We all have a wish list and fantasies are fun – as long as they don’t become obsessions. From time to time you may project images of happiness onto some time in the future when your wishes come true and that may momentarily ease the pain of current struggles, but what are you doing about the present? How much time can you afford to waste on fantasies – not much I think. When life becomes painful and things seem unfair, negativity is the first thing to show up. It slips in the back door almost unnoticed, wanting to take over. Give it a chance and it will leave you feeling hopeless! Life without hope equals despair, so the negativity must go.

The language you embrace in your mind and the attitudes it produces defines the path you follow, therefore it is essential that you pay close attention to this process. Is negativity killing your life force? If the answer is yes – even maybe – the next step is figuring out how to get onto a path filled with dignity and purpose. Changing from negativity to a positive mind-set may not be easy, but it is necessary – not optional – if your life is going to work.

Set clear goals for the important aspects of your life and be persistent in working toward them. And while you’re at it, keep in mind that negativity will not help you get there. If you get lost in anger, resentment, blame and defensiveness – and these take many forms — your progress toward the success you want slows to a crawl. You will surely experience challenges and frustrating moments along the way. You may even stumble and fall from time to time, but you cannot fail if you never give up! If you have stopped progressing toward your goals, it’s time to try again.

Every now and then something catches my attention in a big way and leaves me wanting to share my thoughts. This happened a couple of days ago when I read about a young Australian man who was born with no arms and no legs. Can you imagine what that is like?  But he learned to fill his life with hope and purpose. He developed the ability to do many things that initially seemed impossible. With courage, a positive mindset, commitment, perseverance and refusing to ever give up, he has not only overcome many limitations, but lives a fulfilling life as a motivational speaker. His life is also filled with much love!

The thing about hope you must know is, it is not something out there to be acquired. It is a choice you make about how you want to live your life regardless of challenges. Think about how many of the rich and famous lead toxic, unhappy and dysfunctional lives. There isn’t enough of anything on the outside to make your life complete.

But if you fill your mind with hope, passion, purpose and generous love, appreciating what you already have and continuing to move forward with consistent and never-ending commitment towards your goals, you will enjoy a fulfilled and meaningful life!!

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