“If you expect the best, you will be the best…” – Norman Vincent Pearle

“If you expect the best, you will be the best.  Learn to use one of the most powerful laws in this world; change your mental habits to belief instead of disbelief.  Learn to expect, not to doubt.  In so doing, you bring everything into the realm of possibility.” – Norman Vincent Pearle

I think he has some of the greatest quotes.  This is a wonderful example.  Learning to expect the best and not to fear the worst is certainly a huge concept.  It probably seems a little overwhelming?  How to always expect and not doubt?  How to always believe?  Well, it’s certainly not easy.  But think about it for a minute, isn’t it worth a try?  Imagine losing that constant fear and doubt that nags just back behind your shoulder?  How much lighter would you feel?  Tons, I’ll bet.

Expect the Best

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Take A Leap of Faith

Take A Leap of Faith.

I got this picture from my Lifestyle: Yoga Facebook feed.  It comes from Mind, Body and Spirit.  I wanted to share it on here because it is most definitely a positive thought.  When you’re lost, confused, uncertain; when you can’t see a clear path, take a leap of faith.  You will most likely find a path you never knew existed.  You will accomplish things you didn’t think possible.  Our conscious minds like to tell us that we can’t, but a leap of faith will remind us that we can!

 

Leap of Faith

Take A Leap of Faith

I got this picture from my Lifestyle: Yoga Facebook feed.  It comes from Mind, Body and Spirit.  I wanted to share it on here because it is most definitely a positive thought.  When you’re lost, confused, uncertain; when you can’t see a clear path, take a leap of faith.  You will most likely find a path you never knew existed.  You will accomplish things you didn’t think possible.  Our conscious minds like to tell us that we can’t, but a leap of faith will remind us that we can!

 

Leap of Faith

“If We Wait Until We’re Ready, We’ll Be Waiting For The Rest Of Our Lives” Lemony Snicket

“If We Wait Until We’re Ready, We’ll Be Waiting For The Rest Of Our Lives” Lemony Snicket.

I constantly find myself “waiting until I’m ready.”  Guess what?  I honestly can’t remember the last time I said ‘oh yeah! I’m totally ready!!’   I mean, sometimes I’ll say it to myself, when I have to go exercise, or carry a particularly heavy item.  But that’s not really what this quote is all about.  This quote is about applying for the job, taking the interview, jumping out of the plane (with the parachute, of course), getting the tattoo, quitting the job, starting the blog, making first contact with someone you like, getting up and speaking to a group of people.  These are things we have to psych ourselves up for, and sometimes we never feel “ready.”  And we miss out on life!  It’s a total bummer.  But, I’ve got good news.  You’re ready right now.  Even if you don’t believe me.  Let me share an example.  It’s not on the same level as moving to Thailand for a year or going hang-gliding for the first time, but it’s something I’d never, ever think I was “ready” for, and I just did it.  And you know what, I did it well! And it felt good!!

ay, so there’s the guy.  He’s a total cutie.  But he has no idea that I think so.  In fact, I’ve only spoken to him once or twice and aside from occasionally waving to each other as we drive by, we don’t see each other. So, I had no way of initiating contact, which was a drag. Until, my father hand-delivered him to my door!  Literally.  He came to cut our grass.

Anyway, I had to call him about the lawn, (well, I didn’t HAVE to call him, but it was the right thing to do, and I decided I needed the experience and practice facing my fears, plus had he been anyone other than someone I’d been daydreaming about, I’d have called him without thinking twice about it). Now, normally I’d never feel “ready” to make this kind of contact with someone about whom I’ve been thinking. I get very self-conscious, and usually end up telling myself to forget it, I’ll never be ready or feel comfortable, and it’s not worth the potential (perceived) embarrassment.

That being said, making his phone call was understandably a big deal for me.  I wanted to be “ready.”  I had to figure out what to say so I wouldn’t be babbling, get to the point of my phone call, and still be friendly and casual.  Oye vey!  So, I procrastinated for almost a whole entire day, waiting to feel like I was totally ready for this, and even as I hit the ‘send’ button, I was panicking and thinking I was going to make a total fool of myself.

Well, he didn’t answer, I left a very nice message, and it was over in 15 seconds.  So basically I spent almost 16 hours worrying about being ‘ready’ to do something, that I really wanted to do, that I knew I could do, and I succeeded at it without ever feeling ‘ready.’

Point of that story? I wasted 16 hours of my life not taking action because I didn’t feel “ready.” If I’d just made the phone call when I first realized it needed to be made, I’d have had those 15 ½ hours (because let’s face it, I’d still need at least a ½ hour to figure out what to say), to enjoy myself and keep moving and growing, rather than sitting around being “in my own head” and just waiting.

Go! Live! Prosper!

“If We Wait Until We’re Ready, We’ll Be Waiting For The Rest Of Our Lives” Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket

 

I constantly find myself “waiting until I’m ready.”  Guess what?  I honestly can’t remember the last time I said ‘oh yeah! I’m totally ready!!’   I mean, sometimes I’ll say it to myself, when I have to go exercise, or carry a particularly heavy item.  But that’s not really what this quote is all about.  This quote is about applying for the job, taking the interview, jumping out of the plane (with the parachute, of course), getting the tattoo, quitting the job, starting the blog, making first contact with someone you like, getting up and speaking to a group of people.  These are things we have to psych ourselves up for, and sometimes we never feel “ready.”  And we miss out on life!  It’s a total bummer.  But, I’ve got good news.  You’re ready right now.  Even if you don’t believe me.  Let me share an example.  It’s not on the same level as moving to Thailand for a year or going hang-gliding for the first time, but it’s something I’d never, ever think I was “ready” for, and I just did it.  And you know what, I did it well! And it felt good!!

Okay, so there’s the guy.  He’s a total cutie.  But he has no idea that I think so.  In fact, I’ve only spoken to him once or twice and aside from occasionally waving to each other as we drive by, we don’t see each other. So, I had no way of initiating contact, which was a drag. Until, my father hand-delivered him to my door!  Literally.  He came to cut our grass.

Anyway, I had to call him about the lawn, (well, I didn’t HAVE to call him, but it was the right thing to do, and I decided I needed the experience and practice facing my fears, plus had he been anyone other than someone I’d been daydreaming about, I’d have called him without thinking twice about it). Now, normally I’d never feel “ready” to make this kind of contact with someone about whom I’ve been thinking. I get very self-conscious, and usually end up telling myself to forget it, I’ll never be ready or feel comfortable, and it’s not worth the potential (perceived) embarrassment.

That being said, making his phone call was understandably a big deal for me.  I wanted to be “ready.”  I had to figure out what to say so I wouldn’t be babbling, get to the point of my phone call, and still be friendly and casual.  Oye vey!  So, I procrastinated for almost a whole entire day, waiting to feel like I was totally ready for this, and even as I hit the ‘send’ button, I was panicking and thinking I was going to make a total fool of myself.

Well, he didn’t answer, I left a very nice message, and it was over in 15 seconds.  So basically I spent almost 16 hours worrying about being ‘ready’ to do something, that I really wanted to do, that I knew I could do, and I succeeded at it without ever feeling ‘ready.’

Point of that story? I wasted 16 hours of my life not taking action because I didn’t feel “ready.” If I’d just made the phone call when I first realized it needed to be made, I’d have had those 15 ½ hours (because let’s face it, I’d still need at least a ½ hour to figure out what to say), to enjoy myself and keep moving and growing, rather than sitting around being “in my own head” and just waiting.

Go! Live! Prosper!

“Meditation is the Tongue of the Soul and the Language of our Spirit.” – Jeremy Taylor

When I am meditating, or just sitting quietly for a moment after my yoga, I find solutions or reasons or explanations or even memories that my conscious mind had not picked up on.  It is wonderful.  A quick and easy 10 minute meditation can help release thoughts, emotions and memories that you’ve buried.  This is incredibly important because it can mean becoming aware of harmful thought patterns.  It can also mean remembering a traumatic event that you’d buried and that is affecting the way you think and behave without you realizing it.  Bringing it to the surface means you can acknowledge it and release it.  Sometimes, if you’ve had a long and stressful day, a quick meditation can revitalize you.  It can help you feel centered and revitalized.  The calming quiet, the peaceful breathing, the oxygen to the brain; all of these can help you bring out positive vibrations from within you.

 

“I am too big a gift to the world to waste my time on self-pity and sadness.” – www.prolificliving.com

Isn’t this wonderful? I adore it! I have been guilty of this in the past.  Every day I work hard not to give in.  Sometimes self-pity, sadness and loneliness just seem easier.  Not better, just easier.  I found this affirmation, and decided to post it.  Not only for everyone else to read, but also as a reminder to my self.

Unhealthy behavior can become a habit if we let it.  Self-pity would be an example of this.  Unfortunately, lots of times we engage in the behavior often enough that it becomes a habit before we are even aware of it.

The awareness is the first step.

The second step is repeating affirmations like this one every single day.  It’s hard work, not to slide back into your old habit or comfort zone.

Keep working on this affirmation.  Eventually you’ll train your brain.  Your brain will be telling YOU that you are a wonderful gift.  How spectacular will that feel?

Namaste ~

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou

I love this quote so, so much.  If you take a moment to remember, you’ll probably find it to be true for you as well.  Memories seem to fade, but the feelings, those just do not.  They really do stay with us.

So here’s my take on this, she’s giving us some very valuable wisdom here.  Make someone feel good.  Take a moment out of your day to be kind; because it will not be forgotten.

About 6 or maybe even 7 months ago, on my way in to the building, a young man stopped, turned, opened the door, and waited for me to walk up to it, holding it open for me.  I was genuinely surprised, but also very appreciative of his kindness.  I still remember how nice his courteous gesture made me feel.  I don’t really remember what he looks like, or much else; but sometimes as I’m walking through those doors, I remember the warmth of that one small act.

And They Weren’t Even Lululemons: How to Take Negative Feedback and Feel Embarrassed Without Getting Defensive or Devastated

We all get embarrassed and we all make mistakes, it’s what we do with those feelings that matter. Excellent post on how to see the positive when you make a mistake 🙂

One Shrink's Perspective

I was riding my bike to a dentist appointment yesterday. I was taking my time. It was a nice, leisurely ride. Meditative. Enjoyable. That is, it was, until a woman rode up beside me and said, “Excuse me…I’m sorry to bother you but…I just wanted to let you know your pants are completely see-through.

Oh shit.

First thoughts? They can’t be! What a bitch!  followed by Megan, You’re SUCH an idiot. How embarrassing. That poor girl riding behind me. That poor world riding/driving behind me! Maybe if my butt wasn’t so huge, my pants wouldn’t be see-through. How many times have I cycled in these pants? Do people know me as the see-through pants girl? Maybe they’ve done a story on me in the Metro. “They call her The Nude RiderUnbeknownst to her, she wears no pants. She cycles…once at dawn, once at dusk, ignorantly, her undergarments proudly modelling…

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