My Current Top 10 Inspirational Quotes


Consider feeding your mind and soul with good words.
There is such an abundance of quotes and affirmations out there to inspire and challenge. Maybe too many quotes and they just waft over you with no real impact. So, I thought I would pick out my top 10 for now and just spend a little time chewing over what does it mean for me.
Word food to feed the mind and soul.


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It just sits under the surface, a paradox that individuality is celebrated, just as long as you conform to everyone else. RWE a champion of individualism in the mid 19th century, his quote is so relevant for now. A needed reminder, to be yourself, to know your opinions before the opinion of the masses, to create your own space in a crowd of conformity labels.    

2.


This I do, I pingpong between complicated to simple back to complicated.  I whisper this to myself when I labour over what, when and how. Life is really simple.  


3.



Just one of the many quotes from The Tao Te Ching that are pure ethereal wisdom.   

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One small action - you know there is better and you want a piece of that.  One small decision that can make a big difference.  When you know what you want, the next small action you want is how you will make it happen.
No big grand plans or talking about doing it, just one small action for change to how you want it to be.  One small action feeds into your habits. 
Look at the habits you have created over time that are disrupting your peace.
Add an action that will transform one habit in your morning. 
Remember, one small action makes a big difference.
This is from my post on 21st January.  I swear by the small steps, the habit change, the 1% difference for the sum of success.

5.



 Looking deep into nature reminds me of my instincts and my creativity and best of all, the peace that comes when you just take it all in.  The water analogy describes the how for your life and the ease of flow and being flexible.  Nature does provide the wisdom when looking to create your best life.

6.

They are the best teachers! 

7.





Rumi, a 13th century poet with words that continue to impact us.  What a gift to us! I picked this one for the top 10 as a reminder that you already have what you need.
8.





This is a quote from a previous post of mine & the innate certainty that you can develop with your inner wisdom.
Every morning I set aside at least 30 minutes for quiet thought and meditation, I have been doing this practise for so long now that my mind and body urges me to sit, focus on my breathe and be enveloped in quiet meditation.

I cherish this routine as it has provided a gateway into knowing myself better and to strengthen my focus on what is important to me.  The time out has helped me to limit the feelings of urgency, haste, confusion, doubt and build on the thoughts of safety, assuredness, direction. 

So many benefits from doing this simple daily exercise and one benefit I want to touch on today is the friendship you develop with your inner wisdom.

Let's say you are ready to set up your goals, yet the patterns of procrastination and limiting beliefs in who you are and what you can do are a minefield to making your goals happen.  You think it is an easier path to invent excuses and apportion blame.  This small thinking is not the safe option, actually it is the more dangerous as you gradually separate more from your true identity and your inner calling.
What if you gave yourself ten minutes a day to not push or pull, to just sit and listen to your breathing?  So simple.
When you quieten your mind and close the door on the chatter, you enter into a friendship with your inner wisdom.  At first, it is awkward but when you persist, you become more acquainted, you trust yourself more and there is no space for rebukes, judgement and criticism.  The resistance is known yet not an excuse anymore.
Find your best time for 10 minutes, explore what other ways you can do to develop your friendship with your inner wisdom.  Soon finding the time is no longer an issue and you will expand your determination and focus for what is good for you.

You will reside in a place where you know that what I want, wants me and what I seek, seeks me.


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TRUE.

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You can influence your past




We are either influenced by, or influencing one, or all of the three life zones. Life zones that are segmented as our past, our present and our future.  They are not stagnant or fixed in time but are entwined in all parts of our life.  We give a lot of power to our past, spend a lot of our thinking in the past and how what is past influences the now and the future.

Be more aware, get to know how this is hindering or enhancing your life, influence how you see your past and use it in your favour.

Create Your Future

I focus a lot on creating my future, the goal setting, mind bending play to see me lift my game.  Well, the reason I title my blog..Unlock Your Best Future...is all about creating and influencing how you live and enjoying the most and I focus a lot on research, experiment, test, learn... all I can to make the most of this life.  The warning on the label though is too much dreaming, too much thought in the future and you forget where you are right now.
You can create your future and still squeeze every beautiful, brilliant moment from this moment, not tomorrow's moments.


Influence Your Past

Do you store the memories that continue to give you anguish?
Past events, catastrophes, turmoil, those wrong turns can have a grip on you and while they torment, you won't let go.
How you make your choices now, how you live your life now, how you see your future can be stored and retrieved from past memories, influencing your thoughts, words and actions.
We can give the past all the power and continue to give the past that power over the rest of our life.
Who's victory is it anyway?  It does not make sense. It is your story, so as the hero, do you get stuck or do you take what happened and look at it in a new light.  Stronger, wiser, caring, smarter, scarred but now a warrior. Influence your past to strengthen your identity.


Determine Your Present

Ok, it's now and you are constantly making choices and decisions, some consciously and most unconsciously. Those few seconds before you make those everyday decisions, you are relying on how you see your past and your future.  You are using all that knowledge to determine your present.

Past, present, future are entwined. Respect that they are all parts of your hero story.
Be accountable for how You create your future, how You influence your past and how You determine your present.

Persistent Imagination

Persistent imagination is the means of fulfilling your intention.



I indulged in my imaginings
A dream like place
It was vivid, bright reality
Power surge and certainty

You must know exactly
There is no half way
Not quite, not yet
You must know exactly what you want 

Imagine all the details
It is real for you
Luxe into mood sensory vividness
Everyday ordinary accepted persistence

I created my imaginings
This is my reality
Now time has caught up
I am living my dreams

To spark your intention to life lean on your persistent imagination because it is the means of fulfilling your heart desire.  When you are stuck, in a rut, same thing every day and you are yearning to break loose but just don't know how, use your most powerful asset - your imagination.

Before you go to sleep imagine in vivid detail what you want.  Immerse yourself in the life.  Stay persistent, explore more of the life you enjoy each day.  Instead of reviewing what was, change it with your imagination to a new representation of the desired state.

Each night before you fall asleep go back to this reality. When you wake let it go and allow the natural shift to happen.

I have done this many times before and my last experience was a year ago when I desired to move from my home of 13 years.  I persistently imagined where I wanted to live and how I wanted to live, how I wanted to add value to my life and to others. I imagined the detail and revelled in the process of being, feeling, hearing, touching, seeing all that I wanted.  It was also a wonderful way to drift off to sleep. Now I am here and bursting with gratitude yet still a little bewildered how it all came to be, exactly as I had created in my imagination.

You are worthy and divine.  
Unlock your best future by allowing the power of your imagination to give you the means to fulfil your desire and intention. 

Essential Intention




When you make a clear intention, one you totally know will come to be is the essence which will create the form to naturally follow.  When your intention is clear to you,  the whole gamut of issues that bring on fear, barriers, obstacles, indecision become a minor annoyance, noticed and brushed off.

The rush to goals without that certainty you know what the end result will look like can lead you to lose sight of achieving the goal you so carefully planned, perhaps excessively planned.

Consider these moves when you are ready to design your best future...

A good move is to invest your time in shaping your intention.
Keep your phrasing to words that declare the intention as complete.
Start with "I am..., I know...., I live as.... I love...I create...I give....I receive....".

Be aware that your intention is having the experience in advance, so include the emotion you would attach to this experience.  When you voice your intention, when you write your intention enjoy the emotions, such as clarity, healed, solace, peace, joy, satisfaction, elation.

Exercise your imagination as a tool to explore the everyday actions you will be having as you set your intention in motion.  "When I wake up I will be......I enjoy doing.....I have the habit of......"

Your intention includes your body, your mind and your spirit.  You are syncing your energy and claiming it is already done.  Invest your time to soak in your intention into your everyday life.

Look for times to share your intention, explain to another and get encouragement from your community, a friend, or your mentor.  You believe it, strengthen your confidence by telling others.

One more move is needed, the organic trust of letting go.  Pushing and striving are a waste of your energy.  Your goals will take form as now there is a pull to trust your intuition and guide your action.  

Favourite Spaces



You choose your thoughts which evoke emotions and 
put words in your mouth which lead to your actions.



Do you accept this belief?

The recurring sequence from thought to follow through happens over and over again every day of your life.

Is it your belief then that whatever ailments you have, whatever situation you are in, it started with the thought choices you created and multiplied? This can be powerful life nurturing big bang when you are guided by this belief and consciously choose to guide your thoughts for positive results.




Those thoughts of busy, tired, sore, sick, down, out, lost are a go to habit that can be noticed and replaced.  It is an easier way to dam the consequences and go straight to reason, excuses, blame and judgement on external circumstances for your life, but where is the growth in that?

I take responsibility to connect with the spaces that will nurture the affirming thoughts I choose for my life.

First priority is I want to improve my life, enjoy my life and the company of others.  I am not broke, I don't need fixing yet there is a strong desire to evolve and be a better me than I was a year ago.

I depend on my favourite spaces to help to strengthen who I am and the positive accepting truthful thoughts I entertain in my mind.

Introspection is a space I visit in the morning. The first thoughts spring from the embedded desires and habits and I am on watch to catch the rapid fire thoughts that limit the possibilities.  Thoughts that can manifest into reality. Which ones do I choose to keep?

I make time to be in open spaces, country or coast, both work for me.  These favourite spaces evoke uplifting, grateful, creative thoughts. I need a daily fix of nature spaces, the habit of only the best will do gets stronger here.

Space anytime, anywhere for reading, learning, meditating, bath. It's a time out space, if only for a few moments to say yes again to my dreams and goals.

I would recommend:

1. Master your thoughts and you take responsibility for creating your best life.
2. Know your favourite go to spaces that connect you easily to creating life affirming thoughts.
3. Honour your life through being the best you.


Abundance Thinking




You can rely on Rumi for inspirational words.  Rumi, a 13th Century Persian poet who continues to impress on our lives.  Rumi's phrases and poetry have the power to question and to magnify our existence.  I love this one because it reminds me that abundance is already mine.  I just need to be mindful that I know what I am looking for and I am looking in the right places.

The abundance factor can seem so out of reach.
Yet Rumi says this one small phrase to reinforce it is already here, you already have it.
You have more than enough.

 What does abundance mean to me?

Question its shape and form.
⟿ Dig deeper than the immediate response based on cultural and conditioning beliefs.
  Remove the money factor and limits.
  What is your personal take on more than enough?

What does it look like?
Will you know it when you experience it?
Get specific and go into detail on the form of your abundance.
How you want to live, what you want to taste, who you want to see, where you want to go.

"Abundance - a situation where there is more than enough of something"

An abundance of energy
Abundance of health
Abundance of experiences
     of giving and receiving
   
An abundance of time
Abundance of joy
Abundance of space
     of travel and adventure

An abundance of strength
Abundance of faith
Abundance of peace
      of kindness and courage






If it was up to me


One of the toughest things to do is look at what you have done or has happened to you in the past and look at it objectively, remove the emotion, see it as a lesson, let go and move on.

I have such admiration for those who say they can do this with ease. It is an incredible skill to master an objective mindset and practise the ability to separate from the attached emotion that holds you in the past.

So much teaching out there about the merits of being present in the moment.  I persevere but you know what life is like, the memories swagger in when you least expect it.


"I remember when..."
My life was easier, tougher, better, worse"
"I carry this hurt, because..."
"I keep making this same mistake"
"Back then, I was stronger, fatter, fitter, smarter..."


How much of my thoughts can I allow to be about the past?
How much is too much that it will keep me stuck there?

There have been studies on this and it may be exaggerated or underrated but for the majority, the thoughts you have about the past is most of the time...over 90%.  That is a serious preoccupation with what you did either yesterday, months or years ago.

If it was up to me it is an easy road to keep travelling over and over again.  It is so automatic to keep going over and over old stuff and if your imagination is fired up you could really exaggerate those past events.  The good is even better, the bad is cringe worthy and the ugly, well that just stirs up lots of emotion.

Even when what you did in the past is holding you back from enjoying now you go there.  It is safe, known and oddly reassuring.

It is up to me to honour the good, the bad and the ugly of past me.   Those memories, those past mistakes and brilliant achievements are all part of the puzzle that makes up who I am.
It is also up to me to whittle down the 90% of time I spend thinking in the past, ramp up the thinking about loving the now and be curious about the possibilities of the future.


I read a reassuring metaphor about life and how it is like the workings of a tapestry.  You look at the back of a tapestry and the thread is in all directions, while what we see on the other side is a beautiful picture.  All the work behind the scenes is creating an intricate masterpiece.

It is up to me to honour my life masterpiece, reflect on the lessons, make every effort to view them as gifts and move on.  I like to think of that tapestry when my thoughts wander to the past and be reassured that yes all is ok, I am a work in progress.

"Life just gets curiouser and curiouser".

Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).― Lewis CarrollAlice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass






Words have Power

We know our words are a significant part of how we shape our mental health and our image.

The thoughts we create and collect shape the words that we use and the actions that follow.




I spent some time this morning to affirm what I wanted from me and my life and the funny thing is that most of the words started with the letter "P".

 So, I started writing a list of all the "P" words that I want to show up for me everyday and gauge what is their strength and resonance in my life.

This turned out to be some deep fun to keep me on track and sharpen the focus...journalling with flair.

I will pick my top 5, and rate them out of 10.  I may want to come back and rate the difference again at another time.

So here they are my "P" words today in no particular order.

Passion

I rate this one 8 out of 10.  Not sure what a 10 for me would look like, but I think it would be after drinking lots of coffee.  Sometimes passion means to be busy, involved, on target.  When most of the time passion is looking out for what you love and drawing more of that to you.
Right now, passion is the best me, the one that jumps out of bed, curious about my life and enjoying who I am and what I do. Passion feeds into my courage to say bring it on I am ready.


Peace

9 out of 10.  I don't know if I would give a 10 to anything, so 9 is feeling good right now.
Peace is a lot easier to come by when you limit news and social media intake. Peace comes from within, and  it is there when I meditate, when I accept it is what it is, when I let go.  Acceptance of who I am and my circumstances.  Peace is breathing slow and steady with a clear mind and it settles my chattering impulses.

Purposeful

I am giving this one a 4. I only sometimes look out for it and I don't spend as much time asking the "what is my purpose question". It doesn't seem to rate highly for me, not such a big deal.  As long as I am learning and helping and achieving, then purpose is there. No title or label to give it a tag. I am ok with that.  Purposeful sits comfortably in the background.

Play

I am a seeker of play and I want to rate this one a 7.  There has to be more play, more fun and not take myself too seriously.  I want to see the funny side of life, look for the light.  Play with words!  Play can get lost as an adult.  We can organise it and make time for it but it's the disorganised, unexpected moments that is a very natural way of being that I want in my life.

Prosperity

I deserve a dignified comfortable life.  My prosperity rating is 9 out of 10.  This is a strong mental attitude that I affirm every day.  I always get what I need and I know that the world is full of possibilities.  I enjoy this feeling of prosperity and I want it to be strong in my life and as a guiding word for others.

Highly recommend the time out to write down the words you repeat to yourself in your life.  Dig deeper into the words that give you power to fuel your strength of mind and character.



Break the habit of working on your faults


How can you be happy and fulfilled if the focus is on your nagging faults, on what you can't do or what you want to stop or what you don't have in your life?  It is just not possible.

Where you spend most of your focus will determine whether the habits you create can either work for you or not at all. Ok, you may be at a time when you want to  change up your habits because of your perceived faults.  If you only look at your faults, that is all you see and spending your time fixing your faults will narrow the view of yourself. It is not the uplifting motivating change you were expecting.

Negative momentum has a short motivation span and can be useful as a spark to get you going but when you stay with only working on your faults, you do get stuck.

Change the view.

Focus on what you bring to this life.  Create the great habits that are life affirming and exploit your strengths.  Yes, you do have wonderful qualities.  Your qualities should be the most important asset to you, not your faults.

There is a motivation cycle as you focus on your qualities and set habits that work for you.

The habits you have instilled in your life are the foundation for your success and success inspires that state of feeling in you that all is right in your world. Ok, now when you have habit achievement that feeds back into the loop of success as something tangible you create and attain and there it is again that feeling of success.  Habits stimulate the feeling of success.

You are tapping into the motivation and inspiration to stay consistent and reach beyond yourself.

When you create new habits with the incentive of removing your faults, it is easy at first then gets tougher to keep. Your faults just keep popping up when you give them so much attention.   Break the habit of working on your faults and look at what thoughts, words and actions will expand your qualities and strengths.  These are the positive life enriching habits that will get easier to mesh into your life and sustain.







May your wishes be fulfilled



As a child you breathed life into your wishes
A soft hush of the unknown yearning
You knew what you wanted
Your wishes showed you it is possible
Another time, another space and your wishes will be fulfilled
You let them go and continued to play
May your wishes be fulfilled.

Now you are all grown up
A million experiences have kept you alert
You are wary of disappointment
Separation says wishes belong to the stories of fairytales
Another time, another space, a door is closed
You let them go and continued to work.

There is a whisper
May your wishes be fulfilled.

You have stopped to listen
There it is again
A soft hush of the unknown yearning
The rush of knowing it is possible has returned
Another time, another space and you are home
Be encouraged your wishes never left you
You let them go and they stayed in your heart
May your wishes be fulfilled.