Believe in YOUrself

577108_367679263309780_1429267908_nYour glass is half full.

Believe in yourself.

Focus on the good.

You’ve gotten this far, right?  Keep going!

What is calling you?

Take a deeper listen to the spiritual being within and turn it into a human experience to remember.

Any fear or doubt only adds another push towards your greatness.

Any obstacles can be turned into stepping stones.

Rise above!  Get in touch with your purpose.

The path is there.  Just let go and it will become clearer.

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If you need a motivating push towards overcoming your fears and creating positive changes in your life, contact ICF certified Life Coach Jennifer Bridge Mcgraw, ACC for a free intro coaching call at freelifecoachingcall@jenniferbridge.com or visit http://www.jenniferbridge.com

Overcoming the Fear

Life is full of ups and downs. With each experience we learn and grow. It is easy to play the victim and stay stuck in a situation. I used to be the “eternal victim” until I realized that I was responsible for my own actions. My mindset used to be “bad things always happen to me.” I was so stuck in this way of thinking.  I could not see that my choices led to situations that brought me pain. Once I learned how to step back and take the higher road, things changed. The blinders were removed and I saw things in a new way.  It took a lot of work, but I changed. And now, I help others discover who they are and change for the better.

All of us are here for a reason.  Some know what that reason is and others haven’t found it yet.  We all have dreams and goals, but many people not in touch with them.  Fear can keep us stuck in the same routine and environment for months and even years.  Where does that voice of fear come from?  For some it stems from lack of self-love, worth or esteem.  For others it is a voice of an abusive parent or parental figure from our childhood.  Giving power to that voice of fear can make it feel next to impossible to move forward.  It holds us back from finding our purpose, following our dreams and reaching our goals.  Some of us feel so trapped in those fearful thoughts that we stay in the same relationship, job, living situation and surround ourselves with the same friends. It can turn into an endless cycle.  But somehow it “seems” safe or comfortable.

The reality is that all of us can overcome the fear.  We all have an inner-strength.  We can let go of the fear and change.  It is just a matter of discovering what works for you.  One way is through life coaching.  A professional life coach can work with you on ways to move beyond the fear.  And in turn,  you will be able to create a plan of action to get from where you are to where you want to be.  “The possibilities are endless with how far you can go!”

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          To learn more about ways to overcome fear and creating positive changes in your life,
         contact Life Coach Jennifer Bridge, ACC for a free intro phone appointment at
         freelifecoachingcall@jenniferbridge.com or visit http://www.jenniferbridge.com

Is it the Problem or Perspective?

Author: Hiram Oconnor

More often than I care to admit, I bump into a problem that shakes the very core of my being and challenges the heart of my belief system. At such times, I feel the world closing in around me and a tendency toward desperation begins to raise its ugly head. My first impulse is to fight back, to attack the attacker, to react by either running from or toward the problem.

But I do not follow my first impulse any longer. I now stand back and look at the problem for a while. I observe it from different points of view, all the while realizing that I am not the problem but that the problem is just an indication of a small adjustment I have to make in my thinking.

No problem is bigger and more powerful than we are. We are all children of the Infinite. The Universe is biased on our side. We have within us untapped strength and wisdom to deal with all challenges that come our way.

All problems have within them the seeds of their solution. We must learn to listen to the Silence, to hear the instructions from within and to follow the “still small voice.” Life whispers to us all the time. It tells us to go this way or that, to take this road or the other. When we are frightened by what appears to be major problems, we block the “still, small voice” from our consciousness and only hear the howling winds and the thunder of the storm.

Find a quiet spot in the middle of the turbulence. Go to a quiet place within your soul and stay there for a short while. Do not rant and rave at the problem. Just go to this spot and let your fears be calmed, even for a moment. Don’t listen to the call of the problem but, rather, listen for a few seconds to the song of your soul.

I often say that it’s not what’s happening around you that causes anxiety, but what you think about what’s happening around you. Remove your thoughts from the problem for a short while. Don’t try NOT to think about the problem. That doesn’t work. Just remove your focus from the problem and think of something else. With a little practice, it becomes second nature.

Know that you’re bigger and stronger than anything that seems to annoy you. Look away, for a short while, from your problem and know that its solution is coming to you. Trust the force that created you and placed you in this part of the universe. Trust the process that has sustained you until now. Let go of the problem. Remember that it is not the problem that’s holding on to you, but that it’s you who are holding on to it.

Let it go. Don’t be like the man who was frantically rowing away from shore while his boat was firmly tied to the dock. If you want to get to the other side of the problem, you must cut the rope that’s holding you to the dock.

Soon you’ll begin to see signs that you’re on your way to success. Don’t stop what you’re doing and look around all day for such signs. You WILL see them. Ideas will come to you. You’ll have strange urges to take action by calling someone, writing a letter, sending an email. This is the “still, small voice” speaking to you.

Your problems are not more powerful than you are. You have the key to success. It is your birthright. No one can ever take it away from you. Be still and know who you are. Be calm and feel the countless tides of the centuries running through your mind. Know that you’re unique and that there is not another human being on this earth that has the combination of talents and abilities you have. You are as valid as the sun and the stars.

As Commander Spock would say…”Live long and prosper.”

The Ten Rules for Being Human

Rule One – You will receive a body.
You may love it or hate it, but it will be yours for the duration of your life on Earth.

Rule Two – You will be presented with lessons.
You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called “life”. Each day in this school you will have the opportunity to learn lessons. You may like the lessons or hate them, but you have designed them as part of your curriculum.

Rule Three – There are no mistakes, only lessons.
Growth is a process of experimentation, a series of trials, errors and occasional victories. The failed experiments are as much as a part of the process as the experiments that work.

Rule Four – The lesson is repeated until learned.
Lessons will be repeated to you in various forms until you have learned them. When you have learned them, you can go on to the next lesson.

Rule Five – Learning does not end.
There is no part of life that does not contain lessons. If you are alive, there are lessons to be learned.

Rule Six – “There” is no better than “here”.
When your “there” has become “here” you will simply obtain another “there” that will look better to you than your present “here”.

Rule Seven – Others are only mirrors of you.
You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself.

Rule Eight – What you make of your life is up to you.
You have all the tools and resources you need. What you do with them is up to you.

Rule Nine – Your answers lie inside of you.
All you need to do is look, listen, and trust.

Rule Ten – You will forget all this at birth.
You can remember it if you want by unraveling the double helic of inner-knowing.

From the book If Life is a Game, These are the Rules by Cherie Carter-Scott

Your Favorite Quotes

I hope you are having a wonderful week!!

As many of you know, I am a quote junkie.  I love them.  I just can’t get enough and I am always looking for more. That is why this post requires your active participation. Why? Because I’m updating the Quotes to Note page and need your help.

Please leave some of your favorite quotes in the comment section below.  The more inspiring, the better.  Oh and be sure to give the author of the quote credit and leave their name after the quote.  “Giving credit where credit is due is a very rewarding habit to form. Its rewards are inestimable.” ~Loretta Young

Thank you!

Life Beyond Cancer Program

Hearing the words “You have cancer” is a life changing moment that most of us never forget. First there is the initial shock, numbness, fear and range of emotions that take over. Most of our time is taken up by the tests, scans, surgeries, doctors appointments, calls to insurance companies, treatments, and more.  It all seems to happen so fast. For some of us, the day arrives when the results come back clean. “Your cancer is in remission.”

You are a cancer survivor. NOW What?

Life Beyond Cancer is a new chapter in your journey.  Your outlook on life has changed. You have been given another chance. Some cancer survivors feel confused and stuck.  Others feel empowered and eager to make changes and try new things.  Most of us are not sure how to move forward and live life beyond cancer.

As a cancer survivor, I understand first-hand what it is like to go through this journey. I’ve combined my cancer experience and life coaching skills to create the Life Beyond Cancer Program.

LIFE BEYOND CANCER COACHING PROGRAM – Group, Individual or Combo

This program is available for individuals, groups and as a combined program. It was created to help cancer survivors move forward to reach goals, follow dreams and discover what life beyond cancer really means. The Life Beyond Cancer Program is conducted through a series of coaching telephone calls, emails and coaching tools. You will find hope, strength, motivation and a safe space to share about where you are and where you want to be. Coaching will help you live life beyond cancer and get to where you want to be! If you are interested in learning more, please send an email to lifebeyondcancer@jenniferbridge.com.

Life Beyond Cancer GROUP Program
Cancer survivors understand one another. We can relate to the same feelings and emotions the cancer experience can bring up.  That’s why group coaching works! Group Coaching is conducted via teleconference calls between 5 – 10 people.  Each person in the group is sent a teleconference number and access code for the group coaching call in advance. There are three group coaching calls per month with various coaching tools and unlimited individual email. All calls are private and geared towards the combined goals and needs of the group. We are forming the next group NOW! Please send an email to lifebeyondcancer@jenniferbridge.com if you are interested in being a part of our group.

Life Beyond Cancer INDIVIDUAL Program
Some cancer survivors prefer individual coaching. Individual coaching is one-on-one.  It is conducted via telephone, with three coaching calls per month, various coaching tools and unlimited individual email. All calls are confidential and focus on the client’s agenda and needs.  Individual coaching works! Please send an email to lifebeyondcancer@jenniferbridge.com if you are interested in learning more about individual coaching and the Life Beyond Cancer Program.

Love or Fear?

“Non-resistance, non-judgement and non-attachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.” ~Echart Tolle

What a powerful quote! When I first read this in A New Earth, I had to put the book down because it really struck me.  It has been said that we either come from a place of fear or love. When I come from a place of fear, I resist, judge and attach. It is so limiting and dark. Coming from a place of love allows me to open up my heart and see the unlimited possibilities all around. This is where the shift to awareness occurs and creation begins.

Are you coming from a place of love or fear?