Motivation

Inspire Moment #116: Re-Create a Memory

How can you “get out of town” this week, without leaving your neighborhood?  Inspire Moment #116 offers encouragemet for you to take some time to think about how you can re-create the feeling that “getting out of town” gives you, without having to travel far at all.  Here are some steps on how to start –

1-Take five minutes and jog your memory to think about a time when you travelled that made you feel wonderful, peaceful, excited, relaxed, etc.

2-What is it about that memory that excites you?  Give that memory a name.

3-Think about a place in the neighborhood or nearby within driving distance that can help re-create that memory.  Where is it?

4-Ask yourself – when can I go?  Then schedule it!

5-Take an action step and go to that destination and bring the things you need to re-create the memory.  Maybe it’s a journal, a backpack, camera, whatever it is, bring it with you!

6-Smile and let the moment happen naturally and see and feel how it brings you a sense of joy.

Remember, life is a journey, not a destination.  Go at your own pace and enjoy the ride!


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Inspire Moment #110: Pre-Game Warm-Up

Whether you’re playing in a local pick-up game, the 2014 World Cup Final, or giving a presentation at work, a Pre-Game Warm-Up can make all the difference.  When your shot gets blocked or the presentation isn’t going well, having pre-prepared mentally can ensure you stay focused when the going gets tough.

Being in the right frame of mind is essential in any circumstance. To prepare yourself mentally, visualize yourself performing at an optimum level, think through all possible challenges and scenarios, and this will help you focus and win.

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Inspire Moment #102: Take Out the Garbage

It can overflow, become heavy, and it can even get a little smelly.  I’m talking about garbage, but specifically to the kind that can build up in your MIND.  Welcome to Inspire Moment #102 “Take Out the Garbage.”

Schedule some time ASAP to throw out, release, and burn that negative self- talk, those garbage thoughts that creep up and get old and smelly in your head.   You know the ones I’m talking about, the ones that nag you and keep you from getting to where you want to go.  Often times we don’t even realize that it’s garbage, because it becomes our routine thought pattern.  Coach Angie is here to inspire you to take it out TODAY!  If it’s keeping you from moving forward and evolving in any way, if the thoughts are not positive in any way, if you are feeling held back in any way, have you feeling stuck in the same routine in any way, or sinking in quicksand in any way, IT IS GARBAGE and it’s time to take it out.

I have several coaching strategies on how to, but the key step for me to share and encourage you with is to set a deadline as to WHEN you will take care of your trash.  Set a deadline.  Sure, you can keep it there for another couple weeks but it’s only going to get worse.  I will type it again…set a deadline to release, throw out, and get rid of the trash.  The first step might be the hardest, but the second step will be less smelly.  It’s time to take the trash out!

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Inspire Moment #98: Permission Slip

Remember when you were a kid you had to get a permission slip to go on a school field trip?  Maybe sometimes you would get one from your mom or dad to take a different bus home with a friend or to have another friend’s parent pick you up after school?  Remember those days…when you got the approval to take some time and do something fun, something different, something you needed to do?

Inspire Moment #98 is about your Permission Slip in life now.  It’s often hard to give ourselves the permission to take a break from the busy life most of us lead.  The approval to know that it’s ok to go out and have some fun during the week or to stay in and rest, to take time off from work for a vacation, or go out to lunch instead of staying in having a working lunch in the office or simply  just taking time to eat lunch!  Why are we so hard on ourselves?

We had to get a Permission Slip when we were younger and so it gets your Coach thinking that maybe some of us still need a Permission Slip to do things in our life today.  If you struggle with that then it’s time to “Flip the Switch™” in your mind and create your Permission Slip.  Please keep reading for a suggested action step on where you can start.

Could your Permission Slip be a reminder on your phone?  If so, what does it say?  How often do you see it?  Could is be something you write out on an index card that says “Permission Slip?”  Is it a check mark you put in your calendar that allows you permission twice a week to do “those things” to bring you back in balance?  If so, how do you remember to check it off?  Take an Inspire Moment now to think about what action step you will take today or next week to remember to give yourself a Permission Slip

Because allowing yourself to do what you need to do in order to feel truly in balance with who you are on the inside is the most important authorization you can give yourself in life.

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Inspire Moment #97: Jogging in Place

There will be times in our journey that we will feel unsure of what the next step is to help us reach our goals in life.  Whether it in our career, our personal life, the steps to pursue our dreams, etc., it can feel overwhelming and often times we don’t take a step at all and get stuck in one spot…and for a long time.  I have been there before!  Are you familiar with that feeling?  Well, Inspire Moment #97 is about Jogging in Place and I want to motivate you today to keep moving, even if it’s jogging in one spot for a long time, instead of completely stopping in your tracks.

So let me paint this picture…imagine you are off on a run or a brisk walk this afternoon.  You have a great pace going, heart rate is up and you’re feeling good.  You see up ahead a crossroad and so you start to think about which way you want to turn before you get there.  You know your options are that you can step and turn left or you can step and turn right.  Simple.  Maybe you realize as you get closer that you are unfamiliar with the area and so your pace begins to slow down.  You feel that you want to stop in your tracks because you don’t know what decision to make.  At that moment is where I want to motivate you to “Flip the Switch™” in your head and use Inspire Moment #97 to keep Jogging In Place instead of stopping in your tracks.  Did you know that Jogging in Place is also an option?  You know you don’t always have to make the decision right then and now.  Maybe you aren’t ready!  And you know what?  That’s okay!  Maybe you need to jog in place for awhile and think things through until you feel confident to take your next step in the run, in life, at work, etc.

Whether you are on a run/brisk walk, in your professional life or personal life the goal is to keep moving, even if it’s in the same spot.  Don’t let your mental pace stop because you don’t know the right decision, the next move, the perfect plan, etc.  The goal is to keep your pace.  Get it, YOUR pace!  That could mean on that run that you jog in one spot to keep your heart rate up.  It could mean at work that you assess all the options (keep moving) instead of just throwing in the towel and giving up on leading the project.  It could mean in your personal life to test out that new thing, idea, location you want to move to, etc (keep moving) instead of throwing your idea in the garbage and forgetting about it.  It could mean continuing to strengthen and condition your mindset (keep moving) even though life is great and no curve balls have come your way.

It’s better to keep Jogging in Place without a clear sense of when your next step will be taken, than to stop in your tracks and then have no clue where you are going.  Keep your head up and keep up your pace!

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Inspire Moment #96: Temperature Control

Since I have been “under the weather” the past couple days it made me think about the weather conditions in one’s personal life and how to control and balance that thermostat when circumstances and conditions change.  Welcome to Inspire Moment #96: Temperature Control.

Since you aren’t able to control the circumstances and weather that you live in, what about trying to have a better handle on the temperature of the person, yes you, living in the conditions?  Let’s think of your temperature thermometer as your heart and your mind.  How are they doing?  Are they balanced?  Do you have the right mindset?  Are they overwhelmed or is it stifling hot?  Is it just too cold or dreary to even deal with current the circumstances outside?  Stop and think about those answers for a minute! 

The conditions you live in will always change.  Thank God for that because change is good!  One day it could be gorgeous, blue skies, and the sun is shining in your life.  You feel happy as can be!  The next day it could be hot and humid with afternoon thunderstorms.  Your thoughts change and you get down and out because it’s a downpour outside and the lights just went out.  All that changed was the weather…and your mood!  The motivation here is to inspire you not to let your current circumstances take control over the Temperature Control in your heart and head!  If you begin to feel loss of control and your inner temperature begins to rise or drop drastically, take a minute and re-balance.  Re-set the temperature!

Take an Inspire Moment now to think about your Temperature Control!  Are you letting the conditions of your circumstance and the world you live in to control the climate of your heart and head?

Remember, if you can change your thoughts you can change your mood!  Set your Temperature Control today!