Feel Good Fridays: How to stay motivated to achieve your goals

26 03 2010

I know first hand that it can be difficult to remain motivated when working towards a goal- sometimes I feel discouraged, overwhelmed or just plain tired; I’m sure you sometimes feel the same way.

Last week, I saw an article by Shine staff member, Sarah McColl, with six ways you can stay motivated so you can achieve your goals:

Be specific. On a sheet of paper, write your goal at the top in big letters. If your goal is to exercise more, don’t just write “Exercise more”; be as specific as possible. For instance, write things like making it to the gym three times a week or being able to run a half marathon in a few months. By making your goal as quantifiable as possible, you’ll know exactly when you’ve accomplished it.

Remember why you’re doing this in the first place. McColl says when the going gets tough, the tough remember the initial reasons they wanted to achieve something. So, underneath the goal you’ve written on that sheet of paper, write all the reasons you want to accomplish that particular goal. Using the “exercise more” example, maybe you want to look and feel good in your clothing or you want to tone your body. Make your list as thorough as possible so on those days when you don’t feel like working out, one of your reasons will get you going.

Assemble a personal cheer squad. When we were kids, we always looked up to somebody, whether it was a sports star, an actress or an older cousin. But as some of us get older, we stop looking up to others. However, it’s important to remember that adults need someone to aspire to as well; so, build a team of role models. They can be real individuals in your life, celebrities or other successful individuals in the limelight or fictional characters. When you don’t have much motivation, McColl suggests picturing your supporters gathered around you, cheering you on and pushing you to greater heights than you could ever achieve on your own.

Check out the other three tips: 6 ways to stay motivated so you can achieve your goals.


Feel Good Fridays: Simplify your Life

26 02 2010

If you’re like most people, you probably have many responsibilities and things to do in your daily life. And, of, course, these things can, and often do, make us feel stressed and overwhelmed. Well, here are five ways to simply your life from Yana Berlin, creator of fabulously40.com.

  1. Observe the clutter you have. Keep a healthy outlook on what’s really important so you can remember what truly matters. If your calendar is overflowing with many appointments and dates, you’ll be overwhelmed by all you have to do. By sorting through your possibilities and actively taking out appointments, you can clear your head so you have more time to focus on friends, family and most importantly, you.
  2. Find and follow your passion. Take time to do what you really enjoy. Now is a great time to pursue a hobby you love, take a class or learn something you new.
  3. Learn to savor–not rush through life. One way to find pleasure in your life is slow down long enough to be grateful for things as they happen.
  4. Stop obsessing and worrying about the future. Of course, you can plan (and should, in my opinion) for the future, but it’s important to remember that you are living now. By discovering the beauty in this moment, we will remember how valuable ever minute is.
  5. Give up some of your control. Even though I struggle with this, Berlin says our happiness shouldn’t depend on your plans going off without a hitch. Life is full of them, and hitches keep things interesting. If you stop insisting on complete control over your life, you obtain flexibility that will make adjusting to change easier and simpler.

Photo from: synergyprg.com

Have a great weekend, ladies (and gents)!

Did you know Twitter can boost your happiness?

23 12 2009

Yes, it’s true. According to an article on Shine!, there are 10 reasons why using Twitter will boost your happiness (as if we needed a reason to tweet 24/7).

Some reasons?

  • It allows you to pursue your passion.
  • It can get you laughing.
  • It lets you feel like you’re in on the current thing.

Check out the rest of the reasons here.

P.S.- Follow me on Twitter: @mochawriter

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My Quote of the Day- December 2

2 12 2009

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Marianne Willamson