Category Archives: Beliefs

Create Your Own Luck

Create Your Own Luck

“You’re so lucky!”

This phrase gets thrown around a lot when others share good news, big plans, or positive things in their lives. We are quick to attribute positives to luck, while we may be more likely to attribute negatives to our own personal shortcomings. While there are some situations and blessings that just drop into our laps, many times the things that appear to be “just luck” are the results of determined work and focus.

Create your own luck this year!

What areas do you find yourself constantly wishing were different in your life? What situations prompt your own “You’re so lucky!” response? Do you want to travel more? Get out of debt? Own a home? Things like that don’t happen overnight, but if it’s something you truly want in your life, you can start taking steps to make it happen.

Most importantly, you’ll need to do some soul-searching. Are the things you want in your life the result of envying others, or are they things you truly feel will enrich your life? In order to really commit to long-term change, you have to be internally motivated.

There is always someone out there who has more, does more, is better-looking, etc; if you base your success on what you see in other people’s lives you will always be chasing something more.

Really envision what it would be like to have this change in your life. Flesh out the picture with detail — what would be different? How would it look? What would you be doing, and how might the other important people in your life react? It takes time and practice to be able to change existing habits or set in place new ones.

Allow yourself to break your overall goal into smaller, more easily attainable steps and focus on only one at a time, and then celebrate your small successes along the way. Figure out what you want and what it takes to get it, and this just may be your luckiest year yet!

Molly Halbrooks, LAMFT
mhalbrooks@growcounseling.com

Ways to be an Advocate and an Ally on National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Ways to be an Advocate and an Ally on National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

I have the best little sister in the world. I’m not bragging though…this is just a fact! She’s kind, caring, a member of the Foster-Schmidt dance company, a huge fan of slapstick humor, and a devoted employee at the Johns Creek Police department. She also happens to have Down syndrome and a bonus 21st chromosome.…

The Promise of the Holiday Season

The Promise of the Holiday Season

In a world consumed with commercialism, it can be easy to lose sight of what the holiday season is really about. We tend to focus on superficial aspects of life and then fall hard when those things crumble before our eyes. Delicious food, presents, and lots of laughs are part of the holiday season, but…

Cultivating Gratitude in Your Kids

Cultivating Gratitude in Your Kids

Many of us today have so much that it can be easy to take it for granted. Especially for children, whose developmental level lends itself to entitlement, it can be hard to maintain a sense of gratitude for the things they have rather than dissatisfaction over the things they don’t. The holidays are often a time…

Cultivating Gratitude in Children

Cultivating Gratitude in Children

As the holidays approach, one of the greatest gifts you can give your kids is to strategically develop their sense of gratitude. Rather than having the focus be on presents or parties, you have an opportunity to help them turn their attention to others and to cultivate a sense of gratitude. Studies have shown that…

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