Gratitude

Knowing what you are grateful for is an important factor to happiness and success.

Being aware of everything that you have to be thankful for will help you create a positive focus. Gratefulness will help you reach your goals and dreams more easily because you are seeing all the positive things that are happening in your life.

When you are focused on the things that make you worry, you may fall into an unproductive state, which will set you back from reaching your goals. Even obstacles in our lives make us learn and problem solve, so accept these as opportunities of personal growth.

You are responsible for your own successes or failures, so let’s focus on successes!

Here are ideas to help bring gratitude into your life every day:
 
GratitudeStart a gratitude journal
 
Create a gratitude list
 
Add a statement to your power start and give thanks every morning
 
Read your goals each morning, then add one thing you are grateful for
 
Put a rock or piece of polished glass in your pocket and every time you see it or feel it, think of something you are grateful for
 

Make the choice to talk more about your blessings than your problems. Find ways to be thankful for everything.  You will find more things to be grateful for when you start looking for the good things in your life.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  – Melody Beattie

7 Fun and Easy Things That Relieve Stress

Do you need some simple and light-hearted ideas to relieve stress?  Here are some simple things to carry with you to lighten up your load and relieve stress!

1. A PENNY – You can’t say “I’m Broke.”
2. An ERASER – You can make all of your mistakes disappear.
3. An ELASTIC BAND – To stretch yourself beyond your limits.
4. A STRING – To tie things together when they seem to be coming apart.
5. A MARBLE – To use if someone says “You have lost your marbles.”
6. A STAR – To wish upon when it seems your dreams are lost.
7. A “HUG ME” button – So you can get a hug to lift your spirits.

 Which one are you going to use today?

Finding Your Passion

Do you ever ask yourself “What IS my passion and what would make me happy? How do I decide what I want to do?”

Sometimes it’s difficult to determine what you want to do with your life. Whether you are deciding for the first time or if you currently have a career or a job that you don’t enjoy, this short set of questions will help guide you toward a good choice of direction.
 

•What makes me happy?
•What do I enjoy doing?
•What comes naturally to me?
•What am I good at?
•What do I learn quickly?

 
Look at any similarities in your answers; you should be able to see a clearer picture of your passions.  Now, you can now take this information and look for ideas of what you can do with your passion.

When you wonder “How do I know when I have found my passion?” just ask yourself this question: “If I won the lottery today, would I keep doing what I am doing now?” If the answer is “yes” then you are (or will be) doing what makes you happy.

“Pursuing your passion is fulfilling and leads to financial freedom.” — Robert G. Allen

Do Your Surroundings Motivate You?

Your surroundings play a huge part in your life. To stay motivated in life; the space around Inspirational bedroomyou must provide inspiration and be a space you love to spend time in.

When you spend time in a place that makes you feel good, your time is enjoyable but for every minute you spend in a place that is not satisfying, it will drain you of energy and you may leave feeling exhausted.

Evaluate each area below.  Circle the places that need to be more uplifting.

  • Bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Office
  • Yard
  • Purse/wallet
  • Closet

Inspiration KitchenChoose one area that you circled, preferably the one where you spend the most time and commit to making this space a more motivating and inspiring area.  Take your time and put some thought into how you can improve each area, completing just one area at a time.

Have an inspiring day!

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A Child’s Powerful Affirmation

Jessica's Daily Affirmations

Jessica's Daily Affirmations

Affirmations and belief in ourselves creates happiness within. Say affirmations with strength and conviction; your affirmations should come from your heart. The true power of affirmations cannot be discounted.

I want to share a post called The Power of Positive Thinking written by Lorelei, a friend of mine who has a wonderful blog for parents. Within the post she shares a You Tube video called Jessica’s Daily Affirmation and you don’t want to miss it. If adults learn by example, this is one example we should learn from.

Here is the direct link to the article and video: http://raisingcreativechildren.com/day-smile/

Share this video with others and pass along the joy!

Mastering Your Emotions

“The Greatest Salesman in the World” by Og Mandino an excellent book and it’s not just for salespeople. The concepts in this book will help you to positively alter your attitudes.

Excerpt:

Weak is he who permits his thoughts to control his actions; strong is he who forces his actions to control his thoughts. Each day, when I awaken, I will follow this plan of battle before I am captured by the forces of sadness, self-pity and failure –

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will remember past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be master my emotions.

End excerpt.

I highly recommend this book. It is an easy read and well worth your time!

Planning and Time Management

Planning is a critical piece of the puzzle in reaching your goals. Planning makes you extremely more productive because you have written down, and know exactly, what the major and the minor tasks are that you must accomplish each day.

How many times have you actually thought “Oh don’t forget to do that tomorrow!” Then tomorrow comes and you completely forget about that very important task that really needed to be done. You get slammed with so many interruptions and favors that you either forget or you put that important task on the back burner because other some other urgent, but probably not important task, was taken on by you.

Stephen Covey writes about this phenomenon of getting overwhelmed with unimportant activities in his book “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.” He divides tasks into 4 quadrants. The quadrants are labeled with the tags of important, not important, urgent and not urgent.

Important is something that creates results while urgent items are time sensitive or pressing on us.

This is how the quadrants work:

Quadrant 1 – is Important and urgent – These things always get done because they are in your face and need to be taken care of right away like crises and result producing pressing issues.

Quadrant 2 – Important and not urgent – These are items that seem to always get put on the back burner of your life. This is where you really need to focus and plan because this is the quadrant where many goal action items can be accomplished. Goals seem to take a back seat and get bumped for urgent tasks or pressing issues. This is the quadrant you need to focus on – Important and not urgent.

Quadrant 3 – Not Important and urgent – These are things like some calls, some mail, pressing matters, and some meetings that are all time sensitive but not productive and they do not create results.

Quadrant 4 – Not important and not urgent – This is the fun square and it’s easy to spend a lot of time here. These are personal phone calls, emails, parties, pleasant activities, and busy work. Be careful not to spend too much of your time here. The key here is learning to say no to things that don’t produce results and have very little goal value.

Be conscientious of where you spend your time!

Now that you understand this theory of planning your time wisely, below are tips for planning.

You need a planner; just one calendar or planner.

    1.   Every evening write down your task for the next day and be sure to write down at least on major goal action item.
    2.   Write a specific time next to each task. This takes the guessing out of your day.

Let’s say you schedule to exercise at 6:00 a.m. When you wake up, you don’t say “Well should I work  out?”  No, you say “I have to get up, do my power start and get started on my work out!” And you are excited to do it!

Don’t use floating notes, which are pieces of paper not attached to anything of significance.

    1.   If you don’t carry a portable planner to write appointments and tasks in then carry a small spiral notebook.
    2.   Each evening when you begin to plan the next day, transfer everything to your planner, tear out that page and throw it away so you don’t have to look at it again.

Clear and organize your desk or work area at the end of every day. With an organized desk or work area you can jump right into your tasks saving you 15 to 30 minutes the next morning.

It is said that for every 10 minutes of planning, you will save at least one hour of time. This concept alone should motivate you to plan your day. This accounts for about 5 extra hours of time each week to work in quadrant 2!

Make it a habit to plan your day and watch your life positively change!

“What one thing could you do in your personal and professional life that, if you did on a regular basis, would make a tremendous positive difference in your life? Quadrant II activities have that kind of impact. Our effectiveness takes quantum leaps when we do them.” – Stephen R. Covey from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People