I Am a Happy Person by Choice

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  • Quote: – Adapted from the movie “Matrix Reloaded”
  • Article: My shortest blog ever. But maybe also one of the most meaningful. I hope you think so.

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“We are not here to make the the choice but to understand why we made the choice. The fact that we made the choice is a given.”

The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’
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I am a Happy Person in Four Steps

1. I am a happy person. (Say It.)

2. I choose to be happy. (Act like it.)

3. I will not let other people’s choices determine my happiness. (Avoid it.)

4. Who has my power? (Hold it.)

After this, ask your self the why for each step.

 

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5 Things to Leave Behind to Get Ahead

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  • Quote: ― Unknown — BUT GREAT.

 

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Gratitude turns what we have into enough.

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5 Things You Must Leave Behind to Get Ahead

Written by Marc Chernoff

Some things are part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.

You can never change things by holding on to the existing reality.  To get ahead in life, you have to leave some things behind and build a new model for living that makes the existing model obsolete.

You must make a firm decision that you’re going to make a change too.  It won’t always happen naturally or automatically.  Sometimes you will have to rise up against the wind and say, “I don’t care how hard this is!  I don’t care how disappointed I am!  I’m not going to let this get the best of me!  I’m leaving this behind and moving forward with my life!”

Ready?

Starting today, it’s time to leave behind…

1.  What could have been, or should have happened, but didn’t.

Before you can truly live today a part of you has to die first.  You must completely let go of what could have been, how you should have behaved and what you wish you would have done differently.  You must accept the fact that you can’t change your past experiences, the opinions others once had of you, or the immediate outcomes from their choices or yours.

When you embrace the present truth then you will begin to understand and feel the true power of forgiveness as it relates to others and yourself.  From this new awareness you will be free to take the next best step forward.

2.  The habit of making excuses rather than decisions.

There is always a lie embedded between a promise you made to yourself and the excuses for why you haven’t followed through.  To rush into explanations of any kind is always a sign of weakness.

Stand strong!  Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving.  A mistake or a delay doesn’t become a failure until you refuse to correct it.  Thus, most long-term failures are simply the outcomes from people who make continuous excuses instead of decisions, even though they know better.  Don’t be one of them.

Decide to do what you have to do, for yourself.  Trust me, in a year from now, you will wish you had started today.  (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Goals and Success” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.)

3.  Relationship situations that shrink you.

You have to admit, to a certain extent, you have spent too much of your life trying to shrink yourself.  Trying to bend in half.  Trying to become smaller.  Quieter.  Less sensitive.  Less opinionated.  Less YOU.  Because you didn’t want to be too much or push people away.  You wanted to fit in.  You wanted people to like you.  You wanted to make a good impression.  You wanted to be wanted.

So for years, you sacrificed yourself for the sake of making other people happy.  And for years, you suffered.  Let this be your wake-up call…

The primary reason that a toxic relationship situation holds you back has little to do with what the other person does directly to you; instead, it’s about how you have to constantly shrink yourself to conform to the situation.  The pain and toxicity festers when you choose to shrink.

When you choose to pull back, say less, or restrain your magnificence in any way out of fear, out of logic, or out of the cleverness to survive in a relationship, this spells trouble.

So it’s not about them, really, it’s about your response to them.

The next opportunity you have to spend time with this person (no matter how necessary, obligatory or comfortable it may seem), ask yourself:

Will I have to shrink to make this work, or is this a situation where I can grow?

Call on your courage and logic when you answer this question.  And give yourself some space if that’s what you need to grow.

4.  Old lies you’re still holding on to and living through.

There are absolutely no guarantees when you finally come clean and practice honesty with people.  Sometimes you lose what you once had.  Sometimes you don’t win love and trust back.  Sometimes your mistakes cut ties.  Sometimes you break your own heart in the process.  Sometimes you lose your footing and your way.  Sometimes you end up feeling worse off than you did before.  But even a step or two backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.  You walk away from every act of honesty with a heart free from lies and regret.  You have closure, one way or the other, and this helps you in the long run.

Over time, you heal and find yourself living a life that’s far from the mental torture chamber you once lived in.  This path to freedom and happiness is the scariest one you will ever navigate.  However, it is the path that ultimately saves your life.  (Read Loving What Is.)

5.  The idea that you have to be perfectly OK all the time.

Even if it’s true that you’re growing and healing, and that it will be OK… it’s not always OK right now, and sometimes that’s all we can see and feel when we’re in the midst of a difficult life event.  Sometimes NOT being OK is all we can register inside our tired minds and aching hearts.  This feeling is normal.  This emotion is human.

The truth is, it’s not OK when someone you love is no longer living and breathing and giving their gifts to the world.  It’s not OK when everything falls apart and you’re buried deep in the debris of a life you had planned for.  It’s not OK when the bank accounts are nearly at zero, with no sign of a promising income opportunity.  It’s not OK when someone you trust betrays you and breaks your heart.  It’s not OK when you’re exhausted to the point you can’t get yourself out of bed in the morning.  It’s not okay when you’re swimming in failure or shame or a grief like you’ve never known.

Whatever your challenges are, sometimes it’s simply NOT OK right now.  And that, above all, is more than OK.

Yes, be OK with not being OK all the time.  Those with the strength to succeed in the long run are the ones who lay a firm foundation of growth with the bricks that life has thrown at them.  Don’t be afraid to fall apart for a little while, because when it happens, the situation will open an opportunity for you to grow and rebuild yourself into the brilliant human being you are capable of being.

 

 

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Trust your Intuition – 7 Helpful Steps

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  • Quote: – Francis of Assisi
  • Article: Jack Canfield has given us a lot. Things to do, methodologies to do it and maybe most of all, reasons to do it. This article hit me in the second half of the title — “take soul-inspired action.” We are an accumulation of our experiences, advice from others, our readings and what I believe is more important than all the others put together — inspiration. I will leave it to you to determine what you believe the source of the inspiration may be. For me, I deeply believe in divine inspiration (as well as a wife who is often a conduit for that inspiration. Thank you Dianne.) By the way, note that only one of the 5 light bulbs are lit. Such it is with our ideas being successful. I just wish my ratio of ideas to success was so efficient.

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“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not. They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent something new, something that you didn’t know you needed, but the moment you see it, you say, ‘I must have it.’
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7 Tips to Strengthen Your Intuition and Take Soul-Inspired Action – America’s Leading Authority On Creating Success And Personal Fulfillment – Jack Canfield

Here are seven tips on how to develop your intuition and leverage it to make wiser, more soul-inspired decisions for your life.

1. Recognize when your intuition speaks

First of all, in order to be able to use your intuition, you must able to recognize it when it speaks to you. Intuition usually isn’t loud or demanding – it’s subtle and communicates in different ways for different people.

For example, you may receive visual messages, such as images that appear in quick flashes or visions that unfold slowly, like a movie.

Your intuition might speak to you as a hunch, a thought, or in words. You may even be able to enter into a dialogue with your intuition to get more information and clarity.

Alternatively, your intuition may speak to you in physical sensations, such as goose bumps, discomfort in your gut, a feeling of relief, or a sour taste in your mouth.

You may receive intuitive messages through your emotions, such as feelings of uneasiness or confusion when your inner wisdom is steering you away from something – or feelings of euphoria and profound peace when you’re being guided down a path that will lead you to greater personal joy and abundance.

Sometimes intuition messages are simply a deep sense of knowing and certainty. If you’ve ever felt that you knew something to be true in the depths of your heart or soul, chances are it was a message from your intuition.

2. Deepen your intuition through meditation

In order to access your intuition, you need to deepen your connection to it – and meditation is an excellent tool for this. Regular meditation will help you clear your mind of distractions and teach you how to better recognize the subtle impulses from within.

I recommend you set aside time each day to meditate on your own, or use guided meditations such as those found in my Awakening Power program.

It doesn’t have to be long – even 10 minutes a day will yield powerful results and will make it much easier for you to notice your intuition when it speaks to you through words, images, emotions, or physical sensations.

3. Dedicate time to listen to your intuition each day

Life is busy, and in the rush to cross off items on our daily to-do lists, it’s easy to forget to stop and tune into our higher intelligence. But your most valuable wisdom comes when you are most open to receiving it.

That’s why I encourage you to devote time every day – multiple times a day, if necessary – to consciously give your intuition center stage. This is especially important when you’re being asked to make any important decisions. Be sure to take some time to sit with your intuition and look inside yourself for the answers before you choose which path to take.

4. Ask questions

Receiving wisdom from your intuition shouldn’t be a passive experience. Get specific about the information you need and what kind of answers you’re looking for. The more clearly you pose your questions to your innate wisdom, the clearer the answers will be.

5. Write down your answers

Intuitive messages are subtle and can fade from your conscious mind very quickly unless you take action to record them. In fact, neuroscience research indicates that intuitive insights not captured within 37 seconds will likely never be recalled again.

Journal writing is a highly effective way to access your intuition and capture its wisdom. I suggest you make a regular practice of journaling for just five or ten minutes a day – you’ll be amazed at the clarity of what comes through!

6. Take immediate action

The Universe rewards those who take action – and so does your intuition. When you act on the information you receive from your inner source of wisdom, you open the channel between your subconscious and conscious mind even wider and will receive more intuitive messages that are stronger and easier for you to hear and act on.

7. Trust yourself

The more faith you demonstrate in your intuition, the greater the results will be.

Whether you want to make better decisions, solve problems faster, or create winning plans for your life, you will achieve your goals faster and more effectively when you tune into your intuition and listen to what your inner wisdom has to say.

Trusting your intuition is all about trusting yourself – and the more trust you place in yourself, the more success you will have.

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