Monday, December 28, 2015

My Wish for You This 2016


 
As I reflect on the gifts, triumphs and tribulations 2015 brought to my life. I realize that they were all necessary so that I may become the person I am today. I also continue to learn and grow because of my failures, and for this I am grateful.
Today, I want you to reflect on the lessons learned, memories made and dreams that still need to be accomplished for 2016. For my last post of 2015, I want you to remember that you are an exceptional human being that is here for a reason. Your reason is to identify your passion, so that you may fulfil your life’s purpose. When you find your mission you will find joy and you will transpire your joy to others. For 2016 seek to get out of your comfort zone and go after your goals and dreams. It is possible that you acquire all of your heart’s desire. Your desires were given to you for a reason, they were only given to you! So go after them! It will not be easy, but it will sure be worth it!

I desire for you what Ralph Waldo Emerson once said,
“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirit sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendship to brighten your being, faith sot that you can believe, confidence for when doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.

Thank you for taking time to read my blog. May we continue to learn and grow together on this journey of life. Remember your missions and go after it! Let 2016 be the start of the best years of the rest of your life. A friend once told me that 2016 is completely untouched! The possibilities are endless. Believe in yourself and go after all your hopes and dreams. It’s not only possible for you accomplish all your dreams, but necessary. We are all waiting for your gifts! See you 2016!

Believe. Change. Become,

NancyJ

 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Compassion and Gratitude Equals Peace and Love



 
 Look back in forgiveness, forward in hope,
down in compassion and up with gratitude.
-Zig Ziglar

I was asked by a friend what I was expecting from my husband this year for Christmas. I honestly had not thought about it. I told her that I at my age, the gifts that I wanted could not be bought. I told her that it may sound like a cliché, but I do believe that two of the gifts that I was seeking for myself were compassion and gratitude. “Why gratitude and compassion?” she asked.  I told her that these two desires were a subset of peace and love for ourselves and others. Today I want to discuss or show you how practicing gratitude and compassion can lead to peace and love.
 
Why gratitude?
Gratitude is a gift that I am seeking this year because gratitude magnifies the blessings in your life. Gratitude lets you see that you are blessed and brings you joy. It shows you that it could be worst but gratitude also gives you a sense of being supported. If you practice gratitude there is nothing you need, so anything extra is just a cherry on top! I feel that when I don’t focus on my blessings my pain and sorrow gets deeper. Without gratitude you only see the negative things in your life. If you exclude gratitude, you go through life feeling a sense of lack. People who have happy lives have this sense of completeness. They are never seeking for more, but the irony is that they attract more wonderful things to their lives. My goal for you this holiday season is to practice gratitude so that your future is full of joy, peace and love!
Why compassion?
You want love in your heart? Practice compassion for yourself and others. What do I mean by this you ask? When you have compassion for yourself, you love yourself. You do things for yourself that benefit the growth of your spirit. You never compromise your mission. You know you are valuable. With compassion you are able to love yourself and others because you have an open heart. If you have an open heart the energy of love you send out will reflect back to you in abundance. With compassion in your heart you get to feel the joy of helping others. You identify with others because we are interconnected we are one. With compassion you find love and peace in your soul.
 
If you struggle with compassion towards others this is a reminder of how to go about it in "Just Like Me." steps:
Step 1: "Just like me, this person is seeking happiness in his/her life."
Step 2: "Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suffering in his/her life."
Step 3: "Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair."
Step 4: "Just like me, this person is seeking to fill his/her needs."
Step 5: "Just like me, this person is learning about life."
As I continue to reflect on why I will seek compassion and gratitude for my life, I concluded that the end result is peace and love. This is something that I also wish for you. This is the time of the year when we get to reflect on the past, look forward to the future but most of all stay present. When thinking about what I feel is a gift to our soul, compassion and gratitude came to mind. Compassion is the gift you give to others (and yourself) and gratitude is a gift you give to yourself.
Until next Monday! Wow! That will be my last blog for 2015. I have enjoyed hearing from some of you, it's nice to see who resonates with my blog. Thank you!  Looking forward to hearing from you. Remember contact me if at Nancysalmeron99@yahoo.com or www.believechangebecome.com so we can set up a time to chat. I want to hear about your dreams and goals for 2016!
 
Believe. Change. Become,
Nancy :)

Friday, December 18, 2015

It's Friday!

 
I love Friday's don't you? I want to have that Friday feeling every day of the week! Have a great day and a wonderful weekend everyone. Don't forget to check out my blog on Monday!
 
 
Believe. Change. Become,
 
Nancy:)

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Take a Leap

 
The life you desire requires you to have faith in yourself. You have to believe that everything will work out, because it always does. Take a leap to get your wings to fly! Hope you have a wonderful day!
 
Believe. Change. Become,
 
Nancy :)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Smile

 
Have you ever noticed how a smile can give you strength? I have. I know sometimes it's hard to smile, but with a smile you let the world know, "YOU can handle it!" Have a great day and don't forget to smile.
 
 
Believe. Change. Become.
 
Nancy:)


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Struggle Equals Strengh

 
We have all been there at one time or another. If you asked if I would  change anything from my journey I would say, "No!" It is those set backs and stumbles that have brought me where I am today. It's those set backs and stumbles that will continue to take me to places I have never imagined. You are powerful. You are strong. Don't every doubt yourself. Have a wonderful day!
 
 
Believe. Change. Become,
 
Nancy :)

Monday, December 14, 2015

You Need Change for The Adventure of Your Life


 
"We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are."
-Max De Pree

I have a seven year old daughter name Miranda, who will be turning eight next month. Last week I told her that we needed to start to focus on her birthday celebration. It has become a tradition that right after the holidays, we have a big birthday party with fifty plus guest. It’s a very elaborate celebration. For the last seven years the theme for her birthday parties have been Disney Princesses. It’s a great time with family and friends, something that we all looked forward to every year after the holidays! But this year the tradition will end because she asked if she could have a spa birthday party with her best friends instead. I tried to convince her to not change the tradition, but I quickly realized that I was fearing change. I wanted for my little girl to still want Disney Princess theme parties, but she is growing up. She is seeking change and change is inevitable. I was surprised at my resistance to her growing up. Me, someone who advocates change and who understands that we must seek change if we want to grow. But I understood fear appeared in my heart because change and fear go hand in hand! I was reminded that it was understandable to fear change but was also reminded to embrace it and not fight it.

 
As I mentioned before change is inevitable and can be scary. Want it or not change is coming. Today I want to talk about the necessary change for a better you. Change for a Daring Adventure! What changes will you embark on this New Year? What changes are you struggling with? Here are three things you should consider when seeking change.

Seek change when you are seeking self-improvements.
Are you doing something that is compromising you true potential? There is true awesomeness in you and you need to discover it! Are you seeking to move up in your career? Are you seeking a different career? Do you want to get healthier? Then you must seek change. In some cases such as these change is a whisper it does not barge through the door and tells you it’s time to do go. Change will not happen because you need it. Change will happen when you go after it!  Change should not only be sought after but it should be a requirement in these situations! Yes, change can be uncomfortable, because we are creatures of habit. But you have to be ok with being uncomfortable to be the person you were destined to be!

Change for a better life.
Are you happy, I mean HAPPY not just content with your relationship with your children, partner or family? If you said yes! Skip this section. If not then you must seek change. I believe that in the area of personal relationships you should never be content. In these areas you should seek happiness. The trick to being happy with your relationships is to be the change. Remember, a couple of weeks ago I talked about being the change you want to see. Well you must apply that same principle here. Don’t seek to change others seek to change yourself.
 

Change for new beginnings.
Change is inevitable. You don’t need to seek change all the time because it will find you, and this is not a bad thing. Again, I know it’s scary but at the end you will see it was necessary for that new begging. In my case my little girl is growing up. She is calling the shots about what she wants for her life. This is her new beginning and mine. I have to embrace who she is becoming and continue to support her in her growth. There is something positive to that will develop from that new beginning, sometimes you see it right away other times it slowly appears. Change is opening doors to more wonderful things if you decide to open that door graciously.

Embrace change don’t fear it for a daring adventure. When you do, you will see that change is here to push you to other wonderful things for your life. Change is here to show you what you are made of. Change is here to remind you that there is more for you than you ever imagined. Until next Monday!


Believe. Change. Become,

Nancy Salmeron

P.S. I would like to set a time to personally talk to you for 30 min on a Google Hang Out. This will be a great way for me to personally meet you and talk about your aspirations for 2016.   If you are interested email me at Nancysalmeron99@yahoo.com. So we can set up a time before the end of this year!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Kindness

 
 
Any time I am a witness of impatience, or unkindness I wonder how the unkind person became so disconnected. I see above the rudeness and unkindness, I see their hurting spirit. I hope you are a person of kindness and I hope you understand that everyone is fighting an inner battle when they are not kind. Be kind but above all be patient. Have a wonderful weekend everyone and see you on Monday:)
 
Believe. Change. Become,
 
Nancy Salmeron

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Stress or Passion?

 
How stressed are you in your life? When you are living your passion you cant wait to get up to work. When you are not living your dreams you fear getting up! So decide do you want to live in stress or passion? Have a wonderful Thursday!
 
Believe. Change. Become,
 
Nancy Salmeron

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Our Prime Purpose

 
It is within our nature to help and support each other. We may struggle with this view when we live in fear. To help others brings joy and a sense of meaning. How wonderful for you if this is your practice. Try it if it's not.  Happy Wednesday:)
 
Believe. Change. Become,
 
Nancy Salmeron

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

You Can't be Broken!

 
 
Your life's challenges give you character and show your true strength. When you feel like you can't handle one more failure realize you have it in you to overcome. Have the courage to carry on! Hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday!
 
 
Believe. Change. Become,
 
Nancy Salmeron

Monday, December 7, 2015

Daydream With A Purpose!


 
"Losers visualize the penalties of failure.
Winners Visualize the rewards of success."
-William S. Gilbert
 
Last week I attended Sought After Speaker Summit, by Caterina Rando in San Francisco. She is a powerhouse when it comes to the business of public speaking and an exceptional human being! I learned a lot about the business of Public Speaking, but was also reminded of the power and the importance visualization has to acquiring dreams. We did a visualization exercise that transported me five years into my future that brought some tears. These were tears of joy, because I believe that visualizations foreshadow your dreams to come!  
This morning I want to talk about visualization so that you can also be on our way to acquiring your dreams. Remember, what you focus on you attract! It starts with a vision and moves on from there. Skeptics may argue that visualization is a waste of time but there is scientific proof that your brain can not tell the difference between a visualized image and reality. Many successful people such as Jim Carey and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been very vocal on the power of visualization. “It’s all in the mind.” Arnold has said. Today, I want to teach you how what worked for Arnold and Jim can work for you!
 
 
I believe that visualizations are mental rehearsals. It’s the essence of believing. You create images in your mind of having whatever you want, and if you are patient and work towards it you will get it! Key words patience and work toward what you want. Here are the three steps to visualization to make your dreams come true!

Smell, taste, feel when you visualize.
What does it smell like when you acquire that dream or goal? Can you taste it? What is the feeling like? Doe it bring joy to your life? Remember that your subconscious mind does not know the difference between real and made up. In essence you are rehearsing or preparing yourself for when it happens. It’s not about hope, it’s about being there right now! Play with it dream big. Let your desires be unrealistic. Successful people where never realistic. Trust that what you smell, taste and feel will be yours!

Focus on end result.
See yourself accomplishing your dreams or goals. Don’t focus on what it will take to get there. See yourself doing it. For example, when I started visualizing my dreams I always saw myself being successful. I never doubted that I could be doing what I am doing now. I was not realistic as to the time or the work that had to be put it. I simply saw my end result and strived for that. Everything you need to accomplish your goals will come to you. Don’t worry about the details just focus on the end result!
 
Fake it till you become it.
Live your life as if you have succeeded in your goals. Begin to dress, talk, walk and look like the person you want to be. I have clients who feel that they are not being real when they do this. I remind them its dress rehearsal and they are getting ready for their final performance. I ask them to live it up! Also, it’s important to use positive talk with your affirmations. Tell yourself how awesome you are and how you bring value to your success.

Visualizations are the realities you will bring to your life. Don’t believe me? Look around you, everything you see started in your mind. Yes, even those things that are not giving you joy. That was brought out of fear, but just the same it started in your mind. Whatever your belief, one thing that is clear is that the power of imagination is evident. Visualizing is a powerful tool because it’s rehearsing what is coming your way. Good or bad it’s coming! I hope this morning I gave you some awareness on how to have good visualizations, that will make your dreams not your fears come true. Until next Monday!

Believe. Change. Become,

Nancy Salmeron

Friday, December 4, 2015

Watch That Negative Voice


We become the voice we listen to! When you let those negative thoughts take over you lose your true essence, the real you! So let your true voice speak and quiet down the other voice that puts fear and lies in your head. Stop that negative chatter that does not serve you! Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.

Believe. Change. Become,

Nancy Salmeron

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's All About Perspective!

 
When going through tough times remember that it could be worse, because  it can! Never forget that others may not be as blessed as you, and that you can always find something positive to focus on.  If you can't and you are still breathing be grateful for your breath!
 
Believe. Change. Become,
 
Nancy Salmeron

Monday, November 30, 2015

Be The Change YOU Want To See in Your World!

 
When you stop trying to change others
 and work on changing yourself,
your world changes for the better.
-Unknown
 
There is a saying that goes, “You can choose your friends, but not your family.” This time of year it is important that you try to make your family your, “friends,” so that it can be,” The most wonderful time of the year!” Today I want to talk about the power you have to be the change how you view others.  I also want to discuss how the power and control you may impose in others, causes conflict and hurt in ourselves and others and why it’s important that we let this go!
As you may know we celebrated Thanksgiving last Thursday in the United States. I adore being with my family now, but many years back this time of year was very stressful for me. I had a tough time dealing with drama, I wanted to be the fixer of every ones problems.  I thought I knew what was best for everyone! I made suggestions where I was not asked to give one. I was critical of some of some of my family member’s lives, because I felt I knew what was best for them. Fortunately, I came to my senses and discovered that change is within and I could not impose change of anybody but myself. Thanks to this epiphany I can now enjoy this wonderful time of the year, despite the drama that is part of having a family!

When you find yourself with people you wish you could change here are three suggestions for you, so that you can find peace in your heart.
1.       Realize that the only person you can change is yourself.
2.       Accept the person for who they are and where they are.
3.       Understand that everyone has a journey to take.
Realize that the only person you can change is yourself.
Yes! It’s the cliché! But it is true. We can’t change anybody that is not seeking that change. As a Personal Development Coach I understand this one hundred percent. I have neglected to work with people in the element of change, when I see that they are not fully committed to truly changing. I can’t make anybody change who is not ready for change. What makes you think you can impose change by nagging or complaining? Change starts with YOU! If you don’t approve of someone’s behavior or life you have the power to not be part of their lives. During the holiday’s you can be kind and respectful around them, but limit your interactions if they don’t contribute to your well-being. You may not have power over their world, but you definitely can change and control your world

 

Accept the person for who they are and where they are.

Wanting to change someone is about power and control. Accept that every person is where they need to be. Accept that your priorities may not match theirs, and let go of that control! Don’t forget that you can never change anybody from an outsider view because change happens within. For some of us life is harder than it should be because we have not learned the lesson. They have made choices in their lives that should teach them something, but the teacher will appear when the student is ready to learn.  So, understand that those people that are in your life that you wish to change will eventually get there. If they have not learned the lesson they will have to repeat it in due time. As an outsider all you can do is offer your support and give your suggestions if they are asking for them. Always wish them well and never judge who they are or where they are!
 
Understand that everyone has a journey to take. 
 
It is imperative to understand that we all have a journey to accomplish. For some of us that journey is less painful because we have remembered our spirit. Others have forgotten who they are, thus the struggles in our lives. When dealing with people who you want to change, realize that their journey is not yours. Realize, that life is not supposed to be easy but if you play it well it will be worth it. When you understand that their journey is different than yours, you won’t want to impose your views. As, a mother I understand that I have to educate my children to be loving, caring, respectful adults, but I have to understand that their journey will not be like mine. I have to hope for the best and let them stumble and fall. I know I will be there when they seek my help, but always remember that it’s their journey. See the journey in those loved ones you wish to change, and be there when they seek for you!
 
 
So what is it going to be? To seek control or to let it go? My wish for you this holiday season is for you to find peace and joy, and peace and joy starts with in. Be the change you want to see so that your world may change. Influence others by your actions. Understand that everyone has a journey show your love and support, but never impose your views on others. Until next Monday!
Believe. Change. Become,
Nancy Salmeron



 
 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Show Gratitude for Those Who Have Lighted Your Path

 
 

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
-Albert Schweitzer

Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. I believe Thanksgiving should be more than turkey and pumpkin pie! It should be a day filled with reflection and gratitude for the people who have lighted your path in the difficult times of your life. Look around you who has been there for you unconditionally? Who are you truly grateful for? Show your gratitude not only today, but for the days to follow! Count your blessings because many people around the world are not so lucky. Remember, only in letting your light shine will you give permission for others to do the same, and our world needs to conquer the darkness where fear looms. So light your candle bright not only tomorrow but every day of your life. Sending my love and blessings to you this Thanksgiving Day and every day!

 

Believe. Change. Become,

Nancy Salmeron

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Risk it All, To be it All!



In order to get the life of your dreams you have to risk giving up the known for the unknown. It's ok to risk it all because it's a win, win. Even if you lose you win because you will discover your true strength. So go for it! Risk it all, to be it all:)


Believe. Change. Become,

Nancy Salmeron

Monday, November 23, 2015

Develop Your Courage by Falling Forward!

 

"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."

-Victor Kiam

 
It is my mission to encourage you to follow your passion. I know personally how fear can stop you from living your dreams, but I also know that it is necessary for you to go after your dreams because they are part of your life’s purpose! It is going to take courage and falling forward to follow your passion, but I promise you it will be worth it! 
Being and doing what I am doing today was not done in the absence of fear. It was not easy to leave a comfortable life style as an educator to pursue my Personal Development Coaching Business. My ego tried to convince me many times that I should continue on the well-known path. That there was nothing wrong with my life. That I was stupid for giving up a modest secure income, for something that had no real guaranties. Yes, there where sleepless nights conquered by fear of the, “what if’s.” I had no idea what it took to run a coaching business or how much work was required, but if I was going to tell my students to live their passion and I was not doing that for myself I was being a hypocrite. So I decided to take the plunge all at once and sink or swim! Like I said it is not easy, but something inside of me has always found my true strength!
 
 
Today I want to focus on courage and how courage can conquer your fears if you can answer these three questions.
1.      What are the fear(s) that are stopping you from pursuing your passion?

2.      What is the worst that could happen?

3.      Can you handle it?

What are the fear(s) that are stopping you from pursuing your passion?  
For me it was going into an unknown territory, the uncertainty and the belief that I was not good enough to do this. I know that we can’t control what happens in our lives, but I truly had it all planned out in my passed life as an educator. I knew what curriculum I had to teach, how my students would learn it all because it was given to me. In many instances I felt like a robot, but knowing what to expect in staff developments every year was security. That felt good! My other fear was that I would not be good at coaching people about life. Even though I had been told by my friends and family that, “personal advising was my thing!” Never in a million years did I think that I could make a living out of it. You see Personal Development Coaching was too enjoyable for me. I thought you had to get paid for your time not your services. What is stopping you? What fears roam your mind? You have it in you to go after what you are passionate about. You have that special talent because you have to share it with the world. Don’t lose faith and get started. You will be glad you did, I promise.

What is the worst that could happen? 
Anything that is worthwhile requires some risk! In my mind the worst that could happen when I pursued my passion was that I would fail. That was scary! It was scary until I heard the Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale. If you have not heard this recording you should look him up. Earl Nightingale reminded me that I was falling if I was not doing what I was passionate about, also that one fails if we I stop pursuing our dreams. So in essence if I failed once, and went back to something that was not my passion. I had failed twice by default.  My worst thing would be to fail many times, but I concluded that would get up and try it one hundred times more. I believe it’s important to understand that you will fall, you will stumble, but you will continue to succeed if you keep on falling forward, and keep on moving!


You can handle it!
Do you know how amazing you are? Look at your life. How have you handled setbacks? If you are reading this you have survived many trials and tribulations and there you stand. Don’t doubt the power of your soul. To go after your passion will develop the courage and strength you will need to get there. Fight and believe in your life’s purpose! Never doubt that you have what it takes to go after your dreams, because if you didn’t you would not have those desires.  It will not be easy, you will fail many times, but you will also fail everyday if you are not doing what you love. So keep your head up, follow your passion and persevere you hear!
 

 
Remember when you go after your passion you will learn how strong and courageous you will become by falling forward.

 Until next Monday, don’t forget to BELIEVE. CHANGE. BECOME!

Nancy Salmeron

Friday, November 20, 2015

Better Days Are Coming!

 
 
Have a wonderful weekend. Do something pointless because that is what the weekend is for! 
 
Till Monday, Believe. Change. Become.
 
Nancy Salmeron
 
 
 
 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday Inspiration!

 

Are you the lion or the sheep? When a lion decides to pursue it's dreams it will not be concern with the views of others. Be a lion! Go after what you know is yours, and let the opinion of the sheep roll!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Quote of the Day!

 
You have two choices on how you react to LIFE.  You chose to fight with faith and optimism. Or you stay down for another hit with faith lost.
The choice is yours.
Chose wisely!

Tuesday Quote!


My interpretation of this quote is that your passion should dictate your life. Your passion whispers your reason for being here. So listen up and fulfill that mission you hear! Have a great Tuesday. See you tomorrow:)

Three Things to do When You Are Feeling Hopeless and Defeated



"Be strong because things will get better.
 It may be stormy now,
 but it never rains for ever."
-Unknown

I am amazed at the resilience of our human spirit. A few days ago as I walked in to my favorite coffee shop, and I met a stranger who became a friend. I normally don’t stay to drink my coffee, but something propelled me to stay this time. There on the table next to me was a woman with a gentle smile who said hello. I introduced myself and we started to get to know each other.

Her name was Sandy. Her husband had just passed away due to cancer and since she was a stay at home mom and had no formal income coming in she was in the process of losing her home. Her plans were to move in with her two children to her brother’s home and his family of five. I asked her how she was handling this very difficult situation, and she said, “I take it a day at a time, and count my blessings every day.” This made me think about the topic for today’s blog which is how to deal with hopeless times.

If you are going through difficult times this post is especially for you. There are three things that will carry you on when you are feeling hopeless and defeated.  They are to embrace change, to change your perspective and to always count your blessings.

Embrace or at least accept change.
Yup, accepting change is crucial in dealing with difficult times. It is my belief that one reason that we struggle with tragedies such as death, losing a job, separation or divorce in our lives is because we can’t accept that your life will never be the same. We are creatures of habit, we want to know what to expect and who to expect in our lives. So when that changes, we fight it and dwell on a past.  In my case most recently the death of my beloved cousin Sam. That was hard to comprehend or accept. I could not accept that she would not be part of my life. But I finally embraced it when I realized that she may not be part of my future, but will always be in my memories. I have great stories to tell about Sam, yet I understood that in accepting that she would not be in future made me move into a better place. Remember life is constant change and things always get better if you give it a chance!

Change your lens or perspective.
Zoom into a better lens! Some of the problems or tragedies in your life are a subset of all the other things that may be going on in your life. I know it’s difficult to change your lens when there is a death of a loved one, but with other problems you need to focus on the grand scheme of things. Fear of the unknown may pop up because of change, yet understand that unless you face fear you will not change your perspective to it. In my case with the death of Sam, I understood that cancer had made her body weak, and we had to let her go. It was no longer about us and how much we would miss her it was about her pain. By changing the lens on why she needed to give up to the fight, my perspective shifted into contentment and surrender. Sometimes it’s OK to surrender the fight in order to shift that perspective.

Remember to count your blessings.
This may sound like a cliché, yet it’s always best practice when dealing with difficult times. I don’t know where I heard this, “It could have been worse,” saying but it’s true. If you look around there are blessing to count. In the case of Sandy it could have been worst if she did not have her brother, she could have been homeless with her two children. Sandy told me that she was also grateful for the support of her friends.  In Sam’s case, it could have been worse if she had suffered longer than she did with chemo. I miss her, but I am happy she is no longer in pain. Count your blessings if you are going through tough times and don’t forget that in due time this too shall pass, because remember nothing is forever and you have the spirit of a lion!

In conclusion, your problems or your life’s difficulties come to you to teach you something and to remind you of your strength. Whatever you are going through or will go through is given to you because you can handle it! Have faith in yourself to find the strength by accepting change, changing your lens, and counting your blessings! Until next Monday, Believe. Change. Become.


P.S. I am very excited to tell you that my Website is up and running! The problem is that all my past blogs have disappeared on my www.believechangebecome.com domain. So I am on www.believechangebecome.bloggspot.com until I figure out the glitch. Thank you for your patience and for taking time to read my blog. J


Friday, November 13, 2015

Let it Shine, Let it Shine, Let it Shine!

 
 
 
 
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, or fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. You’re playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

― Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

 
I am not a football fan, but a few days ago I saw this YouTube video that totally moved me. It inspired my post this morning take a moment to check this You Tube video before I continue.

Were you moved like I was? This video, “When Kids Meet Their Football Idols,” made me think about the effects idols have on others.  I realized that when we shine with our passion and our life purpose, we give permission for others to do the same. Don’t misunderstand me, there is a difference in being an obsessed fan seeking fame and fortune, and having admiration for someone's true life's purpose. The difference is that by others shining bright, it will give you permission to also seek greatness within yourself. They are a reminder that you have what it takes to be phenomenal, that you too can be exceptional, and shine as bright as lighthouse! It is through their light that they light up the path for others. I don't aspire to be a football player, but I am always inspired to continue to be on my life purpose when I see other on theirs! They remind me that I can also be great!


I was so moved by the video that I showed you, it led me to think about of Marianne Williamson’s fine words. Today, I want you to truly believe that you are powerful beyond measures. That your passion is an indicator of what your purpose is. Once you are on your purpose and shine,  you will light others true potential. In the video you see the admiration of the children to their idols. This gave me chills because I was able to see that these children saw themselves in their idols. The love and admiration for their idols can give the children permission to dream big and believe that they could be become them. We are all connected, we all should help each other shine and fulfill our lives purpose.

 
 
What makes you, YOU?
How do you shine? What is something that you are amazing at? Do you poses talents in the arts, cooking, or singing? By answering these questions you can discover what makes you special and how you can inspire others. It is by doing what you were born to do and you absolutely love that you will be happy and bring shine to others. What makes you shine, is the message to others that they too have something special.

 
Why we play it small?
I believe we play it small because we want to be liked. Have you ever been given a complement and you down played it? I used to have a difficult time if someone gave me a complement. If someone said did something well, I would doubt them. I believed that if I played small, I would be better accepted. Finally, I had a friend tell me that I should just take the complement, say thank you and believe it! It’s because we don’t want to seem vain or overly confident that we do this. I want to urge you to stop this! It is ok to be wonderful, amazing or incredible. It is this that makes others want to also be the same. Yes, you may have the haters, but it is ok, because believe it or not they too, want some of your greatness. You are the main actor in your movie play your part BIG!

 
Don’t keep the music inside you!
Your passion will guide you to your life’s purpose. Please don’t let the music die inside of you. You were given something special. You should seek it! If you have idols that inspire you like in the video don't forget, they are shining their light so that you may shine yours. It is the people that inspire us that are whispering," You too can do this!" It is possible for you to be or do anything if you dream big and believe bigger! That music that you have to share with the world needs to be shared. Today is a good day to start shining it's not just for you but also to light the path to others.
 

I hope my light has shined through your darkness today. I also hope for you to be the light to others. Please don’t ever forget, you are something special because you were born, don’t play it small! Seek to be inspired by those who you aspire to be like and seek to inspire those who are seeking  inspiration with your essence of greatness.  It is our moral responsibility to help and inspire greatness in others, by first being great ourselves! Also, remember that we are interconnected  when you shine my light gets brighter. So let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!
Until next Monday, Believe. Change. Become.