The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
Regardless of where you find yourself at the present moment, you can change your circumstances at any time simply by following the basic principles of the Universe.
If you take a moment and reread the quote above from philosopher and one time Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, you’ll have the key.
The title of this post and the “keys” below are the exact steps I personally used many years ago to change my own life from one of misery and despair to the amazing life I live today.
They are the basis of my seminar work and are written in more detail in my international bestselling book, What are you waiting for? It’s Your Life, originally titled “This is Your Life, Not a Dress Rehearsal.”
Whatever you want to be, become, do, own, or have begins by accepting where you are right now. Now is the time to get honest with yourself about whatever it is you want to address.
If you’re 100 pounds overweight stop blaming it on your ’big bones.’ The late motivational legend, Zig Zigler, pointed out that he had gained weight intentionally because he never accidently ate anything.
By accepting your situation 100% you are empowered to do something about it. Until you do so, you’re a victim. Own your “stuff.”
You’ll want to cultivate and strengthen your belief that you can succeed. This may involve a combination of weakening any old, limiting beliefs that have been blocking you, while developing more and more empowering ones, supported by evidence, that represent your desired life.
My colleague, Vinny Roazzi, author of “Spirituality of Success,” said, “If you want to change your life, you have to change your life.” It’s that simple.
For you to have whatever it is you desire will require you to change something. When my life was at it’s worst I learned I had to be willing to do “whatever it takes.” In my case this was a life and death situation so the stakes were high.
This is your life and, while you may not be facing such a dramatic change, being willing to do what it takes to succeed is no less important.
As we grow from small children into adulthood we tend to dream less, if at all, and start pushing our older dreams into the back of our mind. As people age they start giving up on their dreams and say things like, “At my age . . .”
If you do a little research you’ll uncover story after story about people, well into their twilight years, who have achieved their greatest accomplishment.
Harland Sanders, best remembered for starting Kentucky Fried Chicken, now KFC, was 65 years old when he began his business. *
Buckminster Fuller, bankrupt at 32 years old, went on to receive international recognition for his geodesic dome as he approached 60. And in 1970, he received the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects at age 75. *
Author Phyliss Whitney, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 104, said in an Associated Press interview when she was 85 that “I’ve slowed down in that I only write one book a year. A writer is what I am.” Her last novel, Amethyst Dreams, was published in 1997, and at 102, she began working on her autobiography. *
Now it’s your turn. It’s time for you to start bringing your dreams into reality. Before you can do that however you must know what it is you want. What would make your life magnificent?
Your “Dreams” list
In your journal list whatever it is you want. What do you want to be or become? What do you want to do? What do you want to have? What do you want to share? Really let go and dream. See if you can list 100 items.
* excerpt with permission from Don’t Let an Old Person Move Into Your Body, Jim Donovan (Austin Bay 2010)
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