Determination

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The only way I can keep working toward my goals is through sheer determination.  Every morning the alarm goes off (much too early), and since I have to stand up to shut it off, I force myself to stay standing.  I certainly would like to simply fall back into my warm and cozy bed.  The sun isn’t even up, the world is dark and so is my mood.  However, I grab my work-out clothes, change and head down to my cellar for my workout.  What’s the best thing about working out when you are half-asleep?  You are half-asleep!  Also, by the time you’re awake, your work-out is half done!  Standing in the shower later, you already know that the dreaded exercise is done for the day and you don’t even have to think about (dread) it anymore.

Sheer determination is what keeps us going.  After awhile it becomes habit, and after that, a lifestyle.  Keep working at your goals whatever they are.  Make them a habit and then your life choices.

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February Goals?

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I haven’t been very good about achieving my goals.  As a matter of fact, other than working-out, my goals haven’t been “working out” for me so far.  Of course, how do you achieve your goals if you don’t write them down?  We all know the answer to that question, you don’t achieve anything if you don’t work toward your goals.

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So, in the interest of getting something accomplished this month, I’m going to share my goals for the next few weeks in the hopes that motivates me.   First, I want to start with what I’ve done right so far, this year…yes, I started easy and every two weeks I’ve upped the difficulty – my working out.  I’ve gotten up to my Soloflex (I’ve still got mine from the 1980’s), and weights along with cardio.  However, I need to work on daily Yoga. And of course, I’ve been walking daily.

Here are my goals for February:  daily yoga; website; coaching certificate; fiction writing; organizing done in my house; financials organized; and weekly goal writing.

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How are you doing with your goals?  Let me know in the comments below.  Write your goals done, and work on them daily!

Every Day is a New Chance

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Every morning is a new chance to start again.  You wake up with 24 hours of new.  This day is the day that really matters.  Whatever you do, it’s a new day to do it in.  Don’t worry about yesterday. We can’t change the past, but the present and the future are ours to mold into what we want them to be.

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Negativity Kills Your Joy of Life

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Living with negative people is difficult.  Heck, even talking to negative people can cause you to feel like life isn’t worth living.  Especially with them.  For a while now, I’ve been trying to work on myself, change the things that I can and move forward with my own life.  However, when confronted consistently with someone whose goal is to make me feel less than, I find it difficult to remain positive.  I have no idea why this is happening, and I’ve decided that I am not going to spend any more time on wondering what I could have possibly done wrong to cause this abusive behavior.  Mostly because I am aware that it’s not just me that is suffering this abuse, and not one of the other people deserve it, either.  This is just who this person is.  Unfortunately, this is also a person who is a close family member that I apparently must live with.

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I wish I had wonderful advice to give anyone else who is in this situation, but I don’t.  I can tell you what it is that I’m doing to help cope.  First of all, I’ve been concentrating on improving myself.  I’ve been working on eating healthy, getting daily exercise, and working toward my goals.  I’ve also been working on decreasing my blood pressure by meditating as well as I can, (it’s a work in progress); practicing Yoga; and saying daily affirmations.  Self-worth is something that most of us have to work at, and right now my best way to help that is saying affirmations a couple of times a day.  In fact, I’ve found that the most positive thing I can do is to say them before I fall asleep.  That plants the positive in my mind so that it can work on my subconscious all night.  I’m working on saying them throughout the day, but I am not as consistent as I probably should be.   The other thing that I’ve been doing is to have as little reaction to the negative abuse as I can.  This is hard, but it helps.  If the negative person doesn’t get the reaction they desire, they will leave you alone.  If they don’t, my solution is to hide in the bathroom.

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If you are dealing with a highly negative person in your life, please let me know how you cope in the comments below.  This is a difficult way to live, and I would love to hear how you manage.

 

Finding Motivation to Create Personal Change

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Okay, so we’ve made goals and resolutions for the New Year.  Now comes the hard work to actually commit to change.  Change is hard.  It’s uncomfortable, it’s scary, and it can hurt.  I know that I’ve been doing things in the same way for years, and now when it comes time to change what has become comfortable, easy and normal, I don’t want to!  I know all the “bad” things that can happen if I don’t change.  My life, which I’m not happy with, won’t change, it will continue on the same safe path for the rest of my life.  That fact has finally become so upsetting to me, that I am now finding the motivation to begin my change.  I feel much more enthusiastic and looking forward to the changes that I want to make.

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So, now that I’m committed, my question is how do I stay on the path?  This time (yes, like many people I’ve been here before) is that this time I’ve been using affirmations like my life depends on it – and, in a way I believe that is true – that my actual life does depend on it.  Every year I get older, and every time I stop trying, it just gets harder and longer to make the physical changes that I want to make.  It also gets more difficult to make the emotional changes also.  My belief in myself was at an all-time low before I started with the affirmations.  I had been beaten down (not physically, but emotionally) by some of the people in my life.  They had me convinced that I was pretty worthless.  I still feel that way sometimes, but not as much as I did before.  I’m still fighting the battle, but it’s getting a little easier ever since I started with the affirmations.  Say it often enough, and you’ll begin to believe it.

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I hope that I’ve given some of you hope.  This was a difficult post to write…I like to pretend that my life is all sunshine and roses, and that if we believe it, we can achieve it.  Deep down, I really think that way, however, there is a huge bridge to cross between belief and achievement.  My hope is that you, too, are on that bridge fighting for your personal changes with me.

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2017 Goals

 

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Since I have been sick, this is a late post (I planned on this for the 1st of the year, but often things don’t work out the way I thought they would).  I’ve been thinking really hard about how to make goals for this year that aren’t completely unattainable. I think that may be the main reason that so many people give up on the goals they made.  So, with this in mind, and many hours of thought, here are my goals for 2017.

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Better organization and meal planning.  Meal planning is a huge thing.  When I do it right it actually makes my life so much better – I know what I’m serving for dinner every night, there is no stress involved at all, the grocery list is no longer hit or miss.  I actually know I’ve got all the ingredients.  Better organization in daily life makes life so much easier.  I’ve already started this process with “Tidy-up (or “tidy-oop” as Ulla from The Producers would say) Tuesday, and Watering Wednesday.  I have to work on what to call Monday, Wednesday and Friday, it’s a process, after all.

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Stress Management.  I’ve been listening to music for stress relief and concentration.  It helps, but I plan to work on affirmations more, and positive thinking.  I’ve realized that this is a necessity now, and not just something to “think” about.  My stress level has gone through the roof, and I really need to get a handle on it as soon as I can.

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Writing.  My Saturdays at the library have shown me how much writing I can get done when I allow myself the time and space to do it.  So, I’m going to make it a priority this year.  I have specific writing goals that I want to achieve this year.  The first one is the children’s book that I’m writing for a special little boy who really needs something good in his life.  My deadline for that is Valentine’s Day.  So, my first project already has a deadline, and that will help a lot with actually getting this done.

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Exercise and Health.  I’ve been planning exactly how I will do this, with a list of videos from FitnessBlender, Billy Blanks and Denise Austin along with a schedule to follow that I came up with.  I need to do this first thing in the morning, as I can talk myself out of just about anything given the chance.  Usually a written schedule and list of goals helps a lot.  I’m hoping it will help with this.  I’ve got to set up an appointment and go to the doctor, since I haven’t had a physical for at least 10 years.  Also, I need to tweak my eating habits so I’m eating fruit instead of snacks; and go to bed earlier.

Work.  By the end of February I want to have my first coaching certificate, and begin working on my second one.  Also, I have to set up a business, have a website and begin getting clients.  I’m really nervous about this.  Hence some of my stress.  I have no idea how to do this.  I’ve been looking up lots of information about it, so at least I won’t be starting from scratch.

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So, that’s it.  What are your goals for the New Year?  Let me know in the comments below.  And, good luck to you all!