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Is control getting in the way of your joy?

Is control one of your barriers to joy and abundance? Is it a habit you think may be getting in the way of your wellbeing? Is it something you would like to release? In the free document I give people who sign-up for my newsletter, I’ve identified what I call the 8 Barriers to Joy and Abundance.  And one of the big ones is control. See if you can recognize yourself in any of these scenarios:
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Are you a friend that people like to see coming?

What kind of friend are you? Do you live your life juicy with a big enthusiastic smile that lifts the spirits of those around you? Or do you complain about your aches and pains, the politics of the day, or constantly judge others. Which one would you rather be around? Enthusiastic people are open to life and invite you to come along for the adventure.  The complainers will drain your energy and steal your joy.
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Whistle while you work…

Name 3 things that get you excited about the work you do. Now name 3 things that make you enthusiastic about the work you do. Notice the difference in your energy as you think about the distinction between the two? For me, I get excited every morning knowing that each day will be a clean slate to build upon.  But I become enthusiastic when I use my imagination to create the reality I want for that day.  Subtle difference but profound.  But we need them both.
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What is the company you are keeping?

To me a good book is like a good friend. And I agree with Paxton Hood, that we need to be just as choosy about the books we read as the company we keep.  Both can have profound influences in our lives.  They can either uplift or deplete our spirit. I am drawn to books, movies and television programs that include people or subjects that feed my curiosity and enthusiasm for learning.  And I especially find my joy vibration increase when I am inspired by other writers.  Here’s a classic about the very subject of this month’s theme on enthusiasm:
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Is “being an adult” stealing your joy?

Have you ever noticed how enthusiastic the little ones are?  They live in a world of no limits, they are curious about everything and get excited about the simplest things.  What a great way to experience life. So why, as adults, don’t we anymore? You might say, well life is hard. I have responsibilities.  I’m a realist.  I’m too busy.  I have to be an adult. Whatever the story you want to tell yourself, I’m here to tell you it’s just an illusion!
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How do you “see” the world around you?

When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, you can get a wide variety of answers. I remember my own son saying as a preschooler that he wanted to be a fire truck. I didn’t correct him. I let him create that image in his own mind as if it was attainable. Well, as you might expect, he didn’t grow up to be a fire truck or even a fire fighter. But that’s not really the point.
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Expect miracles!

Love this quote. And Einstein would know. How else could he have envisioned all that he did in his life? He’s a great example of someone who was aligned with his source and lived as a joyful authentic human. So today’s blog is about becoming the quintessential optimist who expects miracles. You see, with the Law of Attraction at work, what you intend and expect has to materialize. Providing of course you don’t get in your own way with limiting beliefs and doubts that will counter-act your intention. Do as Einstein did. Expect eventual success – the miracle. Try. Try again and again with alternate approaches if necessary, until the magic happens, which he believed would always come. It’s that optimistic belief that fuelled his passionate work.
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What happens to your joy when you worry?

In a great article published on WebMD, the author asks: “Are you an excessive worrier? Perhaps you unconsciously think that if you "worry enough," you can prevent bad things from happening. But the fact is, worrying can affect the body in ways that may surprise you. When worrying becomes excessive, it can lead to feelings of high anxiety and even cause you to be physically ill.”
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Pollyanna had it all figured out!

If you recall in the feature article from this month’s newsletter, I was told I was too much of a Pollyanna when I was younger. And for a while I listened – thinking they must have known best. But once I decided to see being referred to as a Pollyanna not as an insult but as admiration, then I resumed being my authentic self, trying as best I could to be in a state of happy joy more often than not. And it has served me well.
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