Getting Out of the Rut... Initiating and Managing Change

Written by Edward B. Toupin

Have you ever accomplished something, then wondered where to go next? Or, perhaps you've accomplished something and just continued down that same path because it worked. Many people become stuck in this way because ofrepparttar "security of sameness." You can get stuck from problems as well as triumphs.

I have to say that my life has been a most interesting set of twists and turns, but I've always hadrepparttar 124091 opportunity to maintain a little bit of control. The control I kept, however, was not over my environment or my direction, but on me and how I handled or initiated change. You realize when you get stuck and that you devise a plan to move forward---it all depends on how you manage and initiate your own change.

--- Planning Out Your Life ---

I hear so many people say that you cannot plan your life, "you just let it happen." So, what happens while you're sitting there waiting for life to happen? But, if you plan your life too rigidly, what experiences will you miss out on?

You really can't plan your life right up torepparttar 124092 end, nor can you plan it out five years and expect it to work as you expect. I know that sounds bad, but planning your life and expecting to stick to it will only limit your options and keep you in one place allrepparttar 124093 time.

Realize that, as you experience change and enjoy life, you grow. Growth spawns new ideas, feelings, and intellect that change your point of view. As your point of view changes, so do your directions and options in life. You must be willing to change your life's plan as you grow so that you can take on more challenging things and be accepting of other new experiences.

As I write, I think of some ofrepparttar 124094 things I've done in my life. I once worked for a major corporation and wanted to be in management. But, once I got there, what was next? Nothing. I didn't realize that I forgot to think about what happened next and I didn't know that once I got there---"there" was not where I wanted to be anymore.

The point is that you cannot plan your life in an absolute manner or you'll either miss out on new experiences or end up in a place you no longer want to be. You must learn to adapt and change your plan after each step of your path. As you achieve each new goal, you grow, taking you one step further.

--- Geometry of Life ---

Sameness is security for many. You wake up, go to work, go torepparttar 124095 store, take care ofrepparttar 124096 kids, changerepparttar 124097 oil inrepparttar 124098 car---what else is there? If you notice,repparttar 124099 sameness you experience is inrepparttar 124100 form of a geometric shape---line, square, circle, rectangle, or triangle. Take note ofrepparttar 124101 things you do during your day and determinerepparttar 124102 shape ofrepparttar 124103 consistent paths you take.

For instance, when I worked in downtown Denver and lived south of town, my path was a straight line. I lived atrepparttar 124104 end of Broadway, 14 miles from town. I drove down Broadway to my office, which was located in a building on Broadway itself. All of my stores, friends, and family were within one block on either side of Broadway. This became so monotonous that I could drive to work in a daze and still get there safely. Sound familiar?

The easiest way to break out of this shape is to change your path from time-to-time. I'm not specifically referring to your path to and from work. I'm speaking of any path that seems to have etched itself into your existence---you create a "rut" in your virtual road from travellingrepparttar 124105 same path too often. For instance, instead of going down Broadway, I should've takenrepparttar 124106 freeway and made a square, then changed it later to some other shape.

At first, even small changes will take a lot of effort, butrepparttar 124107 one thing you'll begin to notice is that you're indirectly changing other things as well. This is what you want to do!

Once you "break out of your shape" you have to figure out what it is that you want out of life. Don't go material, go more for fulfillment as material things are only a reward for accomplishments. Also, being emotional beings, satisfying a feeling or desire is a fulfilling reward in itself---it makes us feel whole.

--- Making a Plan ---

To help you stay out of your rut, you must make a plan that takes into accountrepparttar 124108 many things you want to do in life that fulfill you. The overall plan consists of your Mission, your Vision, and your Goals. Each of these items identifies what you want, where you're going, and how to get there.

* Defining Your Objectives Realize that, just because you want to do something, there is a reason you want to do that thing (i.e., fulfillment, acceptance, and education.) Since you're probably not sure why you want to do these things, you might want to do a dozen or so things with each providingrepparttar 124109 same fulfillment---this leads to clutter and confusion.

Use the Power of Affirmations to Enhance Your Life!

Written by Edward Green

Probably all successful people use mental suggestions in some form. Very likely that's why they attained success. Few, however, have takenrepparttar time to develop their own comprehensive personal set of powerful affirmations to enable them to enhance their lives even more.

In my opinion, one ofrepparttar 124090 very best short affirmations ever created is: 'Every Day in Every Way I'm Getting Better, Better, and Better.' Virtually anyone can use it to their benefit. It's powerful, easy to recall, and can only bring you good.

However, if you've wanted to do more with your affirmations, and are ready to graduate to using longer, more intensive ones... affirmations you can take and make 'yours'... let me invite you to read over this Article's subset ofrepparttar 124091 extensive ones which I've developed, and give them a try. They're notrepparttar 124092 usual ones you'll find, and hopefully will give you some really good thoughts toward developing your own.

Should you want to read my complete set of affirmations... (the ones here make-up only 1/4 ofrepparttar 124093 total I've recorded), e-mail your request to my autoresponder: and then look for my entire set to be 'in your e-mail-box' within a few seconds. Inrepparttar 124094 reply to your request, you'll also learn a terrific way for you to use affirmations.

Here now are some powerful affirmations for you. Use them in any form you wish. Enjoy them... enjoy your life!

Desire to Enhance My Life andrepparttar 124095 Lives of Those for Whom I Care Createsrepparttar 124096 Incentive I Need, and Makes My Fondest Dreams Come True. I Start Each Day with Enthusiasm. I Think Healthy Thoughts and Have Healthy Emotions. I'm Healthy and Strong, Filled with Energy and Vitality. Every Cell in My Body Vibrates with Health, Healing, Vitality, and Love.

I'm a Success. I'm Unique, Valuable, and Highly Intelligent. Ideas Come to Me Enabling Me to Achieve Whatever I Want in Life. I Trust My Inner Guidance, and I Make Decisions with Confidence. I Let Myself Play and Have Fun. I'm Comfortable in My Interactions With Others. I Allow Myself to Grieve and Heal. I Allow Support in My Life.

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