Take Your Glory and Run! 6 Lessons from Oprah p1

Year and again the BallDrops. Then year and again {y-a-w-n} the  familiar sounds of settling in resume.

Settling in to the oh so lovely comfort of routine allowing days, weeks, months {and WHAT?! another year? 🙂 } to potentially slip away. Self talk here. Where do you want to be, doing what better, with whom in 6 months? one year? 5? Is it volunteer? Is it travel? Health? Write a book? Education? Slow down?

Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do this. I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN. Believe it and you WILL achieve it. Most of all, don’t let a bad day stop you.  Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep on keepin’ on. This time next year, you’ll be so glad you did. “ Shandra Lee

By Paige Smith THE BLOG 11/24/2014 02:24 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017 

6 Lessons I Learned From Oprah’s ‘The Life You Want’ Tour…

1. The life you want begins by embracing the life you have

Rob Bell spoke about the importance of accepting and appreciating the life we have. It’s easy to look perpetually toward the future and what we hope will happen, rather than recognizing the aspects of our lives that are good and already in full swing. Maybe we don’t have everything we want (and surely we have a few things we don’t want), but we have so many things we enjoy that we take for granted: our health, our freedom, our intelligence, our educations and even our very aliveness.

Maybe you’re in an uninspiring job position, but you have a consistent paycheck that affords you many liberties — and you want that. Maybe you’re living with your parents, but it means that you have a loving support system — and you want that. Maybe you’re drowning in debt from your college education, but you have a degree — and you want that. Maybe your best friends or family live far away, but you have people you care about enough to miss — and you want that.

When we pause to absorb and feel gratitude for the beauty in front of us, we realize that nothing is as urgent, desperate, or miserable as we build it up to be in our minds. We can still want and aspire to many things, but acknowledging the positivity in our current situations is the only foundation on which we can do that. Because how can we want more of anything if we don’t cherish what we already have?

Take some time each day to recognize what brings joy and fulfillment to your life.

2. Life always tells you the truth. Your job is to recognize and accept it

Both Oprah and Iyanla:  explained the process though which life speaks to us. First, we hear a whisper. A whisper is the little voice inside our minds that senses something is amiss. When we disregard the whisper, the universe tosses a pebble at our heads to remind us to pay attention. Look around you and adjust accordingly, the pebble warns.

When we ignore the pebble, we get a brick. The brick is the crisis in our life that knocks us down and disorients us. If we continue to move forward without change, eventually an entire wall will topple over and crush us, signaling that full-blown disaster is in effect.

We can avoid disaster by recognizing and responding to the clues the universe sends our way. When we feel uneasy about a person or place, when we dwell in anxiety, when we face the same problems time and again, it is an indication that whatever we are doing is no longer working.

We need to listen when life speaks, no matter how much we might dislike what is being said. Any pain or discomfort that we experience is a wake-up call designed to prevent future devastation or tragedy. Whatever occurs in our lives is for our highest good. The sooner we embrace this notion, the more easily we can move with the tide of life, instead of against it.

3. Co-create your life

Oprah stressed the point that we all have the power to play an active role in our own lives. It’s far too common to sit in the back seat of the car and hope the circumstances of our lives will change eventually, all the while taking no action to alter the course of our journeys. Taking a passive approach to life manifests self-doubt, insecurity and fear. Waiting for what we want to occur is a vicious cycle of inactivity that eventually renders us paralyzed.

The truth is that we do not need permission to participate in our own lives. We do not need the go-ahead to star in our own stories, nor do we need a sign to indicate that we have an opportune moment ahead of us.

All we have to do is realize that we are directly responsible for the energy we create around us. There is no single event in our lives that we have not been part of, no moment of reflection or growth that has not seen us at its center. Therefore, it is we—and not some external force—who possess the power to shift our thoughts and our lives.

As Elizabeth Gilbert said, “Be the hero of your own journey.”


Be ambitious. Reach for what you want. Then surrender to the outcome. Accept whatever the universe gives to you and trust that it will be exactly what you need.”  by Paige Smith on Twitter: 

—-Part 2 next up! In the interim…what goal have you achieved already this New Beginning, New Year? Care to Share?





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