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Exceptional Values we can learn through Inspiring Resources

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Lately, I’ve found it to be very important to maintain my “environment” or my surroundings.

When I refer to my “environment”,  I’m thinking of my immediate surroundings- which includes anything I have in my work area, or home office space- places in which I spend a great deal of time learning, planning, and implementing my business “tasks”.

Our minds, along with our dreams, hopes and plans can be crushed by others if we allow them to do so.

We can’t control other people’s opinions and influences that they try to make upon our lives.

However, we can control our own immediate environment, along things like the images, pictures, words, and thoughts we dwell upon.

In this blog post, I’m wrapping up my series of posts on the topic of “Renewing Your Inspiration”

This morning, I was thinking about why I had titled this series of blog posts under this category.

It’s interesting to check the dictionary definition for the terms “renewing” and “inspiration”.

In Merriam Webster’s online dictionary, it has really good definitions for these terms:

The term “renew” means “to make like new: restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection.  Their example is really good- “to renew our strength in sleep.”

The term “inspiration” has a really good second definition, meaning “the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.”

I like these definitions.  As I’ve used the term “Renewing”, I’ve thought of how important it is to make it a definite aim or purpose to re-develop a new source of energy each new day for my dreams, goals and plans.

If you and I don’t have this definite aim or purpose, we won’t make a conscious effort each day to keep trying, keep persisting, or to even try again for the new goals we’ve set.

Using the term inspiration, I’ve recognized a need in my own life to renew my enthusiasm each day.

Things like inspiration, motivation, and courage don’t come naturally to us.

It’s more natural to live life from a sense of duty than it is to live our lives from a sense of joy, and purpose.

Here are a few types of “inspirational sources” that will encourage and strengthen your resolution to succeed.

The Key Starting Point- Getting and Staying Organized

The last few days, I’ve gotten myself more organized.  It’s a habit that’s tough to maintain, but it’s one that’s essential.

A disorganized workspace results in clutter and confusion. My bills, mail and paperwork for my home-based business was in a pile on my desk.

If you’re like me, getting and staying organized isn’t the most enjoying or inspiring task.

I’d like to encourage you with this major benefit:

You’ll be more productive and successful in life- and will experience greater clarity and less stress.

Keep that in mind the next time you feel tempted to procrastinate about getting and keeping organized.  I know that I will.  Personally, I still need that encouragement.

That’s why it’s important to maintain surroundings that are conducive to our goals- an immediate environment that reminds us of our goals.

Throughout our lives, it’s important to pursue our goals, and live according to our values and purpose.  This is what gives life it’s greatest meaning.  As we live this way, we’ll all have fuller, more enjoyable lives.

I like a quote I’ve kept on hand made by Abraham Lincoln:

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.

A Vision Board

The images we see in our immediate environment can really influence our day.

I think our emotions, actions, and behaviors tend to be highly influenced by the words we use, the images we see and envision, and the thoughts we allow ourselves to dwell upon.

I’d mentioned this earlier, but it’s worth repeating.

About a month ago, I wrote a blog post, which I titled as, The Benefits of Using a Vision Board for Inspiration

With a vision board, you’ll experience greater inspiration, because using it:

  • gives you a positive reference point for the future
  • renews your enthusiasm for your goals and dreams
  • re-focuses your mind on the things you want in life, and
  • helps you overcome challenges as you affirm the value of your goals and dreams

Inspiring Songs

When times are challenging, it’s valuable to have an additional source that gives you strength.

Songs have an impact upon the way we think, feel, along with how we view life.

Inspiring song lyrics can encourage our hearts and minds.

I’d encourage you to listen to music that inspires your creativity in life- ones that give you hope, encouragement, ones that lift your mood and outlook on life.

I know firsthand that this helps- and encourage you to listen to things that inspire you.

All the help we can get with making great progress in our lives is worthwhile and valuable.

Inspirational Movies

It’s also helpful to keep inspiring movies on hand.

This morning I watched a movie from the late 1990′s called “October Sky”.  I had seen it in the theatre and was quite inspired by it.

“October Sky” is a movie based on the Homer Hickam’s book called “Rocket Boys”.  Homer Hickam went to high school in the 1950′s, and   Hickam had grown up in a town where he’d be “destined” to become a coal miner.

His teacher, Miss Riley, believes in his abilities and encourages him to follow his dreams.  Homer Hickam and his friends face opposition from the high school principal, but they keep persisting with Miss Riley’s encouragement.  Homer Hickam and his friends he and his friends build a rocket, enter the science fair and win scholarships to college.

I found this movie to be quite inspiring and moving- because it demonstrated great values to me, such as:

  • the value of following our dreams, despite the odds and opposition from others we may face
  • the value of believing in others and encouraging them to persist in their goals, as Miss Riley did during that movie
  • the value of persistence and determination to achieve our dreams in life

In my next series of blog posts, I’d like to share some helpful tips on the topic of Combating Stress.  Until then, have a great day.

Using Inspirational Resources Effectively for Success

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There are so many things I’ve tried to do in my own life.

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to do things on our own sometimes.

There are many times when looking for directions, we think we can find our way to our destination.  But in the process, we end up getting lost in the process.

You’ve likely had this experience.  You’ve tried things out on your own, and you’ve experienced a setback.  It’s natural to experience an occasional setback from time to time.  But what makes it difficult is repeating the same error another time.

That’s where it’s valuable to have inspirational resources.

When I use the term “inspirational resources”, I’m referring to things like your own personal library. audios, CD’s, and DVD’s.

These are great sources that you can use to overcome challenges.  Sometimes we all need a source of encouragement when times are difficult, or when we’ve experienced setbacks personally or professionally.

Learning and applying new ideas and things we’ve learned helps us enjoy the journey towards success.

If there’s one piece of advice I wished I followed long ago, it would be this:

“Don’t keep doing things without the input or advice of others.  There’s no need to ‘reinvent’ the wheel.”

Of course, it helps to be very discerning with the type of advice you hear.

I like to see if the person giving advice has a good reputation along with a track record for giving people valuable advice.  It’s part of the “due diligence” I try to do, and I advise that you do the same.

Here are a few ideas on how you and I can get more inspired – and some tips about valuable resources you can use to really get inspired, motivated and encouraged when you need it.  Keep in mind always that your life, your goals and your purpose and mission in life is worth nurturing and maintaining whatever you’re facing this day.

The Value of Getting Inspired through Audio

For me, it’s been incredibly inspiring and valuable hearing about stories of success.

That’s probably why I find great encouragement as I listen to audios on the topic of personal development.

I find it quite re-energizing.  I’m fortunate to have some powerful audio series from great speakers and teachers, such as Les Brown, Brian Tracy, and Jim Rohn.

My audio series called “The Courage to Live Your Dreams” by Les Brown has been most valuable to me.  In this series back from the 1990′s, there are recorded sessions of Les Brown’s live seminars.

I like his energy and enthusiasm.  Les Brown grew up in difficult circumstances, and talks about how he struggled to become successful.  I find it motivating and encouraging to hear about the challenges other people have experienced, and how they overcame their obstacles in life.

As you invest time in listening to the stories others can share, you’ll be encouraged to keep moving forward in life.

First-hand accounts are highly valuable- as you apply the lessons and experiences of others to your own situation, you’ll experience courage, strength, encouragement and inspiration.

As I’m writing about it this morning, I feel motivated to include my inspiring audios into my schedule, even if it’s only for 10 minutes a day or so.

These days, we can all use inspiring audio for greater learning, wisdom, and insight for our lives.

The Value of Reading Stories of Success

The written word is powerful and can stir us to action.  It can move your heart, re-ignite hope, widen your perspective on life, and challenge you to make this day great.

That’s part of my purpose for this blog- to inspire you to keep trying and to keep taking action.

This morning, I read a bit of a book I recently purchased, called “Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Success” by John C. Maxwell.

It’s a great book.  I highly recommend it.  I’ve learned a lot as I’ve read portions of it.  I’ve gained a healthier and more positive perspective on the topic of failure, and have learned a lot about the topic of fear of failure in my own life.

It’s not easy to face reality – and to make the effort to grow and develop personally and professionally.  In today’s world, though, complacency won’t get us anywhere.

When I consider how much I could gain as I learn and apply ideas for greater success, happiness, joy and peace, life takes on a whole new meaning.

I’m beginning to wonder why I don’t follow through on reading valuable ideas and insights for my own success and happiness.  I think it may be because, as Jim Rohn says, escape is easier than change.

It brings to my mind the value of the things we not only hear (through inspiring audio), but also of the things we read.

I’d like to encourage you to keep this in mind: at the end of the day, what will help you achieve your goals more easily: reading valuable stories of success and personal development, or watching or reading about the bad news on TV or in the newspaper?

The Value of Journaling

I’ve addressed a bit about the topic of journaling with a couple of previous blog posts.

It’s a habit that I try to develop, but it’s not easy to do with a tight time schedule.

I’d like to encourage you to develop this habit, little by little as time permits- with a couple of my own experiences.

Today with this blog post, I got out some notes I made on a book I took out from the library.  It was a great book from Jim Rohn called “7 Strategies for Wealth & Happiness”.

I’ve struggled with a feeling of being overwhelmed in my daily life.  I had highlighted an insight Jim Rohn shared in his book, and in his book he shares:

Don’t become overwhelmed.  If you don’t feel you’re equipped to get what you want, remember this: Your ability will grow to match your dreams.

I had been reminded of past goals I’ve set as I read this book:  a highly valuable experience.  It looks like it’s available on Amazon.

In addition, one resource that I keep on hand and review from time to time for greater inspiration.  It’s a list of what I call “remembrances”- and it’s a list of 14 or so occasions or times where I’ve overcome great struggles in my own life- and it reminds me of blessings and benefits I’ve experienced.

The Value of Learning from the Wisdom of Others

Consider the value of learning from those closest to you.

You may have many personal contacts: friends, family, co-workers.

There are many people that you and I know- who have learned a great deal in life through their own mistakes, failures and lessons in life.

It’s valuable to get wise advice from people who have achieved things you desire in life.

The lessons and stories they can share can prevent you from making the same mistakes.

I hope I have inspired you with today’s post, to use audio resources for your encouragement, to apply practical ideas for your success (through a personal library), to journal about your progress (to inspire you), and to learn all you can from the wise advice of others on a daily basis.

In my next post, I’ll wrap up this series of posts on “Renewing Your Inspiration” with ideas on creating an inspirational environment.

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Affirming Your Value and Significance for Daily Inspiration

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Each day, I think we have an opportunity to experience life fully.

It all boils down to having a choice.  Setting and achieving goals gives our lives a purpose- and makes life more enjoyable.

Consider how life would be if there were no goals you had to work on.  Each day would be just like the day before.  Life then becomes a daily grind.

I’ve found it to be extremely beneficial to start developing new goals, and to work on them.

I’ve discovered lately that something is missing.  With my current schedule, there’s been so much to do.  Sometimes I’d begin to wonder if I have the capacity, expertise or attributes to carry out my responsibilities successfully.

So much self-doubt tends to creep in.  Obstacles and challenges seem more overwhelming and a big struggle.  Sometimes, I find it easy to accept uncertainty as a “way of life”, and to keep asking Can I do this?”- when I’m faced with new challenges.

It’s natural to maintain the status quo in life.

You can see how it works out in your thought life.  If you basically “go with the flow”, and accept thoughts of lack and limitation in your own life, you’ll soon be battling with negative emotions such as fear, guilt, and regret.

In the last several months, I had to come up with different plans and actions to overcome my natural “limited” thinking.

Even this morning, as I’ve written this blog post, I’ve had battles thinking “this topic might not be practical, relevant, or meaningful for anyone reading it.”

It’s not always natural to feel encouraged and inspired in life.  There are responsibilities, duties, and obstacles in life that tend to “weigh us down” at times.

As I’ve had battles with self-doubt and uncertainty in my own life, I’ve needed to adopt new ideas and strategies to overcome these feelings.

Here are a few tips that will help us feel more inspired and courageous in your daily life:

Accepting and “Embracing” Your Uniqueness

Consider the fact that there is no one else in this world with your exact qualities and characteristics.

I read a bit of Og Mandino’s book called “The Greatest Miracle in the World”.  If you don’t have a copy, I encourage you to get one.  Mandino’s book dates back to the 1970′s, but is highly relevant to this topic.

He writes about how rare such things as a painting by Rembrandt would be.  His paintings have tremendous value because he was a masterful and outstanding artist, and his works are few in number.

Og Mandino wrote in his book,

Consider a painting by Rembrandt or a bronze by Degas or a violin by Stradivarius or a play by Shakespeare: They have great value for two reasons: their creators were masters and they are few in number.  Yet there are more than one of each of these.

On that reasoning you are the most valuable treasure on the face of the earth, for you know who created you and there is only one of you.

Never, in all the seventy billion humans who have walked this planet since the beginning of time has there been anyone exactly like you.

Never, until the end of time, will there be another such as you.

You have shown no knowledge or appreciation of your uniqueness.

Yet, you are the rarest thing in the world.”

Create a Tangible Reminder of Your Past Accomplishments

I’ve needed to be reminded of my own uniqueness lately.  It’s so easy to get side-tracked into doing…doing.. and doing.  I’d gotten away from developing myself and becoming the person I’m meant to be.

As I’ve encountered and faced my own inner struggles, it’s been valuable for me to reflect upon my own accomplishments in life.

This morning I reminded myself of my past accomplishments.  I located a Word file on my computer called “Top 15 Achievements”.

As I briefly looked over and reviewed this document, I’ve experienced greater encouragement and inspiration to carry on with my goals, and to have success with the things I want to accomplish this morning.

Whenever you’re feeling discouraged or uncertain about your life, it helps to reflect on your past accomplishments.

I’d suggest that you create a document about your accomplishments and achievements in life.  It’s helped me, and it will be a tremendous source of encouragement for you.

There are great things that you have achieved in life, and obstacles you’ve overcome.

As you reflect on your documented achievements, you’ll have something concrete and in writing to remind yourself that: “I overcame this obstacle and challenge in life and had great success.   I can do the same with the struggle I face today.”

Consider the inspiration and encouragement this document will give you- as you review it and take it to heart.

Awareness of Your Purpose- Your Life has Value and Meaning

As I think back in the past to those who influence me, I often think of Mrs. Faber, my grade 12 English teacher.  I struggled with my high school English courses.

Mrs. Faber was a great teacher, who invested time in my success and improvement.

You have family members, friends, and mentors in your own life, who have encouraged you, and helped you with courage, strength, and wisdom through their own experiences.  

Consider the investment others have made for your success.  They have thought a great deal of the value and meaning you’ve brought to their lives.

Others around you notice your value and the good things you bring to their lives.  They have thought highly of you.  They’ve seen your intrinsic value.

In the same way, it’s time for us to have a plan in place for battling thoughts of discouragement (the “I can’t do this because” type of thinking), by affirming and believing in our own unique value and significance in life.

If we approach our goals with disdain for our own value, we’ll consider ourselves as unworthy of making much of our lives.

In the same way, if we refuse to acknowledge our purpose, we end up “going through the motions” on a daily basis.  I have had this experience personally- I have lived this way in the past.

I would also diminish the significance of my life’s purpose- and I felt discouraged and depressed.  My life lacked enthusiasm.

I’ve found it inspiring to take a few moments to reflect upon my own value and significance.

I hope that you’ll make it a daily habit to affirm your own value and significance in life.  You’ll experience greater enthusiasm, and you’ll have the courage and strength to take action on your goals.

For a concrete and practical action step, I encourage you to make it a daily habit to:

  • accept and embrace your uniqueness
  • create an Accomplishments List- a tangible reminder of your past achievements
  • become aware of your purpose – and review it daily for inspiration and encouragement
  • affirm that your life and goals have value and meaning

I’ve underlined some of the most important words- as they’re worth re-emphasizing.  I know that I’ve needed a reminder of this post to build the above good habits in my own life.

Doing so creates a solid foundation for a more productive and effective life.

In my next post, I’d like to outline a few benefits of using stories of success to inspire you in your own life.

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Gain Inspiration by Recognizing your Daily Opportunities

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It’s been a struggle for me to take action.

As I’m sure you can relate, it’s so easy to sit back and analyze before taking action on a new goal.

It’s what’s been called “the paralysis of analysis”- a condition where we wait until things are “just right” before we take action on our goals and dreams in life.

I like how Les Brown speaks about it in his book called “It’s Not Over Until You Win!”.

If you and I wait for the “one day I’m gonna day” to work on our goals and dreams in life, we’ll end up waiting a long time.

If I had one piece of advice to those starting out on a business, or on a new career, or in a new program at college or university, it would be this:

“Don’t hold back on life.  Take a bit of time each day to recognize the great value of the opportunities before you.  You have a lot going for you.  Keep going, keep striving and don’t give up.  There will be challenges but your goals and dreams in life are worth it.  You have value and worth, and no one can take away the good things that you build into your life, unless you give them the power to do so.”

I hope the above piece of advice inspires you, and gives you something good to reflect on.

I’ve lacked inspiration, and I’ve learned things the hard way.  It’s a good thing, though, that there’s no need to go out and re-invent the wheel.  There are tools and resources that will ultimately build up your strength, and will to go on and accomplish what you’re dreaming of achieving in life.  I hope this blog and my writing provides you with the impetus to get going and keep going.

Here are a few opportunities you and I have in our lives.  As you reflect upon these daily opportunities in life, express gratitude for them, and recognize them as great benefits, you’ll feel more inspired, encouraged and grateful for them.

I am experiencing gratitude as I review my editorial calendar, and the four main daily opportunities I have listed below.  It’s been a really good reminder for me, as I’m sure it will be for you as well.

It’s important that my writing provides you with a solid foundation for greater strength and courage in life.  As you reflect on my main categories of opportunities, I suggest that you reflect upon them each day as you start working on your goals.

Time

Lately, I’ve found it valuable to read and review a great quote from Peter F. Drucker:

“One cannot buy, rent or hire more time. The supply of time is totally inelastic. No matter how high the demand, the supply will not go up. There is no price for it. Time is totally perishable and cannot be stored. Yesterday’s time is gone forever, and will never come back. Time is always in short supply. There is no substitute for time. Everything requires time. All work takes place in, and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable and necessary resource.”

I have been guilty of taking advantage of thinking time is endless.  It almost seems to be that way when we’re kids.  But as time moves on through adulthood, we begin to realize how fast it goes.

One of the greatest opportunities we have in life- is to invest our time wisely.  We can do so whether we’re learning new things, studying, working, or spending time with friends or those closest to us.

Having the freedom to pursue your goals in life is a wonderful and magnificent advantage or blessing.  As you recognize the opportunities this freedom gives you, great personal characteristics can be built into your life: such as enthusiasm, effective time management, and a sense of joy as you make outstanding progress.

The Present Moment

This category is, of course, part of the concept of “time”.  But it breaks down the word “time” down even further.

Consider that each moment you have today isn’t guaranteed.   As each moment or minute passes by, you can’t take it back and recover it.

I’ve heard of a term called a “do-over”.  A speaker I heard talked about the concept.  If I recall correctly, the speaker talked about how people could use it in golf, whenever they end up taking a bad shot- or whenever their golf shot would end up in the tall grass.

Unfortunately, we don’t really have “do-overs” with the previous minute or hour that’s just passed by.

That’s why it’s important for to do the best we can with each moment, and to fully live in each present moment.  It’s the collection of such moments that creates the lives we desire to live- and to accomplish the goals we long to achieve in life.

At the end of the day, I hope that I can say that I’ve lived each present moment the best that I can.  At that point, in my journal, I’ll feel inspired, grateful, and encouraged to keep making progress.

Couldn’t we all use more inspiration, gratitude and encouragement in life?

Appreciation for our daily opportunities is important.

Health

My health is one blessing I’ve taken for granted.

It’s an advantage, blessing or benefit in life that I didn’t tend to think about- until I would start feeling ill for a period of time.

Health is also an opportunity.  When we’re feeling well, we can:

  • set and achieve short-term and long-term goals.
  • spend time relaxing and socializing with friends and those closest to us.
  • rejuvenate ourselves with our favorite hobby or pass time.
  • learn, study or develop our favorite skills
  • experience life with a sense of well-being

I like how Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines the word “appreciate”

As a verb, they define the word “appreciate” as:

“to grasp the nature, worth, quality or significance of”

Reflect for a moment on the nature of good health, and the worth, quality or significance of having it.

It’s worth considering our investment in our own good health.  Maintaining my physical fitness level, eating properly, and taking vitamins has helped me in so many ways.  I have areas for improvement, like anyone else, but taking action on developing good health habits has been valuable for me.  I’ve been able to make greater progress in my life.

Take a moment to consider the value of having good health in your own life.  When you’re feeling well, you’ll accomplish far more.  When you’re grateful each day for the opportunities your own health provides you, the inspiration to do your best will be the result.

Personal or Spiritual Growth and Development

Have you ever considered the topic of growth and development to be an opportunity?

Each day, we have an opportunity to learn, and to experience new growth and development in our lives.

It’s a fantastic opportunity when you think about it.

As I’ve considered the types of rewards I’ll experience for pursuing my goals, I feel inspired to take action.

You and I don’t need to be the same as we were yesterday, or be the same as we were one year ago.  This is the tremendous advantage we have through learning and growth.

I’d encourage you to invest each day to learn, grow, and develop personally, spiritually (whatever your spiritual perspective may be), and in your studies or profession.  It’s something that you’ll never regret, and ends up building a foundation for success in your life.

In my next post, I’ll discuss the importance of acknowledging your value and significance, and why doing so will inspire you to reach your goals.

Until then, have a great day.

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Developing Faith and Belief in the Value of Your Goals

I’ve found that it’s easy to get enthused about my goals and dreams in life.

Initial enthusiasm for a new project or idea is high at the beginning.  Sometimes I’ve found it to be a temporary type of feeling.

Many times, it’s worthwhile to really monitor the negative thoughts that arise as we try out new things.  It really is an ongoing battle- between doubt and belief.

I’ve heard it said that belief is like a thermostat- as it regulates our lives, our habits, and our ultimate accomplishments.

There are many times as I write these blog posts, where I’m thinking “I’m not sure I can come up with good content.  I don’t know if what I’m writing is making sense, if it can make a difference in my own life and in the lives of others.  This may not be what I’m meant to do.”

Personally, I don’t mind posting about my doubts and uncertainties in life.  I think it will help you, and I know that as I journal about it, I gain clarity and greater hope- that I’ll be able to work through my own limiting beliefs in life.  If you’re also encouraged and inspired to pursue your goals and dreams, that’s what ultimately matters the most.

Sometimes I stumble and make mistakes with new things I try out, and that’s okay.  It’s interesting that as I’ve stepped out and tried again, I’ve gained strength, courage and a great sense of progress in my own life.  It’s a satisfying and fulfilling experience for me.  You’ll also be inspired and encouraged as you see how much progress you can make day by day- as you keep trying and persisting in life.

Recognizing that Belief lays the Foundation for Success

If you look back over the most remarkable success stories in sports, business, or at the outstanding contributions people have made in the past, you’ll recognize one common element.

They started with a belief that they could and would be successful.

Think back to your most outstanding teachers and mentors in life.  If they didn’t have the belief that they could have helped you, they wouldn’t have invested the time and efforts to try to make a difference.

If your favorite teacher or mentor in life invested that much value in you and your success, shouldn’t you also invest the time, energy and efforts into your own growth, development and progress in life?

I’ve needed to remind myself again that my life will be built upon belief- in my own progress, worth, value, and goals and dreams.

Developing a Habit of Belief while overcoming reliance on feelings

If you are in the habit of journaling, I’d like to suggest a valuable exercise.

Think of times in the past, where you relied too much on feelings.

You may have questioned the motives of someone else.  You felt betrayed, discouraged because you were forgotten, or sad because you may have been misunderstood.  When you found out what was really going on, you realized the other person was busy, had a lot going on, or had an issue to deal with.

In this case, your feelings had nothing to do with truth or reality.

In the same way, your feelings or initial impressions about your new goal, and your dreams in life has nothing to do with reality.  How many times in the past have you told yourself you couldn’t do something, and then when you tried, you found out you could!

It’s a dangerous thing in life to rely too much on feelings when it comes to our potential in life.  In this particular case, we need to build belief by…

Affirming our Significance, along with the value of our Dreams and Goals

I’ve had to refocus again each day on building new beliefs about myself and my capabilities.

For example, I’ve had a battle with the respect I have for my abilities and in my focus and time management.

As I’ve reflected upon a couple of my five favorite affirmations, it’s helped me develop more confidence.  I’ve also been able to manage my time better.  Here are the two affirmations:

  • “I respect my abilities and always work to my full potential.”
  • “I have tremendous energy and focus for achieving all of my goals.”

As we reflect upon statements that affirm our value and capability, and build our beliefs on these new affirmations or statements, it has a natural effect.  It creates a great foundation for success in life.  We’re building on statements that combat the negative thoughts that “it can’t be done”.

I can tell you that as I’ve affirmed the above statements – I have experienced more respect for my own capabilities.  I have also gained a greater sense of focus and time management in my daily life.

I really like a quote I read this morning from Brian Tracy, who wrote:

Make strong, affirmative statements to reinforce new, positive habit patterns of thought and behavior.”

Moment by moment, I have the choice to affirm, build upon and reinforce thoughts that give me courage and new strength.  It makes wise use of my power of choice.  My hope is that you’ll be encouraged to make a daily habit- to reinforce your own strength, capability and significance.

Translating Belief into Action as we pursue our goals and dreams

As I started writing this blog post, I struggled to get going this morning.  I write in the early part of the morning, as it works with my work schedule.  I wasn’t happy with the ideas I came up with on my editorial calendar.  I’m not sure why, but the ideas have come back to me.  Maybe it is meant to be that I write these words to encourage you.

I began believing that I would come up with valuable and encouraging ideas for you, as one of my valued readers.  It’s seemed to have worked.  I’ve been able to come up with new ideas, and the process kind of “flowed” today.

It’s true that belief can and does translate into action.  To me, belief is like a muscle.  If faith and belief are exercised on a daily basis, these valuable life attributes become stronger- and more evident in our lives.  If they’re not exercised, our enthusiasm for life becomes weaker.

I’ve looked back over the inspirational words of encouragement- which are part of the images I’ve posted to this site.  They’ve been really helpful to me, as I’ve gained a fresh perspective, along with a new enthusiasm for getting things started and going again.  My dreams and goals have a sense of “nobility” to them- and I’ve been inspired to keep trying and making progress.

It really inspired me as I read the quote from the image in my last post.  Recall that it said:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”.

As we build upon positive beliefs about ourselves, our capabilities and the future before us, it will translate into action.  We’ll move forward and take action on the goals and dreams we cherish most in life.

The action we take on our goals reflects the belief that we have in our goals.

I hope this blog post has inspired you to develop your beliefs and a more positive mindset, and to take action in life.

In my next post, I will share with you the benefits of recognizing daily miracles in our lives- things that we often take for granted.  This post will also renew your inspiration for your life- as it has for my own life.  Until then, have a great day and take action on your goals…

Here is a valuable video on self-confidence and beliefs: