Dear Great One,
Here you are. You’ve made it to another day in your life. Congratulations are in order. You’re still breathing, and you still have time to fulfill your mission in life. It’s a mission that’s going to require a lot more from you than you ever thought possible. Good thing you’re about to learn “How to Be the Best You Can Be.”
#1. Start with “Thank You”
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is “Thank You,” it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart (Johannes Eckhart)
Brendon Burchard asked Oprah Winfrey what she considers to be the most important element of her success. She summed it up in one word: Gratitude.
Is gratitude really that powerful?
Yes, it is. Why is gratitude so powerful?
When you are grateful, you align yourself with the creative force of the universe. You admit who you really are. You are a creative force.
In those moments of gratitude, you’ve stopped playing small. You’ve stopped pretending to be less than you really are. You’re living up to your unlimited potential.
And it feels great to do that. It’s been said that it only takes 17 seconds of being grateful to make that connection with the creative force. To make that shift from poverty to abudance. From helplessness to strength.
Dr. Wayne Dyer said “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” when he woke up in the morning. That set the tone for his entire day.
Try that out. Say “Thank you” either out loud or in your mind when you wake up. When I’ve done that, I’ve noticed the difference. It’s a form of meditation. Even if it’s only for at least 17 seconds.
Another way to start with “Thank you” is to keep a gratitude journal.
You can use “The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day” by Intelligent Change or you can simply write down at least 3 things that you’re grateful for each morning. I’ve done both methods.
The idea is to keep thinking of different things that you’re grateful for. Of course, you can repeat yourself sometimes.
Consistently applied, when you list out what you’re grateful for each morning, you show how much you already have in life. And you make room for so much more, too.
Blinking and breathing are automatic. As you make gratitude a habit, it will also become automatic. However long it takes. You’ll train yourself to constantly be aligned with the creative force of the universe. And oh, what a rich life you have.
You’re already being the best you can be. And you’re just getting started.
#2. Think of Yourself as Being the Other Person
This is one of the great secrets of life. It’s something that religions and faiths have taught for many centuries. And science is finally catching up to it. Everything is energy. And it’s all the same energy.
Think of yourself as being the other person. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” You are your neighbor. We are all of the same energy. Everyone is your neighbor.
The planet, the galaxy, the universe is one great big — or very small — neighborhood.
Fred Rogers said it well in his song “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
Here are the lyrics that he sang in his show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood:”
“It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
It’s a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.
So let’s make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we’re together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?
Won’t you please, won’t you please,
Please won’t you be my neighbor?”
From these thoughts of seeing yourself as being the other person, you give yourself the opportunity to show yourself as the embodiment of love.
If that sounds like a big deal, that’s because it is. You are love, and so is everyone else.
Love is all there is.
So, why doesn’t it look that way in life?
#3. See Who You Really Are
The missing ingredient is action. Positive action. The action of showing yourself as love. The action of proving that you are love and so is everyone else. Proving that love is all there is.
You could see life as being a mathematical equation. It’s a very simple equation. This equation can be stated in multiple ways:
You = Love
You = Your Neighbor
Everyone = Love
The challenge of life is to prove the equation as being true. I never said that it’s easy. In fact, this could be the most difficult thing that you ever do.
Yet, what else is there?
Relationships are all we have in life.
The purpose of life is to reveal that you are love. To see who you really are and to act from that.
Your specific purpose is to live out your specific expression of love. Whatever that specific expression is. It’s up to you to discover that for yourself.
What is love?
Here are some thoughts on what love is and what love is not:
“Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It does not dishonor others. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – I Corinthians 13:4-7
I’ve also heard that love is accepting someone, including yourself, for exactly how they are and for exactly how they are not.
Love is many things. It is also an action.
Much good has been done for the sake of love. Your mission in life, should you choose to accept it, is to expand on the expression of love in the universe. Your mission is to admit who you really are.
See who you really are. You are love.
You are that. You are.
#4. Live from the Awareness of Your Real Self
Your mission in life requires a lot more from you than you ever thought possible. It requires that you be the giant that you really are, the genius that you really are, the creative force that you really are.
It’s time to stop pretending that you’re anything less than that. This is your wake up call, your call to arms.
Your family, your community, this world needs your leadership. The world cries out for leaders of love. More are always needed. If you don’t step up to the task, then who will?
There are many ways that you can express your love. Countless ways.
But you don’t have to get overwhelmed by that. Narrow your focus. What’s the simplest thing you can do to start showing your love?
Pick one thing. Do it. Expand from there.
My writing is an act of love. What’s yours?
It could be anything. A gentle, consensual touch. A warm embrace. Words of encouragement. Feeding the hungry. Donating whatever you can. Whatever else you can think of that helps, you can do it.
Even if you think you can’t, even if you think that it’s beyond your capabilities, I’m here to tell you that you can. You are greater than you think, stronger than you know, and more powerful than you realize.
As you live from the awareness of your real self, you live up to your purpose. The purpose you’ve been looking for all along. It was always available. Always waiting for you.
What you were looking for was looking for you.
What I’ve talked about in this post covers both mindset and action. Thinking and seeing. Starting and living. Mindset leads to action, and action leads to mindset.
As you start with “thank you” each morning and continue with “thank you” throughout each day, you open yourself up to the infinite, positive possibiliites that life has. You connect with the creative force of the universe. You acknowledge how rich you already are.
Then you think of yourself as being the other person. No one is ever isolated. No one is ever alone. Everyone is always connected. Even if it doesn’t look that way. Appearances can be deceiving. We are all neighbors. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love yourself, and love your neighbor.
As you see who you really are and live from the awareness of your real self, you fulfill your mission in life. Your purpose. You show yourself as the embodiment of love. You reveal that you are a giant, a genius, a creative force.
You are capable of all that. You contain worlds within yourself. Worlds of love.
Start with “Thank You.” Think of yourself as being the other person. See who you really are. Live from the awareness of your real self. That’s how to be the best you can be.
Action. Mindset. Mindset. Action.
With each breath you take, with each gift you give, you keep on going and you keep on growing.
You are love. You are that. You are.
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