mindset

Inspire Moment #117: Cup of Joy

Rather than your usual morning Cup of Joe this week, I want to encourage you to indulge in a Cup of Joy instead.  It has zero calories, comes in tons of flavors from a Hi-Five to a Smile/Hello to a stranger, it has no sugar but is very sweet, and it will fill you up all day long!  Free refills, and if you want to carry your Cup of Joy with you throughout the day, their is a cup holder along your journey.

How to start?  Like Coach Angie always suggests, “Flip the Switch” in your mindset now to dwell on what is true, what is positive, and what is praiseworthy in your life to fill Your Cup of Joy today.  Look for ways to fill the Cup of Others along the way!

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Inspire Moment #114: Puzzle Peace

You don’t force the pieces together when you’re putting together a puzzle, do you? So why try and force pieces of your life together to happen if it doesn’t feel like a fit?  Often times we force things to happen in our life when we want them to, not when they are supposed to.  It takes time and patience to look through that box of 1,000 puzzle pieces to find the right one.  The same is true in life, it takes time and patience.  We all know the waiting game isn’t easy, so below are a couple “Coach Angie” ways to encourage you until the perfect Puzzle Peace comes your way…

  1. Practice speaking out loud what you (and those you care about) desire to improve, remove, or change in life while you wait. I call it praying to God, but you may have a different exercise or different Attendant you leave your thoughts with (Inspire Moment #112).  Ask for more patience, ask for help, or ask for clarity on where to find that “next piece” while you wait.  Ask and you shall receive!
  2. Give thanks for what you have in your life right now and say it out loud. It could be thanks for the sunshine, thanks for the roof over your head, thanks for the two dollars you found in your wallet this morning, thanks for safe travels, thanks for a family that lives close, whatever it is, give thanks, and practice doing it every day. A verse I love to read about thanksgiving and joy is Phillipians 4:6-7…

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

So, whether you feel anxious, scared, confident, or content today, your time will come when the pieces fit together. You might just have to Surrender it all and let go of trying to figure out why and when and forcing things to happen in your life, and instead just patiently wait because the perfect Puzzle Peace will surely come.

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Inspire Moment #112: Mental Baggage: Carry-On or Check it?

When we travel we have the option of checking our bags at the airport or carrying them on the airplane with us.  Upon arrival at the airport if our carry-on is oversized, we’re forced to check our bag.  Like a suitcase overfilled with clothes and shoes, our mind can be overfilled with thoughts.  Our lives are packed with appointments, activities, obligations, etc. and all of these generate thoughts.   Just as we can leave our baggage with an Attendant, wouldn’t it be great if you had an Attendant you could leave your mental baggage with? (worry, troubles, concerns, resentment, anger, etc.)

001The Attendant I trust in is God.  You may have a different Attendant, but if you don’t consider the benefits of having one.   Imagine being able to leave your cares, worries, anxieties, troubles, at the feet of an Attendant who will care for them on your behalf?

When my mental baggage begins to overflow I turn to Matthew 6:25.  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

Regardless of where you find your inspiration, letting go of the mental baggage can help lighten the load, bring you peace and comfort, and allow you to fly care-free.

 

 

 

 

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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 #100: Footprints

As I walked on the beach early this morning close to the ocean I noticed a long path of footprints in front of me.  They were going in a straight line.  There was only that one trail at first, but as I kept taking steps forward another path came into the picture and intersected with the original trail, and then took its own course into the ocean.  There weren’t any people in sight.  It was in the quietness of this morning staring at the two different paths that Inspire Moment #100 hit me, Footprints.

We are all moving in a direction.  Sometimes we don’t know where we are headed and other times we know exactly where we are going.  A couple questions for you to ponder are 1) What is leading you in your life?  2) What is tugging at your heart for you to go one way or the other?  We are all on a different path and my last question for you is this, when your journey isn’t turning out the way that you envisioned it to be, would you trust something or someone to lead you along a different way?  A way, a path, that just feels like it fits for you.

The inspiration behind Inspire Moment #100 is to encourage you to take some rest this week and to think about what is leading you.  Think about what is important to you on this journey.  You are making Footprints every day so if you aren’t going in the direction that you planned, trying opening up and intersecting with a new path to help get you on your way.

Know that along your journey people will come into your path, your life, for a just a couple steps or maybe for a couple seasons.  They bring something to your journey.  They could bring comfort.  They could bring support.  They may bring hardship.  They could bring negativity.  They should bring love.   They might just bring you joy.

The key is to make a strong Footprint in your life every day because the journey that you’re on does have a direction, you just have to trust it and be a good passenger.

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