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Day 30 Intentional Living: Focus On What You Want

Focus On What You Want

It is easy for things to spiral out of control if you focus on what you don’t want.  Instead, you must focus on what you do want.  When you are having one of those days, you know the ones where it seems like everything is going wrong, you have to do something to change your state and focus.  What works for me is to do a gratitude rampage.  What does this mean?  Well, I either grab my journal or go on a walk, and I start listing everything in and about my life for which I am grateful.  I start at the tip of my toes and go to the tip of my head and everything in between.  I say thank you, thank you, thank you.  The reason this helps is that it changes your focus to things that are positive instead of upstream or negative.

Momentum

Our thoughts gain momentum.  If we are thinking thoughts that do not serve us and that assist us in feeling bad, they will gain momentum, and more of those kinds of views will come.  Likewise, when we are in a state of gratitude and joy, our thoughts will be positive and useful.  There is no doubt which of these thought processes are more likely to help us to create a life that we love.  Choose easy.  Choose flow.  Choose joy.  Choose downstream.

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Annie

Day 3 Intentional Living: Give Yourself Quiet Time Each Day

Quiet Time

Carving out quiet time for yourself each day is essential.  Give yourself this gift.  Use the time to sit quietly and be attentive to your breathing.  Notice your heartbeat.  Focus on how you feel.  You can use this time to meditate, read, and reflect.  There are many meditation resources available to assist you in embracing your quiet time.  I have created the “Be”- Attitudes Kit which is a tool to help you focus on a thought which will assist you in setting the tone for your day.  The key is to allow yourself time each day away from distraction.

Create Your Very Own Quiet Place

In the Lines In The Sand course that I teach, one of the things that the participants do is create their very own quiet place.  This can be a room in your home, a quiet corner of your garden, a man cave or she shed or anywhere that brings you peace.   Add books that you like, a candle, a cozy throw, peaceful photographs, crystals, or anything else that helps you to relax and focus.  Make sure that this is your space.  Others are not allowed in your space unless they are invited.  This is your sacred space.

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Annie Create a Life You Love
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Why I Made Fear My Friend

Keep Your Ass In The Saddle

I remind myself often to ‘keep my ass in the saddle.’ What does keep your ass in the saddle mean? Well, I use it as a metaphor for staying centered and present. As anyone who has ridden a horse knows, if you don’t sit solidly and squarely in your seat, the ride can be uncomfortable as well as unsafe. I find the same to be right in life. When you allow your life to careen off the road, you often find yourself in the ditch.

Fear

We all have those things that we allow to pull us off center. For some it is living in the past, for others, it is jealousy or feelings of unworthiness. For me, it was fear with the focal element being money. I grew up on a farm. Farming is a no guarantees vocation. Mother Nature plays a starring role in the success or not of your hard work and endeavors to make a living. Money was always tight in our family, and this worried me as a young child. Old, stubborn habits that don’t serve you die hard. I drug the penchant of fretting about financial matters into my adult life. Stewing as a child never improved the situation nor has it ever facilitated a constructive outcome as I have evolved through life.

I Made Fear My Friend

A few years ago, the money fear monster reared its ugly head as it had done plenty of times in the past. That day I

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Take a Moment for Self Assessment to Create a Life You Love

Regular self assessment can lead to a life you love

I often hear people say that they are frustrated and unfulfilled with some aspect of their life. And, although they know they feel like this, very few of them know where to start in order to turn their annoyance and displeasure into a life that they love. One thing that I have found useful over the years is to step back and take inventory through self assessment of my life to help me to identify where the frustration and lack of fulfillment are coming from.

At least once a year I sit down and look at nine domains of my life and note my level of satisfaction in each area. The next thing I do is write down at least one thing that I can do in each of these areas to increase my quality of happiness and fulfillment. This exercise helps me to pinpoint exactly where I want to focus my time and attention in order to continue to thrive in my life. I have found this so useful that I have created a Self-Assessment Tool that will assist you in determining what areas of your life could use some sprucing up.

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Do yourself a favor and complete this five-minute free Self-Assessment Tool. Not only will you learn where your opportunities for enhancement are, you will gain access to frequent life tips, coaching, and inspiration to help you create a life you love. You