Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Overcome Negativity - Turn Negatives Into Positives

English: Blitz ravaged Coventry Cathedral A po...
Blitz ravaged Coventry Cathedral: A poignant symbol of the destructiveness of negativity (Photo: Wikipedia)
by Tony Fahkry

Negative thoughts make us feel down and gloomy. We all know that negativity will destroy us, but we still do it - we think negative, and we behave negatively.

To a certain extent, we all worsen our situations just by taking things to another level in our minds.

And even though we know that it's not helping us, we still somehow find ourselves stuck in the spiral of negative thoughts that recur again and again, following different patterns.

Thinking negative is like wearing dirty and dark glasses, because it fogs our vision and gives us a highly distorted image of reality. When you are thinking negative, you can't find joy in life as your entire mindset convinces you that joy and happiness are not an option for you, and even if you are feeling some happiness, it is only temporary.

Negative thinking leads to negative actions, which creates a wall between you and your friends or other people around you. No matter how kind and open others may be to you, you will not be able to trust them if you do not have a positive outlook towards life. Your negativity will lead you into thinking that their kindness isn't real, and their good behavior will not last for long.

An especially harmful situation arises when a person enters a stage that is sometimes called the 'negative negativity'. In this situation, a person is aware of his negative thinking - so much so, that he actually knows the exact pattern of his negative thinking. He is aware that this thinking is destructive for him, and thus he goes into guilt for feeling so negative. And this trap of guilt proves to be even more harmful as it leads to more of negativity.

Yes, it does sound grim. This situation promotes negativity to a higher degree, and creates a spiral. Negative thinking patterns aren't naturally acquired - they are learned.

When we get the light of positivity, we can see the negativity clearly without giving ourselves a bad time mulling over it. This is when we decide to change ourselves and our way of thinking. It lightens up the heavy burden on our personality.

Here are five great ways to defeat negative thinking:

1. Use breathing techniques

After every few minutes, pause your work and just breathe. Concentrate on your breathing and feel yourself breathe. Enjoy the goodness of things that surround you. If you do this often, you will be more in touch with your inner self and feel tremendous energy, which will purify any negative thinking.

2. Keep a log about negative thinking

Carry a notebook with you. Whenever you feel that you are experiencing a negative pattern, just note it down along with whatever thoughts you are having and the cause behind them. Then after a couple of weeks, sit down and go through that notebook. Try to find some common themes that encourage negative thoughts in you. This will make you more aware about yourself.

3. Do stuff that you like

Take some time out from your schedule and enjoy your life a bit. Do things that make you happy. Everyone wants to be happy, but they mostly can't find time for it. Take a vacation this weekend, go for long walks in the park, go out for dinner or movie, or get a relaxing massage. Just slow down the pace and give yourself some peace of mind.

4. Appreciate the little things

Learn to see the brighter side of life. Be thankful for who you are and what you have. Keep in mind that no matter what happens in your life, it is still possible to gaze up and behold the magic that is around you. Acknowledge the simple joys of life, like feeling of cool breeze on your skin, or how amazing the universe is. When you appreciate goodness, negativity dissolves away.

5. Spread the joy

Kindness never goes unrewarded. But somehow we all have forgotten this old saying. It is the greatest medicine that eases aching minds and hearts. When you make someone else happy, you get happiness in return. Generosity puts a sure end to negativity and generosity doesn't have to be always shown. Try leaving the best parking spot for someone else. Or maybe clean up the office lunch room someday, and don't let anybody know who did it. Doing small things like these will wash away your negativity and you will start feeling good about yourself.

If you be kind in this way, you release positive energy. Even if nobody gets to know about your generous acts, it will cheer you up and you'll feel better from the inside. This will make you less negative and you will experience personal growth. Follow these simple points honestly and you'll find a huge difference in less than a month.

Life is perpetual, creative and expansive. It continually creates itself within each moment, so remain attuned to the energy of the moment.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Power of Your Dream

Macchu Picchu
Macchu Picchu (Photo credit: migpascual)
by Cynthia L Hatcher

What makes it so hard to stay consistent and follow our dreams? Why does it seem we jump from one task, career, business venture or idea to the next?

Having confidence in yourself is important. Practicing commitment and dedication is a key principle but to consistently follow your dream takes belief in what you are going after.

When you experience failure, disappointment or things are just not working well for you, sometimes focusing on yourself is the wrong way to work yourself out of a slump. Your dream is still there waiting for you to fulfill it.

See the dream does not go anywhere. We may ignore it, bury it, try to forget about it or maybe even disown it for a time but just give it any amount of attention and your passion will once again rise to the forefront. That is the secret of the power of your dream. All your dream needs is your consistent focus and attention and it will begin to lead you in the direction to follow it and make it happen.

So you may have tried some things and it did not work. So you may have gotten off track. That's all part of it. No-one follows their dream perfectly. Honestly, life does not work that way. There are ups and downs. There are different twists and turns on the path of following your dream. Don't let what naturally happens be the deciding factor of you abandoning your dream.

The dream demands it's own realization, that is why it appeared to you in the first place. The humility to admit this is one of the first steps in allowing the dream to have it's power to take root inside of you. You did not think the dream up. Someone else did not tell you it was a good idea. It came to you on purpose so that you would arrange your life to fulfill it.

That is the second step to allowing your dream to have its full power in your life, permitting yourself to do what is necessary. Sometimes that means adding or removing people, places or things to make room for your dream's achievement.

Focusing on your dream has the great ability of filling your heart, your thoughts and your night's sleep with excitement. It amazing how this works if we just take the time and the courage to give it a little of our energy. The dream will once again move us out of paralysis to a place of forward movement. Focusing on the dream opens the door of creative concepts and strategies.

Yes, look at what didn't work so you won't repeat the same mistake but don't park your attention there. The only reason to revisit what went wrong is to know the path not to take to end up there again.

So start again. Tap into the power of your dream and watch the sun look brighter, the sky look bluer, the grass look greener and the rain smell sweeter. Yes, following the dream has the power not only to change your perception but your life as well.

Cynthia L. Hatcher (c) 2012

I am an Inspirational Goal Strategist Coach. My passion is to assist solo entrepreneurs, professional women and other service providers to follow their dream and achieve their goals. http://www.cynthialhatcher.com

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Live Like You Were Dying to Experience Life at Its Best

Nitro Circus stars Joelene Van Vugt of Canada, Erik Roner of the USA and eight friends perform some extreme skydiving manoeuvres with a wheelchair to launch their extreme sport '2011 Nitro Circus Live New Zealand Tour' on November 16, 2010 in Matamata, New Zealand (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife).
by Aaron Dems

Life is all about being able to handle the stress of achieving something. People set goals everyday; some achieve them while some don't.

But it's often observed that people who have a short time to do something often end up achieving a lot more than those who have all the time in the world.

Why does this happen? And what is the reason for the success that these people achieve?

Using a simple psychological logic, it means that these people live like they were dying. When you live like you were dying your subconscious automatically responds to it and treats every situation like you had nothing to lose.

This behavior is often exhibited by people who are stuck in crunch situations. The brain responds to a stimulus called fight or flight.

This is what makes some people perform under pressure whereas it's exactly the same thing that makes others crumble under pressure. You might have experienced this at some point in your life.

When you live like you were dying your subconscious automatically wants to fight rather than flight. This is something phenomenal and only people who live like they have nothing to lose would experience it. There are a whole lot of benefits of living life in this way.

One of the famous personalities that advocated the live like you were dying ideology was Steve Jobs. This man introduced several technologies in the world of computing with the help of the Mac. But most of his life achievements only began after he realized that he was about to die from pancreatic cancer. He knew he was losing a battle to cancer but that didn't stop him.

Instead he changed the world by focusing all his attention on what's important and gave the world some of the best computing products. Though he is no more his ideas still survive in the products he designed.

The live like you were dying ideology has also been advocated in popular media such as movies and novels. This is probably one of the oldest reverse psychology fundamentals that have become popular again.

Some individuals double their efforts to live life once they know that they are about to die. Making a bucket list is one way to enjoy the time that you have left. You can do all the things that you wished to do in life but couldn't due to some unavoidable reasons.

A few bucket list ideas include skydiving over Mt. Everest, bungee jumping or something that has scared you to death. Living like you had nothing to lose can be a blessing in disguise because it will help you achieve a lot more in a short span of time.

Life is a privilege and it must be lived in order to understand what it's all about. If you've been losing interest in life lately, open up and adopt the 'live like you were about to die' attitude. Life could be better if we learn to live like we are about to die.

Aaron Dems is the author of this article on live like you were dying. Find more information, about life could be better here.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

How To Change The Way You Feel In 60 Seconds

Cover of "Feelings"
Cover of Feelings
by Patrick McNally Ph.D.

People need a way to get themselves out of a bad mood. You know the one I mean. You wake up in the morning and stagger into the shower only for the hot water to be cold. Wonderful you think to yourself.

So you jump out freezing cold and quickly attempt to get dressed, only to be interrupted by the two darlings of your life (the children) fighting again. You make breakfast but no one has time to eat it and when you go to start the car, the battery is flat. So with a start like that is it little wonder that the day continues as it began?

Everyone on the planet needs is a way to rid themselves of these terrible feelings. Everyone has at some time or other felt depressed, anxious, resentful, jealous, sad or angry, to name a few. The problem with all of these negative feelings is that they tend to stay around a long time because they are very powerful emotions.

Here is how to change the way you feel, simply follow my instructions.

Step 1

Think of anything that is bothering you, worrying you, making you feel sad or fearful just pick the worst thing you are going through now.

Step 2

As you keep thinking about it, let yourself detect where you feel it in your body. Some people have found their body gave them sensations in their chest, arms, stomach, throat, between their breasts (females), or at the top of their stomach (men store it here a lot). Just become aware of where it enters your body.

Step 3

Notice which direction this feeling is moving. It has to move - feelings move all the time. For example, I want you to think about being nervous. When a person is nervous, they normally say "I have butterflies in my tummy".

Step 4

By now you should be thinking of it, feeling it and know the direction in which it is moving. Now I want you to look at what it is you are seeing in your mind's eye. Is it a still picture or a movie?

Go to a) if it's a picture
Go to b) if it's a movie

a) If it's a picture, place a black border around the edge and move it away from you in your mind's eye, shrinking it down to the size of a postcard. Then move it away from you again until it's the size of a postage stamp. Then when it is as small as you can make it, take a deep breath and blow it away until you can't see it anymore. At the very same time as you are doing this, I want you to place your hands on the area of your body where the feelings are. Then push the feelings in your body in the opposite direction. So, for example, if you discovered the feelings were in your lower stomach moving up, you would use your hands to move the feelings downward. As you blow the picture away you should also find you have moved the feeling from your body.

b) If you see a movie playing, pick the worst part of the movie and freeze it. Now you have a picture and can continue with the technique by following the instructions given in a).

Step 5

Test the results of your work. Try to think again about THE SAME THING that was worrying you and see and feel for yourself how remarkably different the experience is now.

No other technique has ever got close to removing negative emotions as fast as this one and I give it to you with love and blessing for an amazing life. Never let your body trick you anymore, you make the thoughts that create your feelings ... now you can change your feelings about anything or anyone in your life.

You can also help your friends and family, as well as children with this technique. I've had young children who were being bullied at school suddenly not feel afraid anymore. To see their face is a joy.
Enjoy your amazing life ...

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Friday, July 27, 2012

How to Start Fulfilling Your Dreams

Book of Dreams (novel)
Book of Dreams (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Zac Sky

Everyone has dreams; things they desire for their life, goals they would love to complete, and achievements they wish they could have.

But most people do nothing about them.

Most people consider dreams to be unattainable.

They see them as figments of the imagination, a flight of fancy, and nothing more than something to distract them from their current dreary lives.

This is simply not true.

Dreams are nothing more than big goals and every goal is achievable through dedication and perseverance.

I believe that deep down everyone realises this but they are simply too afraid to change.

They are afraid of their own dreams, afraid of failing to complete them, and afraid of losing their just-better-than-average life that they have been struggling to achieve thus far.

This is how our society has been conditioned. We believe that the only "safe" way through life is to do what everyone else is doing and strive to get just a little bit better than our peers.

We've been conditioned (or brainwashed) to believe that chasing our dreams will put everything we have worked towards at risk. It is this fear that causes people to get stuck in a rut, never able to fulfill their dreams and never able to fully enjoy their lives.

But now we have created a stigma in our society around dreams. People that quit their high paying professional jobs to become a painter, or start their own cake shop, or trek around the world for a year are often frowned upon by the majority. This is because we have created a culture of being embarrassed about our dreams.

Dreams are not things to be embarrassed about. What should embarrass you is the thought of going through your entire life without following them - living the same old life as the people next door, and the people next to them and the people next to them, and ... you get the picture.

Having a dream is not a crime, in fact it is a healthy and natural thing. And so is fulfilling them. Why do you think the self-help industry is so big and why so many people have a mid-life crisis? Because we have a deep urge within us; a need to fulfill our dreams.

And I'm going to start you off ...

5 Simple Steps to Start Fulfilling Your Dreams

I recommend doing the rest of this article with a partner - someone who is like-minded, positive, and also looking to start down the path of dream fulfillment. You can do it alone, in front of the mirror, but I think it works best when done with a partner, or better yet an entire group of friends.

1. Write down all your dreams

If money was not a problem, if you had all the knowledge, contacts and experience needed, what would you do in your life? What do you wish you were doing right now? What would make you 100% happy? It can be 3, 30, or 300 things. They can be as crazy and absurd as you like (walking on the moon perhaps?) but just make sure your list captures everything you dream of doing. Go on, write them down now. I'll wait ...

2. Verbalise them with your friends and family

Here is where the group aspect of this activity kicks in. Get together with your partner/group and take turns reading out every single one of your dreams (if you are doing this solo then get in front of the mirror and read them aloud). Even if you are embarrassed, you must read them out for everyone to hear.

When reading out your dreams start each one with a phrase like "I want to ..." or "My dream is to ...". Give as much or as little information as you want, so long as you succinctly explain what your dream is. You do not have to justify any of them, but if you want to share the reasoning with your friends then by all means go ahead.

The listeners are not expected to say or do anything except be positive, but it is good practice to make a mental note of the dreams being stated because you are going to help them be fulfilled!

I don't think I need to say this here but I will anyway. It is highly important that there is no challenging or ridiculing someone for their dreams. They have taken a courageous step to stand up and verbalise their dreams, and to shoot them down is simply not on.

If you are this kind of person then do not participate in this activity. If you know one of your friends is like this then do not invite them. This is for positive people only - people who want to see their dreams, and the dreams of others, fulfilled.

3. Start working towards your own dreams

Now that you have finally written your dreams down, and had the courage to stand up and tell people, you can start working towards making them actually happen. You have made them real, not just an idea in your mind, and if something is real it is achievable.

Treat your goals like you would any other task or project in your life. Break it down into small tasks because small tasks get done more often. That way your dream will not seem unattainable and you can tick things off regularly and see the progress. Just make sure you give yourself tight deadlines - don't let it stagnate!

I personally recommend that you aim to do at least one action towards one of your dreams every single day. Even if the action is just spending half an hour researching on the internet, it is wise to get into the habit of using your spare time to work towards your dreams. This will create the mindset that your life is all about following your dreams rather than just "getting by".

4. Help others with their dreams

Now that you know the dreams of those close to you, you can start to help them as well. You can motivate and remind them to follow their dreams, you can support them when they need encouragement, and you can help identify opportunities for them.

By sharing dreams you have made each other accountable. Make sure that the others are working towards their dreams because this will also help motivate you to fulfill your own dreams. Success breeds success and when you are there to witness a friend achieve their dream it will reinforce that dreams can become reality. All of a sudden your dreams will seem so much more attainable.

Not to mention the joy and happiness you will feel when you help someone achieve one of their life long dreams.

5. Tell everyone you can

Now that you have told someone your dreams you should have realised that it is not so scary, and definitely not embarrassing. So get out there and tell as many people as you can!

It might feel strange being so open, exposing your dreams to the world, but sometimes it is the only way that you are going to find the help you need to achieve all your dreams. You never know, you might just meet someone who has a friend with a rich cousin who was looking for a buddy to start a circus act with ... how else would you find out about that without telling people?

Tell everyone you meet about your dreams and I guarantee that most of them will be happy for you. If you are met with any negativity just smile and remind yourself that those people are just afraid - they are scared to follow their own dreams and they don't like to see other people achieving success. The best thing you can do is to keep striving for your dreams and hope that you will inspire them to take a chance of their own.

Don't hold back. This is your life and they are your dreams. Make them happen!

Zac Sky is a 28 year old entrepreneur, consultant, writer, motivator, data geek, and sports-lover, with a mindset for being positive, loving life, and experimenting. He is the author of "ZacSky.com - Positive Happiness" a blog dedicated to personal development, productivity improvement, and lifestyle freedom.

By age 25, Zac had gained two university degrees, drafted his first self-help book, and founded his own software development company called 16 Threads. Read more about Zac and his philosophy on life at http://www.zacsky.com.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

The 5 A DAY Approach To Goal Setting

the only way is up!
The only way is up! (Photo credit: lululemon athletica)
by Vincent Gray

Goal setting 101 - the easiest way to achieve your goals can be broken down into two very simple steps.
1) Decide what you want
2) Take daily consistent actions towards your goals.

That's it - you don't need to take a 4 day goal setting class where you identify your life's purpose and talk to your unconscious mind through symbolism. What you need is clarity and action. This will take you much further than any other goal setting system out there.

You see, what most people fail to realise is you don't need a big bang, lots of little pops will still get you there. And that is the basis of the 5 A Day system.

This is how it works.

Pick your goal, or you could even use up to 3 goals in different areas. So for example say we took one health goal and one financial goal.

The 5 A Day goal setting system essentially requires you to have lots of little pops every single day.

What does that mean?

Simply it means every day - first thing in the morning write down 5 little things that you will do today towards your goals. They don't have to be huge - start with simple goals like drink 2 liters of water, make a phone call, buy an investing book.

And then build on the goals each day - if you bought a book on Amazon on day 1, your goal for day 2 is to read the first 3 chapters. Each day builds on the previous days goals!

For example:

Day 1 buy the investing book
Day 2 read 3 chapters
Day 7 open a spread betting account (am assuming day 3-7 was reading)
Day 8 set up bank account to save 10% of salary a month
and so on.

What you will find is you will achieve your goal much faster by taking small daily actions. As you can see it is a very simple process - but don't let that fool you. The power of daily actions no matter how small is unbelievable!

Try it out for yourself for just 30 days and see how much you have achieved at the end of 30 days.

Remember all you need is 5 mini-goals a day that you must complete. That's all it takes. Write them out in the morning, check them off in the evening.

You can buy goal setting software to track your accomplishments or just simply stick them on your phone so you have the list on you at all times. Do whatever works for you. But you must do something every single day and you will achieve your goal

Vincent Gray is a prolific goal setting expert and runs a website where he reviews the best goal setting software tools in the market. To find out more about how goal setting software can help you identify, track, measure and achieve your goals visit http://www.goalsettingsoftwaretools.com

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Serendipity As a Form of Creativity

Cover of "Serendipity"
Cover of Serendipity
by Marita Steffe

Serendipity. Even if you have no idea what the word means, the sound of it rolling off your tongue inspires imagination.

In truth, serendipity is an unexpected surprise, a pleasant discovery, a happy accident. It is those moments in life when something unexplainable happens that potentially changes the course of your life, even if only for a short time.

For serendipity to be present in your life, you must be willing to live in the moment, to take the occasional detour. If you travel the same route every day or talk to the same circle of friends all the time, the chances for new things to occur, for the unexpected to befall you, are limited.

A wonderful movie named "Serendipity" starring Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack illustrates the concept of serendipity wonderfully.

The two meet, share a wonderful evening and decide to leave their relations ship to fate. He writes his name and phone number on a $5 bill and must circulate it. She writes hers on the inside cover of a book and must leave the book somewhere. If the two are meant to be together, they reason, they will find the book and the $5 bill and be reunited. - hence, a happy accident.

Let spontaneity and daring be part of your life. Walk to a different bus stop on your way to work. Buy coffee from a different shop. Visit the local tourist spots. As residents of a locale, we often put off visiting our own landmarks and parks because we take them for granted and think we'll get around to it someday. Don't put it off.

If you love art and music, visit a sports event. Do something different, step outside your comfort zone for a few minutes each week. Be really daring and do it every day, in some way, it's a way to practice your creativity.

By opening yourself to new experiences, your senses are put on alert. It's as though your brain says, 'Hey, everybody, wake up. We've never been here before.' Will you meet a new friend? Might you discover a new hobby? Could you see something that unlocks your writer's block or inspires a new painting? Who knows? Unless you take the chance to discover the surprises that await you, you will not know either.

Even if you don't meet new friends or discover new hobbies, you will have expanded your world and your knowledge base and even that can be a form of serendipity and new possibilities.

Marita Steffe would like to invite you to explore your creativity.

There are times in life when everything feels stuck and stale, especially later in life. Use this time to explore and try something new. If this is of interest to you, visit http://visionandwords.com, where you will find tips, tricks and lots of inspiration to make your vision board and to help you open up to your creativity. My gift to you: "The Secrets Behind Creativity" http://grabyourfreegift.com/maritas

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Why Should I Use a Life Coach?

Self Development
Self Development (Photo credit: StuartWebster)
by Christopher A Carter

Throughout our lives we often find ourselves knowing what we want in life, but for whatever reason have a hard time accomplishing our goals.

For many adults, this is a very frustrating experience. Is it something they're doing wrong? Is it the way they act or how they attract certain people? Or is it those around them that are holding them back from maximum performance?

A life coach is a peer who has greater experience in certain areas than you, be it social, physical, business intelligence or emotional intelligence. A coach can help you answer questions about your goals that are frustrating you.

A coach will first identify what goals you want to work towards and identify why you haven't achieved them yet. Finally, a coach will help you formulate a plan to achieve those goals, typically with small assignments once a week.

A coach is akin to a business consultant who's hired to look at a company from the outside in to identify points of weakness and areas for improvement. A life coach sees your life from an objective perspective and holds nothing back when it comes to telling you the brutal truth about what you need to change or fix.

Think of your life as a bridge stretching from one destination to the next. Bridges always need maintenance and care. They also need a good foundation. An impactful life is like a well-maintained, well-balanced bridge that gets you from where you are to where you want to be and what you want to become.

A well-trained life coach is able to look at your lifestyle patterns or specific problems and identify weaknesses in the structure of your bridge. When you hire a life coach, you are committing yourself to change.

For many adults, this can be scary and intimidating. For those ready to make the leap into becoming more powerful adults by overcoming current obstacles and negative patterns, using a life coach can be a powerful edge.

When you hire a life coach, you are investing money in yourself as long as you are getting something out of the coaching experience. The improvements you'll enact with the help of your coach are permanent positive changes in your life. A life coach is hired because they teach you permanent solutions and permanent positive problem-solving methods to maximize your performance.

Common reasons adults hire life coaches is to improve their social skills, improve their productivity, improve organization, follow a successful diet, or become better at business. Coaches hold you accountable to the goals you set for yourself, guided by their experience and mentorship.

When you are matched to a compatible coach, the money you spend for your sessions is an investment into your long-term success.

Because of their objective and more experienced vantage point, coaches will usually give you some unique ideas about yourself and how to maximize your potential. Coaches can see patterns of behavior and pinpoint how to fix or change negative patterns.

Life coaches are an interactive one-on-one way for motivated adults to overcome obstacles to where they want to go in their lives and career.

A good life coach coaches only those who follow their coaching agenda. A great life coach spends the necessary time to learn the clients' individual differences and needs. Together, you and I can create the plan to achieve your desired outcome. I coach by telephone 24/7 so you can schedule sessions that are convenient to you.

For more information, go to http://www.newlifenowcoaching.com

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Motivational Quotes - 23 July 2012

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Sun Tzu (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by Nicolas, Inspirational Quotes blog: http://inspirational-quotes-blog.com/

New opportunities do not come from sitting at home watch TV - you need to get out and create lucky breaks - Richard Parkes Cordock

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination - E. Nightingale

I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life - Gandhi

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings - Brian Tracy

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can? - Sun Tzu

All war is based on deception - Sun Tzu

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children - Mandela

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy - Tony Robbins

One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government - Donald Trump

You’ll find boredom where there is the absence of a good idea - E. Nightingale
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Journaling Toward An Exraordinary Life

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journal #19 random entry #2 (Photo credit: paperbackwriter)
By Lisa L Colbert

Using a journal as a meaningful tool to self discovery and growth is invaluable.

Instead of the 'dear diary' once used to vent negativity, this outlet can be used to better understand yourself and to foster emotional growth.

Once you make a commitment to examine your values and motivations through writing, you will define the characteristics that guide the choices you make in your life.

Your journal is a place to align focus on what you want, rather than what you do not want. Through writing you can better organize your thoughts, define goals and create action plans.

This may not be your first time using a journal, and if so you understand the commitment it takes. Set aside 20 to 30 minutes a day to work in your journal and practice this to make journaling part of a healthy lifestyle.

If you have are not sure where to begin start by defining the ideal situation in all facets of your life:

Career, Business and Finance
Relationships (family, career, friends and yourself)
Health, Fitness and Body Image
Fun and Recreation
Physical Environment
Emotional Development
Spirituality and Life Contribution

As you describe the details of your ideals (dreams) visualize being there using all your senses and become very specific using descriptive language to bring it to life.

Move on to create action plans that you can begin to implement to move toward what you have described in the various areas of your life. Start out broad then narrow your thoughts down to very specific details.

Break your goals into steps by setting small attainable goals that will create a path to achieving those ideals in each part of your life. Use your journal as a place to evaluate and adjust. Look back at each step and reflect. It is all about learning, even when things do not go as expected.

Set palatable timelines and become accountable to yourself. At the same time forgive your missteps, learn and move on. Ensure you take time to celebrate your journey and reward yourself often, sometimes by simply allowing yourself to feel pride.

As you plan and progress, you will undoubtedly have thoughts that provoke fear and doubt. Use these feeling to be reflective and proactive. Practice in writing changing these thoughts and overcome the negative voices that will surface.

When you have a negative thought try to relate it to a belief you have about yourself, the world or others. This belief is neither right nor wrong, but it may be not moving you forward and indeed holding you back.

Define the belief, look at where it came from and write about how you can change it. Continually ask are my thoughts words and actions supportive of my ideal future, if not how can I think or do things differently? Record these exercises in detail and revisit when a similar situation arises.

The journaling experience is intended to create a momentum in your life and to give a satisfaction that has you looking forward to recording your thoughts and refining your life plan. Your journal will create a clear picture of where you intend your life to go and build an agenda to get you there.

Start your journal today and soon you will have a record to look back on that will reflect how much you have learned and how considerably you have grown.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Increase Mind Power - 7 Tips for Creating Greater Success

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By Lorna Atkinson

Are you still dreaming of your ideal life? A life of prosperity and abundance? Health and fitness? Achievements? Accolades? Or spiritual peace?

Whatever your mind can dream of, you can attain it if you increase your mind power and consciously direct it with a bold mindset, discernment and persistence.

We all have different versions of success from material comforts, financial affluence, physical well-being and career achievements to the more inwardly directed goals of self-confidence, emotional stability and peace of mind.

Regardless of how you define success, anything you can envision can be yours if you will persistently train your mind to claim that which you desire. Fifteen to twenty minutes a day is enough to start to reshape your life circumstances into the conditions of your choosing.

Like tacking the course of a boat, if you change your direction by just one degree a day, you change the entire journey of your life. Making just one decision every day to develop a strong psychology, and following through with action, can and will change the course of your life and the outcomes you experience in dramatic fashion.

Any or all of the following seven exercises can be used to effectively increase mind power by harnessing the power of choice and decision.

If the idea of mental discipline is new to you, select three or four applications that appeal and diligently practice each one for five minutes daily for a month. In the second month, add another or mix them up for a fresh perspective, but learn to master (at least be comfortable with) the first applications before adding more.

1. Get clear

What is the exact outcome you want to attain? Be very specific, precise and concise in what it is you want. If you don't have a clear goal in mind, your mind won't know what to focus on. Fuzzy focus equals fuzzy results.

As it states in A Course In Miracles (Text Ch.18, VI, p. 366) "The clarification of the goal belongs at the beginning, for it is this which will determine the outcome." and "The value of deciding in advance what you want to happen is simply that you will perceive the situation as a means to make it happen."

When the brain has a goal to focus on, the RAS (reticular activating system) will block out unnecessary distractions while concentrating heightened awareness and high attention on the ways and means to achieve the goal. The process of getting clear about your goal will download the program for success into the brain - your personal super-computer.

Take the time to write out your goal, preferably with pen and paper, and be as detailed as possible. Set a deadline of when you'd like to achieve it; set up a plan with action steps to follow daily, weekly and monthly and have measurement points along the way to determine if you're on track or need to make some adjustments.

Review your goals daily; write them out on 3" x 5" cards and keep one with you to look at as often as possible throughout the day and read them first thing in the morning and last thing at night - you want to saturate your mind with the idea of the successful fruition of your goal.

2. Get motivated

Willpower and determination alone are not enough to keep you going on a long-term basis - you must know why you want to realize your goal. Use the pain and pleasure principle to determine all of what you'll gain when your goal is met and all of what it will cost you if you let your dream die.

This is important, be honest with yourself and amass a mountain of reasons why you must achieve this goal, as this is the motivation that will carry you through the times of frustration or impatience when nothing seems to be changing.

Again, write all of your reasons down in a success journal and review it daily as well as before you begin any work on pursuing your dream. You want to keep this fire burning to get the most of inspiration and motivation.

3. Take out the trash - where is your focus? 

Eliminate negative thinking, worry and anxiety and don't give them fuel to thrive in your mind. Whatever we focus on grows stronger and if the object of our worry is fed with the high-octane fuel of fear in any of its forms (worry, anxiety, doubt etc.), you can be sure to experience more of what you dread.

You must first become aware of thoughts that make you uncomfortable, angry or defensive; once you begin to witness when and how your thinking gets off the rails, you can consciously change them. Your awareness is key as we won't change anything that flies below our personal radar.

Once you know you're in a negative thought routine you can change it by:

a) Immediately focus on anything that makes you feel good, that you love to do, or a great memory that will distract you and change your emotional state. Keep bringing your mind back to what feels good for as long as it takes to not work it anymore.

b) Use a short affirmation or mantra about what you want, and always stated in the most positive, resolute fashion.

c) Lighten up. Do something silly, watch ten minutes of a comedy routine, imitate animal sounds - whatever it takes to crack the heaviness. Laugh, look for the humor in the circumstance and stop taking yourself so seriously. The universe won't explode if you make a mistake.

Learn to question your beliefs and assumptions. If you're not sure where to look for subconscious beliefs that may be holding you back, just look at the results you're getting in any area of concern.

Whatever abundance or scarcity you're experiencing is a witness to what beliefs you hold in your subconscious mind. If you're holding onto old beliefs that no longer serve you, challenge their truth for you today and let go. Give them, and the events that caused them, a new meaning of benevolence then move on.

4. Think from the outcome, and assume the best

This is a strategy that will increase mind power exponentially when you start to experience the results of thinking from the outcome, rather than the journey to get there. We make assumptions about our reality, what can and can't happen without ever questioning their veracity.

Start to assume the best possible outcome and don't get bogged down in the emotions of wanting or hoping - if your focus is on wanting and hoping, those are the results you'll receive.

5. Visualize

Even if you can't "see" things when you visualize, go through the process and focus on the sensations that appeal to you most ... it doesn't really matter if your visualizations don't play out like a movie in your mind, the important aspects are to see yourself experiencing the end results as if they're happening in present time and to be fully engaged with the wonderful feelings of being there now.

Let yourself get emotionally connected and engage all of your physical senses - your subconscious doesn't understand the concept of time, it's where you're putting your focus now that prompts its' engagement in what's going on.

6. Affirmations and mantras

Make them simple and short, always phrased in the first person (I am ...), in the present moment and worded positively. We actually use affirmations all the time, but usually unconsciously, and the results are usually contrary to what we want as we state them in a dis-empowering manner. i.e. "I'll never get what I want ...". Pay attention to the habitual, negative thoughts in your mind and replace with something that will be to your benefit!

7. Gratitude and appreciation

Start by acknowledging and appreciating all that is well in your life now then expand in a widening circle to include all that is on its way to you. When you appreciate what's going right for you, you start the "vibes of success" which increases the flow of more success - like attracts like.. Hold yourself in the state of gratitude and appreciation as often as possible.

You can achieve any goal your mind can dream of, but it doesn't come with a sprinkling of fairy dust. If you want to improve your circumstances, relationships, finances, health or self-worth you must do the work and accept responsibility for the results you harvest.

To increase mind power, daily diligent practice of the seven exercises of getting clear and getting motivated, directing your focus consciously, thinking from the end, visualizing with strong emotion, empowering affirmations and gratitude and appreciation will bring the results of a strong psychology, greater success and enhanced well-being. Wouldn't that be a nice legacy to pass on?

Are you still allowing events from the past to limit your confidence and seemingly make you feel helpless? Natural Confidence is an easy and elegant program that will eliminate your beliefs and conditioning, for good, and allow you to switch your identity from that of a victim to that of a powerhouse - click here now to live your life on YOUR terms.

Lorna M. Atkinson is a writer and advocate of reclaiming personal power through the alignment of personality and soul and is dedicated to freeing the mind from limitations learned in the past.

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Time Management - How to Make the Most of Each Day

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Cover of Manage Your Time (Essential Managers)
By Rusty O'Connor

While most people say that they don't have enough time, the simple fact is that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week and 52 weeks in a year.

The difference comes down to how we choose to use this time.

Case in point for the above, a busy professional working mum, may only have 1 hour spare a day, but she uses this to very effectively and efficiently build a side business.

A college student may have 6 hours spare a day but chooses to spend this time playing video games.

To make the most out of your time, you need to learn how to stay in control of it.

While much of this will be set by your goal setting, the below tips will also help you get the most out of each and every day.
  • Write a to do list: Your to do list is your greatest friend when it comes to getting the most out of each day. Write down all of the tasks that you want to achieve and highlight the three or four most important tasks. Start on these first. This way if you don't complete the others you have at least undertaken the most important tasks.

  • Plan your day: A to do list is great, planning your day and setting aside time to undertake each task is even better. Use your diary or electronic calendar and block out time you will be working on tasks. Always leave time free for those urgent and unexpected tasks that come up.

  • Learn to say no: Saying yes to everyone will make you stressed and less productive. What's more you may spread yourself to thin and won't produce quality outcomes. Every time someone asks you to do something, think about it in detail before responding or committing.

  • Get organized: How much time have you wasted by being disorganized? Organize your desk and your home life ... personally, one thing that has made a difference for us is having a set place for all of our bills, wallets/purses and car keys. This has saved our family heaps of time.

  • Monitor how you are currently spending your time: This is a good way to work out your time management habits and will help you ascertain where your time is going. If you monitor your time over one week you will quickly find out what you are spending your time on.

  • Email: While it is a great thing, it can control your life and ruin your productivity. Rather than checking email as it comes in, set aside three times a day to check it. When you check, respond straight away, or note that the email will have to be actioned at later date (then move it to your to-do-list).

  • Smart Phones: Technology is wonderful but again, even more so than email, it can control your life, add stress and ruin your productivity. Don't be afraid to turn your phone off when you are working on specific tasks.
As can be seen from above, there are a range of ways to manage your time more effectively. To start, monitor how you are spending your time, and then use the tips above to help get the most out of each day, while reducing your stress levels at the same time. Here's to your success.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

9 Secrets For A Joyful Life

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By Margaret Paul, Ph.D.

1. Self-Compassion Rather Than Self-Judgment

In the 44 years I've been counseling clients, I've never had a client who was not judging themselves - and not realizing the profound negative effects of self-judgment.

Most are afraid to let go of self-judgment, believing that without judging themselves, they will sit and do nothing.

When they finally take the risk of self-compassion, they realize that, far from doing nothing, they are now motivated to be far more productive and creative.

If they were previously doing well, it was in spite of their self-judgment, not because of it. If they were not doing well, it was because the self-judgment was immobilizing them.

Moving into compassion for ourselves - for our painful feelings, for our mistakes and failures, for being human - is magical! Self-compassion opens us to learning, healing and new choices that can bring us much joy.

2. Make it Okay to be Rejected

How much energy do you spend trying to be perfect, saying or doing the 'right' thing, giving yourself up, avoiding being yourself, and not being spontaneous? The big false belief here is that we can have control over how others feel about us and treat us.

What if you accepted that you don't have this control over others, just as they don't have this control over you? What if you accepted rejection as a fact of life, and instead of attaching your worth to what others think, you define your own worth?

3. Define Your Intrinsic Worth

There are two ways to define your worth - extrinsically and intrinsically. When you define your worth extrinsically, you are defining yourself by your looks, achievements and performance - and by what others think of your looks, achievements and performance. This is a very hard way to live, as you constantly have to strive to feel like you are okay-and failure is not okay.

When you define your worth intrinsically, you define yourself by your inborn eternal qualities-the qualities that don't fade with age. While looks and performance fade with age, intrinsic qualities such as kindness, caring, compassion, goodness, creativity, passion, aliveness, joy, curiosity, courage and integrity can deepen with age.

When you define yourself by your intrinsic worth, you are valuing who are, and then what you do becomes an expression of who you are, rather than a definition of your worth as a person.

4. Make it Okay to Fail

When you know you are inherently worthy, then it becomes okay to fail. Rather than failure defining your lack of worth, failure becomes a learning experience, letting us know what else we need to learn. Making it okay to fail and not seeing failure as defining you in any way opens the door to trying new things that can bring you much joy.

5. Don't Take Others' Behavior Personally
Once you define your intrinsic worth, it becomes much easier to not take others' behavior personally. When you know and value who you are intrinsically, then you accept that others' unloving behavior is about them rather than about you.

6. Stay Present in Your Body

When you live in your head rather than in your body, you are thinking rather than experiencing. You are missing the moment, which is where joy is. Staying in your head, thinking about the past or future, is a form of control that most of us learned as we were growing up to protect against pain.

But pain and joy live in the same place in the heart, so when we avoid the pain of life, we also avoid the joy of life. Rather than avoiding pain through staying in your head and through various addictions, why not learn how to manage the pain of life through developing your spiritual connection? Then you can stay present in your body, experiencing the beauty, joy and wonder of the present moment.

7. Intent to Learn/Love Rather than Intent to Protect/Control

Our intent is what governs how we feel and behave. When our intent is to protect against pain with some form of controlling behavior-trying to control our feelings, others and outcomes-we end up abandoning ourselves and may feel anxious, depressed, empty, alone, guilty and/or shamed. When our intent is to learn about loving ourselves and sharing our love with others, our heart opens and we receive the joy that is an aspect of Spirit.

8. Higher-Self Dominion

When we give dominion to our mind to govern our thoughts and actions, we will likely feel badly rather than joyful. The mind has been programmed with many false beliefs that can cause us much pain. When we open to learning with our spiritual guidance and give our higher-self dominion over our thoughts, choices and actions, we operate from truth. The truth truly does set us free!

9. Gratitude

Finally, when we focus on what we do have rather than complaining about what we don't have, and when we choose gratitude throughout the day for all the small and beautiful things about life, our heart opens to the experience of joy.

While this might seem daunting, just start with practicing number one-self-compassion rather than self-judgment. As you get better and better at this, you will find the other choices much easier to do.

Margaret Paul, Ph.D. is the best-selling author and co-author of eight books, including "Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You?" and "Healing Your Aloneness." She is the co-creator of the powerful Inner Bonding(C) healing process. Learn Inner Bonding now! Visit her web site for a FREE Inner Bonding course: http://www.innerbonding.com or email her at margaret@innerbonding.com. Phone sessions available.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Gaining Self Confidence: In The Workplace And Everywhere Else

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By Cassie Parks

Confidence: what everyone needs to succeed in both our professional and social lives and what so many of us lack.

Those of us who struggle with confidence know what kind of disadvantage we're at, both in dating and in the work place. Anxiety follows us everywhere, and hinders us in everything.

So how do we go about gaining self confidence when we seem so hard-wired to keep putting ourselves down, letting opportunities go, and berating ourselves for it all?

Here are a few strategies that can help you leave all that stress behind by increasing your confidence daily.

Strategy 1: The Daily Challenge

Everyday, challenge yourself to try something you are afraid to do. This may be the most important strategy of this list, because you literally get to conquer your fears. Just like a kid finally deciding to jump from the top of the jungle gym, you will gain confidence with every leap you take.

It can be as simple as making small talk with your coffee shop's cashier, or as heart-dropping as sky-diving from a chartered plane. It's up to you. At some point you will realize, there's nothing stopping you from doing anything you want to do.

Strategy 2: Learn New Skills

Lack of self-confidence often stems from a feeling of uselessness. You compare yourself to others who appear to be so much better at x or y, and fall into the age-old existential question, What is my purpose? What do I have to offer other people? The solution is to work at becoming good at something yourself. The key here is investing time; the more time invested, the better you'll get.

Skills like poker or dancing can give you more confidence socially, while working at job-related skills will gain you more confidence interacting with your boss and around your co-workers. As a bonus, you might get a raise.

Strategy 3: Revamp Your Look

Go through all of your clothes; donate the ones you feel bad in, keep the ones you feel good in. Replace your bad clothes with figure-flattering clothes, get a haircut. Try something different, try something bold. This process can be the jumping-off point for starting a new chapter in your life. New look, new you.

Strategy 4: Work Out

It's no secret that working out generally makes people more attractive, and that attractiveness generally leads to confidence. But, there's a second, less talked about benefit to working out: endorphin release.

Working out has been proven to make people feel better, and not just while they're at the gym. Working out generates a sense of well-being that lasts throughout the day. This requires a nearly-daily commitment at the gym, however. Sporadic workouts won't work.

Strategy 5: Get Rid of Toxic People

Is there someone in your life who constantly criticizes you? Your boss, parents or significant other are the most likely suspects. Minimize your contact with them, change jobs, break up with them, do whatever you need to do. Maybe you can't change your boss or your parents, but simply identifying who is bringing you down will decrease their power to do so.

The key to using these strategies is persistence. Keep challenging and bettering yourself, and confidence will come naturally.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Motivational Quotes - 17 July 2012

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by Nicolas, Inspirational Quotes blog: http://inspirational-quotes-blog.com

The value of an idea lies in the using of it - Thomas Edison

He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind - Da Vinci

It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste - Henry Ford

The smallest feline is a masterpiece - Da Vinci

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light - E. Nightingale

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - Da Vinci

The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects - Da Vinci

Invest three percent of your income in yourself (self-development) in order to guarantee your future - Brian Tracy
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Monday, July 16, 2012

7 Tips for Getting Started on Discovering Your Life Purpose

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By Mariflor Toneatto

Are you longing to discover your life purpose? Do you want to know your true purpose so that you can act on it? If you responded with a resounding "Yes", you are not alone.

At some point in our lives, we all want to know our life purpose and live a meaningful life. For many people, they have a burning desire to discover and express their life with purpose, passion, and fulfillment.

In many ways discovering your life purpose is a process of self discovery, which is unique to you. Before getting started, I invite you to keep the following tips in mind so that you can achieve the best results for embarking on your personal journey to discover your life purpose.

The 7 tips are as follows:

1. Allow Yourself to Explore

It is important to have an open mind and open heart throughout this process. This includes being grateful for who you are right now, for arriving at this moment in your life, and for what is about to unfold.

2. Trust the Process

This is a process that takes time, so be patient with yourself. This process should not be rushed and finished quickly. It is important to keep in mind that life purpose discovery is a process and not a destination, which means that it takes time. There is no magic pill or flash of insight that will reveal your purpose instantly. Rather, the process includes a commitment to explore, reflect and connect with yourself.

3. Put Yourself First

Commit to taking care of yourself and putting your needs at the top of the priority list. It is a form of practicing being "self-full" and not being "selfish". When you do, you will experience positive changes personally, and so will those around you because you are operating at your best.

4. Set Aside Quiet Time

This can include scheduling uninterrupted time alone for self-reflection. It can also include spending time in nature, making time for meditation, being still, and getting in touch with your emotions.

5. Start a Journal

Choose a journal that feels just right for you, preferably one that has lots of room for writing and can easily be carried. A journal will serve as a safe space for self-reflection. You may already be familiar with using a journal. If not, it is a great way to write about your thoughts and feelings, as well as gain insights.

6. Pay Attention to Coincidences

As you begin to work on discovering your purpose, pay attention to coincidences, synchronicity and opportunities that may come your way. It could occur in the form of finding a book that will move you forward, meeting or hearing of someone who is on a similar path, or by being at the right place at the right time.

7. Have Fun!

You are embarking on an exciting adventure of self-discovery, so play, express your creativity, and dream!

And now I am delighted to invite you to get my FREE eBook, "7 Steps to Discover Your Purpose and Create Your Heart's Desire" at http://www.truespiritcoaching.com from Mariflor Toneatto, Certified Professional Coach at True Spirit Coaching.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Achieve Anything With These Goal Setting Strategies!

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By Lisa Hoadley George

The best way to a happier and more fulfilled life is setting and achieving goals. Here are our 10 best strategies for making that happen!

1. Write them down

How many times have you set a goal in your head only to have it evaporate into the great beyond before you even got started. Write your goals down somewhere that you'll see them; in your planner, on your phone or your iPad, or in your journal. Anywhere, as long as they're in some kind of read-able, tangible form.

2. Break your big-picture goal into lots of smaller, short-term goals

Big, long-term goals rarely get met on their own. They're just too big and overwhelming. Chunking them into smaller, more manageable bites increases your chance of actually meeting them by light years.

3. Make your short-term goals small enough that you can meet it within a day or two

You need to set yourself up for success and experience lots of it (success, that is) while you're on your big-picture goal journey. The more goals you achieve, the more you're going to be willing to keep going, plugging away when it gets harder.

4. Celebrate each and every success, no matter how small

Give yourself a pat on the back, acknowledge that you 'done good', make a big star on your calendar, or email a friend that you're one step closer to 'the big one'. It doesn't have to be anything big or costly. Just a little something to congratulate yourself. That simple acknowledgement can fill up your gas tank for another day or two until you meet your next mini-goal. Baby steps are just as worthy of a 'way to go' as great big giant leaps! Never pass up an opportunity to celebrate yourself.

5. Tell someone what you're doing

It'll help keep you accountable and on-track. If you know someone's with you every step of the way it'll make the journey easier and more fun. Better yet, ask them if they'd mind if you texted or emailed them to let them know you did what you said you were going to do that day. Then maybe they'll email or text you back a simple smiley face or a thumbs up. Keeps you accountable and gives you a little 'congratulations'!

6. Don't be afraid to re-evaluate

If you bit off more than you could chew, take a step back and break that goal down even further. It's much more important that you keep moving forward no matter how small the step. If your goals are too big, you're much more likely to quit and wind up feeling terrible. If one way to your goal doesn't work, feel free to scrap it and find another way.

7. Mistakes are great

In fact, mistakes are necessary. They're the only way to learn and grow. Don't let your mistakes embarrass you. In allowing yourself to make mistakes, you're allowing yourself to become a better and better 'you'!

8. Take risks

Thoughtful risks are just as necessary to personal growth as making mistakes. We're not advocating life-threatening or dangerous risks. Just risks that give you a little adrenaline rush, that empower you and make you feel brave and strong and courageous. Risk-taking is just as vital for intellectual, mental pursuits as it is for physical challenges. Face your fears. It's more exhilarating and energizing than you can ever imagine.

9. Expect to take a fall or two

Life isn't perfect. People aren't perfect. You'll come upon obstacles that might stump you once in a while. The energy you've just created might throw you back a bit. Pick yourself up. Dust yourself off and begin again. Be willing to get up just as many times as you need to. There's no limit to how many times you can get back on that horse.

10. Keep putting one foot in front of the other

Don't give up! Never, ever quit reaching for that better 'you'! No matter how great you already are, there's always room to grow. That's the beauty of being human!

Give those 10 strategies a try! You might surprise yourself with all that you can accomplish! Go out there and make your life happen! You can do anything!

Lisa Hoadley George created The Fuzzy Sock Society to inspire and motivate everyone to live their very best life. The Warm Fuzzy Package with it's daily motivators and weekly newsletter may be just the strategy you need to keep moving forward and motivated. To learn more, visit http://www.fuzzysocksociety.com. A happier, more joyful life awaits!

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