A new Simple Truths movie: Attitude is Everything. Motivate yourself with this amazing movie, and share it with your friends!
How do you boost your attitude when you feel down?
Today, we're happy to share a special article from Eric Eccles, founder of GenerationAwareness.org. Please enjoy!
The word 'purpose' in the dictionary is described as: something that one intends to get or do; or the object for which something exists or is done with intention and planning. Here's my interpretation of this word. I believe that purpose is an idea of completeness, a goal, mission, or dream that is intrinsically desired to the point of true ambition and intention. Whether we keep a purpose in view with conscious persistence is the question to our happiness in life. In all, a purpose is a dream or passion that has carefully been thought through and studied until it has become a master plan that is put into action.
How we develop our purpose is one of the keys to our happiness and fulfillment in life. So finding your life purpose may start with questions like: Why do you feel you are here? There are so many answers to this question, but what is it that really sticks out in your mind, what answer, when carefully thought out, gives you a powerful sense of good for everyone around you and in your world at this moment in time?
What do you love?
What are the most valuable feelings and accomplishments in your life?
What motivates me with what I truly desire out of life?
Now that you've answered these questions, I'm sure that you are well on your way to understanding your true purpose in life. I know from experience the more you think about this, the more defining your purpose of life will become. As each one of us grows through this life journey we become what we consistently contemplate and think about.
If we live in fear (negative thoughts) of something long enough, then eventually we will draw this to us, and it will be manifested in our lives.
If we believe and have never ending faith in something and stay persistent with and mold our thoughts to a specific purpose in this life experience, then the rewards manifested will be limitless. The next few questions below are going to take you a little bit of time to complete. If you don't feel that you can answer these questions completely at this time then relax. Take a day or two to think this through. Remember, as you evolve your purpose may shift or mold and take different avenues. This may be a better position in your career or a completely different career. In many people that begin to experience this greater awareness of life's purpose there is suddenly change that comes in many forms. Maybe they pick up their roots and travel to other lands or begin a new business adventure that allows them to wake up each morning and live their life purpose. In any direction that you decide to venture and accept as your life purpose, be prepared to experience more enjoyment and enthusiasm than ever before. You can trust yourself that by doing this you will grow in more ways then you could ever imagine.
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
I noticed that it can be pretty hard to stay optimistic in the face of difficulty. I don't know about you, but it's like a slippery slope for me. One or two bad things happen at the beginning of my day, and that colors my perception of the rest of the events that happen for that day. On the other side of the coin, though, I only need a couple good things (or to have a good attitude about a couple bad things), and my day picks up from there.
When I was a teenager, my parents bought a copy of Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul for me from a neighborhood yard sale. Talk about a deal of a lifetime! I read the entire book cover to cover in two days, and subsequently read each story multiple times after that. Those stories didn't just help me understand how to celebrate life, but also aided me in coping with difficulties.
I have a short clip from Jack Canfield, the author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, that I'd like to share with you today. He's one of my personal heroes, so when I came across this video on Youtube, I couldn't keep it to myself. I hope you enjoy it half as much as I did!
What books have shaped you? What was it about those books that made them so impacting?
Exciting News! Simple Truths author BJ Gallagher has been featured on the San Francisco ABC morning show, and she was generous enough to share the clip. BJ has written three books for us, including The Best Way Out is Always Through, Learning to Dance in the Rain, and A Peacock in the Land of Penguins. BJ just released a new book called It's Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been. Check it out on her website.
What BJ had to say in this short clip rang true for me. I have a neighbor and a couple family members that are struggling with unemployment right now. They can vouch for the fact that it's hard in any economy to find a job. While introducing them to potential recruiters is the most tangible way that I can help them, I also notice that a quick prayer, an encouraging word, or a "how are you holding up?" seems to be equally as helpful. I sent them this video clip, because I think that confidence during the job interview is just as important as the interview itself.
So, when you have been job searching, what has been the most encouraging thing that you have heard? What helped you finally get the job? How have you helped others?
Easter's this weekend. Many of us will celebrate it as a day with family, as a day to attend church, or as a day of reflection. For me, it'll be a little bit of all three.
If you are of the Christian faith (or interested in it), we've got something to share with you. This short video is about the life of Christ, and the inspiration that He brings into the world...and we felt that it would be appropriate to share this during this year's Easter Season:
We wish you a blessed Easter!