I’m a scared little boy

So many things I haven’t done because I was afraid.

So many things I have done because I was afraid.

I let fear rule my life.

Fear is the main reason I haven’t started any businesses yet.

Fear is why I don’t get closer to people.

Open up to them.

Express myself.

I’ve done jobs I’ve hated for most of my adult life because I was afraid to try something new.

I’m tired of being afraid.

Experiment with your life

How many of us are living our best possible life?

I know I’m not.

I’m guessing you’re not, either.

And yet, most of us don’t want to change what we’re doing.

We’re lazy.  Unmotivated.

But if we don’t change anything, how are things going to improve?

You don’t have to change everything at once.

The changes you make don’t have to be permanent.

You don’t have to wait for a new year.  You can start today.

Find one thing that bothers you about your life.  How could it be better?

Change one thing about it to make it better.  Stick with the change for a month.

I’m trying to blog every day.  This is day eight.

At the end of the month, see if the change was good for you.  If so, it should be pretty easy to keep.  If not, try something else.

Don’t try to change a lot of things all at once.  It’s overwhelming.  You won’t be able to stick with it.

Some people can manage a handful of changes at once.  I wouldn’t recommend starting that way, though.  If one seems easy, maybe try two.

One small change at a time is very manageable.

Eventually you’ll get the results you want.

Affirmations

A few months ago The Daily Positive changed hands.

The new owner seemed a little hippy-dippy, but I liked most of the things she wrote.

I started getting email updates more frequently and reading more articles.

On the site there was a link to a free audio download.  400+ Powerfully Positive Affirmations Audio.  On the page there was a challenge.  Listen to the audio every day for 30 days.  See if you feel more positive.

My first experience with affirmations came after I broke up with my first fiancée.

A lady I worked said I should try something.  Look at myself in the mirror.  Tell myself, “I’m a good person who loves my self and deserves to be happy.”  She said I should do this ten times every morning.

It felt ridiculous.  I did it anyway.

I think it worked.  I felt better about myself than I had in a long time.

I was skeptical, but I downloaded the audio.

I tried it for a month.

I think it helped.

It certainly didn’t hurt.

Question authority

Don’t believe everything you hear.

Even if it’s on the news.

Even if it comes from an “authority.”

“Authorities” are just people.  With their own ideas.  Their own flaws.

Their own agenda.

How did this person get the authority they claim?

Some people have authority from God.  God doesn’t give his authority to just anyone.  If an authority in the Church tells me something I believe it, unless I have a good reason not to.

Is this person an elected official?  In my mind that gives them some legitimate claim to authority.  I’m more skeptical of them, though.

Is this person an unelected bureaucrat?  I may listen to what they have to say, but I won’t necessarily believe it.

Do they represent a large corporation?  I’ll hear them out, but I know they’re trying to make their corporation look good.

Are they a teacher?  Who taught them?  Where did they get their information?  Did they do their own research, or are they just regurgitating what’s in the textbook?  What are their biases?

Is this a TV news anchor?  Next, please.

Always maintain a healthy dose of skepticism.

Things I’m grateful for today 20180108

  1. Baby pictures
  2. Being able to pay the power bill
  3. My desk
  4. Guitars
  5. Thumb tacks
  6. Packaging tape
  7. Memories of good times
  8. Puppies
  9. Kittens
  10. Alpacas

10 ways to improve my spirituality

  1. Pray every morning
  2. Pray every night
  3. Read the Book of Mormon every day
  4. Watch inspirational videos every day
  5. Pay tithing
  6. Go to church every Sunday
  7. Receive my endowment
  8. Read books by General Authorities
  9. Give myself quiet time to think every day
  10. Follow inspiration and revelations I’m given

Things I’m grateful for today 20180107

  1. My niece
  2. Scriptures
  3. Church being close by
  4. My boys getting to church
  5. Having options
  6. Story books
  7. Low-maintenance hair
  8. Trees
  9. Being able to walk
  10. My boys’ artwork

10 ways to help a headache

  1. Painkillers
  2. Meditation
  3. Deep breathing
  4. A hot shower
  5. Listening to relaxing music
  6. Watching/listening to ASMR videos
  7. Eating
  8. Silence
  9. Sleeping
  10. Drinking water