The direction of our lives depend on the patterns we create each day. This means our behaviors, habits, thoughts, words, and actions form who we are and where we go. They are subtle but they drive our actions and interactions with the world. If we are not careful, our minds will choose the patterns that are most accessible. Mostly, negative messages and tones from around us! I let that happen to me before. Not a road you want to go down. Trust me. Want positive changes in your life? Choose positive “P”atterns throughout your day. During the day, I will speak these words to myself to repeat these patterns so they become second nature. Below, I outline some “P”atterns I use. Find the words that speak to you and focus on adding them to your daily routine!
Peace: In this day and age, it is so difficult to find a mindful calmness. We have distractions, loud music, annoying people, and electronics that keep us busy. Finding peace and quiet almost means locking yourself in an empty room with nothing to do. Or, does it? The secret to outward peace is inward peace. Our minds create peace or chaos depending on what we feed it. If we feed busy distractions and fill our lives with commotion, our body will feel the business. If we fill our minds with peace, quiet, kindness, and compassion, we will feel such. Give yourself some quiet time and your body and mind will thank you.
Positivity: Our world throws so many messages at us. Negative news, rude people, tough situations. It’s sometimes easy to dwell on the negatives in this life. It is so critical to develop a positive mindset. Practice gratitude, looking at the bright side, interacting with positive media, and smiling. You will see how your perspective will change for the better.
Passion: Passion is tough to define. A dictionary definition seems cheesy here. To me, “passion” means a burning desire to spend time with something or someone you love. Life seems dull without it. Passion makes life exciting and meaningful. Find your passion and you will find your direction and reason in life.
Power: The world makes us feel powerless sometimes. We get beat down. We fail. We get criticized or discriminated. DO NOT allow the world to make you feel powerless. YOU are powerful! You have the power to make decisions and determine your outcome. Personal power comes from owning who you are and your choices. If you do this, no one can make you feel any less about yourself. Own who you are and step into your personal power!
Presence: Our culture and thinking has a way of turning us away from the present moment. Technology, distractions, the news, situations all have a way of taking us away from a mindful moment in the here and now. We dwell on the past on past mistakes. Or,we overthink and overanalyze in the future. Past and future thinking robs us of the peace in the present moment. Find strategies that put you in the present moment. You will feel more at peace and powerful to make great decisions.
Patterns make us who we are- good and bad. Choose patterns and behaviors you can be proud of and see your life change. As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!