“Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude toward us.” ~John N. Mitchell
When I was a child, I rooted vehemently for snowstorms. They were pretty, they were fun and each flake that fell improved the odds of a snow day. Last Sunday, as New York was about to get slammed with a walloping blizzard, there was no trace of that nostalgic sense of enthusiasm. I was supposed to bring a client to Salt Lake City the following day; for the first time in my life, I didn’t want work to get snowed out.
Writing down your dreams and aspirations is like hanging up a sign that says “Open for Business.” ~Henriette Anne Klauser, author of “Write it Down, Make it Happen.”
I’ve used written visualization techniques countless times and have been teaching others how to do so for years. Yet, it somehow still surprises me how easily and instantaneously these exercises can work!
From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
For some, holiday giving means spending copious amounts of dollars on gifts out of tradition, or a sense of obligation. Others give their time, talents and smiles. My family’s holiday of choice, Christmas, has always involved buying gifts for each member of the tribe, including extended relative’s relatives and of course, all the pets.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” ~Maya Angelou
A few Facebook friends have recently posted this quote by Maya Angelou, one of my favorites. We all have at least a vague comprehension that few enjoy listening to grievances, because we ourselves do not appreciate being complaint recipients. Not everyone understands an even greater reason to stop putting a loud, emphatic voice to the things we’re unhappy about: by doing so we invite more situations and people to complain about. It’s as nonsensical as placing the best bait on the market on our lines and complaining when we catch some fish.
I don’t know if any of you caught on, but that post I wrote last night about writing a quasi-blog for NHL.com was originally intended to go in a much different direction. I was planning to share one of my favorite law of attraction testaments of all: how I actually became a writer for the National Hockey League. But it was late and I have learned not to get myself fired up with inspiration at odd hours, so I steered my post in the expectation direction. Clever, no? Now I’ll share that other story…
Lest my silence be mistaken for lack of gratitude, I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to check out my blog. I was overwhelmed by the number of encouraging messages I received last week, after sending the link to a number of friends. The average person might use the support I amassed to build momentum; after all, we’re supposed to “strike while the iron is hot,” right?
Yes, if we believe in that sort of thing. I subscribe more to writing when the inspiration strikes, something that used to perplex some when I wrote a blog-esque column for the National Hockey League. It was my initiative to share my personal experiences as an NHL writer with fans, to provide an insider’s perspective; it was NHL.com’s idea to call it a blog. As such, there were expectations as to how often I should write, none of which I adhered to. But expectations can often influence our perceptions of what others do and don’t do, and thereby also influence their actions, and our own.
Today’s post has been inspired by a friend’s status update; he was looking for suggestions on how to get started on a diet and exercise program. You may be wondering why I’m mentioning this on a prosperity blog, but it’s all the same stuff, ladies and gentlemen. Your thoughts, feelings and actions create the energy that creates your world and whether you’re dealing with money, career, relationships, health, physical fitness or any other area of your life, the same rules apply.
My friend invited suggestions on Facebook, so at least the advice he garnered was solicited, and I know he knows how to differentiate between those that will or won’t be helpful to him. But rather than add my two cents as a comment on his status, I figured I’d focus today’s entry on a topic many can benefit from.