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Quote Of The Day

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.”

Karen Kaiser Clark
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Quote Of The Day

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.”

Edith Lovejoy Pierce
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Quote Of The Day

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. 

 Albert Einstein
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Are you curious?

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Quote Of The Day

Goals are the road maps that guide you to your destination. Cultivate the habit of setting clearly-defined written goals; they are the road maps that guide you to your destination.

Roy T. Bennett
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Quote Of The Day

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Marcus Aurelius
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Merry Christmas

I wish you all the happiest of days! May Peace and Joy be with you today.

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A New Year – Will There Be A New You?

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Every next level of your life will demand a different version of you.”

unknown author

Is it time to change your life? A new year is right around the corner, and most of us are thinking about the possibility of change.

What do we want to happen in the New Year? Do you want to improve your life? Of course, you do! It is human nature to want more in your life and to be a better person.

There is never a better time than the start of a new year to make plans and set goals.

Here is the tough part. The clock strikes midnight on December 31st, and we have our list of ideas, either in our head or, hopefully, we have written them down. We celebrate the New Year, and the first week or two, we pay attention to our goals for the year. When a month or two goes by, most of us have very nicely fallen back into our old habits.

It is so easy and so comfortable to continue to do things the way we always have.

Remember, if you do nothing to change your life, life will change you. Life is ever-evolving. We may not notice it because we are too busy being comfortable doing the same thing every day.

Heads up people, you’ve got this. You can change. The decision is up to you. It requires a conscious choice and a strong effort, but no one can make it except you.

I have to laugh at myself because I have been trying to force myself to use the treadmill consistently. You know what did it for me, what made me finally commit to getting on that darn machine?

It’s crazy, but this is what is working for me. During the holiday season, the local grocery store where I shop offers Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer. I love it! However, I have not been drinking it for 2-3 years. I made a choice for my health, to not use creamers in my coffee.

So last week I was shopping, and I saw the display. I stopped and was probably drooling over the Peppermint Mocha creamer. I stood there for a few moments and thought about it; should I or shouldn’t I? Then for some reason, it clicked, and I decided to buy the creamer, but I made a trade-off. I would have to use my treadmill. No Treadmill. No Creamer!

It worked! I have been using my treadmill every day. Granted, I am not Speedy Gonzales. I am walking at a speed of 3 miles per hour, on an incline level of 4, and I do it for 30 minutes each time. It is a good start that I am determined to continue. I have also decided to use this bottle of creamer and then give it up. Once the season is over, it will no longer be available anyway.

I will continue to use the treadmill. For some reason, this time feels different. I know I have made a decision that works for me this time.

Now I am going to look at all my goals in a different way. What trade-off can I make? What am I willing to do to accomplish a new goal? What am I willing to give up for personal growth?

Many things that we do throughout the day do not benefit us in any way. How many times do we check our social media during the day? Let’s say we check Twitter, Facebook, Instagram three or four times. When we do this, how many minutes are we spending each time?

We do not even realize the length of time we are spending. What goal do you have for the new year? How much time have you allocated to each day toward achieving it?

See where I’m going here? You can make a trade-off. Check social media twice each day, once in the morning and once in the evening. Use that time to work on your goal instead.

How many hours do you watch TV each evening? Do you watch programs that you really enjoy, or are there some you watch just because they came on after your favorite show? Television can suck us in, and if we were to think about it, we might realize that we are wasting time. We waste valuable time. It is mind-numbing and not beneficial.

Sorry, but it is true, and I am guilty of it too. Let’s change it up this year and read a book instead.

The point is, we waste time. We do not think about it and, for the most part, are oblivious to it.

Here is a simple exercise to do. Take sheets of blank paper and complete the two suggestions below.

1 – For one week, keep track by writing down what you do and the amount of time used. Look at it at the end of the week, and I mean, LOOK at it. Make graphs if you have to. Make blocks on a piece of paper, write down the activity, and the amount of time spent. I think you will be surprised.

2 – What are your goals? How important are they to you? How much time are you willing to spend to achieve them? Write it all down. Whatever format you used for #1, use the same for #2, so you can compare them.

Now put them side by side. Look at sheet #1 and the time you are spending. Is there time spent anywhere on that sheet that you can eliminate and transfer to sheet #2?

Can you make a trade-off so you can work on your goal; so that you can achieve your goal?

Decide what you want. Decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work”.

H. L. Hunt

Change can be frightening, but change can also be exhilarating. Worth the risk, let’s get working!

Open the door and take the first step into the New Year.

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Quote Of The Day

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.

Malcolm X
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Quote Of The Day

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”

Plato 
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Do You Have A Positive Attitude? How To Be More Positive

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A positive attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!”

–Author Unknown

We are happy and feel good when we have a positive attitude. There are times in our life when we do not feel positive about ourselves, and consequently, about our life in general.

Bad days, we all have them. We get in a funk. We do not feel like doing anything, we are grouchy, and we are not pleasant to be around. Those are the days when we want to curl up somewhere and ignore the world.

Why is it that some days we can pop out of bed and feel like we can conquer the world. You wake up with a smile, jump out of bed, and cannot wait to get started.

Other days, not so much.

There are days when I wake up, and I realize it is a funky day. It usually happens when I have not slept well. I can feel the grouchies stirring in my body. It almost like I cannot wait to say something negative.

Then there will be those days when something doesn’t go right. You encounter a problem at work or, you disagree with a friend or co-worker.

So what do I do? What can you do? Maybe some of these suggestions can help you too.

The first thing to do is to recognize how you feel. Acknowledge it and tell yourself it is okay. You are grouchy; no big deal, you can get past it. Smile and poke some fun at yourself. Realize how you feel and that it is up to you to decide how to deal with it.

If you are responding to a bad situation or a disagreement, acknowledge what happened and accept that you were part of it and take responsibility for your action or reaction. Don’t play the blame game because that can cause additional problems. Learn from what happened so you can avoid a reoccurrence in the future.

I have a conversation with myself. I talk it out in my mind. I think it through, ask myself questions, until I get to a better place. I may not solve the problem, but I change my mindset enough to be able to cope with and get past it.

Change your surroundings. For me, it helps to go outside. Go for a walk, have coffee with a friend, walk your dog. Go for a ride, maybe go to a park or go to the library.

Talk to a friend. I talk to my dog and cat. It helps. I talk, they listen, they don’t talk back, and it lets me work through whatever it is that is bothering me. That is the true definition of a friend.

Change the channel. What I mean is change what you are doing at the moment to give yourself a different perspective. Listen to some music, read a book, watch a movie or exercise. Do something you enjoy, but you may not be able to as much as you would like. It allows you to relax and let your mind wander. You will feel refreshed and you may come away with a different, improved, attitude.

Spend time with positive people. Sounds easy, but we cannot always control who we spend our time with. There may be a co-worker, or even a relative, who we are required to interact with.

Start by scaling back the amount of time you spend with them. Don’t be rude, but if you see them in the break room, in the hall, or anywhere where you are not required to be, keep walking, do not stop. Avoid unnecessary conversations.

Do not get pulled into negative actions or conversations with anyone. If you do not have anything positive to add, don’t. Just remain quiet. There is something about human nature that makes it difficult to step back. We feel like we have to become involved. No, we do not.

Make a point to think, and talk, using positive language. One of the things I love and respect about my oldest son is his positive language. Ask him how he is and he will respond, “I’m Fantastic!” He is smiling and standing with a confident attitude. He exudes positivity.

How we respond to people can change our day and theirs. Be positive, even when you are feeling a little funky, it will make you feel better. Fake it till you make it.

Smile, even if you are all alone. Smile at everyone with whom you interact. The mail person, the store clerk, the barista who made your coffee. Thank them with sincerity. Ask them how they are and listen to what they say.

Limit the amount of time you spend online. We almost feel it is necessary to plugin, but do we really? There is so much negativity online and on the news. It can creep up on you, put you in a bad mood, bring you down. Unplug.

Pick what you listen to or what you read. There are many choices you can make online, which are beneficial. If it is negative, turn it off, but if it is positive, then stay tuned. The choice is up to you. Listen to educational podcasts such as Ted Talks. If there is a skill, you want to learn, or improve, visit YouTube, or take an online course.

Remember to be grateful. We can get so wound up in what is wrong, especially about things we can’t change, that we forget about what is positive in our life. We do not have control over many things that happen to us, but we can control our attitude and our response.

Choose to be positive. So much of what we do have, we do not appreciate. I wouldn’t say I like our house. It does have many issues that we should fix, but I realize that most of what is wrong, we will have to accept. I will make small changes as we can afford to, but I have a home. Many others do not.

We have food on our table; we have each other, and for the most part, when you stop and think about it, what else do we need. I am grateful for all the important things we do have.

One thing we can all do and should do is take care of ourselves. Rest, relax, spend time with the people you love. With me, most of my negativity can be fixed by taking a nap.

Everyone’s situation is different, but doing small, simple, easy things like sharing a smile can make all the difference. I am sending you my smile today. It is a big one. Pass it on!

“When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It’s all a matter of perspective.”

– Harvey Mackay

As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a Fantastic day!