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Become the Person You Were Meant to Be

As we move from one stage of development to another, we seldom take time to reflect and examine what we do and why we do it.

Yet, to become the person you were meant to be requires a thorough understanding of who you are.

Who am I?

As you begin to answer that question, you might find it difficult to come up with answers because you are used to identifying yourself by your role in life or by the job or work you do. This is natural.

But if you want to go a step further, you must ask more probing questions. Today’s exercise is just for you!

Take an Inventory of Your Routines and Habits

During this series, you have been discovering more about yourself so you can make the changes you want and need. You can expand your thoughts about what you want to do with your life by taking an in-depth inventory.

For one week, write down the time of day and what you do during that time. Include times when you do frivolous things, such as playing games on your phone.

Today on my blog and podcast, you’ll learn how to review your inventory and how to eliminate unnecessary items.

How to Replace Negative Self-Talk With Affirmations

“You always fail.”

“You are too stupid to learn.”

“You will make a mess of anything you do.”

Negative messages repeated over and over make it difficult for us to believe in ourselves. We soon personalize them and repeat them in our self-talk:

I keep failing.

I have to be careful, or others will find out just how inept I am.

Today on my podcast and blog, I’ll show you a strategy to replace negative self-talk with affirmations.

What Do I Want to Do With The Rest of My Life?

During January, we focused on building confidence. This month, we’ll explore where we want to go and ways to get there. Today, we’ll do a quick evaluation of what we want.

We can’t have everything, but it is critical to know what is most important.

  • If you woke up tomorrow morning and could do whatever you wanted, what would that be?
  • How would you feel? Does the thought of doing that thing motivate and excite you?
  • Is there a way you could accomplish that thing?

    Today on my blog and podcast, you’ll find six questions you can ask yourself that will help you clarify what you want out of life.

Are You Living the Life You Want?

We don’t have to wait for life to present opportunities to explore who we are, what we like or enjoy doing, or what hidden talents and abilities we may not have yet discovered. No matter what our age is, we can stop at any time and do some important self-evaluation.

Ask yourself right now: Am I living the life I want to live?

I’m not talking about fancy homes, or cars, or elite lifestyles. I am talking about what, deep down, you realize is important to have contentment, satisfaction, and joy.

Only you can determine how you want to live and what you want to accomplish. Today on my blog and podcast, I ask several questions to help you identify what is most important, so you can begin living it.

Relaxation Exercise to Maximize Your Focus

It is difficult to learn how to relax on our own, and we usually try to “make” it happen instead of “allowing” it to happen. But taking time-outs during the day can help reduce tension, relax the muscles, and return our focus to one that is productive.

Today on my blog and podcast, I’ll walk you through a relaxation exercise you can intentionally do from home or from your workspace. After you practice this exercise for a while, you will notice how quickly tension can drain away.

Try it and let me know how it works for you!

Are You Reaching Your Goals?

To succeed with personal or professional goals, we must first define specifically what we want. Assessing and evaluating takes thoughtful consideration. Clarifying what is important is the first step in preparing to work for it.

Today on my blog and podcast, you’ll find a series of exercises to help you recognize behaviors and choices that worked and those that didn’t and why they didn’t.

We’ll look at the most common obstacle to achieving goals, and you’ll learn how free-writing unlocks the brain and allows creativity to flow.

Why Your Focus Matters

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At the top of my website, you will find this statement: “Your focus defines who you are and who you can become.”

On God — let Him lead
On what you can do — not what you can’t
On choices and possibilities
On solutions — not problems
On principles and values — live them

Whatever challenge you face, you can have a life full of meaning, purpose, and joy.

What we focus on matters more than we think. Read on to discover whether you may be focusing on the wrong things, and how to change that.

Focus on What You Can Do, Instead of What You Can’t

We have all struggled with the enormity of problems we face and have gotten discouraged when we felt there were no solutions.

It’s at such times that we need to remind ourselves, “Yes, I can.” I can try as many times as needed. I can alter plans or update them when necessary. I can reach out for support and help.”

As we focus on ways to enhance and improve our lives, we can reduce stress and anxiety. Instead of increasing fears, we can lower constant worry and tension as we learn and apply new skills.

The Final Gift of Christmas

Christmas – a shining star – a break from the tedious schedules we find ourselves in.

For a moment in time, we escaped the drudgery, pressures, anxiety, and uncertainties.

For a moment in time, we humbly knelt before the Christ Child whose birthday we celebrate.

For a moment in time, we laid down our heavy burdens of doubt and fear and unanswered questions.

And now Christmas is over. The torn wrappings are stuffed in bags ready for the garbage pickup Bows are packed away to use again next year.

As I pick up the gifts I was given – love, joy, and peace – I find another one waiting for me; that final gift of Christmas: Hope.