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[success]There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative. ~ W. Clement Stone[/success]
Moving forward, freeing yourself from past mistakes and messes is a critical part of being happy. Sometimes our very thoughts and habits of action are our biggest enemies, preventing us from ever moving out of our comfortable, if miserable, slot in life.
There might not be one clear path to happiness and success that fits all, but to head for new horizons means you have to be willing to stop selling yourself short and change the state of mind that’s keeping you where you are.
My greatest challenges in changing my state of mind over the years have been inconsistency and not having proper direction. Eventually I hunted out helpful teachings and sayings that I could apply to my life on a daily basis. Just to name a few…
Keep your eyes open
Many of us can speak eloquently of what we don’t want in life. We’re directionless; stumbling around in the dark, only aware of what we’re afraid of and where we don’t want to go.
Don’t let that be good enough for you. Without a destination you’re lost or stuck where you are.
Become more aware of what’s taking place within. The words you speak to yourself, the mind chatter, the beliefs that you cherish and hold so tightly will all be reflected in your outer world.
The greater awareness you bring to the process of living, creates a space for more choices. Being aware of who you are and how you operate in life gives you the freedom to respond or react to the circumstances of your life the best way you can.
Stop trying to do it all
It isn’t possible to be in control of every aspect of life. So stop trying. Be clear on the fundamental concepts that will have the greatest impact on your quality of life and begin to master them.
Ask yourself “Does what I’m doing right now resonate with me?” There’s little point in succeeding in the things that bring no value to you or those in your sphere.
Stick with the basics and one basic that was necessary in changing my mind set was…
The gratitude habit
Gratitude is a powerful tool for me. Even when everything is going to hell in a hand-basket there’s something to be thankful for.
I discovered that regardless of how horrible things seemed to be if I could still be aware of blessings in my life…I would actually be okay.
Gratitude isn’t simply about giving thanks because you just got what you wanted. It’s a daily practice where you consistently look for the good.
Begin today to bring gratitude into your life with your every day, normal, run of the mill experiences. Don’t wait to get what you want before you feel grateful. Become a master of gratitude and enhance your life experience.
Don’t fear failure
Most of us learn to do something right by first getting it wrong.
You must use your failures and mistakes and messes to chart a new course, or tweak a good idea. Each failure or lesson learned are a necessary part of your growth, not an excuse to do nothing, to give up, or to stay stuck. That’s a route to regret.
Let nothing get in the way of your dreams. Don’t put them off because it isn’t easy, or something didn’t work out the way it was supposed to. Tomorrow never arrives.
Use each experience of joy or despair, of loves beginnings and endings as a means to tap the power within and keep moving forward.
Don’t allow adversity to define you
The greatest challenge in life is to be in command of our thinking process. One place where no-one else has any power. The way you think, the way you respond has a greater potential to wreck your life than any problem you might face.
Alter the judgements you make, the way you perceive experiences and how you decide upon the primary issues in life and you’ll be in a position to become more creative in managing the effects of your previous thinking. You’ll be better placed to generate improved ideas to problem solving.
You aren’t defined by the problems in your life, but how you handle them. Breathe a little. Relax a little. Fall asleep every night in the thought ‘something wonderful is happening for me now.’
And expect to see it. There’s a spiritual power within you that’s perfect.
In the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts about being free of past mistakes and how you handle sometimes being your own worst enemy.
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