Friday, June 08, 2012
Yesterday we looked at the extra motivation you could get by increasing your desire for the end result, using the pleasure of your vision and dreams to drive you forward.
Here's another motivator that's not so much fun - but it works if you're someone who is motivated by getting away from things you don't want rather than moving towards pleasure.
To do this you need to dream a little again, but this time ask yourself ...
How will it be if I never get to my dream life but carry on doing whatever I'm doing just now?
How heavy will I be in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years if I carry on eating and taking as little exercise as I am just now?
How will I look?
How many years will I be on and off diets, not losing weight permanently, miserable as sin?
Which diseases am I likely to have in store if I don't start living a healthier lifestyle? Heart Disease? Diabetes? Cancer? High blood pressure? Stroke?
How healthy am I likely to feel even if I'm extremely lucky and I don't get any of those things?
How will I feel about myself if I don't keep my commitment? (Ashamed? Sad? Disappointed? Depressed? Angry at myself? )
How will I feel when my friends are enjoying a healthy slim life and I am too tired and sick to join in?
While you are immersed in how bad it would be not to achieve your goal, ask yourself...
What am I prepared to do to make sure I never have to worry about any of this? What action am I going to take today that takes me out of this possibility and into the achievement of my ideal life....
* Out of disappointment and into success
* Out of tired and breathless and into energy and health
* Out of depression and into well-being
* Out of laziness and into action
* Out of fat pre-processed snacks and into healthy delicious meals?
Add some of your own alternatives. Each of these is a CHOICE that you make every day. Incredible that anyone chooses not to be healthy and slim when you think about it. What are you going to choose for yourself?
So you don't get too caught up in how bad things could be (and start thinking about how bad they are now and console yourself with a chocolate bar), once you've completed this exercise, immediately bring yourself back to the good future you are going to have with your dream vision from the motivation we spoke of yesterday - wallow in that for a bit and DECIDE to do it!
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
When our world starts to get too serious
we need to take time to laugh, whether it is
day off of work, a walk in the park, or playing with
our children, we need to just be.
A diversion can make all of the difference
in the world in our outlook on life.
What surprises me most is that we feel
we need to give ourselves permission to be happy.
Itís as if we need to schedule an appointment.
Our life may not be perfect,
but we need to enjoy it even if
it is not in perfect order.
This may take practice
but it is worth it.
Copyright © Donna G Fowler, 03/17/2011
Psalm 126:2 (King James Version) 2Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
This quotation is from an old Paul Newman movie entitled, "Cool Hand Luke." I don't remember much about the movie, but I do remember that one line. This quote can also apply to the following scenario.
You start an exercise routine, start tracking your food yet you don't let anyone know that your intentions are to live life healthier and lose a few pounds here and there. Your husband brings you home a box of chocolates and you get mad at him because you feel he is sabotaging your efforts. What's wrong with this picture?
The moral of this story... Whenever we fail to ask for information or give information that will confirm our understanding or when we presume to know what another person is thinking or doing, we open ourselves up to erroneous thoughts and actions, which can lead to unnecessary conflict. If we develop the habit of asking or giving additional information, we may enjoy better relationships and a more peaceful existence.
The habit of asking or giving at least three more questions or answers than you think is necessary may be a valuable one. In fact, if we adopt the "who, what, when, where, why and how" method of questions or answers, we can be assured of making better decisions and taking right actions or not open ourselves up to communication errors. It takes time, but so does correcting undesired outcomes.
Affirmation for the Week:
"I make good decisions and take right actions because I take the time to ask questions and to listen to the answers."
Monday, June 04, 2012
... you will figure out a way to get it. There may be times in our lives when we really want or need something. It is during those times that we are challenged to be our most creative. The keys to creativity are desire and persistence.
The Crow and the Pitcher
A crow had not had a sip of water for days and was close to death. Suddenly, she spotted a pitcher containing some water. Thrilled by the discovery and sudden turn of fortune, the crow flew down to the pitcher.
However, the water level was too low and the neck of the pitcher was too narrow. No matter how hard the crow tried to squeeze her beak into the pitcher, she could not reach the water. So, the crow tried to overturn the pitcher, hoping that the water would spill and then she could drink it. But the pitcher was too heavy for the crow.
Just as the crow was about to give up, she noticed some pebbles on the ground. An idea suddenly came to her. She picked up the pebbles one by one and dropped them into the pitcher. Each time she dropped a pebble into the pitcher, the water level would rise. Until eventually, the water level was high enough so that the crow could finally drink the water.
What do you desire or need in your life that could be yours if you simply created a way to get it? More often that not, most people will give up because there is no sense of urgency for obtaining the needed or desired objective. Here are a few tips for achieving success:
Create a sense of urgency such that you feel that you absolutely must achieve your goal or need.
Visualize the end result.
Brainstorm all your options and methods, and do not discount any, regardless of how ridiculous or simple they may seem to be.
Recall a time in your past when you have had a need, and it was successfully satisfied, and apply the same focus and creative thought to this situation.
Remember that necessity is the mother of all inventions.
Affirmation for the Week:
"I believe that life is a do it yourself journey and that the only obstacles in my path are lack of desire and intensity."
Have a creative week!
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