Standards

Raising My Consciousness One Word at a Time

Standards- a level of quality or attainment.

There is a level of behavior we will accept in any situation. These are our personal standards.  Our standards exist in our relationships, our careers, and ourselves and the level of quality we accept is the level of quality we most often receive.  Today the challenge is to look at the standards you are accepting in all phases of your life.  Is it time to raise the standards of what you expect?  This can only be discovered if you are more conscious of exactly what your standards of behavior are.  It begins by looking at your thoughts, the resulting emotions, the words you use, and the actions that you take consciously every day.  What are your standards?  Are there things you can no longer accept?

Word

Increasing My Consciousness One Word at a Time

Word- something that someone says or writes; a remark or piece of information.

wordOne of the three things I think you have to focus on in order to raise your level of consciousness is the words you use every day.  Word use is important to the actions that you take, and the feelings, thoughts, and actions you create in others. How you speak can make someone more confident and empowered or it can destroy someone’s confidence and abilities just as easily.  Today I am putting your focus on each word you use today.  Is it helpful? Is it harmful? What exactly is the purpose of your thought?  It all begins with looking at your thoughts,  which lead to your words, and of course, lead to feelings and actions in your life.   Most importantly, let’s look at your words.

Positive Mindset

Creating positive mindsetThings To Consider when Creating a Positive Mindset

Each and every word we use has an energy attached to it and impacts the lives of all that hear it. Too often we use our words without a consideration of how they will affect others. Words are the building blocks used to build our mindset either positive or negative. Our words radiate around and within us long after they are spoken. It is important that all people are vigilant in noticing the charge of our words and the thoughts behind them. Focusing on speaking positively will allow us to create a more positive mindset. This will make life a happier and more enjoyable experience.

Don’t Keep Us Separated

What invisible walls separate you from others?
What invisible walls separate you from others?

Many problems come from the illusion of separation that people have been taught throughout life. Almost from birth, we are taught to group people and label them based on arbitrary measures. Separation by race, religion, region, economics or any other measure is designed to create an identity but they only serve to build walls between people. Security is a big reason for this, where you fit in, you are safe, but later it can be attached to  a person’s self-worth, and value.  We are not separate, we are connected. The truth is that we are far more connected than we are different. Eliminate the separations between us and the world will be a much more functional place.

Obstacle

Increasing My Consciousness One Word at a time 

Obstacle-  a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress.

All people have goals and dreams. That is a part of being human. Achieving these things comes with a varying degree of difficulty.  Sometimes it comes easy but others it is a much longer journey.  No matter how difficult or hard the trip there are four main obstacles stopping people from experiencing their dream’s completion.  Each of these things can derail you and stop you from achieving what you want and to be conscious of each one in your thoughts, words, and actions will help you see the obstacle in your path and stop it from preventing your progress as a person.

8 Lessons

lessons learnedIt is only natural to look back and reflect on the events of the year and place meaning with them. There are both positive and negative things that occur in a life, but there is always a lesson to be learned. There were many of these over the past year, some big and some small but all significant.

Goals

goal settingHow many times have you allowed the opinions of others limit your potential?

When I think of the wonderful people who I meet each day, I find myself being awestruck by the potential success that exists in all people that they can’t see in themselves. It is like looking at Michael Jordan who doesn’t realize that he is a great basketball player.  Greatness exists within everyone in one form or another and learning to listen to your heart and following your interests is all it takes to start to see this.

Empty Space

empty space inside of you
What do you fill the empty space inside of you with?

We each have space inside of us that exists for us to fill with all of the things that matter in our lives. From birth until we leave this experience people make decisions about what exactly is going to fill their empty space most enjoyable. All of the things we pay attention to and the actions that you take fill that space. As we grow older the decisions about the space are going to be more important. Things that filled our space when we were 20 years old, no longer seem to fit and fall away. Events that filled our space are over and in order for new experiences and things to get in we have to let things fall away from us and move comfortably into the past. What is in your space that you should let go of? What should you keep?

Curiosity

Raising My Consciousness One Word at a Time

Curiosity– a strong desire to know or learn something.

there are a lot of conflicting thoughts on curiosity. Some embrace it, some fear it, others discourage it. But to me, all of the best learners and innovators have a healthy dose of curiosity in their being.  It provides them the motivation to seek the answers solving the problems we have every day. I think we should be as curious as children, always seeking new learning, because it is always there. Learn to cultivate your curiosity and wonder about everything and you will never be bored.  It all begins with the consciousness you have around curiosity. The thoughts you entertain lead to the words you speak, and the actions you take.  Curiosity will allow you to move in new directions and experience new things.

Perspectives

512566070029080548_1356144434Bad days happen. We fall down, we make mistakes, and things fall apart. That is life, but it has been my observation that the people who move swiftly through these mishaps and enjoy the positive side of life have developed habits that are worth emulating.  It is easy to let negativity creep into our lives as we live day to day, but consciously focusing our thoughts on the positives that exist in life will provide value where it seems that none really exists.  Being in love with your life during each minute is the secret to happiness. Accepting the bitter with the sweet.

Determination

Increasing My Consciousness one Word at a Time

Determination-firmness of purpose; resoluteness.

People set out on many journeys in life. Our determination dictates how far the journey is going to take us.   All start with a hopeful confidence. All are going to face challenges that will help decide the direction a journey is going to move in.  Sometimes things get tough and you can’t continue. The bottom line is that when it comes to your goals and dreams, the determination you carry in your heart is the number one factor in reaching a successful conclusion or not. Determination is a quality that is in each of us, and it needs to be used to be effective.  It all starts with looking at our thoughts, words, and actions when it comes to completing our goals.

Hope

hopeI think people resign themselves to their situations. The way that it is right now will always be. If one believes this then there is no room for improvement, there is no hope.

Things can change in an instant, and the things you dream of can come to you, today, out of the blue. Change is constant and inevitable.  Hope is a powerful tool, that allows your dreams to be realized in a way that you may not have imagined before. It allows those changes to work for your pursuit of your best self.

Secrets to a Happy Life

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Power

Raising My Consciousness One Word at a Time

Power- the ability to do something or act in a particular way, especially as a faculty or quality.

Each of you has the power to affect the world. You may not be conscious of it but it exists.  It allows you to overcome the feelings of being powerless.  If you listen to the media message that is sent to you every day it is designed to make you feel powerless. Events are reported to make the world seem big and out of your realm.  That is a perspective that is advantageous to an industry.  If you feel powerless, you look for comfort, buy things you don’t need, do what you’re told to do to protect yourself.  In short, it is easy to manipulate a person who feels powerless.  Worry comes directly from this belief.  But you have power and can affect how you look at and act with life.

Letting Go of the Past

letting go of the pastThe past is a constant companion, it is always there, reminding, motivating or maybe even taunting us. The ghosts of things done, actions taken or not taken lead to the behavior we undertake today. Reflection on these things allows a person to choose between being swallowed by the past, never able to move forward or to release the past and move forward with new experiences.

There is a continual connection between you and your past. Hopefully visiting the ghosts of your past will allow you to put them behind you and move forward into the best version of yourself. Letting go of the past will set you free. These are some trips to the past that have haunted me on my journey and I need to put to rest once and for all.

Acceptance

Acceptance is the Opposite of Judgment
Acceptance means that you are doing the best that you can with what you have

Many of my difficulties in life have come from a lack of acceptance. Whether it was not accepting someone else’s behavior, my circumstances or just the way events have played out. My lack of acceptance has and always will lead to difficulties. Acceptance is the opposite of judgment, the positive side to that negative coin.

Roads

Raising my consciousness one word at a time

Roads-a wide way leading from one place to another

No matter who you are or where you have been, it is the roads that you have walked that have brought you to where you are and the person that you have become.When I look back at the journey of life I have been fortunate to have walked many different roads to get to the place that I am in now.

Moving Past the Judgment

2664d0e2789d58be9784c145b6b47963It is in our nature to judge others, we do it naturally, judging someone else’s behavior, actions, motives or past. It is a biological need to do this because it will help protect you from harmful situations and people and of course this is important to your survival.

It really jumps out at you when you observe people being judgmental about the behavior of others. It seems that today the judgments of others are high and the reactions to others are based on  blind judgment and hate, it stands out and makes you wonder why it is that way. When you judge someone else in this manner you define yourself, not them. I think it is important to remember this.

My Character

 Character Strengths Evaluation

Awhile ago I took a  quiz online that would reveal my strengths and characterweaknesses.   It was called the VIA Character Strengths profile test.

Be prepared,  it is a rather lengthy test, this post is about the results I got from taking the test.

I enjoy doing creative things because most often they reveal a lot about yourself. I am going to show you what they said were my strengths and then give my opinion on their validity and value because that’s what I do.

Escape

Many of us exist in prisons of our own making that stop us from expeiencing life fully
Many of us exist in prisons of our own making that stop us from experiencing life fully

Increasing My Consciousness one word at a time.

Escape-break free from confinement or control.

Are you living life in the way that you really want? Do you say everything you want? Or do you hold back your true thoughts because of a fear that what you really think will cause suffering for you? If you are not confident enough in your ideas to speak them without fear, you are living in a prison.  If you don’t do exactly what you want because you are afraid of what others will think you are in a prison. I think that for much of my life I have been in a prison of my own making and it is time to organize a prison break. In order to escape your cage, you need to honestly assess its limitations.  It begins by examining your thoughts, words, and actiions.