Choose to Think Differently…


Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming…

~ Alice Walker

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Isn’t it wonderful that every moment signals a brand new beginning?

The future remains shrouded in mystery and the past is over, forever…

But this very moment is filled with power and potential.

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In this instant you can choose to think differently, to make a better decision…

To begin again.

Changing your life might appear to be a heavy task that takes months or even years…

But it really it all starts with a small step in the right direction.

Throughout this summer, I have worked hard to give examples from my life, from scripture, and from brilliant minds on ideas that will set you on the path to a better, happier and more fulfilled life.
So today, I am compressing those ideas into a list.
I am a list person. I have them hanging everywhere to help me stay focused and on track.
So, with that said…
Here are ten of my favorite tips to help you make that first tiny step. 
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Tip #1: Get Angry
It might sound strange, but getting angry about where you are is actually a very good thing.

It’s only when we get upset about something that we feel any motivation to change it.

If you’re not mad that it’s broken, why bother fixing it?

Don’t lose hope if you feel unsettled and unhappy with part of your life.

That’s a good sign that you are getting ready to make a change.

But be careful with anger…when left unchecked anger can also be extremely destructive. So lets go to the Bible for advice on the proper way to handle anger.

(Ephesians 4:26-28) Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

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Tip #2: Build the Muscle
Taking action is like a muscle; it’s a skill that must be built and strengthened over time.

So start building your “taking action” muscle!

Set mini-goals for yourself… small tasks you can do in just a few minutes.

Then, when the time comes to do something truly important, the habit of action you need will be there, ready to move you.

(1 Peter 1-3Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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Tip #3: Strike When the Iron is Hot
Often, the moment bursting with the most drive and excitement is in when a goal or idea first comes to mind.

Your juices are flowing.

Your mind is spinning with possibilities.

A better life is just around the corner.

That moment is when you need to get moving.

Right that instant.

When the idea comes to you, take a step toward fulfilling it.

Putting it off will only let that energy fade away.

Psalm 32:8I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Trust the source of your inspiration.
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Tip #4: Raise Your Standards
We don’t often defy our standards. If you’re not the type of person who smokes, you can’t imagine falling into the habit.

It’s just not who you are or who see yourself to be.

Take that idea and inject it into the rest of your goals.

No matter what you want, begin to think of yourself as someone who simply makes it happen.

As you begin to raise your standards and see yourself as the person you hope to become, it will be harder and harder to procrastinate.

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Tip #5: Gather Your Personal Motivators

What books motivate you?

What movies inspire you?

What people, places, or things make you want to do the things you say you want to do?

We all have them, though few people take the time to identify in particular what they are.

I want you to go a step further… Don’t just name the things that motivate you — gather them into one place and create a motivation station of sorts.

When you find something that excites or inspires you, you’ve found gold.

You can’t let that slip to the side.

here is one of my favorite scriptures. This one fills me with love, and motivates me to be a better woman.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
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Tip #6: Clothes Do Matter
The way you dress affects the way you feel.

The way you feel affects the way you act.

Dress the way you want to act.

If you want to feel confident, wear clothes that make you feel confident.

If you want to feel motivated, dress like someone who takes decisive action.

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Tip #7: Get Organized

Plain and simple:

A cluttered desk or home or office makes for a cluttered mind.

Get clear.

Get focused.

Get organized.

You’ll create a state of mind that is not only relieved from all the clutter but also ready for action.

(1 Corinthians 14:40)Let all things be done decently and in order

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Tip #8: Discomfort, Anyone?
Do something that makes you uncomfortable at least once a week; once a day if you’re ambitious.

Why?

Because most of our goals push us to do things we don’t normally do, to say things we don’t normally say.

That can be scary, so most people don’t do it.

If you force yourself into uncomfortable situations (talking to a stranger, for instance), you’ll get good at pushing past your comfort zone.

You’ll also realize the world doesn’t end when you do the things that scare you.

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Tip #9: Who Did This?
You’re unique, no question about it.

Even so, I have a feeling someone out there has been in your shoes.

They shared your struggle and your dream, and they found a way.

Instead of reinventing the wheel and going at this alone, why not reach out to those people and find out how they did it?

You’ll get two immediate rewards.

First, you’ll realize that you’re not alone.

There are other people out there just like you.

Second, you’ll learn how to actually achieve your goal, not through guesswork or hunches, but through actual proof.

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Tip #10: Get It in Writing
I used to keep everything in my head.

To-do lists, business ideas, schedules… everything I thought of or about squeezed its way into an already crowded space.

And it drove me crazy.

I was constantly going through mental lists, making sure I wasn’t missing something important.

Then I decided to empty my mind of it all.

I typed it into the computer and felt instant relief and clarity.

If your head is swirling with thoughts and ideas, write them all down on paper or record them all onto your computer.

Give your brain a break. You’ll thank me.

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Which of your gorgeous girlfriends could use a little reminder that the power and potential of this moment is all they need to transform their life?

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Please forward these fresh tips and solutions to each of them.

 

 

 

 

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