What If Not?

“What if I told you 10 years from now your life would be exactly the same? I doubt you’d be happy. So why are you afraid of change?” – Karen Salmansohn reposted by ThinkGrowProsper

We have heard the saying that in order to receive a different outcome, one must change something in his or her own habits. A wise woman once told me that “you can’t expect the 30 year old you to happen overnight…you have to build her.” For some reason, we are so lazy in this regard. The idea of going off “autopilot” scares us to our very core (Mel Robbins TedxTalks), unless we could see into the future.

I love this quote because it calls us out. We go about life as a routine habit, which would more than likely leave us in the same position we are currently in, unless we change something up. Yes, change is scary and uncertain. Don’t think about what if, instead think about what if not?

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Why Do You Welcome Thieves?

“You’d never invite a thief into your house. So why would you allow thoughts, that steal your joy, to make themselves at home in your mind?” -repost by Healthy Light

Often, we are our own worst enemies and biggest critics. For some reason, our brains are wired to lean more towards the negative. Remaining pessimistic and allowing negative thoughts to exist within our minds is easy. It is the easy road out of the confusion we call life. We worry about our personal items going missing. We worry about people who come and go like seasons. However, we do not worry about how certain ideologies and commentaries eat away at our spirits, our souls, and our missions.

If you will not allow a stranger to steal your electronics, then do not allow foreign thoughts to steal your peace and happiness.

Ask the Expert: You

“Do What the Better Version of Yourself Would Do.”- together we churn, ThinkGrowProsper

I love this short quote. It is the best way to ask “What would you do?”

You will find that giving advice to others about their lives is difficult. I do not mind giving advice to my closest friends or family members because I know so much about their lives; however, I still believe that in most cases people should look within before they look outward for help. The truth is that no one knows you better than you: you have been with yourself, in every moment, since birth (literally). So when troubles come, give yourself advice. Envision what you would say to yourself, because you are your own best friend. So, don’t allow others to color your experience.

The Choice Is Yours

“People inspire you, or they drain you-pick them wisely.” -Hans F. Hansen

This statement couldn’t be more true, in that you are in control of how others affect your life. You were given full human agency to make conscious decisions on who you are and what you want to be. So I encourage you to never allow others to dull your shine, nor poison your smile with negativity. Think about the quality of those you keep closest to you because, believe it or not, it can have a significant impact on the way in which you live your life.

Positivity

“Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.” @thinkgrowprosper

Often, you will find that what you think or worry about comes into existence. The reason for this being that the mind is a very powerful tool. What you concentrate on will come true. So if you want to be happy and create beautiful things, do just that and rid yourself of any negative energy (even if that means negative people).

Sleep

“Each night, when I got to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The weight of the word choice in this quote makes its message so powerful. This idea that whenever I wake up in the morning I should be thankful, because it is never promised to me. Showing affection to those you care for and an eagerness towards learning and working should be our goal for living our last day: which could be today…

Some Mistakes Are Good to Keep

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

I personally think that a lot of individuals have been taught to fear mistakes. As children, were were rewarded for perfection, while condemned for mistakes. I think that it is important to look at the positive side of mistakes: learning to own one’s actions, reflecting for better future decisions, and gaining first hand knowledge about that specific event or action.

You can never be afraid to make a mistake. If you never try, you will never know. If you succeed, that is great. If you fail, that is just as great. Either way you will have learned something new.

The same goes for painting. If you allow yourself to be open to possibilities, you might venture down a path which will lead you to something more interesting than what you had previously imagined.

Status Quo Challenge

“An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. And an artist takes it personally.” – Seth Godin

I found this quote a couple of weeks ago and it really resonated with me. I believe that I had a strong reaction to this quote, because the idea of challenging the status quo gives many artists purpose in the work they do. All artists aim to challenge your previous thoughts in some way, shape, or form.