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September 2017 On Track

September 2, 2017

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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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September 2016 Reflection

September 6, 2016

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It’s that time of year, just after Labor Day with the last hurrah completed and late Summer, ever so subtly, begins to turn into Fall. Back to school for some, less crowds at the beaches and a certain feeling of calmness seems to linger in the air. There is a sense of change, planning and setting new intentions filled with optimism.  Time for some reflection.

How often to you carve out time for some self-reflection? Creating time for introspection in order to observe and examine your personal feelings, thoughts and intentions for deeper meaning and explanation can lead to a more fulfilling life.

Self-Reflection can be a valuable intention to include in your day, week or month. Some of us may find we need introspection more often perhaps 10-15 minutes daily and others may find a weekend get-away or a time out period over a weekend once a month provides, the needed amount of time to regain perspective on what is happening or what you would like to see happen in your life.

Integrating introspection consistently into your life can be more enlightening and revealing than you might expect:

  • Reflecting helps bring awareness on anything that is not currently working in your life and what might be the cause, such as negative habits, patterns or toxic situations. Ask yourself what can you delegate, compromise on or eliminate (if necessary and possible)? Are you limiting yourself or holding yourself back in some area and if so, how is this effecting your progress, emotions and perspective on life? Then, consider the various options and solutions available and which one(s) might be the best to start with and notice how any “stressors” soon begin to dissolve.
  • Time for introspection helps us create or fine tune a goal, dream or intention. Perhaps there is a mandatory course you need to take to complete a program or certification and it is causing added stress in your life. However, by not completing the course, you cannot receive the credentials necessary for your career plans. Our daily rounds and tasks have more meaning when we know what our overall goal or intention is and what experiences and situations we would like to have in our future. In times of delay or frustration reminding yourself what you would like to accomplish can help create more optimism and a positive vibe.
  • Reflection can help us gain perspective on our quality of life and our happiness. Are you surrounding yourself with positive people who can uplift you, learn from and enjoy time with? If not, then what steps can you take to ensure you are in contact more often with people who inspire you? Are there certain accomplishments you are most proud of and might like to create some new accomplishments? If so, consider taking the initiative more often in planning events or taking on a new project.
  • Finally, introspection can greatly improve the major life choices you are making. Reflecting on what is truly important to you, what you truly believe and knowing what is absolutely a wrong or right choice for you. Seeking advice from others can be helpful however, listening to your intuition (your gut instinct) and your conscious is what will help lead you toward your intentions and goals.

Never taking time out for some self-reflection and deep introspection, can cause us to become disconnected, frustrated and lose focus on the life we wish to live and we will often continue to block or limit ourselves to our full potential. To see different results, start making reflection a priority.What are you doing to make things better in your life?

~Wishing you deep Introspection and Reflection in September!

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August 2016 Abundance

August 2, 2016

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Do you find you have a natural tendency to think “this isn’t enough”? Are you someone who is usually happy with thoughts of  “this is plenty,  I have more than enough”? Perhaps you feel you don’t have enough love in your life. Or maybe you feel you are not getting enough appreciation from friends and family. You may even feel you are not getting enough recognition at school, in your community or career. Maybe you feel you are not making enough money. Hopefully, you are not experiencing a lack in all of the fore mentioned! And if you are, it is time to shift your perspective on lack, to seeing all of the abundance in your daily life. The actions we take and our confidence in our own ability to create the intended result, are affected by where our focus is most of the time. Focus on abundance!

But it takes more than focus. It will take action and the right mindset to shift from a scarcity mentality. You will know if you are holding a scarcity mindset because the unnecessary feelings of fear, anxiety and desperation will be present. However, the abundance mindset will empower you with a feeling of optimism and confidence. Abundance mentality is knowing that there are always new chances, more opportunities and positive solutions.

Our environment responds to us through our thoughts on lack or thoughts of abundance. Here are a few tips on shifting from a scarcity mindset to the abundance mindset.

  • Be selective with the information you read or see and what you will allow into your mind. If necessary, take a media detox. Stop watching television commercials or even television in general. Cut back on social media consumption or if necessary, re-organize any negative media postings, blogs and people you are following; keep only positive personal development blogs and inspirational mentors postings.
  • Read success stories in books and magazines. Listen to personal development material.
  • Surrounds yourself with friends and family who have more of an abundance mindset and less of a lack mindset.
  • Start giving. Give more love. Give validation, appreciation and recognition. Give some money away. When you are giving something, the feelings of gratefulness, generosity  and appreciation will be present instead of deprivation or lack.
  • Creating win-win solutions. Instead of trying to win the argument or challenge, focus on creating a win-win for all involved. Ditch the competing energy to a collaborating vibe and create mutually beneficial relationships.

This month, set an intention to notice what you are already grateful for in your life. When you notice the positive, good things in your life (even the little things) and truly appreciate them, your life becomes fuller, richer and abundant. List three things each day that you are grateful for and notice how your mindset shifts from lack to a mindset of abundance.

Wishing you Abundance!

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July 2016 Daydreams

July 4, 2016

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Generally, daydreaming is looked upon as a negative way to spend time or as being lazy. It looks like we are doing nothing but just sitting there and gazing off into space. However, there are definitely some upsides to daydreaming. It can be quite constructive and help increase creativity as well as productiveness. And for some of us, spending some time daydreaming before making a tough decision can help provide the courage and positive support needed to move forward. There are actually many, positive benefits for useful daydreaming:

  • Daydreaming is a little like meditating. It is providing a moment when you can let your mind go, take a break and let go of stress, worries and anxiety. Return feeling as if you were on a mini vacation – physically relaxed, mentally refreshed and spiritually rejuvenated.
  • Next time you find yourself facing a conflict or unpleasant situation you must deal with, try daydreaming or visualize how you would like the situation to be resolved. What outcome would you like to see? Most importantly, visualize how you will be feeling when the desired outcome transpires. This practice can greatly help to respond versus reacting.
  • Daydreaming can help with productivity. Try this. Next time you have a Saturday “to do list” such as laundry, clean house, get groceries, instead of diving right into your chores and errands, indulge with 15 to 20 minutes of daydreaming. What would it feel like to complete everything on your list by noon? Imagine how you will spend the rest of your day. Who would you like to see? Where would you like to go?
  • Feeling blocked? Lost your creative flow? Daydreaming can help with creativity. Try stepping back from the project, your work, writing and go for a long walk, get some fresh air or exercise. Sometimes the toughest problems can be solved when you stop focusing on it and allow your mind to purposefully wander. Moments of insight often pop in out of no where once we’ve stopped looking for solutions and answers. Allowing your mind to relax is key and get your body moving through exercise,  a walk or take a long scenic drive.

Summertime is the perfect time for daydreaming! Relaxing, napping at the beach on a sunny weekend  and enjoying the ocean breeze. This can be the perfect setting to allow your mind to wander and drift of positive thoughts, creative ideas and making your dreams a reality.

~Feel inspired to include productive, dedicated daydreaming to create successful solutions!

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June 2016 Soul

June 6, 2016

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Do you ever find you crave some quite moments – All to yourself? Maybe it is some time in nature or simply quiet time you seek once a day, once a week or once a month. These moments can be when we experience the stillness in life. Many of us have so much going on in our day to day life, that we are having conversations in our head long after we’ve left the actual situation. It just doesn’t seem to ever stop. It is in the silence, the stillness, when we can feel our soul. Your soul is your inner wisdom. Spending time with your soul is necessary and how you can connect with who you truly are.

We can feel life experiences that are either positive or negative, deeply in our soul. If you’ve ever had that tightness or uneasy feeling about a situation or person, that is your soul nudging you. That warm, happy feeling that feels so right about something or someone, this is your soul. Your soul is your guide in life. When you feel something deeply within your soul, negative or positive, you are being guided either away from something that isn’t the best choice for you or more towards what your soul truly desires.

Do you trust your soul? Where will it lead you – if you let it? Does this mean stepping out of your comfort zone? How long will there be uncertainty? Will you experience doubt? The truth is, your soul could care less about absolute certainty. What your soul desires and cares most about is freedom. Free to be who you truly are and go after your dreams, your goals, your heart’s desire.

Ignoring your soul will only work for so long. Have you ever experienced increased anxiety, irritation or frustration when you brush away yet another nudge, thought or guidance? You may be receiving messages or signs in the form of an email, a billboard message, a television commercial, a conversation with a friend or hear a song on the radio while driving. Your soul will try and try through various ways to get your full attention.

It takes time to hear your soul and you won’t always recognize it. But with practice you can. You might find you are resonating with a particular author’s writings, blogs or books. Maybe you are having a consistent thought or idea that just won’t go away but comes to visit each day.

One key way to recognize if you are ignoring your soul, you make your decisions based on “I should” vs. what you truly want. Maybe you find you are working hard just to pay for the Porsche and fancy home and extravagant family trips and yet your soul is talking to you. Whispering to simplify, be less excessive and downsize. But the “I should” creeps in and tries to inform you that “you should” not give up the material things your family has for the more simple, quality life you want. You’ve chosen to major in accounting. Your family owns a CPA firm. You “should” help and continue to grow the business. But your soul wants to design, create homes and you really want to become an Architect.

You don’t have to loose touch with your soul and feel lost or out of touch with the meaning of your life. Carve time out to get to know your soul. The more you know your soul the more fulfillment you will experience in life.

~Wishing You a Soulfully Filled Summer!

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January 2016 Acceptance

January 5, 2016

 

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January is here. A New Year for new beginnings, fresh perspectives and ideas. And how about those resolutions? What if this year, instead of resolutions, choosing intentions? The word “resolution” is defined as “a firm decision to do or not do something, to be absolutely resolute.” How about instead, fully accepting ourselves, keep our focus on what we want to create in our life and not on what we don’t want to create? Try setting intentions for the New Year instead of resolutions. Setting intentions may help inspire you to naturally flow toward choices that are in alignment with your personal goals and achieve the progress and results you want. Change just doesn’t happen by judging or criticizing. Positive change happens by accepting those things we cannot change and growing each day to change those things we can. This does not mean a situation cannot improve, it means we are okay and just as lovable where we are and we are at the perfect starting place for making improvements. Practicing self-care is important in making lasting, transformational shifts and improvements in our lives.

Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be. Wishing you Acceptance, Love and Positive Progress with your intentions for 2016!

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December 2015 Empowerment & Action Lead To Success

December 1, 2015

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Your personal progress will clarify where your energy and effort is needed in your life. When the focus in life is on YOUR values, preferences, vision, and your optimal potential, you will be a success. Arranging for Success is creating a solution. Ground your vision into reality. Remember, it takes action to be fully living your purpose. No action is just an observer and waiting. It takes just a single step to start the action. Feel your best and be your best; experience energy, clarity & focus when you include lifestyle coaching as part of your success plan!

Wishing you Empowerment, Action Steps & Success for December.

~ Nancy

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October 2015 Authentic True Core Values

October 1, 2015

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October is here – a new month filled with new possibilities and a fresh start! When you have goals lined up this can help motivate you to make the best use of your time. Choose goals that will inspire you, make you smile and warm your heart. You will find when you begin to integrate your authentic true core values into your life, achieving your goals energizes you, fulfills you and leads to living a more meaningful life.  Would you like to begin exploring with some self-discovery questions? Send me an email nancyhovde@gmail.com. I will help guide you with the right questions that will help you dig a bit deep within but will definitely help align you with your purpose. Want to discover even more empowering, inspirational progress in your life? Read more in my book Uber Empowerment

Wishing you Great Success in Prioritizing Your Authentic True Core Values

~ Nancy

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September 2015 Intentions For Self-Improvement

September 1, 2015

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Being in optimal balance can help turn thoughts that are confusing into clarity. When we feel our best, we tend to think our best and do our best; so whatever intentions we make, we have a better chance at moving forward with a positive attitude and success! Commit to setting some intentions for self-improvement everyday. These are your personal intentions in the areas you would like to see self-improvement and progress in. What type of rituals can you create that help you maintain your focus and intentions during the day?

Wishing you Clarity, Action & Focused Intentions for September!

~Nancy

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May 2015 Courage

May 2, 2015

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When is the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? Feel empowered to try something new. You have a wealth of strengths, skills, knowledge and experience to live your optimal life. How empowered would you feel if you were to walk the path of your own heart?

Wishing you courage and love this month of May!

~ Nancy

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