Tag: mindset

Big Picture, Mindset

Light the Way

This month’s theme is Light the Way. I had to sit on on this theme for a bit because my natural inclination is to think “must write about a dark time where something or someone lit the way”. But, who’s really up for dramatic sad stories anymore these days when the entire world feels pretty dramatic lately. But, then I realized amidst trying to pick a person to lights my way and contemplating about talking about my dog, that it’s not necessarily something else that lights the way, it could simply be you. You can light your own way. And, […]

Big Picture, Mindset

Finding Your Way Out of Rock Bottom

Everyone’s rock bottom is different. For one person, it could be on the hinges of death from an overdose because of addiction or debilitating depression. For another, it could be losing everything important because of their selfish actions. One way or another, rock bottom is a complete feeling of loss of one’s sense of being and purpose for living. The worst cases of rock bottoms have some of the most awe-inspiring stories. We love stories with extreme adversity and knowing the person rose from the ashes. But after feeling that initial inspiration, we usually quickly revert back to our own […]

Big Picture, Mindset

Why It’s Ok to Say No

There are many reasons why it’s ok to say no, especially in the current world. Many of us suffer from anxiety and depression which makes it even more important to learn how to say no. Saying no sets boundaries. It helps us excel at the things we actually love. When we spread ourselves too thin, our performance, mood, and overall health suffer tremendously. If you are not yet convinced that it’s not ok to say, here are 5 reasons that might gently empower you to say no the next time you just can’t.   It’s Your Life You can’t control […]

Big Picture, Mindset

Using Your Thoughts to Your Advantage: The Importance of Mindset

By now, you probably feel like we are trying to change you so much that you might not even recognize yourself. The idea of mindset will be the last topic regarding change but it will be something that can be built on for months to come. We can change what we drink, what we eat, what blush we use, and even what shoes we wear. Those are all pretty easy in the big realm of things and it simply takes some level of physical self-control. [Putting that piece of pie down right now.] But, when it comes to changing the […]

Big Picture, Mindset

Pursue Meaning, Not Happiness

As we wrap up focusing on January’s theme of change, we want to touch base on happiness. We are all about finding happiness, keeping happiness, and even training our brains to be happier. If you’ve figured anything out by now, it’s that being happy is really hard to do. Waking up happy and staying pretty happy feels almost impossible if you are emotional or easily affected by life around you. It’s being human and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. The crazy thing is that we’ve been going about this all wrong. Here’s the revelation: Pursuing happiness only makes us […]

Big Picture, Mindset

How To Identify & Let Go of What Doesn’t Serve You

Many of us have said our thank you’s, goodbyes (or good riddance), and let go of some things that happened in 2016 and are quickly embracing the promise of 2017. With a fresh, new year ahead of us, we all know there are things we need to let go of before we can forge ahead. In order to become unstuck in life, we have to learn how to let go. But, most of us are humans and letting go is a really hard thing to do. Letting go of both good and bad things is highly uncomfortable. It can be […]

Big Picture, High Performance, Mindset

When Sh*t Hits the Fan & How to Deal

What it feels like when sh*t hits the fan. You wake up one morning, get news that turns your world sideways? Then, you have kids crawling up your butt, your coffee is burnt, your car won’t start, and your shirt is inside out. Your first thought is probably, “Did sh*t just hit the fan?”. Maybe some of you heard about “retrograde”. It’s a thing when some planets line up and apparently try to ruin your life somehow. For some, retrograde was very real. For others, they were oblivious. And, for some (*raises hand ever so slightly*), they knew about it […]

Sleep & Stress, Well Being

Top 5 Positive Coping Mechanisms for Life

What are the top 5 coping mechanisms for life? I’ll tell you in a second. But, if you haven’t experienced stress in life yet, I want to know where you live (like the city, not in your house). Stress is all around us, we can’t escape it. But, we can certainly train ourselves to cope with stress in a way that is healthy and productive. What is Coping? Is it composed of thoughts you have and actions you take to deal with a situation that causes you discomfort (Lazarus & Folkman, 1984). Coping styles are learned, yet they can be […]

Big Picture, Mindset

Harnessing Your Emotions for Good

Emotions are a confusing, yet apparent force in our lives. We can ignore them for what they are as they expand and grow. Or we can face them, embrace them and let them be. It really is our choice. Our inner soul is linked to our conscious mind via emotional outpouring: happiness, sadness, disappointment, infuriation, or loneliness. They are all an unavoidable journey that will fester deep within until one of two things happen. We either embrace it, feeling all that it has to offer, then set it free. Or we suppress it and avoid, ultimately allowing it to alter […]

Big Picture, Mindset

Best Excuses for Failing at Life

Now that I have your attention for a little bit, we’re going to talk about the 5 best excuses people make that ensures a life of unfulfilled dreams. We’ve all been there: the going gets real tough and so we quit. From small things like those pesky New Year’s gym membership (“I swear I’m going to go every day”) resolutions to quitting a life’s passion. We make excuses, belittle ourselves and compare ourselves to others, and even worse, we blame other people for why we are quitting. Where there’s a will, there’s definitely a way. Let’s take a look at […]