Steps On How To Really Thrive Instead Of Just Survive

How to…

Believe In Yourself:

Stack reasons why others should believe in you, as well as why you should do so, too. By doing this, when you start to doubt yourself you can go back to those reasons. Eventually, you will find that your belief in yourself will start to get stronger.  Remember, you can’t give to others consistently, what you haven’t given to yourself. In your journal [if you don’t have one, a notebook will do] take a clean page and write at the top, I am… Then set a timer for 5 minutes and fill in the blank as many times as possible. Take a look at what you wrote and you will find many reasons to believe in yourself.

Live In The Now:

When most people are asked, “Are you living in the now?” they usually answer by saying I try to. Most people try to, but their past keeps bringing them back to a place that they really don’t want to go.   On the other hand, you probably know some people that live their lives planning just about every detail in their future.   It is great to have goals, but as far as the ‘How’ that should be left to God or the Universe, if you will.  We just need to get clear on what we want by making our goals and take effective action steps. By saying certain affirmations in regards to living in the Now, it can help you to stay present in that very moment as you learn how to thrive.  For it is true happiness that is born in that very moment.

* I am at peace in this moment. * I am fully aware of being here now, in this moment. * I savor this moment as the unique experience that it is.  * I am fully present in this moment. [via Jeff Staniforth]

Choose one affirmation above and write it on your index card and keep it where you can see it. Everyday say this as often as possible, to thrive, embrace the feeling of living in the NOW!

Let Yourself Be:

When life gets busy and hectic, take 5 minutes to go to your favorite environment and perhaps sip on your favorite beverage and just let your mind wander and let yourself just ‘Be.’ Don’t think about all the things that you have to do, but rather savor those moments. By doing so, you start to rejuvenate yourself. If you work from home, this is even more vital to step away from your computer, your phone, etc. I do this at least several times a day if not more. I make myself my favorite tea and go on my screened in porch and just rock in my rocking chair.

Be Grateful:

I always thought I was a pretty grateful person, but realized that I was when things were going pretty well and even more so when Amazing things were happening. But what I didn’t realize is that when I could be grateful for the experience that Adversity was giving to me at times, suddenly gratitude took on a whole new meaning and my life as I knew it, went to another new level of Happiness. When we are truly grateful for the challenges that are before us, there is no fear, thus alleviating any stress, as stress comes as a result of fear.  When we are truly grateful it also opens our hearts to receive even more. Also, it’s also important to have gratitude for things that you want to happen, give gratitude as if it already happened. Consistency is the key.  Also, if there is something that you really, really want and it is taking longer then you would like, Tony Robbins puts it best, “God’s delays are not his denials!”

I hope these steps help you to embrace not only the Amazing person that you are, but to also step into your Greatness and thrive! You are special and you deserve all that life has to offer! I believe in You! Go for it!!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below and let me know how You Thrive! As always feel free to share this post with the people in your life. Thanks!


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33 replies
    • Jeanmarie Bills
      Jeanmarie Bills says:

      Your welcome Martha. I agree saying the affirmations and throughout the day is very effective especially when said out loud.

    • Delores
      Delores says:

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  1. BarbaraJPeters
    BarbaraJPeters says:

    Greta tips and advice Susan. Taking care of yourself every day and making yourself a priority is very important. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Katrina
    Katrina says:

    I am learning that I do have to step away and regroup. If I don’t then I lose weeks instead of days because I let myself take too much time off. Helping others, being gracious, and believing in ones self are important. I know that I project outward what I am feeling inward and the happier I am the more I project that.
    Thank you for this awesome point and you gave me a couple of new ideas. Thank you.

  3. Kim Hawkins
    Kim Hawkins says:

    All three of your main points are so spot on Susan. I also find deepening my relationship with God to be a critical factor for me staying grounded. Here’s to living in the NOW. Thanks for sharing and caring. You are such a blessing!

  4. Lorii Abela
    Lorii Abela says:

    Susan, this is a very enriching article. It’s always been a rule of thumb, BE GRATEFUL. Count your blessings and embrace challenges. I love how you explained these in your article.

  5. Suzanne Jones
    Suzanne Jones says:

    I have found when I don’t live in the now, accidents happen. Literally. I bump into things, break things, smash my head, stub my toes, whatever, but it happens each time. Each time it happens I am reminded to get my head back to NOW…

  6. Dorien Morin-van Dam
    Dorien Morin-van Dam says:

    Yes. I live each day as if it is my last. Not going to sleep mad, not wasting time on things I don’t want to be doing. My dad is really sick and very far away. I treasure each phone call, Skype call or Face-time minute we have left! 🙂 Sometimes it takes a big event to realize not to sweat the small stuff.

    • Jeanmarie Bills
      Jeanmarie Bills says:

      What a great way to live Dorien. I am glad you have this special time with your dad. I agree a lot of times the gift that we get from a big event is the “don’t sweat the small stuff,” lesson.

  7. Edmund Lee
    Edmund Lee says:

    Inspiring and life changing article Susan! Living “the now” and being grateful despite adversity can really be a challenge for most people, but it is essential for survival. “God’s delays are not his denials!” because He’s just preparing us for the future that is to unfold.

    • Susan
      Susan says:

      Thanks, Edmund. I appreciate you my friend. I agree with you, “God’s delays are not his denials!” because He’s just preparing us for the future that is to unfold.” Soooooooo very true!


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