Self improvement

Stop Letting the Unexpected Control You

“Don’t let the unexpected control your attitude.”

You wake up in the morning feeling great about your day. Then, you get in your car and it won’t start, or you spill coffee on your new skirt just before a meeting, or the babysitter calls to say she’ll be late.

And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. One after another, unexpected things happen until you want to scream!

Wait a minute; force yourself to relax and recognize the unexpected for what it is – one of life’s surprises. Take a deep breath and rationally consider your options. Choose the most appropriate way to deal with the situation, then move on.

When you slow down and take this calm approach, you’re empowering yourself with control. And, soon, your attitude will brighten back to the eagerness and energy with which you originally greeted the dawn.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I am in control of my attitude.

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Supercharge Your Satisfaction

“Satisfaction comes from giving your wisdom away.”

Each one of us can make a difference by passing on what we know.

You have something worthwhile to share, regardless of where you are in your life. You’ve built a history and you’ve learned lessons along the way.

It may be as simple as chatting with other women in the same situation and exchanging ideas. It may be giving talks and volunteering in professional organizations.

Never believe that you don’t have something to give. You do! Serve as a role model inspiring and encouraging other women.

Pass on your confidence, moral support and hope to others. Immense satisfaction is what you’ll get back.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I serve as a role model inspiring and encouraging other women.

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Personal Growth Secret

“Personal growth is just a hug away.”

We have all heard that you need four hugs a day for survival, eight hugs a day for maintenance and twelve for growth.

The touch of a hug has a healing effect on your body. Your immune system stays strong and you feel loved and special. Hugs have a way of nurturing the little child within you and helping you feel cherished by family and friends.

If you’re not getting your twelve hugs a day, reach out and ask for the hugs you need. A simple, “Can I have a hug?” goes a long way toward getting those twelve hugs you need for growth.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I get at least 12 hugs per day.

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Free Yourself From Toxic People

“We only wish for others what we are willing to receive ourselves.”

Women that are happy with their lives are much more likely to support and encourage your happiness. Women who have goals of their own are more likely to support you in pursuit of your goals. Women who express their creativity are more inclined to help you discover your own talent.

Armed with this knowledge, you can choose to associate with those that have your best interest at heart.

Look carefully at the lives of the women in your circle of friends. Do you “hang out” with those who choose scarcity or abundance? Perhaps, it’s time to let go of friends who are unwilling to recognize happiness, to value goals or nurture talent; and time to welcome healthier friends into your inner circle.

But, before you view your friends with a critical eye, take a long look at yourself. Are you happy, goal oriented and in pursuit of your talents? If not, take steps to include these virtues in your life. You’ll be amazed at how old friends may change and how new friends may suddenly appear.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: The people I choose to be around support me and my values.

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Face Conflict with Confidence

“Are you avoiding conflict?”

Do you avoid speaking your mind because you don’t want to rock the boat? Do you feel it’s just easier to avoid conflict?

When you don’t take initiative and express your own wants and needs, others make decisions for you – and chances are, they won’t always make the decisions you want! If this goes on long enough, you will start to feel misunderstood or taken for granted. Anger and resentment will grow and you’ll eventually erupt.

You are the only one who can decide to change this behavior!

Next time you’re asked what you want, don’t rush to say you don’t care. Stop and ask yourself, “What do I want?” Then, share it with conviction.

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I am confident in expressing my own wants and needs.

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Consider This When Helping a Friend

“Silence is sometimes the best answer.”

From an early age, we’ve all been taught the importance of problem solving. Yet, sometimes, we can help people more by not trying to find solutions. In fact, on occasion, silent listening and empathy can be a priceless gift.

People who are grieving the loss of a loved one or a relationship, need time to mourn, not quick solutions. They need you to listen while they pour out their hearts; they want a silent hug, not instant answers.

A friend who is ranting and raving about her partner may just need to let off steam. An understanding smile and a hand on the shoulder may be the best support you can give.

Why not try a little silence today? You may find it says more than a thousand words!

©Jane Powell – Meditations for Women

Today’s Affirmation: I can be a silent listener.

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If there’s something in your life and you feel there’s a threat you may lose it, heap lashings and lashings of gratitude all over it. Focus your mind on the fact that you currently have it in your life, and be so grateful that you do. Really feel that gratitude, because intense gratitude for what you have holds it to you. Rhonda Byrne