Last week’s post, Trying to Catch My Breath, really struck a cord.  I received a lot of positive feedback and expressions of gratitude from people for validating that they were not the only ones feeling the stress, compression and tension permeating the collective consciousness.  As a result, I want to share a few more tips over the next few posts on how to turn your focus back to the positive when it has strayed into the dangerous mine field of the negative.

I am signed up to get daily Notes from the UniverseThese notes help me see the big picture and remind me that the I Am Up for the Challenge - Melanie Yostreality I see and am experiencing in the moment is not always the full reality.  One of the cool things about these notes is that they are personalized with your name and will incorporate your goals into them.  Last week I received a note that said:

What happens when someone worries?

Basically, they think of 100 reasons why something might go wrong. And all of those thoughts then struggle to become things, sometimes overriding their more constructive thoughts.

Ain’t pretty. But that’s the power of worry.

Now, let’s say you want something fantastic to manifest in your life, Melanie.

Hypothetically, let’s say you want a rockin’ business that helps lots of people have more fun and freedom in their life. (I know you.)

Have you sat down yet and listed 100 reasons why it might come to you easily, fast, and harmoniously?

I think you should.

Today works,
The Universe

P.S. Don’t forget to put me conspiring for you on that list, Melanie!

Hmmm . . . . well, no I hadn’t.  I have written a lot of goals and I have certainly come up with all the possible obstacles, hurdles and barriers that could/might/will stop me from reaching those goals.  But I had never sat down and written out 100 reasons why I can reach my goals easily, fast and harmoniously.  Alrighty then . . . CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

I made a cup of tea, sat down at my desk, pulled out my pen and paper, took a deep breath and  . . . . nothing.  My mind was blank.  Okay, I’ll start with the one suggested by the Universe.  “1.  The Universe is conspiring to support me.”  One down and only ninety nine more to go.  Ummm . . . this was not going to be as easy as I thought it would be.  Slowly but surely, I started adding one thing at a time to the list.  I am up to 52 right now, and it sits on my desk and I add to it as I think of why I can have what I want easily, fast and harmoniously.  This has really helped shift my focus to what I want and the positives that will help me create it.  I will get to 100.

Here’s what I realized.  When you ask most adults to use their imagination, they will say they don’t have one.  Bullpoopy!!  We all have very active and strong imaginations.  The reality is that we often only use it in the service of fear.  We regularly use our imagination to create doomsday scenarios of failure, humiliation and annihilation and we call it being realistic or pragmatic.  When we use it to dream of lives that make us happy and fulfilled, we call it day dreaming, wishful thinking or pie-in-the-sky nonsense.  Why is that?

For many years I worked with seriously disturbed adolescents and I would regularly tell them to use their powers for good and not evil.  Our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses and our greatest gifts can lead to our own self destruction (there is a long list of brilliant, creative and talented people who illustrate this point).  So for the love of all that is positive, fun and life affirming, use your imagination (your greatest gift) for positive creation and not self -harm.

Training the mind is like training a hyperactive puppy.  You have to keep directing it where you want it to go.  It requires a lot of persistence and patience (definitely not my gift).  A good place to start is to make your own list of 100 reasons why you can reach your goal(s) easily, fast and harmoniously.   Today works.  Are you up for the challenge?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post.  Please comment below.

melanie2-smMelanie Yost LCSW is an Author, Speaker, and Business Mentor for motivated business owners ready to break through to the next level. She teaches them how to integrate their unique skills, natural abilities and lifestyle priorities into their business planning and marketing strategies so that they can make more money than they ever thought possible and have fun doing it.

A psychotherapist for 20 years, Melanie combines a wealth of effective and creative tools that empower her clients to transform their lives, their situations, and most importantly, their outcomes. When people are looking for an opportunity to create a 180 degree turn in their finances, beliefs, business and lives, they seek Melanie’s acute wisdom and trusted advice. Melanie’s coaching is a mix of practicality, mindset, strategy and marketing. If you have ever wanted to get out from under the limitations of your business and start living your passion and loving what you do, her coaching is a must!