Life Is Good: Mantra To Live By

life is good

Life is good.

I often wear a baseball cap when I run. Embroidered on the front is “life is good.”  I believe that. I always have. I always will, no matter what.

Live gives us what we expect it to. I can live in fear and experience more fear or I can expect the best and get what’s best for me. Life can be that easy, if we allow it to be. 

But we often get in our own way.

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We say we want more abundance but we don’t allow ourselves to receive. We say we want to be healthy but we are unwilling to do what it takes. We want to be in a loving relationship but we refuse to love and accept ourselves.

If you want a good life, create one. It’s yours for the taking. Nobody is stopping you but you. Here’s how:

Dial into the positive. Learn to be an optimist. Build on the positive. Bet on yourself. Allow yourself to enjoy life. It’s your birthright.

Don’t settle for normal. Don’t go for ordinary. Reach higher, work harder. Do what nobody else is willing to do. You deserve the best.

Be a doer. You build courage muscles by doing courageous things. Speak up. Be heard. Try new things. Practice acts of bravery. Believe in your worthiness. Go after what you want. Do what it takes to get it.

Trust your gut. When big decisions need to be made, don’t allow fear to paralyze you. Get in a quiet place, go within and just quiet down. Listen for guidance. You’ll feel energized and empowered.

Quiet your inner critic. Don’t listen to the voice in your head that causes you to second guess yourself and feel crazy. The one that says, “you can’t,” “it won’t work,” or “you’ll never make it.” Tell it to just shut up and keep moving.

Step up your self-care. Slow down. Say ‘no’ more often. Set boundaries. Learn to pause. Take time to feel. Rest and recharge. End the craziness. Get used to nurturing your soul. It’s golden.

Create routines. Exercise. Meditate. Express your gratitude. All three lessen depression, moodiness and anxiety.  They also decrease fearful thoughts and increase your well-being.

Find your tribe. Spend time with people you love. Keep them close. Lean on them. Allow them to hold you up when you feel that you can’t go on. Accept their love and understanding. Express your gratitude.

Create peace in the midst of chaos. Know how to calm yourself down. Take time-outs. Center yourself. Practice deep belly breathing. Don’t allow anyone or anything to know off center.

Get outside. Sit. Run. Walk. Hike. Swim. Paddle board. Kayak. Roller-blade. Rock climb. Find something you enjoy and spend time in nature doing it. Nature heals. Feel the sun on your face and the wind on your back. It’s there to comfort you.

Forgive yourself and others. Everyone is doing the best they know how to do. Resentment and bitterness cause you pain. Let it go. Give yourself a break. Simply bless others and move on.

Don’t fight the naysayers. Learn to respond versus react. Release them from your life. Bless them and let them go. It can be painful but remember this is your one precious life. You have the right to live it your way.

Serve. Help others get ahead. Volunteer. Be a mentor. Give your time, talents and money. Give when it hurts. Give when it’s difficult. Give! It’s the biggest secret to an abundant life.

Forget perfection. It doesn’t exist. Life is messy and unpredictable. Find beauty in that. Do your best. Be brave. Be worthy. Create a fearless future. Life is good!

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  • Sebastian Aiden Daniels June 16, 2014, 12:08 pm

    Thanks for this wonderful list. Trusting the gut and quieting the inner critic are the hardest ones for me. I have to trust the gut and at the same time be aware of my ever changing emotions and that when things start getting tough then the inner critic comes in. You solved it perfectly. “Keep moving.” As my father once said to me, “I have anxiety all of the time. I just always stay ahead of it.”

    • Tess June 17, 2014, 3:33 am

      I love the message you shared from your father. Love it! I appreciate you sharing it with the world. Have a great week.

  • Paige Burkes | Simple Mindfulness June 16, 2014, 4:00 pm

    Like you, Tess, whenever I put on my “Life Is Good” hat, I pause to think about how great my life is, no matter what’s happening.

    Over the years, with many baby steps, I’ve been able to incorporate most of the treasures on your list. Each, on their own, can be powerful but rolled into habits and ways of being, they can transform a life.

    • Tess June 17, 2014, 3:32 am

      Hi Paige,
      So fun to hear from you. I love your idea of pausing to think about how good my life is no matter what before I put on my hat. Thanks so much for sharing that!

  • Sandra Pawula June 17, 2014, 12:57 pm

    ” Don’t let anyone throw you off balance.” ~ That’s the perfect message for me today, Tess. I in the midst of a challenging situation but always trying to remember to not get hooked into the drama, but to have compassionate detachment instead. Thank you!

  • Tess June 18, 2014, 5:46 pm


    Compassionate detachment! Sounds good to me!

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