Reading resources

Mental Surrender - by Josephine Thomson

This is just an experience. I’m here on earth to have experiences. Nothing is wrong.

My higher Self knows what is going on. This situation is for my benefit, even if I can’t see that now.

My fears may come true, but the outcome will not destroy me. It may even be good.

I’ll wait and see.

I’m having a strong reaction now, but it isn’t the real me. It will pass.

Whatever I’m afraid of losing is meant to go. I will be better off when new energies come in.

Whatever fear says, nothing can destroy me. When people fall they don’t break, they bounce.

Change is inevitable. Resisting change doesn’t work.

There is something here for me, if I have the awareness to find it.

The things I fear the most have already happened.

I don’t want to hold on anymore. My purpose is to let go and welcome what is to come.

Life is on my side.

I am loved; therefore I am safe.

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Be a Believer to be an Achiever - By Harvey Mackay

The professor stood before his class of 30 senior molecular biology students, about to pass out the final exam. 'I have been privileged to be your instructor this semester, and I know how hard you have all worked to prepare for this test. I also know most of you are off to medical school or grad school next fall,' he said to them.

'I am well aware of how much pressure you are under to keep your GPAs up, and because I know you are all capable of understanding this material, I am prepared to offer an automatic 'B' to anyone who would prefer not to take the final.'‘

The relief was audible as a number of students jumped up to thank the professor and departed from class. The professor looked at the handful of students who remained, and offered again, 'Any other takers? This is your last opportunity.' One more student decided to go.Seven students remained. The professor closed the door and took attendance. Then he handed out the final exam. There were two sentences typed on the paper: 'Congratulations, you have just received an 'A' in this class. Keep believing in yourself.'

I never had a professor who gave a test like that. It may seem like the easy way out of grading a bunch of exams, but it's a test that any teacher in any discipline could and should give. Students who don't have confidence in what they've learned are 'B' students at best.

The same is true for students of real life. The 'A' students are those who believe in what they're doing because they've learned from both successes and failures. They've absorbed life's lessons, whether from formal education or the school of hard knocks, and become better people.

Those are the people who you look for when you're hiring or promoting, and the ones you keep if you're downsizing. Your organisation needs their brand of thinking.

Psychologists say that by the age of two, 50 percent of what we ever believe about ourselves has been formed; by age six, 60 percent, and at eight years, 80 percent. Wouldn't you love to have the energy and optimism of a little kid? There is nothing you couldn't do or learn or be.

But you're a big kid now, and you realise you have some limits. Don't let the biggest limit be yourself. Take your cue from Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest: 'It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.'

Believing in yourself comes from knowing what you are really capable of doing. When it's your turn to step up to the plate, realise that you won't hit a homerun every time. Baseball superstar Mickey Mantle struck out more than 1,700 times, but it didn't stop him from excelling at baseball. He believed in himself, and he knew his fans believed in him.

Surround yourself with positive people - they know the importance of confidence and will help you keep focused on what you can do instead of what you can't. Who you surround yourself with is who you become.
Never stop learning! I would work this advice into every column if I could; it's that important. Don't limit yourself only to work-related classes, either. Learn everything about every subject that you can. When you know what you're talking about, it shows.

Be very careful not to confuse confidence with a big ego. If you want people to believe in you, you also have to believe in them. Understand well that those around you also have much to contribute, and they deserve your support. Without faith in yourself and others, success is impossible.

At the end of a particularly frustrating practice one-day, a football coach dismissed his players by yelling, 'Now all you idiots, go take a shower!' All but one player headed toward the locker room. The coach glared at him and asked why he was still there.

'You told all the idiots to go, Sir,' the player replied, 'and there sure seems to be a lot of them. But I am not an idiot.' Confident? You bet. And smart enough to coach that team some day.

Moral: Believe in yourself, even when no one else does.

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Come to the Edge - by Christopher Logue

"Come to the Edge"
"We can't, We're afraid"
"Come to the Edge"
"We can't, We will fall!"
"Come to the Edge"
And they came.
And he pushed them. And they flew.

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Evoking possibilities By Karina Butera

Don't tell me " I can't..."
Tell me "I won't ... because there are other strengths I'd rather be using right now."

Don't tell me "I should..."
Tell me "I will ... because this is something I value and feel compelled to do with a clear conscience."

Don't tell me "If only ..."
Tell me "Imagine if ... because all things we can imagine, we can create as a collective power."

Don't tell me "I'm not good at..."
Tell me "I'm improving ... and each day I get better in the areas upon which I focus."

Don't tell me "I make no difference ..."
Tell me "I matter ... and I put forth my best each day to be part of the good I want to see in the world."

Don't tell me "There's no point..."
Tell me "There's purpose ... and if there were no challenges in life, I would feel no sense of achievement."

Don't tell me "I'm alone..."
Tell me "I belong ... to a world full of people who get scared, just like me, who wish for better, just like me and who long to love passionately and peacefully, just like me.

Don't tell me "I'm lost..."
Tell me "I'm seeking... the people, the place, the vocation that are perfect for me at this point in my life."

Don't tell me "I know..."
Tell me "I believe... as each day I'm learning more and my beliefs expand and soften."

Don't tell me "I don't know..."
Tell me "I'm curious... and I'm on the path of discovery, alive with the broadening of my mind."

Tell me you care; tell me you feel.
Tell me you dream and imagine.
Tell me you believe in a greater intrinsic goodness.
Tell me you are bigger than your perceived limitations.
Tell me you contribute with courage, generosity and an open heart.
Tell me of the possibilities that float from your loftiest dreams.
Tell me you are unique or tell me you are like me.

Just don't tell me you 'can't'.

Karina Butera is the founder and managing director of High Ideals.

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Gratitude & Joy

May you listen to your longing to be free.
May the frames of your belonging be large enough for the dreams of your soul.
May you arise each day with a voice of blessing whispering in your heart
...something good is going to happen to you.
May you find harmony between your soul and your life.
May the mansion of your soul never become a haunted place.
May you know the eternal longing that lies at the heart of time.
May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.
May you never place walls between the light and yourself.
May you be set free from the prisons of guilt, fear, disappointment and despair.
May you allow the wild beauty of the invisible world to gather you,
mind you, and embrace you in belonging.

- John O'Donahoe

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The Paradox of Letting Go

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When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
When I give of myself, I become more.
When I feel most destroyed, I am about to grow.
When I desire nothing, a great deal comes to me.
When I give up trying to impress the group, I become very impressive.

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When your heart fills with gratitude...

When was the last time your heart was filled with a sense of gratitude ?

May be it was gratitude towards someone, something, a situation, a point of view, or even the weather !

You can have a sense of gratitude for just being able to breathe !!

What happens when your heart fills with gratitude ?

Some of the effects are :

(1) A warming of the heart
(2) A smile on your face
(3) A humbling feeling
(4) Joy and peace
(5) Gladness of the heart
(6) Thankful attitude
(7) act of kindness in return
(8) willingness to give
(9) a sense of hope
(10) feeling loved

I can list many more and I am sure you can too. One thing they all have in common….they are good for you !

So, why not start today by making a conscious choice to fill your heart with a sense of gratitude, and something good will happen to you !

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Planning Your Goal...

"To achieve a goal or a vision you must plan how to make it happen.

You cannot 'do' a goal or a vision. Instead you must do the things that enable it - usually several things, in several steps.

A goal without a plan remains just a goal - many people have visions, intentions, ideas, dreams which never happen, because they are not planned." (sourced from

How are you planning your Goal today?