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Paint Your Life with New Colors - Step Two

Posted July 8th, 2010 @ 05:07pm

This is the second week of "Paint Your Life with New Colors" (shifting attitudes/shifting outcomes) Program, step two paint brush is Perseverance.

Perseverance is the power within. All of us have it, but not all of us know how to use it. Each of us have a bucket of internal skills (extraordinary gifts), and perseverance is just one. And the partner of perseverance is passion. Do you have a passion in life? Do you have a dream that is fueled by passion, hence bringing rise to pursuing your dreams? Well, if you answered yes, my advice to you is NEVER, NEVER, NEVER give up!!! The only thing that will stop you is the weight of this world, nothing else. With the right mindset, you can accomplish anything you set your mind too, as long as you shut out the worldly, pessimistic noise around you. Stop giving others the permission to dig a hole and throw you in with no way out. Stop allowing others to dictate who you are and what you are meant to accomplish while here on this earth.

Life goes fast, and without the power within, you will fall to the back of line, you will be last to cross the finish line, you will get ran over, you will miss out on discovering your full potential and then becoming oblivious to the specific glories life has in store for you.

There are many ways in life to "Be Your Own Hero" and pursue whatever it is that makes your heart explode in joy, happiness and gratitude. Here's a serious, in your face question - If you knew that life's end was near, what is it that you would want to do more than anything else in this world? Be a better parent, spend everyday with your grand babies, tell someone how much you love them, travel the globe, become an entrepreneur, own a coffee shop, work in a flower shop  arranging bouquets of flowers, teach pottery to high school students, volunteer your time to the elderly, the homeless or to the needy? What would it be? Write it down, exhaust the list, but most importantly, make a list and keep it by your bedside as a reminder for you and yourself.

Create a "Vision Board". What is a vision board? Go to your nearest craft store, Target, Office Max, etc. and pick up a cork board...any size will do, your choice. Across the top put the words "My Vision Board". With thumbtacks, post on your vision board all the desires of your heart. It may be a dream home, dream career, travel dreams, lottery tickets, whatever it is that sparks the perseverance laying dorm it in you. This excise works, trust me, everything that I have ever posted on my vision board has happened in my life...I have even had to take down things that I previously posted because they have already taken place, then of course replacing them with new inspirations. If you can visualize it, it will happen, study quantum physics if you still have doubts.

Opportunity or what I like to call blessings are presented to us daily. We are just so busy trying to control our lives that we miss what's right in front of us to take, grab and pursue. Helen Keller put it best "When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but we often look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us." Exactly is only the "weight of the world," the expectations and demands of others that truly prevents us from pursuing who we are meant to be, our soul life purpose. We are too focused on what others think of us, allowing them to judge us, condemn us and possibly crush us. It is only when we have made a conscious choice to follow our hearts and not the demands of this world that we will blossom in our lives.

Walter Eliot says "Perseverance is not a long race: It is many short races, one after another!" So what are you waiting for? When are you going to step up to the starting line so you can run the race with the rest of us? I've been utilizing my internal perseverance since birth. For those of you who follow me and know me personally, know all to well that I am the perseverance expert, as I was born into a world of darkness, severe child abuse from a paranoid schizophrenic mother. It is perseverance that has gotten me through every trial and tribulation in my life. Without it I would have been crushed long ago. And, so let us run with determination the race that lies before us.

Perseverance is the internal drive, determination, strength and courage to push through the tough parts of life. It is perseverance that brings light to the darkest days of our lives. And we all know that none of us are without hardship, dark days, trials and tribulations, but it is with perseverance that we become invincible in these undeniable life situations. Look at the 2009 economic turmoil, layoffs, cutbacks, as well as today's natural disasters...the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, our men and women at war fighting for our freedom, the list goes on. But without perseverance none of us would survive these 21st Century catastrophic events. Even when the pieces crumble all around us, it is perseverance that forces us to get up, dust ourselves off so we can start putting the pieces back together through life changes. Contrary to what you've heard, impossible is not a word, it's only an excuse not to try. If you believe you can't, you are right! If you believe you can, you are right! I love Barak Obama's speech on YouTube delivered to the Kalamazoo, Michigan Central High School graduating class of 2010. He said "True Excellence only comes with Perseverance!"

Don't change your colors for anyone else...paint your life with new colors and transform your life into the life you were meant to lead. Every issue, belief, attitude or assumption that you have is precisely the barrier between you and yourself...only you can transform your life. It is only when you shift your attitude that you will then shift the outcome.

I want for you whatever it is that you want for your life. My advice is to keep the end goal in mind, never losing site of the overall objective or better - the dream. Don't get bogged down with the details and always see the value of who you are and anticipate the crazy excellent end results.

Until next week, Blessings!

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