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Fortune Favors The Bold

Think of a time in your life that proved to be a pivotal moment in your personal growth.  It may have involved money, a close relationship, a career accomplishment or overcoming a health challenge.  How did you navigate that moment to get to where you are today? 

Chances are you decided to act in the absence of certainty – in other words, you took a risk.

The capacity to make a decision and follow it up with bold action, even when you feel afraid or uncertain, is perhaps the most powerful mental ability we possess.  Decision making is something we simply can’t avoid.  We can only choose whether to do it actively, by design, or passively, by default. 

Some people enthusiastically start down their path to success, only to second-guess themselves and give up when they realize how tough that road can be. Default deciders anticipate the difficulties they might face and say, “Thank you very much, but I think I’ll stay comfortable right where I am.”  Still others have a beautiful vision of the life they would love, but waste valuable time and energy worrying about exactly how they will achieve it given their present circumstances.

The greatest achievers in history all shared one critical skill – the ability to make a firm decision right where they were to move forward with whatever they had. Each of us can nurture and expand this same skill in ourselves.  If we do, we will, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, “meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

Life is always giving us turning points big and small - opportunities to make decisions that will bring us closer to reaching our goals. What bold step, however small, will you take today that will advance you in the direction of your dream?  Share your comments here.

 

To Your Success!

Margery

Choose To Be Happy

It’s a sad fact that too many people wait for circumstances to change before they follow a dream or simply allow themselves to be happy. 

 

Their excuse for staying stuck in the status quo usually begins with the words, “I just need to…” as in “I just need to wait until things quiet down at work” or “I just need to finish this last big project” or “I just need to put the last kid through college”, et cetera, et cetera.  There always seems to be just one more thing that needs to happen before they actually start living a life they love.

 

Using the “I just need to…” excuse creates an infinity loop of procrastination. Once it becomes a habit, you’ll be able to use it forever and never get any closer to attaining your dreams.  The worst thing is that it’s a seductively easy trap, and one that can destroy happiness like nothing else.

 

The truth is that becoming inspired, joyful and fully engaged in life is a choice that lies within you rather than in your circumstances, not in some far off future but here and now. Try these three practices to rekindle your excitement for living each day:

 

1.    Concentrate on establishing one new habit at a time.  When you want to make a change, don’t try to create a big result all at once.  As a Chinese proverb teaches,  “The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” Focus your attention and energy on cultivating one positive thought, feeling or action at a time, and with repetition it will soon become an automatic response. You may be pleasantly surprised at how quickly and effortlessly you reach your goal.

 

2.     Let go of what no longer serves you.  As you grow, you may find that some people, places and activities from your past or present are no longer aligned with the person you want to be.  Learn to release these influences with love and without judgment, and you will immediately experience greater happiness going forward.

 

3.    Make time every day to do something that you love doing.  Write out a list of activities, people and places or things that make you feel happy and alive.  It can be as simple as sitting down in a coffee shop with a book, walking in the park with your dog or enjoying a few minutes of cheerful conversation with a friend.  Whatever it is, make it a part of your daily routine and notice how much your enthusiasm and love for life grows.  Even one small investment in your own happiness each day pays huge and lasting dividends of joy in all areas of your life.


To Your Greatness,

Margery

Honor Your Discontent

We don’t always know what our life’s purpose or journey is supposed to be or we may have so dreams we are overwhelmed with them all.  However, one thing is for sure: if we are feeling restless or discontent we are not living our dreams!  Feelings of discontent and longings for something else, even when we don’t know for sure toward what we are being drawn, are actually calls from the Universe to pursue our greater good.  We discover true desire by first noticing discontent.

 

When you experience discontent or feel restless and you’re not sure why, don’t shut it out just because you don’t know what it means.  Trying to ignore your feelings will only make you become numb and paralyzed to create something more interesting.  Instead, allow your discontent to lead you toward your purpose.  Bring those inner rumblings to the front of your mind for examination.  They are the voice of God, nudging you toward a more meaningful existence and urging you not to settle for mediocrity.  

 

Dreams and desires pull at us, tug at us, speak to us. They will not leave us alone because we are not meant to live cramped lives.  Let these inner frictions rub until they create the spark that will ignite the fire of your own purpose.  You will know when your desire is sincere when just talking about it gives you energy and incites motivation in you, even when fruition is far off.  Harness your positive energy to partake in the plan that is in store for you.  In doing so, you will be honoring your discontent and letting it lead you to your greater good.


To Your Best Life,

Margery

Igniting Your Desire

Making the decision to dream big can be a scary endeavor for many people, and yet it’s the exercise that leads us to living a life we absolutely love.  But what if we gave ourselves permission to dream beyond our current reality? Where could these thoughts take us?


Taking these three steps can help you begin building your dream life.

1.     Honor your discontent. 

 Discontent is an important signal from our soul that something bigger is seeking to emerge through us.  Give yourself permission to enter and explore the realm of your deep desires. 

 Harness this discontent by letting the dream begin to live in your mind and heart as a true possibility.  Notice your body and your emotions.  Does the feeling of desire heighten and your sense of aliveness?  An expanded feeling of aliveness is an important indicator that you are on the right path.


2.     Practice repeating “Up until now…” to keep thoughts of your past experience from limiting your possible futures. 

 If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get the results you’ve always gotten.  Pause for a moment.  You’ll hear the old chatter that dictates every reason for not taking a risk.  Listen, then pause.  All these negative experiences and disappointments may have been true in the past.  Now is the time to shrug them off.  Your history does not determine your destiny.  All your disappointments and regrets belong to a time that is ending at this moment.  In the next moment, let out your yearnings in a first roar of awakening.  This is a roar of triumph.

 

3.     Consciously co-create with God, and the impossible becomes possible. 

 Co-creation means you partner with Spirit to build the greatest life you can live.  When you recognize yourself as a co-creator, you ask for guidance and break through the self-imposed barriers that have stood between yourself and your desires.  Begin each new day thanking God and concentrating on a desire of yours that you previously believed was out of reach.  Just for that day, act as if what you wanted was possible.  Then see what transforms.

 

Here’s to your BEST LIFE!

Margery

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