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It’s All Preparation For Better Things

A couple of days ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and noticed this quote was an extremely popular post:

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I think this quote resonated with a lot of people (myself definitely included) because it’s something we can always benefit from being reminded of.

Every single situation you’re working through today is preparing you for better things … including the problems, challenges or anything else.

The situations we’re dealing with, in one way or another, are preparing us for something better – something we asked for, hoped for and wanted for our life.

It’s that simple. It’s that clear. [Read more…]

One Powerful Question To Ask Yourself Today

Whatyoudotoday(1200628)Have you heard that only 8% of people accomplish the goals and resolutions they set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year?

8% … that’s it.

So, if you’ve ever had a year when you didn’t accomplish everything you wanted, know that you’re not alone.

But, it does raise an important question. Is there something we should be aware of when it comes to these 8% of people that are continually accomplishing what they want for their life? Are they doing something special?

This topic has always been really interesting to me. In fact, for years I’ve been taking a closer look at what’s going on behind the scenes.

Well, there are a lot of different factors and it’s important to not oversimplify, but there is one thing that is consistent with these 8% of people that are continually succeeding year after year.

There is a way they go about things. There is a consistent approach.
And, one of the key factors is alignment. [Read more…]

3 Things To Do Set Yourself Up For A Rich, Fulfilled & Successful 2016

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This quote was one of the most popular quotes on Facebook last week. I’m sure it’s because so many people agree that 2015 was a year filled with lessons. Phew, I know it was definitely a year of lessons for me.

Now it’s time for 2016 … and a fresh new year filled with so many possibilities.

That means it’s also time to do three important things so we can make sure we’re recharged, inspired and ready to keep moving forward with the best perspective.

3 Things To Do Set Yourself Up For A Rich, Fulfilled & Successful 2016

1. Remember How Far You’ve Come
If you’ve been pushing day after day for a long time but there is still more road to travel, it’s important to have a “positive reality check” with yourself. It’s easy to fall into the trap of overlooking all the things you’ve already done and successfully pushed through.

The Chief Negativity Officer in our mind is notorious for overlooking progress. [Read more…]

An Interesting Fact About Happiness

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Here’s an interesting little fact…

According to a recent study, many 70 year olds are happier than 30 year olds.

Why?

Well, the study explained that older people have a greater appreciation for the little things in life. Older people also have found more appreciation for who they are – their strengths, weaknesses and everything they’ve been through.

So, what’s the takeaway message? [Read more…]

5 Important Life Lessons Learned This Year

IfwearefacingI was on the phone yesterday catching up with one of my friends. We were looking back on the year and talking about everything that happened.

This year was filled with so many different experiences for both of us. We had some great times, but this year was definitely one where we both felt we had to dig really deep and work through a lot of challenges.

She asked me what I thought the most important lessons were that I learned. There have been so many that I almost didn’t even know where to begin. But, at the end of every year I like to focus in on the most important lessons learned and write them down on a list. Since we often get many of the same lessons, I thought it would be helpful for you to take a look at the list in case you also learned any of these lessons.

It helps you make sure you’ve taken away the right messages and understandings so you can live even better going forward. It also can help you avoid any unnecessary repeat lessons. It’s like that great quote by Pema Chodron reminds us.

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

So, if you don’t already have one of these “lessons learned” lists, you might want to create one or feel free to use this one.

Here are 5 of the most important lessons from the year…(in no particular order).

Lesson #1

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The lesson to “let go” of things that aren’t right for us can creep up in so many different areas of life – work, friendships, relationships, bad habits, etc. It’s easy to stay stuck doing what we’ve been doing. We make excuses to not “let go” but deep down we know better. Sometimes you have to be willing to let go of certain things so better things can come your way. [Read more…]

One Great Thought To Have Today

 

Ittakescouragetoletgo(600X343)This was one of the most popular posts this week I shared on Facebook. It’s always interesting to see which posts resonate with people because it’s generally the case that the most popular ones touch on a truth that’s helpful for many of us to think about. I know this particular quote confirmed some very tough decisions I’ve had to make lately with respect to my work and life.

So, I wanted to pass it along to you because it’s easy to get attached to what we want or think is best. But, oftentimes when things don’t fall into place like we hoped, we’re being redirected to something that’s better for us in the long run.

Perhaps it’s something you can’t see yet from your current perspective, or maybe more things need to shift before you can see the bigger picture. But, it’s important to always remember that your life is rearranging perfectly to lead you to what you truly need and deserve. It helps you shake off needless worries and doubts.

And, like another great quote by the Dalai Lama reminds us,

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

xoxo,
Sibyl

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Finding Clarity: When You Don’t Know What Else You Can Do

Anythingyoucan'tcontrol(1200628)Have you ever had a time when you’ve been trying so hard but something really important to you still hasn’t worked out? What you’ve been hoping for hasn’t fallen into place like you wanted.

Maybe you’re even unsure about your best steps forward because it’s not like you haven’t been trying everything. You’ve been patient and open and willing and trying and believing, but it doesn’t seem to matter because it’s not working.

So, what do you do? You can’t just give up. You’ve got to figure something out. What’s the best path forward?

I asked myself this exact question the other day. Even though I’ve been in situations like this before that are filled with uncertainty, I always seem to reach the point when I need a reminder of the best path forward.

You’ve got to control the things you’re meant to and trust the things you’re not able to control, I reminded myself the other day.

Achieving The Ideal Balance

There’s a balance we’re meant to strike because it’s not always about resigning to situations and deciding there’s nothing you can do. But, it’s also not about trying to control everything or thinking things need to happen the way you expect or on your timeline.

Instead it’s about achieving an ideal balance. You live from your Extraordinary Side, or Higher Self, each day so you can best work through whatever situation or circumstances you’re confronted with.

On some days that means it’s time to take another step forward and find your way through the latest challenge.

On other days, it means you accept there’s nothing more you can do because you’ve already done all you could. On these days, you’re being asked to let go and trust that whatever is happening is somehow or someway leading you exactly where you need to be (even if it’s not what you wanted).

You live each day according to the wisdom of one of the most profound and timeless truths…

Accept the things you cannot change
Have the courage to change the things you can
And the wisdom to know the difference

Your state of mind becomes more peaceful, faithful, patient and wise. You are living each day as your Extraordinary Side and that changes everything … including helping to resolve the situation and your problems.

It may not always be the way you thought or exactly the way you wanted, but it’s the way it needs to be. It’s perfect for you. It’s the beautiful unfolding of your life that you can trust and it’s leading you exactly where you need to be. It’s like another one of my favorite quotes reminds us …

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ― Eckhart Tolle

3 Important Things To Remember:

1. Set Yourself Up Every Morning To Have A Mindful Day: Get up a little earlier and give yourself extra time (1 – 2 hrs.) to relax, meditate, do yoga, exercise or anything else that settles your mind. Yes, challenges happen and life gets difficult at times, but problems are always less complicated when your mind isn’t amplifying problems, doubts or fears.

Remember that your mindset during the day and your thoughts about the situation determine how you feel and also play a vital role in how and when situations settle and fall into place.

If you’re filled with doubts, stuck in a negative thinking pattern, complaining, always seeing the glass half empty, stressed, etc. then you’re not trusting and working with the present moment.

Overdo the relaxation time and spend as much time as you can settling your mind and staying centered in your Extraordinary Side. It helps tremendously.

2. Get Rid Of Disappointment By Reminding Yourself of The Truth: A lot of times when we’re waiting for things to fall into place, we want answers and resolutions as quickly as possible. But, those expectations are exactly what feed the negative patterns of anxiety, stress, and worry.

The reality is that most situations don’t get resolved overnight and a lot of times they don’t get resolved quickly. Don’t get upset or assume things will not work out because another challenge comes up or it’s taking a while for things to get resolved. Whatever is happening is helping you get exactly where you need to be, even the challenges. So, remind yourself of this throughout the day because it’s easy to forget.

3. Get Your Mind Out Of The Way & Take It One Step At A Time. No overthinking, focusing on worse case scenarios, or being angry or upset about the situation you’re in. During the day, catch yourself every time you notice you’re focusing on the wrong things. Do the work that is necessary to pull your mind out of its dysfunctional patterns. When you consistently do this, you’re able to see your best steps forward, more clarity comes and the bumpy ride smoothes out.

Live Today Better Than Yesterday.

One Great Thought To Have Today

BeokaywithnotknowingI’m always sharing quotes I come across on Facebook. I shared this one last night and it resonated with a lot of people. I think it’s because a lot of us, including myself, are being asked right now to walk through uncertainty and trust that everything will unfold just as you need it to.

I wanted to pass it on to you because it is an important message. If there’s any uncertainty in your life today – your health, a relationship, a job, money, or anything else – you can trust that whatever it is, you will be okay.

Life is filled with ups, downs and curve balls. Oftentimes we can’t see exactly how things will fall into place. But, as long as you trust whatever happens and you take it one step at a time, you can walk through uncertainty and know everything will unfold perfectly. It’s like another one of my most favorite quotes reminds us,

Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Find your peace and then everything will fall into place.”  ~Marianne Williamson

Have a great day.
xoxo,
Sibyl

Keep Moving Forward … One Step At A Time

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I was texting with my friend the other day and she sent me this message…

“All is going okay here – kind of been a rough couple of months, but I’m getting back on track.”

We were finally catching up after both being so busy doing our best to manage it all – everyday life problems, kids, other responsibilities and way too much work. We’re not the only ones. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who also have had a whirlwind of a year. Has it been the same for you too?

Well, if it has. I’ve got some good news.

All our hard work, pushing through, searching, hoping and taking step after step forward will pay off. In fact, it already is. Even if you can’t see it yet, things are already rearranging and falling into place.

Or, as one of my favorite sayings goes …

Underneath any problems you have today is the unfolding of a wise and perfect plan. Even when it feels like things are going wrong, life is rearranging perfectly
to give you exactly what you need. [Read more…]

20 Things To “Let Go” So You Can Get What You Want & Deserve

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Have you ever had the same lesson come up in your life over and over again? So much so that no matter how much you don’t like to admit it, you can’t help but see it. Well, for me, that lesson is “Let go”.

Last night, I literally said to myself “Just let go Sibyl. You know it’s time.”

The lesson to “let go” of things you know aren’t right for you can creep up in so many different areas of your life – work, friendships, relationships, bad habits, etc.

I always eventually see the light, but a lot of times I’m too slow “letting go”, even when I know something is not right for me.

It’s easy to stay stuck doing what you’ve been doing. A lot of times it’s the simplest and most straight forward path. We make excuses to not “let go”. We come up with rationales and convince ourselves our reasoning is sound … but deep down you know better. [Read more…]