  Find your joy in what you do and not in conforming to the rules that pigeon-hole us and try and make us all the same.  Make your life be like heaven on earth.

Visualize and it Will Materialize

Originally posted at Success.com

Visualize and it Will Materialize
by Steve Rizzo

Visualization is a common sense success strategy that can keep you motivated and focused to achieve your goals throughout the day. As I’ve often said, “Visualize and it will materialize.”

Visualization is the applying of your given gift of imagination to your faith and confidence. You can use it to discover ways to work through tough times, to rise above your problems and see the possibilities of a solution. It can also be used in the process of healing or to manifest a particular desire.

You can read the rest of the article here

We Are Resilient

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. – Bern Williams

We are resilient, we truly are.  As a species we face setbacks, and tragedies, and still we not only survive, we bounce back and we thrive.  Honestly, we’re kind of amazing. But what exactly does it mean to be resilient?  It means being able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions. If we are resilientthat doesn’t describe humanity, I don’t know what does.

This awesome article says that resilient people do not let adversity define them, and that is so true. Crappy things happen, and they happen frequently.  It’s not fun, and in fact, it stinks, but when those things knock us down, we pick ourselves up and keep on going.  Why? Because we are resilient.  It doesn’t mean that we don’t get depressed or let down, or angry or hurt. Of course we do, we’re not walking talking perpetually happy machines.  When things happen that aren’t great, it’s okay to get mad, or sad.  It’s okay to get angry and have a hissy fit, or a full on temper tantrum.  But then, that’s when amazing things start to happen.  That’s when it’s time to look at what happened, and why (if there is a why) and figure out a way to fix it, or to move past it.

We are resilient.  We really are.  There have been people in absolutely horrible circumstances that have found a way to survive them and move on to have wonderful lives.  Your attitude is one of the greatest tools you have.  When you have a positive attitude, you can and will bounce back so much quicker.  Remember that when life tosses those speed bumps in your way, that you can handle them because you are resilient.

Live Your Life

Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

I read this quote and read this quote, and I kept focusing on the part about turn his back on life.  I didn’t get it, unless Roosevelt was talking about suicide.  But after much thinking, and a lot of reflection, I finally figured it out.  You have to live your life, not just go through the motions. Before I go life your lifeany further though, I will say that for some people, they think the only option they have is suicide.  Please, if you are feeling this way at all reach out to someone – anyone.  And if you don’t feel as if you have anyone you can talk to call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.  You are not alone.

You need to live your life, and so do I.  It’s not enough to just exist and go through the motions.  Life is for celebrating, and exploring and doing.  Don’t turn your back on life.  You have an opportunity to experience so much.  Even if you never go more than fifty miles from where you were born, you can still experience so much.

A few years ago there was an inspirational thing that showed up on facebook about 2 men in a hospital. One man had his bed by the window, and he would spend his days telling the man in the other bed of the beautiful things he could see through the window.  Well the man passed, and the other man asked for the bed next to the window.  They moved him, and when he looked outside, all he could see was a brick wall.

To me, that first man was a prime example of live your life.  He didn’t let himself be limited by where he was and what he could see. He opened his mind and used his imagination to explore the world and find the beauty in it. That’s what we all need to do.  I want to live my life to the fullest. Be open to new things, and explore new things, and even if I don’t get to travel, still explore the world through books, television and the internet.  I’m going to live my life and be curious and open my self to new things, and I hope you do too. Live your life.

Forget Them

Do not allow people to dim your shine because they are blinded. – Lady Gaga

There are people who always seem to be perpetual downers.  No matter what you say or what you do, they’re right there trying to rain on your parade. Forget them, forget their negative attitudes and forget their negative thinking. Focus on the awesomeness that is you.

forget themI got hit with something out of the blue yesterday really brought me down.  It was like the light went out of my world.  It carried over into today and impacted my whole day in a very bad way.  I totally let someone else not just dim my shine, but extinguish it completely.  And what did I do?  I focused on that.  I let it get bigger and bigger until it totally overwhelmed me.  Stuff from other people.  I let stuff from other people do this to me.  Well now I’m trying to forget them and forget their stuff.

There are always people (and things) that are going to try and bring you down and extinguish the inner light that shines in you.  Forget them and their negativity.  Your inner light needs to shine.  Don’t let yourself be blinded by the people who are trying to extinguish your light.  Forget them!

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