Not only as a motivational speaker, but just as a regular person, I think I am a professional "Reminder-er". I think my job is to remind us all of things that, let's face it, we probably already know we should do, but don't always actually DO. For instance:
- We KNOW it is better to give than to receive. We sometimes forget.
- We KNOW it is important to create quality time to spend with family members. We don't always create it.
- We absolutely KNOW that while we cannot always choose what happens to us in life, we can definitely choose how we respond to what happens. Yet how many times do we blame others, beat up ourselves, or curse our wretched fate when things don't go our way? For me – the answer is…too often.
And why do we keep doing those things? I believe it's because as human beings we are wired to keep on doing what we've always done. Doesn't the research tell us that over 95% of all of our behavior is automatic and unthinking? That should scare you! I know it does me!
So until I can change decades of self-defeating, unproductive, unhealthy patterns of thought and behavior with one simple positive declaration or wave of the hand, I will continue to surround myself with MY reminders. For me, they are:
1. I will start every single day with a prayer of thanksgiving and gratitude that REMINDS me just how blessed I am – which makes me feel GREAT!
2. Every day I will read a chapter in a really good book or a great blogpost that REMINDS me how to communicate better or love more unconditionally or treat the planet more respectfully.
3. At least once a week I talk to one of my really healthy, smart, loving friends (like Lynette, Polly or Kelly) who REMIND me of what's really important.
These are just a few of the reminders that I MUST have around me so that I can live any kind of a conscious life. Who, or what, are your reminders?
By the way, if you ever read one of my blogposts and thought, "Oh yeah, I know that. I just forgot" – then I am doing my Job with a capital “J.”
And you know what they say: "We teach the things we need to learn." Thank you for helping me learn!