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April 26th, 2017
by Diane

April Monthly Activities

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through out the next month.
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Breaking through Expectation

  • This month work on creating a list of all the expectations you have for yourself, for others and for circumstances.  We will call this your Book of Rules. Write this down for yourself over the course of a couple weeks. Catch yourself when you are expecting something from a family member, a co-worker or a friend. Write these down.  Catch yourself when are let down or angry because something did not happen exactly as you had wanted it to.
  • Go through your list and ask yourself what your true motivation or thought process was behind the expectation. Is this expectation an unconscious rule you hold in your mind? Was there something you wanted? Could you have asked, made a request? What did you potentially miss out on by not having a circumstantial expectation met?
  • Examine your list of expectations and rules and see if you can write a new Book of Rules that encourage you to let go of your most frequent expectations. For example:
    1. I will remember to say I love you to my partner each day. (Instead of,  “my partner should say I love you to me more often”).
    2. When it rains I get to snuggle in bed and read a good book. (Instead of complaining about the rain ruining your plans)
    3. I will make a request that we spend a date night together each month. (Instead of being angry because your partner never asks you to spend time alone away from the hustle and bustle of your daily lives)
    4. I complement my co-workers when they do great work. (Instead of, “No one ever compliments my hard work.”)
    5. Post your new “Rules” somewhere you can see them and review daily.

 

April 26th, 2017
by Diane

April Daily Ritual

Evening Reflection

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Use the journal you have used for previous Daily Rituals. (Or buy a journal this month!)

At the end of the day sit for a moment and reflect on your day. What happen today that was unexpected? How did you respond? Were you able to stay present and construct a positive perspective or result?

What happened perhaps today that unexpected and wonderful?

Write a brief reflection each evening on your experience with the unexpected.
Watch how the journey unfolds over the month.

April 26th, 2017
by Diane

Live Without Expectations

Expectations: The act or state of looking forward or anticipating that something is going to, or should happen. A perceived notion of how something or someone is supposed to be.

When we have expectations we create a belief system that certain outcomes SHOULD happen. And then, what do we do if things don’t happen the way you expected them to?

We also have expectations for how other people SHOULD behave or react. And when they do not act as expected we are let down, hurt, angry or sad. We may even believe we have been disrespected or offended in some way.

We might expect that our partner will notice or new outfit or hair cut and say something. We might expect that a co-worker will compliment us on a job well done. We might expect that our kids will notice a mess and pick it up.

We expect people to do certain tasks automatically (event though we never made the request). We expect people to appreciate us, reward us and compliment us. When this does not happen we often grip and complain, “they SHOULD have complimented me, they SHOULD have noticed me.”

A SHOULD is an expectation imposed on one person by another. A SHOULD is a personal belief system being hailed as the RIGHT BELIEF and pushed onto another. Maybe their SHOULD is not the same as your SHOULD? Read more »

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