Posts tagged ‘Inspiration’

Best Advice for Graduates

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.”

-U.S. Navy SEAL William H. McRaven to the graduating class of the University of Texas. 

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another.

By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making yourbed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.

If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

  • HOW YOU DO ANYTHING IS HOW YOU DO EVERYTHING!
  • If you take care of the minutes, the hours and days will take care of themselves.
  • TCOY = Take Care of You!   Coach Lucy

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Affirmations For A Joyful Life

Every day we will have hundreds of choices to make.  We can’t always be happy, but we can choose to be joyful.  Finding inner joy is a peace that no one or no external source can take from you.  Make time to TCOY (take care of you) on this journey called life. 

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.  Your life is calling…seize the day.

Take Care of You!  Coach Lucy

Better Than Good, by Zig Ziglar

1. I am doing better than good because I clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person; that yesterday ended last night, and today is my brand new day.

2. I am doing better than good because I have made friends with my past, am focused on the present, and optimistic about my future.

3. I am doing better than good because I know that success (a win) doesn’t make me, and failure (a loss) doesn’t break me.

4. I am doing better than good because I am filled with faith, hope and love; and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy or thoughts of revenge.

5. I am doing better than good because I am mature enough to delay gratification and shift my focus from my rights to my responsibilities.

6. I am doing better than good because I know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to being the victim of what is criminally wrong.

7. I am doing better than good because I have made friends of my adversaries, and have gained the love and respect of those who know me best.

8. I am doing better than good because I understand that others can give me pleasure, but genuine happiness comes when I do things for others.

9. I am doing better than good because I am pleasant to the grouch, courteous to the rude, and generous to the needy.

10. I am doing better than good because I love the unlovable, give hope to the hopeless, friendship to the friendless, and encouragement to the discouraged.

11. I am doing better than good because I can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.

A Living Expression

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(Artist of this awesome mural is my friend: Kim Kramer)

Every individual is a living expression of God’s perfection, wholeness, power, creativity, and joy. We have within us the pattern of perfection and the ability to bring it into manifestation.

Today, and every day, I have the opportunity to be God in expression. By fully being who I am, I demonstrate God in my own unique way. I offer love and kindness, peace and acceptance to others. I act with honor and integrity and live a joyous and fulfilling life.

I am made in the image and likeness of God, a living expression of Spirit. I am here to express, as fully as possible, the divine nature of my being.

  •  Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Matthew 6:26
  • Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?—1 Corinthians 6:19

The Donkey Did It!

The Donkey that fell into a well

 

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well.

The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. they all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then,to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up!

Remember these five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.

2 Ways To Derail Snacking

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FAQ (frequently asked questions) I get asked a Wellness Coach often are about snacking and fatigue.  Ironically, my broad view answer is often shrugged off even though it is priceless and cost nothing.  It does require mindfulness and most likely changing one’s thought process which developed into a habit and now part of their lifestyle.  Change isn’t the big problem, the mindset is.

The two things I highly recommend that can immediately impact your health (mental and physical): Drink more water and replace eating with activity.  Embrace these two things and your mind and body WILL respond positively.  Easy to do…easy not to do.  Daily choices matter.

Dehydration impacts you physically and mentally. Common symptoms are fatigue and brain fog. Often the band-aid of caffeine or food are applied.  The short-term fix might seem to work, but in reality, these are short lived and have negative consequences in the long run.

Secondly, get up and move. Your body will benefit mentally, physically and even spiritually as this derails stress. Perhaps you could go for a quick walk when you’re angry about something. Rather than hitting the vending machine for a candy bar or the chips, give H2O and movement a try.

Why it matters

Comforting ourselves with food is very common – who hasn’t eaten something sweet, salty, or fatty during (or after) an emotional situation? For many of us – especially those who were soothed with food when they were younger – the habit can become so ingrained that we reach for snacks before thinking about what else we could do to calm down.

Be prepared. When you are equipped and ready to deal with the snacking urge and fatigue, by having a positive plan in place, you can take action and reap the benefits of TCOY (taking care of you).  *Remember my coaching techniques:  Positioning, Preparation, Action and Follow-thru.

Fun

Turn up the music and dance to a song; it’s mentally, physically and spiritually uplifting! Great way to start your day and take breaks throughout it.

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You grow old when you stop hoping and seeking out new adventures.

Live life as if each day was your last…one day it will be!   Coach Lucy

 

What Do Tough Times Say About You?

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Sharing a blog post that I’m sure many can benefit from reading.  TCOY!  Coach Lucy

 

What Do Tough Times Say About You? 

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It’s one thing to have a bad day yet quite another to fall on tough times. These are the days when it’s hard to get out of bed, not knowing how you’re going to make it through the day. These are the days when it feels like the world is crumbling around you and you’ve been hit by a two-by-four by the time you go to bed at night. Yet, these are the times that shape character and show what you’re made of. So what do tough times say about you?

Unfortunately, for most of us, there comes a time when we will experience a major setback. Whether we’re confronted by a personal tragedy, faced with a serious financial crisis, or struck by an uncontrollable event, these are the times that test our will and our spirit.

Everyone reacts to these situations differently. Some people get angry, feel sorry for themselves, and cast blame; other people remain calm, create an action plan to move forward, and look for a trace of blue in the dark skies ahead. The fact is, the way you respond to these situations in the short term can impact your long-term success and happiness. As George S. Patton said, “The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.”

Character Matters During Tough Times

Be Positive. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people.

Remain calm and levelheaded. Count to ten. Try to make decisions based on fact rather than emotion.

Accept support. There are wonderful people who care about you. Don’t shut them out, or worse, take your problem out on them. They’re trying to help.

Learn from the past. Have you faced a similar situation in the past? Apply lessons learned. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

Seek professional counsel. Identify someone to serve as a sounding board. Gain from their knowledge, experience, and objective viewpoint.

Face reality. Don’t run away from the problem; run toward it. Accept reality as it is, not as you want it to be.

Own the problem. Don’t waste precious time and energy making excuses or casting blame. Move forward rather than dwelling in the past.

Make tough choices. Don’t procrastinate or hold out for the perfect answer; there may not be one. Identify your options and create a plan of action. You’ll gain more from moving forward in a deliberate fashion than from running around like a chicken without a head.

Set priorities. Don’t treat every option or activity equally. It’s smarter to do the important things rather than to complete every item on your list.

Build momentum. Big problems are best solved in small pieces. Tackle short-term items to achieve wins while you address the root cause.

Remain true to your values. This is no time to compromise your integrity. Listen to your conscience. You have to live with yourself for the rest of your life.

Be loyal. Don’t throw anyone under the bus to save your hide. In fact, putting the needs of others first may supply the positive energy you need to move forward.

Find an outlet for relaxation. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Identify ways to relax and reduce stress. That’ll help you complete the mission with your sanity intact.

Be a leader. These are the times when real leaders show their character. Lead by example. Be the first to “take a hit” before asking others to do the same.

Never quit. As Richard M. Nixon said, “A man is not finished when he’s defeated. He’s finished when he quits.”

Keep the faith. When nothing seems to work, faith often does.

Learn from the experience. Make sure to learn from the experience. You may have to apply this lesson another day. One thing this teaches us is that life is filled with “ups and downs,” so make the most of the “in-betweens.”

From Tough Times to Good Times

Believe in yourself. This too shall pass. This isn’t the first or the last time that you’re going to face tough times. If the situation is within your control, do something about it; if not, accept it for what it is and try to make the best of it. You survived the last time you faced a crisis, and you will this time as well. Remember, it’s not going to get better by sitting around. In fact, left unattended, small problems often become bigger ones.

It’s easy to look like a star when times are good, but when times are tough, your true character comes into full view. Be strong. Don’t compromise your integrity; don’t lower your standards; and above all, don’t quit. You’re better than that. You owe it to yourself to overcome the problem, as you have so many times before. There is great wisdom in Friedrich Nietzsche’s truism, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” The key is to get through tough times with dignity and grace. So hold your head up high. No one ever said it’s easy. And for that, you’ll have more reason to be proud when it’s over. Tough times say a lot about us. Let’s hope that they say only good things about you!

Strike up a conversation…

We can live on the same road for decades and never learn the names of those we share a street address with. We can use the same corner shop every time we buy a newspaper or coffee and still have no idea about the person selling it to us.

TCOY Challenge:  I invite you to become aware: to look up, look around and really notice those you come into contact with. Strike up a conversation in the process, and learn their name. It’ll be important later on…

 
As I see it, there are no strangers, simply folks I have not yet spoke with.  Use Toby Mac’s song “SPEAK LIFE” as an inspiration!
 

Neighborhoods are changing; people connect less and look to the floor more. People are lost in their iPods, news streams, Twitter and Facebook. Throughout the day I see people waiting in lines and they don’t speak, smile or connect. There is no need – they can connect virtually with people around the world and never connect with their neighbor with whom they stand shoulder to shoulder.

 
Be the change you want to see in this world.  A smile or kind word costs nothing but could be the ray of sunshine that makes another person’s day a little better.  We all have challenges and yet when we look up and outside ourselves, opportunities are presented to be the light in a dark world. 
 
Choose to be the light and bring joy into the day…for it is in giving that we receive.   Coach Lucy

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