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Own it, Change it, and Embrace it – Your Spiritual Guide to Problem Solving

by Seth David Chernoff   //   Spirituality

Albert Einstein Problem Spiritual SolvingBy now perhaps you’ve written off many of your New Years Resolutions. For some, your new exercise equipment is already gathering dust, your bad habits may have re-emerged, and your resolve in personal transformation has waned. But in truth, it doesn’t matter as you have the opportunity to fully transform your life right now, in the present moment before you.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Perhaps your life is perfect and everything you desire it to be? If so, this probably isn’t the article for you. Alternatively, if you desire more out of life – if you feel that happiness, prosperity and fulfillment are at your fingertips, then this might be JUST what the doctor ordered. If your life feels heavy, painful, stressful, exhausting, or if getting out of bed is the hardest part of your day as you wonder how to pay your bills, recover from illness, or fulfill your dreams…then read on.

Parallel Reality

There is a version of your life absent the problems you face. Perhaps it’s merely a feeling or an inner knowing, but visualize a version of your current experience free from problems and surrounded by health, happiness and prosperity. It might seem like an illusion, but in many ways so is your life, so you might as well choose the illusion that serves you.

Take a moment to breathe in your perfect life, your dream life, and bask in the feeling of freedom, a release from the problems that plague you, one that embraces your desires and lets go of all that stands in your way. Feel the sensation, breathe in the fresh air, and relax into the “reality” of your illusion.

Chernoff SlothCongratulations, YOU ARE ALIVE!

You have the opportunity to create your life exactly as you desire, in this moment, and in every present moment before you.

Spiritual Problem Solving

It is interesting how we try to fix our problems head on, attempting to push through, work longer or harder. You keep doing the same things over and over again, expecting a different outcome as if it would somehow fix itself. You go to sleep hoping to awake with resolution.

Change It Up!

You can’t continue the same patterns, routines, and perspectives while expecting everything to suddenly transform. You need to alter your perspective, get clear on who you want to be, and focus on the resulting actions. Change up your routine, shake up your patterns!

Step out of your office or leave your house. Drive a different way to work, alter your exercise routine, or try something new like meditation, yoga, journaling, or reading a new book. Wear a different pair of shoes, eat something else for breakfast, or take your dog for a walk before work. Wake up 15 minutes early, spend more time communing with nature, or express yourself more. Stop reading the news, step away from your electronics, or reconnect with those you love. Unplug from reality and bring the best parts of yourself to the world before you. SHAKE UP YOUR REALITY, and get out of your rut.


First and foremost, own up to your reality. You aren’t a victim – you are a co-creator. The sooner you accept that reality, the sooner you are empowered to affect change in your life. You can’t show up to the present moment with the same perspective you used to create the problems you face and expect a different outcome.

Now that you are empowered, allow yourself to shift, evolve,adapt, and transform. If you aren’t happy with your life in its current incarnation then CHANGE, EVOLVE, ADAPT, AND TRANSFORM YOURSELF. If your life isn’t everything you want it to be, affect change in your life physically, emotionally, spirituality and intellectually. Alter your perspective, mix-up your routine, and even pretend until your dream becomes a reality. Step out of your box and into the fullness of who you really are.

You are the problem AND the solution.

Inevitably you will discover that you are the only one standing in the way of your success. You are the one preventing you from achieving your dreams and desires. You need merely look in the mirror for the source of your anguish – and for the power to change.

What do you really want in life? Happiness? Love? Healthy? Prosperity? Joy? Fun? Travel? Peace? Harmony?

Butterfly Costa RicaIt’s now, and it’s you.

There are a few constants here. First, any experience however positive, happens in the now moment. Second, you are the only one standing in the way of what you truly desire. Lastly, it’s NEVER TOO LATE.

What Now?

Choose, and then act. Don’t take my word for it – just give it a try.

  1. Choose who you want to be and the life you desire.
  2. Act in a manner consistent with the life you want to live.

Sound superficial? Impossible? Out of reach? Unreasonable? NOT TRUE!

Remember, your current life is the direct result of who you have been being. If you want it to be different, you have to change WHO you are and the ACTIONS you take – no matter how superficial they may seem. There is NOTHING out of reach…everything you desire is not only accessible to you…it is waiting patiently in the shadows.

You can chooseto obsess about your problems, or you can focus on the endless beauty that surrounds you. Yes you will get discouraged and might even lose your way from time to time…but just as it was lost, it can be found.

Your opportunities are unlimited, but your time, however illusory it may seem, is not.

This is your NOW moment to choose, act, and live the fullness of yourself. Forget about your failures, or the new years resolutions that didn’t survive the month. Choose NOW for everything you truly desire.

Your profession matters little.

You can’t predict where your path will lead, or how the universe will provide. You can only trust that you are worthy, and that your path and purpose are worthy. Regardless of whether you are a janitor, teacher, blue-collar worker, politician, or author – you life matters, and your contributions matter.

Seth Chernoff and MonkeyYou cannot fail, but only step forward on your path.

To live in fear is not living at all. To choose courage where success is not guaranteed is the only path to happiness and fulfillment. Don’t be attached to outcome, or you are assured disappointment. Instead, be attached to the pleasure of the process, to the pride in choosing greatness, in living the fullness of your life, in choosing to express the fullness of who you are.

Happiness is yours for the having – yours for the taking…and it’s worth it…you are worth it. Happiness not a result of the actions you take, but of who you choose to be in the process.

It’s not WHAT you are doing, but WHO you are being, and its NEVER too late.

Happy New Year! May all of your dreams and desires come to fruition this year. May you find happiness, health and prosperity.

Many beautiful blessings,


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