One of the things I often hear from people, friends and clients alike, is they need more motivation to be healthy. By the time people come to me for support on being healthy, they have tried many different things. They are motivated to make a change but don’t know where to start. Or worse they try to do everything at once, become overwhelmed and quit. So how do we motivate ourselves to make changes without becoming overwhelmed or stuck.
What is motivation?
Let’s start with understanding what motivation is:
Psychology Today defines motivation as
Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It’s the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It’s the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the pain period,
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2012 is here. There has been a lot of talk about the changes to come in 2012. Nostradamus predicted unprecedented political, climate, and financial changes that would alter our world from this point on. There is evidence many of these things are coming to pass. We are just starting to come out of the worst economic decline we have seen since the Great Depression. Weather patterns are bringing damage and chaos to many parts of the world. In the Northeast alone we have suffered from a tornado, earthquake, hurricane which brought devastating flooding and a freak snow storm in October but no snow for Christmas. I have lived my whole life in the Northeast and have never seen such destructive weather hit all in one year. In addition, the unrest of oppressed people has toppled long-standing regimes and brought political unrest throughout the world.
What hasn’t gotten any air time
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Love and gratitude permeate the air this holiday season. It is the one time a year, we collectively look around and appreciate those in our lives. We celebrate and remind each other of what makes life truly valuable (I’m not talking about presents . There is no better time to give thanks for our life and look forward to new beginnings as we start another year.
In our family we celebrate several traditions. Today we celebrate Solstice which is the change between autumn and winter. It is the darkest day of the year. The celebration is to welcome back the return of the light. We share our hopes for the coming year and celebrate with a ceremony, a time of giving and a feast.
We also celebrate Christmas and Santa. But today is Solstice so I want to share my Solstice tradition of sharing a wish. Wishes are like free magic.
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I was stumbling around online the other night and came across this. It felt true so I thought I would share it. (By the way, if you enjoy random interesting information you should use Stumbleupon. You find the coolest things.)
Cherie Carter-Scott references the following quote as the basis for her rules for being human: “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” (Helen Keller)
Ten Rules for Being Human
by Cherie Carter-Scott
You will receive a body. You may like it or hate it, but it’s yours to keep for the entire period. You will learn lessons. You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called, “life”. There are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of trial, error, and experimentation. The “failed” experiments are as much a part of the process as the experiments that ultimately “work”. Lessons are repeated until
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This weekend my girl/boy twins turned 4 years old. Birthdays are generally for the people who were born but as a mother it is a celebration as well. We survived the early years of long, tiring days and sleepless nights. Nursing until past their 2nd birthday and the general terror of two beings able to perform fatal acts. This weekend I celebrated the hard work of mothering and treated myself to reflecting on all our accomplishments and struggles over the years. We have all come so far in the past 4 years. I encourage all moms to celebrate their role in the birth of their children. Whether biological or adopted mothers play a key role in a child’s living in this life. Moms deserve a little recognition for the hard work that they do.
The 4’s have also brought a new stage of development for the kids, Opposition. You know that
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Phew! What a week. I am just now getting back to my computer to work again. I can’t believe how much trouble a little snow can cause. I grew up in Syracuse, NY. Never heard of it? Well, it’s known for having exceptionally high levels of snow during the winter. Actually, it has been known to get more snow than any other U.S. city. Not sure if that is still true after the past few winters. Buffalo, NY has really been giving Syracuse a run for its money. This is all to say, I am familiar with the effect of a heavy snow fall. Been there, done that.
You might imagine how odd it felt last week to pack up my kids and drive the 4 hours to Syracuse to escape the 15–20 inches of snow at our home in New England. My Syracuse friends did not miss the irony. According
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A lot can be said for standing back to observe how people talk about their life and goals. I was recently visiting a new forum for people wanting support around getting healthy. The forum was broken out into different forums for losing weight or training for an event. I started in the training forum to see what was happening.
The training forum was full of celebrations. Members cheering each other on. Very high energy and exciting. I felt my spirit lift and I started dreaming about running. The body feels so strong after a good workout.
In the forum for losing weight, the mood was somber. The posts riddled with comments like, “struggling”, “my goal is to…,” “I have to…”. All of the statements were externally focused and laced with the feeling of discouragement. The frustration and lost hope made some of the posts too hard to read.
I was struck
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Find the silver lining
Gratitude has become a cornerstone of my days. I don’t get to this post every week (though I think it would benefit me greatly if I did), but I have daily reminders of how blessed my life is.
Today I am grateful…
For having the resources to improve my life. I am smart, learn quickly and have a passion for helping other people. It’s paying off. I am grateful for the constant improvements in technology that make working from home with my kids possible. Technology has allowed me to make some wonderful friends. We have never met but they help be get through every day and take my blogging to the next level. My children are healthy and growing. They are strong kids, with quick minds who love to learn and explore their world. I have love in my life. I meet every person with a sense of loving
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I’ve been doing a lot of self-evaluation and goal setting this week. Looking at my dreams for my life and future brings gratitude and hope to the front of my consciousness.
Today I am grateful for…
1. …having spent the time to get my education when I was young. There isn’t anything more I need to go to school to “learn.” The rest of my learning dwells in living life.
2. …taking the time to get clear on my dreams and set concrete goals around what they will look like.
3. …having a supportive family to encourage me to do what makes me happy even if it doesn’t makes sense to them.
4. …being healthy and strong.
5. …the ability to write and share my journey with everyone that stops by my blog.
Being grateful puts a shine on the dreariest of days. What you are grateful for today?