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The Best Way Out Is Always Through

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A couple of days ago, I was talking with my friend about this crazy year. At times, it has just been so challenging to dig deep and keep moving forward day after day.

She described it perfectly.

She said, it feels like you’re swimming against the current.

I agreed. That is exactly how it feels. I said, it’s a TOTAL grind! It’s like those days when you were a kid, riding your ten speed bike up a huge steep hill. You’re in first gear. And man! you’re peddling as fast as you can. You’re slowly making progress. But, you’re working really really hard to earn each inch forward.

We both laughed a little. What else can you do? Quitting isn’t an option.

So, if you’re in a similar position, know that you’re not alone. Also, even though today it may feel like we’re swimming against the current, at least we’re swimming.

Slowly, but surely, we’re making our way through. And, let’s not forget, like that great saying explains…

“The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost [Read more…]

Take It One Moment At A Time

IthinkwhenweHave you noticed how difficult it can be to find the way through uncertainty? Those times when we can’t clearly see the road ahead, but we know somehow or someway we must make our way down it.

Some of the hardest times of my life have been those times when I was surrounded by uncertainty. I couldn’t see how things were going to work out. I can remember just sitting on my couch, staring out into space, and hoping that direction or guidance or answers would come. But, when the answers didn’t come right away, I would get worked up and stressed out. I would say to myself,

I can’t believe this … What am I going to do?
Where did I go wrong?
Can I please have some help or a pointer in the right direction?

I am much better these days at finding the way through uncertainty. I learned that all we need to do is stay calm, understand it’s okay to not have answers and take things one step and one moment at a time. [Read more…]

Building the New

Thesecretofchange(1200628)You know those times when we’re trying to accomplish something we really want?

Maybe it has to do with our financial situation, work, relationship, health or some other personal goal. Whatever the case may be, we are in one place in life, but we really desire to be in a better place.

We’re ready for a breakthrough.

A lot of times when we’re working through times like these, it’s not obvious what our daily “game plan” should be. So, if today you’re trying to get certain things in your life to change or fall into place, here’s a plan that always works. It has helped me push through some of my toughest times and it’s also helped me accomplish my biggest goals.

The Daily Game Plan

One of the most important things we can do today is focus on “building the new”.
What this means is that today you direct your thoughts, attention and energy toward one thing: figuring out your best steps today that will move you closer to what you want and then taking them.

Sometimes our minds try to focus on doubts and worries. Without even realizing it, we can end up wasting a lot of time during the day worrying because of all the negative mind chatter running through our minds that’s weighing us down.

But, if we’re intentional about using the day to build the new, it helps us direct our attention to the moment in front of us and what we can actually be doing right now. We send our minds on a positive mission searching for our best steps. This helps us stay focused on the right things so we can make continual progress.

A simple saying to say all day today to stay focused on the daily game plan of “building the new”:

1. Breathe.
2. Relax.
3. What’s my best step right now? [Read more…]

It’s All Coming Together

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A couple of questions for you:

When you’ve been working really hard to accomplish something, but then you run into a problem or something goes wrong, do you treat yourself to junk food?

If the answer is yes…

Are you more likely to eat ice cream OR smash an entire bag of chips?

Personally, I do both because I’m a believer that we get to eat whatever we want AND have at least two hours of “pouting time” when we’re disappointed because something has gone wrong.

My plan always is to limit this pouting time to just a couple of hours, but during that time I’m relaxing, chilling and eating ALL my pouting food.

It’s great. It’s not healthy. But, I don’t care. And here’s why…

I only end up pouting for a couple of hours and during that time I’m also actively working through doubts, frustration or any other negative thoughts the Chief Negativity Officer in my mind is focusing on.

And then that’s it.

After the pouting time is over, it’s time to recharge, outshine the Chief Negativity Officer, and get back to the work of taking steps forward to accomplish what we want. [Read more…]

3 Powerful Thoughts To Have Today

ThewonderfulthingsHere’s an interesting little fact…

Today, it’s likely you’ll have at least 1,000 thoughts. Actually, possibly even more. According to the National Science Foundation, the average person has anywhere from 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts every single day.

That’s a lot of thoughts!

Every day we need to take time in the morning to “tune” our minds so we have healthy, productive and positive thoughts for the rest of the day. It’s like tuning an instrument. But, in this instance, the instrument is our mind and we’re tuning in the best thoughts.

Or, another way to say it, take time this morning to “Get Your Mind Right’.

And, I’m not just talking about exercising and meditation. Don’t get me wrong, those are BOTH important things to do every morning.

But, what I’m specifically talking about is taking time today to tune into the right thoughts so you can align your mind with the way you want to feel and the results you want to create today.

Once I added this into my morning routine, it changed everything. I became more inspired, motivated and ready to charge forward through the day (even on those days when I had a lot of crap and problems to work through!).

So, how do you do it?

Take 2-5 minutes. Choose a couple of good quotes to really laser in and focus on (I included some below). Tune into your most healthy, productive and inspiring thoughts that the quotes make you think about. [Read more…]

How To Keep Taking Steps Forward (Even When You Don’t Feel Like It)

 

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Lately, I’ve had to dig deep (and I mean real deep) to keep pushing and take care of the things I need to handle.

On Saturday, after breakfast, I had to motivate and pump myself up for two hours before I dragged myself into my office and sat down to finally tackle my taxes.

On Sunday, I pushed through the voice of the Chief Negativity Officer in my mind that works tirelessly to fan the flames of my fears and doubts that things will not work out.

Yesterday, I pushed through the feeling of being so behind with work that I might as well let some things go because I was never going to get it all done.

Have you ever noticed how sometimes we have to push through and do things we don’t feel like doing?

Well, I’ve been thinking about this a lot since it doesn’t seem like resistance, doubts, or the Chief Negativity Officer are going away anytime soon.

And here are three things things I took away from all of these experiences:

1. Resistance sucks.

2. Doubts are just as terrible.

3. And when our Chief Negativity Officer gets triggered, it can really go crazy.

But, I also have to say, there really is grace underneath it all.

Every single time we dig deep and overcome something we thought was too hard, or would take too long, or would never happen… something in us changes for the better.

We get stronger and build our faith with each experience.

We grow in all the ways we need and gain more clarity about who we are, what’s most important to us and how to keep building the life we really want.

So, in case you’re looking for a quick reminder, I’m going to pass along the same message I’ve been telling myself lately …

Dig deep today if you must, but make sure to take at least one step forward. So many more good things are on the other side of what you’re pushing through.

xoxo,
Sibyl

Making Enough Progress? Try This New Approach

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Lately, there seems to be a common feeling a lot of people are having…

Enough is enough. It’s time for things to finally fall into place.

Or, as one of my friends said the other day, it’s been a long uphill climb and it’s time for some WINS! I know I agree. Do you?

Well, if you’re with us and still waiting on certain things to work out, then here’s a good motto to LIVE by that will be amazingly helpful…

“Focus all your energy not on fighting the old, But on building the NEW.”

-Socrates

Yes, as off the wall as it may sound, I’m recommending we live our days according to ancient philosophy. Of course, this isn’t just any ancient philosophy… it’s Socrates. That’s about as good as it gets when it comes to timeless wisdom.

So, how do we practically live by this philosophy?

We decide our new daily motto is: “Building the NEW”. [Read more…]

A Simple But Powerful Thought To Have Today

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Last week I came across an article about the movie Groundhog Day. Do you remember that movie? For some reason, when I first saw the movie, I didn’t really like it.

It’s ironic that I wasn’t an instant fan of the movie because my birthday is actually on Groundhog Day every year – February 2nd;-). And, interestingly enough, the movie is about one of the most important lessons we can ever learn. Guess I missed that!

But, as the article put it… “The movie Groundhog Day is directly and practically applicable to how we spend our day today and everyday.”

A Quick Recap

In case you haven’t seen the movie, Phil, the main character, is trapped in what I call an “Infinite Loop” so every day is pretty much the same. It isn’t until he realizes that he needs to do things differently that he finally stops repeating the cycle and lives the life he always wanted.

So, while I was reading this article last week, I was reminded of how easy it is for anyone to fall into this trap where you unknowingly do things day after day that are working against you. Thankfully, most people aren’t as blinded to the truth as Phil was in the movie.

But, have you ever noticed how you can get used to doing things the same way you’ve always done them?

Whether it’s with work, or in a relationship, or something we’ve been working to make happen in our life, we can end up unknowingly repeating behaviors, habits and doing things that aren’t actually helping us get the results we want.

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It’s All Preparation For Better Things

A couple of days ago, I was sitting in a coffee shop scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and noticed this quote was an extremely popular post:

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I think this quote resonated with a lot of people (myself definitely included) because it’s something we can always benefit from being reminded of.

Every single situation you’re working through today is preparing you for better things … including the problems, challenges or anything else.

The situations we’re dealing with, in one way or another, are preparing us for something better – something we asked for, hoped for and wanted for our life.

It’s that simple. It’s that clear. [Read more…]

One Powerful Question To Ask Yourself Today

Whatyoudotoday(1200628)Have you heard that only 8% of people accomplish the goals and resolutions they set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year?

8% … that’s it.

So, if you’ve ever had a year when you didn’t accomplish everything you wanted, know that you’re not alone.

But, it does raise an important question. Is there something we should be aware of when it comes to these 8% of people that are continually accomplishing what they want for their life? Are they doing something special?

This topic has always been really interesting to me. In fact, for years I’ve been taking a closer look at what’s going on behind the scenes.

Well, there are a lot of different factors and it’s important to not oversimplify, but there is one thing that is consistent with these 8% of people that are continually succeeding year after year.

There is a way they go about things. There is a consistent approach.
And, one of the key factors is alignment. [Read more…]