How Small Changes Make Big Differences

Until one is committed there’s hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative, and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:

The moment one definitely commits oneself then Providence moves, too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events come from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamt would come his or her way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s concepts:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, Begin It. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

—W.H. Murray

Once I gave over to truly committing myself to my choices, to my decisions, to my countless ideas, Providence has never failed me.

Boldness truly, deeply, really has genius, power, and magic in it. Especially when you surrender your attachment to the outcome.

Yoga is my daily practice of non-attachment. It helps me partner with my ego rather than succumb to the drama of doubt and fear which my ego is an expert at creating. My ego wants to protect me from shame and failure.

My ego wants to stop me from doing anything it perceives as dangerous so if it catches me hesitating, you can bet I’m sitting my ass back on the couch and doing nothing. Nada. Ego breathes a sigh of relief and goes back to sleep.

My soul and deepest desires want me to be full in, committed to my acts of initiative and creation. So it’s critical that I act or speak up before I hesitate. And the way I trick myself into bold, creative action is to tell myself “it’s an experiment.”

Ever since I started experimenting with this concept, magic started. Every time I commit myself to a course of action or an idea, amazing things happen.

Mel Robbins talks about this concept in this must watch interview on The 5 Second Rule. And no, it’s not about eating food that’s dropped to the floor.

Seriously, I had no idea that scientific research has actually been done on when one takes action before hesitation sets in. Like Mel, I thought this was my little secret. What I didn’t know was the science behind shaking up my own habit loops.

Obviously Mr. Murray knew all about this, too. Otherwise, he never would have attempted to summit Mt. Everest.

We don’t have to attempt massive undertakings like climbing Mt. Everest. Sometimes our most massive shifts happen when we tackle the mundane and the ordinary. For Mel Robbins, it started with not hitting the snooze button.

Four years ago I made a shift that made a huge difference: I started waking up an hour earlier every morning. I went from lying to myself that I’d go to the gym after work or that I’d write a novel after work or that I would <insert some lofty aspiration> to actually getting shit done BEFORE I went to work.

  • I co-authored 5 Amazon Best selling books.
  • I self-published an Amazon best selling book of poetry.
  • I practiced yoga every damn day. (Still do)
  • My morning time has become my starting trigger to ground and center myself, before the demands of the day come rushing in.

The first two weeks sucked. Transitioning from night owl to a morning lark made me sleep deprived. Not only was I changing how I did my mornings but I was also changing my night time behavior. A few days of sleep deprivation were worth it.

4 years later, my morning routine continues to evolve. I’ve recently added teaching two yoga classes a week. Bright and early, before I go to work.

I use my morning time to create art or work on a crochet project.

I guard this time like a mama bear guards her cubs.

And I’m about to experiment with way bigger things than getting up an hour or two earlier. Now that waking up when others are hitting the snooze button is a routine loop, it’s time for me to shake up my small experiments. My brain sees these experiments as safe.

Keep an eye out for something bigger here. And hold me to it.

Meanwhile, what small changes have you made that have made a big difference in your life?

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What Can You Let Go Of Today?

Hold onto integrity

Let go of ego

Hold onto compassion

Let go of judgment

Hold onto calmness

Let go of stress and anxiety

Hold onto the present moment

Let go of worry

Hold onto to your value and worthiness

Let go of your negative self-talk

Holding on

Letting go

It really is a balance

What can you let go of that no longer adds value or serves you?

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26 Inspiring Quotes To Help You Begin Each Day With A Positive Attitude

Mindset. Attitude. Motivation. New Beginnings. Every day is an opportunity to begin again.

The following quotes have been buried in my journals. As I was rescuing poems, also buried in my journals and to be published sometime in 2017, I found these reminders. And I needed them to be in one place, not stuck between the lines in last year’s notebook.

These 26 inspiring quotes are mostly for me. And you. I hope you find a few that you can take forward, onward, and upward every single morning.

26 Inspiring Quotes To Help You Begin Each Day With A Positive Attitude

“Fear interferes with the mindful use of your power. When you base choices on fears, chaos comes between you and your inner divinity.” ~ Carolyn Miss

“Fear and faith both demand you believe in something you cannot see. You choose.” ~ Bob Proctor

“Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” ~ Paul Tournier

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.” Jim Rohn

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” ~ Mary Robinson

“Expect miracles in the most unexpected places.” ~ Unk

Piglet: “How do you spell love?”
Pooh: “You don’t. You feel it.”

“Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” ~  CS Lewis

“To hell with circumstances. I create opportunities.” ~ Bruce Lee

“Don’t be satisfied with stories of how things have gone with others, unfold your own myth.” ~ Rumi

“Beginnings are imbued with Magic.” ~ Herman Hesse

“Yoga induces self-regulation, which is the ability to manage feelings, thoughts, and quiet in the mind.” ~ Stephen Cope

“Regular yoga practice improves the brains near transmitters, which promotes feeling of well being. It activates the parasympathetic nervous system which is the “rest and relax” system as opposed to the “fight or flight” system.” Stephen Cope

“Life is really about beginning to feel the slight tugging of dissatisfaction with ____________ and then feeling the gentle process of clarifying personal preferences regarding something different and then aligning with the idea and details of the desired OUTCOME and then consciously witnessing the movement of forces and situations to accommodate the desired outcome.” HICKS

“From the state of balanced energy, you experience clarity, vitality, eagerness, physical wellness, abundance in all things you consider to be good, and an exuberant site of joy. This the natural state of who you really are.” – HICKS

Nothing can come to you without your invitations of it. Thinking about something is inviting the essence of that something into your experiences.

You are the creator of your own reality. Everything about you r life is coming to you in response to the focus of our thoughts.

The way you FEEL as you are focusing thought is really what matters the most.

You get what you feel about what you think about ______

Whenever you ask, it is always given.

You are free to choose the direction of your own thoughts. HICKS

“There’s only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” ~ Christopher Morley

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within  yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” – Elizabeth Kubler Ross

“Dreams are the seedlings of reality” Napleon Hill

“Sometimes we don’t know how flexible we are until we give ourselves the freedom to create and discover.” Shiva Rea

“Silence has a mysterious calming affect, allowing your soul to be at peace with your thoughts.” Anthony Douglas Williams

Once you learn how to be happy, you won’t tolerate being around people who make you feel anything else ~ Lessons Learned in Life

“Stories move in circles. They do not go in strain lines. So it helps if you listen in circles. There are stories inside stories and stories between stories and finding your way through them is as easy and as hard as finding your way home. And part of the finding is the getting lost and when you’re lost, you star to look around and listen.” Deana Metzger”

“The Latin root of perfect means finished not “without flaws.” Everyday Sacred

“The only thing that grows is the that which you give energy to.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.” Joseph Chilton Pearce

“Let go of anger – it is an acid that burns away the delicate layers of your happiness.” Taro Gold

So there you have it. 26 inspiring quotes to help you start each day with positivity and a bold, kickass attitude!

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