LIFE, HEALTH, & MONEY

So you think you have it all figured out. You know what you want in your life, you know where you want your health and wellness to be, and you know just how much money it will take to get the other two. But you don’t have that money right now, your health is not on track and you don’t have the life you want. What do you do now? The answer is both simple and challenging.

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A building isn’t constructed without an architect making plans for how it will look, a landscaper doesn’t just come to your home and start digging holes without a sketch. People don’t just decide one day to have a business and next day open the doors and start doing business without having a plan first. Think about all the plans in life: diet plans, fitness plans, educational plans, spending plans, etc. So why do we think we can go through life without a plan in place and think we will accomplish anything worthwhile?

Why am I talking about plans anyways? Because I’ve needed to write three business plans, one for each part time business that I run. Together these businesses bring in some money but not nearly at what I want to see them bring in. After I sat down to write up my three business plans, I thought about writing up a life plan and fill it with everything that I wanted in my life.

This included dates of when I should have different tasks accomplished as well as how I was going to do them. Since I don’t have the money right now to accomplish many of the tasks I want right now, I put deadlines on myself so I can have a target date to work towards. It also includes who can help me attain the goals I have set for myself.

Putting all of this in writing has helped me to focus on what I really want out of life and for my own life to feel successful. Each of us have different terms of success so my life plan will look totally different than your’s. It includes the wants and desires I have for my own life. If you’ve ever been in an interview where the interviewer asks you, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” and you don’t have a clue at what to say. A life plan is the answer.

Five years from this very day what will your life be like? Where will you be in your health and wellness plan? How will your money situation be? What experiences will you have accomplished? Will you be stuck in a rut or energized by your accomplishments? Will you still be at your same job or will you be self-sufficient? Will you have the capability to see your family and friends more often? Will you be doing what you love to do?

Five years from this very day what will your life be like?

SMALL BOOKS BIG INSPIRATION

If you’ve been reading my blog then you know I love reading, learning, and teaching. I started a whole new list of books this week, funny thing, 4 of them are from my husband’s bookcase. These are small books in size and page count, but packed with big inspiration.

  1. The Journey From Success to Significance by John C. Maxwell
  2. Be All You Can Be by John C Maxwell
  3. How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton
  4. Overcoming LIFE’S Disappointments by Harold S. Kushner
  5. The On-Purpose Person by Kevin W. McCarthy

Each book is filled with information that I tend to need right now at this moment. It’s interesting that these books have been on my husband’s book case for several years but I hadn’t noticed them until this week and once I picked each one up I felt the words jump off the page right into my heart.

Be All You Can Be

“Life is like a mirror; what you show is what you see; what you put in is what you get out. When you encourage others, you’ll find that they will encourage you. Attitudes are contagious. ” ~John C Maxwell from Be All You Can Be. We’re suppose to live fruitful lives (John 15:16). What kind of fruit should we be cultivating? Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faith, Gentleness, and Self-Control (Galatians 5: 22-23).  These fruits are all positive attributes of leading fruitful lives. When we lead fruitful (positive) lives, positive things happen in and to our lives. Wouldn’t you like to have positive results in your life? Positive relationships? Positive reinforcements? Positive rejoicing? It’s a two-fold process; you can’t have one without the other. Read the book to find out how you can Be All You Can Be.

These books are short reads for me, and while I will probably finish them all within the next couple of weeks, their knowledge will be within my heart, mind, and long after I’ve put them back on my husband’s bookcase. Because when you read a book it becomes a part of you.

THE POWER OF POSITIVITY

I’ve started reminding myself about all the good things in life instead of focusing on the negative. It’s so easy to focus on the bad stuff and sometimes difficult to look for the good. But an interesting thing happens to your whole being when you only focus on the positive, it brings light to your life. It’s like there’s a switch that turns on the light and by only looking for the positive things you only see the good. The Power of Positivity has propelled me into a different way of life, and has helped me in dealing with problems in life.

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Yesterday I talked about how being positive will actually help you lose weight. When you have a positive outlook on life, you’ll be more apt to stick to your diet and fitness plan.  It’s a proven fact that positive people are healthier and more successful than those that walk around clinging to their dark cloud of despair.

Positive people are also more attractive. When I was a teenager I was constantly compared with my aunt Mary, one of my great-aunts used to tell me that I looked just like her. What she meant as a compliment I took as an insult because as an adult my aunt Mary looked like the Wicked Witch of East from Wizard of Oz. But then my great-aunt showed me photos of my aunt Mary when she was teenager, and she was beautiful and, WOW, I did look like her. “So how did she get so ugly?” I asked. My great-aunt told me that as a teenager Mary wasn’t filled hate. She was bubbly and kind, and loved to be with people. It was after she had gotten married that she started to hate her own brothers, and that hate turned her ugly.

As I remember this it is true, that Mary hated her brothers, my father was one of them. She hated many people and it caused her much agony. Hatred is on the opposite end of positivity. This hatred literally ate her beauty and her health from her heart, to her organs, and to her skin.

It easy to fall into that trap of walking around while hanging on to that cloud of despair that you think is the only way to live. That cloud is what’s holding you back from your own life. If your life is not where you thought it would be, and you’ve checked everything outside yourself. Then maybe it’s your outlook on life that is keeping you from where you want to be.

  • Surround yourself with positive people because their positivity is contagious and will rub off on you…if you let it. 
  • When I find myself falling into those old traps of negative thoughts and feelings, I always turn on Zig Ziglar. His positive messages always pull me up and forward, faster than any amount of chocolate chip ice cream ever could. 
  • I started keeping a positive journal. It’s filled with articles, poems, quotes, bible verses, and my positive happy thoughts I have during the day. Sometimes If I can’t write I just record my happy thought on my phone. Why? Because just like everyone else, we all have down days but these positive, uplifting tidbits from my own life help me to get back on track.

Unleash the power of positivity on your own life and see your life change right before your eyes.