Think Positive — by Guest Mom Rachel Jones

August 10, 2007



Growing up, I was taught the ways of broadening my horizions through self-development. Names like Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Earl Nightingale, were all too familiar to me; way before I went to high school. Eventually, I realized what a great impact this made on my life. I learned it is important to be optimistic, use positive self-talk, and make uplifting and fulfilling goals etc. I did the following exercise recently, and it is still on my mind.

Do you ever find yourself wanting to do it all? Still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? Have you been told frequently, “Make up your mind”. If so, this is for you:

Answer this following question:

If you had 5 different lives, what would you do, or be, for each one? Think about this, then write them down. (This is a fun activity to do with a group of people)

For example a friend of mine said:
1 zookeeper

2 world-traveler

3 ballerina

4 pastry chef

5 a novelist

After writing your answers down, read this: “Everything you write down in your imaginary “lives” should be actively present in your life at all times, you put it on that list for a reason. A talent or interest is a living part of you — like a hand or an ear or an eye. It needs to be used, needs to be fed, or it will atrophy — and you’ll be less than you’re mean to be.”

So how do you incorporate them all in your life? Whatever interests not included in your main pursuit/goal at the moment, enjoy them as side dishes to dabble in, now and again, for your enjoyment. This way, your life will feel more balanced and fulfilling. Who says you can’t do it all?

(excerpts and concept from the book Wishcraft by Barbara Sher)

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1 Design for MySpace August 10, 2007 at 10:01 am

Rachel you do make a lot of sense here. She is positive in whatever she has stated and that’s what is the key be and think positive

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2 BeachysCapeCodCupboard August 10, 2007 at 10:13 am

How true – thank you for sharing this. I had recently taken a break from blogging, having been whiped out from “trying to do it all”. This post of yours puts things in a new perspective!

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3 liz August 10, 2007 at 11:20 am

awesome post- such a fun idea to do with my husband so we can help each other remember how to support our loves even if they are different and bring more energy into life together. hey how cool if he and i BOTH wanted to be zookeepers (something I honestly wanted to be as a kid! so funny to read here from you)!

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4 stefani August 10, 2007 at 8:46 pm

rachel – thank you so much for this amazing week of posts! i’m armed with my list for the bookstore…
this post in particular really hits home, and it’s nice to hear another mom voice what i think is hard for so many to put into words. your daughter is lucky to have such a positive and ‘in touch’ mommy!
good luck!

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5 Amanda Conley August 11, 2007 at 9:39 am

Thanks for this encouragement Rachel! I am always being accused of having too many projects on my plate, but I have to find some way of incorporating all the things I love in to my life! I just need to remind myself that there are SEASONS for everything. While I sometimes wish I had more time for my projects, I know that it will be NO TIME before my children are all grown – and I want to make sure that I don’t miss it!

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6 Anonymous August 13, 2007 at 7:54 am

I like the quote that goes along with this that says:

“What goals would you set if you knew you could not fail.”
-Mary Ellen Edmunds

Great insight in this post.

The other Rachel :)

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7 Kate The Great August 13, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Inspirational. Thank you. It is a good group activity– maybe not for a party, but as a church activity or a family activity.

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8 Sara August 13, 2007 at 11:53 pm

This sounds like a simlar exercise from “The Artist’s Way” – an amazing, life changing book (for me)!! Great post.

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