Most of us approach our lives by way of our conditioning. That is, we make our decisions based on how we were taught. Unfortunately, many of the ideas that have been passed down through generations go against what we really need to do to create and maintain personal happiness.
Here are just a few misconceptions:
Misconception #1: If an established, secure job or relationship no longer makes you happy, something must be wrong with you.
Consider instead: Your life experiences have caused you to grow and change. You are not the same person as you were, so what you are no longer happy with may no longer be a fit.
Misconception #2: Following your heart anywhere except your love life is bound to get you in trouble. Use your rational mind to make decisions.
Consider instead: Your heart is connected to ideas and passions that you do not consciously select and which reside in your being. Think of your heart as the most accurate compass for your life decisions.
Misconception #3: Taking steps backwards financially should be avoided at all costs.
Consider instead: Improving your inner quality of life deserves as much an investment priority as upgrading your external environment and material possessions.
Misconception #4: Having a successful career doing what you love is an unrealistic fantasy that happens only to a lucky few.
Consider instead: What you love is what you are here to do. Expect that you can create a successful career doing it.
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Imagine you are a history scholar, young father and newly wed in your 30’s, pushing hard for your doctorate from one of the leading universities in the world–and then it happens. You read an old version of the bible and you are blown away.
The experience is life changing and the transformation you embark upon begins with you leaving your doctorate studies for a life preaching “the word.” You begin your journey by inviting homeless people to sleep on your apartment floor every night. Your wife can not agree with your vision and your marriage ends in divorce with your wife and baby moving back to the East Coast.
The culmination of your transformation is your decision to turn in your apartment keys, sell your belongings, and go live in a homeless encampment under a freeway overpass so that you can relate to your “congregation.”
This is no Harlequin novel but rather the real life story, a wonderful read by San Francisco Chronicle’s Kevin Fagan, of Vincent Pannizzo a New Jersey native who was working toward his doctorate in History at the University of California at Berkeley before deciding, in his words, to heed God’s calling and preach “the word.”
What Do You Think Of This Man?
Maybe instead of a never ending stream of headlines about Paris Hilton, our convoluted and corrupt political system, and the ongoing soulless news items we are force fed, maybe we should seek out and make example of stories like Vincent’s story.
It is possible to change minds by simply changing what information you allow into your life? Tell me what you think.
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Inspirational author Susan Hanshaw in her book, Inner Architect: How To Build The Life You Were Designed To Live, provides something that the popular writing of Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Marc Allen, and Eckhart Tolle often overlooks: how to steps that help implement change. The following are the 3 Roadblocks to Change and an exercise which helps you to begin to implement your action plan.
3 Roadblocks To Change:
1. Fears about your ability to successfully create change
2. Limited beliefs about what you can achieve or who you can become
3. Commitment to taking the necessary steps
For the inner architect evaluation exercise-tool, Personal Steps For Change located on page 6, which gives you the start to a plan of action to change your life, please request your free copy of Chapter 1 “Cultivating Your Mind To Consider Change”:
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