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What Keeps You Motivated to Keep Going?

What Keeps You Motivated to Keep Going?

What keeps you going in the difficult and wonderful process of working and living?

You only can expand your life if you're moving. John C. Maxwell

  • Your goals
  • Your mission, purpose or vision
  • Living your values
  • Family, friends or peers who care enough about you to put pressure on you
  • Family and friends who cheer you on
  • Great habits that uplift and carry you through the difficulties
  • A coach or mentor
  • Your manager or leader
  • Motivating quotes
  • Owning and knowing your strengths and talents matter to the world
  • Acknowledging and celebrating your progress
  • Acting
  • The next step 
  • The ideas you generate
  • Creative recklessness i.e. not caring too much
  • Making yourself go for it
  • Failing forward
  • Digging in deeper
  • Leaning in more
  • Others....What keeps you going?

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. Dale Carnegie

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Rituals for Resilience

Rituals for Resilience

Rituals are actions that people carry out to enhance their day. Which ones spark your interest?

Morning Rituals

  • Meditate to center yourself
  • List 3 things you are grateful for to lift your spirits
  • Walk for 10 minutes to get more energy for your day
  • Stretch to get your muscles lengthened and moving 
  • Recite a mantra or affirmation to raise your energy

Daytime Rituals

  • Share with others who are there for you
  • Journal if you feel stuck or need to get in touch with yourself
  • Place your hand on your heart to engage your heart in the situations you find yourself in
  • Imagine a place in nature that you love or a person that makes you happy
  • Eat something you enjoy mindfully

Evening Rituals

  • Review 3 things that went well and think about why they went well
  • Think about a situation that went poorly then imagine this event with a better result
  • Wind down before bedtime by slowing down or being quiet
  • Get your outfit or food ready for the next day to ease morning stress
  • Have a bath to soothe yourself and relax

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Bounce Back Through Allowing

Bounce Back Through Allowing

The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka

I currently work part-time, which is a big shift in my work schedule and worldview. In our household work has been a focus for us for a long time. So moving into a time of allowing rather than pushing has been and continues to be my focus. 

Allowing helps you to recharge, go with the flow, see what doors are opening to you, and what lines up with your motivation. Do you need a period of allowing in your work or life?

If you need this type of break allow yourself to do one of the following today:

  • Focus on one task for 30 minutes or more
  • Take breaks every 90 minutes
  • Be grateful for what you have
  • Center yourself through meditation, yoga, tai chi or centering prayer
  • Go with what life is offering you
  • Journal your thoughts
  • Share with others who are there for you
  • Touch your heart center and expand your holistic connection
  • Notice the beauty around you
  • Fully taste, smell, touch, see and feel ensuring you are in the present moment
  • Exercise some self-care and renew yourself, or 
  • Be compassionate with yourself, look at yourself through the eyes of a gentle person

Expect it, believe it, trust yourself and the process, and allow it to come to you. Mike Basevic

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