By Carol James
Everywhere people are trying their best to find happiness and to feel good about themselves.They search for that one relationship that will fulfill their every need. They hunt for that perfect job that will bring them satisfaction and financial rewards. Many strive to live in the right neighborhood, own the right car, shop at the right stores, socialize with the right people, and attend the right schools and functions so that they will fit in, be accepted and feel gratified.
They pour through self-help books and attend dozens of personal growth seminars and workshops looking for that one secret key that will magically give their lives more meaning.They constantly search for answers, yet never really find an answer that puts everything into perspective and gives them the knowledge they seek to finally stop searching and start living the life of their dreams. They struggle to make their lives perfect in the hopes that it will give them the joy, happiness, satisfaction and love that they so desperately seek, but for all their efforts they mostly get uncertainty, disappointment, hurt and frustration.
Sure, they have moments of clarity and happiness, moments of feeling good about themselves and their lives, but those moments are not frequent enough and are often difficult to sustain and nearly impossible to deliberately create. So what is the answer? Stop looking outside of self for the answers and solutions. Dozens of teachers throughout the ages have given that as the answer, and it certainly is THE answer to finally living the life of one's dreams, but rarely can anyone figure out exactly what that means, and those who understand it have trouble consistently applying it.
Why is that? Well, from my own personal experience, I can see that it's not a simple thing to do and it takes much more than just wishing it so. In addition to needing a strong desire to want to come to understand how one gets the circumstances of their life and how to consciously and deliberately create all that one desires, one must come to understand a good many things about who they are and how life works. Here are some of the things that one must embody before one can completely depend on and trust self for their well-being and happiness:
1. Be Completely Honest with Yourself. Self-honesty is about taking full responsibility for ALL circumstances of your life. It means owning up to the fact that you are the creator of your life and that ultimately you are the only one who can change your life.
When you are being totally self-honest, then you:
•Stop blaming others for your circumstances and start taking full responsibility for being the only one responsible for the circumstances of your life.
•Stop trying to defend why your life is the way it is and start thinking about how you would like your life to be.
•Stop making excuses and justifying your actions and start taking the time to find out why you are taking the actions that you are taking.
•Stop pretending to be who you are not and start being honest about who you are.
•Stop lying to yourself and start telling yourself the truth about who you are being and about why you are being that. Self-honesty is the first and most important part of being all that you can be, for if you can't be honest with yourself, then you can't get to the truth of why you are not living the life of your dreams.
2. Mind Your Own Business. What others do is none of your concern or business. You have your life to live; they have their life to live. You are accountable only to yourself just as they are accountable only to themselves. It's not your responsibility or job to tell them what to do, to tell them how to do it or to judge them or criticize them for doing something for which you do not approve.
When you are minding your own business, then you:
•Stop meddling in other people's business and start intervening in your own affairs.
•Stop telling others what they should or shouldn't do and start letting them make their own choices.
•Stop pushing against what others are doing and start paying attention to what you are doing and the outcome of those actions.
•Stop thinking it's your job to make other people's decisions for them and start paying attention to the results of the decisions that you are making.
•Stop gossiping about other people and start spending more time coming to know who they really are.
•Stop criticizing and judging what others are doing and start being more loving and accepting of others.
•Stop holding a grudge about something someone else has done and start being more forgiving and understanding.
•Stop laying a guilt trip on others because of their actions and start paying attention to the impact of your own actions.
•Stop interfering in other people's lives and start paying more attention to your own life.
When you stop minding others business, then you will have more time to focus on your own life, which is necessary if you really want a better life.
3. Release Your Need to Be in Control. It takes a great deal of effort to try to maintain control of your thoughts, your feelings, your life, your circumstances, other people, your environment, etc., and guess what? You'll never succeed in controlling it all. Oh sure, you may succeed in controlling a few things temporarily, but the harder you try to maintain that control the more difficult it becomes and the more stress you experience. Life and people were never meant to be controlled but rather to be lived, experienced and enjoyed within their natural rhythm and flow.
When you have released the need to control, then you:
•Stop thinking that there is only one right answer for each question and start realizing that each question could have thousands of right answers.
•Stop trying to impose your values, morals, rules and beliefs on others and start letting them make their own decisions about what works best for them.
•Stop needing to always be right and start realizing that there is no right or wrong, only different.
•Stop needing to control other people's behavior and start allowing them to be whoever they want to be.
•Stop thinking it's your job to save or fix others and start treating others as though they were already perfect.
•Stop trying to control all the details of your life and start allowing the details to unfold naturally.
•Stop needing specific conditions to be met before you can feel good or be happy and start being grateful for all that you already have.
•Stop trying to control all that is outside of you and start accepting life for what it is.
•Stop resisting change and start realizing that change is a natural and inevitable aspect of evolution. When you stop trying to control the uncontrollable, then you release your energy to flow within the natural rhythm of life.
4. Learn to Trust Yourself. Who knows better than you what's in your heart? Who knows better than you what your desires and dreams are? Who knows better than you what's best for you? If you will start listening to your inner knowing, which communicates through your intuition and is constantly offering you guidance, the best direction to go, the best path to take, the best choice to make; then you will start manifesting more of what you want in your life.
Your inner self communicates through your body, using a very distinct and clear guidance system that speaks very loudly about whether something is a yes or no. Have you taken the time to notice how your inner self is communicating with you through your body? Perhaps the challenge lies in that you don't recognize how your intuition speaks to you. Recognizing intuition results in knowing the difference between a yes indicator and a no indicator and being able to discern the difference between thinking and knowing.
When you trust your intuition, then you:
•Stop thinking that others know what's best for you and start trusting yourself.
•Stop asking others to tell you what to do and start listening to your inner voice.
•Stop doubting yourself and start trusting yourself.
•Stop ignoring how you are feeling and starting paying attention to how you are feeling.
•Stop going unconscious when your guidance system is talking to you and start listening closely to its messages.
5. Understand the Power of Your Thoughts. It's easy to think that things just happen in life and that there is nothing you can do about it, but you can always control the thoughts you have and the way you perceive the circumstances of your life. Of course, the problem is that too often most people unconsciously react to the experiences of their life. They are not aware of how their point of focus (thoughts) and the meaning they are making about the circumstances of their life (perspective) is affecting their physical and emotional state, and how that, in turn, is affecting their level of personal effectiveness and is setting the tone for attracting more of the same.
If you can be mindful of the thoughts you are having, the meanings you are making and the feelings that those meanings are causing while you are thinking, perceiving and feeling, then you have tools to transform the undesirable circumstances in your life.
When you understand the power of your thoughts, then you:
•Stop feeling like a victim of circumstances and start being a deliberate creator of circumstance.
•Stop blaming others for your unhappiness and start realizing that your own thoughts are making you unhappy.
•Stop focusing on things that don't feel good and start focusing on things that do feel good.
•Stop seeing events from a limited one-sided perspective and start to see other's points of view.
•Stop thinking that happiness is dependent on anything other than your thoughts and start taking responsibility for the thoughts you are having.
6. Live in the Moment. Living in the moment is about being mindful of who you are being while being that. It requires an awareness of your thoughts, feelings, words and actions while you are thinking, feeling, speaking and doing them and observing if who you are being is the person you say you want to be. Only in the moment can you truly control who you are being, for the past is done and over with and the future hasn't come yet, so in the moment is your only opportunity to choose the thoughts, words and actions that demonstrate the person you want to be.
In the moment you can break undesirable habits of thoughts or actions by making a conscious choice to not repeat the undesirable habit, choosing instead to do or think something else. In the moment you can observe the options that are available to you and choose the ones that feel best. By following your inspirations and choosing all that feels good and right in each moment you can experience being in the flow state.
In the moment you can't worry about or fear the future, because you are not focused on what "may" happen in the future but rather being focused on what "is" happening right now.
When you live in the moment, then you:
•Stop worrying about the future and start living in the present.
•Stop feeling guilty about the past and start releasing it with love.
•Stop being attached to the outcome and start enjoying the journey.
•Stop struggling to control how you feel and start allowing all your feelings to come forth.
•Stop focusing on what you don't want and start focusing on what you do want.
•Stop trying to control the process and start flowing with the process.
•Stop trying to make things happen and start allowing the universe to take care of the details.
7. Create Your Dream Life. Nothing is more important than that you feel good and love your life. As you flourish as a deliberate and conscious creator, you create all that you've ever dreamed of having, doing and being, and that shines through as an example to others to be all that they can be and to relish the joy and happiness of living a fulfilling and rewarding life. There is no better way to be an up lifter than to have your life stand as an example of divine beingness.
But, you can hardly live the life of your dreams unless you've taken the time to dream about what type of life you'd love living. Give yourself permission to be happy. Give yourself permission to daydream. Give yourself permission to have it all. Take out a piece of paper right now and start describing your ideal life, your ideal work situation, your ideal family, your ideal relationships, your ideal health, your ideal financial situation, etc. And then believe that you CAN have it all, for that is the only requirement for creating the life of your dreams: Believing you can. That and allowing yourself to have it.
When you are creating the life of your dreams, then you:
•Stop feeling inadequate and start feeling capable and good enough.
•Stop feeling unsatisfied and start feeling grateful for what you already have and knowing that more is on the way.
•Stop feeling unfulfilled and start finding reasons to feel fulfilled.
•Stop complaining about what you don't have and start appreciating what you do have.
•Stop blaming others for holding you back and start looking at how you are holding yourself back.