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Where Will You Dwell?

Today, I made an epic mistake.  I chose to dwell in the wrong place for far too long a time.  Nothing I did could shake the negative mood that overwhelmed me.  I actually kind of felt like Eeyore the Donkey.  It sucked, but you know what?  It’s okay.  I was stuck in that horrible negative mood, and I dwelled for far too long, but I also know that tomorrow is a new day, and I’m not going to allow this negative mood to stick around much longer.  I may have stayed there longer than I should have, but i”m not going to stay there forever.   I’m consciously choosing peace and joy.  That’s the great thing about this life.  We get to make mistakes, and more importantly, we get to learn from them and move on.  I’ve learned that sometimes there are bad days, but we are stronger than the occasional bad day, and we can rise above it to a place of happiness.

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Make the Time

Think about how many times you’ve said that you don’t have the time.  Really think about it.  Then think about what you did that day.  Chances are, you really did have the time.  Time is precious, and we’re all busy, but if you want to do something, I mean REALLY want to do it, you’ll make the time.  Do it or don’t do it, the choice is yours.  But OWN your choice.  Yes, there will actually be times when you don’t have the time, but be honest with yourself.  You owe that to yourself.  If you’re just lacking the will, sit down and figure out why.  Maybe the path you’re avoiding really isn’t the right path for you.  And if it is – push yourself to go down it and make the time to get it done.

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Hope

Life is full of choices.  We make them all the time.  What to eat, what to wear, what to say and what to do.  We make choices all the time. It boggles my mind that the one choice we don’t make is the choice to be happy.  We just take what life throws at us, and we react to it.  You don’t have to do that….you have a choice.  When life gets you down, make the conscious decision to be happy.  Don’t ignore what’s getting you down, don’t avoid it, but look it squarely in the face (figuratively of course) and say “Yeah, this is happening, but I’m not going to let it get me down.” Look for solutions, look for ways to fix it, and above all, laugh and find joy in the other things around you.  Choose hope, not sadness, choose joy and not despair.  Above all, choose YOU!

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Perfection is Overrated

I’m all about reaching for the stars.  Trying to be the best you can be and do the best you can do is fantastic.  But I’ve watched way too many people stress out over what they’re doing, trying to be perfect.  News flash, we’re not perfect.  We’re human, and humans are perfectly IMPERFECT.  We try, we fail and we try again.  That’s where the magic is.  It’s in the trying.  Sure strive for perfection, but don’t get hung up on being perfect.  Enjoy what you’re doing, be proud of your attempt and always, always, always give it your all!

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Move Beyond Your Limits

Einstein was pretty smart.  I mean yeah, he had that whole theory of relativity thing going on, but I’m not just talking about his amazing science ability.  He was an incredibly insightful man.  There are those who might say that if we accept our limits, we are bound by them, but I disagree.  Once we are aware of what our limits are, our natural inclination is to find a way to surpass them.  Think about people who run, they’re always looking to increase their time and their distance…to go beyond what they are capable of.  When you go to the gym, the first time you try lifting weights, you have a limit, there is only so much weight you are capable of lifting.  Once you know that limit, you are able to start working, to strengthen your muscles and push beyond that limit.  This can be applied to anything in our lives.  Once we see where we are, we can then start to think about just how far we can go from there.  Never stop pushing your limits.  Always strive for more.

Write Your Own Story

Growing up, especially for little girls, we’re taught to wish for our happily ever after.  The only problem with that is we focus so much on the happily ever after, we miss the whole story.  Forget about the happy ending…live in the now of your story.  Really experience it.  When you think about it, you are the author of the greatest story ever – yours.  I know it sounds so trite – you are the author of your own story, but really, you are!  Sure your parents may be pushing you to do this or that.  Maybe your job isn’t exactly what you want, and yeah, maybe life is getting you down.  So what, this is still YOUR story.  If you don’t like the way it’s going, write a new chapter, but most of all, find JOY in that chapter.  The more joy you find in your story, the better your story will get.  Enjoy it now, don’t wait for th ehappy ending!

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The Moment

Embrace the now, more than embrace it, love the now.  It’s okay to plan for the future, and it’s okay to remember the past.  But we live in the now, and you need to love the now.  If you are happy and love who you are and what you’re doing right now, that love you’re feeling, that love will grow.  It will grow and expand.  It will encompass you, and the more love you feel, the more that love will grow and expand.  It will envelope you and those around you, and the love can and will continue to grow.

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Make Peace

This is probably the best piece of advice I’ve ever heard.  It’s also probably the hardest piece of advice to accept.  We are so darn critical of ourselves.  When you look in a mirror, what do you see?  I’m betting you overlook every single good thing you could see and instead perseverate over every perceived flaw.  And when you make a mistake, I’m betting you castigate yourself instead of accepting it and moving on.  I’m going to say “hey, don’t do that,” but I also know how very hard it is to NOT do that.  Maybe if we talked to ourselves they way we talk to our friends and family we’d be better off.  You are not a perfect person, and neither am I.  Accept your imperfections and move on.  You’ll be happier in the end.

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Create Your Vision

I was talking to somebody about visualizing and they were sharing some of the things they were trying to visualize, and I have to say, they set the visualization bar super low.  So we got to talking about that, and they said they didn’t feel right asking for so much awesomeness in their life.  I asked them if they ever played my favorite game.  It’s called “What if I won the lottery?”  Man I love that game.  I can spend that money like it’s nothing, and they said of course, pretty much everyone plays that game, but it’s just a daydream.  That was kind of my point.  You don’t limit yourself on your daydreams, why oh why would you limit yourself on your visualizations?  If you want it, GO for it.  Reach for the stars.  Visualize your perfect life, with your perfect things.  Don’t dream of mediocrity; dream of the fantastic.  It can be yours, you just have to believe it to be true.

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Accept Truth

There is nothing worse than believing in something 100% only to find out that perhaps you were wrong.  Truth has a way of knocking our beliefs out from underneath us.  As we grow and mature, we’ll often be faced with some hard truths that can throw us for a loop, but looking at them and accepting them can open up a new world to us.  So when confronted with the truth, accept it with grace and dignity and explore the new world which may be opened to you.  You never know what amazing and wonderful things you may learn.

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