When I saw this writing prompt, the first feeling I felt was - longing.... I really, really miss the beauty of fall - living in Naples, FL. So I asked a friend to email a photo of his big tree full of color in his front yard in Indiana. Absolutely gorgeous! I long for the cool crisp air, the smells, the pumpkin patches, and most of all seeing the beautiful, vibrant colors of the trees! So, I will enjoy the photos and all the great memories of fall!
What would I do with a day of no responsibilities...
After waking up without an alarm... I would take a longer than my usual (this day, mostly leisurely) walk on the beach. Then pitch an umbrella and beach chair to spend the next several hours relaxing, meditating, thinking, dreaming and planning. Then flip through some magazines (yeah, now I can finally add them to the recycle bin)... I'm sure by then it will be time for a snack & a nap...
It's sooooo nice at the beach, so I have my kids & some friends join me for sunset... We enjoy a lovely picnic of veggies, shrimp, crab, good wine.... nice....
I'd end the day listening to some of my favorite music sitting in my hot tub under the moonlit sky.
What am I waiting for? I'm scheduling this day ASAP - Making it my responsibility!
Yes, I miss the beauty of the midwest fall foliage living in Naples, FL! I am hoping to steal away to get a glimpse sometime in the next few weeks. But until then, I watch the leaves here:
Also, a great way to share with my Florida kiddos!
There is luck, opportunity and good fortune around you all day, everyday.
Why aren't you seeing it?
Here is why you may be missing it:
What am I focusing on?
What am I looking for?
What do I wish to see in life?...
Success? Happiness? Fitness? A new opportunity? A soul-mate?
Write down a few things you want to find so you can program your eyes to be on the lookout.
Remember, don't just think it, do it.
Write it down.
It can only help you IF you do the work.
Before we charge forward in declaring bold dreams and goals then charting a course to get there, let's get a clear idea of where you are now and what areas you want to improve and maybe some some that you need to. This is crucially important step for two reasons:
Recognize Life Imbalance
We often see people who have become successful in one area of life, but are utter disasters in many other areas. Why? Their focus on succeeding in one area of life created a great imbalance with the other areas.
Build a Life Plan First
Before you build your business plan, build your life plan. Figure out what kind of life you want to have first -- where you want to live, what type of people you want to surround yourself with. Do you want to travel? What type of environment do you want to go to eachday? Ask yourself these types of questions. Then build your business and professional plan around what is most important to you.
Make your business plan fit your life plan, not the other way around!
Action Item: Balance Wheel - Print out the Balance Wheel (or simply draw your own), mark a dot where you feel you are right now, today, in each area of your life. (Feel free to add as many areas as you wish - physical, financial, business, lifestyle, mental spiritual, family, relationship, etc.) 0 being not satisfied at all - 10 completely satisfied. Then connect the dots. How is your life rolling? Probably not as smoothly as you would wish! We all have a few "bumpy" areas!
We become what we think about. this statement is at the heart of understanding how our thoughts affect who we are, and it points out the connection between what we think and what we become.
When you examine the logic of this connection, it is apparent that if you become what you think about, then you can experience performance and behavior changes by altering the way you think. Your thought process, therefore, is the point where changes need to happen. It is your thought process that affects how you express yourself and who you become.
To use a gardening analogy, thoughts are seeds and our brain is a garden. Given the right conditions, in a gardening situation, the earth will grow anything -- nourishing food or poison.
Much the same as the earth grows what is sowed, so our brains also grow the thoughts (the "thinking seeds") we entertain. Our brain cultivates them and gives them nutrients and sustenance. These thinking seeds ultimately determine who we become, how we deal with issues, how we solve problems, and how we present ourselves. the challenge then becomes how to control what is planted in our brain -- how to sow the right thinking seeds.
Action: You can plant the positive thinking seeds by asking yourself the right questions. Questions are the gateway to your brain finding answers. Negative questions always yield undesirable results. When you ask, "How can I help others be happier?" You will find that you are surrounded by positive, happy people who want to make a difference. Positive questions fill you with a sense of optimism, self confidence, and happiness. Try it!
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