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A small change in mindset could change your life: think of nothing that happens as either good or bad. Stop judging, stop expecting.

All you have to do is say, ‘That wasn’t good or bad, it just happened, it just is.’

With this little change, you will no longer expect good things to happen (or bad things), but will just take things as they come, and be content with whatever comes.

Start by being more aware. Throughout the course of the day today, note when you make judgements, note when you have expectations, and when things don’t live up to them. Over time, you’ll notice this more and more, and be much more conscious of these types of thoughts.

Next, pause each time you notice a judgement or expectation. Take a breath. Then tell yourself, “No expectations, no good or bad.” Repeat this, letting go of the judgement or expectation.

Third, seek to see things as they are, and to understand. Be curious as to why things are the way the are, why people act the way they act. Investigate, empathize, try to put yourself in people’s shoes. See the landscape of your life as it actually is, without the filter of judgements or expectations.

Next, take what comes. Experience it, in the moment. React appropriately, without overreacting because it isn’t as you hoped or wanted. You can’t control life, or others, but you can control how you react.

Then, accept. When things happen, understand why they do, without judgement, and accept them as they are. Accept people for who they are. Accept yourself, without judgement, as you are. This takes practice.

Finally, know that the present moment being as it is, also contains infinite possibilities. And those possibilities are opened up once you see things as they are, without judgement or expectations.

(Source: belledjourpowerplanner.com)

Talk to new people. It really refreshes your mood. You don’t have to worry about how people don’t humbly accept things or how people talk things about you without you knowing it. You just talk to new people and start new connections, just so you can forget all the worries. For now.

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Posted: April 24, 2012 with 18 notes
Under: TRUE THIS!, reblog, note to self,
Everybody who wanted to be a writer and didn’t become one failed based on one of two critical reasons: one, they were lazy, or two, they were afraid. Let’s take for granted you’re not lazy. That means you’re afraid. Fear is nonsense. What do you think is going to happen? You’re going to be eaten by tigers? Life will afford you lots of reasons to be afraid: bees, kidnappers, terrorism, being chewed apart by an escalator, Republicans, Snooki. But being a writer is nothing worthy of fear. It’s worthy of praise. And triumph. And fireworks. And shotguns. And a box of wine. So shove fear aside — let fear be gnawed upon by escalators and tigers. Step up to the plate. Let this be your year.
Posted: January 24, 2012 with 533 notes
Under: note to self, reblog, writing advice,
Don’t worry about what others think. People are always negative, don’t let it bother you.
Posted: December 05, 2011
Under: quote, note to self,
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