Even the most motivated, positive and productive people go through periods where their “Edge” is dulled and they are floundering and that can quickly drain away motivation and confidence. For some people it is stagnation in their career or simply an insurmountable workload. Sometimes personal issues such as divorce, loss, family demands or a sense of “losing yourself” in the demands of work and life leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Whether you are trying to ditch the chips and cookies from your life, stop impulse purchases on EBay or quit smoking, breaking a habit can seem nearly impossible.
Part of the problem is we rely on willpower and if we fail, we feel weak and disappointed in ourselves. This often leads us to do the very thing we are trying to quit. The other reason we may fail is because we rely too much on our own motivation and let’s face it, what seems like a good enough motivation the night before can leave us feeling distinctly unmotivated when the rubber meets the road the next day!
Missing out on much needed sleep is nothing to yawn about. In fact, a lack of high-quality, restorative sleep can lead to real health risks such as decreased concentration and focus leading to accidents, poor cognition that undermines good decision making. Not getting enough rest can lead to increased risk for heart disease and dementia and can negatively affects insulin levels in the body. The body restores and heals itself during sleep and the brain needs the lower levels of brain wave levels associated with sleep to function properly.
Fear is a natural and sometimes appropriate human emotion. The trick with fear is not to let it consume you and to distinguish when it’s a tool that is helping to keep you safe and guiding you towards good choices and when it is simply undermining your peace of mind and quality of life.
When you feel like your fear is taking over, follow these 5 steps:
The New Year’s Eve Ball has dropped, the hustle and bustle of the Holiday season is waning and a fresh new year is ahead.
Without goals, we tend to coast through life. You probably have at least one thing you want to accomplish, have a good idea for something new or know in your heart of hearts, some area of your life needs a change, but without specific goals, often we don’t do what is necessary to get the ball rolling!
Goal setting keeps us on target to live our lives more fully, grow as a person, family or business and helps us succeed in the face of challenges and change with the times.
Here is a S-M-A-R-T formula for setting goals and increasing the likelihood of achieving them:
Negative thoughts and speech are not harmless. In fact, they can produce neurological changes in the brain that release stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters. These changes can interrupt normal functioning in the brain and lead to diminished logic, reasoning, communication and increase physical feelings of stress, irritability and anxiety.
Sometimes we just need a “shot in the arm” to help us to feel and do better so we can find the motivation to make bigger changes in our lives. I’ve heard more than one person share that this time a year, it can be easy to feel a little down. The holidays are over, it’s cold and dark out much of the time and “buyer’s remorse” has set in on both credit card debt and the bathroom scale!
Here are 5 quick and easy things you can do today or at least this upcoming weekend to step into the next best version of yourself and feel better fast!