If you’re not getting the results you want in life, it’s time to shift your focus!

You may already know and understand that whatever you focus on expands. However, knowing that and actually practicing it are two different things! Right now, think about some area of your life where you feel challenged. How do you normally think about that area? For example, perhaps your prosperity isn’t as great as you would like it to be. And perhaps you are already doing some affirmations that claim you ARE prosperous. But what are you thinking the rest of the day when you aren’t doing your affirmations? Or perhaps you have a health challenge. Are you dwelling on the dis-ease? While it seems “normal” to focus on the problem, in fact this perpetuates and expands them! . If you focus on the challenges, they never get solved. And yet our human "monkey minds" seem to delight in going 'round and 'round with the challenges.

A Course in Miracles tells us that the “problem” is never solved on the level of the problem. And guess who else said that- Albert Einstein! So trying to solve a relationship issue on the level of the issue (he said-she said) doesn’t work. Solving financial problems on the level of finances doesn’t work. Becoming more healthy by focusing on the illness doesn’t work. What does work is to shift your consciousness. Go to a place of trust, a place of inner connection, where the answers are found. And if you have difficulty doing that by yourself, find a spiritual counselor to help you. Affirm that you are guided to the right person.

Years ago I heard a wonderful saying that I repeat to myself whenever there are challenges in my life:
"Don't tell God how big your problems are, tell your problems how big God is!" This reminds me that no matter is going on in my life, the energy of Spirit/Universe/God/Goddess (whatever you call the it) is
greater than the "problem" I seem to be facing. Immediately, I can relax, because I remember that my consciousness is a part of Divine Consciousness, and that the answer is available, if only I take the time to be still and listen. I let go of trying to "figure it out" on the level of my limited consciousness. I affirm: All is well. I am perfectly guided by Spirit in the solution for this challenge.

Remind your challenges that Divine Wisdom is bigger than they are. Choose to listen to that inner wisdom rather than the monkey mind. Take time to be quiet and receive the guidance that is available.

Author's Bio: 

- Patricia J. Crane, Ph.D., is an author, international workshop leader and trainer. Her popular book, Ordering From the Cosmic Kitchen: The Essential Guide to Powerful, Nourishing Affirmations, is available on For information about her training program for workshop leaders, go to