Day #251: How Thinking Can Change Your Life – Think Positive

What we think, how we think and the whole process of thinking can have a ripple effect of our attitude, day and life. Ever notice that when you’re feeling crappy, the whole world seems hostile and unfair? (“That guy totally cut me off! Screw him!“) But when you’re in a good mood, the whole world appears friendly and wonderful, and nothing can bring you down? (“Sure, go ahead, you must be in a hurry!“)

Here’s the truth: The world is no different on those days. You are different.

Your thoughts create your feelings, your feelings create your actions, and your actions create your life. – Unknown

The most critical thing to understand is that your thoughts matter. Your thoughts create your feelings, your feelings create your actions, and your actions create your life. They’re all interconnected, no exceptions.

6 Ways To Think Positive And Change Your Mindset

  1. Clarify your desires: Write down your goals. You can start today. Make them happen. Review them regularly.
  2. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude: Gratitude unlocks our positive vibes through the improved filter it gives us on the world. 
  3. Understand your self talk: How you talk to yourself is important because you are the one listening.
  4. Focus on the good things: Try focusing on only the positive and be vocal about it with people in your life for 24 hours.
  5. Visualize your dreams: Images enable us to activate our true longings, not what we think we “should want.” In this respect it can also help you pinpoint your goals. Remember to look at your vision and dreams!
  6. Get busy! Make a commitment to take one action every single day that will drive you towards your goals and vision. By this time next year, you’ll be amazed how those 365 actions add up.
You see the world does not change, only you change. Only you can allow opportunity to grow, only you can allow negative blocks in your mind to come to life. All these things are up to you and how you react, act and choose to be. So how will you think?

Day #250: Life. Another Day, Another Chance – Bring It On

Keep this in mind as you go through life, and understand that every moment you live is another chance you have to work for what you deserve.

As a following on from yesterday’s blog – the secret of happiness isn’t found waiting around, but usually through taking a chance.

Today I have 6 Points which will prompt you to think, to act and to identify how taking a chance can be your next best trigger for happiness.

Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing. – Denis Waitley

Nothing will simply come to you

Unless you were born into an incredibly wealthy family, you’re going to have to work for everything you want in life. If we were simply handed everything on a silver platter, we’d find no fulfillment in life. Working hard may be tough, but it makes earning the things we desire much more rewarding.

Risks are a necessity

No one gets anywhere staying in their comfort zone. Expanding this zone may be difficult, but it’s absolutely necessary if you want to achieve anything. You’ll never get over your fear of public speaking if you avoid classes and jobs in which you’ll have to give presentations to a large group. When you take a risk and fall short, make the most out of the negative experience by learning from your short-comings, and changing your plan of attack the next time around.

Rewards make work worth doing

Earning a reward is much more fulfilling than simply being given it. When you work for what you’ve earned, you’ll discover you’re happy with what you have. You can take comfort when you come home at night to all that you’ve earned with your hours of hard work.

Don’t think ‘What if?’ – Just jump in and go for it

It can be hard to take that first step if you constantly second-guess yourself. However, it is important that you don’t ever let the fear of trying hold you back. It is important that you don’t ever let the fear of trying hold you back.The more time you spend thinking, “What if I fail?” or “What if I do something wrong?” or “What if I look stupid in front of everyone?”, the less time you have to actually improve yourself. Just dive in, and focus your energy on the task at hand.

It will be easier push yourself, the more you push yourself

The more you push yourself, the easier it becomes to push even farther. Once you dive into something, you’ll find that consistently pushing yourself is actually easier than slacking off. You’ll also find you’re much happier with yourself for sticking with it. Just like this blog – 250 days consecutive now. What can you do?

You control your own destiny

We have free will, we have choice. You can choose to do whatever you want, when you want or how you want when you are not bound by anything else. Everyday you have a choice. You can take action and finally take the steps to ignite your dreams. Or, you can continue to make up silly excuses of why you can’t or shouldn’t. I’m serious. What is stopping you? Like really stopping you? Don’t blame time and don’t blame resources. What is it that you are really blaming? What’s holding you back? If you have something you are passionate about and that you enjoy. You should chase it. You should follow it. You should make it happen. 

Day #249: Chase Happiness, Be Happier & Live Happy

Another massive Monday is upon us and it is all up to you to be happy. Will you make it as happy as can be?

You see, no one else can make you happy. Hollywood portrays these romantic stories about how someone else can change the whole disposition of your life but that’s not realistic. Other people cannot focus solely on your happiness. They have other things that they’d like to accomplish too. Being happy is your responsibility. No one else can do that for you. Besides, you’re the only one who truly knows what makes you happy anyway.

You can’t just stand around and expect things to change. You also cannot succeed without failing.

Many people take failure as a sign that they should give up. But the fact of the matter is having some type of setback is just part of the process. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re heading down the wrong path. Instead of throwing in the towel, try to learn something from your mistake and then take another stab at it. Think of each failure as a way to perfect your path to success.

Many people will make it seem like you need to be an expert at something before you can do it. But they’re wrong. Don’t get caught up in information overload, it’ll stop you in your tracks. It’s impossible to know everything. So you can’t wait until you’re a full-fledged expert before you take action.  That’s just another form of procrastination. Accept that there will be some things that you’ll have to learn along the way, and that’s perfectly fine.

It’s Monday. Get a new perspective. Whatever obstacle you’re facing, it’s not permanent. – Unknown

Day #248: Being Ready Will Never Happen – Just Do It

You are never going to be ready – But if you don’t do it, you may be losing one of the best opportunities that will come your way. You won’t get unlimited chances to have what you want and nothing is worse than regretting the opportunities you didn’t seize.

A man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Andre Gile

Opportunities require courage, and this only depends on us.

We often miss great opportunities because we believe that we are not prepared for them, that it is not the right moment. We think that we lack knowledge or experience to face new challenges and we lay back in our perfectly ergonomic chairs without even trying. We are scared, afraid of failing or running without knowing where to go and what to expect on our way.

That’s how people and organizations grow, by taking risks.

Jump on and don’t look back!

Opportunities force us to take one more step, to reinvent ourselves, to run into the unknown and to leave the comfort zone in which we are used to live.

You will never know if you can succeed unless you try to push your boundaries.

If it scares you, then it might be a good thing to try. Trust your gut and go for it. Taking chances requires some blind trust in most cases.

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak people wait for opportunities; strong people make them.” – Orison Swett Marden

Day #247: Make A Passionate Difference

Is it just me or do we seem to live our lives of either an obvious routine or micro versions of it. I know for most people their day is occupied with the constant same realities of commute, working, eating, maybe exercising and further commute, more eating and winding down with of course any extracurricular activities outside of these parameters.

When I am on the train, seeing the regulars every morning I wonder ‘am I noticed?’ and as I take my routine walk from the station to work, I identify that there is a lack of common decency let alone common sense among a collective group of people. You would think by now especially for the people who do it every day that they would vise up some sort of common practice when: crossing the street, standing to the left or walking on the right on the escalator, walking to the left down the street.

Seeing the breakdown of other people’s routines which collide with your own, questions me to think: what they are up to and if their usual daily do’s are as plain as what I see or is there something more exciting. Regardless of the happenings around me – through my morning stroll to work I have a 10 minute gap to think, ponder and wonder to myself about the day ahead, the people around me and my life. It is these moments where I seem to grow on epiphanies and either walk down memory lane or dare to dream.

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion” – German Poet.

The truth about this – is if we take away our daily do’s and the tasks at hand than you are left with yourself and your heart. That constant thing that you think about and that is pumping in your heart, will in some and most cases be your passion. It’s more so what you will do about it that creates the accomplishment.

“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how they made them feel” – Carl W.Buechner

One thing which seems to always startle me is understanding impact. I mean c’mon we would all like to think that when we meet people we leave an impression whether we know them for a day or have known them for like forever. It has always stomped and made me stop to think about all those people who I have cared about and do, even if they don’t know it. Have in any sense have they stopped and given a thought about it?

Now I am not saying I want to be made known as some local hero or a friendly neighbourhood Spiderman, but it would be at least nice to know that you have made a difference or are making a difference in someone’s life! To know even if it is from your daily principles and general respects or mannerisms.

I say – if you are following your passions, living to your words and taking action. People may not say how it is impacting others, but they will see it. The good thing about passion is it will also be done of your best, as it is driven purely by what you desire. So following this should show your true potential, ability and capability. Live a life of your passion and see what difference you can make.

Day #246: The Best Way Forward Is Through

Progress is progress. Even making mistakes is progressing, as long as you are learning and not repeating. In order to progress, one must move forward. The best way forward is through – but how you move is of context, concept and perception. Obstacles reveal themselves, but can be avoided, out smarted and beaten through forward thinking, planning and direction.

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

We can’t always see what is in front of us. We may know where we want to be going, but how, when and even the where can change as we progress through our daily lives. The only answer is to keep moving forward.

What separates a person from achieving their goals and not achieving their goals is staying focused and being persistent in following through.

Like I said, progress is progress. Big or small. Stop beating yourself up. You are a work in progress; which means you get there a little at a time, not all at once.

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. – Plato

The only challenge I have for your today is to ask yourself. Are you progressing? Making big or small progress? If not what are you doing about it?

Day #245: Your Time Is Now

Your time is now. Today. Not tomorrow, as tomorrow that is yet to come. Make today a promising, productive and active day by taking the steps, the actions and necessary movements towards the greater you.

Maybe you have no idea what it is you wish to pursue? Well do I have news for you.

The way to take advantage of that is to find something to get good at, and then get good at it. As good as you can.

You can do this today:

  1. Pick something, anything, that interests you.
  2. Find the easiest next step, and get moving on it.
  3. Find joy in that step.
  4. Find someone to share it with. Better yet, find someone you have to turn it in to, like a boss or colleague or client or friend who will hold you accountable.
  5. Find the next easy step, and enjoy that as well.

This day will never happen again. Make the most of it. – Unknown

It’s normal to worry about the future, but probably the best antidote is to learn to shift your focus to what’s right in front of you, right now. Do what you can do now – that being to take action today. If that means planning for tomorrow, for the steps to be taken then so be it – but don’t sit and worry about the future if you cannot even move forward today.

Day #244: Heart Driven, Dream Driven & Journey Driven

Are you driven by your heart? Your dreams? Your journey? Don’t be driven by society, to be like society, but be driven by what and who you can be. You know what. You have what it takes. Strip back and take away the mediocrity that society makes you out to be. See that you are distinguished, superior, incomparable, exceptional and unmatched. In this reality you can be whatever it is you want to be. What reality you ask? Your reality. Don’t create a life dictated and designed by the society which suggests you need to do X to get Y – but create a life where your heart drives your dreams, your dreams drive your journey and your journey takes you to places above and beyond what you originally imagined.

Most people simply accept the status quo and never even question if there could be an alternative to working hard your whole life to retire at age 60:

Life doesn’t have to be so hard. It really doesn’t. Most people,  have spent too much time convincing themselves that life has to be hard, a resignation to 9-to-5 drudgery in exchange for (sometimes) relaxing weekends and the occasional keep-it-short-or-get-fired vacation.

People don’t want to be millionaires — they want to experience what they believe only millions can buy. Ski chalets, butlers, and exotic travel often enter the picture. Perhaps rubbing cocoa butter on your belly in a hammock while you listen to waves rhythmically lapping against the deck of your thatched-roof bungalow? Sounds nice.

$1,000,000 in the bank isn’t the fantasy. The fantasy is the lifestyle of complete freedom it supposedly allows. The question is then, How can one achieve the millionaire lifestyle of complete freedom without first having $1,000,000?
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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs of Apple

I can not put enough emphasis on how important it is to identify and follow your dreams from an early age. Think of it like compound interest. The longer it is invested in, the longer it has to grow and the richer it will become of value.

What are your dreams? Identify, define and take action. 

Day #243: Let Your Dreams Take Flight

Don’t let your dreams be just a dream. Will you dare to to take action? Will you dare to see the world changed? Don’t make the excuses of not being strong enough, patient enough or PASSIONATE enough. Because we all have the ability to change the world. I strive for a better version of me everyday and I do this in the journey to see my dreams come true.

Be happy. You choose what you think about. The way you think. Life is too short to focus your time and attention on negative thoughts.

“You become what you think about most of the time.” – Ernest Nightengale

Be positive. Today encourage another, bring a new light of positivity to the day and share it with someone.

My challenge for you today is to identify 3 notable actions/steps you can take to be 3 steps closer to your dreams. Whether it will be for today or this week. I dare you to do it as a priority this week.

Think of all the people who are up there living in the air of success. Do you think they got there by not chasing their dreams?

Day #242: Follow Your Heart. It’s The Best Call You Will Ever Answer

I have a few simple question’s for you today. Are you following your heart? Are you in pursuit of your life long happiness? Your dream? Your passion? The very thing that ignites the hit of adrenaline through your veins when you are doing it?

Do you have hunger in your heart? A yearning that keeps pulling you forward in the direction of your dreams?

If you have you will know. As you can’t stop thinking about your life being different, nor will you stop working towards what you believe in.

By knowing this and chasing this – you are now on a wild adventure. Every day brings its own set of challenges and surprises. You could not feel more alive if you tried. You are chasing down your dreams, living with passion and changing your life.

Although this sounds incredibly glamorous, it can also be intimidating.

Each day, you are facing your fears head-on and have to work hard to keep moving forward. Your commitment is continually being tested, but your strength and character shine through as you keep doing what you love.

In doing so – each day or more than you would like, your self-belief is being put to the test. You second guess yourself. Like the time when you go on a run and you start to get sore, you start to slow down, you start to lose momentum. Well you have a choice. You can suck it up, push on and make a record of it. Or, you can give in, make an excuse and then most likely regret it later.

Following your heart is not easy, but just like that old cliché says, it’s definitely worth it.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

Following your heart is a calling that can’t be ignored. Remember this for the people in your life who question your sanity and your reason: You do not owe them an explanation.

Follow your heart. It’s the best call you will ever answer.

I ask and encourage you, what call can you hear coming from your heart? Will you choose to ignore it, or will you do something about it?