What a wonderful time to be alive! I'm sure that there is no way anyone could have witnessed the inauguration of the 44th President, Barack Obama, and not felt a tremendous sense of positive change happening in our world. There is a positive shift happening and I truly feel like now is the time to get in rhythm with it. Now is the time to not hold back in expressing your true spirit.

Every one is talking about the recession and how bad things are right now. Talking about how bad things are, tend to bring about more bad things to talk about. I am aware of the many people who are losing their jobs and the closings of major corporations. However, I'm asking that we shift our focus to the positive realities going on.

"There is a wise Zen saying that says you cannot stop birds from flying around your head but you can prevent them from making nests in your hair. As you begin to mature spiritually, you discover that although you cannot stop the world's chatter about lack and limitation from whirling around you, you can prevent it from lodging in your consciousness."
-- Michael Beckwith, "40 Day Mind Fast Soul Feast: A Guide to Soul Awakening and Inner Fulfillment"

Be grateful for everything you have in your life right now. One key thing that I have learned is that obstacles are for your growth! Obstacles show up to make you stronger. Please recognize your power; your greatness; your ability to be the success you were meant to be. You have talents and abilities inside of you that you haven't even tapped into yet. Successful people are known for rising up out of adversity. Successful people make a choice not to let obstacles stand in the way of what they want. Your level of determination for the success you desire has to be stronger that any obstacle that shows up. It's extremely important to focus on the positive. There are always positive things to focus on and be grateful for. As Oprah always says, "start with you are breathing and go from there".

Now is the best time for you to act on your ideas! Write down your ideas. What you come up with can be your key to great wealth. Under each idea, write down at least 2 steps you think should be your next move in order to get your idea out there, then act! Get moving! Complete the first step, than the second step. This process should start you in the right direction towards making your idea become a reality.

"Our world has changed over the years because new ideas were acted upon. People may not have had all the answers, but as they began to take action, the answers became clear!"
-- Catherine Pulsifer

If you have a thought to make or create something, know that you have the ability to do it! I believe that if you have the thought to do something, you also have the wisdom and the ability to do whatever it is. Some may be thinking "but how?". This is where I believe we start to get off track. As Mike Dooley says on the DVD Movie "The Secret", "The hows are the domain of the universe". Your focus should not be on how something will happen. Focus on the end result. You have all the qualities needed inside of you, to be successful! It's right there inside of you! A recession is a wonderful catalyst to bring those qualities out. However, It's your choice to make. You can cry, whine, and complain about the state of the economy or you can choose to live your potential! Realize that, right now, someone is in need of the value that only you can offer!

"If you create and market a product or service through a business that is in alignment with your personality, capitalizes on your history, incorporates your experiences, harnesses your talents, optimizes your strengths, complements your weaknesses, honors your life's purpose, and moves you towards the conquest of your fears, there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that anyone in this or any other universe can offer the same value that you do!"
-- Walt Goodridge

Please determine to challenge yourself now more than ever! You have the power to change your habits, the power to acquire skills; and most importantly, the power to choose…your happiness, your attitude and your success.

Author's Bio: 

JoAnn Youngblood King, Author of "The Next Top Success Story", Success Coach and Owner of LiveYourPotential.com.