A Helpful Strategy: The One More Principle

one-more-principleSo often we set goals for ourselves and look forward to the feeling of success when those goals are achieved. We set the bar high and look forward to the day we can celebrate our accomplishment and for achieving a new level of personal or professional success. Maybe our goal is to lose 20 pounds, regain our health, improve our business, our financial status or reconnect with loved ones. Regardless of the goal we set, here’s what often happens.

While these goals can inspire us to be, do and have more, we’re often left with a keen sense of disappointment if we fail to achieve them. We feel frustrated, upset and angry with ourselves as we identify a failure to reach the goal we set as somehow failing ourselves. We may assume that failing to achieve the goal means we’re not capable of change. So often, we also respond to these setbacks by giving in, giving up and staying exactly where we are.

So, here’s a thought. Continue reading “A Helpful Strategy: The One More Principle”

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Back to School… For Moms

Toward the end of summer, moms begin to think about the upcoming school year. While the summer may have meant lazy days without schedules or routines, the school year brings about something else entirely. How can you ensure a seamless year – for you? Here are my 10 tips for school year success… for moms!

Tip 1: Get Organized

Clutter and disarray create stress. Start by taking on one area at a time with the intention of doing one of four things with all of the clutter that you see: fix, put away, give away or throw away. Then, follow through. Also, find a way to stay organized by creating a simple system that works for you and your family. Calendars, labels, containers, apps and other tools are all great to help keep you organized if they meet the needs of you and your family. Continue reading “Back to School… For Moms”

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Why Fitness May Be Getting Bounced Off Your “To-Do” List

I’ve found that many people have the best of intentions when it comes to fitting exercise into their day, but for many reasons it easily gets bounced off of our “to-do lists.” Why?

One reason is because many of us feel guilty giving ourselves any type of self care. We’ll only take care of ourselves once everyone else is cared for, and by that time we’ve lost our motivation because we’re exhausted, frustrated, spent and depleted.

When fitness isn’t a priority, time for exercise also often gets replaced with extra chores or obligations that can be squeezed into our already overly extended schedule.  Continue reading “Why Fitness May Be Getting Bounced Off Your “To-Do” List”

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Yes and No: The Words That Can Make Us…Or Break Us

I’ve discovered that for many people, “yes” and “no” are two of the most misused words in our lives today. We say “yes” to things that zap our time, energy and strength, and “no” to the things that could give us joy, pleasure and fulfillment.

For example, maybe you already have a hectic, chaotic schedule. You feel stressed, overwhelmed and overcommitted. Someone asks you for a favor and what do you say… ”Yes!” On the other hand, when you have an opportunity to try something exciting, potentially rewarding and enriching, because you’re overcommitted or have convinced yourself you are [not ready, not smart enough, too old, too heavy, etc.], what do you say… ”No!”

Getting our “yeses” and “nos” straight may take some work but it’s worth it in order to stay true to our values and work towards a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Sure it may be difficult to say no, but if it means extra time with your family, time to pursue an interest or just catch up on some sleep, isn’t it worth it?

Are you getting the right words out at the right time? I’d love to know, comment and share!

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