(He’s fine now. No worries.)
Anyway, I had to give him medicine.
No surprise. He didn’t want to take it.
So I found myself saying to him: “It is a MUST.”
Sure enough, my son Ari actually did start to swallow his medicine more easily, after I started using the word “MUST” at him.
After a few days of saying “It’s a MUST,” Ari started to say the word for me. He’d see the medicine bottle, point and say: “MUST.”
A few days after Ari took his last “MUST” spoonful, he showed me his Spiderman toy, then announced: “Spiderman is a MUST.”
I smiled, then thought more about what Ari must feel the word MUST must mean – that his Spiderman toy fell into this MUST category.
I know during this time, Ari’s Spiderman toy was indeed a MUST in his life. Ari was very insistent about taking his Spiderman toy out with us for weekend stroller rides.
I thought more about this word MUST… and the definitions of MUSTER and MUSTER UP.
Each of these 2 words has the word MUST within them – which makes verbal sense.
You need to passionately feel the desire for a thing – or an event – or a quality – feel it as a “MUST” – if you hope to create a world with that thing or event or quality within it.
Do you have something you’re merely trying to WANT UP the courage for – or WANT UP the will for?
If so, the time has come to MUSTER UP the courage and MUSTER UP the will – and make your dreams come true.
I’m here to assist!
In other words, do you tell yourself things like:
“This always happens to me!”
“I can never get a break?”
Any time you find yourself saying “always” and “never” you are creating (b)lame excuses – and getting in your own way of the joy you are seeking!
Rewrite the story of your life without using “always” and “never.”
Put all your present destructive beliefs on trial! Cross-examine each destructive belief like a tough attorney – brainstorming new ways to dispute and discredit your (b)lame excuses—by gathering “positive evidence” to the contrary.
I’m a big believer in the power of writing lists, writing in a journal, writing in a schedule book. Writing helps you clarify and organize your scattered thoughts and goals.
So, buy a journal. (I recommend my bestselling Instant Happy Journal!) Write in the front: “This Is The Year I Made All My Dreams Come True!”
Be sure to celebrate those little success on your way to your big successes! When you appreciate all those little aspects of progress, you’re less likely to fall off the “Joyful Life Bandwagon” when you hit a speed bump.
Overnight success RARELY happens overnight. But it doesn’t mean it’s not a-comin’ when it’s slow in a-comin’. You know how if you plant seeds, it takes time for the fruits of these seeds to grow? They take time to manifest into the change you are seeking.
It’s essential to recognize that SEEING IS NOT ALWAYS BELIEVING. However, SEEDING IS BELIEVING.
If you’re starting to feel twitchy because change is not happening as speedily as you want, envision what you want on a delivery truck coming towards you – just a wee bit stuck in traffic – but coming towards you right now – maybe even a week from next Tuesday! Remember: The universe’s delays are not necessarily the universe’s denials.
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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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