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Personal Growth

“Most people don’t realize that successful and unsuccessful people do not differ substantially in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. And nothing is more effective when it comes to reaching potential than commitment to personal growth.” – John Maxwell, Your Road Map for Success

 What is your commitment to personal growth?

Are you able to spend some time each day improving?

Are you taking the time to reflect on what transpired during the day?

Do you say thank-you to someone?

Are you appreciated?

What is the most imporant question you ask yourself?

put anxiety behind you

Anxiety, fear and the pressure of daily life takes its toll on many and reduces their ability to sleep, work, and think well.   When the speed of daily living moves at such a pace that it feels like the world would sooner expel you into the depths of space then it is time step back from the maelstrom of chaos.  So, what can you do?

Here are some of the symptoms of a life that is going too fast:

          Rushed, not enough time to do what needs to be done

          Not feeling in control

          Irritation with others who enter your space, consciousness

          Tightness in the stomach

          Numbness to the world and self, lack of feelings

          Disconnection from life

          Life no longer is enjoyable

          Feeling like there is always anxiety or pressure in each day

How much are you investing emotionally by being preoccupied by the events of the day?  

When life seems to be overwhelming there are some simple steps that can be taken to restore normalcy.   Practice for five minutes twice a day.

1.      Write down the things that preoccupies your mind.   List them on paper.

2.      Breathe out the things that occupy your mind. Slowly release the things that are invading the thoughts in your mind.

3.      Bring in thoughts of appreciation, of beauty, of peace.  Sustain these thoughts.

4.      Share your positive feelings with others.

Two powerful words

Thank-you!  What do you want to be thanked for?  This is a bit different than be thanked by someone else for something you did that pleased them.  This is about you, what do you need to be thanked for?

For many people this is something that is difficult to think about or talk about.  Some people would say, “I don’t need to be thanked”.   Deep inside us is the need to be appreciated, it might be a spiritual law, the need for appreciation.    What do you want to be thanked for?

There is a simple exercise that you can do that will open doors.   Ask someone you know what they would like to be thanked for and then thank them for that.   Thank them with genuine appreciation – thank them for what they did with your heart and see what happens.

Next time, ask someone you care about what they want to be thanked for.  Tell them it could be something small, something that no one would have noticed but them, but in their heart they are yearning to be thanked.  Try it, and see if it doesn’t reveal something special within them that you may not have seen before.  

Practice thankfulness with others.