This Issue: Spring into New Life!
Article 1: Finding Motivation & Maintaining Momentum
Article 2: Upcoming Events
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Happy March! I absolutely LOVE Spring, it is my favorite time of year! Spring as we all know, is about new life and new beginnings! We had such beautiful weather here a couple of weeks ago, and it motivated me to start a whole new fitness program! An exercise program was something I had been wanting to start for a very long time; however I had not found the motivation to do so until the beginning of March. We all have things we really want to do; but some times it is just hard to find the motivation. So, to help you move forward into your new life of dreams fulfilled, I wanted to write about finding and maintaining motivation this month. I hope it inspires you to move forward into the life you are dreaming of.
FINDING MOTIVATION & MAINTAINING MOMENTUM:
We all have dreams. Your dream may be to find a different career, a new job, lose that extra weight, get healthy, buy a new home, travel more, read more or take a new class. Our goals, plans, aspirations, intentions and hopes are all different forms of our dreams. Robert Browning has said "Our aspirations are our possibilities." Do you believe that what you desire is really possible? This is the first area to evaluate when considering your motivation or lack of it. If you don't believe you will be able to achieve what it is that you really want, you won't take the action you need to move forward into that new life.
In John L Mason's book: "Let Go of Whatever Makes You Stop", he lists 37 "Momentum Makers" which include: Commitment, Faith, Action, Focus, Small Steps, Right Friends, Forgiveness, Persistence, Priorities and Vision. Mr. Mason also lists in his book, 35 "Momentum Breakers" which include: Worry, Fear, Regret, Unforgiveness, Wrong Friends, Procrastination, Excuses, Distractions and Quitting. These are really great concepts to consider when thinking about what could be holding you back or helping you move forward.
What finally motivated me to start my new exercise program was that it really began to frustrate me that I was not doing something that I was fully capable of doing and also really wanted the results of. The pain of not doing what I deeply desired to do, was more than the pain of change; therefore a new behavior was born in my life!
It is my deeply held belief that NOW is the best time to be alive and productive. What we have is today, so why not make the best use of today. So many times we spend our lives "waiting until..."; however, the tomorrow that we have put life on hold for, has turned into today! In his book, Mark Mason also states "The person who desires, but doesn't act, breeds stagnation." If you want to live the life you have dreamed of it is essential that you do today what you want to postpone until tomorrow.
What is it that you have really been desiring to do or have, yet you just have not achieved it? What have you been putting off? What do you need to do, to get where you want to be in life? Do you see any of the above momentum makers or breakers playing a part in your life right now?
The best tip I can give you for creating the motivation that you need; is to simply make the decision to live your life with more motivation and enthusiasm. Begin by committing to change. Whatever it is that you desire, take some type of action towards it. Make that your goal this month. No action is too small! Dr. Stephen Covey, author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People", says to "Begin with the end in mind." When you can "see" the results you want in your life, it is much easier to move towards them. "Focusing on the end result makes it much easier to begin. Motivation feeds off momentum and action, and momentum needs a beginning." Says David A Rich, author of "How to Stay Motivated On a Daily Basis." And Robert McKain says "....action precedes motivation." So, just begin-take that first step towards your dreams today.
We still have room for my upcoming tele-class that I am co-teaching with Barbara Desmarais-Parenting and Life Coach. The class is Monday March 15th at 8pm EST To learn more about Barbara check out her website at http://www.theparentingcoach.com. If you are a parent or teacher of special needs children, this class would be perfect for you. I will discuss the most essential concepts my parents taught me while growing up, that enabled me to live a successful life-even in the midst of a disability. Barbara will be teaching on caring for yourself as a parent or teacher of special needs children. This class promises to inspire, encourage and bring hope and wisdom to all of those who work with or have special needs children. To sign up for this enlightening class, go to http://www.theparentingcoach.com/teleclass.html.
I also am very honored to have my first publication in a national magazine coming out this month. "Insights Into Spina Bifida", a national magazine for those affected by Spina Bifida, is publishing my article "Change the Way You Think to Change Your Stress Level" in their upcoming march edition. My article will be featured in the magazines "Ask the Expert" section. I feel very blessed to have this opportunity to write for a national magazine. If you would like more information on how you can get this magazine, feel free to e-mail me.
Also, I am currently writing my first book that will be published later this year through Insight Publishing. The title of my upcoming book is "Beyond Adversity Into Freedom". In it I will be discussing the most essential keys I have learned in living with yet rising above adversity. To pre-order a copy of this book, please feel free to e-mail me.
If you know of anyone who would be interested in my "Stress-Less and Live a More Meaningful Life" seminar, please feel free to pass my name along. For more information on this or other seminars that I offer, please feel free to look at my website, and feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have.