Oct 07

One Easy Tool to Boost Your Motivation and Gain New Momentum

By Jen Regan | Perseverance

Many of the improvements we are trying to make in our lives are life-long improvements. When we decide to eat better, exercise, or lose weight, these are things we want to continue persevering at for the rest of our lives. But life-long goals can be very challenging because we can get bored, fall into ruts, and lose our motivation over time. When we begin to feel this way, it is time to review what our original goal was, and make revisions to help us gain much needed motivation and momentum to reach them.

stairs-man-person-walking-1-croppedI enjoy exercise, and my flavor palette is not real broad, so I’m fine with eating a pretty simple diet. Because of this, staying active and sticking to my eating plan is not extremely difficult for me. But learning how to play a musical instrument is an entirely different story. Three years ago I started to learn how to play Bluegrass Music on an upright bass. At the beginning, I felt like I picked it up pretty quickly and was able to play some basic stuff. I felt pretty good about it. But as I continued to take classes and lessons in the pursuit of playing better, it has become REALLY HARD, and very hard to stay motivated. I wrote in my blog a few months back that I felt like I had hit a wall this year with my bass. I can tell you that I am still trying to scale that wall, and I’m still working hard to move forward.

One simple tool has been key in helping me continue to move forward. I have created and utilized a goal picture. It is an exciting picture of what I want my goal to look like in the future. Here are a few more details:

  • Why create a goal picture? When I started playing my bass, the picture of my end goal was of a group of friends and our significant others sitting around enjoying each other, eating, chatting and playing music. My goal was to learn to play my bass, to learn to play Bluegrass with others and enjoy my time with them. This picture of my future brought excitement and therefore motivation to continue. The pictures you envision in your mind will help you stay excited about your goal and motivated as well.
  • How to create a goal picture. Take time to think and dream about what you want your goal to look like in the future, 5,10, even 20 years, and create in your mind an exciting picture of what that looks like. The picture you create in your mind must be realistic, but it’s important to stretch yourself and dream big. Take some time to write down your goal and your picture of the future. When I am tired and unmotivated, I go back to this written down “picture” to re-ignite my dream and motivation. You can also print a literal picture of your dream. If your goal is to save up money for your dream vacation, find a picture of your dream vacation and display it in a place that will keep you excited and motivated to continue to move towards that dream.
  • When is it time to make changes to your goal picture? If you find your goal picture no longer motivates you, it is time to reevaluate your goals and change your goal picture. As I was driving to my bass lesson recently, I spent some time thinking about why I feel unmotivated, why I really wanted to put my bass in storage and forget about if for a while. There are times when our dreams need to be adjusted and our goal picture as well. With my bass, it was because I reached my initial goal and wanted to take my dream farther than what I originally thought. The next day, I took some time to write out my new goal and what that would look like in the future. There are many reasons why our goal picture may become out dated. Whatever the cause, don’t hesitate to adjust it.

Have you created a picture of your desired future? If not, it is worth the investment of time to do so. A picture brings life to our dreams and desires!

Here’s to dreaming big and moving forward towards a great picture of the future!

Sep 30

You don’t have to Feel Selfish to Live on your Own Terms

By Jen Regan | Be True To Yourself

Have you ever set a goal and tried to work on it with a friend or family member? Only to find yourself frustrated, unmotivated and ready to throw in the towel? The way they work towards accomplishing the same goal simply does not work for you. In fact, it feels like the other person’s way of moving forward is foreign and from another planet. This happens when individuals come together with very different personalities, priorities, and different mindsets. Whether we decide to continue to move forward on our goals together or go at it alone, we have to figure out what works best for us and be true to it. In order to find success we need to establish our own terms.

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My husband, John, and I have been working on eating better over the past few years. Through trial and error I have found what works best for me regarding what to eat and when to eat it. It works so great for me, that I thought it would obviously work great for John! As we moved forward, it was obvious that he thought I was the alien from another planet because what works for me DOES NOT WORK FOR HIM! Expecting one way to work for both of us brought stress and frustration. For us to succeed, we had to figure out what worked for each of us individually. Once we did, we each moved forward on our own terms.

Here are five steps that will help you accomplish goals on your own “terms.”

  1. Figure out what your “terms” are. This may take some time and effort, but everything worth doing, usually does. Pay attention to what works well for you, and ask yourself what it is that makes it so enjoyable? Pay attention to times of stress and discomfort, and ask yourself what it is about that situation that brings you stress? Your “terms” may be different depending on what you are working towards; however, you will find that many of your “terms” apply in a number of different situations.
  2. Communicate your “terms” with those closest to you. Once you start to get a grasp on what works best for you, share it with those close to you. It will help them understand you better and enable them to help you however they can.
  3. Apply your “terms” to every possible situation. When you move towards accomplishing something important to you, be sure to remember what you have already learned about yourself and how that will help you pursue your new goals. Do everything you can to be true to yourself.
  4. Serve other people on their “terms.” I love things to be organized. If I know I am working with someone or going into a situation that may lack organization, I acknowledge it and figure out how I can succeed while respecting and serving the other individual in the process. Serving others is a big part of living our best.
  5. Live with less stress. The more we can identify what works best for us, and live according to our “terms,” the greater potential we have to lower our stress level. Today, I know what makes me tick. I know what works best for me and I fill my life with those things. I want the same for you!

As you have moved forward in the areas you want to improve, have you found things that work and things that don’t? Focus on what you have learned and see how it applies as you move forward in all areas of your life.

Here’s to living true to who we are!

Sep 23

How to Stop Getting Knocked Off Course and Start Taking Control of Our Lives

By Jen Regan | Overcoming Obstacles

Bumper cars are one of those rides that I loved when I was young. There is nothing better than flooring the pedal and ramming into something or someone. It is less fun when our day turns into a game of bumper cars and we are the one being rammed. But that is life sometimes, isn’t it? We wake up to a fresh new day, with fresh possibilities and suddenly feel run over. How can we keep moving in the right direction and take back control of our day?

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I was pooped on this morning. Literally pooped on! If you are a parent, you have been in my shoes. I am a parent to an eleven year old Shih Tzu who has decided to become a nervous pooper in her old age. We now have a ritual on the way to the groomer each month. She pops out a little turd before we even leave our subdivision. Yes, I have tried to get her to “take care of business” before we leave the house, but she is a stubborn pooper too. Nope, she is going to wait until she is in the car. Once the realization hits that she is headed to the groomer…Pop! There it is! On top of that this morning, she decided to take it one step farther. She not only stepped on it, she proceeded to mash it into my pants before I could stop the car and allow her to finish her business. This is a silly example, but this was only one of many things that hit me this morning before 8 a.m. I felt like I was in a bumper car looking around to see what was going to hit me next.

There are a lot of “things” that can knock us off course in our day-to-day lives. Here are some things to focus on to help us stay on course.

  1. We must know what we want. What do you want your life to look like? What areas do you want to spend your time and attention? What is most important to you? It is essential to have a firm direction decided on in life, a firm picture of what you want. It is that picture you keep in your mind every day, and move towards no matter what hits. Envision a bumper car race to the opposite end of the rink. What do we do? We deal with those trying to bump us off course, but we ultimately keep our eyes focused on the finish line. It is important for us to do the same in life.
  2. Don’t give life’s detours and distraction much attention. Yes, we have to deal with what comes our way, but they only get bigger and bigger in our minds the more we focus on them. They can become less significant if we “acknowledge and move on.” Do what you need to do to deal with the issues that come your way, but then focus back on the good, important, positive things in life.
  3. Ask yourself “what is within my control to change?” If we come down with the flu bug, we have to allow it to run its course. We cannot tell the flu bug to go away. But when you are dealing with back pain, for example, there are usually things you can do like stretching, exercise, or physical therapy, to take control and get better. Many times we default to “there’s nothing I can do” when in reality, there is some way we can take control, make a change, and get back on track.
  4. Find something to learn. Focusing on constantly learning is a great way to live life. When we have this focus we see life as one big experiment. Sometimes things work great, sometimes they do not. But we end each “experiment” with two questions “What did I learn?” and “How can I apply that to move forward in the direction I want?” I also find a great way to keep my mind focused on good stuff is to read or listen to recording while I am being hit by life’s “stuff”. It keeps me focused on the good and not on potential negative things.
  5. Just GO! Sometimes we can feel beat up. It is during those times that we sit slumped over in our chairs and don’t feel like doing anything. I have been there! But let’s try not to stay there for too long. Sometimes we have to muster up that last bit of energy, put the pedal to the floor and GO! Get up and go.

Are you ready to take control of your life’s game of bumper cars? We can do it! Let’s stay focused on good stuff, be life learners, chart a course and keep going! We’ve got this!

Here’s to putting the pedal to the metal and living strong, amazing lives!

 

Sep 16

Do You Make This Mistake When Stress Hits?

By Jen Regan | Keep It Simple , Perseverance

None of us strive, day in and day out, towards our goals only to end up backsliding and have them fall apart. That is what happens many times when an unplanned stressor hits our lives. These stressors can come through personal or family illnesses, job changes, moves, and even happy occasions such as weddings. The reality is that each of these, and so many not listed here, require an extra amount of energy. If we do not make adjustments to divvy out our energy appropriately, we can find our goals and most important areas of our lives placed on the back-burner. What can we do during these times of increased stress to stay focused on what is most important?

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I have realized that I only have a certain amount of energy to use up each day. I have a limited amount of mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual energy. Much like allocating the 24 hours in each day, we also make decisions on how we disperse our energy. I feel the easiest of these to manage is our physical energy. I know that if I go on a long bike ride, I am not going to have much physical energy left to tackle my landscape project later that same day. I think as we learn more about ourselves, we naturally learn to manage our energies, but it is when stress hits, that it can become more challenging.

A mistake we can all make during these stressful times, is to think we can keep going at our current pace in all areas of our lives. Stress consumes energy, and a lot of it. Here are some things to keep in mind to help us make adjustments needed in order to stay focused on what is most important.

  1. Keep your “most important things” in front of you. I would recommend making a list and read it every day, if not more often. There is something powerful about starting your day reminding yourself of these good things.
  2. Be intentional about who and what gets your focus and energy. If you don’t take time to think about this, the things that scream the loudest will get your attention, and the quiet “most important things” will not. My friend, who has two boys in elementary school, said that her shower time is her thinking time. I give you permission to take a little bit longer shower to reflect on what areas are most important, what should get your attention that day and what areas you can cut back on until the stress subsides.
  3. Watch out for unhealthy comforts. We all have a default “comfort” we go to when stress hits. It may be food, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, etc. For me it is sleep. When stress hits, I get extremely tired because I can ignore the stress when I sleep. The problem with comfort is that it’s hard to stop once we have started. I get into the mindset that “I deserve” this comfort because of all the stress I am dealing with. Give yourself some grace, but realize that many times these comforts cause us to backslide. Allocate some energy towards resisting unhealthy comfort because it does take energy to say “no” to the unhealthy stuff and “yes” to what’s most important.
  4. Guard against unnecessary stress. There are two stressors that I have to watch out for. The first one is self-imposed deadlines or overcommitting. I love setting goals, and good goals, in my opinion, have associated deadlines. This is great until it creates unnecessary stress. There are times we have to take a step back and realize we are not going to meet our original deadline. It’s okay to adjust and extend the deadline for our own sanity. The second unnecessary stressor is taking on someone else’s problems. It is my desire to help other people and I do on a regular basis. I simply have to recognize that when I give my energy to someone else, it take energy away from something or someone else. I reference back to what is most important to me and decide from there.
  5. Prioritize yourself. I put this last because I knew that if I put this first, many of you would immediately stop reading. Am I right? This is one of those truths we all know, but struggle with. The better you take care of yourself, the better you can take care of others and stressful situations. When you prepare your “most important” list as recommended in #1, please put yourself as MOST IMPORTANT. We are stronger and better able to handle stress when we are rested, eating well, getting some exercise and taking time to think and plan.

How have you kept moving forward on your “most important” areas when stress has hit?  I, along with my other readers, would love to hear what has worked for you. We are all in this together, trying to do the best we can. I would love to hear from you!

Here’s to staying focused on what is most important, even when life gets stressful!

Sep 09

What Everybody Ought to Know – We are doing Great!

By Jen Regan | What's Most Important

I spend a lot of time talking about how we can keep moving forward, and it is incredibly important in the pursuit of living our best. Today, I want to stop and remind you that you are wonderful and doing so much in your life that you should be proud of. Many of you are parents who pour love into your children every day. We all work hard at our house to make it a place where we, and our loved ones, can call home. We keep it running smoothly. Many of you work outside of your home meeting deadlines, working with challenging individuals, and providing financially. We volunteer at church, school, take care of loved ones, and continue to take baby steps towards our dreams. We are doing GREAT!

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Just this week a dear friend of mine lovingly suggested that I should recognize all that I do and how far I have come. This same friend is one of the individuals in my life who holds me accountable. As part of our accountability, we keep a log of what we are working on how we want to move forward. It was in these logs where I spent some time reviewing my past year. I found some interesting insights.

  • I realized that over the past year I have had the privilege of spending wonderful times with my parents, who are now in their 80’s. I would not trade that time for anything!
  • I realized last year this time, my husband was changing jobs. There was a lot of uncertainty, and we knew that the year was going to be a year of transition. It has been filled with personal challenges, but we are making it through, and opportunities are unfolding.
  • I have grown leaps and bounds! Things that I used to avoid like the plague, I am moving forward on. I have not let my fears hold me back! For that I am immensely proud!
  • I have stayed steady and strong in the areas that are most important to me. My love for God, myself, and my husband has never been stronger. I have more energy than I have ever had physically because I have stuck with eating well and pushing myself with exercise. I love the people I spend my life with. Strong and steady!

I want you to celebrate what you have accomplished! Will you take time over the next few days to look back over your past year to see how far you have come? If you do not journal, take a look back on your calendar to see what you have accomplished. Look back on all of the pictures you have taken, remembering those important times in your life. You have done and accomplished so much!

You are an amazing person, having an impact on many lives for good. I am proud of you and your heart to live your best! Let’s celebrate what we have accomplished!

Here’s to US and how GREAT WE ARE!

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Sep 02

How Four Reminders Can Boost Your Spirits and Keep You on Track

By Jen Regan | Overcoming Obstacles

Have you ever had a period of time in your life that was what you would consider not fun…great…enjoyable? In fact that period of time was down right HARD! I am having a day today that feels really HARD. I feel like other people are succeeding, yet I have so far to go. My future “baby steps” do not look like much fun. I am tired, and I ask myself, “Where do I go from here?”

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I am having a hard day, but I have gone through long periods of time that were very challenging as well. Someone once questioned me about my philosophy on Life Planning and Goal Setting. They wondered if it really worked because in their mind, they thought life should be perfect once you have gone through the Life Planning process. I was set back for a moment, but was able to share that I am absolutely living my best life. But living my best, and focusing on what’s most important to me, required more intentionality, more focus, and was very challenging at times. But the hard work was worth it!

Where we are today may not be a fun place to be. But we have to keep moving forward, reminding ourselves that we are moving towards something great! Here are some important reminders.

  1. Don’t compare. There is always someone “ahead” of us on our journey. In my life, there is always someone farther along than me at the gym, in my writing career, in my business development, in my bass playing, etc. They have each worked very hard for what they have accomplished. We can look to them for inspiration, but comparison will only get us into trouble. It will drain us of the motivation and positive energy we need to keep going.
  2. Savor the moment. I have to remind myself that life is a journey. I visualize myself driving across the United States, looking out the window of my car, taking in all there is to see. It is important for us to savor the moments in each day. Savor the moments when you have your little baby cuddled in your arms. Savor the moment when your kids discover new things. Savor the sweet moments with your significant other. Savor the rain falling and the cooler air as fall approaches. There are opportunities to savor the moment every day. We just have to open our eyes to them.
  3. Allow yourself to rest. I realized today that I was tired and it jaded my outlook. I know, because of life circumstances, it is easier at times than others, to get a good night’s rest. But being well rested can be a difference maker in our attitude, in our response to issues, in our decision-making, and our overall outlook. If we want to live and feel our best, we must get some rest!
  4. Do it afraid. I also realized today that part of my “down” feeling was the realization that my next steps in moving forward, are going to be hard. Honestly, I’m a little bit afraid of them. When we move forward, one baby step at a time, we eventually enter new territory. It is exciting territory, but scary too. I first heard the phrase “do it afraid” from Joyce Meyers, and she is right on! Let’s take a deep breath and keep moving in the direction we know we need to go.

Do any of these reminders strike a chord for you? Is there one that seems to rear its head more often than the others? Recognizing it is important, and making adjustments along the way is vital as we strive to live our best!

Here’s to saying goodbye to the blues and hello to brighter days ahead!

Aug 26

Reach Your Goals Like An Olympic Champion: Winning is a team effort!

By Jen Regan | Uncategorized

It was fun to watch the Olympics! I know most people were getting tired of watching swimming, but swimming is a sport I love, so I enjoyed every minute of it! While watching swimming, it can appear that the athlete is a “one-man-team”, however, when we see the interviews after the race, the athlete is surrounded by a team of individuals who have coached, mentored and supported them and helped them become their best. Why is it, as we are trying to live our best, that we feel we need to go at it alone? We feel as though we have failed if we have to ask for help, when the opposite is the truth. Asking for and receiving help can propel us forward and speed up our growth and desired change.

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I frequently use examples from my experience with learning how to play the upright bass. It truly has been one of the hardest things I have taken on, and one that requires perseverance. Recently, I was working on learning a new song. I had been struggling for some time with motivation and excitement for playing. As I was practicing, I became extremely frustrated because my brain would not “get it!” I realized I was hitting a wall.

As I looked back over the past few months, I realized I had hit that same wall time and time again. This time, it truly gave me a headache! As I stood holding my instrument, resisting the urge to smash it on the ground, like the cool musicians do, I realized “I need help!” I needed someone to help me over this wall that I was hitting. I needed to get help from someone knowledgeable, who has been in my shoes, and who would encourage me to keep pressing forward. That is exactly what I did. I met with my music instructor. From his years of experience, he knew exactly what encouragement I needed and what steps I need to take in order to move forward. I walked out of my session almost in tears because I was so thankful for his help and much needed encouragement!

How about you? Do you have any areas of your life that you feel like you have hit a wall and you can’t seem to move past it? Have you been trying to take off those pounds and not finding results? Have you been trying to eliminate pain, physical or emotional, and it won’t go away? Are you ready to move forward and make progress? Here are some wonderful benefits of “asking for help!”

  1. Other individuals have knowledge that we don’t. Do you know what mixolydian mode is in music? I had never heard of such a thing until my music instructor taught it to me. This one concept made a huge difference in the song I was learning. He has knowledge of big and small things that will make a huge difference in how I learn and move forward. Someone knowledgeable in your areas of desired change can do the same for you.
  2. Other individuals have experience we can learn from. I love listening to other people’s stories. There is so much to learn as we listen to others and how they were able to accomplish great things and move past their areas of frustration. Their life may be very different from mine, but I find there is always something I can pick up just by listening to the experiences of others.
  3. Other individuals have perspectives we need to hear. This can also come as a “kick in the butt” too! In my frustration, I asked my bass instructor “how can you hear that? No matter what I do, I can’t hear what I am supposed to be playing!” He looked me straight in the eyes and asked me “how long have you been playing music?” I sighed “under three years.” He said “Exactly!” He helped me realize that I am still very new at this and all of these skills will come over time, if I persevere. I needed that perspective!
  4. Other individuals have encouragement that will help us move forward! We all need encouragement! That encouragement looks different for each of us, but we all need it. My personal trainer had learned that if he tries to encourage me with “RAH RAH” cheers, all it motivates me to do is roll my eyes at him. He has learned how to encourage me and keep me moving forward. We all need encouragement in our lives!

So what is your next step? Is there an area in your life where you feel you need help? Who can you ask? Do you see how it will help you get over the wall you keep banging your head against? Remember, winning is a team effort. We don’t need to go at it alone!

Here’s to no more wall banging headaches!

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Aug 19

To Amazing Individuals Who Want to Make Their 2016 Resolutions a Reality

By Jen Regan | Uncategorized

We are 232 days into 2016. Is there something you wanted to tackle this year but keep putting off? It happens easily because most of the things we want to work on or tackle are really hard and take a good amount of effort. If you are like me, you may have tried to get started, but fizzled out over a few weeks’ time. Let’s tie up our shoe laces, focus on one small baby step at a time, and move steadily towards accomplishing what we set out to accomplish at the beginning of 2016!

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For the past few years I have been learning to play the upright bass. I enjoy the fun, uplifting sound of bluegrass music and wanted to have some fun learning a new instrument. I had been going strong with my lessons and learning until 2016 hit. Then I fizzled out. I have had times where I have done okay, but overall It has not been “all about the bass” for me this year! Now it is time to get going again.

There is great news for all of us! We still have 134 days in 2016 to move forward on our dreams. Here are four things that will help you get moving in the right direction.

  1. Focus on ONE. Focus on one thing you want to work towards for the rest of this year. If you are like me, you have a laundry list of things you want to improve. Let’s focus on quality over quantity. Focus on one thing so that you can give it your all!
  2. Focus on ONE. Ask yourself today “what is the one small baby step that I can work on today?” If you read much of my writing you have heard this concept before, and you will hear it again and again. I believe focusing on one baby step at a time is key to our success. I have created the habit of taking time in the morning, because I am a morning person, to enjoy some coffee, breakfast, and inspiration reading. Before I get up from my kitchen table, I think about my baby step for the day. If I accomplished my last baby step, I have to decide on the next step. If I am still working on my current baby step, I take that time to remind myself and recommit to it.
  3. Inspire Motivation. I really wanted to keep going with the theme of “Focus on One”, but my creativity fizzled out! Hee, Hee! Sorry to disappoint! SQUIRREL! Anyway, back to the topic at hand! When I struggle with motivation I have found that filling my mind with the subject matter builds my motivation. For example, I eat a pretty strict diet because I have many intolerances to food. Because of this I have had to limit my sugar intake. I LOVE sweets, so this is an area I tend to falter in. When I find myself starting to crave sweets, I try to jump back into my books and magazines that remind me why eliminating sugar is so important to my health. I do the same thing with my bass. All I have to do is listen to my favorite bluegrass tunes and I find new inspiration. Think about your goal and ask yourself “What could I utilize to learn and inspire me as I move forward the rest of this year?”
  4. Write down WHY. Why do you want to make this improvement in your life? Our “why” is the heart of our resolution. As you think about this, get specific. Go beyond “I want to be healthy.” Why do you want to be healthy? Do you feel like you lack energy to live the life you want to live? Do you experience pain and don’t want to live with it the rest of your life? Do you want to have more fun in your life? Dig deep and answer the question “why?” Your “why” will be vital on the days you want to give up. That is when you pull it out and remind yourself what your heart desires.

What one resolution are you going to focus on for the rest of 2016? Why? How are you going to learn about it to inspire your motivation? What one baby step are you going to take today to move forward?

I would love to hear about your plans and your journey and so would my other readers! Please comment below and start the conversation. We are working hard to live our best together!
Here’s to an amazing journey and to the 134 wonderful days left in 2016!

Aug 12

How To Get Rid Of The Blahs

By Jen Regan | Uncategorized

It is my desire for you to feel your best. There are many different ways we can work towards feeling great. The one that always seems backwards, but fills me with so much joy, is giving my time to lend a helping hand. We get so much back when we give our best at the right place and right time.

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I was raised in a house where my parents set an example of serving others. To this day, I go visit my parents, who are now in their 80’s, and they invite me to go down to the local nursing home to take care of the needs of the residents. None of our lives are perfect, but my life growing up was filled with joy because helping others was just as normal as breathing.

But sometimes the busyness of life gets in the way. Before we know it, it is all we can do to keep up with our own tasks much less take on those of others. I know when this is the case for me, I start to feel drained and down. If this is how you feel today, take a look at your calendar for the next few weeks and block out time now to lend a helping hand. It will bring you energy and joy in these four amazing ways.

  1. It reminds us that we have special gifts to contribute. I don’t know about you, but our world can be draining. It always wants more and more is not good enough. Sometimes it feels like we have nothing special to offer, but that is not true. When we give our time in an area we are passionate about, our love, strengths and unique abilities shine. Each one of us is amazing and has so much to contribute!
  2. It gets our mind off of our problems. When we share our time with others, and focus on their needs, it gives our mind a short break from our dreaded “ToDo” list, or issues that are on our mind. Joyce Meyers once shared that the best way to get something off of your mind is to fill your mind with something else. Filling it with caring for others is a great way to do it.
  3. It gives us perspective. I enjoy volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. In fact, a friend of mine just recently organized a work day that I was able to be a part of. I had the opportunity to help build a home for someone who was in dire need of a safe, reliable place to live and raise their family. As I worked on screwing in drywall, I was reminded of all the blessings I have in my life that I simply take for granted. Helping in areas of need help to bring perspective to our lives.
  4. We receive a gift that cannot be explained. I was challenged once, when I was down in the dumps, to get off my rear-end, get out of my house and go help a friend. It was the LAST THING I felt like doing, but I did it. As I drove home that night, I felt great. The load that was on my shoulders earlier did not feel as heavy. Some people call it karma, some say “you reap what you sow”, others “what goes around, comes around.” I don’t care what you call it, it works. It truly is greater to give than receive!

Has the busyness of your life gotten in the way of helping others in need? What gifts and talents do you have that would be a blessing to others. What baby step can you put in place today to move forward on helping others? You will get so much in return!

Here’s to feeling great and making a wonderful difference in the world we live!

Aug 03

Yep, We Can!

By Jen Regan | Uncategorized

Doesn’t it feel great accomplishing something? To say that I love to check things off of my “To Do” list is an understatement. There have been times in my life that I have bordered on addiction when it comes to getting a “high” off of accomplishing things. But how, when life is incredibly busy, can we keep moving forward? How can we keep accomplishing the things that are most important to us when we can barely keep our head above water?

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I recently attended a profession conference, and like most conferences, I drank from the firehose for three days straight. It was great, but there is not enough room on one sheet of paper to include all of the “To Dos” that were added to my list during that time. During the hours of traveling home, thirteen to be exact, I continued to ask myself “How am I going to move forward on all of this stuff?”

Is there an area in your life where you would like to accomplish something or reach a goal? Does it feel too big to tackle? And because of that, is difficult to get started? Here are three essentials that help me continue to move forward in the most important areas of my life.

  1. Believe you can do it. This sounds simple, but, if deep down you do not believe you will succeed, it will continue to hold you back. Believing you can accomplish your goal produces action in your life. If you tell yourself you can cut back on your sugar intake (an example from my own life), you will start to look for ways to do it. Thinking “I can” produces action! Repeat “I can” over and over in your mind, and you will find a way to move forward.
  2. Focus on the next small step. I love to think BIG in my life, but with that comes big ideas that can be overwhelming. I probably have three million steps to take between where I am today and what I want to accomplish in my life. I get heart palpitations when I think of all that I have left to do. The same might be true for you as you think of all it is going to take to accomplish your goal. Let’s ask ourselves and focus on the next baby step, then take just that one step. Then ask and focus on the next step, and the next, and the next. Before we know it, we will look back and be amazed at how far we have come.
  3. Make a commitment. Life is incredibly busy and it can pull us in many different directions. If we are not intentional about staying on course, we will be detoured. Make a commitment to yourself and to your loved ones that you will stay focused on this most important area of your life.

Are you ready to tackle that important task or goal in your life? What is your first baby step? Let’s move forward, one step at a time knowing without a doubt that we can do it!

Here’s to a “Can Do” attitude and our next baby step!

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