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The Secret To All Happiness And Success Is To Treat Life As A Buffet!

“What is it that most people do that screws things up? It could be otherwise for them. They could be happy, successful, pleased and satisfied, but instead they make things worse. It is actually something people do. Let me share an analogy. Okay?

I had a buffet this morning with friends. I picked out those things I liked and those things I’d like to sample. It was delicious. When seated, if I sampled something and I enjoyed it, I ‘d go back and take more. If I didn’t enjoy it, I didn’t take any more. I left it. Simple, right?

There were those things, I could see, as I went along the buffet table I absolutely wanted to have. I put those things on my plate. There were those items I could see I didn’t want. I didn’t take any of those.  When I sat to eat, I enjoyed the food on my plate. Again, simple.

Care Enough About Yourself To Focus On The Best Of Yourself

If I wanted more I went back and got more. The one thing I never did was complain about having stuff I didn’t like. Remember, I only chose and ate what I  liked. The food I didn’t like, I left alone. If I didn’t care for something I sampled, I didn’t eat any more of it. Very simple.

The same is true when it comes to people, events, circumstances and our desires in life. Focus on what you want and what you like. Ignore, let go or leave behind that which you don’t want or don’t like, just as you would at a buffet. It’s no more complex than that. It is simple.

Take what you want and leave what you don’t. Focus on what you want and desire. Stop giving attention or energy to what you don’t want. Stop concentrating on debt and lack; poor health and bad relationships. Stop focusing on irritations, problems and troubles.

Focus On The Things That Bring You Joy And Peace

Stop telling those stories, again and again, to yourself and others, how things aren’t working out or are going wrong. Stop repeating your failures and your mistakes. Just stop! Let go. Drop them and move along. There are many other good things to focus on and enjoy.

Focus on what you want! Enjoy what you want more of. Consider all the things you’d like to include in your life and speak of those things. Think on those things. Feel good about them. Enjoy them as you would a great buffet meal. Life has many wonderful choices. Focus!

It is this simple! You become what you think about! What you focus on does expand. Thoughts are things. What you hold in your head you can hold in your hand. Energy flows where your attention goes. Think about what it is you want and create more of that! Simple!

Love The Life You Have While You Create The Life You Want

It is whatever you choose to make it. If you like it, go back for seconds and thirds, even fourths. JUST stop whining. Stop blaming. Stop accusing. Stop being a victim. Be a victor. If you choose something from the buffet you didn’t like, you don’t pick it up again.

Or do you?  You don’t sit at your table and whine and complain and scream that food item has ruined your life. Or do you? You don’t talk about it endless to others and relive it over again in your head for days, or do you?  Remember, it is ALL about what you choose to do.

If you don’t do that at a buffet, don’t do it in every day life. Stop wallowing in poor choices you may have made. Stop! Choose what you want. Focus on that. Concentrate on enjoying it. Be grateful you have or can have what you like. Choices you make are all up to you.

The Joy We Experience In Life Comes From  What We Focus On

Enjoy life. Be grateful. Concentrate on making your dreams come and make them come true! Think and speak on these things. Speak only to bless, heal and prosper. Life is a buffet. Take what you want. Leave what you don’t. Enjoy what you take. Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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How To Stop The Struggle Inside You!

“Your mind will always believe what you feed it. That is what it has been doing since you were born. Your subconscious mind doesn’t evaluate the content you are presented with, to determine whether it is right or wrong, or good or bad for you. It just accepts it.

It learns unconsciously through repetition. You and I have been fed some pretty crappy programming while growing up. Our mind’s believed it. It accepted it. It is not the truth! You and I only think it is. Get it? It is not YOUR programming. You borrowed it. We did!

You borrowed it before you knew what you were doing. Hence, you have lived from it as if it were yours. It isn’t! You can change it. That is what we have to do in order to transform. We aren’t responsible for the programming we adopted, but we are for changing it.

Think Positive – Be Positive And Positive Things Will Happen

Once we become aware that we have some crappy, limiting beliefs and programming we are 100% responsible for changing it. If you want your life to change, you have to change some things in your life. The ancients knew this. Buddha knew this. We aren’t our thoughts.

So we can change our thoughts to better serve us. Napoleon Hill pointed out we can begin to believe anything, any new thought, through repetition, and by the intensity of our feelings. This is how we were originally programmed. This is how we change it, too.

Feed your mind what you want it to believe, instead. Choose supporting, positive, helpful beliefs, instead of the limiting ones. Fill your mind with these. Repeatedly affirm with strong emotion, daily. Control your thinking. Manage the process and you become free.

What Consumes You Mind Controls Your Life

Stop limiting yourself. Start  feeding it faith. Feed it optimism. Feed it strength. Feed it hope. We become what we think about most frequently. What we focus on expands. Fill your mind with positive, optimistic material repeatedly, consistently, for long enough.

Your mind will accept it. You will begin living from the new thoughts. You will develop the positive thinking habit. Your life will transform. ‘Be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind’. Renew your mind and be transformed!

Do you know the story of the two dogs? A wise old native told his young son that within him were two dogs fighting. ‘Which one wins?’ asked the boy. The wise man replied, ‘the one you feed’. What are you feeding YOUR mind? It makes an incredible difference!

A Negative Mind Will Never Give You A Positive Life – Change It

Feed it gratitude. Feed it positivity. Do it daily. Moment to moment. Make this a part of your mission. That which occupies your thinking determines the results you get. Shift from the negative, less than glorious, crappy, thinking and believing. Do it. You can do this!

Shift from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I can’ and ‘I can learn to do anything’. Anything IS possible when you believe it is! Henry Ford is famous for saying, ‘If you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.’ Think you can! Begin today! Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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Make it matter and enjoy it!

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How To Be A Failure

For centuries, leaders have been trying to teach how to be a success. I decided to show you what leads to failure so that maybe, just maybe, you will stop doing that and change! Unsuccessful people, failures, do things differently than people who are successful.

They think crappy thoughts. Do you think negative; think like a loser? Don’t believe you can. Excuse, whine, accuse, blame others and the world around you for your situation. Crappy thoughts lead to crappy feelings. You feel bad then think more crappy thoughts.

It is a cycle. Crappy feelings don’t make you feel like doing anything. You are unmotivated so you take no constructive actions. No actions leads to no results or bad results. Bad results lead to more crappy thoughts and more crappy feelings and doing even less. It’s a cycle.

What Consumes Your Mind Controls Your Life

Bad thoughts lead to bad feelings, lead to bad actions, lead to bad results, lead to bad thoughts. The cycle perpetuates itself. IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT? If the answer is ‘no’ then you must start by changing your thinking. That IS the very FIRST step.

If you want your life to change you must change things in your life. You cannot continue doing the same things repeatedly and expect it to be different. That is crappy thinking. Your habits of thought, feeling and action define you. Your reality is created by you.

If you want to change, you change your thinking. Positive thoughts lead to positive feelings, which lead to positive actions, which lead to positive results. The cycle perpetuates itself. You have a choice. You have a decision to make each moment. Which cycle do you prefer?

You Become What You Think About Most Of The Time

Which one is your present reality? If it isn’t what you want decide to change it today. Begin reading and listening to positive, inspiring, motivational material. Recite affirmations. Visualize. Take an active approach to changing your thoughts. Take charge of your thinking.

Shift from the negative. Don’t repeat negative thoughts out loud. Stop telling stories to family and friends how things suck. Begin to think differently. Start thinking and saying, ‘I am not sure, yet, how it is going to work out but it will all work out for the best.’ It will!

DO things that make you feel good. Get a massage. Go for a walk, a swim, a movie. Enjoy a nice meal. HANG OUT with positive, inspiring, motivating, encouraging people. Take a seminar or workshop. Express your gratitude. All of this makes a difference.

What You Say Is What You Get – Change Your Self Talk And Story

If you keep doing what you always have you will continue to create what you already have. If it isn’t what you want that is a shame. There is no one who is doing it to you, but you. Right now you can change that. Start today. Be grateful! You can. Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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Why Pain May Persist: What To Do About It

“Some of you know I have been healing from nerve pain in my back and legs. A friend stated that it seemed like a long time to be dealing with this injury and wondered if I shouldn’t choose a quicker option, such as surgery. I answered him this way.

I had wanted to get back in better shape for some time. Still, I put it off. I’d work on the computer instead of exercising or going to the gym. It was convenient, easier, less disruptive to just continue than to add more exercise in. I put it off for quite some time.

I got injured. The pain is tremendous. The only way out is through. My chiropractor said, ‘you need to get your back, back in shape’. I understood that. It was clear. Yes, I must. AND it hurts!! It meant pushing through discomfort. It mean accepting the hurt.

First Step Toward Change Awareness Second Step Is Acceptance

I have written about this in previous blog posts. The point I want to make today is, having this pain persist and having to work at feeling better, gives me the time needed to establish new routines and habit. If the pain went away immediately, I might not continue.

If it were miraculously resolved I might very well have gone back to the old, routine of working, instead of exercising. The continuation of pain is motivation to get better. Now daily, I see the chiropractor, I do PT in the pool and I walk around the block frequently.

It has been 3 almost 4 weeks now. I am into the habit of taking better care of myself again. I am grateful for this experience and for the duration of the pain. It is truly a blessing even if it seems not to be, or that it hurts. The pain is doing its job. It is awesome!

Time Doesn’t Heal Everything – Acceptance Will Heal Everything

I am proactive about my health again. Eventually the pain will subside. By then, I will have grow accustomed to working out. I do actually look forward to it now, each day, as I did when I was quite fit. I am building good habits, again, and I am pleased about that.

Pain is a signal and a means for me accomplishing some important work on myself. Does the pain know this? Is it ordained by anyone or anything? I haven’t a clue. It may be only a useful reframe, but useful it is. Perception is everything. It really is!

If I state the pain persists to get me off my ass so I take an active role in being in better shape, so be it. It works for me. It truly does, in that I do get relief when I do the PT. So the pain will be around for as long as necessary. Then no longer. All is good. It IS as it is!

Whatever The Present Moment Is – Act As If You Had Chosen It

What we think and how we think about things is important. As I began to celebrate the pain, and consider it a blessing, it began to change and diminish. Sadly, many people don’t consider the benefit or value of pain physical or emotional. We try to avoid it.

Embracing it is a whole new freedom. Things do shift. It allows for much new insight and evolution. While I don’t wish this on anyone I can say, learn to be grateful, it makes a difference. Acceptance moves you through it quicker than resistance. It is all perfect.

It is what it is. I also focus on where, what part of my body feels the best. Which sensations do I enjoy the most? I focus on the water, how wonderful that feels. I emphasize the movements I can make easily. I shift from what hurts to what feels great. It is about focus.

Work With It Not Against It – What You Resist Persists – Accept

So the pain serves many useful purposes. I get to workout and control my attention to things. I focus on the good feelings not the bad ones. Anyone can do this. Anyone can learn. The more we focus on what we want and the good stuff, the more we get back.

So celebrate and enjoy! Find all the good, groovy, cool stuff to marvel in. Find the silver linings. Get to the gold beneath all the dirt. When digging for gold you look for the gold you don’t care about the dirt. Get it? Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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The Universe Is Always On Your Side: Are You On Your Side?

“Imagine a game, similar to what we played as children. Let’s play  hide and seek. Only in this version, you hide yourself. You take on a disguise and then you forget that is what you did. You have amnesia for who you actually are. You only remember the disguised persona.

Think of it this way. You are the ocean. You pretend you are a droplet of ocean. Then you forget you are the ocean. You only think you are the droplet. Separate from the ocean. Limited by who you are and what you can do. You forget you are the powerful ocean. Imagine!

Yet, that is what many ancient mystics and philosophers allege. We are source, playing a game with ourself. We hide that we are source so we can find ourself once again, sometime. We make the game challenging so we have fun discovering who we truly are.

The Universe Is On Your Side – Always Working In Your Favor

If true, this means that everything that happens is for a reason. Everything is designed to wake us up to who we actually are underneath the disguise of self. This means, everything, no matter what it is, IS a blessing. It’s helpful to us even when it doesn’t seem it.

Every little thing right or wrong, every big joyous moment or horrendous disaster is all for our good. It’s there to help us; allow, and accept and remember, who we are inside. When we fight these moments or circumstances or people we remain unaware. Asleep.

When we learn from them and embrace them we have an opportunity to wake up, to become aware. Even if this is not actually the case in the universe, it is a great reframe to evolve and transform yourself. It helps us remember to look for the good in all things.

When You Want Something The Universe Conspires To Help You 

If the universe cares enough to fashion all the experiences so you can wake up to the truth, what about you? Do you care enough to wake up? If the universe is on your side, what about you? Shouldn’t you be on your own side, too? Seems that makes the most sense.

If you can find within yourself a way to be happy and contented, to feel grateful, no matter what is occurring around you, then you are becoming free and beginning to be able to design your own life. You aren’t the victim of any people, events, or circumstance. Get that?

You no longer are the victim! Whatever life hurls at you, you can handle. You are bigger than any obstacles. You can go with the flow. You adjust and continue. You find or create a way. You don’t blame, or excuse or whine, you celebrate and live joyously and victoriously.

Be Mindful Your Self Talk Is A Conversation With The Universe 

I say, recognize who you are. Wake up. Learn from everything that happens to you in every moment of the day. You always have choice points. You can react from prior conditioning or you can learn to respond from awareness. You choose which you prefer to live by.

Make your life the life you want by appreciating everything you have, don’t have and all that happens to you. Imagine that it is the Universe’s way of getting your attention so that you delight more, find the good more, and feel grateful more often. When you do this, you are able to celebrate everything. When you can do that, you are truly free! So celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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Learn From Pain It Teaches You

“There are many forms of pain and discomfort; Mental or psychic; Emotional; Physical and Spiritual . Through the ages people have questioned whether or not there is an advantage to pain. What is the purpose? We are told it is a way to stop and care for ourselves.

Still, we don’t want it. We do anything to avoid it or escape from it. I can’t tell you what to do about your pain or what it means to you or for you. It is highly individual. I am not qualified to provide medical advice. I can share what I have discovered for myself.

This may be meaningful for you. I don’t like pain anymore than the next person. I’ve learned more on how to welcome it and embrace it. I have learned how to utilize it and go through it. What I discovered, and continue to, is that pain is a signal and a great teacher.

If Everything Were Perfect You Would Never Learn Anything

Pain lets us know there is something amiss in our body, mind, heart and spirit. It signals us so we can address whatever is not right. We get that, most of us do, anyway, when it comes to physical pain. Most of us miss it when it is mental, emotional or spiritual pain.

These forms of pain show up in many ways; regret, anguish, negative thinking, laziness or procrastination, apathy, melancholy, depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness and more. These seem harder to identify as signals but they are signals, none the less.

People, myself included, give in or wallow in these forms of pain. We want out. We want to escape but we accept and live with it. Instead of recognizing these signals that a change is needed or that there is a lesson for us, we succumb to the pain as if there’ s no alternative.

If You Are Not Learning And Changing You Are Not Growing

There is an alternative. Stop. Breathe. Shift your thinking. Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. It isn’t always easy but it gets easier the more you do it. You train yourself to move away from what you don’t want and towards what you do want. It IS training!

You train yourself to act instead of giving in. It is a conditioning. You  replace an old habit with a new productive supportive one. You learn to recognize the less than glorious signals, for what they are and, then stop, breathe and shift your thinking to what it is you want.

When your thinking shifts your feelings can follow. Another way you can alter your feelings and thinking is through physical activity. Change your breathing, work in a garden, take a walk, sing, dance, meditate. Do something that changes your state for the better.

Learn To Listen In Silence To Your Inner Wisdom And Voice

Many people use drugs and alcohol to escape. You don’t need to do that. You can change your physiology, your activity level and shift your thinking and emotions without drugs. You can positively influence yourself to grow and evolve and transform wonderfully.

Another method is to embrace the pain. Stay with it and go through it. Ask what lessons and beliefs are hidden within? What is it trying to get you to learn? Some of use get the same events, circumstances, people, and pains in our life over and over. There is a message here.

What do you need to learn so you can become free of these repetitive patterns? Explore and discover. You can shift and manage the pain while asking the same questions and learn from it. Be still! Listen to your inner voice. You may have been loud for too long.

Be Still And Know – In Every Obstacle Is The Seed Of Opportunity

You have to become still because you haven’t listened to yourself. You’ll need to re-learn how to. When you accept and celebrate and are grateful for the lessons and the pain you may find yourself becoming free of them. As you learn, you let go of the old.

Gratitude and appreciation are so powerfully transformative! They open the doorways to vast treasures within yourself and without. Express your thankfulness for everything good and not so good. Feel blessed by everything that comes your way. Then you ARE free!

Accept. Let go. Be thankful. Stop. Breathe and shift. Move, dance, sing, Allow. Embrace. Explore. Reflect. Discover. Feel blessed. Express it. Journal it. State it. Declare it. Affirm It. Visualize it. Dream it, Imagine it. Celebrate it. Celebrate everything!” Rex Sikes

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Why You Keep Creating The Same Mess And How To Change It!

“Our outer world is determined by our inner filters. We respond from subconscious filters we adopted and developed, unconsciously, growing from infant into early childhood. These filters form the basis of our habitual thought and feeling habits. We think they are us.

Expanding thoughts from my last post on perception. They are not us but these filters determine what we notice, see and act on. They determine what we don’t notice, do not see and do not act on. Filters determine what we think is possible or not; what is ‘good or bad’.

These form the basis of our rules, evidence procedures, feelings, and actions. These become beliefs and values. Each moment our brains cycle through beliefs, values, memories, experiences,  associations and these filter are our connection with the outer world.

You Can Be Anything You Want If You Give Up The Belief You Can’t

So what is a filter? Think coffee filter. It lets certain things pass, water, while trapping the grounds. It works the same inside us. We notice or don’t based on our filters. That is why you can miss seeing your keys when they are right in front of you or even in your hand.

We are conditioned and habituated to these. We follow the same or similar ways of thinking, feeling and behaving every day. It’s as if we are our habits. We aren’t but we go to work the same way. We come home and do the same thing each day. We are routine.

We are routine in our relationships, our work, our passions, our hobbies, and our leisure. We are conditioned. Can we ever change our filters or our habits? Absolutely! It begins with awareness and dedication. We can begin to experience other ways to be. We can!

You Can Do Anything You Want If You Give Up That You Can’t

We can begin to examine our beliefs and whether they support us or not. If not, we can choose to begin to believe something more positive, productive and supportive. Don’t think right or wrong. Don’t think true or false. Think supportive or not supportive.

Does what you think, feel and do move you closer to who you want to be, what you want to do and have? OR Does it keep you where you are or move you further away? This is a useful way to begin to examine and become aware of what your filters are. Examine!

It is useful in discovering what may be holding you back. Habits are changed by deciding not to engage in the old ones. When you notice you are acting from habit, stop, breathe, and do something else that promotes what you want to promote. Replace the old with the new.

You Can Have  Anything You Want If You Give Up That You Can’t

Become aware when you think, feel and behave in less than glorious ways. From the moment you become aware, you have a choice point. You can make a new decision. That decision will determine whether or not you change what you are doing and change your life.

If you always do what you always have done you will always get what you always got. You will remain the same. To be different requires you change some things. No one else can do it for you. Only you can. AND YOU CAN! So it is up to. Add novelty to your life.

DO different things. Eat different foods. Go to new places. Learn new things.. Expand your horizons. Change things up. Every time you feel less than glorious or think negatively you encountered a belief or value, some filter that is old conditioning. Notice the feelings.

Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t – You’re Right

Examine your beliefs. Do they serve you? If they don’t then doubt them. You don’t have to continue to believe them. Many people doubt they can do something they want to do. I say doubt that you can’t and then go ahead and do it. Be smart. Doubt limitations.

Be willing to not believe them, even though you have for so long. Let them go. Drop them. Be willing to try on a new and different belief. The old, chronic, negative, habitual conditioning  rises up automatically whenever you do new things to keep you the same.

Your beliefs and filters work to keep you the same. They keep you within a certain comfort zone even if that comfort zone is a painful one. It is what you are and do. It is your conditioning. The point is drop the old conditioning and choose new conditioning.

Whatever You Whisper To Yourself Has The Most Power

Gratitude and appreciation may be a new habit for you. Positive thinking and optimism may be new to you. Persistence and follow through may be new to you. Discover YOU are NOT your conditioning and habits. You only think you are. You are not!

When you discover you are not, you are free. Your conditioning masks who you really are. Trade it in for better conditioning. You aren’t your hand. You use your hand. The same is true of your habitual thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

When you trade your old conditioning for new conditioning everything can work better. Why? Because this time YOU choose it. YOU DECIDE IT! You are in charge. You choose what to believe and when. You create what you want. You are in charge. That makes the difference. Celebrate everything!”

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