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Create

ENCOURAGING WORD TODAY

CREATE-BRING (SOMETHING) INTO EXISTENCE.

The ability to create is a gift that makes us fantastically human. Everyone has the ability and opportunity to be creative in something that they do. There is a magic in seeking to create, it will allow you to reach your highest potential in certain areas.  If you are seeking answers and your mind seems clouded, create something.  There is a concentration in truly creating something that pushes the constant stream of thought to the side and allows communication with your soul.  This is where your answers lie and it is through the process of being creative that it is accessed.  Most people know what others expect from them. It may not make you happy but it will make others happy.  What will allow you to enjoy life might be another path altogether.

Take time to create in whatever method is available to you. It can be clearly artistic or it may be a better way of doing tasks at work to be more efficient. The avenue of creation is always stretched out before you. Move down it in thoughts, words, and actions today.

Every soul has the power to create something that can only come from them, so find it and create it and release it to the world. It is your duty to life.

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Health

ENCOURAGING WORD TODAY

HEALTH-A PERSON’S MENTAL OR PHYSICAL CONDITION

Maintaining your health is a key element in getting the most out of this human experience. You only get one physical body to experience the world through. Humans seem to be hell-bent on destroying their bodies as quickly as possible.  Through destructive behavior of drinking, drugs, smoking, and a lack of exercise, we seem to be trying to shorten the experience of life as quickly as we can.  The human body was built for movement and that is why exercise makes you feel so much better about things.

It is also a choice what and how much we eat every day.  Eating is how you fuel your body for the day ahead. We seem to put much more meaning on the consumption of food. People look for comfort in eating, or to fill time unconsciously. There are thousands of diets available for people who want to be healthier.  Each person is different so find the one that resonates with you and give it a try.  It is only through trying something different that change is going to come.

The physical activity and diet we choose determine our weight, health and enjoyment level in life.  Choose wisely. At least be conscious of your activity level and what and how you are eating. Be Conscious in your thoughts, words, and actions today.

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“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”  ~ Buddha 

Optimistic

Word of the day

Optimistic– hopeful and confident about the future.

There is a choice that exists in every moment between the positive optimism of life and the negative pessimism of what the future holds. We choose to be hopeful and confident or be bleak and negative about what is to come. Being optimistic is not ignoring the bad and difficult but choosing to move forward in a positive direction.

There are plenty of negative messages we receive every day through the media and even from those we love. It is the challenge of being optimistic to recognize these messages for what they are, a choice. You choose to agree with them or you don’t.  Do you accept the challenges that life gives you or do you hide from them? That is the real choice of optimism.

Being optimistic, anything is possible. Being negative nothing is. Choose to enjoy the unlimited possibilities of being optimistic. 

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Dream

WORD OF THE DAY

DREAM – CONTEMPLATE THE POSSIBILITY OF DOING SOMETHING OR THAT SOMETHING MIGHT BE THE CASE.

Dreaming for a child is second nature. Through our development, we tend to let our dreams fall away, but more importantly, we lose the process of dreaming. A dream is a thought about where you would like to be, what you would like to do, or even who you want to be. The process of creating a vision, then taking actual steps of action to achieve it can be done by anyone. Not every dream is a guarantee but in the pursuit of our dreams, greatness happens.  Be great today and create, remember and/or follow a dream.

You never know what is going to happen once you start taking action to make a dream become reality. But it will be an adventure to find out. Dream today.  Be conscious of the dreams that are being pursued in your life and the lives of others. Let your thoughts, words, and actions support the dreamers, including yourself.  If you think dreams can’t come true, at least get out of the way of those who are making them happen.

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”~ Harriet Tubman

 

Calm

WORD for TODAY

CALM– NOT SHOWING OR FEELING NERVOUSNESS, ANGER, OR OTHER EMOTIONS.

By remaining calm when all is in chaos around you, solutions will be found and a refuge from the storm for others will be established.  There will be storms in life, no matter what you do. To develop the skill of remaining

 

 

calm, the best solutions for all involved will be within your reach. Panic never solved anything. It creates more issues. Being calm is a skill that needs to be developed and practiced like any other. The reward for mastery is a keen ability to see the moment for what it is.

“When adversity strikes, that’s when you have to be the most calm. Take a step back, stay strong, stay grounded and press on.”  L.L. Cool J

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Character

WORD OF THE DAY

CHARACTER– THE MENTAL AND MORAL QUALITIES DISTINCTIVE TO AN INDIVIDUAL.

CharacterOur character is defined by our essence. This is determined by our focus of thoughts, words, and actions. Whether we are a positive or a negative force in the world is determined by our choices of character, the level of integrity, honesty, caring, acceptance, love, etc. we choose to share with the world.  Even if in honest contemplation, you find yourself lacking in certain areas, a person can improve any area by changing their focus and making different choices.  We are the only ones who can determine what our character will be. Choose wisely today in your thoughts, words, and actions.   Read more about character Here 

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

 

Grateful

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

GRATEFUL-           FEELING OR SHOWING AN APPRECIATION OF KINDNESS; THANKFUL.

Today I encourage you to be more mindful of all the situations you can experience gratitude in thought, word, and action.  You have a choice in every moment to be aware of the good or the bad that you are facing right now. Looking at the challenges as something negative and ignoring the kindness and positivity surrounding you each day is a recipe for misery. Look for the good and you will find it and then express gratitude for it.

Look for situations to use the phrase thank you in your daily life.  Use it as often as possible and be ready with a positive response when someone shows you even the slightest gratitude. Be conscious of the positive things in your life at all moments and it will take a monumental effort to feel negative about things.

“Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”  ~Brian Tracy

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Dare

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

DARE- HAVE THE COURAGE TO DO SOMETHING.  DEFY OR CHALLENGE (SOMEONE) TO DO SOMETHING

Only those who dare to try have a chance to achieve.  Be conscious in your thoughts, words, and actions when it comes to daring to be your best self today.  Dare to keep trying when you fail the first time or the first 10 times. Learn lessons and dare to try again.  Dare to be different in thought and action. Don’t go along with the crowd. Dare to be your own crowd.  Dare to create today. Creativity is the action of the soul and will allow you to express uniqueness.

Remember that this is your life, nobody else owns the responsibility for it.  What you dare to do and be will define it.  Dare today in thoughts, words, and actions. 

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“Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail.” ~Lester B. Pearson

Improve

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

IMPROVE-MAKE OR BECOME BETTER.

I believe that we are all either getting better or we are getting worse. This applies to all areas of life and which way we are going is determined by the conscious choices we make in thought, word, and action.  You are in control of how much you improve mentally, physically and spiritually.  When you make yourself better, you also make the collective consciousness of the world better.  So if you are not into improvement, at least get out of the way of those who are. If you can just be 0.001% better today than yesterday you have accomplished something.

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Shine

ENCOURAGING WORD

SHINE-1. GIVE OUT A BRIGHT LIGHT. 2. BE VERY TALENTED OR PERFORM VERY WELL.

shine We all have the ability and the opportunity to shine every day. We choose to either shine or dim our own existence, but it is a choice. Our originality and uniqueness is a light to show the world and each day we rise with the chance to shine on the world. We can do this with kindness and caring for others and helping them to shine. Or we can focus on our own abilities and let them shine for the world to see. Or we can do both.

Today in some way I am challenging you to find a way to both shine yourself and to notice someone else’s shining light. It is all around you, notice and appreciate how people shine.  Make it part of your conscious thoughts, words, and actions.can shine.

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Change

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

CHANGE-1. MAKE OR BECOME DIFFERENT. 2. TAKE OR USE ANOTHER INSTEAD OF.

Change is an inevitable force in every life without exception. It is constant and inevitable and how we deal with it determines the quality of your life.  Too often we focus on the things we will have to leave behind, rather than the things that we will gain.

Nothing new was ever done without making a change, and it is up to you to look at your life and see the changes that are occurring and to deal with them in a positive way.  You will get older, your kids will grow and develop, your career will ebb and flow. Your character and experience is determined by your ability to handle and grow with these changes.

Be conscious of the changes that are happening today and allow your thoughts, words, and actions to allow change to flow in your life.

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Present

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

PRESENT-1.(OF A PERSON) IN A PARTICULAR PLACE. 2. EXISTING OR OCCURRING NOW.

PresentOne of the most powerful mindsets you can have is being in the present. Too much time is Wasted thinking about things that happened in the past. This leads to regret. There is nothing you can do about the past, it is gone and it isn’t coming back. Learn the lessons and move on because this moment is what you have. Be present in your day

The other place we waste time is thinking about the future. You should set goals, and have dreams of what tomorrow will bring you. It is when you turn your thoughts into all sorts of fantasies about what might happen tomorrow that anxiety rises and it robs you of the happiness you can have today.  Focus on the moment and taking action on the tasks moving you toward your goals and dreams.  After something is achieved it is often the journey you remember with fondness. Be present in your day.

All you have is the moment that is with you right now. That is all that you are guaranteed, so be present in it. To do anything else is to waste your opportunity for success, joy, and fulfillment.

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Persistence

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

PERSISTENCE- FIRM OR OBSTINATE CONTINUANCE IN A COURSE OF ACTION IN SPITE OF DIFFICULTY OR OPPOSITION.

In our lives, we are often faced with obstacles and challenges which make us want to give up. It is in these moments that we have to find our courage to keep moving forward and to try once again. That is persistence and it has had a long history of making a success out of failure and creating greatness. Learn the lessons of your challenges and turn them into a persistent pursuit of your goals and to be the best person you can be.  Be conscious of your thoughts, words, and actions today and look for places in your life that persistence will be of value.   More Persistence here. 

 

Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. ~ Bill Bradley

Learn

ENCOURAGING WORD OF THE DAY

LEARN-GAIN OR ACQUIRE KNOWLEDGE OF OR SKILL IN (SOMETHING) BY STUDY, EXPERIENCE, OR BEING TAUGHT.

I think that it is important to attempt to learn something new every day. Reading is one of the best forms of learning but there are many others. Whatever medium is effective for you, consciously seek it out on a daily basis and incorporate the passion to learn into your life in thought, words and actions.

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Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

Trust

Encouraging Word of the Day

TRUST~FIRM BELIEF IN THE RELIABILITY, TRUTH, ABILITY, OR STRENGTH OF SOMEONE OR SOMETHING.

Trust is a vital part of a healthy relationship. This includes trusting yourself and your ability to discern truth from fiction, good intentions from bad, opportunity from a waste of time. Each of us have experienced a break of trust in life and it hurts. But it is important to venture out onto that choppy sea again and attempt to navigate it again. trust is one of the gifts we give that has real value.

Trust again. Trust your instincts. Trust.

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