Renew Your Faith

 

Faith Stone

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

Simply stated, faith is our ability to look forward with positive expectancy. It is not something we find outside of ourselves, it is an inner resource that we awaken to and renew through our thoughts/beliefs, words, and actions. 

Faith empowers us to create our future—individually and collectively. It is deeply personal and influenced by many things—thoughts/beliefs, trust, and experiences.

Renewing your faith is an intentional and ongoing process. There is no right or wrong way to do it. I’ve made a few suggestions based on my own experience and what has helped me along the way.

  • Reset your mind—release/let go of thoughts and beliefs that limit you and replace them with thoughts and beliefs that enrich, expand, and empower you to create the kind of life and world that you desire.
  • Trust life as a process—the nature of life is change and transition for the purpose of growth and evolution. Every ending is a new beginning if you are willing to trust the process.
  • Stay open to possibility—there is more to life than what you can see. 
  • Choose your words wisely—words carry energy and power and shape your future.
  • Keep moving forward—if things don’t go as you planned, ask “What did I learn?”, “How did I grow?”. Use your lessons learned to help you keep moving forward. If you feel stuck, ask “What is the best thing I can do right now to move forward?” and then do it. 🙂

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Ruthann

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Align your thoughts, words, and actions

ZEN

Align: to change something so that it agrees with or matches something else.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary

You can create any experience that you desire by aligning your thoughts, words, and actions. It’s a lot easier said than done, but truly transformative when put into practice.

Thoughts and beliefs are powerful—they create your reality (positively or negatively) each and every day. What you choose to focus on will magnify in your life.

This week, I invite you to identify a quality that you would like to magnify in your life and bring your thoughts, words, and actions into alignment with that quality. For example, if you want to experience a greater sense of peace in your life, think peaceful thoughts, speak peaceful words, and create a peaceful living and work environment.

Spend a few minutes in silence and let your heart be your guide in choosing a quality to magnify. Through this process, you will not only enrich your life, you will enrich the lives of others and the world (yes, the world!). 

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Ruthann

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First Things First

 

Priorities

“Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

First things first is a phrase that basically means things that are truly important should be prioritized over less important things. What are less important things? Whatever you decide based on the type of life that you want to live.

First things first is something we all know, but many of us struggle to put into practice on a regular basis. There is often a gap between what we say is important and what we actually do. Over time, the gap can contribute to feelings of being inauthentic, inadequate, off track, etc.

Becoming aware of where we have gaps is the first step to creating better alignment between actions and priorities. If you are experiencing a gap between what you say is important and what you actually do on a day to day basis, take a step back and explore the gap. Use what you learn to make changes/adjustments to your personal and/or professional life.  

Here’s an activity, best accomplished in writing, to get you started:

  • Create a list of 3-5 things that are important to you. Be specific as possible. Put them in order.
  • Reflect on the past three months and record the order in which these things have been a priority in your life.
  • Is the first thing on your list, first in your life? If not, why not?
  • Do the things on your list reflect what you (vs. someone else) want for your life?
  • Identify steps you can take to align your actions with the order of the priorities on your list.
  • Ask someone you trust to lovingly hold you accountable.
  • Take action

Priority setting is an effective tool to create focus in your life. It will help you stay true to what matters most in your life.

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Ruthann 

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Check Your Progress

FocusOne of the best ways to focus your time, energy, and money is to set a goal. Goals enable you to go from hoping and wishing to manifesting what you desire.

The journey from setting to achieving goals is fraught with obstacles, challenges, and distractions. If we are not laser focused on what truly matters, little by little, we can lose sight of our goals.

It is a great time in the new year to do a progress check. Spend some time today considering the following questions:

  • Is the way I am spending my time, energy, and money helping me create what I envisioned for my life in 2018?
  • Am I creating and nurturing the relationships I need to bring my goals to life?

If you don’t feel like you are making progress toward your goals, consider taking the following actions:

  • Keep track of how you are spending your time, energy, and money in a journal or notebook every day for the next seven days. Use the results to see where you need to make adjustments in support of your goals. Small changes on a daily basis can have a big effect. 
  • Make a commitment to nurture your personal and professional network. Commit through actionmake a call, send an email, or set up time to meet in person.
  • Ensure your goals are SMART, use positive language, and affirm what you want to create versus what you want to avoid.

The journey from setting to achieving  goals is a creative and dynamic process. Have fun, make changes where changes are needed, and trust the process.

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Ruthann

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Clarify what is most important to you and why

why

The next time you find yourself looking for a reason (or excuse 🙂 ) as to why you haven’t started, completed, or followed through on something, take a step back and ask yourself if it is really important to you. If the answer is yes, spend some time exploring why it is important. When you ask yourself why something is important, you are tapping into your personal values. 

Your values are always at work in your life whether you are fully aware of them or not. Clarifying them and using them as a guide can change your life. If you haven’t taken the time to clarify your values/what is most important to you in writing, I encourage you to make it a priority. Life flows when you are clear on your values.

We are likely to struggle to keep commitments when they are not clearly connected to personal values. When this happens, commitments tend to be rooted in fear and obligation rather than rooted in your heart.

Today is a great day to evaluate your commitments to ensure they are in alignment with your values and goals. If not, give yourself permission to make changes or let them go.

Clarify what is most important to you and why. It will help you manifest what you truly desire.

Need support? Be True to You: A Practical Guide to Pursuing an Authentic Path is designed to help you clarify what is most important to you and bring it to life. Click here to learn more about Be True to You.

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Ruthann

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Organize for Success

PowerPoint PresentationOrganizing is a process of bringing together/coordinating resources to achieve a desired goal. The key to effective organizing is to have a clear vision of your goal.

I have outlined five steps, best accomplished in writing, to help you begin the process.

Step one is to determine your goal/desired outcome.

  • What does success look like? Envision what you desire and capture your vision on paper through words and/or images. Consider creating a vision board.

Step two is to determine why your desired outcome is important to you.

  • Why do you want what you have outlined in step one? What is your motivation?

Step three is to identify obstacles to reaching your goal and ways to overcome.

  • What might get in the way of you reaching your goal? How will you overcome?

Step four is to determine what resources you will need to bring your vision to life.

  • What will it take to bring your vision to life in terms of time, energy, money, and others? Be specific and realistic.
  • Plan backward.  

Step five is to implement your plan.

  • What is one thing you can do this week to stay true to your vision of success?

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Ruthann

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Make the most of your time

 

Time

Be mindful of how you are spending your time. It is one of your most valuable resources and it is inextricably linked to your life. The way you spend your time is the way you spend your life. Spend it wisely. 🙂

Here are a few strategies that can help you make the most of your time:

  • Know your purpose/mission and let it be your guide.
  • Set clear, purpose-driven goals.
  • Plan and prioritize tasks related to your goals.
  • Create a schedule (daily/weekly/monthly) and stick to it.
  • Focus on results/getting things done; not on being busy.
  • Be willing to say no to people and activities that are not in alignment with your goals.

The key to making the most of your time is to stay laser focused on what matters most in your life.

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Ruthann

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