Power of Positivity: Positive Thinking & Attitude http://powerofpositivity.com Power of Positivity celebrates the lifestyle of positive thinking and attitude. Improve your life and others with the power of positivity! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 02:21:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 7 Steps to Happiness http://powerofpositivity.com/7-steps-to-happiness-chakras/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=7-steps-to-happiness-chakras http://powerofpositivity.com/7-steps-to-happiness-chakras/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:42:23 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=8713 Happiness can be relative to the health of our chakras. Here’s a popular explanation by our friend Doe Zantamata from Happiness in Your Life. 7 Steps to Happiness The colors of the above image represent the colors of the chakras, the energy centers of the human body. They correspond to our glands, to CHI life ...

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happiness Happiness can be relative to the health of our chakras. Here’s a popular explanation by our friend Doe Zantamata from Happiness in Your Life.

7 Steps to Happiness

The colors of the above image represent the colors of the chakras, the energy centers of the human body. They correspond to our glands, to CHI life energy, and to our lymphatic system.

The meaning behind each color. . .

Think Less, Feel More

White is the Crown Chakra, which is our connection to God and The Universe. This is especially helpful when everything around us seems wrong. We can still know inside that things will get better. This is why I made it, “Think Less, Feel More.” As long as we can go within, pray, meditate, we can still feel joy and connection, even when nothing else around us in the physical world seems to support it.

Frown Less, Smile More

Purple is the Third Eye Chakra, which is similar to the crown except it’s connection to others. It’s the place of intuition. I have it as “Frown Less, Smile More,” because if we are smiling, the world smiles back. If we think positively, we’ll be open to more positivity around us. One of the Laws of Karma says that if we believe something is true, the Universe will have no choice but to keep showing us that truth. That’s why it’s so important to keep smiling!

Talk Less, Listen More

Blue is the Throat Chakra, which is communication. Communication isn’t just talking. If you train yourself to listen, really listen, you will be able to communicate much better, which is why I made that one “Talk Less, Listen More.”

Judge Less, Accept More

Green is the heart, which is unconditional love to self and others, which is why it’s “Judge Less, Accept More”…you cannot love if you are judging, and you can accept when you love.

Watch Less, Do More

Yellow is the Solar Plexus chakra, which is the one of action. Whenever you get nervous and you get that tightening in the chest below the ribs, that’s the solar plexus. In society today, we often watch..watch movies, watch tv, watch sports. We get in the habit of watching but not doing as much. Then this habit can also lead to a less “action” motivated response in us, so when we really want something or really don’t want something, we risk becoming more prone to just dealing with it and not taking the action(s) to change it. So this is “Watch Less, Do More.”

Complain Less, Appreciate More

Orange is the Sacral Chakra, which is the one of relationships. Just imagine how much better our relationships would be if we all thought daily to “Complain Less, Appreciate More?” :)

Fear Less, Love More

Red is the Root Chakra, which is the survival center. When we build our life on fears, we will have more and more fears. When we build our life on love, we will have more and more love…and ultimately, happiness. This is why it is “Fear Less, Love More.”

This image is also available as an inspiration refrigerator magnet for a daily reminder.
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5 Things to Release in Order to be Happy http://powerofpositivity.com/5-things-release-order-happy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-things-release-order-happy http://powerofpositivity.com/5-things-release-order-happy/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:29:03 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=8593 The path to authentic happiness involves clearing the blocks to the happiness already waiting within us–we were never meant to search for things on the outside because our wellspring was waiting inside. We don’t have to fix anything or make ourselves better–we just have to brush off the dust that’s clouding and dulling our shine. ...

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The path to authentic happiness involves clearing the blocks to the happiness already waiting within us–we were never meant to search for things on the outside because our wellspring was waiting inside. We don’t have to fix anything or make ourselves better–we just have to brush off the dust that’s clouding and dulling our shine.

Taking spiritual teachings from the esoteric realm, or intellectual level into an experiential level was the catalyst for my personal shift from suffering to happiness. We do this through making a commitment to ourselves and creating a daily practice in which we connect with our higher self in meditation and then throughout the day, so that we are able to consciously observe our life by being “up above it” rather than “stuck within it”.

From this higher perspective, observe your thoughts, beliefs, emotions, actions, and patterns so that you can begin to see clearly what changes you need to make in order to clear the blocks to your happiness within.

5 Things to Release in Order to be Happy

1. Thoughts

We begin by identifying the spiritual ego which is synonymous with fear–this means all thoughts that are not love can be released. Loving perceptions feel expansive, inspired and free. Fearful perceptions feel tight, stuck and doubt, judgment and lack is at the forefront. Choose love over fear.

2. Beliefs

A belief is simply a thought that has come in over and over until it has formed into a belief. What we believe in, we create. Are you believing in a nightmare or a happy dream? Identify limiting beliefs and commit to releasing them moment-to-moment.

3. Emotion

Feeling is healing–as we allow emotions to surface and release, we clear emotional patterns from our bodies that were energetically blocking us from happiness and abundance.  Energy is always trying to flow to us in the form of new relationships, creative and financial opportunities,and even better health. However, it’s up to us to open the pathways.

4. Actions

The actions we take directly affect our well-being.  When we pay attention to those which lower, or drain our energy, we can let them go; even if it might not make sense on a logical level, it’s important to listen to our inner guide and body because it knows best.

5. Patterns

Unconscious activities or behaviors are operating from the place of the ego, not our inner guide, which requires us to be present and conscious to align with it. Create awareness of the behaviors that create self-sabotage and cause you suffering, and have the willingness to let them go. This will allow them to fall away naturally.

My clients begin working with me because they know there’s more and they’re ready to get to the next level. Create a life you love from the inside out and download your *free* copy of The Happiness Blueprint.

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7 Exercises for Spiritual Strength http://powerofpositivity.com/7-exercises-for-spiritual-strength/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=7-exercises-for-spiritual-strength http://powerofpositivity.com/7-exercises-for-spiritual-strength/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:34:49 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=8501 What is spiritual strength? Like building physical strength when you work out, building spiritual strength is similar but on the inside. Building your “spiritual strength” activates your spirit and connection to the divine from within, giving you the power you need to live a life of purpose and fulfillment.  Even though you already may be ...

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What is spiritual strength?

Like building physical strength when you work out, building spiritual strength is similar but on the inside. Building your “spiritual strength” activates your spirit and connection to the divine from within, giving you the power you need to live a life of purpose and fulfillment.  Even though you already may be living a fulfilling life, your spiritual exercises will make life that much sweeter.  

Just like the feeling after a physical workout, spiritual exercise allows your energy to flow more freely, and the feelings of love and positivity will fill your being. Negative thoughts will be forgotten and negative experiences will diminish.

When you give and receive positive energy through these exercises, you immediately feel happier. Here’s 7 simple spiritual exercises you can try right now.

7 Exercises for Spiritual Strength

1. Spend more time with loving, encouraging family/friends.

Think of your relationships for a moment, does it paint a picture that you’d like to improve?

Some of your best moments in life can be with family, but some others may not be so memorable.  Don’t hold on to the negative memories – they’re too much of a burden to bear.  Release them and know that they will be taken care of for you.  You are meant to be happy and enjoy life, especially happy times with those who you are close with.  When you’re focused on being spiritually centered, you are always divinely protected.  Some negative thoughts can come up and try to bring you down, but you can be confident in your spiritual strength,  letting it speak for you – kind of like a bodyguard!

Give this time with your family or friends the attention and love it deserves. When your heart opens up to your loved ones this way, new patterns and thoughts develop in you. From these new thoughts, you can build the foundation to healthier relationships.

Take action to show those important to you how much you appreciate them. It can be as simple as a phone call or email to warm someone’s heart.  It could even turn their whole life around.

2. Go outside as much as possible.

Getting outside is vital to building your spiritual strength.  An increased connection to nature and the Earth places you in alignment with the real living energy.  It directly connects you to the divine, allowing positive energy to channel to you and through you.  Enjoy the sunshine and let it shine on your face (your pineal gland is actually light sensitive)  You can do this more by making it a habit to eat outdoors or even take a walk to watch the sunrise or sunset.

As you spend more time outside, be aware of the sights and sounds of nature.  Feel the energy of the wind as it blows past you and be sure to smell your surroundings.  You were meant to be pleased through your senses, and nature can do that in multiple ways.

3. Reduce distractions (TV, Radio, Internet, Newspaper)

Media can fill your mind with thousands of ads, episodes, and events that are nowhere near vital to living your best life.   When you reduce the absorption of participating in these activities, there is far less manufactured stimuli being fed in, and your brain has a chance to be silent.  These moments of silence gives you an opportunity to strengthen your spiritual connection and those around you.

And if you’re not ready to give these things up or reduce your intake (we understand), just try to sharpen your focus on what you DO want to see (like Power of Positivity), rather than what you don’t.

4. Observe your thoughts about the people around you.

It’s very important to send positive energy to others as well as opening up to receive it yourself.  There’s no room in this life to judge others, as you may be judged by others for your own actions.  Focusing on pain, gossip, fear, or sadness does not serve anyone.

The energy you send others can help them hurdle their challenge, or stumble trip and fall.  Be kind to all people.  See the good (and the God) in them and help try to amplify that voice to help lead them to their best life.  You may have no idea the kind of battle they’re fighting right now – the energy you send them is very important.

5. Step out in faith

Be confident to stand strong in the face of adversity.  Know that the Divine has got your back, and that a bigger breakthrough is in store for you beyond your challenges. There may be forces that have an investment in keeping you from receiving your best life, but when you decide to stand up or speak out, knowing that your faith is bigger than your fear, the illusion of fear that’s trying to hold you down will diminish and eventually disappear.

You become stronger and wiser when you step out in faith.  The lessons brought about by all people and situations we come into contact with are our teachers AND our exams – take this chance to get an A+!

6. Be of service to others

History shows that the most spiritually strong, peaceful, loving people were focused on being of service to others. Jesus, Buddha, Mother Theresa, Gandhi… the list goes on. There is real power and peace in service for its own sake.  Take time to help someone in need, or share a contact with them who can.  You don’t have to be special to be the turning point in someone’s life – every person you encounter is brought to you for a specific reason.  Serve the situation and your spiritual strength will surely grow.

7. Make prayer/meditation a habit.

Regular observance of the “unseen” helpers and guides, angels, or whomever you call on that surrounds you, will cause a change in you.  A great exercise for spiritual strength is to pray or meditate (however you prefer) at least two times a day.

Prayer or meditation usually has a formal beginning like “Dear God,” or “Dear Heavenly Father,” or “Oh Great Healing Spirit.” Other faiths have specific rituals, such as the Muslim religion reciting “The Opening” in a specific posture. It can be practiced in a variety of ways and positions, but all will ultimately help build your spiritual strength and lead you to your best life.   As you pray/meditate, sit quietly and allow the divine to come into you to strengthen and illuminate your spirit.  Keep your requests in the positive tense, focusing on healing instead of sickness or disease, abundance instead of scarcity, and so on.  If you acknowledge the negative energy, you claim ownership to it and allow it to stay in your life.  Flood it with the positive!

Be sure to also set aside specific times for this spiritual exercise and try your best to stick to this schedule.  This discipline shows the divine that you are ready to show up for life.  You can practice prayer and meditation at any time however, you can connect with the divine whenever you like, just by reminding yourself verbally or through thought that you are always one.  Over time, you will see many positive results from this spiritual strength exercise.

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Develop a routine from these exercises and remain steadfast in your focus of growing your spiritual strength. As you practice, you’ll see your life improve in front of your eyes and will also see that there’s far more strength inside you than you could have ever imagined.  Spiritual strength creates beautiful life experiences that cannot be explained in physical terms, gives you confidence, and lets you know that you’re moving in the right direction of life.

What exercises do you practice to increase your spiritual strength?

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3 Ways to Open Your “Optimism Umbrella” http://powerofpositivity.com/optimism-umbrella/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=optimism-umbrella http://powerofpositivity.com/optimism-umbrella/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:49:12 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=7746 “When it rains, it pours. But that’s what umbrellas are for.” – Kristen Butler Life is just like the weather.  You can be feeling the positive flow one moment, and be caught in a rainstorm of negativity the next. Even on the clearest, most beautiful day you can have a popup shower or huge storm. ...

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“When it rains, it pours. But that’s what umbrellas are for.” – Kristen Butler

Life is just like the weather.  You can be feeling the positive flow one moment, and be caught in a rainstorm of negativity the next.

Even on the clearest, most beautiful day you can have a popup shower or huge storm. You can be like a weather expert and attempt to predict the forecast, but sometimes you just never know. That’s why it’s important to carry your umbrella. . . your “Optimism Umbrella”.

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The “Optimism Umbrella” is just like a traditional umbrella, which protects you from harsh weather, except it protects you from the inside out. It keeps your mind clear and shields your soul. It’s important to consciously remember to carry this around, and know how to open it when dark clouds appear.

Here are 3 ways to open your optimism umbrella

Breathe

During any storm of negative energy, the first thing you need to do is see the storm, and realize that even though you may be in the midst of the storm, you’ve got your umbrella with you and can stay dry, calm and collected.  The first step to opening your umbrella however, is delivering oxygen to your brain to think.

Multiple studies have shown that taking time to focus on your breathing can drastically reduce negative energy in many different forms, including pain and stress. Not only does deep breathing in fresh air help reduce negativity, it’s also the most important element to your life. We couldn’t survive more than two minutes without breathing.

So take a few slow, steady, deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.  4 counts in, 8 counts out. Verbally affirm that you are protected.  You deserve to do this for yourself at least 10 times every day!

Don’t be afraid to jump in the puddles

Each sunny day in life brings new opportunities.  But the stormy days bring new challenges.  Luckily, these challenges have the ability to transform into opportunities for knowledge and personal growth.  With the wrong attitude however, a small rain shower can quickly turn into a thunderstorm.

Find the best way to enjoy the moment and be grateful.  Jump in the puddles or do your best Fred Astaire and sing in the rain. Life is not about what happens to you, it’s about what you do when life happens to you.

See the silver lining

As with any storm, realize that it’s going to eventually come to an end. Look for the rays of sunshine and hope. You will be in the light once again, and when you are, you’ll put away your umbrella until you need it next and be grateful for the experience.

There’s never a time your optimism umbrella can’t help you. Just open it up and allow it to aid you wherever you go.

Shine ON!

 

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5 Qualities of a Truly Loyal Relationship http://powerofpositivity.com/5-qualities-truly-loyal-relationship/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-qualities-truly-loyal-relationship http://powerofpositivity.com/5-qualities-truly-loyal-relationship/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:01:54 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=8294 Loyalty is an essential quality in any close relationship. It’s a strong assurance of another person.  Whether it be in work, business, family, friendship or a relationship, loyalty builds from specific characteristics. Just because someone is a family member, neighbor or friend does not mean that they will be loyal. Ideally, we wish that were ...

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Loyalty is an essential quality in any close relationship. It’s a strong assurance of another person.  Whether it be in work, business, family, friendship or a relationship, loyalty builds from specific characteristics.

loyal-personJust because someone is a family member, neighbor or friend does not mean that they will be loyal. Ideally, we wish that were true (and hopefully someday it is), but for now loyalty must be earned.

Much like steps on a ladder, there are specific qualities that you can see in a person to know if they are truly loyal. We call this the  “Loyalty Ladder”.

A truly loyal person will be loyal because they want to.  Loyalty through obligation can be dangerous. But, sometimes it’s hard to detect. People can be deceiving due to their own personal agendas and show this subtly through their words and actions.

To help you truly detect the difference . . .

Here are 5 ways to recognize a truly loyal relationship:

A loyal relationship is supportive

A loyal person will reach out to you when you need them.  They care enough to stay aware, and take action when they know you need a pick-me-up, or just a little reminder to stay on track.

A loyal relationship is respectful

If someone talks about someone else to you behind their back, who do you think they’ll talk about when you’re not around? A loyal person will be respectful of you away from your presence. They will decline the opportunity to spread gossip, and may even deliver a serious message, sharing their opinion of gossiping with the people doing it.

A loyal relationship is trustworthy

A loyal person will share their honest opinion (even if it’s not always what you want to hear).  Sometimes, they want to share their experience with you, hoping that it will give you insight and help you follow your best path.

In a relationship, a loyal person loves you (and only you) fully and completely.

A loyal relationship is sincere

A truly loyal person is always sincere. They show very subtle, yet powerful signs that they care. You’ll find that they are faithful in a way that they show up during the good times and the bad times. Loyal people are supportive (even loving) for no other reason than that they care.
Practice random acts of kindness.

A loyal relationship has integrity

When one does what is right by their own personal values and morals, and is also supported by societal norms, that’s integrity. They are kind. They properly care for themselves and others around them. In fact, they are known for it.

When a person with high integrity makes a mistake they will apologize, and you’ll find they generally won’t repeat it. It’s important to them to uphold their good character and moral righteousness.

Personal loyalty is displayed through love, devotion, dedication and commitment to the well being of another.

It’s important to keep in mind that we are all a work in progress. We can strive to be better in all of these areas. It’s not up to us to judge or be harsh to those that aren’t – there’s a good chance that deep down inside of themselves, a desire to be loyal and have loyalty shown to them resides.

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5 Tips to Be Your Best http://powerofpositivity.com/5-tips-to-be-your-best/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-tips-to-be-your-best http://powerofpositivity.com/5-tips-to-be-your-best/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:32:30 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=8231 One of the biggest goals in life is to be your best self.  Our friend Chalene Johnson shares 5 of her favorite ways to do just that! 5 Tips to Be Your Best 1. Brag (to yourself). Start with a nice long list of things you like about yourself. To “be better” you have to ...

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One of the biggest goals in life is to be your best self.  Our friend Chalene Johnson shares 5 of her favorite ways to do just that!

5 Tips to Be Your Best

1. Brag (to yourself).

Start with a nice long list of things you like about yourself. To “be better” you have to start with gratitude for all the greatness that is already inside of you. Start with all the wonderful things that you are pretty dang proud of! This might sound bragalicious…but it will honestly help you feel better about yourself and feeling better about who you are will automatically help you to BE BETTER!

2. Make a list of three character traits you want to work on in the next 30 days.

For example, being on time, doing a better job of recognizing co-workers for their efforts, being more romantic with your partner, etc. (When you put your goals on paper, you have a MUCH greater chance of seeing it come to pass!)

3. Invest in personal or business development.

Studies show that the average person receives a $7 return on every dollar spent on personal development. Keep in min that statistics takes into consideration all the people who invest in personal development and then do nothing with it. By taking good notes and applying what you learn I’m certain you can double, triple or even quadruple your return on investment.

4. Focus on being a student.

Be a better student of the people you meet and the people around you. Learn to love learning. Be curious. Read. Study and apply. Studies show that one of the easiest ways to boost self-esteem is by learning something new. Knowledge makes us stronger. Wisdom makes us kinder!

5. Give genuine praise and compliments.

Give genuine praise and compliments to those who deserve it and especially to those who you think already know how you feel about them. Nothing feels better than making another person’s day. Get in the habit of starting each day by sending 5 people a text of sincere appreciation.

Please feel free to share or tag someone who you’d like to publicly acknowledge how much you appreciate them!

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Here’s to being your best self!  Add to these tips in the discussion below and always shine ON!

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3 Signs It’s Time to Release a Toxic Friendship http://powerofpositivity.com/3-signs-time-release-toxic-friendship/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3-signs-time-release-toxic-friendship http://powerofpositivity.com/3-signs-time-release-toxic-friendship/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 04:15:14 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=8187 Friendships are wonderful parts of life, but they’re only a part of the total experience that makes up who you are.  Many friendships are very positive, but some can become toxic. When toxicity occurs in your life, it’s important to see the signals and let it go. Here are 3 Signs It’s Time to Release ...

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Friendships are wonderful parts of life, but they’re only a part of the total experience that makes up who you are.  Many friendships are very positive, but some can become toxic. When toxicity occurs in your life, it’s important to see the signals and let it go.

Here are 3 Signs It’s Time to Release a Toxic Friendship:

1. It’s consistently a one-sided relationship.

Everything in this world works in perfect balance. When something is off you can feel it; you can see it. Positive relationships work the same way. It takes effort from both people to make a great friendship. If you feel like things have changed and you go out of your way often to keep in touch or arrange meet-ups it’s time to find out why. Keep in mind, opposite personalities usually attract and it’s normal for one person to be more forward. However, we’re talking about a substantial shift, where the other person shows less interest and availability. And, when you do get together it doesn’t feel the same.

A great relationship is always able to pick right up where it left off. Time and distance make no difference. If your meetings feel forced than perhaps you’re souls journeys are taking different paths and that’s okay. Friendship should never feel forced.

2. You don’t feel good after you talk to or see this person.

After speaking with a good friend you should feel uplifted. A friend should bring value to your life and celebrate your journey with you. Good friends laugh with you. The mood is lighthearted and fun. On the contrary, if you feel drained its time to consider why you are still friends with this person.

People can have bad days or trying times and need to vent. That’s okay. They need encouragement, love and patience. During this time you can harness inner strength. But, if the relationship continues to deplete you in such a way that it effects your life significantly, and is not enjoyable anymore, it’s time to set limits. Perhaps even part ways depending on how detrimental they are to your well being.

3. Your lifestyle paths have dramatically changed.

Good friends don’t have everything in common, but enough that allows them to relate to each other and have fun. When paths start going in such opposite directions where each person no longer feel like they know other, it may be time to evaluate the relationship. Especially if it’s in such a way that is not in alignment with your moral and beliefs. In life, many people come and go. Only a few stay. The ones that stay always have a special place in our hearts and you may only see them once in a while. The dramatic changes we are talking about here are substantial enough that they create toxic energy and influence in your life. When it begins to affect you negatively, it’s time to get out.

The best thing to remember is that no relationship is a waste. Every person we meet teaches us something new.

Has this happened to you?  Discuss below:

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Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy. Here’s Why: http://powerofpositivity.com/nothing-worth-having-comes-easy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nothing-worth-having-comes-easy http://powerofpositivity.com/nothing-worth-having-comes-easy/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 03:35:40 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=8128 The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. - Vince Lombardi Do you believe nothing worth having comes easy? We’ve come to find that it’s true. Everyone wants some ...

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The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. - Vince Lombardi

Do you believe nothing worth having comes easy?

We’ve come to find that it’s true.

Everyone wants some form of success and fulfillment in their lives whether it be relationships, money, or just a solid sense of self.  It can and will come to you if you believe, but if it’s truly worth it, it may not come easy.  Luck and circumstance are wonderful, but rarely to thank for success.

With the big surge in popularity of the Law of Attraction, some people are assuming they can visualize whatever they want without action and it will just happen. However, action is a must in the “attr-action”. Our energy is in fact a powerful driving force, but we drive that force. Challenges and mistakes are what create the opportunities to put positive momentum, growth and success into place.

Struggle brings progress whether you succeed or fail.  You either advance or learn from it. If you learn from it, remember that mistakes are proof that you are trying. You’re working on growth. Life is not stagnant and does not wait, so doing something now, even if it seems you’re in the face of an unbeatable adversary, is still better than nothing. If it’s worth it, it’s not easy.

If you need the motivation to get started or to keep going, here are our favorite motivational quotes.

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Motivational Quotes on Hard Work & Success:

Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.

John Carmack

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Colin Powell

 

Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.

Gail Devers

 

Through hard work, perseverance and a faith in God, you can live your dreams.

Benjamin Carson

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.

Gordon B. Hinckley

 

Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.

Sam Ewing

There is no substitute for hard work.

Thomas A. Edison

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.

Pope Paul VI

 

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.

Ann Landers

 

What is your favorite motivating quote?

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5 Ways to Completely Clear Negative Energy http://powerofpositivity.com/5-ways-clear-negative-energy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-ways-clear-negative-energy http://powerofpositivity.com/5-ways-clear-negative-energy/#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 02:25:31 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=8071 Have you ever wished you could just completely clear all of the negativity and start with a fresh, clean slate? Well, you can. Right now, you have the ability to clear negative energy from your body and your home with just a few simple things. In fact, these tips I am going to share with ...

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Have you ever wished you could just completely clear all of the negativity and start with a fresh, clean slate?

Well, you can. Right now, you have the ability to clear negative energy from your body and your home with just a few simple things. In fact, these tips I am going to share with you I personally use on a daily or weekly basis, depending on how I feel.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about myself. In fact, I’ve completely transformed my life. I’ve really gotten to know what defines me and who I am. One core trait is that I have a very caring and sensitive nature. This sensitivity allows me to be very intuitive,  compassionate and understanding toward others. At the same time, unless I protect myself I can absorb their energy – positive and negative.

Just like bugs are drawn to an outdoor light at night,  negative energy seeks the light. It wants to be transformed. So, the closer to the light you are the more negative energy you may come in contact with.

Without protection, negativity can flank you at all sides and rob you of your happiness. No one is immune. This can cause depression, anxiety and many other mental and physical diseases. Negative energy feeds just like positive energy.

Cleansing your energy is also a great way to keep your unique energy intact. What I mean is, when you come in contact with a lot of people or find yourself in a crowd you actually exchange energy, whether you consciously know it or not. With that being said, it’s very important as you are making your way along this positive lifestyle journey that you protect yourself and cleanse when you aren’t feeling… well, yourself.

Let me share with you 5 things I personally do and I have found extremely effective.  Some I have picked up and been using over the years consistently as part of my positive lifestyle, but a few I learned from my mentor Deborah King, a well-known expert on Energy Healing.

 5 Ways to Completely Clear Negative Energy

1. Fresh Air & Sunshine

Fresh air and sunshine have incredible cleansing powers. As the wind blows through your hair and the warm kiss of the sun beams on your face, the energy of nature will always make you feel anew.  So if the weather permits, open up your windows or take a walk outside.  Feel the cleansing air enter your lungs as you breathe in, then exhale the negative energy and repeat.

2. Smudging

Smudging has been a heritage from the times of my Indian ancestors.  To smudge, you light a rolled stick of sage, set the intention of what you are going to cleanse (your home, body, an object, etc.) and fan the sage lightly.  If you are at home, open the windows to release negative energy as it is cleansed.

3. Salt

Salt Rock Lamps – The beauty and tranquility of the lamp allows individuals to focus on positive energies which allow them to heal mentally and physically. It is also believed that Himalayan Salt Rocks transfer the negative ions in the air.

Salt Around the borders of your home – Sea salt placed around the borders of your windows, doors, and house have been known to ward off incoming negative energy and cleanse

4. The “BLISS” Bath

This is my favorite! I created this term “BLISS” Bath because it’s exactly how I feel during and afterwards. We all need more bliss in our life, right?  Afterwards I feel clean, centered and refreshed.  If you take it in the evening, it makes for a great nights sleep too.

BLISS stands for: Baking soda, Lavender oil, Intention & Salt Salt.

There are many baking soda and sea salt bath detox recipes, but here’s mine.

BLISS BATH:

Add to warm/hot water, as hot as you can comfortably stand.

1/2 lb of Baking Soda
A few drops of Eden’s Garden Lavender Oil
Positive Intention
1/2 lb of Sea Salt

*NOTE: It is safe to double the recipe for your first time or when you feel that you REALLY need a deep cleanse. I have done this and it is very effective. However, for regular cleansing, this recipe is very effective.

Overall, it’s a great detox for your energy and your body. If you make it hot enough that you can comfortably stand and stay in it for at least 20 minutes (I usually do 40 minutes), it will draw the toxins out of the body to the skins surface as the water cools. This water is very high alkaline (which is so healthy) from the baking soda and re-mineralizing from the sea salt.

A BLISS Bath is an easy way to cleanse negative energy that you suspect you may have picked up. You’ll know this when you aren’t feeling yourself or feeling overwhelmed.

An important thing to do after your bath is to drain the tub and quickly shower off, washing your hair, too. This will ensure that the toxins are completely rinsed off and don’t absorb back into the skin.

Overall, whether you’ve absorbed negative energy or not, this bath is great to cleanse and regard your energy and body. Try it, you’ll feel so refreshed the next day you’ll want to make it a habit.

5. Holy Water Spray

Whether you are religious or not, the truth is Blessed, Holy Water dispels negative energy. It’s been noted consistently through centuries by saints and sages. In fact it’s use has been dated back 15 centuries.

It works well because water is the universal solvent for cleansing. It dissolves chemical compounds, physical and energetic. Holy Water is prized for it’s properties of blessing and healing.

To obtain Holy Water you can visit a church or buy it online. You can also make your own, if you believe in your own abilities to do so.

There are a few ways. First, you can take some pure water and put it in a container. Then leave it out in the sunshine for a few hours. You can then infuse the water with holy basil leaves, flower essences or essential oils. If you believe in the power of prayer,  you can hold your hands over the water and pray over it. Pray for it’s protection and healing over you and anyone else it comes in contact with.

Once your Holy Water is ready,  put it in a spray bottle and sprinkle it on yourself and around the house. Anywhere you intuitively feel you need to cleanse energy.   Some parents even make it a regular routine to spray holy water on and around their children at night before they go to sleep.

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These five tips are perfect and very effective for cleansing negative energy, however the best thing to do is first protect yourself daily. What I like to do is, every morning I envision a bubble of protection around me. I close my eyes and feel the warmth and protection surrounding me. I affirm that it is with me all day.

Here is this space,  my positive energy is protected from seeping out as well as negative energy coming in. If you pray, you can add this extra protection then. The key is truly believing and asking, if you don’t ask, you’ll be found wanting.  This is what I have found to be true. In fact, sometimes if I am going through a challenge, I ask for extra protection and I truly feel it.

When I protect my energy, I feel consistently better. Good luck!

Is there something you’d like to add? How do you cleanse negative energy?

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5 Ways to Turn a “Blah” Day Around http://powerofpositivity.com/5-ways-turn-blah-day-ahhh-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-ways-turn-blah-day-ahhh-day http://powerofpositivity.com/5-ways-turn-blah-day-ahhh-day/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:19:55 +0000 http://powerofpositivity.com/?p=8107 A “Blah” day makes a date with sweatpants and ice cream sound like the most desirable way to mark another day off of the calendar. In reality, a blah day is actually deterring you from your highest path and will continue to do so as long as you allow it. Luckily, the blah day doesn’t ...

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A “Blah” day makes a date with sweatpants and ice cream sound like the most desirable way to mark another day off of the calendar. In reality, a blah day is actually deterring you from your highest path and will continue to do so as long as you allow it. Luckily, the blah day doesn’t have to last. YOU have the choice to turn a blah day into an “Ahhh” day that leaves you feeling accomplished, positive, and well prepared for the next day on your schedule.

Here are 5 Ways to turn a “Blah” day into an “Ahh” day:

Spending Time with Family

An excellent way to break free from a funk is to be around family. Whether this family is the one you were born with, or the family found along the way, the ones who are closest to you and care about you most will lift you up and keep your mind off of the things that have put you in the pits.

Spending Time with yourself

This may seem like it’s what you’re already doing, but sometimes the company you need IS your own self. The catch is that time spent with yourself has to be in the right setting. Think about turning on the Marvin Gaye for your soul, serenading yourself and showing yourself the love you truly deserve from the inside out. Look at yourself in the mirror and verbally affirm the wonderful, beautiful, happy human that you truly are.

Deep Breathing

Breathing has been known for ages to calm the mind and spirit, bringing you the clarity you need to reverse engineer your situation, figure out why it happened, and properly send positive energy to it. A technique known as “Prana” breathing is excellent for dealing with the depressing situation at hand. In cadence, breathe in for 4 counts and out for 8 counts. Do this repeatedly and you’ll feel the calm wash over you, allowing you to float into a positive perspective and dig yourself out of the rut.

Change the direction of your thoughts.

What goes through a person’s mind while the robe and couch combination is in full force is what matters most. If freedom from a blah day is to be found, it will begin with the conscious monitoring of thought. If the direction of thoughts are positive, then great! You’re on your way out already. If they’re negative, remind yourself of your ultimate happiness, affirm it out loud, and don’t even be afraid to act like a kid to bring out your happiness. Go ahead and jump on the bed, slide across the floor in your socks or sing out loud in the shower – you’ll be in a positive frame of mind in no time.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy uses soothing plant materials in order to alter a person’s mood, mind, subconscious state, or health. Aromatherapy often involves many different varieties of essential oils. Certain oils work to relieve stress, freshen your mind, and set the perfect mood to perk you up. For example, oils associated with lavender lemon, lime, peppermint, spearmint, and cypress (click to buy) are commonly used to cleanse and purify negative thoughts. Using these oils to purge your negative thoughts is going to allow you to embrace happiness and really get back to enjoying your life.

There are so many ways to turn a blah day into an ahhh day, but we wanted to share 5 to get you going. You can also meditate (click here to learn how), exercise, do something random, call a friend, or even just turn on a funny movie while you’re stuck on the sofa.

How have you turned your “blah” days into “ahh” days?

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