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Personal Growth

I write many of my articles on the subject of personal growth. Many of my readers are in the process of looking at their life and how they are feeling, what is missing and what can be improved, and they are at the point of beginning a journey to work towards improving their lives through education, acquiring knowledge, increasing awareness and then making dramatic changes.

Yesterday the tables were turned slightly on me. One of my followers taught me something about the human psyche. Maybe, perhaps, she showed me something I knew, but tended to ignore. My personal growth was impacted.

In all of my years of coaching, I have never met a person who does not want to improve their life or be happier. My goal is to educate everyone on how their life is based on their unconscious and help them become more conscious of what their individual programming is, so they can feel in control of their life and destiny. Never forget to seize your day and take every opportunity that comes your way in life.

But I’ve always seen life in black and white, maybe more like the dark and bright side of life. On one you have negative thinking, on the other you have positive. Of course I am an advocate of positive thinking, and this will never change.

But what I’ve been reminded of is you can’t just use positivity to paint over the cracks when you need to.

No one can look at things positively all the time. Sometimes bad things happen, like the death of a loved one, a break up of a relationship, losing your job, suffering major health problems. In these circumstances it’s understandable to feel upset and have negative thoughts, after all we’re only human.

As humans we are able to look at the positive, the negative, and the neutral parts of all situations, and then making a conclusion about the situation.

Alas we can interpret situations in a distorted way only focusing on the negative aspects. We don’t allow the positives to resonate with us at all, we totally dismiss them. People can get easily overwhelmed and put themselves in a place where they can’t see the clear choices they have right in front of them. And that is what has to change if they want to make more of their life.

Our minds filter out all types of information and this means we may miss out on many golden opportunities. Distorted thinking can plaque us, hold us back, and make us miss out on genuine opportunities when they show up in our lives.

“The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” -Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Too often we find ourselves troubled by upsetting thoughts.

We find it hard to see things positively.

Frequently dwelling on the negative.

You need to change the way you see things, change the way you interpret things, change the way you deal with everything that arises in your life.

To do this you have to be more open minded, look at the positive side of things, search and find the positive spin on things, look for the good in everything instead of just focusing on the negative.

You need to stop passing judgement, interpreting everything instantaneously, thinking that you know everything instead being open minded, considering all possibilities, giving people and circumstances the benefit of the doubt and focus  on a positive outcome while being ready to learn something new and grow in different ways. You are now giving your subconscious mind a new set of instructions. You tell it that you are ready to see change unfold, that you are open to new possibilities, that you are willing to do what you can to improve your life and that you want more positive situations.

Now you will start attracting new and positive situations into your life. By simply changing what you think you can begin changing the circumstances of your life.

Choose to have positive thoughts. Choose to have balanced THOUGHTS. Don’t always only see the negative in everything. Let your mind start to find the positives, start seeing the possibilities in everything, then and only then will opportunities arise where your personal growth can flourish and your life reaches the point where you can say ‘Life is great!’.

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About the author: Larry Lewis
My name is Larry Lewis, Health & Wellness Life Coach, Founder of Healthy Lifestyles Living, contributor to the Huffington Post, recently featured in the Sunday Mail Newspaper and somebody who went from being an owner of a chain of gyms and fitness fanatic, to a visually impaired overweight and incredibly sick person. Read about my illness to wellness story.
One comment
  1. Judy A Murphy June 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Hi Larry,
    Welcome to my world, your getting to what I need to hear, positive is always what to strive for and can be wonderful if the whole concept is brought to a person without manipulation or hype.
    Just the fact of hearing there is a little room for negative, makes me feel you are surely hearing me, and perhaps lots of other people that feel life is what their handed, so they just suck it up and keep on keepin on.
    This is mostly because all their imagination, goals and dreams have been robbed, and through years, of one step ahead and two back is what they have always known.
    The world I have lived in might be the same or similar to others, for that reason I hope that people pay attention to your posts and understand how they can grow into what they really need and want in life, to finally become the real person they want to be with everyday living and in their success!! Thank you for hanging in with me, and all my need and understanding of some very important aspects of real life. The pay back is how to enjoy everything in life to the fullest extent with peace and happiness! That is here for the asking, Thank You!

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