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[success]The universe has no restrictions. You place restrictions on the universe with your expectations. ~ Deepak Chopra[/success]
Life’s journey takes us down roads we hadn’t even thought to travel. We may share the path together, we might invite others to join us, but the one thing we don’t want to do is waste this one-time trip on worrying if we’re on the right path.
If you’re on it, it’s right for you right now.
Sometimes we over complicate things. Sometimes we hit a place that’s incredibly painful and sometimes we place value on things that turn out not to be valuable at all.
You need to be aware there’s no need to be anxious for what lies ahead. And no need to beat yourself up for what lies behind.
Relax, it will become clearer, you will grow and evolve, you will find the one who’ll love you the best. You can’t fail at life, unless you stop living it.
Recognize that each day gives you a new chance. Be willing to take it. Jump at all the chances life gives you on the way to living your dreams.
Give yourself the chances you deserve, because if you don’t, you might just miss the best thing that could ever happen to you. Life is always about making the best of it, wherever you are.
1. Take a chance on branching out
Sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith. Even when it feels as though you’re jumping off a high ledge. When your instincts and intuition tell you to leap, even when it defies logic and seems crazy, do it.
Ignore the fact you don’t think you’re ready. Ignore the heart stopping fear that’s pounding in your ears. Even though it isn’t what you planned, just go for it. Your inner being usually knows best.
You’ve got this.
2. Take a chance on loss as you seek to grow
In order to grow we have to let go. In order to move forward and evolve we have to let go. It takes courage to start all over again but it’s not about going back to the beginning. You’re starting from a place of more knowledge, more power more strength and more wisdom.
Whether it’s letting the past go, letting someone go who doesn’t deserve you in their life, or letting go of creations and experiences, sometimes we just have to clear our hearts and let go.
And yes, there will be a loss. And no, it won’t break you.
Break out of your shell, find something that touches your heart and keep moving towards the things that matter most to you.
3. Take a chance on new desires
Working out what to keep and what to let go of can be one of life’s greatest challenges. I know of what I speak. I’ve just let Reflecting A Life go…it’s evolved into Live Purposefully Now…just in case you hadn’t noticed!
It wasn’t an easy decision. There is loss involved. Yet, the greatest risk is often the risk of doing nothing and settling for what already is.
My desire is always to grow, to evolve and support you in bigger and better ways, so you can see the greatest version of yourself and learn strategies to create the life of your dreams.
Change answered my call.
Be cautious in your desires. Each one is a call for change and the answer is always yes.
Sometimes the change is forced upon you and sometimes you just go for it. But know for sure that you asked for it with your desire for something different, something better, something that fits the person you’ve become.
4. Take a chance on not following the rules
Some rules don’t deserve to be followed. They confine and minimize and make you smaller than you truly are. Be brave enough to determine how you can live life on your terms without hurting others or yourself.
Who says you have to follow someone else’s rules?
Refuse to always follow convention; sometimes it feels great to leap before looking, to laugh in the face of troubles, to dance even when others are watching and tenaciously refuse to march to another’s drum. Listen to your heart and you’ll know what you need to be doing.
5. Take a chance on being kinder than necessary
Not everybody deserves your kindness. Give it anyway. Not because of who they are, but because of who you are. When all is said and done there are going to be many things you regret, don’t add not being kinder to the list. (Read George Saunders graduation speech)
Do little things that make the world a better place. Look for the good in everyone, including yourself.
When you fail, or feel less than, practice compassion and understanding towards yourself and turn off the inner critic who loves to blame and shame Then, when you fall asleep at night you’ll know, whatever else happened that day, it was successful because you were kinder than necessary.
6. Take a chance on making mistakes
Life is basically a whole bunch of mistakes strung together. Like it or not, if you don’t try, you’re not going to be leading the life you want.
Your dreams are only possible if you are willing to make mistakes, get it wrong and continue to live enthusiastically knowing your mistakes are powerful tools that support you to become better than before.
Begin to see mistakes as opportunities to do something different, be someone different.
Remember every path you took, every choice you selected, made you who you are today. Even when those choices felt like a huge mistake.
Often the only reason many are living their dreams is because a mistake they made took them down the right path.
7. Take a chance on love
Everyone has been disappointed in love. And it’s painful when the single most important person in your world hurts you. You’re left feeling a little lost. That’s normal. But you can’t stay there; you must never reach a point when you get hurt so much that you get used to it.
A better thing to get used to is the idea that you deserve so much better. Understand that when you love yourself, when you’re willing to be yourself, and when you allow yourself to shine you’ll discover that ideal person who’s willing to celebrate the one of a kind creation that you are.
8. Take a chance on change
One thing you can be sure of is that change is inevitable. Don’t resist, it only makes things harder. Turn your attention away from what was on to what’s about to be, on to creating the new.
It’s okay that you don’t want to feel uncomfortable, it’s okay that you’d rather have a quick and easy ‘how to’ list and it’s okay that like most of us, you’d rather skip over the challenges of change.
Begin to expect every ending to be followed by a new beginning and change won’t seem so hard and scary.
Remember you’re not the person you were a month ago or even a week ago, and in another month’s time you’ll be someone new again. Don’t underestimate yourself. Believe in yourself. You are powerful enough to handle everything that life throws at you.
9. Take a chance on forgiveness
Forgiving others benefits you the most. It’s a reflection of the love you have for yourself and brings peace to your heart. You deserve that.
Seize every opportunity to take the chance to forgive, don’t close your heart forever…it’s the whole point of being here. Each time you remain open hearted and forgiving you empower yourself and release yourself from the prison of bitterness.
Forgiveness brings the gift of a clean slate, accept it; turn your back on the hurts and head towards the light of a brighter, better new day.
10. Take a chance on being you
Start to own the magnificent being you are, the positive qualities you have, and the wonderful things you’ve accomplished so far in your life. If you’re not being you, who are you being? You’re not here to be a pale imitation of someone else; your time here isn’t limitless why waste it on trying to be someone you’re not?
Sometimes the difference between being successful or not, is the courage to bet on yourself and your ideas; how can you do that when you’re trying to be someone else?
Today’s the day to start focusing on your vision, and stop wasting your time and energy trying to be who someone else thinks you should be. Rise to the incredible potential within you. It’s your gifts and talents that are needed in our world. You are a unique, marvellous gift and your presence blesses us all.
Over to you. Do share in the comments below the biggest insight you’re taking away from this week’s post. Or, if you’ve found yourself taking chances recently, tell us what happened and what helped you overcome any fear or doubt.
As always, we appreciate your kindness, compassion and encouragement. Your story may be exactly what someone else needs to find their way onto the path that’s right for them.
Encourage one another.
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