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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Are you excited about 2016? I am… mostly. I have a confession to make. Some of you who know me pretty well can attest to the fact that I’m a bit of an achievement addict. So a coach I found myself getting too carried away with myself with all the “New Year” buzz. You see – this is PRIME TIME for us – we all want to be sure to be top of mind as people are working on their goals and dreams for 2016. I’m sure you’ve seen many of us coaches, business mentors and other “encouragers” bombarding you with emails and social media in recent weeks.
I had created a new program and was determined to have it work out. I was focused on the money – a bit too much. And I was putting a lot of pressure on myself. So yesterday (New Year’s Eve) I decided to STOP THE MADNESS and allow myself to enjoy the festivities.
MAKE IT HAPPEN, BUT REMEMBER TO BE GOOD TO YOURSELF IN THE PROCESS…
Here’s my message to you, particularly this New Year Day. Because I know there are plenty of other A- types in my circle… lol – YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
While you are striving to achieve your goals, remember that if it starts to become stressful or too urgent, that’s not a good thing. One of my words for this year is “EASE”. I decided that I need to shift my energy a bit and stop pressing so hard. I decided that it’s time to enjoy life more and take better care of myself. I love coaching, speaking, and encouraging others. I am absolutely convinced that is why God placed me here, and as a result I am so very passionate and driven. But the last couple months, throw in a couple of personal challenges, and I was running myself ragged. And that’s no good –even for something you care about.
I know you’ve got some big plans and goals for 2016 – I’m excited for you! While you are out there making it happen, today I invite you to join me in reassessing things and be sure to take good care of yourself along the way. I’m hosting a special call – Monday Jan 4 @ 9pm EST. To join and get the details click here and I will email them to you http://bit.ly/2016JanCall
In the meantime, here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!!!
“I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines. We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can’t live that way.” Natasha Bedingfield
I took a quick walk this evening. I’m working on upping my game and get more exercise in. I had a nice, upbeat station going on Pandora. Just as I was on the last leg of the walk, one of my favorite songs came on – “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. As a coach, I collect a repertoire of “coachy” songs – those with positive messages that encourage, uplift and motivate. This one is definitely one of them. I included some of the lyrics below:
You can also view a video of the lyrics here… Enjoy! As you listen and read – think about your life, and what you are holding on to. What story are you telling yourself that is holding you back from your greatness? What fears are stopping you from taking action and claiming your greatness?
Recently I wrote about feeling a bit “put upon” by some pressures in my life. Well, I am coming out of that season, and ready to strap on my “kick ass” boots again. Listening to this song tonight was like an exclamation point on a week of great positive interactions. I am grateful for that, and want to share this moment with you.
Today I want to encourage you to push past whatever is keeping you from believing in your future. You have UNLIMITED POSSIBILITIES before you. Your future is UNWRITTEN!
A NOTE FROM TRINA
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I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can’t live that way
Staring at the blank page before you Open up the dirty window Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance So close you can almost taste it Release your inhibitions Feel the rain on your skin No one else can feel it for you Only you can let it in No one else, no one else Can speak the words on your lips Drench yourself in words unspoken Live your life with arms wide open Today is where your book begins…
It’s a gorgeous sunny morning in Alexandria Virginia. It’s the last day of my vacation and I decided to go for a walk on this beautiful day. I am at the waterfront in Old Town Alexandria and it’s so great to see people taking advantage of a perfect spring day.
Because I am an ambassador of Life Coach radio networks #1Love1People #KindnessChallenge I have been making it my business to be and say good morning and smile to people whatever I’m able to make eye contact. It’s just a nice way to brighten somebody’s day. Sometimes people are surprised that you spoke to them and they smile back. I also have been taking note of the people that are hanging out here. People with little children: a mom here, a dad there. A pair of nannies with a group of children having a picnic in the grass. An older couple sitting on the bench by the water enjoying the view. One young lady is with an older woman in a wheelchair – maybe it’s her grandmother. That’s the story I decide upon – it makes me smile. They are also enjoying the view. There are runners, and walkers, and people just chilling.
It’s wonderful. And it’s just a reminder to me that it’s important to take time. It’s important to slow down and take care of yourself. It’s important to connect with the people in your life. And I mean really connect (without screens and cell phones). And today and I am so grateful to be able to be out in the midst of it.
So may this be a reminder to you. Are you busy running from thing to thing, and taking care of this and that, and tackling your to do list, and overloading your schedule? Slow down. Take time for your life. Today is a gift and tomorrow is not promised. So enjoy your life today and spend time with the people you love. Have a blessed day!
We all run from negative emotions, but they can provide just the wake up call we need…
Are you enjoying your life the way it is right now? Or is there a nagging feeling that “there’s got to be more than this”? Today we will explore the two extremes of frustration verses contentment, and how each can help you get what you want out of life.
Are you happy with where you are in your life today? If you had to rate your life on a scale of one to ten, what number would you choose? What would you do differently? What do you want that you haven’t yet attained? What problems need to be addressed sooner rather than later?
Are you fed up yet?
Life is like a roller coaster, with highs and lows. But our perspective is what really matters. Is your glass half full or half empty? And if you are really discontent with things, what are you going to do about it? No really… are you ready to put a stake in the ground and make a change ? Or will you let days and weeks pass without taking the steps necessary to get what you want out of life?
Sometimes we can be upset about things but not uncomfortable enough to change. When the pain of keeping things the same is greater than the work required to change things… or when we get FED UP, then we become motivated to do something different. But why wait until you’re miserable to improve things? Here is how you can use discontentment to your favor.
You can CHOOSE to be content with your life. It seems elusive, but it really is all about a shift in mindset. Paul found a way to be content and find value in his life, even from a prison cell. Are things that bad for you? Probably not. We all have problems, but we all have blessings too. Here are two keys to choosing contentment:
Focus on the good. What’s good in your life? What makes you happy? Who are the people who make a big difference in your life? Count your blessings. As we all know, things could be much worse. If you haven’t done so before, consider keeping a gratitude journal. Each day write down 3-5 things you are grateful for.
Don’t be a victim. Victim mentality is debilitating. If you identify with being a victim, you are choosing to give up your power. Are you in a bad relationship? Choose today to either invest in making it better, or walk away. Some choices are harder than others. If you CHOOSE to stay, then you CHOOSE to accept responsibility for your happiness by doing whatever you can to make that relationship succeed. If it’s already to late, don’t waste another moment of your life telling yourself the lie that you don’t have options, because I’m here to tell you from personal experience, YOU DO.
Then act on it. For example, are you in a job that you hate? Do you daily go through a litany of what others are doing to make it miserable for you? This is a powerless perspective. Are you doing everything in your power to make it a good experience? Or have you given up and don’t invest in doing your part? Maybe it’s just time to go. I believe that we spend too much time working to not have it be a good experience. If you are not happy with your current job and are not actively taking steps to get another one, then you are choosing to remain unhappy. Inaction is a CHOICE not to take action. Make a choice. Leave or stay. Only you know what’s best.
Finally – trust yourself. Sometimes deciding to seek contentment in a situation that is less than ideal can turn things around. Whatever your choice, own it, and shift your actions to follow suit. Check in with yourself 30 days later. I’d love to hear how it goes!
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?
So what’s new for you? What are you creating this year? I’d love to hear what’s going on – it’s fun to connect beyond these e-communications. On the other hand, if you are struggling with something – hit me up. As you know I offer a free session, and sometimes that’s all you need to reset and think about next steps. Either way – please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” How many times have you heard (or used) this quote?
Well – it’s true. And we are sometimes too busy running on the hamster wheel of life to take time out to smell the roses, to spend time with loved ones, or take a proper vacation.
And we look up and 10 years have past. We look in the mirror and we are a bit older, maybe a bit pudgier, and we think “Where did this gray hair come from?”. Life ticks by – minute-by-minute, day-by-day, and year-by-year.
Today my message is simple. You have something that you want to accomplish and you haven’t taken the first step. Why not? Are you afraid that you’ll fail? Are you worried about what “they” will think? Let me ask you – whose life is it anyway?
What is it that you want to do? What dream is inside of you that you haven’t yet realized? And WHEN will you decide to do something about it? Or will you let ANOTHER 10 YEARS pass before you act? I’m just sayin’.
Tomorrow isn’t promised. I say it ALL THE TIME. If your life is completely on track and you’re doing what you want to do – GREAT! Keep doing what you’re doing! But if you want to make a change, and do something different – I submit to you that there is no time like the present.
Peace and blessings..
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