Celebrating the big things and the small things

celebratory cupcake

We’re big on celebrating. We celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, new jobs, and new homes. Any major occurrence is worth celebrating!

But what about the small things? Do you celebrate those too?

Most of us don’t, and in fact we do the opposite.

We often beat ourselves up for not reaching a goal, or for not obtaining the exact results we were after.

What if instead of viewing it negatively, we looked at the positives in it? Do you think it would make any difference?

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What’s YOUR big picture?

One of the hardest parts about creating the right life, the best life, is knowing what that even looks like. It’s so easy to know what we don’t want in our lives, or maybe we have a vague idea of what we do want, but knowing exactly what we want is another matter entirely.

For example, we want a job we love, a home that’s beautiful, someone special to share that home with, beautiful children, trips we take each year to exotic locations, and wonderful friends to share fun times with.

It’s the vague answer almost everyone would give. Would you agree?

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wanting these things – I want them too! Continue reading “What’s YOUR big picture?”

The thief of time – Procrastination

man playing video game

Everyone procrastinates at times, in varying degrees, and with various things. It’s human nature to put some things off, especially when it comes to doing something we don’t like, right?

But I have to admit, I am super envious of the people who do what they need to do, to get the results they want, even though they don’t like what they have to do.

In this case, I’m thinking of the early morning risers who get up and get going – to the gym or for their morning run – to obtain and maintain great health.

If their focus is staying on the outcome, then maybe it makes it easier to get started and to get going.

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Are you making time for what matters?

urgent important matrix

It’s so easy to get caught up in the demands of the moment, and before we know it, our time has been filled with tasks that are urgent but nowhere near all that important, especially to our life goals.

Think about the things that you really want to do, the things that would enrich your life exponentially, but you don’t have the time for.

Dwight D. Eisenhower invented the famous Eisenhower principle, which Steven Covey re-introduced as the Urgent/Important Matrix that most people are now familiar with.

Basically, we spend a great deal of time on urgent tasks, not leaving time for the important tasks. But it’s the important tasks that will help us develop, help us grow, and contribute to our happiness.

If you’re not familiar with this principle and exercise, or maybe you are but haven’t applied it, give it a go now and see if it helps.

Take a sheet of paper and section it into four. Continue reading “Are you making time for what matters?”

Do you want more time for what matters?

How often do you wish you had time to do something that you know would help your future self tremendously, but you just don’t have the time nor the energy for it?

Something that would advance your career, or perhaps enable you to change careers.

Something that would help you be in better shape, be stronger, and be healthier.

Something that would nourish your soul, and improve your emotional health.

We all have things we can do, and want to do, to improve these areas.

But we’re busy!  So damn busy all the time!

I hear you!  I struggle with this off and on. 

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Fear outside of our comfort zone

I’ve been thinking a lot about being brave and stepping outside of one’s comfort zone this past week.

As I listen to others tell me what holds them back or trips them up as they’re trying to make positive changes in their lives, it’s interesting to observe how the mind can trick us.

We’re feeling fear but it’s disguised as something else.  Which means most of the time, we don’t even realize that it is fear stopping us from making any progress, or creating the changes we want in our lives.

Fear is AMAZING at hiding inside of our feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

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