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Want Change? Look Within (Not to the White House)

Shine the light you want in the world

You’re likely someone who cares about improving themselves and their world. You’ve got a big heart – and the world loves generous, kind people like you. The whole wide world thrives when we open our hearts and fix our eyes on what we want to change.

What do all loving and compassionate leaders believe? Our most beloved leaders always look to the future with hope and faith. Do you? (Yes, the media circus can make a happy clown cry.)

Here are five practical tips for strengthening your precious heart so you can go out there and be the change you want to see in the world.

Practice self-awareness. Mindfulness begins with just one conscious breath. Connect with your conscious observer by watching your thoughts without judgment. Relax and release negative thoughts. Savor thoughts that feel positive and life-affirming. The lowest, slowest emotion is fear. Fear closes your heart. Love opens your heart and your life to others.

Discover your “why”. When you know why you’re doing something (e.g., going to work, parenting your child, quitting sugar) your likelihood for success goes up BIG. Life is supposed to be joyful. Change your mindset, change your life. Find a positive, big-picture, meaningful reason that fuels your daily – sometimes tedious – actions so you feel inspired to keep going.

Create healthy relationships. You know who they are. Crabs in the barrel try to bring you down, down, down. Negative people are toxic, especially if they’re related to you! Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your dreams. On those tough days when you feel without company, support or friends, honor the realization you are never alone. You’re an integral, never-to-be-seen again piece of the puzzle. The universe is benevolent. Einstein said so!

Cultivate positive habits. Yet again, Gandhi says it best: “Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” ‘Nuf said. Be the change. Be the Light. You’re a lighthouse. Shine!

Show self-love and self-care. You teach people how to treat you. If you don’t know how to forgive yourself, how to celebrate your successes, how to show yourself respect and love, you’ll attract people who reflect that self-loathing. (That’s not blame. That’s Law of Attraction.) Find activities, fascinations or hobbies that fill you with wonder and joy. When you’re enthusiastic and inspired, you are one with spirit. Have fun, spread joy, rest and rejuvenate. Repeat.

Imagine. One by one, we become “everyone”. Yes, if everyone practiced such loving tips, the world would be a different place. For now? Be the catalyst. Commit to watching your mind, honor your lovely heart and always try your best to be kind. You’re a leader. Believe!

Today and always we pray for peace and harmony for you and the entire world.

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