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Monitoring Your Progress With Inspiration From Rumi – Day 5

Our thoughts have the power to elevate us and those around us.

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said, “We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.”

If you have joined me on the 30-day journey, then more than likely the quote above rings very true for you. Those we spend time with help guide our dialogue and direct our thoughts.

I was listening to the PodCast for Elevation Church this week and Pastor Steven Furtick was discussing the “Thoughts We Catch” One person can with a few words change or instill a thought we never knew we had. I can physically and emotionally tell the difference after spending time with friends. There are those I feel inspired and loved after leaving. Then there are those I feel exhausted and wiped out after leaving.

Rumi has a great quote “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

In order to change ourselves we must become aware of what it is want or need to change.

The last 5 days I have attempted to write not speak my negative thoughts. While I have reached 100% doing this the process itself has made me more aware when I am engaging or giving time to my negative thoughts.

We get busy and are pulled in so many directions with so many distractions to keep us from focusing on what we are trying to accomplish. This 30 day journey is hopefully reminding you the power which comes from planning and focus. You don’t have to get it right every day, however, the awareness is the first half of the battle.

Some questions and thoughts to consider in the week ahead:

There is another great quote by Rumi is, “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.”

  • It might be time to be alone and ask yourself who encourages and inspires me to reach for my goals?

  • Is there a common pattern to my negative thoughts? What is the trigger?

  • What can I do to avoid or change that trigger?

  • How can I reward myself?

When we change the way we see our lives we take back the power to actually do something about our situation. Please share your progress, thoughts and feedback. Thank you for joining me.

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