Face Your Thoughts

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You know your thoughts have power.

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 Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

-Winston Churchill


You know that different things affect how you think and feel.

You have also had great days where you have seen the benefits of being aware of your thoughts and molding them into the positive faith filled thoughts you know you need.

When your thoughts move you toward your goals, then they are giving you the energy you need to succeed.

Our attitude is so powerful, yet at times we don’t take the time to work toward changing how we think and why we think the way we do.

At times I honestly feel as though we are scared to confront our negative thoughts. I feel that this is because when we do so we acknowledge our personal, very real weaknesses. No one likes face the reality of our faults, no matter how undeniable. The fact of the matter is that in order to improve we most first accept where and who we are, before we can become better, and stretch toward our potential. Everyone has negative thoughts, but not everyone is willing to face them. The confrontation of negative energy can seem scary. I have come to see however, that the more we work at it the better we get at it, and the better we will feel.

Optimistic thinking does not deny the existence of negative thought, rather the healthy and honest confrontation of negative thought.

We will always feel bad unless we are willing to be introspective, self-aware, and alter our thoughts. We have to chose to be personally responsible for how we feel and think before we can alter how we think of feel.

The power that is attitude is a power that is most often overlooked by the casual pursuer of success.
When we go from casual to committed then we will find within us the capacity and determination we need to push ourselves to face ourselves.
As we face ourselves we change our thoughts, and place ourselves on the path to achievement.

To do what we have not done before, will always present a challenge. It is the challenge of facing ourselves that when accepted and faced that will yield the greatest results.

It is the very essence of self mastery.

You and I all know that there is a lot that goes into shaping and molding our thoughts. I have found that eating certain foods, and listening to certain music, and how I dress affects me and my thoughts differently, another factor that I have come to realize affects me is movement. In fact exercise is know as a natural remedy for depression. Even our posture has the ability to change and transform the way we think. The more we educate ourselves and look for solutions the more we will learn, and we will develop a stronger self-awareness.

I enjoyed Amy Cuddy’s ted talk on body language and its ability to shape how we feel and think.
In fact after watching it. I watched it again, then I looked up some more videos promoting Amy Cuddy and her work. I invite you to do the same when you have a minute.

Finding Momentum

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Finding Momentum

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Have you ever been pushed by momentum?
Have you run down a hill?
Was it hard to stop?

Have you ever been working on a task and made so much progress that you didn’t want to stop?

Momentum is powerful, and affects every aspect of our lives. Momentum is gained through physical and mental movement. Mental change when physically acted upon leads to the development of momentum.

It’s fair to say that we would all like to benefit from a healthy maintenance of positive momentum. With momentum comes the feeling of productivity, and self worth.

So how does one create a positive momentum toward their goals?

They continually take action. Without action there is no momentum.

I am a firm believer that when it comes to achievement that; by small and simple things, great things are brought to pass. We can never allow ourselves to be overwhelmed with all we have to do, rather we must focus on one thing at a time. Breaking our tasks into bite sized chunks, helps us to see what we are doing as simple rather than complex.

For instance when we have a goal to write a blog post we can’t spend time worrying about the finished and published work we want to produce. Instead we must begin applying energy to the task by taking small steps toward the end goal. Choose the topic, do research, begin drafting your thoughts. etc.

When it comes down to it momentum comes with a healthy mindset. We naturally tend to focus on accomplishing large tasks. These tasks are important, but if we do not place enough emotional value on the completion of small progressive tasks we limit our momentum. We will feel burnt out and struggle to maintain our focus if we see no value in small tasks.

As we train our minds to see progress in small tasks, and feel accomplished and productive, we will then enable ourselves the emotional energy necessary to discover the power of momentum. Our perception of ourselves and the world around us directly affects the energy we carry with us through life, and the pace of our momentum. As we make an honest effort to see all our achievements; not just the completion of large projects, but the completion of small tasks that lead to them as progressive, we can reform our thinking. As we make this effort to reform our thoughts, we will feel progress where we have never felt it before.

One might want to write a list of successes or accomplishments each evening
to train the mind to value the small and simple things.

As we seek to realize the benefits of momentum we must stand ready to acknowledge the need for sacrifice and self discipline. You can’t expect to find the momentum and progress you yearn for without making changes in your life. You can never do the same thing you have always done and expect a transformation of self, and the discovery of momentum. To find your momentum you must do things you have never before done. You must willingly become consistent in the small and simple things that lead to your personal development, and the fulfillment of your goals. This involves faith and sacrifice, coupled with perseverance. Faith that your changes will aid in bringing out the changes you seek and are worth your effort, the willing sacrifice of your common, usual, and regular way of life. Perseverance and patience most be had that you might have the resolve to reform and transform your life through your efforts to change.

 

Have you ever set a goal, then tried to accomplish the goal by jumping on it, rather than sneaking up on it?

You wanted to do it without any forethought or preparation.

How did it go for you?

Could you have benefited from careful planning, and focusing on simplified tasks that lead to your goal?

 

As we come to take pride in our work, and its gradual steady progress we will come to discover momentum. We sustain our momentum as we develop consistency and form habits. The habits we form are central to the energy we have within us each day. Perhaps our most important habits are directly related to our schedules, and the way we structure our day. As we form habits around what we do and how we do it our ability to be consistent and develop continual momentum is greatly increased. We must remain committed to these habits in order to earn the reward that comes with momentum. As with a hand pump, in order to get water to pour out of the spout one must first pump the lever consistently. One pump, or even four or five will not deliver the water to your pale. You must be prepared to pay the price to develop positive habits, to sacrifice the old to enjoy the blessings of the new, and to have the discipline to remain true and firm in your efforts.

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The discovery and maintenance of positive momentum is empowering, and is to be our quest if we are to realize the fulfillment of our goals and dreams.

Without momentum the efforts we would make to become and achieve would be passive, casual, and whimsical. Through developing an understand, and dedication to the small and seemingly simple things we come to value the effort that we give in return for our pace and progress. Momentum is not easily found and kept because it demands that we be more than we are, that we change and live differently. Making these changes is not an easy casual ambition, because defying the norm welcomes a test of our will and a struggle to overcome who we were, and who we are now, that we might form who we will become tomorrow. The internal battle we will have as we face the challenges of finding and living with momentum will be well worth the effort. I know that as we strive to always push ourselves to work toward our goals through small and simple things we will achieve the results we seek.

May You Find and Enjoy the Strength that is Your Momentum.


Feel free to check out this great article on Boosting Productivity through Building Momentum from lifehack.org

Your WRITE to LIVE

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Your WRITE to LIVE

startup-593336_1280The willful combination of pen and paper have the ability to liberate the mind, free the soul,
and open the heart.

 

How often do you write with pen and paper?

Do you journal?

Did you know that writing has power?

Writing things out on paper can literally transform your life.

Have you ever told a friend about how you felt and felt much better as a result? Do you ever wish it was easier? Your pen and paper can be your friend.

Writing is literally good for your health!

In many ways writing is like breathing for your mind. Out with the old thoughts, and in with the new thoughts, all made possible via your pen and paper.

I never fully realized how powerful it is to write out your thoughts and feelings until I kept a journal for several months. I found I was better prepared to deal with the days that seemed to tax me mentally. I realized that writing my feelings brought me a good deal of relief.

“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself.”
Robin S. Sharma

Many people think of writing a journal as a selfless act done to ensure that friends and family may have a record to remember your legacy after you pass on. This is great, and a great reason to keep and write a journal, but the real benefit is the refined ability to converse with yourself.

Have you ever talked to someone and felt better afterwards? Writing in your journal has similar benefits. Yes, it’s true your journal can’t talk back and give you feedback. That is solely up to you. Through writing and journaling you have the ability to have and control both sides of the conversation. Simply chose to respond to yourself in a positive tone, you deserve it.

I have come to see writing to be a great way to combat negative thinking and depression. To do this you can write out the event or circumstance that made you feel upset, then write how it made you feel. Then write how you would like to feel instead, in other words a more optimistic approach. This can be challenging, but it seriously helps to change your thoughts.

This is because your thoughts have energy behind them. When you pen them to the paper you are acknowledging them, the above exercise which I refer to as a rewrite, helps to rewrite negative thoughts.

When you write out positive statements toward yourself, you begin to train your brain to be more positive. This is a form of self-talk. Positive self-talk is healthy for your mind and soul, and aids in your empowerment as you seek to realize your goals and overcome challenges.

Have you ever written out your goals and dreams?

Have you done a written brainstorm of all you would like to accomplish in your life time?

Do you like to dream big?

Writing out your goals and dreams helps you to see them to fruition. Like anything worth while your goals and dreams will only be realized through your own honest efforts, but the first effort is to write them down.

“People with goals succeed
because they know where they’re going.”
Earl Nightingale

Writing your goals helps you to put energy toward them. It helps you remember them, and feel the joyful anticipation brought with looking forward to their accomplishment. As we write our goals we are far more likely to take them seriously, and look for honest ways to achieve them.

Most people write their goals at the beginning of a new year. Now there is nothing wrong with this, but when it comes down to it that’s not enough. These goals usually pertain to the coming year or a set of years. These goal setting sessions held to welcome a new year are great, but we need to set and write more goals; monthly, weekly, and daily. It can be a challenge at times to find the time to spend determining and writing goals, but they help give you momentum and push you toward the life that you have always wanted.

Perhaps the best benefit of writing your goals is the discovery of prospective and priority. Your goals help you to determine what matters most to you. Writing them down ensures that you keep them in the forefront of your mind, and allow yourself to be guided by them. This helps us to realize the steps we need to take to begin working towards becoming who we truly want to be, and living as we would like to live.

Writing is good for your mental health, and as a result will positively affect your physical health. When you write you have the ability to shape, mold, sculpt, and refine your mind and your thoughts. You can change the way you live your life, and create the future you have always dreamed of. You can have a healthier prospective on life and your place in the modern world. You can find lost energy and relieve stress. You can increase your ability to learn and remember. You can connect with others, and express your feelings. You have the WRITE to LIVE.

(Click here and Check out the 6 Unexpected Ways Writing can transform your health!)

 

Have you ever found a pen that you really enjoyed writing with?

Do you use one pen for everything?

Is the way your pen feels and works important to you?

If so then the Inkjoy from Paper Mate is for you.

It truly is a joy to write with this pen. I personally use Paper Mate Inkjoy pens for everything I write.

Once you try it, there is no going back.

I invite you to try it out,
in the quest for enjoyable writing.

Let me know what you you think.
How do you feel about the importance of writing?

What do you like to write?

Do you have a favorite pen?

Do you like the Paper Mate Inkjoy?