What's on Your Shift List?
The most happy and successful
people on earth have a personal Shift List. They probably don’t
call it by that name, but they have one. How do I know? Because
these folks are enjoying their journey on our challenging
A Shift List is simply a list of
activities and attitudes that have the power to shift you from
feeling blue to feeling new. Your Shift List is any way you
devise to remind yourself of the actions that have the power to
transform your mood and put you back on a roll. Your reminders
might be a formal written list or journal, a set of well-placed
post-its or notes, pictures or photos, cartoons or symbols,
poems or songs—or a phone or email “shift” partner. When your
aliveness begins to fade, you can consult your “list” to trigger
actions that will get you back on track and into the Zone!
Here are some possibilities for
your Shift List:
Shift Your Attitude
On average, a person has 60,000
separate thoughts a day. Every thought you have either makes you
stronger or weaker. Thoughts of kindness, forgiveness and peace
are strengthening. Focusing on anger, anxiety, and worry weakens
you. If you keep your creating attention on the outlook that the
universe is plentiful and providing, you’ll attract abundance
and support. If you dwell on the view that you’re being
short-changed and nothing ever goes right, you’ll experience a
world of scarcity and struggle. Focus on what’s right about you
or other people, instead of what’s wrong. See what’s working in
your life rather than what’s messed up.
Shift Your Activity
Devote your free time to ventures
that enrich your enjoyment of life. Pursue activities that make
you feel fantastic and blissed out. Begin each day with the
projects that are the most exciting to you, not the chores you
think you should get done. Schedule “personal aliveness time” in
your calendar. Treat yourself to a full day at the spa or a
relaxing ride in the country. Explore a new part of town.
Indulge in your favorite food. Eat some new delight.
Go on a fun
date with yourself. The rest
of your life will get a big boost and you’ll find that you are
effortlessly getting necessary tasks accomplished.
Shift Your Approach
Life is too short to work so hard
at pursuits that aren’t really fulfilling! You can either live
your life regretting all the roads left unexplored, or you can
start living the life you really want. Write your dreams down on
paper to give them concrete form and power. You now have an
energized blueprint of what you want and this gives your
subconscious a clear signal for what to attract. To add even
more voltage to your goals, visualize how you would like each
day to go. Shift from thinking of yourself as a victim to
realizing you can be the source, cause, creator, of what happens
Shift Your Focus
Put your Self first. Choose to live
life on your terms, not someone else's. Define success for
yourself. What would it look like and feel like? Write down what
success means for you. Use these answers as your barometer. Make
your priority whatever is most important to you—God, family,
friends, passion, art, your life purpose. You’ll find that
decisions come more easily, and you’ll activate more support,
love, money and magic in your life.
Shift Your Intake
We’re strongly influenced
by the people, thoughts and atmosphere around us. We absorb the
energy of what we allow into our space. Hang with people who
have the same life focus as you. Cut short draining
conversations. Give extra time to interactions that are
exhilarating. Switch to more inspirational reading that
activates the best aspects of your character.
Shift Your Outflow
Get rid of energy drains. Resolve
any issues that you have been brooding about for a long time.
Bury the hatchet with friends and relatives. Praise people
rather than criticize. Detach from the need to be right—and from
the habit of judging or controlling others. Catch yourself
verbalizing self-defeating thoughts. Stop labeling yourself
while you’re at it!
Shift Your Space
Clutter: The Silent Energy Sucker! Clutter has a real physical
effect on your energy levels. You don’t need to clean out your
garage or closet all at once. Just take 15 minutes a day to
de-clutter some aspect of your space.
Get rid of old, dead
things you don’t use anymore. Add new, fresh elements to your
life. Feng-shui all areas of your earth adventure.
What's on the outside is a
reflection of what's on the inside. What about
outdated relationships? Activities that no longer thrill you?
Habits which have ceased to serve a purpose?
Shift Your Environment
Get outside. Connect with nature
and open spaces. Even in a city you can find a park and some
greenery. Breathe in the fresh air and stretch your legs. Lie on
your back, clear your mind and follow the clouds drifting by.
Listen to the grass grow. Watch flowers bloom!
Shift Your Body
Move your body as much and as often
as you can all day. Active, physical movement will center,
balance, ground and revitalize you. The more you participate in
life, the more life—in the form of love, money and health—will
flow through you. Hike, jog, skip, swim, garden, cook, sing,
skydive, quilt or paint. Let your body dance you. Play music
that speaks to your soul.
Shift Your Vibration
Spend part of each day in silence
so that you can hear Spirit speak to you. This can be an active
meditation—like yoga, tai-chi, walking, running, knitting, or
petting an animal—as well as a quiet sitting mediation.
Shift Your Pace
Most of us
feel like we are victims to time—when in reality we control how
we use our time. Slow down. Rushing has become a way of life for
most of us. Gear down your walk. Slow down your speech. Take a
moment to breathe. Set the tempo so that you can enjoy doing
whatever you’re doing.You will
see dramatic positive results.
Shift Your Age
Play on the ground like a baby. Fly
a kite, roll in the grass, or build a fort like a kid. Laugh
with delight for no reason like a child. Dance all night like a
teenager. Sit on a mountaintop like an old sage.
Shift Your Style
Under promise and over deliver.
Give yourself more time to complete a project than you feel
you’ll need—and deliver it early! Learn to say no when an
activity isn’t intuitively right for you. Focus on thriving, not
just surviving. Your days will not feel as frantic. You’ll feel
more fulfilled and happy!
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Drawing from the wisdom of native
and ancient spiritual traditions, Keith Varnum shares his 30
years of practical success as an author, personal coach,
acupuncturist, filmmaker, radio host, restaurateur, vision quest
guide and international seminar leader with “The Dream
Workshops.” Keith helps people get the love, money and health
they want with his free Prosperity Ezine, free Empowerment Tape
and free Coaching at www.TheDream.com.