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presented by author / motivational speaker
Nancy McFadden M.A.
WAKE UP! GET CONSCIOUS! YOU NEED YOU
Most of us have heard expressions such as, “the Lord helps those who help
themselves”, or “talking about it and not doing it are the same thing”.
Usually, these comments are an irritant when directed at us personally. But
what if you were to consider these statements in relation to your personal
life today? As adults we all reach the place where we realize that having
ambitions, dreams, education or training does not guarantee happiness.
“Want” or “desire” are not all it takes to experience a happier life, more
love, financial abundance, good health, constant travel opportunities or
other imaginings of the ‘good life’.
Other people seem to be living our dreams. What, precisely, prevent us from
achieving what many others appear to gain, effortlessly?
In this presentation, I would like to present what I believe are serious
considerations that promise a new life to anyone serious enough to change
their old way of thinking and are willing to “do” some personal adjusting
Of course, whenever you want to experience change you need to start by
acknowledging that change cannot occur unless YOU are willing to think and
do something entirely different from your usual behaviors.
Begin by getting clear about what you really want. When I talk about getting
clear, in this presentation, I am referring to the practice of stopping
patterns of talking to yourself, thinking about yourself, or others, or
deciding the outcome of your plans and desires before you even attempt to
achieve them. In other words, you are being challenged to pay attention to
the way you use your thinking and self talk to discourage yourself from
attempting new behaviors that have the potential of making you a happier
more satisfied person.
Wake up! Most people talk themselves out of being successful, all the while
complaining they were discouraged by others. Be clear - others cannot
influence your decisions unless you decide to give them the authority. This
is precisely why you need to pay attention to how you handle the input of
others and the pep talks you give yourself.
Everybody talks to himself or herself. “I look a mess”, “I’m going to the
show tonight and nothing is going to stop me,” “I am asking that piker for a
raise today or quitting my job if I don’t get it”, etc. We all have these
self-conversations. However, few of us pay attention to what we are saying
and the impact these self-messages have on us. You need to start paying more
attention to how you talk to yourself. Take note of your negative messages
and the fear-based statements that hold you back without ever allowing you
to give yourself a chance to succeed at something you want for yourself.
Do not fall victim to saying things such as, “I know it isn’t apt to happen”
or “I know this seems reasonable, but” and other such statements that
immediately undermine your commitment to yourself. Use statements such as,
“I am”, “I will” “I’m not stopping until…” and other types of messages that
confirm to yourself that you are committed and don’t intend stopping until
you succeed. It may sound hokey, however, you can and generally do stop your
successes from happening right in the thinking stage before you ever take
one deliberate step. Reassess you thinking style in order to poise yourself
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