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Neuroscientists estimate that the average person’s inner dialogue maxes out somewhere between 300 and 1000 words per minute. This endless stream of words and the power it generates stimulates specific emotions, which in turn download to our unconscious mind.
Our unconscious mind has the potential to process over 400 billion bits of information per second and to program our life for happiness or depression,success or failure, and ease or dis-ease. Words reflect, define, and re-define our ever-unfolding reality, and they do so from the perspective of both matter and energy.
-Mark Mincolla, Ph.D.
Mincolla, Ph.D., M. (2014, January 10). Change Your Words And Transform Your Life. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from http://inspiyr.com/change-wor ds-transform-life/Alexander, L. (2015, March 24). TWK Short Films – This Woman Knows. Retrieved from http://thiswomanknows.com/twk-short-films/
Self-care does not occur by accident but with deliberate action and planning. To experience the full benefits of self-care it is best to address the total person, which includes the mind, body, and spirit. When you address all three of these areas, you place yourself in a better position to create a more balanced life, which in return allows you the opportunity to discover more about yourself and improve your quality of life.
Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., quotes marriage and family therapist Elizabeth Sullivan in her latest article, What Self-Care Looks Like on PsychCentral.com as saying,
“Our bodies and souls are our primary tool for being alive. I think of self-care as the responsible care and protection of our mechanism for life, giving us the capacity to work and to love … We were given this beautiful instrument, and we must care for it.”
No matter what method of self-care you choose to practice, it is vital that you schedule consistent time for it no matter what challenges you might face. The type of self-care that you select to incorporate into your life will vary depending on your personal preference. It might be a walk in the park, participating in a Zumba class, a day at the spa, meditation, or simply spending time alone. For more ideas on how to incorporate self-care into your life, review my video below and read Alexandra Duron’s article, 25 Science-Backed Ways to Change Your Life by Taking Better Care of Yourself.
Tartakovsky, M. (2015, March 15). What Self-Care Looks Like. Retrieved April 29, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/03/15/what-self-care-looks-like/
No one likes to waste money, but that is what you will be doing if you hire a coach and don’t take responsibility for controlling your thoughts. Your coach’s role is to help you work through your thoughts, but he or she cannot control your thoughts. You alone are held responsible for your thought life.
Your thoughts have tremendous power. They frame your words and actions and, thereby, create the life you live. The life you are experiencing today is a result of positive and negative thoughts. Negative thoughts not confronted and dealt with will create frustration and disappointment.
Thankfully, there is good news! You have the power to implement changes in your thought life that will bring about positive transformation.You do not have to continue on your current path of unfulfilled goals and buried dreams. God is ready and willing to help you be an agent for the change you want to experience in your life.
“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.” −Robert H. Schuller
Hello and happy Sunday to you! As you embark on a new week, I hope that you are healthy and happy! This past weekend I created several short videos in response to emails, posts, and questions presented by many of you. Each video is under 2-minutes including the intro and conclusion and they are designed to give you small action items that you can implement instantly. This first video is about activating your dreams. I hope that it inspires you to reengage with your dreams and take action towards making them a reality. Don’t just dream – TAKE ACTION!
Activate Your Dream
Here is the normal process I use when reengaging my dreams:
I guard my dreams and watch out for the dream slayers. I’m sure you are familiar with dream slayers in your life as well. They are the ones who are full of negativity and who are quick to share with you the many reasons why your dream will not come to past.
I feed my dreams by speaking faith-filled promises found in the Word of God.
I pray about the direction I should take concerning my dream.
I resist the urge to limit my dreams to my abilities, knowledge, and wisdom.
I commit to accomplishing my dream no matter what obstacles I encounter.
Excerpt from Chapter 7 titled “Dream Big for God” taken from my book, Trinity of Coaching: God, You, and Your Life Coach.
Activate Your Dream
Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.
A couple of years ago, while having lunch with a friend at her home we meandered through her garden where she introduced me to the lemon balm plant. It’s from the mint family with a mild lemon aroma and flavor, which I found refreshing, crushed and added to a beverage over ice. My decision to plant some of these fragrant plants led me to research other uses for the plant. I was so happy with what I found that I decided to share some of my special finds with you.
The first two resources are The Nerdy Farm Wife that includes great DIY projects and a short tutorial video by Learn to Grow which will be very helpful if you too get the urge to plant your own lemon balm plant. The third website, She Wears Many Hats has a great recipe for a tasty lemon balm spritzer. If you are concerned about the medical aspects of the plant, you can visit WebMD and more importantly, be sure to check with your doctor to determine if this plant is okay to incorporate into your diet.
Last Saturday I had a great discussion with Madelyn on So Real With Madelyn! We talked about hope, healing and finding inspiration. If you missed the show you can listen to the replay by clicking on the image below.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 New International Version (NIV)
Regardless of where you find yourself in life, you will encounter opportunities to make decisions. Most of life’s decisions are easy and require little or no thought while other decisions are challenging and daunting requiring more time and consideration. When this happens, what do you do? Do you run in fear or remain paralyzed in uncertainty? Perhaps, but what if you could process the information in a positive light and move forward with confidence? Well the great news is that you can and I am going to share some guidelines below to help you transition into decision mode with ease and optimism.
DEFINE: The first step is to explore all aspects of the decision you are considering. Give voice to your internal questions, seek out answers, and take the time to write down as many details as you can regarding the decision before you. As you write down your thoughts, consider your emotions and physical response. If you begin to identify any negative emotions developing, it is okay to acknowledge them but make every effort to detach yourself from those emotions so that you can remain balanced and think clearly about the matter.
VISUALIZE: Next, recall a time when you were successful in a similar situation, recreate a mental snap shot of that moment, and again consider your emotions and physical responses. How did you feel? Take note of the environment around you and embrace your internal confidence as it begins to rise up inside of you. Lock in every positive sentiment and detail that you can remember about that moment in time. Now, while you are in that positive mental state, reflect back to the decision at hand, and begin to consider the resources you will require, the people you will need to incorporate into your decision and how your decision will affect your future.
TAKE ACTION: After you fully explore all aspects of your pending decision, you will find yourself in a better position to make your decision with confidence. If you start to feel uncertain and begin to doubt yourself, take a few minutes to reflect back on the mental snap shot of your past successes. Do not be intimidated by the “what-ifs” you might encounter. Trust that you have done your research, evaluated all options and that you are fully prepared to handle whatever situation might arise. You can transition into decision mode with ease and optimism
Transition into decision mode with ease and optimism
Last week I had a fabulous discussion with radio host, life coach and motivational speaker Charmaine. If you missed my interview on Evolution with Charmaine on His Heart Network, LLC you can listen to the replay by clicking on the picture below.
Charmaine’s life’s mission is to help individuals reach their full potential. As Blog Talk Radio Host of the show “Evolution” her focus is to help people Evolve: Spiritually, Mentally, Emotionally, Financially and Physically. She holds an undergraduate degree in Counseling Services from the University of New Orleans and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University.
I believe that with GOD, the right people in your life, and a genuine support system anyone can change. – Charmaine Braziel-Brent