In the hustle and bustle of daily lives it’s easy to get lost, to forget the things that matter, the key truths that make all the difference to the life you lead. It’s easy to put up with things you don’t really want, or consistently prepare yourself for the next big disaster…the one that’s just waiting to stop you in your tracks.
In all honesty it’s something most of us do.
And we could all do with making better choices that feed our soul and delight our heart.
If you made a wrong choice yesterday, or last week, or last year, it doesn’t have to define you today. Sometimes we just have to accept our old choices didn’t work out too well, learn from them, and make a different choice today.
Life provides us with opportunities for abundance and happiness. You don’t have to seek them. They’ll discover you.
But first you have to stop talking about where you don’t have enough. You don’t have enough time, you don’t have enough money, you didn’t get enough sleep, you’re not thin enough or smart enough, or capable enough.
Rather than seeking more when living in a state of lack, begin instead to choose a better mindset. Intentionally choose attitudes of mind that allow abundance, joy and happiness to be permanent partners in your life.
1. Choose eagerness
Stop waiting around for inspiration to strike, or friends or family to give you a thumbs up. Be eager. Great things are created by enthusiasm. Every dream you have is a wish from your heart. A wish that connects you to the energy of vitality, of creation, of passionate longing.
Risks must be taken.
Be open and pay attention because everything that helps you evolve into the one whose dreams come true stems from your enthusiasm for life.
Don’t give your time and attention to those who are cynical and critical. They’ll squash the greatness right out of you.
2. Be willing to let go of those things that don’t feel joyful
Stop giving your power to another who wants to control or limit or discourage you. Choose to live a life that is filled with laughter and song, good food and good company. Eat chocolate, write sonnets, throw parties, dwell with nature. Sparkle and shine your way through every day.
Letting go means letting go of who you think you should be, or who others told you that you needed to be.
Not everyone is going to love you, so don’t waste a minute worrying about them. You could be the sweetest plum on the tree, but not everyone likes plums.
Make room in your life for the ones who care what happens to you, the ones who are rooting for your success and happiness and find a way to let the rest go. Stop living the life you’re ‘supposed’ to and give free reign to who you are.
3. Slow down and cherish everything
Stop being in such a hurry to get through life. It’ll be over soon enough.
Start your day with calm and peaceful habits and you’ll find yourself accomplishing more with less stress.
Try beginning the day with a meditation, or contemplation. Take some ‘me’ time whenever possible and if it isn’t possible, take a moment and choose your mood for the day. And make sure whatever happens, you keep returning to your ‘mood of the day’.
If you want to have any control over your life experiences, learn to select your moods in the same way you select your clothes each day. It might be the most important decision you make all day!
4. Devote your energy to living on purpose
It’s a pretty safe bet that your mind is mostly devoted to the things you don’t want.
Yet, the single most important characteristic of those who mainly lead an abundant happy life is that they manage to move away from what the world views as normal; the default setting of problems. Those to be solved, those to be eliminated and hopefully those that just go away.
For many, the majority of their brain power is focused on what’s wrong, not having enough, not being enough, or problems in relationships, and a life that just doesn’t have the abundance and joy they desire.
Don’t be one of them. Stop devoting your mind to ideas that keep you on the merry-go-round of lack and scarcity.
Do your best to catch yourself when this happens. Remember, that what you think, say and do makes all the difference to the way life turns out.
Choose to devote your mind to feeling abundant and happy for all the things that enrich your life now. Think about your blessings more than your problems and stop allowing the default programme of the world to shape your life.
5. Keep your eyes on the prize
Every time you say yes when you want to say no, you’re using up a portion of your life living it in a way you don’t want to. Learn to say yes more often to things that make you happy, and no to the things and the people that bring hassle into your life.
Every yes, when it should be no, brings with it resentment and less energy to lead your best life.
If you’re going to worry, make it about how you feel and not what others think.
Become focused on following your heart and fulfilling your dreams. Stop writing the same drama today that you wrote yesterday.
Today is a new day, write a fresh new story, the pen is in your hands; write something beautiful.
6. Respect and value your worthiness
You are worthy of love and compassion and all the good things in life, not because OF anything, but because of WHO you are. And you are most deserving of love from yourself.
We all end up living our lives because of the way we see ourselves. See yourself as victorious and you can rejoice in your life, see yourself as a victim and a life of regret will be your reward.
Success won’t come to you because of the techniques you have or your level of intelligence. You must know you’re worthy of receiving in order to experience the abundance life has on offer.
How do you know if you’re worthy? Because YOU say you are.
When you go to bed tonight, regardless of the kind of challenges you encountered today or those you met who weren’t supportive, tell yourself ‘I’m enough’. Because you are and you have nothing to prove to anyone.
I have a challenge for you today.
In the comments below, share your greatest dream. Whatever it is – I’d love to hear about your dream for your life. Not the one your parents have in mind, or society, or your friends. Being willing to name your dream is a necessary first step in experiencing it.
As always, I truly appreciate and thank you for reading and sharing and contributing so generously and kindly.
You make this the best, the most encouraging place to be online.
Continue to encourage one another.
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