Superstitions

Human knowledge is far from perfect so our brains are hard wired to look for cause and effect in the world. If one thing seems to happen before another, we may find ourselves linking them together to create superstition.

Almost every person in the world has one superstitious belief. Many people regard Friday 13th as an unlucky day, but the Universe doesn’t go on hiatus on this particular day. The mind is a powerful tool. What we focus our attention on expands and lends itself to the law of attraction. The law of attraction is more than a mystical belief; it is purposeful thought. Superstitions can put expectations in your mind that the law of attraction delivers on. Therefore, you can consciously choose positive thoughts and create empowering beliefs, or allow negative superstitions to give way to unlucky scenarios. Happy Friday!
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Stress

Indirectly, stress is probably our number one killer. Not only does stress lead to health related issues, but stressing over something doesn’t always solve the problem. It’s important to evaluate your overall lifestyle when encountering significant stress. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Some people have the ability to face monumental stress with relative ease, while others are overwhelmed by minor nuances. 

We may not be able to remove the stressors from our life, but we can find ways to reduce their affect through careful thought, prayer, rearranging of our priorities, discussion and good counsel. As the old adage goes “Manage your stress or your stress will manage you.”

Self Pity

Self pity is a self-destructive emotion that presents a warped sense of reality. Feelings of self pity typically arise out of specific situations. Emotionally, we are most vulnerable to self pity after a great effort or when faced with real physical needs. Feeling sorry for yourself and/or your circumstance doesn’t help the situation, it only dilutes the good you may be doing. Self pity is a perspective that can easily be changed. Once you acknowledge what you are dissatisfied with, it is your responsibility to work towards changing your predicament. You will experience a number of highs and lows throughout your lifetime. The goal is to get through the lows as quickly as possible and seek support if necessary to aide you through the process. Playing the victim causes you to lose sight of all you have to be grateful for and the fact that you have it better than someone else in the world. Remember, people are not as willing to help someone that is not taking necessary measures to help himself.  

“Self-pity will parch your attitudes, it will paralyze your abilities, and it will put off your achievements. It prohibits excellence and prevents expansion.” Anonymous

Character


People are not born with good character and good character is not defined by one noble act. Building character is a lifelong process that requires strength, purpose, and action. It’s essentially the sum of your habits and what you take with you to eternity. Character is established by conscientious adherence to moral values, not by lofty rhetoric or good intentions. Character is revealed by your response to the unexpected and what you stand for when no one else is watching. 
Your character contributes to how you live your life. It either makes you happy or miserable based on your reaction to life’s experiences. In order to maintain consistency in character, you must remain aligned with your moral values; in spite of overwhelming pressures and temptations. It’s not uncommon to take action based on short term gain, but that often results in long term consequences. By remaining dedicated to ethical principles and having a genuine concern for others, you will attract loyal followers and create lasting success.

Motivation

Motivation is greater than temporary stimulation that lasts up until the moment someone stops speaking or inspiring. It is a personal belief and desire to accept responsibility for your own life and take the necessary action to achieve the things you seek. Periods of frustration often reflect an urging to succeed in some area of your life. By understanding what frustrates you, you’ll better understand what fulfills you. The message behind your frustration is priming you to make a difference in your life by creating new and meaningful value. That’s embedded motivation…

Think Before You Speak

Effective communication can be a challenge even when clearly stated or written. Additionally, social media, text messaging, and email, increases the likelihood of your words being misinterpreted. So how you deliver your message is just as important as what you state, if you expect others to respond constructively. 
 
While it’s good to have something to say, it is equally important to weigh it first. When we talk too much and listen too little, we communicate to others that our perspective is far more important than theirs. In our hastiness to get our point across, we risk not understanding the message being conveyed and forfeit the opportunity to listen and learn. You are what comes out of your mouth so be cognizant of what you speak.

Dreams

The meaning of dreams has drawn plenty of controversy. Some view dreams as our higher self – healing, advising, encouraging, and sometimes warning us of impending dangers. Others view dreams as nothing more than a vision pulled from our memory and shaped by our imagination. Whichever you choose to believe, pay attention to them because this broadened sense of awareness lends itself to multifarious meanings and new possibilities. Dreams are a divine gift that many often take for granted; not realizing that the dream state is actually an expanded state of consciousness. Stephen LaBerge sums dreams up well…not all lucid dreams are useful, but they all have a sense of wonder about them. If you must sleep through a third of your life, why should you sleep through your dreams, too?

Human Life

Human behavior falls into patterns. Still, no one particular person can produce enough knowledge or insight to explain the totality of the human experience. The ultimate interpretation of life regarding who we are and where we are going must come from outside and above our precarious life.

All human accomplishments will one day disappear, so it’s better to live your life wisely. Failing to do so can cause you to become too proud or self sufficient as it relates to your successes and greatly disappointed with your perceived failure(s). It’s easy to value material possessions and frivolous things over human life, but life is your greatest gift. Everything else pales in comparison, for without life, there is no other experience to speak of.

Doubt

Some people must doubt before they’re able to believe. Yet, you can doubt without living a doubtful way of life. Doubt affords you the opportunity to think things through. It’s a way of responding, not a permanent condition. It can be used to pose the question, get an answer, and push for a decision. 

If doubt leads to questions, questions lead to answers and the answers are accepted, then doubt has done good work. It is when doubt becomes stubbornness and stubbornness becomes a lifestyle, that doubt harms faith. Don’t settle into doubts, but move on from them to decision and belief. The purpose of doubt is to sharpen the mind, not necessarily change it. 

Stop Complaining


Sometimes we complain without even realizing we are doing so, but rarely is it helpful. It can be something as simple as commenting on the weather conditions outside to a passerby. As hard as it may be to digest, you chose the life that you have right now; directly or indirectly. It’s easy to overlook personal accountability and blame others for your problems. Unfortunately, that doesn’t solve the problem. Where you are today, is a direct result of a decision you have or have not made. If you are unwilling to change, then there really is no need to complain. In other words, stop criticizing your circumstances and change your conditions.