Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put this plan into action.
Napoleon Hill

MONDAY MORNING DOSE OF INSPIRATION: Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know


I recently spoke about sometimes questioning the purpose of many of the moments (both good and bad) that we experience in life. It’s not unusual that we find ourselves asking “what does it all mean?”. This week I’d like to focus on the moments or experiences that repeat themselves over and over again in our lives. If you find yourself in recurring situations, it may be time to start asking, “why?”.

Things don’t just happen at random. Life experiences are meant to teach us something about ourselves, to grow us and to mature us. We do not get to move on to the next chapter until we’ve finished this chapter’s lesson and passed the test at the end.

Whenever I talk to someone who says, “I’m not sure why I attract bad guys” or “People always treat me badly”, the first thing that I suggest is to look within. The interesting thing is that it’s usually not about other people. It’s about what’s happening within the self. You can’t ever change someone else. The only person you can change is you and that goes for your habits, perceptions and actions. When you fix what’s broken on the inside, your outside situations start to mirror and reflect that perfection.

It’s important to be aware at all times of what your soul is trying to perfect. All you have to do is pay attention and be present to what’s happening around you. If you find yourself constantly being bullied, it could be the Universe’s way of teaching you to stand up for yourself and trust me, the situation will keep popping up until you take control, find some inner strength and stand up for yourself. If you find yourself constantly in bad relationships, then maybe it’s a challenge to start recognizing your worth and realize that you deserve so much more.

Like I said, nothing happens to us in this journey by accident and nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.

Here’s to a week of awareness and change.


MONDAY DOSE OF INSPIRATION: What does it all mean?

Have you ever found yourself analyzing all the different moments that life throws at you, (both good and bad) and thinking —“what does it all mean?” If there’s one thing thing that I’ve learned, it’s not to curse your problems or grumble about your path. Your path is perfectly designed to lead you to your destiny.

The bible story of Joseph never gets old for me. If you’re not familiar with this story, Joseph was a boy who had a dream of greatness (Read the full story here). The path to that greatness however, was nothing short of miraculous. From the betrayal of his brothers to the moment he became the right hand of Pharaoh, it was not an easy journey and I’m sure the winding road was one he never saw coming.

The fact of the matter is that Joseph wasn’t sold into slavery, he was sold into his destiny. I’m sure there were moments between being thrown into a pit by his brothers; being sold five times; working as a servant in Potiphar’s house; being falsely accused of rape; and then getting thrown in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, that he couldn’t see past his pain and wanted to give up. I’m sure it was difficult for him to reconcile why all of this was happening or if it was truly for a greater good. 

I can imagine the frustration of feeling like his life was a waste, and the thoughts and doubts that he must have had to endure  about his dreams and instincts. What’s interesting is that being transported unwillingly from the familiar (his father’s land) into uncertainty (Egypt), and everything, both good and bad, that he subsequently went through, led him to being thrown in jail and to the one person who would change his life forever and put him on a collision course with his destiny. What are the odds that Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer happened to be serving a sentence at the exact same time as Joseph?

There was no way that connection could have happened anywhere else and there was no way that Joseph could become Pharaoh’s dream interpreter and eventual confidant from his father’s backyard. His life had to be turned completely upside down and he had to be taken out of his comfort zone to fulfill the destiny that only he was capable of fulfilling. Another thing to note is that Joseph’s talent for interpreting dreams was given to him for a reason. It would be the currency that led him from the darkness into the light; from the cell to the palace.

The point of all this, is to say that nothing in your life happens by accident. Every gift you have been given has been pre-ordained for you and your journey. It is important for you to know that there’s a plan and every piece of the puzzle puts you closer to completing the picture on the box. There is a place for every trial and tribulation and one day, when it all comes together, you’ll see that it all meant something.

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
Charles Kingsley
1819-1875, Writer