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Some Pics & Quotes

be happy for this moment

“Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; what you can do or dream you can do, begin it! Boldness has genius, power and magic in it; only engage and then the mind grows heated; begin and then the work will be completed.” Goethe

a man sees in the world what he carries in his heart

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Alice Walker

the one who falls and gets up

“If you think you can or you think you can’t you are right.” Henry Ford

all that we are arises with our thoughts

“Be here Now!” Ram Dass

patience and waiting

“Your circumstances my not be congenial but they will not long remain so if you perceive an ideal and strive to reach it.” James Allen

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“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” Buddha


Finding Feelings

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“The key to making each day the best is to look for and find the very best feelings you can find within yourself. No matter how small or seemingly insignificant find the best feeling and focus on it, accentuate it, nurture it.

Begin to wonder how delighted you can be to discover it increasing and spreading thought out your being and your experience. Encourage your best feelings and help them grow and bask in them. In doing this you are truly learning something of great importance.

You are learning you can choose to, and that you can experience the very best. Yes, it may take some time, you must be patient and expect wonderful results and stay positive.

You are training yourself in a number of important areas, scanning and looking to find the best you have and feel, focus of attention and learning to increase the feelings of well being and spreading them through your body. You are learning you actually have a say in what your experience is like.

You have a choice as to what you feel and what you encourage. These are valuable learnings because you get to have you life back, you get to make it what you want it to be. Begin today, and keep at it until you make it a habit.

You will have plenty of opportunities through out each and every day to remember to do this process. Keep at it as much as you can for a couple of months and you will have vastly improved your life.” Rex Sikes

Would you like to overcome problems and difficulties?

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 “What to do when challenges come your way and believe me they will. Small and large, expected and unexpected challenges will come at you as they always have. Many people think that because they start focusing on the positive nothing bad will happen. They think that all they will attract are golden rays of pleasant sunshine and that they will be difficulty free forever. That is not going to happen.

Even though challenges will be there in life it is still important to become a positive, resourceful person, to maintain a positive focus because you become what you think about.  When you become predominantly positive in your thinking you raise your vibratory level, you have more energy, you are able to see and take advantage of more opportunities, you have greater flexibility in behaviors and you have more resources. You are better equipped to respond to the challenges that come your way.

You do live differently. You think, feel, act, see and hear differently and since you are able to better recognize opportunity than ever before you begin to travel in new positive directions.

Still you will be challenged by situations and people. You car could break down, your bills pile up, your wife or husband, your ex, life partner, parents, children or in-laws, friends, colleagues and strangers can inflict damage all the while and, yet, you think positive. It could be easy to get discouraged at first because one expects the whole world to shift magically and that won’t happen. At least not at first.

So it is important to understand and recognize challenges for what they are. Challenges are really an opportunity to learn how to control your thinking and steer your mind. They are a signal to remind you to stay the course and hold fast to your positivity and will power.

When someone or something really becomes difficult, when you first face that big less than glorious moment, the temptation might be to give in and give up, to succumb to negative thinking, but please don’t do it. Stand fast to your commitment to find the very best thoughts to focus on.

When facing a challenge you may get caught up in, try to stop, take a breath, create a break space for yourself. Attempt to grab a moment to reflect. Sometimes this happens after that “crisis”moment. When it does, whenever it does. when you become aware that “crap” is goign on and that you don’t like it –  in that instant, that moment of awareness, make it a point to look for the silver lining in the darkness. Look for the lesson, the blessing, the seed of an opportunity in whatever hardship you face. It may not be readily apparent, but it will be there. To dismiss it and say there is none, is definitely not the wise choice. You may have to seek hard to find even the smallest positive possibility but DO IT! The ultimate long term benefits will be worth it.

Pulling oneself up by one’s own boot straps in this manner may be difficult but it also may be necessary from time to time. Whenever something upsets you look to quickly discover how you can feel differently about it. This is an important choice point for us. This is a moment when we can decide and make things stay the same or make them different and better.

In awareness opportunity is born. When, in the middle of a bad situation, you become aware that you are not responding as positively, or resourcefully asa you want begin to ask yourself questions or look for alternative ways to consider the situation.

Ask yourself questions about what you need to emphasize or extinguish that will make a positive difference in the situation? What resources do you have to overcome the difficulty? What lesson in this is there for you? Once you have gone through it successfully what might you look back and appreciate about the experience? What is good in this situation? If a person challenges you, what might they need and want but don’t know how to go about getting it, that if you could provide for them would make a difference in this moment? What are their good points to focus on? How can you appreciate this or them anyway in spite of what is going on? How quickly can you learn to not resist but accept and let go of trying to make it your way?

A key is to isolate what you pay attention to that is more positive that the disruption. Think of it this way – when sailing or driving one is constantly making adjustments to the wheel in order to stay on course. We are moving back and forth to keep moving forward. In the very same way when something comes along that is upsetting or depressing the key is to adjust back onto course as soon as you realize you are off course.

What brings you greater success in the long run is developing the ability to get right back on course when you are knocked of it. It is enhancing your correction making ability so you spend less down time in pain and suffering and more time getting where you want to go.

Forget about blaming yourself or feeling bad for going off course because that keeps you off course and sucks you into the negativity. Forget about blaming the world or the person because that keeps one off course and in victim mode.

All of us have done it. Things come up, we get caught up, we get the wind knocked out of us and then have blamed ourselves or others for falling down and not getting up right away. Forget that. Just get up and go on. Acknowledge, encourage and praise yourself that you recognized you were off course and that you DID get up. When you do this it makes it more likely the in the next tough time. Punishing yourself doesn’t help you to nurture a new skill. Recognizing and celebrating your positive awarenesses doe help develop the skill more quickly.

Be happy and celebrate that you recognized whenever it is you were off course. Plan to catch it sooner the next time. In this way we train ourselves to let go of the obstacle and look toward the solution, to leave behind the negative and move into the positive.

It is important that you understand what I am suggesting here. A challenge comes up – a problem, you acknowledge it and then look to the solution. You focus on what may be necessary or can be worked to bring it to resolution. Your focus is on making it better, not on the problem. If you recognize that there is a seed to discovering something wonderful in every challenge the challenge won’t be such a big deal. Good always can and does come from any situation when you seek to find it.

Keep this in mind too. It is not the act that is wonderful it may be horrible, bad things do happen. It is the learning, or meaning or understanding you derive from even the worst of situations that can be positive. It is the silver lining in the dark clouds you look to discover and focus on that.

It is the ability you develop to move away from the obstacle and toward the positive thinking and feeling that is a great benefit a great resource to have available. It is a talent anyone can develop.

Be thankful things and people come your way because these provide you with real life practice to develop your skill. This is the battle training zone and you are getting real life experience in adjusting your mind set from less than glorious to more than glorious. You are learning to make auto-corrections just as you did in your auto. (sorry about that pun). You are repeating success behaviors again and again, with the appropriate mind set for easy acquisition, so that you develop the habit of doing it. Then whenever you need the skill  you can find yourself doing what you learned to do reliably.

In creating positive habits we have to form them consciously. We decide to begin and then we practice with awareness. It means we have to repeat the act again and again correctly and then through time we learn to do it. Athletes know all about this form of training and conditioning their minds and bodies. It is not different than exercising your body. You do it over and over to get the results you want, you keep doing it and you being to see the benefits.

We undertake to  train ourselves to respond more positively, to look for the good, to find what is new and wonderful in situations. This may be very different from what we did growing up. It may seem foreign because it is not natural for us.

In training our mind, like our bodies, we deliberately exercise control so we learn that we have control and how to use it.

We did this when learning how to ride the bike and drive the car. As I pointed out, even when we think we are going straight down the road we are actually making micro adjustments all the time. Sometimes something happens and we have to make macro adjustments we swerve out of the way, or hit the breaks, or accelerate to navigate through a tense situation. It is the same thing with out positive thinking.

THIS is the key to understanding and doing.

I think a goal in life is to feel good as often as possible, to feel happy, joyous and free. In order to experience these things another goal is to discover you have choice. The goal is to have fun, let go, be all you can be, and learn how to better navigate the challenges in life.

When you keep your mind on the best positive thoughts about yourself and others and situations during the great times and the bad times you raise your vibratory level and you keep it high. Your life is more enjoyable when you vibrate with positivity. Hard times and people can suck that energy from us so it is important to learn how to keep it high and maintain it during all times.

In learning to maintain your thinking and energy you are able to go through trials and tribulations more resourcefully and easily. The situations may not change but you are better prepared for the challenge. Challenges are the opportunity to learn lessons from which you grow.

“The kite rises against the wind”. Without challenges we never know our strengths. The help us become wiser, better and stronger. We find out who we are when troubles exist. You may be tried by fire but when you recognize the great value of these lessons they become opportunities to enjoy and to really become free.

People may challenge you and push your buttons. Instead of hating them and sucking into resentment, revenge, negativity and anger learn to be grateful for this challenge.

When you begin to appreciate that a person or situation is a trigger for you to think, feel or act  in less than glorious ways then at some point you must realize that to be completely free you need to let go. You have to stop investing in the bad situation, you need to stop paying attention to the trigger and move beyond these things. You need to try to stop making it different, you need to stop attempting to make others different. You need to let it go! (we will discuss letting go in another blog post)

Instead of doing what you always do – do something different this time. Look for what you can appreciate in the other person. WOW that may be tough but that would be really different wouldn’t it? Find what you can appreciate and enhance it. The same applies to the situation. Surprise yourself by attempting something different. You don’t have to do it out loud, you do it inside your head.

One of the best things is to look for is what opportunity is present, that may be hiding, for you put your attention on? What opportunity is there for you in this for you to discover?

A brief example, I have had a person in my life who I really used to get bent out of shape with. It seemed their whole intent was to bring me down and aggravate me as often as they could. It seemed as if that was their purpose, at least I certainly felt it was. I would get so annoyed, even angry. I began to actually fear having any interactions because I knew how they would go and they would only be bad and I would end upset. This went on for more than a decade. I regretted knowing them and having any involvement with this person.

Then one day I made a decision to forgive them, accept them and love them for who they are. WOW, this seemed impossible at first and they kept their usual ways up. I had to remind myself again and again that this is just how they were and this is how it would always be so get used to it.

You see, I didn’t really accept the situation or the person, nor did I actually forgive the person yet, I just sort of had part way. At least, I made an attempt in the right direction. Things were somewhat better in me but still I was plagued with these annoying interactions.

Later, rather than sooner, but soon enough, it became clear to me that I was learning some important things about me by going through these numerous interactions. I learned I had these hot buttons, these areas that needed to be examined, if I wanted to be free. It became evident eventually that I was the one swallowing the bait and getting hooked into arguments no one was capturing me in a net. If I wanted to be free I had to change something. WOW, what an insight! “If it was to be it was up to me”. I was delighted I finally realized that in that moment.

In that instant, I realized the person was a mirror for me, a godsend, a provocateur, a blessing in my life and I began to celebrate and become thankful for the presence of this person. I had be presented over and over and over again the opportunity to be free from my getting hooked behavior, I just had not recognized it until this moment. I began to literally express gratitude for this person in my life and the lessons I was learning. Everything changed almost instantly.

I know what you are thinking did the other person change? NOPE absolutely not.

I changed. My response to the situations and interactions changed. I was free. No matter what the person did or didn’t do I was free, happy and positive. I continued and continue to celebrate and enjoy.

Then guess what. Because I no longer got hooked, because I was free the other person began to respond differently. Our interactions have been so much better. I no longer feel provoked or any of the feelings I used to feel and as a result I behave differently.

When the person bothered me I was bothered and I am certain I bothered the other person.What we put out comes back. I put out celebration and thankfulness and our communication has become much more easy and pleasant. I experience many more wonderful moments in life.

My point is don’t expect others or the situation to alter for you, alter yourself to find the best you have. Learn to love that these people or situations are in your life affording you the opportunity to learn something wonderful. They represent a big hurdle for you to get over. When you get over the big hurdle all the other ones are much more easy.

Stop negative thinking. The way you find something better is to scan you body, your mind, your environment for something better to put your attention on. Scan and look for positive reasons and motivations when bad things happen. Scan for choices other than the obvious one you would have normally first picked. Dig deeper to find the gold.

Find in yourself the ability to shift your attention from the wound to the healing. Shift your attention to all the positive reasons. Imagine that this situation or this person is there for you to learn how to control your thinking and feeling so that you ultimately become free. Consider, the situation or the person a blessing, someone helping you to awaken and change for the better.

Then no matter what the world offers you you can be free! No matter how people may challenge you or try to anger you or let you down you are no longer invested in feeling that. You are free! Whatever the other person does is not your concern. You let them be free to be whomever they are.You no longer get hooked. You call the shots in your life because you live and let live. Now you are no longer a victim but a victor.

No one has ever said it would be easy to change your thinking and feeling but it gets easier through practice in the same way your muscles grow through exercise. You get better and better at it. If you stay positive and practice positivity ultimately you become more positive. You get what you think about! The more positive you become the more positive you can become!

It is a conditioning process not a one time event. You will discover in making this practice yours that you will never have to let anything or anyone, small or large, including yourself, prevent you from becoming the person you are and can be.

This is great news because it means you are learning to control your own mind and your own life.You are creating a positive, powerful new habit through exercising and  conditioning your mind to be positive. When you get off course you  adjust back onto the course without criticizing yourself. This becomes a wonderful way to live!

You create a powerful new positive habit by recognizing the positive aspects in the challenges you face AND in yourself. Then instead of getting caught in the problem and the sucky feelings you have a way out. Above and beyond you travel finding resources, solutions and positive experience even in the tough times.

Keep on keeping on. Never let up and never give up, never. The prize is ultimately yours and there are wonderful changes and delights in store along the way.

You are becoming the captain of your soul and the master of your fate.” Rex Sikes



Some Great Encouragement

“Some advice to you dreamers! Take action, keep Faith and things will fall into place! If you dont do anything about it then your dreams must not be big enough! Its now or never. … dont regret it in the future. Take a leap of Faith and make it happen. Dont be afraid of failure. Failure is not an option for those who are serious. God bless you all!” By Julie Thoummavong

Learn from those who are already happy and successful!

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“Learn from those who are what you want to be, do what you want to do and have what you want to have.

Here is an interesting thought.

Rich people seek and take advice from people who are richer than they are. Poor people seek and take advice from their friends who are as broke as they are.

If you want to be able to do something, anything, from being successful to being happy seek and take advice from those who are already experiencing what you want to be able to be, do or have. This is the beginning of being wise.

Seek the higher energy, the highest energy in making things happen.” Rex Sikes

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“Welcome to Daily Inspiration & Gratitude!

Is your experience and life less than everything you had hoped and wanted it to be? Do you feel like you have lost your direction?  Are their times when you wake up and dread getting up,  going to work and facing your day?  Do you feel like a robot going through the motions?  Do you feel your life lacks meaning?  Are you not having all the fun you want to have?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes then it is time for you to make a change. You have come to the right place. You shouldn’t have to experience life as unfulfilling when it can be quite wonderful. You don’t have to go through life feeling unsatisfied or unfulfilled. You can begin feel greater joy.  You can discover your purpose and begin to experience all that a wonderful life has to offer.

I’m Rex Sikes, and I can help you get back on track. From the time I was small I felt like life was a struggle. I had hopes and dreams but was convinced that bad luck followed me wherever I went. I didn’t know how to make my dreams come true and felt stuck, stupid and alone as I watched others get what they wanted.  I was unhappy for years. I was competitive and frequently envious.  After years of searching and reading every self-help book I could get my hands on my life totally fell apart. I hit the very bottom.

But it was at the bottom I discovered the answer. From a disaster in my life I learned that there is no reason to continue life in an unhappy way. I learned a way to move from feeling down, angry and stuck to living powerfully and joyfully. I changed and so can you! You can change starting today. You can discover your purpose and feel better.

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Whether your life is going really well or whether it is far less than you want it to be you can have more enjoyment than you may have ever imagined. You might not know that but you can! AND you deserve to!  Life can be glorious.

I have a process to go about accomplishing it. What took me 25 years to discover, can be taught to you in a matter of weeks. I devoted my life from that moment on to finding all the best ways to make changes and to enjoy life. I have spent most of my time studying with ‘gurus’, attending live training and seminars, reading books, listening to tapes, watching videos and helping others by sharing what I learned.

I have been mentoring and guiding scores of people in private coaching session and workshops and seminars ever since. I am sharing what has transformed my life and countless others around the world right here with you.

But, first things first.  Subscribe and follow my blog. Visit here daily.

This is a great place to begin and end your day with positive inspirational messages. This is a great place to fill your mind and being with thoughts,  ideas and possibilities.

For this purpose I’ll be sharing pictures, sayings, articles, quotes & all things inspirational for you to enjoy and share with others. Many of these blog posts contain excerpts from the rough draft of my forthcoming book.

Use these thoughts and images to take inspiration from, to become motivated, and to learn and delight in some great insights. Some things you will already be familiar with and other things may be new to you.

All of us can enjoy seemingly magical results when we fill our minds and moments through our day with positive thoughts and feelings. This blog is designed for just this purpose. I’ll show you how.

when u want to succeed as much as you want to breath

‘We become what we think about most often’.

SO can you spare a moment right now to become more delighted? Will you invest your energy in your own self?

There are so many wonderful inspiring thoughts and actions and things to experience in this incredible world.  Many people miss these because they are too caught up and busy. They are too engaged with what is wrong or going wrong to notice what is right.

I can show you how you can begin to think and feel differently. I’ll share with you how to gain control over those destructive things you say to yourself so that you get free. Then I will let you in on those things you can be saying instead and how you say them to get the best results.  You can begin to feel all sorts of wonderful positive joyous feeling. You can awaken each day with a renewed sense of well being and much more delightful energy. Isn’t it marvelous?

There is so much to be thankful for.  I wonder how many little things you could find right this moment to celebrate today? Did you know that when you do this regularly on a daily basis you can experience profound positive changes in your life? You can find new ways to think and be and feel that make life more wonderful.

SO look around! Most people don’t when they are feeling down or less than glorious. Many people don’t when everything is okay because they are caught up in their day to day routine.

When you begin to look around and notice who and what is around you, in your life you that can be grateful for AND you stop and appreciate these your life begins INSTANTLY to change. Doing this purposely and regularly will begin to make a great difference for you.

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Isn’t it great? You can discover all the little things that are good and new in each moment. Here is another quick tip you can use that can be of immense help in transforming your present experience. You can use it right away and get some immediate positive results. Of course, over time when you get the knack of doing it you can really experience its effectiveness.

All you have to do is ask yourself, ‘What is good and new right now?’ Then look (really look around your life experience) and find out what you notice in the moment. Notice what is good and new. Then ask again. See how many things you can find that are actually good and new right now. IF you have never done this before deliberately you may want to stick with it a while to get good at it. Don’t give up.

When you first begin doing this you are deliberately looking in ways you don’t routinely look. It may seem foreign, or even silly. It might seem delightful and powerful. The point is you are deliberately looking for new thoughts to think and feel. You are taking an inventory in the present of what is good and new instead of what is the same that sucks. SO  do it and keep doing it.

The more you ask this the easier it will be for you to discover many marvelous moments that make up your day. ‘What is good and new?’

You can accomplish anything when you set your mind on a positive course. If you keep at it and don’t give up you can become the person you want, do the things you feel important and have whatever you want to have in life.

The only person who can make that difference in your life is YOU. It would be truly sad if you don’t take the little time it takes to make your life so much better. If you do nothing about it nothing will change. For your life to change you must change some things in your life.

everyday u make a choice

You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.

Use this blog to find that encouragement. Discover that life can be truly delightful. Stick with it,  persist and make your dreams come true. You deserve to! Life is grand!

If you aren’t yet experiencing all the good things you hope to, if you aren’t yet the person you want to be – use this blog to help make these things come true for you. They can and they really will!

Fill your mind with positive good things every moment you can during your day and you will find life opening up to you.

Keep this important thought in your mind and it can transform you!

‘We become what we think about. A person is what they think about all day long’.

It’s already true. We are where our thoughts have brought us. If that is wonderful great! If you don’t like where you are – realize this – you can change your thoughts and have the future you want to have.

what holds u back is who u think u are not

Remember this and be sure you are thinking what you want to think so you become the person you want to be. ‘We become what we think about most often.’

Take this to heart and keep it in the forefront of your mind to guide you to selecting the thoughts you want to think.

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