When I say that I've had a rough couple of weeks…I do not feel that I'm alone on this! I know just from chatting with so many others that we all experience “Up-Times” and “Down-Times” in our lives.
I've just recently learned from a current motivational program that I've been studying, that the flow of our lives is much the same as the way water flows. Sometimes; fast and sometimes not so fast. What causes the flow to change and what is the reason for the ups and downs in our everyday lives?
Let me begin with a recent quote I found by Stephen Richards, a self-help author as he wrote: “You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.” Read that over a few times and allow that to sink in!
In most all of my writings concerning health and nutrition and improving yourself in any of many ways, you'll always read the words that I use so often…“All that you do begins in your head.” In the bible, it says…”you reap what you sow” and there are so many philosophical quotes such as: “You become what you think about”, “you are what you think” and the list goes on.
This concept is mentioned way too often and in so many places and so many words that surely it cannot be ignored.
Getting back to the first sentence in this post…“I've had a rough couple of weeks”…can be taken quite literally. Each day when I get up it begins with making several entries in my personal Journal including notes on the weather, time I awoke , state of mind, things I've learned and experienced and where I am professionally. I won't get into details – any more than I have. Lately, I've been doing something a bit odd! I thought it would be interesting to look at last year's TODAY -exactly one year ago. Ironically – in my case, It threw me into a tailspin! I did not like what I found!
The point of this post is how you can MOVE YOURSELF FORWARD. So, let me fast forward to what inspired today's post.
As I was cleaning up my desk yesterday morning I came across a scrap of paper with some scribbled notes on it and across the top it said “Loving Yourself”! I do not remember where I got this info, what I may have been listening to or reading or watching but it made a whole lot of sense to me. I wanted to share those notes with you because…if it's true that “you are or become what you think about” you best be feeling good about yourself and be thinking good thoughts and loving yourself like there is no tomorrow!
Here are the notes as they were transcribed:
- Loving Your Self: Stop berating or criticizing yourself. Accept yourself as you are. Believe in yourself as well as believing that you can improve yourself on a continuous basis. Every problem that you encounter; emotional, health-healing, physical, mental can be healed by simply loving yourself. No, this is not an ego thing nor is it a bad trait even though you’ll encounter other people saying things like: “boy, does he ever love himself”, or…”who does he think he is?” “Man, is he ever conceited.” Try this simple experiment on yourself for a few weeks’ worth of days: Stand in front of a mirror, look into the mirror and look deeply into your own eyes and say (out loud) “I Love You”!
- Focus: Your focus must be positive! Dis-empowering thoughts – No-No-Never! Focus on “Empowering Thoughts”. Focus on the thought (pretend) that you have already achieved your goal or objective. Remember that the meaning that you give to your goal is generated in your own mind.
- Body: Endorphin's, neurotransmitters charge up your physiology. Exercise every day, look positive and maintain a positive air about you. Identify yourself in your posture and continuously condition your mind.
My next couple of posts are going to be focusing on personal motivation and self-determination and I felt that today's post would prove to be a good springboard to that topic.
As always, your thoughts and comments are always welcome and essential to me as the person posting on this blog. In other words…I would really appreciate any discussion and all comments on this topic. Thanks in advance…