A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
-- Lao-tzu

 

   

The MONTHLY Motivator - January 2013

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Highest expectations

If you could choose what kind of world to live in, what kind of world would you choose? If you could determine how the upcoming day will be, with what kinds of things would you fill it? If you had the power to decide what types of opportunities would come your way, what opportunities would you select? If you knew that your experiences would equal your expectations, what would your expectations be?

In fact, you do have the power to choose the way that much of your world will be. You do have the ability to decide what kinds of events, experiences, opportunities and circumstances come your way. For the world you experience is the world with which your dreams, your thoughts, your expectations and your actions most closely resonate. The world you see and live in, is the world you most sincerely expect to see.

The universe is filled with endless possibilities, and those possibilities keep growing more numerous with each minute. The way you live determines which of those possibilities come into contact with your life. With your thoughts, with your actions, with your values, dreams and expectations, you do indeed choose what kind of world you live in. The way you are, is closely mirrored in the world you see. The way you frame your life has a major impact on the way your life unfolds. The way you see yourself and your place in the world determines who you truly are. The unstated assumptions upon which you rely are constantly exerting their influence. Your deepest, most sincere feelings about life have a way of coloring every circumstance.

The events in your world do not just happen without reason or source. They are driven by your most fundamental expectations of how you will find life to be. In each small moment and in every large undertaking, your frame of life sets the stage. The way you see the world determines the kind of world you see.

You don’t have to look very far to find a reason to feel sorry for yourself. But why would you want to waste even a few moments of your precious life on self pity? It’s easy to come up with perfectly reasonable excuses for lowering your expectations and hiding away from life. But then all you’re left with are worthless excuses. There are certain circumstances under which some people see themselves as victims. Yet under those exact same circumstances other people find and make the most of truly grand opportunities.

When you expect life to be cruel and harsh, it will live up to your expectations. When, on the other hand, you consider yourself to be extremely fortunate, you will become even more so. There is great value in every moment. Positive possibilities are generated by every turn and twist of fate. No matter what may happen or fail to happen, life is what you choose to make it.

Think of the best possible thing that you could accomplish today, and then ask yourself this. What would be even better? Instead of lowering your expectations to be more in line with reality, raise those expectations and then improve your reality so it matches them. That’s a much better choice and yes, you can most certainly do it.

Realize that the best is yet to come. Then get busy and make it happen. What has happened before may be interesting and useful to know about. Yet all of that is in the past, and right now the world is filled with brand new possibilities. The quality of your life right now depends on how you live it right now.


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