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While in LA this past month, I spent some time at the Agape Spiritual Center and listened to the teachings of its founder, Reverend Michael Beckwith. I was inspired by so much of what he said, and one thing really struck home: “If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space.”
So often we have a dream or a desire to accomplish something, to do something or to create something, but we get stopped in our tracks because we are paralyzed by the fear of failure or fear of discomfort. Instead of facing that fear or going through the discomfort, we give up on our dream.
Whenever you’re growing or entering new territory, you’ll feel fear. But the problem isn’t the fear — it’s letting fear hold you back. The beautiful thing is that fear can be greatly diminished in your life when you feel the fear and take action anyway.
What are some of the fears that hold you back from living a life you really want to live? Do you have a fear of rejection, being alone, failure, quitting a negative habit, getting in or out of a relationship, illness, aging, making a career change, losing weight? This week, empower yourself to take an action you’ve been afraid to take. Build a habit of believing yourself so you can trust yourself to keep a promise you make. Your self esteem, courage and belief in yourself will grow, and your fear will diminish.
I have been sharing this with many people, but I have not yet shared it with you, though some of you may already know: I am pregnant. I am 16 weeks pregnant, and I am obviously thrilled. The first few months were a combination of excitement, joy and also worry if it would really be real this time!
As we enter into our third month of 2010, it’s a good time to stop and ask ourselves how we are doing. I declared 2010 to be the year that we say, “If not now, when?”
What did you declare you would finally do this year that you haven’t done in the past? Do you remember what you declared, or did you let it go already?
Happy New Year! Are you ready to have the best year of your life? If not now, when? One of the best ways to start is to shift your attitude this year from “what can I get?” to “what can I give?”
Have you started to think about what changes you would like to make in 2010? Who do you really want to be? It’s your time; will you take it higher?
Here are some tips on how to make a powerful commitment to becoming who you really want to be.
The beauty of giving a gift is that it can positively impact the giver, the receiver and those who are witnessing the action. Instead of trying to get names crossed off your shopping list, take some time to reconnect to the spiritual power of gift giving.
I value feeling good and being at my best. When I am my best self, I can do the things I really love to do — and I can do them well.
If you want to increase the amount of joy in your life, it has to begin with the way you love, treat and honor yourself. If you are reaching outside of yourself for people, things, food, drugs, alcohol or jobs to be your source of joy, you will be at the mercy of circumstance. Real power comes when you realize you can feel joy for no reason at all.