The Power In Knowing Yourself

The Power In Knowing Yourself

What’s the power in knowing yourself?

This very important question is something that everyone should explore for the power that you hold within and that you gain as you pursue a path of inner growth, which includes knowing yourself.

For today’s #WednesdayWisdom post, I’ve decided to share our topic in audio format:

Podcast Inspiring Human Potential Inner Growth Maria Florio

 

 

 

Click to the Inspiring Human Potential podcast and tune in to how knowing yourself empowers you through awareness and acceptance of yourself allowing you to avoid situations that drain you and that lead to potential regret for decisions made when awareness of one’s self is not present.

Every day you choose to pursue inner growth or not, every day you choose to know yourself a little more, and every day you choose how to pursue self-love so that you may lead a joyous and harmonious life, and in doing so spread that unconditional love to others and the world at large.

Every moment is a choice that you make, I hope you choose love!

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Love’s role in the pursuit of inner growth and overcoming inner conflict

Love’s role in the pursuit of inner growth and overcoming inner conflict

The more it becomes obvious how the process of going from inner conflict to inner growth requires additional support, the more I want to share with you so that I can help with that transition.  In today’s podcast episode I talk a bit about love’s role in our lives when it comes to moving away from fear and that which causes us conflict…move away, not by hiding the fear, but by facing it with love and having a support system that is all love.

Your own love, the love you have for your ‘self’, your choices, your life are all fundamental to your pursuit of inner growth and resolving the inner conflicts you hold thanks to your love’s reassurance that all works out for the best because that is what you choose day in and day out.

Here’s the link to the Anchor episode – Tribute to Love

And for iTunes listeners you can go here

Looking forward to hearing about how love makes a difference in your inner growth journey and life ❤

Moving from inner conflict to inner growth

Moving from inner conflict to inner growth

How do you move from inner conflict to inner growth?

I talk a bit about the topic in the Inspiring Human Potential podcast and since it’s #WednesdayWisdom, I thought I’d share our topic of the day in audio format instead:

Inspiring Human Potential podcast - Dealing with Inner Conflict - Moving from inner conflict to inner growth

Click here to tune in and listen to the episode

 

 

 

 

Moving from inner conflict to inner growth is something near and dear to my heart as I write about it and try to share it with others so that everyone who comes across it may transition from a state of unrest/uneasiness to a state of harmony/peace/completeness within themselves.

Going from a mindset that involves inner conflict to one that is set on inner growth is a process that requires awareness of the self and the external; proactiveness in the moment to redirect focus and actions, reactions, etc.; and the desire to inspire your highest potential by allowing self love, acceptance, completion, worth, and so on to rule in your world and in your life…not separation or divide, not fear or disconnectedness, not good or bad…Only Love and Understanding, and a desire to create a happy life and in doing so also contribute to a happy world ❤

I will expand on this in an upcoming blog post, but for now I will let the podcast episode do the rest of the talking 🙂

Here is the link to the podcast on iTunes for iTune users – Inspiring Human Potential podcast on iTunes

Dealing with uncertainty to overcome the struggles that come with it

Dealing with uncertainty to overcome the struggles that come with it

I’ve recently started a podcast to accompany the Inspiring Human Potential blog and interestingly enough, some of the topics that resonated the most on the blog, also resonated as topics on the podcast.  Uncertainty was one of those topics.  Since uncertainty plays such an important part of our life I thought we’d talk a bit about it and overcoming the challenges that come with it.

The struggle that comes with uncertainty is just that, not being sure of something.  When we don’t have certainty on something that happens in our life or why someone behaves a certain way it doesn’t sit very well with us.  People tend to want answers to their questions and no answer makes it hard to calm one’s self and regain focus on the beauties that accompany life.

Another area that we deal with is the uncertainty of life, not knowing what will come next or where our job will take us or even if we’ll have a job next year.  All of these uncertainties create some stress within and it is in those moments that you must make a choice.  You must choose whether you want fear to be in charge or love and peace of mind with what life brings your way.

Choosing love over fear isn’t easy because uncertainty, if anything, brings about just that.  It is a natural reaction to fear uncertainty since it involves the unknown; but if you stop every time uncertainty presents itself, and make a conscious choice to look to the things you are certain of, then things start to feel and look differently.

I say choose love over fear because love is everything that fear is not.  Love is compassion and understanding; it’s embracing change and the uncertain events that come your way; love is choosing to believe in someone even though nobody else does.  When you look at things from a place of heart the world becomes much more easy going and even though challenges may come your way, you will face them with a level of lightness because the burden of concern won’t be right behind you.

Uncertainty is nothing more than an unknown; this means it can become anything you want it to be and when all you see is love, even the unknown becomes beautiful to have around.  So when you find yourself stressed or worried because of an uncertain situation look to love and your heart for your answers.  When you’re dealing with a person who isn’t giving you the closure you’d like, send them love and peace.  Hopefully, these individuals will find their way and maybe one day, come back to explain themselves to you or at the very least acknowledge that which they brought to you by not giving you closure at the time you wanted it.

Hopefully, these tips will help you along your journey in life and make things a lot easier to deal with now that you see uncertainty through the heart.  Always remember that no matter how tough things may seem, you will get to a next step and then another, and still another.  You will be paving the way to a life you want, one that includes inner harmony and completion.

I’d love to hear about your handling of uncertainty and what that meant to you when you finally got the love going instead of the fear.

The importance of focus and understanding yours at a deeper level

The importance of focus and understanding yours at a deeper level

When it comes to focus there tends to be a challenge for some to maintain it.  While it’s good to be flexible and open to change, focus is what can assist in persevering towards a decided objective.  When you switch from one thought to another in a way that changes the end objective, you may want to stop and reflect on why that is.

 

The reason for questioning your decision to change direction is because you want to find out why you’re going down a different path.  If the reason is long term it’s one thing, but if the decision to change is potentially a lack of confidence that you can obtain your previously decided objective then that’s another story.

 

What you focus on helps you to know the things that are important to you and what you want to invest your time in as you live life.  Whether you’re making life decisions or business ones, redirecting your focus requires thorough thought if you want to understand why you’re refocusing your attention elsewhere and if this refocus is here to stay or not.

 

Some questions that you can ask yourself when you’re getting ready to change focus on something you had decided you wanted to achieve are:

  • What has brought me to decide that I need to change direction?
  • What am I feeling when it comes to what I’m leaving behind? And how do I feel about my new focus?
  • Where do I see my new focus going and how is it going to improve my life?
  • Why is this new focus better than my previous one?
  • Is this the first time I change my focus on this particular situation?
  • How do I know this focus is the one that I’ll go through with?
  • Does my changing focus on this matter indicate something more to me about the matter or myself?

 

Add any other questions that come to mind as you go through this list and as you answer each, tune in to your heart.  Notice what emotions you’re feeling because they hold an even deeper meaning to your answers and can assist you in digging to the bottom of the real reason behind your change in focus.

 

Decisions that you make for the betterment of your life are always important and it’s understanding what that importance is that is key; the same goes for the importance behind your changed focus.  Asking why the change and how you feel about it is very important for you to stick to your new focus.  Also because, if you keep changing focus you’re never going know if that decision could have been achieved had you not switched it.

 

What do you think about focus and switching focus?  How has it affected your life and what have you done to understand your changes in direction, in decisions?

What’s the right solution for your struggles

We all go through struggles in life and this means we also search for solutions to those struggles.  The hard part about finding these solutions is tuning in to your heart and finding your answers from within.  This is difficult because of all the external inputs we get that guide us along the way at the beginning of our contemplative journey as individuals.  So how can you turn a struggle around for you?  How can you find that right solution for you through your heart and using the external inputs to actually help you identify your heart?

It all starts with you wanting to overcome your struggle and looking for solutions.  In the absence of you searching for the right solution there would be no solutions to consider.  So, it is thanks to those struggles that come your way that you are pushed to look at different ways to overcome an uncomfortable situation.

In time, you can tune in to your heart by listening to those solutions that you were told were the right solutions, but that don’t seem to be solving your struggles.  As you follow those solutions there will continue to be unsettling feelings from within and it is these feelings you want to pay attention to so that you can find your solution.

Once you identify the uncomfortable feeling inside of you that takes place every time you take action according to someone else, it is then that you can start contemplating different solutions that you want to test out.  You think of ways to find harmony within and this search is what will reveal your right solution.

The other part of the puzzle is remembering that you can learn from your struggles.  By turning your struggles into opportunities, you transform struggles into things that happen in life, but that you can resolve in time through the love you have for yourself and the heightened awareness you have of those solutions that aren’t working for you.

As you go through these steps you will find that you change your perspective and adopt only solutions that resonate with you from within.  These solutions, the ones that match your heart’s desire, are the right solutions for you.  It is only when you identify these opportunities that you can stop seeing them as a struggle and work with yourself at a deeper level.

How do you feel about struggle?  And what have you done to find your ‘perfect solution’?

Overcoming insecurities and removing external definitions

Typically, we all get defined by our loved ones as we grow up.  You know, those comments that end up defining you as the talker of the family or the neat freak or the nagger, and so on.  While these traits can be a part of who you are, they don’t have to define you in such a way as to make you insecure or self-conscious.  Yet, they do affect each one of us in a way that makes us justify or excuse our behavior in numerous circumstances.  If it only stopped there that would be fine, but these definitions of us also end up affecting what we do or don’t do.

When you’ve been told for most of your life that you’re a certain way (whatever the traits and behaviors you’ve been ascribed) you also think that maybe you can’t do something because of it, and this is where these external definitions stop you from doing something.  But the little component that stops you for good is you, which is why you need to remove these external noises.  The only way you’re going to do this is if you stop thinking these traits are something you need to remove or something that need to be justified.  So, how do you do this?

For starters, recognizing that many of the definitions (vices and virtues) of you come from others.  By others I mean loved ones and guides.  This includes parents (first and foremost), siblings, teachers, friends, and colleagues to name a few.  With this knowledge, you can now move on to recognizing when you’re getting on your own case because of something someone else has told you is a “bad” thing or is something that could be avoided.

We all have had these situations where we stop ourselves or think about something we’re doing in a way where we make an excuse and justify why we’re doing what we’re doing.  It’s in these instances that you should remember that the only reason you’re justifying yourself is because someone has told you that you do this too much or that you should stop doing this because it’s not a good thing.  You become self-conscious and this makes any insecurities you may have regarding yourself that much more present.

This heightened insecurity then brings about a feeling of lack or not good enough or maybe just a tiny doubt about yourself; no matter how big or small, it stops you from being yourself 100%.  You hold back because you have your loved ones’ repetitive voice in your head telling you to get rid of that habit, to stop doing that thing, or just that you’re too much of this or that.

Once you sit down with yourself and ask if you’re ok with being that “too much” or “too little” then it’s up to you to come to your defense the next time your insecurity arises and you hear those voices, those comments, that allow doubt to creep in.  Stop in that moment and remind yourself that you’re ok with that trait, that you accept it and it is others who are different and that this is ok.  It’s ok to be different and at the end of the day, the comments that these loved ones have made are based on their personalities, their perspective, their behaviors.

Another thing you could do in addition to helping yourself overcome these external definitions and stop having them hang over you and keep you from being you is to in turn stop doing this very thing to someone else.  If you define your loved ones or anyone and tell them why they shouldn’t have that trait or that they have too much of that trait, remember how you feel about this exact same situation and keep the comment to yourself.  Instead, be encouraging to them and help them to be themselves 100%, all the way, with no shame and nothing that needs to change.

How have you worked through external definitions of you and in doing so helped to eliminate your insecurities too?