Not long ago I received a motivational email about Planting Priorities with the following questions from Stephen Covey.
"If you were to fault yourself in one of three areas, which would it be: (1) the inability to prioritize; (2) the inability or desire to organize around those priorities; or (3) the lack of discipline to execute around them? ... Most people say their main fault is a lack of discipline. On deeper thought, I believe that is not the case. The basic problem is that their priorities have not become deeply planted in their hearts and minds. They haven't really internalized Habit 2 [Begin with the end in mind]."I suspect Dr. Covey is correct ... at least about me. It occurs to me often that the 'clutter' in my surroundings seems to reflect the 'clutter' in my mind. One of the reasons I stopped reading a newspaper in the morning and/or listening to the news and developed the habit of writing in my journal instead was to avoid 'contamination' and 'distraction' ... keeping my focus on 'what matters' ... and letting the rest fall away. This is, of course, easier said than done. I've found that using 'affirmations' throughout the day helps me maintain a more 'centered' focus in the face of chaos & challenge ... maintaining 'awareness' of the moment ... as I recognize 'now' is all there really is.
In addition to A Course in Miracles and other inspirational writings, I've relied on Louise Hay's YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE to help me use the physical symptoms I experience occasionally to consider possible causes. Her affirmations serve as models to help me cultivate 'new thought patterns' to 'replace' old beliefs I no longer need or want. Writing these on 'post-its' (and/or in my PDA to carry with me) helps me 'remind' myself of 'the end I want' (ala Covey), and here are a few I'm currently using:
I am one with all of life. The Universe totally supports me.
I easily flow with change. My life is Divinely guided and I'm always going in the best direction.
My mind is cleansed and free. I leave the past and move into the now.
I lovingly release the past. They are free and I am free. All is well in my heart now.
Joy now flows freely within me and I am at peace with life.
I release the need to be right. I am at peace. I love & approve of myself.
I release all that is unlike love and joy in my mind. I move from the past into the new fresh and vital.
I release the pattern of delay within me and I now allow success to be mine.
I am the creative power in my world. I am a decisive person.
I return my power to its rightful place & make my own decisions.
I make my decisions based on the principles of truth.
I rest securely knowing that only Right Action is taking place in my life.
I follow through with ease and support myself with love.
I open my heart and sing the joys of love. It's okay for me to make noise.
My loving thoughts keep my immune system strong.
I am safe inside & out. I heal myself with love.
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"I get up every morning determined both to change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes, this makes planning the day difficult." E.B. White