“If you want to go from ‘blah’ to ‘YAY!’ this book is your guide. An uplifting read with stories to inspire confidence and action steps to actually change. Alexi is the perfect mix of the encouraging best friend you can’t live without and the cool teacher you always wanted.”
—Christine Hassler, author of Expectation Hangover
“Apply Alexi Panos’s 50 Ways to Yay! and you will light a luminous spark of joy in your life that will cause your heart to sing and your soul to soar.”
—Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning and Spiritual Liberation
“Alexi Panos is to this generation what Debbie Ford and Marianne Williamson are to past generations.” —Jake Ducey, author of The Purpose Principles
Thought leader and inspirational vlogger Alexi Panos has helped hundreds of thousands with their own search for personal happiness and to create an epic life. In 50 Ways to Yay!, Alexi helps you do the same with fifty motivating, empowering, and thought-provoking lessons and exercises to help you break out of the ordinary and jump into the extraordinary. With her guidance, you can experience a domino effect of inner peace, inspiration, and a whole lot of happy.
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50 Ways to Yay!
1. LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD, SHALL WE?
The great poet Rumi has given us these wise words: “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” When we change, the world around us changes. When we work on being the most amazing version of ourselves, on transforming our hearts and our minds, we can let that goodness ripple out and affect the world. We all have the power to change and transform ourselves, and when we realize this truth, we can bring forth that power into every circumstance we encounter.
Many of us are anxious to improve our circumstances, but we’re reluctant to improve ourselves; we want the incredible life, but we don’t want to do the work. We can’t change the world until we’re willing to change ourselves, because ultimately our view of the world is a direct reflection of how we’re personally showing up in it. In any situation where we feel something is lacking, it’s usually something within ourselves that is missing from the equation. Sure, it’s easy to look at the world around us and blame it for all of our misfortunes, but placing the blame outside ourselves doesn’t bring us any closer to actually solving the problem.
Whether we’re feeling a lack of love, of financial security, of intimacy, or of peace in our lives, the solution can usually be found within ourselves. If we dig deep enough, get brutally honest, and take responsibility for how WE’RE showing up under those circumstances, we can see that external things are not to blame; instead, it is what we’re not willing to GIVE to the situation.
I used to feel a lack of intimacy in my relationships. I felt as though my partner and friends weren’t opening up fully or sharing their true feelings. It wasn’t until I realized that I wasn’t showing up fully open, vulnerable, and willing to share that I could understand that I was the missing ingredient. When I began to shift, my reality shifted with me. I dropped my walls and began to show up as ALL of me, and people who weren’t meant for my life gradually fell out of it, while I formed deeper relationships with those who stayed. My relationships expanded exponentially the more I revealed who I truly was, and suddenly that lack of intimacy I had once felt became a distant memory.
If we want to experience more love, we have to choose to be love. If we want to experience more abundance, we have to be the embodiment of that abundance. If we want to experience peace, we have to practice it first. We don’t get what we want, we get what we ARE. So whatever it is that you feel you’re lacking in life, get brutally honest with yourself and ask how you are showing up to it. We will receive and attract into our lives only what we are willing to BE, and what we feel we’re missing is a direct indicator of where we’re not giving enough of ourselves.
YOUR MISSION: In what area of your life do you most dislike the results you’re getting? (Relationships, career/purpose, money, health, spirituality, lifestyle, etc.)
Who or what do you need to become in order to get the results you desire in this area?
REFLECTION: How does it feel knowing that you are 100 percent responsible for your experience of life? Do you feel more empowered and confident in the face of the inevitable adversity that will show up?
Table of Contents
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1 Let's Change the World, Shall We? 1
2 Nothing Required 4
3 You Are a Master 8
4 Everything Starts with Uncertainty 13
5 How Do You Define Success? 17
6 The Two Emotions 21
7 It's All FOR You 25
8 What Are You Waiting For? 31
9 Be a Person of Persistence 35
10 The 40/40/20 Rule 39
11 Practice Random Acts of Awesome 43
12 Be Interested, Not Just Interesting 46
13 You're a Genius 51
14 Eye on the Prize 54
15 Change Your Lens 58
16 Simplify 63
17 The One Thing You Can Count On 67
18 Be You… Everyone Else Is Already Taken 69
19 Daily Deposits 75
20 Just Add Gratitude! 79
21 Maintenance Required 82
22 Practice Compassion 84
23 Child's Eyes 87
24 Take Back Your Time 91
25 Date Yourself 95
26 Unplug 101
27 Learn Something New 104
28 The Value of Vulnerability 107
29 Turn Failure into Fuel 111
30 What Are You Pretending Not to Know? 117
31 Say No to Yes 119
32 Master Your Mornings 124
33 Your Presence Is Requested 127
34 What Magic Will You Experience Today? 132
35 Acknowledge Abundance 135
36 All It Takes Is One 139
37 Open Mouths Get Fed 142
38 Have I Told You Lately? 145
39 Blessed To 148
40 Be a Go-Giver 152
41 Let's Talk About Your Feelings, Shall We? 155
42 Turn Up the Base 161
43 The Power of Silence 165
44 I Will Destroy You! 167
45 You're Such a Peach 171
46 You Are the Seed 174
47 Be a Disciple of Love 179
48 Own Your BS 182
49 The Extra Mile 188
50 What Will You Leave Behind? 194
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