What's On Your
by: Keith Varnum
The most happy and successful
people on earth have a personal Shift List. They probably don't call it by that
name, but they have one. How do I know? Because these folks are enjoying their
journey on our challenging planet!
A Shift List is simply a list of
activities and attitudes that have the power to shift you from feeling blue to
feeling new. Your Shift List is any way you devise to remind yourself of the
actions that have the power to transform your mood and put you back on a roll.
Your reminders might be a formal written list or journal, a set of well-placed
post-its or notes, pictures or photos, cartoons or symbols, poems or songs-or a
phone or email "shift" partner. When your aliveness begins to fade,
you can consult your "list" to trigger actions that will get you back
on track and into the Zone!
Here are some possibilities for
your Shift List:
Shift Your Attitude
On average, a person has 60,000
separate thoughts a day. Every thought you have either makes you stronger or
weaker. Thoughts of kindness, forgiveness and peace are strengthening. Focusing
on anger, anxiety, and worry weakens you. If you keep your creating attention
on the outlook that the universe is plentiful and providing, you'll attract abundance
and support. If you dwell on the view that you're being short-changed and
nothing ever goes right, you'll experience a world of scarcity and struggle.
Focus on what's right about you or other people, instead of what's wrong. See
what's working in your life rather than what's messed up.
Shift Your Activity
Devote your free time to
ventures that enrich your enjoyment of life. Pursue activities that make you
feel fantastic and blissed out. Begin each day with the projects that are the
most exciting to you, not the chores you think you should get done. Schedule
"personal aliveness time" in your calendar. Treat yourself to a full
day at the spa or a relaxing ride in the country. Explore a new part of town.
Indulge in your favorite food. Eat some new delight. Go on a fun date with
yourself. The rest of your life will get a big boost and you'll find that you
are effortlessly getting necessary tasks accomplished.
Shift Your Approach
Life is too short to work so
hard at pursuits that aren't really fulfilling! You can either live your life
regretting all the roads left unexplored, or you can start living the life you
really want. Write your dreams down on paper to give them concrete form and
power. You now have an energized blueprint of what you want and this gives your
subconscious a clear signal for what to attract. To add even more voltage to
your goals, visualize how you would like each day to go. Shift from thinking of
yourself as a victim to realizing you can be the source, cause, creator, of
what happens to you.
Shift Your Focus
Put your Self first. Choose to
live life on your terms, not someone else's. Define success for yourself. What
would it look like and feel like? Write down what success means for you. Use
these answers as your barometer. Make your priority whatever is most important
to you-God, family, friends, passion, art, your life purpose. You'll find that
decisions come more easily, and you'll activate more support, love, money and
magic in your life.
Shift Your Intake
We're strongly influenced by the
people, thoughts and atmosphere around us. We absorb the energy of what we
allow into our space. Hang with people who have the same life focus as you. Cut
short draining conversations. Give extra time to interactions that are
exhilarating. Switch to more inspirational reading that activates the best
aspects of your character.
Shift Your Outflow
Get rid of energy drains.
Resolve any issues that you have been brooding about for a long time. Bury the
hatchet with friends and relatives. Praise people rather than criticize. Detach
from the need to be right-and from the habit of judging or controlling others.
Catch yourself verbalizing self-defeating thoughts. Stop labeling yourself
while you're at it!
Shift Your Space
Clutter: The Silent Energy
Sucker! Clutter has a real physical effect on your energy levels. You don't
need to clean out your garage or closet all at once. Just take 15 minutes a day
to de-clutter some aspect of your space. Get rid of old, dead things you don't
use anymore. Add new, fresh elements to your life. Feng-shui all areas of your
earth adventure. What's on the outside is a reflection of what's on the inside.
What about outdated relationships? Activities that no longer thrill you? Habits
which have ceased to serve a purpose?
Shift Your Environment
Get outside. Connect with nature
and open spaces. Even in a city you can find a park and some greenery. Breathe
in the fresh air and stretch your legs. Lie on your back, clear your mind and
follow the clouds drifting by. Listen to the grass grow. Watch flowers bloom!
Shift Your Body
Move your body as much and as
often as you can all day. Active, physical movement will center, balance,
ground and revitalize you. The more you participate in life, the more life-in
the form of love, money and health-will flow through you. Hike, jog, skip,
swim, garden, cook, sing, skydive, quilt or paint. Let your body dance you.
Play music that speaks to your soul.
Shift Your Vibration
Spend part of each day in
silence so that you can hear Spirit speak to you. This can be an active
meditation-like yoga, tai-chi, walking, running, knitting, or petting an
animal-as well as a quiet sitting mediation.
Shift Your Pace
Most of us feel like we are
victims to time-when in reality we control how we use our time. Slow down.
Rushing has become a way of life for most of us. Gear down your walk. Slow down
your speech. Take a moment to breathe. Set the tempo so that you can enjoy
doing whatever you're doing. You will see dramatic positive results.
Shift Your Age
Play on the ground like a baby.
Fly a kite, roll in the grass, or build a fort like a kid. Laugh with delight
for no reason like a child. Dance all night like a teenager. Sit on a
mountaintop like an old sage.
Shift Your Style
Under promise and over deliver.
Give yourself more time to complete a project than you feel you'll need-and
deliver it early! Learn to say no when an activity isn't intuitively right for
you. Focus on thriving, not just surviving. Your days will not feel as frantic.
You'll feel more fulfilled and happy!
©2004, Keith Varnum. All rights
in all media reserved.
About The Author
Drawing from the wisdom of
native and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares his 30 years of
practical success as an author, personal coach, acupuncturist, filmmaker,
radio host, restaurateur, vision quest guide and international seminar leader
with "The Dream Workshops." Keith helps people get the love, money
and health they want with his free Prosperity Ezine, free Empowerment Tape
and free Coaching at www.TheDream.com.
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