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Enthusiasm

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that, “enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.  When you do a thing, do it with all your mind.  Put your whole soul into it.  Stamp it with your own personality.  Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful and you will accomplish your object.  Nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm.”  In my opinion, he was and still is, so right on about being enthusiastic.   

The most important thing we need to stay enthusiastic about is our life. Knowing what your long and short term goals are and then moving towards them is a good way to stay enthused.  One of the best ways to keep these goals in the forefront of your mind is to frame your goals into  a mission statement. This statement should include topics of importance to you such as wealth, family, spirituality, a car, a house, a job, etc.  Focusing on these goals and not paying unnecessary attention to peripheral ideas, will keep your mind from becoming cluttered with thoughts that might cause you to worry or even create fear.   Fear and worry are enthusiasm killers. 

Another way to stay enthusiastic is to be grateful for all things.  An attitude of gratitude leaves no room for negative thinking which can also kill enthusiasm.  By keeping a daily log of the things you are grateful for, you will automatically create enthusiasm for life.  As you write each statement down you will feel your enthusiasm building.  Your enthusiasm in turn will become a catalyst for others to feel good.  Think of it as a way of paying it forward.  How easy is that? 

Along with gratefulness and a life mission statement, it is important to forgive as unforgiveness can also be a detriment to enthusiasm.  When you are constantly perseverating over the wrongs done to you then you don’t have time to think about all the good things going for you.You will lose track of your goals and could even deviate from them altogether.  Lest we forget; unforgiveness isn’t good for you.  It can make you sick, emotionally and/or physically and it is hard to be enthusiastic when you don’t feel well. 

Another fun way to stay enthusiastic  is to create a vision board.  Mine takes up one whole wall in my office where I have a combination of both images and sayings.  Every time I look up from my computer I see my future already planned out. It is a constant reminder of what I want for myself and I work daily  towards those goals.

These four activities are a sampling of things you can do to remain enthusiastic about life, yet they aren’t the only ones.  Once you have embraced the need to stay enthused about your goals, you will figure out what you need to do in order to keep the momentum going, My list should be used as kick start to forming your own.

Good Luck in all your endeavors.  May the Enthusiasm be with you.

Peace, love and Joy,

Katie

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2011 in enthusiasm, self help

 

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To be Made in God’s Image

Humankind is God’s greatest creation.  We are made in His image.  When we can keep this in mind as the underpinning of everything else we think about, we can live a joyful, awesome life.

To be made in God’s image is to be made perfect

To be made in God’s image is to be loveable and have the capacity to love others to the fullest

To be made in God’s image is to have the desire to forgive fully and be fully forgiven.

To be made in God’s image is to already have what it takes to commune with Him

To be made in God’s image is to be no better or worse than your neighbor, your friend, or your enemy

To be made in God’s image is to be a reflection of Him who is the Great I Am

To be made in God’s image is to know you will never be given more to handle than you are able

To be made in God’s image is to have infinate knowledge available to you at all times

To be made in God’s image is to have the capacity to do so much more than you are doing.

To be made in God’s image is to  have an open line of communication to Him and from Him

To be made in God’s image is to have a larger capacity to love and forgive than to hate and fear

To be made in God’s image is to know the answers to all your questions are already in you

To be made in God’s image is to be able to love and accept yourself

To be made in God’s image is to find gratitude in all aspects of your life

To be made in God’s image is to count it all joy

To be made in God’s image is to live a life full of joyful expectancy

To be made in God’s image is to have faith that what is happening in your life is exactly what needs to be happening

To be made in God’s image is to be able to live, laugh, and love with gusto

Wow.  This post certainly didn’t turn out the way I expected it to, but I must listen to my muses who are far better tuned into the universe than I am and therefore knows exactly what needs to be shared.

Love, Peace and Joy,

Katie

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2011 in God, God's Image

 

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It all Starts with an Attitude of Gratitude

My life reflects my thoughts. If I am happy and upbeat then I see opportunity and grace everywhere. If my day starts off with a mishap, then the whole day seems to follow suit. For most of us, life is like this; full of ups and downs with happy times and sad times. Why can’t it be happy all the time? I have some great news for you, it can. All you need to do is learn the art of being grateful.  Whether you are seeking a higher spiritual level or just peace of mind, gratitude opens the door.

Gratitude can be defined as an acceptance of things just the way they are. Think about it; if you can accept things as is, then you can’t have any complaints. This acceptance creates the ability to attract what you desire to come to you. By replacing your old pity party thoughts with new thoughts of gratitude, you can change your life. For example, instead of moaning about the price of gas, be grateful that you have money (or credit) to buy gas and a vehicle to put it into. Instead of wishing you had more money, be grateful you have a job. Instead of criticizing your spouse, notice their good qualities.

As you become more at ease with thinking in terms of gratefulness, your life is going to change and amazing things will happen.  All of a sudden, you start to feel better and have peace of mind. Your relationships change and become more exciting. Your health improves and you experience increased abundance. Everywhere you look you will see things through your new outlook called gratitude. Best of all, this outlook is contagious. You will inspire others to become like you.

This process doesn’t happen over night. It is something you need to practice consistently, knowing that the more you practice, the better you will get at it. It is like getting rid of an old habit and replacing it with a new one. Get a notebook and start jotting down all the things you are grateful for. Get excited about your list and make it your new best friend. Keep it close at hand and read it two or three times a day, adding new reasons to be grateful whenever possible. As well as reading your list, meditate on what you are grateful for at least once a day, so gratitude can become part of your everyday thinking. After all, the goal of developing an attitude of gratitude is so that you can live a happier life.

Peace, Love and Abundance,

Katie

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2011 in attitude of gratitude

 

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Why am I Here?

Many people have asked me how and why I became  involved with self-help.  The answer is simple.  A few years ago I did something that I was ashamed of.  I felt like I didn’t deserve to live.  In order to survive that dark time, I had to learn how to forgive myself.

The healing started with tapping.  It is called Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT for short.  It is a simple  technique that reminds me of meditation and acupuncture. It is easy to learn and can instantly relieve stress.  In my case, the stress was so great that when I tapped I would also cough.  After several sessions, I realized my coughing was my body’s way of releasing the negative emotions I was harbouring.  The more I tapped the less I coughed. 

I originally started tapping to help me understand why I had such a hard time financially.  If you could call money a friend, it wasn’t mine.  Money had always eluded me and in our down economy, that had become a problem.  The lack of money was what caused my downfall, so I needed to find a way to get over what I saw as an insurmountable mountain.  Tapping helped, but  for me, it wasn’t enough. What it did do though, was expose me to the movie, THE SECRET.

Ahhhh, The Law of Attraction.  How simple could that be. Just think about what you want and you  get it.  I spent days, weeks even, trying to rid my mind of all my negative thoughts so I could replace them with positive ones. That was the only way I could be open to attracting the money I wanted.  But the money didn’t come.  Instead I found more doors opening which all led to an abundance of knowledge that changed my life.

I think my biggest ah ha moment came when I realized I needed to live an attitude of gratitude in order to get what I wanted, including money.  Furthermore, I have come to realize that there is an infinite amount of money in the universe and I can have as much of it as I want as long as I am grateful for everything in my life.  But I was learning that it wasn’t just  money I wanted.  I wanted a totally abundant life and that included much more than money.

Abundance comes in a variety of ways.  I could have abundant wealth, but I could also have abundant relationships, abundant adventure, abundant health, abundant luck.  I could have it all.  And it was OK to want it all.  There was just one small hitch  and that was, I had to share.  Why should I have it all, when all of us want it all. So even though there is infinite abundance I had to learn to share.

Well my Christian upbringing helped me understand that. I understood paying it forward.  I understood tithing.  I knew you couldn’t out give God and the more you gave the more you get.  All wonderful concepts except I grew to see that living a totally abundant life is giving even more away, not necessarily money. 

After practicing living an attitude of gratitude for awhile and sharing, I began to feel like my brain was being rewired.  I no longer thought from my victim mentality.  I almost immediately saw the bright side of things.  So much so that I began to recognize the negative side of people whom I had previous thought were positive influences on me.  I began telling them they had to think positive. 

Claiming my new attitude of gratitude has been the life changing experience I had been looking for.  If I never make a dime, I will still be happy.  I see life so differently now.  There is joy to be found everywhere and in everything.  I have been able to forgive my family; I have forgiven myself; I don’t get angry anymore or frustrated.  Don’t let me mislead you.  I am not perfect, but I have found so much joy that I want to tell the world how they can find it too.

Keep following me folks and together we will explore this topic and many others which will lead you out of the dark and into the light. 

Peace and Joy,

Katie

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in forgiveness

 

I am Victorious

Hey Folks….  This is day number two of writing my blog and I am really getting into it.  So much so that I have already come to the conclusion that my original idea of writing a blog geared towards victims isn’t really what I want.   I hate to be called a victim.  It is such a limiting label.  I want to be victorious.  I can do anything when I am VICTORIOUS.  Therefore, if I don’t want to label myself a victim, how can I justify calling anyone else a victim, especially if my desire is to help others grow. 

When we embark on changing our life for the better we become victors.  Just trying to change makes us victorious.  We may not always reach our goal, but we tried and that effort is worth something.  It shows that we have what it takes.  We may lack important information needed to reach a goal, but the  information we lack is readily available somewhere. We just need to find it. So don’t give up, you are on the right course.

In the last few months I have been writing a short booklet I call, LIVING A LIFE OF JOYFUL EXPECTANCY.  In it I discuss several topics I believe we all need to embrace in order to be happy.  Even more than happy; joyful.  And with joy comes victory.  It was not my original plan to share it here but I have changes my mind as this blog seems headed in that direction.  So in the next days and weeks I will post snippets here to give some umph to my blog points.

Have a wonderful victorious day.

Peace and love,

Katie

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in self help

 

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I am Awesome

I am awesome.  I tell myself that every day, some times multiple times a day so that I don’t forget: I am awesome.  I love saying that to myself.  It makes me feel so good.  I am awesome.

You are awesome too.  Yes? No? Maybe? If that statement doesn’t ring true for you then maybe you are suffering from negative self talk or even a victim mentality.  I can say this  because as a former victim, I know victims don’t believe they are awesome.  They are poor, as in, poor me.  They are depressed.  They can’t do anything right. They think they are ugly, unloved, and/or unwanted.  They have no real friends.  Life isn’t fair to them. They hate their jobs.  They get picked on.  They can’t trust anyone.  They don’t have any money.  Yada, yada, yada. Does any of this sound familiar?  If so, let’s get off the pity pot and rewrite the mantras you repeat to yourself all day, everyday.

Did you realize that?  You talk to yourself all day long,  most often not realizing what you are doing, and worse, not realizing what you are telling yourself.  Talking to yourself wouldn’t be so bad except that those negative statements find a home in your subconscious mind and in turn have  a profound negative impact on how you react to life.  If you have ever winced for no good reason or been asked by someone else “who are you talking to”, then you have been reacting to your self talk. 

Until you can rid your mind of those thoughts there is no way to change them.  And in order to rid your mind of negative thoughts you need to replace them with  new positive ones. So instead of saying poor me, change that to: I AM AWESOME.  Instead of saying life isn’t fair, change that to: MY LIFE IS WHAT I MAKE IT TO BE AND I MAKE IT GREAT.  Can’t trust anyone?  Tell yourself, I HAVE GOOD JUDGEMENT AND KNOW WHO I CAN TRUST. Need money?  Tell yourself: I LIVE A LIFE OF ABUNDANCE.  These are called positive affirmations and when recited often enough they can change your life. 

Using the above as examples, make a list of statements. Tape the list to your mirror so that you see it every morning and every night.  Look in the mirror and recite the list to yourself at least once a day, preferably multiple times a day. Keep a copy of the list  next to your computer.  Wrap a copy of your list around your credit card.  Do whatever you need to do in order to remind yourself constantly of your new way of thinking.  As you repeat your list,  smile and tell yourself, “yes, I do feel this way.”

Maybe the above statements don’t resonate with you.  If not, then search your heart and find ones that do.  If you really want a better life, then there will be at least one area in your life you will want to work on, such as money, relationships, or weight.  Make your list as long as you want, although I would recommend that you start off with just a short list that really gets you thinking differently.  If you have too  many affirmations to remember,  then none of them will have much impact.

If you need more help, search positive affirmations on the internet.  There is mega info out there in cyber space.  You might also like to go to  your local library and check out a book on self-help.  There are many to choose from.  In the mean time, start feeling good about who you are because you are truly AWESOME.

 Love and peace, Katie

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in self help

 

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MY BRAND NEW AWESOME BLOG

I have been wanting to write a blog for some time, I  just wasn’t sure what to write about.  Then it hit me; I could write about me.  Not that I am anyone special, because we are all special, but because I have overcome some major stumbling blocks in life and I am sure my modes of victory can help others.

You see, I have been a life long victim, and I know there are many others out there who can identify with me.  We all struggle to get ahead and even though we  overcome many obstacles we  still have to deal with  using our victim mentality as our first line of defense.  Let me assure those of you who haven’t learned this lesson yet: it doesn’t work. 

Victims never get where they want to go.  So if we want to get ahead in life you need to learn to accept responsibility for yourself, which includes but isn’t limited to: who you are, what you do, your friends, your jobs, your past, present and future situations, your relationships, your children etc.  We must realize that it is only you, you and you who stand between where you are now and  your dream life.

My dream life is to have a successful business.  I also want to be able to travel.  But most of all I want to be able to help others achieve their dreams.  That is what this blog is gonna be all about.  Each day I plan to share some tidbit of info that will encourage you to rethink your situation so that you might have the courage to step out of your role as victim and into that of victor. 

In closing let me share with you one of my favorite sayings:

In life there are two things to learn; which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.

Love and Peace, Katie

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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