Speak Kind Words- Avoid Gossip

Have you ever noticed that some words impact you very differently than others? As Stephen Covey writes in the introduction to Aspire by Kevin Hall : "words sell and words repel, words lead and words impede, words heal and words kill."  

Male Gossips 2What words do you use in your conversations with co-workers, employees, loved ones?  How about what you say to yourself?  Out of the 70,000 thoughts we have a day, many of those are negative and judgmental, especially towards ourselves. Become aware of the words you use and the tone with which they are delivered; you could make or break someone's day.

And before you share some juicy piece of gossip, ask yourself these three questions:

- Is it truthful?

- Is is necessary?

- Is it uplifting?

 

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Watch your Negative Self-Talk

BarbCorcoranStop Judging Yourself: Watch Your Negative Self-Talk

In a recent interview, Barbara Corcoran of Shark Tank, real estate mogul and successful business woman, shared some of her life challenges.  As a child in a family of 10 in NJ, she was a delayed learner, and she is super-sensitive about being called "dumb" or "stupid."  She says negative self-talk has limited her and also been a driving force.  She has retrained her brain to respond inside of herself when someone says she can't do something or is rude or condescending.  She now says to herself " I have a right to be here, just as much as you. I have a right to be successful."

That's a powerful way to respond to negativity.  It's very important to be aware of what we say to ourselves, as most of us tend to judge ourselves very harshly. Our negative self-talk can be very destructive.  Instead, when you find yourself condemning yourself for something, do the following:

• Say "Stop" out loud.

• Forgive yourself

• Say something affirming instead, like Barbara's statement , or "I can do better." "I am an effective, successful person."  "It's OK, life goes on."

The key is to change the language to be more positive and let it go- FAST!

 

 

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The Absolute Best Stress Reliever

The #1 Stress Reliever: Fun Exercise

smiling dancersWe all know exercise is important, and truly all the research points to exercise as the best panacea for relieving stress, extending life, removing toxins from your body and preventing serious diseases like obesity and diabetes. The key to sticking with exercise is to make it FUN and find a way to squeeze it into your day.

 
For my husband and me, the big three are salsa dancing, bicycling, andyoga.  And when we don't have time for anything else, walking for 15 minutes will do.
 
How to Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Day

I recently started a short-term consulting project that takes most of my day, and it means my healthy habits have been pushed aside for meetings, etc.  I've been trying to incorporate more exercise into these busy days and here's what I have learned so far:
 
- take the stairs whenever possible
- park far away from the entrance to increase your walking
- get up every hour from sitting (sitting too long is sooooo bad for you)
- go to bed earlier and do an exercise video before work; often it is 20 min of yoga
- take a long walk at lunch time
- find an exercise class at lunch or early morning.
 

(And if I plan ahead and take a healthy lunch to work, I am less likely to eat the wrong things.)

 
What do you do to sneak exercise into your life? ? Love to hear from you - please share any suggestions you may have.  Email them to me at orders@firedupnow.com and with your permission, I will share them in future posts.

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More Ways to Achieve Your Goals

It’s now February. How are you doing on your resolutions?   Usually, 75% of resolutions don’t make it.

Last post I gave you 4 ideas about how to achieve success with your goals.  Here's one more that is very powerful.

Track Your Progress
 
For years, I have maintained a healthy habits chart for my goals with different items I check off daily.  Things like exercise, meditation, eating right, contacting friends, etc. are all there and I check them off.
Find a tool that works for you- there a plenty of great apps on smart phones or you can just customize your own chart.  The key is daily tracking with rewards at monthly increments.
 
One of my weaknesses is sugar.  Just have not been able to give it up!  So that's on my goals chart now and every day I don't have sugar is a big win. 
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