Y is for Yesterday

It may be easier said than done when it comes to forgetting yesterday.

But unfortunately, unless you have some kind of miraculous time-machine hanging about, there’s not much you can do about yesterday, except work on today and change your tomorrow.

If there’s something you want to change – you can do that today!

If there’s something that is upsetting you – think about how you can make it right! If you can’t make it right, then work on something you can make right and try and move forward.

Worrying about what happened yesterday is only going to damage your ability to move forward today.

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If you feel you are holding onto deep-rooted emotions, feelings, angst, hurt or anything else that could be holding you back, it’s time to deal with it.

Do you want to still have these upsetting emotions in a year’s time? Don’t you want to embrace every day with joy, happiness and fulfillment?

Unless you let go of yesterday you can’t move forward into tomorrow!

You’ll be on an endless cycle of what ifs … your key to happiness is moving into tomorrow with all your experiences, all your heart and knowing you will make a difference to your life.

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Your story is your own … don’t make it someone else’s by giving too much of your worry on yesterday!

I love this final quote!

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The last few inspirational blogs have been about looking at yourself and understanding yourself within.

Valuing yourself fits great with this theme. If you don’t value yourself, you can’t expect others too either.

If others don’t appreciate your value, then you need to look at why they are in your life!

This week I’ve looked for many quotes that will hopefully get you thinking about your own self-worth & value!

I also found a great exercise to do on the Habits for Wellbeing website, I’m sure you’ll find it useful.

Remember, you are a unique and beautiful individual, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

 

 

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U is for Understand

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Last week we talked about Tranquility. Some people may struggle with being tranquil if they do not truly understand themselves.

It can be a really unsettling place if you’re unsure of who you are!

But as this quote from Debbie Ford expresses …

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Sometimes in life we go along a path that’s easy or it’s where we feel our journey takes us. But life is about choices, the decisions we make take us through different paths in our lives. But do you feel you haven’t chosen the right path? Do you feel like you’d like to move to a different route? Searching within yourself to find what you truly want will help you have a bigger understanding of yourself.

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There are personality tests you can take to try and get a better understanding of yourself, or seek help from a therapist or life-coach, all are great avenues if you really want to go deeper into understanding what you want from life. But for now here’s a few questions to help brainstorm!

1/ What do you feel are your strengths?

2/ What do you feel are your weaknesses?

3/ What makes you feel alive?

4/ What would make you want to get out of bed on a morning?

5/ What is one of the most crucial life events that has happened to you? How has this changed you?

6/ Is there anything else in your past that has changed you?

7/ What do you not like to see in others?

8/ List your priorities in life, i.e: love, family, money, relationships, work, hobbies etc.

9/ What are you scared of?

10/ What would you hate not to live without? When it comes to answering this last question, we need to think beyond family, relationships etc. It is a given that any such devastation is not something any of us wants to think about. This question relates to things you do in your own life, hobbies, work, time-out etc. Think of your life on a day-to-day basis, and if you feel you can’t answer this question, ask yourself: what is missing?

These are 10 simple questions to get you thinking about yourself and what your understanding of you is! As mentioned earlier there are other avenues you can take to understand yourself more, but hopefully the above has helped you think about it in a bit more detail.

One last quote for you

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T is for Tranquil

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Ask yourself, this one question: Is your mind tranquil?

There are many people who will probably struggle to answer yes to this question.

In today’s society, we lead busy lives and being tranquil with ourselves seems to be a last priority or not a priority at all.

But to lead a happy life, we must try to be tranquil within ourselves. No-one can help us find this tranquility it can only come within.

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You may feel there’s a lot of external circumstances that you feel are stopping you from being tranquil.

But let’s concentrate on that word: feel.

Your feelings, your judgement, your choices are making you feel this way. You will find that if you were tranquil within your heart and mind you could deal with whatever life decides to throw at you. I know, easier said than done?

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Look at the following quote by Harry Vardon. You can adapt this quote to any part of your life.

Think of life with everything to gain and nothing to lose. If you had this mindset about your life … everything to gain! 

How amazing would that feel? A thought that could easily bring tranquility into your life.

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Maybe you focus on the small negatives in life!!! Does this quote sound like you?

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So it’s okay giving you a few quotes to mull over, but really how can you start having more tranquility in your life?

Here’s 5 TOP TIPS that should hopefully help you start!

1/ Meditate: Meditation is not only good for relieving stress but it has a range of other health benefits: especially when it comes to happiness. You can read more about mediation on the M is for Meditation blog.

2/ Be thankful: Many people suffer with unbalance in their lives when they focus too much on what they don’t have rather than what they do have! It is good to strive for more, have inspiration, goals and dreams etc. But it is so important to be grateful for what you already have in your life. You can read more about being thankful on the G is for Gratitude blog.

3/ Live in the present: You’ve heard the saying, ‘Live today. Life is a gift, that’s why it’s called the ‘Present’!’ Well this is true. Think about it … you can’t change the past, you can work towards your future but still, whatever happens, happens! Enjoy the journey and ensure you savour each day.

4/ Don’t worry about what others think of you: Ask yourself does it really matter? If it does matter, ask yourself why it matters? You are an unique individual who should embrace your individuality, just as you should let others be their own person. If you offer love and understanding to others, then don’t be worrying about what others think of you, as in the great scheme of life, it doesn’t matter.

5/ Do something you enjoy: When it comes down to it, many people don’t feel tranquil because they get tangled in the web of life: things that need to be done, things that have to be done, things they feel should be done etc. But making time to enjoy a hobby or working towards a goal, or something that really makes you tick can have a profound impact on your life. If you can take time out a week, or more, you will soon find tranquility entering your life.

So go on … go and find some tranquility … you deserve it!

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S is for Smile

Smiling is one of the easiest and most uplifting things to do!

It doesn’t cost anything to smile, you don’t have to say anything, you don’t even have to move … you just need to smile.

Simple!

If you’re reading this thinking, ‘it’s really not that simple, I have nothing to smile about, I’m angry, I’m upset etc.’

Well this gives you more of a reason to smile!

The researchers say their findings suggest smiling during brief periods of stress may help reduce the body’s stress response, regardless of whether the person actually feels happy or not. Pressman said this could be useful to know, for instance if you find yourself stuck in a traffic jam, try to hold your face in a smile for a few moments: it may do more than just help you “grin and bear it”, it may actually help your heart health too.

(taken from: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248433.php)

Here’s a few more lovely quotes to hopefully make you smile 🙂

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R is for Risk-Taking

This probably accounts for why there are so many people who don’t actually achieve their dreams;

they are scared to take any risks.

But if you don’t take the risks how will you ever know how close you came to achieving your dream.

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This doesn’t necessarily mean giving up your day job to follow your heart, or doing anything extreme that involves uplifting you and your family. It could be taking small risks that move you towards your goal.

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Think about what scares you in reaching your goal? There maybe more than one thing that makes your stomach churn when it comes to taking risks or following your dream. What is stopping you?

A little task for this week is to write down all the things that you think are stopping you from achieving your goal. Once you have done this, go through the list and ask yourself, ‘Is this really stopping me?’ ‘What can I do about moving these barriers?’ Address each point and on another list write down, how you can overcome these fears. Start putting plans in place to eliminate those fears, or at least work your way through them.

Ask yourself this question: Not taking these risks, means you will stay where you are, how do you feel about that?

Here’s a few quotes to get you thinking!

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Don’t regret the risks you didn’t take!

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Q is for Quotes

I thought ‘Quotes’ was the perfect word for this week’s blog. If you’ve been reading my blog posts, or you follow me on twitter, you’ll know that I absolutely love inspirational quotes. I could sit and read them all day long, in fact, I’ve done just that when I’ve been putting together my annual inspirational books and making sure the quotes fit for that given theme.

But today I thought I’d let loose a little and give you some of my favourites … the first three quotes I have situated on the walls in my home.

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And here’s a few more of my favourites, hopefully you’ll find them helpful and be able to relate to them.

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I love so many more but I thought these few would help you have a think about how they can relate to you!

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Victoria

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P is for … Power

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The word Power has so many connotations for some people.

Some people automatically think of people in power, and although the following statement is true:

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The meaning of the word power today is about other people, it’s about you!

How much power do you have over your life, your thoughts, your feelings and your emotions?

What if I was to tell you, you have all the power over these things. You have the power to change your thoughts and create a life you deserve. You have the power to ensure your mind and body is healthy through goodness and determination.

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You may feel your situation or circumstance is stopping you from feeling powerful, but it’s your mind that needs your strength not the material things in life. You have the power to change your thoughts.

A great way and simple way to start changing your thoughts, is to appreciate the good in your life. Like last week’s blog post about ownership, you own your thoughts. If you haven’t already, have a look at the exercise from last week, step 4 will give you the power you need to change your thoughts.

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Remember: you have the power to change your life – now go and do it.

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Victoria

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O is for … Ownership

Let’s start today’s blog post by asking you a few questions:

How much ownership are you taking of your life?

Do you blame others? Are you in control of your life?

Are you happy in life where you are? Do you want more from life?

You do realise it’s only you that can make those changes … no-one else but you …

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Do you feel a bit lost though? Not sure how to start taking ownership of your life when there’s so much hustle and bustle … life is busy and that’s why we have to take control and make sure we’re living the life we deserve .

To help you on your ownership path, I’ve put together a 5-Step Plan that will definitely help you on your way to owning your life.

5 STEP PLAN

1/ Do something for at least 30 minutes a day (preferably an hour if you can) that is for you, i.e. Develop a passion, read, exercise, take a walk, bake – anything that makes you feel like you are looking after yourself.

2/ Start writing a journal. I’m a huge advocate for therapeutic writing. It was something I learned when studying for my MA in Creative Writing, and realised I’d actually been doing this all my life. Even when I’m writing fiction I’m expressing something inside of me (which you’ll find with most writers). But when you start journalling you’ll allow a release of any pent-up negativity. Write down the things that have made you sad or angry and why you feel that way. By writing this down it allows you to reflective on these negative emotions, don’t dwell on them … release them. It will also allow you reflect back in weeks, months and years to come as you move yourself forward and take ownership of your life. It is also essential to write down the good things that have happened in your day too … see next step as to why the good things matter, more so than the bad things.

3/ Once you start writing down the good things in your life you can start to appreciate what you have around you and within you. Start writing down 5 things you are grateful for every day and watch how you’ll find more things to be grateful for. You bring to your life what you focus on, so although it’s good to write down the negativity you are feeling, this is a way of release, focuses on the good in your life will bring you more good. It’s the basic LAw of Attraction and is easier said than done, but once you start writing down those thoughts you’ll see the magic happen.

4/ Write a plan about where you would like to be this time next year – put together a 12 month schedule. Write what you would like to achieve in each month. At the end of each month review … you will move forward so much faster if you have a plan.

5/ Read something spiritual or inspirational for 30 minutes every day. This is best either first thing on a morning or last thing at night.

 You deserve to get the best out of life, so go and get it 🙂

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Victoria

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Yes, three words this week, but three of the most important words you’ll ever need to hear … there are others such as,

‘I love you …’  however, Never Give Up, is right up there on the top of my list.

I’m keeping this blog post, short and sweet, because there’s only so many times you can say …

In the words of Winston Churchill,

‘NEVER, NEVER, NEVER  GIVE UP!’

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There are times when you feel your dream is too far away, or your goals feel like they are at such a stretch it’s never going to happen. But once you give up, you’ll never know how close you were. There’s so much hard work goes into achieving our goals that sometimes we feel the need to stop … now stopping for a while can be a good thing. To reassess, reevaluate where you are … but you must start back up again, don’t just give up!

You’re on your journey for a reason, if you want it bad enough then keep going until you have it.

The alternative to never giving up, is living a life of , ‘what ifs’.

Why would anyone want to live with that?

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