We all face challenges in our lives, be it at work, home, with friends, or just dealing with the public. Each day we are handed new struggles. Often these struggles can be difficult or overwhelming, especially if our support system is broken. Not having someone to talk to about life's little hiccups can make those times even harder to bear. We feel isolated and can easily fall victim to our own destructive inner voices. So what can we do when our support is broken or non-existent? How do we cope when we seem so alone?
Friends, I used to have frequent moments like this. Like you, I often felt isolated and without a friendly ear to hear my woes. I spent endless days and nights worrying about finances, my health, work and a host of other issues. Only recently have I learned the secret to banishing those fears forever. I learned how some very simple actions could alleviate my feelings of isolation and often help minimize problems that I had blown way out of proportion.
My secret you ask? It's quite simple actually, it is free, and (thanks to the internet) widely abundant. So what is this miracle secret that changed my life?
That's it! I will tell you a little bit about how this began. I watched two great movies about 2-3 years ago. They were "The Secret" and "What The Bleep Do We Know". Although these movies did not influence me 100%, they did start my journey into positive stimulation and the effects of this on me personally. Not too long after watching the movies I began experimenting with different positive influences.
I read inspirational books such as "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill and "Awakening the Giant Within'" by Tony Robbins. I listened to podcasts, read blogs, and talked with other positive minded people. I quickly learned that after I exposed myself to positive messages, I felt uplifted and alive. It sparked an inner Tiger and I always felt more energized and better able to handle my life's challenges. I also noticed that if I went too long without these positive influences in my life, I quickly felt overwhelmed and depressed again.
These self discoveries cause a permanent paradigm shift. My entire way of thinking changed. It was not a surface change but a deep, powerful change in my entire belief system. I had found a key to feeling that had haunted me for years! The power of positive influences has permanently changed my life and it can change yours too.
If you are like I was then I challenge you to do the following 3 things RIGHT NOW. Don't wait until tomorrow or when the kids are in bed. If you have time to read this article, then you have time to do these very simple things.
1. Find a mentor or a coach. This does not have to be someone you know physically, although it can be. My mentor was Tony Robbins when I started. I did not know Tony but his work and messages inspired me everyday! I would read his books, listen to his tapes at my most challenging times and his meaningful words always made me feel empowered. Now, I am not telling you that you HAVE to have Tony Robbins as your mentor but, I do highly recommend his work. What I am suggesting is finding someone that is almost always relaying a positive message. It can be a friend, a pastor, a teacher, a blogger, an Author, a life coach or as simple as a person you are following on Twitter. The possibilities are endless! Just be sure you choose someone that is positive and has similar views.
2. Join a forum, mastermind group, or meet up group based around positive influences and thinking. It can be within another interest you have, say fishing, golf or even quilting. Search for your term "golf" followed by the word "forum" and see what comes up. I often involve myself with other people who share my interests. It if always motivating to talk to others who have face the same challenges and can share new ideas.
3. Find a great book, movie, website or blog that will lift your spirits. If you are stumped I highly recommend any of the Tony Robbins books, The Secret (Movie), any books by Joe Vitale, and there are literally hundreds of thousands of blogs on WordPress and Blogger where you can search for something that interests you.
The key is keep looking and seeking out POSITIVE INFLUENCES. When you are surrounded by positive messages, people, beliefs and activities you will be better able to handle life's challenges and your life will be more fulfilling. Trust me. You are not alone in this world and you do not have to go through life's challenges alone. One of the biggest perks I have received from following these simple steps is having met a good number of positive and friendly folks who are always here to lend some advice or just be a friendly ear. Once you start to seek out the positive influences, you will find that it will soon open a conduit of positive people.
I hope these words inspire you. I have used these methods to grow myself and my business over the past three years. If you would like to know more about me you can visit my page here. I wish you abundance and happiness, now and always!