20 Words To Change Your Life

Note from Gail: Happy New Year to all. I intend to increase my joy this year by collaborating with others in achieving new levels of success. Hence, occasionally I will be sharing guest posts from those with whom I have built strong reciprocal relationships. So, in the spirit of sharing another’s wisdom and insights, I begin my new blog series of the year, with a guest post from Gus Rowe, a West Coast coaching colleague (also known as “Gusto”).

Gus, a former banker, is recreating his life as an inspirational writer following his “spiritual awakening” through recovering from addiction. Living and working from the heart, he is also a CFO for an organization called Wise Widowed Parents (WWP), Inc.

Beyond the tangible benefits Gus offers WWP, he empathizes deeply with those in the widowed community, particularly the surviving dependent children. His own mother died in a tragic accident on the family farm when he was a young boy. He uses the blessings from his grief journey to be a positive influence on others. Please join me in welcoming a new voice.

20 Words To Change Your Life
By Gusto


As I BEGIN this latest chapter of Ramblings, I want you to IMAGINE your life being transformed into something totally new, fascinating, and liberating. As you follow along, feel free to LAUGH at yourself, for laughter truly is Mother Nature’s best medicine!

Now before you go any further, there is one thing you should always remember about life: BELIEVE that you’re capable of greatness, in fact, you already have it inside of you! It is there, just waiting. All the answers you SEEK to your life’s questions you already possess. The mind is a vast PLAYground, just ready for you to explore it, if you would only TRUST your instincts and LISTEN to your heart. You have the power to CREATE your world as you wish. Once you CONNECT with this awareness inside of you, you will then be able to reach out and TOUCH those around you in a profound way. Your family, friends, and co-workers will be drawn to your magnetic personality!

As I’ve reached middle age, I have come to several conclusions about life, both past, present, and the future. Most of us at this stage in our lives have made mistakes, sometimes causing harm to those we love or to ourselves. And in spite of this knowledge, we must each understand we’re not infallible. After all, we are human and we will continue to make mistakes, which is all part of the process. We never stop learning, right up until the end.

If you feel the same way, one of the biggest lessons I’d like to pass along is this: always choose to FORGIVE yourself first, and then ask it of others. And when others seek you forgiveness, gladly accept their amends. No conditions. No questions. The moment a thing seems wrong to you, or another person’s actions are not what you think they should be, begins your responsibility to PRAY that a change can come through your influence. Above all, hang on to your faith with everything you have, because it too is one of the few things in life that gives us HOPE for a better future–for ourselves, our families, our friends, for everyone.

There is so much of our lives that we can not control. In reality, the only power we have been given is free will; the power to CHOOSE good over evil, right over wrong, up or down, that’s all we can do. Learn to APPRECIATE who you are, those around you, what you have, not what you don’t. Above all, GIVE of yourself freely to others, including your material possessions and the one thing all of us crave for from others–someone who will lend an ear with the gift of time.

Finally, get back to the basics. READ books, articles, and news that provide you a source of inspiration, strength, and comfort. And when your day is done, do what Ben Franklin did daily, by asking yourself just one question; “What good have I done today?” And then WRITE it down. That’s all there is to it. Life isn’t that complicated; it’s really quite simple. We only make it that way with our magical magnifying minds. Once you’ve become aware of this simple concept, you’ll feel a sense of RELEASE that will astound you!

Here are the 20 words you can post for inspiration in 2012: 20 words to change your life.  Happy New Year! Gus.

Gail’s own writing will appear again next week.


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  • Christine Rothman says:

    Great article! I am sending the 20 words to my college daughter who is caught up in the senior craziness of graduation.

    • Gail says:

      Thanks for the great feedback, Chris. If only we could have learned these 20 wise words about life as college seniors. I hope she enjoys the list.

  • Susan says:

    Just what I needed to read this morning! Great guest post!

    • Gail says:

      You’re welcome, Susan. I’m hearing from many just helpful Gus’ inspiring words have been to them–particularly during these “lull” weeks of a New Year where life sometimes seems at a standstill, with people and businesses still “on hold” a bit after the holidays.

  • Gus rowe says:

    Thank you SO much my good friend! It’s truly MY honor and pleasure to know you, to appreciate your work, and what you’re doing to “change” people’s lives for the better! Not sure if this is going to work here in this comment but, what the heck, it’s worth a try! Click this link that brought me the inspiration to write this past…”20 Words to Change Your Life!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLZxJZ70MQ4

    • Gail says:

      You’re welcome, Gus…and the link to the video works here! To the gifts of technology, and my new web host server and faster website, too. Have fun sharing this blog (and now the video). To sharing in new levels of success in 2012. Blessings, Gail

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