If your mind can see it and you believe you can do it, then you will. Firm belief in yourself is more than half the battle, it is everything. Believe you can do it and you will figure out how because you will have the strength and determination. As you build on that belief which fuels your passion, you start seeing yourself accomplishing your goal, which makes it a possibility.
Taking time to fill yourself up with strength is important. Even five minutes alone can keep you centered and fill your inner strength. Time alone, away from the hectic things that may be going on around you, will help you stay focused and not get pulled into any chaos. Nurturing yourself is a way to sort through things, get connected with your strengths and forge ahead.
Integrity and inner strength begin with keeping your word. You cannot control the actions of other people, but you can control your thoughts and actions. It is important to be accountable for your own actions daily, to keep building your strength base and confidence. Stay away from blaming, own who you are and live with integrity. Keeping commitments builds integrity.
Find out what makes you feel centered and connected to your energy source. What are your core values, principles and beliefs? Discover or rediscover who you are and what makes you motivated. Stay true to your convictions and live by them. As you live what you believe, you will have integrity and attract good things to you. Inner peace, stability and strength come from living in alignment with your core beliefs.
Being present with where you focus your thoughts is the best place to start, because that is the greatest influencer in your life. What are you focusing your thoughts on consistently? Once you get clear on that, you will have a place of reference for what created the feeling and influenced your decisions, which then propelled your actions and gave you the outcome from your efforts.
Another way to really plant gratitude into your brain is to get out in nature. Seeing what mother earth has provided for us will reinforce a gratitude mindset. The beauty and magnificence of nature will remind you why it is so important to be grateful.
Embracing a gratitude mindset helps you to focus on all that you have. It automatically programs your brain to see the glass as half-full. Using gratitude helps your brain to focus on the solution rather than the problem.
How do you put a cord of wood away? One piece of wood at a time. What a great way to tackle any project! Don’t focus on the enormity of the project, just break it down into bite-sized pieces. Before you know it, the project will be done. Being grateful for the small steps helps avoid being overwhelmed.
This may be one of the best lessons you can learn in life. Why do you not focus on your strengths? You can’t be good at everything. Gratitude will direct you to the things that you do well and that will ensure much better outcomes in many areas of life.
My experience with death is watching from the sidelines. Most dying persons I’ve sat with appeared ready in their own way. Perhaps you’ll feel ready, or have some things left undone. Find peace with yourself, if at all possible. “Be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.” --Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, 1952