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Compassion

July 25, 2017 — Leave a comment

Compassion is the result of expressing empathy for others’ suffering.  It is one of the most essential components to living a peaceful and harmonious life and it brings immediate and long-term happiness when practiced.

When there is a desire to develop compassion in your life, the key is to make it a daily practice.  Start each day with meditation, when interacting with people practice compassion and when preparing for sleep, reflect on compassion.  By incorporating this practice into our daily lives, it becomes a part of us.

Compassion also carries positive physical benefits.  Practicing compassion has shown to increase DHEA by 100%. DHEA is an anti-aging hormone.  Practicing also reduces cortisol by 23%, which is the stress hormone.

Compassion feeds our spiritual and emotional being as well.  It allows us to be happier and to share our happiness with those around us.  Most of us desire peace and happiness and to share with others so it is logical to practice compassion to achieve that which we can have as quickly as right now.

Challenges

June 26, 2017 — Leave a comment

So many people wish life was easier, with less challenges and obstacles but without challenges, life becomes stagnant and we stop growing.  Challenges help us uncover who we are and it allows us to become better people.

Let’s examine a very simple 4-step method to overcoming challenges.

First, state the problem clearly.  When we are faced with challenges, we tend to avoid the issue and run the other way burying our heads in the sand hoping it goes away.  Or we may say – ok, there is an obstacle, instead of heading right to it and plowing through, I am going to look for another path and even though that is not the way I want to go – it looks easier… less headache… but rarely does that work out.  When we avoid or go out of our way, we cause more headache in the end.  It takes more of our time, it takes more of our energy and we don’t get the end result we are looking for.  So take this time to understand what the challenge is.  Ask yourself what is the question, what is asked of me, what is the main goal? Write this down on paper.

Second, identify what you have at your disposal – what resources are available to you to work through this challenge? List all of these resources out.  These should include things such as tangible assets – money, computer, books, etc.  And then what skills you have, what are your strengths to work through this?  Don’t forget others – what access do you have to others that can help?

Third, design the strategy to overcome this challenge.  Utilize all your assets to create a plan of action.  You may find this plan will need to be tweaked as you execute and that is ok.  Keep at it.

Lastly, execute the strategy with effort and determination.  Do your very best with all you have to overcome your challenge.

If you find that you still cannot overcome a challenge, then re-evaluate.  If your strategy just won’t work because it isn’t viable or effective then change it. If your strategy doesn’t work because you didn’t execute it well enough, be persistent and tweak your efforts, giving it more.

Practice this method on small challenges and see how easy it is to overcome.  Then try it on the big rocks!

The second of the 10 characteristics of a ‘Claim our Best’ attitude is:

An attitude of belief in ourselves!

Our thoughts feelings and actions say, I’m not here by accident. I am unique. There is no other ME in this world! Therefore I have something to offer that no one else does!

This belief in our uniqueness causes us to invest the time, resources and effort to identify what we’re really good at and passionate about. And to put ourselves out there and make a ruckus like nobody else can! So what if you’re different? It’s who you are and what you bring to the world that nobody else can duplicate.

My personal thoughts:

  1. I’m really good at connecting with people.
  2. I’m a good writer and communicator.
  3. I’m an encourager.
  4. I’m a good learner.
  5. Much of my learning has been around developing our human potential.
  6. I believe in our infinite potential.
  7. It’s easy for me to see how we’re all connected and need each other.
  8. I’m a good leader.
  9. I want to champion a great cause.
  10. I’m passionate about seeing others rise above their limited thinking and limited self-beliefs and ‘Claim Their Best’.

What are you really good at and passionate about?

Are you putting yourself out there?

It’s been said that the content of your life is the curriculum for your growth.

Where we are right now. What we’re faced with. The obstacles, difficulties, opportunities and victories and how we deal with them determine our growth and whether we go to the next level or not. 

How we deal with difficulty and crisis can either springboard our leadership forward and upward or spiral it downward and backward. The choice is ours. People are taking note. Some of the greatest movements got their start or picked up great momentum in the midst of a crisis or really bad circumstances. 

I have found that clarity of and commitment to keep moving in the direction of my faith, my purpose, and my values is key to maneuvering through life’s tests successfully. 

The more clearly they are defined and the more vivid a picture I paint, hold and believe and the more discipline and perseverance I apply the more successful I become at passing life’s tests.  

The question is where am I placing my faith, what is my purpose, what are my values and to what end am I applying discipline and perseverance?

The formula works for passing or failing depending on where we place the emphasis.

Understanding who and whose we are and his faithfulness to us makes all the difference.