As each new year begins, I love to go through and meditate on the 12 steps. As I constantly tell others, while the 12 steps in the familiar format people look at today come from AA, there is no better model for any human being to follow for good mental hygiene.
Want a better life tomorrow than you have today, start a journey using the 12 steps as your map!
My mentor Dr. Randin Brons just published the following thoughts in his Idea Engineer, and lo and behold they go right to the first step’s theme. ACCEPTANCE. He wrote:
The power of acceptance
"It is permissible to take life's blessings with both hands provided thou dost know thyself prepared in the opposite event to take them just as gladly. This applies to food and friends and kindred, to anything God gives and takes away... As long as God is satisfied do thou rest content. If he is pleased to want something else of thee, still rest content." -- Meister Eckhart
Our life begins to change in magical ways when we open to the experience of life AS IT IS. With acceptance, we stop fighting what is happening. And this creates space, an opening for new relationships to unfold.
Explore unconditionally saying yes to the facts of life. Accept your past and where you are now. Unconditional acceptance is unconditional love and this is healing.
"Sometimes what seems like surrender isn't surrender at all. It's about what's going on in our hearts. About seeing clearly the way life is and accepting it and being true to it, whatever the pain, because the pain of not being true to it is far, far greater." -- Nicholas Evans
Any journey forward begins with what Dr. Brons refers to as unconditional acceptance.
Is there something not right in your life? Something you know you must change? Something that is causing negatives in your life? Is that small quiet voice deep inside constantly niggling at you?
Accept what the problem really is and own it. Then get ready to make the journey of positive change, the co-creative journey of life transformation and life recovery. You’re worth it! (;

Author's Bio: 

Keith is a Master Certified Life Coaching coaching clients to success.