I am going to share with you seven words that are your guide to living a flourishing life. I suggest that you write these seven words as a NOTE TO SELF. Commit these words to memory, tattoo them on your arm if you have to. Do whatever you have to do to commit to memory these seven words to memory.
Are you ready?
"I determine the outcome of my life." Repeat them with me. "I determine the outcome of my life. I determine the outcome of my life."
That’s right. You determine the outcome of your life by the choices you make, by the actions you take, by the decisions and actions you are afraid to make and to take. You determine the outcome of your life.
Your concept of yourself determines the world in which you live. Your concept of yourself determines your reactions and responses to life.
How you define yourself – I am ill … I am broke …I am successful – shapes your consciousness. Your concept of yourself is what you accept as true. Your outward world – what you own, how you present yourself – is a manifestation of your inward thought.
How we react to our inward expression -- to people, to situations -- reveals where we are psychologically – emotionally and cognitively. And where we are psychologically, determines where we are outwardly.
To be successful in business, a company needs to know where it is heading and what it is trying to accomplish. That’s why many businesses create a vision statement: what the company would like to achieve or accomplish; and a mission statement: how they intend to get there.
To be successful in life, we need to take this same approach in shaping the direction of our personal lives.
Your personal vision statement should focus on the potential inherent in the your future, what you intend to be. And while a vision statement might contain references as to how you intend to make that future a reality, the “how” is actually part of your mission statement, a summary of values and goals that clearly outline who you are and what you want to do.
Personal improvement requires insight and courage.
When we don't have a vision for the future, we will not necessarily fail, but more likely, we will merely survive rather than thrive, than flourish. Without a vision for the future we stand less of a chance of growing, of expanding, and improving because we have no clear idea of what direction or form this growth, expansion, or improvement should take.
Every action you take is influenced by your attitude towards it. And when your actions and thoughts are not in sync, your life experiences are imbalanced. Just like our bodies thrive in homeostasis --- balance – so do our thoughts and our emotions.
Whatever it is you want to achieve, in your person life, in your professional life, set your intention to achieve it. Make this a habit that serves you.
Set your vision, your imagination, on what it is you want.
Imagination is our greatest gift. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” (Einstein) Imagination fuels our thoughts; action makes our thoughts soar. Imagination is the medium through which we create our world. So I ask you: What do you imagine for yourself?
Once you determine want it is you want, devise a course of action, and then take step forward each day, and none back.
Set goals. Goals keep us focused on our message and mission, keep us disciplined in our actions, and help us achieve what we want in life. Goals help us to flourish.
Who is supporting you in your pursuit of your goals? Share your vision with a trusted friend or colleague. Ask them to keep you accountable to the task.
Focus on hope. Let go of “doom and gloom” thinking.
Don’t fear change. Change is an invaluable opportunity to learn and to grow.
Neville Goddard wrote: “All transformation begins with an intense, burning desire to be transformed.” Direct your thinking. Be open to change. Let go of fearful thinking and attitudes.
Learn to manage your emotions before they manage you.
If you want a better outcome, you have to take clear-sighted action.
Don’t become a victim of complacency. Remember:
You lose 100% of the opportunities you do not take. And if you risk nothing, you risk everything.
You have the power to change your life. You can evolve or devolve -- the choice is yours.
So, step out of your comfort zone. Do one thing differently each day.
Fall in love with your life. Passion fuels joyful living.
Lastly, make it a practice each day, before you get out of bed, to set your intention for the day. This practice leads to more purposeful living.
You can live fearlessly. Choose to do so.