Thank you

Two simple words connected together that can connect you to living better.

As a child you were instructed to always follow with what you receive with a thank you, as a parent you reinforce that with your children.  It is a universal social custom that is expected in society, but it is more than good manners that you are showing.

The thought behind these two words goes much deeper and the connection we have with the exchange of giving and receiving shows that thankfulness in our lives does create an aura of positive life nurturing attraction.

Say thank you for every gift you receive and for every time you can give, no matter how small, simple or insignificant you may think of it at the time.

Mornings are always a good place to start...first thoughts when you wake is to genuinely feel and express thank you for anything that comes to mind.

Maintain your thanks when, as the day goes on, you find yourself distracted with annoyances.  Come back and whisper thank you.

Use those pockets of time and catch when your mind wanders and say, oh yes, thank you.

When your head is not in the right space and you just can't see what to be thankful for, put your hand on your heart and say thank you.

Build, little by little those moments to tune into being thankful.

You are creating your own masterpiece and every brushstroke is layered upon those two words.

As your momentum grows and being thankful is your habit, you will experience times when you will walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.

How to view an obstacle

Right now I am living the result of my choices and right now I need to be reminded that those decisions are based on the vision to create a better life.

The vision that I mapped out, the goals that I planned are stalling and the obstacles that are in my way are making life difficult.  The cracks of doubt and scarcity widen as I focus more on what is not working out for me rather than what is working out.  My positive determination is leaking and replaced with anxiety, sleeplessness and fretting.

Most of my energy is taken with viewing the obstacles and setbacks and I can see this is fuelling doubt for my choices and to doubt myself.

How do you break away from what you perceive to be the reality and seeing these obstacles as massive walls that want to pull you back and to give in and give up?

This is my reminder on what I know:

The perception of a situation can be the turning point in how you create your best life.

Loss, grief, sickness, scarcity do happen.  They are part of our reality. We have been trained and educated into a mindset of scarcity, never enough time, money and opportunity.  Step back and remember it is the perception of our circumstances and how we choose to act on those perceptions that will either make you or break you. Scarcity is not my heritage anymore.  We have access to many great writers and teachers who are devoted to developing our understanding and to mine how we think and feel.  I choose to leverage from the uplifting words of others to direct my life.

When I come out the other end of the events and circumstances in my life that have carried the most obstacles, the most heartache I can see in the rearview that there is also an opportunity.   You could say I look for the silver lining or the rainbow after the storm.  I need to know that there is worth when there is challenge. I look for what I can learn and dig deep to find out what is this problem trying to elicit from me, what skill does it need.

Obstacles do show up and you have to choose:  run away, focus on it as some sort of doomsday sign, or view the obstacles as an ally, not an enemy.

What I am learning now is:

To not give in to the emotion of these obstacles, there is no attachment and no worry. Give more energy to my dream and my plan. It is up to me to place my emotion where it will best serve to cultivate a strong heart and mind. I factor in that there will be obstacles and I see these challenges as an ally to learn and know that when it all comes together it will be even sweeter for the lessons I have learnt.

Motivate Me!

The most common response after someone asks me what I do is the challenge to
"Motivate Me!"  

Motivate me to lose the weight, motivate me to get a new job, motivate me to find the right partner.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the perfect magical answer to take you from your current view to a better view, to pour liquid motivation over you and make it that bit easier.

Most times I answer " you are already motivated, you just don't realise it."

Just by asking that question and asking for guidance, you are motivated to move in a different and better direction.

Let's look at how to acknowledge that sleeping giant of motivation in you....

Desire is the catalyst to motivate you. 

I can place ideas and practices along your path to strengthen your desire and guide you with the follow through but you know it is up to you to grab your future.

You are the source of your motivation.  It is in your DNA to want to progress and have better.
Your strongest desire is to break out of the ordinary and change things up. Declare what you desire.

Value drives your motivation.

Our circumstances do affect how we see ourselves and others and those experiences affect the perception of our value.  What you value you will focus on, whether it is of benefit or detriment to you.  When you value who you are and your place in this world,  there is a natural motivation.  The opposite is true as well. No value in yourself or what you are after, then no motivation.  Strong and positive self worth drives your motivation.

Focus stimulates your motivation

Every day you start your day with a focus. What that focus is, well again that is entirely up to you.
You can focus on what is not happening, what is not working or you can try the alternative and focus on what is possible, what will happen, what is happening to see your desire tangible. Focus feeds your motivation and motivation feeds your focus. Stimulate your motivation with the focus on the thoughts, actions and habits that will benefit you.

Now you are ready to put that motivation into practice.  How will you unlock your best future?