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4 Essential Strategies for Changing Your Life

4 Essential Strategies for Changing Your Life

Be grateful. Gratitude unlocks the doors to your heart and opens your world up in ways previously unimaginable. Gratitude is the stage and the players are joy, peace, love, acceptance, belonging, and compassion. Make time to be grateful and happiness will be your reward.

When you find yourself spiraling into thoughts and attitudes of scarcity, stop yourself and think of what you have to be grateful for. Stop spending time wishing things were different and focus on the good things in your life, at this very moment. It is no secret that where our thoughts go our lives go as well.

If you are having trouble being grateful, try this: start with just one small thing to be grateful for. Then add another gratitude to it. Keep this going and when you think there is nothing more to be grateful for, think of one more thing. You’ll be amazed at how wonderful you’ll feel after practicing gratitude.

Take care of yourself. If you don’t, then who will? We are often led to believe that self-care is selfish, especially if others are expecting or wanting something from us. But it’s just the opposite. You must first love yourself before we you can love others; forgive yourself before we can forgive others; be joyful before you can share in the joys of others.

The best real-life analogy for this is the airline oxygen mask spiel: “If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask first, then assist the other person. Keep your mask on until a uniformed crew member advises you to remove it.” This is life and death. Secure your own sanity and wellbeing before going out into the world. No one wants help from a rundown crazy person….Check out Jessica’s other strategies on!

Jessica Amos is a Story Maven and Soul Docent offering stories as beacons to self-discovery, peace, love, joy, gratitude, abundance and belonging.


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1:13AM PST on Dec 17, 2014

Thank you!

10:34PM PST on Dec 1, 2013


12:24AM PST on Nov 4, 2013

right on!!

6:14PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Agree that we must take care of ourselves or we won't be ready to take care of others when it becomes necessary.

11:59AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

The greatest way to change your life is to be blunt, forthright, and honest about things with yourself. Find what about you that you find displeasing and learn to grow through this into an enlightened and more well round person. Not trying to make it sound easy, but nothing easy was ever really worth doing anyway.

3:28AM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Attitude matters

10:38AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

taking care of yourself has so many different aspects. mentally, physically, financially, spiritually. keeping them in balance is also important.

7:02PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

thanks for sharing

4:58PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Not necessarily true. I am a run-down crazy person, with a lot of health issues, and probably, a bit too many general ones. In spite of those facts, I have a modicum of intelligence, common sense, empathy and rational thoughts, which can prove useful to more than a few people.

I does make sense to take care of yourself. Just like most choices, though, we can go to the extremes, which doesn't help anyone.

2:57PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

I am so very grateful for so many, many things...
The annoying ads on this page and in comments aren't one of them!

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