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Quote Of The Day

“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”

~ Jack London
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Finish Each Day And Be Done With It Tomorrow Is A New Day

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“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each day we are given a gift, the ability to start fresh. We are presented with a blank page, and we have the opportunity to write our story, change our life, make improvements, and decide what is important.

We are in control.

So what should we do with it?

Here are a few suggestions.

  • Leave yesterday behind

What happened yesterday is over and cannot be redone. If you had a great day, fantastic. Remember that feeling and let it help you start in a positive mood today.

If yesterday was a day that left you feeling frustrated and angry, do not let that overwhelm you. You can, however, use it to motivate you to work harder today. You have a fresh start, a blank page, make it better.

  • Wake up early and get started.

Typically, mornings are when we have the most energy, are the most effective at getting things done, and have a positive attitude.

Take advantage of that energy and attitude and get moving.

The best plan would be working on the item on your to do list that has the most value. Do that first and when you are done you can move on to the next.

If you tend to procrastinate about exercise, make that your first priority. I know when I exercise early in the day, I have more energy and enthusiasm, and that helps me be more efficient.

  • Always have daily goals

It is essential to have a specific plan for each day. It is the most effective way to accomplish your goals.

When you wake up without a plan, it is so easy to go off course. I know I have to have a list to guide my day. I like to write down tasks to complete for each day in the afternoon or evening of the day prior.

That way, I always have a plan to look at first thing in the morning. It will guide my day.

My list is structured with the most important item first. I always include a time slot for the Treadmill. I divide the balance of the list into smaller tasks that require less time or effort to complete.

  • Be flexible

Life can be challenging. It is important to be able to accept change and be able to navigate through what may get thrown at us.

Practice mindfulness. Be calm and accept what you cannot change, once you do that, re-focus on your goals, and re-structure your goals accordingly.

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.”

~ Wayne Dyer
  • Minimize distractions

The Internet is such a powerful thing. It is a blessing and a curse. We turn to it all the time, and it has become an integral part of our everyday life.

It can help us do our work, and it can also become a hindrance.

Flip the computer on and do some research. I do it every day. I read blogs and articles, and I write my own.

I check my email, Twitter and Facebook and I get sucked in.

It is an excellent source of information, and it can be a huge time waster.

Limit your time on social media. We should all turn it off when you are working so we can be more effective.

  • Make time for yourself

When you make your schedule for the next day, include “me” time.

You have a long list. Sure, I get that, but remember, it is necessary to take care of your self. You will not be effective if you are not well-rested and well-fed.

You should schedule a time for exercise, lunch, a coffee break, a walk outside. Most importantly, schedule time for your family and friends.

  • Value yourself and your abilities

It is so easy to praise someone else, but we seldom acknowledge our own skills and accomplishments.

When we start a new day, we have a blank page, and that includes ourselves. Do not focus on what you may have done incorrectly in the past.

Focus on what you learned from your mistake and how you were able to move ahead, perhaps in a new way with a new idea, and accomplish what you started to do.

Focus on your growth and what you have learned. Be proud that you can take risks, learn from your mistakes, and become better for it.

So….today will over soon, and if you are lucky, you will be left with tomorrow and a new opportunity, a blank page. What are you going to write on it?

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”

~ L.M.Montgomery

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Quote Of The Day

“Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.”

Zig Ziglar
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Quote Of The Day

Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.”

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5 Tips That Will Positively Impact Your Self Esteem

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“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.”

Dr. Robert Anthony

Self Esteem is how we feel about ourselves. It is essential to have a positive perception of ourselves and our abilities.

Some of us appear to have a naturally positive attitude and always feel good about themselves. Other people may not, and It affects their day to day activities. I believe it is normal to have an ebb and flow based on what experiences we have and how we respond to them.

Let’s face it; we all have our good and bad days. We can be affected by our family, our friends, our co-workers, and strangers that we interact with by chance. We are affected by the nightly news and the negativity we find there.

Sometimes we are our harshest critic. When we do something wrong, we might berate ourselves with snide, nasty little comments. Been there, done that. How many times have I said to myself, ” That was dumb, why did you do that; it was stupid.” We also might think, “OMG. I hope no one saw or heard me; that was so embarrassing!”

On the other side of that is the possibility of praising ourselves. Do we? No, usually we do not recognize our worth, and we do nothing to acknowledge we were successful. We should; it is good for our self-esteem. Why do we tend to knock ourselves down, but we do nothing to build ourselves up?

We all have strengths and weaknesses. We need to focus on our strengths and work to keep improving them. We should not focus on our shortcomings or allow them to influence our decisions. I do think we need to be aware of what weaknesses we may have. We can look for ways to improve and turn the weaknesses into growth opportunities.

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”

~ Michael Jordan

Our self-esteem, or how we view ourselves, will influence the decisions we make. If we have high self-esteem and feel great about ourselves, it motivates us to have a productive day, get up, and do something meaningful. We want to be successful, and we want to improve. We have a positive attitude and will make the most of every situation.

If you have low self-esteem, you are less likely to be motivated. You believe that you cannot succeed, or that it will be too hard. Maybe you can do this portion of a job, but you think you are not smart enough to complete it. Because you doubt your capabilities, you are less likely to push yourself to do more, and you allow yourself to be stagnant. You think there is no sense putting in the time because you know it will be a disaster.

How can we improve, feel better about ourselves, and improve our self-esteem?

Recognize your strengths. Everyone has something they are good at, and they also have things they are not as good at doing. Examples might be someone who is outstanding in their math abilities, but has difficulty describing concepts. Maybe someone is creative and an excellent artist, but they have terrible communication skills. Do not doubt yourself because you have trouble explaining something, or do not like interacting with someone. Focus on what you are confident about and good at doing.

Practice mindfulness. Be aware of your thoughts and do not engage in any negative self-talk. When you find yourself being self-critical, be mindful of your thoughts, and remind yourself that they are only thoughts. Thoughts are not facts; they are annoying little bits of negativity, but they are not valid. Shift your way of thinking and focus on your abilities and positive attributes.

Use affirmations. The use of affirmations can be empowering. We all have these ingrained beliefs about ourselves that are not true, but they have a hold on us. Get rid of the negative nuggets you carry with you by replacing them with an affirmative statement. Make a list of affirmations. Write down the little negative nuggets and develop an affirmation about them. Choose an affirmation that is the opposite of the negative belief. Examples might be:

“I have the knowledge and experience to be promoted this year.”

“My boss values my opinion.” “I am creative.”

“I am going to work hard until I am successful.” “I have a positive attitude.”

Make a list of positive affirmations and read them every day. Keep the list where you can look at it multiple times a day or when you start having negative thoughts.

Accept Compliments. How many times have you shrugged off a compliment you have received. Instead of denying a compliment and having negative thoughts such as, “Oh, they really do not mean that. ‘ or “They are just saying that because they think they have to.” Take a few moments to respond and to contemplate the compliment. Respond with a “Thank you” or “What a nice thing to say”. When you accept compliments, they will have a positive influence and raise your self-esteem.

Practice Self Compassion. When something negative happens, such as not getting a promotion that you wanted, instead of beating yourself up and dwelling in negativity, try some self-compassion. We are compassionate toward our friends and important people in our life, so we should do the same for ourselves. Think about the conversations you had with a friend when they were working through a problem. What did you say to them to make them feel better? Do the same for yourself. Help build your self-esteem instead of knocking it down. As we often tell others, “You’ve got this.”

Building our self-esteem does take some effort, particularly if we have just had a setback or disappointment. You may enjoy helping others improve, and you should feel the same about yourself. It requires strengthening your talents, developing new ones, and creating habits like those listed above. You’ve got this; you can do it!

“Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.”

– T. Harrv Eker

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

A re-post of a October 16, 2019 post.

Posted in Inspiration, Learning, Personal Development, Positive Thinking, Potential, Self Improvement

5 Tips That Will Positively Impact Your Self Esteem

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“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.”

~ Dr. Robert Anthony

Self Esteem is how we feel about ourselves. It is essential to have a positive perception of ourselves and our abilities.

Some of us appear to have a naturally positive attitude and always feel good about themselves. Other people may not, and It affects their day to day activities. I believe it is normal to have an ebb and flow based on what experiences we have and how we respond to them.

Let’s face it; we all have our good and bad days. We can be affected by our family, our friends, our co-workers, and strangers that we interact with by chance. We are affected by the nightly news and the negativity we find there.

Sometimes we are our harshest critic. When we do something wrong, we might berate ourselves with snide, nasty little comments. Been there, done that. How many times have I said to myself, ” That was dumb, why did you do that; it was stupid.” We also might think, “OMG. I hope no one saw or heard me; that was so embarrassing!”

On the other side of that is the possibility of praising ourselves. Do we? No, usually we do not recognize our worth, and we do nothing to acknowledge we were successful. We should; it is good for our self-esteem. Why do we tend to knock ourselves down, but we do nothing to build ourselves up?

We all have strengths and weaknesses. We need to focus on our strengths and work to keep improving them. We should not focus on our shortcomings or allow them to influence our decisions. I do think we need to be aware of what weaknesses we may have. We can look for ways to improve and turn the weaknesses into growth opportunities.

My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”

~ Michael Jordan

Our self-esteem, or how we view ourselves, will influence the decisions we make. If we have high self-esteem and feel great about ourselves, it motivates us to have a productive day, get up, and do something meaningful. We want to be successful, and we want to improve. We have a positive attitude and will make the most of every situation.

If you have low self-esteem, you are less likely to be motivated. You believe that you cannot succeed, or that it will be too hard. Maybe you can do this portion of a job, but you think you are not smart enough to complete it. Because you doubt your capabilities, you are less likely to push yourself to do more, and you allow yourself to be stagnant. You think there is no sense putting in the time because you know it will be a disaster.

How can we improve, feel better about ourselves, and improve our self-esteem?

Recognize your strengths. Everyone has something they are good at, and they also have things they are not as good at doing. Examples might be someone who is outstanding in their math abilities, but has difficulty describing concepts. Maybe someone is creative and an excellent artist, but they have terrible communication skills. Do not doubt yourself because you have trouble explaining something, or do not like interacting with someone. Focus on what you are confident about and good at doing.

Practice mindfulness. Be aware of your thoughts and do not engage in any negative self-talk. When you find yourself being self-critical, be mindful of your thoughts, and remind yourself that they are only thoughts. Thoughts are not facts; they are annoying little bits of negativity, but they are not valid. Shift your way of thinking and focus on your abilities and positive attributes.

Use affirmations. The use of affirmations can be empowering. We all have these ingrained beliefs about ourselves that are not true, but they have a hold on us. Get rid of the negative nuggets you carry with you by replacing them with an affirmative statement. Make a list of affirmations. Write down the little negative nuggets and develop an affirmation about them. Choose an affirmation that is the opposite of the negative belief. Examples might be:

“I have the knowledge and experience to be promoted this year.”

“My boss values my opinion.” “I am creative.”

“I am going to work hard until I am successful.” “I have a positive attitude.”

Make a list of positive affirmations and read them every day. Keep the list where you can look at it multiple times a day or when you start having negative thoughts.

Accept Compliments. How many times have you shrugged off a compliment you have received. Instead of denying a compliment and having negative thoughts such as, “Oh, they really do not mean that. ‘ or “They are just saying that because they think they have to.” Take a few moments to respond and to contemplate the compliment. Respond with a “Thank you” or “What a nice thing to say”. When you accept compliments, they will have a positive influence and raise your self-esteem.

Practice Self Compassion. When something negative happens, such as not getting a promotion that you wanted, instead of beating yourself up and dwelling in negativity, try some self-compassion. We are compassionate toward our friends and important people in our life, so we should do the same for ourselves. Think about the conversations you had with a friend when they were working through a problem. What did you say to them to make them feel better? Do the same for yourself. Help build your self-esteem instead of knocking it down. As we often tell others, “You’ve got this.”

Building our self-esteem does take some effort, particularly if we have just had a setback or disappointment. You may enjoy helping others improve, and you should feel the same about yourself. It requires strengthening your talents, developing new ones, and creating habits like those listed above. You’ve got this; you can do it!

“Successful people have fear, successful people have doubts, and successful people have worries. They just don’t let these feelings stop them.”

– T. Harrv Eker

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

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Quote Of The Day

“Keep your sense of humour and the ability to connect with your inner child, because age is just a number and youthfulness is a state of mind!”

Grece Ghanem
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