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Seven Tips to Make It Happen

Chambered Nautilus, by jitze1942

You can do it!

For purely motivational purposes, here are my top 7 "mantras" I tell myself when I am thinking that something is impossible, or that I am too weak, disorganized, uncultured, or unable to achieve something. Consider picking one of these and repeating it to yourself when you're feeling low.

1) Practice makes perfect.
No one sprung directly from the womb with a perfectly functioning life. Each of us has had to practice, sometimes daily, to be able to do certain things. It follows that the more practice we have doing something, the better we will become. It's not reasonable to think that something will happen overnight. More likely, it will happen a little bit at a time.

2) I am grateful for my life.
The purest way for me to demonstrate gratitude is to spend as much time as possible doing the things that I feel I am "meant" to do. When I choose to spend more and more time focusing on my passions, my biggest wishes, and my deepest desires, I am able to get rid of pettiness and self-doubt. Small inconveniences fall away, and I focus on is what I do best.

3) Do the best you can with what you have.
This is simple. A) You have a certain set of skills and talents that are born with you and which you carry throughout your life. B) Certain items come to your consciousness as items that you want to be able to do -- maybe a new job, a possession, a type of relationship, or an aspect of your health. C) You apply your unique approach to fulfilling that desire. Lather, rinse, repeat. I think when we focus on what we want, and use our existing tools to get it, we refine our ability to be creators of our lives.

4) Dream, believe, and achieve.
Over and over I have seen how powerful an act of creation it is for someone to imagine something, specify the parameters, then actually bring that idea into existence. I think that the daily practice of "dreaming, believing, and achieving" in all aspects of our life helps us better envision the future and work towards that. The more we know the details of what we want, the easier it is to achieve that.

5) Life is compassion.
This comes into play whenever I am feeling too proud, or too trod-upon. When we realize that all of life is an exercise in demonstrating compassion, we can be better in the way we treat ourselves and the way we treat others.

6) I am always growing.
I always think about the chambered nautilus - it constantly grows bigger and bigger and needs to expand its shell. I also think about a story of koi, which grow to a level that is consistent with the size of their pond: if you move them to a bigger pond, they grow to a bigger level. When I see myself as consistently growing, I realize that every challenge, obstacle, and problem is simply another step for my strength and abilities to become even bigger and better.

7) I am exactly where I am meant to be.
I always point to where I am on the map to help orient myself. We are in the city, in the state, in the country, in the planet, in the universe. We are always exactly where we are, there is no "better" or "worst" -- there simply is where we are. We can choose to move or we can choose to stay. Where do you think you want to go, to be, or to do? In the meantime, here you are.

Do you have a mantra? Let us know.

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