Saturday, November 13, 2010
Chapter two (or the second principle) in Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success speaks to forming mastermind alliances. These are relationships we form with like minded individuals as we strive for a common goal and I thought SP is truly just that!
The tools, the community, the friends! What a great alliance we have here! We encourage each other, learn from one another and keep each other going! I feel truly blessed to have made some really formidable connections here and I continue to make more.
For those who are new, I must encourage you to reach out and get involved! When I first joined SP over 4 years ago, I lurked about and wasn't as active. About two years ago that changed and I can't tell you how much of a difference it has made in my life.
I've also completed the read of the third principle which speaks to assembling an attractive personality and again, I must say SP had a huge role to play in my own development of my PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). With most every blog I receive feedback and that means a lot. For those who know me from 4 years ago, well you know I wasn't always this picture of positivity but SP changed that! I changed that and I love it!!
I would say the blogging tool is one of my most treasured tools as I use it to record my thoughts and feelings, for my own purposes, but I know that by doing so it may help someone else to hear or see that they are never alone in this.
The other treasure in SP is the community and teams that are tailored to your particular interests. I am a member of a few teams and co-leader of two. I must be honest in saying I'm of course most active with those that I lead, but do check in on the others when I can. Again, these teams are sources of inspiration, guidance and a way to make connections with like minded individuals.
Each of our journey is unique, but in some ways the same. The key is to find the right combination and mine is SP all the way!! Sparking is part of my daily ritual and I'm so very grateful for the Spark Guy and his wonderful team for putting this together and keeping it free for all of its members! This is the ultimate place of health and wellness... Body, Mind and Soul!! The perfect balance!! So get Sparking today my friend!! Let's light up this world with the Sparked Energy that we are!!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
My handsome father when he was in the war.
Thanks to Caz who pointed to this video - let's take time today to remember...
Tonight is also my chapter meeting so part of today will be spend preparing for that.
Yesterday was an unusually beautiful day for November as we reached a high of 10 Celcius (and if I recall correctly - last year at this time we had snow). After my early morning spin class I felt energized enough to go for a 45mins walk by the park near my place. Again - I feel truly blessed that the path leading to this beautiful place is literally in my back yard.
Walking amidst such beauty is so very therapeutic!
I didn't end up doing my ST yesterday so will do it today. I will still meet my goal of doing it 3 times this week as I'll do it again on Sat or Sun.
I skimmed through another book "7 Tools to Beat Addiction" and again - the theme is recurring in how in order to change addictions (be it to food or alcohol, or any drugs), one must seek to understand the reason you practice those habits. In many cases, we reach for food for comfort, out of loneliness or boredom. In the case of alcohol we seek to feel better, be more confident perhaps, or simply to relax. Whatever the reason - there is an alternative healthier activity you can find that will enable you to feel better, be more confident and yes, find company and NOT be lonely or bored!
Instead of using those former habits, we can then develop new strategies as we do here on SP by exercising to feel better, meditating or getting a massage to relax, take up new activities to relieve boredom and loneliness (joining a club, volunteering, etc.)
Changing habits means changing our focus. It's time to focus on our higher goals!
I am now beginning to read Napoleon Hill's "Keys to Success: The 17 Principles of Personal Achievement" and the first chapter speaks to developing our definiteness of purpose. By knowing exactly what it is we are striving for, we will surely succeed!
For me this time is different because I am focusing on a short term goal of getting leaner and healthier for my cruise at the end of January. That is my "Health" goal. When I am tempted by the junk food or indulgences, I visualize myself aboard the ship, walking in the sand by the ocean and admiring the beauty of the Carribean places I'll get to visit. As I stated before - I will still allow perhaps 1 day per week where I can reward myself - but without undoing all that I accomplished in the 6 days prior (this means that my 'cheat' day is not a binge day).
We have many areas in which we can set goals and they can include such areas as personal, health, family and work. The key is to setting reasonable goals, and ensuring a good balance so you are not overwhelmed. Set yourself up for success! Everything worthwhile having is worth working for. I continue to work for my Miracles!!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Okay so after the whole mental debate ... and nervousness that one goes through when they have never been to a certain gym, or a certain class, wondering if I'd be starred at or uncomfortable, I got up this morning and headed out to the 6am Spin class with AMOHAME2.
She had picked out a bike for me that was close to the front so I could hear the instructor and she could see me (thanks ). Now keep in mind I have not cycled in ages! I bought a bike a few years ago and rode it around the block for 5 - 10mins and was so out of breath! Here I was at a 50min SPIN class! YIKES
The instructor helped me to adjust the settings and I hopped on. I tried my best to follow along and was inspired by those who are obviously regular attendees! After 30mins in, I was dying - my butt was soooo sore (and still is tender) and the stand up parts were killing my quads so I tried to keep up but sat my butt back down before the sets were done, but kept my legs moving - pedalled the whole way!
Seeing as I was the only newbie - they gave me a round of applause at the end and it felt really great! My legs were wobbly and I'm sure I'll feel it more tomorrow, but guess what?! I am definitely going to go again. I'm going to check the gym closer to my place to see what their process is as I do understand they are extremely busy classes.
I was very thankful to have AMOHAME2 there with me as I had never been to that location and it was a "CO-ED" gym (I usually always go to the women's only but they don't have the spin rooms there). So one barrier broken and I'm ready to try again (in a couple of days of course as my butt needs to recuperate).
I feel energized! As I finished reading the book by Robert A. Johnson (Ecstasy) - the last part of it speaks to reaching that level of ecstasy by performing 'rituals' that are safe and good for all concerned.
I suppose we can attest to working out as one of those rituals that is great in so many ways! It boosts our moods, gives us energy and provides us with a feeling of 'elation' when we push ourselves just a bit harder and make it through the workout.
With my time off right now - what better opportunity for me to implement some new rituals that will replace old ones that no longer serve me. I am not going to turn into a saint by any means but I am going to make better choices. I will still allow myself rewards, and a day of slight indulgence once a week... but that will be the reward after a week's worth of ritual working out!
So why don't you give it a Spin?! Put yourself out of your comfort zone, give yourself that extra push and go do something different! You will never know until you try if you like it or not and if you don't then you keep trying new things! Live your life fully in the PRESENT 'gift' that it is!!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Today's Daily Motivator speaks to me again so loudly as I move forward and step out ... into unknown territory, trying new things (first time trying a spin class this morning with SP friend AMOHAME2) and looking for new work with a new view - to finding the right fit for me.
Here's the link if you wish to read it: greatday.com/motivate/index.html
The past two days of my angel cards and my daily guidance readings from Doreen Virtue all have a similar theme:
Take back your power was my card for today.
The titles of the passages I have read (I read 2 per day) are:
Day 260 - Ask for What You Want
Day 261 - Move Through Life Changes
Day 262 - Take One Step at at Time
Day 263 - Know That Everything Always Works Out!
One could say these passages apply to all of us here on SP. Perhaps you are not one who believes in signs and intuition, but this is definitely something I'm becoming more attuned to these days.
I had a wonderful day yesterday. Did some work, heard back from the placement agency to say she was forwarding my resume to those 2 clients and did my Sparking!
I did the 20mins Zumba express in the morning and then met up with KOWLEEN for a walk - we walked for 100mins and clocked over 11,000 steps - all the while chatting and being near my favourite place, the water
Then I met up with a friend and former colleague and met her precious 4 month old daughter. What a DOLL! We walked some more as the baby didn't like sitting still but I didn't clock that as it was strolling through the mall. The mall I live near by is so great! And with all the Christmas decorations up - well it's simply beautiful.
I love Christmas for the beauty of decorations, lights, and the energy! I don't get too drawn in with the 'shopping' as I've had to be quite conservative the past few years with my own situation, but it has allowed me to relish the true joy of the season. It of course always also reminds me of my most difficult period 8 years ago when I was grieving both my marriage breakdown and the loss of my mother on the 20th. When I think back to how I felt then and where I am now - all I can say is WOW - I've come a long way!
Proof is in my strength in dealing with current situations and maintaining my positive outlook because I truly do believe that great things lie ahead!!
To further expand on my Day 263 passage here's Today's Thought (from Daily Affirmations by Doreen Virtue):
I trust my current situation will resolve itself beautifully as my past experiences have. In truth, everything is already worked out right now. I give any worries or fears to God and the angels, for only love is real.
And so it is... Wishing you a JOY filled day SP Friends!!
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