Making Motivation Meaningful

Energize 2014, New Year

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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Ten Rules For Being Human


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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Gratitude improves every day

Silver lining

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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So much gratitude today…

Sunflower and Bee

Our fam­ily had such a won­der­ful break through this week it’s hard to know where to begin with my grat­i­tude for today.  I am grateful…

We were able to improve our family’s cir­cum­stances by real­iz­ing how blessed we have been in our lives. The power of believ­ing the solu­tion to a daunt­ing prob­lem will come does work.  Ask for what you need, believe it will come and find things to be grate­ful for.  Worked for us. My son took a rare nap yes­ter­day.  It afforded me the chance to cook with my daugh­ter and really con­nect with her.  (Cook­ing with 3 year old twins takes a spe­cial kind of patience).  I can han­dle one at a time though. I don’t have to get a J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) I get to keep blog­ging and doing what I love and still sup­port my fam­ily. My kids are excited to start preschool and I will

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Go for the Goals August 2011

Goals blocks

I was look­ing around a com­mu­nity I fre­quent over the week­end and found a blog­ger post­ing her monthly goals as a way to be more account­able for her actions.  I love this idea and she wel­comed me in join­ing her in account­abil­ity.  So I am post­ing my per­sonal goals for August in the hopes it will keep me hon­est and motivated.


Get my body back to pre-baby con­di­tion.  I real­ize this is not 100% pos­si­ble but my goal for August is to clean up my eat­ing and get back to basics.  I know that will get me a health­ier weight and make me feel stronger and more empow­ered. Cut out the sim­ple carbs and flour for two weeks.  Meals will be healthy pro­teins, veg­eta­bles, low-sweet fruits (apples, pears, peaches, berries), green tea and lots of water. After two weeks I will add back com­plex car­bo­hy­drates like whole grains once a

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Something to be grateful for…

I real­ized yes­ter­day that I haven’t done a grat­i­tude post in a long time.

Life has been full of won­der­ful things lately.  It’s about time I started being grate­ful for some of them.

I’m have a won­der­ful time with my new blog Joy­ful at Home CEO.  It’s all about inspir­ing and moti­vat­ing change.  I love it.  If you visit, know I am still tweak­ing it. My son is potty trained.  It hap­pened really quickly and he’s doing such a great job.  Still the occa­sional acci­dent but we are pre­pared.  He’s even sleep­ing with­out a dia­per.  I’m so proud of him. I have got­ten back to the gym after a hia­tus because of potty train­ing.  It feels good to be work­ing my body again, albeit a lit­tle sore. I have been focus­ing on many new goals and get­ting clear about what I want to get out of my life.  It feels great to clar­ify what I

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