Tuesday, September 8, 2009

My Attitude, My Focus

Life is great! I know that God is real and I can not deny it. I have been learning about the importance of controlling my attitude and my actions. Over everything else, i have no say so or control.

A great life does not include the absence of difficult or unwanted circumstances. It's all about perspective and what and who you believe in. When you believe in the power of God, you can have peace and know that everything will work out.

Even when things don't go the way I would've preferred, i'm still blessed, highly favored, and know that I will be taken care of. I have purposely chosen to be positve and keep negative thoughts out over the past week, and believe me, it's not easy. However, it gets easier everyday. It's a lifestyle. Listening to inspirational messaages, reading great books, hanging around positive people who have invested interest in me and my success, and trusting in God's sovereignty are major contributors.

I'm starting to truly see myself for who I was created to be. I'm writing down my dreams and goals and deciding what I really want out of my life. I have begun to prioritze my goals and this has been helping me to see what things I've been doing that I'm going to give a rest for a while and which things I need or want to do more often. Therefore, if or when major decisions come up that do not line up with the priorities or goals I've set for myself, I can remain efficent with my time, see progress, and productivity. In other words, I'm starting to focus, and It's been so fun.

With a positve attitude and a focused mind I feel like my possibilites are limitless. I LOVE MY LIFE! It's not always easy, but it's my life and I wouldn't trade it for anyone else's.

Friday, August 14, 2009

ReInventing Yourself

I heard a very profound statement yesterday that altered the course of my life immediately. "Reinvent yourself!", the speaker said as I sat intently listening to his every word. I thought about these words and realized it was the very thing I needed to hear most in that moment. The very answer to the question I didn't even know I had been asking. As our lives and the world around us change, so do we, and some of us don't know that we are allowed too.

The goals I've set for myself have been the same for so long that just about anyone who knows me even a little bit could recite them back to me. So imagine me confused when I woke up a week ago and all of sudden those things didn't seem so urgent. In my excited heart was the birth of even bigger, riskier goals that would take me on a slightly different path that I never imagined I would want. I was afraid of what my friends, family, and colleagues would think and found myself trying to explain the reason behind every decision change or circumstance. Somehow I thought it would be the validation that would bring peace, understanding, and "forgiveness" for ultimately not being sure about my next step in life.

"It's okay to reinvent yourself and it doesn't matter what other people think because it's your life and only you can tell you what you want out of it.", he said with convicted enthusiasm as he waited for us to catch the revelation. With a much needed exhale, my body relaxed and I understood that it was time for a mind-set shift, time for me to REINVENT ME.

I don't know exactly what this "new me" will ultimately look like as I shed off the fear of the unknown and people pleasing. What I do know is that change is okay and you don't always have to know how everything will turn out. The point is to live. Remember, there is no blueprint for your life. Change happens whether you are ready for it or not and it's up to you to choose your attitude. Decide what you want out of life and be the best you you can be. The rest will take care of itself.