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As seasons change, so does your life. We remember how the world changed on September
11, 2001, and again with Hurricane Katrina, then again with massive wildfires, earthquakes,
tornadoes, floods, and most recently Hurricane Irene. And it will change again tomorrow,
next week, or next year because change is inevitable. We face changes every day from
natural changes related to personal growth, health and aging, to our environment,
our jobs, our relationships, and seeking or achieving our dreams and goals.
When everything around you is changing, how you respond to that change determines
the level of your wellness, happiness and success.
As you read this column, think about... “What has changed in your life and how has
it changed you?”
Patricia M. Armour
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Change Your Goals – Change Your Yourself – Change Your Life
Since change is never-ending, accepting that life is change is an important
step toward self-awareness, empowerment, and fulfillment. This quote by
Charles Darwin “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent that survive,
rather those who respond effectively to change,” reminds me that our
thoughts, relationships, and actions influence our survival, well-being,
happiness, and success.
Three Steps for Responding to Change:
How you think about the changes in your life.
How you treat yourself and other people.
The kind of choices you make and the actions you take when change happens in your
Ask yourself: Do your thoughts, relationships and actions create what you want in
As a result of pinnacle moments of change, have you experienced an “Ah-Ha” moment
of enlightenment or personal transformation?
Crossroads of Change
Pivotal life changes are the crossroads in your life that reveal the courage and
choices you make that will either restrict the soul-essence of who you are, or it
will empower you. These are powerful life-changing moments of truth because they
give you the opportunity to renew your core values and inner strengths of your true
self. Don’t let change stop you from succeeding, instead let change propel you to
believing in something more. Remember, you are standing at a pivotal place in your
life, an intersecting crossroads of change leading you toward different directions
of potential, prosperity, and possibility.
Change Your Thoughts
Change is painful and difficult when you focus on changing what you do, however change
is exciting and comforting when you simply change how you think. The three paths
to possibility thinking are:
1) Being happy today, 2) Live in abundance, 3) Stretch for tomorrow.
The biggest roadblock to your future success and happiness are the thoughts you are
unwilling to change because your thoughts determine the possibilities you see, the
options you consider, and the choices you make. Victim thinking is someone who remains
stuck in thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs rooted in the past. By changing your thoughts,
you can leave the past behind and create the capacity for new ideas and beliefs that
work for you. You can experience happiness right now, today because your power exists
in the flow of today’s moments. Your Breakthrough Goal to “Minding Your Spirit” is
to stay centered and focused on happiness.
1. Success versus Happiness
Success is achieving or obtaining what you want. Happiness is wanting what you have.
It is possible to be successful and unhappy at the same time because you could achieve
the things you want (success), but those things may not be what you thought they
would be, or may not be enough and you want more (unhappiness). Happiness does not
mean everything is perfect; it means that you choose to be happy with what is. A
“Minding Your Spirit” Secret is that “Happiness always precedes success.”
Being happy today integrates a powerful soul-centered focus to regain happiness even
when changes are not what you want. Make a conscious effort to change self-sabotaging
attitudes and beliefs, let of go judgments of good and bad, and despite fears, failures,
or disappointments; you must choose happiness as the only focus in moving toward
2. Attitude of Abundance
Abundance is a belief that there is plenty in the world for everyone. When you have
an attitude of abundance, you are not envious of the things you want or the people
who have them because you are truly grateful for what you do have. With an attitude
of abundance, you will attract and manifest more love, more resources, more time,
and more opportunity for you and others. When you live in abundance, you realize
that you are not alone because people are there to help each other reach goals, so
you learn to trust. You will begin see the world as giving because you discovered
the “Minding Your Spirit” Secret of enjoying and sharing the bountiful treasures
of the world is abundance thinking.
Your Breakthrough Goal to “Minding Your Spirit” is to maintain an attitude of abundance
as a practical life strategy.This creates awesome results of having everything you
imagine as possible by... drawing new opportunities, resources, and people to you.
This instantaneously and intuitively encourages you to live your life with an abundance
of compassion, respect, teamwork, patience, harmony, confidence, agreement, appreciation,
imagination, prosperity, and goal accomplishment.
3. Stretch Your Potential
This quote by Pablo Picasso, “I always undertake that which I cannot do, in order
that I may learn how to do it,” encourages you to reach beyond your current situation
and immediate grasp to seek the greatness within your soul-centered self. No matter
where you are in any job, relationship, or situation, personal growth requires you
to risk change in reaching the next level to achieve all that is possible in your
When change happens in our world and the people in it change, we tend to withdraw
into our comfort zone, which produces little lasting happiness and no real success.
To realize higher levels of success and happiness, it is essential to stretch yourself
today for what you want tomorrow because this creates joy and increases self-esteem.
Your Breakthrough Goal to “Minding Your Spirit” involves four steps to stretch yourself:
Acknowledge what you do not know and be willing to learn.
Choose to risk something you have never done before now.
Take action now to learn something new.
Persevere through mistakes with patience and consistency.
Avoid the trap of “Someday I will…” by stretching toward your dreams and goals today
and you will escape boredom and apathy. It would be wonderful if just wishing for
it made things happen, but wishing is not enough; stretching is required to achieve
your goals, and transform your life. Just like the determined larvae struggling in
their cocoons to become beautiful butterflies, they must stretch their wings to become
strong enough to fly. Like butterflies, you grow through personal struggles and your
willingness to take risks by changing yourself. A “Minding Your Spirit” Secret to
achieving a goal is that “You cannot become what you want by staying like you are.”
When you conquer self-doubt and fear, real or imagined, by stretching your skills,
knowledge, passion, and wisdom, you can achieve the highest levels of career success
and personal happiness. You are “Minding Your Spirit” when you stretch yourself to
reach your potential, and put yourself in situations where the outcome you want is
possible; thus you transform the future of your life. Helen Keller said, “Life is
a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Now stretch yourself each day to do something
that scares you and surprises others, to transcend limitations and achieve your biggest
Change Your Relationships
The quality of your relationships adds to your success and happiness, therefore it
is worthwhile to improve them. Your most significant contribution to your personal
and professional relationships is not what you say and do, but it is who you are
and the values you live by and demonstrate in your relationships. Stop struggling
alone; it is so much easier to achieve success when we work together and help each
other. Independence is not always best because the most effective relationships in
changing your life and changing the world are interdependent, which involves giving
and receiving, trust and harmony, mutual success and happiness. When you are open-minded,
open-hearted, this allows you to develop the trust and confidence you need to achieve
the goals and will bring you lasting happiness. This also opens the door for others
to accept and respect your goals and dreams.
Goals for Change
Change Your Choices to Change Your Habits. Just like the startled deer that looks
up and freezes in the headlights of the car driving through the forest, we often
freeze in indecision when we see the headlights of a sudden, unexpected, or major
change in our lives. Indecision causes you to resist doing what needs to be done
and taking the right actions to achieve your goals. Frustration and inaction grows
when you repeatedly over-analyze the possibilities, the problem, or the opportunity,
waiting for someone or something else to make the decision that will solve everything
for you. When you have analysis-paralysis, it causes you to forget your goals and
dreams and lose your power. Where you are at any given moment in your life is less
important than the goals you set for your future, the choices you make and the actions
you take to achieve those goals. A “Minding Your Spirit” Secret is “Your goals and
dreams are a vision of what is possible, the future of your destiny – Your thoughts
and words give birth to your goals and dreams – Your actions breathe life into them.”
Your life will be hectic and chaotic when your actions are compulsive and repetitious,
instead of doing actions that are in alignment with and support a clear goal and
plan to reach it. No matter how busy your life is (working harder, faster, longer),
if you are not on the highway to your goals and dreams, every mile you travel will
take your further away from them. Amidst the stressors of life, your goals will determine
what needs to be done. What actions you can take toward greater success in achieving
your goals? You are “Minding Your Spirit” when you reclaim your personal power by
exercising personal responsibility, discover the dreams that would bring you happiness,
then make clear choices, share your goals and dreams with others to connect a universe
of positive, like-minded people.
A “Minding Your Spirit” Secret to succeeding at achieving your goals and dreams is
“When you think you can, you are usually right; when you think you can’t you are
always right.” Know that quitting is not an option. Proactive people are committed
to completing their goals. Like Thomas Edison inventing the light bulb, people who
are committed to their goals will make as many actions and attempts toward success
as necessary, regardless of the setbacks, challenges, or uncontrolled changes life
throws at you. Happiness and success are created by your attitudes, choices, and
Change Your Goals
No matter what has happened, you can transform your life by choosing goals toward
soul-satisfaction that are life-affirming. It’s not too late to live a life of joy
and peace. First, let go of the old goals attached to your past, and create new goals
that bring greater meaning to your life. Empowering goals are more than a quick fix
to a problem; they instill a lasting vision that will shape your destiny. Pursue
goals that are interesting, inspiring, and enjoyable because they will best reflect
your own nature, core values, and personality. A “Minding Your Spirit” Secret is
that when change happens, change your goals! The more motivated you are, the more
likely you are to succeed. Consider the value your goals bring to you, their meaning
and benefit to you. Use a lot of positive self-talk and thinking when setting your
goals because believing in your ability to succeed is very helpful for creating and
sustaining your motivation. Goals worth achieving will require belief, time, planning,
effort, and persistence.
Transform Your Life Now
If you want to have something better in life, do something better. Success and happiness
is yours when you change your goals, change yourself, and change your life. In this
season of change, you can reclaim your power and experience a renewed peak moment
of personal transformation; simply seize the moment with life-enhancing goals. Instead
of the world changing you – You can change the world!
Patricia M. Armour
Publisher: Minding Your Spirit
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Windsor Mills, Maryland 21244
“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent that survive, rather those who respond
effectively to change.”
– Charles Darwin
“I always undertake that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
– Pablo Picasso
“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller