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Everything You are Going Through is Just Preparation

Everything You are Going Through is Just Preparation

When you step into the belief that you are the creator or manifesto of everything in your environment, it is a very empowering standpoint. Because you realize that if you can make it, you can change it.

Your beliefs, your thoughts, and your emotions all come back to you as the world around you. Your external world experiences are simply a mirror of yourself and your energy that emanates. This energy reflects what you think, feel, and believe, and will expose how you operate - if only you would take notice.

If you don’t respect yourself, then others won’t respect you. If you don’t believe you are worthy of a pay increase or a promotion, then guess what? Others will see you exactly that way. If you are careless and don’t look after people or objects as if they were your own, then others will be careless with you and your belongings.

[Related: Four Ways to Ditch Modesty and Speak Confidently About Your Achievements]

What you ask for, you get.

Any thoughts, any doubts, or any questions you are broadcasting invite these ideas into your experience. There is a science to "thought broadcasting," and thinking positive thoughts is not enough to make it happen.

So, when life gives you lemons, it’s not enough to make lemonade. You have to taste it, drink it up, feel the cool and refreshing liquid run down your throat, and bask in the experience. It’s a corny analogy, but it makes a valid point.

You have to feel your way through life. Feeling is the fuel for your thoughts. And this doesn’t mean sitting on the couch thinking and feeling positive things like, "I really deserve that pay raise" or "I really want that promotion," because you will be always left just wanting whatever you are thinking or feeling.

This is when action is key. Only with action can you create powerful transformation.

No one else can create your dreams.

No one can create your dreams, just as you cannot create any one else’s dreams. That’s like working at changing someone or getting someone on-board with your dream without emotional connection or desire.

This applies in every environment. If you work in a corporation or you are a leader of an organization, your only way to create any form of desire or motivation from another human being is if it comes from the individual himself or herself.

[Related: Have a Destination in Mind? Put Your Foot on the Path and Start Walking]

Manifest your existence.

With quantum physics, we have more scientific proof that everything is energy and all we have to do is match ourselves to the frequency of the reality we want. Sounds easy, right?

If only. How do we shut out all the external noise when we are working and living in a fast-paced world that never stops? We need time and quiet to design our lives and interpret the world around us and our place in it.

Both of these things require conscious thought - to understand that we are the only ones who can make ourselves think, feel, or react a certain way. We also need to take ownership of our immediate environment,  and when we find ourselves feeling "at odds," take stock, review the situation, and begin to understand our response.

Act as a mirror to find solutions.

If we can begin to see that everything around us is a reflection of us in some shape or form, then we can learn a great deal about ourselves. We are here to learn from every human being. This is our gift, our teacher, and our lesson to learn. It is up to you how you feel every day - whether you are going to have a good or bad day.

We create our own realities, whether we are conscious of it or not. Most of us are unaware of the power of our thoughts, and so react to life on autopilot and therefore create unconsciously. When we become aware that we are the creator of our reality, we can consciously chose different experiences, and therefore create a different reality.

When you are creating consciously, you can change your reality in an instance. This is when the magic begins, because life starts to unfold just the way you want it to.

[Related: Breaking Negative Thoughts and Negative Thinking Patterns]


Catherine Plano works one-on-one with women to help them reconnect with themselves. In 2012, she launched the I AM WOMAN Project, which is now a global weekly podcast where women from all over the world share their stories.

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