If you're a human, a routine is good for you! The human brain loves routines because it can “power down” a bit when you are doing something that is repetitive. It doesn’t matter if the repeat cycle is once a day, or once a week or even once a month.
But, to me, a routine can become a rut in the blink of an eye.
One day you are all fired up by your morning routine and reading your anthem, and the next day, you are reciting the words to your anthem while making a list of all the things you should be doing instead of reading your anthem.
Or is that just me?
If you feel like parts of your life have become predictable, unfulfilling, or boring, maybe it’s time for a fresh start. Deciding to make a change doesn’t mean you have to turn your life upside down, but it is an opportunity to stand back and revise your current way of life.
I like to call this “tweaking” your life. Not a major change,...
We started out talking about discovering your passion as a step on the path to purpose. Because I can’t resist alliteration, this week we are going to talk about perseverance.
Because passion with perseverance leads to unstoppable purpose!
Perseverance is defined as the persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Boy, does that sound like a barrel of laughs! However, it is one of those life skills or traits that will serve you well throughout your entire life.
We all face challenges on a regular basis and have times in our lives when it’s important to be able to persevere. For me, I have to think about college. Man, was that hard, and I sure did want to quit a few times to make the pain go away – especially when I was taking Differential Equations! But I persevered and there isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not happy that I did. It taught me so much more than...
Most of you know that I retired a year ago after 32 years with the Army. Let me tell, you, retiring is a life-changing event! Add a global pandemic to the mix and last year was quite a year for me!
I didn’t enter into retirement lightly; it took me over a year to wrap my head around what life, post nine to five, was going to look like. I spent a lot of time thinking, dreaming and planning (and I also hired a coach to help me through it all!)
So, when I talk about finding your purpose later in life, I am recently coming out the other side of that journey!
If you are retired, or even just past the first flush of your career, you might think you’ve missed the boat on finding purpose in your life. The truth is you’re probably in a better position than ever to really work out what matters, and what you want out of life. And even better, you’re likely to have all the skills you need to focus on your life’s purpose and go for it!...
Last week I talked about discovering your passion as a first step to finding your life purpose. This week, I want to lay some groundwork about WHY finding and igniting your purpose can be so life-altering. Not to mention, this may explain this global “purpose movement”.
You might feel that holding down a job, getting ahead and taking care of your family is enough, without worrying about your life’s purpose. But taking the time to work out your calling in life is not a luxury or escapism, it is important for helping you live a more meaningful and successful life.
Think about it. What do you want? Chances are you don’t want to be doing the same thing, facing the same issues, in twenty years’ time, right? Humans are hard-wired to find purpose in what they’re doing. They look for fulfillment in their lives. And finding your life purpose can help you define and achieve your life goals. Here are some good reasons to do the work and...
Are you trying to find your passion in life? Your reason for getting out of bed every morning?
If so, you are not alone, many people are attempting to discover their passion every day.
In fact, it’s become so important that I'm going to be digging into your passions and how to use them to live with purpose for the next couple weeks.
You see, on May 11-13, 2021, there is a conference happening called The Purpose Summit. I am very excited for this summit for several reasons, but I’ll get to that later and in future posts.
Back to discovering your passion!
I think people believe the adage “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” After all, the allure of never working a day in your life is hard to ignore! Of course, nothing is ever that simple, but the core of the adage is that you need to love what you do.
And that love has to be so soul-filling that it sustains you when things aren’t going so well....
Alright, so last week I literally talked about how to have fun with all those physical Spring Cleaning chores around the home and office.
This week, I’m encouraging you to use all that spring optimism, hope, and refreshed energy to Spring Clean your mind.
While it’s amusing to think about your family members gathering around you with mops in their hands, ready to tackle the cobwebs in your brain, I actually advise against it. Irreparable damage might ensue with mops near your head! What I’m talking about is probably a more solitary activity or best done with a good friend and an adult beverage. Maybe a baseball bat, too, but we’ll get to that.
It's time to turn our attention to keeping a clear and happy mindset.
If you find that you're having trouble dealing with life's stresses and you need to sort out your thoughts, it will benefit you to use some of your spring-cleaning time on yourself!
Try some of the following tips to reorganize...
Spring is in the air. April Fool’s Day is in the cross hairs now, and that means two things.
First, we want to DO things! We want to spring clean the house, and clean up the garden for planting, and exercise more because we can get outside more. Or at least that’s MY list!
Second, we want to have some fun doing it, too! The renewal, hope, and optimism of spring can certainly get tarnished quickly if we make a long list of things we want to do and then look at the three hundred and eighty-three things we came up with!
The answer is to sprinkle a little fun into all the things we want to, have to, or should do at home and at work.
I’m not going to lie, certain chores around the house are boring no matter how you look at them. Others, however, can actually be fun. With some creative thinking, you can enjoy yourself while you're being productive. Just keep an open mind as you search for creative ideas.
Here are nine ways to have fun being...
You know me: I love me some good brain science! Understand how the brain works and what comes with the “human package," and we unlock the secrets to creating the results we want in our life! Right?!?
While that statement is true, it’s not an easy task at all. Neuroscience is making new discoveries every day. My favorite brain doctor is Dr. Daniel Amen and I follow him on Instagram because he puts out such good brain information!
On top of evolving information, we are just plain busy, and improving things requires introspection, which requires some quiet time. How many of us get enough quiet time for personal reflection?
Here's a good place to start: in order to be efficient in this world, our brains make us creatures of habit. The more things that we can put on auto-pilot, the less energy our brains use to maintain the status quo. If you are alive and breathing, your brain is happy and wants to maintain that status.
How about this...
I know this couple that seems to have the perfect life. They have a beautiful home, another in Florida on the ocean, three grown boys, and they travel extensively to beautiful places.
Following them on Facebook, I often find myself wishing that I could quarantine on the ocean in Florida, or that I could be jetting to Iceland like they are posting.
Seeing a recent post as they checked in to the Bellagio in Las Vegas, I caught myself asking, “What is it that they have that I don't?”
Oh! That’s a dangerous slope!
Theodore Roosevelt said “comparison is the thief of joy”.
It's true: When we compare ourselves to what others have, or simply how they are, we are essentially making ourselves feel down right inadequate and deflated – with a low self-esteem to match.
No, I’m not talking about a high bank account balance or a fancy car, though, success does have its perks (really? An ocean front home in Florida?!?). Instead, what I’m talking...
It’s a tough time of year here in Michigan. Winter is waning, but not gone and spring is getting closer, but not here yet. It can be a very dreary time as the snow melts, but nothing is budding and blooming yet. Everything is just sort of muddy.
And people get that way, too.
Or at least I do!
It can be weather induced, social distancing induced, hormone induced – whatever the reason, it’s definitely induced and I don’t like it!
What’s a girl to do? Well, for starters, I like to take ownership because that means I can DO something about it instead of being a gloomy victim.
For some people, though, these feelings need to be suppressed. It is this kind of reaction that leads us to pursue unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as grabbing a bag of Cheetos or spending the entire weekend binge-watching something on Netflix (can you say Great British Baking Show?).
If you're like me and action-oriented, are you ready to try something you...