TODAY I AM FEELING INTROSPECTIVE and I would like to share with you some thoughts that may resonate with you if you are facing challenges and need encouragement. After all, while we may be business owners or practitioners, we are still human beings and as the quote above states, some decision and realities we will need to walk through them alone.

If you look back, who you were 10 years ago and who you are now are two different people. The same applies to me. What began as a journey of seeking an answer to “how can I change this world with my ideas and services” has transformed in more recent years, into “how can I change myself so I can better be suited to contribute to this world.”

Changing yourself doesn’t mean becoming a different person, it simply means working on improving yourself to become better; learn how to have higher self-awareness, cultivate a stronger mindset, find meaning in what you do and develop mindful habits that boost your productivity.

Your goal is to understand yourself better and become more grateful, resilient, confident and productive in your daily life. Work on bettering yourself — only then can you be in a position to contribute positive change to the world.

Studies have shown that people who learn to find comfort in solitude tend to be happier, experience lower levels of stress and are less likely to have depression.

Silence and solitude go hand-in-hand. Learn to integrate at least 10 minutes per day to be alone with your thoughts because “the quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.”

There is so much fear today and there will be people who will try to stop you from following your dreams and most will project their fears and limiting beliefs onto you.

Gary Keller, the author of The One Thing, says that “the way to protect what you’ve said yes to and stay productive is to say no to anyone or anything that could derail you.”

We are faced with so much noise in life that sometimes it’s easy to get lost in it. The key is to say no. Say no to the doubters — ignore them. Say no the ones holding you back — ignore them. Say no to fear, negativity and criticism — ignore them.

“It’s your road and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” – Rumi

If you wish to make music in your life, you must tune out the noise. Find strength in ignoring what derails you from your focus of becoming better and moving forward in reaching your potential. If you keep giving yourself excuses, you’ll never walk the road, and 20 years down the line, you’ll regretfully look back and say “I wish I had.”

I came across another interesting statement that I felt was loaded with wisdom “As you start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

This is so true. So many times, we find ourselves hesitant because we know where we want to go but we don’t know how to start.

Despite the uncertainties you just have to start, even though you don’t have all the answers.  If you want to succeed in life you need to be moving towards something in life — a goal, a direction or destination. Don’t dwell on the details, just get started. How you’ll get there is something that will unravel as you begin the journey towards that destination. But you must start walking first — walk, and the way of “how” will present itself to you. You’ll figure it out as you go.

Stay strong and believe that your life has value and you deserve to achieve what is important to you.

Standing with you,
Tina Viney