Monthly Archives: December 2013

Week 13 Master Key A dventure

THE  LAW OF GROWTH

Growth

I love how I am being challenged to change my destination and realizing my potential through all the exercises, DMP, note cards, reading Og and so much more…It started with preparation and TIME and I have found my destination did not change overnight, but I had the power to change my direction immediately, to grow on purpose  and  implement the Law Of Growth.  I can say it has not always  been easy and there has been many challenges along the way and I am sure more to come, but I am Grateful for all of them and for the growth I am experiencing and the continued growth I will see.  I persist, I succeed.  I am thankful that each day is the best day of my life and a wonderful adventure on this new destination that will become a reality in time.  I came across this article and it is a great example of inertia of motivation.  I had to examine myself and the choices I am making.  I have to admit there were those times I did not feel motivated to do the thing I needed to, and made a choice but not always the right one. My choices are shaping my life and I am shaping myself.  If you are like me, and have had those times you did not feel motivated, I hope this will help and encourage you.

Just Do It!    

We hear it almost every day;sigh, sigh, sigh.

I just can’t get myself motivated to…(lose weight, test my blood sugar, etc.)  And we hear an equal number of sighs from diabetes educators who can’t get their patients motivated to do the right things for their diabetes and health.

   We have news for you.  Motivation is not going to strike you like lightening.  And motivation is not something that someone else–nurse, doctor, family member– can bestow or force on you.  The whole idea of motivation is a trap.  Forget motivation.  Just do it.

   Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever.  Do it without motivation and then guess what.  After you start doing the thing, that’s when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it.

   Motivation is like love and happiness.  It’s a by-product.  When your actively engaged I doing something, it sneaks up and zaps you when you least expect it.

   As Harvard psychologist Jerome Bruner says, “You’re more likely to act yourself into feeling then feel yourself into action.”

So act! Whatever it is you know you should do, do it.

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Week 12 Master Key Adventure

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              GOD SENT US A SAVIOR

Luk 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 
Luk 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 
Luk 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 
Luk 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

If our greatest need

had been information

God would have sent us an educator

If our greatest need would have been technology,

God would have sent us a scientist.

If our greatest need had been money,

God would have sent us an economist.

If our greatest need would have been pleasure,

God would have sent us an entertainer.

But our greatest need

was forgiveness,

So God sent us a Savior

I am so thankful for my Savior and the greatest gift to be given…Jesus.

Have a wonderful Christmas as you spend  time with your loved ones and friends.

 This Christmas may you see and know anew how great his love is toward you.

Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt

call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.


Week 11 Master Key Adventure

When challenges Hit

They Will Make Me Stronger!

222This week has been a challenge in epic proportions. I was hit with a severe flu bug and it has derailed me a bit. I was not able to do all I had been doing but it was a good time of reflection.

Instead of viewing this as a major setback, or as a problem or roadblock or as a wall, I decided to think of this as a test and think to myself, “This is only going to make me stronger”.  I had fever, congestion, cough and at times felt as though I were dying, but we all know those feeling, aches and pains will pass in time and healing will come.  The mental diet was used over and over this week  as I was looking forward to better days and I did everything in my power to pass this test, I knew I would be much stronger  when the next obstacle comes along,  I repeated I am whole, perfect, strong , powerful, loving ,harmonious and happy and that helped when I did not feel any of those those things.  I am back on tract and feeling like myself again, So onward and upward I go.


Week 10 How strong are you Mentally?

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

For all the time executives spend concerned about physical strength and health, when it comes down to it, mental strength can mean even more. Particularly for entrepreneurs, numerous articles talk about critical characteristics of mental strength—tenacity, “grit,” optimism, and an unfailing ability as Forbes contributor David Williams says, to “fail up.”

However, we can also define mental strength by identifying the things mentally strong individuals don’t do. Over the weekend, I was impressed by this list compiled by Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker,  that she shared in LifeHack . It impressed me enough I’d also like to share her list here along with my thoughts on how each of these items is particularly applicable to entrepreneurs.
1.    Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves. You don’t see mentally strong people feeling sorry for their circumstances or dwelling on the way they’ve been mistreated. They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and they have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair. They are able to emerge from trying circumstances with self-awareness and gratitude for the lessons learned. When a situation turns out badly, they respond with phrases such as “

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Oh, well.” Or perhaps simply, “Next!”

2. Give Away Their Power. Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad.  They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.

3.    Shy Away from Change. Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge. Their biggest “fear,” if they have one, is not of the unknown, but of becoming complacent and stagnant. An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.They understand they are in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.

4. Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control. Mentally strong people don’t complain (much) about bad traffic, lost luggage, or especially about other people, as they recognize that all of these factors are generally beyond their control. In a bad situation, they recognize that the one thing they can always control is their own response and attitude, and they use these attributes well.

5. Worry About Pleasing Others. Know any people pleasers? Or, conversely, people who go out of their way to dis-please others as a way of reinforcing an image of strength? Neither position is a good one. A mentally strong person strives to be kind and fair and to please others where appropriate, but is unafraid to speak up. They are able to withstand the possibility that someone will get upset and will navigate the situation, wherever possible, with grace.

6. Fear Taking Calculated Risks. A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks. This is a different thing entirely than jumping headlong into foolish risks. But with mental strength, an individual can weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.

7. Dwell on the Past. There is strength in acknowledging the past and especially in acknowledging the things learned from past experiences—but a mentally strong person is able to avoid miring their mental energy in past disappointments or in fantasies of the “glory days” gone by. They invest the majority of their energy in creating an optimal present and future.

8. Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over. We all know the definition of insanity, right? It’s when we take the same actions again and again while hoping for a different and better outcome than we’ve gotten before. A mentally strong person accepts full responsibility for past behavior and is willing to learn from mistakes. Research shows that the ability to be self-reflective in an accurate and productive way is one of the greatest strengths of spectacularly successful executives and entrepreneurs.

9. Resent Other People’s Success. It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people’s success. Mentally strong people have this ability. They don’t become jealous or resentful when others succeed (although they may take close notes on what the individual did well). They are willing to work hard for their own chances at success, without relying on shortcuts.

10. Give Up After Failure. Every failure is a chance to improve. Even the greatest entrepreneurs are willing to admit that their early efforts invariably brought many failures. Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again, if necessary, as long as the learning experience from every “failure” can bring them closer to their ultimate goals.

11. Fear Alone Time. Mentally strong people enjoy and even treasure the time they spend alone. They use their downtime to reflect, to plan, and to be productive. Most importantly, they don’t depend on others to shore up their happiness and moods. They can be happy with others, and they can also be happy alone.

12. Feel the World Owes Them Anything. Particularly in the current economy, executives and employees at every level are gaining the realization that the world does not owe them a salary, a benefits package and a comfortable life, regardless of their preparation and schooling. Mentally strong people enter the world prepared to work and succeed on their merits, at every stage of the game.

13. Expect Immediate Results. Whether it’s a workout plan, a nutritional regimen, or starting a business, mentally strong people are “in it for the long haul”. They know better than to expect immediate results. They apply their energy and time in measured doses and they celebrate each milestone and increment of success on the way. They have “staying power.” And they understand that genuine changes take time. Do you have mental strength? Are there elements on this list you need more of? With thanks to Amy Morin, I would like to reinforce my own abilities further in each of these areas today. How about you?

As I read this list, I had to ask myself ..Do I have mental strength?  How about you? Did you find like I did there were some areas I need more strength?  As we continue our Journey I say to all who read this “You are Whole, Perfect,Strong, Powerful, Loving, Harmonious and Happy!”    Onward and upward as we all continue building our mental strength!