I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
This book was written to help you transform your life and have a better one. You were attracted to it because of the thoughts you hold in your mind. Our thoughts influence our reality, and many of our thoughts are manifested in the universe in the form of things. There are no accidents in this well-orchestrated universe that is controlled by a supernatural power. This power is called by many names, including Source Energy, Divine Intelligence, and God. You can call it whatever you wish. I call this power God and refer to it by that name in this book.
This power has led you to this book to help you transform your life. When you do, you will have a better life. For too long, many of us have been living beneath our God-given potential. For too long, we have been suffering for various reasons. Life was not meant to be that way. We were lovingly and wonderfully created by God to live a good life. As Jesus said in the quote above, he came that we may have life and have it to the full. Like Jesus, I too want you to have a full life. I want you to have a better, more wonderful life filled with love, peace, joy, and the desires of your heart. I believe the time has come for you to transform your life and live the life you were meant to live.
Transforming your life involves going beyond the way you live, co-creating a better life for yourself, and changing the way you live. You do this by using your thoughts, visualization, words, faith, actions, or a combination of them. You use them to change some of what is happening within you and in your life, to co-create what you truly desire, and to live differently.
This process begins from within and results in significant changes in you and your life. As you change, your life will also change. You will have a better life. Your better life can be your best life ever—the life of your dreams. If you are going through a major challenge or several challenges, they may seem to go on forever, but as day always follows night, so too your breakthrough will follow your challenges if you follow some of the advice presented in this book….
The seven steps to help you transform your life are as follows:
1. Build and maintain a strong, burning desire
2. Engage in transformative learning
3. Change your self-concept
4. Understand some basics of the co-creation process
5. Co-create your better life
6. Start living differently
7. Be grateful….
BUILD AND MAINTAIN A STRONG, BURNING DESIRE
Desire is the impetus that propels us to achieve our goals.
Have you ever wanted to be, have, do, share, or experience something so much that you told yourself that you would do anything for it? If so, were you highly motivated and driven enough to succeed? If you were and you got what you wanted, then you may remember what a strong, burning desire is. In case you have forgotten, and for those who are not sure what a strong, burning desire is, this chapter will explain it and help you build and maintain such a desire to transform your life and live a better one.
We all desire things in life because we all have needs and wants. Our needs vary from basic physiological ones such as the need for food and clothing to more advanced needs such as the need for self-actualization or to be all that we think we can be. Our wants include goals that we set for ourselves or beautiful things we desire. Desire is the impetus or driving force that propels us to achieve our goals. It is desire, that feeling of wanting something, that makes us take action to get it. That feeling or emotion is energy in motion, and this energy moves us toward what we want. When that feeling motivates us to take action toward what we want with a sense of urgency and a fire lit within us, then we have what is called a strong, burning desire….
To build a strong, burning desire to transform your life, you have to have at least one strong reason for wanting to do so….
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ENGAGE IN TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING
We live in an enlightened world, and we need to think for ourselves. We need to change how we think. We need to critically examine those assumptions, beliefs, values, modes of questioning, and perspectives that we assimilated and still use to guide us in our thoughts, words, and actions. Are they still valid? Do they still make sense? Do they limit us and our personal and professional development? If they are no longer valid, make no sense, or limit us, then we need to change them….
When we change our perspective, we think, feel, and act differently, and as Oprah Winfrey reminded us, “The smallest change in perspective can transform a life” (Facebook, May 10, 2011).
A transformed perspective can lead to an empowered sense of self and a better understanding of how our beliefs and feelings have been shaped by our relationships and culture. It can also help us develop better strategies for taking action in life. Once we have a transformed perspective, we tend to explore our options for new action, relationships, and roles. We plan what we will do and get the necessary information, develop or enhance the relevant skills, and change our attitudes if necessary. Then we take action, develop our competence, and increase our self-confidence. We move forward and see ourselves, our relationships, our lives, and our world from a new perspective.
Although the focus is on how we think, as multidimensional beings, we cannot separate our thoughts from our feelings, behavior, and spirituality. They all influence one another….
CHANGE YOUR SELF-CONCEPT
Jesus was a very special human being who was clear about his identity. He knew he was the son of God and one with God. Two of the most powerful statements Jesus said concerning his identity are found in the gospel of John:
“I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30)
“Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
Jesus taught his disciples the popular prayer, “Our Father.” In so doing, he was telling them that God is not just his father but their father also. If God is the father of Jesus as well as the father of his disciples, then, spiritually, Jesus and his disciples were brothers. Jesus also said that whatever is done for the least of his brothers is done unto him (Matt. 25:31–46). This means that Jesus and the least of his brothers are one. Therefore, not only was Jesus one with God, but he was also one with his brothers. If Jesus was one with God and at the same time one with his brothers, then his brothers were also one with God.
But who are Jesus’s brothers? In Matthew 13:55–56 we read, “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren’t all his sisters with us?” Jesus did not limit his kinship to his biological family. Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother” (Matt. 12:50). Therefore, whoever does the will of God is one with Jesus (by virtue of the fact that whatever is done to the least of Jesus’s brothers is done unto him), and at the same time one with God (by virtue of the fact that Jesus is one with God)….
As a human being, you are a part of God and one with God. To transform your life, go beyond your physical form and change your self-concept….
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