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[success]People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh[/success]
Today someone is living a life they’re proud of. Is it you?
If not, remember this, if you never let go of what doesn’t work for you, you never grow. The greatest satisfaction at the end of the day as you rise to the level of your true greatness, is to be able to say I’m leaving the game of life with no regrets. You CAN do it.
Life isn’t always an easy mission. There’s some danger and excitement, joy and sorrow and crazy things sometimes happen.
And all the while you’re expected to fulfill the most challenging tasks or projects; those daily activities that use up every ounce of energy. Life doesn’t even arrive with guarantees.
People get wounded and hurt; lose loved ones and have things broken beyond repair, and yet, every day brings a fresh start filled with new possibilities.
Don’t expect life to be a totally smooth, unbroken path; not only will you be disappointed, but you’ll be incredibly bored too. At the same time don’t let your worries or your past be your guide.
Sometimes the hardest part about changing and growing is being able to let go of the old and embrace the new. If you’re ready to see a change…make one.
1. Choose the extraordinary
Each day you’re offered an opportunity to live a more extraordinary life. It doesn’t matter your starting point, it matters that you start.
Give up wasting your time and energy regretting something you’ve done or wishing that things could be different.
Stop listening to the voice inside your head that says you’re not good enough. Allow yourself to be fully human, authentic, and vulnerable and engage deeply in this thing we call life. “Dream your life, then live your dream.”
Most ordinary people only see what’s possible. The extraordinary, dream not of what’s possible or likely, but what’s impossible. And as they visualize it, they begin to see it clearly as a real possibility. Remember there’s nothing ordinary about you.
2. Don’t hold yourself back
Asking is one of the most unused principle of success.
Some of the most successful, happy people got that way by knowing how to ask. But most people are too afraid to ask for time, money, support and guidance for fear of being rejected, or fear of hearing the dreaded word ‘no’. If you’re one of them, remind yourself you’re simply saying no to yourself.
Don’t reject yourself before you give others a chance to accept you and say yes. Give them the opportunity to help you. Allowing others to help can be one of the greatest gifts you give to another.
You don’t have to go it alone. Be smart enough to know you need help, brave enough to ask and strong enough to accept.
3. Be for, not against
Affirmations are powerful forces in your life. Whether you know it or not you are constantly affirming to yourself.
What are you saying to yourself on a regular basis? Is it something positive or negative?
Are you projecting a confident, positive attitude on the outside, but inside your inner conversations are that you don’t think you’re as good as everyone else? Or do you constantly remind yourself of every problem you have instead of counting every blessing?
Practice keeping your inner conversations on all that’s positive in this beautiful world of ours and pretty soon you’ll have far less negative experiences to even think about.
4. Be willing to let go
Sometimes you just have to find the strength to let go, and it can be the hardest thing you ever do. Don’t believe those who say it it takes more strength to hold on, or that letting go is weakness. It takes a lot of strength and courage to be willing to let go and then to actually do it.
Letting go isn’t giving up. It’s being willing to recognize enough is enough and have faith that the new path you’re about to take will lead to something wonderful.
5. Challenge catastrophic thinking
Its easy to exaggerate experiences, especially when you feel afraid. It’s easy to imagine dreadful things happening, letting worry carry you away.
Always remember every problem does have a solution and things generally never turn out as badly as you thought they might. They might even be a whole lot better.
You might discover hidden blessings that you never even thought of.
A thought is just a thought. You might need to get a new perspective on the situation.
Read something inspirational, go to a movie. Take physical action, run, walk, head for the gym. Don’t buy into the noise of distorted thinking, however loud and persistent it might be.
Don’t miss out on the sunshine of today by giving attention to the clouds you think are on the horizon of tomorrow.
6. Make time count
You’re a history maker. With every moment you’re creating your destiny…your legacy. Make sure you don’t let it slip by without paying attention.
Life is beautiful and can work in strange ways. Remember you won’t start a fire without a spark. Choose something you want and wait and work towards it. It might feel as though it’s taking forever to arrive. And then it happens and it’s done.
Don’t simply move on to the next thing. Take the time and appreciate. Appreciate the memories you made along the way. Ultimately the journey is happiness. Be aware. Don’t miss it.
In the comments below I’d love to know…
What do you need to do so you won’t end up living with regrets?
As always, thank you for reading, and contributing. I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say on this topic. You always have such wisdom to share.
Encourage one another.