I want to help you get the week off to a great start and today’s post contains 12 statements you can make to yourself first thing in the morning, throughout your day, and the last thoughts before bedtime.
You may not believe it but you do have what it takes. The day and week ahead may seem daunting but it’s manageable when you take it one little piece at a time. Don’t look too far ahead down the road and DO NOT look behind, especially don’t do this in judgment of yourself–harsh judgment in particular.
In spite of your circumstances, and instead of waking up with dread and misgivings and fretting, tell yourself that you can’t wait to see the good that will come to you today and the beauty that you’ll see along the way. Even if it feels like a lie and the most outlandish thing to think about the day, think it anyway. You need to retrain your mind and starting with your thoughts and your attitudes at the beginning of the day is a great place to start.
Here are some pep statements you can say to yourself in the morning, especially as you’re brushing your teeth and washing up in front of the mirror. Look at yourself. Right in the eyes. SMILE at yourself–in spite of the toothbrush in your mouth!–and say these statements with as much enthusiasm and pep as you can:
I have what it takes;
No matter what, I can and I will figure it out;
I can take care of myself; I can stand on my own two feet;
I have resources I can turn to that will support me as I figure it out;
I am talented and smart;
I am creative and can think of new and interesting and fun ways to use my talents, my abilities, my skills and my knowledge in ground-breaking ways to help myself;
All the raw materials I need to build my soul-prospering life are already within me;
I am strong, I am capable, I am competent; I am well able;
I am locked and loaded for victory and for greatness in my own life;
My life is the perfect fit for me and I am a perfect fit for my life:
I am approved, anointed, and I have the authority to live my life my way;
I am the only one who can live my life successfully, with majesty and greatness–no one else can do it; only I can!
Now stand straight and tall with your shoulders back and your head held high, looking the world square in the face. Now go out there and craft your soul-prospering life!
Whenever I’m feeling down or panicky about my situation–especially if I feel that there are few options–I remind myself to observe Mother Nature. Years ago I realized that Mother Nature is all about abundance not only in the amount of things but also in the variety of them.
If you’re feeling lack and limitation in your life, remind yourself that Mother Nature doesn’t have only one flower that blooms at only one time of the year or only one flower in one place in the world: there are flowers blooming everywhere you look, even in the harshest conditions–scientist have discovered blooms of algae underneath the ice in Antarctica!
And flowers aren’t in only one particular size or shape or variety, they’re all sizes, all shapes, all colors, multi-colors, even. And they don’t only bloom during the day, there are varieties that bloom at dusk as well as in the night!
If you feel that your situation is hopeless and there’s no way you can possibly work your way out of it, remember that Mother Nature has creatures in every conceivable nook and cranny of the Earth–no place is too hot or too cold or too bright or too dark or too much or too little of anything. There are creatures thriving in the harshest deserts and the deepest oceans. And it isn’t just one creature in these inhospitable places but these areas are teeming with a variety of life!
Remember YOU are part of Mother Nature. The same amino acids–the building blocks of life–that form all Mother Nature’s life forms, have also come together to form you! If Mother Nature has abundance for her creatures, then she also has abundance for you! She may not drop it in your lap, though. Animals have to forage for food, birds have to build nests, and you’ll have to roll up your sleeves and get to work, but the raw materials are there for you.
We all know that there are cycles or phases of nature: when seeds are planted; when they are growing into grain, vegetables, fruits, and the like; then harvesting at the peak of ripeness; and the final cycle or phase is storing for the future and resting.
We can take a lesson from this. Sometimes we get mixed up about the phase we’re in. We have a fantastic idea–seed time–and we work a little bit–we plant the seed of the idea by working with it. But then we get impatient and think we ought to jump right to the harvest and reap big juicy rewards…and we’re surprised when that doesn’t happen.
Or we may have great ideas but then we go right to the resting phase, somehow thinking the ideas will magically manifest themselves.
It doesn’t work like this.
Each phase of bringing our dreams into reality is important and can’t be skipped or rushed through. Like the planting cycles, each phase is essential. If a farmer skips the seed phase, there won’t be a crop to harvest no matter how diligent and careful the farmer was during the growing phase.
Same with our ideas. If we don’t think them through until we have something fresh and new to present to the marketplace, they’ll be the same old ideas that have been done before and they’ll fall flat.
If the farmer rushes through the growing phase, there won’t be a mature, ripe crop to harvest. And if the farmer decides to rest instead of tending the crops during the growing phase or if the farmer rests instead of harvesting, the results will be disastrous.
Even if we’re diligent during the seed phase of making our dreams come true, if we rush through the growing phase where we nurture our ideas and prepare them properly for the marketplace, our results could be disastrous as well.
The farmer knows that different plants have different growing times. Radishes are ready for harvesting in 25 to 30 days where pumpkins take 3 to 4 months to mature. Same with our ideas. Some of them are quickly manifesting little things and our more complex ideas may take months or years of growth before we see results. A farmer doesn’t rush the crops and we shouldn’t rush our ideas!
If you find yourself hitting a rough patch, stop and analyze what’s going on. You may find that you’ve rushed through a phase, or got them out of order, or completely skipped a phase!
I have a special place in my heart for trees. I loved climbing them as a child and I loved playing in the tree fort my dad built for us kids.
Trees can be tall and stately like oaks or pines, they can be graceful like a beech and maple trees, and in the fall many delight us with their beautiful display of multi-colored leaves.
When we hit a rough patch, we can take a lesson from the trees. For the most part, they stay firmly rooted during storms–they have unshakable foundations–yet they are flexible, bending and swaying in the turbulent weather. Even when they suffer damage–limbs are ripped off in high winds or a lightning strike seared them in half. they grow new limbs, new trunks, and form new leaves and seeds.
In what soil are your roots planted?
To be strong and firm, they need to be in excellent soil, and that soil is you. To have your roots outside of yourself makes them too vulnerable to forces that you can’t do anything about.
Are your branches flexible?
To develop and maintain the ability to handle change well, devise a program of self-study where you are pursing topics that interest you and delving into subjects that capture your imagination.
Do you sprout new shoots when setbacks occur?
We all have obstacles and disappointments. Instead of wallowing and getting stuck, can you find a new perspective or has new information come to light that you can build upon?
Are you adding beauty and grace to the world?
Offer shade or rest to others through kind words and a helping hand; share information and your skills with others and help them as they live their lives. Remember, too, to have fun! Play Frisbee with your friends, toss a ball back and forth with your kids, go to the playground and swing on the swings!
What lessons and gifts have you received from the trees you’ve known? Feel free to share in the comments below. Thanks!
Each animal and plant has a circadian rhythm that’s finely tuned to its particular species. Whether they’re wired to be awake in the daylight or if they are made for the night, they work and keep busy at the allotted time period and when that’s over, they rest.
They have flawlessly balanced being busy and fully resting.
What a concept!
They aren’t like us where we work, work, work until we collapse with some nervous disorder. And they aren’t like us where they can’t sleep at night because their minds are going around and around in worry. They really aren’t like us because when they’re resting, they aren’t constantly checking phones, emails, social media….
Another bit of wisdom we can glean from Mother Nature: Work when it’s time to work; rest when it’s time to rest!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,
Crafting a deeply meaningful, soul-prospering life