What You Think (to Yourself) Matters

The human mind is an amazingly complex and powerful thing.  It not only controls your body function, it can literally change the world.  What you think and the actions you decide to take affect you and your surroundings as you act.   One miracle of the mind with which I have always been fascinated is the ability to turn a thought into something tangible.  If you act upon your thoughts, you can take an idea and transform it into something you hold in your hand.  Amazing.   Our world was built upon this ability.  The car you drive, the house in which you live, the clothes you’re wearing, the computer on which you’re reading this post, all started as just an idea in someone’s mind.   If you’re able to grasp this, you begin to realize you hold an amazing amount of power within your mind.

We all have lots of ideas of how our lives should be.   Sadly, rather than acting upon those thoughts, we oftentimes let them just stay dormant in our minds.  That’s a waste.

I point this out because too many of us are thinking of creative ways to make our lives better yet we’re not acting on those thoughts.  Maybe it’s fear, apathy or even fatigue.   But, perhaps, there’s never been a more appropriate time to begin acting on those thoughts.  Take what your passionate about – what you enjoy most in life and begin thinking about how to increase it’s existence in your world.  Expand your thinking and stop telling yourself it can never happen.  Stretch your mind to consider the “impossible” as possible for you.  This is where you start.  The next phase includes writing it down, making a plan and then taking massive action on that plan every day.  Sure, you’re likely to hit some hurdles.  But when they appear, creatively work on getting over them.  This time, don’t let those hurdles stop you.  For most of us, we’re capable of so much more than we’ve done.  Don’t let that depress you – let it inspire you!   Don’t let your thoughts of how to be happy and how to make your world better sit dormant any longer.  Let them transform your world.

So, what thoughs will you begin acting on today?

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Nature vs. Man

Something that I’ve always enjoyed is spending time in nature.  I like the peace, quiet and balance that exists there; it’s cleansing and centering for me.  Nature is a way to be really in touch with God’s creation, and I cherish that.

But I realized something not too long ago.  I thought that being surrounded by nature was the way to be closest to God.  It’s not…  Man is God’s greatest creation.  Instead of running away from people to be closer to God, I should be running TOWARD them.

Do I still need my time in peace and quiet surrounded by God’s trees, blue sky and birds?  Yes.  It remains cleansing and centering for me.  But I no longer see it as the way to be closest to God.  I now see Him more clearly in the eyes of neighbors, friends, family and children than ever before.

If You Want an Extraordinary Life…

If you want an extraordinary life, really want it…

If you want an extraordinary life, focus on it…

If you want an extraordinary life, craft it…

If you want an extraordinary life, take action on it every day…

If you want an extraordinary life, don’t be ordinary

In what ways can you begin now making your life extraordinary?

P.S.  One of the best ways to lead an extraordinary life is to help others live extraordinary lives

What Makes a Good Day for You?

It’s easy to fall into a daily routine that we don’t particularly like.  We end up doing the same thing over and over, day after day.  We get up after not getting enough sleep, hurry ourselves and our kids while getting ready for work and school, run out the door to a job which we may or may not enjoy all that much, get through a mundane work day, sit in traffic on the way back home, walk in the door exhausted from our crazy day, make and eat a dinner that probably could be more healthful, turn on the t.v. and watch a show we hope will take our minds off of real life for an hour, go back to bed a bit later than we should only to get up and do it all over again the next day.  Weekends seem like mini vacations compared to our hectic weeks.  We live for Saturdays and dread Mondays.  Are you familiar with this?

We THINK that this is the way it HAS to be.  It was the way we grew up.  It’s the way all of our friends do it.  It’s the way everyone with whom we work does it.  But, that’s not true.  If you’re not happy with your routine, it doesn’t have to be that way.  You can change it.  It can be different.  It can be better.  But, it takes effort.  It takes effort to analyze your day to discover what you can cut out to make more quality time with your family.  It takes effort to look at how you can use your time at work more effectively so that you’re able to actually get your work done and leave the office on time.  It takes effort to get to bed a little earlier so that you get more sleep and feel better the next day.  It takes effort to talk to your kids about what’s going on in their lives.   It takes effort to find quiet time to renew your mind, listen to your thoughts and pray.  It takes effort to tune out the noise and find true voices of value that add to your life experience.   After you expend a little effort to begin doing these things, you gain momentum and change comes more naturally.  It gets easier.  The hardest part about starting something new is just starting.  Once you’ve spent a few days trying new things, finding a routine that you like better, examining your life to find what brings you true joy, it becomes something you’ll want to do.  It’s a great feeling to experience change for the better.  It’s great realizing that life can be different from the same old routine.  People are changing every day.  They’re finding a new path that takes them where they want to go.  I’ve seen it.  I’ve done it.  It’s fun.  And a great way to start your life change is to simply ask this question:  What makes a good day for me?  Once you answer that, your goal should be to do what you can each day to make that happen.  A little effort, a change here and there, some thought, some planning, some action and before you know it, you’ve created a life in which your good days happen more and more.  You CAN do it.  Just give it a try… 

 

The Storms of Life…

This morning, I’m watching big storms roll through the midwest.  There are waves of severe weather affecting areas like St. Louis, Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio.   It’s 5:51 in the morning and there are already three tornado watches that stretch from the midwest to the east coast.  Here’s a storm report from the National Weather Service after a storm passed through Rush County, Indiana, during the early moring hours…

SEVERAL HOMES HEAVILY DAMAGED OR DESTROYED AROUND THE TOWN OF MOSCOW. POLICE REPORT UNKNOWN NUMBER OF INJURIES AND NUMEROUS PEOPLE MISSING.

These are the kind of reports we hate to read.  Now, people will be left to pick up the pieces and recover from damaging storms.  Ask anyone who has been through it, recovering from tornadoes and severe weather is not a fun process…

Here’s a map of the severe weather reports from yesterday (June 3rd)…

Severe Weather Reports, June 3, 2008

Each dot is a report of severe weather.  The blue dots are wind reports, green = hail and red = tornadoes (there were 16 reports of twisters yesterday).  Needless to say, the weather has been very active… 

So, what’s causing all of the active weather in the midwest?  The answer – the controlling pattern is imbalanced.  The weather is the most severe where the imbalance is the worst.   It’s just the way the weather works. The atmosphere naturally wants to be in a state of balance and when it’s not, it tries (sometimes violently) to find a balanced state.  Take a look at this video takes from a security camera as a house across the street takes a hit from an EF-5 tornado in Parkersburg, Iowa, last month…

This video shows the atmosphere trying as hard as it can to return to a balanced state.  The more imblance, the more turbulence… 

Let these scenes be a reminder to you that the storms of life grow larger when you live without balance in your own life.  Here’s something else to think about:  If you have a spouse and kids, your imbalance doesn’t just affect you, it affects them.  When you’re going through a life storm, those around you often feel the fury, too.

So today, take some time and think about your life.  How can you work to create more balance and peace?  How can you change your schedule to spend more time at home?  What can you do to make sure your kids know how much they’re loved?  What can you add (or take away) from your diet to make it healthful?  What can you do today to make your life better tomorrow?  If you feel stessed, out of control and highly imbalanced, please don’t wait until your storm of life is big enough to blow apart your home.   Work on creating balance now.  Sometimes, it takes less energy than you think to make your life much better…