Goals. Where are you now?

Everyone talks about goal setting in January, but by February, you don’t see much regarding goals posted at all!  So for the next six weeks, I’ll be posting a weekly blog post to help you find success this year.   Subscribe here to have the blog posts sent directly to your inbox! The first success tactic I’d like to tackle is not a new concept for me, but it’s not one that I’ve taken advantage of in the past.  And that’s the notion of affirmations. Affirmations are sayings or phrases that you repeat to yourself, so they become part of you. You can either say these statements out loud during meditation or throughout your day.  Alternatively, you can write out that repetitive statement. The more you engage your senses when using affirmations, the faster your processes them. This type of positive self-reinforcement works, but it takes about 30 days for them to start sinking in.  So, don’t give up after a few days.  Once they begin working, continue with them daily for even better results. Some people like to use the same set of mantras each day while others will use one success mantra and change it every day for the 30-day period.  What affirmation(s) that you use isn’t important.  The key is being consistent. You will find plenty of resources online if you are stuck trying to come up with mantras to use. Simply do a search on affirmations or success mantras.  Then decide on a time frame that works for you.  Daily is best, but as long as you are consistent, you can be successful using affirmations every other day or even weekly.  Space out your practice any more than that, though, and you probably will lose the effectiveness.  You want to train your brain, and that requires frequent affirmations and repetition. Here are some of my favorite affirmations: Today, I am brimming with energy and overflowing with joy. My body is healthy; my mind is brilliant; my soul is tranquil. I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful. Happiness is a choice. I base my happiness on my own accomplishments and the blessings I’ve been given. My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite. Look...

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New Year’s Resolutions

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Make It A Point To Make Someone’s Day

Here’s an interesting exercise for you. Head out to do your errands, drive to work, or get to school and make it a point to make someone else’s day today. It could be something as simple as giving someone a big smile, have a meaningful conversation with a person who’s feeling a little lost or lonely, or it could be buying lunch for the homeless person on the corner. It doesn’t matter what you do, but do something today to make someone else’s day. How does that make sure feel? It’s a pretty good feeling, isn’t it? It seems that a big key to our own happiness lies in making people around us happy and helping others. When you start to think about it, it makes sense, doesn’t it? We are social creatures who have to work together to truly thrive. It is only logical then that helping those around us has an internal rewards system built in. In other words, our happiness goes up as we improve the lives of those around us. You can see that a great strategy to increase our own happiness is to cheer up those around us. Not only will it help make you feel better and happier, you’ll be able to share that big smile on your face which can make someone else’s day as well. While it can be hard to do this kind of stuff when you’re feeling sad, those are the times you need to force yourself to do it the most.  Simply performing a selfless act increases the happiness you feel and instills a feeling of pride for helping someone else. As with many of the other strategies we’ve been discussing, the key to making this work is to make it a habit. If it becomes an ingrained part of your daily routine, you’ll automatically go out of your way to help others even when (and especially when) you may not feel like it.   Give yourself that little extra boost, infuse your with happiness  and go out of your way for the benefit of someone else. To get your habit started, think of a few different things you can do to make someone’s day. It doesn’t have to be anything big or complicated....

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Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff – Savor It

“Don’t sweat the small stuff” they say.  Think about it, it’s easy to get caught up in all the little things that cause stress and ruins our day. Frankly, it’s not worth wasting energy on things that happen on a daily basis that we don’t like. Sure, we could get upset over the fact that someone else took the last good parking spot, or that the grocery store is out of our favorite brand of cereal.  Alternatively, we can choose to not make a big deal out of it and use that small, fairly insignificant stuff to practice seeing the positive side of things. Having to park further away means we get to exercise a little and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine for a couple of minutes while we stroll into the office. Not being able to find our favorite cereal means we get a chance to try something new that we may like even better. There are often two sides to any situation and we have a choice in how we look at it. Make it a point to look on the bright side and watch your happiness improve. Then take it a step further and start to really pay attention to all the good stuff around you. Stop and smell the roses, if you will. I’m serious. There’s value in noticing all the positive things around you. The little things around you will put a smile on your face if you take the time to notice them. Make it a habit to spend some of your downtime this week savoring the small stuff. Notice how your cup of coffee smells, how it warms your hands on a cool morning, and how it tastes. Pay attention to the birds outside your window and notice how watching them and their antics around the birdfeeder makes you smile. Appreciate the next hug you receive.  In other words, savor the small things that make you happy. It may not be much, but it all adds up to a very happy life. Just take the time to notice. Over the coming weeks, practice noticing and savoring the small stuff. Don’t let a small stress bring you down. Instead, make it a goal to find something positive about everything...

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Why Happiness Is A Choice You Make Every Day

Are you a glass half full or half empty person? This is a great example to illustrate that there are often two sides to any story and that you have a choice in how you view things. And that choice, in turn, determines how happy you feel. Happiness then becomes a choice you make every single day. You can choose to see the glass as half empty, focus on the fact that you’re almost done drinking that nice glass of ice tea. With that attitude, you’re more likely to feel a little depressed about your tea. If on the other hand, you focus on the fact that the glass is still half full and you have plenty of yummy, ice cold tea to sip on, your mood improves and you’re increasing your happiness. When you look at it that way, happiness really is a conscious choice you make, at least to a point. From what I’ve been reading 40% off your happiness is directly affected by how you think and how you choose to feel. And that’s what the next 30 days are all about. Over the coming days, I will post here on the blog daily with tips, advice, and strategies to help you make a conscious decision to be happier. Ready to join me? To make sure you don’t miss a post and get a little inspiration and motivation from me via email, sign up for the 30 Day Happiness Challenge. Happiness is a choice. Join the challenge here!...

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A 30 day happiness challenge. Am I crazy?

Yes, I might be crazy but we are entering what can be a difficult time of year.  Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s we have more obligations and more on our to-do list than at any other time of the year.  So, I created this happiness challenge to help us focus on happiness and perhaps even the beauty of this season rather than all of the chores. Happiness is a choice, and a choice we make every single day, so I want to challenge you to make it a habit. Beginning on November 21, 2016, I want to inspire and encourage you to make a choice each morning to be happier. It takes time and daily conscious decisions to change habits and how we approach life. That’s where the challenge comes into play. The idea is that you have a daily reminder via email each day to help you remember to make that choice. Of course, there will also be plenty of helpful content on the topic of happiness in the form of a new daily blog post. By the end of the challenge, I hope you will have formed new habits, new ways of thinking, and new ways to look at each situation as it arises. With a little shift in thinking and perception, you can craft a happier, more fulfilling life for yourself.  I sincerely hope this challenge will help you get there. Join the challenge...

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