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Your Thoughts Have Power

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. – Dale Carnegie

Well today was another crazy day with another late blog post.  And just an fyi, I’m going to be traveling for a couple of days so I don’t know if and your thoughts have powerwhen I’ll be able to post.  But that also ties in with the fact that your thoughts have power.  They do, and so do mine.  So I’m going to believe that I will be able to get the blog posts up despite my being away.

I know there are a lot of people who think that thoughts having power is bull, but they really do.  How many times have you thought about someone, only to have them call you on the phone.  Or maybe you’re humming a song and you turn on the radio it it comes on.  Just today, I was driving home from work, and I grabbed my chapstick to put some on.  Now this is something I’ve done thousands of times while driving with no issues at all.  Today, as I opened it, I thought “Oh, I hope I don’t drop the cover.”  Never ever have I dropped the cap to my chapstick while driving, today I thought that I hoped I wouldn’t do it, and of course, I did it.

Your thoughts have power.  They really do. So why spend time thinking about what you don’t have and how unhappy you are.  You’re just making more unhappiness in your life every time you do it.  Instead think about what you do have.  Think about things that you are grateful for, and think about things that make you happy.  Take your powerful thoughts and use them in a good way.

 

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

One Step at a Time

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. – Confucius

So I’m very late  posting today – and that’s because it’s IEP season, and as a special education teacher, I get to write IEP’s for the students I case one step at a timemanage.  What does that have to do with the quote and my being late posting?  Everything!  I had so much to do today and it is not a quick process.  All I could do was go one step at a time.

Writing IEP’s is a process.  You talk about the student and where they are emotionally, academically and functionally.  Then you figure out where you want them to be – that’s the goal.  Then it’s one step at a time, how you are going to get them there.  Those are the objectives.  There’s a lot more that goes into it, but that explanation will suffice for where I’m going with this.  I don’t care how long it takes my students to make progress, as long as they are making progress.  They’ll get there, one step at a time.

It’s like that in life too.  When you set a goal, it doesn’t matter how quickly you achieve that goal.  Map it out, get your plan in place and go at your own pace.  You’re not competing against anybody else.  Your not trying to cross the finish line first.  You reach your goals on your own time, at your own pace.  What matters is that you reach them. Don’t stop, don’t go back, don’t give up.  Just move forward, one step at a time.

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

It’s Time to Move On

In order to move on you must understand why you felt how you did and why you no longer need to feel it. – Mitch Albom

It’s time to move on.  It’s easier said than done, and amazingly enough, very appropriate for today.  Most people think that you move on from big things.  Old jobs, relationships that have ended, or any other big thing like that.  But you can move on from little things too.

I had something happen this morning that really through me for a loop.  There were hurt feelings, there were tears (there are always tears, I cry at the drit's time to move onop of a hat) and there were feelings of rage, and hopelessness.  But as I said on Facebook, I am stronger than the crap life is dishing out.  It’s time to move on.

But then, something pretty amazing happened.  I started thinking about what bugged me so much.  I took a good hard honest look at why I was so bothered.  It was because I wasn’t being valued in particular situation.  I wasn’t being valued and I felt as if someone was trying to minimize my role and undermine me.

Those things all suck, but then after thinking about it more, I realized something super important.  Those weren’t my problems.  If someone doesn’t value me, that’s on them, not me.  My self-worth is not determined by what other people think about me.  And as far as minimizing my roll and undermine me.  Go right ahead.  I know the work I’ve done, and I’ve done it to the best of my ability.  I can be proud of that, and it doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.

And just like that, I was able to move on.  I figured out why I was feeling the way I was, and I was able to move on from it.  Now I realize that this was a little issue, but it was still my issue.  But what I did can be applied to any situation.  Look at it as honestly as you can, and figure out why you’re feeling the way you are.  Once you do that, and you realize that you don’t need to feel that way will you be able to realize it’s time to move on.

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

Paint Your Own Picture

If you paint in your mind a picture of bright and happy expectations, you put yourself into a condition conducive to your goal. – Norman Vincent Peale

It’s no secret that our minds are incredibly powerful tools.  But as with any tool, you need to know how to use it.  Put me in front of a band saw, and I’d have no clue, until somebody showed me how to use it.  Our minds are the most powerful tool we have.  Think about it like an artist’s brush and it’s paint your own pictureyour job to paint your own picture.

The more technical term is visualization, but I like the imagery of paining your own picture.  It’s yours and yours alone.  Add a dream here, and a goal there.  Whatever you want. And of course you’re going to craft happy, positive images for your picture, right?  You can’t expect the happy ending if you are in a cranky mood.  You need to create, in your mind the expectations of what you want to achieve.  That will set you up to start working toward and achieving what you want.

Visualization is using your mind to create what you want to bring into your life. Painting your own picture of your dreams in your mind.  If you want to achieve it, you have to first see it in your mind.  See yourself having it, living it, getting it, or doing it.  Paint your own picture in your mind of what you want.  Create that happy expectation in your mind and in your heart.  Believe that you will achieve it and then set out to get it.

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

Forgiveness, It starts with you.

If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive. ~ Mother Theresa

I spent a lot of time this past weekend thinking about forgiveness, letting go and moving on.  See you can’t really love, or be loved if you’re holding all forgiveness, it starts with youthese grudges.  Forgiveness really is the key.  And that forgiveness, it starts with you.  Yes, that’s right, you.  You need to forgive yourself and learn to love yourself.

I know it sounds rather strange, to think about forgiving yourself, but just work with me here a second. I’ve talked about this before here.  We treat ourselves so poorly.  We say things to ourselves that we wouldn’t say to our worst enemy.  I’m pretty positive most of you have even said that you hate yourself at one time or another.  I certainly have.

Well the first thing you need to do is forgive yourself.  You’re not perfect, you’re going to make mistakes and that’s okay.  It’s all part and parcel of the whole being a human being thing. You need to forgive yourself for mistakes that you’ve made. Forgiveness, it starts with you. From there you need to start appreciating the wonderful person that you are.

Once you’re good with you, then it’s time to move on to others and forgive them, but truly, focus on yourself first.  Learn to forgive yourself and learn to love yourself.  Then and only then will you be able to truly love others and accept love from others into your life.

 

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

Being Thankful Really Does Help

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. – John F. Kennedy

I know today’s quote is about change, I want to start out talking about being thankful.  Being thankful really does help.  I talked about it in yesterday’s blog post, but today I experienced it first hand.  And actually it kind of goes hand in hand with today’s quote about change.

being thankful really does helpI woke up today super sad.  I’ve been holding on to something from my past.  I just haven’t been able to let it go. Logically I know doing this is really stupid, but logic doesn’t often play a part when it comes to emotions.

So anyhow, I woke up super sad, and holding on tightly to this memory of the past.  Holding on to it isn’t doing me any good (obviously) and it isn’t going to change anything.  I’ve tried letting go of it in the past, but it never worked.  So this morning, I decided to try something different.

Today, I looked at what I was holding on to, and I forced myself to think about the good and bad things that were associated with that memory.  Then I went one step further and I worked on being thankful for the good, AND for the bad.  It’s easy to be thankful for the good stuff, but being thankful for the bad.  THAT was tough.

Why be thankful for the bad?  Because it happened, and I can learn from it.  I decided to take the unhappy feelings and memories and be thankful for what I learned from them.  Guess what, it worked!  Being thankful really does help.  And now, I’m going to start on the change portion of the program.  I don’t want to remain stagnant.  Where I am regarding this particular memory stinks.  Who in their right mind wants to stay where it stinks?  Not me, so I’m going to work on the change, and it’s starting by being thankful.

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

Stop Complaining and Give Thanks

Happiness comes when we stop complaining about the troubles we have and offer thanks for all the troubles we don’t have.- Unknown

Stop complaining and give thanks! You’ve got problems.  I get that.  I have a multitude of them myself.  I try really hard not to complain about them.  Giving thanks for what I have is something I need to work on.

stop complaining and give thanksIt’s really hard to be thankful when you’re looking at a big pile of problems, but that’s the time when you need it most.  When you’re thankful about the good things in your life, it doesn’t get rid of the problems, but it makes them more manageable.  That’s that really amazing thing about being thankful and gratitude, when you allow those things into your life, they’re like lights shining in the darkness.

I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes and thinking I’m about to go into some big religious spiel.  Well you’re wrong.  Religion is a super personal thing, and I will not ever tell you what you should and should not believe.  For me personally some of my gratitude and thanks do come from a religious thought process.  But it doesn’t have to be that way for anybody else.  Just be thankful.  Look at what you do have and give thanks to the universe, your deity, or even yourself.

What? Give thanks to yourself?  Absolutely! You should absolutely be thankful for what you’ve done in your life and what you’ve accomplished.  Pride in yourself isn’t a bad thing.  So be thankful for yourself and what you’ve accomplished.  Don’t ignore the challenges and difficulties in your life, but don’t obsess over them either.  Stop complaining and give thanks for what you have and what you’ve done.  I promise you’ll be able to face everything else with a much lighter heart.

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

It’s Inside of You

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone. ~Orison Swett Marden

When I posted this quote this morning on my Facebook page, my friend Sarah replied with “We make our own luck.”  It’s true.  Opportunities, good it's inside of youfortune and luck come from you. It’s what’s inside of you that makes those things happen.

You shouldn’t go through life expecting people to hand you opportunities.  Sure it may happen, but really, you need to make your own.  When you’re doing that, and people are seeing it, they may be more inclined to as my students say “do you a solid.” But it begins with you.

Thomas Jefferson said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “The more I work, the more good luck I seem to have.”  Good luck doesn’t come because you found a lucky penny, or rabbit’s foot or you were born under a lucky star.  It’s inside of you.  It’s in the effort that you put into things and the attitude that you have.

Think about it, if you walk around all day saying how miserable on unhappy you are, you are just going to make yourself more miserable and unhappy.  If you keep talking about being unlucky, or think that the world owes you, you’ll be getting nowhere pretty fast.  Instead, try thinking of it this way. You owe it to YOU.  Yes, that’s right, you owe yourself, and it’s time to pay up.  You owe yourself a shot at happiness and a shot at success.  And it all starts with you because it’s inside of you.

 

 

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

Give it Your All

When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable. ~Walt Disney

Give it your all.

What exactly does that mean? Basically, it means if you’re going to do something, or you’re going to believe in something, really do it. Completely and give it your alltotally, with all your power and ability.
Well of course, we all do that, right?

Give it Your All

Can you honestly say that you believe in anything so much that you give it all your focus? I think that yes, we all have something we believe in that much. It’s called passion, and I think we all have it for something. And if you don’t, yet that’s okay. You’ll find it.  Probably when you least expect it.

Give it Your All

When you believe in something, as the quote says, believe in it with every fiber of your being.  And the first thing you should believe in, the very first thing you should feel passionate about is yourself.  Believe in you!  With every fiber of your being, believe that you are amazing and incredible, because you are.  Before you can give your all to anything else, or anybody else, you have to give it to you.  And quite honestly, nothing, and nobody deserves it more.  And once you believe in you unequivocally, you’ll find out just how wonderful you are.  And from there, the awesomeness that is you will radiate out through everything that you do.

Give it Your All

That’s what thinking positively, or having a positive mindset is all about.  It starts with you.  Think about yourself in a positive way.  Believe in yourself and in all that you want to accomplish.  Believe in yourself all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.  Believe in yourself, have faith in yourself, and you will be able to move mountains!

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

Celebrate and Praise Life

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey

I’m having one of those days where the last thing I want to do is celebrate and praise my life. In fact what I want to do is put on my grumpy face and celebrate and praise lifegrumble and moan my way throughout my day.  And that want is precisely why I’m going to celebrate and praise life.

It’s hard when what you want to do, be grumpy in my case, is directly at odds with what you should do. Even though I am feeling like I have nothing at all worth celebrating, I’m going to take a step back and make a list.  Lists are a great tools.  I use them to get things done, but I also use them to help me see things in a much clearer way.  It’s good to have an arsenal of tools at the ready especially the multi taskers, and list making is a multi tasker for sure!

So what do you do when you feel like you have nothing  to celebrate and praise in life?  Well first, you’re alive, and that’s HUGE.  You may not think so right now, but trust me, it is.  You are special and you bring something special to this word, just by being in it.  So take a good hard look at who you are and what you’re doing.  You have plenty of things to celebrate and praise.  And do you want to know something that’s really cool? The more things you find to celebrate in your life, the more things there are to celebrate.

So even when you’re down and glum, or mad and angry, take stock of the good things in your life.  Be glad for them – and truly celebrate them.  You’ll feel better and you’ll find that you bring more happiness and joy to your life.

 

 

Originally published at Think Positive 30. You can comment here or there.

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