It’s a rainy Monday here, and I’m in need of a little motivation. If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you’ll know just how much I love quotations. Many times, it’s that one little line spoken or written by someone else that give me the ah ha! moment that I need to put everything into perspective. And for me, staying motivated would be pretty much impossible without these reminders. So here are ten of my favorite quotes on motivation and being motivated. Enjoy!
One of the hardest things to decide when you start journaling is what, exactly, are you going to journal about? The common way to start is to record the things that happen during your day and how you feel about them (think diary entries in one of those little daily diaries with the lock). But that can get boring in a hurry, and more than one person I know abandoned their journal because they didn’t know what else to do with it.
A journal should be a place of self-discovery – a safe place to question your thoughts and feelings, and yes, even to write down what happens during your day if it has meaning. It makes sense, then, to use your journal as a place to answer those questions. This can be especially handy if you’re working toward a goal and need a place away from prying eyes to figure things out.
Here are four questions you can start with:
Did you know that being a perfectionist is a sign of low self-esteem? You might think that it’s all about being the best at what you do, but the truth is, it’s more about feelings of not being perfect. When you have low self-esteem, perfectionism can be a shield you use to protect yourself – by having to be perfect, you give yourself permission to not feel bad when you’re not perfect.
Confusing, isn’t it? What most people see as a positive trait is really the avoidance of something negative.
As I get back into exercising after my recent surgery, I’m realizing that exercise needs to be much higher on the priority chart. You would think that finding time to exercise would be easier when working at home and keeping your own hours. But that’s often not the case. I’m always amazed at how the day gets away from me, and suddenly it’s dinner time and I haven’t done much but walk to the kitchen and back a few times.
I’m learning that exercise doesn’t have to be a 2 or 3 hour proposition (like it was when I was doing aquafit classes). Now I use the tips below to sneak the exercise in between writing and coloring book sessions.
1. Work in Workout Clothes
Many times the desire to exercise diminishes if you have to go and get changed into your workout clothes. Or maybe by the time you got changed, your “window of opportunity” is gone. The way around that issue is to put on your workout clothes right away when you get up. That way when an exercise opportunity comes up, you can take advantage of it right away.
This is one of my favorite tips. I love working in my workout clothes because when it comes time to exercise, the last thing I want to do is rush and get changed. Plus, I carry most of my extra weight in my belly area and they’re just more comfy to work in than jeans!
2. Have a pre-planned routine
If you do have small chunks of time that show up during your day, have a routine or workout ready that you can do in that amount of time. There are many 10-minute workouts available online. Studies have shown that three 10-minute sessions per day are actually better than one 30-minute session.
Also, have a longer routine ready that you can do if you get a longer chunk of time, such as 30-minutes. Maybe a run or walk planned or an exercise video. Otherwise, you may squander away an opportunity trying to think what you could do in that amount of time and end up not doing anything.
One of my author friends told me she has 15, 30, and 45 minute routines all planned out so that no matter how little time she has there’s always something she can do.
3. Get your kids involved
Let’s face it, exercising alone is boring. And we spend most of our working time alone already. So when it comes to exercise time, why not get your kids involved. If your kids are younger, think about buying an exercise stroller where you can jog while pushing the stroller ahead of you. If your kids are older, have them exercise with you. Not only will the exercise do them good, but you will be instilling the healthy exercise habit in them, and getting some quality family time in too.
4. Make exercise part of your “me time”
Make time for you to get out and exercise whether that is a jog around the neighborhood, a quick bike ride, or going to a gym. If you need someone to watch your kids, ask your spouse or other family member, or hire a babysitter – anything that can get you out of the house and to exercise.
5. Take advantage of exercise videos
I love exercise videos. I’m too self-conscious to try and do classes at the gym (except for in the pool but that’s another story). Having the experts come to me in the form of DVDs and YouTube videos I can work to by myself is much better on my confidence and I can do them at any time of the day.
There are loads of videos available regardless of your fitness level, from those just starting out to exercise boot camps for the more advanced fitness buff. Having a selection on hand makes it easy to pop one in the DVD player and work through a session while you’re mulling over what else you can put your characters through!
As with a lot of things, I think it’s too tempting to make working out harder than it has to be. Especially if it’s something that takes you out of your comfort zone. Try one of these tips when you feel the need to get up out of your chair and move a bit.
What’s your favorite way to get your daily exercise in? Leave a comment and let me know!
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Your self-image plays a huge role in creating a successful life. It’s hard to be a confident, creative action-taker, if you don’t see yourself that way first. So much of success is a mental game, and if the pictures you paint of yourself are weak and negative, then that’s what you will project into the world as well.
So how do you go about boosting your self-image so that you see yourself in a more positive light?
Thinking outside your comfort zone is a little like coloring outside the lines. Those lines may not seem like much, but in reality they are boundaries that may be holding you back from learning new things, exploring the unknown or moving ahead with your dreams for success.
Being stuck inside your comfort zone is a lot about habits. In the same way that you stop at the same Tim Horton’s for coffee, eat lunch at the same diner with the same friends, or shop at the same grocery store each week, your thinking patterns can become a habit as well.
Today, as I start on a mission to create 100 blog posts in 100 days, the first thing that needs to be done is address the issue of giving up. Because I’ve tried this before, and the furthest I’ve made it is about six days. So I thought that today, for my first post, I would give some serious thought to why we give up on our projects, our dreams, our ability to get things done, and offer up a few suggestions on how to stay empowered when you feel like giving up. Mostly, it’s a touchstone post for me, so that when I feel like giving up (and I know I will at some point over the next 100 days), I can come back here and remind myself what to do to keep going.
It’s true; the most successful people have the ability to keep going when others would give up. Giving up is a bad habit, one that we learn from childhood. But just as we learned how to give up when we were younger, we can unlearn that habit and create new ones that empower us to keep moving forward, no matter how much we might want to quit.
Sometimes without realizing it, we fall into a rut. We live mindlessly, floating along, not really having any goals and making choices more out of habit. It’s an easy trap to fall into, especially if you’ve been dealing with a stressful situation such as a serious health issue or the end of a relationship.
But you don’t have to stay there. You can make the choice to begin living more intentionally, setting yourself up to create the life you really want.
It’s an unfortunate fact that when we lack self-confidence the byproduct is that we’re often afraid to be ourselves. We train ourselves to hide our own uniqueness so that we fit in to the mold that others have created for us. It’s a shame because it really means that we don’t like ourselves enough to show the world who we really are.
The good news is that as with most things in life, this too is circular in nature, and what goes around always comes around again. So as you start to build or re-build your confidence you are more willing to let your true self out to play. And the more you let your uniqueness show, the more self-confident you become.
If there’s one time you want to simplify your life, it’s got to be when you’re getting ready to move house. We recently made the decision to move this summer after being in the same apartment for 16 years. And oh how I wish now we’d learned to live a little more simply.
But this is not about decluttering (although I will write about that process if you want me to) … it’s more about simplifying your whole life so that you can get things done, and not just in your home. It’s hard to get projects completed and all your work done when you mind is cluttered too.
So here are a few “hacks” you can use to simplify your life, and still get a lot done each day.