In today ’ s world of pandemics , insecurities about our present and our future , and with remote workers , what is working well and what is not working ? Find the low-hanging fruit and toss it and only pack the best of it all .
What has served you well that you want to continue to avail yourself of ? Put that in the now empty suitcase .
Now WHO served you well ? Easy peasy right into the suitcase . It ’ s the ‘ yes , but ’ ones you want to put aside .
So far you may have some things or people in your # 2 or # 3 pile . Let ’ s leave them there for the moment .
IN TODAY ' S WORLD OF PANDEMICS , INSECURITIES ABOUT OUR PRESENT AND OUR FUTURE , AND WITH RE- MOTE WORKERS , WHAT IS WORKING WELL AND WHAT IS NOT WORKING ?
IT ’ S NOW TIME TO GET PERSONAL .
Here are some questions to assist you .
. What are your belief systems ?
. Do you see through eyes of abundance and where do your eyes see scarcity ?
In other words , do you live in a land of abundance regardless of the circumstances ; or is there a lack thereof , therefore scarcity ?
. What about your friends ?
There ’ s a saying that people come into your life for a reason , for a season , or for a lifetime . Think who you want to take with you in 2023 .
What served you well many years ago but upon observation is no longer useful ?
An example that comes to mind is an innocent one ( perhaps ). When we were children we were taught ( or at least I was ) “ don ’ t talk to strangers .” This was very good advice for young ones for their safety and protection .
So , let ’ s say you ’ re still carrying that around with you , unconsciously of course until now . How does that manifest ?
Perhaps you ’ re driving somewhere you ’ ve never been , and you ’ re lost . The thought never enters your mind to stop and ask for directions . Why ? Because your embedded or historical belief system is “ don ’ t talk to strangers .”
Now that it ’ s at the level of awareness , it makes perfect sense to say , “ I ’ m an adult , I can make my own decisions ” and release that old belief . But before we toss it away , let ’ s thank it for taking such good care of us for so long and send it to someone who can benefit from it . But this definitely does not go into your suitcase !
IT ’ S YOUR CHOICE WHAT GETS REPACKED , WHAT GETS SENT ONTO THE NEXT PERSON , OR WHAT GETS TOSSED .
Please know there are no “ should ” or “ shouldn ’ ts “ here . There are no right or wrong answers either . You ’ re in charge .
How do you know what is in the suitcase you might ask ?
Sit quietly and hear the voice in your head . ( If you don ’ t know what voice , stop reading and get quiet and you ’ ll hear it ).
Write down what it says and know that you can trust that it is one of the belief systems you are carrying around . Usually it ’ s a simple statement , it could be judgmental , or could be stated as if it were a fact . However , it is not a fact . It is someone ’ s opinion and most likely , not even your own .
Imagine if you will as you unpack the suitcase how many thoughts , belief systems , ideas , your education and influencers , present and past , are a part of you consciously and unconsciously . What is unconscious we have no control over . Once brought to consciousness we are in charge .
This is where awareness enters and the more awareness we have the more control we have . The more control we have , the more choices we have , and the more choices we have , the better we are to make good ones .
Our thoughts and beliefs need to be challenged because some not only no longer serve you , but some are not even true . Maybe they were never true and
someone in authority superimposed their own beliefs on you .
Don ’ t throw the baby out with the bathwater though . There are very good thoughts , ideas , and beliefs in that suitcase . They are the very things that have gotten you to this juncture in your life .
NOW YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT AND CHOOSE WHAT ( AND / OR MAYBE WHO ) GOES FORWARD WITH YOU INTO 2023 .
What a gift to give yourself !
I had a major belief that held me back for a bit . Very simply , I heard “ You don ’ t deserve to fill in the blank .”
I would hear this one whenever I took a business risk , raised my fees , or stepped out of my comfort zone , both personally and professionally .
I didn ’ t like hearing that voice , and I disliked even more that a part of me believed it . But I had a choice . I could play it safe and maybe that would quell the voice , or I could shift my perception .
I chose to shift my perception and to challenge the “ deservability ” with a simple . “ Yes , I deserve to have it all !” So whenever sometimes , not often anymore , when I am stretching for something I hear that voice and say , “ Thank you for sharing . Yes I do deserve to have this and anything else I strive for .”
I hope you know that you can choose to live in an “ and ” world not an “ either or “ world . It ’ s not I can have this but not that , but rather , I can have it all . And so can you . Again , not to beat a dead horse , but it ’ s a choice .
Many times , it ’ s as simple as shifting your perception . In The Course in Miracles
Lesson 21 is “ I am determined to see things differently .” This could be a person or a situation .
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