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Believe

Thursday, 14. February 2013 13:25

Happy February – a lovely quote by author Kobi Yamada touched me today:

Believe in your dreams.

Believe in today.

Believe that you are loved.

Believe that you make a difference.

Believe we can build a better world.

Believe when others might not.

Believe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

Believe that you might be that light for someone else.

Believe that the best is yet to be.

Believe in each other.

Believe in yourself.

I believe in you.

– Kobi Yamada

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What Would You Do if You Knew You Could Not Fail?

Friday, 12. August 2011 14:33

What if failure was not possible? What would you do? Chances are you know the answer to this question, because for most of us, when we take fear of failure out of the picture, our dreams become palpable.

Think about it – you can completely eliminate the possibility of “failure” by never again using this word to describe the outcome of anything you do!  What if you substituted “effort and outcome” for “attempt and failure” language?  How might that change your life?

Consider the famous story about Thomas Edison.  As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked him, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.” What if after his 500th try, Edison had classified the effort as a failure and canned the project?

I’m not suggesting that you give up your goals or your dreams…you need a vision of where you are headed, but I do suggest that you try giving up “judgmental” language and instead think, “What is the outcome of my effort and what did I learn? What should I do next?”

In that way, you can reawaken your dreams and get unstuck!  Here’s an example:  “I dream of running a marathon, but I’ve never run a step in my life.”  Probably, if I tried to run 26 miles tomorrow, I couldn’t complete the task, but, I can think about my efforts and my results over time.  So, when I start to train by jogging 10 minutes a day for the next two weeks, I don’t think, gosh, I failed to run 26 miles. Instead, I think, “I am learning to run a marathon.”  I might learn that after two weeks, I can run 13 minutes; and in four weeks, I can run for 20. I’m always looking at my effort and my results, and I ask, what is the next step I can take to get closer to my goal?

If you apply this kind of thinking to any area of your life, your work, your relationships, your health – whatever – positive action will enable you to move forward toward your dream.  Take the challenge.  Try eliminating the word “failure” from your vocabulary for just one week … maybe a month… maybe forever,  and see what happens!

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Five Tips for a Great Relationship

Monday, 11. October 2010 14:16

Okay, whom do you spend the most time with? You might guess it’s your boss or your kids, but ultimately, it’s yourself. So how is your relationship with you? Do you enjoy your time together with yourself, or are you often unkind, inconsiderate and unforgiving? Why do you expect anyone else to treat you better than you are willing to treat yourself? Here are some thoughts and suggestions about how to nourish and nurture your most important friend: you. 

1. Appreciate and acknowledge. Find ways to acknowledge yourself for all the good things you do. If you only acknowledge the things you don’t do, then you are only feeding half of the equation – the negative half. A daily practice of expressing gratitude to yourself (just one to three items!) can go a long way in putting things in perspective and making for a happier, more relaxed you. Once you take stock, you may be amazed by all of what you do accomplish!

2. Rest and enjoy some quiet, quality time. Take a few minutes to stop and breathe. Look around you. What do you see? Close your eyes, feel what is going on, and listen. Check in. What message lies within the silence? Even a few minutes of rest can make a big difference in your attitude and your connection to yourself. Don’t ignore quality time with your best friend: you.

 3. Schedule time for fun, pleasure and connection. Want to keep your life feeling joyful? Well, you deserve a break – even if it’s fifteen minutes a day of listening to music, walking, calling friends, doing Suduko – whatever it is, make a little time to feed your soul with something you love and make it smile.

4. Give your body a hug. Your soul lives in a body. Just notice it and thank it for all it does. Thank it for protecting you, for moving you and for allowing you to feel the world. Even though it may have some issues, remember all that it can do. Can you feel the wind? Enjoy a hot shower? Eat and drink tasty tidbits? What would life be like without your body? Pretty tough to enjoy the simple things. So, be nice to it. Feed it, give it rest, consideration, and maybe even a hug once in awhile.

5. Clarify your values, visions and goals. Keep your dreams alive. Where do you want to go? What do you strive for? How might you get there? What’s important to you? Can you take one small baby-step each day toward that goal? If you know what gives you meaning and purpose and what you stand for, making daily life choices become easier and often less stressful.

Would you deny your best friend any of these kindnesses and support? Enjoy and nurture your relationship with yourself. You will always be there, why not treat yourself like a best friend?

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Find Your Passion, Make it Happen

Thursday, 10. June 2010 0:35

Gaudi

Inside Sagrada Familia

I feel deeply inspired after visiting Barcelona, Spain and learning more about architect Antoni Gaudi´  and artist Pablo Picasso .  I may be the last person on the planet to realize the genius of these men, but hey, better late than never!  Honestly, I’ve never been a huge fan of Picasso, but I deeply respect how both of these men courageously pursued their authentic approach to work and life.  Being that clear and that grounded in my beliefs is something that I aspire to daily.

Both men had the training, and the character to break the mold: Gaudi´ with his wild and earthy architecture and Picasso with his creation of Cubism.  One can argue that they were assisted by their era, being in the right place at the right time, but being first and being different still requires a great deal of conviction.

For most of us, years of socialization results in an excellent ability to  ignore and to silence that small voice within us that whispers our joyful destiny:  maybe it’s painting, writing, fishing, providing service to others, skateboarding, whatever!   While some folks are fortunate enough to feel compelled to follow their passion: Steve Jobs, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Marie Curie, Lance Armstrong, Martin Luther King, to name a few of the well known achievers who do what they do because they must, most of us give up our dreams and replace them with what is acceptable and inoffensive to others.

At the same time, I doubt that Gaudi´, Picasso, or Gandhi woke up every day and said, “I am going to be the greatest XXX of my time.” (Well, maybe Lance Armstrong did) But mostly, outstanding folks get up every day and go to work – putting one foot in front of the other and doing the next thing they have to do.  In fact, their biographies indicate that every one of the above mentioned had some horribly difficult days (in this case, Armstrong is not an exception), just like you and me. But somehow, the achievers worked at what they loved, persisted through challenge, and evolved over time until one day, the outcome of their efforts became something bigger than they could have ever imagined.

On the other hand, many of us settle for the “shoulds” the “have-tos” and the “cant’s“ that keep us from pursuing our personal passion and joy.  If you either have lost your passion or are ignoring your joy, maybe it’s time to listen again for that small voice within you.  Can you find five to 10 minutes a day (yes you can!) to explore some creative ways to allow even a little bit of your passion to surface?  Can you research, write, plan or prepare how to get to a next step, so can you spend a few minutes each day actually doing what you love?

Having trouble?  Make a list of all the things that you can unload from your to-do list so you can find a little time to pursue the activity that excites you.  Then put that 15 or 20 minutes on your calendar regularly and honor that time as sacred for what you need/want to do.   Most of all; don’t think fifteen minutes isn’t enough.  If something makes you feel happy and more alive, 15 minutes doing it will be more fulfilling than not doing it at all!  Maybe you won’t be a Picasso or a Gaudi, but then again, how can you know for sure?

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