Who Are Your Travel Partners?

As I continue down this road of true self improvement I’m realizing a few things. The first is that:

True Self Improvement = actual steps outside my comfort zone and rewiring of my brain and thought patterns.

I can’t just think about making changes, I have to take ACTION. And part of that action is to change the way I react to things – not just my actions and words, but my thoughts as well. I have to shut down the bully in my head that keeps trying to beat me down and only sees the negative in me.

Another thing I am realizing is that sometimes those who you would expect the most support from as you journey down this new road to self-improvement, are the ones that will blindside you and try to drag you back down into your old habits. I don’t know that they necessarily do this intentionally. But the end result for you, if you are not careful, is the same. Therefore, anyone making this journey needs to be watchful.

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Learning to get over myself.

I’ve decided to submit something to a writing contest. It is not much – 2,000 words or less. I’ve always wondered how my writing might hold up against others and I’ve always had a dream of my writing supporting myself and my family. However, as usual in my life I’ve played it safe and just dreamed of these things from a distance. Never taking any steps to actually get myself any closer to that dream.

I am now deciding to finally start stepping out of my comfort zone. I don’t want to be on my deathbed one day wondering whether or not I could have done something more with my love of writing.

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Premonitions of a Perfectionist

Premonitions of a Perfectionist

I am a planner and a worrier. I am a perfectionist and a control freak. Part of this may be my natural born tendencies. Part of it is definitely because I was raised by a perfectionistic planner / worrier. (Spell check does not like perfectionistic – but for once I’m going to “chill” and let that go – I’ve made up a new word, I guess. See, I am already taking to heart my post from yesterday and being more imaginative!). I tease my mother at times and tell her she is OCD about being OCD. I say it as a joke, but there is some truth in it. And I did not fall very far from that tree myself. (Okay, okay – I’m like right at the base of that tree’s trunk!)

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Imagination: My Forgotten Power

Imagination:  the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality.  (Merriam-Webster)

I’m trying something new today.  I’m participating in a writing prompt and today’s prompt is Imagination.  So the analytical side of me (in my mind that is the opposite of imagination) immediately googles the word to see what comes up.  Above is the first definition from Merriam-Webster.  And the first thing that catches my eye is the word “power”.

While I’ve made my mark in the professional world because of my analytical mind, I’ve always had a pretty vivid imagination.  I think that is why I love to read – words paint amazing pictures in my mind.  While I am a decent artist at times, I wish I had the talent to put on canvas what I sometimes see in my head.  I’ve never thought of my imagination as being a power though, or a way to wield power.  Maybe that is because I tend to not think of myself as being powerful. Continue reading “Imagination: My Forgotten Power”