Commitment and Following Through

Just a “slice of life” blog post today! ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you commit to doing something, follow through with it. Don’t let yourself get distracted.

I was committed to listening/attending this webinar. But at the time of the webinar start, I was at a shopping mall. Wouldn’t get home in time.

My first thought was well I guess I’m going to miss the webinar. But then I said are you determined to move ahead; are you willing to do the work… and the first step was to stop find a seat at the mall, get plugged in via my phone,and attend webinar to learn what I needed to learn.

Just do it! Find a way.

Do you have a time when you were determined to achieve a goal & were tempted to just go with the flow & take the easy route…BUT, you didn’t…you just adapted and carried on with the plan? Let’s encourage each other…feel free to leave a comment.

P.S. The instagram webinar was fantastic & well worth it.

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Entering a podcast contest

Thank you 4 your encouragement for my uplifting podcast- “Positive Affirmations And Audio Stories”. You can listen to the latest episode on the “podcast” page to this blog’s site.

So what’s new???

I just found out about this contest venture. I’m taking the leap and going for an award.

I’d be ever so grateful – if you are up for it – if you would cast a vote for my podcast in the “open” OhMyPod. category before 12/31! Many thanks friends.๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Here’s the link —

https://podbiblemag.com/poll-winners-2019/

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Wake Up With Joy

When we first wake up up before we are fully awake and the just before we fall asleep are two of the most important times of the day for our minds and the power it holds. Let’s talk about waking up with positive energy.

When you wake up, how do you feel? How do you speak to yourself? Are you happy to embrace the new day, or do you dread it. Are you feeling motivated and ready to go, or do you arise with the feeling of ‘another day that I haven’t reached my goal’; ‘another day stuck in the hole.’; ‘I’ll never make it.’
Thoughts are things you know. We’ve got to programme ourselves from the moment we wake up, to look forward. We can’t stop the negative or fear thought from coming into our heads upon awakening, but we can stop it from taking root and growing into an uncontrollable monster. I’ve been there! It’s not nice.
So how do we wake up and control our mind. For one thing, it might be best not to listen to the news first thing in the morning. This can often happen when a clock radio alarm goes off on the hour or half hour. You don’t want to hear about troubles as soon as you wake up. Turn the sound down for the duration that the news usually runs so you don’t hear it. You can always turn it back up when the music or weather comes back.
Now when the black thought clouds start tumbling in, as soon as you become aware of them, stop right then, and change those thoughts to more constructive ones. A quick fix might be to immediately start saying a favourite affirmation over and over till you obliterate that dark thought.
Thoughts are things you know. We’ve got to programme ourselves from the moment we wake up, to look forward.
Here are 10 Affirmations that could be really useful in helping us to turn our minds towards the good and positive upon awakening. They can actually be said at any time of the day.

Give them a try!๐Ÿ˜Š

  1. Confidence empowers me to take action and live life to the fullest
  2. When I see something I want, I make a plan of action, and go for it confidently with all of my energy.
  3. Developing confidence improves my life
  4. Feeling confident, assured, and strong is a normal part of my every day life
  5. All is well
  6. Today is a new day.
  7. I embrace all that is good in this new day.
  8. I am strong – physically, mentally and spirituality
  9. My faith in myself is now unshakable.
  10. My belief in myself is secure.

    Do you have any tips that you’d like to share for waking up with positive energy? Feel free to share them in the comments. Let’s help each other! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Happy Thanksgiving Day

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Thank you for your follows and likes. I really appreciate them. I’m grateful. A day late, but Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my stateside readers! ๐Ÿ˜Š

As a vegetarian I really didn’t want to pop the turkey in this pic, but no nut roast or other veggie-friendly stickers to hand ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Big Announcement- 10 Day Gratitude Challenge

#terrifictuesday ANNOUNCEMENT! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿฌ

We’ve got a new idea for a group project going on over at my motivational facebook page – Positive Affirmations And Audio Stories. Feel free to join in. It’s all about gratitude . Being grateful and having fun.

Let’s embrace and participate in “10 days of Gratitude”. We can be thankful for anything going on in our lives at this time- big or small.

Place all your gratitude comments in the gratitude thread on the page, so we can keep them all together.

At the end of the 10 days, I’ll put all the names of those who completed between 6 to 10 days of the 10-day period in a hat, and 2 people will receive a 6-card, Oracle card “Working On Goals” reading.

The gratitude period starts tomorrow Wednesday 27 November and goes until Friday 06 December. When you make your gratitude comment, please date it so I can keep track.

Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒป

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Trust Your Inner Voice

Today let’s talk about trusting your inner voice. With all the chatter on the social media and the fact that everyone has an opinion, it is sometimes difficult to just trust our inner voice.
Inner Wisdom
Steve Jobs one of the founders of Apple said,
“Don’t Let the Noise of Other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
We have to learn,ย we have to get good at learning that our knowing,ย our own intuition,ย is often the best adviceย weย are going to get.ย Noย one can walk in our shoes but us. We are the ones who are actually living in our particular situation.
Sometimes in order to clarify our sight, we have to ask for help.ย We have to ask for alternate views just for comparison or to see a larger picture before we can drill down to a solution for our situation.
There is a difference between being egotistical and knowing it all, and knowing when and why to trust our own inner voice.
Sometimes we may feel there is no other choice, there is only one path, only one solution. But somehow we might not be comfortable that solution or taking that step. We can’t see the woods for the trees. It’s time then to have a chat with someone else or with several people to get a wider view. A wider selection of options that we could possibly take.ย  But still that final decision is up to us. We take in all the information, we evaluate it, and then we act according to ourย inner voice’s directions.
What are some good ways then, of finding that inner voice & tapping into our intuitive powers?
First let’s think about what’s resting on our decision. Is it an emergency? Is it time based with a deadline, or is it something we have time to mull over.
If its an emergency and we have to act quickly, we might just have to go with our gut reaction & make course corrections later.
If we have a bit more time, we can think about who isย  affected by this decision. Is it just you…do you stand the most to gain or lose? Or is it a group endeavour, and yours is one contribution to the whole. Sometimes we have to compromise when others are involved. Or is it just a case of peer pressure. That’s often a tough one. We have to think of our own needs, obligations and feelings first maybe.ย Remember it’s ok to change your mind later in many cases.
If you can, find a quiet ย place and visualise the various scenarios & see which one intuitively feels more comfortable. If you have time to do this before going to sleep, you might find that by morning, your subconscious will have been working overnight & an answer will present itself to you. Meditation and quiet times are very good for learning to stop, listen to and honour your inner voice & intuition.
You can also try free writing. Draw a line down a sheet of paper & without censoring yourself, make a list of pros & cons for your decision. Sometimes writing frees up the doubts, fears, and confident points of an issue.Sometimes seeing things in black and white can strongly show us the direction we don’t want to go, as opposed to what we do want. It like putting our intuitive, gut thoughts through a sieve. That which is not wanted goes through and that which is left in the sieve is gold!
It’s totally ok and recommended to bounce your thoughts off of someone you trust, but remember…it’s your life…when all’s said & done…trust yourself…believe in yourself.
So, let’s share. How do you make decisions? How do you rise above the opinions of others to follow your own path? What kind of things do you do to strengthen your intuitive powers and build trust in your inner voice?
Feel free to add comments here, or visit us on twitter- @stefsvoice . ย ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Happy Thoughts – Discipline = Action

It is said that discipline is the difference between choosing what you want most and what you want now.

It seems logical that you would automatically choose what we want most. Sometimes excuses pop up that put us off the path to our goal. We feel too tired to do the task that we have set for ourselves so we put it off till another day. But sometimes that other day never comes. Sometimes we feel like – let me watch this TV programme, let me play this game for a little bit, and then I’ll get busy.

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What is it in us that allows these excuses to rule our lives. Is it because we are truly too busy? Is it because we really don’t have time or can’t make time? Or could it be that in some cases we are afraid.

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We can be afraid that we might, just might, succeed if we gave it our 100% effort. And if we succeed there might be some sacrifices that need to be made. And maybe we are not yet ready to do that. Alternatively it could be that we are afraid that we will just mess things up if we really try to do this thing. Or we will fail and be embarrassed & then be full of self dislike.

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It could be that the endeavour is such a big project that we feel intimidated & can’t even make a start.

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So maybe the first thing to do is figure out why we are putting off getting on with pursuing our goal.

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Why are we finding so much fascination with what we want to do now overriding what we want to do most.

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So it’s time to have a deep think. Let’s figure out what we really want to do & get clear on this project or goal. What is our ‘why’.

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With pen and paper, or on your electronic device write down exactly what you’re working on. Then why is it so important that you pursue this path & suceed.

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Then break it down into action steps that are do-able and within your lifestyle. If you work all day you might not have the same energy as someone who is free all day. So take this into account and budget the time accordingly. That will hopefully take care of the ‘I’m too tired’ excuse. Every time you feel like not bothering, remember your big ‘why’ to spur yourself on.

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If you think you’ll fail….. Follow the same plan & maybe take baby steps instead of giant leaps towards the goal to get your confidence up.

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If you think this goal might take you away from the life you’re comfortable with now, then think if your why is strong enough to either make adaptions to it so you can move yourself ahead yet still blend with a bit of your current lifestyle, or if you just need to commit to a total change.

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It is said that discipline is the difference between choosing what you want most and what you want now. Once you’re clear in what you want and why, the discipline part becomes much easier.

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And remember to reward yourself from time to time as you stick to doing the work and start to make those advances that will have you living your dream in due course

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So…How do you stick to disciplining yourself when you start to get a bit lazy or distracted and start to stray from your course?

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Let’s share

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Happy Thoughts – It’s National Poetry Day!

Here’s a sweet, lovely poem for you today “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth read by myself. Enjoy! ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

The regular blog will be back next week. By the way, I’ve updated several pages of this blog. Have a little look around!

Now here’s our poem:

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Foundation Stones to Happiness & Success Audiobook Podcast-Part 3-The Conclusion”

And here we are at the conclusion of this classic audiobook which I narrated for the podcast.

In this episode James Allen stresses the importance of us being aware of the deep connection between our mindsets, our words & our actions.

We can’t plant corn and expect to reap an entirely different crop! We reap what we sow. Meaning we must keep a close, vigilant watch on our thoughts and words, and pluck out/deal with/eliminate the weeds -unharmonious, negative thoughts – as soon as they appear.

Some of the wording is a bit dated, but the main message is just as contemporary as if it were written today!

Have a listen to the conclusion of Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success.

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Happy Thoughts -Foundation Stones to Happiness & Success, Audiobook Podcast-Part 2

Hello my friends,

This is Part 2 of the Self-Help classic, Foundation Stones to Happiness and Success by James Allen.

I’ve again changed some of the references to men to make it a bit more Universal. There are plenty of truth bombs in this timeless classic to apply to us all. No matter where we are in our life’s path right now!

Part 3 will be here in around 3 weeks as I have a commitment for next week.

There are many useful lessons in this book. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

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