Hope . . . And Then Face Forward!

Hope = The belief that the future will be better than the present and you have the power to make it so.

Did you know that people who are hopeful are able to withstand twice as much pain for twice as long? It’s true, although life is not {necessarily} a contest in pain endurance. It’s more a signal that hope and resiliency position us to better withstand the challenge of change.

Change affords us the opportunity to clear the decks, and to flourish – despite adversity. Along that journey, we can note Steve Jobs words of wisdom at the Stanford 2005 commencement, “Don’t waste time living someone else’s life.” Well said, with the understanding that the challenge of human fulfillment — wholehearted living — can be daunting at times. There are always, however, fresh perspectives, creative solutions, and the power of camaraderie to clear the path to create a blossoming life.

Stephen McGhee, legendary business leadership coach, consultant, author, and documentary filmmaker gave me what I consider to be the most sage advice. Acknowledging the challenges of moving through life changes, he said: “You can cut the tail of the tiger off an inch at a time, or just cut the darn thing off at the butt and get through it.” That’s applicable to so many life challenges. We tend to allow painful change to drag on in infamy and consequently – we swirl in perpetual agony. I’ve been there — you? So, make the decision. Expedite whenever possible. Rip off the band-aid. Fast. And focus forward. 

A few more principles I’ve discovered:

Byron Katie, founder of The Work says: “When we argue with reality, we loose 100% of the time”. So, accept what has happened as a reality. Find gratitude for the blessings that are intertwined in every situation. And commit to moving forward. Denial is dangerous.

Authenticity is the only way to fly. Putting the truth out there is empowering and we know intuitively, it’s the best way to achieve results.

Gifts of support and helping others in need, nourishes the soul, and feels really good. Martin Seligman notes in his book Flourish, “scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.” So, do a kindness. And smile when you’re doing it. It feels great!

Ask for help. People love to be asked for help – it makes them feel valued. And, it’s amazing what a fresh perspective can lend to a challenge. Or even a thoughtful question, to raise an eyebrow to a new view.

Be a turner of stones and never give up on creating a better life, one that’s true to you. I invite you to let that be your mantra as you etch your passions and {re}create your zestful life.

So yes, life is known to pack a punch.

There is no reason we can’t be creative and strong in our response to that punch.

Put on your rally cap.

Make life better.

Better is always available to us.

Let’s rest in that.

I’m overflowing with gratitude to all of you for extending such a warm (and zestful!) welcome to our new online home. My creative genius, Amanda and I designed this online space with the intent to invite you all to this loving, comfy living room, with high ceilings, and open hearts, to match real challenges with real solutions, to inspire and to motivate, and to ignite each other to being radiant. To be our best selves. To be zestful!  

Thank you for being here!

Lots more to come . . .

P.S. Along the lines of today’s post, please download the complimentary Mindset Manifestos and feel free to share it.  Comments are welcome!

And, I invite your comments here on your inspirations, perceptions and your views on Big. Life. Change.  Say more . . . what’s on your mind?

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