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What are you expecting in your life today?  Are you expecting only good to come to you like joy, happiness, love, peace, ease and grace? Or are you expecting more stress, problems, difficulties, not enough time to do what you really want, not enough money to pay the bills or more of the same? We often believe if a situation has always been like that, it will never change – so we expect the same day after day.  For example, If you have a teenager who is rebelliousness and obnoxious, are you expecting more of the same?   What would happen if you changed your thinking and visualized your teenager acting respectfully? It’s certainly worth a try.  It won’t happen overnight, but if you consistently see in your mind’s eye the behavior changing, it will change.  Or when you think about asking for a raise, do you automatically think the worst that you will never get a raise?  We set ourselves up for failure before we even get started.

Before you can change your thinking, you need to know what you are thinking. Often, our minds are like blenders and our thoughts swirl around out of control-with no filter.  You may obsess, worry or imagine the worst possible scenario happening.  This pattern of obsessing, worrying  and expecting the worst has probably been there since childhood.  It’s a learned behavior.  So, if it is a learned behavior, you can unlearn it and learn a new way of thinking and being.  It takes discipline and perseverance to monitor your thinking and change limiting negative thinking. I liken it to being like a detective of my mind.  If I want peace and happiness, I need to be aware of what I am thinking.

 I was recently scheduled to do a workshop in the community and I caught myself saying “it’s probably going to be cancelled because there won’t be enough people signed up.”  When I caught myself, I quickly changed it to “the workshop will be well attended and it will be a powerful experience for all who attend.”  What I expect, I get. 

Several years ago, I experienced the power of changing my thinking. My son and his family moved to Florida and I was really feeling sad and missing them.  Christmas was coming up and I expected that I would have a really difficult time since this was the first year that we weren’t all together.  Thankfully, I caught it and changed my thinking about the situation. I kept visualizing and saying to myself, it will be a peaceful Christmas.  And guess what, it was one of the most peaceful Christmases I’ve had in a long time. I am sure that if I hadn’t changed my thinking and continued to expect that it would be difficult, it would have been.  Did I miss them?  Of course I did, but it didn’t devastate me like it would have if I hadn’t  changed my thinking.

You have the Power within to attract only good to yourself.  Think about only good and God in your life. Expect the best and know that the best is yet to come.  Remember, what we think about, we bring about. Happy Thinking.

Affirmation: My day unfolds in peace, ease and grace.

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