Don’t Give Up — Pick Up Your Plan

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February was an extremely traumatic month for me. Within the space of three weeks I found abnormalities on both my right and left breasts, confirmed with a sonogram, had aspiration of two cysts and biopsy of the third. To make things a little more interesting I found out that I have ankle tendonitis and must take a break from strenuous exercise.

Many times we make a decision to do something different. We want a change in our lives. Perhaps we are tired of living with mediocrity. We know that there must be more to life than just trying to survive or making it through the week till Friday comes around. More often than not the desire for doing more is our purpose calling us. It is a reminder that we still have quite a way to go and we need to do something about it. That’s why we make goals, resolutions, to-do lists, bucket lists, and set challenges for ourselves.

We start preparing, get all excited, make plans and then suddenly something comes to throw us off track. If we are not careful we lose our balance, stumble and fall. If the thing that comes our way is frightening or devastating enough we might even convince ourselves that it is not worth the effort. Right there, right then, we give up, but this is not the time to throw in the towel. Now is the time for you to become even more determined to make your plan work.

Unrealistic fear wants you to give up even before you have even started, but you are not going to give it any satisfaction whatsoever. What you have to do is draw upon all your past accomplishments and successes thus far and do some positive self-talk. Trust me, during the whole ordeal in February unrealistic fear’s negative self-talk was determined to throw me off balance. Words such as cancer, disability, hopeless, give it up, and even death constantly rose up, but each time I counterattacked with what I knew best.

Affirmations are positive self-talk. They are tools that you have at your disposal. If unrealistic fear uses negative self-talk to impede you then you must use positive self-talk to move yourself forward. Positive affirmations can filter back to your subconscious to have an effect on your motivation and self-esteem. You can’t wait around for someone to pat you on the back and tell you that everything’s going to be all right. Many times it will be just you and that scary situation facing each other. Whose voice do you want to hear?

You can use affirmations to move your subconscious mind through the power of positivity. Instead of thinking I am afraid tell yourself daily I have the courage to do this. When negative self-talk starts a conversation on what took place the last time, let positive self-talk remind you that was then and this is now. So go ahead, put that plan together. You have made the right decision. Take some time to remind yourself of who you are and what you are capable of doing. Then keep on stepping, right into your purpose.

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