You’ll never reach your dreams and goals if you give them only the time you have leftover after taking care of your job, your family, your bills, your home, etc..
Make yourself a priority in your own life!
Your homework is to take the next step TODAY.
STOP putting it off and promising yourself you’ll get to it later or tomorrow.
You know that’s just a delusion because when “later on” comes you’re too tired or someone or something needs your attention. Same deal about “tomorrow”. There’s always something else that tugs at us and pulls us away from ourselves.
We’ve all heard the advice about letting go of your baggage. The underlying thought is that once you let it go, it’s gone for good.
That’s true in the sense that we’ve let go of the things that were in it—made our peace with everything and have emptied our bag of it all.
But soon we find the bag has filled up.
Yikes! What’s up with that?!
Once again we’re dragging it around. It’s pulling at us, slowing us down, and perhaps even preventing us from flying because it doesn’t fit in the overhead bin or under the seat ahead of ours.
Guard your bag and make sure you’re aware of—and have approved—what’s going in there!!
Your homework today is to check your bag. Take a look at what resentments, hurts, disappointments, frustrations, sadness, unresolved issues, and other stuff that you’ve collected already this year.
Do what you have to do to make your peace with it, then let it go. Get it out of your bag—just dump it out!
Then promise yourself that you will be very, very careful of what’s going into your bag. As we talked about in yesterday’s post about overburdening ourselves with Good Stuff (click here to be taken to the post), fill your bag with gratefulness, things that make you happy, things that uplift you, things that make you so glad to be alive.
Guard your bag!
Remember to congratulate yourself for the good stuff that was also in your bag. Good for you! Celebrate this!
Celebrate you! You can do it—I’m right there with you celebrating you, too! WooHoo!
Many times I’ve felt overburdened: work responsibilities, family obligations, bills to pay, friends to help, volunteer activities that I believe in, not to mention doing self-care things such as exercising, pursuing hobbies, and spending time with friends and family.
It’s cliché—but oh so true—that there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it.
This sense of being overburdened makes me feel harried, rushed, and pressured—the opposite of what I want, which is calmness, effectively pursuing my goals,
Perhaps you’ve felt this way from time-to-time.
Recently, I had coffee with a friend and she agreed that she, too, was feeling overburdened in her life. Then she said: We should overburden ourselves with Good Stuff instead!
This got me to thinking….
No wonder some days are tough for me to get through: I’m focusing on feeling rushed and crushed!
Why can’t we overburden ourselves with Good Stuff? Granted, we have obligations and responsibilities, but they don’t block us from the Good Stuff that’s all around us. We just have to shift our focus to see the things that make us happy and make us feel good.
I know this sounds naïve.
But when I’m feeling good about myself I can easily look around me and see things that make me feel happy and hopeful. When I’m feeling happy and hopeful, I also feel empowered. When I feel that I have what it takes, then I am much more effective..
Conversely, on days when I feel like I’m slogging through knee-deep mud, all I can see are problems, setbacks, and issues to be dealt with. This causes me to feel deflated and I am not very productive at all.
To top it all off, I totally miss the Good Stuff right in front of me such as pictures of my friends and family that adorn my walls and tables.
Your homework today is to remind yourself that no matter where you find yourself and no matter what issues and problems are pulling at you, there is Good Stuff all around. Take time today to make a list that you can keep handy. Refer to it often—not just today but days when you aren’t feeling particularly energetic.
Things to put on your Good Stuff list are things that make you happy, give you hope, and uplift you. They can be your accomplishments—both large and small—music you love, images of family and friends, places you’ve visited, things you’re good at, hobbies you enjoy, awards you’ve won, promotions you’ve received, people you’ve helped…and the list goes on!
Take the time to do this!
It’s important to have ways that you can press the reset button for yourself—ways to flip your thinking—so that you can stay positive and empowered. You’ll then be much more likely to continue taking steps toward your dreams!
You are awesome because you have what it takes to make your dreams come true!
You are fully loaded and completely equipped with all the talents, gifts, abilities, know-how, and anything else you need
You’re already a victor!
The dream you are working toward is tailor made for you and you are specifically crafted for it. That means you are virtually guaranteed to achieve your dream as long as you keep diligently moving toward it.
You’re in the right place at the right time!
It may seem that you are way off track but actually you are in the right place at the right time. Where you are right now has valuable lessons and gifts for you that you need in order to take the next step. Even if it’s uncomfortable where you are, or even if it’s scary, know that it’s helping prepare you for the next level.
You are destined to live a remarkable life!
You weren’t made to lead a hum-drum, mediocre life. You weren’t made to just barely get by.
You were made for greatness; you were made to have an impact on your world!
The dreams in your heart were put there on purpose and for you to achieve them. It isn’t a mistake or a joke because you have the abilities, talents, know-how, and special vision that’s needed to bring them forth.
You can do it!
Your homework today is to let these statements sink into your heart, mind, and spirit. Let them infuse you with their energy.
Keep these statements handy and refer to them frequently throughout your day—especially when you need a boost.
Allow them to power you forward toward your dreams!