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Day #24  Fearless

It’s Fearless Friday!

What step can you take today to move toward your fondest desire, discover your purpose, and share with the world your gifts and talents?

Last week you were encouraged to imagine it’s your 90th birthday and you’re asked, “Any regrets?”

Did you write down your answer?  Did you fill in the blank, “Well, I wished I would have ______________.”

Did your instinct, your inner voice reveal something that surprised you or is this something you’ve had a passion to do for a long time? Perhaps you came up with several things you yearn to do.

You might have ended up writing down what you are not happy doing. Venting about feeling dissatisfied and miserable about your current career or lifestyle.

That’s okay! Being that uncomfortable means it’s really time to change direction and select a new path.

Today we’re going to take your “fill in the blank” answer and identify what gifts and talents it takes to fulfill it.

Refuse to worry or concentrate on the how you’re going to fulfill it.

Right now you’re simply on a discovery mission to break it down to gifts, talents, skills.

Do you need math skills?  Communication skills?  Dancing lessons? Singing lessons? Do you need to listen well? Do you need the ability to play, think freely or strategically, to build or motivate? Do you need mechanical skills?

What makes it so appealing to you? What passion does it ignite? What resonates with you?

If you could turn back the hands of time or move forward to the future and fulfill your desire(s) what emotions do you feel?

Are people involved?

Is there an audience, are you part of an audience, behind the scenes?

List the positive qualities it takes to fulfill your fondest desire.

Next week, I’ll show you how to use this information to find your purpose.

Today’s affirmation is, “I am Fearless. Today I am willing to examine my deepest desires and take another step toward learning my purpose.”

Transformation, one word, one day at a time.

Change your outlook.

Change your behavior.

When asked, “How are you?” answer with today’s word.  

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Day #22  Awesome

Told you this word would be repeated in the 365 Days of Transformation.

It is such an excellent feel-good word. When you reply to “How are you?” with “Awesome!” it always brings a smile to people’s faces.

When it’s a wistful smile and people say, “Oh, that’s so nice to hear someone is having a good day. Wish I could feel that way.”

Reply with, “You can! You have the power to choose to feel awesome even when things don’t appear to be going your way. Breathe deeply several times to clear your mind and remember a time when you experienced an awesome moment. Latch on to that feeling and keep it with you.”

Granted, it takes practice, however it is so worth it.

Your mind, heart, body, soul, and spirit feels so good remembering that experienced moment that it lightens and brightens your day. And in turn, lightens and brightens other people’s day.

Let divine intelligence help you remember experiences where you felt on top of the world. Listen to that inner voice and feel good.

Repeat for five minutes upon awakening and five minutes before falling asleep, “I am awesome. Divine intelligence is in me. I am happy, grateful and willing to listen and respond to my inner voice.  

Transformation, one word, one day at a time.

Change your outlook.

Change your behavior.

When asked, “How are you?” answer with today’s word.  

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Day #21  Amazing

I feel amazing knowing God is with me wherever I go.

I am never alone. (Joshua 1:9 KJV)

And neither are you.

Transformation, one word, one day at a time.

Change your outlook.

Change your behavior.

When asked, “How are you?” answer with today’s word.  

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Day #20  Delightful

Some days it’s just so simple.

“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 KJV

That kind of trust brings a supernatural cheer to the day.

And isn’t that delightful?

Transformation, one word, one day at a time.

Change your outlook.

Change your behavior.

When asked, “How are you?” answer with today’s word.  

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Day #19  Satisfied

I am satisfied.

The weight of the world is lifted when I release the need or desire to fix, control, or own what belongs to someone else.

I used to have a crazy need, a burning desire to fix other people’s problems.

 When someone came to me, crying, angry, or frustrated by life, I’d jump right smack dab in the middle of the fray and offer to solve their issues.

I became so involved.

Trying to fill the emptiness inside me, my life was about living for everyone else, instead of living for myself.

As I began to talk daily with the CEO of the Universe the emptiness subsided and the desire to control other people receded.

It wasn’t easy. There were times old habits ruled and I’d find myself talking with the CEO before going to sleep and apologizing for the day’s behavior.

Gradually I created a new habit. Every time my thoughts turned toward stepping into a family, friend, coworker’s – anybody’s – turmoil and getting too deeply drawn in, I said a quick prayer.

“Dear Father, through your son Christ Jesus, I ask you and thank you for releasing me from the need or desire to fix, control, or own what belongs to someone else. Please guide me, show me what you want me to do and give me the words of your counsel if they are needed. Let your will be done, for I know only good will come even if I’m not involved. You know me and you know this situation, I trust you to handle it. Amen.”

Can’t even begin to tell you how many times my “needed” involvement simply faded away. Or by the time I had said my prayer the person had already changed the subject. When I was really needed, the CEO always supplied the right words for the situation and moving forward, I was able to leave it alone.

The more I got to know the CEO of the Universe, the more Psalm 107:9 KJV came true, “For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”

Transformation, one word, one day at a time.

Change your outlook.

Change your behavior.

When asked, “How are you?” answer with today’s word.  

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Day #18 Beautiful

I get to choose what I believe.

I am willing to believe that my thoughts, mind, heart, body, soul, and spirit are beautiful.

Say the words aloud while looking in a mirror for five minutes in the morning and five minutes before you go to sleep at night.

Write down the thoughts that come to mind as you say the words. Write down any dreams or thoughts that come to you as you are sleeping.

Good for you and keep it up if your thoughts agree that you are indeed beautiful.

If you have disagreeing thoughts, ask yourself where they came from. Are they your beliefs or did they come from family, friends, classmates, coworkers, colleagues?

The CEO of the Universe thinks you are beautiful. We are a part of His “marvelous works” and anything “fearfully and wonderfully made” has a beauty all its own. (Psalm 139:14 KJV)

There were many times on my journey of transformation I approached the CEO of the Universe with hot anger in my heart. Too busy comparing myself to other women; I refused to see my own beauty.

Eventually His everlasting love light broke through the layers of resistance and now when some asks how I’m feeling and I answer “Beautiful,” I believe it. (Jeremiah 31:3 KJV)

You can too.

Transformation, one word, one day at a time.

Change your outlook.

Change your behavior.

When asked, “How are you?” answer with today’s word.  

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Day #17  Fearless

It’s Fearless Friday!

Every Friday I’m going to encourage you to be fearless and take a step toward your fondest desire and share with the world your gifts and talents.

This week’s step is identifying your fondest desire. Have you stopped putting everyone else ahead of you and taken time to figure out what you want to do? If not, it’s time to find out.

Please don’t do what I did and wait decades to acknowledge the power of your gifts and find the courage to pursue your dreams. To become the best person you are capable of being.

Imagine it’s your 90th birthday and you’re asked, “Any regrets?”

“Well, I wished I would have __________.” Fill in the blank with the first answer that pops up. If you respond with more answers, write everything down.

Do it quickly. Pay attention to your first instinctive response(s). What does your gut tell you? No matter how wild and outrageous or simple and ordinary just listen to your inner voice.

Don’t think about it and if you do, don’t think about it too long. That’s when your mind starts revving up with fifty thousand reasons why you can’t do what you yearn to do.

I truly believe the CEO of the Universe has a position for each of us in his organization.

What you yearn to do in the deepest regions of your heart usually matches the “job description” the CEO has designed for you. Sometimes, though it just doesn’t look like what you expected.

Trusting that only good will come increases faith and decreases fear.

We all have gifts and talents that can make a difference in another’s life. We must stop second-guessing ourselves and letting fear tie us to our doubts. One of the saddest and most wasteful acts is to be afraid and bury our gifts, our talents.  (Matthew 25:14-28 KJV)

Let’s be fearless and never miss out on the opportunity to be aware of what we are designed to be.

The affirmation for today’s word is, “I am Fearless. I am asking with gratitude to be shown my gifts and purpose. I am willing to be fearless and share them with the world.”

Transformation, one word, one day at a time.

Change your outlook.

Change your behavior.

When asked, “How are you?” answer with today’s word. 

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Day #16  Adventurous

When you see or hear the word “adventurous” what comes to mind?

Trekking through Nepal?

Searching for treasure on the high seas?

Jungle expeditions in the Amazon or surfing the Gold Coast, Australia?

It makes me think of exploring the unknown and taking risks. It can also mean trying new methods or ideas.

One of the finest adventures I give myself is exploring my potential. Learning to step outside the comfort zone and see what I’m capable of let’s me live the adventure every day. It has transformed my life from existing to thriving.

Here are some tips on how to be more adventurous that are working for me. I hope you find them helpful.  

DECIDE TO BE ADVENTUROUS

Recognize when you are seeing, feeling and believing that everything around you has become routine and automatic. Recognize when you are no longer growing or stretching your mind. Has the ability to be amazed by life faded?

STEP OUTSIDE THE COMFORT ZONE

Step doesn’t mean leap. Take baby steps of exploration. Start by asking yourself, “What does adventurous mean?” Taking on an extra assignment at work? Buying a book on how to paint? Posting one blog on LinkedIn?

Repeating the affirmation, “I am comfortable with being uncomfortable,” widens the comfort zone allowing your subconscious to believe it is okay to try something new.

TAKE ACTION

Taking steps means taking action. There’s comes a time when you have to stop planning and start DOING. Do what you can, when you can. Set goals and rewards. Write down every success, even the tiniest ones, so you can do a look-back and see how far you’ve come.

Refuse to compare yourself to anyone else. Remember you are always attempting to discover the best of your capability, not someone else’s.

Repeat along with me, “I am feeling adventurous. I am willing to step outside my comfort zone and explore my hidden potential.”

Transformation, one word, one day at a time.

Change your outlook.

Change your behavior.

When asked, “How are you?” answer with today’s word.

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Day #15  Patient

Is it just me or does anybody else have to REALLY WORK at being patient?

It’s a skill I’m still trying to master and doing fairly well at it.

Until someone drives stupid. Then out the window goes my serenity.

I do though; try really hard to have patience with people who are in a new job.

Having recently started a new job myself, no one could have treated me more poorly than I did. I was entirely too impatient and hard on myself.

Attempting to learn everything at once and not make any mistakes, I was getting stressed and starting to feel anxious. Then my brain kicked in recalling the steps my therapist recommended to help transform anxiety and its stress.

As impatience causes stress, I put to use the following steps, and worked my way to becoming calmer.

BE AWARE

Nothing “out there” is causing the anxiety, impatience, stress. It’s the response to what is going on in the mind. We are not getting our own way and we want it now.

UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

Getting our way all the time is an unrealistic expectation. We expect the environment, equipment, people and animals to conform to our expectations. We think everyone and everything should behave the way we want them to.

This includes expectations for us. Like mastering a new skill or job. We also tend to think we can master and control our thoughts. We can change them; however we can’t always control them immediately.  

FEEL IT

Allowing yourself to feel the impatience and accept that it is happening gives you the space to decide what it feels like. Is it unpleasant? That can prompt you to decide how you want to feel, who you want to be and how to respond at a higher level.

LIGHTEN UP

Can you find a way to make the situation tolerable? Enjoyable? Ask yourself, “Is there anything I can do to change this situation without making it worse or injuring myself or another person?”

Take three deep breaths holding the inhale for four seconds and the exhale for four seconds and breath through your answer. Focus on something fun, intriguing or humorous.  Repeat today’s affirmation. Have compassion for yourself.

Practice, practice, practice.

I created an affirmation to transform the way I was treating myself. Repeating it in the morning, at night before sleeping, during the day at work and especially during the drive to work, helped enormously.

“I am learning to be patient. I am gentle and patient with myself. As I treat myself with gentleness, patience, and care, it spills over and touches the people around me.”

Transformation, one word, one day at a time.

Change your outlook.

Change your behavior.

When asked, “How are you?” answer with today’s word.  

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The author of this blog does not presume to offer psychological therapy nor advocates the use of any technique for the treatment of any specific or traumatic psychological condition without the approval and guidance of a qualified psychotherapist. The writer’s intent is to convey personal experience in the hope it may be of help in others’ personal quests for mind, body and spirit improvement. If you use any of the information as a form of self-therapy, the author / writer assumes no responsibility or liability for your actions.

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Day #14  Terrific

The first time I heard about the power of the word “terrific” was on an Ed Foreman cassette tape in the early 1990’s.

The tape’s title was “How to Have a Good Day Every Day.” The message made me feel so amazing I literally wore out the tape from listening to it every morning on my way to work.

Thank goodness I’d made copies for my fiancé and co-workers who also enjoyed his recording.

Ed Foreman is a former United States Congressman from two different states, Texas at the age of 28 and New Mexico at the age of 35. If you want to read about his fascinating background, click here

Mr. Foreman always responded with the word “Terrific” in any situation. Even if he had to growl it a little bit as he made the effort to be terrific no matter what the circumstances.

He taught me about the power of choice and the power of positive words.

He tried to teach me not to wait until I retire, or make enough money, or find the perfect job to be happy and terrific every day. He tried to teach me there is magic in simply choosing to feel good. To recall experiences where I was feeling good and replicate that emotion in present time.

One day I decided to call his company and tell them what a difference Mr. Foreman had made in my life. His staff asked me to hold and O.M.G. the man himself picked up the line.

After thanking him for sharing his knowledge, we had a wonderfully long and heartfelt chat about life, taking responsibility, and choosing our words wisely.

I hung up from that phone call sighing like I’d met a rock star.

And I guess I had – a rock star in the motivational arena.

I dedicate this Terrific Tuesday to Ed Foreman and his favorite word that still inspires me.

“I am terrific. Today I gift every one with a smile and tell them to have a terrific day!”

Transformation, one word, one day at a time.

Change your outlook.

Change your behavior.

When asked, “How are you?” answer with today’s word.  

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