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“See yourself as a success story attracting like-minded leaders and mentors to your heart and life!” ~ Brendaline Timothy

It is hard to believe that 2015 has long past us by and we are already nearing the end of the first month of this brand New Year 2016. Like many of you, a new year sparks a new sense of optimism about the future, about our personal and/or career goals and ambitious promises. We commit to becoming better at health and fitness goals, building upon a robust financial plan of attack, even committing to be more mindful and present in our friendships and relationships.

For many, this time of year sparks a sense of renewal, of introspection and self-reflection on the past year’s accomplishments and trials while seeking for betterment in this year and season. As I have pondered on my life’s goals, inner dreams and commitments, a couple of thoughts and ideas that has helped shaped my mind comes into play. It is important to note that while on this life’s journey, a conscious effort should be made to identify some key factors that help in determining just how successful one is in achieving a dream, or following a heartfelt passion.

In this two-part blog post, I discuss the first five (5) tips and thoughts that have helped shaped my resolve for personal growth and betterment. It is my hope and belief that they will do the same for you.

Tip 1: Give your mind the permission it needs to be creative and imaginative.

It is true that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. It is paramount to feed your mind with creativity and let your inner thoughts and ideas flourish. Imagination and creativity is by far the number one vehicle for propelling you to a desired outcome. Allow for a few minutes each day to access the power of your subconscious mind and release a wave of ideas, thoughts and inspirations that gear your mind in the right direction. Take a few moments of pure, unadulterated abandon by reflecting on the thoughts, words, ideas, people and places that help shape your happiness. In a personal journal or notebook, mentally note and write down the words, ideas, emotions, and ideals that come into your mind. It may take a few moments or sessions to quiet your anxious thoughts, disconnect from technology and others, and allow your natural inhibitions to be tapped into, but the very act of penning your thoughts to paper is threefold: it allows you to tap into your feelings and hidden expressions that have lied dormant and inaccessible. Secondly, you allow for self-expression and therapeutic healing to occur. Thirdly, you allow for clarity of mind and heart which may allow you to take the next step toward a successful outcome. By reading and re-reading your thoughts penned you may discover a pattern of thinking, observe irrational thinking and by so doing, allow you to think clearer and develop creative solutions to your problems and concerns. The very act of allowing for creativity and imagination spurs welcomed changes at a visceral and organic level of thinking!

Tip 2: Give your mind the permission it needs to be successful by operating under the law of “focus”.

Imagine a laser beam that cuts through a series of steel panels. So it is with a laser-focused mind, heart and spirit geared toward the achievement of a goal, dream or passion. When we give our mind the necessary ability to focus on a specific goal, ideal or desire whole-heartedly, we place ourselves in the favorable sweet spot that lands our clearly defined and pursued plan of action into the limelight for a more favorable outcome. Even clearly defined goals can easily become derailed by having too many distractions, activities or numerous competing factors. It is a wise soul that takes steps to align with the daily habits, activities and purposes that support the goal in sight, while eliminating much of the ones that hinder, subtract and dampen one’s mental focus and resolve. Plan daily to self-reflect and ask the necessary and pertinent question: “Is this activity, thinking or person adding value or subtracting from my focus?” If the answer is no, then it is time to seriously reconsider whether it is worthwhile to pursue a given action. The same can be said for a relationship which may be disastrously distracting to your personal goals or ambitions; whether it is a family member, friend or significant other. Love and value yourself enough to make decisions that align with your ideals, your heartfelt dream and passion.

Tip 3:  Ask yourself: “What would I be doing if money was not a factor or present need?”

This is a very worthwhile question that you should be asking yourself to help determine what it is that really motivates you at the most genuinely organic level possible. For me personally, I have always been drawn to helping people and children, and cultivating a heartfelt, nurturing and supportive rapport with those whom I have crossed paths. It feels natural and at home to encourage a friend or family member, and steer them to resources – health wise, emotional or spirit wise – that would lend a favorable and better way of viewing life and themselves. Not surprisingly, the areas of holistic and integrative health, life coaching, psychology, introspective writing and consulting have been of keen interest to me, equally so is researching and learning more about interlacing these fields into a well-balanced, enriching and healing whole for the betterment of my family, friends and community at large. My personal blog — https://brendalineblogs.wordpress.com/ — was birthed out of a deep desire to write and reflect on my personal persuasions while communicating these ideals with my community of fellow learners and students of life, passionate bloggers, and close friends or family members.

Considering the economic angle and impact of your choices is indeed important; more so is living a truly enriched life, where one’s values, natural talents and heartfelt purpose resonate as the most important factor when it comes to being truly successful. Just ask Oprah Winfrey, the famed talk show host to millions, motivator, actress, author, philanthropist and, might I add, billionaire business woman; she pursued her natural gift of talking and connecting with her audience, so effortlessly, on a deeper level, that she amassed millions to listen in and watch to her famous talk show: The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest rated show of its kind for two decades strong. Her lesson to all includes listening to your heart and living life from a place of gratitude, spirituality and openness to the wonders of life and all its blessings.

Have your consider sharing your gifts and talent with your world? What has been the driving force(s) propelling you toward success? Do not hesitate to take your ambitions to the next level.

Tip 4: The art of visualization: visualize yourself succeeding, already occupying your chosen career, position or dream state.

There is no better way to spark your imagination and unleash your creative talents, abilities and thought processes than by visualizing yourself already doing what you love and were born to do. Research has consistently shown that people who have dedicated time to purposefully visualize themselves succeeding at a given activity or goal by far excel at, and exceed, at the desired outcome compared with those who did not take the time to visualize a successful outcome before a given activity or goal. By taking the time to visualize, you are programming your mind to act, feel, behave and react in a way that lends itself to creative, successful outcomes by creating in your memory visions of successful outcomes. With this knowledge in mind, you can purpose to do well on your next exams, speak confidently and articulately in front of a crowd, throw that perfect basketball shot (with practice too), create a thriving business or practice, and even talk confidently and openly with an acquaintance.  Because you have already prepared your mind and heart through visualization, you break barriers that would have otherwise held you back, and tap into an endless supply of innovative and resourceful means for accomplishing your desired goal or outcome.

I have personally found this practice enriching. In the early morning hours of solitude and solace, I find comfort in the practice of visualizing myself already succeeding at a given goal. Coupled with journaling and/or gratitude journaling, it definitely helps to quiet the otherwise negative thoughts and voices that could steal away from pursuing and attaining my heartfelt desires. It is quite a useful and engaging personal tool in your arsenal for personal growth and development. See yourself succeeding today, right now.

You can heighten or compound this effect by listening to white noise, instrumental music and nature sounds like waves at the seashore, or the comforting sound of rain.

Tip 5: Fuel your success by reading books, blogs or articles that inspire your passion and ignites your creativity and drive.

You are just as successful as you think that you are in your mind before it becomes apparent in your present day reality. It all begins in the mind!  Your internal voice and thought process greatly influences your level of growth: economically, socially, financial, spiritually — in all ways. For this reason, it is important to feed and nourish your mind with the necessary words of faith, fortitude and empowerment that has a life-long and lasting impact on your life, your goals and ambitions, and those that come into contact with you whom you help influence and who influence you. For this reason, I strongly suggest aligning your life with the people, places, ideals and circumstances that feed your psyche and strengthen you in more ways than one. This can easily be accomplished by reading books, blog posts, articles and other inspired messages that gear your thoughts, intents and actions to one of your desired successful outcome.  What committing to eating healthy and life-sustaining foods does to your cells, living tissue and body, feeding your mind by proactively searching out and reading quality materials can do much to improve your mental state, boost your learning abilities, spark your creative intentions and spur you on to change for the better.

Read articles, books and blogs that are in line with your health, career, social, emotional and spiritual goals and ambitions.  They are usually cost-effective, even free to access, with the initial investment in this worthwhile pursuit paying a rich dividend in your life and mind, shaping your future for the better.

Fine tuning a musical instrument yields the best in sound quality and performance. So too is enriching your mind with the notable habit of reading intellectually-stimulating and thought-provoking material. You need not be an academic scholar or student to appreciate the ways in which such a practice enhances the mind, focus and creative powers. If you wish to become financially fit, then inspire yourself to read and invest time in personal finance books, or blog posts by noted professionals and contributors in the field of economics and finance. Do you aspire to learn a new skill such as cooking or baking, then invest in self-help books and video tutorials that inspire your creativity.

One of the best investments you can make toward improving your odds of success or desired outcome is to feed your mind with the wisdom, knowledge and insight of those that have gone before you. Learning from successful and proven leaders sparks your own creative thinking and stimulates you to action.

Place a premium on lifelong learning and personal betterment that enriches and expands your mind to new horizons.

Here are some noted websites that I suggest you spend time searching out for your general health and wellness, and to share with the world around you.

Health:

WebMD www.webMD.com

Natural Health Careers:

Nutrition http://americannutritionassociation.org/

Naturopathic Medicine http://aanmc.org/

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine http://www.aaaomonline.org/

Finances:  

Entrepreneur:

Strategies and tips for becoming a successful entrepreneur: http://www.entrepreneur.com/

Business:

Optimal business advice for boosting your bottom line: http://www.business.com/

Spirit and Self:  

Joseph Prince Ministries

A charismatic and dynamic spiritual leader motivating others through the ministry of GRACE. http://www.josephprince.org/

Joel Osteen Ministries

A sought-after and inspirational spiritual leader encouraging others to live a life of HOPE. https://www.joelosteen.com/Pages/Home.aspx

Oprah Winfrey

A desired and respected businesswomen, inspirational motivator, author, actress and philanthropist. http://www.oprah.com/index.html

BONUS BLOGS

As an added bonus, I have included two of my favorite bloggers and mentors that are trail-blazing the path for change and the way we approach our health and finances. Check them out here:

Dr. Pamela Wible, M.D.

A visionary medical doctor, creative entrepreneur, compassionate founder of the Ideal Medical Clinic movement. http://www.idealmedicalcare.org/  

Ramit Sethi

An ultra cool and innovative entrepreneur personally attuned to his generation in the areas of personal finance and human behavior. http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/

This concludes the first five (5) tips for your personal betterment and pursuit in your lifelong goals. To sum, give your mind the permission to be creative, have a “focus”, pursue your goals as though money was not a factor or present need, visualize successful outcomes and read inspirational writings. That is it in a nutshell.

In February, I will be posting the next five tips for your success blueprint in 2016. In the meantime, feel free to read my other articles and interviews geared toward your personal success here at https://brendalineblogs.wordpress.com/ .

Wishing you a happy, healthy and fulfilling New Year 2016!  🙂

Are you ready to live life from a place of passion, energy and purpose? Share this post with your friends and family, and discuss how your life can be transformed from the inside out.

 

ABOUT BRENDALINE

Brendaline Timothy is the founder, brainchild and creative author behind the insightful blog — https://brendalineblogs.wordpress.com/  — dedicated to the holistic health, wellness and motivation of the readers and all things inspirational. I am a freelance writer and social media enthusiast of these and other posts dealing with everyday life and activities. I feel most alive when helping others on their road to personal empowerment and success! When not actively engaged in educational pursuits as a student in the field of integrative, holistic health and overall wellness or work, special time is devoted to creative activities like baking, reading and researching, (gratitude) journaling, walking, spending time immersed with family activities and keeping in touch with friends.

Feel free to send me an email at my blogging email – brendalineblogs@yahoo.comshould you be inclined or interested in writing a guest blog posts and/or discussing ideas related to your personal, professional development and motivations in life. Wishing you continued success, happiness and wellness!

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Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude

An Attitude of Gratitude

“GRATITUDE is absolutely the way to bring more into your life!”

[photo courtesy of Inspiration University]

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This is so true. Ever notice how much clearer, happier and more optimistic you feel when you think of something or someone who brings joy into your life? An extra hour of sleep is refreshing during Daylight Saving Time as ‘one more hour’ is added to the day.

Yet it is so easy to take simple pleasures for granted. In light of disasters like super storm Sandy, simple pleasures like taking a warm shower, having a hot meal or staying warm became monumental and sacred moments. I’m sure immense gratitude was felt as home generators saved the day, adding comforting warmth to a cold and frightening ordeal to those affected.

However, my post today is not so much about Sandy as it is about gratitude.

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude, simply put, is having an attitude of gratefulness. It is not ignoring nor denying the fact that bad events or occasions occur in life, but rather it causes us to focus on the visible and invisible blessings and inspirations that life brings our way. They are present when we actively engage our minds in the pursuit of this grateful state of being.

It can become difficult to focus on the ‘good’ when it is human nature to see the negative, when the scale tips in favor of ‘why’ it can’t be done. If you think I’m exaggerating, try this little experiment with a friend. Get a white sheet of paper, and place a small smudge of dark ink, roughly the size a pencil’s eraser tip, in the center. Say as you hold it up, “I am holding up a white sheet of paper. What do you see?”

A small ink stain or smudge,” or some variation of this would most likely be the response. Almost instantly, the focus would be on the dark smudge or dot. Why? Because it is our human nature to do so. The paper is held up to our face, yet we are oblivious to it. Instead, the small ink is more apparent. It’s natural, almost easier to focus on the negative,  dark sides of life while being oblivious to the huge expanse of possibilities on the white sheet of paper. This simple experiment I recall from one of my psychology professors rings true to real life.

Gratitude’s attracting light, somehow gets buried under negativity, too many to-dos and not enough time, or even being taken aback by life’s curve balls that seek to steal our joy, and undermine our efforts at success. The winds of adversity blow heavy and strong, with gale force strength, leaving devastation in its wake. However, it is during these times that it becomes all the more important to nurture a gracious and thankful spirit. For as the true-to-life quote above rings, the more grateful we are for X, Y or Z, the more of X, Y or Z becomes truly multiplied in our lives.

So, if I want to be a more healthy and well person, I must be thankful for the present health and wellness in my life. If I want to be a great student and learner, I must be grateful and thankful for being a great student and learner, for the learning resources and mentors that are present in my life. If I want to be wealthy, I must be grateful and thankful for the finances presently in my life, and thankful in advance for the ideas, innovations and wealth that is coming my way.  It is all possible by practicing the principle of gratitude. That’s quite powerful and simple to practice.

So in the spirit of gratitude, I have decided to take action, and write down five things that I am grateful for in my life today. Why don’t you do the same with me. Go ahead and get a piece of paper (it’s fine if you use that same white sheet with the ink stain) and write down five things that you are grateful for and want more of in your life now.

My Top 5 Gratitudes:

My Family & Friends

Although there is no such thing as the ‘perfect family,’ difficult and trying times help me remember and appreciate the love and support of the awesome people in my life! Thanks so much for sharing this journey of life with me!

My Life and Health

Some people never made it to see this day; it’s a humbling thought, and reminds me, more than ever, that life should be lived on purpose. Every day is a new beginning and a fresh start to creating the life that we were destined to live. Isn’t it wonderful to have a new day to begin afresh? The rising sun and the birth of newborn babies always remind me of this reality; as long as the sun faithfully rises every morning, this signals a new beginning. How wonderful is that!

Hope

I am thankful that I live in one of the greatest nations on earth, the United States of America. While it is far from perfect, I am continually amazed by the zeal, compassion, and generosity of the American Spirit.  Just look at how Americans rallied together after super storm Sandy. I recall looking at a CBS evening story a few weeks ago, and how this spirit was in full force. While those affected in a New Jersey patiently waited to fill up their gas containers, a resourceful and quick-thinking gas station owner, found an ingenious way to mechanically pump gas to patrons. Using a 1940s old-fashion hand pump, his crew extracted gas as one by one, neighbors got their fill of gas to power up their home generators or vehicles. Some waited hours to get that precious liquid gold. But what was more amazing was the empathetic human spirit of the station owner; he did not double the price at the pump. Everyone had their fill without an unscrupulous price gouging experience! A marvelous soul and inspiration of hope for us today!

Giving

It is easy to talk of a dreary economic landscape, or even the great political divide that has engulfed the nation over the past few months.  However, it is far more empowering to be an active contributor, be a problem-solver. Being my personal best and helping others in their pursuit is a satisfying and rewarding choice. Giving, volunteering, lending a helping hand in whatever way possible is satisfying not only for the one on the receiving end, but there is such an immense pleasure and joy associated with helping and giving to others! I think the proverbial saying, “It is much better to give, than to receive,” rings true because so much is gained in this regard. Your personal best shines through and there is no better feeling! The best gift of all.

Daily Inspirations

That becomes increasingly easy as I become more grateful. Inspiration is everywhere, and the opportunity to learn and grow from each is immense.

A few weeks ago, I read an email from Inspiration University (yes, there’s actually a school for that) reminding me of the importance of shifting my energy on what matters most in life–and gratitude. I am thankful for the simplistic yet true-to-life gratitude quote that has inspired this post today. So thanks Inspiration University, for inspiring my life and majoring in inspiration! 😀

Lastly, it has been a such a pleasure being a new-found blogger in this great community of bloggers. I had set out to enjoy setting my thoughts to writing, yet the equal pleasure has been amazement by those blogs that remind me of the very best of the human spirit. I love the blogs that I follows who share their gift of poetry, art, and their personal stories of triumph and spirit.  I simply love reading about those with a passion for living life to its fullest, humor, joys of travels, inspiring quotes and words of wisdom I find here. Simply a piece of heaven on earth in this blogosphere! Thank you all for sharing your gifts and uniqueness with me and my fellow bloggers. 😀

There simply is much to be grateful for in life. Let’s aim to focus on these blessings and not so much on the  smudge of ink on the paper of life. The more grateful we are the more of that comes our way. It’s definitely a choice and a doable attitude to create in our lives.

OK. Your turn. Think for a moment and tell me what are you thankful for today. I promise I’ll be grateful! 🙂

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