This past Friday, the first annual Real Estate Staging Association Texas State Conference was held in San Antonio and I had the topic of addressing the attendees on the topic of none other than my favorite theory of “Living By Design”.
I started my hour long presentation with this graphic:
I was pretty stoked to see my design business coach, Tobi Fairley, had a blog post the very following day that started with the same graphic AND discussed a similar topic to what I addressed in last week’s Monday Motivation post. (I said to myself: “Yay me! Stay the course – you’re on the right path”.)
But I digress…the point is that I started my presentation with the above graphic because I firmly believe that we each have the power to change our own lives. The most successful people recognize that they have the power to make changes and don’t sit around waiting for somebody to hand them the ticket – they get out there and do it themselves. They may get help and guidance, but they aren’t looking for handouts.
There is a drive we all possess if we would get out of our own way. This is true in business – we limit our beliefs of what we are able to accomplish or what we are worth. It is true in health – we tell ourselves that we’ll always be too (insert your issue here). We don’t maximize our relationships – and we blame the other person. But stop and think about what your life would be like if you stopped doing things the way you’ve been doing them and forged your own new path.
So why not take the leap to try something new? You may have to consciously shift your thoughts away from doubt and fear but you can do that. Try wearing a rubber band around your wrist and every time you think a negative thought, give it a little snap to “snap yourself out of the negative thought” or find a favorite quote or bible verse to recite when you find yourself doubting or fearful. This is my fave:
What do you have to lose if you shift your thoughts and forge a new path for yourself? The 70 people in attendance in San Antonio last week didn’t lose anything but a day of work and most gained all sorts of insights that same day on how to improve their business – and hence their lives – one step at a time. That’s a key point as well: we have to be patient with our new paths. No area of your life is going to turn around in a day. I’ve made some major changes in my business that I started in January this year and I am still developing and fine tuning them. I am also working diligently on my health and it is a day by day effort (sometimes minute by minute when it comes to not giving into my sweet tooth). And my relationship with my husband continually enriches my life when I acknowledge that I have the choice of how much effort I want to put into the marriage, or how I react to something he says or does.
Do you know some one who is always blaming somebody or something else for their circumstance? They are victims of this or that and are never finding the success they claim to want. Oh my, those people make me nuts. I have to literally reach for my patience and not reach out and thump them on their forehead. When I managed a team of salespeople in a former life, I literally had them all read The Oz Principle. One chapter each week and we discussed it every Friday (they loved me -haha). It’s a great book on accountability and I highly recommend reading it, no matter what frame of mind you have, we can all benefit. In fact, I think I’ll pull it off the shelf and dust it off for my own refresher.
So what do you think? Do you believe YOU have the power to change your life? I do! You won’t change it overnight but you can change your thoughts and change your path and will find yourself capable of more than you believe at this very moment. Give it a try…and let me know how it goes. I’ll be cheering you on!
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