Motivations for a Hot Summer Week

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It’s really hard to work toward your goals when the heat index is going into the upper 90°’s and lower 100°’s.  I know this and am right there with you!  However, since I’ve been working toward some of my goals every day since January, and I don’t want to jeopardize my goals, here are a few motivations for me and for you.

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Positivity and Photos

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I’ve been feeling in need of a little positivity lately and thought that I’d share a few quotes along with some photos of nature that I’ve taken over the past few weeks.  Enjoy!

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Using Affirmations

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The other day I realized that the first thought I had when I get out of bed is usually negative.  It might be about the weather, or how I slept, but it was usually negative, and it put me into a bad frame of mind right off the bat.  And that is not a good way to start any day, much less most days.  No wonder I’ve been having a difficult time of it.  Once I had my big moment of realization, I decided that this little routine that I had going had to stop.  So, what did I decide to do?  Well, affirmations, of course.

I’ve talked about affirmations before, and I know that a lot of people find them silly, but they do help to keep you positive, especially first thing in the morning.  At first, I tried to over-think the whole thing, but I ended up saying my specific affirmations that I usually say to myself as I’m falling asleep at night.  This are ones that I made up specifically for myself and my goals for life.  I wanted to get myself on track with what I consider to be the most important goals for my life right now.

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Are they working?  I’ve found that on the mornings that I remember to say them, I do seem to be in a more positive frame of mind, and I tend to get more of my daily goals accomplished.  So, yes, I believe that they are working.  However, like everything else, I need to make the effort to say them consistently.  Do you use affirmations, and do they work for you?  What do you think about them?  Let me know in the comments below.

The Importance of Positivity

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Here’s the thing, it’s really easy to be negative.  For whatever ludicrous reason, our brains tend to focus on negative comments and situations.  And that is the problem.  Negativity can become hard-wired onto our brains, and once that happens, we will create grooves of negativity right into our brains.  Crazy, but true.

So, that being said, what can you do to create a positive outlook?  It’s something that you’ll have to work at.  And, work it will be…since our natural tendency is to be critical, and look on the dark side of everything.

I know that I’ve written about this before, but the other morning, as I looked out the window after having just gotten out of bed, I realized that my first thoughts of the morning – almost every morning – were negative, and that made me want to cry.  That’s not the way to start a day.  So, mostly because I couldn’t think of anything else, I started to say my affirmations to myself.  Guess what?  I’ve been doing that first thing most mornings, and I’ve been feeling better.

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Depression has been dodging my footsteps for about two months now.  Rotten things have been happening since February, and they’ve been taking a toll.  I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and not in control.  But with consistent work, I’ve started feeling a little bit better.  There are always things in life that we can’t control, but now I’m making an effort to not worry about whether this or that might happen and realize that if it happens I’ll deal with it, but not before.  We can only take some things as they come, since we really have no ability to prepare for everything.  Worrying about maybes is just a waste of time.  And dwelling in the negative only creates more negativity.

So, affirmations first thing in the morning, realizing you can’t control everything, and trying to take things as the come are my order of business for now.  Positivity, positivity, positivity!

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Happy Monday!

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Can Monday be happy?  Yes, of course.  Like everything else in life, there is a choice.  You can choose how you want every day to be.  Do you want to get up and decide that simply everything is going to go wrong because it’s a Monday, and god knows, Mondays can be horrific?  Or, do you want to change that thinking and decide that even though Monday does have its difficulties, you are going to have a good day?  I choose the latter and am going to have a good day!  Hope you do too.

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Wasting Time

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Wasting time – we all do it.  Falling down the black hole of social media, minutes pass by turning into half-hours, and then before you know it an hour has gone by, and you haven’t gotten anything accomplished.  Anything to distract ourselves from what’s going on in our lives (or, not going on).

I’ve had to limit myself to only ten minutes at a time on Instagram.  Yep, I’m the person who gets on there, and two hours later looks up and say (with surprise) “look at what time it is – I haven’t done anything!).  From what I’ve read, I know that more than a few of you can relate.  After all, procrastination comes in all kinds of guises.

Unfortunately, the only trick to combating any kind of “time waste” is to not do it.  Limiting time on such a pastime is good, but having a few days a week off from those time wasters is better.  When I write, I listen to instrumental music to keep myself from wondering about other things.  My brain is an unruly child and it wanders all over the place if I don’t give it something else to do.  Apparently writing and being creative isn’t enough for my mind – it’s usually thinking about all kinds of other things, all the time.  What is your favorite time waster, and how do you combat it?

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