Blog: Intentional Living

Daily Acts of Faith

I believe the journey of life is a personal journey of faith and process of empowerment.

Simply stated, faith is our ability to move forward with positive expectancy. What is positive expectancy? It’s belief and trust in a favorable outcome.

Faith enables us to dream big, set goals, and trust the process of bringing our dreams to life. It also enables us to stay open to more than one outcome. If things don’t go as planned, trust (a key component of faith) enables us to ask “What did I learn?”, “How did I grow?” and use the lessons learned to keep moving forward in faith that you are being guided to your highest good.

Staying focused on your goals and staying open to more than one outcome is not easy. It requires trust in the process and guidance from within. I believe we cultivate and strengthen our connection to inner guidance through a daily practice of silence. I invite you to read my post Give yourself the gift of silence if you would like to learn more.

So, what are daily acts of faith? They are actions that you take on a daily basis to stretch and grow out of your “comfort” zone. Acts of faith are rooted in a vision of a desired future state.

Suggestion to get started:

  • Think about one area of your life where you feel stuck or discouraged.
  • Envision a desired future state and write it down or find an image that captures what you envision. Give yourself permission to dream BIG.
  • Create a powerful affirmation that aligns with your future state and work with it on a daily basis. I invite you to watch my video on The Power of Affirmations (Video) if you would like to learn more.
  • Each day, for the next 30 days, commit (in writing) to taking three actions to move toward your desired future state.
  • Hold yourself accountable by reviewing your commitments and actions at the end of each day.
  • Create time and space to listen to inner guidance.
  • Assess your progress using this process in 30 days.

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All the best,

Ruthann

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Create a theme for the new year

A theme is a simple statement that reflects what is most important to you and what you want to manifest in your life this year.

Create a short phrase that sums up what is most important to you this year. Use your theme to create 3-5 goals. Ensure your goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time bound), use positive language, and affirm what you want to create versus what you want to avoid.

Review your theme on a daily basis. It will serve as a source of inspiration and motivation throughout the year. Consider using images and/or symbols as a visual reminder of your desired outcome.

Need help setting SMART goals? Check out my post SMART Goals: Bring Your Desires to Life.

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End the year with GRATITUDE

It’s been a tough year, to say the least. It may be difficult to see your blessings through all of the challenges, but they are there. If you keep a gratitude journal, take time to review and reflect on what you have captured over the course of the year. If you don’t have a gratitude journal, take time to reflect on the past year and note whatever you consider to be gifts, blessings, or life lessons.

Questions for reflection:

  • Who or what was my greatest blessing?
  • What did I learn? How did I grow?
  • How was I a blessing to others?

Gratitude is the key to creating a joy-filled and abundant life. Giving thanks for everything that has been provided to you will increase your appreciation for your life and help you cultivate a mind-set of abundance that will take root and blossom in your life.

Wishing you peace and abundant blessings in 2021.

Ruthann

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Shift & Move Forward: Day 5 Challenge

Forward

Let’s shift & move forward through a 5-Day Challenge.

Day 5 – Replace “My dream (fill in the blank) is impossible” with “All things are divinely possible”

There is more to life than what you can see. Trust the process and help you stay open to possibility.

In this video, I share 3 tips to stay open to possibility.

  1. Ask yourself powerful questions. Powerful questions influence how you think, how you feel, and motivate you to take action.
  2. Quiet reflection
  3. Daily spiritual practice

Challenge: Implement one of these tips today.

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Shift & Move Forward: Day 4 Challenge

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Let’s shift & move forward through a 5-Day Challenge.

Day 4 – Replace “I doubt it will happen” with “I believe it will happen”

Beliefs are powerful things; they are the vehicles through which we create our lives and filter our experiences. Whatever we believe to be true is the reality from which we create our lives. Doubt is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to rule your life. The best way to move through doubt is to take action.

Challenge: Today’s challenge is an invitation to renew your belief in your ability to succeed. Identify something that you have been putting off because you doubt it will actually happen. Plan and prepare for it or something better to happen.

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Shift & Move Forward: Day 3 Challenge

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Let’s shift & move forward through a 5-Day Challenge.

Day 3 – Replace “It’s too hard” with “I welcome a challenge”

Our thoughts are powerful. They shape our reality each and every day. If we think something is too hard to accomplish, it will, in fact, be too hard to accomplish. When faced with something that appears be “too hard” to accomplish, shift how you are thinking about it. One of the ways to shift your thinking is to declare “I welcome a challenge”. Welcoming a challenge activates your creativity and problem-solving skills.

Challenge: Think about something in your life that feels too hard to start or take the next step. Declare “I welcome a challenge”. Welcome [whatever it is] as an opportunity to learn and grow. Identify at least one thing you can do today and take action.

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Shift & Move Forward: Day 2 Challenge

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Let’s shift & move forward through a 5-Day Challenge.

Day 2 – Replace “I have to” with “I choose to”.
The power to choose what is best for our own lives is our greatest power and means of transforming our lives. If your life is filled with “I have to”, it’s time to take your power back by shifting how you think about what you are doing or stop doing things that don’t truly enrich your life.
Challenge: Write a list of things that you are doing that are draining your energy and/or feel like obligations in a less than positive way. Reflect on why you are doing the things on your list. What is the benefit to you or those you love/care about? Write the benefit next to each activity that you have listed. It will serve as a reminder of why certain activities are important and meaningful, even if they are challenging. If there is no real benefit to you or those you love/care about, consider eliminating it.
What will you shift or eliminate today?
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Shift & Move Forward: Day 1 Challenge

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Let’s shift and move forward through a 5-Day Challenge.

Day 1 – Replace “I can’t” with “I can”.

In order to move forward, we have to believe that we can. Stay open to possibility by shifting your thinking from “I can’t” to “I can”.

Challenge: Write a list of wants/needs/desires that “I can’t” thinking is keeping you from pursuing. Pick one of the things on your list to work on this week. Write down all the reasons you can’t do it and then tear it up. Write an affirmative statement “I can [insert whatever you picked]” three times and commit to taking action, starting today. Celebrate your accomplishments along the way.

Let the shift begin!

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Finish the Year Strong (2019)

In this video, I provide suggestions to bring the year to a close in a way that sets you up for success in 2020.

  • Evaluate progress toward your goals.
  • Celebrate what you have accomplished to date.
  • Complete what needs to be completed.
  • Make room for something new.

I have also included a worksheet that you can download to work through the exercises. You can access the worksheet by clicking here.

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Consciously Create Your Day!

What you do on a daily basis matters. Days become weeks, weeks become years, and years become a lifetime.

We are given the gift of twenty-four hours each day to spend as we choose. It is a gift that we treasure through the choices that we make. In the busyness of life it’s easy to operate on autopilot and forget that we create our lives one day at a time.

This week, I invite you to set aside 15 minutes in the morning to begin your day with the end in mind. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • How do I want to feel at the end of the day? Write down three feelings you would like to have at the end of the day.
  • What do I need to ‘start’, ‘stop’, or ‘do more of’ so that I can feel (whatever you identified)?

Set aside 15 minutes in the evening to check in with yourself. How are you feeling? Is there a gap between how you want to feel and how you are actually feeling? What will you ‘start’, ‘stop’, or ‘do more of’ the following day.

At the end of the week, evaluate your progress. Be patient with yourself and trust the process.

Need additional support? “Bring it All Together on a Daily Basis” (Chapter 6, Be True to You) is designed to help you consciously create your day.

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