I got a bit carried away with this one, you may need an extra large cuppa.
Positive – This one really doesn’t need much explanation: think positive, do positive, live positive. What you put out will be returned to you, not always directly, but definitely in some way. Surround yourself with positive people and see how good you feel from all that good energy.
Power – You have the power to live your life the way you want. Sounds simple, but it’s not always, and that’s kind of just a fact of life. We can’t always have control over our circumstances, but we can work towards making the changes needed to make it happen. If you grab opportunities as they are presented, make yourself available to new things and generally look for positive situations, slowly but surely you can make these changes a reality. Usually if something’s worthwhile, it takes some kind of work and commitment, and if it’s something you truly want, you’ll put in the hard yards. Victories, no matter how big or small are always much sweeter when you work towards them, especially if it’s a struggle. Use the power that’s part of you, and put it to work.
Perfection – Believe it or not, perfection is all about perception. I truly believe in all my heart that nobody has a perfect life. We all want more and we all want the best, it’s only natural, but what is perfection? If you’re not happy and contented in parts of your life, see if there are ways to adjust that. Obviously, if you have health issues out of your control, you can only do so much, but other aspects of our lives are somewhat able to be how we would like. It may take a lot of work, sometimes be hard to do or uncomfortable to deal with, but you can achieve your own perception of perfection, if you really want to.
Practice – If you want to be good at something, practice is the way to go. Don’t have such high expectations that are impossible to live up to, to excel you have to put the work in. Whether it’s sport, hobbies, work or patience, you need to practice to become your best. You’ll also gain a much higher sense of achievement when practice is part of the process, rather than just winging it and hoping for the best. If it’s something that you are serious about, put in the hours and practice as much as you can.
Prepare – What’s the best way to prepare for success? Start telling yourself you deserve it, that’s how. You’ll never overcome the mental obstacles that are holding you back from being the fabulous YOU that you strive for, if you don’t believe that you are worthy of it. Your mindset is the most important thing on your journey to be the best you can be, it can make you or break you. Attitude is such a powerful force, prepare yours for the wonderful things you deserve.
Patience – I’ve talked about it before, our lives are crazy, busy, fast! But really, tapping your foot loudly and making exaggerated sighing noises won’t make someone do something in the time you think is acceptable. Practicing patience makes you the winner in the end; you’ll find a sense of peace when not stressing about something you have no control over. Just think, when you’re always rushing about, you’re missing out on things. Being patient and taking life as it comes, can have a really positive effect on your overall wellbeing.
Peace – As John Lennon told us……give peace a chance.
Pets – I’ve always had pets, so for me this is part of my own personal zen. Not only are they fun and funny, but they can also teach us valuable lessons. I can honestly say that I’ve learnt many things from my pets over the years. In particular I’ve been shown a great example of resilience by my cat Ruby. John and I became her surrogate parents when we rescued her at only 4 weeks old, so she really did count on us for everything in her early life. At one year old she lost a leg, and even though we were prepared to coddle her for what we feared would be an inhibited and short life, after 3 weeks in hospital, she arrived home and promptly scaled the highest gum tree in our front yard! That little ratbag went on to live a completely normal (and hoppy) life for the next 12 years, when we sadly lost her last year to an age-related illness. I know there are many people who live normal lives after an amputation, and I’m in no way trivialising this, but Ruby showed me first hand that you can overcome bad odds if you want something badly enough.
Promote – The best thing I’ve discovered since starting this blogging game is the way friendships are formed. I love the networking that goes on amongst the people who find joy in writing, and am so glad to be a part of it. Weekly links like this regular Tuesday IBOT get-together are my favourite way to find new “must reads”, and the best thing about it all is how everyone joins in promoting each other. So, in the spirit of promoting, I would LOVE it if you could share a link to the post on your blog that is your all time favourite. Leave the link in the comments so we can all have a read.
Linking up with Essentially Jess for