What we do online, and who we follow… will say more about us than we could ever think to tell our shrinks. Today, Freud would be a big data analyst, consuming all we post online as a proxy for our dreams. – Mark Cuban
Today is MOTIVATION AND INSPIRATION DAY!!! So let’s get busy making plans and setting goals to improve our lives. What do you want to accomplish this year? What changes would you like to make? The only thing holding you back is the thought that you can not succeed. It’s only a thought – a negative voice inside your head. The first thing we need to do is ask God to diminish that voice and replace it with His comforting, encouraging voice! God loves you and wants nothing but good things for you! He wants you to succeed and will help every step of the way!
Much like setting a GPS before a road trip, we carefully, prayerfully and humbly map out a route for success. If you already write in a journal, you will be familiar with this process. If you don’t keep a journal, you might want to consider making it part of the planning process. There is a sort of honesty in personal writing that comes to the surface. It’s not for publication – but daily notes for your eyes only – and God’s eyes too, of course.
I find myself listing goals in my journal – but they are not general statements. I’m specific about everything in my journal because I know I’m the only one who will see what I’ve written. These resolutions, once written, remind me of the true desires of my heart – the deep conversations I’ve had with God. Instead of writing “I want to lose weight”, I say “I will ride my recumbent bike for 30 minutes and walk on my treadmill for 30 minutes, 5 days a week”. By being specific, and asking God to help me keep those goals before me, I’m much more likely to stick with it – and see results!
Some may disagree with this statement (and that’s okay), but I can’t look too far into the future. I have so much weight to lose, I can’t even imagine myself with it all gone. I’ve been obese since the early 1980’s, so this weight has been on me for a good long while. It seems to like me very much. I have to pick one small, short-term goal for NOW. Once that goal is met, I reward myself (a non-food reward, such as a chair massage or facial or something). I have to take baby steps. In the past I’ve tried to knock myself out – and end up injuring myself in the long run – unable to do any physical activity. This time it will be different.
Goals are dreams with deadlines. – Diana Scharf Hunt
When you plan a journey, there are often strict timelines such as flight times, show times and check-in times at hotels. The same is true on this trip. Deadlines are motivating, and setting a strict timeline fights procrastination. In the past, I’ve been the queen of procrastination. I can sit and think about exercising – and by the time I get done with my writing and posting and socializing via the internet, it’s too late to exercise. I’ve written in my journal for 2015, and I declare to you this day, I will take better care of myself than I have in the past. I will relax and drink my coffee in the morning, but then I will exercise because in order to be healthy, this weight has to go! I know you all support my decision because you care about me. Thank you for backing me up.
My mother and I were riding a trolley on a Saturday morning in West Philadelphia. I told her how much my first-grade teacher Miss Invernessy loved me, boasting that I was the teacher’s pet. I didn’t know that Miss Invernessy’s own mother was riding behind us. She heard everything. On Monday, Miss Invernessy kept me after class. After she told me, to my total humiliation, what her mother had overheard, I expected her to scold me for my hubris. She said, “The important thing is that you work for yourself, not for my approval. If you feel that doing well matters to you, you become your most loyal fan as well as your most severe critic.” – Judith Rodin, PhD
You wouldn’t take an extended trip without first carefully packing a suitcase. So what will you pack in your suitcase for this trip through 2015? I plan to pack some healthy recipes and discard the less healthy ones. I plan to surround myself with more encouraging people through online resources such as Fit 2 me, positive facebook groups and Christian resources. I plan to respect my body more than ever and nourish it instead of punishing it. I plan to carry optimism and laughter and toss aside depression and tears, in Jesus’ Name!
Write every day – about what? Write a prayer to God and pour out your heart to Him. Tell Him how you feel and what you believe needs to change in your life. Trust that He hears and will answer your plea. Remember that He has a marvelous plan for your life and wants only good things for you. He wants to walk through this year with you!
Here’s some motivation, inspiration and real beauty for the New Year! The Grand Canyon is covered in snow!
Some days may not seem good, but we can’t get stronger without those not so good days. We grow and build character through them and become better prepared for the future. Some people say I am a character… hmm… is that the same thing??? 😉
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