Five Natural Ways to Thrive

What does it mean to Thrive?

According to standard definition, to thrive means to grow, to flourish, to prosper.

This is a beautiful term, something that resonates deeply with anyone who wants to encourage and inspire wellness. In terms of wellness then, to thrive means that we are constantly encouraging wellness within ourselves, within our bodies and of course, within our minds.

This leads us to an awareness of an –all-pervading sense of wellness within our spirits. To thrive is something beautiful and it is something that each of us can learn how to do.

Express Yourself and Thrive

How Do We Thrive?

We thrive, quite simply by allowing ourselves to or by giving ourselves permission. We also thrive by encouraging ourselves to do the same. For some, this is easier said than done. There are many people who have tried to thrive, but who have faced too much difficulty and they eventually give up because they think their life is just not meant to be prosperous.

No matter how hard they try, something always gets in the way or pushes them back in the wrong direction. There are some things that we must understand about thriving, about constantly evolving, growing, and moving forward.

Knowing How To Thrive

To know how to thrive we must fully understand the process. Thriving includes growing, prospering, and flourishing even in the face of adversity.

To fully understand the concept, let me provide some real life examples with people and with nature.

A tree that is planted depends on nurturing from the soil, wind and water and yet faces many obstacles. It faces potential destruction in it’s early stages by animals walking by that could possibly crush it underfoot. A seedling has to compete with all the other trees and plants in the forest to get the sunlight it needs and even when it has fully matured still it must face gales and storms and through all of this, it must continue to strive towards thriving.

Consider this:

It can be seen then as not actually something that is achieved; rather it is something that one must aspire towards at all times in spite of adversity. In order to do that we must accept that we will face challenges.

Indeed, human beings are much the same. It is essential that we face challenges and it is also essential that we overcome those challenges or at least have a mindset that will strive to overcome them in order to prosper.

Joy

5 Natural Ways To Thrive

Motivate Yourself

Without motivation, it is impossible to thrive. Motivation is inspired through passion, whether that is related to doing something for yourself or for others, maybe your passion relates to providing a future for your children. It doesn’t matter what motivates you, use your motivation and you will succeed to great heights. Use it to grow, and to push you to the next level.

Accept all challenges

When you are challenged, you are forced to thrive. This doesn’t mean that when somebody challenges you to a game of pool for example, and you win the match easily, that you are thriving.

No, a true challenge is something you find difficult, something that you cannot easily achieve, something that requires that you grow, or learn a new skill, or visit a new environment or face a fear, to achieve. This is true thriving, pushing your boundaries, expanding your limits, forcing yourself to thrive.

Face your fears

Fears, in every case are designed to limit us. By facing our fears, we are pushing ourselves into an area of life that we have been too afraid to visit. To truly thrive we must want to be able to do anything and we must be able to do everything without limitation. In order to do this we must allow the formation of mental barriers to what life presents us with.

Everything that comes our way can be used as an opportunity to persevere and succeed. The act of facing our fears will allow us to develop emotional stamina and we will be able to make the most of every opportunity we encounter.

Consider Balance

Balance

Balance your life from the perspective of ‘Body, Mind and Spirit’. In order to truly thrive we must develop a way of life that promotes balance. If we cannot promote physical wellness then our mental wellness will struggle and the same goes in reverse. By developing balance physically and mentally, we allow our spirits to thrive.

Develop harmony

Harmony is something that is very important when it comes to thriving. Without harmony, we face too much opposition in the world, and this opposition leads to restriction of our ability to express ourselves.

If we cannot express ourselves freely, we cannot thrive. Learn to accept what happens around you and even within you, be selfless if it encourages harmony and not only will you thrive, but you will see that everyone else that you interact with will also, in their own way, will thrive.

To Your Success!

Linda

 

Build a Life of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude

I hope you will take time today for Gratitude. It won’t make the tragedies of the world go away, it will simply allow you to live in peace.

Woody Allen

In the words of Woody Allen, “The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.”
This philosophy is common amongst people who experience joy in their lives regardless of worldly circumstances.  It can be quite a challenge to remain positive and embrace an attitude of gratitude when faced with daily challenges or even tragedy; I won’t deny that.
Finding ways to feel grateful for what we have instead of spending precious time focused on what we don’t have and can’t bring back or undo, will always provide a more meaningful outcome.
This doesn’t mean we should stop wanting more from life. It simply means that when we experience gratitude for the things we have we feel more content. That feeling of contentment in turn energizes us and allows us to free up that energy to move toward gaining more of the things we do want in life.
Autumn Gratitude

Autumn Gratitude

Practice Gratitude

As we enter into the fall season in the United States and approach the often hectic “Holiday” season, this is a good time to practice being grateful. The grateful attitude you develop or nurture now will sustain you through the coming challenges with friends, family and co-workers that often arise at this time of the year.

  1. Say words of encouragement to yourself upon waking in the morning.
  2. Eat nutritious, well balanced meals daily to give yourself the fuel to thrive.
  3. Program words of encouragement to pop-up on your smart phone or computer throughout the day.
  4. Carry pictures with you that enhance your sense of wellbeing and contentment; physical pictures, smart phone pictures or on the computer, whichever works well for you.
  5. Say something positive to at least one person in your environment daily, even if you don’t know them; i.e. the clerk at the store or restaurant, a person passing by who appears to be stressed or sad or lonely.
  6. Look in the mirror periodically throughout the day and compliment yourself.
  7. Make a list of fun, pleasant or exciting things that occurred during the day.
  8. Read at least one humorous story or watch one humorous video online every day to give you a boost of endorphins; the feel good hormones that come with exercise and laughter.
  9. Walk a few extra steps each day, exercise, stretch in order to keep your body limber and increase those feel good hormones.
  10. Write down at least ten things every night that you were grateful for during the day and dwell on those things before bedtime instead of the worries of the world.

Be well, stay well and thrive with your Attitude of Gratitude!

Much Love,

Linda

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Trust Yourself and Trust Your Decisions

Making good decisions for you means you have to trust yourself enough to make the right ones.

Many people have struggled with this for years. They second guess and question every big (and sometimes little) decision they’ve ever made. They’ve felt the frustration of knowing they do not trust themselves enough to know that they are making the right choices.

Good Decisions

Most of the time our decisions are good ones. But there are likely a few that we are not particularly proud of, like cutting classes, or staying out way past curfew, or buying a car we knew we couldnít afford just because we wanted it. Oftentimes the bad decisions came from listening to others.

The majority of us are raised with good morals and values. We are taught wrong from right. But we still make bad choices.
So how do we learn to trust ourselves to make the right decisions now?

Here are the steps to use:

* Connect with your inner voice or your gut instinct. To do this you have to turn off all the doubt and confusion in your head. Sit quietly, and focus on quietening your mind. Find that voice inside you that is filled with compassion and respect. Listen to it.

* Avoid connecting with people who weaken your self-trust. These are the ones who use you, or are the naysayers to your dreams. Avoid them whenever possible, especially when you are needing to make an important decision.

* When you make a promise to yourself, keep it. For instance, you might make a commitment to walk every day. If you break that commitment to yourself, youíre destroying your self-trust. If you canít keep promises to yourself, how can you trust yourself to make good decision?

Learn From Your Mistakes

* Talk to yourself like you were talking to a friend or loved one. Be kind. Don’t bash yourself. Forgive yourself when you make a mistake or make a wrong choice and trust yourself enough to make a better choice next time.

* List the times you followed your instincts when everyone told you to do something different and the outcome was favorable. List the times you followed the opinions of others against your instincts and the results werenít favorable. When youíre faced with a big decision, think back to those times you trusted yourself.

* Surround yourself with people who support you and understand you. People who understand you will love and support you in every decision you make. They will help you learn to trust yourself. They will encourage you to listen to yourself and tell that you are the only one who knows what is best for you.

* In the end, just make the decision. You have to let go all the insecurities that are keeping you from taking action. Decisions are made every minute of every day. If you continue to second guess yourself and worry that you are going to make the wrong decision, youíll end up stuck and never get where you want to be. Trusting yourself enough to know you are making the right decisions is how you can move on.

To Your Success!

Much Love,

Linda

 

 

Navigating Changes in Motivation

Navigating the Ebbs and Flows of Motivation

Set Your Goals

Set Your Goals

Motivation is the key to reaching any goal. Motivation though, isn’t a constant thing. It ebbs and flows like the tide. You’ll have periods of high energy where you’re very productive, and times when you are lethargic and work is very difficult. The temptation to quit can be strong when your motivation ebbs. The key is to stick with it and the flow will come back.

Follow these tips to navigate through the ebbs and flows of motivation.

Overcoming Ebbs in Motivation:

  • Minimize and eliminate distractions and other obstacles. Everyone has distractions, no matter how organized they are. For example, unhealthy food in the refrigerator distracting us when we are dieting. Get rid of the easy access distractions and temptations in order to keep yourself on the right path.
  • Take note of what gets you off track. What caused the lapse? Figure out how to remove an obstacle or reduce its effect on your progress.
  • Visualize your end result again. Sit down and think about every detail of your goal. For example, if you are going to write a novel, visualize yourself writing every scene and character, finishing the book and sending it to the publisher.
  • Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. When your motivation ebbs, you might have a tendency to think negative thoughts, like “I can’t do this” or “this is too difficult.” When you find yourself doing this, try to squash those thoughts and replace them with positive ones.
  • take action to motivate yourself

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  • Find a way to get excited again. What was it about the goal that got you excited in the beginning? Focus on that aspect of the goal and try to build on that to get through the ebb in motivation.
  • Read about others who are achieving the same goal as you. Reading about it can inspire and re-energize you. It can also help you believe that it is possible to reach the goal when you know others are doing it too.
  • Talk to friends and mentors when you hit a low spot. Find others who will cheer you on and help you get motivated again. Encouraging words are powerful motivators!
  • Build on your past successes. Each little step you’ve achieved takes you closer to your goal. Look at each success as a building block to get you to the next level.
  • Go back and look at the progress you’ve made so far to help you keep going. Reinforce the successes you have already had to encourage you to continue moving toward your goals.
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  • Plan in advance what to do when obstacles arise. Reread your list of reasons why you are going for your goal, for instance. Place pictures of the results or outcome you are aiming for in prominent places as a visual reminder of the goals. This will motivate you to keep going.
  • Brainstorm new or more interesting ways to proceed towards your target when you become discouraged. Get help from a coach or accountability partner to guide you. Someone who has already overcome the obstacles can be a rich resource for you in times of discouragement.
  • Reward yourself when you hit a target or mini-goal. Rewards are something you can look forward to. By breaking your goal into small tasks and rewarding yourself when you reach each one, you are less likely to become overwhelmed.

Motivation is necessary when you want to reach a specific goal. But your motivation won’t be a constant thing. It will have many ebbs and flows along the way. Follow the above tips to help you get through the low times and enjoy the flows.

To Your Success!

Much Love,

Linda

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Building Small Successes to Stay Motivated

Building on Small Successes Helps You Stay Motivated

Reaching your goals means staying motivated. Along the way you will have successes and difficulties. It can be tempting to give up when you face problems. The key is to continue building on small successes to help you stay motivated.

The smallest success can be all you need to instill action. It’s what gives you a belief in yourself and your ability to succeed. When you face obstacles, look at the small success you’ve achieved so far.

Small Steps to Success

Small Steps to Success

Build Confidence

Often the reason your motivation slacks off is from a lack of confidence. You may be focusing on the big goal. Instead, think of all the smaller successful steps you’ve already taken towards your goal.

Maybe you want to lose 50 pounds. Instead of focusing on how far off that final goal is, look at how you’ve already changed your eating habits, started an exercise routine, and have lost 5 pounds. Looking at these small success creates confidence in your belief you can succeed.

When first starting out, ensure early success with the following steps.

1. Choose activities you know you can do without fail.

2. Gradually increase the difficulty of the tasks so you’re able to achieve them.

3. If you’re new to exercising, for example, then start with a simple fifteen minute walk or do one set of strength training exercises.

4. Later, when you become comfortable, increase the intensity level a little bit.

5. Focus on what you can do each day. The big goal is your guide to where you want to go, but it’s the daily small success steps you take that get you to it.

For example, if your goal is to pay off debt, your daily steps should be to spend less while earning more.

Focusing on the small successes along the way allows you to see results. It builds your confidence to move to the next level, to take a bigger step.

Here are some examples of ways to build on small successes:

  • If you want to lose weight, you move from buying a pedometer to walking 100 steps the first week. Then the next week you walk 150 steps. Each week you increase your steps each week, building on the previous week’s success.
  • If you want to write a book, start with one paragraph a day for a week. Increase your writing the next week to two paragraphs, then a page, increasing your writing time over time until you have finished your book
  • If you want to eat healthier, start by eliminating one unhealthy food each week and adding a healthier version, then the next week replace another unhealthy food with a healthier version, and continue this successful system until you are eating only healthy foods.
  • If you want to be more organized at home or work, start by choosing one area (such as a desk drawer), then begin eliminating one unnecessary thing every few days, eventually getting rid of all clutter. By building on this small success you will have the confidence to organize other areas.

Staying motivated can be difficult when you only look at the big goal at the end of things. A better approach is to build on the small successes you achieve, adding more or harder steps as you gain confidence.

To Your Success!

Linda