”When one focuses too much on the negative, all they see is road blocks. When one focuses on the positive, that is where one finds hope…” (me)
It is so easy to allow ourselves to be drug down by the muck surrounding us or listen to others that are only trying to bring us down. Unfortunately, it is harder to be a leader than it is just to allow us to be sucked in to the abyss. It is so easy to listen to the negative bringing us down….then we crash…If we ever expect to make it past tomorrow’s muck we must be willing to change our focus and stop listening to the outside noise. Focus on what is good. Focus on what we have going for us and focus on hope. Hope is a key component to this whole situation.
One way I like to ensure that I don’t become a dirty muck pie is to visually wipe myself clean (literally take my hands and fling off the negative) and affirm myself often. I constantly need to remind myself exactly what my purpose is. Without affirmation, we can lose focus. Something simple would be “I am a vessel to which God uses for His Good Works.” I also like to personally make take my focus deep inside of me and allow God to transform from the inside out. Think about it, this takes YOU out of it and allows Him to work His magic. “Send my mind, body and soul into light and love” is another great affirmation.
Human’s are naturally imperfect. We will always have flaws. By taking us out of the mix, we are able to recognize we are a tiny part of this bigger picture. It is amazing to understand what your purpose is and to fall in line with the circle of life! Each little purpose that we all have is apart of a bigger entity. We might be small, but the purpose of the small is equal of importance to the bigger picture’s results! Without the little parts, the picture will never be fully complete!
Next key component…adjust your perception and do not make anything bigger than what it is. You own that girl….or guy?! This is a true test of inner peace when you can keep everything in check. You spill coffee and it goes down the front of your shirt…take a deep breath and embrace it. We have all been there and you know what? Starbucks has a shirt with a “printed coffee stain” down the front of it! You can get that for the bargain of $80 at your local department store. Someone cancels on you, again. OK. Not a big deal! That is life–so what are you going to do now? Maybe go on a walk, or find a little cafe’ close and just observe! Life is good remember. It’s not the end of the world.
Now we are focused. Everything is in check and balanced, so now what? Now we have to make the most important change! Change in our heart will not just happen overnight. It takes time to get ourselves back to a state that is more enjoyable. Let me explain….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eefP4bG2EkI&feature=related
When we were children, we had very little to worry about and things seemed relatively easy. Something happens to our heart as we grow up to be adults where we allow the muck of the world to steal our innocence. Now it seems we are always stressed, always on the go, and always rushing without really taking time to smell the roses. This is definitely a problem. When this situation gets to this point, we are really missing out on living. Those little things as a child we so dearly loved are now buried under adult junk. UH OH…now what? A change of heart is needed to keep in balance.
Start simple. “Live simply so that others might simply live.” (Mother Teresa) Learn to notice everyone on the street, yes even the weird ones. The people who are the most interesting are the one’s (usually) last noticed. Dare you to talk to one! (Oh did your mother tell you not to talk to strangers? Well it’s fine now, you’re an adult!) Learn to ask people questions when you don’t understand. Learn how to give your time and knowledge to helping others succeed. Hey they might thank you later! Learn to get back to that child like innocence and you might just find yourself living an even more incredible life. Take the ownership back and start living life with a purpose!
❤ CatMan 🙂