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Category Archives: Inspiration Gal
Sometimes we are our own worse critic. We say things to ourselves that no one would say to us unless they were trying to start a fight. We criticize our success at work, our weight, our ability to find love, and much harsher than our most critical friend could ever do.
When you feel insecure and unsuccessful, you must not dwell in these feelings. Instead you must flip the script: concentrate on who you want — and can — be!
Declare that you are successful, loveable and in shape, even if you feel you are not. Don’t just think these things as a passing thought: let it be your mantra. Whatever area you feel you are weak in, declare it as your strength instead.
Everytime someone calls your name or you take a sip of water, declare you are successful, beautiful, loveable — and any other words you need to empower the new you — even if you don’t feel it (it’s like the old saying goes: sometimes you have to fake it until you make it).
Remembered you are capable to be whatever you want to be. Concentrate on what you can be and own it!
I know you’re saying to yourself, “Inspiration Gal, why would I do that? It’s not true, and it won’t change anything.”
My dear Divas-in-turmoil. It’s not true — yet! Once you declare something positive, and start to be believe it’s true, the ways you can get there will start to unveil themselves to you. Seek out these moments, follow their paths, and your life will start to change for the better!
To Being the Best You Yet!
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Inspiration Gal brings you her monthly words of inspiration!
Do you have any bad habits that you would like to change? I am sure we all have some habit we would like to change. This month, I want you to focus on changing or reversing a bad (or not so good) habit.
Of course, that is easier said than done. If it was easy to change a bad habit no one would smoke cigarettes and no one would overeat! Well, Inspiration Gal would not ask you to do something and not give you a few tips to make it happen!
Your monthly challenge to be the best version of yourself yet — from Inspiration Gal!
Humans are selfish by nature. When we’re born it’s all about us — our tiny little brains aren’t formed enough to be caring. All we know is that sometimes we are hungry, sometimes our bottoms are wet and sometimes we are too cold or too hot. When any of these things occur, we cry and someone (and we really don’t care who) fixes them. As an infant that’s just how it is. But as you got older, did you leave that infant mentality behind, or are you still wanting people to fulfill your needs without giving something back?
If you’re still trapped in that infant mentality you need to break away. And if you see the world only in terms of how it can help you, you aren’t really living. One of the greatest joys in life is helping someone else.
Start off your February with your Diva-licious monthly message from Inspiration Gal!
Have you ever felt like you made a bad decision? It could be something simple, like deciding to buy cherries. The other day I had a craving for cherries, and they were on sale at the grocery store. It’s February and I know cherries are not in season, but they were a good price and they looked delicious through the plastic bag. Once I got them home, I realized they were in bad shape. They had pock marks on them and were not sweet.
My first reaction was why did I buy these cherries knowing they were not in season. I felt it was a bad decision and I found myself getting upset.
When I find myself lamenting over bad choices, I realize there are two ways I can look at the situation. The easy way is to say, “That was so stupid; I knew I should not have bought them! Now I’m out $7 (for FRUIT), and the one I ate will probably give me dysentery! That’s what I get for trying to be healthy!” You focus on the “bad” decision, and if you are not careful, you can start rationalizing every decision in your life as “bad.”
I want to share something very powerful with you. If you heart is in the right place, you cannot make a bad decision.
Inspiration Gal brings you words of wisdom for 2013!
Have you ever noticed that you cannot walk forward while looking behind you? If you don’t believe me, try it. You will bump into something or fall. It will not feel right—your natural instinct will be to turn around and see where you are going.
This is true about life as well. You cannot go forward in life if you are constantly looking behind, living and dwelling on the past. Today is the beginning of the New Year, a chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.
Inspiration Gal bring words of wisdom to kick off your week right!
I realized the other day that the Olympics were only a few months away. I love the Olympics, but always get so stressed watching them hoping Team USA wins. The good thing about the 2008 Olympics was that Beijing was so far ahead in time I was always able to know the outcome before I watched the Olympics that night. No stress, no worry, no turning off the television for fear that I was jinxing Team USA just by watching. (I still blame myself for our beloved African- American figure skater Debi Thomas falling three times in the 1988 Winter Olympics.)
There is one thing in life I am really afraid of — fire ants. Being a Northern girl I had no concept of a fire ant until I moved to the South. Unlike the benign sugar ant in the North, fire ants bite AND sting. Their powerful string can have serious complications, from swelling and a quarter size blister to death.
They live in ant built fire mounds that are sometimes as high as two feet tall and three feet wide. When I’m feeling brave, I will jam a large stick in the middle of the mound and knock off a few inches. The ants will scurry around and I will go on about my day.
In the last Inspiration Gal we discussed the importance of hanging around “can do” people to defeat the “cannot do” mentality that is sweeping the world. The next step is to make progress everyday! Live by the matra, “little by little, and anything can be completed!”
When you have a large task in front of you, don’t try to accomplish it all at the same time. Nothing of significance happens over night. It took 2000 years to build the Great Wall of China, and the Brooklyn Bridge took 13 years to complete! Think of your student loans. When you first got out of school it looked like you would never pay them off. But slowly, month after month, you paid them. Over time, the big number with five or six digits shrank to four, then three and then zero. It probably took more than a year to accomplish this, so why do you try and conquer the world in one year?
“Can’t do,” is something I hear too much of these days. “I can’t do this, I can’t do that.” “Can’t do” is becoming an epidemic for all generations. It’s also poor grammar as most of the time I hear someone say I can’t do, they actually should be saying, “I will not do” because they are perfectly capable of doing what they say they cannot!
In the next few Inspiration Gal’s we are going to tackle the “can’t do,” problem that so many of us face. The first step to defeating the “can’t do” mentality is to stop hanging around “can’t do” people. You know the “can’t do” people in your life. Perhaps in your office they are the “ain’t it awful” lunch crew; at church they are “it won’t get better” complainers; and of your friends they are the “this sucks and “I’m stuck” posse. These are people who don’t have a positive vision for their life and the world. They have allowed themselves to be defeated. Like I said, “can’t do” is an epidemic and if you are around someone who has it, their defeat will infect you!
Instead, find friends who are excited about life; it’s OK if these friends aren’t in the greatest position now, as long as they recognize it is going to get better. These are the people who let nothing stop them, the ones who take risks, fail and get back up stronger! These are the “will do” people who never say “I can’t.” The best thing about the “will do” people is that their “will do” spirit is contagious. They are a part of the antidote for the “can’t do” epidemic!
Keep these people in your life and their inspiration will rub off on you! Before long, you will change that can’t do attitude into a “I can do anything” state of mind.
Like most red blooded Americans, I attended a Super Bowl party last night. I’m not a fan of football. I never know who’s even playing until I get to the party. I usually root for the team with the cuter quarterback (so clearly that’s been the Patriots’ QB Tom Brady for the past decade). I talk during the game and shut up for the commercials.
A friend of mine was determined to turn me into a football fan and wanted me to actually watch the game. He went on about statics and plays. “His stats for YAC is unbelievable,” he said grinning at someone on the television. Instead of saying what I was thinking (these commercials ain’t so funny this year) I feigned interest and asked, “What does YAC mean?”
“Yards after contact,” he sated proudly. “It’s how many yards he runs after he is contacted. You know, how far he can keep going once someone makes contact and tries to take him down.”
I thought about an old football clip I’d seen of a player being run into by numerous players on the other team. They tried to tackle him but he kept running and shook them off like they were dust on his shoulder.
Life is a lot like football I thought as I watched the game. You are trying to get towards your goal, and sometimes people and circumstances try to knock you down. Sometimes it’s just someone grabbing at you that you can easily knock off. Other times, its a full blown tackle. How are your yards after contact? How do you deal with your stumbling blocks? Do you stay down or get back up and fight?
If you want to win the Super Bowl of life, you need to work on your YAC and get those numbers high. Things may come in your way that seem to tackle you, but the reward comes to those who keep pushing forward.