I am always amazed when I look at the calendar (January 13 today!), and am in awe at how quickly the time seems to fly! Like you, I am excited by the possibilities that the new year offers and the gifts that it contains.
We all wish to live more abundant lives. Our yearly ritual of setting intentions and clarifying our dreams is a testament to our souls’ natural desire to expand and to grow. And, while fear may slow us down at intermittent points along the way, it will never prevent us from yearning for a bigger life. To be, experience and express more of who we are.
So, how do we step into our dreams and out of the way during times of doubt or despair and allow our souls to give birth to our new visions and ideas? Like a gardener who wishes his crops to grow, we must cultivate and fertilize the ground in preparation for our visions to unfold.
As Ernest Holmes states in his wonderful book, Creative Mind and Success,
“…we must become the thing we want. We must see it, think it, realize it, before the creative power of Mind can work it out for us…we must train our thought to see only that which we wish to experience, and since we are growing into what we are mentally dwelling upon, we should put all small and insignificant thoughts and ideals out of our thinking and see things in a larger way. We must cultivate the habit of an enlarged mental horizon.”
But how, you may wonder, do we do this?
Listed below are five powerful steps to assist you in cultivating and growing your own inner garden. Together, these steps will help you to weed out old mental patterns and charge your consciousness with new mental energy that fertilize the ground for your dreams to bear fruit. But don’t take my word for it – give it a try and see what happens! I invite you to take the challenge!
The January “Act As If” Challenge & Experiment!
Experiment: For the next 30 days…
1. Do something every day that inspires you.
It could be prayer and meditation, inspirational reading, a walk in nature, taking photographs, writing, working on a project, painting, dancing, etc. Even five minutes a day is enough to free your creativity and connect to your Higher Mind.
2. Don’t complain! (Probably the BIGGEST challenge!)
“Should” you catch yourself complaining – to yourself or someone else – simply notice, stop and redirect your attention to another thought, activity or conversation. It will help your friends, too!
3. Keep a Gratitude Journal
Focusing on gratitude is more than a nice thing to do. It’s powerful. That which we appreciate and focus our attention on grows. Like giving nutrients to a plant, give thanks every day for all that you have and all that you have received – this could be as simple as a compliment or smile or something you consider more substantial that made you feel good. Be sure to include the ways you have brought joy and healing to others. Reread your entries every few days to remind yourself of all the Good you have both given and received.
4. ”Act as if” you already have want you want. Visualize it. Feel it. Experience It. Embrace it, with all of your senses, as if it is happening now. Do this every day! Twice a day will further prime the pump and up the ante! The feeling state is creative and will do wonders to enlarge your consciousness and shape your dreams.
5. Feel the fear and do it anyway(R)!**
Fear comes in all shapes and sizes. Procrastination abounds! Suddenly that project you’ve been avoiding seems more intriguing than that exercise class you signed up for or writing your new book. Heck, even cleaning the refrigerator looks appealing! You get the picture. We’ve all been there. So, when you notice yourself holding back, take a deep breath and reach out for support, if needed. Then, feel the fear and do it anyway!
Practicing any of these steps will help move you in the direction of your dreams and connect you to your Higher Mind. Utilizing a combination of these steps – or all of them – will put you on the fast track. Do what you can, and remember, should you falter or forget, you can always begin a new experiment! (Progress, not perfection!)
As a helpful reminder, print or write out these five life-changing steps and place them throughout your home and office. Keeping them in the forefront of your mind will increase the likelihood of implementing them. When you forget, simply start over again! And remember to dream!
I would love to know how it goes!
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© Theresa Conti 2013
Theresa Conti is a Reconnective Healing Practitioner, Transformational Coach and Workshop Facilitator with more than 25 years experience in the healing field. For more information, please visit Theresa’s website at http://www.reconnecting2you.com or email your questions to Theresa@reconnecting2you.com