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September 2017 On Track

September 2, 2017

Fall-OnTrack

Fall is my favorite season. I find it is the perfect time of year to review where I am and how far I’ve come. A time to acknowledge positive progress and the desired results I have strived for. Additionally, I like to reflect on how/why I may have gotten off track. Perhaps you can relate?  Maybe this is the year you finally let go of an unhealthy habit or a limited way of thinking but find that you have slipped back into old patterns. Maybe you have been diligent with your diet all week, then break all the rules with a long weekend binge and have not been able to get back on track. Perhaps it is that book you’ve been wanting to write and have even completed the first chapter but then life’s responsibilities start dragging you down and you find your inspiration is no longer there. A friend of mine will commit to consistent morning workouts and make it to the gym for 2 consecutive days and then on day 3, is already finding excuses not to get to the gym.

Sometimes pausing and reflecting is just the prescription we need. Taking time to review and recognize what changes or tweaks are needed can help us get back on track. I’ve learned to accept that it happens. It can be easy to get off track. Instead of being self critical, I’ve learned to accept that this happens to many of us. Release self-judgements and embrace this as an opportunity for improvement and another shot at reinventing what you’d like to see in your life. The key is, awareness and finding a creative solution to get back on track.

Once you are aware that you’ve gotten off track, consider what the reason might be? Do you really care about the goals you’ve created? Are these your goals? Are they truly meaningful to you? Sometimes, it can help to reconsider your goals and make some tweaks where necessary so they are goals you feel good about, inspired by and they have deep meaning for you. When your goals are self-driven you will feel excited and inspired! You might sense you have a new energy by setting a few new intentions.

 It might surprise you to realize how quickly you can get back on track and what is needed to get you there. Here are some tips to consider:

Obstacles Accept that you are human and that minor hiccups along the way are part of life. This isn’t the time to call yourself a failure. Everyone will find that their regular routine can sometimes fall apart. Developing some strategies will help you bounce back on track. Taking even the smallest steps within these strategies can help redirect your focus, time and start building momentum again.

Consistent Schedule It can help to stick to your schedule as much as possible. Sometimes, this might be in just the smallest way. For example, if you don’t have enough time to get to the gym for the usual one hour workout, how about considering a 20 minute session of squats or lunges, push-ups, jumping jacks and some planks? There are many inspiring High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) examples that can be found on the internet to provide some ideas for a quick, effective (and fun!) workout session.

Everyday Responsibilities Have life’s responsibilities dragged you in another direction and you find that you are not able to write another chapter anytime soon? Consider writing one page per day. Can’t even commit to one page per day? How about one paragraph? The key is, to continue. Be consistent. Work with the flow and keep going. 

Positive Environment It is crucial to take a look at who you allow yourself to be surrounded with. Negative people (or a negative environment) can drag you down and take you in a different direction. However, surrounding yourself with positive people can help to create a more inspiring environment that makes reaching your goals feel less like a struggle and more fun and empowering.

Making Up Excuses Are excuses your reason for getting off track? I hear these often:

  • “I don’t have enough time.” For something that is really meaningful to you, you have to make the time. Carve out some time. Prioritize for what is deeply important to you. 
  • “I don’t have enough knowledge or experience.” “I don’t feel that I am ready; I’m uncomfortable.” My suggestion is to get started anyway. Just begin. Read more on procrastinating.
  • “I want to eat a healthy diet but I really enjoy wine with dinner.” This is okay. You’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule. Most of the time, maybe it’s M-F that works best for you (80% of the time) stick to a clean, healthy eating plan and on weekends enjoy wine or a drink with friends. Just get back to your healthy eating plan again on Monday. 

Motivation, inspiration and encouragement will be plentiful on some days and zero the next. This is life. This is normal. Creating strategies you can rely on will get you back on track quickly. Acknowledge your progress, be grateful for the desired results you’ve seen, as this is a more positive attitude and the right mindset that will keep you on track. Make tweaks where needed. Keep going!

Wishing you a Sweet September filled with Positive Progress & Desired Results!

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May 2016 Creativity

May 1, 2016

Creativity

Do you think of yourself as creative? Everyone has their own personal definition of creativity. For some, creativity defines someone who is an author, painter, artist, musician or architect. And for others, being creative may fall into problem solving, innovation, discovery, origination.

Creativity brings fulfillment to life. Many of us do not consider ourselves a creative individual. Perhaps, we believe creativity is for the geniuses who have mastered some great and glamorous achievements. Just because we are not famous does not mean we are not creative. We all hold creativity. You can learn to recognize when creative spirit is trying to stir your soul!

There are many areas in your life where you can apply creativity. It can be as simple as trying a new recipe, creating a new exercise routine or spending some time in nature and taking photos of landscapes, sunrise or sunsets. Using creativity for problem solving or brainstorming can be beneficial with work and business.

In order to continue moving ahead in life, using our creativity helps us develop new ideas and insights. Using our creativity provides fulfillment in life. Here are some tips on how to tap into your creativity:

  • Be open to insights from your unconscious mind. You can recognize these  insights because they often are those moments when you are not thinking of anything particular. These moments often can happen when you are exercising, out in nature, in the shower and while sleeping, just to name a few. When this happens, take some action. Jot down a note, journal or do a quick internet search – Any action step that starts the process of bring this creation into fruition is key.
  • Recall a time when you were having a conversation with a friend, acquaintance or even a kind stranger and something they said, triggered the creative spirit in you. Take this situation as a message. A message from spirit, the universe or whatever your beliefs are but this IS creativity trying to speak with you.
  • Listening to music, meditating or being out in nature are great ways to reconnect with spirit and get your creative juices flowing. These type of activities can be very useful when you may find yourself feeling stuck or overwhelmed. Try removing yourself from the situation for awhile and focusing on something unrelated. This diversion will relieve your stress, rejuvenate your senses and give you the incentive to get back in the game.

By staying open and flexible to new ideas and possibilities and learning to trust your intuition, you will discover more creativity and fulfillment.

Wishing you many Creativity and Fulfilling Moments in May!                                                         ~ With Love, Nancy

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