T.G.I.M: Will you sink or float?

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I am in love with the symbolism here!

Your body is the ship and the ocean water is the negativity of the world. The water slams into the sides of the ship repeatedly day in and day out just like negativity slams into our mind, heart, and body. How strong the ship was built, or how strong our bodies are built, determines whether or not that negative water will pour into the ship.

But listen! It is up to us whether our boat, our body, sinks or continues to float!


I consider negativity a mental disease. I mean, it works like a disease right? It gets inside of our brain, latches on, and seeps out of our body like blood from an open wound. It shows symptoms of anger, depression, and a lack of motivation; it eventually moves from one part of your life to the next destroying what little motivation and hope you had left.

Unlike physical diseases, we actually ALLOW negativity to enter into our heart, mind, and body.

Why do we let this happen?

It’s easy. We let it happen because we don’t know how to prevent it.

Living a positive life isn’t a skill you are born with. The negative influence the world has on us is something we are born into and it is up to us to teach ourselves how to deflect it or how to see the positive side to any negative situation.

It is my decision whether I wake up with a smile on my face or a frown. Whether I let spilled coffee on my clean shirt ruin my day or wipe it off, suck it up, and move on.

This reminds of a scene from “The Pursuit of Happyness” where actor Will Smith played a character named Chris. He was sitting in the interview room with his future employers. He was covered in paint from head to toe wearing only a paint jacket, white tank top, jeans, and work boots. His employers were less than impressed but he didn’t let that stop him. Will Smith’s character was able to impress his future employers by answering one simple question.

“What would you say if a guy walked into our office for an interview without a shirt on and I hired him, what would you say? ”

His character replied:

“He must have had on some really nice pants.”

His comment impressed his future employers and he was hired on for a chance to be hired for the internship. He didn’t let his circumstances that he could not change get in the way of him reaching his goals in the pursuit of happiness.

To watch the video clip click the link below! Absolutely inspirational!

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The one thing you have 100% control over in life is your own attitude. 

Don’t allow the bad situations that occur in life, big or small, to seep into your heart, mind, and body. Don’t let these negative experiences dictate whether your life is good or bad. You can decide for yourself!

If you were blessed with another chance to open your eyes and to breathe in the fresh air … you were already given a huge reason to be happy and positive. You are blessed with another day to reach your goals and to experience life: good AND bad!

Don’t let yourself sink.

Patch those holes and build your ship stronger.

You can prevail.

You will float.

-mk

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T.G.I.M: 8 Tips to help you Self Motivate!

8 Tips to help you Self Motivate!

Self motivation can be very difficult for many of us and trust me nobody is perfect! We all suffer from a lack of motivation. That’s why learning how we can encourage positive motivation in our lives is important! Below are a few things you can do to help you along the path of self motivation!

  1. Get Started!

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If you want to achieve any particular goal in life you have to make that first step! You have to get started and begin working towards what you want to achieve. Push that ball and get it rolling my friend!

  1. K.I.S.S

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I know we have all heard this acronym throughout our years in school! The second step to help you self motivate is simple, literally!

Keep

It

Simple

Stupid!

Keep any and all motivators around you at all times. Pictures, quotes, jewelry, notebooks, etc can all be motivators that help spark your motivation! Keep them with you at home, in your car, and at work!

  1. Keep Company with People Who Uplift You

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Have you ever heard the phrase “keep good company”? I am sure we all have and those are words to live by! You are only as good as the company you keep. It is very easy to get caught up in the web of destruction negative people weave. The best way to self motivate is to have positive motivation around you and that involves the people you spend your time with: family AND friends. When you surround yourself with people who uplift you and provide a positive and motivational atmosphere, self motivation comes naturally!

  1. Positivity is Key!

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No, that glass is not half empty, it’s half full! See? Looking for the positive side to any situation will create a motivating atmosphere for you! You need to learn how to look for solutions to a problem and if it’s something you can’t control don’t dwell on it! Let it go. The one thing you can control is your attitude, so get a grip!

  1. Don’t Over-think!

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Stop thinking … just do! There are times where you should think about the different aspects of making certain decisions but, when it comes to achieving your goals and maintaining a high level of motivation you need to stop over-thinking! Take a leap of faith! Don’t be afraid to take that first step towards what you want in life! JUMP!

  1. The one person who knows you best is YOU!

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You know what makes you tick and what makes you … not tick. Even if you’re not sure what motivates you, you can learn! Try keeping a log or journal. Write down notes on the days where you are suffering with a lack of motivation AND write down notes on the days where you are more motivated than ever! Take notes of specific things motivate you and what brings you down. Over time you will notice what works and what doesn’t and will be able to create a plan that promotes better self motivation!

  1. Keep Track of Progress

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Keep a list of the projects you are currently working on. Also, keep a brief description of how far along you are on that project. Wherever we see growth or progress therein motivation lies! The best way to complete a project is seeing how we are progressing!

  1. We rise by lifting others!

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I use this quote quite a lot in my blog posts because I truly believe that by lifting others up we find self growth! It’s rewarding and motivating. Work with others who have similar goals as you. Talk to people and motivate them to reach their goals. You and the people you help will find that self motivation will come naturally when you see others achieve success!

Apply these to your daily routine whenever you need help in the motivation department!

Happy Monday Everyone!

-mk

The Importance of Goal Setting!

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We all know that setting goals is important to reach any form of success whether with fitness, your career, or family. The great thing about setting goals is that they can be big and small! That truly makes it fun and interesting. Remember: setting goals is the first step towards success!

Below are a few reasons why you should set goals!

  1. Illustrates a clear picture for your end vision
  2. Creates positive tunnel vision
  3. Motivation to keep moving forward
  4. Helps you be the best person you can be
  5. Makes you an accountable person

Now, let me go into a little bit more detail on each one.

1. Illustrates a clear picture for your end vision

Have you ever had so much on your mind that until you write it down and organize it on paper it’s just a jumbled mess in your head? We have all certainly been there; prioritizing is almost natural (well, maybe not for everyone). But, until we literally create a game plan and figure out what it is we want to take care of first, second, third, and so on and so forth we will remain confused and lost.

Setting goals involves prioritizing and writing down just what it is you want to accomplish. That can range from small goals within your family to larger goals 5 maybe 10 years from now! You can set goals to have family, to get promoted within your company, to reach your desired weight, or to compete in a fitness competition. Your goals can literally be anything. The main goal here is to create a clear game plan OR vision that illustrates or maps out what you want to accomplish.

2.Creates positive tunnel vision

The reason I say “positive tunnel vision” instead of just “tunnel vision” is because there can be negative tunnel vision as well. Some people can be overly consumed with a certain goal and might lose focus on their family or job responsibilities. Just because you have a goal you want to meet and accomplish does not mean you should neglect the people in your life that matter most to you. It also does not mean you should just up and quit your job or be late for work every day. You have bills to pay, don’t make rash decisions! Have a plan.

When you have a goal set and you have a clear vision of what you want and how you plan to accomplish it you can then motivate yourself to remain focused on the end result! You won’t allow outside negative opinions or actions influence your decisions to accomplish your goals.

3. Motivation to keep moving forward

Goal setting can be easy but what can be hard is keeping the motivation to reach those goals high! You will find that when you set goals that are very important to you, the motivation comes naturally. You can also look for motivation from outside factors such as friends, family, role models, etc.

4. Helps you be the best person you can be

Setting goals can keep you dedicated and shows just how hard you will work to reach them. Goals push you harder and harder every day so that one day you will find success. It allows you to experience your weakest and strongest moments and helps you learn what works and what doesn’t work. You soon learn the skills needed to work efficiently to reach your goals!

 5.Makes you an accountable person

Simply put goals hold you accountable. Write them down and hang them on your wall, put your goals everywhere you can think of where you will be reminded of them constantly. This way you will never forget what all of your hard work is for.

Setting goals is required when working towards success in anything. I hope this helps you in your future endeavors readers!

Remember, we rise by lifting others.

Inspire and motivate each other!

-mk

Ready, Set, REST! – 10 Benefits of Resting!

Top 10 benefits of rest!

I know we usually get less than enough rest throughout the week and the stress just accumulates.

rest-timeIf you were wondering how rest could benefit you, check this out! These are some benefits of getting an adequate amount of rest!

Ready, set, rest!

  1. Optimal physical performance
  2. Feeling Relaxed
  3. Improve memory
  4. Beautiful skin
  5. Lowers Stress
  6. Higher level of energy
  7. Protects your heart
  8. Keeps you safe from depression
  9. Sharpens your creative abilities
  10. Improves decision making skills
  1. Optimal physical performance

Rest is required in order to maintain a physically fit and healthy body. Not only is rest important in the recovery process of your muscles but it also promotes a healthy immune system. In order to avoid getting sick pay attention to your body. If you have been going balls to the wall in the gym day in and day out and you’re feeling run down … maybe it’s time to take a day or two of rest AWAY from the gym.

  1. Relaxation

Rest is key in achieving feelings of relaxation. Some people might get rest or relaxation confused with other hobbies like hiking or walking. The truth of the matter is, in order to truly rest and relax you have to be still and quiet your mind. Try lying down, watching a movie, or head to the pool to soak in some vitamin D! These are also a great way to boost those feel good hormones also known as endorphins!

  1. Improve memory!

Our schedules can get a little chaotic at times and remembering everything we have to do can be damn near impossible. What if I told you that rest actually helps improve your memory! Studies show that participants who read a story and took a resting break remember more of the details than the people who did not take a rest. They also remembered the information up to a week later! So, the next time you have a lot on your mind to remember … get some rest!

  1. Beautiful Skin

We have all noticed it, the morning after a terrible nights’ sleep. You have sagging bags under your eyes and the glow your skin used to hold … well, it’s lacking its luster. “Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circles,” says dermatologist Sonia Badreshia-Bansal, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco. Your skin and your whole body go into repair mode while you sleep improving the look of your skin dramatically!

  1. Lowers Stress

Resting promotes a relaxing atmosphere which in turn will help lower your stress levels. By keeping still and quieting your mind you can let go of all of the negativity in your life that may be clouding your mind.

  1. Higher energy level

We all know how it feels to wake up after a terrible nights’ sleep and have that overwhelming feeling of being rundown, groggy, and sluggish, it’s horrible! Resting helps your body recover from your busy day-to-day activities and will allow your body to return to a healthy and refreshed state.

  1. Protects your heart

A lack of rest or sleep does not necessarily CAUSE heart disease or high blood pressure but it certainly increases the risk. Studies have shown that people who get less than 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night are at an increased risk of high blood pressure. Need a reason to have lazy day and rest? Protect your heart!

  1. Keeps you safe from depression

Simply put rest promotes a relaxing atmosphere. When you are relaxed you’re happy which then results in a boost of endorphins, the feel good hormone. Being happy and feeling good prevents depression and feelings of sadness! So go ahead, get a massage or watch a comedy while lounging in your pajamas.

  1. Sharpens your creative abilities

If you are a writer, like myself, you probably are aware of just how important stepping away for taking a break from your work. This goes for anyone who relies on their “creative juices” to complete a task. Writers experience what is called “writers block”. This is where we pretty much just hit a wall. We lose any ideas or thoughts that can propel us forward in completing a blog post or book. When this happens we literally HAVE to stop and put our work aside for a certain amount of time.

  1. Improves your decision-making skills

When you are well rested you are less likely to make compulsive decisions and more likely to make intelligent decisions!

Now that you have a few reasons why you should rest, go ahead! Close your eyes, catch some zZzZ’s and relax.

-mk

T.G.I.M – One positive thought a day!

10-15-Monday-Morning-MotivationIs sacrificing the good in your day really worth that one negative thought?

Negativity is like a disease.

One thought turns into this rapidly growing, self mutilating disease that escaping from seems impossible.

Why would you let that one negative thought grow and grow inside your brain destroying your hope, motivation, and dreams?

Wouldn’t it be simpler to have at least one positive thought a day?

A positive thought that begins a chain reaction of happiness, motivation, and possibility.

I can tell you right now I would rather have positive thoughts flood my mind than allow negativity to destroy it.

It truly comes down to you; you decide how you want to feel today.

Choose happiness.

Choose possibility.

Choose positive vibes!

-mk

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T.G.I.M: Quotes of encouragement for your Monday morning!

Sometimes it’s the simple things.

I have collected a few of my favorite Pinterest encouragement quotes and I hope they can help you get motivated to start your day and week off on the right foot!

Happy Monday to you!

Enjoy!

-mk

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T.G.I.M: Is the fear of failure slowing you down?

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A Letter to Failure

Dear Failure,

What if I told you that every experience I have in life,

that every sacrifice I make in life is a victory in itself?

What if I did not measure my success in life by my wins and my losses,

but by my will to persist, my triumph over slumber,

my focus to prepare, and my courage to contend.

What if I told you I win every morning I open my eyes?

Failure, you will not triumph over me because

I’m Possible.

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Confidence from within is key.

Start your day willing to do what it takes to achieve success.

Work harder than you have ever worked before.

Train longer than you have ever needed to before.

Life is a continuous learning experience regardless if you win or lose.

You have the choice to either stay down or stand back up,

The only thing standing between you and your goals is YOU. 

-mk

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