Never Let Yesterday Use Up Too Much Of Today

“Why do some people, perhaps you, seem to never get ahead? What is one of the biggest difficulties people face that prevents them from getting what they want? Where is it that most people put their attention? How come it doesn’t work the way you hope it will?

“Never let yesterday use up too much of today.”  Will Rogers said that and it is great advice. You cannot move forward looking back. You can’t drive your car forward looking only in the rearview mirror. Yet, that is what many people do. They try to get ahead looking back.

Be here now. Come to this moment. Live in the present, the here and now. Let go of what was. Honor it. Respect it. Learn from it. Forgive it. Make reparations if necessary and you are able to.  Accept it and then let it go. Drop it. Don’t let the past define you. Stop judging.

The More Grateful You Are The More Present You Become 

You are more than your past conditioning and experiences. Whatever your past was it is gone. Unless you continue to keep it alive.  Some of it was good. Maybe, some of it not so good. That is okay. Bring your attention to now. Let go of any, ‘if I had only…’

Stop living with regret. Stop living with shame. Stop being a survivor and start living fully. Cut the ties that bind and put your attention on this day. This moment, Right here. Right now. When you free yourself of looking back your energy is available to transform now.

Your now energy is available to look forward and create what you want  from this moment on. Look at what you can be grateful for right now. Celebrate your past as prior learning and lessons. Begin to celebrate now for all that is available to you. Be here and now.

Be Present In All Things Be Thankful For All Things – Live Now

Count your blessings. Be thankful. List your wins. List everything you appreciate. It can be small or large. It can be specific or vague. Just begin taking inventory of what you can be grateful for right this instant. Focus on these and notice how good it feels. Start living. Live fully. Find all the good Find the new. Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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We Are Prisoners Of Our Own Making But We Can Change That!

“Growing up, my main idol was Harry Houdini, escape artist extraordinaire. He was a magician and an escape artist who died in 1926 but whose name is used nearly daily to describe incredible feats. His name became a verb in the dictionary. ‘To do a Houdini’.

What does he have to do with our thoughts? I have shared here how great thought leaders from ancient times through today have pointed out that our only limitations exist in our thinking and what we believe. If we think we can or we can’t, we are right.

Thinking makes it so. Whatever we focus on expands. If we are predominantly negative or don’t think we can, if we don’t believe we can make things happen and design a life to live on our own terms, then it is unlikely we will ever do so. Thoughts stop us if we let them.

A Breakthrough – When The Impossible Becomes Possible

Houdini made a name for himself by going around this and other countries offering to escape from their jail cells. He challenged the police to restrain him and constrain him in such a way that he could not get free. He offered cash rewards to those who could hold him.

He never had to pay. He escaped. He knew what he was doing and beyond that he was a master marketer and publicist. He knew how to get attention. In one jail, he was stripped naked as usual. Searched to make sure he had no keys or lock picks and then shackled.

The door is closed and locked. The jailers and press leave. Typically, within a certain amount of time Houdini would emerged dressed and fee of the shackles having escaped the locked cell. Houdini is now inside a cell, his jailers gone and he is working on the cell lock.

The Mind That Perceives The Limitation Is The Limitation

He can’t pick it. He used hidden picks but today it was not working. An hour went by and he began to panic. He had never encountered a jail cell lock he couldn’t pick. He kept trying. His entire reputation was on the line. If he failed his career was over. He couldn’t pick it.

Another passed. He was covered in sweat. Afraid. Near exhaustion he collapsed against the jail cell door and it swung open. What? It swung open! The jailers, in all the commotion, had forgotten to lock the door. They simply shut it and left the room. No one realized.

Not even Houdini. Shocked, but relieved, he quickly dressed and exited the cell triumphant. Headlines in the paper praised his escape. Only Houdini knew the truth until he revealed it years later. He was a prisoner of his own mind. He thought the door was locked.

Life Becomes Limitless When You Become Fearless

That is the same with each of us. We are prisoners of our own limiting thoughts and beliefs. We have assumptions we grew up with that go unchallenged. We think we can’t or are not good enough. We must stop believing the limitations and instead challenge them.

Whenever you doubt you can do anything positive that would mean a good change for you and for others you should stop. Stop doubting you can and start doubting that you can’t. You should doubt your limitations. Stop believing them. Know you can and doubt you can’t.

Our beliefs and thoughts are old conditioning we adopted growing up. Perhaps, useful at one time or in a particular context, they need to be evaluated and challenged. Houdini learned to always check each door after that just in case someone left it open. He learned.

The Only Thing Limiting Us Is Our Belief There Are Limits

We can learn too. We can learn to go beyond limitations and stop being a prisoner of our own thinking. We can excel and move forward in positive ways when we give ourselves reasons to. Find your strengths and talents. You have so many. Begin appreciating yourself. Be grateful for who you are. Feel blessed. Realize you are incredibly resourceful. Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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Change Your Thoughts And You Can Change The World!

“You determine what your world will be. Your decisions and your thoughts influence your reality. It all depends on what you choose to make it.  You can soar to unbelievable heights, you can experience success and happiness beyond belief or you can settle for okay.

Or worse. You can live afraid, in fear, worry, doubt, lack and misery. The choice is yours. It is your choice and yours alone. Right now you are creating and sustaining the world you live in. You can continue to perpetuate it or change it. You’re where your thoughts brought you.

When you choose to manage your thoughts and feelings and create a positive mindset you become an unstoppable force. You take charge. You shape yourself and your destiny. You create your future by becoming a powerful, positive creative person of action.

With An Open Mind Accept That Anything Is Possible – Believe

You can create a happy, fulfilled romantic life, you can enjoy the love of your family and friends and improve all your relationships. You can create a fulfilling career. You can take charge of your physical health, your mental and spiritual well-being. All of it is possible!

You can do the things you want, travel to the places you have dreamed of and acquire the things and true riches of life. To change you must change from the inside out. You begin by changing yourself. You begin by learning what you are truly capable of.

You learn how powerful your thoughts are. You discover how powerful you are to make things happen. Most people, sadly, never know. They continue to live from worn out prior negative conditioning that keeps them trapped and weak. You don’t have to!

Your Thoughts And Your Words Create Your Experience

Exercise your mind power. When you do, you change your world. Your own brain begins to look for opportunities you otherwise might have missed. When you are no longer focused on lack and worries you begin to see and take advantage of what else is there. It’s true!

That puts your on a positive track!  You change your life for the better. You create and attract new people, events and circumstances into your life. You take advantage of new opportunities. You create your future and make your dreams come true. You alter the world.

You positively influence the people you come in contact with. You change your daily behaviors and begin to live life on your terms. BUT it starts within. From within to without. It begins with your decisions to become aware and no longer live from past conditioning.

Whether You Think You Can Or You Think You Can’t You Are Right

You recondition. You re-train your brain to be a positive, automatic, reliable, opportunity seeking force. You make your life the one you want to live instead of living less than gloriously. Fill your mind with positive thoughts. Affirm and declare daily. Visualize what you want.

Spend most of your time feeling good. Do those things I have shared with you in these blog pages. Create a daily ritual, a daily positive routine. Practice gratitude. Keep a list. Write it down. Journal your wins. Look for the good and new. Meditate. Allow, expect and anticipate wonderful experiences. You will change your life! Delight and celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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Listen To The Silence Or Fill Your Mind With Positive Thoughts: Which Is It?

“I was asked this question. ‘I find it to be a bit contradictory.
Saying “Listen to the silence” but then fill it up with positive thinking and focus on other things. So, which one is it?’ I will answer it here. Does it seem contradictory to you? It need not be contradictory.

Both are useful. You can do both at different times. Both are applicable. There is no contradiction. Music is made up, or filled up, with many notes and chords, but it is the silence between those that allows you to appreciate them. Without silence you’d have noise.

Nature is filled up with many trees and blades of grass and rocks and stones, but it is the gaps between them that allows you to notice. It is not one or the other. The river has banks on both sides. Sometimes you enjoy being on the bank. Sometimes you enjoy being in the river.

Silence Is A Music Of Its Own – Silence Is Alive

Consider a dotted line on paper or the street. There are dots and   spaces. You can focus on one or the other or both. When you focus on both it is a dotted line. If there were no spaces it would be a solid line. You can observe thoughts and the silence at the same time.

Get some rest, sometimes. You will appreciate both when you do both. Find the silence. Rest in it. Enjoy it. Find the gaps between thoughts. Look for the empty spaces. Empty yourself. Be open and allow. If you are full you can’t take any new things in. Be empty.

Listen to silence. Be still and know. Be very quiet and still and listen to your own heart. Listen to your inner wisdom. To do that, some of us have to quiet down, first. We have to notice there is silence to attend to it. Some people flit from thought to thought without rest.

Once You Accept Yourself You Become Beautiful

Then you can appreciate even more that which is there. You can enjoy the positive thoughts and feelings even more. Get it? It isn’t about excluding or having to choose one or the other, it is about both. You can sit on a river bank and silently watch leaves floating.

You can do the same with your thoughts whether positive or not. To do that you must first start observing or listening and allowing. Let go. Practice awareness. Allow and enjoy. Practice gratitude! Find delight and enjoy! Include! Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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Stop! Distractions And Judgements Cause You To Fail

“With so much unrest in current affairs it is easy to get caught up. It is downright seductive. It is a major distraction. How much time is lost, spent finding out about, watching, worrying and fearing the worst about our present day affairs?

It’s a  preoccupation beyond one’s personal issues.  We get caught up in national and global ones. I have to admit it is difficult not to watch the news sometimes. I even find myself, at times, picking sides and posting on FB my own displeasure with what occurs.

Then I stop, remember and realize I am getting caught up in less than glorious thinking and acting. I want to put a guard before my words and thoughts.  I want to think and speak only to bless, heal and prosper. I don’t need distractions I need to focus on good often.

Starve Your Distractions – Feed Your Focus – Take Action

I recall I wrote quite a blog on being willing to forgive those who do us harm and to forgive others and ourselves. I remember this, and then  I realize I need to make a shift. I need to move away from the less than glorious and discover more of the truly glorious.

It is time to give up the fascination with news and current issues. I don’t mean we have to turn a blind eye. I am not saying there aren’t serious issues that require addressing. I am saying focus on what I  want. Focus on what I want to create, not on the circus. Get it?

I have been labeling and judging people. Instead, I should send them positive energy, love and light, I should bless these people and wish them the best. I should project positivity into all my relationships and doings, private, public, national and global. I should walk it.

If You’re Not Moving Toward Your Purpose – Leave It Alone

Not just talk it. Live from the heart. Live connected to source. I should rise above the current reality and imagine the reality I want to create instead. Then I should take positive, inspired, action steps toward making that come to pass. I don’t build up by tearing down.

Speak only to bless, heal and prosper. Love and forgive. Suspend judgement. Bless your accusers. Bless the naysayers. Bless those who seek to do harm. Forgive. It isn’t about them. They will be who they are. It is about you. It is about me. It is about how we live.

It is about our character, our values. It is about living from higher self instead of getting caught in the morass. Drop pretense. Drop judgement. Drop feeling superior. Let go of the ego. Allow what is to be what is. Imagine everything happens for a reason. Allow, let go.

Be About Actions Not Distractions – What You Focus On Expands

Imagine it is all a divine cosmic play. Live in love. Live feeling blessed. Life is too short to worry and fear and hate. Love, live, laugh, learn and let go. Let go and let god. Go with the flow. Send positive energy to everyone. Seek to raise consciousness not dampen it.

Yes, it is tempting to get caught up and I sometimes do. When I fall down, get up, brush off and continue. Live loving life. Enjoy, delight, sing and dance. Life is short so make the most of it. Fill each moment with what you want to have more of and you will get more of it!

Create what you want. Focus on what you want, what you enjoy, what you love, and what you want more of. Let go of the rest. Have fun. Seek to uplift yourself and others.  Be grateful. Be filled with gratitude and a sense of being blessed. Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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Important Things To Do When Feeling Blue

“Remember, the tide goes out and comes back in. The cold becomes warm. To everything, there is a season. Thought and feeling management is based on creating supportive habits. Sometimes a break is nice. I tend to push through things. Sometimes, just allow.

Sometimes the contrast between feeling like it and not feeling like it can provide us with important insight and learning. Allow and surrender without giving up or giving in. Let go of how you think it should be and explore how it could be. Stop labeling and judging.

Look for tiny blessings that put a smile on your lips. Enjoy and delight. Morning comes. Whatever you focus on expands. Energy flows where attention goes. Attitude is everything. Where can you put your attention and focus that supports you? Find love, peace.

Listen To The Silence – It Speaks – Slow Down – Just Listen

What can you find that uplifts you? Look around. When blue, when stressed, when angry our focus constricts. Open it back up. Relax, breathe, move. Create some space. Step back a bit. Allow, let go. Stop and breathe. Breathe and focus on your breath. Listen. Listen.

Sigh. Hum. Sing. Breathe. Move. Walk. Notice, what else is around? Look around. Wonder, really wonder, what can you begin to explore and notice that is good and new? Go to nature. Sit. Imbibe. Listen, really listen. Look at the space. The empty spaces between things.

Do you realize there is more space than matter? Look at the space between branches and leaves. Between trees. Listen to the space between the notes in a song. Listen to the space between words. Create silence, listen to the space between your thoughts.

Silence Isn’t Empty – It Is Full Of Answers – Be Still And Know

Step back create some distance between you and the issue. Look at things from other angles, other perspectives. Lie down and look at the clouds. Look at the space between the clouds. Listen to a babbling brook; the sounds and silences in nature. Just listen.

Look for silver linings. Look for the good. Seek the good, however small. Seek what is new and different. Find anything to appreciate. Anything at all. ANYTHING! Large or small. Put your attention on the people, places, things, events, situations you are grateful for.

This changes everything. Keep the focus on what you are thankful for. That is where your energy will flow. That will change everything. It may start small, hardly noticable, or it may come in a flood. However it does, allow it. Celebrate it. Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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Live Now How You Want To Be Living Later

I wrote yesterday about celebrating my 1000th consecutive published blog post.Today, is 1001. I point this out because when I undertook writing it was not without some difficulty. I decided it I would write daily. I called this blog daily inspiration and gratitude.

I committed to it. I had no readers but I made a commitment to write daily to inspire and feel gratitude. That decision began everything. I mention this because what we decide to create, what we decide not to create governs us. Our decisions do shape our destiny.

Here is my point and this really isn’t about me, but I use it as an example. I had no idea what kind of commitment writing everyday meant. I only knew I intended to keep it. I knew that by doing so I would develop the habit. I would also WANT to maintain it.

You Provide The Desire And The Action The Universe Responds

I want to not break the chain. I want to keep it going. Hopefully, my writing has improved. I think it has because I have practiced it daily. I look forward to writing and sharing. I am conditioned to write and share. This is how we change. We make the decision first.

We decided what we want. We then begin. We  begin right from where we are at, in whatever condition we are in. We do something each day in service of that decision. The more we do the more we can do. The more we do the better we can get. We practice.

We keep our word and our commitments to ourself and others. We manage and maintain our attitude, thoughts and feelings. We create the actions that make it happen. In doing so we create our reality. We design and make happen what we want. Whatever it is.

Whatever You Can Dream You Can Do – Begin It – Take Action

Whether it is about writing a blog, getting out of debt and becoming financially free, developing more loving relationships, have more fun, freedom and living our dreams, whatever it is about, we can make it happen, when we decide to and take inspired action steps each day.

It is the steady progress toward fulfilling a goal that keeps us on track. The more we progress the better it feels and the more we progress. There will always be challenges and obstacles but how we get through those depends much on how we view those. It does.

Mindset is the first and foremost skill you want to develop. A steel will and backbone to persist comes from doing and overcoming challenges. The kite rises highest against the wind. Passion is important because without it, it is unlikely you will continue.

Whatever You Consistently Hold In Your Mind You Manifest

It must be worth it to you. It must be important and all consuming. It is important to have fun, too. It is good to have a sense of humor, take things lightly and enjoy all of the process. When you don’t know what to do, do anything positive. Leave your comfort zone. Have fun.

Explore, delight and discover. Adventure. Be playful. Make your dreams happen and have a great time doing so. Stop struggling. Stop worrying. Start living now, how you want to be living later. THAT is the art and the science of making everything you want happen.

Live NOW, how you want to be living later. Stop delaying. Stop putting off. Stop making excuses. Stop whining and complaining. Start feeling good right now for no reason. Start by expressing gratitude. Focus on what you like. Focus on what thrills you.

I Am A Manifestation Of My Own Fantasies – I Am What I Think

Focus on what and who you appreciate. Focus on what makes you happy. Big or small. Tiny and insignificant. Find it and focus on it. Focus on these to the exclusion of all troubles and woes. Feel the power of feeling good! Do it now. Don’t wait. Begin immediately.

This IS how you transform. Where you put your attention and energy is what expands and you get more of. Put it on good things, wonderful things, lovely things, fantastic thoughts, feelings, memories and moments, then and now. Imbibe and savor these!

Focus on delight and you will be. Focus on crap and you get more crap. So stop that. Make love, passion, excitement, enthusiasm, happiness, peace and joy a habit. Do it daily. Practice and rehearse and you get better at it. Begin to celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

Be bold! Be passionate! Live your dreams today!

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