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“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them make them.” ~George Bernard Shaw

Each and every one of us has some desire in us right this very moment to create change in our lives. Whether it’s personal change or circumstantial, we all know what we want, deep down inside.

The good news is that we can effect change in our lives. So how does one go about creating the life one desires?

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As we begin to explore Project Blissful, the first and most important step is to fully understand what you want and need in your life. Try this exercise.

Imagine that you are a fly on the wall. A loved one or friend is describing you to another person, in great detail. They discuss your appearance, your habits, your personality. They talk about your beliefs and morals and values. Essentially, your friend or loved one tells this person everything about you.

How does this make you feel? Happy and secure, or a little nervous?

Now, ask yourself: What would my loved one or friend say about me? How would I be described?

Next, change it up. Grab a pen and notebook (or a blank Word document).

Sit down and ask yourself how you would WANT to be described. Do you want to be known as a spiritual person? A hard worker? An artist? A great mom or dad? Hip, cool, or chic?

Now, imagine how the conversation would go. Write it down. For example, if you want to be a better golfer, you might write, “Susie is the best golfer I’ve ever met.”

This is a great way to figure out your desires and determine your goals.

Once you’ve written the conversation, you can review it regularly to remind yourself of your goals.

Remember to take care of yourself and to be the person you truly want to be. Next time, we will discuss more ways to effect personal change in your life. For a little inspiration, check out the following advice from Christian D. Larson:

Promise Yourself:

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.

To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them

To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.

To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.

To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.

To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds.

To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

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10 Responses to Creating Personal Change: First Things First

  1. It really is true. I am glad to have realised it, but it is still hard for me to put it into practice.

  2. I absolutely love that verse…I have it on a poster I bought on vacay in Grenada many years ago. Words to live by…thanks for the reminder.

  3. I love this post. I get tired of people blaming others instead of doing something to change their situation. I want to be a positive influence on others. I also want to live my life allowing the Holy Spirit to guide me and to see others through that lens and not my own. It makes all the difference. Thanks for this one, Angie.

  4. Excellant words of wisdom. The only thing that can hold me back is myself.

  5. Great post Angie! I agree with you. Thanks for reminding us all.

  6. Hi Angie,

    “Promise Yourself…” by Christian D. Larson IS our Life’s motto! We have it posted in several places around the house and we read it to eachother every morning. It’s our daily vitamin boost!

    Your post is exactly right and I love the “fly on the wall” exercise. It’s a wonderful way to help determine your goals and desires. Just love it! 🙂

    Also, be sure to stop by our blog to learn more about Hugo. I just posted the TAG. Thanks again for tagging us. It was fun and definitely a Gratitude activity.

    Have a Marvelous weekend!

    Many Blessings….
    Roxanne ~ Believe Achieve

  7. Nice blog you have here! I tried to subscribe but there seems to be an issue with the feed.

  8. @Lisa Thanks for the heads up, I checked the RSS feed and couldn’t find any trouble. Were you subscribing by email or through the regular feed?

  9. thanks for the tip. this reminds me of “learning to love you more” (.com)!

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