red_tool_boxThis is the second of our series of Toolbox Tips for you to create a happier, more fulfilled and brilliant second half of life.

Toolbox Tip #2—Be aware of what you are thinking. What kind of stories do you tell yourself about yourself? We all have stories active in our minds which were created by us or by others. You know, all the “I can’t……”, “I’m not good at….” or “I’m not enough….” stories or beliefs. It is time now to pay attention to what you tell yourself and the thoughts running through your mind.

Make it a goal for a day to really pay attention to all the chatter going on behind the scenes in your mind. Once you become more aware, you will no longer react as on auto-pilot to these stories. As you change your thoughts, you change your reality and this will allow you to get in touch with your real truth. You will begin to appreciate yourself exactly where you are, and how you are in your world will change before your very eyes. Others will appreciate you and see you in a new light, yet they may not really know why.

Beginning today, acknowledge there is no actual truth in the belief that you need to change. Know you can start feeling beautiful, smart, and worthy immediately, in this moment, without changing a single thing. Be patient, this is a new process, so results are not always immediate. When you complete one day, try another and another. By the end of the month, you will not be another person, rather you will be much closer to living your truth of who you truly are! Give it a try!