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“There is a switch within all of us that we can flick from SURVIVE to CONQUER. Even though we need to survive sometimes , we shouldn’t get too comfortable in our life jackets” Lilly Singh @IISuperwomanII #mindset #uncomfortable #mentalhealth #anxiety

Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

I say many times on this Blogspiration and to my clients, that uncomfortable is where change happens.  I believe everyone is capable, with a positive and determined mindset to flip that switch from survive to conquer.  If we get too comfortable, we limit ourselves from growth, potential and overall the best selves we can become.

The challenge this week is to think about a goal you have for the upcoming summer.  Maybe it’s to run a 5k…and you’re surviving every week on the treadmill walking a mile…now your challenge is to push yourself maybe to run a quarter of a mile.  Or perhaps it’s to not be distracted by social media to progress in your business.  Your conquer moment could be installing an app that limits your social media use during the work day.  Whatever it is you want to accomplish, get uncomfortable, find your change and celebrate whatever progress you can do each day!

“The more we need another person to satisfy our needs, the more power that individual has over us , the more dependent and needy we are likely to behave”-William Ury #relationships #mentalhealth #mindset #dependence #boundaries

Posted by on Jun 10, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Mindset goes beyond our own self-talk, it also affects our relationships.  Do you let your happiness depend on how other people meet your needs? If you do, you are giving that person power over you and it’s something we call in the psychology field “co-dependency.”  You may feel like you need someone else to complete you or do something, but I know inside you is a strong independent person perfectly capable of creating their own happiness!

If this week’s blog speaks to you, your challenge this week is to do something for yourself that you usually would depend on someone else to do.  For example, maybe you only go to the gym if your friend goes or maybe you only read a book if your spouse reads.  You do you!  Once you do whatever that thing is, take a moment to rejoice, you can accomplish many things on your own, sometimes we just feel like we need others to do it.

“The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty ” Winston Churchill #opportunity #mindfulness #perspective #mindset #anxiety #selftalk #mentalhealth

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

This month in June, our theme will be “mindset.”  Mindset is the frame of mind that gives us particular perspectives or a way of thinking.  When I read Winston Churchill’s quote, I think of people in my life who believe everyone is out to get them and their life is a perpetual rerun of the worst day ever.  I also think of the people in my life who always seem to have sunshine flowing in their brains, I want to be those sunshine people!  I am constantly asking them to send their positive vibes my way during those rough days and admire that mindset.  Who do you want to be?  …who do you think you are most days?

Use this quote to reflect daily on your own mindset.  Think about how to reframe any negative thoughts to a positive perspective.  Maybe a project failed, but what can you learn from it?  What can you do better tomorrow? What small things happened today that were positive?  Maybe it’s so small, it’s that you got to work on time or were able to get some exercise by walking your dog this morning.  Whatever is happening in your life, work on a positive mindset and I guarantee the more you use it, the less overwhelmed and negative your life will seem.  If it doesn’t work out, it’s ok!  Try again and keep it going.  Go for it!

“Not all who wander are lost”-J.R.R. Tolkien #mindset #selfreflection #wander #mentalhealth #mindfulness #perspective #anxiety #depression #selfcare #connection

Posted by on May 27, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

When was the last time you powered off your cellphone?  Most people don’t…the battery drains, they recharge it and while it’s recharging they are already connected to another device…a watch, a tablet, a laptop, etc.  As our month of self-reflection comes to a close I want to give our subscribers the gift of permission to disconnect and see what you’re missing when your eyes are glued to a screen.

The challenge this week is to take some time out of 1 day to go on a Vision Quest.  It comes from Native American tradition, however for our purposes we are using it to disconnect from technology and reconnect to ourself.  Prepare by letting people know you will be unavailable for a pre-determined amount of time that you decide (try for at least 15 minutes).  Some people like to spend as long as a whole day, it’s up to you and the time you have available.  Bring a journal and write down any thoughts or ideas that come up along the way and see where this takes you.  I can tell you that hundreds of people have participated in this activity that has resulted in really cool experiences, meeting new people and deep self-reflection that has led to happiness.

I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Vision Quest Instructions

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself”-George Bernard Shaw #life #mentalhealth #mindfulness #selfcare #create #mentalhealth #awareness #selfreflection #mindset

Posted by on May 20, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

We all have felt lost at different times in our lives.  Sometimes we feel completely stuck, as if all is out of our control.  As we continue to self-reflect this month, let’s find our inner creativity.  If you are searching to figure out who you are, perhaps you can stop and ask yourself who you want to become.  A first step could be how you think through situations.  Sometimes we corner ourselves, not knowing where we are or how to find a solution.  We may not find one, but we can always create one!

Our challenge this week is going to be reflecting on how we approach negative situations in our lives.  What is happening this week that you are not thrilled about? Let’s look at the difference between a negative mindset and positive mindset…

Ex. A:”I’m not thrilled about the meeting with my boss because my presentation is not finished and I feel stuck. I am such a loser and we may lose this customer!”

Ex B:  “My presentation is not finished because I need some further direction.  Maybe my boss can help lead me so I know how to finish it or maybe I can call the customer and let them know we care about their product and want to get it right, perhaps they can give me further insight on what they are looking for? Either way I may get more information that will help me finish, even before the meeting!”

In Example A, we are defeated, putting ourselves in a place where there is no direction with a negative mindset.  In Example B, we are creating solutions for ourselves and praising our effort to keep us going, what a difference!

Stop trying to find yourself and start creating the person you want to become through a positive mindset.

 

“He who looks outside dreams. He who looks inside wakes”-Carl Jung #mentalhealth #selfreflection #selfcare #mindfulness #values

Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Carl Jung was a psychiatrist and early developer of psycho-analytical psychology and personality types from the early 1900s.  The entirety of his work and research was majority based on self-reflection.  This quote can be simplified to encourage us to look inside ourselves for the answers we are seeking.

The challenge this week is to connect to your inner-core for the answers you seek.  When you find yourself looking outside for a solution, reconnect inside to your own feelings and thoughts. It’s easy to search for answers from others, especially friends, family or people who’ve had similar experiences to us, but you know you best!  Ask yourself, “How do I feel right now about this?” “What is my initial gut-reaction?,” “If a friend asked me this, what would I tell them?” Give yourself a different perspective to connect to your inner-conscience and values.  Through this, I hope you awaken your inner-guidance, find confidence in yourself and trust that you have all you need to make the best decisions!

“Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone”-Robert G. Allen @BestSellerBob #comfortzone #motivation #goals #optimism #mindfulness #mentalhealth #anxiety #depression #selfreflection

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

May’s theme for our Blogspiration is going to be about self-reflection.  If you are the type of person who loves a “to-do” list, put this at the bottom now.  Time to reflect is important for understanding our strengths, weaknesses and learning about ourselves.

The quote this week is for our dreamers out there who have goals in mind, but can’t seem to reach them.  Usually what holds people back is the step to break through their comfort zone.  For example, maybe you want to start cooking.  You collect cookbooks, bookmark the recipes, buy the ingredients and when it comes time to cook it’s just uncomfortable so you don’t try.  Or maybe you just started working out again and as soon as you feel uncomfortable attempting 5 minutes of working out, you stop.  Getting to the next level is just outside that comfort zone as the quote reminds us. Reflect on what may be holding you back, is it fear? Is it past failure? Is it your inner-bully?

The challenge this week is to push past the comfort zone.  Take action!  Even if it’s 1 step outside that  zone, it’s a step closer to reaching a goal. Yes you can!

“The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not”-George Bernard Shaw #happy #miserable #mindset #mentalhealth #mindfulness

Posted by on Apr 29, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Ending our Blogspiration theme this month on limiting beliefs I thought I would end on this quote.  Basically it is saying it is a leisure to have time to think about your feelings.  Of course most of our “time” is spent in our head, so what we “say” in there is important!

The challenge this week is to be mindful and recognize that if your thoughts are dwelling on negativity, worry or other limiting beliefs-recognize that this is a leisure!  It doesn’t mean you need to get busier so you can avoid time to think, it means you can change the way you think.  For example, if you are thinking about how you are not happy in a relationship…perhaps you can further that thought to how you can communicate what you need from your partner.  Dwelling in negativity and letting it cycle in your head will not be helpful…challenge those thoughts with positive action. What will you do to make a difference?

“Don’t wait for the perfect moment, take the moment and make it perfect”-Unknown #perfection #anxiety #depression #mentalhealth #mindfulness #positivity #selftalk

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

We’ve all been there…your day just can’t seem to get worse.  Perfection doesn’t exist, however we can find the positives in the moment, even with things out of our control.  For example: at an amusement park last summer my daughter and I were waiting in a crazy long line to see Cookie Monster.  There was another mom in front of us who clearly did not want to wait in this line.  She kept yelling at her son, wouldn’t let him move around and kept complaining about the line.  Sure, I didn’t want to wait in this line either…it was hot and boring.  However I knew I had the choice to complain and be miserable or to stay positive for my daughter and do something to pass the time.   I allowed my daughter to run around in circles around me, we sang songs, we danced to music on my phone, we played “i spy,” I asked her to show me her poses she would do with Cookie Monster when it was our turn…the 30 minutes we were in line actually felt like 10 minutes…all because I made the choice to take that boring moment and make it something else.

This week when you find yourself in a negative moment, give yourself the choice…it is what you make it, so make it good!

“I saw what my trouble was. I was trying to wash today’s dishes and yesterday’s dishes and dishes that weren’t even dirty yet”-Reverend William Wood #mentalhealth #anxiety #mindset #selftalk #worry #mindfulness

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Talk about limiting beliefs!….we all do this from time to time.  We worry about something from our past, something that is happening now, creating our worst fears for tomorrow and are biting or nails about mistakes we make now that will leave us homeless and alone in a zombie apocalypse 10yrs from now. Yikes!

The challenge this week is to catch your worry and bring yourself back to the present.  Get curious and mindful about what’s going on. Ask yourself:

  • What am I feeling right now?
  • What actual information do I have?/What are the actual facts of these worries?
  • Is there anything I can do right now about these worries?
  • Is this worry doing anything to help me now?

Chances are, the worry is not helping you.  Focus on things you can do to really help yourself.  Maybe instead of worrying about the dishes piling up, go and clean what’s in the sink-poof! worry gone. If you are worrying about getting a bonus this year, go ask your boss what the likeliness of a raise this year looks like while giving him a list of things you’ve accomplished over your typical responsibilities.  I guarantee that staying in the present will help you focus better, minimize your worry and give you more energy to do what you actually can!