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How To Overcome Doubts That Work Against You

Everythingyouneed“There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing until they believe they can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish.” – Napoleon Hill

Do you want to know something that finally dawned on me? You can overcome doubts by realizing that you don’t need to know “how” things will fall into place. In fact, we are supposed to trust and completely believe that everything will work out, even if we can’t see “how”.

There’s a big difference between “hoping for the best” and actually trusting and believing things will work out perfectly.

You hear people express doubt all the time …

“I have doubts, but I am hoping for the best.”
“Only time will tell, but I am giving it everything I have and staying positive.”

That used to be the way I thought about things too.

I needed some kind of proof before I could completely believe in something and feel like I could actually get my hopes up. Sure, staying positive and having hope is great, but strengthening our belief and trusting that everything will unfold perfectly is so much better.

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5 Simple But Powerful Thoughts To Have Today

Ifwearefacing“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” Buddhist Proverb

You know those times when you’re waiting on something you really want to happen? You’ve been doing your best to figure things out and push forward day after day, but you’re still waiting on things to completely smooth out and finally fall into place. Actually, maybe today is one of those times? I know it is for me. For what feels like a very long time, I’ve been working and waiting for certain things to fall into place in my life and with my work.

Well, something important dawned on me the other day about these times. Actually, one of my favorite quotes of all time popped into my mind. It’s a great Truth to remember when you’re doing everything you can, but you’re still waiting on things to fall into place.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Of course, we’ve heard over and over again the importance of continuing to believe and hope. That’s not really anything new. But, what struck me was something else and so I reminded myself…

You’ve got to surrender while you also keep holding onto what you want and hoping. [Read more…]

How You Continue Taking Steps Forward Day After Day

“Seasons of waiting are designed to prepare you, stretch your faith, and get you ready for everything that’s coming next.” -Mandy Hale

Have you been hoping and waiting for certain things in your life to fall into place? I know I have. Do you also feel like it has been a very long time and a very long road?

Of course, everything we’ve gone through has been an important part of our journey. And yes, it’s all happened for a very good reason. We can and should have faith in that Truth. It’s like that great quote by Satchidananda reminds us:

“Though we can’t always see it at the time, things always happen for our best interests. We are always being guided in a way better than we know ourselves.” 

But, have you noticed how feeling at peace while you’re waiting on things to fall into place isn’t the easiest thing to do? You’re doing your best to faithfully take steps forward but then new problems come up or the same old problems linger. You may even still have some doubts about if or when things will finally come together.

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One Powerful Quote To Remind Yourself Of Today

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“About 90% of the things in your life are right. Make sure you don’t overlook the 90% that’s right because you’re focusing on the 10% that’s not.” - Dale Carnegie

Isn’t that a great quote? It’s actually one of my favorite quotes of all time. And, Today, if you’re like me, and also have a lot going on, this is a great quote to remember.

Take a quick minute and think about it…

Even if everything isn’t 100% perfect today, when you’re honest with yourself and you look at things from the right perspective, you can see that at least 90% of the things in your life are working and going right. That’s right, 90%.

And, 90% is a lot going right.

But, have you noticed how your mind will try to focus mostly on what’s wrong or the 10% that’s not working? It’s like all the bad stuff comes to mind quickly and sticks around, but it’s not as easy to remember and stay focused on all the good stuff that’s going well.

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5 Simple But Powerful Thoughts To Have Today

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“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” Marianne Williamson

I’ll admit it. I was a bit naive.

I used to think the day was going to come when that negative voice in my mind would be gone once and for all. You know the voice that’s notorious for focusing on all the wrong things.

It continually tries to get you to worry about one thing or another. I call it the Chief Negativity Officer and its always quick to respond anytime something goes wrong or you have any doubts.

It says all types of things …

” Things aren’t ever going to work out.”
” Don’t get your hopes up. Every time you do that you just end up being disappointed again.”
” You’re never going to get where you want to be.”
“What are you going to do when things don’t work out?” (and so many other negative thoughts)

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33 Excuses You Want to Avoid Making In 2015

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Happy New Year. We have officially made it through 2014. Was last year as crazy of a year for you as it was for me? It was filled with challenging times, good times, ups, downs and so many curve balls. But, that’s the way life goes, isn’t it?

We go through it all. The experiences we have stretch us and make us dig deep into our inner strength. However, when you step back and look at things from the right perspective, you can see that even though certain times may have been really tough, you have been strengthened and prepared to live even better moving forward. It’s like that great quote by Rikki Rogers explains,

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” [Read more…]

You Don’t Have To Wait Any Longer For What You Want: It’s Time

Seasonsofwaitingare61“Seasons of waiting are designed to prepare you, stretch your faith, and get you ready for everything that’s coming next.” -Mandy Hale

Have you been waiting on something to show up in your life for awhile? Maybe you’ve been working to accomplish something and you’re so ready for things to fall into place. Or, maybe you’ve been working through problem after problem and you really want things to finally work out.

Many of us (myself definitely included) have been managing through a “season of waiting”. Do you feel like it’s been a long road? I know I do. Of course it’s been worthwhile and an important part of our journey. I get that and I definitely appreciate the fact that everything really does happen for a reason.

But, my oh my! … it’s been a wild ride hasn’t it?

There have been the “highs” – those times when you felt really good and confident. You thought you were doing the right things and it was only a matter of time before things fell into place. But then things didn’t exactly work out as you planned. So, then came the “not so highs” – those times when everything felt hard. Your doubts surfaced continually trying to overshadow your faith that everything would work out.

Here’s the good news. It’s time for this “season of waiting” to be over. It’s time. It’s finally time.

You’ve gotten stronger. You’ve learned so much about yourself and what you’re truly capable of. Your faith has been stretched. Your belief in what is possible has expanded. You’ve made it through so much and every single thing that happened has led you to this point.

And, Now It’s Time.

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3 Simple Things You Can Do To Have A Great Thanksgiving

Everymoment.jpg“Every moment you get is a gift. Why waste it by dwelling on things that make you unhappy. Spend it doing the things you love and be with the people you enjoy.”

Have you always had great Thanksgiving days? I was thinking about some of my past Thanksgivings and I realized I didn’t always do Thanksgiving “the right way”. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the day and feel grateful for all my family and friends.

But, there were so many years I wasn’t taking full advantage of enjoying and experiencing the day because I was distracted by many of the thoughts running through my mind.

Sometimes I would be thinking about why people did or said certain things …

“Why did she say that to me? Did I do something wrong?”

“Why does he always do that? It is so rude.”

Other times I would be thinking or worrying about things that had nothing to do with Thanksgiving day.

“What if things keep getting worse at work?”

“I don’t know if things are ever going to work out.”

Have you ever noticed all the thoughts that can recycle through your mind over and over again and take your attention away from enjoying and experiencing the moment in front of you? A lot of times you may not even realize how much your mind is wandering and how all your worrying, thinking, and mental complaining is affecting how you feel. That was the trap I was falling into and not even really realizing it.

But, I finally figured out there is a better way to move through the day … a much much better way.

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One Simple Daily Ritual To Feel Good & Create The Future You Want

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“Just because we’re in a stressful situation doesn’t mean that we have to get stressed out. You may be in the storm. The key is, don’t let the storm get in you.” -Osteen

It really is easy to fall into the trap of worrying and getting all worked up when it feels like things are going wrong. I know I have fallen into that trap far too many times.

It can be so hard when something you’re hoping for doesn’t happen or when it feels like things are never going to fall into place. The backside of the Possibility Spiral can push and test our limits.

But, do you want to know one of the most important things I realized?

No matter what’s going on around you or how challenging things seem at times, if you can just settle your mind and live from your Extraordinary Side  for as many moments of the day as possible, you can maintain the ideal mindset, feel good, and continually take the right steps forward. As time passes, you work through your challenges one by one and things slowly but surely smooth out.

So, whatever you’re working through Today or waiting on to fall into place…Remind yourself of this Truth. The day is coming when you will look back on all that you’ve gone through and let out a sigh of relief because you did it. You made it and finally got to where you wanted to be. Life rearranged perfectly.

But, in order for more and more things to fall into place, it is important to not waste your minutes during the day worrying, getting upset or focusing on the wrong things. [Read more…]

One Simple Thing To Do Today To Relax And Help Things Fall Into Place

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What a year it has been!

Is it just me, or has this year been jam packed with challenges? I know I’ve said this before but I have to say it again because this year has been crazy. It’s felt like there has been one problem after another and so much to deal with. Has it been the same for you?

Well, if it has, then you’ll probably appreciate hearing something I reminded myself of the other day. It’s a simple reminder, but a really important one …

Remember How Far You’ve Come

When you’ve been pushing forward for a long time, it’s important to have “reality checks” with yourself. You’ve got to take time to remember how far you’ve come because the Chief Negativity Officer in our mind is notorious for overlooking progress.

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