Manifesting True Success Day 8: Smart Choices Smooth The Path Danielle Rogers March 23, 2015 Enlightenment, Spirituality, Words of Wisdom Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. “To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past.” –Charles J. Givens Welcome to the second week of our 21-Day Meditation Experience, Manifesting True Success. We learned in the first week that success is not some distant external goal. It is something we begin to live and breathe every day in all that we do. This week we will learn that success springs from making dynamic choices not bound by old habits and beliefs. These kinds of dynamic choices are explored using the acronym S-M-A-R-T. We will look at the components of smart choices one-by-one this week and explore how these smart choices synchronize with success. S – Stretch more than you can reach M – Make everything measurable A – Agreement with your inner self and those around you R – Record your progress T – Time limits for acting and getting a result Smart choices require us to move outside our comfort zone and familiar boundaries. The choice to begin this 21-Day Meditation Experience is a great example of being flexible and open to new ideas. Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here. CENTERING THOUGHT: I make choices from my true self. SANSKRIT MANTRA: Aieem Namah (I receive the pure wisdom of life) 1.) Today we learned that success depends on smart choices, and smart choices are not bound by old habits and beliefs. List a few of these beliefs and habits that hold you to your past. A few beliefs and habits that hold me to my past are: Rigidly adhering to religious doctrine taught to me at a young age. Key word RIGIDLY. Excessive drinking and partying. Worrying about what I’ve come from and possibly left behind as opposed to being present in the now & appreciating what I have. Minimal procrastination, I’ve gotten far better. Accommodating the needs of others before handling my own. 2.) Consider how being afraid to act or explore new avenues reinforces inertia and prevents you from taking timely action. Write down one new choice you can make today that encourages you to go beyond the comfortable, safe, predictable choices you make unconsciously. It could be as simple as trying a new dish on the lunch menu, or starting a conversation with a work colleague you normally walk past. Today I’m going to be more patient, with myself and others. I will not allow myself to be overwhelmed in any regard. 3.) It’s important to be aware of our patterns of static choices so that we can change that habit and opt for dynamic choices. List some of the uncomfortable situations that lead you to make safe, static, and rigid choices when it comes to your relationships, finances, or career. Honestly, I don’t know when the last time I made a safe and static choice. I’ve thought about this for quite some time and even left the question and came back. Lately my choices have been putting me in highly uncomfortable situations but once I allow myself to breathe and get through them I see growth and peace in my decisions. The chaos in my life has subsided and static does come but when it does, it has no bearing on my life. I may feel turmoil and angst but those are simply growing pains. Growth hurts but so does letting time pass you by. Regret can eat at your soul slowly while the sting of growth can subside as soon as you make it to the other side. Nostalgia is a common side effect but be sure to not let it manifest into regret. 4.) Daily Reflection: Nostalgia is a common side effect of growth and leaving your comfort zones, but nostalgia doesn’t necessarily have to be paired directly with guilt. It’s natural to wander and reflect, actually it’s very necessary but we must never do in this lifetime is dwell. Choices have to be made in our lives daily be they static or dynamic. Whenever we make a choice there are causes and effects just as there are consequences and rewards. What we must ask ourselves is this, “would you rather experience the pain of regret coming from unfulfilled desires of your heart strings or would you rather feel the sting of growth as you leap into an unknown realm?” No matter if you choose to stay in your comfort zone or if you feel it’s time to leap into new territories, make sure the decision is yours. It’s perfectly okay to seek advice but we need not solely rely on outside advice when we are aligned because confirmation will give way when you least expect it. Other’s advice can sometimes be tainted by their own limited views of self and life or by the vision they may have for you and your life. In the same regard we have to start respecting the decisions of others even when we think those decisions aren’t what’s best for them. Our job in life is to find our purpose and become the person necessary to fill that purpose. Our purpose never coincides with telling others how to live their lives even when they ask us for advice. The best thing you can do is to instruct them to follow their heart and trust their intuition. No matter how someone’s choices may make us feel we must always remember that they are just simply trying to find their way just like us. We may be seemingly ahead in our journey compared to others but we also don’t know the blessings that may lie in store for them. The person you may think you are ahead of today may be the key to the favor you need tomorrow. The person who you may have needed yesterday could very well be the person who needs you today. We have to start viewing one another as we view ourselves. We must respect people’s choices even when we don’t agree. We must love one another despite change and growth or stagnation. Loving others does not necessarily mean dealing with them and their issues/choices first hand but what it does mean is wishing others well and not taking other people’s decisions personally. Affirm: I choose what is best me without feelings of shame or guilt lingering in my heart. I respect the choices and decisions of others Manifesting True Success is a 21-Day Guided Meditation created by Oprah Winfrey & Deepak Chopra, to learn more click here.