INSPIRED LIFESTYLES NEWS October, 2013 Issue #223

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Promotion of the Month
  • Inspired Quote for This Issue
  • The Top 10 Tips for Creating a Life and Living Your Dream
  • Self-Sabotaging Beliefs
  • Instructions for Life
  • Please Call Me by My True Names*
  • A Touch of Humor: The Next Survivor Series

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INSPIRING QUOTE FOR THIS ISSUE:

“The answer to having a better life is not about getting a better life, it’s just about changing how we see the one we have right now.” — Angel Kyodo Williams


THE TOP 10 TIPS FOR CREATING A LIFE AND LIVING YOUR DREAM

By Carmen Stine

1. Stop doing things just because others expect them of you.  Your heart must be in it to finish the race. When we do things just because we “should,” we eventually reach a place of resentment, anger, and rebellion.

2. Get your priorities straight.  Spend your time, talents, and resources with the people, activities, or things that are meaningful to you. Stop wasting these on people or things that are not adding value to your life or that keep you from moving forward towards what you want to be or do.

3. March to the beat of your own band.  The most satisfying experiences in our lives are when we are engaged physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, or intellectually.  Life is meant to be effortless. If you’re tugging and pulling, and everything feels like an uphill battle, then you’re doing the wrong thing.

4. Do what you’re good at and the money will follow.  Whether you’re a brain surgeon or a dogwalker, be the best you can be at it because you love it. Your enthusiasm and love for what you do is what will make you successful in the long run. Enthusiastic and positive people attract others to them who want that too.

5. Share your dream with others, but be discerning. Realize that not everyone you share your dream with will be thrilled for you. Avoid the nay-sayers and focus on those people who can support you even if they don’t agree with you.

6. Stop making excuses and just do it. The reason (excuses) for why you have not taken that first step does not matter. What matters is that you take that first step NOW.

7. Determine what your ideal life looks like.  Most people’s initial response to this is “I don’t know.”  If you did know, what would your ideal life be like? Who would you want to live with, who would you like to meet, where would you like to live, what activities/shows/parties/places would you like to experience or be with?

8. Identify the stumbling blocks that can be turned into stepping stones.  Your past experiences and adversity can create opportunity for you. It’s all in how you look at life and how you choose to use those experiences so that you eliminate the blocks and move on in spite of them. Victory is yours!

9. Reduce your learning curve.  Learn from the experiences and mistakes of others. Instead of reinventing the wheel, take what you can apply from the trials and challenges others have overcome then tweak the process to fit your own situation.

10. Align yourself with a role model/mentor.  Having someone who’s “been there and done that” is one of the best ways to get yourself on track with what you want to accomplish or be. A mentor will be supportive, offer the benefit of his/her expertise and knowledge, and will listen to you when you need the support the most. A personal coach who you can relate to and learn from is also very valuable to your growth and development.


SELF-SABOTAGING BELIEFS

by Thomas J. Leonard

One’s own thought is one’s world. What a person thinks is what he becomes – That is the eternal mystery. -The Upanishads (800-600 BC)

  1. I am not enough. (…good enough, smart enough, attractive, interesting, skilled, rich…)
  2. I am a victim of ______________ (…my circumstances, my past, my genes, someone’s mood…)
  3. It is arrogant and egotistical to love oneself.
  4. I cannot trust myself. (…my decisions, opinions, preferences, choices…)
  5. If I prioritize self-care and my wants, I will be self-centered, negligent of my responsibilities, or unkind to others.
  6. If other people are unhappy (angry, upset, disappointed, etc.), I must have done something wrong. It is my responsibility to make them happy again.
  7. I can predict what will happen by what has happened. Variation: If it has not happened yet, it never will.
  8. It is bad to be caught in a mistake or fail. When I do make a mistake I should feel bad for a long time and be self-deprecating to prove mysincerity.
  9. It is wrong (rude, self-centered, pushy, or too scary) to directly ask for what I want.
  10. I am not lovable. Variation: I am not worthy of ______________ (…people’s time, love, acknowledgments, respect, help…)

Copyright 2000, 2001, 2002 by Thomas J. Leonard. May be distributed if full attribution is given and copyright notice is included.

Author Profile: Thomas Leonard is the founder of Coach University, a leader in coach training with over 7,000 coaches operating in 38 countries. Visit www.coachu.com for more information


INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIFE

  • Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  • When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  • Follow the three Rs:  Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  • Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  • Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  • When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  • Spend some time alone every day.
  • Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  • A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  • In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  • Share your knowledge. It’s a way to achieve immortality.
  • Be gentle with the earth.
  • Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  • Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  • Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  • Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

PLEASE CALL ME BY MY TRUE NAMES

Thich Nhat Hanh

Do not say that I’ll depart tomorrow
because even today I still arrive.

Look deeply: I arrive in every second
to be a bud on a spring branch,
to be a tiny bird, with wings still fragile,
learning to sing in my new nest,
to be a caterpillar in the heart of a flower,
to be a jewel hiding itself in a stone.
I still arrive, in order to laugh and to cry,
in order to fear and to hope.

The rhythm of my heart is the birth and
death of all that are alive.

I am the mayfly metamorphosing on the surface of the river,
and I am the bird which, when spring comes, arrives in time to eat the mayfly.

I am the frog swimming happily in the clear pond,
and I am also the grass snake who, approaching in silence, feeds itself on the frog.

I am the child in Uganda, all skin and bones,
my legs as thin as bamboo sticks,
and I am the arms merchant, selling deadly weapons to Uganda.

I am the twelve year old girl, refugee on a small boat,
who throws herself into the ocean after being raped by a sea pirate,
and I am the pirate, my heart not yet capable of seeing and loving.

I am a member of the politburo, with plenty of power in my hands,
and I am the man who has to pay his “debt of blood” to my people,
dying slowly in a forced labor camp.

My joy is like spring, so warm it makes flowers bloom in all walks of life.
My pain is like a river of tears, so full it fills the four oceans.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can hear all my cries and laughs at once,
so that I can see that my joy and pain are one.

Please call me by my true names,
so I can wake up,
and so the door of my heart can be left open,
the door of compassion.
from the book Peace Is Every Step


A TOUCH OF HUMOR: THE NEXT SURVIVOR SERIES

Six married men will be dropped on an island with 1 car and 4 kids each, for 6 weeks. Each kid plays two sports and either takes music or dance classes. There is no access to fast food.

Each man must take care of his 4 kids, keep his assigned house clean, correct all homework, complete science projects, cook, do laundry, etc. The men only have access to television when the kids are asleep and all chores are done. There is only one TV between them and there is no remote.

The men must shave their legs and wear makeup daily, which they must apply themselves, either while driving or while making four lunches. They must attend weekly PTA meetings; clean up after their sick children at 3:00 a.m.; make an Indian hut model with six toothpicks, a tortilla and one marker; and get a 4-year-old to eat a serving of peas.

The kids vote them off the island, based on performance.

The last man wins only if he has enough energy to be intimate with his spouse at a moment’s notice.

If the last man does win, he can play the game over and over again for the next 18-25 years…eventually earning the right to be called “Mother.”


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